I know it sounds ridiculous, in the waning days of summer (hot and humid, to boot!), to be talking about the beginning of a new year. But we in the real estate industry know the time cycles of our profession, and we know that someone who wants to be in a new home by the end of the year needs to get on the stick right now.
Labor Day is the traditional start of the fall market--that brief two months when people rush to do what they didn't do in the spring--and we're ready for it. Buyers suddenly wake up from the dog days of summer to rush into action, and sellers get serious about getting to closing on properties that they want to sell, especially if there are tax reasons for finishing the transaction this year.
Although these two groups can be a very motivated lot, there still needs to be some urgency in the process, since financing issues seem to take an ever-increasing amount of time, and the very end of the year can be tricky for inspections, closings, and other things. While the first snow may seem very far away, it's just around the corner, and will throw a wrench into dates seemingly fixed in stone.
So don't be left out in the cold--act now to achieve your 2014 goals!