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After more than 25 years of living, working and playing on Cape Cod we have a lot to share about the area.  Our blog topics run the gamut from fun things to do, working with contractors, and homeownership tips and tricks, so check back frequently to see what's new.  If you have questions or would like to learn more about Cape Cod or owning property on this beautiful peninsula please contact us for more information and to set up a showing for any listing. 

November Market Update

October Review: 

Median Sales prices continue to climb in both the single family and condominium markets and, as a result, we saw a considerable drop in the affordability index for Barnstable County in October.  The inventory of homes dropped less than 2% since September and the current months of inventory, 6.6, is considered a healthy amount in a residential market.  Additionally average days on market increased and percent of original sales price decreased, indicating a better market for buyers.  The strong economic metrics and assurance the Fed will raise rates coupled with booming jobs reports and increasing wages could mean some changes in the real estate market here in Barnstable County.

 

Recent Market Summary

  Aug Sept Oct
Closed Sales 358 370 378
Inventory 2,182 2,291 2,252
Median Sales Price $420K $437K $480K
Avg Days on Market 90 89 98
Avg % of Original Price 95% 95% 94%

 

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Get ready for your photography appointment

with these helpful tips

Making your home photo ready

Photos! Photos! Photos!  Are crucial to attracting buyers to your home and getting them in the door.  Since all of our listings are syndicated to numerous websites it is essential that your first showing (your online photos) are done right the first time.  Here are some tips for sellers to prepare your home for an excellent photography appointment.  

~ Stay out of the shots, and Fido too ~

Family photos on the fridge, stairwell and mantlepiece are necessary to making your house feel like home - YOUR home.  However, potential buyers need to be able to picture themselves in the space, so consider removing some or all of these personal items.  And while photos are being enjoy a nice relaxing walk with the dog (or cat) so the photographer can do their work uninterrupted.

 

~ Arrange furniture for guests ~

We mean a couple of different things here but the main idea is that simplicity is the heart of elegance.  Remove excess furniture and decoration so that rooms feel more open, just like you would for a party.  Set out your patio furniture, create separate sitting areas that feel inviting and intimate (but not cramped).  Here is a nice example of the warmth that a patio set can bring.  47 Asack Drive in South Dennis has a beautiful deck that is even more appealing because your imagination inserts corn on the cob and iced tea.

 

~ Declutter ~

And don't take this the wrong way, we all live busy lives and have that pile of unread magazines on the coffee table.  But it doesn't look any nicer if you just straighten up the edges,  why not get rid of it completely?  Reduction is the most important point here; counter tops, coat racks, end tables, and refrigerators should all be clean and empty.  For a nice touch consider a modest centerpiece as an accent though.  Here is a great example of decluttering at a water view listing, 13 Beachwood Road in Yarmouth.  The shelves are clean and filled with only one accent piece, coat rack is empty and the beds are made without a pile of stuffed animals.

 

 

Check out some of our other blogs on selling your home here and, as always, give the Chatelains a call for all of your buying and selling needs.

Open Houses 11/10-11/11 Veterans Day Weekend

Thank you veterans for your service and, if you didn't serve, take a moment to thank a vet over the weekend. Also check out these open houses and if you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other homes on the Cape, contact us today.

Sunday 1-3 | 13 Beachwood Road, South Yarmouth | Ocean View

Don't compromise on quality. This extraordinary custom renovated luxurious cottage personifies the charm of the Cape. Every inch in each of the six rooms is crafted to perfection from end-grain butcher block counters and Baldwin hardware to granite steps, copper gutters, and decorative mullions all by Kenneth Vona Construction. Ocean views capture quintessential Cape Cod. This jewel is less than 50 paces to Nantucket Sound beach. For the discerning homeowner this is a true pleasure to own.

 

 

Saturday 1-3 | 10 Cotuit Bay Drive, Cotuit | Cotuit Bay Shores

Cotuit Bay Shores--3 bedroom, 3 full bath charming home awaiting your touches. It offers one floor living, vaulted ceiling, skylights, hardwood floors, fireplace, private master suite, gracious living and dining rooms, zen garden, patio, two car garage. Enjoy association amenities including private beach on North Bay, deep water dock, tennis and bocce courts, playground, and walking trails. Bring your ideas and reap the benefits.

 

 

 

Saturday 10-12 | 15 Denver Drive unit C3 | Price Reduced

Welcome to Cranberry Pointe - the best kept secret in Yarmouth. Brew some coffee in your light and bright kitchen, and enjoy it on your private master balcony or sun-dappled first-floor deck. On the way out, grab a sweater from one of the large walk-in closets. Care for some fresh air? You unit abuts acres of scenic cranberry bogs. Have hobbies? You'll love the full basement just waiting for your projects. All this less than 1 mile from the beach and 2 miles to downtown Hyannis. The association boasts very low condo fees, is pet-friendly, and has exceptionally well maintained common areas...welcome home.

