Cape Cod Real Estate

Sotheby's International Realty Launches New Website!

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We are pleased to announce the launch of the newly redesigned Sotheby's International Realty SIR.COM, which was built to showcase the network’s listings in an immersive and visual way that is unique to the industry.

“The new sir.com was created to tell the story of a home in a more editorial way, not the commoditized approach that can often be found in our industry,” said Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “We believe the art of marketing a home is based on showcasing its soul, so every aspect of the new site works toward this goal.”

The design changes include an increased focus on full-screen, high-definition video throughout the site, from the homepage to property detail pages, to allow for a more immersive consumer experience.  High-resolution photography also plays a more prominent role.  The property detail pages feature: slideshows that tell a home’s story via the captions, custom video, location overviews that provide insight into the local area via video and text, and a seller or expert quote that offers a personal view of the property.  

Consumers still can search for a home based on lifestyle and amenity but now have the ability to sort their results by various home features including pools, kitchens and views, and compare visual images of that feature among their search results. 

“At the foundation of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is our focus on lifestyle,” said John Passerini, vice president of interactive marketing for the brand.  “Our lifestyle search is more visual, and our focus on video and photography allows our affiliates to showcase the various lifestyles a home offers that cannot be properly articulated in words only.  Our fully responsive site works on any mobile device and allows our network members to do what we believe they do best: uniquely showcase extraordinary homes around the world anytime, anywhere and in any language.”

“We are proud to be part of the Sotheby’s International Realty network and believe consumers worldwide will benefit from the groundbreaking features of the new brand website,” said Emily Flax, Broker and co-owner of Atlantic Bay Sotheby's International Realty. “The homes Atlantic Bay Sotheby’s International Realty represents in Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet are unique, and the new sir.com allows us to showcase the heart of what makes them so special.”

Atlantic Bay Sotheby’s International Realty in Provincetown, MA, offers exclusive Sotheby’s International Realty marketing, advertising and referral services designed to attract well-qualified buyers to the firm’s property listings. In addition, the firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house, which promotes real estate referral opportunities with auction house clientele.

As a Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate, the firm also has the unique ability to refer its real estate clientele to the auction house for jewelry, art, unique furniture and collectible appraisal services. Property listings from Atlantic Bay Sotheby’s International Realty also are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website, as well as on the firm’s local website, www.atlanticbaysir.com.

Atlantic Bay Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 168 Commercial Street, Provincetown.  For additional information, please contact 508-498-2430. The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 16,500 sales associates located in approximately 760 offices in 60 countries and territories worldwide.    Each office is independently owned and operated.

Sotheby's International Realty Brand Introduces Luxury Website for Waterfront Market Segment

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Once again, we proudly distinguish ourselves from our competition by offering our seller clients a new website for marketing their waterfront property to an international audience of the world's most qualified buyers.  Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC announced the launch last week of a Waterfront specialty market website, the second in a planned series of branded websites for specialty markets.

The specialized website, which can be found at waterfrontpropertysir.com, matches the look and feel of the brand's website, sothebysrealty.com, and provides detailed Waterfront lifestyle and listing information and resources. The website enables buyers and sellers to search for the finest properties in this segment and the sales professionals who represent them. It covers a full spectrum of lifestyle types and properties including: ocean and beach, riverfront, lakefront, island and boating. This site was launched with more than $13 billion of waterfront property listings worldwide. The website will also highlight notable sales in this segment.

"The Waterfront segment offers some of the most striking photography, making it a natural choice for a specialty market website," said Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC. "Waterfront is far and away the most searched lifestyle on sothebysrealty.com, so there is a great consumer fascination with this market. We will continue to enhance this specialty market website by adding custom content on waterfront living based on the body of water. For example, the site will convey what it is like living on an island in the Bahamas versus living on a lakefront in Italy or Minnesota."

In addition to searching for waterfront properties on this new site, our buyers can easily search for property on the outer Cape through our website, atlanticbaysir.com.  You'll find one-click links that will quickly do the searching for you, for example Provincetown Single Family homes, Provincetown Condos, Truro Single Family homes, B&B's and Inns for sale and many others.

The Sotheby's International Realty network currently has more than 12,000 sales associates located in approximately 625 offices in 44 countries and territories worldwide.

About Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC 

Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby's International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. In February 2004, Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services, entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby's, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby's International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system by Realogy's subsidiary, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby's auction house, established in 1744.

Sales volume surges on the outer Cape! A look at the first two quarters...

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Sales are up over last year in all three Outer Cape towns for the first two quarters of this year.    We can attribute this to high inventory, record-low interest rates and a general sense that the bottom of the market is creeping into our rear view mirror.  Also pushing buyers with cash into the real estate market is a volatile stock market.  All of these factors have combined to push sales volume up 36% in Provincetown, 102% in Truro, and 26% in Wellfleet.

Truro and Wellfleet saw their biggest surge in the sales of single family homes, where Provincetown surged in the sale of single family homes and condominiums.  Median sale prices also climbed in Provincetown and Truro for residential properties.  Wellfleet traditionally lags the other two markets, as is evident by its statistics.

