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Why selling in winter is not a bad idea- especially in a place that has 8 months of winter.

Posted by Breckenridge Associates Real Estate on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 at 2:05pm.

Ski and Racket Club Townhomes Winter 2018

Selling real estate in winter seem like a challenge when ice and snow might cover the best maintained walkways, icicles hang from the rooflines and greying snow piles. Winter property sales tucked in at 9,600 feet in the Colorado Rockies as we are, ensure that the snow doesn't get dingy and the icicles add charm. Winter in Summit County is a celebration; it has to be. Winter covers the majority of our year. Homeowners in other locations may see winter as bleak and gray with snow, cold and shorter days as hindrance.  For those of us in ski towns, while it's winter we can highlight the many reasons to be living here, especially if you own a ski-in/ski-out home.

We have world-class ski areas and they are a motivating selling tool. We have après ski and amazing restaurants hopping with happy, healthy people. Winter events like International Snow Sculpting Championships and Dew Tour — the Olympic preview. We have alpenglow — the surreal light found near the full moon that illuminates the entire Ten Mile Range and make night hikes a real thing. And easy escapes from city lights that offer a real dark night sky that can be amazingly illuminated by a full moon. What’s not to love about showcasing your home for sale in winter? Curb appeal? You've got chairlift appeal?

View of the Breckenridge Ski Resort from Warriors Mark West


Curb appeal? You don't need to mow the lawn

The responsibilities you have to those looking at your property are pretty simple: keep a safe and clear passage to your home. Just as you'd do for your grandparents or other visitors. If you're an out-of-town owner, it's easy to contract for snowplowing and maintenance. Once they are in the door the chance to impress is on. Make sure your home is clean and warm. Nothing helps set the stage for feeling happy to be home like walking inside from winter temperatures. Lighting is important, especially on shorter winter days with lower light. Be sure to have enough, warm light bathing your cozy home.

Studies show that winter buyers tend to be more focused and to buy faster, and sellers often net a higher selling price. Historically, and true today, inventory spikes in the summer. As a well positioned winter listing, you have the chance to stand out to a focused consumer, while leveraging all that winter in Breckenridge and Summit County has to offer.

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