Fruit is heavy on the boughs of apple, pear and plum trees, and it seems nearly daily someone is offering me fruit. Cider pressing can't be too far away, and the bit of nippiness in the air has started to color the leaves a bit. Dahlias and sunflowers are in full showy bloom, and I can't resist bestowing bouquets on friends daily.
Patient real estate buyers have been snapping up well-priced properties, with more sales pending at once than I've seen for a while. The $8000 tax credit for 1st time homebuyers (or those who have not owned a home for 3 years) has picked up the sales of modestly priced homes. I've seen people from Canada, Sonoma, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, New York, Wyoming, Texas, as well as Northwest residents looking for homes here on the Island. Some want an idyllic spot to raise a family, others are seeking the perfect place to spend their retirement years.
Sellers often feel that we have a "selling season" that coincides with the tourist and boating season here, and so remove their homes from the market for a "rest" if they weren't sold. With so much inventory off-market but still available, buyers are very appreciative of knowing of homes that might perfectly meet their needs and dream, but are no longer showing up on the internet. Most area brokers feel that this fall is going to see very strong sales activity, and I agree. We are likely to see more bank-owned properties hit the market, more "deals".
Folks in a position to buy at present can make some very attractive purchases.
Still, most people buy on Whidbey for our lifestyle. Whether in a $200,000 cottage or a $2,000,000 estate home, our glorious Island landscapes, villages, wildlife, forests, gardens and views of mountains, water, coastlines and prairies delight. Whenever I board a ferry or drive across Deception Pass bridge to come home, I experience the same sense of being lucky to live someplace that offers close community, incredible beauty, clean air, sunsets and moonrises and seemingly endless beaches.
So far, looks like plenty of others hope to feel that good fortune soon, too.