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30November

Small Business = Big Gains for Our Towns

Supporting "Mom & Pop"

Today is “Small Business Saturday” – an initiative started 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.

Local Market

As many real estate professionals like to say, “real estate is local.”  Our Delaware beach market is unique and inherently local: buying a home here is perhaps as “shopping local” as you can get!

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

Happy local shopping!

Posted in Local News and Information

25November

Breaking News: Lewes Board of Adjustment Approves Project

Call The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group If You Are Interested!

Rendering from Davis Bowen & Friedel Inc.

Breaking Lewes Real Estate News!

The Lewes Board of Adjustment met November 19, 2013 and approved a nine-unit townhouse construction project for the corner of Savannah and Angler’s Roads.  Evergreene Companies Inc. owns the property (formerly the site of the Henlopen Motel) and plans to construct two buildings that will house the nine townhomes.   Lee Ann Wilkinson attended the meeting and spoke in support of the plan.

 

The Board considered another proposed project, developed by Cliff Diver, at 402 Savannah Road - the site of the U.S. Post Office annex; however, it requested more information before approval.

Combined, both projects will bring 17 new townhome opportunities to Lewes east of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. 

We expect brisk interest in the projects and encourage interested buyers to call our offices (302.645.6664) as soon as possible for more information!

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ORIGINAL Cape Gazette ARTICLE

18November

Historic Waterfront Views

The Lewes-Rehoboth Canal is the historic lifeline of Lewes.  No description of our town is complete without it; it’s been the central force in Lewes for centuries.  It makes sense that the heart of downtown is built along the Canal – with ever-increasing great cafes, restaurants, shops, businesses, and scenic recreation from The Lewes Canalfront Park.  So, it also makes sense that real estate along Pilottown Road is some of the most sought-after in Lewes. 

 

 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group currently features several interesting and unique opportunities along the Canal.  Take a look!  As always, if you have any questions or interest, we are only a phone call away at (302) 645-6664, an email away at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or a click away at www.LeeAnnGroup.com!

Pilottown Road Featured Properties with The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group:

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344 Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE

$950,000

CANAL FRONT CHARM

Beautiful historic home features modern updates while maintaining period architecture. Enjoy spacious grounds with private gardens and sitting areas, and off-street rear parking.  Property includes a basement with loads of storage space!  So much, so close to the heart of Lewes!

 

314 Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE

$699,900

AND

316 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE

$399,900

PRIME LEWES LOCALE

House, adjacent lot - or both for a package price of $1,000,000! Completely renovated in 2013, this historically significant downtown Lewes home offers a spacious lot itself and direct canal-front views at an attractive price. Enjoy an easy walk to all Lewes attractions, restaurants, cafes, shopping, historic sites and recreation – priceless!

 

409 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE

$599,900

IMMEDIATE ROI

“Valley Of The Swan Marina” is a unique opportunity to buy your own, turn-key marina! Property includes 136 feet of prime Lewes-Rehoboth Canal frontage, 8 boat slips, and recently renovated boat house!  Leases are already in place for immediate return on your investment!  Call The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (302) 645-6664 for details. 

 

Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE

$225,000

GET YOUR BOATS ON THE BAY!

Seize this well-priced opportunity to own Lewes-Rehoboth Canal-front land on lovely Pilottown Road.  Property features four boat slips, one dock 60 feet x 10 feet wide with two 3-feet wide finger piers and 14 pilings!  Slips are close to the Roosevelt Inlet, which makes access to the Delaware Bay quick and easy!  Don’t miss this rare offer and $10 – 12,000 annual income potential!  

09November

Coastal Concerts: Culture at the Beach

Maybe you remember the TV show “Green Acres” (at least I hope so, or I feel way too old)?  Of course, city-lover Eva Gabor marries country-lover Eddie Albert and has to give up her sophisticated lifestyle – comedy and adventure follow.  As exciting and welcome a move to the beach is, sometimes there’s a bit of a Green Acres transition.  It’s an extreme example, but if you have lived in the city all your life, it may feel that way from time to time.

