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Provincetown Real Estate Sales 2012: The Year in Review

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The market is rebounding!  Provincetown Real Estate Sales volume for 2012 was up nearly 52% over 2011!!!  To follow, find the year-end statistics for Provincetown.  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 229 properties sold in Provincetown in 2012, with a total sales volume of $127,089,190.

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

There were 172 properties sold in Provincetown in 2010 with a total sales volume of $92,695,116.

There were 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.

2012# Properties Sold/Average Price 2011# Properties Sold/Average Price 2010# Properties Sold/Average Price 2009# Properties Sold/Average Price
Single Family 52 / $911,490 31 / $828,481 23/$1,086,804 25 / $718,284
Income/Multi Family 4 / $768,750 15 / $808,053 8/$719,563 8 /  $662,301
Lots and Land 3 / $248,333 4 / $465,750 6/$257,167 2 / $235,000
Comm/Indust/Bus 2 / $129,000 3 / $1,268,333 5 / $415,500 5 / $316,750
Condominium 166 / $420,721 113 / $400,170 124/$395,094 104 / $412,864
Hotel/Motel  2 / $2,887,000 3 /$1,093,000 6/$1,555,000 0 / 0
TOTAL 229 Properties Sold 169 Properties Sold 172 Properties Sold 144 Properties Sold

 

Table 2:  Average Days on Market of Sold Properties

2012 2011 2010 2009
Single Family 225 220 287 279
Income/Multi Family 79 310 186 115
Lots and Land 1450 444 498 719
Comm/Indust/Bus 266 202 343 218
Condominium 196 234 249 213
Hotel/Motel 750 231 550 -----

 

Table 3: Percentage of Sale Price to List Price

2012 2011 2010 2009
Single Family 87.66% 91.60% 90.66% 90%
Income/Multi Family 91.06% 91.06% 91.9% 87%
Lots and Land 57.44% 92.77% 66.77% 62%
Comm/Indust/Bus 86.32% 78.26% 88.7% 76%
Condominium 95% 94.08% 92.61% 93%
Hotel/Motel 91.65 90.86% 87.01% -----

Activity Summary

The market in 2012 was very robust!  Volume was up significantly over last year, percentage of sale to list price was up in the most active category of condominium sales, and average market times for condominiums shortened by 16% over last year.  Interest rates remained low all year, and played a large role in prodding buyers to come into the market.  Sales were also prompted by the fear of 2013 changes in capital gains tax and the onset of the  3.8% Medicare Surtax on Investment Income in 2013, resulting in a greater number of December sales than usual.

From our perspective,  the bottom of the market is in the rear view mirror.  Shorter market times, higher average sale prices, and lessening inventory are all relevant factors.

The total volume of MLS sales in 2012 was $127,089,190.  That is approaching the volume of Provincetown's highest volume year of 2005, which topped out at $139,366,255.  The number of properties sold this year, 229, exceeded the 228 that were sold in 2005.

Highs and Lows

The lowest priced residential condominium to sell last year was studio unit on Union Wharf in the West End . The unit has 150 SF and sold for $106,896.

The highest priced residential condominium was a free-standing, 2 bedroom/2.5 bath, waterfront townhouse at 79 Commercial Street, Unit #1. The unit has 1,600 SF and sold for $1,550,000.

The lowest priced single family residence to sell last year was a three bedroom house at 217 Bradford Street that needed a complete rehab. It has 1,140 SF and sold for $212,500.

The highest priced residence was an Atlantic Bay Sotheby's sale at 29 Commercial Street.  This is a spectacular four bedroom, 3.5 bath, bay-front home in a very desirable stretch of the West End waterfront. It has 2,940 SF and sold for $2,925,000.  We proudly represented the buyers and the sellers of this lovely property.

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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.

 

Sotheby's International Realty Brand Wins 'Best in Category' for Fifth Consecutive Year

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PARSIPPANY, N.J. (March 5, 2012) - Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced it won Franchise Business Review's Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award for the fifth year in a row. The Best in Category award measures franchisee satisfaction with their franchisors and is part of the 7th annual Franchisee Satisfaction Awards presented by Franchise Business Review. In addition to its real estate ranking, the brand also came in second overall among the Top 50 Large Franchise Systems, which is a ranking of all franchise systems with more than 200 units across all categories. "We are very proud to earn this honor for the fifth year in a row," said Michael R. Good, chief executive officer, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC. "We are dedicated to providing the best service we can to our valued network members, whom we hand select to affiliate with our brand. This recognition is a testament to the value we provide them in making their businesses more prosperous and successful." Franchise Business Review surveyed more than 22,000 franchisees from more than 300 leading systems for the 7th annual Franchisee Satisfaction Awards. Franchises were evaluated in five areas: training and support, franchise system, franchisor/franchisee relations, financial opportunity and overall satisfaction. Additionally, demographic and lifestyle questions gave a 360-degree view of the franchise ownership experience. Franchise Business Review is a national franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction and franchise buyer experiences. For a complete list of this year's award winners, go to www.FBR50.com. "What impresses me most about the Sotheby's International Realty brand is that they really 'get' the value of their franchisee satisfaction data," said Franchise Business Review president Michelle Rowan. "Despite being at the top of our awards list every year, they take the time to thoroughly digest their data and use it to improve their franchisee satisfaction year after year." The Sotheby's International Realty® network currently has nearly 12,000 sales associates located in approximately 590 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 Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC 1 Campus Drive Parsippany, NJ 07054 ??? 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. For more information, visit www.sothebysrealty.com.

