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Winter May Just be the Right Time to Buy a Home

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Statistics show that Spring/Summer has traditionally been the high season for buying or selling real estate. But there is really great advantages for the buyer to purchase a new home during the winter months.

Less Competition – Since there will be less buyer traffic through a home, this should enable any potential buyers the opportunity to view the home in a more relaxed manner, knowing there are not other buyers interested in the same house, and there should be a be a reduced chance you’ll be involved in a bidding war for the property, which eliminates the opportunity to negotiate.

Cheaper Moving Prices – Prices for Moving Companies are typically higher in the summer due to supply and demand, which means if you buy in the winter months, you may be able to enjoy more flexible moving schedules and lower prices.

Title Companies/Lenders Less Busy – During the height of the summer months, lenders and title companies are swamped with buyers and sellers, and are scheduled weeks out for settlement dates. During the slower, winter months, you’ll be able to work out a quicker settlement date with plenty of settlement date options that should be able to meet your personal schedule.

Winter Home Interior Sales – You may just be able to make a deal on that new couch or washer/dryer for your new home in the winter months, as home furnishing companies/appliances stores have outstanding deals in the winter to attract buyers in from the cold.

You’ll Be All Moved in Before Spring/Summer – And who doesn’t love to sit back and enjoy the spring/summer months on the deck, in the yard or by the fire pit? So get moving this winter and get ready to sit back and enjoy the warm summer days and evenings in your new home.

Call Team Bonnie and Maureen today and get your home buying adventure started!!

RE/MAX Housing Blog – A Home is More than Walls & Plaster

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After a month of negotiations, last-minute closing hurdles, a roof replacement in the dead of winter and other adventures, we finally closed the sale on our old home – and our new one – all in time for the holidays.

At the closing table for our old home, we sat across from a family of first-time homebuyers who were clearly excited to make new memories in a new home. We exchanged friendly banter. We told them about that pesky humidifier control switch in the basement and shared insights about the neighborhood. All the while, though, my thoughts were on our new dream home.

When our lender handed us a stack of notecards with a picture of our new home on the front, with its beautiful brick exterior and the plentiful, cheery windows, I felt a sense of pride mixed with anxiety. We really did it!

Almost two weeks after getting our new keys, boxes are still pleading with us to unpack them, and smiling faces stare at me from photo frames that need to be put on display. Our to-do list is longer than we expected, but we’re slowly making our way through it and checking off items. 

In the moment I was unpacking the gleaming crystal stemware and trinkets that will go into my late mother’s china cabinet, I became overwhelmed as I thought back to my childhood. My mom was a single mother of two who worked two, sometimes three, jobs to provide the roof over our heads, the food on the table and as normal an upbringing as possible after my father passed away.

She poured a lot of time and effort into making our home comfortable. I never understood her obsession with perfecting the house; after all, it was just walls and plaster, right? But as I stood in my new formal dining room and handled those precious memories encased in bubble wrap that are now mine to treasure, it dawned on me that the home my mother created was a labor of love. And because she did that, it was a safe place. A place where I felt I belonged.

I look around my new home and I don’t think about furniture or the electronics or the square footage. I look around and see memories waiting to be created.

I realize now what I failed to appreciate when I was younger: Home is the place where a family plants its roots and grows before life takes us all in different directions. Because no matter where you go or what you do in life, memories and feelings of your home stay with you forever.

Blog provided by:  By Deborah Kearns, RE/MAX Senior Editor, Corporate Communications