Tips for Buying a Home in a Winter

I’ve blogged about how to sell your home in a winter, so now it makes sense to look at things from the other side: buying a home in the winter.

Generally speaking (and this winter is no exception so far), buyers tend to hibernate a bit and wait for the spring before they shift their house hunting into a higher gear. Everything from weather to taking care of those holiday season credit card bills (ouch) contribute to this trend.

However, if you’re in the market for a new or next home, then this doesn’t mean that you should necessarily follow suit. On the contrary, because there are fewer buyers out there for you to compete with -- especially when it comes down to making an offer -- you stand a very good chance of getting an incredible deal. 

Indeed, some winter sellers are looking for a quick sale. Perhaps they need to relocate for a job, or maybe they’ve found another great home, and need to unload their existing home before they start carrying two mortgages. 

Also, some homes on the market during winter aren’t new listings. They were listed in the summer or fall, but the asking price was just too high. Now, however, those same sellers are often more motivated to “do a deal” rather than face another year of fielding offers, holding Open Houses, and wondering if they’ll be hot_choc_800living at that address, or somewhere else, in a matter of months.

And there’s still yet another reason to be a winter buyer, and this one is very “local.” Edmonton winters are – say it with me – C O L D and S N O W Y. Not that I’m complaining – shovelling is great exercise!

My point is, is that it makes sense for you to check out a house in the midst of a cold and snowy Edmonton winter, so that you can see how it holds up. You can inspect the plumbing and heating systems, you can see how well (or poorly) the snow is cleared in the area, and you can even see how close the home is to winter fun spots like rinks, ski hills, and of course, the nearest Tim Horton’s to pick up an extra large hot beverage!

So as you can see, buying a home in winter can give you some strategic advantages and opportunities. And when you consider that you could stand to save thousands (or maybe tens of thousands) of dollars, plus find a great “winter-ready” home, it sure does make putting the extra effort to go house hunting seem worth it.

(Besides, summer’s just around the corner, and we’ll all have plenty of time to complain about the heat!)

If you’re ready to create your customized home buying plan, and you want to exploit these unique “winter buying advantages,” call me today at 780-709-0811. You’ll be surprised at the options available to you – and the extra large hot chocolate of coffee is on me!

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Buying your first home is an exciting but also daunting task. While you are trying to find the perfect home for you and your family, you have to worry about the paperwork, technicalities, and legalities. Working with Chris, that part of the home-buying process was taken care of. When my brother and I bought our first home, Chris took the time to explain the process to us step by step, and I felt the process was really simplified. He explained all the details, provided advice as required, and answered all our questions, sometimes before we even asked. He worked around both our fulltime schedules, and was constantly in contact with us, even if it had to be early morning, later in the evening, weekdays, or weekends. What I appreciate the most about Chris is the fact that he is devoted to his clients. The first time I saw my home, we did not actually go in to see it, because there was an offer on it. Chris followed up on it and a couple of days later he let us know that it was back on the market. We put in a competing offer and unfortunately the sellers went with someone else’s offer. Yet again Chris kept us in the loop about this house, and for whatever reason, the sale did not go through. This time around, the sellers accepted our offer, and everything worked out. If it was not for Chris’ diligence and dedication, we might have missed out on what was meant to be ours. It is a beautiful home and I thank Chris so much for his hard work. He helped us find exactly what suited our family. He was always available and easy to get a hold of. He pointed out both pros and cons of each house we looked at, and I appreciated his honesty. It was not just about making a sale, but helping us find what we needed. I would without doubt recommend him to anyone buying a home, whether it is their first home or not, and I will definitely be coming back to Chris if I need to buy or sell a house in the future.

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