Manhattan Market Mondays : Homes for the holidays ?

It is often said,that after the Thanksgiving holidays things tend to slow down. Perhaps the residual lethargy from consuming inordinate amounts of turkey slows us all to a halt.

Who wants to go out and look for some place to live ? Who wants to be concerned with holiday decorations AND keeping an apartment ‘show ready’ ?

I’m not sure that I agree OR disagree. My first question would be,what is your goal ? And you might say,well don’t be daft Nicole, I want to sell my house NOW. But,that’s not exactly what I mean by that question. What is your time line ,what are your next steps,both during and after the sale – do you need to be sold and closed in order to buy something else ? Is there a job transfer looming ?

With every property and every client or customer,whether they are buying,selling or leasing- timing matters. Pricing matters. Strategy matters- and its different in just about every instance.

As the year winds down to a close ,many of us look back and reflect on the year that was. Aside from the fact that with EVERY passing year,time seems to move faster….we start to wonder,where do we want to be next year ? Are we making any ‘new year’s resolutions’ , is now ‘the time’ ? Do we feel we are ready to downsize or upsize ? Are we financially and emotionally ready to transition ?

This is an excellent time of year to plan how to hit the ground running in January. And guess what,it CAN be an excellent time of year to be on the market.Much of which depends on the answers to your questions above.

What have I seen,in the last week and a half alone ? Multiple inquiries and even last minute same day showing requests for a luxury multimillion dollar condominium offered for sale, multiple inquiries and showings for a cooperative offered for sublease. Requests to come up with pricing and timing plan for properties to be offered for sale in the coming year- and that is JUST a snapshot of the week that just was.

So,as we move swiftly into the height of the holiday season- what does 2012 hold in store for you ?

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