According to the National Association of Realtors annual Vacation and Investment Home Buyers Survey for 2014, vacation home sales increased by a whopping 57% over 2013. It states demand is particularly high among baby boomers who are prepositioning for retirement.
We can relate! Hood Canal has always been a vacation home/second home market. Not only because of the beautiful water and mountain setting which offers so much in the way of outdoor activities. But also because it's only two hours from major metropolitan areas. It's easy to get here for weekend getaways.
And those that decided to move here full-time find, like many of us, that being only a couple hours away from Seattle means you can still go to Seahawk, Mariner and Sounder games, concerts, operas or other major events. Many times we rendezvous with old friends in Seattle by leaving our car in Bainbridge Island or Bremerton and walk on the ferry to go to Pike Place Market or catch a bus or train to other destinations.
Here is a link to the National Association of Realtors article and Infographic: Vacation Home Survey. If you are considering buying or selling a vacation rental, its sure to be of interest to you.
Properly preparing your home for sale is one of the best ways to make a favorable impression that will help it sell more quickly and for the best price. We can help you stage your home but there are a lot of things you can do yourself, both before and during showings, to improve its appeal. For instance, when preparing your home for sale, think about why you fell in love with your home in the first place, and what you still love about it. Did the entryway feel particularly welcoming? Do you love the flow of the living spaces? Perhaps it’s how the sunlight pours into the kitchen? Enhancing and highlighting these details can help evoke the same feeling for prospective buyers.
Here are more quick tips:
- Turn on all interior lights, even during the day, and exterior lights at night.
- Make the temperature comfortable—approximately 68 degrees.
- Keep pets in a separate area, and change litter boxes daily.
- Put money and other valuables away and out of sight.
- Keep curtains, drapes and shades open.
- Open all doors inside the home, except closets.
- A buyer will likely spend more time previewing your home if you’re not there.
- If you can’t leave the home, try to stay out of the way, and keep children quiet and out of the way.
- Don’t precede or follow potential buyers through your home.
- Let the sales associate show and sell your home
But even cloudy, misty days offer the benefit of less people and choosing hikes with waterfalls and moss covered trees: Dosewallips River hike, Steam Donkey trail, Murhut Falls, Lena Lake, and Staircase.
Use the hiking guide at wta.org and choose the east Olympics region for more hiking options.