Does bad weather affect home sales?

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Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

Here in the south, in January and February, we can have snow and ice. Luckily, it usually is gone just as quickly as it comes. But during the day(s) that the roads are bad, people tend to hunker down at home and not venture out. Open houses get canceled as well as broker caravans. If you look at the numbers of homes sold during bad weather, the numbers do drop.

That's here in the south. In colder climates where people are used to extended periods of cold, snow, and ice, I suspect there is a difference. People in the colder areas see their roads opened up much more quickly because of the equipment available to the local governments to clear the snow. In the south, we have less need for this equipment, so we have less of it.

So, if your home is listed for sale and the weather turns nasty, expect showings to drop off a bit. But never fear, as soon as the roads are clear, buyers will be out looking once again!

 

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Peter den Boer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Atlanta Communities Real estate Brokerage

 

Ph. 770.713.1545

www.denboerhomes.com

 

I write about daily life as a Realtor in the Towne Lake Community in Woodstock Georgia.

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Rainmaker
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning again Peter. I think you got this right. Weather is always a consideration.

Feb 25, 2015 09:53 PM #2
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Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
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When the wind is blowing hard and its raining here it is a slow day.

Feb 25, 2015 10:31 PM #3
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Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
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We have had a lot of sub zero weather and wind. I think it keeps half the buyers inside. 

Feb 26, 2015 02:16 AM #4
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Debbie Gartner
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Here in the north, many things such as home sales and home improvement have a more drastic impact than they do in the south.  While the road may be cleared and safer faster here, here we get more snow...and it lasts for a LONG time.  This majorly impacts people wanting to show their houses due to plowing driveways, shoveling walkways and having others come in w/ their dirty feet.  It will probably be another month or so before the snow melts here.

For you, things may be shifted a few days...here, people will put things off for 2-3 months.

Feb 26, 2015 02:19 AM #5
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Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
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I've heard a lot about this topic. Interesting if you ask me! Thanks for sharing.

Feb 26, 2015 04:05 AM #6
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Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
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It certainly does effect showings that's for sure. We've had a horrible month in terms of snow and record lows.

Feb 26, 2015 04:30 AM #7
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Brian Rugg
Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-966-3200 - Georgetown, TX
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Peter den Boer

I lived in Atlanta for five years and even the hint of snow shut the town down.  In Boston we showed property in heavy snow routinely.

Feb 26, 2015 04:49 AM #8
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Marla Yost
Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, TX
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You know if they are going out in bad weather they must be very serious. 

Of course in Texas sometimes rain is bad to go out in. If they say the word snow. Lock yourself in the house.

Feb 26, 2015 07:53 AM #9
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Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
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Absolutely.  It does slow down many buyers here in Michigan.  Our best season is spring and summer

Feb 26, 2015 09:38 AM #10
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
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The winter has slowed things down for sure.  There is just too much snow and cold.

Feb 26, 2015 12:13 PM #11
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Praful Thakkar
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Peter den Boer usually we see the impact after about a month or so. The numbers in March 2015 won't be that great....

Feb 26, 2015 01:55 PM #12
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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
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Peter - Most people think of spring and summer as the prime selling season.  We don't have much bad weather here in Orange County, CA, but we still usually see a drop off during the holiday season.

Feb 26, 2015 02:55 PM #13
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Inna Ivchenko
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I don't know how you guys do it with snow, rains and cold weathers. When it rains in CA, noone seems wants to see houses ( well, we have just few days of rain per year.....yet:)

Feb 26, 2015 03:19 PM #14
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Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
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Long Island, NY has had more snow and ice than we usually get. It's made things very difficult, from driveways that haven't been plowed to bursting pipes and collapsing roofs. Spring can't get here soon enough!

Feb 26, 2015 07:55 PM #15
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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Fewer people list their homes here in the winter weather; they'd rather not have to keep their driveways perfectly clear and have people tracking salt/sand/slush into their homes. But in terms of showings, they keep right on going -- with the exception of anything scheduled in the middle of a snowstorm. 

Feb 26, 2015 08:01 PM #16
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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You are absolutely correct. Just the forecast of some bad weather in Charlotte area keeps people at home. But then we'll get a flurry of activity on the first good day with pent up demand. It evens out in the end, I think.

Feb 26, 2015 08:09 PM #17
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People do stay hunkered down in the bad weather but usually within a few days it's business as usual.  For many the weather is only a factor when it is excessive, otherwise it is off to the office

Feb 26, 2015 10:09 PM #18
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Richie Alan Naggar
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I know when I was a kid, a good storm affected whether we would go to school or not...Today, if I was a buyer and if I really wanted to buy, nothing would stop me...my wife has proven this many times

Feb 26, 2015 11:02 PM #19
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This winter in Chicagoland, the weather (especially during the last part of January and throughout February) has been bitterly cold ... with lots of snow hanging around.  The calls I've received over that time have come in waves.  It gets quiet for a short bit .. then there's a deluge.  I'd agree that it's definitely been in reaction to the weather experienced ... 

I'm ready for Spring!

Gene

Feb 27, 2015 02:25 AM #20
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
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We've made some memorable sales in the middle of winter up here in Wisconsin.  I like to think that the buyer who shows up to look at a house in freezing cold temperatures and heavy snow is a motivated  buyer.

Mar 03, 2015 02:35 AM #21
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