 

Open Houses 11/3-11/4

Fall is a great time to get into the market on the Cape.  The weather is still beautiful and you don't have to elbow your way through crowds.  Check out these open houses and if you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other homes on the Cape, contact us today.

 

Saturday 10-12 | 15 Denver Drive Unit C3, West Yarmouth

Welcome to Cranberry Pointe - the best kept secret in Yarmouth. Brew some coffee in your light and bright kitchen, and enjoy it on your private master balcony or sun-dappled first-floor deck. On the way out, grab a sweater from one of the large walk-in closets. Care for some fresh air? You unit abuts acres of scenic cranberry bogs. Have hobbies? You'll love the full basement just waiting for your projects. All this less than 1 mile from the beach and 2 miles to downtown Hyannis. The association boasts very low condo fees, is pet-friendly, and has exceptionally well maintained common areas...welcome home.

 

 

Saturday 1-3 | 152 Beacon St, South Yarmouth

Fabulous location, sought after neighborhood, convenient location, and underground utilities all highlight this spacious home. Larger rooms, hardwood under carpet, ready for you to enjoy and add your touches. Extremely well maintained with newer windows, doors, central air conditioning, heating system, electrical, septic, and siding. This home is ready to go with its two large bedrooms, two full baths, large living dining combo, wonderful family room, full basement, garage, large yard that abuts Cape Cod Rail Trail. A gem

 

 

Sunday 1-3 | 47 Asack Drive, South Dennis

This lovely home in a sought-after Dennis neighborhood offers sparkling hardwood and tile floors. It is conveniently located with easy access to amenities and all of life's needs. Sit back and enjoy morning coffee in the window wrapped sunroom while listening to the chirping birds in the peaceful yard. Step out on the Azek deck to feel the breeze coming through the trees that afford exceptional privacy. Entertain from the smartly appointed stainless kitchen with granite counters. Nestle with a book around the gas fireplace in the living room. Or enjoy a movie in the loft that is large enough to be both an entertainment center and grand home office. Take comfort in the first floor master bedroom that features an en suite lovely bath and walk-in closet. House your guests in the two second floor bedrooms. Take pride in the interesting architectural features. Delight in the fact that this home is low maintenance and economical to own with its solar panels. This is truly a joy to own.

Open Houses 10/20-10/21

Fall is a great time to get into the market on the Cape.  The weather is still beautiful and you don't have to elbow your way through crowds.  Check out these open houses and if you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other homes on the Cape, contact us today.

 

Saturday 10-12 | 10 Cotuit Bay Drive, Cotuit

Cotuit Bay Shores--3 bedroom, 3 full bath charming home awaiting your touches. It offers one floor living, vaulted ceiling, skylights, hardwood floors, fireplace, private master suite, gracious living and dining rooms, zen garden, patio, two car garage. Enjoy association amenities including private beach on North Bay, deep water dock, tennis and bocce courts, playground, and walking trails. Bring your ideas and reap the benefits.

 

 

 

Saturday 1-3 | 152 Beacon Street, South Yarmouth

 Fabulous location, sought after neighborhood, convenient location, and underground utilities all highlight this spacious home. Larger rooms, hardwood under carpet, ready for you to enjoy and add your touches. Extremely well maintained with newer windows, doors, central air conditioning, heating system, electrical, septic, and siding. This home is ready to go with its two large bedrooms, two full baths, large living dining combo, wonderful family room, full basement, garage, large yard that abuts Cape Cod Rail Trail. A gem.

 

 

 

 

Saturday 1-3 | 15 Denver Drive unit C3, West Yarmouth

Welcome to Cranberry Pointe - the best kept secret in Yarmouth. Brew some coffee in your light and bright kitchen, and enjoy it on your private master balcony or sun-dappled first-floor deck. On the way out, grab a sweater from one of the large walk-in closets. Care for some fresh air? You unit abuts acres of scenic cranberry bogs. Have hobbies? You'll love the full basement just waiting for your projects. All this less than 1 mile from the beach and 2 miles to downtown Hyannis. Low fees, exceptionally well maintained common areas...welcome home.

