Blog :: 2011

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. 

Real Estate Negotiations


Just attended a seminar on negotiations and came away with useful items that are helpful not only in real estate but also in life. The instructor contended that all of us are in a perpetual state of negotiation. Not news to those of us who are currently or who have ever been married or have children. The most successful negotiations are those that are approached calmly and with collaboration in mind. It falls to the negotiator to execute a successful outcome. Can't wait to apply the skills learned to future transactions.
Give us a whistle and we'll show you how.


Veterans Day

Honor our Veterans

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We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has served in the armed forces and thereby made possible the freedom and wonderful lifestyle that we soenjoy in the United States. Veterans Day is a special opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifice and service of so many individuals. We invite you to join usin thankingVeterans and their families this Veterans Day and every day.

A sincere and heartfelt thank you!

Getting ready to sell your home?

The first thing to do is to rid the house of unnecessary stuff. Even those of us who do not suffer from "hoarders syndrome" know that after a short period of time all the closets, basement and garages become full - often with items that are "too good to throw away but have no intrinsic value". Getting rid of years of collected items is a daunting task which requires muscle, equipment, patience and the capacity to disassociate oneself from one's belongings.

Downsizing or moving off Cape?

Time to clean up

Consider donating"hiddentreasures" thatcan beusefulto young people, folks that have fallen on hard times,or people whoare furnishingsummer cottages. Before going to the "dump" with your "junk" call the thrift shops associated withchurches, TheGoodwill, The Salvation Army and any other charitable groups. Often members of the charities will send people to pick up usable items as a convenience to the donor.
When contemplating a major move or downsizing it is a good idea, after selecting the items you definitely want to keep and donating what you can, tothen hire a company to conduct a yard sale for you. These people take the emotional distress out of the whole operation. They will get better prices for your belongings than you would on your own because they know what sells and for what price. It is far morepleasant to take a long ride and come back to a house that is clear of all stuff and receive a check from thecompany that conducts the sale. Your house will be ready to stagefor thesale.
Give us a whistle(Ed: 508-737-4080| Agnes: 508-776-4664) and wecan connect you to an estatesale company and/or clean up crew that is tailored to your specific needs.

10 Home Safety Tips for Cape Codders

As creatures of habitwe conduct ourselves inpredictable ways. To our detriment we make it easy for burglars to access our homes. Although we have heard time an again what we should and should not do to keep our property safe from burglaries, it is always a good thing to be reminded.

  1. Avoid announcing your vacation on Facebook or any social media. Burglars can easily figure out your address.
  2. Always lock your doors.The average amount of time spent in a home by a burglar is 4 minutes. Do not make it easy to enter your home. Reduce the amount of time a thief spends in your house by making it hard to enter.
  3. Avoid using your master bedroom for storing jewelry and prized possessions. Most people hide valuables in sock drawers, dresser drawers, andbedside tables. If a thiefis spending only 4 minutes in a housethe least you can do ismake it hard for them to find valuables.
  4. A burglar is unlikely to go into children's rooms.Make your hiding place in kid's rooms.
  5. A loud radio or television will deter a thief.Place a radio on a timer when you are away and let that good old rock and roll lend a hand in keeping your home safe.
  6. A good security system is only good if you use it, therefore, use it.
  7. Although it is pleasant to air out a house, leaving windows cracked open is an invitation to a thief. If you are not at home, do not leave your windows cracked open.
  8. A pile of rolled up newspapers on the driveway is a perfect green light for a burglar. When you are away make sure someone is picking up the paper for you.
  9. A winter vacation is a joy. However, be sure to ask a neighbor to walk around your house or drive into the driveway after it snows.Nothing like untouched snow to indicate an empty house.
  10. Always keep your car keys next to your bed. If you hear anything unusual, hit the panic button on your key fobto sound thealarm thus alerting neighbors. The last thing a burglar wants is attention from neighbors.

Although common sense, it is always good to be reminded. Keep safe.

Securing Financing for Real Estate

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Community Banks versus National Lenders

Recently, banking industry gnomes come up frequently in casual conversation. Everyone seems to have a horror story about their brother's cousin's friend's mechanic and a banking issue. While many of us have long standing relationships with banks and are are happy with our lenders, an equal number ofus seem to be distressed for one reason or another.

Community banks are often easier to deal with and more accommodating than large nationwide banks.Community banks have a vested interest in their local communities because they generate most of their deposits locally and make most of their loans within the community. Bank officers are typically involved inlocal affairs and activities and are accessible. Also, they know the nuances ofthe areain which they are located.

This can be helpful in dealing with Cape Cod issues such as septic systems, flood zones, water recharge areas and conservation restrictions. Furthermore, the decision making process is often more nimble than large corporate banks can provide.

Ultimately, when securing a loan we recommend thatbuyers explorelocal lenders. Finding the house and negotiating the price is only about 50% of the process. The other 50% is securing a loan and is often the least fun.Give us a whistle and wecan give you some names of goodCape Cod lenders.

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5 Reasons it's best to buy

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Realestate is a good investmentno matterthe economic climate.

Given today's low interest rates, wealth of inventory and motivated sellers, this is historically one of the best times to jump into the real estate market.

There arefive undisputed reasons to purchase real estate.

1Equity will build slowly making asset more valuable through time.

2. Tax deductions help to keep more money in your pockets.

3. Home ownership provides ultimate controlunlike renting where permission is needed to make any modifications to property inside or outside.

4. Unlike rental payments that can go up, mortgage payments that are not adjustable remain the same throughout time.

5. Home ownership helps to establish roots inthe community that open up new opportunities not to mention thepride of ownership.

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Cape Cod Real Estate Trends

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June statistics are out but don't be deceived.

Statistical information can be deceiving.Comparingone month to another month, although interesting, is not an accurate measure of trends. For example when comparingJune of 2010 to June of 2011 we findfewer homes were available for sale in 2011although the months of available inventory increased in June 2011 from 9.5 in 2010to 11.9 in June 2011.

Average asking priceswere down inJune 2011by about 2.6% and average sold priceswere down by 9.6%. The average days on market had increased by 5.5%in June 2011. Whereas, the listing to sold price remained the same.

However, if we look at the same statistics over a 15 month period , April 2010 through June 2011,the average asking price is down by an insignificant 0.6% and average sold price is up by a more significant11.8%. Additionally, the average days on market has decreased by 5.6%.

It is important to view statistical trends over an extended period of time to get an accurate picture of the market. Ultimately, when viewed over time,the real estate market isslowlyimproving on the Cape.

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