By: Jerry Kronenberg
Fall is second only to spring as the busiest time of the year for home sales -- and Idaho Realtor Gail Hartnett sees this autumn as an especially good time to have your property on the market.
"Inventory is low, so if you have your house on the market, and it is priced well, it's going to sell," says Hartnett, a National Association of Realtors regional vice president and an agent with Keller Williams Realty Boise.
Home sales in Idaho and many other U.S. locales are rebounding this fall as low prices, improved consumer confidence and rock-bottom mortgage rates bring buyers out. At the same time, many would-be sellers are either too discouraged to put homes on the market or are waiting for prices to rise, creating a shortage of available homes in much of the country.
Add in the fact that many people travel to their hometowns for Thanksgiving, football games and the like, and Hartnett believes it's a bad idea to keep your property off of the market this fall.
"People who've been thinking of moving back home will look at some houses when they come for a visit, and finding the perfect place will push them into action," she says. "But if your place isn't on the market, they won't see it."
Houses that boast green grass and lush gardens in the spring, though, look a lot less inviting during the fall.
Here are six things Hartnett recommends all would-be sellers do this autumn to adjust for that and get a home moving:
1. Give your home a cozy smell.
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