Don’t get me wrong. If you’re a buyer or seller who happens to read this in April or May, I’d love to hear from you today. But times have changed, and today’s lake-home market is no longer just a summertime surge. (That’s even more true, of course, for off-water homes.)
Even though some sellers pull their homes off the market over the winter, plenty of serious, purposeful buyers are now on the hunt all year round. At this very moment they’re getting pre-approved, researching lakes, studying properties online, and arranging to view their top picks in person.
So if you’re ready to move on to the next stage of your life, there’s no rational reason to delay until next May. You’ll waste valuable time, and you’ll risk being lost in the crowd of new listings that are sure to appear on the mornings of April 1 and May 1. There’s no advantage in waiting. If you’re ready for this life transition, then maybe it’s time to make your move.
Keep in mind, too, that listing your home today doesn’t mean moving out next Tuesday. Even after we’ve done a little negotiating and you’ve accepted a buyer’s offer, more time will elapse before there’s an actual closing. Typically, unless it’s a cash offer with no inspections or other contingencies, that’s about another 60 days.
Could you end up moving in the winter? Sure, if the timing works out that way. But it’s really no big deal. (And on this I speak from experience.) Moving in the winter is nothing to be afraid of—especially if you’re paying someone else to load up the moving van and drive it away. (Of course, if you’re one of those sellers who plans to leave most furnishings behind, then moving will be less of an issue anyway.)
There’s only one situation when winter can really complicate your plans, and that’s if you’re selling a three-season cabin. Most buyers will ask for an inspection, and it’s hard to inspect a cabin’s well, septic system, and plumbing without turning on the water. But even then, I’m usually able to help buyers and sellers work things out.
Curious to learn more about cabins and lake homes for sale NW Wisconsin? As your NW Wisconsin Realtor, I’ll be glad to help you find the lake home, cabin, or waterfront property of your dreams. To get started right now, give me a call at 218-590-6634. Or, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.