Buying a home in the midst of the holiday season might sound like a crazy idea, but the truth is this time of year can be a great time to buy! Here are 5 good reasons to purchase a home during the holidays:
- Less Real Estate Market Activity: Because fewer people are looking for houses this time of year, there is less competition for buyers. And with less competition, buyers have more leverage when negotiating purchases. People selling homes during the holidays must often lower asking prices or make other concessions to sell. So, if you buy this time of year, you might get a bargain! Montgomery AL Real Estate Market
- Highly Motivated Sellers: If someone is selling their house at the end of the year, it’s because they need to. Usually sellers avoid the end of the year due to shorter days and cold weather, so if they are selling this time of year they are likely under pressure and motivated to make a deal.
- Lower Interest Rates: Because of limited demand during the holiday season, there is greater competition among lenders so there is a general trend of lower rates. Current Mortgage Interest Rates
- Tax Perks: Buy a house before the end of the year and you can deduct any points you paid upon closing. You can also deduct property taxes and mortgage interest. Learn about the tax benefits of buying a home and find out if it is to your advantage to buy before year’s end. While your decision to buy a home shouldn’t be made solely for tax reasons, you certainly want to take advantage of the perks that exist!
- Faster Closings: Everybody involved in the home buying/selling process has incentive to complete transactions before the end of the year. Lenders want to close their books, Realtors want to receive their commissions before the new year and sellers are anxious to move on. Since everyone is so motivated, and there is less real estate activity, closings should happen quickly and efficiently.
So, if you’ve been thinking about buying a home, but thought you should wait until the new year, think again! NOW just may be the right time for you to find a new home for the holidays!
If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, let Sandra Nickel and her Hat Team of Professionals assist you with all your real estate needs! Call them today at 334-834-1500!
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