Why and How to Buy a Home in Winter

why how to buy a home in winterIf you’re looking to buy a home, you may have heard that winter – with its holiday madness, cold weather, and fewer houses on the market – is not the ideal time to start your search.  But don’t get discouraged!  Your possibilities might be better than they seem.  Here in Rancho Santa Fe, for example (all of San Diego, in fact!), we’re not slowed down by snow or ice, so we can show you homes at any time of year!  Aside from weather, though, there are other distinct advantages to shopping for a home to buy in winter. Here is a list of some of the most convincing reasons to start your home search in November!


  1. Since fewer buyers are looking during the colder, wetter winter months, there will be less competition for any home you find.


  1. It has been shown that home prices are at a 12-month low in December.


  1. Once you find your dream home, your offer has a higher chance of being accepted.  In addition, because they are receiving fewer offers sellers may be more flexible in negotiating terms, time to close, and other concessions.


  1.  The real estate market is slow in the winter months; since they’re usually not caught up with as many clients, both agents and sellers may be more flexible with their schedules, leading to a home search more convenient for all.


  1. Homes are often at their best during the holidays; decorated and prepared for guests, it’s easier for you to see the potential in a home.  In addition, here in San Diego gardens are also at their greenest now, during the rainy season! However, if sellers have ignored their realtors’ advice and left rooms cluttered and messy, don’t be deterred: see through the clutter to the gem within!


If you’d like any more advice on starting your home search, or a free market analysis of areas near Rancho Santa Fe or North County San Diego, give Katie a call at 858-922-2226, and check out her Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate website!

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