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Does time of year matter when buying a home?

I have heard that homes sell for less during winter months (I guess no one wants to move in the cold?) and I was wondering if anyone found this to be true or not. Thanks!


Asked by cassie_kellison at 7:55 PM on Jul. 13, 2013 in Home & Garden

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  • Here homes sell less often in the winter due to schools. We don't have a severe winter but fewer people want to disrupt their kids mid year. I haven't noticed prices drop, but sellers might be more willing to take a lower offer in the fall/winter since they are less likely to get many offers.

    Answer by missanc at 8:10 PM on Jul. 13, 2013

  • It is true most people choose not to buy during the winter months. this is because of schools being in well session as well as all the Holidays.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:59 PM on Jul. 13, 2013

  • Depends on where you live. In Illinois, no one wants to list their homes during the winter because not only do people not want to move in the cold and snow, but potential buyers can't see their nice gardens and yards that might make the house sell faster and for more money.
    Here in the desert, we don't want to list our homes during the summer because no one wants to move when it's 115 degrees out, but it's not at all as bad as it would be during real winters.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 8:01 PM on Jul. 13, 2013

  • When we sold our house in IL, we listed it at the end of October, and it sold in 3 days. We left November 4, and it closed a month later. We missed the winter completely by leaving then! We got our right before it started snowing.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 8:16 PM on Jul. 13, 2013

  • *out* not our.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 8:16 PM on Jul. 13, 2013

  • Around here, March or April are good times to look at houses since we get some rain during that time & you can see if the basement leaks. By the time you have closing, the weather is usually nice.

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 9:12 PM on Jul. 13, 2013

  • We sold a house when it was snowing out. Mid winter. For our full price.

    Answer by louise2 at 9:44 PM on Jul. 13, 2013