SECOND HOME TREND?
Window Shopping for second homes seems to have morphed into a slightly different form. Buyers shop...look at houses...waterfront lots, but the last 3 out-of-state leads I've received from my blog at AR are doing some considerable travel coming from greater distances to check us out. Typically, our area around Shell Knob attracts people from neighboring states trying to find the perfect vacation/retirement lake home within a convenient distance of their current domicile
I knew we were receiving a large number of Californians wanting to achieve a lower cost of living, and that does seem to be what is driving Baby Boomers to check into living in the Midwest.
There was a family from Maryland looking to leave the heavy traffic and higher cost of living in the East. Then a lady from Montana wanting warmer climes. She checked out Alabama last year and the Ozarks this year.
This week a family from Arizona flew in to see what the Branson-Shell Knob area of Table Rock Lake had to offer. I believe they were or had already checked out Tennessee.
All of these potential buyers had done extensive searching on the net, and were much better prepared to investigate an area that was foreign to their previous experiences. These were educated buyers - self educated by the magic of the web, but what did they expect to find when they were physically here?
We had had some serious conversations about what they were searching for before their arrival, preparing them for what my part of the Ozarks could offer. However, none of our time and effort resulted in a sale. They had formed a dream home in their mind and we failed to meet their expectations. I do not expect to see them again. I hope they are able to find the paradise they are seeking.
My question is this:What If all these people from the east and west coasts move here to the literal center of the country, will that put so much weight here that the stress would activate the New Madrid fault?
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