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Selling a Home in Winter

Selling a home can be frustrating in the winter market.  While there are advantages to having a home on the market through the winter, there could also be disadvantages.  What works best for you as a seller, is a very personal decision.  Let your real estate agent help you sort out whether to keep your home on the market through the winter.

Here are a few advantages to keeping your home on the market:

  1.  There are less homes on the market making inventory low.  You have a better chance of being noticed when there is less inventory.
  2. Buyers looking in the winter months are serious buyers.  You have a better chance of selling when the buyers are looking through the snowy season.
  3. Prices can be a bit higher because of low inventory bring in a sales price closer to your list price.

The disadvantages can be downplayed by keeping a good attitude about your move.

  1.  Moving in the winter is not fun – but with a little research you can find a good moving company and save yourself a lot of work.  Companies are looking for work in the winter and offer deals to you.
  2. Keeping the way clear of snow.  Yes, this is especially important for the winter snowbirds. 2Hire a company to keep your drive clear of snow.  This makes it easier to get in for showings and gives the buyer the message that you care about your home.
  3. Buyers are looking for deals, deals, deals.  They sometimes want to offer lower prices thinking that you are desperate to sell.  This is not always the case, so be strong during negotiation if you have a good product.
It’s only a few short months and we will be talking about spring and summer.  You can make it though the winter with an agent that is resourceful and able to help you out with services needed during the winter months.  Hopefully, by spring you will see a big SOLD sign on it.
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Winter Home Buying. by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes Blog

Winter home buying can be perplexing for both buyer and seller, especially in the north.  When the weather turns and temperatures are freezing the ground, the snow is up to your knees, and it is not fun to tramp through the elements to shop for homes, it can be trying.

Working in a climate that brings snow, cold temperatures and homes that are seasonal, it has many challenges for the Realtor, the buyer and the seller.  But, working through the challenges can be rewarding.

Sellers often think that there are no buyers in the winter and take their homes off the market.  This is simply not true, there is always someone looking for a home.   Seller on the market through winter may just be rewarded with a buyer.

When we had little kids and took them to the mountains to ski, we always advised them to dress in layers and take extra gloves.  You can always strip down if you get too hot, we would tell them.  This is the same advice I have for buyers looking in snowy northern Michigan for homes.  Buyers are often coming from climates that are not as severe and are met with a surprise when they have to trudge through snow knee deep and look at a home with little to no heat.  Be prepared for all things when looking at homes in the winter months.  Bring boots, hats, gloves, etc.

Sellers find another challenge when they actually have an offer presented to them in the winter.  If it is a summer home, they are often out of town during the winter months and need to deal with things from a distance.  Their home may be winterized and they will now need to deal with opening it up for inspections and then re-winterizing it until closing.  They may not want people coming through the home with snow.  They may not want to have the driveway plowed and add an additional expense.

Seller can work with their Realtor to handle snow plowing and to protect their homes.

I find that buyers generally flexible when it comes to inspections.  Trying to coordinate things to avoid de-winterizing more than once, etc. can be done.  Depend on the Realtor to make sure things get done to eliminate extra costs.

Buyers sometime take a risk buying in the winter.  For instance, a waterfront home be a risky buy because you really cannot see what the waterfront is like.  The Realtor should be able to come up with photos from the seller to rest assure the buyer as to the condition of the waterfront.  Another challenge is inspections of the well and septic systems.  This can not always be done in the winter.  If the septic inspector cannot break ground to access the system, inspection has to be postponed or waived.  A seller that has records of all septic inspections can be helpful.  These records sometimes serve the purpose for the buyer.  Keep those systems in good condition with regular checkups and keep the records handy.

These are just a few examples of winter challenges when buying or selling a home.  They are not monumental, but a bit more work versus summer season selling.  It can be done if the seller, buyer and Realtor all work as a team to – get it sold!

 

 

Shopping for a New Home? by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes

While many our out doing their holiday shopping – you just might be shopping for a new home.  What a great time of year to find a good deal on a home.

We have a great selection of beautiful homes in Canadian Lakes to choose from.  This community,  located in the west central area of Michigan, offers a wide range of activities and amenities.  There is something for everyone at Canadian Lakes.  Some of the amenities include, golf, tennis, pickle ball, clubs – every type of club from cards to book clubs and more – swimming and fitness, restaurants, and of course our beautiful lakes.  We have lakes that are all-sports, lakes that are no-wake that offer quiet living and beaches that are perfect for swimming.

Come and see what we are all about in Canadian Lakes, Michigan.  I give tours of the area when you visit.  And, if you are looking for information – I can get that to you as well.  Be sure to shop around my website to find homes that are available in Canadian Lakes.  You will love it here!

Homeowner News for a New Year 2014 – by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes Blog

It’s a new year – 2014 – and many changes are taking place in the Real Estate Industry.  Mortgage changes, tax changes, etc. are upon us as the new year starts.  Keep up with the latest and greatest information with your local real estate professional.  They can help guide you through the process of purchasing or selling a home.

Look forward to a fresh new year with a new home!  Come and see what we have to offer in Canadian Lakes, Michigan.  G

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‘Tis the Season

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‘Tis the season for buyers looking for a new home!

Contrary to popular belief, there are buyers looking for homes during the winter months.  This is the time of year that many sellers either lower their price or take the home off the market for the winter.  This leads to low inventory.  That make it nice for sellers who are sticking with it for the winter.  They have a better chance of selling their home.  So if you are looking for a home this winter, you know you have a motivated seller – get out there and make a deal!

Buyers look here for current home deals!

Hot Deals, by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes Blog

Hot deals on lake front property will be out there. Just look around and see what is still on the market and if they are willing to make a deal.  Now is the time, Labor Day weekend marks the  end of summer for many lakefront homeowners.  Most people are done using their cottage this weekend.  They are getting the kids back to school.  The retirees are getting ready to go back to their winter homes.  Generally if the home has not sold by now, they are reducing prices.  If they haven’t reduced prices, they will be ready to negotiate something to get it sold.  So, check out the hot deals, summer may not be over just yet!

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Canadian Lakes Winter Carnival 2013

Today is the Canadian Lakes Winter Carnival 2013 at the Highland Haus.  I stopped in this morning to serve hot dogs with our Coldwell Banker Lakes team.  Since they were so well equipped to handle that job, I ventured out to see the action.  The kids were having so much fun, it made me want to be a kid again.  Sledding, ice sculpting, ice skating, sleigh rides, face painting, clown balloon making, arts and crafts all were going on while the Mom’s, Dad’s, Grandpa’s and Grandma’s were all hanging out and having fun catching up with other families.  Out on the patio the Morton Township Fire Department were grilling up the dogs.  The Canadian Lakes Association and Coldwell Banker Lakes were inside serving the dogs.  There were cookies galore, hot cocoa, chili donated by Gregory’s Grill, popcorn and snacks for all.  The event is still going on through the day, but I had office duty this afternoon so all of the Coldwell Banker Lakes team could enjoy the event.  I would say the Canadian Lakes Winter Carnival 2013 has to be one of the best ever with all the wonderful snow we were blessed with this week!  A perfect day all around.  See the Canadian Lakes Winter Carnival event here – click on the photo!

Canadian Lakes Winter Carnival 2013
Canadian Lakes Winter Carnival 2013

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