Sunday, December 20, 2015

My January 2016 Market Report Is Available Now

My January 2016 market report is available now! This issue has my market report through November, an update on the new Eastham Public Library, my new HomeKeepr App, a customer testimonial, and a discussion on the future of mortgage rates.

This newsletter has been published every month for almost 13 years. My aim, with this newsletter, is to provide accurate sales and market information about the Eastham housing marketplace, to add commentary and opinion (as appropriate), and to keep it interesting. Download your copy of my January newsletter now.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

New Listing - Wonderful Contemporary Cape

1 Fallon Rd, Eastham
EASTHAM - New Listing - This home is certainly one of the finest homes in Eastham. The current owners had this home built to their specs - everything is done just right! The wide-open living space has wide-plank pine floors, high ceilings, stone fireplace with ship's-wood mantel, recessed lighting, huge marble kitchen island, Wolf 6-burner gas stove, stainless appliances, soap-stone counters, large dining area - opening onto their private screened-in deck. The large master bedroom continues the wood floors and has a 4-piece master bath and a walk-in closet. Also on the first floor are a half-bath, a unique pantry, and a mudroom/laundry off the front farmers porch. Upstairs are 2 large bedrooms and a full bath. Upstairs over the massive 2-car garage is another master suite with a full bath. Homes comes fully furnished. A must see.

Listed at $699,000. For more photos, a map, and a Virtual Tour, go to http://1FallonRd.robertsheldon.com. Great house!

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Eastham November Sales Continue Hot Pace

Eastham's November 2015 sales continues its healthy pace, with YTD sales already topping all of last year. This puts us on a path to a new record number of annual sales. We had 17 sales in November, The details.....
  • The 17 November sales totaled approximately $8.7M - the average home sale price was $510K. 
  • The median sale price in November was $435K.
  • There are currently 75 active single family listings in Eastham (down 16 from a month ago), with an average list price of $574K and a medium list price of $439K.
  • The average days-on-market is 177 days.
For more details, graphs, and commentary, download my latest monthly Eastham newsletter -- here. I've been publishing this newsletter for almost 13 years with the goal of providing market information to my clients, so they may approach the market from a more informed position. Check it out!

Friday, November 20, 2015

My December 2015 Market Report Is Available Now!

My December 2015 market report is available now!  This issue has my market report through October, an update on the new Eastham municipal water system, and my new HomeKeepr App, where I provide my recommended local contractors. Worth reading! 

This newsletter has been published every month for almost 13 years. My aim, with this newsletter, is to provide accurate sales and market information about the Eastham housing marketplace, to add commentary and opinion (as appropriate), and to keep it interesting. Download your copy of my December newsletter now.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Eastham's October Sales - Hardy!

Eastham's October sales were unusually hardy. This puts us on a path to record, or near-record, sales. We had 19 sales in October, up 27% from September. The details.....
  • The 19 October sales totaled approximately $9.0M - the average home sale price was $475K. 
  • The median sale price in October was $445K.
  • There are currently 91 active single family listings in Eastham (down 7 from a month ago), with an average list price of $563K and a medium list price of $451K.
  • The average days-on-market is 171 days.
For more details, graphs, and commentary, download my latest monthly Eastham newsletter -- here. I've been publishing this newsletter for almost 13 years with the goal of providing market information to my clients, so they may approach the market from a more informed position. Check it out!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

New Listing - Unique Cape Ranch - Close to Bike Path

585 Locust Rd, Eastham 
EASTHAM - New Listing - Not your cookie-cutter Cape - this is unique home that you'll just love! We have a 3 bedroom, 3 bath custom designed and well maintained ranch home with wood floors, fireplace, large vaulted family room w/skylights, attached garage, and a large deck and back yard. One floor living. Separate studio. Very close to the bike path and Great Pond. 

Listed at $419,000. For more photos, a map, and a Virtual Tour, go to http://585LocustRd.robertsheldon.com. Great house!

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Golf on Cape Cod - Links Magazine Article

Golf on Cape Cod is generally considered to be well above average, with most towns having excellent municipal courses, and with many other courses open to the public.  If golf is your thing, whole vacations can be golf-based, doing multiple rounds each day - and never having to play the same course again.

