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What You Need To Know For Winter House Hunting

By Mel Marzahl, January 2, 2020

While house hunting in the winter was never really a thing of the past, today things keep going year-round – which means finding a home can be done at any time of the year. While exploring in the cold might be your focus or concern, house-hunting in less-than-ideal conditions can show you things you can’t always see on a warm, sunny day. Here are some things to keep in mind as you try to find a home in the wintertime.

Winter Weather Can Help You See Hidden Flaws

Even if you don’t love the cold and wet or snowy weather, it can help you see household flaws that you may not see in the warmth of summer. Maybe the windows are drafty or there is a major loss in privacy when the trees are bare. It will also help you to love your home for its’ bones. You’ll only love it more when warmer seasons arrive bringing flowers, grass, and colorful foliage.

Photos Can Help Fill In The Blanks

It can be hard to picture what an outdoor oasis looks like when it is covered in snow. This is where photos can save the day. Whether they are listing photos or images from previous owners, seeing certain parts of the home or garden in better weather may check the final box for a home you are falling in love with.

Less Competition, Less Inventory

There are less buyers out there that you may have to compete with for that perfect home. Many buyers are turned off by competing offers an bidding wars. Searching in the winter could be a way to give yourself a break from that. On the flip side, there may be less buyers out there looking with you, but there are also less homes on the market. Many sellers wait for  spring to list their home in order to coincide moving with school schedules and blooming landscapes. This is where giving yourself lots of time to look and see what comes up is helpful.

 

Ready to start your wintertime house search? Give me a call to get started!

Mel Marzahl

Broker

A Pacific Northwest native, Mel became a passionate advocate for homeownership and investing in real estate after buying and selling her first home. What interested her most was realizing the significant financial impact the right investment property can make and learning how much having a home to truly call your own can improve your quality-of-life. Her specialties are working with first time home buyers and sellers but is fluent in all aspects of residential real estate. She is also a CNE, or Certified Negotiations Expert, and knows that with all the technology available to buyers and sellers, one of the best skills a realtor can have is knowing how to be a collaborative negotiator in order to get the best for their clients. After a decade long career working in operations and client service for creative companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mel earned her Oregon Broker’s license and made the move to real estate. Her philosophy in real estate is listen to her client’s needs and to treat everyone involved in a transaction with honesty and integrity. She loves getting to know her buyers and sellers, many of whom become friends, and ensuring they get the highest level of service she is known for. With a background in art and events, Mel brings creativity and an eye for detail to the table. She enjoys a remodel project, has a soft spot for Old Portland and 1900's craftsman houses, helping first time buyers, and educating her clients on the selling and purchasing process. She believes in staying up to date on Portland real estate trends, but also technology and tools available to agents. This gives her an edge when it comes to researching and marketing properties, as well as communicating with her clients. When Mel is not working in real estate she is volunteering with the Red Cross, gardening, hosting dinner parties, or relaxing at home on Bull Mountain with her husband, Mike, and two big dogs, Indy and Jackson.
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