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Hamptons Rentals Off to Slow Start

With Wall Street bonuses up and general frothiness in the air, Hamptons real estate brokers were hoping for that strong, early rental season that eluded them in 2003 and 2004. (Seen above, a $250,000 two-week rental on Bridge Lane in Bridgehampton.) Alas, New York reports, it's more of the same on the South Fork this year:

?We should be zipping by now,? muses Tina Fredericks, who owns an agency in East Hampton. Instead, ?it?s been a slow season,? confirms Stuart Epstein of Devlin McNiff Real Estate. And although calls have been coming in, ?I wouldn?t say it?s a huge onslaught,? says Paul Brennan, head of Prudential Douglas Elliman?s Hamptons offices. Which reminds us: Curbed is looking for Hamptons correspondents for this summer. If you're interested, drop a line to
· The Everything Guide to Summer Rentals [New York Mag]
· Hamptons Real Estate Online [HREO]