Last Updated Apr 30, 2009 1:50 PM EDT
I'm a homebuyer that you met in March. I know you said to wait if I wanted a discount, but now the weather is nice and I feel like buying. Will homes really be cheaper in the summer?
A: The first thing I tell buyers is that if I could truly predict prices, I would be on a yacht in the Caribbean instead of schlepping around showing condos.
The second thing I tell buyers is that it's always better to shop in bad weather. Just as you'll get the best prices on fur coats in August (hey, PETA, please don't throw red paint on this post) or on air conditioners in December, you want to be a home shopper when no one else is. That means the heat of August and the dead of winter.
So yes, that instinct that you have to buy right now because the flowers are out and the birds are singing? It's an instinct that everyone else is having, too. The National Association of Homebuilders confidence index -- which was at record lows in, yep, December -- just took a gigantic jump in April.
So hold that thought for four months, or eight, if you truly want a seasonal discount.