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Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market.

8 responses to “Pro Tip: Rainy Days are Best for Home Shopping”

  1. softwarengineer

    When All the Mass Buyer Lemmings Head East to Buy in the Summer

    Head west, vacation and wait it out….then come winter head east to perhaps buy, try to buy things when less competition exists. Always buck the trend buying and you’ll get a better price. I love it when I’m at an auction and hardly no one’s there to bid against me, even online auctions; the best buys are early on Saturday morning when hardly no one’s online.

    Even groceries follow that pattern, the price gets so high on items, no one buys them, then they put ‘em on sale….that’s when SWE fills his freezer with those sales.

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  2. Kary L. Krismer

    I love this time of year for many of the reasons Tim suggests. Just did an inspection today where it was nice to have had a lot of rain to check out two different concerns.

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  3. redmondjp

    I couldn’t agree more with this advice!

    The soil in my yard is rock-hard (clay) in the summer, and icky, slippery, slimy mud with much ponding during rain the rest of the year. For this reason, I have made peace with the moss as it is much nicer to walk on than mud. If I ever get the house finished, I’ll work on improving the yard drainage (buried pipes in rock-filled trenches, sand layers under the sod, better topsoil, etc).

    My coworker with a flooded basement was telling me that the home improvement stores ran out of pumps earlier this week.

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  4. wreckingbull

    RE: redmondjp @ 3 – If you decide to install french drains, I highly recommend using the rigid 4-inch pipe, with no angles greater than 45 degree. This allows you to strategically place cleanouts and have the option of using a roto-rooter if it ever plugs. You can’t do this with the black corrugated stuff.

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  5. Ira Sacharoff

    And generally speaking, there are a lot less people looking for houses to buy in the winter, so there’s less competition. People often move timed to the start of the school year, and people would rather stay inside and drink hot chocolate.There’s nothing like going to look at a house during a dark, dreary, wet day. All the pretty staging in the world isn’t going to hide the fact that the house gets poor light. And that’s a big factor around here.

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  6. ricklind

    By wreckingbull @ 4:

    RE: redmondjp @ 3 – If you decide to install french drains, I highly recommend using the rigid 4-inch pipe, with no angles greater than 45 degree. This allows you to strategically place cleanouts and have the option of using a roto-rooter if it ever plugs. You can’t do this with the black corrugated stuff.

    Yes to that. Might I add that 4″ perf pipe wrapped with filter cloth and buried under 3/4″ round gravel will drain anything. It combines a french drain with modern pipe drainage. For those DIY ers be sure to add crushed rock on top of the 3/4″ round right away or else the pipe tends to float to the top, defeating the purpose of having the pipe low in the trench.

    Fel Temp Reparatio
    Rick

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  7. redmondjp

    RE: wreckingbull @ 4 – Yes, when I get roundtuit, I will definitely use the smooth drainpipe – I know exactly what you are talking about. I have a storm drain right in my back yard (where my crawl space sump pump discharges to) and that’s where everything will be directed.

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  8. Kary L. Krismer

    By Ira Sacharoff @ 5:

    And generally speaking, there are a lot less people looking for houses to buy in the winter, so there’s less competition. People often move timed to the start of the school year, and people would rather stay inside and drink hot chocolate.There’s nothing like going to look at a house during a dark, dreary, wet day. All the pretty staging in the world isn’t going to hide the fact that the house gets poor light. And that’s a big factor around here.

    That’s not necessarily true in all areas. I had a listing once where the seller was retiring in January and wanted to sell then. My initial thought was that wasn’t a good idea, but on researching their area I discovered the sales were not very seasonal there, going back the prior two years. And when the property did go on the market there was plenty of activity.

    That said, there probably are fewer people looking almost everywhere close to Christmas and when the weather is really bad.

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