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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.

Absolutely Brilliant!

Peter comes as a highly recommended and well regarded sales agent. The first time you meet Peter you get a sense of professionalism and honestly that is invaluable when buying or selling a home. Peter's vast knowledge of the local area is clear from the onset, leaving you with no doubt that Peter is well versed in all the properties he sells. What we liked most about Peter was his honest and upfront approach; there are no surprises here, Peter is as he is described; personable, reliable, true to his word and extremely trustworthy. Thank you so much Peter for guiding us through our first home purchase.
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- Matthew (Buyer)
Armidale

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Peter from Hutchinson & Harlow Real Estate helped us to secure the home of our dreams in a efficient and speedy fashion. He was completely honest and trustworthy in his dealings with us and we can highly recommend Peter and his team whether you are buying or selling. Thank you Peter
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- Lynn & Martina (Buyer)
Armidale

My experience with Peter as sales agent was as good as I expected!

Peter was very clear in what I could expect from the sale of my property. He explained any difficulties which might occur, as well as all possibilities. His knowledge and handling of all matters involved was excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to other clients.
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- Beryl (Vendor)
Armidlae

Excellent sales experience

Clear communication, helpful and always professional.
During the process of selling our home we felt supported.
The sale occurred more quickly and for the asking price so the presale assessment was very accurate.
Will be recommending Peter and his team to other people.
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- Maree & Terry (Vendor)
Armidale