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LAURUS LIFE | Lifestyle
Trying to buy or sell a home at Christmas is generally said to be a bad idea because of the belief that the market tends to go quiet at that time of year, but the reality is that it can actually be a great opportunity to give yourself a festive present to remember by finding your dream home.
There’s no time where our home is more important to us than Christmas, when we come together as a family, put decorations everywhere, light candles and enjoy ourselves inside while the weather outside is frightful. But is it the case that thoughts of finding a new home fade away at this time of year?
According to Rightmove, that’s not the case, with millions of people browsing on Christmas Day and Boxing Day for a new home. Understandably, a time where we’re at home so much more than usual (or at least this was the case before 2020’s lockdowns) is bound to inspire people to want to explore their options for finding a home that’s bigger, brighter and more comfortable.
Beating the January rush has often been a good tactic for homebuyers and stats from websites like Rightmove and Your Move have shown that as soon as New Year’s Day comes around, traffic to their websites soars as people start looking for a new home for the new year. So, December represents a great opportunity to find your dream home while others are distracted by Christmas shopping and wrapping presents.
Finding the home of your dreams and having someone else swoop in and reserve it before you is heart-breaking, which why is buying in December can be an excellent idea. After all, if lots of people think that Christmas is a bad time to buy a home, they might be waiting until the new year, making it easier for you to find and reserve your home with less competition than there might normally be.
While there might be fewer people actively buying homes over Christmas, we’ve already mentioned that the festive period is a big time for more passive house-hunting. With so much time on their hands, sat in front of the TV with potentially a new phone or tablet to play with, the stats show that lots of people turn to looking for a new home. In 2020 the impact on the housing market of lockdown means that we could see the current boom extending well into the festive period.
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