 

Provincetown

Sales Volume

# of properties sold

Average DOM for SF & Condos

2012 (Jan 1-June 30)

$51,269,400

103

196

2011 (Jan 1-June 30)

$37,759,350

78

212

Highs and Lows

There have been 5 single families over $1M to sell so far this year, as compared with only 3 during the first 6 months of last year.  The highest priced sale YTD was a 4BR/3BA waterfront home with 2647 SF for $1,800,000 in Provincetown's far East End.   The buyer was represented by Atlantic Bay Sotheby's International Realty.

The lowest priced property to sell this year was a bank owned 2BR condominium for $141,000.    Last year's lowest priced condominium sold for $91,500.

 

Truro

Sales Volume

# of properties sold

Average DOM for SF & Condos

2012 (Jan 1-June 30)

$29,578,180

47

252

2011 (Jan 1-June 30)

$14,641,878

33

393

Highs and Lows

There have been 3 single families over $1M to sell so far this year, as compared with only 1 during the first 6 months of last year.  The highest priced sale YTD was a 4BR/4.5BA bay front home with 4786 SF for $2,750,000.

The lowest priced property to sell this year was free-standing seasonal cottage at Salt Air condominiums for $110,000.    Last year's lowest priced condominium was a connected cottage for $66,000.

 

Wellfleet

Sales Volume

# of properties sold

Average DOM for SF & Condos

2012 (Jan 1-June 30)

$20,040,900

41

297

2011 (Jan 1-June 30)

$15,957,286

32

214

 Highs and Lows

There has been only 1 single family home over $1M to sell so far this year, as compared with 2 during the first 6 months of last year.  The highest priced sale YTD was a 3BR/2BA bay front home with 3000 SF for $1,150,000.

The lowest priced property to sell this year was free-standing seasonal cottage at Pilgrim Acres condominiums for $187,500.    Last year's lowest priced condominium was a cottage for $97,500.

 

Provincetown Condominium Donated to the Humane Society

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Check out this article about a condominium we have listed in Provincetown that was donated to The Humane Society of the United States.  The proceeds from this sale will go toward farm animal advocacy.

DETAILS AND PHOTOS OF 293 COMMERCIAL STREET, PROVINCETOWN

The perfect in town pied-a-terre! This is a bright and sunny 2nd floor studio unit, located in the heart of Provincetown's downtown district, just steps from the pier. Windows facing south and west offer great light and sweet water views. Located in a mixed-use condominium consisting of 12 commercial spaces and 9 residential. Weekly rentals and pets for owners okay (limit 2 pets). The unit is offered fully furnished and equipped.

LISTED AT $215,000

 

 

 

2011 Year In Review Provincetown Sales

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The year-end numbers are in!

Our data comes from the Multiple Listing Service and does not reflect private sales.  However; in this market, the vast majority of sales are MLS sales.

There were 169 properties sold in Provincetown in 2011 with a total sales volume of $84,080,775.

By comparison, there were 172 properties sold in Provincetown in 2010 with a total sales volume of $92,695,116

and 144 properties sold in Provincetown in 2009 with a total sales volume of $67,930,378.*

*Sales figures exclude timeshare properties.

 

Table 1:  Number of Properties sold with Average Sale prices.

2011# Properties Sold/Average Price 2010# Properties Sold/Average Price 2009# Properties Sold/Average Price
Single Family 31 / $753,821 23 / $1,086,804 25 / $718,284
Income/Multi Family 15 / $704,898 8 / $719,563 8 /  $662,301
Lots and Land 4 / $425,000 6 / $257,167 2 / $235,000
Comm/Indust/Bus 3 / $1,015,000 5 / $415,500 5 / $316,750
Condominium 113 / $376,392 124 / $395,094 104 / $412,864
Hotel/Motel 3 /$953,833 6 / $1,555,000 0 / 0
TOTAL 169 Properties Sold 172 Properties Sold 144 Properties Sold

 

Table 2:  Average Days on Market of Sold Properties

2011 2010 2009
Single Family 220 287 279
Income/Multi Family 310 186 115
Lots and Land 444 498 719
Comm/Indust/Bus 202 343 218
Condominium 234 249 213
Hotel/Motel 231 550 -----

 

Table 3: Percentage of Sale Price to List Price

2011 2010 2009
Single Family 91.60% 90.66% 90%
Income/Multi Family 91.06% 91.9% 87%
Lots and Land 92.77% 66.77% 62%
Comm/Indust/Bus 78.26% 88.7% 76%
Condominium 94.08% 92.61% 93%
Hotel/Motel 90.86% 87.01% -----

 

Activity Summary

2011's market summary shows a stable, relatively flat market. Sales volume was down slightly over last year, but the good news, is that the average days on the market was less in almost every category. This tells us that asking prices are more in line with market value and the buyers are responding positively. The percentage of sale to list price also edged up a bit in 2011 further reflecting a slightly improving market.

