Blog :: 11-2018

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%

 

Featured Search - Condos with 2 beds or more!

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.