Ground Hogs and Real Estate, Neither One Have Anything To Do With Spring

Do you believe whether a groundhog sees its shadow or not is a true indication of when Spring will come?  A lot of people aren’t sure, and no matter what the groundhog sees, it means we’re going to have more winter.

But even if you do believe it, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. If it’s sunny, and he sees his shadow, that means a longer winter. If it’s cloudy and he doesn’t see his shadow, it means Spring will come sooner. That seems totally backwards, shouldn’t sun mean spring?

And then there are all those different groundhogs… which are you supposed to believe?

Groundhogs don’t predict Spring

You know Spring never actually comes sooner, even if every single groundhog doesn’t see his shadow. It begins on a specific calendar day no matter what the weather rat says.  Now the weather itself on the other hand, that’s a different story. The weather will be what it will be. Weather is something people make small talk about but rarely can predict accurately.

Meteorologists can barely do it, especially in the winter.  Hmm.  Maybe the groundhog is better at weather prediction, now that I think about it.

Either way, most people don’t put a whole lot of stock in what the groundhogs “say” on Groundhog Day.

However, a lot of people do seem to put stock in the “Spring Market” when it comes to real estate.

Is Spring the best time to buy and sell real estate?

So many people believe it’s the “best” time to buy or sell real estate. Not necessarily.  Sure, there is a “Spring market”.

But first of all, unlike the season, to even say exactly what day it begins is impossible. Some real estate agents even say the Spring market begins in March. Or April. Maybe May.  In fact, not only is it hard to say when the mythical spring market officially begins, in many years, January is a busier month for pending home sales than April is.  2018 is already tracking in that direction.

And while there’s no definite answer as to when the Spring market actually begins, it’s even more inaccurate to say that it’s the best time to buy or sell a houseEspecially for you. Weather has nothing to do with it.

It might be a better time for some clients to list… but certainly not for everyone. It depends on so many variables, and upon the client’s specific scenario and needs.

Some solid advice…

Don’t put stock in the “Spring market” for real estate, no matter what you hear, or who you hear it from.

Do not base your decisions about when to buy or sell upon something people talk about as lightly as the weather… or whether the Groundhog saw its shadow or not.

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer.

But if you are thinking about buying or selling, or both, then we should chat. And strategize.

Is now a better moment for you to begin buying or selling?

Or is it better for you to wait until Spring is “officially” here?

Or perhaps Summer…

Or Fall…

Or Winter…

It depends on a whole lot of variables.  There is a different answer for every property.

So, if you’re thinking of buying or selling at all, let’s just chat now, call me at 717-371-0557.

If not, just stick this in your head for future reference!

Happy Groundhog Day!

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Your Friend in Real Estate,

Jason Burkholder

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