Saturday, November 29, 2008

Dennis Showings

Yesterday I showed a few homes in Dennis and Dennisport to a client and his teenage kids. I enjoy showings that include teenage kids since they seem to love the hunt. The homes were all in the $200's. They ranged from a pristine 3 bedroom cottage to a large home that should have been represented as a tear down on an acre-plus pondfront lot.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Black Friday Mortgage Sale?

Call it a Black Friday sale or just the result of the economic meltdown, but mortgage rates have dropped to VERY attractive levels. I checked today and a local bank is offering a 30 yr, no points, mortgage rate of 5.5%. With the Outer Cape's inventories at good levels and low mortgage rates, now is the time to BUY!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

It's kinda fun to know that a tradition as American as Thanksgiving had it's beginnings at the place I call home. Weather permitting, I'm sure that I'll visit Eastham's First Encounter Beach, where the Pilgrims first 'encountered' the Native Americans, sometime during Thanksgiving weekend. This year we expect to have a house-full for a traditional turkey dinner (and pumpkin pie!).

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Are You A Foodie? - Check Out This Cape Cod Food Blog

One of my clients, who has since moved to her new Eastham home, sent me a link to a great Blog that focuses on Cape Cod food. The author, Elspeth Pierson, who calls herself an avid "locavore", lives in Wellfleet and has a weekly radio show on WCAI-FM radio. I'm sure you will appreciate her quest for the best ingrediants and recipes. Check out her "Diary of a Locavore" blog. Thank you A.G.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Another Rubber Duckie Story - This One Dead Serious

The Wall Street Journal ran a story last week about the use of Rubber Duckies in the study of the ice melt in Greenland. They were struggling for a cheap way to study how fast the ice cap on Greenland was melting. So they came up with the idea of planting rubber duckies, each with identifiers and email addresses attached and letting the under ice rivers take them to the open water where they will, ultimately, be found. They may even wash up on a remote beach somewhere. Read about this science project in the Wall Street Journal. And I was whining about Eastham's rubber duckie race. Hmmm.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Eastham's Rubber Duck Race - An Endurance Test

This morning's surprise was an inch of 'ocean affect' snow and about 50 mph winds. These, together, made for very inhospitable conditions for this morning's rubber duck race on Bee's River at the end of First Encounter Beach. When I arrived there were about 50 hardy souls waiting for the festivities to begin. I quickly paid the $1 I owed for my duck (duck #18, if you want to cheer me on). The winds brought the wind-chill to well under 0 degrees.

Well, the ducks were dumped into the river and quickly (mercifully) made a break for the open river, making for a short race. The 10 winning ducks were fished from the water by a few men in waders, their owners were later awarded a turkey or a pie. Not me, unfortunately. The losing ducks were also fished out (except for 3 that made a dash for the open Bay) to be given to kids and adults in the crowd. The net - a lot of fun, but it would be more fun if it the wind chill was 30 to 40 degrees higher.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Closing Today - Oceanside Building Lot

I had a closing today on an oceanside half acre building lot, near Minister's Pond in Eastham. It occurred to me that there were only 4 lots sold this year in Eastham, and I sold 3 of them. Maureen, my associate, was the listing agent for the other lot. So, RE/MAX Classic sold 100% of the lots. Not bad.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bob's December Newsletter - My October Sales Update

My December newsletter is available now! This issue features the sales report through October and my commentary about where the market will go for the remainder of this year. This year's sales (so far) are VERY interesting! Also in this newsletter are a few new listings, the Eastham rubber duck race, and a few other Outer Cape articles to whet your appetite. To request your copy of the December newsletter, Click HERE...

Monday, November 17, 2008

2008 Eastham Turnip Festival

After the duck race, head on over to the Elks Club (on McKoy Rd) this Saturday (Nov 22nd) for the annual Eastham Turnip Festival. There will be judged dishes (turnips, of course) and other contests. Cook a dish, bring your best photos of Eastham, and just have fun. Bring a few bucks for tee-shirts, arts & crafts, and, of course, for Eastham turnips. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Eastham Library. The festivities start at 1 PM.

My mother wasn't fond of turnips, so I've had them VERY infrequently. I mentioned this to a friend who said she'd provide a recipe that would change my mind. I'll pass it on.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

"Rubber Duckie You're The One" - Eastham Rubber Duck Race

The Eastham Recreation & Beach Department is having a rubber duck race this next Saturday (November 22nd) at the end of First Encounter Beach, on Bee's River. Prizes are turkeys and Thanksgiving pies. It's a buck a duck and they start swimming at 9AM. This should be a lot of fun.

If you'd like to buy a duck (for a buck), call the Rec Department at 508-240-5974 on Tuesday after 9AM. When all the ducks are gone, they're gone. This is a rain or shine event. I'll see you there.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Another Reason to Like Alaska

Alaska has unbelievably beautiful mountains and coastal areas. It has oil reserves beyond what would be necessary to ensure energy independence. And ...

Another reason to like Alaska is what'll happen if the on-going count of votes for the Senate seat turns out to be a dead tie. In Alaska ties are resolved by a coin toss.

Price Reduction at Wellfleet Cottage

The expanded cottage at Brownies has had a super price reduction - to $199,000. Check it out at

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

We Make A Life ......

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. ..... Winston Churchill

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Vacations - A Few Notable Quotes

"On vacations: We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings." -Erma Bombeck

"A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in." -Robert Orben

"A vacation is like love - anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort and remembered with nostalgia" -Anonymous

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Tax Advantages of Owning a Second Home

There is always confusion as to how 'useful' the tax advantages are of owning a second and/or vacation home. I found the following article helpful. Go HERE to read more. The key word may be "active'. If you actively manage the property you can deduct up to $25K per year of losses on your second home against earned income. The IRS guide for Vacation homes is IRS Publication 527. Happy reading!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Yesterday - Blue Rock Golf Course in Yarmouth.

After enduring the long lines at the polls yesterday (9 minutes, unbearable) a friend and I took the time to enjoy the warmer, sunshine-y, day with a round of golf. We played a par-3 course in Yarmouth called Blue Rock. A beautiful day with the leaves in bright colors, a gentle breeze and almost no one else on the course. My score wasn't the best - my pitches and chips did me in.

This course is quite beautiful and fun to play. There are water hazards on 4 holes (3, 9, 10, & 18) and relatively level greens. The price was pretty good too, only $25. Check them out on the web at