Often the transitional issues are really about moving from work to leisure.  As almost all retired people I know say, however, they are busier in retirement than in their “working” lives.  Plus today, there are many variations on retirement.

Whether or not you are making the retirement transition, any move to the beach can be a transition from urban life.  My clients who move from metropolitan areas welcome the slower pace (they don’t call us “Slower Lower Delaware” for nothing!).  Walking the beach or your neighborhood in the morning, actually seeing a full, dark night sky at night, and getting away from beltway/highway traffic are no-brainers.  The first months after a move are the honeymoon. 

But what if you are used to having theater, fine dining, museums and culture a subway ride away?  Don’t despair. From Milton and Lewes to Rehoboth, Dewey and Bethany, our restaurants can compete with any city’s menu.  Culture offerings are expanding, too.  The Rehoboth Jazz Festival always attracts renowned musicians, and we have many home-grown favorites.  The Rehoboth Beach Film Festival screens a great selection of international films.  Organizations like Coastal Concerts and Clear Space Productions bring fantastic events to our region.

A Note about Coastal Concerts

I am proud to say the Prudential Gallo - Touch of Italy Foundation, a group formed in 2010 to bring world-class performers to Sussex County and support local organizations in need, has supported Coastal Concerts for the enrichment music brings to our community.  The group’s mission is to promote classical music appreciation in central Delmarva through live concerts, outreach, and educational activities

Take advantage of and enjoy the group’s mission – and its 15th Season - worthy of “Park Avenue” and our beautiful, beach “countryside.”

  • November 16, 2013 - 2 p.m. – Brasil Guitar Duo
  • February 8, 2014 – 2 p.m. – Danish String Quartet
  • March 1, 2014 – 2 p.m. – Elena Urioste, Violinist
  • March 22, 2014 – 7 p.m. – C hing-Yun Hu, Pianist

 

Ages 10-18 Free; For ticketing and more information, visit www.coastalconcerts.org or call (888) 212-6458.

Concerts are held at Bethel UMC Hall, Fourth & Market Streets in downtown Lewes.

Posted in Local News and Information

02November

'Land' of Opportunity

Building Lots Offer Owner Flexibility

If You Build It…

If you are moving to the beach or within Sussex County, or if you are looking for an investment property, you have thousands of options to consider.  Comparing prices and personalities of different neighborhoods and towns gives you an edge in your search, and lets you know “how much house” you can get for your price point in each respective area. 

Do you want an ‘in-town’ lifestyle or property with a water view, for example? Downtown Lewes, Milton, and Rehoboth offer three distinctly different opportunities. Members of The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group can help you narrow down where you want to be, based on your priorities, and identify options/neighborhoods you may not have considered.

If your search of existing properties does not inspire you, another option to consider is purchasing a building lot.  You can search for lots and land through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) here on The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group website. If you have questions about “setbacks,” “frontage,” “conditional use” and other real estate lingo that often makes its way into descriptions, please do not hesitate to ask us!

Many building lots – most outside of neighborhoods and even many in neighborhoods – advertise “no builder tie-in.”  You’re free to choose your own builder, which of course means you can customize a home to suit your own taste.  

Best of all, if you build it…you will love it, especially given the great prices of many building lots in today’s market!

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group currently has approximately 50 lots listed throughout Sussex County – both rural and in neighborhoods from Milton to Georgetown to Lewes and beyond.  Prices range from under $50,000 to under $700,000.

We would be happy to help you find the lot that fits your ‘punch list’ of desired specifications from the broad range available throughout the Sussex County MLS.  Here is a list of featured lots that are listed through The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group:

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Featured Lots in Georgetown

 

Featured Lots in Lewes

Featured Lots in Milton

If you have a lot to sell, we would love to hear from you, too!

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group

www.leeanngroup.com

(302) 645-6664

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Posted in Local News and Information

26October

Focus on Five Points

All of us shop and dine in The Villages of Five Points – why not make it home, either for yourself or family and friends you want to join you at the beach? 

