Home Buying Checklist

Here are a few helpful tips for any buyer

Before You Start

  • How much can you afford? 


  • Your credit score is a big part of the home buying process. Mortgage companies will base how much they will lend you on your down payment and your credit rating. You may get a copy of all three of your credit reports from Experian, Equifax and TransUnion from the Fair Issac website.


  • Are you considering renting the home your want to purchase or live in it full-time? Whatever your decision, let your REALTOR and your mortgage lender know before hand.


Know Your Rights


Shop For A Loan

  • Contact a mortgage lender to find out exatly how much and what your payments will be. This is called the "pre-approval" process. Lenders will ask for the details of your financial situation. Delaware Beaches are diverse, in fact, there are different types of ownership (land owned, leased land & leased-city land). It's wise to contact a local lender who really knows the area. Keep in mind that lenders will do a credit check and it's wise to contact several lenders for particulars on the types of loans they offer.


  • Are you eligible for a specialty loan?
    • Veterans of the U.S. military service may be eligible for a VA Loan
    • Teachers, Firefighters and Police Officers may be eligible for the Good Neighbor Next Door loan


Shop For A Home

  • Choose the real estate agent you'd like to work with.

    • Identifying a REALTOR before you buy is a benificial to you. Pick an agent who you 'click' with, since this person will be representing what is likley your largest purchase, you'll want someone who can understand your needs. Plus, since the agent will know what you are looking for, he or she can keep an eye out as new listings come to market.


Lewes Summer Outdoor Concert Schedule


Our Favorite Pet Services


Never Never Land Kennel
34377 Neverland Road
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 645-6140
Plantations Rd to Cedar Grove Road; Neverland Road is a marked driveway

Doggies at the Beach
18806 John J. Williams Highway
Rehoboth DE 19971
(302) 644-8200
Cage-free doggy day care, on-site grooming and boarding. They even have doggie webcams

The Dirty Dog
37385 Henlopen Junction Mall
Rehoboth, DE 19971
This is directly across the street from our Rehoboth Beach real estate office
(302) 226-1364

P.U.P.S. of Lewes (Pawsitively Unique Pet Shop)
123 Second Street
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 645-9010

Wash and Wag
34680 Jiffy Way
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 644-2466
Open Tuesday-Saturday 8 AM to 5 PM
Dog Grooming, Self-Service Dog Wash, they have a small store and also a no-appointment necessary toe clipping service. If you have a large dog who likes to roll in the sand or swim in the ocean you ABSOULTELY need to check out this place. The best thing about washing your dog in their tubs is that you don't need an appointment and you won't hurt your back or knees trying to wash your dog at home. They provide everything from a ramp to the tub for your dog, shampoo, creme rinse, brushes, blow dryer, towels and aprons. They are closed on Sundays. The shop is tucked away directly behind the Jiffy Lube on Route One/Coastal Highway just north of the Atlantic Movie Theater in Lewes, Delaware. Turn as if you're going into Jiffy Lube, drive behind them and you will see it.


Savannah Animal Hospital
32818 Westcoats Corner Road
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 645-8757

Rehoboth Animal Hospital
20259 Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

(302) 227-2009

Georgetown Animal Hospital
20784 Dupont Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947
(302) 856-2623

Delmarva Animal Emergency Center
1482 East Lebanon Road
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 697-0850
M-F 6-8pm
Sat & Sun 24hrs

Pet Food & Supplies

Concord Pet Food & Supplies
13 Market Place
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 226-2300
They have a huge selection of toys, specialty foods, grooming supplies and more. Stocking many cat, dog, bird, horse and small critter items, you could get lost for hours in their aisles. 

Who said the Dog Day's of Summer couldn't be Fun!

Pet Friendly Restaurants - Lewes & Rehoboth

Arena's Deli & Bar
17314 North Village Main Blvd
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 644-0370
149 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 227-1272

Gilligans Restaurant & Bar
134 Market Street
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 644-7230

The Gallery Expresso
70 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 231-2113

Big Fish Grill Market
20312 Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 227-3665

DogFish Head
320 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 226-2739

Hobo's Restaurant & Bar
56 Baltimore Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 226-2226

Rigby's Bar & Grill
404 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 227-6080


Accommodations - Lewes, Rehoboth & Dewey

Lazy L at Willow Creek  (Bed & Breakfast)
16061 Willow Creek Road
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 644-7220

Sleep Inn & Suites
18451 Coastal Highway
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 645-6464

Cape Henlopen State Park  (Camping)
42 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 645-8983
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel
1700 Coastal Highway
Dewey, DE 19971
(302) 227-8811

AmericInn Hotel
329 Airport Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 226-0700

The Homestead at Rehoboth  (Bed & Breakfast)
35060 Warrington Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 226-7625

The Surfrider  (They only welcome pets during Greyhound week)
1904 Coastal Highway
Dewey Beach, DE 19971
(302) 227-6202

Lewes - Historic District Restaurants

Agave Mexican Restaurant
137 Second Street
Large selection of tequilas and truly amazing, authentic food. Get there early - it fills up fast, especially in the summer. This little place gets rave reviews from our group for both lunch and dinner.

