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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

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

03August

Recipe for Selling

The best time of year at the beach in Delaware and all over Sussex County is here.  Summer?  Yes – but more specifically, tomato season!  (It’s also time for the Historic Lewes Farmers Market’s Tomato Recipe Contest next weekend…)  Delaware tomatoes are delicious, fresh, local, and ripe for the picking!  If you are selling your home, you may want to consider these words to describe your own home. While you already have the “local” part, how can you make your home stand out as ‘fresh’ and ‘ripe for the buying’? 

Even in this market of low inventory, or relatively few properties in the prime locations, buyers (like diners) are wowed by presentation: the first impression

Here are a few tips:

  • 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.’

 

Sight

Try to 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! 

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. 

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.  Clip your flowers and gardens to keep them looking great, too.

Smell

In addition to the visual presentation, try walking into your house 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.

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!  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!

20July

Prudential Real Estate Earns Top Spots for Customer Satisfaction

JD Power and Associates' Annual Survey Results are In!

Prudential Real Estate Ranked Highest for Customer Satisfaction in Three Segments of J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Home Buyer/Seller Study

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group of Prudential Gallo, REALTORS, is proud to be affiliated with Prudential Real Estate, an HSF Affiliates LLC company.  Prudential Real Estate announced last week that its affiliate network ranked highest for customer satisfaction in three of the four segments included in J.D. Power and Associates’ annual Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study: 

  • Repeat Home Buyer
  • First-time Home Buyer
  • First-time Home Seller

 

The J.D. Power and Associates sixth annual study measured customer satisfaction among the nation’s largest real estate brokerage companies in four categories of the home-buying experience:

  • Agent/salesperson
  • Real estate office
  • Closing process
  • Variety of additional services

 

Seller satisfaction was evaluated through the same four factors plus marketing.

According to survey findings (per the Prudential Real Estate July 10, 2013 press release), Prudential Real Estate scored over 800/1000 possible points in each of its top three categories. This represents the third time in six years Prudential Real Estate ranked highest in seller satisfaction (including recognition in 2008 and 2010).

The strong Prudential brand, recognizable by the long-standing “Rock” logo, does stand for strength!  As the survey revealed, brand reputation was a key factor for first-time home buyers and sellers – and satisfaction increases with the number of transactions. 

“As long as I can remember seeing real estate ads on television or on local ‘for sale’ yard signs, I have associated the Prudential brand with stability, dependability and strength,” Lee Ann Wilkinson explains.  “My team and I are proud to be part of this network and represent its commitment to home buyer and seller satisfaction.  Our referrals and repeat clients are truly the cornerstones of our business.”

Additional survey findings include:

  • First-time home buyers and sellers are most influenced by a company’s good reputation and the recommendations they receive from friends, family and colleagues.
  • More than one-third (35%) of first-time home buyers and 27% of first-time sellers indicate they selected their real estate company based on its reputation.
  • 28% of first-time home buyers and 27% of first-time sellers selected their company based on recommendations.
  • Overall satisfaction with real estate companies is higher among repeat customers compared to first-time buyers or sellers.
  • Suggesting better times in residential real estate, the percentage of first-time home sellers increased to 44% in 2013 from 30% in 2012.
  • The percentage of first-time home buyers also increased significantly, 49% in 2013 vs. 40% a year ago.

 

The 2013 Home Buyer/Seller Study includes 4,371 evaluations from 3,930 respondents who bought or sold a home between March 2012 and April 2013.

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group recently earned top honors among Prudential Real Estate affiliates nationally and in Canada as 8th of more than 47,000 real estate agents in terms of number of transactions for 2012.

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is an agent of Prudential Gallo, Realtors, which is a brokerage member of Prudential Real Estate - a network brand of HSF Affiliates LLC, of which HomeServices of America, Inc. is a majority owner. Prudential, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities and are used under license with no other affiliation with Prudential.

