Realtors: Now is the time to book Jersey Shore summer rentals

LONG BEACH ISLAND -

It may still be winter, but realtors say now is the time to book summer rental homes at the Jersey Shore.

Realtors ran out of inventory on Long Beach Island last summer, so they say those who wish to spend their summer vacation at the beach should act sooner than later. 

Realtor Lois Dornan with Mary Allen Realty says realtors are also working to get more homes to rent.

"There was probably more time spent this year in recruiting and trying to get folks to come in that want to rent their homes," she says.

Dornan says that some people have been actively booking their summer homes since November.

"We can touch all bases in terms of budget," she says. "There's something less than a thousand, to things that go up to $20,000."

Dornan says that people with younger children tend to prefer to rent homes in towns that have places to go within walking distance. She suggests Surf City, Ship Bottom and Beach Haven as potential places to look to rent.

Realtors say that when looking for summer rentals, it is best to have professional help.

"We had a couple of folks come in last year that had gone through different internet sites, Craigslist, the homes actually didn't exist. They came down and the homes weren't here," Dornan says.

She says using a realtor offers protection so renters do not get scammed.

Realtors say homes that are available to rent for the full summer are usually all booked by the end of February. People who are looking to rent a home for just a week can usually still find them before the end of April.

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