The holidays are a great time for celebrating with family and loved ones. Eating good food and of course shopping on great deals! Did you know that the holiday season is also a great time to go house hunting and lock down your dream home for the new year? Well yes it is! Surprisingly, this is one of the best times of years to sell or buy your next home. Realtor.com did a great article on 5 surprisingly smart reasons to buy a home during the holidays. Enjoy the article and tips below.
1. Less competition from home buyers
Most buyers take the month off to celebrate the holidays, attend parties, host out-of-town guests and, quite frankly, avoid trudging around in inclement weather to look at houses. Or, maybe they’ve heard that this is a lousy time to buy a house. Whatever the reason, shopping for real estate at a time when fewer buyers are in the market can pay off big.
2. Motivated (OK, desperate) home sellers
The December seller is likely to be serious and motivated—and therefore more open to negotiation. So what you might lack in choice of available homes could be balanced out by dealing with a more flexible seller.
Most sellers have a compelling reason for putting their house on the market during the holidays. (Let’s face it: It’s no holiday party for them to have strangers wandering through their house.) They might be facing a relocation and want to get their kids settled before the new term. Or they might just be feeling some stress if they listed their home in the fall and it’s still languishing post–Turkey Day, making them just a little more desperate and anxious to deal.
Many sellers might also want a contract in hand for tax advantages. If sellers are likely to make a hefty profit and have a salary raise set to kick in on Jan. 1, they might be subject to a higher capital gains tax on their home sale in the coming year. In this scenario, sellers may want to unload a property before the new year.
3. Tax advantages
Buying now can help you save in April and beyond. Homeownership, brings numerous tax perks, from deducting mortgage interest to property taxes. (Update: The House of Representatives just passed its version of the GOP proposed tax plan, which would cap the property tax deduction at $10,000. The House bill also would only allow homeowners to deduct the interest on mortgages up to $500,000, down from the current $1 million.)
Also, many closing fees are tax-deductible if you itemize—although you should always double-check with your accountant about any tax questions.
4. A realistic picture of the house
What house doesn’t look amazing in the typical spring buying season, with newly planted flowers and plenty of sunlight streaming through the windows? Checking it out during the miserable winter season, on the other hand, might give you a more accurate idea of what you might be living with the rest of the year.
In addition to seeing the house, warts and all, you can check for issues that you’d notice only during cold weather.
Of course, don’t forget that issues that crop up more during summer will be less accessible—such as how well the air conditioning works or what the roof really looks like under all that snow and ice—so make sure that your home inspector does a thorough job on those fronts, too.
5. Greater accessibility to professionals
Since November and December are slower months for real estate. You will have easier access to your realtors, inspectors etc. This is the best time to get things to move more quickly with less hassles that you would have during the peak summer season.
In addition, motivated real estate agents will bend over backward to provide service with fewer client demands and will share your desire to get it done and in the books before the new year rolls around. Ditto on your mortgage broker, who is bound to speed your closing through.
If you find yourself wanting to get a jump on the new year and start your home buying process contact me today!
Article credit: Realtor.com