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Why Buyers Need A Buyer’s Agent

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Except for a small percentage of FSBOs (For Sale By Owners), most homes for sale on Cape Cod are listed by Realtors using the Cape Cod and Islands MLS.  Hence, the purchase of these homes must be conducted through a Realtor. Some Buyers mistakenly believe that they’ll get a better deal if they contact the Seller’s Realtor directly rather than using their own Buyer’s Agent. This is not only untrue, but it can be costly. … Read more…

The Barnstable Registry of Deeds

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Believe it or not, Barnstable County began a system of recording deeds in 1686! As it was back then, the function of the Registry today is to provide a central location for the formal recording of deeds, mortgages and any other related documents which affect the legal or financial status of property within Barnstable County. With each and every document on file available for public scrutiny, the Registry is among the busiest of the twenty-one … Read more…

Seashore Bonus

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Extending some forty miles from Chatham to Provincetown, the Cape Cod National Seashore comprises more than 43,000 acres. If you’re a relative newcomer to Cape Cod, perhaps you’re not aware of the Seashore’s positive effect on Lower Cape real estate values. Surveys of the Atlantic coast by the National Park Service, in 1939 and in 1953, prompted attempts to protect this land from the danger of widespread development. Historically, resulting proposals incited tremendous controversy among … Read more…

“Mine, mine, mine!!” – Private vs Public Property

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Walking the beach—whether we have the pleasure of doing so yearround or only for brief periods of time, the water draws us to its edge. But what if access to your favorite stretches of shoreline were suddenly denied? Not possible, you say? Consider the following: History tells us that in the 1600s the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted legislation which guaranteed its citizens the use of beaches for hunting, fishing and navigating, at the low water … Read more…