Yes, the calandar says January 2nd, 2008 and the Christmas / New Years Holiday is behind us for another year. But over the holiday lull when maybe the office phone rang a little less, and the market was a little less hectic, something else was happening. Behind the scenes, at the homes of folks around Maine and the country, loved ones were together, or had long phone conversations and emails. The subject varies but the common denominator was the same...real estate to buy or to sell. Grandmother's lake cottage in Maine that is not used at all, suddenly is something the entire families realizes is a good idea to finally sell. The family is going to need a broker to help price it, market it, guide the process thru a bank and keep the family in compliance with all federal and state disclosures, etc to avoid lawsuits later from a shoddy job.
Let's listen in on another call from Bob to his brothers that are four in number and in as many different states. The conversation (holding the glass to the wall a little tighter) goes like this..." Yeah..it would be neat if all of us brothers could pool our money, buy a Maine camp on a lake, and set up a timeshare for our families to use and keep in the family for years after we are gone..for the kids to know they are part of a family. That's right. Dad and mom would say its a great idea...gosh I miss them. Yes, I think it would be a good investment, fun to get families together to know each other..let's go on line and see what we can get for under $100,000..." . What did you yourself hear at your church christmas pageant, or out shopping, or at a high school ball game about an empty house in your area over the last few days? Those conversations over the holiday mean possible business for you during the winter months! Winter IS a time to market and sell real estate. There are four seasons and everyone of them offers opportunities to list, sell and make a good living. If you think winter is cold, snowy in some spots and only a lucrative market where the sunshines, palm trees sway and you don't need a snow shovel, you are misjudging the market. In 2008, remember folks tired of heating an empty home, or that just missed a freeze up from no oil mix up, become motivated to sell. To sell at prices that are fair, realistic and in line with the current market. Events happen in people's lives that cause a need to sell...or buy. Family expanding and current two bedroom bungalow not big enough for the quintuplets born over the holidays.
Tight financial situation cause another family to have to sell due to money crunch trying to carry their late father's home expenses that is empty, in need of repair while the family can barely make ends meet in their own homes. Oh no, job lay off from the plant closing and the Jone's will have to move and sell and quickly. And the Smith divorce..they had eight properties you know and those gambling debts...well...thru the grapevine (so that's why you have purple ears) you hear three of the places are this close to foreclosure and can be bought for a song if someone has a little cash. It's not all desperate real estate sales either. Don't forget the inheritance by another couple that happened over the holidays as parent's estate is settled and carefully distributed...and these folks want to buy some recreational Maine, New Hampshire, Arizona and Pluto real estate. Might as well be you Joe and Jane Broker that help whatever the real estate need right? You are a full time real estate broker operating all twelve months of the year right? Where is it written that snow on property makes it impossible to sell ? What have you been eating for breakfast? And for real estate buyers and sellers, don't let a little white stuff from this 14 inch snowstorm in Houlton, Maine stop your desire to own property! Within a few hours today, the town of Houlton was cleaned up, ready for business and a new year!