New Price! Waterfront Neighborhood with Association Dock on Cape Cod

February 4th, 2017

118 Elgin Road, Pocasset Handy Point Association

The Clay Realty Group is happy to present a price reduction for this spacious contemporary home. Now priced at $659,000, this 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with over 2800 square feet of space is located in the picturesque waterfront neighborhood of Handy Point.  If you, or someone you know, are looking for a large Cape Cod year round or summer home that is updated and move in ready,  then this is the one.

Neighborhood amenities include an association dock, tennis courts and beach. Boaters will appreciate the ease of access to the bay, and the whole family will enjoy walking and biking in this close-knit community.

Spring is only 48 days away!   Come and view this home now, and you will close in time to enjoy the best months of the year!

Check out more details on the home here as well as a drone video of the house and neighborhood.

118 Elgin Road deck

How’s the market? We usually say, “It depends…”

December 29th, 2016

shrimp-picture-for-blogAs a Realtor, I can’t go to a single holiday gathering without being asked the age-old question, “How’s the market?”  Once I finish munching down the first piece of shrimp, I am happy to get involved in the discussion of the current real estate market. After all, at least it’s a subject that I know a lot about, and it doesn’t get me into trouble like some other topics might. My response, “It depends, why do you ask?”

The reason I often have to couch my remarks with “It depends…” is that the market varies according to the price point of the home.  On Cape Cod, waterfront homes are always valuable assets, and few find themselves on the market. These homes are usually priced far higher than the median sales price for the area when they do come on the market, however, which sometimes decreases the number of qualified buyers for them. While beautiful properties, they often stay on the market much longer.

On the other hand, when more affordable homes (those that can be purchased by first-time home buyers or even down-sizing seniors who want no mortgage at all) appear in the multiple listing service, the homes are truly “hot” properties that often get multiple offers within the first two weeks of being listed.

Also, the season of the year can be a major factor in the supply of available homes.  Many sellers do not want to list their homes during the holidays or even in the first few months of  the year because of the winter weather. That being said, it is not surprising that the current inventory of homes in all price ranges is dramatically limited.  (For example, our team likes to have a healthy inventory of 20-25 listings available in different price ranges. Our current December inventory is down to 15).  Everyone comprehends the old rules of supply and demand. We still have buyers looking to buy. Sellers who are willing to list now will find less competition and more demand.

As an example of the changes we have been seeing, below is a chart from the November statistics published by the Cape and Islands MLS for the town of Falmouth. It might give you a snapshot of the market and a year over year outline.  We have similar statistics in all of the Upper Cape towns with which we are most familiar. It doesn’t, however, show the differences and trends in specific price ranges. For that, you might have to catch me at my next party, or better yet, give us a call!




Boomer alert! Looking to downsize, but still want a single family home?

November 22nd, 2016

12 Coonamessett Circle, East Falmouth, MA12 Coonamessett Circle in Lochstead might be the best condo alternative for you!

This pristine ranch is located in the Lochstead community of East Falmouth, an association which features beach and boating on Coonamessett Pond, a community pool, tennis and basketball courts, as well as a waterfront Manor House for community events. Yet the home itself has a lovely open floor plan with a welcoming kitchen with white shaker-style cabinets and granite countertops,  light-filled living and dining rooms, two large bedrooms, a family room, first floor laundry, and almost maintenance-free Anderson windows and sliders. The newer expansive mahogany deck overlooks beautiful private perennial gardens. The home has 2,000 sq. ft. of living space as well as lovely grounds, but it is very low-maintenance for the homeowner. But perhaps the best part?  Your HOA fee covers trash removal, snow removal, maintenance of the pool, tennis courts, walkways, and the Manor House community building.  You will want to check out this beautiful home in this well-maintained and well-financed community setting.  Want more pictures and details?   Check out this  link! 

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For Sale! Arguably the loveliest water view in Bourne!

April 19th, 2016

3 Plow Penny osprey nest

 And the home is pretty special, too!

Not only does this home have a stunning waterfront location, water views from six of its seven rooms, 2,359 square feet of living space, an open floor plan, a large, updated kitchen, first floor laundry,  two master suites, a 2 car garage, and easy on and off-Cape commuting, it has the relaxed vibe of a summer retreat. The screened-in dining porch is both practical and beautiful, and guests are coaxed outside to the wrap-around waterfront deck to take in the gorgeous outdoors from the hot tub or by the firepit.

