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Article from U.S. News & World Report

Why did I house-hunt in the snowy north during the holiday season? For one thing, because my wife and I had a baby and we lived in a one-bedroom apartment and we wanted more space sooner rather than later. For another, because we figured that there weren’t many homebuyers at that time of year, so we would gain our real estate agent’s full attention.

And most crucially: My wife and I believed that anyone selling a house at that time of year had to be desperate. We’re ruthless enough to exploit a home seller’s urgency.

As Boston real estate agent Tim Deihl told Bankrate’s Marcie Geffner: “A seller who’s looking to move a piece of real estate during the holidays is a seller who needs to sell, because nobody in their right mind would pick that as the most convenient time to list their property.”

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