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05May

Weekend Events Defy Weather and Signal Summer!

Out and about this weekend? You have plenty to keep you busy (especially on Saturday!). From sidewalk sales, plant sales, a car show and amusement rides to waterfront yoga in the park on Sunday, it’s a perfect itinerary for Mother’s Day weekend. Something for everyone!  

Enjoy these events and the many now-open restaurants in Downtown Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, and surrounding areas this weekend. If you just want to relax at home, stop by Lloyd's IGA for some local Sussex County strawberries and Lewes Dairy cream. Mmmmm.

 

May 6-8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lewes Merchants’ Sidewalk Sales

Downtown Lewes

Shake off the drizzle and warm up to some great deals at Annual Spring Indoor/Outdoor Marchants’ Sidewalk Sales in the Lewes Historic Shopping District

 

May 7, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Lewes in Bloom Spring Plant Sale

Second and Bank Streets

Perfect timing for Spring planting!

 

May 7, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

British Motorcar Show

NEW LOCATION: Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal

The British are coming…but the usual location was too soggy. Visit the show with plenty of parking at the Ferry! Sponsored by the Lewes Chamber.

 

May 7, 1 p.m.

FUNLAND Opens for 2016 Season!

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Avenue at the Boardwalk

It’s a favorite Mother’s Day Weekend tradition! Bring your quarters and any Funland tickets you have left from past years (they never expire!) and be the first to hop on the Merry-Go-Round or play Skee-Ball! Don’t forget to get ice cream at The Royal Treat afterward.

 

May 7, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dewey Beach Arts Fest

Dagsworthy Street, Dewey Beach

Arts, crafts and lots of fun! Click here for more info.

 

May 7, 10:30 Registration; Noon start

Cinco De Mayo Chihuahua Dog Races

Dewey Beach Life-Saving Station

Chihuahua Races starting at noon! Whether you register or spectate, who would miss this event?

All net revenue will be donated to the Dewey Beach Lifeguards.

 

May 8, 8 – 9 a.m.

Yoga in the Park Returns!

Lewes Canalfront Park

Join Dimitra Yoga for a serene start to your Sunday and finish off your weekend. Bring a mat and enjoy the setting by the water. Free; donations accepted.

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29April

Exciting Market Updates this Week!

JUST LISTED

16746 Flatstone Circle
Windstone

Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 2
2,450 sq. ft. on 0.28 acres
Year Built: 2010
MLS: 709382

$389,500

MOVE-IN READY! Why wait? Make summer 2016 the start to your beach life in this beautifully upgraded home in Windstone. Enjoy quality construction on a premium, cul-de-sac, pond-front lot. Features include hardwood flooring and insulated floors, walls, windows and ceilings. Entertain effortlessly in the open gourmet kitchen with tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, pantry and breakfast bar! Relax in the inviting living room with gas fireplace, and enjoy the privacy of a master suite with walk-in closets and dual vanity bath. Picturesque sunsets are your backdrop from the custom built 2-level sunroom and porch overlooking the community pond and fountain. An attached 2-car garage with color-flake system, epoxy coated flooring and more add to the extensive list of upgrades. Community offers a clubhouse and outdoor saltwater pool, too!

 

JUST REDUCED

18410 Seashell Blvd
Sea-Wood

Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 2.5
3,738 sq. ft. on 0.69 acres
Year Built: 2002
MLS: 619393

$412,900

NEIGHBORHOOD LIVING - Enjoy the advantages of quiet neighborhood life in this 4BR, 2.5BA home. Located on a large, wooded lot, property offers a great setting and plenty of living space, including a full basement. Perfect for a growing family, home is close to everything you need for the beach and year-round living, including easy access to Lewes and Rehoboth Beaches, shopping, and fun.

 

JUST REDUCED

18579 Huffs Mill Run
Estates At Carriage Springs

Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 3
2,735 sq. ft. on 0.96 acres
Year Built: 2015
MLS: 708291

$449,900

“SPRING CLEAN” - Fresh, stylish and move-in ready! Now is the perfect time to make your move to the Delaware Beaches, and this home is truly a shining opportunity. Newly built with meticulous attention to detail and quality construction, this Energy Star Certified home is gracefully positioned amid mature trees with clean architectural lines. Stunning both inside and out, the interior features classic touches like vaulted ceilings, crown molding, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, luxury baths, separate living room, dining room, and spacious screened porch! Rich hardwoods and stone fireplace set the tone for relaxing living, and the custom,     Amish-built cabinetry throughout the home is a feature not to be overlooked. 4 first-floor bedrooms and an upstairs bonus room make entertaining easy! Truly a gorgeous home, situated on a generously sized lot on a quiet, cul-de-sac street. 

