Leap Year

Is Leap year the perfect time to sell your home?


Is leap year the perfect time to sell your home?

Many homeowners in Kent and East Sussex often wonder when the perfect time is to put their property on the market. Interestingly, there are those who believe the leap year might hold the key to a successful sale. But is there any truth to this or is it merely a popular superstition? At KMJ Property we delve into the mysteries of the leap year, explore the folklore surrounding it, and unravel if it can indeed influence the property market.


Unveiling the mystery: what exactly is a leap year?

A leap year, essentially, is a year that can be evenly divided by four, except for end-of-century years which must be divisible by 400 to qualify as leap years. This unique system allows us to reconcile the slight variation between our calendar year and the actual solar year. To illustrate, the year 2000 was a leap year, due to its divisibility by 400, whilst the years 1700, 1800, and 1900, despite being divisible by four, were not leap years as they were not divisible by 400. A leap year is distinguished by an extra day inserted into February, transforming it from the usual 28 days to 29 days, and hence making the year comprise 366 days instead of the standard 365.


The leap year phenomenon: folklore and superstition

The fascination with leap year stretches back over two millennia to its introduction by Julius Caesar. Around the globe, various cultures hold captivating folklore and superstitions related to this unusual occurrence. In certain societies, the leap day is regarded as a bearer of good fortune and prosperity, whereas others associate it with unfortunate events. For instance, in Scottish tradition, it is deemed unlucky to be born on leap day. Meanwhile, Greeks often steer clear of weddings during a leap year, believing it to be a harbinger of bad luck. The question that arises then is, does such folklore carry any significance in the realm of property selling?


Leap year and the property market: a connection?

Some individuals speculate that a leap year could be a fortuitous period to sell a property, inspired by the idea that this rare occurrence heralds a shift in luck. However, when it comes to the housing market, there isn’t any substantial data to corroborate this theory. The fluctuations and performance of the property sector are governed by an array of elements such as the state of the economy, variations in interest rates, and the balance of supply and demand.

That said, this does not mean that a leap year can’t present certain advantages for those selling their homes. With the addition of an extra day in February, there is an additional opportunity to present your property to potential purchasers.


Making the most of leap year: timing your home sale

The importance of correctly timing your property sale cannot be overemphasised, irrespective of whether it’s a leap year or not. Striking the right timing can potentially result in a rapid sale at an attractive price, or conversely, it may cause your property to remain unsold on the market for a prolonged duration. The housing market typically witnesses an upturn during spring. This is attributed to longer and brighter days which present homes in a better light to prospective buyers. Furthermore, this period usually coincides with many individuals deciding to relocate. As such, launching your property onto the market at the onset of a leap year could be synchronised with these seasonal market trends.


Top tips for selling your home successfully: leap year or not

Regardless of whether it’s a leap year, the success of selling your home fundamentally lies in the tactics you utilise. Here are some key tips to secure a swift and lucrative sale.

  1. Right pricing: set a realistic asking price for your home. Overpricing can dissuade potential buyers.
  2. Proper presentation: it is crucial to ensure that your home is tidy, free from clutter, and well-maintained. A good first impression can make a significant difference.
  3. High-quality photographs: using high-quality images can substantially boost your online listing, drawing in more interested buyers.
  4. Selecting the correct estate agent: engaging a dependable and experienced estate agent can simplify and streamline your selling process.
  5. Flexibility: be prepared to negotiate and adjust to the requirements of potential buyers.

While a leap year might lend an air of mystique to your home sale, it’s the proven methods that genuinely contribute to a triumphant sale. Make full use of the extra day, but remember to keep the essentials of home-selling in clear focus.

If you would like to sell your home this leap year in any of the areas we cover, including but not limited to; Tunbridge Wells, Rusthall, Southborough, Langton Green, Speldhurst, Crowborough, Uckfield, Forest Row, Groombridge, Hartfield, Colemans Hatch, Nutley, East Grinstead etc., give our team a call on 01892 515188 / 01342 824 824.