Return to the Rock
I love reading the comments on articles in our local papers; they're usually hilarious, and recently one such article provided some insight on the topic of relocating to the island. The article generating this response is the Gazette's HGTV Dream House Give-Away piece; The "prize" is currently under construction on Crocker Drive in Katama. The comments blew me away, revealing a shared sentiment from people living off-island with a deep connection to Martha's Vineyard, either through family history or personal experience, who wished to return.
Home Again: Year Round on MVY
The Martha's Vineyard Real Estate Market attracts many types of buyers. Many are looking for a second home and though this buyer type is prevalent, I help people locate primary homes on the island as well.
Buyers looking for island homes who are choosing to relocate full time, and part with their primary residence on the mainland, have some big moving pieces in play:
- The sale of their primary home
- Finding a residence in between a sale and a purchase
- Identifying the right home for sale on Martha's Vineyard
The good news is that there is a plan for every buyer, and it's not as challenging as it may seem if your timing is right. The best time to get this program in gear is in October. The last push for vacation rentals is Columbus Day Weekend, which coincides with the last big wedding weekend. After this holiday, these vacation rentals turn into "Winter Rentals".
Vineyard Verbiage 101
(noun) A property rented during the offseason with a lower rate than a year-round rental and a term that begins in the fall and ends in the spring
<Though living on the sailboat made for a great team building experience this summer, Rebecca and Charlie are looking forward to moving into their winter rental and incorporating some personal space into their relationship>
<My primary home's real estate market is so hot, I fear it will sell before I find a house to buy on Martha's Vineyard. My winter rental will make my island property search so much easier and help with my transition to the island full time>
There are no rules to finding a winter rental. Rental Agencies handle them, and they are listed in the MV Gazette and Times, and on craigslist.org. Honestly, most of them are simply word of mouth. I'm looking for one such rental for a buyer client of mine now and went out to preview this one pictured here in Oak Bluffs Harbor. It didn't suit this client's needs, but could be a great site to spend some down time this winter while enjoying water views and the downtown location.
A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can change the world - Old Proverb
What's the Plan?
The short story is that there are many reasons for buying a house on Martha's Vineyard. As an agent, it's my job to support a plan of action that will get you here in a way that works for you. There is a plan for every buyer, and no two look alike. I love putting the pieces together and getting the program in gear.
If you want to search for properties for sale on Martha's Vineyard all by yourself I'll give you access to Link MV, our local listing service. Have fun!
Rose Ryley Courcier