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Buying A Home In The Autumn Months Is Smart: Here's Why

Spring and summer and traditionally the busiest months in residential real estate sales, but many smart buyers know that Fall can be a really great time to buy.  Here are some of the reasons why.

There's less competition for homes

Competition for available homes to buy drops off in the Fall, a time many people consider to be off-season. But there are still homes for sale. In fact, there is often just as much inventory as during the 'busy' months. There is always new inventory, and many serious sellers will reduce the price of their homes once activity wanes. 

This fact may put you in a great position to negotiate. Many serious sellers are very motivated to sell before the holidays. 

You Know The Benefits of Home Staging: Here Are Some Inexpensive DIY TIPS

Research proves that professional staging does, in fact, get homes sold faster and usually for more money. However, hiring a home stager can cost anywhere from $50 to $150 per hour, depending on the location and fee structure of the home stager, and it could take many hours of work to get that complete professional look.

So for the homeowners who can't agree to spend the money on a home stager, or just don't have it in the budget right now . . . the good news is that there are many very inexpensive things you can do to 'stage' your home and present it at its best to potential buyers. 

Home Buyers Can Expect Available Homes Scarcity To Continue

Perhaps you've been searching for a home and are frustrated with the lack of selection. In quite a few areas of Chicago where buyers want to live, there are few homes for sale in the most popular price ranges. According to industry experts, this situation is not likely to change any time soon.

The factors that are contributing to the overall lack of homes for sale are complex economic issues that are going to take time to change.  Or perhaps this is our new normal. To find a home in the area where you want to live, some compromise on price, amenities and condition may be necessary. 

Let's take a look at some of the reasons low housing inventories are prevalent in Chicago and elsewhere, and why demand will continue to outpace supply for the foreseeable future.