There’s something almost magical about emerging from winter into spring. Leaves swell, grass turns green, birds sing and dive in the sunshine, and you can even smell the change of seasons in the air. Those of us in the US real estate industry know it’s spring because it’s the busiest time of year for us, and it’s no different here in Elmhurst.

This pervasive feeling of new beginnings that comes along with spring may be the primary driver behind the surge in real estate transactions at this time of year. Buyers and sellers alike are ready to get the property ownership ball rolling after a long winter of cold and snow. No one wants to think about navigating slippery roads and sidewalks with all their worldly possessions. It’s a much better experience to do that when it’s warm and sunny, and when you can set down a box without worrying about its becoming the base of a snow sculpture.

For buyers, spring may be the first opportunity they’ve had in months to see a property in its true form. With a cover of snow and ice, it’s not only unpleasant to stand outside and take a good look at the exterior of a home, it may also be impossible to see all of the details clearly. A roof covered with snow may be hiding some questionable shingles, and an idyllic-looking snow-covered backyard may actually be covering up some serious landscaping issues.

For sellers, it’s important not to underestimate the power of the spring selling season, especially this year. Inventories of homes for sale are unusually low at the moment, and mortgage interest rates continue to hover near rock bottom. Couple that with this seasonal urge to buy, and you may just find yourself juggling multiple offers. That being said, before you put your home on the market, take a hard look at it with a buyer’s eye. This is a great time to take advantage of the warm weather and get your home into tip-top shape before any showings.

Whether you’re a prospective buyer or a seller, The Gracik Makinney Group is here to help you make the most of this spring real estate season. With extensive local knowledge and professional experience, we can get you started on the way to realizing your property ownership goals. Stop by the office at 190 North York Street here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570, and let’s take advantage of this great timing.