If relocation is in your plans for the new year, shopping during a holiday break may be your only opportunity to find your next home prior to the actual move.
If that's the case for you, choose a real estate professional well ahead of your arrival here in Vancouver. Get acquainted and let that agent know exactly what you are looking for. You'll not only save "interview time," you'll save time by letting your agent eliminate homes that won't work for you.
You may need to be within an easy commuting distance to your school or workplace. Your agent will know which neighborhoods to include in your search.
In addition to features you must have in your new home, you may have some conditions that would automatically rule out a specific house. For instance, if you have a family member confined to a wheel chair, you would not consider a home with narrow hallways, narrow doorways, or all bedrooms on a second floor. If you have young children or pets, you might automatically reject a home on a busy street.
Searching during the holidays does present some advantages. The first is that you'll have less competition, so may be able to buy without getting into a bidding war. Second is that homeowners whose homes remain on the market during the holidays are serious about selling.
That brings us to the second reason why it is wise to connect with your (city) real estate agent well ahead of your arrival in town.
Your agent - and his or her colleagues - probably know of homes that will come on the market after January 1. Should any of those homes fit your needs, they may be able to arrange for a one-time showing, based on the fact that you'll be gone again by January 2.
You'll probably need to accommodate the homeowner's time schedule, and the house may exhibit holiday clutter in place of sparkling show-ready condition, but those are small prices to pay for finding the perfect home.
If YOU plan to be looking for a home here in (city) this holiday season, call me! I'll be glad to do the advance work to make your search both pleasant and successful..