From the Star Ledger:
If you’re thinking about renting a house at the Jersey Shore this summer, brokers have one piece of advice for you: Don’t wait.
The increased demand that was seen last summer is continuing into the summer of 2021 as more people have discovered this close-to-home getaway and those who didn’t book in time last season who locked in earlier this time around.
“We saw a tremendous surge in May of last year once (Gov. Phil) Murphy said the shore would be open,” said Matthew Schlosser, vice president of Schlosser Real Estate in Lavallette.
The company booked 800 rentals between May and June, up 35 percent from the previous year.
And people who rented last summer began booking their stays for this summer even earlier than normal. By fall, Schlosser said, he had 30 percent more rentals booked for Summer 2021 than he normally does. And from Jan. 1 until now he’s done another 500 or so reservations.
“The problem is now, we’ve pretty much run out of inventory for late July/early August,” he said. Typically the inventory isn’t this low until April or May.