Links Magazine focuses on the courses and not the players. The Fall 2015 issue has an article highlighting the best of the Outer and Mid-Cape courses, restaurants, and even a few tourist attractions. Check out the article ... Here. This article highlights play at the Captains (Brewster), Cape Cod National (Brewster), Bass River (Yarmouth), Blue Rock (Yarmouth), Ocean Edge (Brewster), Cranberry Valley (Harwich), Highland Links (Truro), Dennis Pines, and Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds (Marstons Mills).

Friday, October 02, 2015

Eastham's September Sales - Healthy

Eastham's September sales are normally pretty 'healthy'. This year is no exception. We had 15 sales in September, up 25% from August. The details.....
  • The 15 September sales totaled approximately $6.0M - the average home sale price was $401K. 
  • The median sale price in September was $366K.
  • There are currently 98 active single family listings in Eastham (down 1 from a month ago), with an average list price of $541K and a medium list price of $451K.
  • The average days-on-market is 185 days.
For more details, graphs, and commentary, download my latest monthly Eastham newsletter -- here. I've been publishing this newsletter for almost 13 years with the goal of providing market information to my clients, so they may approach the market from a more informed position. Check it out!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

My October 2015 Market Report Is Available Now!

My October 2015 market report is available now! This issue has my market report through August, the Town of Eastham Private Road Snow Removal Policy, photos of the Windmill Weekend sand sculpture contest, Eastham new construction, and an affordable housing proposal.

This newsletter has been published every month for almost 13 years. My aim, with this newsletter, is to provide accurate sales and market information about the Eastham housing marketplace, to add commentary and opinion (as appropriate), and to keep it interesting. Download your copy of my October newsletter now.

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11, 2001 - Please Remember With Me ...

September 11th - I remember watching as the second plane hit one of the towers. It hit me that what was happening was no accident, but the end of innocence for the US. What was to happen over the next few weeks, as the death toll increased and as we understood the depth of commitment to service of the many firemen and policemen who gave their lives in search of survivors, will be impossible for me to forget.

Please remember with me.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Eastham's Private Road Snow Removal Policy for 2015

The Town of Eastham has released it's snow removal policy for the winter of 2015/2016. They've put a lot of thought into it and it's something that all folks that live on the many private roads need to consider.

Of note, all folks who reside on a private road need to agree that they would like the Town to plow it before it will be considered.

Go HERE to download the new Policy.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

August Sales Return to Normal Levels

Eastham's August sales were about 'normal for August, whatever that means. We had 10 sales in August, matching July's sales. The details.....
  • The 10 August sales totaled approximately $3.9M - the average home sale price was $389K. 
  • The median sale price in August was $392K.
  • There are currently 99 active single family listings in Eastham (up 3 from a month ago), with an average list price of $582K and a medium list price of $469K.
  • The average days-on-market is up to 214 days.
For more details, graphs, and commentary, download my latest monthly Eastham newsletter -- here. I've been publishing this newsletter for over 12 years with the goal of providing market information to my clients, so they may approach the market from a more informed position. Check it out!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Listing - Pristine Saltbox - Close to Great Pond & Bike Path

10 Split Rail Rd, Eastham
Eastham - New Listing - A pristine 3 bedroom open saltbox that has a granite counters, new stainless steel appliances, first floor bedroom, living room w/fireplace, gas heat, garage under, outdoor shower, nice landscaping, and a great deck. Close to Seashore, bike path, Great Pond Beach, and Windmill Green. Sold turn-key, fully furnished. Great rental.

Listed at $439,000. For more photos, a map, and a Virtual Tour, go to http://10SplitRailRd.robertsheldon.com. Great house!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

New Listing - New 2015 Bayside Cape - Near Great Pond

25 Chipmunk Lane
Eastham - New Listing This is a brand new (2015) approx 1500 sqft contemporary Cape-style house, just a half mile from Great Pond beach near the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. This 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath home has hardwood floors, granite counters, first floor laundry and master bedroom, gas fireplace, central air, propane heat, on-demand hot water, full basement, rear Trex-like deck, and an outdoor shower. Additionally, the living room has a vaulted ceiling and you'll have a second floor loft area.

