The best time to go house hunting

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 1:16pm.

The Low season

Canada has four distinct seasons, with certain parts of the country experiencing either shorter seasons or milder ones than the rest of the country. In Edmonton the low season for house hunting and home sales is the winter. Winter in Edmonton can be brutally cold and not at all conducive to activities like moving. Unfortunately, winter constitutes a large amount of time in Alberta, making the prime selling and buying season quite short.

Keeping this is mind, you can still find some great properties during the low season, and on the bright side you may actually find that there is far less competition in the market at this time. House hunting in the winter may not be ideal, but if you want to take your time searching and not get into bidding wars, this may be the perfect time to begin shopping.

The high season

The high season is primarily summer and late spring, which usually only lasts a few months, say from May until August. Sometimes the province lucks out and gets an extended fall, but most often fall weather hits late in August and maybe lasts through to mid-October. Many times, however, Albertans are fighting off snow in late September or early October. If you plan to do your house hunting in the high season, you’ll need to get an early start.

The market gets flooded with properties for sale early in the spring, and the competition amongst buyers heats up quite quickly too. House hunting at this time can be a real challenge, but its your best chance of getting access to the biggest assortment of new listings.

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