I can’t stand the HEAT. I know there are people out there that just LOVE summer because it is so very HOT. For some, the heat is just a great excuse to get in to the lake, run through the sprinklers, take the day off, and go to the mall. For me, I work. I love to work! But HOT and my level of work is usually not very compatible. So instead of complaining about the affect on my effectiveness when the temperature is over 90, I want to warn you all that the HEAT really affects what happens in the real estate market.
Many people do not like working when it is very hot. Looking at property is work. It is stressful for buyers who have a timing agenda. For families who are trying to look at homes while they have children with them (sometimes on vacation!), it can be beyond difficult to keep things in perspective. Honestly, I warn parents to find a sitter when they MUST look at homes during the hot summer months, because children can be quite ill at ease getting in and out of the car, their special car seats, waiting for the lunch/snack breaks and of course the POTTY.
Moreover, when one is trying to keep things straight, flashing back and forth between websites in the car as we are traveling from property to property, or even making quick notes on the paper MLS sheets, it can be nauseating. Sounds like fun, huh? I am speaking from experience that I LOATHE showing homes in the afternoons. IF you are going to need to preview homes in the summer heat, please make early appointments. The sellers are usually happier to have their homes being shown when it is cool rather than later in the day. They prefer the sun shining in the windows, they can clean up early, and then have the rest of the day to avoid the heat themselves.
If you don’t NEED to see homes in August and September, then you might be well advised to see homes in the fall months. It is cooler, everything in the foothills looks brighter after the first rains, and the cooling Delta breezes are kicking back up. The views can be better as well, when the smoke from summer fires has moved on over the mountains.
So choose a strategy that is a winner, and go out in the cool weather to preview homes. Better yet, understand that after two full YEARS of very low inventory, our inventory here in Nevada County is building. For the past several weeks we are showing record increases in available homes, and have gained many nice homes to see. They are coming on pretty late in the season, which tells me that the sellers might just be more motivated than they were, and they are just now finished getting READY for the market. There are many reasons to make your way out to see homes right now, but NOT to stay cool.
Let me know if you would like to share one of my coveted early morning showings with me, and otherwise, I will see you when the heat turns down about ten more degrees.