Ok, you’ve read it here forever, about people coming to Hood River to change their lives quality of life, blah blah….(I shouldn’t rip on myself so badly…..) but in the Last MONTH our visits from California have gone up by about 200%.
Now, I’ll spend as much money as the next guy advertising to generate customers, but even I don’t have the resources to push into that market. Something’s up. Something changed and it’s causing visits to our site to go crazy……..
Let’s see, October/November (The Winter Months are one large bog of days….)There’s been a surprising bump in activity. Dare I call it a bottom? for some product absolutely. Interesting fact about the Hood River market, is that overhang clears out pretty quickly. When I call up a client and say “you should go after this one” usually, after that one clears the market, it has a temporary impact on the market, then there are no more properties available for a bit and THINGS HAVE RISEN IN PRICE AGAIN. Yes, there I’ve said it…….
SO, there are pools around that are not clearing out. Like over 700, but under 350, things are hopping, and prices are firm, why, I even got multiple offers on one of our listings recently. Yes, Yes, I know, “what’s that!?” It was a great value and one of only two on the market, when it went away, so did that great value…….
So I’m feeling pretty good about the Winter. Not bullish, mind you, but for a couple of weeks there I was thinking I’d run out of those “lower the price and hit a pool of Buyers” thing I’ve been writing about. Now I’m seeing that we’ve sold into some price ranges, and the Buyers are still showing up, and if we can get the right mix, we’ll be ok. My Big issue right now? Buyer’s ability to get a mortgage.
Remember that post “Get it Gone?” This is the reverse of that. Your property with a flaw will still be penalized, but at least you’ll be working towards strength, even if it is only seasonal, and well, about 6 months away.
At Least there’s some “There” “There”
Fall is awesome, Hood River is the place to be, and I’m going home to hang out with my Kids……