Winter Home Renovation Tips

Interior Kitchen RemodelThe winter is a great time for home renovations for a few reasons. Some renovations are less expensive during the off-season because prices tend to increase during the spring and summer for both services and supplies. Also, you may be able to get permit approvals and time scheduled with the contractors more quickly since this is a slower time of year for them.

Here are a few tips for successful winter renovations.

Focus on the Interior

Since it’s cold outside and the weather may affect certain projects, try to focus your efforts on interior improvements. Projects like basement remodeling, painting an enclosed porch, kitchen upgrades, laying flooring, repairing drywall, and replacing appliances can all be done in the winter months. There are technologies and processes available to help reduce or eliminate dust, fumes, and debris.

Plan Ahead

If you do have projects that need to wait until the warmer months, now is a good time to start talking to contractors. Set some appointments to get estimates and timelines. Since spring and summer are their busiest times, go ahead and try to get on their calendar as soon as possible for these projects.

You can usually find better inventory in the winter. Appliances, faucets, and fixtures tend to stay on the shelves longer. This gives you more time to do some research so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

Consider Additional Projects

Winter weather can be unpredictable. Sometimes it can warm up faster than expected, or stay cold longer. If there are periods of nice weather, consider talking to your contractor about any extra projects you’ve been thinking about. Adding a sunroom, building a deck, or adding a porch probably won’t be possible during a snowstorm, but if there is a long period of nice weather, you might be able to get these projects finished.


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    2017 Holiday Events on Cape Cod

    Cape Cod is a wonderful place to enjoy the holiday season with countless events and festivities. Here are some of the holiday events happening around the Cape in December to warm your holiday spirit.Staying warm by the fireplace in Cape Cod

    Nantucket Christmas Stroll
    Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 3, 2017
    Nantucket Island

    This holiday tradition features a parade, carolers, holiday crafts, performances and more. Enjoy the popular Christmas House tour Friday evening and don’t miss the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday! Click here for more information >>

    Brewster for the Holidays
    Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 3, 2017

    This holiday celebration, sponsored by local Brewster businesses, includes shops, restaurants, museums, and galleries. Look for the “Brewster for the Holidays” flags at participating businesses. Click here for more information >>

    Falmouth Holidays by the Sea Weekend
    Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 3, 2017

    Enjoy singing carols at the Historic Nobska Lighthouse, run in the Jingle Jog 5K, watch the little ones take part in the Kids Elf Run along Vineyard Sound. Stroll along Main Street with the parade and festivities on Sunday. Click here for more information >>

    Christmas in Harwich
    Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 3, 2017

    This event features a tree lighting ceremony, horse and carriage rides, photos and breakfast with Santa, Polar Express Trolley Ride, carolers, community decorating contest, merchant open houses, and more. Click here for more information >>

    54th Annual Falmouth Christmas Parade
    Sunday, December 3, 2017

    This parade, known as the largest holiday parade in Southeastern Massachusetts, kicks off at noon at the Falmouth Mall with theme decorated floats, live animals, costumes, marching bands, and Santa! The parade proceeds down Main Street to the Village Green. Click here for more information >>

    Christmas in Edgartown
    Thursday, December 7 to Sunday, December 10, 2017
    Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard

    Voted Best of the Vineyard for three years in a row, this event helps raise over $50,000 for island-wide nonprofits and charities. Click here for more information >>

    Chatham Christmas Stroll
    Friday, December 8 to Saturday, December 9, 2017

    Weekend festivities include caroling, tree trimming and lighting, music, trolley rides, performances, holiday characters, and Main Street shops welcoming you with holiday spirit. Click here for more information >>

    48th Annual Osterville Christmas Open House & Stroll
    Friday, December 8, 2017
    Osterville Village

    The traditionally decorated village’s holiday festivities include horse and carriage rides, trolley rides, music, carolers, refreshments, and a visit from Santa! Click here for more information >>

    Mashpee Chamber Christmas Parade
    Saturday, December 9, 2017

    This year’s theme for the parade is “Mashpee Celebrates Under the Stars!” During this nighttime parade, every float is illuminated. Enjoy festive music, holiday costumes, and beautiful lights! Click here for more information >>

    First Light Provincetown
    Thursday, December 28 to Sunday, December 31, 2017

    This town-wide holiday event, set against the festive backdrop of the illuminated Pilgrim Monument, features a fabulous fireworks display, live performances, craft fair, dancing, and the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge. Click here for more information >>

    First Night Chatham
    Sunday, December 31, 2017

    This is an alcohol-free, family-friendly, town-wide celebration of the arts with more than 70 performances and events. Begin at the Chatham Lighthouse at noon for the town photo and end the full day of fun and entertainment with fireworks at Oyster Pond at midnight. Click here for more information >>

    First Night Sandwich
    Sunday, December 31, 2017

    This family festival is alcohol-free and celebrates arts and multicultural activities, music, dance, and live performances. The community celebration is open to all, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m and a Reveler’s Parade is held at 8:00 p.m. Click here for more information >>

    Click here for a complete list of the holiday festivities around the Cape. 