Prudential Real Estate is a part of the HSF Affiliates LLC real estate brokerage family, which includes Real Living Real Estate and the new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand available later in 2013.  Prudential Real Estate franchisees are independently owned and operated. HSF Affiliates LLC, based in Irvine, Calif., is a joint venture of HomeServices of America and Brookfield Asset Management.

Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company providing performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and solutions. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit jdpower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

Posted in National Real Estate News

13July

Look at clouds from both sides now ... from renting and buying

 

Look at Clouds from Both Sides Now…from renting and owning your own place at the beach!

 

Whether you own a house at the beach already or you are renting this summer, the clouds and rain have kind of gotten in the way of plans!  It’s been a rainy summer for sure. Those most frustrated by the weather lately are our beach home renters.  A few weeks so far have brought practically daily rain, which can dampen family fun and end up breaking the budget with daytime activities. 

 

This weather is out of character for Delaware beaches in the summer (and even off of Farmer’s Almanac predictions!).  Still, renting for a week puts a lot of pressure on Mother Nature (and mothers and fathers); you have to make the most of every day you have budgeted to spend at the beach. 

 

If you are here at the Delaware Beaches for the first time this year and the rain is getting you down, take heart!  It’s been exceptionally rainy – not the norm.  And hopefully you are finding some great rainy day activities:

 

  • Grabbing a poncho at the dollar store and hiking through Cape Henlopen State Park – even down to or up from the Gordon’s Pond entrance in Rehoboth’s North Shores
  • Renting a Quest kayak in Lewes (as long as it’s not torrential or bringing thunder and lightning!)
  • Enjoying sales tax-free Delaware’s shopping – especially locally owned, independent businesses in Downtown Lewes and Rehoboth Beach
  • Lounging in one of our growing numbers of cafes
  • Spending a few extra dollars on Second Street in Lewes on unique puzzles or board games (for adults and kids)
  • Exploring fishing excursions from the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal
  • Discovering the many, many metropolitan-worthy art galleries through Rehoboth Beach and Lewes
  • Taking kids to library programs for a change of scenery
  • Strolling through the Rehoboth Beach Farmer’s Market on Tuesday or Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market on Saturday

 

Ultimately, the best way to take the pressure off of packing everything into your weekly rental experience is to consider the feasibility of making it a year-round opportunity.  Renting has many short-term advantages financially; however, if you are a regular renter, your annual investment could make way for a vacation home of your own! 

 

If you would like more information about properties and pricing, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group would love to help!

 

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

06July

Paradise Found - in Milton!

As we celebrate the birth of our nation this July, it’s a perfect time to take a closer look at Milton – one of the earliest Delaware towns – which has so much to offer! 

While “The First Town in the First State,” designation goes to Lewes, Milton boasts its own, rich historic significance.  The town now called Milton was settled by English colonists about 40 years after Lewes, in 1672.  In 1807, it officially became “Milton,” for the poet John Milton. 

Architectural history fans will certainly see the poetry of the city’s preserved Victorian and Colonial design.  Especially through the 19th century, the Town of Milton thrived as a shipbuilding and button making hub along the banks of the Broadkill River.  This industry enabled development and period style, which is still reflected in the heart of the Historic District; yet Milton retained a distinctly “small town” feel.  Those industries waned through the years, but the heart and charm of the downtown remain. (Milton earned its designation on the National Register of Historic Places on June 25, 1982.)

Whether you are a Delaware Beach local or are looking to relocate to the area, a walk through Milton is definitely worth it!  The historic charm of Kings Ice Cream meets modern industry of Dogfish Head’s craft brewery, among other great stops.  Home prices may be quite a surprise, too.  While inventory is still low throughout the area, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group currently offers the following charming homes in the always-quaint Town of Milton: 

419 Chestnut Street

$179,900

 

206 Chestnut Street

$229,900

 

312 Federal Street

$279,900

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.  Or visit us online at www.leeanngroup.com.

