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A Holiday Visit to the Sandwich Food Pantry

We visited the Sandwich Food Pantry this past Friday to talk with Executive Director, Gigi Ridley. What we learned about what food pantries need this time of year (and really anytime) may be surprising.

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch the video.

The Sandwich Food Pantry is a totally volunteer organization. Their goal is to help residents through difficult times by providing supplemental food, advice and directions to further sources of assistance.

For more information, here’s a link to their website at http://sandwichfoodpantry.org/

Please consider supporting them this holiday season, or any non-profit that is close to your heart. These days none of us know when we might need their help. Thanks.

Happy holidays to all our blog readers. We hope that you have found what we shared this year to be helpful. We will continue in 2022 to provide you with the best and most accurate information available in order to assist you in deciding whether to buy or sell your property.

We won’t be posting next week as we will be spending time with our granddaughter.

So, Happy New Year!

Best regards,

Mari and Hank


Lessons Learned from a Thanksgiving Open House

We hosted an Open House this past Friday at a cute, three bedroom, one bath home in Yarmouth with central AC, a new interior paint job and beach rights. It was appropriately priced in the below $300,000 range.

When we arrived shortly before the 12:30pm start, there were potential buyers already lined up. And they didn’t stop coming. By 2:30pm, when the Open House ended, more than 35 separate groups had toured the home.

By Saturday’s 7:00pm deadline, we had multiple offers, Not surprising, the one that was accepted was for over asking price.

For sellers, who continue to sit on the sidelines, the lesson is clear. What are you waiting for? Our experience Friday was no different than many of our colleagues at their Open Houses. In fact, Mari accompanied a client to an Open House yesterday where there was another large crowd.

Buyers are active, interested, pre-approved, and in many cases aggressive. As Jeff Tucker from Zillow notes below waiting to sell is a potential money loser.

For buyers, the lesson is not to be discouraged.

Recent data from the National Association of Realtors indicates that 62% of buyers now spend 3 months or more looking for a home, an increase from 58% one year ago. A primary cause for the delay is the heavy competition today’s buyers face when making an offer on a home. The average house in today’s market receives 3.4 offers before it’s sold. This means for every buyer who purchases a home, two or three buyers have to begin their search all over again.

Experts anticipate home prices will continue to increase into 2021, and the incredibly low interest rates we’ve seen this year are also forecasted to rise as the economy strengthens. Potential homebuyers, who decide to hold off on their search until there’s less competition, run the risk of finding a more expensive housing market when they start looking again. If affordability is a key motivator behind your decision to buy a home, this winter is still the best time to make it happen.

The most important lesson from the current real estate market is that whether you’re thinking about buying or selling, playing the waiting game is a losing proposition.

Helping our clients make the best decisions has been our full time job for 21 years, not a part time hobby. If you’re ready to review your options, please contact us at 508-568-8191 or msennott@todayrealestate.com. Talk soon…


Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, an opportunity for us to support our non-profits that are playing an even larger role than usual in supporting our community.

Local food pantries have been especially challenged as people, who never needed help before, have turned to them to put food on the table. We’re regular donors to the Sandwich Food Pantry. We also support the Cape and Island United Way, where Mari chairs a grant review committee.

These organizations — and so many others across the Cape — continue to need our help as we head into the holidays and a predicted spike in virus cases.

Tomorrow, please consider supporting any non-profit that is close to your heart. They help many more of your friends and neighbors than you realize. Thanks.

Stay healthy. Stay optimistic.

Mari and Hank

Committed To Our Community

New kiosk at CVS on Quaker Meetinghouse Rd in Sandwich

We’ve lived on Cape Cod for 26 years. We moved here when our daughter was three. She’s 29 now. It’s been a lifetime.

We’ve always believed in the importance of playing a positive part in our community.

For a decade, Hank was involved in Sandwich Town government. He chaired the Finance Committee for two years; served a term a term on the Board of Selectmen, and headed the committee that wrote the Town’s first charter.

We’ve both volunteered for various organizations over the years. Mari is now the Chair of the Health Grant Review Committee for the Cape and the Islands United Way. She’s also a member of the Board of Directors of the Cape Cod and Islands Association of Realtors.

We donate $200.00 from each our closings to non-profits suggested by our clients. So, we’re excited to tell you that as a result of all our recent closings, we’ve been able to support to the Sandwich Food Pantry, Cape and Islands United Way, Boston Children’s Hospital, A Baby Center in Hyannis, and Angel Babies of Massachusetts. A special thanks to our clients, who helped make these possible. Please consider supporting these important organizations, as well.

The newest example of our commitment to the community is a kiosk in the CVS at Quaker Meeting House Road in Sandwich that distributes sanitizing sheets. Especially at public places like a pharmacy, it’s important to have resources available to wipe your hands, carts, etc.

We also have our own “brand” of hand sanitizer that we’ve been distributing to clients and at open houses since April.

In the overall scheme of things, small gestures. But as realtors and residents, it’s our contribution to making Sandwich and Cape Cod a great place to live.

The numbers show that the housing market is making an historic rebound as we attempt to emerge from the virus crisis.

Across the country, pending home sales increased by 44.3% in May, registering the highest month-over-month gain in the index since the National Association of Realtors (NAR) started tracking this metric in January 2001.

So, what exactly are pending home sales index? According to the National Association of Realtors:

“A leading indicator of housing activity, measures housing contract activity, and is based on signed real estate contracts for existing single-family homes, condos, and co-ops. Because a home goes under contract a month or two before it is sold, the Pending Home Sales Index generally leads Existing-Home Sales by a month or two.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic and a shutdown of the economy, there was a steep two-month decline in the number of houses that went into contract. In May, however, that number increased dramatically nationally, as the graph below shows. This jump means buyers are back in the market and purchasing homes right now, according to NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

Here on Cape, pending sales are lagging behind national statistics, but appear to be on the rebound.

As we move through the year, experts say we should see an increase in the number of houses being built. This will address a small portion of the inventory deficit. The lack of overall inventory here on Cape, as well as in many other places across the country, is creating an opportunity for homeowners, who are ready to make a move.

If you decided not to sell this spring because of the virus, maybe it’s time to get in the market, while buyers are still actively looking for homes.

Let’s connect today to discuss your best move forward. We can meet virtually or at a safe distance. Please contact us at 508-568-8191 or msennott@todayrealestate.com. Thanks.

Stay healthy. Stay optimistic.

Mari and Hank