The holidays are fast approaching, which means you’re probably in one of two camps by now: you’re sick of shopping and can’t wait for January, or, you’re energized by all the deals! Either way, one thing that might not be on your radar this winter is buying a house.
While spring is typically considered prime house hunting season, winter is actually a great time to buy. As a modern brokerage servicing Fairfield County (and providing buyer commission rebates while they’re at it), Prevu has laid out a few reasons you may want to start your home search sooner rather than later.
Less Competition for Homes in Winter
While most home searches heat up in spring and summer, winter is a great time for buyers to get a head start. There’s typically less pressure, since there are fewer people attending open houses and setting up showings.
Many families aim to purchase a home before the start of the next school year, so shopping mid-school-year can give you an advantage over other parents who start the scramble later in the year. Take advantage of the low competition to scope out properties and see what you like.
You Might Get a Better Price
People listing their homes in winter tend to be more motivated, since selling in the off-season may be due to sudden life changes that warrant a quick sale (divorce, loss of income, etc.). With fewer buyers in the market this time of year, you may have a better chance of snagging your dream home at a better price.
What Fairfield County Has to Offer
Aside from the general benefits of buying a home in winter, Fairfield County has its own host of activities for families this time of year. In between house showings, be sure to schedule some time for holiday events and lightings throughout the county.
There will also be a number of farmers’ markets to check out throughout the season, as well as local attractions such as the Holiday Express Train running through December and early January at the Fairfield Museum.
The area has many cultural draws that are perfect for families year-round, from arts and theaters, to museums, wildlife centers, and fine dining. Be sure to make the most of your time while house hunting. You might find a new favorite spot to return to as homeowners!
And when you do decide to buckle down in your home search, be sure to head to Prevu to browse listings, set up showings, and make your offer — all in one place. After closing, you’ll get Prevu’s Smart Buyer Rebate, which is typically 2% of the purchase price returned to you as cash back. On average, buyers receive about $23,000 back. That should certainly help you get settled in your new home!