 

JUST REDUCED

17281 N Village Main Boulevard
Villages of Five Points

Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 2.5
2,640 sq. ft. on 0.1 acres
Year Built: 2005
MLS: 709145

$329,900

LIGHT-FILLED END UNIT! Gorgeous 3 bedroom townhouse in the amenity-rich community of Villages of Five Points! Conveniently located within walking distance to the community town center, tennis courts, and outdoor pool. Home features an open & inviting floor plan with tile & hardwood flooring, large kitchen with walk-in pantry & island, rear fenced-in patio perfect for summer barbecues, additional 2nd floor living area, and luxurious third floor master suite with office, walk-in closets, and spa-like bath.

Truly a must-see that's only minutes away from the beach, downtown Lewes, & Coastal Highway!

 

JUST REDUCED

15440 Pemberton Way
Pemberton, Milton

1.28 acres
MLS: 615990

$74,900

PRICE AND LOCATION! This extra-large, vacant lot in the quiet community of Pemberton awaits your vision! At 1.28 acres, you have plenty of room to work with and no builder tie-in. Plus, you'll be close to Downtown Historic Milton and just a short drive to Lewes and Rehoboth Beaches, too! Great opportunity and fantastic price!

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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 at www.LeeAnnGroup.com

As the #1 Sales Team in Sussex County for 15+ years, and the #4 sales group for BHHS nationwide, we deliver "Superior Service, Outstanding Results," 7-days-a-week!

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19April

Beach House by Summer 2016? Yes!

Spring has definitely sprung in terms of new opportunities to live at the Delaware Beaches! The market is well-balanced with homes in Lewes, 55 and better communities, Rehoboth Beach condos and acres of land in Milton – truly something for everyone!

If you would like a personal tour of these or any home currently listed in Sussex County, please give us a call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.! We’d love to help you find your beach home by Summer 2016!

 

JUST LISTED

17184 Exton Street

Villages of Five Points West

Bedrooms: 5 | Bathrooms: 3 Full

3,500 sq. ft. on 0.19 acres

Year Built: 2005

MLS: 708996

$439,900

EXCELLENT VALUE IN LEWES

Beautiful 5BR home in the amenity-rich community of Villages of Five Points! Meticulously kept with no detail overlooked, this home features an appealing floorplan with light-filled rooms & pristine hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar & pantry - open to the living room with gas fireplace & tray ceiling, master suite with walk-in closets & direct access to the large rear screened porch. The full finished basement offers even more space with 2 bedrooms, full bath with double-vanity sink, bonus flex room, rec room with fully outfitted wetbar, and workshop with secondary washer and dryer. This home has it all - perfect year round, or second home retreat! Located within walking distance to the community pool, tennis, shopping & dining, and only a short drive or bike ride to downtown Lewes & the beach!

 

30148 George Washington Avenue

Independence

Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 2.5

2,086 sq. ft. on 0.2 acres

Year Built: 2008

MLS: 709065

$329,900

DEPENDABLY BUILT IN INDEPENDENCE!

Carefree living awaits you in this gorgeous 3BR home in the amenity-rich, 55+ community, Independence! Features new carpet and paint, beautifully kept hardwood & tile floors, welcoming living area with gas fireplace, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, 1st floor master suite with luxurious bath and generous walk-in closet, rear screened porch, and 2nd floor deck. Situated on a corner lot, just steps away from the clubhouse with fitness center, indoor & outdoor pools, tennis, sauna, billiards room, and so much more. All within short drive to beaches, shopping and dining!

 

36525 Palm Drive, Unit 5106

The Palms of Rehoboth

Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 2

1,435 sq. ft.

Year Built: 2005

MLS: 708943

$249,900

CHIC BEACH RETREAT!

This 3-bedroom first floor end-unit condo backs to a pond with fountain and sparkling community pool. Fabulously furnished with a delightful mix of vintage, rustic and contemporary furnishings show a designer's touch. Walk to shopping and dining, bike to the beach. Buy now and collect 2016 rental income already booked!

