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Majority of home shopping and home buying take place in spring and summer, however, there are some benefits to buying a house during the winter months. Here are five reasons to buy a home in winter.
1. Motivated sellers
Anyone who is willing to pack up and move in the dead of winter must really need (or want) to get out. This could help you leverage your negotiations on selling price and closing costs, and could potentially up the odds of the seller leaving some personal items behind in the sale!
Unless you have purchased a newly constructed home there is always some uncertainty regarding previous “events” in a home. In the past, real estate transactions were based on “Caveat Emptor” (Let the buyer beware). Over time, however, certain exceptions have been established by New York courts that help protect buyers by increasing a seller’s risk of responsibility for undisclosed defects.
(Not when working on your down payment and closing costs!)
Hopefully the vast majority of prospective home buyers know that they do not need a large down payment to purchase a home. There are a variety of low down payment programs including a few 100% financing options. But even with low down payment options many borrowers still need some help. One way to help is through the use of “Gift Funds”.
I have spent nearly 15 years consulting borrowers on mortgage financing. In that time, I have seen a great number of scenarios and questions come up after people have received their pre-approvals. Some issues have derailed their plans for a new home while some small mishaps have been easy to navigate around. All of them, however, have caused additional documentation and worst of all, additional time in the process! Let’s look at a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind AFTER you receive your pre-approval.
Last month I discussed whether it was a “great time to list your home?” I commented on the lack of inventory coupled with high demand for housing and the dilemma of those factors not forcing an increase in home values. We posed the question of why the law of supply and demand didn’t seem to be in affect in our area.
The law of supply and demand is in full swing in the housing market on both a national and local level. Nationally, the Pending Home Sale Index (PHSI) for January 2017 reached its lowest level in a year* and tight inventory is the prime culprit.
Locally, the housing market has seen a steady increase in housing sales. According to the Mid Hudson Multiple Listing Service, the 12 month average for “Closed Sales” of single family detached homes, is up 16.3%. The average for “Pending Sales” is up 19.5%. Conversely, the 12 month average of “New Listings” has decreased by 10.2%. While the lack of new listings has not affected the local market in amount of sales taking place, it has had an impact on sales prices.
In a deal between the New York legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo, the state has changed the way new homeowners can take advantage of the STAR program. While the total amount of the tax relief remains unchanged, the difference is in “when” you receive it.