The Winter Market Expectations for Sacramento Home Buyers

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

After the open houses today, we begin the countdown to Thanksgiving and then Christmas and New Year. This is the time of year in Sacramento that our real estate market typically slows down. Buyers are not as active in the winter months, but when they have to buy a home, they need to purchase a home.

If a buyer is waiting until spring, though, I would caution against it. Spring is busier and there will be more competition for the beautiful homes. A buyer can purchase a beautiful home right now, today, at a lower price most likely, and with better financing. I've always said, btw, that the best day of the year to buy a home is on Christmas.

You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: What Home Buyers Can Now Expect in Sacramento Real Estate.

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Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Elizabeth... I suppose you could say our market slows down somewhat in December and January, but for some reason I'm always busy those months and have been for most of my life in this profession. And I always tell sellers that maybe there are fewer buyers in the holiday/winters months, but the ones that are out there are typically serious buyers.

Nov 18, 2018 06:48 AM #1
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, our market has slowed now, and will be rather quiet until after the New Year.  This is a very good time for buyers to purchase a home!

Nov 18, 2018 07:02 AM #2
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I often remind folks that I signed the contract on my own home late one Christmas Eve.  And, you are right about springtime competition amongst sellers.

Nov 18, 2018 10:44 AM #3
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Elizabeth- Now this is the kind of information that your local market is interested in reading.  If you're a buyer...why wait?!  And if you're thinking of selling...what are you waiting for. Just make sure you hire an experienced local agent to guide you through this. 

Nov 18, 2018 12:31 PM #4
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Debbie Reynolds
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I sold my home on Christmas Day many years ago. We signed the papers the day after but they committed on Christmas. Being on the market during the holidays can prove to be very positive.

Nov 18, 2018 06:34 PM #5
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John Henry
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Interesting how different market have different buying and selling seasons depending on climate, location, etc.  Right now here in Florida a slew of snowbirds come down from the cold north and start dreaming about a new house!!

Nov 20, 2018 09:57 AM #6
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