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Nantucket has entered Phase 3

This, for now, is the new normal.  While things are starting to ease up, it's important to remember NOT to let your guard down.  Please adhere to the safety measures that Nantucket has put in place.  We have worked hard to flatten the curve so we could welcome back Nantucket’s loyal visitors and enjoy some sort of normalcy this summer.

Here is what you need to know...


There is NO exception to this.  So bring one with you.  Bring a few!!  You will not be allowed inside any building without a mask. Masks are also required anywhere in the downtown area and in 'Sconset and this is being enforced by the Nantucket Police Department.  It's for your own safety and the safety of others.

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Nantucket Restaurants have been very inventive in creating a lot of outdoor seating but reservations are required most places, and book quickly.  Make sure you cancel your reservation if you cannot make it as restaurants are short on staff and struggling to stay afloat during the Pandemic.  There is no bar seating anywhere. 


It looks a little different, and unfortunately, it doesn't look like there will be any bands at the Chicken Box this summer, but they too have been very creative with seating, and are serving cocktails.  

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The Dreamland has opened.  There are limited tickets available and you must purchase them online.  The Dreamland has also ramped up its creativity and opened a Drive-through at the Nobadeer Fields.  They went with the obvious choice for an opening day flick with Jaws, but keep an eye out for more classics such as One Crazy SummerBack to the Future and Caddyshack.  

Gyms and museums have opened.  Fishing tournaments are back on the books, shops have welcomed patrons back inside.  This summer we will miss all the festivals, weddings, triatholons, and live music performances but Nantucket is back in business and we welcome you back (from a safe 6 foot distance, and with a MASK).  



Opening Nantucket

We are about a week into Phase 2 of reopening Massachusetts and so far so good.    Here are a few things to keep in mind for the rental season this summer.  

  • Hotels and Short term rentals are in Business.  Last week Governor Charlie Baker gave the thumbs up for short term rentals and instantly you could feel the island pick up. Nantucket is still recommending that tenants bring groceries and toiletries with you as Nantucket's supply is limited. You are also required to wear Masks everywhere, so please bring those as well.  The Nantucket Health Department came out with cleaning guidelines for all short-term rentals as well.  
  • Nantucket's Beaches are Open.  In fact they were never closed, and if all goes well we should still be able to enjoy the long-awaited sunshine.  Please respect the social distancing guidelines even while outdoors and on the beach.  
  • Restaurants are opening.  Over the past few months Nantucket's talented Chefs and mixologists have gotten extremely creative on how to combat the COVID dinner dilemma.  Many restaurants are offering curbside pickup and delivery and have created family-style menus and cocktail kits.  Massachusetts has allowed outdoor seating in Phase 2 with certain restrictions, and the town has allowed those restaurants that do not have outdoor seating to use the sidewalks and other nearby areas as a dining option.  We are hopeful that in the next phase indoor dining will also be an option.  THERE IS NO BAR SEATING and you are limited to parties of 6 at a table.  Masks are required.
  • Salons are open/opening.  It was a long two plus months....we could all use a little pampering.  Hair services are allowed.  Services such as nails and massage will be available during Phase 2, step 2 which should be sooner than later.  Masks are required for all treatments.
  • Shops are open.  A limited number of patrons are allowed in the stores and Masks are required.  Trying things on in the dressing room is not allowed at the moment.  

Things will surely be different this summer but we are on the road to getting back to the way things were.  2020 will be a throwback Nantucket summer.  It will be more about BBQ's at home, enjoying the beaches, bike paths and the great outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.  Things are different this year but during this crazy time we are lucky to be able to enjoy a place like Nantucket.

Reopening Nantucket


Here we go! Slowly but surely.

While the weather is finally breaking and it is starting to feel like summer, we all have to recognize that this summer will surely be different than the traditional Nantucket summer we have come to know and love.  Massachusetts is still working on a plan to get things up and running again, but until then we are here to help as much as we can.  The individual websites for Nantucket businesses will have more extensive information regarding their specific policies, services and procedures but here are the CliffsNotes of what you can expect.  

What is open on Nantucket will constantly be changing so check back or if you're looking for a advice on what may be open while you're on island find us on Facebook or Instagram and ask us there! 


What's Open on Nantucket


Reopening Massachusetts

Nantucket Real Estate | The Year in Review

Another Billion-Dollar Year in Nantucket Real Estate!

Nantucket Real Estate Home Value It's official... Nantucket is still the place to buy real estate.

