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October
31

When you think about buying or selling a house, you probably envision a bright sunny day and great curb appeal. This is not surprising as the real estate market tends to be the hottest during the summer. While the winter is not necessarily the busiest time of year for real estate, it is still an option for those looking to buy or sell a home. Let's take a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks for this time of year.

Benefits of Selling Your Fargo Home in the Winter

There are several benefits to selling your home in Fargo or Moorhead in the winter. However, many of these benefits are not readily evident. Here are some of the prominent reasons why you may want to consider putting your home on the market this winter.

    Motivated Buyers

If you've ever hosted open houses in the warmer months, you have probably noticed that there are a lot of people that like to casually look at homes. Many of these are getting ideas or simply want to see what a house looks like. They are not necessarily serious buyers.

For sellers, this can be frustrating because it means you're expending time and effort without reason. However, very few people go to showings during the cold of winter unless they are actively looking for a home. Thus, you can count on buyers to be fairly motivated.

    Less Competition

Fargo and Moorhead are currently fairly neutral markets that will likely be leaning towards a buyer's market in the near future. Thus, a major benefit of selling your home in the winter will be less competition, which can help mitigate this situation.

Many people list their home in the spring while fewer homes tend to go on the market during the winter. This is particularly true given the often-harsh winters seen in our area. Less competition means you can potentially have an easier time making a sale.

Drawbacks to Selling Your Fargo Home in the Winter

While there are benefits to selling your home in the winter, there are also a few drawbacks. Let's take a look at some reasons you may want to defer putting your home on the market.

    Lower Selling Prices

While it may be easier to make a sell during the winter, homes that sell in the winter also tend to sell for a few thousand less than they would in warmer times. This tends to be because there are fewer buyers looking during this time.

Thus, it is less likely that your home will result in a bidding war. However, it is important to note that this trend is not a guarantee. With the right realtor and staging, your home may end up attracting several offers.

    More Work

One of the drawbacks of selling your home during the winter is that there will be more work needed to get people to come through the door. Specifically, you need to stay on top of safety hazards. This entails shoveling and salting the sidewalks and walkways.

While this is something you will do during the winter typically, you'll likely find yourself doing it more often when potential buyers are stopping by to see your home. It can also potentially take a bit more effort to establish curb appeal in the winter.

Benefits of Buying a Fargo Home During the Winter

Winter can be a great time for house hunting in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Here are the biggest benefits of looking for a home this time of year.

    Less Worry about Being Outbid

Since fewer people are actively searching for homes during the winter, you won't have to worry as much about being outbid. As the weather gets hot, the real estate market gets hot as well. Many people find themselves putting in an offer only to get outbid.

This is less of a concern during the winter. While there are fewer homes on the market, there are fewer buyers as well. This enhances your chance of securing a home when you place an offer.

    Less Stressful Buying Experience

If the thought of frantically searching for a home or rushing to quickly put in an offer puts you in a state of stress, the winter is likely a great time for you to look for a home. With the winter market seeing less action than other seasons, there is often more time to evaluate homes and ponder about a decision.

You are less likely to have to worry about a home selling very quickly, meaning there is less pressure on the process in general. For those wanting to buy a house in Fargo with less stress, the winter can be a great time to look.

Drawbacks of Buying a Fargo Home During the Winter

Of course, there are also a few drawbacks when it comes to buying a home in the winter. Here are the two biggest things to consider.

    Dream Home May Not Be on the Market

Since fewer homes go on the market during the winter, you may find that your dream home does not get listed until the Spring. If you are open to many possibilities, this may not be an issue. But if you are looking for something highly specific, it may be more difficult to find.

Still, this issue can be mitigated by a knowledgeable realtor with a strong understanding of the local communities. Thus, picking the right real estate agent can be even more important in the winter than other seasons.

    The Weather Can Be Rough

While there are some people that truly love the winter weather here, there are many others that try to stay indoors as much as possible. If you are house hunting, you'll be spending more time outdoors in the ice or snow.

This is far from a dealbreaker but can be a less than desired experience, particularly for buyers moving to the Fargo-Moorhead area from somewhere further south.

Final Thoughts

While there are both benefits and drawbacks, the reality is that winter can be a great time to buy or sell a home in the Fargo-Moorhead area. If you are interested in checking out the market, contact us for more information.

September
13

Great Question, there are a few things you can consider:

 

It's clear the Fargo/Moorhead (and entire country, to be honest) 2022 housing market has been defined by rising mortgage rates. With rates on the rise, it's also become more costly to purchase a home. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR): "Compared to one year ago, the monthly mortgage payment rose to $1,944 from $1,265, an increase of 53.7%."  Despite this difficulty, there are still things hopeful buyers can do.

 

  1. Be mindful of location - Just because you can't purchase your dream home doesn't mean you have to settle for something you don't want. By being willing to compromise on location, you may find a home that better suits your needs. For example, if you had your heart set on living in the city but are finding it too expensive, consider looking in the suburbs instead.   There are many lovely communities located outside of major metropolitan areas that offer a higher quality of life at a fraction of the price.  Do your research and be open to new possibilities; you may be surprised by what you find.

