Christmas & the Housing Market

There are plenty of reasons to explain why the housing market decelerates around the holidays: it’s customarily a time to celebrate with one’s family; take a respite from work (vacation, even!); and generally reflect on one’s — shall we say — existential circumstances.

Plus, the weather (at least in Minnesota) is lousy.

All in all, a time for spirituality — not commerce.

No Time for Lowball Offers

However, I’d posit that another, related factor is at work: Christmas spirit doesn’t exactly go with aggressive negotiations.

Even if the market is soft and a home isn’t necessarily worth the owner’s asking price . . . Christmas just doesn’t seem the right time to make that point (at least to a real, live human being — vs. say, a bank).

Wishing all my readers a peaceful, happy Holiday, and a prosperous 2011!

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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