Every year Nantucket exhibits a new real estate trend and it's our job here at Jordan Real Estate to track Nantucket Real Estate trends so we can better serve our clients.  There have been years where antique homes on Nantucket were a trend, then other years there was a hot neighborhood on island that people were really interested in. What was 2019's real estate trend on Nantucket? It was turn-key with a pool.  (That doesn't mean that there isn't a buyer for your antique home.)

Nantucket Vacation Rentals |Jordan Real Estate
2019 was the first year of the short-term rental tax on Nantucket Rental properties. We did see a slight effect on the rental market as a result.  Most homeowners were wise to not raise rents, as the 11.7% tax was enough of an extra expense for rental clients. If you want to browse our extensive selection of Nantucket vacation home rentals, click here

Nantucket got some press in Barron's this past year which is good news for sellers on the island. Nantucket has the highest value for any vacation-home destination in the country. Nantucket county is made up of 55.5% vacation seasonal/vacation homes. A vacation home county is one described by Barron's as a county with 20% or more of its residential property being seasonal. 

Average Home Price on Nantucket Homeowners; it's always good to know the value of your home.  So if you are interested in selling, or just looking at your options, contact us today and speak with one of our Brokers about doing a complimentary comparative market analysis for your property.  Take a look at the following for a snapshot of the Nantucket Real Estate Market.  For full market reports, contact us to have one of our agents register you onto our Nantucket MLS site.  




Nantucket Real Estate broken down into segments. Residential real estate on Nantucket continued to be the leader. Commercial real estate on the island can be difficult yo come across because it tends to move quickly. At the time of publishing the article we have a very nice commercial plot for sale, looking for info on that, click here

Surside, Town, Mid-Island and the Cliff villages continue to show strong sales numbers on Natucket. We have included some additional charts for you to use as refrence when researching Nantucket real estate. Again, if you have any questions our experienced team is ready to assist. We are available at info@jordanre.com or by phone (508)228-4449



Nantucket Ferry Reservations | 2020

Have you started planning your Nantucket trip for 2020? Many people use the Steamship Authority or Hyline to get to the most beautiful vacation destination around. Here are some details you need to know to get to Nantucket by ferry in 2020. 

It's time to daydream about sandy beaches, mudslides, pool parties and boat rides. It's time to imagine the feeling of WARM SUN on your skin! Let's plan your Summer Vacation!

The Steamship Authority will begin taking those highly coveted car reservations for travel between May 15 - October 20, 2020 at
5AM on Tuesday January 14.  There are some popular weekend that fill up FAST every year! Events such as the Daffodil Festival, Nantucket Comedy Festival, The Nantucket Food & Wine Festival, Fugawi and The Nantucket Yoga Festival are just some of those events that help to fill up car reservations quickly. 



2020 Nantucket General Internet Opening: January 14 - January 20, 2020

Beginning at 5:00 am on January 14, 2020, reservations for travel to Nantucket only from May 15, 2020 through October 20, 2020 may be made via the internet. Reservation requests will also be accepted through the mail.  During this time the reservation office hours will be extended to provide support to our internet/web customers. Office hours on January 14 & January 15, 2020 will be from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm. On all other dates normal business hours will be 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, daily.

How to start planning for your Nantucket Vacation! 

Step 1:  Set your Alarm for 4:45AM on January 14
Step 2:  Make a pot of STRONG coffee
Step 3:  Click here to BOOK your Reservation
Step 4:  Contact Jordan Real Estate and we will handle the rest of making your Nantucket vacation a reality by showing you some of the most amazing Nantucket Vacation Rental Homes on the island! 

HOMEOWNERS:  Make sure you contact Jordan Real Estate with any changes to your rates and availability.  If you have made and
updates/renovations to your home and/or have new pictures or would like new pictures taken. Your listing will rank better in searches with the most detailed and accurate information. 


Fall on Nantucket

Fall is still busy here on Nantucket.  Recently
we have been whacked with a few storms but don't worry, we're still afloat and it'll take more than a nor'easter to stop our real estate market.  Now that the peak season is over, it's time to start thinking about next summer.  The earlier you book your Nantucket Vacation, the more options you will have to choose from.  If you are ready to move on from renting to ownership, the fall is an excellent time to explore the Nantucket Real Estate market.  Prospective buyers won't be distracted by the beach, and properties are easier to show this time of year.  If you're visiting the island this off season just to enjoy the serenity and salty air or with purchasing Real Estate in mind, we have two great downtown apartments available to rent on a nightly basis.  They are an ideal central hub from which to kick off your real estate pursuit.  Lastly, homeowners, please remember to register your rental property with MassTaxConnect.  If you have any questions about this, please contact our Rental Manager, Rachel, at our office and she will be able to help you through it.


