How much is the market influenced by the fact that it stays light longer on weekdays?
We all know it’s true that people tend to look at property more on weekends, unless it gets dark later on weekdays. We all know the second and third quarters of each year are stronger than the first and last quarters. But how much does that have to do with it getting dark earlier and staying light later?
Well, this is a good year to test that, as tonight is the beginning of daylight savings time. For the first time in, I guess my life, we will turn our clocks forward, one hour, tonight, March 11, 2007.
Compare that to April 6 in 2003, April 4, in 2004, April 3 in 2005 and April 2 in 2006, and we are adding about 36 days to the real estate high season. Will be interesting to see how the March 2007 stats compare to previous years. I think they will be stronger due to DST being pushed earlier.
Maybe that will transcend into April. Maybe sellers who would have listed May 1, will be able to spruce up the home’s exterior earlier this year, with a few hours of daylight after work each night, and get their homes listed a couple of weeks earlier than expected.
I’m just happy that the daffodils are in bloom, I see pink trees everywhere, and starting tomorrow…it will get dark later. One of Seattle’s main claims to fame, is our long, long spring and summer days. And this year, we will have even more of it! Enjoy!