    2 Beautiful Ranch Homes in Yarmouth

    70 Mattachee Road, Yarmouth, MA 02664

    Cute Ranch Home on Large Lot

    70 Mattachee Road, Yarmouth, MA 0266470 Mattachee Road, Yarmouth, MA 02664
    70 Mattachee Road, Yarmouth, MA 0266470 Mattachee Road, Yarmouth, MA 02664

    This cute 2 bedroom ranch has a big and bright 3 season sunroom. Big lot on a dead end street provides room for expansion. Enjoy walking along a wooded path to the beach and seaside restaurants. Updated with gas hot air heat, new insulation, and new electrical box.

    View the complete listing for more information.  


    23 South Street, Yarmouth, MA 02664

    Bass River Custom Cape

    23 South Street, Yarmouth, MA 0266423 South Street, Yarmouth, MA 02664
    23 South Street, Yarmouth, MA 0266423 South Street, Yarmouth, MA 02664

    This large custom cape is great for year round living or a summer escape. The home features a sunny breezeway room, beautiful fenced lot, outside shower, and attached garage. Spacious living room with fireplace, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, four bedrooms, and three and a half baths. Located in premier Bass River neighborhood near Windmill Beaches.

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      Cottages in Falmouth MA

      4 Lewis Street, Falmouth, MA 02536

      Quaint Cape Cottage - Ready for Renovations

      4 Lewis Street, Falmouth, MA 025364 Lewis Street, Falmouth, MA 02536

      This quaint cottage is on a peaceful street lined with trees. The home features a country-style kitchen, small living room, and two bedrooms. Close to Menauhant Beach, Bristol Beach, and Falmouth Heights. Renovate and enjoy year round or as a vacation property.

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      20 Lewis Street, Falmouth, MA 02536

      Adorable Tiny Cottage - Turn Key Ready

      20 Lewis Street, Falmouth, MA 0253620 Lewis Street, Falmouth, MA 02536

      This adorable cottage is great for a year-round home, vacation home, or rental property. Nestled in a professionally landscaped tree-lined corner lot, enjoy privacy and views of the beautiful outdoors. The efficient home features a bright and sunny interior with a well-equipped kitchen and good storage in the basement. Close to Menauhant Beach, Bristol Beach, and Falmouth Heights.

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        Lovely Homes in Dennis MA

        33 Union Wharf Road, Dennis, MA 02639

        Two Homes for the Price of One

        33 Union Wharf Road, Dennis, MA 0263933 Union Wharf Road, Dennis, MA 02639

        The front house has a large and beautiful sunny deck, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, outdoor shower, new windows, new roof, brick fireplace in living room, and dining area in kitchen. The back house has a patio with a small garden yard, 2 wall heaters, 3 bedrooms, and 1 bath. Both houses are being sold furnished!

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        20 Purdue Drive, Dennis, MA 02660

        Spacious East Dennis Ranch

        20 Purdue Drive, Dennis, MA 0266020 Purdue Drive, Dennis, MA 02660

        This spacious ranch features a walkout basement with its own living area, bedroom, and half bath. The home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, den, dining room, kitchen with vaulted ceilings and 2 car garage. Private backyard, new central air (2016), and new furnace (2015).

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          Two 3 Bedroom Ranch Homes in Yarmouth

          50 Benjamin Way, Yarmouth, MA 02673

          Immaculate Newer Ranch Home

          50 Benjamin Way, Yarmouth, MA 0267350 Benjamin Way, Yarmouth, MA 02673

          This lovely newer ranch home is on nearly an acre of beautiful land. The immaculate home features a living room with vaulted ceilings and fireplace, and a large custom kitchen. The deck opens into the family room and provides gorgeous natural light. The master suite has 2 large closets and a private bath. There are two additional bedrooms and one additional bath. Furniture negotiable. Enjoy privacy in the cul-de-sac and an easy walk to the Sandy Pond Recreation Area.

          View the complete listing for more information.


          59 Driftwood Lane, Yarmouth, MA 02664

          Large Ranch Home with Great Floor Plan

          59 Driftwood Lane, Yarmouth, MA 0266459 Driftwood Lane, Yarmouth, MA 02664

          This large 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom ranch home is on a large lot and there is an additional 1.02 acres available for sale. The beautiful street provides access to Follins Pond. The home has a great floor plan and a new heating system is being installed. if you’re ready for projects, this is the home for you!

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            5 Best Mid-Cape Beaches

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            1. Craigville Beach, Barnstable: Craigville Beach is very popular and for good reason. Located in the village of Centerville in Barnstable, MA, Craigville Beach offers great views of Nantucket Sound. This wide, long beach has soft and moderate surf. There is plenty of parking and a bathhouse with showers.

            2. Sea Gull Beach, Yarmouth: Yarmouth’s largest beach is also its most popular. This beach is known for its lively atmosphere, rolling surf and gorgeous setting in West Yarmouth off of South Sea Ave. This beach is just west of Parker and offers lifeguards, concessions, toilets and paid parking.

