The Nantucket Life

Blog :: 11-2018

Happy Stroll!


The Holiday Season is upon us.  We end the season here on Nantucket the same way we begin. Wine festival followed abruptly by Figawi, and before you know it, Thanksgiving followed immediately by Stroll.  Black Friday for us marks the day Christmas goes into overdrive.  The trees go up in a day, we hold a jolly ceremony to light them all at once and then the week leading up to Stroll they are decorated.  It’s a real bona fide Santa’s workshop here on island.  An entire month of merriness, shopping and parties. You can smell balsam fir all the way to ‘Sconset.  Nantucket is the closest you can get to Whoville on the entire east coast (this weekend you may even see outfits inspired by Dr. Seuss).  If you’re looking for real estate, this is a great time to see the town lit up, and how the community turns out (locals and visitors) to celebrate how special the island is, and that we’re not just a summer destination.

The proposed rental tax was not passed in 2018 even though the State Senate and House passed it.  Governor Baker didn’t sign the bill but sent it back with revisions.  It is unlikely that it will be passed before the new term in 2019.  If the bill passes early in 2019 there would likely be a grace period until at least March for any new leases.  The commonwealth doesn’t have the infrastructure in place to start the process currently, and towns haven’t voted on what they might charge.  We will continue to keep you informed of this upcoming rental tax.

That said, it’s a good idea to get leases signed for the Summer of 2019 as early as possible.

Stop by 8 Federal Street this weekend if you have any questions or just to say hi to our in-house Nantucket experts.

We made it through Columbus Day


During this off season, we have some tips for both tenants and Landlords.  For tenants, let us know as soon as possible whether you’d like to return to your rental, or exactly what you’re looking for in a Nantucket Vacation.  The earlier we begin, the wider the options will be.  We have plenty of Nantucket experts here to help make your perfect dream vacation come true.

For home owners it’s time to update us on your rates and availability for next summer.  It’s hard to believe but we are already getting inquiries.  Also, please let us know if there are any changes being made to your property, including renovations, pool or cottage additions or changes to your cleaners or caretakers.  Now is also a good time to inspect your home to see if anything needs refreshing after this busy season.  Most items that typically need updating include:

  • Linens
  • Pillows and Mattresses
  • Area Rugs
  • Beach Chairs and accessories
  • Cookware
  • Patio furniture and grills

This Holiday season if you’re in town, stop by the office to say hi to our new Sales associate Olga Malahova.  Some of you may have already been acquainted with Olga as she has been reaching out to become familiar with our office clients and the rental homes in our inventory.  She can be reached at olga@jordanre.com or 508-228-4449 ext. 122.

Contact us today for Sales or help with your holiday and summer rentals.