By Robin Shapiro

Labor Day falls on Monday, September 4. It marks the unofficial end of summer. It typically marks the return of people from vacations and the end of the summer doldrums in real estate. The Rockaway market was unusually quiet – the volume of calls decreased although some properties did go into contract. I sold four listings. Other brokers sold a few listings, as well.

September 30 is the magic date for open houses. When summer parking restrictions are lifted on that date, it will become easier to have visitors. On the other hand, the Jewish holidays usually slow things up during the “High Holy Days.” This year the dates are as follows: Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Friday, September 15 and ends at nightfall on Sunday September 17. Yom Kippur begins at sunset on Sunday, September 24 and ends at nightfall on Monday, September 25. No work is permitted for the observant on these holidays.

Sukkot begins at sunset on Friday, September 29 and ends at nightfall Friday, October 6. No work on September 30 and October 1. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah start Friday evening, October 6 and end at nightfall on Sunday, October 8. No work permitted.

Real estate doesn’t stop completely. However, many buyers and sellers are Jewish and postpone their real estate activities. Call me. Love, Robin.


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