 

This town center concept community has established itself over the past decade as a hub of shopping, eating, and convenience for Lewes residents and visitors.  Walk to groceries, restaurants, fitness, pharmacy, and more (and don’t forget the frozen yogurt!).

 

 

Community amenities include pool, tennis courts, walking and biking trails – all east of Route 1!  Summer concerts and events are highlights for this community, too.

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group currently features these great opportunities to live at the heart of it all:

17228 Chatham St, Lewes, DE

Price: $309,000

 

33108 Batten St, Lewes, DE

Price: $299,900

 

17314 Village Main Boulevard, Lewes, DE

Price: $179,900

 

For information on these or any other properties in the area, please contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (888) 770-6664 or (302) 645-6664, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit us online at www.leeanngroup.com.

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19October

Greater than the Sum of Our Parts

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

This wise, time-tested observation applies to most situations (thank you, Aristotle!).  It’s also a highly efficient way of saying that what we achieve together is more than any one of us could accomplish alone.  At The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, we are putting this philosophy to the test every day to make sure each of us brings value to our clients’ real estate transactions.  I’m proud of the work we have accomplished and of each team member that helps the process go smoothly for buyers and sellers.  From listing your home to finding a buyer – or from your first phone call or email of interest to settlement on your new property – each member of my team uses all of our extensive resources to get the job done.  After all, there’s no “I” in team, either!

 

Meet The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group - our team at “home” and in the field:

Dane Baich, REALTOR®, Buyer’s Agent

Carrie Gentile, REALTOR®, Listing Manager

Beth Heid, Communications Coordinator

Chris Holt, REALTOR®, Chief Operating Officer, Listing/Buyer’s Agent

Trish Irwin, Settlement Coordinator 

Garrett King, REALTOR®, Buyer's Agent

Erin Marsh Lee, REALTOR®, Buyer's Agent

Mary McLeod, REALTOR®, Buyer’s Agent

Cyndi Myers, REALTOR®, Settlement Coordinator 

Mark Robinson, REALTOR®, Buyer's Agent

Dawn Singley, Showing Coordinator

Taylor Wilkinson, Listing Coordinator

Lee Ann Wilkinson, REALTOR®, President

Call us, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, at (302) 645-6664, visit us online at www.LeeAnnGroup.com, or visit our offices at 16698 Kings Highway in Lewes.  

06October

Closings, Despite Government “Closing”

Federal government shutdown has not impacted our local real estate settlements. If you would like to buy or sell property, like this beautiful home at 33693 Bay Ridge Lane, call us!

 

The continued shutdown of our Federal Government is concerning on many levels – including its reach to Cape region residents still working in Washington, DC., and the impact of people furloughed throughout the country.  Of course it’s a topic unto itself.

 

We can at least address one question: How will the shutdown affect the home buying process?

Most federal agencies involved in federal housing and mortgage programs will continue to operate throughout the shutdown, though a few may process things slightly more slowly.  To summarize a reference sheet from The National Association of REALTORS released on October 3, 2013:

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) – specifically single family mortgage loans, VA Loan Guaranty program, Government Sponsored Enterprises (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) and the Treasury’s The Making Home Affordable Program (HAMP and HAFA) will continue to operate during the shutdown, with some requiring subsequent verification of information.  The IRS and Social Security Administration may be the slowest to process requests for verification.

To summarize a local report from our friends at Dynamic Mortgage:  We are closing loans! 

Whether you have already put a contract on a property to buy or are considering a purchase, mortgages are still moving along!  Check with your mortgage lender to find out if the federal shutdown may impact you personally, and always feel free to contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group with any questions about buying or selling homes and land in our Delaware Beach communities!

Posted in National Real Estate News

28September

Berkshire Hathaway and Prudential Gallo, REALTORS in 2014

Winds of Change are Positive

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group shares the excitement of our parent company, Prudential Gallo, REALTORS, to be transitioning to a new franchise affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in early January 2014.  The franchise agreement between Berkshire Hathaway and Prudential Gallo, REALTORS was officially announced earlier this week. 

