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When to Contact An Agent

As soon as you decide to sell your home. There is always a buyer looking, and in real estate, the agent is your bridge to those buyers. Although the number of buyers remains relatively constant, they will act when a new property with high value comes up for sale.

Speed is key for both you and the buyer, and an agent delivers speed.

Peak selling seasons vary in different areas of the country, and weather has a lot to do with it. For example, in the Mid-Atlantic, late spring and early fall are the prime listing seasons in many areas because houses tend to "show" better in those months than they do in the heat of summer or the cold of winter. And of course, people like to do their house shopping when the weather is pleasant.

But keep in mind that there are also more houses on the market during the prime seasons, so you'll have more competition. So while there is seasonality in the real estate market, it's not something that should dominate your decision on when to sell.

Even if you're under no pressure to sell, waiting for particular market conditions is not likely to increase your profit potential. The reason is that while you are waiting for the market to improve, you continue to make mortgage payments, insurance payments, in some cases HOA payments, and home repairs. That increases the amount of money you have invested in your home while the price of your next home may also be increasing.