From Thanksgiving until the end of the year, the stores are going to be bustling with eager shoppers struggling to fulfill their holiday shopping lists. Instead of browsing the shelves and racks this year, why not put a new Alaska home on your list of things to buy? While it’s true that the end of the year tends to be stressful enough without adding home buying to the list, there are quite a few reasons why you might want to look for a new Alaska home this holiday season.
Great Time to Find a Mortgage
Like all businesses during the holiday season, real estate tends to slow to a crawl; but there is a silver lining. The slow-down of the real estate market means that lending institutions will typically process your application faster. If there is any great time to look for a mortgage, it’s during a time when few others are looking to get one.
The Holiday Season is for Dedicated Sellers
While there may be fewer housing choices during the holidays, the sellers you do come across are usually dedicated to making the sale prior to the end of the year. A homeowner that is looking to sell before the December 31st deadline might have tax reasons for selling so quickly, which buyers can leverage for far better prices during the negotiation process.
Fewer Buyers to Compete With
The slowing of the Alaska housing market also means that you will have fewer buyers vying for the same houses. The struggle for most buyers is to make the best offer before any other buyers have a chance to undercut that offer. With no other buyers to compete with, you might have the offer all to yourself; which can help you score an even more favorable price for your new Alaskan home.
So this holiday season, instead of braving the stores, why not go out and house hunt? You just might find your dream home with no other buyers to vie with, allowing you to control negotiations and possibly move in before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.