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13July

Is there an app for that?

 

Real estate websites and apps are a great way to stay up on the market, see what’s for sale, and research what our own properties are worth. Sometimes, however, there's no substitute for local "real" estate - answers from real people. At The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, we hear many “frequently asked questions” about the market, but this one has cropped up a lot lately:

 

Why is there a difference between what you say my house is worth and what Zillow recommends?

Here’s our reply:

At The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, we recommend a price range through our Comparative Market Analysis program and the Multiple Listing Service. We look at comparable properties currently listed, those under contract and those that have recently sold in a given area. Generally, in-town properties are increasing in value slowly and new communities are starting a bit higher than in past months. Sellers ultimately approve their own asking price - but we typically advise to use caution with apps like Zillow. These apps calculate prices without local market knowledge - and here’s a key point - cannot differentiate between a property that’s one house from the beach and six houses from the beach. We use a combination of historical data plus local on-the-ground knowledge and experience to recommend a listing price.

Feel free to call The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (302) 645-6664 with your real estate questions!


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

08July

Recipe for Selling 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recipe for Success

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

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

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

17June

Tour the Gardens of Lewes

Lucky for us, Lewes has both - gardens AND a library!

If you are in town this weekend, particularly Saturday, June 20, take part in one of our local traditions: The Lewes Garden Tour!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Lewes Chamber of Commerce-hosted event, and it’s a beautiful way to enjoy the day – and cultivate ideas of your own.

 

If you are looking for your OWN garden, stop by our Open Houses!

 

Saturday, June 20

318 Chestnut Street, Historic Lewes

10 a.m. - Noon

 

Sunday, June 21 (Happy Father's Day!)

Noon - 3 p.m.

Angler's Nest (by the Lewes Marina on the Canal)

 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

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

 

Thanks for reading our SPRING/SUMMER 2015 NEWSLETTER, too! Of course, always feel free to contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group with any of your own questions!

 

Posted in Lewes

05June

Saturday Open Houses on the Canal!

 THE WELCOME MAT IS OUT – JOIN US!

Open House

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Noon – 3 p.m.

Angler’s Nest in Lewes

 

Reel in a fantastic opportunity to join Lewes’ newest community of 17 single family homes, built new for you, where you can walk to Historic Downtown Lewes, beaches, dining, shopping, library, and all-around idyllic beach lifestyle! Brought to you by Collier Homes, Angler’s Nest features several models to choose from, starting in the upper $600’s.


Join us at 208 Angler’s Road to start your tour at The Pintail Model, which offers four bedrooms, three and a half baths, screened porch and more. Pick your own plan and lot! But don’t delay – see it today!

 

 

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

05June

Questions & Answers - Summer 2015

Hooray for Summer!

It’s an exciting time on our Delaware beaches: schools are letting out, graduates are starting new chapters, summer residents are returning, vacationers are livening up our restaurants and shops, and the real estate market is heating up, too.

We have seen a brisk spring in our offices, which has raised questions from both home buyers and sellers about our local real estate market. I’ve included a few popular questions along with my perspective in The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group’s latest newsletter. As usual, we also feature some of the fabulous Lewes homes for sale and some of the recently sold homes.

Thanks for reading the newsletter, and of course, always feel free to contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group with any of your own questions!

Click below to read the newsletter:

THE LEE ANN WILKINSON GROUP's SPRING/SUMMER 2015 NEWSLETTER

 

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

22May

Join Us for a Peek at Lewes!

 

 

Looking for property in Downtown Lewes? The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group has several properties open this weekend to give you a perfect taste of life in our town!

 

Saturday, May 23

Noon – 2 p.m.

Visit Angler’s Nest!

From $689,900

 

Discover Angler’s Nest – a new construction community of 17 single-family homes brought to you by Collier Homes. Situated in a great location on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, Angler’s Nest offers different models, prices and finishes – all walking distance to the dining, shops and recreation that make Lewes a fantastic place to live. Start at 208 Angler’s Road to see what’s in store!

 

Sunday, May 24

Noon – 3 p.m.

300 Gills Neck Road

$1,274,000


If traditional style and gorgeous historical appeal are your style, join us for a personal look at this fine property. This 200-year-old home earned The Lewes Historical Society's Award Of Excellence In 2010 and a full renovation in 2007 with meticulous care to preserve its beamed ceilings, wide plank floors, and three working fireplaces. Enjoy the convenience of its added first-floor Master bedroom. Property also includes 100 feet of canal frontage, garage and lush landscaping – an unbeatable location to enjoy the Canal!

