On the snowy fence

It’s Winter. Should I wait until Spring to start looking?

January 2, 2013

It’s winter and inventory is low. Should I wait until spring to start my home search?  Absolutely Not!

It’s true that inventory is low at this time of year so you won’t be receiving hundreds of listings from me each day. You may only receive a handful of possibilities. But within that small number of listings could be your dream home.

Okay. That could be optimistic, but it could be true. And since many other people may be taking a break from their search until all the pretty spring flowers are in bloom, you may be bidding on that dream home without any competition. The same can not be said for spring.

What if all the homes you see this winter are horrible? That could happen. That could also happen in the spring. But now is a great time to become familiar with the neighborhoods and the types of homes available within them. If you are just starting your search, you may be able to eliminate some areas and add a lot of focus to your search.

Are you a first time home buyer? If so, you may not really know how to look at and evaluate a home. If you are working with an exclusive buyer’s agent who can be totally honest with you about the homes you see, you will be able to take your time to make a decision on a home. In the spring there may be several buyers submitting offers the day it goes on the market.

If you do not find a home in the winter and are still looking in the spring, you will be a more educated buyer. More able to identify homes that are good deals as compared to quick fix-ups. More able to tell if you think it is priced correctly. More tuned into the neighborhoods where you would most like to live.Dana Hollish Hill in front of a wall of graffiti

Are you still on the fence about when to start looking? Don’t be afraid to be looking when others aren’t. If you are thinking about buying a home in the spring, start looking now. Call me today to get started.

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