This is an exceptional home with quality features and exceptional trim-work. Built for minimal maintenance (double-dipped shingles, Azek trim, etc). Fully complete and ready to move in. Listed at $459,000. Go to http://25ChipmunkLane.robertsheldon.com for more photos, a map, and a Virtual Tour. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

My September Eastham Market Report Is Available Now

My September 2015 market report is available now!  This issue has Part 2 of my mid-year 2015 market report, 2016 Eastham tax assessment information, an article about rowing the Atlantic and a new listing. Worth reading! 

This newsletter has been published every month for over 12 years. My aim, with this newsletter, is to provide accurate sales and market information about the Eastham housing marketplace, to add commentary and opinion (as appropriate), and to keep it interesting. Download your copy of my September newsletter now.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Eastham's 2016 Tax Assessments

I met with Belinda Eyestone, the Eastham Town Assessor. Eastham's 2016 assessment data is available now, quite a bit earlier than last year. She gave me the 'highlights'. A few data points...
  • The 2016 assessment information is intended to represent home values as of 1/1/2015
  • The median single family residential home assessment for 2016 is $392,550, up 2.6% from the 2015 median assessment
  • The average assessed value is $457,583 (up 2.7%)
  • There were 5,106 single family homes in Eastham as of 1/1/2015  (up 3 from 2014)
  • The total assessed value for Eastham's single family residences is $2.336 Billion (up 2.7%)
The 2016 real estate tax rate for Eastham will be $7.44/thousand (up 4.8%). The tax on the median-valued home will be $2,925.

The 2016 assessments for individual homes should be available soon on the Town of Eastham website...Here. The newspaper formatted version of the assessments will no longer be available. 

Sunday, August 02, 2015

CodeRED - A New Eastham Service

CodeREDThe Town of Eastham has implemented the CodeRED system, a high-speed emergency notification service provided by Ormond Beach, FL-based Emergency Communications Network.

The CodeRED system will serve as the backbone of the Town's emergency planning and communications outreach to both citizens and Town of Eastham personnel by using the system capabilities to send telephone calls, text messages, emails and social media in an effort to inform residents to protect life and property. Hopefully, this system will keep us informed about road closures during the water system installation.

The Town also plans to use CodeRED to inform residents in specific geographic locations of fires, floods, drinking water emergencies and missing children notices.  To learn more about this new service go to an article fromCapeCod.com ... Here.  To get the alerts and take advantage of this new service, you must enroll. Go Here to enroll. 

Eastham's July Sales Continue the 'Up' Trend

Eastham's July sales continued the 'up' trend begun a few months ago.  We had 9 sales in July, beating July 2014's sales by 50%.  The details.....
  • The 9 July sales totaled approximately $4.3M - the average home sale price was $482K. 
  • The median sale price in July was $469K.
  • There are currently 96 active single family listings in Eastham (down 6 from a month ago), with an average list price of $610K and a medium list price of $472K.
  • The average days-on-market remains at 201 days.
For more details, graphs, and commentary, download my latest monthly Eastham newsletter -- here. I've been publishing this newsletter for over 12 years with the goal of providing market information to my clients, so they may approach the market from a more informed position. Check it out!

Of note - my next newsletter will have 'Part 2' of my 1st half 2015 market results. Part 2 will compare Eastham with its neighboring towns.

Monday, July 20, 2015

My Mid-Year 2015 Eastham Market Report Is Available Now

My August 2015 market report is available now!  This issue has my mid-year 2015 market report, 2 new listings, an article on a new Town of Eastham service, called CodeRED, and a progress report on the new municipal water system. Worth reading! 

This newsletter has been published every month for over 12 years. My aim, with this newsletter, is to provide accurate sales and market information about the Eastham housing marketplace, to add commentary and opinion (as appropriate), and to keep it interesting. Download your copy of my August newsletter now.

Friday, July 17, 2015

New Listing - 3 Bedroom Contemporary Cape

EASTHAM - New Listing - Contemporary Cape on a half acre, vaulted living room, 2 bedrooms and bath on main floor with a large loft and the master bedroom and bath upstairs. Wood floors, nice deck. Located on Bayside near Bike Path in a Great Neighborhood. House needs some TLC, but a great value. Come see. Listed at $350,000.

Check out this listing http://315HayRd.robertsheldon.com for more photos and a map. A Virtual Tour can be found ... Here.

