Ready or not, the Holiday season is upon us! Can you believe it? Every time that November rolls around it hits me just how fast the year has gone by.

Realizing that my children are a little older, my business has inevitably changed and grown, and reflecting on all the lessons of the year is always bittersweet.

However, what always stays consistent for me is my love of getting families into their dream homes.

Although you likely have a lot on your plate these next few months, now is really the perfect time to add, "buy a home" to your list.

In 2014, Vera Gibbons of ZIllow posted this great article highlighting why the holiday season is historically the best time to buy, and it still rings true for my clients today!

Take a look at Vera's top 4 reasons why NOW is the time:


(This blog post was originally posted on Zillow.com on December 2nd, 2014 and was written by Vera Gibbons).


Bargain prices

Did you know that, historically, home prices are lower in December than in any other month?

As for the overall housing picture, if you're not yet in the market, you'll like this news: While home prices are continuing to rise, it's happening at a much slower pace.

According to a recent report from Zillow, U.S. home values are currently up 6.4 percent year-over-year and have been slowing for nearly two years. Next year home values are expected to grow at 3 percent — roughly half their current pace. These changing dynamics, and a shift toward healthy stabilization, put more power in the hands of buyers.


Low mortgage rates

What's driving affordability? Low mortgage rates. Currently hovering in the 4 percent range, rates are projected to edge up to 5 percent by the end of 2015, according to Zillow Chief Economist, Stan Humphries.

To put this in perspective, did you know that if rates go up by just one percentage point, your purchasing power is reduced by a whopping 11 percent? Find out how much waiting to buy could cost you.


Motivated sellers

If sellers are listing their home for sale this time of year, this likely means they're serious about shedding the weight of their residences.

Regardless of why that is – perhaps they've recently gotten divorced, have to relocate for a new job opportunity, or are under some other personal pressure – this puts you, the buyer, in a much better position to negotiate and ultimately cut a deal, particularly since competition is minimal this time of year.


Tax savings

At the end of the year, everyone is looking for ways to lower their tax bill. And closing on your new home before Dec. 31st is one way to get some breaks.

After all, you can deduct home purchase costs, including mortgage interest, property taxes and points — while you build equity and save yourself a significant amount of money.


If you have been on the fence about wanting to buy, or would like to see what is available in your price range, call me at 916-303-6375 and let's talk about your options.

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