Mortgages & Home Loans Real Estate Resources How Can Buyers Buy a Home During a Spring Home Buying Frenzy? By Elizabeth Weintraub Elizabeth Weintraub Facebook Twitter Elizabeth Weintraub is a nationally recognized expert in real estate, titles, and escrow. She is a licensed Realtor and broker with more than 40 years of experience in titles and escrow. Her expertise has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, CBS Evening News, and HGTV's House Hunters. learn about our editorial policies Updated on January 31, 2022 Reviewed by Lea D. Uradu Reviewed by Lea D. Uradu Lea Uradu, J.D. is graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, a Maryland State Registered Tax Preparer, State Certified Notary Public, Certified VITA Tax Preparer, IRS Annual Filing Season Program Participant, Tax Writer, and Founder of L.A.W. Tax Resolution Services. Lea has worked with hundreds of federal individual and expat tax clients. learn about our financial review board Fact checked by Leila Najafi Fact checked by Leila Najafi Instagram Twitter Website Leila Najafi is a luxury travel and lifestyle writer and editor with over five years of experience covering travel rewards programs, destination and buying guides, and more. Leila's writing has been featured in NBC News, Thrillist, Fodor's, 10Best.com by USA Today, HuffPost, Eater LA, and Reader’s Digest. learn about our editorial policies Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Dana Hoff / Getty Images Buying a home during a spring frenzy can be difficult. Every time you make an offer, somebody else beats you to it. Spring might be the best time to buy a home, but since many homebuyers feel the same way, competition for the most desirable homes can be stiff. To increase your chances of buying the home you want, it’s important to have a strategy that will give you an edge when many other buyers are in the market. Defining Spring The normal spring home-buying season for most of America is typically April, May, and June because many Americans take vacations during July and August. However, springtime home buying can apply to different months of the year, depending on where you live. In warmer climates, spring home buying starts in January and runs through May. In northern cities, spring home buying begins as soon as the snow melts and lasts deeper into. Some years, that doesn’t leave much more than about a month of spring home buying. If you're like most people and try to buy a home in April, you'll have to be ready to jump on the home you want. Don't be indecisive or try to sleep on it. When you find it, make an offer and follow some key tips to be successful with that offer. Preparation If you are new to a town where you are buying, spend a few weekends before the home-buying season starts and get to know the area. Talk to people in the street and at restaurants. Visit several real estate offices and interview real estate agents. Use the internet to do research. Drive the neighborhoods you like the best at different times of the day and on different days of the week. Hire a neighborhood specialist. All real estate is local, and an agent who specializes in the area where you want to buy will be a source of valuable information for you. If that agent is well known and respected among the area’s listing agents, that familiarity will be another plus for you. Agents who do enough business might specialize in multiple neighborhoods or an entire city. Note Get preapproved by a local lender. A preapproval letter from a local bank, credit union, or other mortgage broker gives you an advantage over buyers with approvals from online or out-of-area lenders. Focus on the house, not the owner. Don't get all hung up on whether the home is a foreclosure, a short sale, or owned by a traditional seller. Concentrate on location, location, location, and look for homes that meet your basic requirements. Markets once dominated by foreclosures and short sales, are no longer the norm among traditional sellers. Making an Offer Focus on how much the home is worth and less on what the seller is asking, even if that means paying list price—or more. Ask your agent to show you a comparative market analysis (CMA) of comparable sales to determine actual value. You can't compare values by other homes on the market because sellers can ask whatever they want. If you are getting the home you want at a price you can afford, whether you pay $1,000 more or less makes no difference in the overall scheme of things. You won't care in five years. Give sellers something other buyers will not. There are many terms contained in purchase offers, and negotiation is not always all about price. Note Motivate sellers to take your offer without actually waiving your rights. Ask your agent to make suggestions for you. It could be something as small as giving a seller an extra day to move out. Trust your intuition. Every first-time home buyer harbors a little bit of fear inside about buying a home, whether or not it's spring. You simply have more company in the spring. And there often is comfort in being part of larger numbers. If it feels right, just make the offer. Trust your gut. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources The Balance uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. Quicken Loans. "When Is the Best Time to Buy a House? A Complete Breakdown."