With this exciting change, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group and Prudential Gallo, REALTORS will become affiliated with what is widely recognized as the most successful and admired business organization worldwide.  We are extremely confident that this move will enable us to serve our clients and customers to the highest degree in the industry. Best of all for us, our company will remain family-owned and operated – a significant source of personal commitment and pride.

Another source of great pride for us is that Prudential Gallo, REALTORS was one of the top 75 of nearly 500 Prudential franchises to be invited to transition to Berkshire Hathaway in the initial roll-out.  We believe this distinction speaks to the confidence of Berkshire Hathaway and its leader, Warren Buffet, to invest in our real estate market, which is a great sign for all of us as home buyers and sellers.

Be sure to look for more information and a new marketing design from The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group as the name change takes effect!

Posted in BHHS Gallo News

20September

A Window is Open for Buyers and Sellers

If you have been watching interest rates and waiting to make a move, you have a newly opened window of opportunity.  This week, the Federal Reserve announced it would continue to purchase mortgage-backed securities and Treasury bonds, according to a September 19, 2013 CNNMoney article.  In other words, the Fed will not taper these purchases – which should keep mortgage rates at least the same, if not slightly lower, for awhile. 

The question remains as to whether or not we are headed toward a 5% mortgage rate; however, (as sited in CNNMoney) Freddie Mac’s chief economist, Frank Nothaft, said rates could hit 5% by mid-2014.  To keep things in perspective, these rates are still relatively low - but they offer a chance at savings for buyers that are on the fence now about purchasing a home.

If you are in the process of buying a home now – awaiting your settlement/closing – consider these tips (courtesy of Chris Hoenen at Schab and Barnett):

If you are paying cash:

  • Arrange for your certified funds in advance of closing to allow time. 
  • Make sure your insurance is in place, even if you are not using a lender.
  • Get a survey! Even if you do not have a lender requiring it, a survey protects you as the buyer.

 

If you are selling a property: 

  • You have closing duties, too!  Complete the letter/checklist your attorney sends you, which includes requests for your mortgage lender, a survey (if you have one) and association contact information.  Privacy laws prevent payoff without sellers’ authorization.  Sellers can greatly expedite closing by returning this information.

 

If you are looking for a property to buy – or if you have one to sell: 

  • Call The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group today at (302) 645-6664 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We are ready to help you open your window of opportunity!

Posted in Advice for Home Buyers

14September

Fall Forecast

Market and Weather Conditions

Fall Forecast

If we are talking about weather, our outlook is sunny and 70 degrees - a breath of fresh air for fall!  If we are talking about real estate, our local outlook continues to warm up - a breath of fresh air for sellers!

“Inventory” has been the hot word for the past several months.  The number of homes available for sale has been historically low, both nationwide and locally.  This summer, while we saw the frequency of new listings rise, many homes sold within a week of hitting the market, especially lots and homes in-town/in downtown Lewes. 

With this rise in homes on the market, we also saw an increase in multiple offers for certain properties.  Even though interest rates are edging up, it is still a great time to purchase a home.  So, if you have been considering selling your home, it’s a good time to consider your own long-range forecast!  The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is always available to consult with potential sellers (and buyers!) about your home value, comparable local sales, and your own marketing plan.  Contact us anytime for more information.

 

Weekend Outlook - Sunny with a chance of dragons

This weekend’s weather shift is also a perfect time for locals to change our own outlook.  Enjoy a different outdoor activity, even if that means just taking a sweatshirt to the beach, taking a long walk on the Rehoboth Boardwalk, or hitting the soccer field in Milton!

A new option this fall is to head to downtown Lewes for The First Annual Lewes Dragon Boat Festival!  Tomorrow, Sunday, September 15 beginning at 11 a.m., watch 21 local teams take to the Lewes Canalfront Park and the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.  If you have never seen a Dragon Boat race, check it out – and look for many of your local friends, paddling together to the beat of the same drummer.  The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is a proud sponsor and joins a group of local businesses and restaurants for the fun.  Bring the whole family!

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

07September

Sellers, Take Heart!

