We’re more aware than ever of the effects weather, climate change and natural disasters can have on where we live. According to a report from realtor.com, more than 3 in 4 recent buyers took climate into account when deciding where to locate.
The study also found that many existing homeowners (34%) have already considered selling their houses and moving to a new location, because of the climate.
Many of us remember when we bought our homes on Cape Cod and were told we could play golf all year round, because it just didn’t snow that much.
If you’re a “snowbird,” are you spending more time at your other home, because the weather there seems to be better longer?
Or has our weather made you decide that it’s finally time to upsize, downsize or make that “someday” move whether on Cape or elsewhere?
Here’s some information to keep in mind if you’re thinking about marketing your Cape Cod home because of weather concerns.
Do Your Research
As a homeowner, it’s impossible to completely control what types of weather events your house is exposed to. Every area has its unique climate challenges.
So, the first step is understanding how to navigate your decision making process with your specific concerns in mind. For example, are you tired of the snow, but not crazy about high humidity and temperatures? Is easy transportation to family important? Is it time for a condo or do you still want a house with a yard? While getting the answers to these questions — and a multitude of others — can seem like a difficult undertaking, with the appropriate resources and experts on your side, you can simplify the process.
The Mortgage Reports provides some tips for making your next move, including, but not limited to: 1) Vet the location. 2) Research Climate Action Plans and learn if the community you’re interested in has one. 3) Work with professionals for additional assessments on a home’s ability to withstand the local weather. Maybe you’re moving away from the snow, but locating to an area that is prone to hurricanes.
Ultimately, your best resource throughout the process is a local real estate professional, who understands the area and has access to the experts, who can answer your questions.
And have no fear, there are plenty of buyers for your Cape Cod home. Most likely, many. With the record low number of houses available for sale right now, your property — if priced right — will attract interest and you’ll receive a good return on your investment that will help finance your next move.
Curious about your options? Let’s connect at 508-360-5664 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to answer your questions. Because of our involvement with the Tom Ferry organization, we can also assist you in finding a top notch real estate professional in the area you’re interested in.
It’s important that you have the right information to make an educated and informed decision.
…and for now, enjoy the snow!
Mari and Hank