Simple Staging Tips

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If you are just listing your property for sale, or even if it's been on the market for a while, consider the following simple tips to make your property present in its best light:

  1. Paint:  Freshen and Neutralize. If you have any walls painted with bold colors, consider repainting them in neutral tones.  Bold colors are not widely appealing, and can distract the buyer from considering your property as a contender.  If your walls are already a neutral color, go through your house with an objective eye, and retouch any areas that may be scuffed or worn.  One often overlooked area for paint is your stair risers.  A fresh coat of paint on your risers makes a big impression.  Same goes for trim around your doors, especially near the door knobs.
  2. Depersonalize: Pack away your family photos. You'd be surprised how often buyers spend time looking at your photos instead of looking at your house.  Eliminate any photos or highly personal objects that draw too much attention.  The idea is for the buyer to picture him/her self in the space, not to get to know your family.  In general, de-cluttering your home gives the impression of increased space.
  3. Bedding and Slip Covers:  A little goes a long way. We get so used to our own furniture and bedding, that we may not realize that it is starting to look worn.  A simple an inexpensive way to freshen your furniture is to cover couches or chairs with a simple slip cover - buy neutral colors and fabrics.  Also, consider a new duvet cover for your beds.  Crisp linens make a positive impression.
  4. Lighting:  Make sure buyers can see your house.  Make sure you have ample and well-placed lamps throughout your house.  Table and floor lamps offer a warmer light than overheads.  Even during daytime showings, lamps make your home feel inviting.
  5. Curb Appeal:  First impressions are lasting. Grab a friend and ask for advice.  Stand outside your house and approach the front door together.  Have your friend share with you any negative impressions.  Is there a rip in the screen door?  Is a brick loose on your front stoop?  Is there a garden bed that is overrun with weeds?  Often times, we become blind to our own deferred repairs, and a fresh set of eyes can set you straight.  You don't want a buyer to be mentally starting a repair list before they have even set foot in your home.

Staging to Sell

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Spring selling season is upon us and it's time for a refresher on staging tips. With inventory still high, and so many properties competing with yours, you will want to do everything you can to help your property stand out from the others.

Real estate expert Barbara Corcoran said recently during an interview that a buyer decides if he or she has interest in a property within 8 seconds of walking through the door. That doesn't leave much time to make a good impression! Use every second wisely by considering some of the following suggestions.

1. Curb appeal is important. When a buyer approaches your house, he or she makes the first judgment. Make sure your house is nicely painted. Repair that broken screen door. Tidy the front yard and plant some flowers. The buyer should feel drawn into the house and made to feel welcome by a warm and inviting entry hall.

2. Clear your house of clutter and personal belongings and scrub the house to within an inch of its life. Since your goal is to move out of the house, start packing today. Eliminate as many knick knacks as possible. Pack away any collections and replace photos of friends and family with neutral artwork. As far as cleanliness, everything should sparkle.

3. Straighten your closets and cabinets. Expect that buyers will open every door and cabinet. If your closets are packed to the gills, it will leave the buyer with the impression that the house does not have enough storage space.

4. Take the packing a step further and put extra furniture in storage. A sparse and simple approach to furnishings will make your rooms appear larger. Define a use for each room and furnish it accordingly. If you have a bedroom that has become a 'junk room,' pack the junk away and make the bed with inviting linens. It is important to show the buyer how the space can be used. When rearranging furniture, pull pieces away from the walls and keep in mind that you want to have a clear walking path between rooms.

5. A fresh coat of paint is inexpensive and goes a long way to making your home feel clean and fresh. Keep the colors earthy and neutral to appeal to the broadest audience. If you have a brightly colored room, consider re-painting it.

6. Shed some light on the subject. Open the blinds and turn on all the lights for showings. Bright spaces appear larger and overall create a positive impression. If you have heavy or dark drapes, consider replacing them with light colored window treatments.

7. Remove evidence of pets. When you are expecting a showing, pack up the pets and take a drive. That includes stowing away dog beds, crates and food dishes.

8. Make sure the house smells nice. Baking cookies before a showing makes the house smell yummy and inviting. This bit of advice is an oldie but goodie.

The common thread behind all of these suggestions is to present your home in as neutral a manner as possible so that the potential buyer can envision him or herself living in the property. While it is possible to achieve these goals on your own with very little expense, don't rule out calling a professional stager to assist you if you are feeling overwhelmed. Being a proactive seller will ensure that you have done everything possible to help your property rise above its competition.