Usually mid January to mid March is our 'second selling season' here, with second home shoppers looking to get into a house by summer. But that doesn't seem to be happening this year. Blame it on the winter. We had a very mild winter, without much snow or deep freeze temperatures, up until mid January, but it's been a different story for the past month.
We actually don't have a whole lot of snow on the ground — about a foot right now, except in drift areas — and have been largely spared the wintry mix ice mess that hit further south. But the timing of the snowstorms that have come through kept folks from making weekend treks up. The bigger issue has been the cold. People come up to look when it's 25 or 30, but not when it's 0 or 5. President's Day Weekend is usually busy, but this weekend two of my three appointments cancelled because of the cold. I can't blame them; yesterday was brutal, with temps about 5 and winds gusting to 40mph.
It will be interesting to see if we have a delayed winter season or a lost one. The upside to this is that the snow is fabulous, the best I've seen in a few years. When winter temperatures are warmer, hovering around freezing, we get these melt/freeze layers and the snow becomes crusty. The cold temps right now are keeping the snow just perfect. For cross country skiers amd snowmobilers, it's heaven.
And at least it's not Boston.