Blog :: 2013

Ballston Beach Breakthrough

The "Snowquester Storm" has blasted Truro's coastline with strong and sustained winds.  Poor Ballston Beach was already hurting from the last storm that broke through the dune.  Now we're seeing a further deterioration.  People are saying that this has happened before and that past breaches were worse but this sure doesn't look good.



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    New Listing - Already Under Contract

    Demonstrating the robustness of the Provincetown real estate market, we just listed this fantastic home in the far west end of town - and it almost immediately went under contract.

    The home has three bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms and a huge artist's studio.  There's a big garage, a swimming pool and great views.

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    New Provincetown Condo listing - Waterfront Living!

    Every once in a while a property comes on to the market which makes us all here at 3Harbors just say "wow."  This fabulous two bedroom condominium has awesome views and is in tip top shape.  Located in the East End near the School House gallery and Saint Mary's of the Harbor, offering abundant privacy and charm.  You can see the details of the listing here:

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      I Just Bought a House!

      Yesterday, I bought a house in Truro. It needs a ton of work, inside and out. Today, I'm somewhat overwhelmed but still excited. I never thought I would be able to pull it off. When it comes to buying or selling your own place, it's just as hair raising an exercise for a Realtor as it is for anyone else. Fortunately, I had some help.

      When the house first went on the market, my colleagues and I at 3Harbors saw it on an MLS Agents' Tour. Before the door had closed behind us as we left, my colleagues, Gregg Russo and Jim Chudomel, each said, "This is the house for you, Anne."  Even though it was cluttered with old furniture and the Seller's dusty belongings, and even though the kitchen and bathrooms were crying out for help, the house has wonderful light streaming in, good bones, a cozy, gracious feeling and the perfect layout for me.

      Immediately, the fun began.  Jim offered to serve as my Buyer's Agent, the best help I could have. Without him in the middle, I might have taken the tough negotiations too seriously. Ross Sormani at Seamen's Bank helped me work out the loan that included the construction work necessary. Mark Kinnane at Cape Associates worked with me to write up a proposal for the work.

      Today, alone in the empty house as a new home owner, I am on a new adventure. Stay tuned.

      ~Anne Hartman, 3Harbors Realty

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        YAY! Again, congratulations, and we're along on the ride with you, dear.
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          I look forward to seeing the progress!!....I really like the house and miss it already....ENJOY!

          Sometimes you have to leave it to the professionals.

          In real estate we always tell folks that they need a professional to do the job of selling a house.  Of course, we're talking about ourselves!  But it's true, you need someone who knows the ins and outs of the real estate trade to get the job done.  Perhaps more importantly, you need someone who is not as emotionally tied to a property in order to sell it.  Even when an agent is selling their own home we advise on getting another agent to do the showings.  Buyers, after all, want to feel like the home is theirs and not guests when they enter.

          So, we at 3Harbors Realty make it our practice to leave some things to professionals too.  Take photography.  Yes, we know some tricks to the trade and can take some pretty good photos but we usually turn to a professional to do the job.  Our go to photographer, Matt Porter of Emerald Eye Photography does an outstanding job.  Take a look at some of the photos he recently did for us for our listing at 4 Scrimshaw Street in Truro:





          Renting, With Confidence, A Private Home For Your Vacation

          What had started as a 'Mom & Pop' business is now a $22 billion dollar industry according to the North American Press Syndicate. More and more Americans turn to private vacation homes for a kitchen, more space and most importantly, value according to travel industry think tank PhoCusWright.  It's no wonder consumers lament feeling adrift in a 22 billion dollar industry.  Who can you trust if not your dear old Mom and Pop?

          Your vacation is important and with Americans getting less of them, a broken promise of value and comfort is particularly painful.   Too many vacationers lament over using web-based listing service.  These services provide less accountability than a local market does over its community notices board.

          Here's what you need to know:

          1. Don't Doubt, Scout:  Acquire good information about the destination and house. Professionals like, 3Harbors Realty ensure you have updated pictures and accurate descriptions. You can feel good about the home you've chosen.
          2. Know who you are dealing with:  If you book with an owner, verify their credentials and use a secure payment method. Here at 3Harbors Realty we've verified ownership. We maintain accurate accounting and payment methods, confirm availability and administer damage deposits with efficiency and expertise.
          3. Secure Enjoyment:  You can have security during your vacation by working with an established local company who is a stake holder in the success of your vacation. At 3Harbors Realty we are on hand to help ensure your vacation is a good one, we've already started and will be here with you until the end.

          We may not be your Mom and Pop but I bet we are a lot easier to talk to.


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