Now Entering The Secret Buying Season

Traditionally, each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many homebuyers put their plans on hold, just as we enter one of the best times of year to buy a home.

Typically, the inventory of available homes increases during the fall months and peaks just about the time home buyers are hitting the “pause” button. But for those who continue their search, they are likely to find that December and even early January are great months to buy a home.

The past few years have been challenging for home-buyers in Southern California, where we experienced a strong “seller’s market.”  Across the board and especially in the entry-level market, would-be buyers have become accustomed to fierce competition.

Attractive, well-priced homes in desirable areas have been selling quickly in Long Beach and surrounding communities so buying in the “off-season” can mean increasing the odds of getting one’s offer accepted. It can also mean that negotiating a good deal is more likely, particularly for homes that have been on the market for a while. Homeowners who have their homes on the market during the winter months may have some time motivation and may respond to offers more quickly and may be willing to consider a reasonably fast escrow.

One thing to keep in mind when home searching during the holidays is that you may need to be flexible, both regarding setting times for showings and closing dates. Many sellers have house guests and holiday celebrations scheduled and if you can work around those, it will help start things off on the right foot. Fortunately for us in Long Beach, buying a home in the winter doesn’t mean you’ll be fighting your way through snowdrifts. So if you’re in the market for a home, why not pull out your sweater, stash an umbrella in the trunk just in case, and go house hunting?

Long Beach has so much to offer. If we can answer any questions about neighborhoods or real estate, please let me know.

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Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster

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