December 20th, 2011 4:59 PM by Cat Moe
You'd think that this is a classic Realtor's line. "Oh..people buy each other houses for Christmas all the time". Yea...right. Well, hmmm...this year it seems to be more than just a classic sales pitch.
In the almost twelve years of being a Real Estate Agent & Consultant, I have to admit that from about the middle of December until the end of the Holidays, Real Estate was dead. People tended to familiy matters, and the last thing anyone wanted to hear about, was anything related to "Great deals" in the housing market. It was a time that allowed me to catch up with past-due tasks on my personal and professional to-do lists, and it was a time to create new to-do lists for the New Year.
This year, however, has been a definite sign of the times. A sign that Real Estate has picked up, and is continuing to pick up. With three new escrows in December alone, and property showing appintments with new clientele lined up all throughout the Holidays, one might think that people really do buy houses for one another for Christmas. Who knows???
Well, whether Christmas has anything to do with it or not, I can tell you that clients and potential clients alike, are realizing that prices have indeed hit rock bottom. Those who have waited for prices to be where they are today, are stepping forward and making their moves. Canadians remain one of the strongest investors in our market as their dollar is strong and prices here are very affordable for them compared to homes in Canada.
Historically speaking, those who have become rich, have generally not made their investment moves when the market was at its peak and everything was "flourishing". Instead, their moves were made when the cyclical Real Estate market hit its low points. The mystery always was, "when" to do what, and "when" was the right timing to let your money go to work for you...what exactly was that magical sign we were supposed to look for?
So perhaps we all are looking at the biggest Christmas present for any investor that wants to grab it...that bright neon sign we've been looking for...one that says "Good timing, great opportunity"
If you're reading this article, I thank you for reading my personal blog. I wish you a very Merry Christmas. And if you don't celebrate Christmas, then I wish you a great Holiday season. Let 2012 await you full of Health, Happiness, and Prosperity.