It’s Friday evening and there’s a dusting of snow on the ground in Bethesda. The Washington, DC area is supposed to get up to 20 inches over the next 24 to 36 hours, which would be a record snowfall. I’ve already canceled the 4 showings in Virginia for tomorrow. Most were new houses and — even if we could safely get there – no one was willing to promise that driveways and walkways would be shoveled or plowed.
I’m hoping that the roads will be clear enough so that I can get out for the two scheduled showings that I have on Sunday. The tenacity of many buyers here — despite the elements — reminds me how and why the holiday season can be a fruitful time for home sales.
Home buyers who are asking to see homes in the last couple weeks of December with 2 feet of snow on the ground, aren’t going out for “fun” — unless they’re skiing from house to house in Vail or Beaver Creek
In DC and much of the country? Very few are going to be taking the roads for information gathering. No, the majority of holiday buyers (at least in my experience) have done their research, and are “pushing on” because they need to buy a home.
And for those who don’t have to brave the elements this time of year (Sarasota, Florida, Austin, Texas…), there are still other commitments of the season. And those who need/want to sacrifice some of this time are equally committed to the process.
Where Did The Sellers Go? Continue reading this post