"Oh no!  My house didn't sell during the summer! Now what?"

If that’s on the tip of your tongue, you are not alone.  It’s a common misconception, especially at the beach, that summer is the hottest time for buying and selling property.  Of course, it’s the “hottest” time overall, but summer is not the only time (or even the best time) for buyers to make a move.

 

As we are lucky enough to notice this week, fall is beautiful at Delaware’s beaches.  Gorgeous weather, less traffic, and more “normalcy” offer a real look at what it’s like to live in a beach town during most of the year.  If you are in the market for a beach home, now is the time to 'fall' in love!

 

While summer was busy, fall still offers many great opportunities to attract visitors - and potential home buyers - to the beach.

 

Locals and visitors can enjoy less-crowded beaches and restaurants, walk the Rehoboth Boardwalk, browse antiques shows, car shows, and taste chocolate (and that’s just this weekend alone!). Check out www.leweschamber.com or www.rehoboth.com for dates and times of favorites like antique shows, sidewalk sales, the Jazz Festival, Sea Witch/Halloween Weekend, and Film Festival.

 

Fall, Foward

One thing to consider: If your home or property was on the market all summer without any interest or showings, now is a great time to discuss your fall plan with your Realtor.

 

Evaluate pricing of other local, similar properties – both currently for sale and that may have recently sold, particularly over the summer.  Discuss ways to make your home stand out, including basic maintenance like cleaning up your yard, transitioning to fall plantings, and keeping gutters and drains clear.

 

If you would like to sell your house and need advice on how to get the ball rolling, call The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (302) 645-6664 or send us a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We sold more property than any other realtor in Sussex County last year and would be happy to help!

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

31August

Summer by Numbers

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day Weekend is here! Congratulations to all of our local businesses and employees for hosting another great summer at the beach.  Back-to-school time is a transitional time all around.  Here at the beach, it also means the end of many extra summer employees (as college students leave for the semester) and a time to transition from seasonal to year-round teams.  Please bear with our local restaurants and retail businesses this weekend!

Of course, the main focus on Labor Day is appreciation and recognition for the hard work each of us does all year.  Hopefully many visitors and locals alike are enjoying a well-deserved day off on Monday! 

So, while you have extra time to read The Cape Gazette, here’s a quick real estate snapshot of the summer.

(All information taken as of August 30, 2013 from InnoVia/Sussex County Multiple Lisiting Service)

As of today (August 30, 2013):

  • In Sussex County overall, there are 3,802 active residential real estate listings (not including lots/land/commercial)
  • In Lewes and Rehoboth: 610 active listings
  • From Dewey to Fenwick: 1,345 active listings

Between June 1 and August 30 – Summer 2013:

  • Sussex County REALTORS sold 1,050 residential properties
  • In the Lewes and Rehoboth area during this time frame, 152 residential properties sold and 87 are under contract (not yet closed/settled)
  • In the Dewey/Bethany/Fenwick area, 182 residential properties sold and 164 are under contract

 

Just a note to keep in mind: the “sold” properties are those that actually closed/settled after June 1; however, they could have been considered “under contract” before summer.  Likewise, many of the properties that went under contract this summer may not close/settle until September or later in the fall. 

Overall, August has been a busy month for everyone at the beach – and Labor Day definitely doesn’t mean the end of beach time.  If you are a seasonal visitor to Delaware’s Beaches, don’t forget that “summer” around here is as long as the weather holds, which can be through Christmas and beyond.  Look for all of our great fall events – from Sea Witch and Punkin Chunkin to the Jazz and Film Festivals – and plan a fall trip, too! 

And if you are a local resident, and even a business owner or local employee, enjoy this weekend and the reward of reaching September: (arguably) the most wonderful time of the year at the beach!

If you are wondering about the value of your beach home or property, of if you are looking to buy here at the beach, call The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (302) 645-6664 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We are happy to help!

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

24August

Living on the Cape's Shores

How do you want to spend your summer vacations?

There’s only one more week until Labor Day Weekend!  It may be hard to believe, but the best of summer is yet to come: September.

