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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Calling all sellers! Cape Cod inventory is low, and buyers are looking now.

March 11th, 2015

13 East Road, Mashpee

So maybe you think that forging through snowdrifts to tour vacation homes is daft, but let me assure you…the spring buyers on Cape Cod are hearty souls who long for the sun, the beach, parties on their boats (moored or docked at association or private docks), and golf with a neighborhood foursome. Somehow these buyers have decided to put this endless winter behind them and run headlong towards better weather.  These buyers are looking now and they have a few good reasons to do so:

  • Mortgage rates remain quite low, but many indicators point towards a change in the second half of the year.
  • Home prices in the second home market have not rebounded as quickly as in some other markets, so there are still bargains to be found.
  • Many of these buyers are “boomers” who may not be retiring as yet, but are looking to purchase a home now that can be used as a second home until it becomes their primary residence in retirement.

So what’s the hold up?

Many owners (who are really planning to sell this spring) are reluctant to place their homes on the market until their flowers are blooming, their lawns are pristine, and their patios are engagingly replete with lawn furniture and gas grills.   In the meantime, buyers are busily scouring real estate websites to preview homes in their desired locations in various price ranges. And guess what?  The homes they are searching for are not there.

These buyers want to buy now so that after securing their mortgages they can be reasonably assured of a closing by Memorial Day. Sellers who put their homes on the market now will have the advantage of less competition.  As long as they price their home correctly, these happy sellers will be on their way to their next destination and firing up their own gas grills in time for summer.

13 East Road spring

 Looking to sell? Call The Steve Clay Team today!                                        413-433-3344

Ask about our 8-point Plan to get your home sold.  Our buyers will so appreciate it.  (We’re sure they can use their imaginations to picture your home in its best light).


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If you lived here, you’d be shoveled out by now. Think condo!

January 27th, 2015

condo in snowOf course there is something romantic about the first big snowfall…at least until you suit up in your thermals and parka with your shovel, snowblower and snowmelt.  For those of you who are already worn-out from the work (remember it’s only January) and don’t have a snowbird’s sanctuary in the South, maybe it’s time to think about condo living!

Granted condo living is not for everyone.  There are lots of factors to think about before choosing a condo over a single family home.  In fact, I have a list you can check out at our all-condo website: Click here for some points to ponder:

However, if you think that condo fees are a small price to pay for the amenities (like pool, clubhouse, deep water access docks, tennis courts, trash pickup and snow removal), then perhaps it’s time for you to check out the local options.

CLICK HERE to search for some great options in the Upper Cape Cod market. There are many with first floor master bedrooms and laundry facilities, and even others that have waterviews and/or include a garage.  You can’t buy the one pictured above, because that’s mine…and I admit that I enjoy watching the plows and landscape workers from the warmth of my cozy fireplaced den with a beverage by my side.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR THE STEVE CLAY TEAM’S FEATURED CONDOS.  Maybe you’ll find your own dream escape.

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Snow or No Snow… The Spring Market Starts Now

January 20th, 2015

“Although New England’s coldest season put a chill on the housing market, there are several advantages to striking while the iron is, well, not hot.”

-Carley D. Thornell, Globe Correspondent

Seller needed to sell NOWThink cozy and warm.

What says “home” better than a crackling fireplace (if you have one) after your potential buyer walks up your well-lit and well-shoveled/de-iced walkway to an interior with lovely lighting, welcoming background music, and soft, comfy pillows and  throws?  The waterfront condo pictured in the photo to the right sold at the first Open House on a very brisk November day.

Motivated Buyers.

Magic?  No. Besides the fact that the home was well-prepared and well-priced and has a lovely view of the water, the buyers were ready to buy.  Any Cape Cod REALTOR will tell you, house-hunters who are looking in the winter are some of the best clients. Anyone schlepping  in and out of homes through the slush and winter winds is a motivated buyer.  Often the buyers seeking homes now are motivated by the need to move soon, either because their own home has sold, they have had a job change, or they have family issues that require an immediate re-location.  And if you are listing your home during the winter months, you will find that your home has less competition.  If you wait until spring, your home may be one of several options in the buyer’s price range. People may take more time putting in an offer. When inventory is low, your home will stand out.

Buyers who are house-hunting in the colder months  also have advantages. It is pretty easy to tell (even before the home inspection) whether the home’s heating system, windows and insulation are up to speed. Also, agents typically have more available time in the winter months, so both listing agents and buyer agents may be more flexible in showings that meet your schedule.  And any seller whose home has been on the market for awhile with few recent showings may be ready to negotiate when it comes to price.

Mortgage Rates Are Incredibly Low Right Now.

Mortgage professionals are eager to get your buyers approved.  The current rates are great, and there are programs that are reducing PMI for people who are putting less than 20% down. Chances are there are more potential buyers for your home than ever before… buyers want to make sure that their monthly payment is affordable, and the combination of a lower interest rate with a lower down payment can help to get that done.

If you want to learn more about the current mortgage opportunities, check out this link from Money:  FHA to lower cost of mortgage insurance.

Cape Cod Buyers Return Early To Be Settled by Memorial Day.

Cape Cod’s “spring market” starts earlier than in some other parts of the country.  Your home may be the perfect second home (beach house) for families, the perfect “near-to-retirement home” for baby-boomers who are looking to buy now before they actually retire and use their dream property on weekends and vacations before they make it their permanent home, or it may be the “dream home” on the water (perhaps with a dock?) that will lure buyers out of their winter nests in the drearier months when they are yearning for the warmth of summer.

These buyers have already started making forays to the Cape on the weekends, and the available inventory is quite low. Depending on the price you set for your home, if  your home is on the market now, your home may be the only home they see!

Want to get your home in front of these buyers?  Get a jump on the competition, and call us today! We can help you to determine the current market value of your home, make recommendations about possible easy-fixes to make your home look its best, and then help you to stage it appropriately.

Let’s get your home sold now, so you can enjoy the summer, too!

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