 

JUST REDUCED

Parcel B Willow Creek Rd

Willow Creek, Milton

3.75 acres

MLS: 617877

$269,900

WOW!

Don't miss this prime opportunity at under $100K/acre. A 3.75-acre vacant lot is now available in the community of Willow Creek. No builder tie-in means you can custom design your own home and private estate. Call for details and ignite your imagination.

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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 at www.LeeAnnGroup.com

As the #1 Sales Team in Sussex County for 15+ years, and the #4 sales group for BHHS nationwide, we deliver "Superior Service, Outstanding Results," 7-days-a-week!

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18April

Warmer Weather, Hotter Market!

Finally - the weather is really warming up...and the real estate market is keeping pace with it! It's a great time to visit the Delaware Beaches and check out investment opportunities in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Angola by the Bay, Villages of Five Points, and more! Give us a call if you see something that sparks your interest!

Following are some of The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group's new listings this week:

 

30+ Acres, New Road
Just Outside The City Limits of Lewes

31.22 acres
MLS: 708624

$3,000,000

ATTENTION: INVESTORS – BUILDERS – DEVELOPERS

30+ Lewes acres now available! Optimal development potential – east of Route 1 and just outside City limits. Expansive property borders picturesque Canary Creek and sits just minutes to Downtown Historic Lewes, beaches, bay, shopping, dining and more. Call today for details!

 

1 Marshall Road
Old Landing

Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5 Full
5,600 sq. ft. on 1.18 acres
Year Built: 1900

MLS: 708797

$1,499,900

PRIVATE BEACH ENCLAVE

Greet each new day with glistening sunshine and your own private, sandy beach on the Rehoboth Bay! Breathtaking water views capture the sun's rays and welcome you to every room of this waterfront estate. As the ultimate setting for entertaining, this home spans over an acre on the bay and delivers 200 feet of private beach. Enjoy 4BR, 5BA (including 3 Master suites); gorgeous gourmet kitchen; wraparound porch with 2nd floor deck/patio; and separate guest cottage. Life on the water is easy with your own boat dock with lights and water. This graciously planned, spacious enclave is perfect for year-round parties, reunions, or corporate retreats – start planning yours!

 

139 Franklin Avenue
In-Town Lewes

Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
2,500 sq. ft. on 0.14 acres
Year Built: 1902

MLS: 708867

$699,900

DOUBLE LEWES INVESTMENT

Seize the opportunity for this ideal, in-town Lewes 3-bedroom Colonial farm house with an attached 2-bedroom, fully outfitted apartment. Live in one, and rent out the other! Features include hardwood floors, exposed brick accents, spacious rooms with high ceilings, and more. Traditional Lewes charm with modern comforts await - all within a few blocks of Downtown Lewes shopping, restaurants, library and recreation, and just minutes to the beach and Coastal Highway!

 

33638 E Hunters Run
Villages of Five Points - East

Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
2,873 sq. ft. on 0.16 acres
Year Built: 2014

MLS: 708605

$529,900

UPGRADED AND UPLIFTING!

Step inside this amazingly bright, spacious East of Route 1 home! Convenient single-level living is yours in this gorgeous, practically new 4-bedroom come in well-located and amenity rich Villages of Five Points East. An open floor plan welcomes you with luxe hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings, a stunning chef’s kitchen with granite counters and top-of-the-line professional Wolf stainless steel appliances. The great room features built-in surround-sound for easy entertaining. Enjoy a private Master suite with generous walk-in closet and dual vanity bath, a bonus light-filled sunroom, and more! All of this is yours – just a short drive to Downtown Lewes and the beach, and an easy walk to community shopping, dining, tennis and pool!

 

65 Bay Breeze Drive
Bay Breeze Estates

Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
1,471 sq. ft. on 0.18 acres
Year Built: 1991

MLS: 708760

$349,900

GREAT VALUE IN TOWN LEWES

Don’t miss the only home currently for sale in this sought-after in-town Lewes neighborhood! Perfectly maintained 3BR home in charming Bay Breeze Estates is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac. Home home offers an open floor plan with generously sized rooms, tranquil rear screened porch, eat-in kitchen, bonus office space, and more! Walkable to Downtown Historic Lewes, it’s an even shorter bike ride to town, shopping, dining and the bay! Hop on the Junction and Breakwater Trail to Downtown Rehoboth Beach, too! Perfect size, location and price for a move to Lewes!

