The big day was March 20, the first day of spring. As almost everyone knows, it begins one of the most active seasons for home searches.
For good reason: If you can dodge the April showers, the weather will be nice. Flowers coming out everywhere will tempt you to drive about and see what appeals to you. Even if you haven't decided to take the plunge, you could find that today's bargains are hard to resist.
Home sellers will be out there with bells on. They know that buyers, dreamers and lookers will be out in force. Whichever category you fall into, they and their real estate agents will be pleased to see you.
Agents know that the lookers and dreamers of today could be buyers in the future. The agents are available in their offices or at open houses to tell you about the finer points of buying and selling. When your time comes, you will be prepared and knowledgeable.
Visiting open houses can be more than an enjoyable Sunday afternoon activity. Visitors get an idea of what features and home designs would best suit their needs, as well as what features should be added to their list of wants. Often, they can pick up a sheet of detailed information on a home, which can be referred to later on.
In spring, there are more homes on the market than at any other time of the year. You'll find good bargains on some foreclosures that banks are willing to sell at a reduced price. But whether or not a home that interests you is in foreclosure, the price will be less than it would have sold for a few years ago.
That doesn't mean that sellers aren't willing to negotiate. Many have significant reasons to sell. Some sellers have to move to another city because of their work. They want to make a move well before school begins in fall.
Other properties might be part of an estate and heirs want to make a deal. Some sellers are retired and want to move to a smaller place.
There are many reasons sellers and their agents would like to see you!