Articles tagged with: Delaware

24March

It’s Spring and New Business Is in the Air!

As if we needed more incentive to come to the beach, the perks just keep coming!

In addition to the new businesses brewing on Kings Highway (from our last blog) the beach will soon have a few more awesome dining/entertainment venues:

 

  • Matt’s Fish Camp Coming to Route 1 in Lewes

If you have dined out at the beach, chances are you’ve eaten at a SoDel Concept restaurant! One of its favorites, Matt’s Fish Camp in Bethany, is coming to the Tenley Court Shopping Center on Route 1.

Renovation has already begun on the site of the former Donut Connection (“the Old Lazy Susan’s” spot) and is possibly going to be finished for an early summer opening. According to a recent Cape Gazette article, the restaurant will be about 3,200 square feet, seat 90 people in the dining room, and feature a 12-seat bar and raw bar. To follow the progress of the new Matt's Fish Camp, go towww.facebook.com/MattsFishCampLewes. 

 Here’s the more detailed article:

http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/sodel-to-open-matts-fish-camp-in-lewes/1482971

 

  • Lefty’s Alley and Eats Brings Bowling to Route 1

Another exciting addition to the Lewes/Route 1 area is a modern, first-of-its-kind on Delmarva entertainment center called Lefty’s Alley and Eats. The venue will be located adjacent to the Wawa property on Dartmouth Drive at Route 1 and will feature 16 bowling lanes, a 110-seat restaurant and bar, 4,500 square feet of arcade games, a two-story, 5,000-square-foot custom-themed laser tag arena and banquet rental options for special events. For more information, go to Lefty’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LeftysAlleyAndEats/Site work began for the project in October and they are planning a November 2016 opening.

 Here’s the article:

http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/lefty-s-alley-and-eats-names-lighthouse-construction-manager/1488860

 

  • Rehoboth Beach Cinema Art House – Now Showing!

And yet another noteworthy addition to our beach arts and entertainment scene – also in Dartmouth Plaza behind Wawa - is the long-awaited Rehoboth Beach Cinema Art House, which went live on St. Patrick’s Day with a Jewish Film Festival.

The art house features two screening rooms – a 108-seat room with an elevated floor and one that sits 35 to 40 people for smaller screenings.

For more information on the art house, the film festival and how to donate, go to rehobothfilm.com.

 

To stay updated on progress, come visit! It’s an especially great time to consider a second home or a full relocation to the beach!

Posted in Local News and Information

20March

The Brew that Launched a Thousand Sips

...Well, probably more like many thousands of sips!

NEW brews in Lewes!

Summer 2016 will make a freshly brewed pint only a ‘hops’-skip-and-jump away from practically anywhere at the beach – including Downtown Lewes!

When Dogfish Head opened over 20 years ago in Rehoboth, they definitely tapped into a welcome local market: beer. They’re still at it and going strong, now with breweries in Rehoboth and Milton, distilled spirits and a fabulous new seafood restaurant next door to the Rehoboth Avenue location (called Chesapeake & Maine, but that’s another story). 

As often happens, business begets business - and beer begets another beer. Other locals have followed the Dogfish lead, creating a thriving brewing community in Southern Delaware, which only adds to our already fabulous local dining scene.

Consider this: (Not an all-inclusive list, sorry to leave anyone out!)

And Introducing New Brews in Lewes for Summer 2016

If you haven’t visited the beach since last summer, you’ll notice two NEW offerings east of Route 1 in Lewes.

Crooked Hammock Brewery is just east of Route 1 on Kings Highway and offers a selection of home brews as well as a great outdoor patio and kid-friendly hang out area. Perfect for summer!

Most recently, Fins Restaurant of Rehoboth and Route 1 announced its Big Oyster Brewery will open near the gateway to Downtown Historic Lewes – across from Mr. P’s Pizza and in the former Silk and Sands Florist location. Groundbreaking on a totally new building has already begun, adding yet another option for walkable dining and sipping.

