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“We liked that there was more to do. We also like the cultural
aspects, like the natural history museums and so on,” says
Katz.
but the extra income is helpful for maintenance costs,
especially if you’re planning on only being in the home in the
summer,” says Roth.
Amanda Kundel is an agent with Kinlin Grover Real Estate in
Barnstable Village. She was born and raised on the Cape and
has just under two decades of experience with rentals and
sales. She says most of her second-home clients have been
renters before they decided to buy.
Katz rents out his Cape home for four to six weeks a year in the
summer. Of course, the couple hopes to move to the unit more
permanently in the future, but for now, they work with Roth to
identify the right renters and then Roth’s team takes care of the
rest.
“It’s the perfect way to get a feel for the area, location, and
people and to see which beaches you prefer, and which
restaurant spots you want to frequent,” she says. “When you’re
renting, you can pop over to look at an open house or just
drive through neighborhoods that interest you. I’d say a lot of
people end up renting first.”
“Whether a screen door breaks or the internet is down, Cindy
takes care of all that,” he says. “I certainly don’t want to get
those calls, so it’s nice to know there is always someone who is
right there.”
Kundel recently had a client who had rented in a few different
spots around the Cape before renting a home through her in
Osterville.
“They loved that they could walk to Main Street and to the
beach, they also really enjoyed that the library was nearby and
there is a great sense of community in the neighborhood,” she
says. “They loved the area so much they purchased a home
there.”
Now, she says, “They went from renters to homeowners and
now I’m renting their house out when they aren’t utilizing it. It
works out great for them.”
However, a vacation home is not typically a money maker,
according to Roth.
“I always tell clients, you’re not going to get rich from renting,
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Today, as Cape Cod homeowners, Steve and Victoria Katz
have learned even more about the area, specifically the appeal
of the off-season.
“One of the things that was really amazing about the property
was that we looked at it as a summer getaway with the beach
and a certain weather pattern, but what we’ve come to find out
is that there are so many other seasons to enjoy,” says Katz.
“We really enjoy the fall weather with its forceful winds and the
way the sunset turns more to the west over the course of the
year. Even in the heavy-duty winter, we go down a few times
and we love to see all the beaches locked in by ice and we
walk the beach in parkas. It’s beautiful.”
Kelly Chase is a freelance writer who covers all things
New England, from snowmobiling in northern Maine to
island hopping on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
She is also a copy editor for Chatham Living By the Sea.
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