From the Star Ledger:
With such a bitter winter, vacationers are ahead of the game and already booking their rental houses down at the shore.
From Sea Isle City to Wildwood and Cape May, shore rentals have been snatched up quickly in anticipation of a warm summer.
Along the coast in Sea Isle, a common trend of grabbing those rentals is to book online starting as early as December and January.
“We are slightly ahead of where we were last year. For the areas we cover with rentals, we have very little left,” Noah Freda, rental agent with Sea Isle Realty, Inc. said.
Specifically, shore homes are already taken for the busiest months of the year — late July into mid-August — but in other spring and summer weeks, there are still decent rentals available, according to Freda.
Compared to last year, the snow has been much more frequent and for those travelers who wish to see the rentals in person, the snow has put them behind schedule, Freda continued.
“You have people who like to come down and see the houses, wait for the weather to clear but the snow has hurt us a little bit,” Freda said.
While the busy summer months are already filled, down throughout Wildwood, people began reserving rentals back in October.
Rental homes for July 4 into August are already claimed, leaving vacationers with less options for the holiday summer month.
“This seems to be the highest volume (of rentals) over the past five years. The vast majority are booked,” Island Realty Group broker Joe Zarroli said.
“A lot of people are calling and unfortunately have to look into other dates.”