Posted in Local News and Information

04July

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness at the Beach!

Delaware is “The First State” for many reasons. As all Delaware history students know, it was literally ‘first’ to ratify the Constitution.  We have a rich history throughout our state – from Sussex up to New Castle County.  

Delaware is always first in my book for celebrating Independence Day.  History is written every year as Delaware’s beaches continue to top themselves, year over year, with amazing July 4th celebrations.

If you are visiting and thinking of buying a home at Delaware’s Beach communities, this July 4 may seal the deal!

Don’t forget:


All Day:

Kids’ fun and games on Second Street in Lewes

Starting at 5 p.m.

World Famous Doo Dah Parade!

Find your spot along Kings Highway, Second Street or Savannah Road for the most classic American Hometown parade ever assembled.  Or, line up by Lloyd’s IGA grocery store to join in the parade yourself! 

Tonight:

Rehoboth Beach Main Street sponsors amazing fireworks

Dewey Beach goes for the Guinness Book World Record for fireworks

Lewes Beach offers triple views (clear-sky dependent) of displays from Broadkill to Cape May – and even Rehoboth sometimes…

We know how to throw a birthday party! If you are in Lewes for July 4, you will get swept up in truly the most classic Norman Rockwell portrayal of what it means to be in American for our nation’s Independence Day.  If it sounds too good to be true, it is – but so is Delaware! 

Thank you to all of our military veterans – from Delaware and throughout the nation – for securing our “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” year-round.

Happy July 4, 2013 from The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group

22June

Beautiful Weekend for an Open House!

Join us in Cannery Village!

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is hosting two open houses in beautiful, well-located Cannery Village in Milton:

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Noon – 2 p.m.

311 Summer Walk Boulevard

136 Ellison Drive

For more information, contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (302) 645-6664, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or www.leeanngroup.com.  As the top real estate professionals in Sussex County for over a decade, we provide "Superior Service, Outstanding Results!" 

 

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Posted in June

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!

Posted in Advice for Home Buyers

08June

Summer Is Coming!

On our “beach calendar,” the summer season starts on Memorial Day.  Schools still have a few more weeks of classes though and the true, official start of the season is a little later in June.  If you are looking to sell a home, now is definitely the time to make sure everything is in good shape.  Here are a few tips to consider:

1.      Price: Make sure your house is priced accordingly if you want to sell quickly. 

2.      Disclosure: When listing your house with a Realtor, you will be asked to complete a standard Delaware “Seller’s Disclosure” form.  Taking time to review and check every box will expedite your sale immeasurably and save you time and frustration once a contract comes in.

3.      Flexibility: Consider some things you may compromise on, and know the absolute lowest price you would entertain.  Also, consider negotiating housewares and fixtures that may appeal to prospective buyers, such as new drapes, custom blinds, that stylish dining room chandelier, even a new washer/dryer. 

4.      Clutter:  A spotless, clutter-free home shows best.  Remove any unnecessary papers and knick-knacks, then go back and do it again!

5.      Incentive: If you are highly motivated and your house is not garnering the attention you expect, or if there is high competition in your neighborhood, consider offering an incentive like sharing the buyer’s closing costs.

6.      Maintenance: Keeping your lawn cut and neat and allowing as much access as you can for showings will help your sale, too.  It is a little tough this time of year if you entertain family and friends, but it will help during this prime buying season. 

Lastly, and most importantly, enjoy your summer at the beach!

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

01June

Canalfront Property for All!

"Picnic in the Park" Returns Sunday, June 2!

There is no denying that much of the famous Historic Lewes charm flows from the picturesque Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.  Historically, the waterway was a central source of livelihood for early Lewes.  Now, the canal still provides unbeatable views of sunrises, sunsets, as well as increasing shopping and dining opportunities.  Canalfront property is a hot commodity.

