Summer 2012 off to strong start Sunny weather, lower fuel prices, great deals

Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone in a blur. Perfect summer weather welcomed a record number of visitors to the Sussex County coast.

The summer of 2012 looks like it will be a strong season.

“Our figures for the end of April were very strong,” Andrew Ratner, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty, REALTORS® vice-president, said. “I’m pleased to report that in two categories, Booked Rentals and Rental Volume, our numbers are up in both offices.”

He noted that the Rehoboth Beach Rental Department showed an increase of 6 percent in Booked Rentals over the same period in 2011 and an increase of 4 percent in Rental Volume over the same period in 2011.

“We have been working hard to reach out to former clients and to gain new customers too,” Michelle Esposito, manager of the Rehoboth Beach Rental Department, observed. Using state-of-the-art computer programs for top efficiency, Esposito and her skilled staff have used every available avenue to reach potential clients.

“This is a very competitive market,” Adriane Gallagher, manager of the Lewes Rental Department, agreed. “We have to be at the top of our game all of the time. Fortunately, we have great computer systems to help us attract customers and a great staff to help people when they call or come in.”

Customer service continues to be a hallmark of what sets apart Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty, REALTORS® from other companies.

“We work hard to be a part of this community, to build trust with our clients, and to please our customers so that they return year after year,” Ratner said.

“And our clients understand how many rental homes are on the market and that they must stand apart to book customers,” Esposito said. “We work with our clients to set rates and reach out to visitors who may want to stay for a long weekend or who may want to haggle for a lower price.”

“It’s a much different rental world than it was 10 years ago,” Gallagher agreed. “The travel websites that encourage bargaining have really changed how vacation-home rentals are done. If a client wants to bargain, we do what we can to work out a deal acceptable to both visitor and homeowner.”

Other Positive News

Much of the predicted gloom-and-doom from the winter has turned sunny.

Fuel prices are dropping around the country, but especially in the Mid-Atlantic. This is impacting both the day-traveler and the weekly vacationer in a positive way.

Major construction is completed in coastal Sussex County. The Indian River Inlet Bridge is completed and ready to speed visitors north and south of the Inlet. Route 54 in Fenwick Island is open for the season, helping the east-west corridor in southern Sussex County. There is no major construction on Route 1 this summer.

The water taxi between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach is open for business. For a small fee, enjoy a leisurely, beautiful ride on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and bypass the roads altogether!

Beach replenishment is finished, meaning wide beaches, soft sand, and room for everyone.

New restaurants and businesses have opened, meaning more local employment and more choices for visitors.

All signs point to a wonderful 2012 rental season!

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