Tips for Wintertime Home Buying or Selling

December 13, 2012 | By

Buy or Sell Real Estate in the WinterOver the winter months, the weather outside can get frightful, but that doesn’t mean buying or selling a home during this busy time has to be.

Perhaps, fewer homes are on the market around the holidays as sellers take some time off to enjoy the season with their family. Fewer open houses are also held during this messy winter weather, but if you can make time within the hustle and bustle of Christmas – you might find some buying perks such as these:

  • 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.

And best of all, although moving during the dead of winter might not be so pleasant, relaxing in your new home for the new year, at possibly – a substantial savings – is the gift that keeps on giving!

As for sellers, winter may be a difficult time of season to market your house, yes. It’s essential to take into account that cold rainfall, and perhaps snowfall, won’t keep serious prospective buyers away from your home. Although your home landscaping will not likely display as nicely during these dark winter months, the upside is that is gives potential homebuyers an additional reason to stay longer, and consider the purchase of your home. An open house with a steaming cup of hot cocoa or cinnamon apple cider? Well worth considering.

Here are some ideas on how you can “deck your halls” throughout the winter months, and help make the most out of your winter selling:

1. Keep your home bright and clean.

With the Lower Mainland being such a wet climate, consider putting an umbrella “bucket” by your door to keep the puddles at bay. And ensure that your home is clean, smelling good, and brightly lit for a warm inviting atmosphere, as viewing times will often be during darker hours.

2. Bring on the Christmas (and post Christmas) cheer.

As mentioned, warm up your potential home buying guests with a cup of cocoa or apple cider. It will create that homey feel, and warm buyers buzz.

3. Flowers say a thousand words.

Although winter is not conducive with the flowering season, having flowers about will bring a little bit of the outdoors-to-come, inside your home. If you have a fresh bouquet of flowers on your table, it will create a welcome and cheery display.

4. Set the tone.

Find some music that is soft yet upbeat, and have it playing during your showings. There is nothing more awkward than awkward silence, so put a hum in the air with conversation’able music playing.

‘Tis the season for giving and receiving, and buying or selling a home can also fall into this feeding frenzy nicely!


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Andrew is a West Coast enthusiast through and through. He is a native of the area that you will often find adventuring on one of the many sea to sky activities that abound in the Fraser Valley. Along with being in love with the place he calls home, Andrew is a well known and respected Realtor focusing on helping others to find their own perfect home in Langley, Surrey, White Rock and beyond! Visit to find your perfect home.

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