Now that we've seen the Ups, I'll discuss the Downs.
Early indications for February are showing a noticeable slowing this month in sales. With the horrible weather in the Midwest and East Coast I can't say for sure if this is related to the weather affecting flights and travel plans or not. I do know that I have a lot of clients coming here to look at homes and condos starting this next week through the rest of this month and next month so it may be that February starts slow and then picks up, but we'll have to wait and see. In my next newsletter you'll find out what happened.
Now that I've discussed the Downs I want to look at what the future may hold.
I don't have a crystal ball so don't assume that what I'm going to say here will come true. But I'm already seeing indications that this year will continue to show strength.
One factor that may have an impact on the rest of this year is the horrible winter weather throughout much of the midwest and east coast this year. I'm hearing from a lot of people in those areas that want to have a winter home or condo in Florida to escape to before next winter. With Florida being the only state in the country without snow the other week and temperatures in the 70s while much of the country was freezing, the appeal to buy a winter home or condo here is pretty high.
I've seen this occur in the past only to die down once the weather stabilized, but this year does seem different.
That, and the incredible prices on homes and condos right now, are likely to combine for a very strong year in sales in our local market. At least that's what I see happening. We'll know more as the year goes on.
I hope that you do get a chance to enjoy the weather and activities down here some time this year and I look forward to seeing you when you decide the time is right for you to buy.