Monday, July 06, 2015

New Listing - Cottage Just Steps to Cooks Brook Beach

EASTHAM - New Listing - This neat cottage is just steps to Cooks Brook Beach and super private. This well-loved 2 bedroom cottage is super cute and easy to enjoy. Screened porch, outdoor shower, shed, vaulted ceiling, wood floors, new roof, heat, mostly furnished. Large shed.. Come see. Listed at $329,000.

Check out this listing http://420SteeleRd.robertsheldon.com for more photos and a map. A Virtual Tour can be found ... Here.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

June 2015 Eastham Sales - Continuing A Healthy Trend

Eastham's June sales continued the 'up' trend begun last month. Winter's ugly head is behind us and sales are moving right along.  We had 18 sales in June, the best June since June, 2012.  The details.....
  • Total 18 June sales totaled approximately $7.6M - the average home sale price was $420K. 
  • The median sale price in June was $411K.
  • There are currently 102 active single family listings in Eastham (the same as June 1st), with an average list price of $609K and a medium list price of $469K.
  • The average days-on-market is currently 201 days.
For more details, graphs, and commentary, download my latest monthly Eastham newsletter -- here. I've been publishing this newsletter for almost 13 years with the goal of providing market information to my clients, so they may approach the market from a more informed position. Check it out!

Of note - my next newsletter will have the 1st half of 2015 Eastham market results.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

My July 2015 Market Report Is Available Now

My July 2015 market report is available now!  This issue has my market report through May of 2015, 3 new listings, and an article on the upcoming Eastham Part-Time Resident Taxpayer Association meeting. 

This newsletter has been published every month for over 12 years. My aim, with this newsletter, is to provide accurate sales and market information about the Eastham housing marketplace, to add commentary and opinion (as appropriate), and to keep it interesting. Download your copy of my July newsletter now.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

2015 Eastham Windmill Green Band Concerts

Eastham Windmill
The Eastham Visitor's Service Board is again sponsoring the band concerts on Eastham's Windmill Green on Monday evenings this summer. The concerts are held at the bandstand, starting at 7 PM every Monday. The line up is as follows:
  • June 29 - "Celebrate America" by the Chatham Chorale
  • July 6 - Peking and the Mystics Vintage Vocals
  • July 13 - Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys!
  • July 20 - The Brass Connection Quintet
  • July 27 - Bruce Abbott - Fred Fried Quartet
  • August 3 - Toast and Jam
  • August 10 - Bert Jackson Quartet
  • August 17 - Kami Lyle Quartet
  • August 24 - Chandler Travis Philharmonic
These concerts are lots of fun. Join hundreds of folks on the lawn - bring bug spray, lawn chairs and/or blankets. Or, bring a picnic dinner. These are fun for the whole family!

Eastham New Listing - Turn-Key Beach Cottage

375 Summit Ave, Eastham
EASTHAM - New Listing - Are you looking for that fresh & clean beach house, with 3 bedrooms, including an enlarged master suite, a large living room, heated enclosed porch, large deck, & outdoor shower, all just up the road from your private association Bay beach? This is it! Great summer home just 0.3 miles from the beach. Newer roof, natural gas forced air heat, new master bath, 1st floor laundry, meticulously maintained. Turn-key - completely furnished. Come see. Listed at $449,000.

Check out this listing http://375SummitAve.robertsheldon.com for more photos and a map. A Virtual Tour can be found ... Here.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Eastham's May Sales - A Nice Rebound!

Eastham's May sales showed a nice rebound from the slow April. It's clear that many folks who were put off by the ugly weather in February showed up in March, checkbooks in hand. We had 20 sales in May, a level we don't generally see in the Spring (the last time was in June 2012).  The details.....
  • Total May sales were approximately $9.0M - the average home sale price was $450K. 
  • The median sale price in May was $398K.
  • There are currently 102 active single family listings in Eastham (up from 98 on May 1st), with an average list price of $615K and a medium list price of $480K.
  • The average days-on-market is currently 228 days.
For more details, graphs, and commentary, download my latest monthly Eastham newsletter -- here. I've been publishing this newsletter for almost 13 years with the goal of providing market information to my clients, so they may approach the market from a more informed position. Check it out!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

2015 Eastham Painters Guild Schedule

The Eastham Painters Guild is again holding their outdoor gallery and sale every week (well, almost every week) at the Eastham School House Museum. The Guild has been doing shows since 1980. The outdoor gallery and sale will be held, most weeks, on Thursdays and Fridays. Go to their website for a detailed schedule.

