December Buying Advice
A new home for the holidays?Posted: December 08, 2010 at 12:53 PM by Ryan Olson
In MSN's inaugural Buying Advice column, they offer a few reasons why shopping for a home during the holidays holds some advantages:
- Sellers who keep their homes on the market at this time are very motivated.
- You have less competition from other buyers than you would in the spring.
- Lenders, agents and others have more time to work with you.
- Interest rates are typically lower than in the spring.
Despite what most people think, homes are still bought and sold during the holidays and winter months. December has typically been one of our company's best months for sales. And speaking from personal experience, my wife & I accepted an offer to purchase on our last home on, of all days, ....Christmas Eve!
The MSN Real Estate article
also offers a list of the five worst and best U.S. markets for those who are ready to buy now. Based on their criteria of stable or increasing average sale prices, our area looks pretty attractive:2010 Year-to-date (thru October, per Wisconsin REALTORS Association)
- La Crosse County: 1.4%
- Monroe County: -1.3%
- Jackson County: 7.6%
- Trempealau County: 7.3%
- Vernon County: 1.3%
For more specific market information on the neighborhood, community, or area you're searching in, contact one of our knowledgable Sales Associates.