            3. Chapin Beach, Dennis: Chapin Beach on Chapin Beach Road at the northwest corner of Dennis is a favorite among owners of four-wheel-drive vehicles. At low tide, those looking for shellfish will delight in being able to walk more than a mile out on the tidal flats of Cape Cod Bay. The beach has no lifeguards and no restrooms, but portable toilets are available. Across the water is Yarmouth's Bass Hole and Gray's Beach.

            4.  Bass Hole (Gray's Beach), Yarmouth: Bass Hole, also known as Gray's Beach. It is at the end of Centre Street off Mass. Rt. 6A in Yarmouthport and is considered by many to be one of the great spots on the Cape to watch the sunset. Bass Hole is at the mouth of Garden Creek and has a long boardwalk that extends over the salt marsh and offers an excellent view of coastal plant and marine life as well as nature's beauty. Across the river is Dennis' Chapin Beach. Bass Hole Beach is rather small and, at low tide, has very little water, which makes it perfect for small children (just pay attention to the tidal current in the creek). Bass Hole Beach has a large picnic area complete with a pavilion and bathroom facilities.

            5. Smugglers Beach, South Yarmouth: Smugglers Beach (also known as Bass River Beach) is a great family beach with a fishing pier, a large parking area, and a snack bar. This beach, located at the mouth of Bass River in South Yarmouth, also has lifeguards and bathroom facilities. The daily parking fee of $10 is required.some free parking, and there are lifeguards on duty.


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            Spring has Sprung!

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            The time has finally come to bid winter farewell and welcome spring with open arms. A switch in seasons is the perfect opportunity to step back and get a pulse check on the state of the housing market. Good news – we’ve done our research and want to share some key findings with you:

            It’s not just the weather that’s heating up! With scarcer home listings and high buyer demands, there’s expected to be hot competition in the market this spring. Why? According to a recent REALTOR Magazine article there are three main contributing factors that have Americans flocking to housing: an improving job market, growing consumer confidence and the threat of rising mortgage rates.

            Since November 2016, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has risen by more than half a percentage point. The Federal Reserve’s recent vote to increase its benchmark interest rate by a quarter point has many thinking there are more increases ahead. For buyers, this is instilling a sense of urgency, and for the industry, high housing demand. As quoted recently via CNBC, Redfin crunched the numbers: according to Redfin’s recent Housing Demand Index (based on Redfin customers requesting home tours and writing offers,) homebuyer demand was up 23 percent compared to January 2016, led by a 26 percent annual increase in homebuyers requesting tours and an 18 percent increase in buyers making offers.

            As an agent, how can you prepare? Here are some tips:

            • Do some spring cleaning – Busy season can be a lot less daunting when you’re prepared. Organize your work space, update any outdated materials and get rid of anything unnecessary. Do the work ahead of time for smoother sailing once the winds pick up.
            • Educate your clients – No one knows the market as well as you do. Being the expert, take the time to inform home buyers and sellers on the state of housing and the best next steps for them.
            • Don’t assume – Just because buyer demand is high doesn’t mean every house that hits the market will be an automatic sale. Remind your clients to take the time to think through the process, from listing price to general aesthetic, to ensure the most successful transaction.

            Do you have any tried and true tips for conquering the spring housing market? Share them in the comments below!


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              Cape Cod is a sellers market!

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              BARNSTABLE – The Barnstable County Register of Deeds reports that real estate sales volume and total value dropped in April, but are still up for the year to date.

              The volume of real estate sales was down 6.7 percent from April of 2016 and the total value of sales was down 2.3 percent over the previous year.

              The median individual property sale value was up 4.2 percent from April of 2016.

              “It doesn’t always correlate – value and volume – but we had a little uptick in value which is going along with where we have been moving on the positive side on individual sales value,” said John Meade, the Barnstable County Register of Deeds. “Volume has been up and down though.”

              For the year to date the volume of sales is up 3.5 percent over last year and the total value of sales is up 4.5 percent. The individual sales value is up 7.6 percent.

              “We’re moving in the right direction overall and that’s an indicator of where things stand,” Meade said. Month to month totals can vary based on the number of business days in the month compared to the year before. Those kind of things happen.”

              Meade said the positive trends are that the volume, value and individual sales value are up for the year.

              The median sale price for the month of April was $350,000.

              “We’ve been in the mid-$300,000 range fairly consistently for the last seven or eight months,” Meade said. “We’re starting to see values overall working in the right direction if you are a seller.”

              The amount of mortgage activity fell 10.6 percent from levels in April of 2016 and is down 1.9 percent for the year to date.

              May is a busy month historically, especially for 2nd home buyers.

              “We’ve got a lot of business days in May so it’ll be interesting to see what happens there,” Meade said. “It’s going to be big for us if we have a strong May and it’s going to be an indicator that the year should be pretty good.”

              By BRIAN MERCHANT, NewsCenter



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