Today’s savvy home buyer knows the real estate market never sleeps. Sure, things may slow down during the winter months, but this may be the best time to bundle up and bear those freezing temperatures with your agent.
First of all, it’s safe to assume most home sellers are highly motivated during the winter months. Many of the homes you’ll be looking at are on the market because the seller needs to sell, whether it’s a career relocation, a growing family, or simply a contingency of the offer they have on another home. This sense of urgency creates an opportunity for YOU the buyer to negotiate a lower price.
The freezing temperatures and harsh climate present a chance for you to test a home’s heating, plumbing, and insulation systems at a time when you’ll need them most. The winter is also a great time to request a copy of the most recent utility bills to get an accurate estimate of what you’ll be paying to keep the house warm during those cold January nights.
Another benefit of winter time house hunting is the attention you’ll receive from all parties involved. As market activity slows down, you’ll be able to spend more time with your Realtor, home inspector, attorney, lender, and appraiser throughout the process. Scheduling appointments will be easier, and all the professionals involved in the sale of the home will be able to spend more time with you.
It may be tempting to stay in your pajamas and drink cocoa during your free time in the winter, but you may be missing out on a great deal and a smooth transaction every step of the way.
Want to get out there and start looking? The Janet and Sam McLennan team have the experience and knowledge to offer you the best representation and get you a great deal on a great house. Call us today at (978) 604 0361 for a private tour of your next home!