Now’s a beautiful time to be a home buyer in Illinois. The only negative is actually trying to get a good look at the homes. Due to the 8-10 inches we got last Friday, the city is still trying to dig its way out. There was nary a snow plow in site for that first day. That gave us all a chance to drive on the snow and pack it down into a nice compact sheet that then froze overnight. From that point on, it’s been interesting driving in some areas of Aurora, Naperville and Oswego. These big snowstorms always stretch everyone thin but it’s a great time to watch Illinois communities come together and help dig each other out.
The heavy snow is also making things difficult for buyers. Getting into a home is now fraught with problems like navigating an un-shoveled driveway and front walk, getting into doors that are sometimes frozen shut and even seeing the condition of exterior features. This afternoon while I was showing some Aurora real estate to a homebuyer I’m working with, we gave up trying to
judge the condition of roofs. At my listing in Boulder Hill Subdivision in Montgomery, I had to remove the sheets in my drive-by brochure box because they had frozen together into a big block of paper. On the other hand, several communities that I also work in such as Naperville, North Aurora, Batavia, Geneva and even Yorkville seemed to fare better with the snow plows.
Despite all the difficulties, this is a great time to get out and make a purchase if you are a home buyer. Real Estate is extremely slow due to the holidays and the snowfall has put a further damper on it. Home prices are continuing to fall along with interest rates. During the next few weeks, you might just snag a real housing bargain if you can brave the weather and get out there and choose your next home. Plus, everyone else being indoors is going to mean there’s a lot of selection out there for the intrepid house hunter.
Eric Rogers – REALTOR
Century 21 Pro-Team
Serving your Real Estate needs in the communities of Aurora, Naperville, Oswego, Montgomery,
Yorkville, Sugar Grove, North Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles and Northern Illinois.