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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

20March

Welcome Spring!

Beach season 2016 is starting! Enjoy! Spring break is a great time to check out your next home - or spruce up the one you have for sale. Call us at The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (302) 645-6664 if you need help!

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

22February

Coastal Cuisine: Another Reason to Move to the Beach!

If there’s one thing we do very well at the beach in Delaware, it’s EAT! We’ve become experts over time – from Sussex County home cooking staples like chicken and dumplings, scrapple, corn on the cob, lima beans, stewed tomatoes, and other vast local produce options - to the “new” (in the last few decades) gourmet restaurant scene that continues to evolve. We are fortunate enough to have the natural wonders of the beach, bay, trails and marshes, so adding in great food? Well, it definitely sweetens the deal when considering buying a home at the beach! (Take these oysters from Fish On!, for example...).

 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is thrilled to have the opportunity to help get the word out about our great local restaurant scene, and we are proud to sponsor Coastal Cuisine – a home-grown food and culture show produced by Michael Sprouse and TwinFin Media. As they say themselves, Coastal Cuisine “covers all aspects of the thriving food-based hospitality industry throughout the region with a relaxed, fun flair!” From behind-the-scenes interviews with award winning chefs from top-rated restaurants to roadside BBQ, they cover it all.

Check out our Coastal Cuisine commercial!

 

The Coastal Cuisine crew has already showcased some fabulous new restaurants this month, like Forgotten Mile Ale House in Rehoboth Beach and Bacchus Wine Bar in Milton.

You can check out these segments and more here: http://www.coastalcuisine.tv/!

If you want to stay on the cutting edge, watch each new segment: It’s aired on WRDE NBC during the Friday 6 and 11 PM news, as well as hourly during the Saturday and Monday morning segments of the NBC TODAY show. We’ll be watching, too! Bon appetit 

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.

28January

Data-Driven Market Analysis

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group's 2015 Statistical Newsletters are Here!

 

Happy 2016 from all of us at The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group!  We hope you are staying warm and enjoying a great start to the New Year. It is hard to believe that another year has passed so quickly, but it is time for our annual sales report:

The Year in Real Estate – 2015 Statistics.

 

Lewes Statistical Newsletter 2015

 

Rehoboth Statistical Newsletter 2015

 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group compiles these reports each year to analyze our local real estate market activity. We find this data incredibly helpful toward our own informed market analyses for home buyers and sellers, and we are pleased to share it with you. As you will see, the market continues to be strong.

 

Note: We assemble this information from the Multiple Listing Service of the Sussex County Association of REALTORS®, which includes sales data from all of its participating real estate brokers and agents in the areas displayed in this report.

 

Remarkably, this past year proved to be the best year ever in terms of sales for The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group. We are continually grateful for the confidence our customers place in us.

 

Thank you for making us #1 Real Estate Team in Sussex County for 2015 – a distinction we have been honored to hold for more than a dozen years.

 

If you have any questions about this information or the market value of your home, please always feel free to call us at (302) 645-6664. We would be honored to put our experience and market analysis to work for you when you are in the market for a REALTOR! 

 

Best wishes as always for an early spring!

 

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

07September

Happy Labor Day!

From all of us at The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, Happy Labor Day! We hope you are enjoying well-deserved rest and relaxation today. 

Summer isn't over yet, but we are looking forward to ushering in the best-kept secret at the beach - gorgeous weather and less-crowded beaches. 

 

If you are thinking of making a move, either buying a home to join us all year or selling a home, please give us a call at 302.645.6664. It's our favorite time of year and still a great time to get your toes in the sand!

Posted in Local News and Information

05September

Open House on Lewes Beach Today - September 5, 2015

Discover Angler’s Nest - THE WELCOME MAT IS OUT – JOIN US!

Open House

Saturday, September 5, 2015

12 - 2 p.m.

Angler’s Nest in Lewes

Reel in a fantastic opportunity to join Lewes’ newest community of single family homes on Lewes Beach! Angler’s Nest offers something for everyone, including new construction, pre-construction lots, and a unique residence – The Historic Clare House – an eclectic mix of history, charm and modern restoration, all in one exceptionally unique home in the heart of Lewes.

Brought to you by Collier Homes, Angler’s Nest features several models to choose from, starting in the upper $600’s.

 

Angler’s Nest puts you in a prime location! Take an easy walk to Historic Downtown Lewes (just across the drawbridge) for dining, shopping, the library and more – or a short stroll to the sands of Lewes Beach!


Directions:

SO CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN AND ON THE LEWES BEACH SIDE!

From Downtown Historic Lewes: Cross the drawbridge to Lewes Beach, take the first left onto Anglers Road, and the community is just past E. Market Street on the right. Look for our flags!

 

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

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