Cape May County has seen a significant increase in home activity over the first half of 2021. Cape May County Clerk Rita Rothberg announced on Thursday the results from the first six months of the year. The Clerk’s office recorded 7,588 deeds or properties transfers, which is on pace to be the largest number in the County’s history. Furthermore, the number of deeds or property transfers through the first six months of this year have already surpassed the figures for all of 2014 or 2015.
Similarly, the revenue generated by the Cape May County Clerk's Office has recorded through the first half of this year surpassed the entire year's revenue in 2014 or 2015. The Clerk's office has brought in $5,072,796.97 so far versus $7,692,439.99 all of last year.
“The real estate market was already on an upswing prior to the pandemic but COVID sent a lot of potential buyers from areas where people can work from home to Cape May County,” said Rothberg. “The pandemic buying also trimmed down the number of houses on the market, which has also increased property values. What place is better to work from home than in Cape May County?”
These numbers build on the pace of home sales that began to speed up last year. Despite the pandemic shut down at the onset of COVID, the number of Cape May County deeds and property transfers in 2020 was higher than 2019. The Cape May County Clerk’s Office continued to work through the pandemic and provided alternate service opportunities for people when in-person services had to be shut down.
“I want to provide my sincere thank you to Cape May County Clerk Rita Rothberg and her wonderful staff for their hard work during the entire pandemic,” said Cape May County Commissioner Vice-Director Len Desiderio. “Now that we are coming out the other side their office is as busy as ever and they continue to do an amazing job serving the residents of Cape May County.”