As fall fades to winter and the white stuff suddenly appears on the hills surrounding our valley, home sales typically slow down a bit as buyers and sellers shelve their hopes and dreams until spring. Historically, spring is the busiest time of year for home sales, and most people know that intuitively. But I encourage you to not overlook opportunities in the dead of winter. You just might find a way to move forward.
If you're considering selling your home, consider the fact that listing inventory will decline this time of year. I have several buyers looking to make a move right now, and they're having a hard time finding the right home for sale. It's not unusual for a buyer to have more motivation to buy now rather than next spring.
This is especially true for certain types of homes in short supply. The Wenatchee market is in desperate need for more one-level rambler style homes to meet the demand of the baby-boomer generation. They don't want stairs. If you have a home that fits this description, you'll have no problem selling in cold, wintry weather. Another category is a home with privacy, large yard, or special views. Lots of buyers dislike cookie-cutter subdivisions. They'd rather have a unique location with a sense of elbow room, seclusion, or views of the city or river. Once again, if this is you, selling in the winter is highly probable. If you need a free market analysis, text "freecma" to 555888 and I'll get to work on it.
If you're a buyer, don't give up hope if you can't find what you're looking for immediately. Certainly the market isn't offering up your dream home on a daily basis, but you never know what will be there tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow. Keep watching, looking, and studying. Soon enough, the right home will pop up. There are many ways to receive automatic emails for listings in your price range. Feel free to use my website as a starting point. If you are trying to find something and not having success online, contact me for access to all properties for sale.
My best advice is to work closely with a Realtor. We're adept at finding the right home through networks we've built up over time. Give yourself a competitive advantage by telling your Realtor exactly what you're looking for and chances are, they'll find it for you. I've had great success at doing this over the years, and my clients testimonies support this claim.
Today I had a conversation with a client of mine that sold earlier this summer and recently bought a home in Western Washington. He admitted it has been a long process (6 months), but with my help on the sale and the help of a good Realtor on the purchase, it's all come together and his family's dreams have come true.
If you've been thinking about getting started, give me a call and let's talk about the possibilities. I really enjoy sharing ideas and helping you consider options you may not have considered otherwise. It's free, and there is no obligation whatsoever. Text or call me at 509-670-0795.
All the best,