November, December, and January are the best months to buy investment rental property. While other people are holiday shopping for gifts and decorating for the yuletide season, savvy, investors are combing the locale for viable investment rental property.
Why is winter the smartest time to buy?
Less competition is one reason. Most people choose the spring or summer to move into a new home since it’s warmer. During the winter months, fewer people are buying properties since they are more focused on holiday buying. You’ll find negotiating for a rental property purchase more in your favor during winter
Sometimes a seller just wants to sell the property and would rather not wait until spring or summer to do it. But beware. If the property has been sitting for some time it could have issues with its condition. Inspect the property thoroughly before you buy. Take your time and don’t rush.
Generally, property becomes cheaper during the colder months. But, even though winter may be the best time of the year to buy rental properties, there are still a few hitches to consider.
Fewer properties available
With fewer properties available it may be difficult to find a certain type of property; but if you’re shopping more generically, you may find something you like.
Single-family homes and condos are more often available during this time.
Problems beneath the snow
At different times of the year, property problems can be harder to spot. A property may look great during winter, but after the snow is gone, what’s underneath it? The exterior and the landscaping can look very different during the spring. Ask the seller if they have photos from spring or summer. Inspect closely what might otherwise be unseen.
Work or relax during the holidays
Most people choose to take time off to relax during the holidays, but if you’re intent on finding a rental property deal, you will probably be out looking around. Sometimes sacrificing a little time to accomplish a goal pays off.
Whether you’re a winter investment property shopper or choose the warmer months to look, if you find yourself bogged down with questions, you can always call the people who have prudent advice on the subject. Cousin James Management has been helping people make smart choices about property management for well over 25 years. Get the advice you need and enjoy a more rewarding, stress-free investment property adventure.