From Stapleton to Tottenville, Staten Island’s winter holiday season is a wonderful time of year for reflection, get-togethers with friends and family – and talking to a local real estate professional about selling your home.

“There are number of reasons homeowners should consider listing their homes this winter,” said Sandy Krueger, CEO of the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR).

“For example,” he said, “fewer homes are available during this time of year. For many homeowners, selling their home during the winter holidays seems like too much of a hassle, and they will either take their home off the market or wait until the warmer months to list. This creates an inventory shortage, which may be beneficial to a seller.”

Other incentives for selling you home in winter include:

  • Control of Your Showings

Homeowners do not need to let their homes be constantly available for showing. “Let your real estate professional know if there are certain days and times that won’t work for your schedule,” Krueger said. “You can have blackout dates where there are absolutely no showings, or create a daily schedule outlining when exactly potential buyers can come through the home.”

Your agent is there to help make the process go smoothly.

  • Staging Opportunities

“Staging your home during winter can be as easy as decorating for the holidays,” Krueger said. “Just be careful not to overdo it, as décor that is too large or over the top can distract buyers.”

Sellers can also avoid offending potential buyers by using general fall and winter decorations rather than using religious themes.

  • Motivated Buyers

People hunting for homes during the holidays often have a reason for doing so, meaning that they are more motivated buyers.

And of course, the most important thing that you can do to give yourself an advantage is to hire a professional. All SIBOR real estate professionals belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

SIBOR may be reached at 718-928-3220 and visited at

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