As all the kids go back to school for the question, “How did you spend your summer vacation,” maybe we should all ask ourselves the same thing. 

What did you get to do this summer that you really enjoyed?  Did you get enough beach time, family time, and did your vacation home or rental set the right scene?  Delaware beaches have so many different activities, but some of the most action- and relaxation-packed venues are where the bay meets the ocean at Cape Henlopen.

We can’t live in Cape Henlopen State Park, but just steps away from the sprawling protected lands, bike/running paths, and Atlantic Ocean beaches is the Cape Shores community.  Cape Shores offers unparalleled amenities on Lewes Beach:

  • easy sandy beach access (most houses are either on the bay or just a few lots away)
  • fishing pier
  • community pool
  • tennis
  • proximity to downtown Historic Lewes attractions and restaurants (1.5 miles) 

Its sunrise and sunset views are amazing, too.

There’s a lot more summer left to enjoy – and now is a beautiful time to explore find a location that makes the most of your summer expectations.

“How you spent your summer vacation” is up to you!

 

Consider these unique opportunities in Cape Shores! (Once you select one, just hit "back" on your browser to return to this page.)

 

114 Cape Shores Dr, Lewes, DE – Price Just Reduced $200K!

$1,599,900

 

301 Cape Shores Dr, Lewes, DE

$1,049,000

 

311 Cape Shores Dr, Lewes, DE (Lot)

$549,000

Posted in Lewes, Beach Homes

18August

Home Sellers' "Almanac"

 

An Ounce of Prevention

One of the recurring certainties in life is as Ben Franklin once said: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." This timeless advice applies to selling a home, specifically to getting a pre-emptive home inspection and even septic inspection (if applicable).

 

 

 

Considering that real estate, specifically buying a house, is usually the largest purchase anyone makes in a lifetime, it makes sense that buyers want to cross every 't' and dot every 'i'.  Sometimes it seems to take a lifetime to complete the sale (not just in terms of paying a 30-year mortgage!), in terms of negotiating an inspection report on the sale of an historic - or even a relatively brand new - home. Furthermore, and this is where the "ounce of prevention" comes in, all too often, sellers discover a major home defect only after the buyers' home inspection report comes back.

 

 

 

While the home inspection is usually a cost that the buyers incur, sellers can save time in the long run by ordering a home inspection when they list their house for sale. Home inspections range in price, depending on the size/age of the property and how much time the inspector needs, but can cost several "Ben Franklins."

 

 

 

Conducting a preventive home inspection may not necessarily mean that buyers won't ask for one or the mortgage company won't also require a current one; however, it gives sellers a strong position in selling and helps identify any areas of concern ahead of time.

 

 

 

Once buyers present an offer and sellers accept, a relatively firm calendar is set in motion with prescribed time frames for buyer-ordered inspection, seller response and/or correction, buyer acceptance, and contractual ratification. Plus, in the (hopefully brief) wait between listing and selling their home, sellers can enjoy the benefits of living in a fully safe and up-to-code home!

 

 

 

Most importantly, a preventive home inspection can make the road to closing/final sale a smooth one for everyone.

 

 

 

An Ounce of Suction...

 

Similarly, if sellers have a septic system (vs. community/town sewer), they should maintain their home's sewage treatment system and have it serviced regularly.  Upon making an offer of sale on a home, buyers will order a septic inspection. The number of people living in a home can dictate the frequency and requirements for maintaining a septic system; however, regular maintenance is ideal.

 

 

 

Starting in 2014, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is making its septic inspection requirements more stringent, especially in certain areas near watersheds. Since human nature is to wait until the last minute (we haven't taken all of Ben Franklin's advice to heart!), home owners with septic systems who are planning to sell can get ahead of the possible run on septic companies and order their inspections ahead of 2014.

 

 

 

Whether through a pre-emptive home inspection or septic inspection, sellers can help clear the path to closing!

 

 

 

For help with the entire path to selling a home, please contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at www.leeanngroup.com or (302) 645-6664.

 

Posted in Advice for Sellers

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