If you are looking to buy, it depends on the market you are looking in.
In general, because real estate is seasonal, the "boom" times traditionally fall around mile markers like the beginning of the year (new year, new home); the end of the school year (kids are out, let's find a new home - less disruptive), etc.
And the reverse is often true as well. The "cooling" times can be marked by the start of the school year (kids in school, not convenient to move now); fall (holidays equal family and friends, and colder, wet weather), etc.
Those are all very general in nature. Market conditions will also be a factor. Contact an agent in the market you are considering to get a more specific look at what's going on in your particular market.
Hope that helps.
Keisha Mathews, REALTORÂ®
CDPEÂ®, HRCÂ®, HAFAÂ® Certified
SAR Masters Club Member 2012
SAR Masters Club Steering Committee
Mathews & Co. Realty Group
@ Century 21 Landmark Network
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