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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 5/23/2017

165 Mayflower Drive , Wellfleet, MA 02667

Wellfleet (village)



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Desirable Gull Pond Village. Enter through a large foyer into a bright open living room with skylights, cathedral ceiling and brick fireplace with oak flooring throughout. Plenty of room for entertaining inside or outside on the large wrap-around deck. This home is ready for your family and friends. On the first floor there is a master bedroom and a bath. The second floor is beautifully arranged with a balcony overlooking the sun-filled living room, 2 good size bedrooms, large full bathroom and full size sleeping loft. The large basement has a walkout to an enclosed outdoor shower in a pretty wooded setting. Short drive to Gull Pond, National Seashore and ocean side and bay beaches.
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May 27 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Location: 165 Mayflower Drive , Wellfleet, MA 02667    Get Directions

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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 5/21/2017

If you're selling a home, having high quality photos is one of the most important things you can do to catch the eye of prospective buyers. Taking great photos, however, is something that requires a combination of frequent practice and knowledge of how your camera works. Sure, these days you can take a decent photo with an iPhone camera and be done with it. While that method is a good start, if you want to progress with your photography you'll eventually have to make the leap to a DSLR where you have more freedom to change exposure settings. I know what you're thinking. High quality photos means spending a ton of money on camera equipment, right? Fortunately, entry level DSLR cameras have become more affordable in recent years. To start taking great photos you'll only need four things: your DSLR camera, a tripod, a wide angle lens, and a place to practice your photography.

Step 1: Setting up

You'll want to set up the room with the right balance of furniture, decorations and natural light. Avoid decorations that are too personal (like family photos) or eccentric (no stuffed animals, preferably). Set up your tripod against one of the walls of the room. Ideally, you'll have the target of your photo illuminated by natural light coming through windows, so you'll likely be standing in front of or next to the windows. However, before you take any photos use your best judgment to determine the room's best angles. The amount of and the placement of furniture will play a large role in how spacious the room looks, but equally important is the camera angle from which you take your photos.

Step 2: Learn your camera settings

You won't learn all of the settings in a DSLR overnight, but it is important to get an understanding of the basics. In spite of the many technical improvements that have been made, the basic concept of a camera hasn't changed much over the years. The two main components that determine what your picture looks like are aperture and shutter speed. Aperture (or "f-stop") is what is used to determine how much light enters the camera. Much like your pupils dilate in the dark to let in as much light as possible, having a wide aperture will allow you to take brighter photos. Shutter speed is the amount of time the shutter on your camera is open. A slower shutter speed allows more light into the camera, creating a brighter exposure. However, due to our inability to hold a camera entirely still having a slower shutter speed creates more opportunity for your photo to become blurred from camera shake. A third important setting is the ISO. This setting is unique to digital photography because it controls the sensitivity of the camera's image sensor. The higher the number, the more sensitive. Why not just crank it up all the way then to get the best quality? Because if you set it too high the photos become grainy or "noisy."

Step 3: Practice

Now that you know the basics, start taking photos in your home using various camera settings. Play around with taking photos with different light sources on, with your camera flash on and off, and at different times of day. You'll find that there are endless possibilities when it comes to taking photos of your home.  

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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 5/14/2017

Millions of burglaries occur each year throughout the United States. Many times one or more homeowners or family members are present during a home invasion. Interactions between homeowners and burglars can easily result in violence, accidents and minor or major injuries.

Although you may not stop every would be burglar, there are actions that you can take to protect your family. Some things that you can do to protect yourself and your family are so simple, that they are easy to over look. They are also easy to forget.

Home security isn't as hard or expensive as you think

A beginning step to greater home security starts with what you tell your family. To keep your family safe:

  • Tell a relative, neighbor or friend you trust when you'll be away from home for a day or longer
  • Wait until you get inside your house to tell your children or spouse that you're going to be away from home for the night or going on a business trip. You never know who is listening or who could accidentally overhear you.
  • Never announce where you're going while you're outside or when you expect to return.
  • Leave contact telephone numbers in an easy to reach place. Let your household members know where the contact information is. Everyone in your house should also have your cell phone number.
  • Instruct gatekeepers at conferences, businesses and other events you attend to put your children or spouse through should they call and say that they need to reach you urgently.
  • Teach your children and their friends not to open the door to strangers. This includes postal carriers and utility companies workers.