The Guild will finish up their season on September 12th & 13th at Eastham's Windmill Weekend on the front lawn of Town Hall.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

My June 2015 Market Report Is Available Now!

My June 2015 market report is available now!  This issue has my report of the Eastham market through April. Additionally, there's an article about this year's Town Meeting's results, and 2 new listings.
 

This newsletter has been published every month for over 12 years. My aim, with this newsletter, is to provide accurate sales and market information about the Eastham housing marketplace, to add commentary and opinion (as appropriate), and to keep it interesting.  Download your copy of my June newsletter now.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Eastham New Listing - Walk to Water Bayside Home

45 Wamisco Rd, Eastham
EASTHAM - New Listing - This 3 bedroom ranch is in the Massasoit Hills area with deeded rights to 3 private association Bay Beaches just down the hill. Enjoy the large front & rear decks, and an open floorplan with living room with fireplace. Wooded half acre property with circular driveway. Nicely secluded and walk to the water. Close to all the beach and recreational highlights that make Eastham such a wonderful vacation destination. Listed at $369,900.

Check out this listing http://45WamiscoRd.robertsheldon.com for more photos and a map. A Virtual Tour can be found ... Here.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

2015 Eastham Town Meeting - Results

The Annual Eastham Town Meeting was held last night at the Nauset Regional High School. This year's 'results' were (in some cases) very interesting. Here are the results ..... 
  • Article 7 - PASSED - Rooms Tax - to impose a tax on summer rental homes. This still requires the state legislature to approve it prior to any collection of taxes. This could affect 2016 rentals, not 2015. What I find interesting is that the Town has no plan or strategy to actually collect these new taxes. Or to assure a fair implementation.  
  • Article 8 - PASSED - Municipal Water - this article funded the remainder of the municipal water system. So-called Phase 1 was funded last year. The article appropriated $85M for the remainder of the system. Yay!
  • Article 16 - PASSED - Private Road Plowing - approved the plowing of some private roads in Town. What roads this article authorizes will be determined this fall. There will be a set of criteria published this summer. 
  • Article 17 - PASSED - Hay Rd - this article accepts a portion of Hay Rd as a Town road, the segment from Gov. Prence to Deacon Paine. This article was strongly argued by both sides. The Town Selectmen announced that there, apparently, are some road ownership issues that may block the implementation of this article.
  • Article 18 - FAILED - Vehicles on Beaches - the article was needed to make progress on the crazy discussions about driving 4-wheel vehicles on the Eastham portion of Nauset Spit. This has been an on-going dispute between Eastham and Orleans concerning a section of beach north of Orleans' Nauset Beach and south of Coast Guard Beach. Since this article failed, the ongoing dispute with Orleans just gets uglier.
  • Article 30 - FAILED - Marijuana - the failure of this article says that the public consumption of marijuana will go unpunished. The argument from the floor was that the Commonwealth is currently developing their set of rules and the Town shouldn't attempt to pre-guess what the Commonwealth will do.  

Sunday, May 03, 2015

April 2015's Eastham Sales - 'Snowed Out'

Eastham's April sales reflected the snows of January and February (and March). The number of buyers was seriously reduced by the ugly weather, particularly on weekends. We had only 5 sales in April, a level we haven't seen since April 2009.  The details.....
  • Total April sales were approximately $2.2M - the average home sale price was $432K. 
  • The median sale price in April was $470K.
  • There are currently 98 active single family listings in Eastham (up from 92 on April 1st), with an average list price of $620K and a medium list price of $489K.
  • The average days-on-market is currently 248 days.
For more details, graphs, and commentary, download my latest monthly Eastham newsletter -- here. I've been publishing this newsletter for 10 years with the goal of providing market information to my clients, so they may approach the market from a more informed position. Check it out!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2015 Eastham Town Meeting - Monday May 4th