 

If you have questions about these Open Houses or any other properties, don’t hesitate to call The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (302) 645-6664!

 

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

08May

Saturday Open Houses in Lewes!

 

 

Open Houses this Saturday!

 

 

May 9, 12-2 p.m.

 

Looking in Lewes Landing?

Welcome mats are out at theonly two available homesin the community this weekend!

 

 

 

 

31432 Waters Way

$509,900

MLS#620127

Perfect for entertaining; tons of upgrades plus finished basement!

 

31286 Lakeview Boulevard

$414,900

MLS#618973

Beautiful open design!

 

Reserves at Lewes Landing offers community amenities in a great location – just an easy drive to Lewes, shopping and beaches!

 

 

Posted in Lewes

02May

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commercial "Closes the Deal" With Consumers!

As members of The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group & Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty, we are proud to report that consumers and network professionals have spoken!

 
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ commercial, “Calls,” was today named 2015’s best national TV spot in real estate by an Inman News poll of more than 15,000 readers. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices secured 5,522 votes to win the poll, which included TV spots from industry competitors Coldwell Banker, Century 21 and Re/Max. 
 
The spot, celebrating that magical moment when clients first learn they’ve sold their home, is now running on HGTV but you can watch it right here!
 

 

 

Posted in BHHS Gallo News

02May

Fly into Angler's Nest!

Open Houses Today - Check out the newest community on Lewes Beach

 

Open House TODAY!

Saturday, May 2, 12-2 p.m. 

 

Begin at 208 Angler’s Road

 

Angler's Nest is Lewes' newest community of 17 single family homes within walking distance to the Canal, Historic Downtown Lewes and our beautiful beaches. Brought to you by Collier Homes, several designs are offered, including the 4BR, 3.5BA Pintail Model. Pick a lot and plan your home with Collier Homes! 

 

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

14April

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group: 8th in the Nation in BHHS Network

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is Honored by Award

 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group Ranked #8 in Nation for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and #1 in 17-state Southern Region

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS), the real estate division of CEO Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway global companies, held its annual convention from March 22-24, 2015, in Las Vegas. The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group of BHHS Gallo Realty in Lewes, Delaware, was announced as 8th in sales out of more than 35,000 agents nationwide for both units sold and total gross commission income (GCI) for 2014.

“We are thrilled and honored to earn these national awards and to be recognized on the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices stage for our performance both within the nationwide network and in our local beach real estate community,” explained Chris Holt, chief operating officer for The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group. “Truly the greatest honor for us, however, is the continued trust and commitment of our local clients who choose us to help them buy and sell their homes. This client loyalty and trust is what motivates us to deliver superior service and outstanding results day in and day out. We cannot thank them enough.”

The team’s 2014 distinction marks the third year in a row that The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group made the top ten nationally for both units sold and GCI. Additionally, Wilkinson and her team earned the “Top of the Rock” award, which goes to the #1 team in the 17-state Southern region of the United States.

“The awards at the annual convention always amaze me,” Lee Ann Wilkinson remarked. “My team’s focus every day is to strengthen our network of buyers and sellers so we can bring both together more effectively and efficiently. Earning recognition nationally for this dedication is incredibly humbling, and interacting with our colleagues nationwide is always eye opening. There’s so much to learn and keep up on in the ever-changing real estate world. I make sure to come home from each national convention with at least one new idea to improve our real estate practice.”

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group has been serving buyers and sellers in the Sussex County beach community for over 30 years. According to the Sussex County Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data, Wilkinson and her team has ranked #1 in sales for the last 16 consecutive years.

Vice President of BHHS Gallo Realty Andrew Ratner commended the group and stated, “I applaud Lee Ann and her team for their outstanding achievement. It comes as no surprise - as they are a customer-centric sales team that is always focused on meeting customer needs. The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group exemplifies the high level of customer service that our company strives to achieve with each transaction.”

For more information about The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, visit LeeAnnGroup.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (302) 645-6664.

 

Posted in BHHS Gallo News

25May

Summertime and the Selling Is...

 

 

 

Easy? Well, easier - with the right advice!

 

 

On our “beach calendar,” the summer season starts now: Memorial Day Weekend.  Schools still have a few more weeks of classes, and the true start of the season is a little later in June; but around the Delaware beaches, it feels like SUMMER!

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 to help make selling “easy” (at least as easy as possible!):

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!

 

If you are considering selling and have questions about the market, what your home is worth, and how to best stage it for showings, please call us! The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group has a team of experienced professionals that are ready to help you make selling easy!

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group

(302) 645-6664

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Posted in Local News and Information

23May

Open Houses Memorial Day Weekend

 

 

 

Take a break from the beach on Sunday and find YOUR 

first -or next- beach investment!

