This is a fabulous c. 1830 home with five bedrooms near ( 1/10 mile) Corporation Beach in Dennis. Once part of Camp Nobscussett, it has .75 acres of land. The home has two fireplaces, a kitchen, living room, enclosed porch, dining room. and the 5 bedrooms. Just five houses back from the beach. Offered by oldCape Sotheby’s International Realty see www.LisaMorales.com for more information. New Title 5 septic in 2007.
The amazingly warm, ok hot, temps this past week have been extraordinary. The ocean has been so warm, and we’ve been swimming along scooping up sand dollars at Mayflower Beach ( please put back the live ones.) The Village Garden Club of Dennis has planted the various gardens throughout town to beautify our public spaces. It takes the efforts of many volunteers to keep the gardens planted, watered and weeded.
The Boston Globe on Sunday featured a home in Wellfleet along Black Fish Creek. The owner, poet Alan Feldman, spoke about the ways of old houses. “A house should be old enough to have a soul,” he said. He preserved his home’s “escapist novelty,” noting that “We’re always trying to get somewhere in life, and Summer is about getting back. You slip into the same old clothes, take the same walks…It’s a return to cyclical time, as opposed to the linear time in which we live.”
That’s what your Summer home on Cape Cod should be about. Some of us are lucky enough to have endless Summer.
Previously I wrote: “Yesterday while perusing the sales I saw quite a few cash sales, including a $ 1.4 million sale in Orleans.” Today I saw a $ 2.675m cash sale, again in Orleans. Maybe a trend is indeed building. The recent $ 10 million cash sale in East Dennis I would consider an anomoly. I also saw a FHA sale yesterday. It’s been said that FHA is the new subprime, it will make homeownership available to many with as little as 2% down. I remember my first home was purchased with an FHA loan. I believe in homeownership for all qualified people, but hope that people don’t overextend in a whole new way. I don’t believe that there are a spate of million plus cash buyers, but there seems to be an increase in the $ 200-300,000 range. Will you be financing your home purchase or paying cash?
This bucolic scene in West Dennis belies what’s ahead. Do you remember Jerry Lewis yelling “Roll the Numbers!” at the Labor Day telethon? Here are the latest figures from The Warren Group, 6/2/2008.
For Barnstable County as a whole: Number of Sales: April 2007 Single Family: 299, April 2008 Single Family 308, an increase of 3.01%. Year to Date (YTD, or January to April) 2007 Single Family: 1,039, YTD 2008 945, a decrease of -9.05%. CONDOS for this same period: April 2007: 97 sold, April 2008: 72 sold, a decrease of -25.77% while YTD 2007 sold 301, YTD 2008 sold 288, a decrease of only -4.32%. Putting this all together all sales, in numbers, are down YTD —9.25%.
What did this mean for prices? In April 2007 the median price for a single family home was $ $377,000. In April 2008 it was $354,350, a decrease of -6.01% (can you see your equity dissolving?) It gets worse, the YTD figures are $375,000 for 2007 and $347,000 for 2008, a -7.47% loss. The median condo price in April 2007 was $247,000. in April 2008 $256,450, an increase of 3.83%. Bravo! But the YTD figures of $252,500 for 2007 and $249,950 for 2008 show a -1.01% loss. Overall, all sales for April 2007 showed a median price of $355,000 in 2007, and $333,250 in 2008, a -6.13% loss. YTD for 2007 it was a median of $355,000, and for 2008 $330,000, a loss of -7.04%. Whew.
Different communities have suffered or gained in disproportionate ways. Looking just at price changes YTD, Barnstable -10.5%, Bourne -15.27%, Brewster -9.32%, Centerville -6.13%, Chatham -13.13%, Cotuit +2.62%, Dennis -9.59%, Eastham -22.80%, Falmouth -4.04%, Harwich -0.42%, Hyannis -31.75%, Marstons Mills -13.51%, Mashpee +8.53%, Orleans +7.53%, Osterville -17.56%, Provincetown -10.06%, Sandwich -8.16%, Truro -14.89%, Wellfleet +6.10%, Yarmouth -12.25%
I welcome your questions and comments. What do you think the future holds for us here?
This past weekend we visited the Taylor Bray Farm in Yarmouth Port. They had their big Sheep Festival, with herding by dogs, hayrides, spinning, and more. It’s a great family event in a beautiful spot. We visit often (and are supporting members) to see the animals including Highland cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, and miniature donkeys. In the summer you can pick your own blueberries. In the Fall there is a Harvest Festival and a big pumpkin patch. If you just stick to Route 6A (or gasp! Route 6) you will miss these terrific Cape Cod cultural events. Get off the main drag, taste some honey fresh from the hive, wear a sweater right off the lamb, and experience the countryside by the sea.