I agree with Bill. I am a Lakes Region agent and have noticed since the beginning of the year there is a sense of urgency with my buyer clients to purchase as the market is trending upward. This is a great time to buy as prices are still low. Are you working with an agent to start searching for properties? I would recommend that you schedule to view the properties to narrow down to the one you may want to put an offer on. Also, if you are financing, before previewing the properties, get a pre-approval ready to submit with your offer, or proof of funds if paying cash.
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Don't overlook that you are presently in the midst of a season in which sellers that have had to move on and have vacated their property are finding themselves having to absord the expense of the property. With cost heating costs factored in with taxes and normal upkeep, this is the time of year when northern sellers are coming face-to-face with the costs of owning a property in which you are not living. Thus, there is a seasonal motivate sense of urgency for many seller during the winter months that is often overlooked during other times of the year.
Our recommendation is to focus your attention on targeting these properties and perhaps find a real value.