Top 3 Tips to Help You Buy a Home during the Holidays - Service First Mortgage

With Christmas around the corner, what better way to treat yourself than to purchase your dream home?

Check out these three tips on purchasing a home during the holidays.

Hire a Real Estate Agent

There are many real estate agents around you, but only a few may have beneficial connections when looking for your dream home. Ask the agent about their availability for the next few weeks. You want an agent that will be accessible and responsive to emails or by phone even during the holidays.

Ask about “Pocket Listings”

“Pocket listings” are homes that are not listed on the multiple local listing services (MLS). These listings are used when a seller doesn’t want many potential buyers knowing about the listed property.

Find a Motivated Seller

Finding homes for sale during the holidays is not difficult. Many homes are up for sale around this time due to various reasons, such as a recent divorce, job relocation, or other personal changes that mean the seller needs to sell fast. This is to your benefit because you have more negotiation power as a buyer.

If you’re a first-time home buyer looking to purchase a home during the holidays, find a Service First branch near you. Our branches can refer you to a local real estate agent and help you get pre-qualified for your home loan.