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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
Brewster

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
Falmouth

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
Harwich

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
Falmouth

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
Chatham

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
Mashpee

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
Provincetown

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
Chatham

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
Sandwich

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.

View the complete listing for more information.

 

 

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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.

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        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, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

            http://www.capecod.com/newscenter/real-estate-volume-and-value-dip-in-april-still-up-for-year/

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              What's Happening on Cape Cod? May Edition

              Cape Cod is one of the most popular tourist and vacation spots around. There's plenty of events and functions happening to keep you entertained! The May 2017 lineup consists of the following: 

               

              May 5th-7th
              The 31st Annual Brewster in Bloom Festival.
              Call 508-896-3500 or visit http://bit.ly/2qJI6mN for more information.  

              Enjoy the 2-days fine arts and crafts show, arts and antiques excursion, closest to the pin contest, annual 5-k Bloom Run, Kid Fest at Drummer Boy Park and the town parade. Businesses hold open houses with special offers. Most events are free.

               

              May 6th 
              Trad-Stroll Woods Hole.
              Call 508-548-2892 or visit http://bit.ly/2pLK3C3 for more information. 

              The Stroll begins at Community Hall with a lecture and demonstration on Morris Dancing.  It then shifts to the top of Water Street and moves along through the village where you will hear a dozen traditional music groups play.  Have a bite to eat then end the day taking to the floor of the Community Hall to twirl to the music of the Woods Hole Folk Orchestra.  All music is free. The schedule of performances will be on posters and post cards around town and available at the event.  

               

              May 17th - 21st
              Nantucket Wine Festival, Nantucket Island
              Visit http://bit.ly/2qwGH6L for more information. 

              Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 21 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.  

               

              May 26th - June 4th
              Rhododendron Festival, Sandwich 
              Visit http://bit.ly/2paYwU7 for more information. 

              Thousands of world-famous rhododendrons in over 100 varieties and an explosion of color cover 100 acres with spectacular blooms. Enjoy a peaceful walk surrounded by walls of flowers, learn more about Heritage’s storied rhododendron legacy, participate in activities with horticulture experts, and take one of these signature plants home with you from the special plant sale.

               

              May 28th
              Annual Johnny Kelley Race, Hyannis
              Visit http://bit.ly/2pKVpEc for more information.

              Join us on Sunday, May 28th for the annual tribute to Cape Cod's Marathon Man, Johnny Kelley. Although Johnny's name is synonymous with the Boston Marathon, he also represented the United States as a member of three Olympic teams. At the young age of 18 in Nazi Germany, he ran with another legend, the great Jesse Owens, in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. He was the only American to cross the finish line, finishing the race in 18th place.

               

              May 31st - June 6th
              Wellfleet Restaurant Week
              Visit http://bit.ly/2qJXwaI for more information

              Visit Wellfleet from Wednesday May 31st through Tuesday, June 6, 2017 and experience the unique specials that participating restaurants are offering. Participating eateries are free to choose their own "restaurant week special" - from prix fixe menus, to evolving nightly specials to entering to qualify for special rewards.  Please check this website frequently or call participating establishments to learn more about their individual restaurant week special. Come try a new restaurant or enjoy one of your favorites.