Buying A Home in The Winter Months

While most things around the High Country slow down during the colder months, Ashe County Real Estate included, winter can actually be a great time to do some house hunting. There is an extraordinary kind of beauty found in the winter season that is not seen any other time of the year. The winter landscape, although bare, can be very picturesque with snow-capped mountains, as well as, rows of Ashe County’s famous Christmas trees covered in white, lining the sides of the mountains.

There are several advantages to house hunting in the winter months. You are able to see how well the house holds up in the cold, as well as, what kind of heating system is in place and whether the house is drafty. The winter months also give you a better idea of how well the neighborhood’s sidewalks and driveways are tended and if the town plows or salts the roads. If you are looking at property with any amount of acreage winter can be the most valuable time to observe as without the foliage the lay of the land can be easily seen. Long range view potential is at its best.

Many people take their homes off the market during the winter months which may mean fewer choices for buyers but the homeowners that leave their homes on the market may be more motivated sellers, and a motivated seller can be an advantage to the buyer. They may be more open to a slightly lower bid or they may make some minor repairs to ensure the sale goes through smoothly.

Agents are readily available to focus on a home search for you. Other industry professionals such as home inspectors, lenders and attorneys will also be more available for questions and assistance during the off season. Some lenders may be willing to lower fees during the off season to attract buyers.

Regardless of the time of the year when you decide to look for your NC Dream Mountain Home, A1 Mountain Realty will be happy to help in your search. Give us a call 336-846-4900 or stop by our office located on North Jefferson Avenue in West Jefferson, NC. We feature many NC Mountain Homes and NC Mountain Land so be sure to check out all of listings on our website at We look forward to working with you.