Within the last two weeks the activity has picked up. People are calling more, but mostly there are online inquiries about various properties. Not completely gang busters, but much better than early May.
Now that the Memorial Day weekend is behind us and the opening salvo for summer has been launched, it is my hope that there is a real focus among people looking at property to make decisions and have the chance to spend much of the summer of 2015 here on the Northern Neck in their own getaway.
Sales data seems to be shifting some. I'm going to have to do an analysis by the end of the weekend. My thought is that since Lancaster county has had such a glut of properties and the prices have been coming down, there are more sales there lately than a year or so before. Hopefully my numbers bear me out. And it is interesting that more and more people are interested in the "amenities." Well essentially....where to shop...where to play golf....maybe a hospital....This wasn't so right after 9/11. At that point everyone who came down was looking to get out in the sticks (maybe not everyone), but I must say there was a real incentive among many buyers to be quite remote. Now the property that is 20 minutes from that quart of milk, is a bit more challenged in terms of buyers.
This past weekend was a good one. The campground was quite full and there were plenty of boats out on the water even if Sunday and Monday brought a bit of extra wind with it. One little episode we had here that makes me smile now....a boat went out with two couples and their children. Other relatives were here at their cottage. In looking out at the water as I opened up some windows I saw two little bobbing heads. It was reminiscent of what I see during hunting season when deer decide they are going to make a run for it and out into the River they go and hopefully they make it to the other side. These two bobbing heads were the dogs belonging to each family represented on that boat. The boat had made tracks and was almost disappearing into the horizon but the dogs were working at catching up. They were almost in the channel that runs closeby the campground and once they got caught up in that, I hardly suspect that they'd have made it out of the water alive. We ran and got the other family member who called and got the dogs back in without incident, but there was maybe a five minute window after which there probably wouldn't have been dogs at the end of the day. Yes, just a little moment....but there's lots of them around and they aren't big-time, but they are very real.
Off to a busy day running through/to three counties and doing a variety of real estate work. Beautiful day really, and getting up at 5:30 and taking my dogs for a walk to the campground beach with a cup of coffee was the perfect way to start the day off.
Yes, I'll do numbers county by county this weekend....just to see if my hunch is right. Call me if I can help you....--Kathryn Murray, Principal Broker, 804-450-4442 cell