With the weather (finally!) starting to cool off throughout the Sarasota Florida area one needs to ask the question; will there be more people down in the Sarasota Florida area during the winter months to enjoy the weather?
These folks who come down to enjoy the greater Sarasota area are commonly referred to as snowbirds and usually frequent the area from December through the first part of April each year.
Many of these folks who come down to escape the cold are from the Midwest, East Coast, and Canada.
Sarasota mobile homes are becoming popular among Canadian snowbirds who are looking to have warmer winter homes in the Southern part of the United States. In fact, there are several articles on Canadian websites providing guides for Canadians about owning mobile homes in Florida.
Mobile homes in warm winter are not the only reason why Northern snowbirds are coming to Florida. Travelers who have a limited budget can enjoy the beautiful white beaches all year round.
As last year with Covid-19 finished we did not see nearly as many visitors as we did in previous years due to travel bands and travelers electing to stay closer to home until the virus ran its course throughout much of the area.
Many times these snow birds will come down and fall in love with all that Sarasota Florida has to offer. Common spots that are frequented will be all of the beautiful beaches we call home, the University Town Center, Spring Training baseball games, and the arts district within downtown Sarasota.
We, here at the Mobile Home Dealer, certainly can not blame them as we love all of those activities too!
With travel bans being lifted and everyone getting used to the “new norm” of social distancing and mask-wearing we certainly expect to see a large surge in snow birds throughout the Sarasota area this winter season.
Even though we expect to see more people in Sarasota this year this does not mean that there will be more Buyers.
The reason for this is that many snow birds who come down for the winter look to rent for the winter season. The rentals they select are usually reoccurring rentals from the previous years or homes that their friends from back home owners that they are not using. Rarely do we see folks come down for the winter season without a place set up to stay and then rush to buy something.
What causes this is that the rental market for mobile homes in the Sarasota Florida area during these months is extremely difficult to gain access to if the renter does not already have a place set up prior to arriving in the Sunshine State to enjoy the winter.
Many times mobile home Sellers look to hold onto their property throughout the year in hopes that they will be able to sell their mobile home to a snow bird for a higher price. The thought process with these Buyers is that since fewer people are visiting in the summer months and more people are visiting in the winter months then they feel that they will be able to charge a higher price for their mobile home.
Many times, this does not work.
The reason for this is that many snowbirds are coming down for rentals and not to buy. If these snow birds are coming down to stay in the winter home that they have already purchased prior to coming down then they are looking to find a renter for their Sarasota Florida mobile home for the other months when the mobile home would normally sit vacantly.
Mobile homes, especially throughout the Sarasota Florida area, are homes that can be sold year-round so long as the property is priced right and marketed correctly. If the home is priced too high, regardless of what time of year the mobile home is attempting to be sold, it will continue to sit on the market with no real Buyer interest.
While we expect to see a rush of snowbirds this winter season down in Sarasota we do not expect to see a huge rush of mobile home Buyers.
The good news is if you are looking to sell your Sarasota Florida mobile home then you own a property in a destination location that can be sold year-round for a good price and you do not need to wait until the winter to put it up for sale!
So to answer the question of Sarasota Florida a popular place for snowbird mobile home buyers, the answer is yes. Although not most snowbirds will buy mobile homes, Florida is a popular destination for snowbirds due to its temperate climate. A snowbird who visits Florida for the first time may not decide right away whether they rent or buy a mobile home. Most visitors from the North who buy mobile homes in Sarasota are not first-time visitors. They visit here, return home, and then decide to buy when they return.
For many snowbirds, having a mobile home in Sarasota is an investment. When they are not in Florida on holiday vacation, they can rent their mobile homes to other people who have no plan of buying a mobile home.
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.