Choosing the right time of year to buy or sell a house

Ever wondered when to buy or sell a house? Home prices not only vary over time, but they can also vary over the course of the year.

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Choose the right TIME to buy and sell

Supply and demand are big reasons why house prices change with the seasons. Summer has proved to be the most popular time to move and is a popular time for sellers to put their home on the market. While you’ll likely see more inventory in the summer, it’s the worst time to buy if your goal is to get the best deal because prices rise when demand increases.

Price increases in the summer can be dramatic. One 2009 study found prices are between .86% and 3.75% higher on average during the summer months than the winter months. A 2013 study using data from 138 different statistical areas also saw pricing variation from month to month, with prices at their highest in June and July.

What does the data say?

While this data suggests you should buy during the winter months, a lower supply of housing may mean it’s more difficult to find your ideal home. In fact, one reason housing prices may be lower in winter is that buyers aren’t able to find homes that match their preferences as closely with fewer houses on the market, so they aren’t willing to pay as much of a premium.

If you can find a home you like in winter and pay less for it, this is a smart financial and personal choice. But if you aren’t able to find a home that’s a good fit, you’ll need to decide whether to settle for what’s available or wait until inventory expands as the warmer months arrive.

How we can help

At Surreal Property Group we proudly represent all the real estate needs of Bayswater, Wantirna, Knox City, Scorseby and surrounding areas. We are always happy to help those with questions and concerns in regards to the property market, so don’t hesistate to give us a call and speak to one of our lovely staff.