December 14, 2016

Buying a Home in the Winter: Why Wait?

Most people think of spring and summer as prime time to buy a new home. This mode of thinking, however, can backfire—if everyone is shopping at once, the competition is that much fiercer. One way to avoid this is to buy a new home during the off-season. The winter is particularly good. Once the holidays are over, we’re in for a quiet few months. A new home is a great way to kick off a new year in style. And you’ll have better access to real estate agents who can devote more time and attention to your needs.

If you’re thinking of buying a new home this winter (particularly in The Preserve at Tidewater—we have great homes to choose from, as well as beautiful lots to build on) there are a number of things you can do to prepare yourself. Below are a few tips for finding the perfect home during the colder months:  

Check Your Financial Health 

Buying a house is a huge financial responsibility, which is why it’s vital to check your financial status before beginning the process. Make sure your life is in a stable place and consult with a mortgage lender to ensure your credit is strong. A sense of financial security will take away the unnecessary stress that can creep up during the home-buying process.

Take Advantage of the Agent’s Flexible Schedule 

As the market slows during the winter months, real estate agents—along with lenders, appraisers, and inspectors—have more time room in their calendars to assist you. Don’t be afraid to ask extra questions and schedule appointments. Agents are happy to serve their clients, so be sure to pick up the phone to call your agent of choice and begin scheduling those showings. The agents at The Preserve at Tidewater are always available and would love to talk to you at any time—contact them today!

Do Your Homework 

Learn about the area you’re thinking of moving to, and make sure it has all the amenities you need and want for a full, happy life. For example, if coastal adventures and beach access are important to you, The Preserve at Tidewater is a great place to consider. Our respect for and celebration of the natural is what makes our community unique, and why many people choose to live here.

Make it Your Own 

At The Preserve at Tidewater, we’re currently building homes. If you buy now, you can guide the construction of your home, customizing it for your specific lifestyle and needs. 

Lower Interest Rates 

Interest rates on home loans are on the rise, and there will definitely be more increases in 2017. If you know you’re want to buy a home within the next year, you’ll get a better rate by buying now rather than later. 

If you’re thinking about buying a house during the off-season, The Preserve at Tidewater is a great place to put on your list. Not only that, we promise the home-buying process will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, no matter what time of year you start your search. Schedule a tour to learn more!