The Perils of Showing North Country Vacation Homes in March

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Madeline Island Realty 50317-90
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The Perils of Showing North Country Vacation Homes in March

 

When you list and show vacation properties, especially during winter and early spring months in the northern United States, doing the job properly requires a certain amount of fortitude.

 

After packing your car (or SUV) with warm clothes, boots lined with Gore-Tex and Thinsulate, gloves, hats, scarves, an emergency kit and the usual electronic gear (iPad, smartphone, laptop, portable printer), you are ready to venture forth.

 

But even the most careful preparation for a late winter showing doesn't mean you won't encounter a few surprises. In the case of our trip to Bayfield and Madeline Island on Wednesday of this past week, those surprises began with a winter storm that dumped around a foot of snow on the area.

 

The Madeline Island Ferry Line shut down of operations for the majority of the day on Wednesday was a reminder that travel in this area can be subject to disruptions and interruptions. You can make all the plans you want, but when there's no "ice road" and the winds and waves on Chequamegon Bay are severe, you aren't going anywhere if the car ferry isn't running!

 

It's a rare occurence when the Ferry Line is forced to shut down temporarily, even for a few hours. But the crews on these boats are dedicated to the safety of passengers, so folks who travel to and from Madeline Island understand that these rare suspensions of service are a necessity when the weather is bad.

 

 

 

 

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Robert May
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Good afternoon.  Just catching up on reading some blog posts here at Activerain on this beautiful sunday afternoon.  Great to read posts from people like you from other areas of North America.  Have an awesome week ahead!

Mar 20, 2016 06:26 AM #1
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Robert May
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Thanks for the like Eric, I have subscribed to follow your blogging adventure here at Activerain!  Keep up the great work.

Mar 20, 2016 06:32 AM #2
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Eric, things we don't think of and having no ferry service would certainly affect showings!  

Mar 20, 2016 11:27 PM #3
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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
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And I worried the road might freeze on the way to my open house yesterday! (It didn't). You are a hardy breed of Realtors!

Mar 21, 2016 01:50 AM #4
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Eric I feel your pain, words like Gortex, Thinsulate bring memories back to almost twenty years ago when I had to showel out my car to go for a showing in Boston, MA....Endre

Mar 22, 2016 09:35 AM #5
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