Selling Homes in the Cold: Practicing Real Estate Below 70 Degrees

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bayou Properties

 

   As September comes to an end so does summer. For our Northern friends a change in seasons means a change in weather. As a lifetime resident of the deep south (channel Adam Sandler in Little Nicky), I often wonder what work life is like up north? Do you drive to the office in conditions such as above? Does the snow, freezing rain, wind chill deter the public from attending an open house? 

 In Louisiana even the slightest bit of freezing rain kills business, snow shuts the entire city down. Part of me would like to experience the change of seasons, but then I look out my window...

 The only way to measure the season is the color of the grass. Forget fall, winter, spring, summer, think green grass, really green grass, brownish green grass.

  So help me out. Share with the group your best winter real estate story!

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Broker/Owner

Bayou Properties Realty LLC

 

Bayou Properties Realty LLC

301 Jackson Street, Suite 201

Alexandria La 71301

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Brent Lauinger
Remax - Calgary, AB

As a lifetime resident of Calgary Alberta I can safely say that Real Estate is somewhat seasonal up here. To answer your question, when it snows like in the picture many will still drive to work. The cold weather does have quite an effect on the market though. For the most part buyers don't really want to go look at houses when it is -30 Celcius. So they typically don't. As far as open houses go, I won't even bother in the winter. Maybe one person will come through, if you're lucky!

That said, when the market slows due to snow up here it does provide a great opportunity to jump on a plane and head somewhere warm, without worrying about missing work!!

Sep 22, 2010 09:42 AM #1
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Michael Bergin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES - Alexandria, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate

We had one of the worst winters on record and instead of showing houses, most of us were shoveling snow.  It wasn't a matter of folks not wanting to get out - instead they couldn't get out!

Sep 22, 2010 09:53 AM #2
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Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Can't contribute much on this one Doug lol  although I did have a key snap in two last winter in our frigid temperatures.  Guess that was payback for the key that scalded my hand in mid -July!

Sep 22, 2010 12:16 PM #3
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Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
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Doug, We have some ice and snow here but you gotta be crazy to get out on the roads when it happens. Narrow, ridge top, two lane roads with no shoulders, few guard rails. No thanks.

Sep 22, 2010 12:39 PM #4
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