If you’re thinking about waiting until the weather warms up to start looking at homes, we would highly encourage you to reconsider. Although some realtors may tell you to wait until spring as more homes will be on the market, the truth is you can find some amazing homes in winter as well.
Winter is a great time to look at homes because there is generally less competition than other times of year. This means you’re less likely to run into multi-bid scenarios, and you might even be able to underbid and get the home at a lower price than you would in the spring or summer. Many times, sellers who put their home on the market in winter are more motivated to sell.
In addition to that, you will be able to see how the home does during the colder months. Although the Jersey Shore is a vacation hotspot, it is still in the Northeast. It can get quite cold this time of year, and snow and sleet are always an issue residents will need to keep in mind. Prospective homeowners can see how well the heating system works and how well insulated the home is.
Tips to Keep in Mind if You Plan on Looking at Homes in Winter
Hire a Real Estate Agent Who Is Familiar with the Area: He or she will be able to point you in the direction of quality homes and identify which homes will best meet your needs. At Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty, we have talented agents with a keen knowledge of the Jersey Shore real estate market.
Ask to Look at Photos of the Home during Other Seasons: If there is snow on the ground, you might not be able to get a good look at the deck, lawn, etc. Pictures can help you get the full picture.
Inquire about the Roof, HVAC System, and Other Parts of the Home You Can’t See: Get an idea of when improvements were made, and, obviously, don’t buy a home until you have had it thoroughly inspected by a licensed home inspector.
Don’t Feel Rushed: Just because you are looking at homes in the winter, it doesn’t mean you have to buy one right away. Keep an open eye and ear for homes, and trust in your realtor to help you find a home that’s best for you. If you don’t find one in winter, there’s always spring.