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Buying or Selling a Home During Summer in Virginia

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Right off the heels of a busy spring market arrives an equally active summer market. In this short window of time, both buyers and sellers eagerly pull up to the closing table with hopes of finalizing a transaction before cooler weather returns and all attention shifts to the holiday season. If you think you’re ready to buy or sell this summer, here are a few things you should keep in mind during this busy season.

Selling During Summer

Embrace the Increase in Showing Traffic

Warmer weather tends to attract more potential buyers to your home’s open house. With longer days and more daylight, you can get the most traffic your house can handle until the home is sold. 

Show off Your Curb Appeal

All that effort you put into landscaping will pay off when you list during the summer. Homes show best in the summer when everything is in full bloom around your home.

Plan Around Your Vacation Time

There’s a lot of planning that goes into selling a home any time of the year, but selling alongside trying to squeeze in a family vacation may present some challenges. Be diligent in prepping your home to be put on the market and be transparent with your agent about your intentions to travel.

Buying During Summer

Take Advantage of School Break

The summer months offer parents more flexibility with their children and the home shopping process. They won’t be held to the strict scheduling of kids being picked up from schools and after-school activities. However, they may be eager to make a decision before the following school year begins. Most families would like to be settled into their new home well before the holiday season kicks in.

Evaluate the Home’s Condition

With the yard and garden being on full display, you’ll be able to gauge the health of the greenery and what it will take to maintain it. However, don’t forget to think about the blindspots warmer weather can create. Moisture problems, cracks, and leaks can easily be missed during this season. Rely on your inspection to find anything you might miss.

Consider Postponing Lengthy Vacations

Competition could potentially be fierce during the summer months. Taking a week off could put you behind other buyers or cause you to miss out on your perfect match. Houses are entering and leaving the market daily, so if you’re looking to secure a home quickly, that long-awaited vacation may need to be rescheduled for next year.  

Whether you’re buying or selling this season, finding the right agent to assist you in navigating the summer market will be the source of your success. Connect with one of more than 9,000 agents to help you navigate the process. Consider working with someone who is experienced in this specific kind of sale. Ready to buy but not sure what you can afford? Check out the mortgage calculator to help estimate possible monthly payments. Download the REIN.com app and put the power of fresh and accurate listing data in the palm of your hand. The app is available free in the App Store and Google Play Store. For local listings you can trust, start with REIN.com.

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