    Not only that, the outskirt towns around the Fargo/Moorhead area are BOOMING. Look at Horace, Casselton, and West Fargo in general. Those "small towns" will likely bring more accommodations your way in no time!

  2. Consider a fixer-upper - With home prices on the rise, one way to get more for your money is to purchase a fixer-upper. By making some cosmetic changes and perhaps doing some minor renovations, you can turn an affordably priced home into your dream home – without breaking the bank. When considering a fixer-upper, it's important to have realistic expectations; not every fixer-upper is a HGTV project waiting to happen. However, even small changes can make a big difference and with some elbow grease (and maybe a little help from professionals), you can end up with a stunning home that reflects your unique style and personality.

  3. Look for alternative funding options – the government has programs that will help with down payments. Not only that, there are certain professions that have access to funds that you may not know about. Teachers, doctors nurses, and veterans, to name a few. Make sure you are working with an experienced Mortgage lender (alongside your Realtor) so you can utilize these funds, if they apply to you. First time home buyer? There are many funding options available. Just ask! You can always check downpaymentresource.com as well to see what's available to you now.

Purchasing a house is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make so it's important do your research and be mindful of your options. By being willing to compromise on location or opting for a fixer-upper, you may find that perfect home within your budget after all. Lastly, remember to think long term; if purchasing now doesn't make financial sense, hold off until later when conditions may be more favorable. Although finding affordability in today's market is difficult, with careful consideration and planning, anything is possible.

August
10

In today's market, asking price is more important than ever for sellers. In a seller's market, there are more buyers than sellers, which gives sellers the upper hand in negotiating prices. This means that if you price your home at market value, you're more likely to get closer to your asking price.

On the other hand, if you overprice your home, it will likely sit on the market longer and you may end up having to sell at a lower price. Therefore, it's essential to consult with a real estate agent to determine the right asking price for your home. With their expert knowledge of the local market, they can help you price your home competitively and find the right buyer quickly.

 

Selling your home quickly and not accepting a low offer might sound like a contradiction, but it's actually a very effective strategy for selling your home. By not immediately accepting the first low offer that comes in, you signal to potential buyers that you're open to negotiation and that you're willing to wait for the right offer. This can often lead to a bidding war, which can drive up the price of your home significantly. Of course, you don't want to low-ball yourself, either.

 

If you really need to sell quickly, it's important to set a fair starting price that reflects the current market value of your home. With these tips in mind, selling your home quickly and for top dollar is definitely possible! It's even more possible with one of our experienced agents.

July
14

While there have been some concerns that the current housing market is similar to 2008, economists and industry experts say that these comparisons aren't fair because today's economy is not as bad as it was before.

In 2008 the housing market crashed, and many people lost their homes to foreclosure or bankruptcy proceedings because of high mortgage rates that made it impossible for them pay off what they owed on time each month.

 

But now, home prices are lower than they were, mortgage rates are healthier, and there is more inventory on the market. These three factors alone mean that homebuyer expectations should be different now from when house dreams died during America's last recession.

The housing bubble burst years ago was massively chaotic, but this time around it will not end so dramatically, according to the experts – In 2008, many people lost their jobs overnight or had significant cuts, as financial institutions started shutting down.

 

Luckily, the mortgage lending standards are much tighter now than they were prior to the last crisis. This means that those approved for mortgages these days are far less likely to default on their loans whereas people who got mortgages back then could easily break free from any obligations by simply walking away from it all.


The number of people looking for homes still outweighs the supply of homes for sale. Many millennials are starting to consider homeownership, but experts don't believe there's a bubble or crash waiting for them.

 

This, of course, is great news for our housing market! If you've been nervous to buy, what is stopping you? We'd love to hear from you!

June
2

It's no secret that the real estate market has been behaving erratically recently. Home prices have fluctuated wildly, and it can be tough to know whether now is a good time to buy or sell. That's why working with a Realtor is more important than ever. A REALTOR is a professional who understands the local market and can advise you on when to buy or sell based on current conditions. They can also help you to get the best price for your home, whether you're buying or selling. In this crazy market, it's essential to work with a Realtor who can help you navigate the ups and downs.

 

Many people assume that they don't need a REALTOR in this day and age. After all, there is so much information available online, and it seems like the process of buying or selling a home has been simplified. However, the reality is that the real estate market is more complex than ever and working with a professional REALTOR can be the difference between success and failure. Here are just a few reasons why you need a REALTOR in today's market:

 

  • REALTORS have access to specialized data and resources that the average person does not. This helps them to understand local market trends and make informed decisions about when to buy or sell.

  • REALTORS are experienced negotiators. In a market as competitive as ours, having someone on your side who knows how to get the best deal possible can save you thousands of dollars.

  • REALTORS are professionals who have your best interests at heart. They will work tirelessly to help you find the perfect home or investment property, and they will be there to answer any questions you may have along the way.

 

So, if you're thinking about buying or selling a home in our local market, don't wait any longer - contact a REALTOR.