Tinsel, Turkey and New House? Is Christmas a good time to search for your ideal home?
Is Christmas a good time to search for your next home?
Far from being a bit of a turkey, the run up to Christmas is an invaluable time to house hunt. If you can commit time and energy to your home search when everyone else is busy wrapping presents then you may secure the best present possible – your ideal home at an ideal price. Your interest will be taken seriously and there is often a chance to manoeuvre on price on houses that need to complete before the year end.
Why commit to your home search at this hectic time of year?
Very few people will register with estate agents at this time and therefore you’ll have 100% of their attention
There is far less competition for available properties as many families postpone their home search to focus on Christmas
Available stock may be reduced at this time of year but there will be some vendors who have no choice but to sell due to job relocations, family change in circumstances or other reasons.
Vendors in these circumstances are often keen to wrap up a sale quickly and that often means there is room to haggle on price
If you have already registered your interest pre-Christmas and got to know the estate agents then you will be in a much stronger position than all the people who register in January
You get to know what is being lined up for a New Year launch. Estate agents will know which properties will be coming on in January – get to see it first
If you secure an offer on a property it is much easier to book removals, surveyors, architects and solicitors as their workload is reduced during this time.
The Boxing Day Bounce
Property search websites such as Rightmove, Zoopla and Primelocation register a huge surge in the number of people looking for properties over the Christmas and New Year period. This is attributed to people having more time on their hands as well as new devices to search on!
Our advice is to put the wrapping to one side and make the most of this time of year to find your ideal home. There are deals to be done in the run up to Christmas and focusing on your search now will put you in an excellent position for the New Year rush.
For more information please contact Chiltern Relocation on 01494 672086, visit our website www.chilternrelocation.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org