Would you be surprised to learn that March is the best overall time of year to sell a house in Flagstaff? It is, indeed, and the reason being is that it’s one of the highest months for homes going under contract and yet the number of homes for sale hasn’t caught up with the demand (the inventory starts climbing in March and goes up significantly until peaking in July). By the time July rolls around, there are only slightly more sales per month and yet hundreds of more homes for sale. Essentially, you’re getting a head start on all the other people who are about to put their homes on the market and potentially capturing the buyers that they’re missing out on.
Of course, homes sell year-round in Flagstaff and we can get your home sold at any time of year, but if your motivation is to time the market just right, you can’t go wrong with listing in the next month.
So, in general, you’ll want to be on the market by March but it wouldn’t hurt to be on before that to take advantage of less competition and not miss out on a potential sale as we get closer to spring. Last January and February, there were almost 150 residential sales in Flagstaff, so there are buyers even in these coldest of months.
But what if your yard shows better in the spring or summer? The good news is that all of your competition has the same circumstances and the statistics show that motivated buyers see past that. If your home is still on the market when the foliage is at it’s best, good agents will update your pictures on all the marketing (the last thing you want is a snowy picture in the middle of July!).
Of course, these stats are for Flagstaff as a whole and there is some variation in individual areas and neighborhoods (but even those are likely different than you would think) so feel free to contact me if you have questions about your specific area.
There are so many great events coming up in Flagstaff this fall! One of the benefits of living in a place with four seasons is the variety of events we have year-round. Here are some hand-selected events between now and the end of the year. See the links in most items for more details.
- Every first Friday of the month attend the First Friday Art Walk starting at 6pm and ending at 9pm. Located in downtown Flagstaff.
- October 6th from 11am-8pm, join in for some yodeling, beer, brats, Mug Root Beer floats, and live music at the Flagstaff Oktoberfest held at Wheeler Park. Cost is $5 or donate a pair of glasses.
- Oct 14th will be the last Sunday for the Flagstaff Farmer’s Market held in the parking lot of City Hall. Shopping starts at 8am.
- Oct 20th the Arboretum will be hosting the Pumpkin Walk featuring nocturnal animal displays, plants, hot cider, fire pit, and kids craft. Come in costume! Fun is from 9am-4pm.
- The Grand Canyon Railroad is now featuring The Pumpkin Patch Train going out to their secret pumpkin patch every weekend from Oct 6th-Oct 28. The train leaves at 11a, 1p, 3p. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids. Kids be ready to pick out your free pumpkin! For more info call 1-800-THETRAIN.
- Bearizona is featuring its Howly, Growly, Owly Fall Festival with the Howl-O-Ween Express, Haunted Bear Cave, and Raptor Show. Weekends only October 6th-October 29th!
- Halloween Harvest will be located in downtown at Heritage Square on October 31. There will be games, a pumpkin patch, costume contest and more! Little ghouls can do some trick-or-treating too! Starts at 4pm. Click here for more info.
- Ride the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express anytime between November 9th-January 5th (days, times, and ticket prices vary). Be sure to reserve your seats now as the trains fill up fast and space is limited. Go to their website to get your tickets today!
- November 23-December 2 NAU Theatre presents Romeo and Juliet at the Clifford E. White Theater. Check out their website for times and ticket prices http://nau.edu/CAL/Theatre/Events/.
- On November 24 Little America will be flipping the switch for the 18th Annual Holiday Lights Festival. Activities start at 3pm with the lights turning on at 6:30pm.
- Winter Wonderland in downtown Heritage Square will begin at 6:30pm on Dec 7th to turn on the Christmas Tree.
- 14th Annual Northern Lights Parade will be held on December 8th in downtown Flagstaff starting at 6pm. There will be twinkling floats and marching bands!
- Christmas in the Mountains is a festive holiday concert of familiar carols the whole family will enjoy. Held on December 16th at 3:00pm at the Ardrey Auditorium on the NAU campus. Cost is $20 for adults, $8 for students with ID, and free for children 12 and under.
- Ring in the New Year with the Weatherford’s Pine Cone Drop on December 31st at 10pm and midnight.
Make sure to check out the Flagstaff Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s calendar here for additional events! Let me know if you’re able to enjoy any of these!