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 NC Mountain house hunting.  There are some advantages to house hunting in the winter months…you can see just how well the home holds up in the cold. What kind of heating system is in place? Is the house drafty? Are the roads clear? Will you be able to get in and out during bad weather? Finding out the answers to the these questions can save you quite a bit of money in potential repairs and utility bills. 

Many people take their homes off the market during the winter months which does 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 used to the buyers advantage. 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 more available to focus on a home search.  Other industry professionals such as home inspectors, lenders and attorneys will also be more accessible for questions and assistance. Some lenders may be willing to lower or waive fees during the off season to attract buyers.

The bleakness of the winter landscape may not be the most picturesque, however, you will get 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 look since without the foliage the lay of the land will be easily seen. Long range view potential will also be at its best.

Regardless of the time of the year when you decide to look for your dream
NC Mountain Home, A1 Mountain Realty will be happy to help in your search, so give us a call at 336-846-4900 or stop by our office located on main street here 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 ( Also, take time to click on the Downtown West Jefferson Webcam tab and view our historic downtown area. Thank you and we look forward to working with you!