Which month do you think most people who are considering buying a home actually start their search? If you’re like most of us, you probably think the surge happens in the spring, likely in April. Not anymore. According to new home search reports, January and February have the most monthly views per listing on realtor.com.

So, what does that mean?

The real estate season is starting to heat up earlier than ever.

The same research indicates,

“Historically, April launched the kickoff of the home shopping season as buyers would come out of their winter hibernation looking for their new home. However, the spring shopping season now starts in January for many of the nation’s largest markets.”

With the reality of fewer homes on the market in the winter, and that supply naturally increases as we head to the spring market, waiting for more competition to list in your neighborhood this year might put you behind the curve. Perhaps now is the time to jump into the market.

George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com says,

“As shoppers modify their strategies for navigating a housing market that has become more competitive due to rising prices and low inventory, the search for a home is beginning earlier and earlier.”

There is a lot of speculation as to why there’s a shift to an earlier start. The one thing we do know is if you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in the coming year, the earlier you get started, the better.

Reminder: When should you sell your home? When there is less homes on the market and the greatest number of buyers. That’s exactly what is happening in real estate right now.

The Bottom Line…
Winter is the new Spring. Now is the time if you’re considering buying or selling, let PremierPropertiesOC.com assist you.