The weather outside may be cold, but you can still think warm thoughts and book that summer rental now. With the way the Web is speeding the task of renting, some prime Jersey shore locations might not be available if you delay.
Steve Booth is a regional manager for Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate in Ocean City. He says prime weeks at popular Shore spots are already going fast.
He noted that the Internet has taken over as the primary mode for booking vacation rentals, instead of families making a winter pilgrimage to their favorite resort for a first-hand view of the options. And that speeds up the pace at which desirable rentals get snapped up.
“You will see availability at this point of the year,” Booth said. “As you go forward, the properties are a little bit picked over and it will be harder to get what you are looking for.”
As for what it will cost for that summer vacation week, Booth says most homeowners have either held their 2014 prices or raised them only slightly.
“Changes of $25, $50, in that kind of range,” he said.