It’s the beginning of May in Park City, and we’ve wrapped up another ski season.  We’re squarely in between ski season and the summer, the town is quieter; restaurants, shops, hotels and other businesses may be taking some time to deep clean, catch up on maintenance, or enjoy some time off. 

I’ve just finished an open house at a listing in the Ridgepoint community in Upper Deer Valley.  Ridgepoint sits at about 8000 feet above sea level, and there’s still plenty of snow on the ground. Some signs of spring are emerging, but it's quiet, and we’ll be waiting for at least six weeks for summer occupancy to pick up. 

My listing in the Ridgepoint community, and many others like it in the area, are used as short term vacation rentals, and are mostly occupied during the winter months.  Potential real estate buyers that visit during the winter months – especially those looking for a second home near the ski areas, frequently find that many of the properties that fit their criteria are occupied and can’t be seen during their stay. 

On the other hand, people that plan a trip to our area in May or early June find this “shoulder season” to be an ideal time  for touring real estate throughout Park City and Deer Valley – in both the residential and resort areas. 

With that in mind, the top 10 reasons why May and early June is a great time to shop for real estate in Park City and Deer Valley:

  1.       You have a very good chance of seeing everything that’s on the market! Condos and homes that are used as vacation rentals are almost completely vacant.  If you visited Park City during the busy winter months, and were hoping to see condos or homes – many of them were likely occupied.  During the shoulder season, most are vacant, and available to tour. 
  2.       If you live here (or are moving here) and you're looking for a home or condo to use as a primary residence, the inventory of residential listings also increases  during the spring months – there’s more choices. 
  3.       The town is quiet, there’s less traffic and it’s easier to get around.  If you were trying to put in a full day of skiing, then see property in the late afternoon, it's likely that you encountered a lot of traffic.  The roads are less busy during the spring and summer months.
  4.       Property management companies and other professionals are less busy, and have time to help with market research,  discuss their services. 
  5.       Rates for hotels and condominium rentals are off peak and more reasonable.
  6.       Most of the local shops and restaurants are still open and less crowded, and are happy to see people in the off season. 
  7.       You can still ski!  Snowbird is still open, at least through Memorial Day.  Or, ski and golf in the same day!
  8.       Some of the hiking and biking trails are now open.  Ask us about exploring Round Valley, and other lower elevation trail systems. 
  9.       Want to add your personal touch to the property?  There’s time to do some updating to a property if needed, add different furniture or decor before the next winter season.
  10.   Buying in May or June means you could be enjoying a property during the summer in Park City – the favorite time of year for many Park City residents.

If you’re interested in a home or condo in Park City, you’ll want to have the best chance of seeing the most possible choices.  Invest in a trip during the slower, shoulder season, it’s a great time to shop for real estate in our community.

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