Blog :: 02-2015

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. 

Tough weather makes for a tough market

Whether you are buying or selling a home this winter, you are no doubt frustrated by the slow market.  February usually marks the beginning of the Cape's busy spring market, but because of record snowfalls throughout the region (and more coming all the time), we have yet to see the usual uptick.

The effects of the snows are shot through the entire market: sellers are delaying putting their homes on the market because of the difficulty of keeping their homes clean and ready to show; buyers are unable to make appointments to see homes because of the unpredicable weather; those buyers who do have the desire to see homes are struggling to actually make appointments because many homes here on the Cape are not plowed or shovelled out; if you already have a transaction in the works it can be difficult or impossible to inspect basements, crawl spaces, septic systems, and more because of the snow.

All these factors have conspired to make February a very challenging month for the real estate industry.  However, with spring right around the corner, don't despair!  With interest rates still very low, a balanced market, and a predicted surge of inventory, we expect March and April to be great months to buy or sell a home.  

 

 

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    Things to do on Cape This Snowy Weekend

    With another 8-10 inches of snow coming this weekend, Cape Codders are buckling up and sharpening their snowshovels. But let's not forget that the Cape knows how to recreate in the winter as well as in the summer!  Below are a few ideas from the Cape Cod Times for activities to keep you out of the cold on this stormy February weekend.  Enjoy!

    February 14, 2015 - Happy Valentine's Day!

    Turtle love times two over Valentine weekend Saturday, 

    The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will offer two distinct programs this weekend. On Saturday, children can become turtle researchers for a day and find out how stranded turtles are rescued, how to collect data, and how rehabilitated turtles are readied for a return to the water. On Sunday, sanctuary director Bob Prescott will present "Shellshocked: Reflections on the 2014 Sea Turtle Stranding Season," a review of the season's highlights and possible reasons for the huge increase in turtle strandings.

    When:  10 a.m. to noon Saturday; 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday
    Where:  Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 291 State Highway (Route 6), South Wellfleet
    Admission:  Saturday: $9; $7 for members; Sunday: $12; $10 for members
    Information:  www.massaudubon.org or 508-349-2615

    Rhapsody in Bluegrass concert

    The Cape Symphony and the Annie Moses Band will join together for a musical tour of American music, featuring songs associated with each region of the country. Including music from New England, jazz from the Deep South, bluegrass from Kentucky and then music of Wild West, the concert will feature such well-known songs as "Summertime," "Shenandoah" and "Simple Gifts."

    When:  3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday
    Where:  Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center, 744 West Main St.
    Tickets:  $30 to $69 (shows are nearly sold out)
    Information:  www.capesymphony.org or 508-362-1111

    Sunday, February 15

    Astronomy talk covers past, present and future

    The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will host speaker Chuck Kunesh's presentation called "Planet Quest: The Search for Another Earth." His talk will cover our own solar system; what people from ancient times through the 20th century thought about the possibility of other solar systems; and astronomers' plans to find Earth-like planets and to look for evidence of life on those planets.

    When:  1 p.m. Sunday
    Where:  Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main St. (Route 6A), Brewster
    Admission:  Free with museum admission (adults: $10; seniors: $7; children ages 3 to 12: $5; free for museum members, children under 3, Massachusetts Teachers Assoc. members and active duty military and families with current military I.D.)
    Information:  www.ccmnh.org or 508-896-3867, ext.133

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