CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- The 4th of July is just days away, and the rental home business is heating up to a level it hasn't hit in years in our area.
One real estate company that deals with homes all over New Hanover County is all rented out for the 4th.
Intracoastal Realty says all its rental homes on Pleasure Island and all but one in Wrightsville Beach are taken for this coming week. Joy Donat, property manager for the Carolina Beach branch, says this has not happened since 2007.
Donat says she's heard from other rental companies in the area that they are pretty much full, too.
"It is an indication that people are spending money again, taking a vacation again," Donat said. "And I think that is just wonderful."
Sharon Dalessandro and her family are making their first visit to Pleasure Island. She says they booked their vacation about six months in advance.
"You need a break from all the stress in life and just your every day routine," she said. "If you can get away, you really need to get away. I think that's very positive that people know that they need to destress and go on vacation."
Donat says the fact that rentals are picking up means sales are, too. Some of the renters enjoy their stay at the beach so much, they end up making a permanent purchase.