This year is different

In every way.

Labor Day, as a general rule, marks a slowdown in real estate activity in upstate New York. The summer rush peters out, kids go back to school, and upstate prepares for the annual quiet of a snowy winter.

Not this year, apparently.

There are still properties selling at a fast clip, still buyers hunting for a country home, and schools? Who can say?

If you’re thinking of selling, this might be when you’d ordinarily think you’d missed the season. Not this year.

I strongly suspect that until COVID is truly under control, the upstate market is going to remain hot. And now that the myth that remote work can’t work has been busted, we may be seeing a cultural shift away from the city that lasts long after the virus.