So after a day of sun and fun in Lewes and Rehoboth Beaches this summer, you’ll have many options for winding down and beering up! (And walking distance makes it even betterJ - but we have Uber here now, too!) 

Posted in Local News and Information

19March

Free! Delmarva Broadcasting Women's Expo

 

 

 

 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is excited to sponsor the Delmarva Broadcasting Women's Expo 2016. It's a free event TODAY, March 19, 2016, showcasing many of our great local (many women-owned and run) businesses!

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is a presenting sponsor of the wine glasses, which you can use on a tour/tasting of The Nassau Valley Vineyards - another successful woman-run business! 

As a woman-led business ourselves, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is proud to help showcase and empower women in the Delaware Beach community!  

If you are out and about on Saturday, here are the details:

Delmarva Broadcasting 6th Annual Women's Expo!

Be Entertained • Be Educated • Be Informed

FREE Admission!   Win Cash!
Saturday, March 19, 2016 - Noon to 4pm
Nassau Valley Vineyards - 32165 Winery Way, Lewes, DE
Shopping • Seminars • Prize Drawings • Food

Posted in Local News and Information

18March

March (Real Estate) Madness

Even if we do have another Winter Weather Advisory (say it isn’t so!), spring officially starts this Sunday, March 20. You know what they say about March: In like a lion, out like a lamb. Let’s hope so! 

 

At The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, we can back up that claim: we've had our own share of "March Madness" in real estate! It’s been a particularly busy March. We’ve listed several homes this month – throughout our Delaware Beach towns – that went under contract within days of hitting the market.

If you are thinking about buying OR selling, now is a great time. Our local real estate market is heating up with the weather.

 

Seller Tips:

If you are trying to sell your home, now’s also a great time to take an objective look at your home - inside and out - and get ready for this warming real estate interest. Daffodils are popping up! Still, winter makes ‘curb appeal’ – that first impression of a home’s exterior – a little bit of a challenge.

So whether you are a seller (or even a prospective buyer), here are a few details to notice and consider. Most of these tips are inexpensive but pay off big.

Outside: 

  • Clear up sticks in your yard
  • Make sure paths to the front door are clear
  • Clip back beach grass and shrubs – even leafless landscaping can look neat with a “fresh haircut”
  • Rake over flower beds
  • Power wash mildew on siding, fencing, outside showers, etc.
  • Replace mailbox and house numbers if yours are oxidized or dated
  • Consider replacing exterior storm doors if they are dated
  • Put a few potted plants at your entrance (tulips and daffodils are back!)
  • Make sure exterior lights are in good shape

Inside (in any season):

  • Declutter!  And when you think you are done, declutter again! Though it’s an expense, getting a storage unit to help you clear out extra belongings for a few months could pay off.  Consult your Realtor to see if it may be worth it.  (The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group provides free staging consultation!)
  • Freshen paint, including baseboards and doorway trim
  • Replace switch plates
  • Clean carpets
  • After the snow (hopefully no more!) - tackle everyone’s favorite: windows! 

Repurpose Your Spaces?

In addition to cleaning projects, you may want to consider your home’s layout and functionality. Many buyers today are not locked into a traditional floorplan.  If you have a ‘traditional’ home with a formal dining room, and you have other dining space in a kitchen or breakfast room, for example, consider transitioning that formal dining room to appeal to modern buyers. You can remove the dining table, chairs, buffet and chandelier – and stage the room with a desk, bookshelves, upholstered chairs, and a flush mounted light fixture, even a set of French doors, for a more useable home office space.  It’s an inexpensive way to freshen your space, if you are in an area that attracts a more modern buyer or if you have had feedback from prior showings. 

Spring into a New Home!

Warm weather, blooming landscaping, and lush lawns definitely increase curb appeal, but you can get a jump on those early bird homebuyers this season by making your home stand out as fresh and neat.

If you are interested in selling your home, please feel free to contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group any day of the week at (302) 645-6664, or any time of day at LeeAnnGroup.com.

