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Cape Cod Homes on Pinterest

Posted by Matthew Teague on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

   REEF has started a site on Pinterest to show off some of our work, and highlight innovative new products and designs in the custom home building world.   Follow along and see updates and new photos daily!

Click here to see the site: http://pinterest.com/capecodbuilder

Tags: renovation, custom home builder, building on cape cod

Outdoor Living- Growing in Popularity

Posted by Matthew Teague on Wed, Apr 11, 2012

    Outdoor living spaces are becoming more and more poplular, especially with custom homes on Cape Cod.  The marketplace for items like outdoor kitchens, grills, patios, and fireplaces has exploded over the last several years.  Many of the manufacturers have responded with modular, easy to install products that retain the permanent look of masonry or exotic hardwoods that the consumer is looking for.  With the growth of the market, costs have come down and availability of these products is expanding.   The landscaping and outdoor living areas are unfortunately one of the last things that our customers plan for, and sometimes fail to budget properly to achieve their needs.  The demand for these products and well designed landscape or hardscape areas is growing.  Below is an article from Housingzone.com showing the increased popularity of these items.  If you are planning your new home on Cape Cod, you should definitely consider some outdoor living spaces!



Here is a photo of one of our recently completed homes with some of these features

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Tags: landscaping, Outdoor Living, building on cape cod

Home Prices At Historic Lows

Posted by Matthew Teague on Tue, Mar 27, 2012

  So you have been waiting for the real estate market to hit rock bottom... well then you now may be your chance!!  Check out this article from Yahoo finance. Home prices are at their lowest point since 2002, and are down 34% from their highs of 2006. Check out the article here: Home Prices Hit New Lows


So now is the time to take advantage of the market place and build or renovate your Cape Cod Dream Home!!!!!

Tags: custom home builders cape cod, building on cape cod, buying a home

Positive Trend in Housing Markets

Posted by Matthew Teague on Sun, Jan 22, 2012

Positive news about the housing market is becoming easier to find. 

Positive Housing MarketA recent article for the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) reveals that, "The number of housing markets showing measurable improvement nearly doubled in January with the addition of 40 new metros to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), released today.  The IMI now boasts 76 improving markets, up from 41 in December, with 31 states and the District of Columbia represented by at least one entry.The index identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months."

To View the Entire article on the NAHB website, click on the link below;


Tags: cape cod homes, Cape Cod Builder, building on cape cod, new construction

Before You Design, Build, or Renovate a Home

Posted by Matthew Teague on Mon, Jan 09, 2012

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The Design, Build and Renovation of a home requires an integrated systems approach.  Ideally the entire process, from design to construction, has been planned so as to maximize an efficient timetable for project completion.  Equally important is ensuring that the resulting home is a healthy environment for its occupants.

Systems Approach Can Save Money

"Applying the principles for a healthy home, to design, construction and renovation, does not have to result in significant cost increases.  By understanding interactions between building systems, we can identify cost saving trade-offs that improve building performance."

The link below directs you to a booklet which offers valuable insights into some key aspects and design criteria to consider prior to starting your project.  Some of the major design considerations are related to:

1. water

2. air

3. combustion

4. dust

5. creatures.http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/building_america/pdfs/db/32114.pdf

Although this pamphlet is intended for those in the construction industry, it's content is relevant and accessible to homeowners.

-Request Info


Tags: renovation, green homes, House Design, building on cape cod

Land for Sale on Cape Cod

Posted by Matthew Teague on Thu, Jan 05, 2012

   2011 was an interesting year in real estate on Cape Cod. Properties in good locations retained much of their value, while many people looking for raw land to build a new home felt that prices were too high. At REEF we regularly monitor lot sales, and have noticed some interesting trends.  First, many of the lots that were on the market for the last several years have come off the market, probably waiting to be re-listed in the spring to take advantage of the larger pool of buyers. More importantly, we have seen many lot prices drop over the last year or so, as sellers are more motivated to move their inventory. 

  If you are thinking of building on Cape Cod, now is a great time to take a hard look at what is available for land.  It is imporant to work with a competent real estate agent, and get a company like REEF involved early in the process.  Custom building on raw land can be a complicated process for a buyer, especially with all of the factors involved.  It is critical to have a team that is familiar with all of the zoning, septic, permitting and legal hurdles so the process can be smooth and predictable.  Contact us today if you are thinking of purchasing a lot... you would be surprised how easy the process can be with REEF on your side. CONTACT US

If you would like to search the Cape and Islands MLS for land click here:-MLS Property Search

REEF also has lots listed for sale in Dennis, MA click here: FOR SALE

Tags: construction costs on cape cod, Cape Cod Builder, building on cape cod

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