December 7, 2018 | Bob Myers

Don’t pass up that ‘for sale’ sign stuck in the snow - it might just be your ticket to finding your new home at a steal!  Real estate  sales naturally slow as the seasons change and most home seekers put their search on hold until spring, but not you. You see an  advantage in an overcrowded marketplace.  You’ve been searching for a home since spring or summer and watched as houses were snatched off the market at record speed!  More people means more possibility of a bidding war-ugh!  Don’t give up now!  Continue in your pursuit of finding your potential palace as the temperatures drop.
  1. Motivated to Move
    When home sellers list their place in the winter, it usually means their life has experienced a change in plans and now is the time for them to move on. Maybe they just accepted a new job offer in a different city or  they already moved out to a new town and the house has sat on the  market since summer. That means you’re in the right place at the right  time!
  2. Determine the Deal Breakers
    Fewer buyers in the market may afford you a better price on a house, but don’t overlook those deal breakers you set at the beginning of this homebuying adventure.  Don’t budge if  the house has a higher property tax than you want, or a shoddy roof and  old plumbing and what about mold?  Sellers may be willing to bargain, giving you more incentive, but you need to be prepared to walk away.
  3. Knock Out the Competition
    Less is more in the winter house-hunting season! Local real estate comes down to supply and demand.  Facing fewer buyers in the winter months than in the traditional selling season from March through August, means  the seller may be eager to compromise on price or closing.  Winter can be prime time when it comes to finding a good deal with less competition.
  4. Property Perspective
    The cold outside may give you more perspective inside. The harsh winter weather can take its toll on a home. The cold and wind test a home’s insulation, while moisture can lead to more serious problems like ice  dams. Take time as you tour the home and take notes of any chill, moisture or drafts in the rooms. Consider how the home’s current  condition would impact your quality of living now and just how much of a  chunk it will take out of your wallet later-remember these issues as  you negotiate the final price of the home
  5. Pick a Professional
    Keep calm and call us!  Let's bundle up, get out there and brave the cold in search of your next home!
Please consider The Myers Team your resource for all things real estate.  We have over 30 years of real estate experience, specializing in the Montgomery County area.  If you are refinancing, want a recommendation, need a service provider or just have a home related question, please give me a call at 301-910-9910 or email me at bobmyersteam@gmail.com.
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