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Advice for Home Buyers

15August

Still Haven't Found What You're Looking For?

Maybe it's time to look at land.

 

Has your home search left you feeling like Bono and U2...singing "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"? Don't despair!

 

 

Our Delaware Beach communities have an attractive inventory of existing homes – some historic and distinguished, some that may need customization for new buyers’ tastes, and others that are brand new. Still, if you are a discriminating buyer that just hasn’t found “The One,” you may be pleasantly surprised by the lots and land available throughout the beach communities – in town, in neighborhoods, waterfront, secluded, you name it!

As the National Association of REALTORS reported last month, home sales rose to their highest levels in 8 years, signaling a brisk economic upturn and a following potential shortfall in the inventory of homes on the market for sale. (See articles in The Wall Street Journal and Reuters for more information, too.)

Regardless of the reasons behind it, if you can’t find the perfect house for you, there’s merit in building one for yourself! Building lots offer several advantages over new/existing homes:

  • Customization/building new to suit your preferences
  • Flexibility for more home styles and sizes – you are not constrained by what’s already there
  • Larger square footage for your home, if desired
  • Availability of building lots all over town – from rural areas to in-town neighborhoods to the beach!

 So if you haven’t found quite the dream home for you, consider building one!

Here’s a link to lots for sale in the MLSIf you would like assistance in locating a lot or an area that suits your style and vision, please call The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (302) 645-6664!

To name just a few examples - there are lots available in the new community, Angler's Nest on Lewes Beach - click here.

There's a great lot in Cape Shores - click here.

Another in Wolfe Pointe - click here.

And a terrific lot and value in Hawkseye - click here.

 

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03April

Open Houses EGGStraordinaire!

Saturday, April 4

Hunting for a perfect home at the beach? 

Join The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at our Open Houses!

Saturday, April 4 – Noon-3 p.m.

from Rehoboth Beach to Lewes Beach

36 West Side Drive, Rehoboth Beach Yacht & Country Club - $669,900 (MLS 617191)

411 Kings Highway, Historic Lewes - $649,900 (MLS 618679)

520 E. Cape Shores Drive - $949,900 (MLS 618266)

110 W. Cape Shores Drive - $869,900 (MLS 617892)

218 W. Cape Shores Drive - $2,295,000 (MLS 619728)

 

Call us at (302) 645-6664 for more information or directions.

(Each link will have a map to the property.)

Visit one - or all five!

Posted in BHHS Gallo News, Advice for Home Buyers

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

10August

Something for Everyone

Our Delaware beach communities offer a full menu of attractions: from Colonial and maritime history to a renowned state park, wildlife sanctuary, and beach/bay recreation.  With vibrant restaurants and galleries that hold their own with metropolitan areas, we really have something for everyone.  Our residential communities offer the same diverse menu for different tastes.  Full-timers and part-timers can choose from historic homes, traditional beach cottages, or new family retreats – either “in-town” or in a growing number of ‘town center’ neighborhoods that have become communities unto themselves.

 

One of the more unique communities in our area is Paynter’s Mill on Route 1 at Cave Neck Road.  With its traditional architecture and street design, Paynter’s Mill is a community worthy of its namesake, Samuel Paynter, Delaware’s 18th governor.  The maintenance-free community has a distinct personality with stately grounds and green spaces, walking/jogging paths, a beautiful clubhouse, fitness center, pool and playground.  In addition, a growing number of retail and dining options are located in the heart of the community.  Paynter’s Mill is equally close to Milton and Lewes, and just a few miles more to Rehoboth Beach – which makes it a great central location for the full range of Delaware beach activities. 

 

Current opportunities to live in Paynter’s Mill include the following properties for sale through The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group.  These well-priced single family homes and condos offer high-end features, like granite countertops and custom kitchen cabinetry, and combine the benefits of new construction with Delaware’s stately charm. 

 

Experience Paynter’s Mill for yourself and discover yet another unique setting at the beach! (Once you have read the link, just use your browser's "back" button to return to this blog.)

