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10 Reasons Why House Hunting in the Fall is a Wise Move

Friday, September 30th, 2016

House huntingIt’s a fact: Home sales heat up in the spring and summer and cool down in the fall, every year. By November, after the leaves have changed, people turn their focus from real estate to the holidays. House hunting slows down to a crawl, if anything. And that’s why now may very well be the best time to begin your hunt for a home.

 10 reasons why house hunting in the fall is a wise move

  1. Sellers are more motivated

More often than not, homes are listed when the real estate season is at its peak in the spring and summer. If a seller’s home is still on the market in the fall or winter, they will most likely be very eager to close on it. When owners are more motivated to close, owners may be more open to negotiating and making a deal.

  1. Buyers have more time to make decisions carefully

House bidding wars require fast thinking and fast action. When there are fewer buyers house hunting, the competition for properties is lower. Lower competition allows buyers to take full advantage of the slower pace and do more comparison shopping.  It gives them more time to make decisions carefully.

  1. Moving dates are more flexible

When you’re not involved in home bidding wars with other buyers, the power is in your corner, lots of corners. Need an earlier or later closing date? Ask the seller to adjust their move-out date to better fit your schedule.

  1. Lenders may be more willing to offer favorable rates

Business lulls and holiday bills happen for mortgage lenders, too, and they may be willing to offer slightly better rates in order to close a deal. Take the time to shop around. Negotiate on interest, points, or down payments. It’s possible you may negotiate numbers in your favor.

  1. You’ll see more of what the neighborhood is really like

Many neighbors are gone on vacation during late spring and through the summer months. Neighborhoods can feel empty and a little lifeless. But in late August when school starts again, so does neighborhood activity. Fall is a great time to visit neighborhoods and their schools and get a feel for what the neighborhood is really like.

  1. Inclement weather may be more revealing

Curb appeal is at its best on a gorgeous sunny day in the spring. But rain-soaked November days or a frigid January days during the off-season will allow you to see a truer picture of how a house is holding up under inclement weather.

  1. More of the real story about a home is easy to see

House hunting when the trees have dropped their leaves and the flowers are spent can be very telling.  Landscaping can camouflage peeling paint, a worn roof, cracks in the foundation and other issues with the home’s exterior. Exterior issues will be plain as day during the slow season.

  1. Contractors, movers, house painters and others are more available

The off-season is a slow season for handyman service providers, too. When you buy a home in the off-season, you’re apt to get things fixed quicker and for a better price.

  1. It’s the perfect time for more sales on new things for the new house

You may not have thought of this benefit of house hunting during the slow season. Sales are fantastic after the holidays just before spring! Vendors may have everything from a new fridge to a new rug drastically reduced.

  1. Agents are more attentive

The slowest time of year for real estate agents is September through January. If you’re house hunting during the slowest time of year, they’ll be willing to go the extra mile to get your business and keep it. They’ll search for the right home and help you get the best deal with more fervor than usual.

 

House hunting in the fall is wise. Contact Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn real estate agent with Fillmore Real Estate at (718) 253-9700 ext. 206 or email [email protected]. He’ll go the extra mile to keep your business and get the best deal on a home that’s just right for you.

Buying a Brooklyn Home for Sale by Owner: Pros and Cons

Sunday, June 5th, 2011


For Sale By Owner and your Brooklyn Home

Buying a Brooklyn home for sale by owner (FSBO) has benefits and drawbacks. Analyzing the pros and cons of buying a home directly from the homeowner can help you decide whether this is the best move for you.

Pros of buying a FSBO

  • You get the house you want. If the home of your dreams happens to be a  Brooklyn home for sale by owner, don’t worry.  You can still have your Brooklyn real estate agent represent you while buying the home.  That way you get the home you want with a knowledgeable agent looking out for your best interests and helping you get the best price and terms.
  • Sellers may price their homes too low. In their eagerness to sell their homes, sellers may offer their homes at prices lower than the market value.  But, don’t count on this because the typical FSBO is priced at or higher than the market average.
  • You can communicate directly with the owner. You and your Brooklyn real estate agent don’t have to go through a third party (the seller’s agent) to negotiate with the seller.

Cons of buying a FSBO

  • Sellers want to maximize profits. Why do owners decide to sell their homes as FSBOs?  It’s usually because they believe they can maximize their profits by not paying a listing agent to sell their homes.  They’re not doing it so they can give the buyer a great deal.   If you’re thinking you can pay less for a FSBO than for a home listed through a real estate agent, think again.  Statistics show that you pay as much or more for FSBOs, especially if you purchase it without the help of a real estate agent who is a skilled negotiator.
  • Homeowners may withhold important information. Even though homeowners are required by law to disclose any information that would impact the buyer’s decision to purchase the property, they may not.  They may intentionally withhold the information to get you to buy the house, or they may unintentionally withhold the information because they don’t know that it’s the law.
  • Difficult negotiations. Sellers may refuse to lower the price of their homes, even if the homes are overpriced, or they may not want to pay for needed repairs.  The home owner is also more personally connected to the property than a real estate agent would be and therefore may be more sensitive to any form of critique.

Whether you want to buy a  Brooklyn home for sale by owner or a home listed with a real estate agent, I can help you get the best terms and price.  I’ll also look out for your best interests and make sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed.  If that sounds good to you, Charles D’Alessandro Your Brooklyn Realtor® with Fillmore Real Estate a call today at (718) 253-9600 ext 206 or email me at [email protected]