Winter Weather not hurting home sales

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)-Snow, ice and subzero temperatures don’t appear to be having a negative impact on home sales this January.

“I’m personally having the best January of my almost 14 year career.  It’s great.  It’s nice to see Dayton rebounding,” says Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Realtor Carrie Robbins.

But, the winter weather is causing some complications for realtors.

“We’ve seen a lot of burst pipes.  We’ve also seen some gutter collapses too on the house, where they can’t withstand the weight of the ice and snow and, as they break and snap loose from the home, they can swing over and break windows,” explains Robbins.

It can also cause problems for new construction, according to Dayton Area Board of Realtors President Mark Kottman.

“Obviously, the weather affects new construction more than it does anything else. You get the basement in and you get socked with rain and ice and it’s going to take awhile before you can get it framed.  You get hit with a lot of snow and it fills the basement up, you got to pump it out before you can do a whole lot with it,” comments Kottman.

And he says what is on the market is going fast.

“The listing inventory right now is very slim.  So, if buyers are out looking, they really don’t have a lot of choice but to get out and take a look at these properties when they hit the market.  Because, in many cases, they hit the market and sell very quickly,” explains Kottman.

Official sales numbers for January should be out in the next couple of weeks.

Kottman expects both older homes and new construction sales to increase this year.

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