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 snow birds 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.
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, 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 own that they are not using. Rarely do we see folks come down for the winter season without a place set up to stay at 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 on to 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 less people are visiting in the summer months and more people are visiting in the winter months then they feel that they will be able charge a higher price for their mobile home.
Many times, this does not work.
The reason for this is that many snow birds are coming down for rentals and not to buy. If these snow birds are coming down to stay in their 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 where the mobile home would normally sit vacant.
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 snow birds 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 which 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!
This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer and we help mobile home Buyers and Sellers get to a better place in life.