With Christmas not far off, many homeowners and buyers will now be readying themselves for the new year, new home surge that will inevitably see high demand and interest levels across the UK.
Having spent one last Christmas at home, many people make the decision to buy shortly after the festivities have calmed down, which helps explain why website traffic to sites such as Rightmove see such phenomenal figures.
After Christmas Day in 2019, Rightmove reported a 231% surge in visitors looking at available properties for sale.
As a buyer, it's very likely you'll be competing for properties in January and February, as stock will gradually build up but not at the same rate as interested would-be homebuyers.
How can you make yourself the ideal buyer?
Having your finances sorted will put you in good stead with any seller, whether that is as a cash buyer or with an approved mortgage and lender behind you.
Property chains can be very fragile at present, so leaving things until the last minute or causing delays by not having the proper paperwork could lead to your sale or purchase falling through.
It sounds obvious, but if you have a property to sell, have it advertised for sale. A lot of people at present are waiting to see a property they like before selling. Agents are unlikely to take you seriously if you're not putting your home up for sale. In this sellers market it will be hard to secure the property you want.
It's also worth avoiding using large, national conveyancing companies or legal services provided as part of a cheap online agency offering. There is no substitute for using good quality local services and an agent that charges enough to do the job of sales progression properly.
Remember; getting a sold board up in your garden can be achieved cheaply. Getting a sale through to completion and money in your bank account cannot.
If you're proactive in your property search, you'll also be better informed about local market conditions. Your agent will be able to fill in most of the blanks, but having a good idea of how prices compare against each other will ensure you make sensible decisions and don't overvalue a property.
Are you looking for your dream home? Begin your journey by contacting us today.