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is happy to feature two premier properties currently on Pilottown Road:

314 Pilottown Road

344 Pilottown Road

(Please check out these links for more information!)

Over the past few years, since the creation of The Lewes Canalfront Park, all residents and visitors in Lewes share in some “canalfront property.”  Situated right next to the Lewes Little League Field, the park offers recreation and hosts great events throughout the year.  I have already made Soul Yoga in the Park on Sunday mornings part of my routine this summer – a peaceful way to enjoy the view.

This weekend, Sunday, June 2 from noon – 3 p.m., the Friends of the Lewes Canalfront Park, with the help of local restaurants and business sponsors, are bringing back the popular Picnic in the Park!  Tickets are still available through the park’s website:www.lewescanalfrontpark.org/events.  Last year’s event sold out!  

Adult entrance tickets are $10. Tickets for kids 12 & under are $5. Food and drink tickets are sold separately at the event; tickets are $2 each depending on the food/drink option.


The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is proud to be among the great sponsors of the Picnic in the Park – other local businesses that love the opportunity to enjoy the best waterfront property in town!  Join us on Sunday.

26May

"Realtor Wanted?"

People often get interviews for jobs based on specific criteria. Then, the key to whether or not they actually get hired comes down to “fit.” Hiring a real estate agent is no different.  Homebuyers and sellers should consider a range of qualifications when selecting a realtor – and ultimately decide what matters most: Experience? Referrals? Results? Fit?

As a recent Baltimore Sun article illuminates (“Choosing the Right Agent for You,” May 19, 2013), there are many key factors to consider:  rapport, referrals, references, experience, sales volume, sales statistics, technology, photography, and listening skills.

Members of The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group are happy to share our experience with prospective clients.  Referrals and references are the cornerstone of our business.  Our website, www.leeanngroup.com, offers many of our much-appreciated client testimonials.  Each member of our team has been recognized for assisting customers, and we are grateful that buyers and sellers have taken the time to express their appreciation!

Sales volume, the number of properties sold (as buyer agent or seller agent) is an important factor for many people.  The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group leads Sussex County Realtors again for 2012 (for the 10th year) in sales volume and ranks 8th out of over 47,000 Prudential Real Estate agents nationwide.  It’s true that we are busy!  This pace actually enables us to serve the needs of more clients:  We often put buyers and sellers together quickly, based on a strong local network and real-time real estate knowledge.  Additionally, we have a strong working knowledge of most of the properties on the market and their current market value.

All members of The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group sales team - Lee Ann, Carrie Gentile, Chris Holt, Trish Irwin, Amy Kellenberger, Garrett King, Erin Marsh, Mark Robinson, and Dawn Singley – work together to make sure buyers and sellers receive quick answers and superior service.  Our office is open seven days a week.

Each of us also recognizes that homebuyers and sellers here at the Delaware beaches have many choices when selecting a real estate agent.  Buying or selling a home is a huge investment; so, just like hiring for any position, it sometimes comes down to “fit” – what matters most and who can make you feel comfortable with your purchase.  



For more information about The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, please visit our website at www.leeanngroup.com, call us at (302) 645-6664, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. You could even stop by the office at 16698 Kings Highway, Suite A, in Lewes!

25May

Memorial Day Weekend Open Houses

Open Houses this Weekend!

Take some time to see a few great Lewes properties first-hand while the weather clears out this weekend.

Each of these properties offers unique opportunity to join the wonderful Lewes community - whether in a historic setting or premier beach location.   

  

Saturday, May 25

12-3 p.m.

2 Shipcarpenter Square

Historic Lewes (corner of W. Third Street and Park Avenue)

 

Sunday, May 26

12-3 p.m.

11 Maine Avenue

Lewes Beach (at the end of Cedar at the Roosevelt Inlet – where the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal meets the Delaware Bay)

Enjoy your long weekend and the many events in town!

Posted in Rehoboth Real Estate News

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