They say there’s no place like home for the holidays. Does that make it the perfect time to house hunt? While most people are busy planning family time, holiday parties and road trips, hear us out. A home may seem like a big-ticket item to add to your holiday shopping list, but it really does make sense.
Don’t believe us? Well, we’ve made a list and checked it twice.
- Less competition from homebuyers.
Most buyers take the month off to celebrate the holidays, attend parties, host out-of-town guests and avoid being outdoors during the colder weather to look at houses. Or, maybe they’ve heard it is a lousy time to buy a house. Whatever the reason, shopping for real estate at a time when fewer buyers are in the market can pay off big.
- Motivated home sellers.
December sellers are likely to be serious and motivated - and therefore more open to negotiation. So, what you might lack in choice of available homes could be balanced out by dealing with a more flexible seller. Be sure to weigh your options.
- A realistic picture of the house.
What house doesn’t look amazing in the typical spring buying season, with lush green landscapes and longer hours filled with natural light? Checking out houses during the winter might help you to focus on other critical elements in your next potential home.
Buying a home during the holidays has its advantages, but it’s not for everyone. If you’re looking for less competition and a more realistic picture of “what you see is what you get,” then a winter home search might be for you. If you are interested in learning more, connect with a Baldwin REALTOR® today!