 

 

  

OPEN HOUSES!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Noon – 2 p.m.

212 Savannah Road

Historic Lewes

&

91 Columbia Avenue

Rehoboth Beach

 

Rehoboth Beach: 91 Columbia Avenue - $1,080,000

REHOBOTH CLASSIC 

Timeless appeal in “The Pines” charmingly maintained. Enormous potential for enjoyment or rental, as well as rare in-town preserved parkland across the street. Your setting for generations of Rehoboth Beach memories! Four bedrooms, updated kitchen, exposed beams and huge screened/glass porch. Plenty of space for relaxing before or after a day at the beach!

 

Historic Lewes:  212 Savannah Road - $899,900

IMPRESSIVE & IN-TOWN

Extremely well-crafted and preserved hallmark of Downtown Lewes is also prime commercial space! Amazing location near Second Street allows you to live and work with many possibilities for your at-home business. Property showcases many custom, classic Victorian details inside; detached garage and rear off-street parking. A versatile gem in the heart of town!

Call The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (302) 645-6664

or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions!

09May

Hiring a Real Estate Agent?

Referrals Are Key

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?

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!

We are pleased to share just one of our recent testimonials:

I wanted to tell you what a pleasure it was working with you.  We really loved your approach.  Being in D.C., we are used to realtors that want you to sign an agent agreement before they will show you anything and then put and lot of pressure on you to try and make decisions quickly.  We never felt that from you, and it made the whole experience much more enjoyable.  You were always incredibly responsive – nights, weekends, whenever, but we never felt like we were at all rushed.  You gave us a lot of valuable input and guidance, and then listened to what it is we were looking for.   I’m sure part of this is just a difference in the size of the markets, but we both much prefer your approach.  We are very excited about the prospect of our new home, and we feel like we got the right deal for us. Thank you again.  You were the perfect realtor for us.

-      Joseph and Shina

Our Resume

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 2013 in sales volume and ranks 7th out of over 47,000 Prudential/Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 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, Chris Holt, Carrie Gentile, Trish Irwin, Garrett King, Dane Baich, Erin Lee, Mark Robinson, Dawn Singley, Cyndi Myers, Billie Wilkinson, Taylor Wilkinson, Bob Green and Beth Heid – 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!

Posted in National Real Estate News

19April

Local Real Estate News: The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group Named 7th in the National BHHS Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group ranked 7th of over 45,000 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Prudential sales groups nationwide. Thanks to our local newspaper, The Cape Gazette, for reporting this honor! (Click link for story.)

16April

Hop To It! Easter Weekend Open Houses

Join us this weekend for a peek at these great homes!

Easter Weekend Open Houses

Hosted by The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group

Hop To It...Your beach home awaits you!

Get a jump on the summer and get a first-hand look

at several locations and styles this weekend:

OPEN HOUSES in Downtown Lewes & Rehoboth Beach

Saturday, April 19, 2014

12 – 2 p.m.

IN DOWNTOWN LEWES

310 A/B Burton Avenue

A: $549,900/ B: $539,900

New Construction, Thoughtful Design

Stylish “towne homes” across from Shipcarpenter Square deliver charm and location! Unit A is 4BR, 2.5 BA at $549,900; Unit B is 3BR, 2.5 BA at $539,900. Both offer open floorplan, fireplace, and custom touches.

 

212 Savannah Road

$899,900

Impressive & In-town

Extremely well-crafted and preserved hallmark of Downtown Lewes is also prime commercial space! Amazing location near Second Street allows you to live and work with many possibilities for your at-home business. Property showcases many custom, classic Victorian details inside; detached garage and rear off-street parking. A versatile gem in the heart of town!

 

IN REHOBOTH BEACH

91 Columbia Avenue

 “The Pines”

$1,080,000

Rehoboth Beach Classic

Timeless appeal in “The Pines” charmingly maintained. Enormous potential for enjoyment or rental, as well as rare in-town preserved parkland across the street. It’s your setting for generations of Rehoboth Beach memories! Four bedrooms, updated kitchen, exposed beams and huge screened/glass porch. Plenty of space for relaxing before or after a day at the beach!

 

20687 Tradewinds Court, Rehoboth Beach

$649,900

Perfect Beach Getaway!

Don’t miss this beautiful home in the quiet Key West style community - Tradewinds Grove. Ride your bike to the beaches of Rehoboth or Dewey, or enjoy the community pool.  Home features a spacious open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, upstairs den, tile flooring throughout, and more!

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

Posted in Local News and Information

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