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Things To Consider When Buying a Home

by Tucker Robbins

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  • Do you need a professional when buying a home?
     
  • 4 demands to make on your real estate agent.
     
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  • Where are mortgage rates headed?
     
  • Getting a mortgage: Why so much paperwork?
     
  • Harvard: 5 financial reasons to buy a home.
     
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Information courtesy of New Castle County Realtor Tucker Robbins.

Advantages of Buying a Home During The Holidays?

by Tucker Robbins

Yes, it’s true…real estate activity slackens during the holidays. But, many home owners really don’t have a choice because of a necessity to relocate. You may find yourself in that same situation as a buyer. Or you may simply want to take advantage of some extra time off during the holidays to look for your dream home.

house giftMost of us do tend to want to have our time free to enjoy all the activities that surround the year-end holidays. But, it can actually be a very advantageous time of year to be a buyer. Realtors will all tell you that many folks have vacation time during the holidays that make it a good time for both marketing and hunting to buy.

Right now is a good time to be looking to buy a home before 2015? Home prices are expected to rise in 2015, although not at the same rate as in 2014. Therefore, it is definitely a good time to be buying with prices continuing to climb. Here are some other considerations about housing hunting during the holidays…

  • Lower seasonal prices are likely before the anticipated increases in 2015. Many homes on the market during the holidays are being offered because the sellers are being transferred. January is a high workplace transfer month. Transferees are trying to sell their homes during the holidays because they feel they have to.
  • Less competition among buyers is common because many are concentrating on holiday activities. If they don’t have to move for some reason they tend to wait until after the year-end holidays. That means fewer competing offers and less likelihood of bidding wars.
  • Seller anxiety begins to set in during the holidays. That means potentially better deals can be had. Sellers who need to move get more willing to bargain during the holidays because there is less demand from buyers.

Additional advantages of house hunting during the holidays before 2015 include:

  • Cold weather means that you can experience first hand how efficient heating systems and fireplaces are in the cold months of the year.
  • Realtors can be more attentive because the number of buyers in the marketplace is diminished during the holidays.
  • Less competition from other buyers means you can do your house hunting being a little more relaxed about the potential of losing a house that you really are interested in.
  • The winter landscape provides an opportunity to see the property and assess its privacy without the foliage on trees being in full bloom.

No matter what your motivation for house hunting during the holidays, it is a time to enjoy touring homes for sale when they are decorated and looking their best for the holidays. That can turn your holiday house hunting into a fun activity at a festive time of year.

Information courtesy of New Castle County Realtor Tucker Robbins.

Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

by Tucker Robbins

If your home is currently on the market, you may be tempted to take it off during the busy December holiday season that is currently upon us.  I would suggest that you leave your home on the market regardless of what time of year it bellis and do your best to make sure that it shows better than any of the other houses out there for sale.  Selling your home during the holidays  doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  Here are a few tips for selling your home during the busiest time of the year!

  • Decorate your home like you have never decorated it before to make it stand out above all the other homes that are for sale during the holiday season.  You may not feel like doing this because you are most likely ready to move out and get on with your life, but if you take the time to make your home look beautiful for the holidays, it is most likely going to get the attention of several buyers that might not otherwise take a second look at your home.  Be sure to have a few showings during the evenings if your Realtor will agree so that you can show off your awesome light display.
     
  • Have tea or hot cocoa waiting for your potential buyers when they walk through your door for a showing.  You may also want to have holiday music playing throughout your home as well.
     
  • Offer some sort of small gift if your potential buyer is willing to purchase your home during the holiday season.  You can make this gift as small or as elaborate as you wish and may want to gear it towards your buyer’s personality.  Your Realtor will be able to help you know what your buyer likes and what kind of incentive will get their attention. 
     
  • If anything in your home needs updating, you may want to go ahead and make these improvements,  However if you don’t have enough money in your pocket to take care of the holiday for your family and make the updates at the same time, you may want to take that into consideration when setting an asking price.  You don’t have to jump through hoops to sell your home, however you DO want to get the best price you possibly can, so weigh the pros and cons of going ahead and taking care of updating versus lowering your price and then figure out which one works best for you and your family. 

Don’t let the holidays overwhelm you and make you think that you can’t sell your home during this time of year.  There is no reason to take your home off the market in December.  All you need to do is bling out your home like a huge Christmas present and I am sure folks will take notice! 

Information courtesy of Wilmington Realtor Tucker Robbins.

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Tucker Robbins
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
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Wilmington DE 19807
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