 

Happy Spring!

Posted in Local News and Information

16February

Beach Home Sellers: Check Your Homes Post-Storm

It’s been a crazy year of weather ups and downs throughout the country. Fortunately, homes in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach have not borne the worst of it; however, we’ve definitely had our share of fluctuating temperatures.

 

Now is a good time for local home sellers to take a close look at their properties for storm damage and make appropriate repairs. There are several key areas of concern:

 

Roof: After a powerful storm, check for damage. Ensure there are no missing shingles or cracks around skylights. Inspect the attic for discoloration of decking or plywood surfaces.

 

Flashing: Also look for light penetrating around plumbing vents or the chimney. Your roof’s flashing may need repair.

 

Rain gutters: Inspect for damage and clear leaves and debris. Holes, cracks or sags are easily fixed. For holes, clean the area and cut a piece of gutter material slightly larger than the hole. Use gutter-repair compound to affix the patch. Covering the patch with another layer of compound will ensure a good seal. For minor sags, add a new bracket to the sagging area.

 

Trees and shrubs: Limbs can wreak havoc with your roof, siding and stucco during heavy winds. They can also come crashing down under the weight of snow. Pruning can ensure their health and safeguard your home.

 

Windows: Inspect windows, fencing and decking. They all can take a beating in storms. Seal and repair any damage. Sometimes storm damage is unavoidable. But making quick repairs can help ensure your home is safe, sound and ready for sale.

 

If you would like more tips for preparing your home for sale or listing your home in the Lewes, Milton, Dewey or Rehoboth Beach areas, please give The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group a call at 302.645.6664.

 

Visit us online at LeeAnnGroup.com.

 

As the top selling real estate team in Sussex County Delaware for 2015*, and 15+ years running, we deliver “Superior Service, Outstanding Results” in real estate!

*According to sales data from the Sussex County Association of REALTORS Multiple Listing Service.

22January

Winter IS Coming

Protect Your Investment!

 

It’s not a TV foreshadowing…it looks like a stark reality that winter may actually pay us a longer visit this weekend. After a wonderfully mild fall and winter here at Delaware’s beaches, the forecast calls for high winds, coastal flooding, snow and rain. While we may (thankfully) not get as much snow as our DC and Northern neighbors, the wind and potential flooding are definitely causes to get prepared.

 

Here are a few tips for homeowners to try to prevent costly damage and keep you safe:

 

Gutters – make sure they’re clear so ice doesn’t back up under shingles and they don’t cave under the weight.

Trees – be watchful of stray branches that may fall on your house or car.

Roof – keep an eye on worn, missing or damaged siding and roof flashing so you can save yourself a leak.

Chimney – inspect for any cracks.

Attic – add to the insulation on your attic floor, both to keep heat in and let the area above the insulation stay cool enough so snow isn’t likely to melt and refreeze.

Exposed pipes - wrap exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or 2 inches of Underwriters Laboratories (UL)-listed heat tape.

Cables – caulk cracks and holes around cable TV wires so interior pipes are not exposed.

“Trickle down” – allow a water trickle from any faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.

Get smart – make sure you know where your home's main water valve is (typically in the basement or outside near the curb) so you can turn water off quickly if a pipe bursts. Also, drain the water system to prevent pipes from freezing damage and bursting if you go away.

Keep warm – If you are leaving your home, lower the heat but don't turn it all the way off.

Prepare pets – In addition to your own provisions, make sure you have enough pet food. And if your pet doesn’t like going outside when there’s snow on the ground, proactively put down a secured tarp. Then, after the snow, fold it back and you have a cleared space for your pet’s necessities J

Post-snow - clear snow and ice from walkways, steps and driveways. Treat these areas with rock salt or deicing products. And if you haven’t been active lately, take it easy! Shoveling is hard work.

 

Above all, stay safe inside!

 

Tips adapted from USAA and Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.

