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Should You Adjust Your Chetek WI Home Search This Year?

blogging-336376_960_720With lower inventory in the real estate market, you may be noticing that you’re not finding exactly what you’re looking for in the Chetek or Cameron areas. We know how frustrating that can be when you’re determined to move into a new home for the new year or simply say goodbye to your old property and start fresh! So what is the solution when you’re ready to buy? It may be time to adjust your Chetek WI home search, making slight adjustments and opening your criteria just a bit.

Below are a few ways you can adjust your home search as you continue house hunting in Chetek WI. You never know, you just may find that your dream home was there all along!

Reconsider the neighborhood
If you have been looking in the same neighborhood for some time with little to no success in your specific price range, perhaps it’s time to expand your search area. You may need to recognize that it’s unlikely that the perfect property will pop up within your budget in that location and if it does, other buyers will provide strong competition for you. Expand your home search to include other areas. You may find that the same price in your desired neighborhood warrants you a much bigger or newly-updated property in another!

Be open about cosmetic work
Today’s homebuyers are looking for move-in ready homes, updated properties with newly-renovated kitchens and baths. But that isn’t always a reality. It is rare that Wisconsin homebuyers find the perfect property with nothing to change, not even paint colors or light fixtures, or if they do, it may come with a higher price tag. Why not tour the home in need of a little TLC? You’d be amazed what a fresh coat of paint or simple light fixture swap can do for a property.

Know when to compromise 
If you’ve been unlucky in your Chetek WI home search up until this point, perhaps it’s time to have a talk with your spouse (or yourself!) about compromise. Think hard about what it is that you want and need in a home, as well as what your long-term and short-term goals are. Maybe you’re willing to trade a larger yard for an extra bedroom or vice versa.

Stay put for a few months
Compromise not an option? Don’t give in to the hustle and bustle of the market or rising rates if you feel you may have buyer’s remorse later. It may be best to hang tight in your current Chetek or Cameron home until the right property comes along or until you speak to your real estate agent about your real estate goals. Remember, we are here to help!

Ready to buy a new home in Northwestern Wisconsin this coming year? Do not hesitate to give Six Lakes Realty a call! We’re happy to provide a list of available homes in the area, answer questions about the local real estate market, and how you can prepare your current home for sale to move on.

Happy house hunting!

John Flor
Managing Broker
Six Lakes Realty
Office: (715) 924-4806

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