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The Sale/List Price Ratio

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As of the writing of this Blog post, the average sale/list price ratio for Barnstable County is 94%, meaning that ON AVERAGE, homes are selling for 94% of their list price. This leads both buyers and sellers to believe that a home priced at $500K should sell for $470K. But when it comes to negotiating, whether you are the buyer or the seller, the sale/list price ratio is not a meaningful statistic, and should have … Read more…

Resale Considerations for Cape Cod Homebuyers

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If you’re in the market for a house on the Cape and you plan to own the home for a long time, you’re probably not too concerned about the ease of reselling the home in the future. But if on the other hand, you think there’s a good chance you might own the home less than 5 years, you might want to be extra careful about not buying a home that could be difficult to … Read more…

Shoulder Season on Cape Cod

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Your time to enjoy a refreshing visit to Cape Cod sails into port in early September and lasts through October. All aboard the shoulder season! Fall is a great time to be spontaneous and book a stay at a less crowded, exceptionally beautiful, salt sprayed and sandy, all-to-yourself Cape experience. Get a table at that reputed restaurant, spread out your beach gear, or play a game of golf – all without the usual peak season … Read more…

Rest Easy With Up-To-Code Smoke Detectors

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When a home is sold in Massachusetts, it is Massachusetts law that the smoke detectors be compliant with current smoke & carbon monoxide detector laws. In general, it is up to the Seller to review their smoke/CO detectors, be sure they are up to code, and have them inspected by the local fire inspector to have them certified as being compliant. The Seller is obligated to present the smoke compliance certificate at the closing. But … Read more…

Power Home Shopping On Cape Cod

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With more than 2000 Cape Cod homes currently on the market, you can’t possibly see them all. So how can you be sure you’re not missing any that might have been the perfect fit? Here are some tips for power shopping the MLS. Sign Up For Daily Alerts First and foremost, make sure you are signed up for Daily Alerts. You can do this yourself by signing up on a website like ours which offers … Read more…