I know we’re not even quite into winter yet but the temperatures are getting a little bit chilly at night and we know it’s only a matter of time before those first few snowflakes fall. Whether you are an investor, first-time homebuyer, or just looking for your next big deal, buying a home in the winter is actually a great time to find a super bargain.
Many top experts agreed that the winter season is one of the best times to buy a home if you don’t want to pay top dollar. Of course, in places like Florida and Southern California, these deals may not work, but in places where we get a little bit of chilly weather or snow, bargains are to be had just about everywhere. Here are some tips to buying in the winter.
Be ready to negotiate.
Just because you are looking for a deal doesn’t mean the sellers want you to have one. It’s important to have a great buyers agent on your side that negotiates on your behalf. This is not the time to Oooo and Awe over a home saying you must absolutely have it. Sellers sense that and usually won’t budge on the price. Keep your cards close to you and never insult the seller. Allowing your real estate agent to guide the process and negotiate on your behalf is really the best way to find a great deal.
Be ready at a moments notice.
Although there is not that many buyers on the market as in the spring and summer, you still have to be ready to jump on a great deal. Be flexible, not only with your real estate agent but with the sellers as well. You might need to see a home in the morning, afternoon, or evening to get that great deal.
Find an agent that is winter-savvy.
Because we have bought and sold property throughout southern North Carolina for decades, we have the know-how and the skills to help you negotiate for the best price this time of year. Winter sellers are very different than spring and summer sellers and you have to know how to communicate with them.
Remember the end goal.
If you keep the end goal in mind, buying a great home at a great price, then you won’t let the small stuff get to you. You may lose out on a home but realize that the point is to try and get a good deal, not pay top dollar for any home. Let’s talk about your needs, what you’re looking for in a home, and your price range and find exactly what you’re looking for at a great price.