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Snow Birds Leaving In April? Not so fast.

Posted on Friday, May 30, 2014



Snow Birds (and we love them and hope they hurry back) tend to migrate north in the spring after wintering in Naples.  Their flight may be seen up I-75 on spring days.  After the three-month rental periods of January, February and March the great migration starts to begin with many “birds” flying home in early April.

But not so fast. According to the Naples News on May 29, tourism actual increased year over year in April this year. According to the report “In total, there were 134,500 visitors to Collier County in April, up from 128,800 visitors during the same month a year ago, stated a monthly report from Research Data Services, Inc., a county consultant. ”

What I find interesting is the 134,500 figure is just below the number of visitors this year to the Naples Botanical Garden.  I bet the zoo and many a hotel and restaurant were pleased to see these folks.  Some of them own real estate but some bought real estate or rented their places.  Clearly tourism is a big boost to local real estate markets.

There is more good news in the report. They go on to say “‘Here’s the key: 93.8 percent of the people we’re talking to say they plan to return,’ said Walter Klages, president of Research Data Services.” Please read the full article at

Maybe it was the tougher winter up north, better economic conditions, more retiring boomers, or just the need to get away that boosted tourism here. The increase in European tourism is interesting and bodes well for the summer. You would think with the dollar’s strength against the English pound and the Euro we would have fewer European guests not more.

If European tourism is up and folks are coming back I am thinking real estate demand may climb even higher. We will have the neighborhood report ready in a few days as we let the last few days of May tick by. I am interested to see how inventories, sales volumes, and available properties fared.

Stay tuned!

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Mark Goebel PA & Nan Goebel PA
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Mark Goebel, PA and Nan Goebel, PA
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