How buying property in the lead up to Christmas can save you thousands!
Updated: Jun 6
Whilst everyone else is starting to wind down in the lead-up to Christmas, savvy investors use this time to pick up the pace of their property searching to maximise the opportunities around this time when sellers are motivated, fewer buyers (competition) in the market and vendors and agents that are keen to close deals before Christmas. What this does is that it gives us stronger negotiating power to try and pick up a bargain.
“In all the years I have been watching and studying the Australian property market, it has always been November and December that has presented some of the best buying opportunities.”
Some of the reasons why November and December are one of my favourite times of the year to buy property:
1) Less Active Buyers in The Market (Competition)
At a time when everyone’s social calendars start filling up with Christmas Parties, Holidays and other Christmas festivities, what that means is that there are fewer active buyers in the market so, therefore, less competition
2) Sellers are Motivated
A lot of people who have their properties already listed typically mentally set Christmas as the date that they want to have the property sold by. Preparing the property for open for inspections in generally something that most vendors don’t want to be doing during their Christmas holiday period
3) Land Tax!
Land tax is a tax levied on the owners of land (that is not your primary residence) in NSW and Victoria as at midnight on 31 December of each year. So investors who are trying to sell a property and are above the land tax threshold can be very motivated to sell before 31 December.
4) Agents are motivated to finalise end-of-year sales
Just as everyone else is trying to wrap up all their work before the end of the year, real estate agents will be trying to wrap up all their sales for vendors too.
In all the years I have been watching and studying the Australian property market, it has always been November and December that have presented some of the best buying opportunities.
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