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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. 

Cape Cod Open Houses Weekend 2/16-2/17 2019

Check out these open houses on Cape Cod this weekend.  And if you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other homes for sale on the Cape, contact us today.

 

Saturday 1-3 | 218 Main St, Dennis | *New to Market*

This masterpiece home is perfectly situated on a private 4 acre oasis. Every room enjoys stunning views of Chase Garden Creek marsh. Wake up in the sumptuous master suite with its walk-in closet, private office with fireplace, and incredible bath. Brew some coffee in the gourmet kitchen and take it to the soaring cathedral living room to enjoy the view. Wander out onto the expansive deck to enjoy the pool and soak up the tranquility. The architectural kitchen with adjoining formal dining room and fireplaced family room is the perfect venue for any event, and the theater room with projector and screen brings whole new meaning to ''let's stay in.'' Across its entire 4,000+ square feet, no detail has been overlooked, no luxury omitted in this incredible home.

 

Sunday 1-3 | 13 Beachwood Road South Yarmouth | New Price

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.

 

 

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.

Cape Cod Market Update February 2019

January Review: 

  January followed the trend of the last few months of throwing trends out of the window.  The economy recovered much of the ground lost in December but still feels shaky to many investors.  As a result mortgage rates seem to be on uncertain ground as well, though they are still at historic lows hovering in the low 4% range.  The real estate market in Barnstable County is showing some interesting shifts.  Inventory is at 4.8 months, the same as December.  This is atypical for the past three Januarys which all showed a decline in inventory compared to December.  Additionally median sales price is down nearly 3% from this time last year and days on market are up by 7 days.  We are interested to see if increasing inventory and improved affordability will follow.

Recent Market Summary

  Nov Dec Jan
Closed Sales 308 290 229
Inventory 1,968 1,614 1,626
Median Sales Price $435K $385K $395K
Avg Days on Market 100 95 112
Avg % of Original Price 94% 93% 92%

 

Blog - Avoiding Fresh Paint Smells

December Review (in case you missed it)

Avoiding Unpleasant Fresh Paint Smells

Don't you love a fresh coat of paint?  What better way to freshen up a room or change the style and swagger of your home.  Unfortunately painting can come with the undesirable consequence of an overpowering odor.  But don't let that discourage you from changing to the palette of your dreams.  With these helpful tips from Nolan Painting you can paint with abandon and enjoy the new colors, without the smell.

 

As always, if you are thinking of buying or selling your home give the professionals at Chatelain Real Estate a call today.  Or for more tips on homeownership check out our blog homeowner categories or our page dedicated to living on Cape Cod.

Announcing Chatelain Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

We are proud to announce that Cape Cod's newest independent real estate firm is here with 57 combined years of experience and two generations of tradition in real estate on Cape Cod. As Chatelain Real Estate we are pleased to offer a full suite of real estate services from buyer and seller representation to rental marketing and property management. We look forward to continuing to provide a client experience second to none and working for you and your friends and family soon. For more information about us and the services we offer, please check out our website at www.ChatelainRealEstate.com, follow us on facebook, or drop by the office at 708 Route 134, Suite 9, South Dennis. If you aren't already receiving our monthly e-newsletter, click here to subscribe.

 

January Market Update 2019

Hello to all and Happy New Year!  We wish you health and happiness for 2019

December Review: 

   If we had to choose a word for December it would be: schizophrenic.  Between large swings in the stock market, concomitant swings in the mortgage market and an uncertain future of rate hikes, frankly we feel a little addled.  The local housing market however continues to show strength despite these causes for concern.  While inventory was down from November, it is up 4% from this time last year and we are at 4.8 months of inventory, which is 11.6% higher than last year.  In other words we are seeing the trend continue where inventory of homes for sale is being built back up, though slowly.  Otherwise December continued the normal seasonal slump as people spent time with family over the holidays.  We still need a bit of time to finish crunching the numbers from all of 2018 but expect to see a full year analysis in the coming weeks.

 

Recent Market Summary

  Oct Nov Dec
Closed Sales 378 308 290
Inventory 2,252 1,968 1,614
Median Sales Price $480K $435K $385K
Avg Days on Market 98 100 95
Avg % of Original Price 94% 94% 93%

 

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Stay up to date on the MA short term rental Tax

MA Short Term Rental Tax

Massachusetts Governor Baker recently signed into law a change to the taxable nature of short term rentals.  This affects many of the property owners on Cape Cod who rent for less than 31 days in the summer months.  Some relevant information can be found on the Massachusetts Association of Realtors website here but a quick synopsis is as follows:

Highlights:

New Tax Changes:

  1. State: 5.7%
  2. Local: up to 6% (6.5 for Boston)
  3. Cape Cod & Islands: includes additional 2.75% to fund Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Fund 
  4. A community impact fee of up to 3% may be assessed locally on professionally managed properties (Owners of two or more units in one town)
  5. Takes effect July 1, 2019.  Bookings made before January 1st, 2019 are exempt.
  6. Realtors who manage the rental bookings and collect the rent will likely be responsible for collecting the tax.
  7. Guidance and more details will follow from the IRS and state authorities.

We'll be keeping a sharp eye on this matter and updating you when we learn more information.  As always feel free to contact us with questions about how this will impact your rentals or your property management needs.

December Market Update

November Review: 

   After a busier than usual late fall we are starting to see the seasonal cooling off around the holidays.  Closed sales, inventory and median sales price were all down in November as both sellers and buyers tend to back off this time of year.  We also note that with 5.8 months supply of inventory the market is healthier compared to November last year (5.3 months).  The strong economy and hints from the Fed that rate hikes may be slowing down is good news for a healthy local market.  However the low affordability index (meaning the median house price costs more than the median income can afford) continues to be a point of concern.

 

Recent Market Summary

  Sept Oct Nov
Closed Sales 370 378 308
Inventory 2,291 2,252 1,968
Median Sales Price $437K $480K $435K
Avg Days on Market 89 98 100
Avg % of Original Price 95% 94% 94%

 

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Cape Cod Open Houses Weekend 12/1-12/2

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 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.

 

 

Sunday 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

 

 

 

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.