 

 

Sunday 10-12 | 47 Asack Drive, South Dennis

This lovely home in a sought-after Dennis neighborhood offers sparkling hardwood and tile floors. It is conveniently located with easy access to amenities and all of life's needs. Sit back and enjoy morning coffee in the window wrapped sunroom while listening to the chirping birds in the peaceful yard. Step out on the Azek deck to feel the breeze coming through the trees that afford exceptional privacy. Entertain from the smartly appointed stainless kitchen with granite counters. Nestle with a book around the gas fireplace in the living room. Or enjoy a movie in the loft that is large enough to be both an entertainment center and grand home office. Take comfort in the first floor master bedroom that features an en suite lovely bath and walk-in closet. House your guests in the two second floor bedrooms. Take pride in the interesting architectural features. Delight in the fact that this home is low maintenance and economical to own with its solar panels. This is truly a joy to own.

 

Open Houses 10/13-10/14

Fall is a great time to get into the market on the Cape.  The weather is still beautiful and you don't have to elbow your way through crowds.  Check out these open houses and if you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other homes on the Cape, contact us today.

13 Beachwood Road, South Yarmouth | Sunday 1-3 pm

First Open House! Don't compromise on quality. This extraordinary custom renovated luxurious cottage personifies the charm of the Cape. Every inch in each of the six rooms is crafted to perfection from end-grain butcher block counters and Baldwin hardware to granite steps, copper gutters, and decorative mullions all by Kenneth Vona Construction. Ocean views capture quintessential Cape Cod. This jewel is less than 50 paces to Nantucket Sound beach. For the discerning homeowner this is a true pleasure to own.

 

 

 

15 Denver Road #C3, West Yarmouth | Sunday 1-3 pm

Welcome to Cranberry Pointe - the best kept secret in Yarmouth. Brew some coffee in your light and bright kitchen, and enjoy it on your private master balcony or sun-dappled first-floor deck. On the way out, grab a sweater from one of the large walk-in closets. Care for some fresh air? You unit abuts acres of scenic cranberry bogs. Have hobbies? You'll love the full basement just waiting for your projects. All this less than 1 mile from the beach and 2 miles to downtown Hyannis. Low fees, exceptionally well maintained common areas...welcome home.

 

October Market Update 2018

September Review:

September saw further gains in inventory with 6.7 months supply of single family homes.  Since September and October generally experience the last of the summer listing frenzy before the winter slump and, with the rising interest rates and other market trends leading towards a more buyer favored market, the growth in inventory may continue into October at least.  Median sales price continues to move upward compared to last year and, as a point of growing regional concern, the affordability index for Barnstable County continues to trend downwards.  

Recent Market Summary

  July Aug. Sept.
Closed Sales 330 358 370
Inventory 2,071 2,182 2,291
Median Sales Price $440K $420K $437K
Avg Days on Market 83 90 89
Avg % of Original Price 96% 95% 95%

 

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Open Houses Columbus Day weekend 2018

Fall is a great time to get into the market on the Cape.  The weather is still beautiful and you don't have to elbow your way through crowds.  Check out these open houses and if you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other homes on the Cape, contact us today.

 

10-12 Sunday | 2 Priscilla Lane, Dennis Port | JUST LISTED

The perfect Cape Cod home - tastefully decorated with large living room with gas fireplace, a great room that flows into the screened porch, patio, cute kitchen, full basement that is partially finished and a wonderful spacious lot that goes from Priscilla to The Other Road. Property is not located in a flood zone. Home has many upgrades and is in perfect condition.

 

 

 

10-12 Sunday | 438 Main St, Osterville | Price Reduced

Set yourself apart from the ordinary. This unique & refined home is to be enjoyed in summer and year long. Just minutes to Fancy's Market, library, post office, galleries, coffee & brunch; or to Dowses Beach for sunny walk or cooling dip; or launch a kayak down East Bay to Centerville River. This home is tastefully renovated with versatile floor plan ideal for entertaining. The heart of the home features a family room/kitchen combination that spills onto the large gracious sun room, deck & patio. The living room with lovely bay window is set apart allowing for intimate chats. 2 of the bedrooms each have private baths. There is additional large sleeping areas with half bath for visitors. The home is air conditioned throughout. Plenty of parking for guests. This is what life is all about.

10-12 Sunday | 9 River Road, West Dennis | Price Reduced

Bring your beach balls...This Cape Cod year-round getaway with proven rental history is turnkey ready for fun with plenty of room for outdoor games. It is being sold furnished along with the booked rentals. It is nestled on a cul-de-sac and features wood floors, three bedrooms, living room with cozy fireplace, nice sized eat-in kitchen, enclosed porch, wonderful deck for barbecues, and large storage shed. The location offers easy access to warm Nantucket Sound beaches, shopping, kayaking on the Swan River, and bicycling on the Cape Cod rail trail. It is well kept, has a newer furnace, a whole house fan, passing Title V septic system, and washer and dryer. This is a true gem.

