by Sean Hess, broker and manager, St. Augustine Team Realty
I was asked this week if the holiday season was a good time to shop for houses.
My answer was, “Absolutely.”
We typically see a drop off in December sales. The reason is that people just have too much on their plate during the month of December, with all the parties, family get togethers, and shopping. Even the most stalwart buyers have trouble getting out to look.
So as a buyer you will essentially have the place to yourself. And if you’re the only one who’s out there making an offer, you can drive the hardest bargain of the year.
If you’re a seller this might not sound great, but there are some advantages for you, too.
The first is that any buyer who is out looking during December is super motivated…the tire-kickers are out of the market for a month.
The second advantage for a seller is that, for a lot of same reasons that buyers stay out of the market in December, new sellers do, too. After New Years a slew of new listings come on the market which as a seller you have to compete with.
So, to recap, for buyers it means little competition and a good time to drive a bargain. For sellers it means a super motivated buyer and less competition. Sounds like a win-win for everyone!
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