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A. Lee Hembe…, Home Buyer in 77339

How to Search for Single-Family and/or Multi-Family, Year-round Residences WITH Seasonal Rental Potential.?

Asked by A. Lee Hemberger, 77339 Sun Sep 25, 2011

I'm trying to trying to stay in the mid-cape area, and am looking at single-family homes that have either multiple dwellings on a single lot, or a single dwelling with two, separate entrances in order that I may live there year-round AND make the most of the location by marketing it as a weekly rental in prime season in order to generate supplemental income from my year-round home.

Any suggestions on how I can run a search based on the parameters stated above on Trulia.com? Is there another website or online resource that may be better-adapeted for such a specific search? I can narrow my search for Multi-Family properties such as a Duplex/Triplex, but I'd love to hear any ideas on how I may be able to narrow my results to include properties with multiple, separate dwellings; mother-in-law suites with a separate entrance and kitchenette; Basement-apartments, etc.

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We just set up a very cool user option on our website which lets you set up a custom search and it makes a url link that you can paste into your browser at anytime and see all the properties that meet your criteria. Check it out on our website.


Our web designer has come up with a neat little feature for our site, http://www.oncaperealestate.com.

When you go to any of our search pages you will see a button that says "URL". If you do a search that you would like to revisit, click that button after putting in the search parameters and a url will be created for the specific search as well as automatically being copied to your clipboard. You can then save that link in your "Favorites" bar of your browser and revisit it at anytime to get an updated page of the listings you are interested in.

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We have put a more detailed explanation on our blog.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 13, 2012
Another useful research tool I tend to use more often than most buyers is the county tax assessor or central appraisal district's website (most provide an easy way to search and locate the present tax appraisal for a property), along with the county clerk or records department (most counties, Barnstable included, have upgraded their websites to include viewable copies of recorded real property records and documents). So, when a foreclosure is listed as "address not disclosed/available", sometimes a search for the name of the street provided in the MLS or Trulia listing will list all the properties on that street... then just look for the one that is owned by a trustee or a bank and check out the most recently recorded documents... tons of additional info without a monthly fee.

Of course, a Realtor with experience in the specific area you are considering, along with an experienced and trustworthy inspector are always worth far more than any website or magazine. Let them earn that commission!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 6, 2011
Might be very difficult to do since they dont have an MLS feed. They get there listing information from individual agents who upload to their site. This means limited inventory.

Here is everything on the market in MA:
Web Reference: http://beta.territory.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 6, 2011
I was under the impression that 99% of online listings are sourced via the MLS. Thanks for the insight!

I'm working with a local agent in Harwich who has extensive experience with residential RE on the Cape, particularly the Mid-Cape area. While it's interesting and useful to conduct my own on-line search of properties in the area, I agree that I should communicate my preferences to him and let him earn his commission by bird-dogging suitable properties, run the comp reports and forward all available information to me for review.

Ultimately, I'm not getting paid to locate, research and sell a house to myself. Thanks for the advice!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 2, 2011
I would skip the search engine and go directly to a local realtor. From Texas it is difficult for you to determine what would be a good fit. Just tell an agent t what you are looking for, and they will send you listings based on your criteria. Anyhow, contact someone at Martha Murray. Here is the link to their website:


Be well.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 2, 2011
A. Lee - Although Trulia is a good place to start researching homes that may suit your needs, it is not the best place to search for current properties for sale, as this site "feeds" from others & can water down & report incorrect data. The best way to search for property is directly through the Cape & Islands Multiple Listing Service (MLS). You can do this with no obligation via our site @:
This program allows you to filter properties in a more concise way, getting you the search results you are looking for.
Many buyers find it to be an extremely helpful tool & we hope you do too!

The Marie Souza Team - Top Selling on Cape Cod
Cape Cod Real Estate Services
Phone: 508-790-2000
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 2, 2011
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