There's a lot you could do to avoid putting your family at risk

Much of what you can do to keep from putting your family at risk has to do with communication. You can also expand upon these steps. For example, you could:

  • Install a reliable home security system that protects the interior and exterior of your home.
  • Lock your doors and windows. If you're on the first floor, lock windows and doors on your house's second floor and vice versa. Remember, many home invasions occur while one or more homeowners is present.
  • Leave televisions or radios on while you're out shopping or on short day trips.
  • Place lights that operate on motion sensors along the sidewalk of your home.
  • Trim trees and hedges so that they don't serve as hiding places for burglars.
  • Toss gift boxes in large dumpsters. Don't store empty boxes in front of your house. It displays the types of products that you have in your own.
  • Stick home security notices on windows and doors of your garage and house.
  • Practice home evacuations. Although this step doesn't generally involve home invasions, it can help to keep your family safe during natural and human made disasters.

Protecting your family from undue risks is about more than doing something once. When you take responsibility for your family's safety, you regularly take necessary precautions. You'll also educate each person in your house about the importance of safety, including specific steps that they can take to protect themselves and your home.

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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 5/13/2017

15 Meetinghouse Road , Truro, MA 02666

Truro (village)



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Water Views are seen from this high on a hill 3 bedroom 2 bath Contemporary home. Enjoy water views from your sun-filled living room with beautiful hardwood floors, lots of windows and sliders to a large deck for cookouts, entertaining or just relaxing. The bright dining area opens into the kitchen and just around the corner is the master bedroom with bath. A spiral staircase leads to a loft with even better views of the water and is ideal for office space or a peaceful place to unwind. On the entry level are 2 more bedrooms, full bathroom, utility room and a large mudroom to put your beach gear and bicycles. More pictures will be coming. The Hardwood floors are being refinished.
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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 5/7/2017

What Is A Foreclosure?

A foreclosure is what happens when a property owner cannot make the required monthly mortgage payments for the property loan. This lapse in payment leads to the property being seized and then sold by the bank to make up for the loan deficit.   

During the process of foreclosure, the homeowner does have the opportunity to make the loan current and avoid giving up their property. 

The Process

When mortgage payments have been missed for 3-6 months, the lender will order what is called a Notice Of Default (NOD). This is the official notice that the homeowner is facing foreclosure. This notice begins the reinstatement period where the homeowner has the opportunity to make his account current. This period lasts up to about 5 days before the home is auctioned off. 

If the defaulted loan is not corrected within 3 months, then a foreclosure state is established. At this point, a notice of sale will be given to the homeowner and it will also be posted on the property as an official document. The sale of the home is “advertised” in local news sources, typically over a three-week period.

Where The Sale Occurs

The sale of the foreclosed home usually occurs at the local county courthouse where the property is located. The details of the sale are located on the Notice Of Sale document. The sale is conducted as an auction in public, given to the highest bidder. A cash deposit must be made up front and the remainder of the price must typically be paid within 24 hours. The winner of the auction receives the deed to the property.

The Auction

With a foreclosure auction, the opening bid is set by the lender. This starting number is usually equal to whatever the outstanding loan balance is including the interest and additional fees including attorney’s fees. If there are no bids higher than the opening bid, the property is purchased by the lender via the lender’s attorney. This makes the property known as “Real Estate Owned.” 

Problems With Buying Foreclosures

One thing to be aware of when you’re considering buying a foreclosure is that the amount owed on the property can actually be more than the property itself is worth. Any liens excluding property taxes are typically voided at the time of purchase of a foreclosure, which is a slight bonus to a buyer.


The other issue with buying a foreclosed property is that you need quite a bit of cash up front in order to purchase the property. This is why buying a foreclosure may not be for everyone.

While no one wants to face losing their own property to foreclosure, getting a foreclosure notice isn’t the end of the road for homeowners. You’ll still have a few chances to make things right. If you’re looking to buy a foreclosed property, you really need to understand the ins and outs of what you’re getting yourself into before you make a bid.