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It's HOT HOT HOT, Real Estate and Mercury Both.

Hot Hot HotThe heat wave here in CT is supposed to end today with temperatures topping out in the mid to upper 80's across the state, I couldn't be happier. The past few days I have been busy showing properties in this heat. Friday broke records, as the temperatures soared to 103, I was out showing homes, walking some properties, melting away. (I tried to think about a few short months ago when I was knee deep in snow.)

(I know my counterparts in MD, DE, NJ, PA and NY were even higher temps than we had here in CT. I certainly feel for you. Wow, just amazing heat temperatures. Did your activity rise as the mercury rose too?)

Yesterday was the same, 98 degrees, two clients. First was a 91 mile trek for 6 homes, only 2 had AC. The next was 2 homes, no AC, and one parcel to walk. Another 30 miles, give or take, for me. I was out for 12 hours showing houses. (No offers... yet... )

Today is going to be a better day as far as the heat goes, so I am told. Only 89 degrees! Another 7 homes on the roster for a different set of clients. Not nearly as far in miles, these homes are all around the lake.

There is a disturbing trend I have been noticing. Out of the 8 homes I showed yesterday, only 2 were occupied. Out of the 7 homes I will show today, only 1 is occupied. This is not something I have been used to in the past. And there was not one foreclosure in the bunch! I wonder what this all means.

So as we head into the hottest time of the year it would seem that business is also heating up. People out looking, people wanting to sell. I have also noticed in the MLS that there are more homes going under deposit too. There doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to do what needs to be done, and many of my local associates are telling me the same thing.

Time to get ready for another long, hot day of real estate!

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

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Comment balloon 23 commentsAndrea Swiedler • July 24 2011 07:47AM

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Andrea, I hope all of that sweat turns into cash for you.  It's definitely a different ball game when you're showing in the heat or in the snow.  Good luck!!

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 7 years ago

Good morning, Andrea. What can I say but Cool!!! Good to hear good news from other market areas...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Good morning, Andrea....we've also noticed more transactions happening.....I hope it continues, but we never know, so we'll continue to work consistently and capture as much as possible while it's here.....and I can't wait until winter....you can have this 90+ degree weather....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 7 years ago

Andrea, Good sign that so much activity is ongoing DESPITE the heat!  Good luck with the buyers and hope they find the right home before everyone melts :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 7 years ago

Andrea-Anything that brings the buyers in is a good thing but it is a challenge whether it be HOT temps or the dead of winter in a storm. Neither is fun but you do what you have to do to make a living. Hope you are having a grand summer.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 7 years ago

Summer time seems to be the best time to show homes in my area. . less traffic because a huge percentage of the population are away on vacation.

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 7 years ago

I give you a lot of credit, Andrea.  I am not sure that I could have kept your schedule yesterday....especially with all of those vacant houses with no a/c. 

Go get 'em!!!

Posted by Christine Hooks, Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate! (Pino Agency) over 7 years ago

Wow, things sure are heating up for you Andrea...............the temps could cool off, but not the real estate.  Get it while it's HOT!

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 7 years ago

I am glad you are staying busy!  Busy is good in our industry,riight?  Yup, lots and lots of vacant homes

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 7 years ago

Busy is a good thing! Glad to hear you're surviving the heat up there in the wild northland!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 7 years ago

This has been the busiest Summer for Staging, too!  I've never been so hot and sweaty...but it's all good!

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 7 years ago

Hi Andrea,

I'd rather have a long, hot day of real estate than a long cold day of real estate. The warm temps seem to bring people out. I've had a busy week too! :-)

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 7 years ago

Hi Andrea!  Congratulations on the heat in your business--stay cool out there showing houses though!  As for the vacancies...I wonder if it's sellers who just couldn't resist the temptation of a great BUY and decided to sell after their new home purchase?  I'm seeing more and more of this and I've found myself BEGGING sellers to either stage or leave some vignetting in the home that they need to sell so that it will show better!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 7 years ago

Andrea...the heat, the humidity, the house showings somehow seem much better now that you have included that dramatic 'snow-photo'. Really think that I'll keep this sunshine and heat for the moment.
Hopefully, the increase in your area's traffic will be a sign of times to come.
Some areas around the nation are seeing improvements, too.
Personally, I feel that no or little furniture always beats the too crowded, over-sized / items or the not-so-clean areas.  
Have a good Sunday.
Barb  

Posted by Barb & Sal Dragotta, Macomb County Michigan over 7 years ago

.... that's a wicked photograph ;o)

 

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 7 years ago

Andrea, the early July lull has passed and it appears the early August push has started. Stay cool, in more ways than 1

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 7 years ago

Andrea, it would be nice is business did heat up like the weather.  It sure would make the weather a lot easier to take.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 7 years ago

Thank you everyone! Although it is NOT my style to write a general response to all you lovely people who commented to me, I am tooo TIRED to answer each and every one of you. I hope the morning will bring me my AR time, which I sorely missed the past 2 days....

Today was a great day! The weather was wonderful, much cooler, it was great to ride around the lake and take in the eye candy...

See you all later!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Andrea, The heat takes so much out of you.  Don't worry about not responding.  I've been super busy as well.  At least the buyers are out and about.  That's good news for all of us!

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Andrea - andnow it turns out CT is hotter than Florida. Who would have thought? So, you are way colder  in winter,  and you are still sometimes hotter in Summer.

At least keep hydrated

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 7 years ago

DC, Andrea!  Don't forget DC!  Yeah.  We're not a state and we don't have voting rights, but we're hot as hell!  So hot that Congress has gone totally loopy!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 7 years ago

My heart goes out to all of you folks hitting the top of the thermometer - hopefully it will be a little cooler soon (although that picture would make anyone feel a bit icy!)

Posted by Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC (Royal Pro Real Estate Network) over 7 years ago

The paper here reported that Oklahoma had the hottest July ever, averaging just over 89°. Not sure how our July came in, but it was pretty cool with just a couple of days above 85°.

Posted by EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat (Russel Ray Photos) over 7 years ago

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