Cold weather inspires both adventure and hibernation, and either or both can be great motivation for house hunting. While indeed the winter season can be slower, patience often is the best deal maker. The committed seller and the motivated buyer, making the most of the seasonal advantage, can be very successful in the winter.
BUY LAND - BUILD NEW!
A benefit to land sales or purchase in winter is that the lay of the land in many respects can be more easily observed. Land walks are an adventure in any season, but not everyone is willing to take their first steps in the snow. Strap on your snowshoes! Fire up the snow machine. Take a look around. Benefit to the to brave of heart! Buy land now, plan your dream house and start building this Spring!
SELLERS: KEEP YOUR LOT LINES CLEAR
A well groomed exterior lot in the winter catches everyone's eye. If your house or land is for sale, the best invitation to buyers is clear access, safe walkways and making it all look easy! Use your snow rake frequently on the roof to avoid ice-dams. Keep a tidy mudroom. Taking the few extra steps on the outside, will warm up every showing. Groomed access makes land lots easier to spot in the winter, and groomed house lots jump out to driver's by much more brightly than in the warmer seasons. Make a show piece of your property in the snow!
PATIENCE REWARDS THE PATIENT
It can't be said enough that both buying and selling property requires patience. In the winter, go with the season and slow down both expectations and demands. Buyers, keep your focus on your wants, needs and budget. Sellers, know that those who are house hunting, while fewer, are more serious. Both parties have the benefit of less pressure. Take the next step - make winter your season!