You’ve waited. You’ve studied. Now it’s time to buy.

But it’s winter! So what? Winters in Southern Oregon predictably bring rain and snow. So, while in some places there can be fewer homes to choose from, the real estate market here in the Rogue Valley has plenty to offer in winter months. And though summer flowers are nice, it’s a good idea for buyers to get a look at a potential home while the surroundings are at their least attractive. Here are five reasons to strike while the iron (stove) is hot:

Fewer buyers. With fewer buyers scouring the market, you’re likelier to get your offer accepted instead of getting muscled out by a more aggressive bid.

Eager sellers. Though winter doesn’t faze sellers in Southern Oregon, they also know a home would probably sell better in summer months. So, if someone is selling, it means they really want to sell and may be more willing to work with you on repairing or replacing things you don’t like.

Price flexibility. Fewer lookers means less demand, which in turn means that there aren’t nearly as many potential bidders guaranteeing a seller will get full asking price, which could translate to a lower sales price.

Time to choose. During busy selling seasons, delaying an offer, even by an hour, can cost you a house. But in the winter, things have slowed down enough to give you a little time to actually think about the purchase rather than rushing an offer to the table.

Extras. Sellers know that the market slows down in the winter, so they might be adding nice little extras to their homes to make them more attractive to the less-active market.

Winters are a beautiful part of life in the Rogue Valley: don’t let a little snow scare you into waiting!