Real Estate: a Fair Weather Business

By on 20 February, 2013 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments

If you live anywhere near Midtown Montgomery, you know that the first five days of last week (through Wednesday) were abysmal! Rain, thunder, angry clouds and low light. Just downright gloomy. Fairview Avenue, our location, was deserted save the occasional brave soul seeking the comfort of a delicious pizza from Tomatino’s or a hot authentic Mexican meal at El Rey Burrito Lounge.

At our real estate office, you simply could not buy an inquiry. Cobwebs formed around the telephones, and the only emails we received were spam! We talked to one another because we certainly weren’t talking with anyone else!

Then Thursday, the sun came out and we began a serious of glorious days. Stunning blue skies, puffy friendly clouds and crisp temperatures. The effect has been transformational! The parking spaces in front of our office were once again occupied, and the patio at Sinclair’s across the street filled up with diners. Down the street at Café Louisa, owners and dogs enjoyed their lunches on the sidewalk.

Inside our office the “sun was shining,” too!  The phones lit up and buyers began once again to walk in and ask about one or more of the lovely homes we have listed. The effect of the improved weather was so dramatic that a young couple who first called about a home yesterday afternoon late is here right now (mid-afternoon on Saturday) writing an offer to purchase. All in a span of less than 24 hours!

Folks around here frequently ask us about the best time to put a home on the market. And this week’s experience has reminded me that in Midtown Montgomery, real estate is a fair weather business. Because most of our residents have or plan to have their someday children in either private or magnet schools, they are not concerned about moving around the school calendar.  So our best markets are:

  • Spring, which starts “as soon as things begin to bloom and it’s sunny more than rainy.”
  • Fall, which begins when what I call “the hell-heat of summer” finally abates.

It’s not about the calendar — it’s all about the weather!

So if you’re thinking about moving (buying or selling) and your location of choice is Midtown Montgomery, look outside for the answer to “How’s the market?” Then pick up your phone and call or text us.  And just so you’ll know, we even show property in the rain!

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 29 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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  1. Jim Yeaman says:

    Sandra – You sure have a way with words! Great article.

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