 

Posted in Local News and Information

21January

Celebrating the BHHS Gallo Realty Family

 

Celebrating 2015 with our BHHS Gallo Family

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is proud to be part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty family - both as a sales team and literally as “family” (Lee Ann’s parents, Bette and Sal Gallo founded Gallo Realty). We’re especially aware of this real estate family connection at our annual sales meeting, which was January 13, 2016 at the Baycenter in Dewey Beach. As we do each year, our entire team from Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach offices got together to celebrate the hard work of the prior year and recommit to our ultimate goal of being “community-minded and customer-focused.”

As our company Vice President and Rehoboth Beach broker, Andrew Ratner, shared at the meeting, BHHS Gallo Realty is now 120+ agents strong. This past year marked the highest total number of closed transactions in our company history – 852 – and $306 million in sales volume. Our company welcomed 13 new sales agents last year and celebrated individual and team accomplishments both in the sales and rental departments.


The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group was honored to receive top award, The Chairman’s Circle Diamond Award, for over $100 million in sales volume.

On the national level, the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network is composed of over 40,000 agents in 1,200 offices in 47 states. In 2016, BHHS will: launch a new television commercial; sponsor another sweepstakes program in conjunction with HGTV; participate in networking groups including ReThink Council, the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals, and Facebook groups; refine its Luxury Collection brand; and expand into an international franchise.

Read more about the meeting and awards here in The Cape Gazette article.

We thank all of our fellow team members and clients for an exceptional 2015!

 

Posted in BHHS Gallo News

03December

There's No Place Like a Beach Home for the Holidays

 

December at the beach is definitely not a time to slow down! The calendar is full of fun, festive events and it’s still a great time to walk around downtown shops and restaurants, walk the boardwalk and the beaches - even surf with the right gear!

 

 

 

Just this weekend alone in Downtown Historic Lewes:

 

Thursday, December 3

 

SHOP, DRINK & BE MERRY! Merchants Hospitality Night in commercial district, with live music on Second Street. Always lots of good cheer and fun. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

Saturday, December 5

 

  • TOUR! Annual Lewes Historical Society House Tour (get your tickets first!) – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

One of our listings, 219 Grey Plover Court, The Historic Clare House, is on the tour!

 

  • OPEN HOUSE! Angler’s Nest, new community of single family homes on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

 

  • PARADE! Old Fashioned Christmas Parade (with a special guest at the end!) 5 p.m.

 

  • SING! Caroling and Tree Lighting in Zwaanendael Park

 

And Santa moves back into Second Street next week!

 

For these and so many other reasons, many seasonal residents and home owners have made celebrating holidays at the beach a tradition.

 

And why not? What’s better than walking the beach and getting fresh air on the water, or taking a bike ride on the trail, before or after a celebration with family and friends? Not much! Even better consider a home that's steps to the sand!  Lewes Beach has great opportunities right now. 

 


The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group can connect you to ocean, bay or lake/pond front properties all along Delaware’s beaches. Holidays at the beach are a breath of fresh air! 

 

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

27November

Ho-Ho-Holiday Events at the Beach!

 Ho-ho-holiday Hot Tickets!

Thanksgiving is barely behind us and annual Christmas season and holiday events are ON at the beach!

 

Here’s a quick view to help you plan your next week!

 

 

Friday, 11/27 – 6:30 p.m. 

Rehoboth Beach Holiday Tree Lighting at the Bandstand


Saturday, 11/28 – 6 p.m.                 

Dewey Beach Tree Lighting at Fifer’s Orchards market

 

Tuesday, 12/1 – 6:30 p.m.              

Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas Parade

 

Wednesday, 12/2 – 7:30 p.m.          

Milton Christmas Parade

 

Thursday, 12/3

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.     

Lewes Merchants’ Hospitality Night, Second Street


7 p.m.                  

Georgetown Christmas Parade, W. Market/Front Streets

 

Friday, 12/4 – 6:30-10 p.m.             

