Best Time to Buy a Home

By
Real Estate Agent with TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE

I am fortunate that a majority of my listing are in The Villages, Florida which means I can do Open Houses seven days a week during the day.  The opportunity to do Open Houses here in The Villages is very important as we have snowbirds and retired folks looking to relocate here and buy a home.  In my world, I load up my signs, snacks, water and computer in my golf cart and head to work to the Open House I have scheduled for the day.  Some agents think they are a waste of time, not me!  My brokerage is 45 minutes away so I basically work remote, so either spend 3 hours in my home office or head out where I can meet people, nobody shows up, no problem I can work.  Some weeks I do 4 Open Houses from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Anyway, meeting people at Open Houses, I almost always hear the same question when to buy because of interest rates, any our local season demand.  I started answering their question with a question, “When is the best time to plant a tree?”  I get answers like spring, fall etc.  “I say nope 20 years ago, you know second best time?  Today!”  This gives me the opportunity to discuss local trends, creative financing and even renting the property until ready to move in their new home. 

Dick Betts, REALTOR®

The Betts Team

Touchstone Real Estate

The Villages, Florida

717-860-3107 cell

Dick@DickBetts.com

Comments (20)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dick. The best time to buy is when the buyer needs to buy. Rates can be high and rates can be low, but when it is time to buy the only word is "go"! Enjoy your day.

Nov 28, 2022 04:07 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Very well said Dick!

Consumers don't know any better than believing what they see on TV or hear on the radio. That's where we come in to educate them with real facts not the myths!!!

Nov 28, 2022 04:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dick - what works for one may also fit well for another.  Or be a total waste of time and effort.  We have seen this explored in real estate and in life.  And that continues to be the basis of seminars.  Or so it seems to me.  

Nov 28, 2022 04:21 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Wayne Martin very true!  I have met folks that within an hour we have an offer, others takes weeks!

Nov 28, 2022 04:25 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Sham Reddy CRS thanks, hope you have a productive week!

Nov 28, 2022 04:26 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Michael Jacobs totally agree, we each decide what works best based on past experience.  I enjoy meeting people whether buyers, sellers or neighbors just curious, beats sitting here all day!

Nov 28, 2022 04:28 AM
Michael Jacobs

Dick Betts - listening can definitely be a learning experience.  And it's a lesson that may be learned one time or with may come after semesters and semesters.   

Nov 28, 2022 04:41 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

With all the visitors to your area, having open houses is a great way to sell and to meet buyers. As for your answer to the question you are asked, that's a good proverb to use. Basically, if now is when people want to move, the time is right!

Nov 28, 2022 04:45 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Dick - I really love answering questions with questions and I love your answer.

Nov 28, 2022 04:46 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Kat Palmiotti what is fun at these Open Houses is trying to pinpoint folks by their accent.  Get plenty of folks across the northern part of the country and Canada.  I'm sure you still have your NY accent!

Nov 28, 2022 04:49 AM
Kat Palmiotti

What NY accent, Dick Betts ?  haha - actually I get pinpointed quite often.

Nov 28, 2022 05:36 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Thanks Grant Schneider my home is 27 years old and when the folks who built it laid out the landscaping it had an oak tree, today I have a 50' oak tree in my backyard I love!  I am quick to share the story of my tree!

Nov 28, 2022 04:57 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Open house 7 days a week. I have a rider I made, that states open house every day, call for times.  I use it on vacant listings near my home.  Happy Monday, back to the grind.  Lots of eating over the weekend.  On my way to the gym this morning. Bill 

Nov 28, 2022 05:55 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Bill Salvatore - East Valley love the rider!  I coached an agent that worked a certain neighborhood and she had two admins.  I suggested she have her admins spend 8 hours in one of the vacant listing and put signs out 5 days a week.  

Nov 28, 2022 06:04 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Not having to travel too far is certainly beneficial and allows for higher productivity!

Nov 28, 2022 06:06 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Brian England agree I do have listings outside of The Villages which one of them is about 45 minutes away so not a golf cart trip for Open House!

Nov 28, 2022 06:18 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Dick,

I'm with you Open Houses in the market you serve are not a waste of time! Your signs keep you visible, my community sees me marketing and my homes go under contract. Last week-end my daughter held my listing open and had 18 families through and wrote an offer for the home and won the bid!  Love it when that happens!

Nov 28, 2022 06:59 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Dorie Dillard Austin TX there is a reason we are Realtors we like people, helping people and meeting new people.  It's the very important in both are professional and personal life!

Nov 28, 2022 07:32 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dick  and thank you for the information to share with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great day!

 

Nov 28, 2022 11:46 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Thanks Will Hamm hope you day goes great as well!  Happy to share my thoughts!

Nov 28, 2022 12:19 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Nov 29, 2022 03:59 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Thanks Richard Weeks you as well have a great day and hopefully productive!

Nov 29, 2022 04:24 AM