Tips for Buying a House in the Fall

Real Estate

Surprisingly, fall is a great time to buy a home. There are still homes on the
market which did not sell during the summer months, some at deep discounts.
There are also homes newly listed by sellers trying to beat the slower winter
months. At the same time, there are fewer buyers out searching, which makes it
the perfect time to buy a home.

• Fall home buyers should be ready to move when they find the right home
and at the right price. Get prequalified so that you can jump at the right
opportunity.

• Notice the imperfections. With windy or rainy weather, homes can show
their scars. Look for evidence of water intrusion and evaluate the yard
debris with the falling leaves. Look at gutters and ceilings for both.

• Visit the local school. With school in session, this is a good time to visit and
ask questions from teachers and administrators.

• Wait for winter if necessary. Buyers all but evaporate in the winter months,
so while the competition seems low in the fall, wait for the right home to
come along, even if it’s in January.

Buying a home this fall is exciting. By using the season to its advantage, home
buyers can get a great deal.