Children’s Beach House Holiday Art Show and Sale (cbhinc.org for info)

 

Saturday, 12/5

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.     

Lewes in Bloom Christmas Market, St. Peter’s Church/Zwaanendael Park

 

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.     

42nd Annual Christmas Tour of Lewes (historiclewes.org for info)

 

5 p.m. 

Lewes Christmas Parade, Savannah and Second Streets

 

Get your holiday season off to a great start and go see a parade! 

 

Posted in Local News and Information

25November

Shop Local This "Small Business Saturday" - and beyond!

With the biggest shopping day of the year upon us, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group wants to support our local friends and businesses this “Small Business Saturday” – Saturday, November 28, 2015. American Express started this initiative nationally to raise support for the independently owned retail shops, restaurants and service providers in communities across our country. 

In Sussex County and our beach towns, small businesses are truly the backbone of our economy. 

We have always had so many wonderful boutiques and restaurants; however, as any small business owner can tell you - including my own “mom and pop,” Bette and Sal Gallo, who started their real estate business four decades ago - opening and sustaining a “small business” is no “small task.” 

Imagine what our towns would be like without the shops that sustain our local economy.  These locally owned and run businesses essentially make Delaware beaches unique places to live and set us apart as real departures from suburbia. The more our small businesses thrive, the better it is for all of us: locals and visitors alike.

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is thankful for the support of our local customers, local colleagues and services, and we are happy to support other local small businesses, too.

Happy local shopping!

Posted in Local News and Information

11September

Weekend Open Houses

 We’re rolling out welcome mats all over town!

Looking for a beach property - but don’t know where to start?

Trying to decide between new construction, a distinctive classic, or an amenity-rich 55+ community?

 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group has you covered!

Join us each day this weekend for an Open House at three distinct properties/locations:

 

Friday, September 11

3 – 5 p.m.

Angler’s Nest

Starting at $689,900

Lewes Beach - by the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal

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Saturday, September 12

12-3 p.m.

45 Oak Avenue

Rehoboth Beach

Offered at $1,299,000

In the sought-after Pines area

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Sunday, September 13

1-3 p.m.

30145 George Washington Avenue

Offered at $474,900

Independence, a 55+ Community

 

For more information about these great homes, or any other property at the Delaware Beaches, please contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by phone at (302) 645-6664, or visit our website at www.LeeAnnGroup.com

 

As the top selling Realtor in Sussex County for 2014, and the #8 sales group for BHHS nationwide, we deliver "Superior Service, Outstanding Results," 7-days-a-week!

 

Posted in Beach Homes

25August

Neighborhood Spotlight

WOLFE POINTE

 

Looking for a luxury neighborhood lifestyle that’s modern yet established, close to a charming historic town AND the bay, the ocean, nature trails, waterways, water sports, shopping, dining, and more? Wolfe Pointe is your answer!

 

This well-located neighborhood features large, custom-built homes on spacious lots, some backing to state wetlands. Several lots are currently for sale, which gives you even more opportunity to customize. The Wolfe Pointe Community features an outdoor pool, tennis courts, common areas – and again, it offers easy access to Downtown Historic Lewes, Cape Henlopen State Park, and biking/walking trails to Rehoboth Beach.

 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group has several homes and lots currently listed in a variety of sizes and price ranges. Take a look and feel free to contact us with any questions or for more information!

 

36087 Tarpon Drive

Offered at $1,350,000

COASTAL LIFESTYLE SHOWPIECE & UNPARALLELED PRIVACY 

Evoke a Charleston and Low Country feel with this masterfully designed home.  As the perfect venue to enjoy privacy and expansive views of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, this custom home offers 5,000 square feet of gracious, comfortable living. Bask in the retreat-like elegance of the amazing owner’s suite and luxury bath - which allows for one-floor living. Entertain in the professionally appointed gourmet kitchen and numerous rooms for relaxing - including 2 screened porches and 4 decks. Family and guests will appreciate third-floor privacy and miles of exceptional views. An ample three-car garage and versatile first floor with loads of storage complete the picture. Gorgeous landscaped grounds, impeccable interior, and coastal location make this residence truly exceptional. 

