While the winter months are often considered perfect for spending time with loved ones, they could also be an excellent time to buy a home. You can get yourself a home for the holidays.
There is a general perception that real estate activity typically slows down a bit during colder months. Many people don't find the idea of house hunting in the cold very appealing. Also, many families are focused on the school year and their holiday shopping - which tends not to include shopping for a house. This reduced competition can work to a buyer's advantage.
With fewer people searching for home loans, lenders are less busy and more likely to give greater personal attention to the smaller pool of buyers. Winter weather can also clue buyers in on whether a house is drafty - indicating the home might need new windows or have leaks that need to be sealed.
You can also learn many things about the neighborhood in terms of accessibility, especially in Battle Creek, Michigan where snow accumulation is common. How well is the neighborhood snow plowing maintained? Not that this alone would deter you from purchasing a house, but it can tell you whether neighbors take the time to shovel their own sidewalks, or neglect it. Sometimes this can be an indicator or community pride of ownership.
However, there is a fact that sellers who have their homes on the market during winter are usually willing to entertain most any offer, and it creates an opportunity for a buyer to get a great deal. It can also ring true with foreclosures, as in the Battle Creek market I have found that banks selling a foreclosed property that has been on the market awhile will sometimes be more willing to accept a lower offer as the end of the year approaches.
All of these things make it a great time for home buyers to get a home for the holidays. If you get an offer written at the end of November, or in early December, it is quite often the case that you can close it before Christmas or New Years. Working with a knowledgeable Realtor who knows the area can make the process smooth and easy. You can not only find the home that is perfect for you, but you can get help and advice on financing too.
As a local Realtor in Battle Creek, I have helped many home buyers become homeowners all over Southwest Michigan. Give me a call at: 269-441-8182 or contact me through my website at: www.michaeldelaware.com. Let's get you a home for the holidays in Southwest Michigan!
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