16667 Howard Millman Ln, Milton, DE

$349,000

 

16277 John Rowland Trl, Milton, DE

$239,900

 

30847 Annie Lank Ave, Milton, DE

$229,900

 

16359 Abraham Potter Run, Milton, DE

$189,900

 

If you are interested in more information about these or other Delaware beach homes, please contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (302) 645-6664 or online at www.leeanngroup.com.  Find us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Posted in Advice for Home Buyers

22June

"Where do you see yourself in five years?"

Maybe you have heard this question in job interviews: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” It’s either a welcome opportunity to share our goals and life plans, or it’s a time to realize that we really need to think about the answer!

Many people think about renewal this time of year - around the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year in terms of daylight and the position of the sun. Especially in our beach community, even more than the calendar year, summer feels like the beginning.

Fortunately, it IS just the beginning of summer!  It is time to 'plan' to relax and make sure we hit the summer “must do” list: enjoying brunch and dinners at favorite local restaurants, setting aside beach time, biking the Junction and Breakwater Trail, making it to yoga in the Canalfront Park, and getting enough local corn as soon as it’s in! (At least that's my list!)

It’s also a great time to ask, “Where do I want toLIVE in five years?”

No matter what stage you are in life, from first-time homebuyer, second home vacationer, or full-time retiree, it is a perfect time to think about where you actually want to be – where to wake up every morning - and how you can fulfill that five-year (or sooner!) plan.

In the spirit of re-energizing, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group has just reorganized to make sure we continue to be as efficient as possible for our customers.  All of the faces are the same; we have just reorganized the office!

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is:

Lee Ann Wilkinson, REALTOR® and President

For over 30 years, Lee Ann Wilkinson has been a top real estate agent in Lewes, focusing on bringing buyers and sellers together all over Sussex County, Delaware.  Currently Lee Ann ranks as the number one agent in total sales volume and dollar value in Sussex County.

 

Amy Richardson, REALTOR®, Listing Coordinator

Amy has worked in home sales/marketing in the area since 2002 and now works with sellers to position their houses to sell quickly and for the best price.

 

Carrie Gentile, REALTOR®

Carrie works closely with both buyers and sellers, handling everything from marketing properties for sale and writing contracts for Lee Ann’s buyers, to showing properties.

 

Chris Holt, REALTOR®, COO, Listing/Buyer's Agent

Chris Holt joined the Lee Ann Wilkinson group team in January 2012 as a listing and buyer’s agent and the chief operating officer for the Group.

 

Cyndi Myers, REALTOR®, Settlement Coordinator

Cyndi has over 20 years of experience in the mortgage and real estate business.

 

Dane Baich, REALTOR®, Buyer's Agent

Dane is also the lead sales agent at Bay Crossing, representing Blenheim Homes as its on-site agent.

 

Dawn Singley - Showing Coordinator

Dawn is usually the first friendly voice you hear when calling our office, as she is our receptionist and showing appointment coordinator.

 

Erin Marsh, REALTOR®, Buyer's Agent

Erin Marsh is a buyer's agent for The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group. She has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2007, and her hard work and perseverance have led her to continued success in an ever-changing market.

 

Garrett King, REALTOR®, Buyer's Agent

Garrett, a Cape Henlopen High School and Delaware Tech graduate, enjoys matching clients with the perfect properties.

 

Mark Robinson, REALTOR®, Buyer's Agent

Mark has always worked in a customer service-­related field and puts his experience to work for prospective buyers.

 

Trish Irwin, Settlement Coordinator

Trish works with Lee Ann's buyers and sellers to make sure that every aspect of the settlement process - from signed agreement to final settlement - is handled with the utmost efficiency and effectiveness.

 

Each member of The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group brings unique experience to the team – and all members share a commitment to superior service and outstanding results for our clients!  Call us at (302) 645-6664 today if you have questions or are interested in buying or selling a property at the beach.

It’s the perfect time to renew your “five-year plan” to live here!

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What our customers think...

Compared to our experience with the agency we used to sell our house in PA, our experience with your agent [Dane Baich] has been HEAVENLY!

-The Kellys