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Buying a Home in Winter

Buying a Home in Winter

  • 17 Jul 2017
  • Meg Georkas

I have written about SELLING your home in the colder months, but what if you are looking to BUY your dream home? Well, winter may provide some hidden benefits for you also.

The cooler months often see less homes for sale but this also means that there could be less buyers (meaning less competition for you) and more motivated vendors. Some buyers may be hibernating through the winter season, and some vendors may have missed out on a sale during the final summer selling season, which offers a big opportunity for those keen to get the home of their dreams.

One of the benefits of buying a home in the cooler months is you are generally seeing the property at its most unflattering time and when the garden is usually bare. This means homes that provide good natural light and are well insulated and heated properly tend to stand out. It also allows the buyer the opportunity to see any potential views from the home while the trees are bare.

The importance of a property’s orientation becomes evident during winter, with north-facing properties generally being less gloomy and cold than other properties. This is especially important in Armidale’s cold climate.

The winter months also allow you see if the living areas are adequate for family and friends when it’s just too cold to go outside to entertain or play. During summer inspections those beautiful courtyards and BBQ areas capture your attention – not so much when it’s pouring rain in the middle of winter.

Every home has positives and negatives both in design and décor during every month of the year and it’s up to the buyer, with the help of their agent, to decide what the most important items are during purchase time.

Opinions are those of Meg Georkas and may not reflect those of others.

2/8 Yeomans Road

Peter stuck with us!
Peter’s support and expertise were excellent and very appreciated. He went above and beyond time and time again to help our purchase go as smoothly as possible. Peter was extremely patient with both us and the vendor and there is no way the sale would have occurred without his professionalism, continual chasing and local knowledge. Thanks Peter!!
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- Wayne & Danielle - Buyer

37 Tabulum Road

Wonderful to work with
Peter was delighted to work with as well as going well and truly above and beyond. Peter not only made sure we had access to all the information we needed to make a decision but also helped us get settled moving to Armidale.
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- Brett & Jodie - Buyers

222 Galloway Street

Excellent service
I had a couple of stipulations along with my offer on a beautiful property. Peter helped me out and found a resolution that suited both the vendor and myself. I cannot wait to move in!
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- Pauline - Buyer

222 Galloway Street

My experience selling with Peter and his team
Peter and the HH team were extremely professional and enthusiastic. They were warm, friendly, and gave helpful advice. Peter was clear in his communication, gave me plenty of time when I had questions, and handled all negotiations with ease. It was an incredibly easy process for me and I am thrilled with the result.
They were particularly impressive given the COVID-19 crisis and the difficulties they faced listing and showing my property. They handled this tricky time with calm, grace, reassurance, and confidence.
Thank you!
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- Trish - Vendor