The Annual Eastham Town Meeting will be held on May 4th this year in the Nauset Regional High School auditorium. This year the warrant has several articles that you should find interesting. They are...
  • Article 7 - Rooms Tax - to impose a tax on summer rental homes. This will require the state legislature to approve it prior to any collection of taxes. This could affect 2016 rentals, not 2015. We've seen (and turned down) this article before. The tax would be 4%. 
  • Article 8 - Municipal Water - this article will fund the remainder of the municipal water system. So-called Phase 1 was funded last year. The article appropriates $85M for the remainder of the system. Needs a 2/3 vote.
  • Article 16 - Private Road Plowing - approves the plowing of some private roads in Town. Roads will need to 'qualify' to be eligible for plowing.
  • Article 17 - Hay Rd - this article accepts a portion of Hay Rd as a Town road, the segment from Gov. Prence to Deacon Paine. 
  • Article 18 - Vehicles on Beaches - the article is needed to make progress on the crazy discussions about driving 4-wheel vehicles on the Eastham portion of Nauset Spit. This has been an on-going dispute between Eastham and Orleans concerning a section of beach north of Orleans' Nauset Beach and south of Coast Guard Beach. It's not clear that this article, if passed, will resolve the dispute, but it should help.
  • Article 30 - Marijuana - this article bans the public consumption of marijuana in Eastham and establishes first offense and multiple offence fines.
The warrant, all 36 pages, is online on the Eastham Town website,.. Here.  I'll try to provide an update on the 'results' of the meeting on my Blog and in next month's newsletter.

New Listing - Eastham Bayside Cape - Close to Beach

285 Massasoit Trail
EASTHAM - New Listing - This 3 bedroom Cape is a hidden gem. Great location & curb-appeal and well maintained. Open kitchen & dining area and a separate living room. Full basement. Hardwood floors, updated bathroom. Half acre level property in a great location - about 0.8 miles to Campground Beach. This is a gem, waiting to be found! Listed at $429,000.

Check out this listing at http://285MassasoitTrail.robertsheldon.com for more photos and a map. A Virtual Tour can be found ... Here.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Eastham New Listing - Updated 3 Bedroom Ranch

45 North Forty
EASTHAM - New Listing - This is a delightful 3 bedroom, 2 bath, ranch with lots of updates. Check out the granite and stainless kitchen, bright sunroom, living room with fireplace, 1 car garage, large deck and back yard. Well maintained and a joy to enjoy!

Listed at $429,000. Check out this listing at http://45NorthFortyRd.robertsheldon.com.  For more photos and a map. A Virtual Tour can be found ... Here.

My Eastham 1st Quarter 2015 Market Report - Available Now!

My May 2015 market report is available now!  This issue has my 1st quarter 2015 Eastham market report, a preview of next month's Town Meeting, an update on the natural gas moratorium, and a fun article on being a Cape Codder.    Additionally, there are 3 new listings.      

This newsletter has been published every month for over 12 years. My aim, with this newsletter, is to provide accurate sales and market information about the Eastham housing marketplace, to add commentary and opinion (as appropriate), and to keep it interesting.  Download your copy of my May newsletter now.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Eastham's March 2015 Sales - Good 2015?

Eastham's March 2015 sales have put us on a track to better sales in 2015, over a pretty good 2014.  There were 11 single family home sales in March, bringing the 1st quarter of 2015 to 21 sales.  The details.....
  • There were 11 homes sold in Eastham in March.
  • Total March sales were $6.4M - with an average sale price of $579K and a median sale price of $405K. 
  • There are currently 92 active single family listings in Eastham, with an average list price of $575K and a medium price of $464K.
  • The average days-on-market is currently 274 days (Ouch!).
For more details, graphs, and commentary, download my latest monthly Eastham newsletter -- here. I've been publishing this newsletter for over 12 years with the goal of providing market information to my clients, so they may approach the market from a more informed position. Check it out!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Harwich New Listing - 'Rustic by Design'

HARWICH - New Listing - Nicely maintained 4 bedroom Cape style home with large farmers porch, large rear deck, detached garage, finished walkout basement, eat-in kitchen, and living room with fireplace. Wide plant wood floors throughout. The house is on a quiet cul-de-sac near Harwich shopping, fresh-water pond, and the Bike path. House backs up to a large conservation area.

