Now that the calendar tells us that it is officially wintertime, it is time to approach your real estate situation much like you would your homes' HVAC environment - winterize it!

Or, thinking like an athlete preparing for the upcoming season or a big competition, put the time and effort in now in order to maximize your performance.
It is well-known that the prime selling / buying season kicks-off in March and gets hotter as the temperatures rise, and there are several things folks on both sides of the transactional equation can do to get themselves ready for the season.
For Sellers:
- Audit your home - work with an experienced realtor who will give you an unvarnished assessment of your home.

- Does it need to be de-cluttered?
- Does it need structural, systemic, or cosmetic repairs or upgrading?
- Since many vendors are not as busy during the wintertime, now is the perfect opportunity to get bids, get on their schedules and -- perhaps -- do the work more efficiently from a time and cost-standpoint.  Many vendors are looking to keep employees and crews active during the "slower" months - use this to your advantage.
- Use the lead time to accurately assess the market conditions globally and in your specific neighborhood.
- If you plan on staying in the area, use the slower period to canvass the marketplace to get a head start on the search for your new property.
- Interview prospective agents, who know the local marketplace inside and out, in order to find the best fit for you and your needs.
- Have your agent analyze comparable sales and listings in the marketplace, so that you can prepare to list your home to get maximum yield.
For Buyers:
- Take a financial snapshot.
- Analyze how much home you can reasonably afford.
- Begin and execute the mortgage pre-approval process.
- As with sellers, Interview prospective agents who know the local marketplace inside and out, in order to find the best fit for you and your needs.
- Again, similar to sellers, have your agent analyze comparable sales and listings in the marketplace so that you can better understand how far your dollars will go.
- And, although the holidays are soon to be over and all the presents will be un-wrapped, start shopping!  Do your own research to refine the must-haves in turns of location, floor-plan, etc.
Even though it is wintertime, don't hibernate, activate your Real Estate game plan.

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