Summer rentals still available for summer 2022 in New Jersey
This time last year, Oceanside Realty in Long Beach Island would have told you not to bother searching for a weekly rental for the summer, because almost everything was booked.
But with fewer travel concerns related to COVID-19, a stay near the New Jersey coast may not be as hot of an item in 2022.
"We are seeing spotty weeks open here and there still in July and August," Lisa Musarra, managing broker at Oceanside Realty, told New Jersey 101.5.
There's even a greater amount of availability in June and September, she said. In 2020 and 2021, inventory was limited during these months as well, due to children learning remotely and/or parents working from home.
As of earlier this year, weekly rentals for the summer ahead were almost completely booked for Island Realty Group in North Wildwood. But since then, the Wildwoods have had new construction come on the market, and the agency experienced several cancellations, due in part to rising gas prices.
"We would have people traveling from the New England region and people coming up from Florida," said Joseph Zarroli, broker for Island Realty.
Seasonal properties, however, disappeared very quickly, he said.
New construction has added some breathing room for Seaside Realty as well. Michael Loundy, broker/owner of the Seaside Heights-based agency, said the prime summer months of mid-July to mid-August are typically tough to book, but you could have a shot this year.
"I would believe that we have something for everyone, from the lesser expensive ones, around $2,500 (weekly), up to things that are a little north of $5,000, and those are new construction," Loundy said.
For families who have more flexible schedules, agencies along the shore suggest that post-Labor Day is an ideal time to book a stay — prices are more reasonable, the calendar still says summer, and there's less competition from other renters.
"That's the best time at the beach, I think," said Justin Smith, realtor with Wood Agency in Manasquan.
Smith said rentals in his area are "extremely booked up" during the middle-of-summer weeks. June and late August have a good amount of availability.