We are looking for a second home in the Cape.

Asked by Liz, Boston, MA Tue Apr 1, 2008

We like Brewster and East Dennis, to be near bay beaches, but they are a little high priced. I'm seeing a lot of low prices in East Sandwich. Why are they so low? Is the army base there a concern? Are the beaches not good? Thanks for your input.

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Walt Tyo, , Sandwich, MA
Thu Apr 3, 2008
Let's just say that there are a lot of good deals out there right now in Sandwich. Sure, some are bank owned and some are short sales but the majority are decent buys ahd should be investigated. The Army base is not a concern to most buyers. There is an on-going effort to clean up some plumes that can be traced back to the base and this effort is going very well. The future of our water table looks very much more promising. While the cleanup is going on we realtors must inform you of the plume clean-up efforts in the towns of Sandwich, Bourne, Mashpee and Falmouth. You can investigate the issue on your own but we can help point you in the right direction. If you are looking at East Sandwich, let me say that you are about as far away from the cleanup area as possible and still be in Sandwich. While there are a lot of private beaches where housing complexes have been built on the North side of Route 6a, there are also two town beaches, one just outside of the town center (Town Neck) and the other at the far eastern end of East Sandwich (Sandy Neck). Sandy Neck is actually in West Barnstable. The beaches are very nice and welcoming. You should give East Sandwich a try in terms of looking around for a second home. In addition to a very good quality of life we also enjoy the easy access to off cape facilities along the south shore and in Boston itself which is only an hour away. Good luck and happy hunting.
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Marc Norgeot, Agent, Orleans, MA
Fri Jul 25, 2008
Dear LIz... supply and demand seem to be setting the price. This morning in the price range of $250K to $500,000. there were 152 active listings in the local MLS; 37 in Brewster and 115 in Sandwich. If this is a typical ratio, it is little wonder that the prices in Sandwich are lower.
Be mindful of the extra expense of the taxes, but don't let it dicate to you. If other expenses are equal, this annual payment disparity in taxes will eat into the money you save, in short order, but iff you need to be near the canal for commuting or other reasons, Sandwich should remain high on your list.
Opinion: the beaches in Brewster and Dennis are better.
Good luck with your search.
Sincerely, Marc Norgeot, REALTOR, Orleans
Web Reference:  http://MarcOnCape.com
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John, , Chatham, MA
Mon Apr 21, 2008
Good afternoon!

If you like Brewster and East Dennis to be near the Bay, those towns have about the same number of homes for sale in the Cape and Islands Multiple Listing Service (CCI MLS) that have three bedrooms and are offered at/below $350,000 as there are in East Sandwich. On that basis, you might consider working with an agent who can help you find your home in a place you like before you venture into another location. I'd be pleased to work with you in that regard.


John Scott, REALTOR®, ABR
Member - National, Massachusetts, and Cape Cod and Islands Associations of Realtors
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The Real Estate Company at Sylvan
Town Hall Square, 37 Cross St., Chatham, MA 02633
(Cell) 774-722-0269
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Jeanne & Jul…, Agent, Hyannis, MA
Fri Apr 18, 2008
Sandwich beaches are beautiful (as are Dennis and Brewster). Check out http://www.mmr.org to see where the plumes from Otis are going, you'll find that E. Sandwich is far away form them and the majority are heading towards Mashpee and Falmouth anyways. MA state law requires a signed disclosure to be attached to all RE transactions including the 4 abutting towns to OTIS (including Sandwich). My specialty are bank owned properties right now and my website has wonderful values for today's buyer. ww.JeanSOLDMyHouse.com for a FREE search. Hope to hear more from you if I can get more info or help.
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Patricia Shaw, Home Seller, 02492
Wed Apr 16, 2008
Ck out the property on 145 Swamp Road Brewster, a 3 Season Cottage for sale by the owner---ME

Pat & Fred Shaw
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Walt Tyo, , Sandwich, MA
Sat Apr 12, 2008
I would like to take exception to the comments from the last realtor. The tax rates in Sandwich are nothing new or different. Yes the rates are the highest on the cape, however, Sandwich does not have a lot of commercial properties, at present, to support their tax base. The result is that homeowners pay substantially more to support the School System (outstanding) and other town services (also outstanding). Sandwich also provides easy access to the canal and employment opportunities north to Boston while at the same time providing the "feel" of living on the Cape. Finally, the "inventory "of available homes in Sandwich is comparable to all areas of the Cape at this time and should not be assoiciated with the "tax rate".
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Eric Grossman, , Osterville, MA
Fri Apr 11, 2008
Hi There,

The primary reason for low prices in Sandwich is that the tax rate is the highest on Cape Cod. With the current economic conditions, a lot of sellers can't afford the high tax rate and need to sell their homes. As a result, you have a large supply of inventory -simple economics really.

I invite you to view 1000's of homes for sale on my website. You can browse to your hearts content without registering. Good luck in you search
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Liz, Home Buyer, Boston, MA
Thu Apr 3, 2008
Thank you both for your replies. I especially appreciated your reply Walt, it was very specific and detailed. I will keep looking in this area. Thanks again.
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