Hello home shoppers! As you well know, spring and summer are the high season for home sales, but, did you know…winter can be a buyer’s market??? Especially if you don’t mind a smaller pool of homes for sale or moving around the holidays.
Less Competition, More Leverage
Since spring and summer are historically the most active real estate seasons, many home sellers wait until then to list their homes. That means there are fewer homes for sale in the winter, but… the sellers often have strong reasons to sell their homes soon, such as job relocation. These sellers typically have to move and are MOTIVATED!
While there are fewer homes to choose among, the smaller selection can save you a lot of time. Do you really want to traipse through 50 houses? You really don’t. It’s exhausting for most families and seeing that many homes may be a sign that you may not be realistic. It may be simpler to view the handful of homes for sale in the winter and choose the one that best suits your needs.
Just as there are fewer homes for sale during the winter, there are fewer buyers, too. That means less competition and sellers who are more willing to accommodate potential buyers. Use this knowledge to your advantage. Offer a relatively low (but not insultingly low) bid for the home you’ve selected, or ask for perks such as the living room furniture or the chandelier that you admire. The low number of potential buyers also means you have more time to make your decision. In the spring, you often need to choose a home and act quickly, but in winter you may be able to take your time.
Assessing a Home’s Winter Fitness
Viewing homes in the winter lets you see how it holds up to the weather. Did you feel cold while looking through the house? Is there a functioning heating system and hot water? Are the windows letting in drafts?
Availability of Agents and Others
Another advantage of buying a home in the off-season is the greater availability of industry professionals. Real estate agents will have fewer clients and more time to focus on your home search. Lenders will be more accessible for questions and assistance. Some lenders even waive fees during the off-season to encourage borrowers to use their services. Likewise, movers tend to lower their costs during the winter months.
Gray Gardens or Winter Wonderland?
Home buyers can be turned off by the bleak look of prospective homes in winter. Bare trees and lawns covered in gray snow aren’t the most picturesque. However, you’ll be able to see how well neighbors tend driveways and sidewalks, whether the town plows or salts icy streets, and whether kids come out to play in the snow. Around the holidays, you might even see the neighborhood decorated in its winter finest.
Zach Fry – 502-291-0587 – Making business a pleasure!
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