Listed at $449,000. Check out this listing at http://86BakersDrive.robertsheldon.com.     for more photos and a map. A Virtual Tour can be found ... Here.

Friday, March 20, 2015

My April 2015 Market Report Is Available Now!

My April 2015 market report is available now!  This issue has my Eastham market report through February and  an article on the Outer Cape's icebergs.  Additionally, there are 3 new listings.      

This newsletter has been published every month for over 12 years. My aim, with this newsletter, is to provide accurate sales and market information about the Eastham housing marketplace, to add commentary and opinion (as appropriate), and to keep it interesting.  Download your copy of my April newsletter now.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

February 2015 - Eastham's Biggest February Ever!

While this January was the lowest January since at least 2002 (when I started keeping records), February was the biggest. There were 9 closings of single family homes in February, bringing the 2015 YTD sales to 10, matching 2014 sales. Hmmm.  Typically, February is the slow month, but not this year. The current ugly weather will likely affect closings in March and April.  The details.....
  • There were 9  homes sold in Eastham in February.
  • Total January sales were $4.1M
  • The median sale price in February was $375K.
  • There are currently 90 active single family listings in Eastham, with an average list price of $543K and a medium price of $450K.
  • The average days-on-market is currently 277 days.
For more details, graphs, and commentary, download my latest monthly Eastham newsletter -- here. I've been publishing this newsletter for almost 12 years with the goal of providing market information to my clients, so they may approach the market from a more informed position. Check it out!

Friday, February 20, 2015

My March 2015 Market Report Is Available Now!

My March 2015 market report is available now!  This issue has my Eastham year end 2014 market report (part 2) which has the results for Eastham's neighboring Outer Cape towns.  This newsletter provides the details of the recently announced Outer Cape natural gas moratorium.  Additionally, there is a new listing - a brand new (2015) 3 bedroom contemporary Cape.     

This newsletter has been published every month for 12 years. My aim, with this newsletter, is to provide accurate sales and market information about the Eastham housing marketplace, to add commentary and opinion (as appropriate), and to keep it interesting.  Download your copy of my March newsletter now.

Monday, February 09, 2015

New Listing - 2015 Contemporary Cape

EASTHAM - A brand new (2015) 3 bedroom contemporary Cape with the finest features and finishes. There are 3 bedrooms, including a wonderful first floor master suite with master bath, a half bath with washer/dryer, and a granite and stainless kitchen. The open floor plan has a living room with vaulted ceiling, bay window, hardwood floors and a dining area with sliders to a Trex deck. There is a family room with a vaulted ceiling and a gas fireplace. Additionally, we have a 2 car attached garage, central A/C, outdoor shower, skylights, Azek trim, and exceptional interior trim. Just a short walk to Campground Beach. Listed at $674,000. Come see!

For lots (and lots) of photos, go to http://120WagonwheelRd.robertsheldon.com. Also, a Virtual Tour can be found ... Here.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Are We About To Dodge A Weather Bullet?

The weather for the next few days looks awful, especially for the Boston metropolitan area and western Massachusetts. It appears that the Cape, and the Outer Cape in particular, will be spared the worst of the upcoming storm, which appears to be ready to dump a foot or more of fresh snow, on top of the several feet already on the ground. Ugh!

Check out the weather map, below, on what is expected. Note that the Cape is largely spared.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Twenty Boat - Truro's Award Winning Rum

It wasn't long before the new owners of the Truro Vineyards extended their brand with custom spiced rum. Their new rum, available as a spiced rum and as an amber rum, is called Twenty Boat, named to honor a legend of local rum-runners who outran the law during the prohibition.

Currently the Twenty Boat rums are only available at a few stores (in Eastham at the Superette) and taverns (eg the Local Break) and only ship-able to addresses in Massachusetts.

