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Blog :: 2016

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 SECOND HOME OWNERSHIP

Seasonal/Recreational/Occasional Use Homes also known as Second Homes

Have you ever wondered as you are driving around the Cape, how many homes are not primary residences?  It is a surprise to find out how different the percent of second homes is in the various towns.  Below are the percentages noted in the 2010 US Census Demographic Profile Data.      

  • Sandwich            13          
  • Bourne                20.6
  • Falmouth             32.3
  • Mashpee             34.5
  • Barnstable           22
  • Yarmouth             31
  • Dennis                 50.9
  • Brewster              39.6
  • Harwich               40.5
  • Chatham              52.9
  • Orleans                38
  • Eastham              55.8
  • Wellfleet               64
  • Truro                    64.6
  • Provincetown        52.8

Gas cooktop or stove clicking

It's the little things that can drive one crazy.

They also tend to be the easiest to fix.  If you have a gas cooktop or stove with an electric starter you probably have experienced times when the burners click repeatedly after they have been lit and are annoying.

There are a couple of simple fixes to try before calling a repairman.  First, water may have penetrated the burner so it not only clicks but it also will not start.  Easy to fix...remove the burner lid, shake out the water from the burner head, dry it, return to its place, and reignite the burner.   It may take a few minutes for the flame to dry the burner entirely before the clicking stops but it should help.  If, however, there is no evidence of water yet the burner clicks off and on for long periods of time try unplugging the stove/cooktop from the outlet for a few minutes before plugging it back in.  This may resolve the clicking issue.  Lastly, using a dry toothbrush to brush the electric sparker may also help resolve the problem.

These tips have helped many of our clients.  Hope it helps you! Good luck with it and here's to no more clicking.

SELLING A HOME?

 

 

Another winter is upon us.  If you are selling a home in winter the weather is both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is getting folks into the property safely.  The opportunity is being able to showcase a warm home during the cozy winter months. Keep safety first priority with the property free of snow and ice.  Cape Codders may be hardy but not to the point of walking through three feet of snow.   Holding an open house in winter with cookies baking and a fire blazing is the perfect way to entice buyers to love the home. 

 

Enjoy winter and the opportunity it presents. Be safe and check out this winter wonderland of a house just click on the photo below.

Cape Real Estate Remains Afloat

 

The Barnstable County Registrar of Deeds is quoted in the Cape Cod Times as saying of the real estate market in 2015: “it’s not handstands and flips, but it was a nice finish to the year.  It continues the trend of the last few years of modest increases in sales activity and value.”   Month to month comparisons were unreliable due to many factors including the unusual weather.  The year ended with individual sales value up 1.5 percent.  Sales volume was up 4.5 percent.  The median sales price went from $325,000 to $330,000.  All in all, 2015 was solid making 2016 the perfect time to jump into the Cape Cod market.  Check out today’s best waterfront deal by clicking here.

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