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Is the Urban Exodus Continuing?

Will We See a Surge of Homebuyers Moving to the Suburbs? | MyKCM

The Boston Globe reported last week that many businesses are now telling employees that they won’t be returning to their offices until after January 1.

As remote work continues and many weigh the risks of living in densely populated areas, will the initial trend of urban dwellers looking for more open spaces like Cape Cod continue?

The answer appears to be “yes.”

According to recent data from Zillow, there is a current surge in urban high-end listings in some larger metro areas. The month-over-month increase in these homes going on the market indicates more urban homeowners may be ready to make a move out of the city, particularly at the upper end of the market 

Why are people starting to move out of larger cities?

A July survey from HomeLight lists the top reasons why people are moving today:

  1. More interior space
  2. Desire to own
  3. Move from city to suburbs
  4. More outdoor space

More space, proximity to fewer people, and a desire to own at a more affordable price point describes Cape Cod.

This may be a prime time for you to realize a solid return on your investment in your home. If you’d like to discuss your options, please connect with us at 508-568-8191 or msennott@todayrealestate.com. We can meet at a safe distance or via technology.

With businesses discovering new and innovative ways to function remotely, as well as cut operating expenses, this shift has the potential to stick. The smart investor won’t miss out on the opportunity.


Mari’s Facebook group, Cape Cod Dining at Home (and anywhere else), has caught the attention of industry consultant Beth Incorvarti. In a recent newsletter she wrote:

Mari Sennott started the Cape Cod Dining at Home Facebook group and now has almost 2600 members! There’s real engagement, real value, and a real sense of community here. Give the people what they want – and they want FOOD! Mari is building a huge following and this is certain to be reflected in her business. Bravo!”

With members from across the country, participants share pictures of their culinary creations and recipes. A weekly contest determines the cover photo for the group page. There are also frequent competitions sponsored and judged by Cape Cod restaurants for specific types of cooking — BBQ, Italian, summertime drink, etc.

Winners receive a gift certificate to the establishment that’s sponsoring that week and the possibility that their recipe will be featured on the menu. (Out of state winners receive a gift card to be used at the restaurant of their choice.)

We’re also planning on producing a cookbook to be available in time for the holidays. Proceeds will benefit local non-profits.

Please consider joining. It’s fun and a great way to learn about new culinary creations. Thanks.

Stay healthy. Stay optimistic.

Mari and Hank

Working at home on the Cape

We all know people who have been waiting for the right time to move to Cape Cod. Quite often the decision is linked to getting closer to retirement or a job change that results in a less taxing commute.

In the months leading up to the quarantine, we helped several clients purchase houses that were to be used as second homes in the short term and for retirement in the future.

Now with government leaders urging companies to continue work at home policies and a number of industries learning that employees can effectively function remotely, a major stumbling block that has kept many people from moving to the Cape permanently has been removed.

Couple this development with a suggestion from housing industry experts that city dwellers, particularly those who were confined to high rises during the quarantine, will be looking for safe getaways and the Cape housing market is potentially in a very strong position for the rest of this year and 2021.

It’s hard to find a silver lining after all we’ve been through, but property owners on the Cape, who have been thinking of making a change, may emerge from this crisis with an increased demand for their homes.

Statistics are indicating that we have begun to turn the corner nationally and locally on the housing market slow down.

The next graphic, which tracks home showings as recorded by ShowingTime, the real estate industry’s leading showing management and market stats technology provider, illustrates that earlier this month activity rebounded to January levels.


Even better news is that at the end of April, total closed sales on Cape are down only 2.2% this year over the last year (1,070 vs. 1,046).

The median sales price of single family homes last month was up over $17,000.00 when compared with a year ago. Year to date, median prices for single family homes are up 4.2% when comparing this year and last! ($420,000.00 vs. $437,500.00)

So, in the midst of everything that’s been going on, the real estate market on Cape has remained active and strong.

These results should be a call to action, especially for sellers, who have been hesitating to market their homes.

If you’re still debating whether the time is right for you to upsize, downsize or finally own your first home, we’d be happy to meet with you virtually or at a safe distance to review your options and share the currrent statistics and trends. Please contact us at 508-568-8191 or msennott@todayrealestate.com. Thanks.

Signs like this one have been popping up in our hometown and elsewhere congratulating the Class of 2020.

Whether pre-school, high school or college, this year’s graduates will have a special place in history as the group that persevered in the face of unexpected challenges.

Congratulations to everyone.

Stay healthy; stay optimistic…

Mari and Hank

Where’s your home office?

Where are you working at home?

For those of us who have jobs that allow us to work remotely, the swift decision to move to online operations was relatively easy to implement. Many of us have designated spaces in our homes that we use as offices. It could be an actual room; a desk in the extra bedroom, or an area in our basement.

For those who suddenly found themselves working remotely for the first time, the transition may have been more problematic.  Home computers or laptops may not be as powerful as the one on the desk in work. The “home office” might be the kitchen or dining room table shared with children doing school work.

The number of people working at home has grown dramatically since 2004.

Why Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than Ever | Keeping Current Matters

This increase – coupled with our coronavirus experience – has prompted realtor.com to suggest that:

“For housing, the continued increase in the share of remote workers implies that demand for homes with offices or dedicated work spaces will continue to increase. The current coronavirus pandemic offers a dramatic indication of the fact that companies and employees will have to develop plans and clearer policies for remote work beyond the current crisis.”

Some key elements of a home office include bright natural light with large window; built-in bookshelves, or a quiet and secluded area. If your home does not have a space appropriate for a home office, you might consider creating something for yourself now and as a selling point to potential buyers when you decide it’s time to market your house.

Remote work may become more widely accepted as this current crisis teaches businesses about what it takes to function virtually. We know of one local company that has already decided to issue new hires a laptop and other equipment so they can work remotely.

So, what seems like a business challenge today may be more of the norm tomorrow. With that in mind, if you have a home office, your house may be more desirable to buyers than you think.

As you know, we dedicate a portion of the proceeds from each of our closings to a non-profit organization.  From our closing last week, we decided to provide Saturday night dinner for the members of the Sandwich Fire and Police Departments.  With the virus, these men and women are putting their health on the line every time they respond to a call that requires them to enter someone’s home.

Thanks to JD’s Burger Company in Sandwich, one of our favorite take out places, for cooking up a great meal. Please support them and all the restaurants that are staying open. Their employees need jobs to return to when we get back to normal life.

We’re working at home and remain available to answer any questions you may have about the housing market now and where we may be headed over the next few months. Please contact us at 508-568-8191 or msennott@todayrealestate.com. Thanks…

Stay healthy; stay optimistic…

Mari and Hank

Website: www.makeyourmovewithmari.com