4 Compelling Reasons to Buy a Home During the Holidays
It’s no secret that real estate transactions heat up in the Spring and Summer months, these are typically the busiest months in real estate. But as a homebuyer, there are some serious advantages to swimming against the current.
If you’re considering buying a home, here are 4 compelling reasons to do so in the "winter":
1. Limited buyer competition.
This is the #1 reason. Since it’s taboo to buy a home during the holidays, you’re going to find that there is far less competition. Since demand is historically low this time of year, you won’t feel the pressure to make a rash offer that you may end up regretting. Take the time to be more calculated!
2. Sellers are extremely motivated.
If someone is selling their home during the holidays, you can almost guarantee that it’s out of necessity- the holidays is not an ideal time for sellers. Common reasons include: a death in the family, job relocation, and financial constraints. If the home has been sitting on the market for a number of months and just hasn’t sold, then you’re really in control. The longer the home sits on the market, the more negotiating power you yield.
3. Less likely to have competing offers
It’s simple economics. Demand is low which gives you the upper hand when it comes time to negotiate a deal. Again, sellers tend to be extremely motivated (if not desperate) this time of year so if the offer is reasonable, it’s likely to be accepted. You can find yourself saving some big bucks if you time it right!
4. Everyone is less busy.
If you haven’t been part of a real estate transaction deal at the height of summer, then let me explain something. It can be very hard working with all parties involved since everyone is so busy! Sellers showing their homes to multiple interested buyers, lenders are buried in processing paperwork, and everyone else seems to be on vacation. You won’t have to fight for attention to get the ball rolling in the winter.
Now that you have 4 compelling reasons, get out there and house hunt!