Start your day with a swim or kayak excursion, walk to the Gray Gables Market for the morning paper and a cup of joe, spend the day at the beach, consider cocktails and/or dinner at The Lobster Trap, and then delight in a summer evening complete with s’mores and more by the fire. Want to see some interior shots of this great home?  Check out 3 Plow Penny Way!

As it happens, this fantastic property of more than 5 acres is available for viewings this Saturday from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Can’t come to the Open House? Call for a private showing. Any of the agents from the Steve Clay Team will be happy to show you around the grounds. Call the office at: 508-563-5800 or Steve Clay’s cell: 413-433-3344.

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Surprise! A New Listing in the Rock Landing Association, Mashpee

January 28th, 2016

by Maxwell Carey, The Steve Clay Team

What an opportunity!

304 Shore Drive, Mashpee

There are certain locations that people are fortunate to live in and where properties rarely become available. The Rock Landing neighborhood of Popponessett in Mashpee is one of these unique locations. Dating back to the beginning of 2010, only 1 property has been for sale, and it sold for $1.7 million. But here’s the good news… another has finally come on the market, and at a much more affordable price point!

304 Shore Drive has been listed for sale at $669,000 and is ready for the next lucky owner. If you are lucky enough to become an owner of  this property, you will own 1 of only 32 homes in the association, giving you access to the private beach just a short stroll down the street. What a  summer retreat — not to mention you are just steps from the Popponessett Marketplace!

Consider taking a drive to Cape Cod to check out this great area that is close to the restaurants, entertainment and shopping at Mashpee Commons as well as some great golf courses and South Cape Beach.  As you drive down the street you’ll notice that most of the homes have been beautifully remodeled. 304 Shore Drive could be a great Cape escape as is, but since it is listed at $669,000, you certainly would have the financial room to update, renovate, or rebuild while still being in line with neighborhood values.

Here are a few more key features of the home: 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 940 square feet, detached garage, and  a very good size lot of just over 13,000 square feet. For more details check out the link in blue  above.

Please call today for a private showing.

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January 4th, 2016

1 Southview Way, East FalmouthView from the balcony 1 Southview-Kitchen with a View

When you see this beautiful four bedroom home with two master suites and a water view from every room, you would think that it would sell quickly.  Well, it actually DID sell…TWICE!  It was under contract twice but has not sold yet.

The first offer was a cash offer that came in the first week it was listed, but the buyers needed a 20 day close that the sellers could not accommodate.

Then came a second cash offer and the discovery that a Conservation Commission Order of Conditions was never closed out when the house was built in 1998. It had not been discovered earlier because the name of the street was different in 1998, and the file was under the old name. Unfortunately, the buyers moved on while the lengthy close-out process was completed, much to the sellers’ chagrin.

SO NOW EVERYTHING IS READY.  All that is needed is a buyer who appreciates fine quality workmanship, upscale finishes, gorgeous water views, a beautiful neighborhood, and a pristine association fresh water beach that is just one house away. To make this happen quickly, the sellers have just reduced the price to $709,000.

Check it out at, and call for an appointment today.

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Do you need a hangar? If you do, great! If you don’t…think again.

October 18th, 2015
Piper Cub heading towards taxiway in Falmouth Airpark

Piper Cub heading towards taxiway in Falmouth Airpark

How fabulous would it be to exit your breezeway and roll on to your taxiway in a few short minutes? If you already own your own plane (or planes), you might just consider 19 Ben Davis Lane, East Falmouth in the Falmouth Airpark your dream home.  This 3,000+ square foot home, situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, has 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths, a luxurious master suite, and an additional 800 square feet of space in the finished attic, which now serves its owners as office space. If you are a pilot, you really should see this home.

But maybe you aren’t a pilot!  Why look at this property?  Well…think about the other uses for the hangar space. Perhaps you are a contractor who would like space for your tools, supplies, and even your truck. Or maybe you are a car buff who would love appropriate space for your antique or high-performance vehicles.  And on Cape Cod, there are many boat-owners who seek winter storage for their cherished seafaring vessels and pay a pretty good price for that space.  A 50 x 40 foot hangar would hold a lot of toys.

If you are now thinking about the possibilities,  then give us a call at 413-433-3344.  We will be happy to arrange a private showing of the home and talk about any other properties that might suit your needs.

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Boomer alert! Act fast to get that waterfront escape.

September 12th, 2015

Looking for a waterfront listing in a waterfront community that has all of the amenities and none of the headaches?   Check out my newest listing at 184 Bayfront Way in East Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod.

