Buying a home during holiday season
Upside: Winter clearance prices
Less competition from other buyers during the holiday season might mean you'll be able to negotiate a favorable price for a home you want to purchase.
"Those properties oftentimes are priced to sell," Deihl says. "It could be an opportunity to sacrifice a little bit of time during an otherwise very busy time of the year to get a better investment opportunity."
Still, with fewer homes from which to choose, you might have to lower expectations.
"If a house comes up that works for you, it should be a pleasant surprise. I wouldn't set a realistic expectation of finding your dream home during that period," Deihl adds.