Real Estate Tips
One of the sure signs of spring on the Outer Cape is town meeting. The three Outer Cape towns, Truro, Provincetown and Wellfleet (each of which has one of the harbors from which make up the 3 Harbors name) retain the traditional New England form of town meeting, where residents vote directly on articles covering town budgets, zoning regulations and planning policies. Provincetown usually goes first and town meetings there tend to be spirited multi-evening affairs where passions can run high. Truro and Wellfleet meetings, which can also be enlived by spirited debate, usually only last one night.
The Truro meeting this year featured an article to replace the existing by-law, which restricts occupancy of most condominiums to nine months of the year, with a by-law allowing condo associations to apply for year-round occupancy permits. Proponents of the change argued that allowing year-round occupancy would increase housing options for those looking to buy and live in something more affordable than a single family house. Opponents worried about potentially greater demand for Town services and more intense use of our fragile water system. The proposed by-law was defeated so, as before, most Truro condos have to be closed for the winter.
Another sure sign of Spring is that the boards have come off the windows of cottages, houses and business all over town. Provincetown, especially, is full of the sound of nail guns and construction crews completing Springtime renovations and repairs after the ravages of winter. Additionally, phones are ringing in real estate offices all over the Outer Cape as the better weather is bringing out a rush of buyers who want to see properties that just a few weeks ago were still covered in snow!
Some of our newer listings at 3 Harbors which are getting quite a bit of attention include:
and 1 Nelson
60 Old Bay Road
34 Commercial Street
Come on out and see these before they get snapped up! Both the weather and the real estate market are definitely heating up! Here's to an excellent spring time and an even more pheonomenal summer!!!
Buying a house in Truro, Wellfleet or Provincetown is usually driven by a very different set of motivators than traditional real estate purchases so some of the following just doesn't aply but there's a lot of good information in this Trulia article: 5 Negotiation Need to Knows.