3 Reasons You Should Start Your Home Search Now

real estate, rogue valley, house hunting, buy a houseThe last few weekends have been gradually warming up and this past weekend brought more than Super Bowl festivities – it brought lots of sunshine and blue skies! You know that boost of energy and joy you’re beginning to feel as the weather warms up? Everyone else is feeling it too. Even if it’s not the official start of spring, it FEELS like it is. And that’s enough to bring out the house hunters.

Instead of waiting another month to start your search, get started now and you might just beat the crowd. Not convinced yet? Here are the top three reasons you should start your home search today.

Top 3 Reasons You Should Start Your Home Search Now


  • You’re hoping to avoid a multiple offer situation

  • You would like to move by early summer

  • You still aren’t sure which neighborhoods are your top contenders


You want to avoid a multiple offer situation

There’s never a guarantee that you won’t find yourself in a multiple offer situation while trying to buy the house of your dreams. But you can reduce the odds by starting your search while there is less competition.

Spring kicks off the real estate shopping season as sellers who delayed listing their homes in the winter enter the market in anticipation of a flood of eager buyers in March and April. You can begin looking now in the “sweet spot” while inventory is rising but buyers are just beginning to trickle in.  

If you haven’t already, talk to a mortgage broker so you can determine a maximum price and budget that’s right for you. That way you can start your search with confidence and act fast when you find the perfect house.

You would like to move by early summer

When you think of your home-buying timeline, work backward. Think of when you’d like to be in your new home.

If you’re purchasing with mortgage loan, escrow usually takes 30-45 days. Then factor in shopping time. In our experience, most homebuyers spend 6-8 weeks looking for their next home. Those of us with a specific style, floor plan, lot size, or neighborhood in mind may have to look even longer. If we’re conservative we might pad that number a little to account for the few of us that take longer. So let’s say it takes most Southern Oregon house hunters approximately 6-12 weeks (45-90 days) to find a home they want to make an offer on.

If you land right in the middle at 8 weeks (60 days) to find the right property and assuming you make an offer and successfully negotiate the purchase (YAY!), you’re probably looking at at least another 30 days while in escrow. If you start your search right now, you have a good chance of closing on your next home by mid-May. Just in time for summer!

You aren’t 100% sure where you want to live

As realtors, we’ve been all over this beautiful valley and can appreciate all the different neighborhoods and their unique features. As a buyer, you may or may not have spent enough time in the Rogue Valley to know exactly which neighborhoods you prefer.

Starting your home search now will give you plenty of time to see virtually every neighborhood that interests you and decide which are your top contenders. That way, you can narrow your search down to the places you like best with confidence.

Ready to start your home search today? Call us to get set up with your own private MLS portal so you can see homes fitting your criteria before they even get to Zillow!


Posted on February 6, 2018 at 6:47 pm
Whitney Young | Category: First Time Buyer, Home Search, House Hunting, Rogue Valley Specific, Seasonal Buying Tips | Tagged , , , ,