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Overview of the Cape Cod Home Buying Process

If you are a first-time homebuyer, or have not bought a home in a very long time, perhaps you need a refresher on the basics of buying a home. Here are the general steps that apply to most home purchases. Your Buyer’s Agent, Mortgage Lender, and Attorney will be working with you throughout the process to meet all deadlines, protect your deposits, and ultimately assist you in the successful purchase of the home. So let’s … Read more…

Buying A Cape Cod Investment Property

Cape Cod is a peninsula off the east coast of Massachusetts boasting 550 miles of coastline.  Much of that coastline is occupied by gorgeous, sandy beaches and picturesque harbors — making Cape Cod an ideal vacation spot and a perfect location for purchasing a second home.  If the thought of owning a home on the Cape appeals to you, but you just don’t see how you can afford it until later in life, perhaps you’re not considering … Read more…

Why Buyers Need A Buyer’s Agent

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

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…

Tips for Renting on Cape Cod

“An excerpt from the Boston Globe” If you are new to living the way locals do while on the Cape or one of the islands, choosing a house to stay in can be overwhelming. And once you are there, what is good guest etiquette? In short, how do you make the most of your Cape or Islands house rental? Finding a good deal First, plan to put in a little legwork. A few years ago … Read more…