1-3 Sunday | 47 Asack Drive, South Dennis | Great House

This lovely home in a sought-after Dennis neighborhood offers sparkling hardwood and tile floors. It is conveniently located with easy access to amenities and all of life's needs. Sit back and enjoy morning coffee in the window wrapped sunroom while listening to the chirping birds in the peaceful yard. Step out on the Azek deck to feel the breeze coming through the trees that afford exceptional privacy. Entertain from the smartly appointed stainless kitchen with granite counters. Nestle with a book around the gas fireplace in the living room. Or enjoy a movie in the loft that is large enough to be both an entertainment center and grand home office. Take comfort in the first floor master bedroom that features an en suite lovely bath and walk-in closet. House your guests in the two second floor bedrooms. Take pride in the interesting architectural features. Delight in the fact that this home is low maintenance and economical to own with its solar panels. This is truly a joy to own.

1-3 Sunday | 122 Annable Point, Centerville | Lake Front

This is Cape Cod in every regard--waterfront on sought-after Lake Wequaquet with private beach and private dock and unobstructed views. Tucked away in sunshine offering everything you could want in a vacation home: sail and swim from your dock your beach and play in the large yard. Sit on the sunny deck and wish your cares away. This home offers spacious living areas with room to relax in including an enclosed porch for those rare rainy days,a spacious vaulted great room with fireplace, three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, outdoor shower, and a boat shed/garage, plus a storage shed.

Open Houses 9/29-9/30

Fall is a great time to get into the market on the Cape.  The weather is still beautiful and you don't have to elbow your way through crowds.  Check out these open houses and if you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other homes on the Cape, contact us today.

 

Saturday 10-12 | 37-B Uncle Stephens Rd, West Dennis

 Last dune shack left in Dennis. The perfect place to ''Waste Away in Margaritaville!'' Use as is or bring your imagination and build your dream. A must see!
 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 1-3 | 9 River Rd, West Dennis

Bring your beach balls...This Cape Cod year-round getaway with proven rental history is turnkey ready for fun with plenty of room for outdoor games. It is being sold furnished along with the booked rentals. It is nestled on a cul-de-sac and features wood floors, three bedrooms, living room with cozy fireplace, nice sized eat-in kitchen, enclosed porch, wonderful deck for barbecues, and large storage shed. The location offers easy access to warm Nantucket Sound beaches, shopping, kayaking on the Swan River, and bicycling on the Cape Cod rail trail. It is well kept, has a newer furnace, a whole house fan, passing Title V septic system, and washer and dryer. This is a true gem.

 

Sunday 1-3 | 438 Main St, Osterville

Set yourself apart from the ordinary. This unique & refined home is to be enjoyed in summer and year long. Just minutes to Fancy's Market, library, post office, galleries, coffee & brunch; or to Dowses Beach for sunny walk or cooling dip; or launch a kayak down East Bay to Centerville River. This home is tastefully renovated with versatile floor plan ideal for entertaining. The heart of the home features a family room/kitchen combination that spills onto the large gracious sun room, deck & patio. The living room with lovely bay window is set apart allowing for intimate chats. 2 of the bedrooms each have private baths. There is additional large sleeping areas with half bath for visitors. The home is air conditioned throughout. Plenty of parking for guests. This is what life is all about.

 

Sunday 1-3 | 122 Annable Point Rd, Centerville

This is Cape Cod in every regard--waterfront on sought-after Lake Wequaquet with private beach and private dock and unobstructed views. Tucked away in sunshine offering everything you could want in a vacation home: sail and swim from your dock your beach and play in the large yard. Sit on the sunny deck and wish your cares away. This home offers spacious living areas with room to relax in including an enclosed porch for those rare rainy days,a spacious vaulted great room with fireplace, three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, outdoor shower, and a boat shed/garage, plus a storage shed.
 

 

 

September 2018 Market Update

August Review:  The big news here is that inventory continues to grow.  We currently have 6.4 months of single family home inventory in Barnstable County as well as increasing number of homes for sale (labeled as inventory in the table below).  Generally a market with around 5 and 6 months of inventory is considered healthy so we are relieved to see these numbers up again.  We also tend to see a spike in listings this time of year simply because people are done using their summer homes, but we'll have to wait and see if the trend continues.

 

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Recent Market Summary

  June July August
Closed Sales 413 330 358
Inventory 1,992 2,071 2,182
Median Sales Price $438K $440K $420K
Avg Days on Market 95 83 90
Avg % of Original Price 95% 96% 95%