If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines the last year or so, not sure if you were ready to dip your toes into the real estate market, now is the time. The return of spring brings more than just flowers and green grass; it signals the start of one of the busiest times for real estate all year. In spring, more homes are on the market and more buyers are at the table.

Need more convincing? Here’s a quick overview of four reasons and explanations for why you want to get out there and house-hunt… NOW!

1. Time on Your Hands: Before you say how busy you are at work and with other responsibilities, think about all the things not occupying your time in spring. The holidays are long-over, the kids are in school and summer vacations have not yet begun. If now’s not a good time, when will be?

2. The Sun is Shining! In most areas of the country, spring brings the return of sunshine and thriving foliage, sure ways to make properties look their most inviting. It’s easier to drive to and walk around homes sans-snow, and it’s a lot more enjoyable, too.

3. School’s Almost Out! Whether you’re a student or members of your household are, one thing’s for sure: you know working around an academic calendar can make moving a headache. That’s why shopping for and buying the right home now makes the most sense, so you’ll be able to get into it when the timing’s right for you.

4. Sale Signs Everywhere! Take a drive around local neighborhoods, and you’ll probably see for-sale signs and open-house notices everywhere. Springs means people are selling, which means it’s time to be looking.

Keep in mind, though, spring is likely to pull out more buyers than just you, and the more buyers in the market, the less likely you are to score a home for a song. March and April typically see a lot of activity in the real estate market, and May is a peak month. In other words, NOW really is the time to find the home you’re looking for.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to BuyOwner.com!