The Harwich Cranberry Fest, the Wellfleet Oyster Festival, the Bourne Scallop Fest. Walking on uncrowded beaches. Playing 18 holes in 4 hours. Warm, dry days and cool mornings and nights. These are just a few of the many reasons why autumn is the most beautiful time on Cape Cod. And it’s also one of the best possible times to explore the available inventory of Cape Cod homes for sale.
Consider the advantages. All the young kids are back in school, so assuming they’re not yours, you have the Cape “to yourself”, or at least it seems so compared to the summer. Rooms are available at discounted rates and you probably don’t need a reservation at your favorite restaurant, which is offering 3-course gourmet meals for $25 or less. So your home-shopping trip to the Cape doubles as a decadent yet inexpensive weekend getaway.
Next, inventory is up because not much sells in July and August and many summer rentals go on the market after the summer tenants leave on Labor Day. Seller motivation is usually at an all-time high, since many sellers would love to be rid of their homes before the end of the year. And they know that Labor Day through Thanksgiving is pretty much their last shot at doing so.
Finally, if the home needs work, buying in the fall gives you many months to work on it before next summer. Whether you plan to use it yourself or rent it, you’ll have plenty of time to get it ready for next year’s high season. And all the furnishings you’ll need will likely be on sale over the winter.
So if a home on the Cape is in your future, I suggest you start scanning the Cape Cod MLS and make plans to come down and visit. At the very least, you’ll likely have a picture-perfect weekend and you won’t want to leave. At best, you may find the home of your dreams so that next time you come down, you won’t HAVE to leave.
When you’re ready to visit properties, contact me and I’d be happy to make all of the arrangements.