Buying a Home in Winter can be Savvy

The short days and long, cold, wet, dark nights of winter can put many people off from buying a home.  While spring is traditionally the hottest sales period for residential real estate, buying a home in the winter can be a smart move for the savvy purchaser.  Especially in hot housing markets in the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver.

Seasonal Demand Shifts

In the traditionally busy spring selling season, more homes are typically available for sale and more buyers active than the other times of year.  This is often the case because families with kids want to get settled into their new home before the next school year starts in September. Others may want to get into a home in time to host and enjoy their new place during the summer.  It may even be because they want to use the good summer months to renovate or fix things around their home upon purchase. Think yard care and exterior painting etc. Whatever the motivation, home buyers and sellers are just more active during the spring months.

While the spring market is usually very active, the winter months can be anything but. The winter real estate market, that runs from about November to February, can be slow and dull.  But this can be a great thing if you are a buyer and can find a gem in the dark dreary Vancouver winter.

Sift Through “Stale Listings”

Buying a home during winter can be advantageous if you are looking to score a good deal.  While there may be fewer homes listed for sale, you will have ample time to research and compare the homes that are available.  There could be several homes that failed to sell in the summer or fall months, still sitting on the market in the winter. Such “stale listings” may have a vendor/s that are now more realistic and flexible in their asking price, after a long period of market exposure.

Motivated Sellers

Indeed, you may tend to find a few more sellers that are highly motivated to sell in the winter.  So called distress sales may be a bit more apparent as there are sometimes people who can’t wait for the busier spring selling season to arrive.  They want or have to sell their home quickly, to get desperately needed liquidity.

Have the Upper Hand in Negotiations

Another advantage of buying a Fraser Valley home in the winter can be that there are fewer other buyers competing with you for the better homes on market.  This means less pressure on you as a buyer and indeed can give you leverage in negotiations with a seller. Negotiating from a position of strength is always desirable in any bargaining situation.  A slower sales period allows you to comfortably perform your due diligence, prior to purchasing a place. Inserting contract clauses to your favour, is also likely more palatable to sellers looking to move on.  

If you are a buyer looking to find a good deal on a home in the Fraser Valley markets like Surrey, North Delta, Langley or Abbotsford, please contact me today.  Remember, you can negotiate a good deal in the winter and stipulate a closing or move-in date that’s in the spring or later. Let me show you how I can help you buy a good home, at a good price, this winter.


I am looking forward to using this platform to share my expert analysis and opinions on the Fraser Valley real estate market.  I will also talk about Fraser Valley real estate in the context of the wider Metro Vancouver and Canadian housing markets.  

Giving my readers useful information and insights, to make informed buying and selling decisions, is my primary aim.  My hope is that readers of this blog will gain some knowledge of the current market dynamics impacting Fraser Valley real estate and house prices.

I will share insights on what I'm observing when it comes to market action and news.  Topics like prices, sales, inventory levels, days to sell, mortgage rates etc. will be discussed.  

The goal is to publish a weekly blog post recapping some of the important news of the past week.  On occassion, additional posts will be made when there may be an extraordinary real estate event or news that's taken place.

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