From our perspective, we saw some old inventory get absorbed, after years on the market.  We also saw the return of many buyers to the market after years of waiting on the sidelines. The selling season was steady throughout last year, save for a 2 month lull after the volatile stock market activity in August.  The year also distinguished itself by showing an increase in the number of cash sales over previous years.

 

Highs and Lows

The lowest priced residential condominium to sell last year was a year-round studio near Beach Point at 962 Commercial Street, Unit #6. The unit has 195 SF and sold for $91,500.

The highest priced residential condominium was a free-standing, three bedroom, waterfront townhouse at 523 Commercial Street, Unit #1. The unit has 2,237 SF , was in need of updating, and sold for $926,500.

The lowest priced single family residence to sell last year was a three bedroom house at 3 Webster Place that needed a complete rehab and did not have parking. It has 1,322 SF and sold for $278,000.

The highest priced sale of a residence was at 5 Harbour Drive, in Provincetown's East End at the luxury subdivision of Bay Harbour.  This is a spectacular and brand new three bedroom, five bath, bay-front home. The 2850 SF home sits on almost an acre of land,  includes an in ground swimming pool and it sold for $2,950,000.  Atlantic Bay Sotheby's International Realty proudly represented the buyers.

 

 

 

Provincetown 2009 Year End Sales Activity

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The year-end numbers are in!  We will review the final sales figures for Provincetown from MLS along with a comparative analysis of this year in relation to the prior two years.

Our data comes from the Multiple Listing Service and does not include private sales.  The vast majority of sales that occur in this market are MLS sales.

There were 144 properties sold in Provincetown in 2009 with a total sales volume of $67,930,378.

There were 151 properties sold in Provincetown in 2008 with a total sales volume of $88,098,251.*

There were 165 properties sold in Provincetown in 2007 with a total sales volume of $85,902,800.

* Sales figures exclude timeshare properties.

Table 1:  Number of Properties sold with Median Sale prices.

The median reflects the sales price that is exactly in the middle of all the figures for that category.  For example, if 26 properties sold, 13 were priced above the median, and 13 were priced below the median.

2009

# Properties Sold/Median Price

2008

# Properties Sold/Median Price

2007

# Properties Sold/Median Price

Single Family

25/$590,000

31 / $694,000

26 / $682,500

Income/Multi Family

8/$527,000

8 /  $925,000

9 / $1,000,000

Lots and Land

2/$235,000

2 / $387,500

1 / $525,000

Comm/Indust/Bus

5 / $265,000

3 / $720,000

7 / $500,000

Condominium

104/$371,500

105 / $340,000

122 / $386,000

Hotel/Motel

0/0

2 / $3,525,000

0 /  0

TOTAL

144 Properties Sold

151 Properties Sold

165 Properties Sold

Table 2:  Average Days on Market of Sold Properties

2009

2008

2007

Single Family

279

292

222

Income/Multi Family

115

362

336

Lots and Land

719

462

113

Comm/Indust/Bus

218

374

192

Condominium

213

155

167

Hotel/Motel

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65

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Table 3: Percentage of Sale Price to List Price

2009

2008

2007

Single Family

90%

83%

93%

Income/Multi Family

87%

84%

91%

Lots and Land

62%

89%

84%

Comm/Indust/Bus

76%

86%

88%

Condominium

93%

94%

94%

Hotel/Motel

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78%

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Activity Summary

During the first part of 2009, sales activity was extremely slow.  Following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and all the government bailout activity last fall, the real estate market in Provincetown was at a virtual standstill for early months of the year.  Sometime in June, however, the market came alive again, and sales activity ramped up and continued steadily until the end of the year.  83% of this year's sales occurred after June 1.

Highs and Lows

The lowest priced residential property to sell this year was a studio condominium 54 Bradford Street #2-3 at the Shank Painter Sails Condominiums in the center of town.  The unit has 280 SF and sold for $137,000.

The highest priced property to sell was a single family home at 9 Oppen Lane.  The property sits high atop a hill in the West End and offers nice privacy and some of Provincetown's most extraordinary views.  The house was gutted following a fire, and was purchased in an unfinished state.  It has 4BR and 3BA with 3666SF.  It sold for $1,600,000. Atlantic Bay Sotheby's proudly represented both the buyers and the sellers in this chart topping transaction.

Working with Atlantic Bay Sotheby's

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Welcome to the end of the Cape! An astounding combination of natural beauty and New England charm awaits you on the far reaches of Cape Cod. The engaging towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Eastham offer pristine beaches, quaint villages, and beautiful dunescapes. You'll find the ideal setting for the home you've always dreamed of.

As your guides to living on the Outer Cape, the professionals of Atlantic Bay Sotheby's International Realty are ready to help you make the right connections, choose the best path and make your experience of buying, selling or renting property on the Cape easy and enjoyable. Whether you are planning an all-too-brief visit, or have decided to make your home here, we offer you unmatched resources, contacts and experience. We hope to have the pleasure of working with you.

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