Check out the article in the Cape Codder.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Natural Gas Moratorium on the Outer Cape - Details

By now the ugly truth that National Grid, our local natural gas company, has problems with their gas delivery infrastructure has sunk in. The company has placed a moratorium on new Outer Cape hookups, which is seriously inhibiting new construction. The National Grid has released a set of FAQs (frequently asked questions) that detail the rules by which they will grant permission for new hookups.
Clarifying Gas Sales Moratorium for Dennis to Eastham: The requirements for the moratorium are as follows:
  • New residential and commercial and industrial customer gas service connections are prohibited.
  • Incremental gas load on existing commercial and industrial customer gas accounts is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, heating, hot water, cooking and other types of loads.
  • Incremental gas load on existing residential customer gas accounts is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, heating, hot water, cooking and other types of loads, unless it meets one of the exceptions below.
Exceptions:
  • For existing residential gas customers only, natural gas barbecues are permitted as added load.
  • For existing residential gas customers only, emergency backup natural gas generators are permitted as added load, subject to application, review and approval of the Company. Please contact Kerrie Doyle at (781) 907-2201 for questions regarding the availability of service to new natural gas generators. 
More information can be found on a fact sheet ...    National Grid Gas Sales Moratorium Fact Sheet for Cape Cod

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Photo of the Day - Forrest's Gift Shoppe and Filling Station

I was kicking around the internet and came upon an antique post card of Forrest's Gift Shoppe and Filling Station. Where is this filling station today? Does it exist (in an updated form) along Route 6 today? (Click on the post card to make it bigger).

Eastham January 2015 Sales - REALLY Slow!

Eastham's January 2015 sales were REALLY slow with only 1 home sold. Compare that to December's 12 sales. Typically, February is the slow month, but this year January is getting into the act. Likely, the ugly weather didn't help. The details.....
  • There was only 1  home sold in Eastham in January.
  • Total January sales were $350K
  • The median sale (and average) price in January was $350K.
  • There are currently 98 active single family listings in Eastham, with an average list price of $524K and a medium price of $450K.
  • The average days-on-market is currently 254 days.
For more details, graphs, and commentary, download my latest monthly Eastham newsletter -- here. I've been publishing this newsletter for almost 12 years with the goal of providing market information to my clients, so they may approach the market from a more informed position. Check it out!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

My 2014 Eastham Sales - A Pretty Good Year!

This past year was a pretty good year for selling real estate in Eastham.

As reported earlier, there were 129 sales of single family homes, 10 condo sales, and 8 parcels of residential land. Download my February newsletter (link on left) for details and commentary on Eastham's real estate market.

I had a part (either a Buyer's or Seller's agent, or both) of 19 of those sales. Check out a map of my 2014 Outer Cape sales. As you can see, Eastham is my 'home turf'. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter Storm 2015 - Could Have Been Worse

The Outer Cape got what was promised. No more, no less. By my reading, we got about 10-12 inches of snow. Lots of wind. Nicely, I didn't lose power at my house (although there was a report that P-Town lost power). That's the good news.

The bad news is that the wind and waves took out the Nauset Light Beach stairs. It's become an annual event. There was some flooding on Rt 6 near Gov. Prence Rd and by the Goose Hummock in Orleans. Once again, the waves broke through the beach to overflow the Pamet River in Truro.  I'm certain there will be other damage reported tomorrow.

Spring is only 5-6 weeks away (I declare March 1st as my unofficial start to Spring). Yay!  The photo below was taken by the National Park Service mid-day today.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Blizzard of 2015 - Will The Outer Cape Get Hammered?

Snowmageddon 2015. Some are likening the blizzard we are slated to get to the famous 'Blizzard of 1978', that wreaked havoc on much of Cape Cod, including wiping out Henry Beston's Outermost House. We are told that before noon-time tomorrow we'll be getting 6 - 12 (some sources say 24) inches of snow on the Outer Cape. The good news for us is that we aren't getting the 30 inches that'll likely fall on Boston and its closest suburbs. Yikes!

The 'real' problem might well be wind gusts - potentially up to 75 mph, hurricane strength. These winds will likely cause widespread power outages. We spent much of today preparing for the winds and loss of power. Flashlights, oil lamps, batteries, etc. We're ready.

If I have power you can check back tomorrow for an update.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

My Eastham 2014 Year End Market Report Is Available Now!

My February 2015 market report is available now!  This issue has my Eastham year end 2014 market report and my bold predictions for 2015.  Additionally, there are 3 new listings and a customer letter.    

This newsletter has been published every month for almost 12 years. My aim, with this newsletter, is to provide accurate sales and market information about the Eastham housing marketplace, to add commentary and opinion (as appropriate), and to keep it interesting. Download your copy of my February newsletter now.