Morning Headlines: Winter Keeps Homebuyers Away From South Jersey

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Cold bursts may be a tiresome frustration for Philadelphians longing for spring, but in South Jersey the implications of cold weather are more concerning: The real estate market there is taking quite a hit.

The problem is that when it snows, potential homebuyers are less likely to go house-hunting at the shore. Other factors are at play as well, according to CBS Philly: “New Jersey’s job growth is behind the national average and mortgage rates have gone up.”

On the flip side, winter weather may account for the 20 percent rise in rentals this past year, perhaps because people think fondly of a beach vacation when they’re snowed in at home.

• Real Estate Market Lagging In South Jersey Due To Winter Weather [CBS Philly]

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