The FalmouthPort "Navy" as seen from 184 Bayfront Way

View of association dock, Great Pond and beyond from 184 Bayfront Way

FalmouthPort is a mature condo development with an active homeowner’s association. There is an on-site property manager and staff who handle all of the day to day maintenance around the complex, and a longtime property management company that serves the community well. The trustees and condo owners are proud to report that there has never been a special assessment, and the association has maintained a healthy reserve.

Condo owners in FalmouthPort enjoy the use of the heated swimming pool, 4 tennis courts, activities in the clubhouse, 1.5 miles of hiking trail, and two docks perfect for kayaking and storing dinghies that carry their owners to moorings and off to Vineyard Sound.

What’s so great about #184? This unit is a single floor unit which includes a huge great room with cathedral ceiling and sliding doors to a lovely waterfront deck. The master bedroom includes an ensuite master bedroom, and it, too, includes access to the expansive deck.  This particular condo has been well-loved by its original owner for many years, and it will require some updating, but the location is so special, we think that you will overlook the cosmetic changes you will surely make when you purchase this terrific property. Besides the opportunity for single floor living, there is also lots of additional space available for your family and guests who are sure to arrive to enjoy Cape Cod with you.  The finished lower level features storage and recreation space with a walkout to a patio beneath the deck.

You will want to check this one out!  The first Open House is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 12th and 13th, from 11 am to 3 pm.   Come visit!

Not every home in Sandwich, MA has to be an historical reproduction!

August 18th, 2015

43 Kensington Drive, SandwichLooking for light and lots of it?  Want a beautifully landscaped yard and plenty of room for the whole family? Better yet, want to get a real value for your money in the town of Sandwich?

Then this Contemporary Saltbox with 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths and more than 2400 square feet of living space may just be perfect for you and yours.  The home features a kitchen with center island and tons of cabinets for storage, a formal living room, a separate dining room, a master bedroom with walk-in closet, and an expansive recreation/entertainment space in the lower level.

All this, and it’s just a short drive to schools, shopping, restaurants and the beach.  Click on the picture above and to the left to get all the details and more pictures of this home. Come to the first Open House on Saturday, August 22 from noon until 2 pm.  Can’t wait to see it in person? Make an appointment for a private showing today!

Want to see more homes in this price range so you can compare?  Check out the properties below:

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Boomers’ Market! Vacation now, retire later.

March 29th, 2015

IMG_0020Who Are these Boomers?

What can I say?  If you are a Boomer, than I am YOU!  In fact, I have to admit that I am in that illustrious group that was born right after WWII, so I know that there are thousands of people coming down the pike who are pondering about what to do and where to be in their retirement years.

We have worked for 40 years, raised our families, and have saved for our “golden years.”  Many of us have worked hard to stay as healthy as possible, plan on checking off a few great experiences on our bucket lists, but we are still actively employed. Those of us who are grandparents would like to find a spot to retire that would inspire our families to visit…if not for weeks, at least for several days.

As a Realtor on Cape Cod, I have seen a change in our buyer demographic. Granted there are still many buyers with young families looking to purchase a vacation home near the beach, but more and more I am seeing couples who are closer to retirement age.  They are looking to purchase a property that they can enjoy on weekends, summer vacations, and holidays now, viewing this as their permanent home in their retirement future.  Often this property is smaller than their current family home, as they are thinking that they will want to downsize. Some of these boomers are also thinking about purchasing a “snowbird” retreat in Florida or Arizona if and when Cape Cod winters get to be too long. Others in this demographic are looking to purchase their “dream home” with waterviews, private docks, and plenty of space for family and guests. Of course, my team and  I are very happy to share our local knowledge with any of these buyers.

So Why Now?

These boomers have paid attention to the stock market, the Cape Cod housing market and to mortgage interest rates. They believe that the time is right to invest in real estate, and they have the cash to do so. Some of these potential buyers who still are two-income families can afford to pay for an additional mortgage.  Others (who have paid down the mortgages on their current homes) can afford to pay for their new homes using home equity on their current family homes. Others have savings that they are willing to invest.

In a recent Wall Street Journal article by Anya Martin, she reports on buyers in the upper 1% who are purchasing homes in the Hamptons in New York.  Click here to read more.  Some of these buyers are in need of jumbo loans to finance their retirement homes.  Frankly, there are dangers involved in incurring such debt. And I would be very reluctant to encourage anyone close to retirement to extend beyond their comfort level.

Fortunately, on Cape Cod there are much more affordable options for Boomers of all income levels. With a bit of research and a good Realtor to guide you, you may well find that dream home with a waterview!

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