Monroe Real Estate News

How is Daylight Saving Time Going to Affect Real Estate

March 13th, 2023 11:40 AM by Judy Chapman

Changing your clock for Daylight Savings Time can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people.  What type of changes might occur relating to Real Estate?  Whether you are a buyer or a seller, the time charge has already created a different pattern in showings.  For Realtors who are using the Supra Lock Box on a property, the hours for showing a property have changed to 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.  This means the Supra Lock Box will NOT operate prior to 8:00 AM nor after 10:00 PM.  

So on Saturday night, March 12, 2023 we moved our clocks ahead at 2:00 AM.  In effect, we "Lost" an hour.  Sunrise and sunset started to occur about 1 hour later than the day before.  There will be more light in the evening.  By June 21, first day of summer, the sun will set as late as 8:34 PM.

We have to manual make the adjustments on some devices, but some, like our cellphones, will make the change automatically.  It is a great reminder to check the batteries in smoke detectors in your home.  This would also offer the opportunity for you to check batteries in your flashlights to be better prepared for spring electrical storms.

According to WRAL News in Raleigh NC, "State lawmakers are trying to pass a bill keeping North Carolina on Daylight Saving Time year-round."  It would be eliminating the "falling back" process to Eastern Standard Time each November.  Fifteen other states have passed similar bills, including many in the Southeast.

Having additional daylight hours would make it possible for home buyers to use weekday afternoons in pursuit of their new home.  Home sellers would have additional time to devote to landscaping and other repairs or upgrades to attract more buyers.  

How about the Realtor?  Well for this Realtor, it will take me about a month to become accustomed to the time change.  I find myself wanting to sleep in later in the AM and become sleepier earlier at night.  I understand that the daylight lasting longer will eventually change my "clock" and have me closer regulated to the actual time.  In the meantime, I find myself thinking, well it would be 7:00 by the old time.  You just have to love life!!

Posted by Judy Chapman on March 13th, 2023 11:40 AM

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