Summer is always busy in real estate here, but the last month has seemed especially frenzied. Looking back at my calendar for July, the weekends are just blue blocks, with most of the weekend days booked with double appointments. Short term appointments, with just a day or two notice, have been difficult to squeeze in. And same day appointments? Fuggetaboutit. Online interest — website visits and online property searches — are running about 15-20% above the same time last year.
And those appointments? In the past month, about half of those appointments have been to see properties in the upper range, from $500,000 to as much as $1.5M. What's more noticeable is that on some of the properties I'm calling to show, I'm finding that they're in deals — including a couple of lakefront houses in the $1.5M range. The upper end, which has been on a long siesta, seems to be waking up.
All of this interest has been taking a toll on my online presence. I usually try to blog regularly, and post some favorites every few weeks. But right now that's taking a back seat. And my monthly Current Market Report for July, something I try to religiously keep up, just didn't get up last month. That's only happened one other time that I can recall in 12 years. Yes, Virginia, it's that busy.
I'm heading out today for another Daily Double — two appointments, 8 houses, and probably about 120 miles on the odometer. Tomorrow, the same thing. Thank God for whoever invented Power Bars!!!