Today is the first day of spring, also known as the spring Equinox. The quote “hope springs eternal” comes from the classic poem by Alexander Pope and it speaks to the common human trait of optimism. On the equinoxes, the length of the day and night is nearly equal as the sun shines directly on the equator. As the daylight becomes longer people begin to feel the hope in the air!

The residential real estate market comes alive in the springtime and in most areas represents the traditional peak selling season. One reason for this is that many people plan to move over the summer months to minimize disruption in schedules. People with children rely heavily on the school calendar to time move decisions. Others are afforded with more vacation time in the summer months and thus use that available time off in order to navigate the logistics of a move.

In climates where there are seasons, the coming of physical spring is welcomed with fanfare and celebrations. The grass is green, flowers bloom and gardens burst forth with beauty and new life. Everything is fresh and the birds are singing. Springtime daylight savings provides more hours of sunshine during the evening. Outdoor activities and entertainment benefit from putting clocks forward. It provides for more hours of daylight to enjoy the sunlight. This benefits real estate sales, because buyers can view homes after work hours more readily. Sellers are motivated to do the activities to prepare their home for marketing and sale.

This idea of hope in a new life is central to making a move. Often people need to be able to visualize where they are going before they can leave behind where they have been. Hope in this new life is what creates the impetus for people to pursue the home buying and selling process. This is but one reason the professional real estate agent will always be in demand. It is their role to help people make their dreams come true, as that hope springs eternal.

Karen Briscoe is the author of “Real Estate Success in 5 Minutes a Day: Tips from a Top Agent Revealed”. She is principal of HBC Group at Keller Williams and a Realtor® in the Northern Virginia market place. [email protected].