Home Buyers Plan to Make a Move This Winter

November 21, 2013

Home buyers who weren’t successful this summer at finding a home due to limited inventories and competition from all-cash offers are looking to retry their luck in the winter, according to realtor.com®’s Winter Home Buyer Report

“This summer and spring, home-buying season was particularly challenging for buyers, especially first-time home buyers trying to compete with all-cash offers and bidding wars because of reduced inventory,” says Alison Schwartz, vice president of corporate communications at realtor.com®. “In fact, a quarter of the winter home buyers revealed they are in the market now because they were unable to find a home during this last home-buying season.”

But winter home buyers know they’ll face some challenges. Forty-five percent of those surveyed say they believe they will be up against inventory challenges again, with few homes for sale within the price range they desire. Twenty-nine percent also say that winter weather makes house-hunting unpleasant. 

But they believe that the winter can be a good time to buy a home. Twenty-six percent say winter is a good time to buy because they feel sellers will be more motivated and willing to negotiate. Twenty-four percent also say they think home prices will be better.

Of those looking to buy this winter, 23 percent are planning to make a down payment of 10 to 20 percent, according to the realtor.com® survey. Twenty-two percent are planning to put down 21 to 99 percent in cash; 19 percent plan to put down 100 percent cash; and 13 percent are planning to make a down payment of 3.5 percent to qualify for a Federal Housing Administration loan. 

Source: “Survey: Tight Inventory Tops Winter Home Buyers’ Challenges,” realtor.com (Nov. 20, 2013)

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