Thinking about buying a new home? Not sure what time of year you should start looking? Most people think about buying houses in the spring or summer because the weather is nice. But surprisingly winter can also be a great time to buy a house if you keep these four tips in mind. Check out our tips below to find out how to find your dream home.
Fewer Buyers to Compete With; with colder temperatures not as many people are willing to brave the weather to look at houses let alone move in winter. With less people looking at the houses on the market you are more likely to find the house you want and get it for your ideal price. Fewer buyers essentially means less overpriced bids, or cash offers to compete with. So putting up with the chilly temperatures may be worth it in the long run; especially if you are looking to make your budget go a long way.
Sellers are Motivated; typically if a seller is selling their house in the winter months they are considered a motivated seller; this means that they are looking to close on their house quickly and may be more willing to budge on some of those changes or tweaks you would like made on the home. They might be willing to take less than what the house is listed for, leaving funds in your budget to make the changes yourself. This also typically means a quicker close date or less waiting time to get into your new house since everyone is pushing to keep the process moving.
Your Real Estate Agent Will Work Harder For You; most of the time less activity during the winter months means you will have the undivided attention of your realtor. Fewer clients looking for houses means you can take your time and make sure you are truly getting the property that you want. Houses also typically close faster when real estate agents and brokers don’t have a full workload, which is common in the winter months.
You truly see the condition of the house during the winter months; winter tends to be one of the hardest seasons on a house; you tend to notice more imperfections with a house in the winter months. Are the windows drafty? Is part of the house heated more than another? Do the doors let air in? These types of imperfections that would normally be overlooked when searching for a house in the spring or summer If you are up for it and brave the cold to go look for your dream house; keep these four tips in mind as you are looking, and I think you will be surprised with what you find. Did you recently find your dream home? Don’t forget to schedule your heating and cooling maintenance appointment to make sure your equipment is working correctly and efficiently.