 

35851 Tarpon Drive

Offered at $899,900

STYLE PERFECTION

Impeccable from first glance, this 4BR, 4.5BA home offers upgrades galore! Tasteful decor and refinished hardwoods provide the canvas for this truly exceptional home featuring four suites, first- and second-floor master bedrooms with sitting areas and luxury baths; formal dining and living rooms, inviting family room, dazzling gourmet kitchen with marble and soap stone countertops, Electrolux refrigeration, and stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the natural haven that surrounds you from multiple porches and balconies with wetland views, lush landscaping, and so much more!

 

16675 Blue Marlin Court

Offered at $829,900

EXQUISITE CUSTOM HOME

Wolfe Pointe home delivers the “wow!” factor!  High-end details and spacious floor plan feature first and second floor master suites with luxury baths, 9/10-foot ceilings, coffered and tray ceilings with custom moldings, two Rinnai water heaters, full basement roughed-in for bath and more!  Just take a quick bike ride to Historic Lewes, or hop on the trail to Rehoboth Beach.

 

16650 Blue Marlin Court (building lot)

Offered at $419,000

LOT TO LOVE

…on this tree-lined lot on the perimeter of Wolfe Pointe. Enjoy cascading views of the wetlands and a private, cul-de-sac location in this prestigious beach community. Build your dream home with no builder tie-in! Reach downtown Historic Lewes, beaches, restaurants and the bike/walking trail to Rehoboth Beach with ease.

 

16908 Black Marlin Circle (building lot)

Offered at $349,900

BASK IN SUNSHINE AND PRIVACY

Choose this sought-after locale for your new home in Lewes’ Wolfe Pointe. Gorgeous site offers perfect wetland views with bright southerly exposure, marsh view, and the endless privacy of a well-located, wooded back yard. No builder tie-in! Your scene it set, just envision your dream home and make the move. Don’t miss it!

cleardot Delaware - Lee Ann Group

 

31July

Open Houses August 1st!

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome mats are out this Saturday…Join us!

 Saturday, August 1st

 

 

 

 

Noon - 2 p.m.

Villages of Five Points East

MLS#700924

33654 Hunters Run, Lewes

Offered at $499,900

 

Upscale design meets single-story convenience in this bright, charming Villages of Five Points home! This 4BR, 2.5BA Ranch home is both spacious and easy to maintain. Enjoy an intuitive layout that includes a great room, gourmet eat-in kitchen, office, large master suite with huge walk-in closet and beautiful private bath, and upgrades throughout. Plus, the wonderful community amenities are yours: two pools, tennis, walking/running paths, proximity to shopping, dining, and more!

 

 

Noon - 3 p.m.

Angler’s Nest

Starting at:

215 Grey Plover Court

Starting at $689,900

 

Welcome To Angler's Nest – Lewes’ newest community of 17 Single Family Homes where you can walk to Historic Downtown Lewes and beaches. Brought to you by Collier Homes! Explore designs and options available for your custom home.

 

 

For more information about the Delaware Beaches, please contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by phone at (302) 645-6664, or visit our website at www.LeeAnnGroup.com

 

As the top selling Realtor in Sussex County for 2014, and the #8 sales group for BHHS nationwide, we deliver "Superior Service, Outstanding Results," 7-days-a-week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Beach Homes

21July

Q&A: Fixer-upper vs. New Construction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q: What’s a better investment – total fixer-uppers, existing homes, or new construction?

A: We hear this question a lot, both from out-of-towners and locals, and it is really a matter of preference.

 

Historic Lewes homes have a strong draw if you like charm. If you have the time and can afford to renovate a home in the Lewes Historic District, for example, there are some wonderful opportunities to live in a town where you can walk to everything.

