Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: First Day of Winter and What It Means to Your Real Estate Business

First Day of Winter and What It Means to Your Real Estate Business

The Winter Solstice and What It Means to You 

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere this is the day of the year that you have the shortest amount of daylight. It is the first day of winter or the December Solstice. The night is longer than the day. It is also the official day that the North Pole is at its farthest tilt away from the sun plunging the North Pole into darkness. This darkness does affect how we conduct our real estate businesses.



People all over the world celebrate this day especially if they are into astrology and nature. It is a happy day for many as it means there will be snow for snowboarding and the ski slopes. Ice skaters rejoice to have the outside rinks in a deep freeze. Real estate in this resort areas experience a boost in activity with new opportunities to rent and sell properties to those that love the snow. Beach and fair weather areas also benefit with surges in business this time of year.

This is the day with the longest noontime shadows. It is also the start of a series of days leading up to the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice in June. The daylight hours will start getting longer and the nights will gradually begin to get shorter.
  There is less daylight on the first day of winter than any other day of the year and darkness comes to most of us in the afternoon. The lack of sunlight tends drain our energy and we have to put forth more effort to stay active, not let the pounds settle around our waists and to not hibernate inside our homes.


Those of us in the real estate business know it means it is harder to show properties when people get off work at the 5 or 6 o'clock hour. In some areas homes, roads and walkways are obstructed by snow in the yards and on the roofs. Special care must be given when showing being very alert when appraoching homes. You need to be prepared to have extra flashlights in case the homes exteriors are not well lit. However, there is real estate activity. It is a fact that buyers still buy in the winter and sellers are still selling.


This is also a good time to make preparations for future business, setting up marketing campaigns, exploring new business systems and improving our online marketing presences. The holidays will be over in a couple of weeks and that means that people will be talking real estate and interest rates again and will be making plans to move up and move down.

Even the Spring buyers will be on the web starting their searches. The activity will increase on our websites and they will be signing up for drip campaigns. The early bird gets the worm as they say and those agents that reach out and connect will get new business.

Spring is only 89 days away but the signs of Spring will be seen long before the trees start budding. Will you be ready?


First Day of Winter and What It Means to Your Real Estate Business. When you are ready for real estate services in Clarksville, TN, contact The Real Debbie Reynolds at 931-320-6730.



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Comment balloon 17 commentsDebbie Reynolds • December 22 2016 03:15AM


Winter is a hard time for showings but more serious buyers are out dredging the snow.  It is time to capture those people.  

Winter is also a good time for plans and marketing as you said.  

Looking forward to Spring as I do not like winter.  Good Post.

Posted by Rose Mary Justice, Synergy Realty Pros (Synergy Realty Pros) over 2 years ago

Homes don't show well in the dark and it's unsafe for an agent. I'm looking forward to longer days again!

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management) over 2 years ago

Debbie you are so right, I used to tell Diane in the old days that I will be loosing two hours of work a day... now days it does not matter to me because my  market is Land and it is international so the light does not matter:)Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 2 years ago

Debbie Reynolds - It feels like winter!  Only 89 days until spring - now that's something to look forward to!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 2 years ago

Winter is the starting of our busy season, all the snowbirds start showing up.maui condos

Posted by Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii (Elite Pacific Properties Maui) over 2 years ago

We get a little busier here during the winter as well, since the weather is very nice compared to other parts of the country.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) over 2 years ago

Yes Debbie, the darker and colder it is, the harder it is to show property...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 2 years ago

Thank you for the reminder. I am already looking forward to spring.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 2 years ago

Debbie, Winter has just arrived and I am already looking forward to the longer, and warmer days of Spring :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago

Great post you are right showing homes in the winter can be a challenge. Thanks for sharing I hope you enjoy the holiday's.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) over 2 years ago

Smart home buyers will find a way to look at homes during the day to take advantage of the very low mortgage interest rates.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

Beautiful photo Debbie! It's now December 22 and the days will be getting longer from now on.  We don't deal with the winter challenges here in Phx but since I grew up in MN I know how challenging winter can be.  Merry Christmas!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 2 years ago

Debbie, your photo is stunning. The time is now to have our marketing in place for 2017. It will definitely be here before we know it and as you point out Spring is only 89 days away. Time to attract and start showing the Spring buyers how we can help them.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) over 2 years ago

Hi Debbie -- while the weather doesn't have the same impact in our area as it does in some other places, the amount of daylight does make a difference in attitude and approach if nothing else.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 2 years ago

Hello Debbie

Wonderful write and Las Vegas does very well around the Winter season and tax season around Jan & Feb.

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 2 years ago

Hi Debbie

I'm glad we are at the shortest day of the year and now will start working in the other direction.

Winter time for us means more rain, but thankfully no snow, so the impact on our business pretty minimal. I always try to get people to see properties in the daylight, even the late afternoon - if there's a view, the setting sun can be magnificent! Fortunately it's been along time since I have shown a vacant home at night, and only a few where there was no power - all short sales or REOs.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 2 years ago

There can be a time for readjustment new beginnings if we really want it to be. To a promising 2017, hopefully!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 2 years ago