6 Reasons to House-Hunt During Your Holiday Vacation

for-saleA little time to check out the market while on vacation might be the perfect, no-pressure way to help you make a big decision.

So just what are the benefits to house-hunting during your vacation? Here’s a rundown to help you decide if signing on the dotted line while on vacay is right for you.

1. You have more time
Life, simply put, gets in the way. Oil changes, soccer practices for the kids, dinner, your day job. But when you’re on vacation, island time is a real thing — and one you should embrace, especially if you’re house-hunting.

Most people feel rushed due to time constraints to get through properties quickly when they’re at home with their busy schedules. House hunting this time of year allows you to really take the time necessary to look and evaluate properties thoroughly.

2. You get more attention
So your holiday travels didn’t bring you to a beach but rather your in-laws’ three-bedroom ranch. But said three-bedroom ranch is in a town next to the one you’ve always wanted to move to. Which means you can escape the obligatory chitchat with family for a day and house-hunt. The best part? You’ll probably get real estate agents’ undivided attention.

Real estate professionals typically see slower times during holiday seasons, and many are eager to work. This may be a great time to reach out to someone and find out their expertise and if they will be a good fit as you consider buying.

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3. You get to test the waters
Want to know what a home looks like at night? What the traffic is like? The advantage to house hunting on holiday vacation is that you have the leisure to picture yourself living there and see if it is a good fit.

Pay attention to the weather, traffic, people, proximity to shopping… these are factors that can’t be truly appreciated without spending significant time in an area. Even a week of vacationing can be an important learning experience, both positive and negative, as you have time to visit and revist the locale your considering.

4. You get more access
You’re not the only one on vacation this time of year. Many homeowners take time off or go away this time of year that making scheduling showings easy. You can line up a pretty big schedule of showings without having to worry about homeowners’ and real estate agents’ schedules becoming a challenge.

5. Homes will look better
It may seem odd, but sometimes a home looks better gussied up with holiday decorations. Especially if you’re considering buying a second property, it’s nice to see how others are decorating during the holidays since you will likely be using the home the same times of year and during holidays.

6. You will have time to relax
House hunting is tiring. And what better way to unwind after a day of touring homes than by relaxing beside a fire, spending time with family or just sprawling out on your cozy couch? On vacation, you have the luxury of doing just that.


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