 

Re-sale homes are often great values. Our market has many homes that the original (or only second) owners are selling, which they bought new. These homes can be inexpensively upgraded, so in general, you can get a great value buying a resale over new construction.

 

New construction is definitely a hot ticket right now and offers the latest trends in materials and customization. Many buyers come from a traditional home they have lived in for 20+ years and just won’t consider anything but new. Many local builders make it so easy to design and make selections that building a new home is fun and not the hassle it once was.

 

No matter which direction you take, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group can connect you to different types of homes and property options throughout the Delaware Beach communities, both east and west of Route 1. Please feel free to call us at (302) 645-6664 to explore your options!

 

As the top selling Realtor in Sussex County for 2014, and the #8 sales group for BHHS nationwide, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group delivers "Superior Service, Outstanding Results," 7-days-a-week!

 

08July

Recipe for Selling 2015

Sussex County farmers’ market season is getting in full swing, which means gorgeous crops of tomatoes, zucchini, berries, peaches, the list goes on, are filling the farmers' tables. It’s a perfect time to pull the tried-and-true zucchini bread or cobbler recipe out of the card box (or Google one, it’s 2015!).

We go back to the favorites out of tradition and because those recipes never fail. Adding some chocolate chips to the zucchini bread or mixing berries in the cobbler, even mixing tomatoes and peaches for a refreshing caprese salad, can liven up your table and make the flavors pop.

If you are selling your home, you may want to consider this strategy for your own property: Take a look at your home and consider how you can make your property “fresh for the picking.”

Here’s a ‘tried-and-true’ recipe we like to start with at The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group. Turning again to a cooking analogy, take a look at presentation, the first impression

Price: The ultimate “first impression.”  Make sure your house is priced accordingly (competitively and attractively) if you want to sell quickly. 

Presentation: Why do we put off doing those little things for ourselves while we are living in a home – until it’s time for someone else to enjoy it?  It’s common, but NOW is definitely the time to do these projects.  People form first impressions on sensory information, not necessarily on ‘what could be.’

Try to take a look at your home with fresh eyes. Or, ask your REALTOR to make recommendations based on her or his first impression.  These tips may seem obvious – and it may seem that buyer should be able to envision everything clean – but it’s a lot easier to envision when it actually IS clean! (The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group offers a free staging consultation.) 

Walk into your house and take a deep breath with a 'fresh' nose. Do you smell your pets or smoky furniture?  Has your home been closed up with A/C – or do you need a fresh filter?  The old ‘baking cookies for the open house’ strategy works for a reason!  You can, however, have too much of a good thing.  Try to go for neutral versus too much potpourri or heavy scents.  People love a fresh, new smell.

Eliminate clutter and paperwork.  The fine Lladro figurines may be beautiful, but they are also precious, breakable and set a certain style.  Take time to put them away carefully and set a neutral stage for your prospective buyer.

Freshen your paint, and wipe down ceiling fans, walls, handrails, baseboards, and light switches (even swap out dated light switches for more modern ones with dimmers).

Inspect all of your sinks, faucets, and toilets for drips and leaks.  Seal leaky faucets, replace washers, and caulk where necessary. Consider ordering a professional home inspection now, before the often-hectic contract timeframe, so you don’t encounter surprises.

Don’t neglect the outside.  With all the rain we have had lately, make sure your gutters are cleaned out and check your basement for any water leakage or mildew. Plus, standing water breeds mosquitoes! Clip your flowers and gardens to keep them looking great, too.

Recipe for Success

Unlike baking, home selling is not an exact science.  These tips are based on more than 30 years of home-selling experience, and are by no means all-inclusive!  One thing to keep in mind is that today, most people look online first and have already "seen" the inside of your home with photos and Virtual Tours, so putting your best foot forward at the moment you list your home is key.

The most successful recipe at The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is equal parts experience and current market knowledge – with a dash of intuition and flexibility.  Please visit us online at www.LeeAnnGroup.com or call us at (302) 645-6664 to customize a recipe for selling your home!

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

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