Tax Details

The rental market is in full swing.    We’ve had many calls inquiring about the new rental tax.  So here is a quick summary of what we know.   The rental tax will start at 11.7% this year.  This may change at any time.  The most important bullet points are as follows but for complete information please visit mass.gov or call Jordan Real Estate to talk to one of our knowledgeable brokers.

For any leases signed after January 1, 2019, an 11.7% occupancy tax will be attached.  For this year only, leases where the arrival date is prior to July 1, 2019 are exempt from the tax.  This also does not apply to leases longer than 31 days.  If a homeowner only leases their home for 2 weeks out of the year, the tenants who rent for those 2 weeks are exempt from the tax.  The occupancy tax will be paid by the tenant, just as they would pay if staying at a hotel or Bed and Breakfast.  As an agent of the homeowner, we (Jordan Real Estate) will be collecting the tax and remitting it to the state and local authorities.  Also just to clear up a common misconception, the tax is not included in the rent, while the commission is included.  So an additional 11.7% will be added to the cost of rent not subtracted from it (as the commission is).  Homeowners will be required to have a minimum or 1 Million dollars in insurance.  They will also be required to register their rental home.  As of now there is no such registry to add your rental home to, so it seems we will cycle back to that when the registry is live. Bottom Line is, no one likes paying taxes, but it is what it is and we’re all going to have to get used to it.  You can’t bargain with Uncle Sam.

Time is of the essence.  Homeowners please keep us updated as often as possible to any changes in your availability or your property in general.  Tenants if you haven’t booked your vacation contact us regarding your summer vacation while there is still inventory to chose from.

The Year in Review

For those of you who think of January as the “off season” on Nantucket, I’m here to point out the reasons why you would be wrong.  I think while everyone is singing Fa la la around the Christmas tree or dreidel dreidel in the glow of the Menorah with their family and friends over the holiday season, fond memories of summers past on good ole’ ACK emerge, and the planning of another summer vacation begins.  On the day after Christmas there is a major influx of folks ready to book their Nantucket Vacation.  And then, Wham, the Governor of Massachusetts threw us for a loop and passed a short- term rental tax with 4 days left in 2018 to spare leaving brokers and tenants in a frenzy to get leases executed prior to the January 1st deadline.  And then the steamship authority opened for Car Ferry Reservations and the rental tsunami began.    Long Story short, January is Busy…and the Real Estate market on Nantucket is alive and kicking.  Here is a snapshot of the 2018 Real Estate Sales Market.  Some of the Charts are taken from our Listing Service LINK.  If you would like to be enrolled into Nantucket’s MLS, or have any further questions about Nantucket’s Real Estate Market or the impending Rental Tax, please contact us.

Massachusetts Short-term Rental Tax

Governor Baker signed into law a bill regulating and taxing short-term rentals.  The details we have collected so far are as follows:

The tax is to be paid by the tenant.

State Tax: 5.7% 

Local Tax:  6% on Nantucket

Cape Cod & Islands Water Protection Fund: 2.75%
Community impact tax: 3%
*The Town of Nantucket has yet to vote on these specific taxes.   

For stays starting July 1, 2019 that are booked January 1, 2019 or later. If a lease was signed prior to January 1st, no tax is due.

For any stays of 31 days or less.

Each rental unit will need to be listed with the state short-term rental registry.

The law requires whoever collects payment for the rental to collect the tax and remit it to the Commonwealth. The Department of Revenue will issue regulations to clarify how often the tax should be remitted to the Department.

Every home owner that rents out their property must carry not less than $1 million of liability coverage for each stay unless the hosting platform provides equal or greater coverage. Coverage shall defend and indemnify the operator and any tenants or owners in the building for bodily injury and property damage arising from the short-term rental. However, if the hosting platform (the real estate brokerage, HomeAway, Airbnb, etc.) can elect to provide the coverage for their properties on behalf of the owner.

The tax imposed by the new law does not apply to properties rented for fewer than fourteen (14) days per calendar year. It is important to note that these properties are still subject to the other requirements of the law, such as insurance and registration and these properties must file a notice with the Department of Regulation saying they will only rent for less than 14 days and will be responsible for paying the taxes themselves if rented for more than 14 days and did not collect it for the first 14 days.

Cities and towns may implement a health and safety inspection requirement and set the frequency of inspections. Short-term rental operators are required to cover the cost of inspections and will likely face a fee to cover registration costs as well.

New Short Term Rental Documents:

Insurance Disclosure to Homeowners

14-Day Exemption Form

We will continue to keep you updated as we receive more information.

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.