The Buttery
102 Second Street; Corner of Savannah and Second Street
Elegant (but not stuffy) dining in a converted Victorian House with outdoor seating on the veranda. Great place to see and be seen.
Open for Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch
Reservations Suggested

Nectar Cafe & Juice Bar
111 Neils Alley (off of Second Street)
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Fresh, eclectic, healthy, delicious - all in a comfortable farmhouse style. Start your day or recharge anytime with a made-to-order juice. Excellent breakfast options and sandwiches!

The Station on Kings
720 Kings Highway
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner 
This place has everything! Cafe, market, home and garden with a fresh, modern style! 

Half Full
125 Second Street
Handmade pizza, and as you might guess from the name, a great selection of wines by the glass. (They serve beer, too.) Excellent pizzas, thoughtful wine choices, housemade desserts, and the vibe is laid back and cozy. Pull up a barstool on the porch or in the front window and get the best seat in town! You'll definitely see your glass as half full...

212 Savannah Road
Named one of the best restaurants in Delaware! Farm to table freshness with a creative flair. 

Striper Bites Bistro
107 Savannah Road
Seafood and American, lunch and dinner
Good food and atmosphere - and they don't take reservations!

Touch of Italy (Salumeria and Pasticceria)
101 Second Street
One word: mozzarella.

Lewes (Outside City Limits) Restaurants

Surf Bagel
17382 Coastal Highway (next to Best's Ace Hardware on Rt. 1 - Southbound side)
(302) 644-1822
Open 6:30 am -2pm mostdays
BEST bagels in the area for sure. Great Hawaii surf shack atmosphere with a friendly staff and huge menu.

The Greene Turtle(Sports Bar and Grill)
17388 North Village Main Unit 21
Huge menu! You are sure to find something to please even the pickiest eater. Sandwiches, salads, burgers, ribs, barbeque. TVs on almost every table and two dartboards.

Fish On
17300 North Village Main (in the Villages of Five Points)
An eclectic menu of Mid-Atlantic seafood, featuring local Chesapeake Bay treats and Maryland's famous crabs and oysters! Yum! It's today'sversion of the classics.

The Crooked Hammock Brewery
16989 Kings Highway 
Backyard cookout vibe with a vast selection of brews, food, and fun. Outdoor area for good-weather days, too. 

Downtown Rehoboth Restaurants

Cafe Azafran
18 Baltimore Avenue
Creative, delicious food from Lewes' Cafe Azafran spreads the love to Rehoboth. Great atmosphere! Check their specials (Paella Night, Steak Night). Yum!

Pig and Fish
236 Rehoboth Avenue (where Sydney's used to be)
Drinks - eat in or take out.
Our favorites- the fresca pizza- perfect for a light appetite, the bruschetta appetizer, the mushroom ravioli and the barbeque meatloaf. And don't forget the warm peanut butter brownie for dessert!

243 Rehoboth Avenue
When it comes to seafood,freshest is best.Finsis the place for fresh - raw, steamed, grilled, you name it! Great for families, too.

Lupo di Mare (Italian and Seafood)
247 Rehoboth Avenue (in Hotel Rehoboth)
Another Matt Haley success story....Matt is the chef/owner of several successful area restaurants and this one is exceptional.

Nicola's Pizza
8 North First Street (With entrances on First Street andRehoboth Avenue)
Famous for their Nic-o-Boli and Pasta Pails, you'd be hard pressed to find another place like it, it's so good! They even have take-home menu items so you can take your vacation memories home.

Dogfish Head Restaurant
320 Rehoboth Avenue
You can get rare Dogfish brews on tap (get the sampler if you want to tryan assortment), brick oven pizzas, an awesome tuna steak sandwich,and great crab dip....oh, anddelish creme brulee.

Rehoboth Restaurants Outside City Limits (Route 1 Corridor)

Big Fish
20298 Coastal Highway
From early Spring to late Summer you can find a line wrapped around the building...yeah, it's that good. Famous for their seafood, which everybody loves,and thefilet is pretty amazing, too.Desserts are to die for. You cannot leave without tasting their famous family recipe chocolate cake. They even have a cookbook, so you can take the flavors of Rehoboth home!


Outlet Liquors
19724 Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach DE

Probably the largest liquor store in the area. Well known for large selection of wines and craft beers, great prices and...."Ladies Nights" that feature free tastings from 5-7 every Wednesday with guest restaurants serving food paired with specific wines or beers.

Cape Wine and Spirits
34164 Citizen Drive
Just adjacent to the Lewes Wawa on Rt.1 this is probably the second largest liquor store in the area. Great selection, tastings, etc.