Get Your Holiday Home Shopping Done

Dated: December 17 2015

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For the right buyer, purchasing a home over the holidays can be ideal. In addition to competing against fewer buyers, you’ll finish the season off with the greatest gift of all — a new place to call home for years to come. Here are four insights you can use as you purchase a home in Minnesota or western Wisconsin this holiday season.

You’ll compete against a small, committed pool of buyers

The holidays are a less popular time to buy a home, so you may see fewer buyers at open houses. Don’t assume this means you are without competition – holiday buyers are more dedicated to getting to the closing table, and multiple offers are still possible due to limited inventory in many areas. Be prepared to move quickly on a home that meets your criteria, as homes in our local 13-county metro area sold in an average of just 70 days on market in October (Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®).

Don’t bother putting in low offers

You might think that people selling over the holidays may be desperate to move and willing to accept an offer for well under asking price. While Scrooge would approve of this philosophy, sellers still hold an advantage this holiday season. In October, sellers in our local market area received 96 percent of their original asking price (MAAR). This trend is expected to continue throughout the winter. To avoid losing a home you love, make sure your initial bid is competitive.

Limit your travel and don’t overschedule yourself

It can be difficult to slow down during the holidays, but in our fast-moving market, you’ll need to work around seller schedules. Whether you find a house through online searches or your REALTOR sends a hidden gem your way, your goal should be to see it in person as soon as possible.

Set a small gift budget, and stick to it

It’s tempting to go all out for the holidays but it’s important to keep your spending low as you apply for a home mortgage loan. To ensure you get the best interest rate and loan amount, don’t open any new credit cards and steer clear of racking up debt on any existing credit cards. And this probably goes without saying… but this is not the year to unveil a Lexus with a massive red bow to your spouse. Leave that to the actors in television commercials.

Ready to find the one this holiday season?

If you’re hoping to get a head start on buying before the spring market arrives, start now! Our customer care team can connect you with a local agent, a mortgage loan officer or answer other questions you may have about the buying process. Contact us today to get started.

Plus, don’t forget to search #BuyerInsights on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter for even more advice on buying a home in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

If you are interested in setting up a custom home search (free!) or market analysis to determine pricing of your home (Free!), call or email me today!

Happy Holidays!

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