 

Lot 5 Ashwood Drive
Angola By The Bay

0.12 acres
MLS: 708802 

$59,900

BUILD BY THE BAY!

…in Angola by the Bay!  Don’t miss this beautiful wooded homesite in this established, relaxing community.  Popular Angola by the Bay features include water access, clubhouse, tennis, and a guarded entrance – and it’s only a short drive to Lewes/Rehoboth Beaches, shopping, and dining.  No builder tie-in means freedom to build your dream house now – or whenever you’re ready to bring your boat and enjoy!  Great opportunity! 

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14April

Beautiful New Listings!

212 Rodaline Avenue
In-Town Lewes

$749,900

SIMPLY SERENE IN-TOWN

Absolutely amazing property on a beloved in-town Lewes street! Reminiscent of a California or Pacific Northwest style, this 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath charmer has style and location! Recently updated with gorgeous refinished floors, fresh paint palette, richly appointed kitchen, and an expansive and enjoyable screened porch overlooking attractive landscaped/hardscaped backyard with brick patio and more. Relax by the stone fireplace, or walk to the shopping and dining of Downtown Historic Lewes. The large yard and garage are in-town perks! Truly a must-see property for the discerning beach home seeker!

 

18579 Huffs Mill Run
Estates At Carriage Springs

$459,900

SPRING CLEAN - Fresh, stylish and move-in ready! Now is the perfect time to make your move to the Delaware Beaches, and this home is truly a shining opportunity. Newly built with meticulous attention to detail and quality construction, this Energy Star Certified home is gracefully positioned amid mature trees with clean architectural lines. Stunning both inside and out, the interior features classic touches like vaulted ceilings, crown molding, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, luxury baths, separate living room, dining room, and spacious screened porch! Rich hardwoods and stone fireplace set the tone for relaxing living, and the custom, Amish-built cabinetry throughout the home is a feature not to be overlooked. 4 first-floor bedrooms and an upstairs bonus room make entertaining easy! Truly a gorgeous home, situated on a generously sized lot on a quiet, cul-de-sac street.

 

320 Ocean View Blvd
Pilottown Village

$549,900

MOVE-IN READY & IN-TOWN LEWES! Fantastic 4 Bedroom Pilottown Village home perfect for year-round living or summer retreat! Recently updated with brand new kitchen, showcasing granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, new hardwood floors and tile thru-out, fully encapsulated crawlspace with transferable warranty, new paint, and more! Other features include 1st floor master suite, large great room with gas fireplace & vaulted ceiling open to the second floor, charming sunroom with French doors open to the kitchen, spacious & fully fenced backyard with deck, and attached 2-car garage.

 

27532 S Nicklaus Avenue
The Peninsula

$485,000

FIRST CLASS WAY OF LIFE. Care-free living is yours from this beautifully maintained 3BR, 3.5BA home, located in "Veranda" - arguably the most attractive section in the amenity-rich Peninsula community. Backing to a wooded nature trail, this homes offers spectacular views and a quiet setting. Boasts an open floorplan with hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen with granite countertops & stainless steel appliances, luxurious master suite with spacious double-vanity bath & walk-in closet, 2nd story loft, and so much more! The rear deck and balcony showcase views of the nature trail, community pond & championship golf course! The Peninsula has it all - including dining, tennis, pools, spa, beach and pier!

 

17071 S Brandt Street 5204
Villages of Five Points

VILLAGES OF 5 POINTS 2ND FLOOR CONDO! Great investment property with fresh paint and spacious open floor plan. Located only steps away from the many community amenities: pool, tennis, playground, shopping, dining and more! Move in ready and just a short drive to the downtown Lewes and Rehoboth attractions. Call today!

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05April

April Real Estate is ROARING!

April is roaring in like a lion, too - both in terms of weather and real estate market activity! The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group has had several new listings go under contract virtually immediately – and we’re happy to share several of the newest properties on the market.  Whether you’re searching for a home in town, a lot to build on, or country quiet near the beaches, we have you covered!

Just listed:

912 Savannah Rd
In-Town Lewes

16882 Yawl Court
Wolfe Runne

24854 Rivers Edge Road
Stonewater Creek

Just reduced:

334 Union Street
In-Town Milton

 

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 at www.LeeAnnGroup.com.

As the top selling Realtor in Sussex County for 2015, and the #8 sales group for BHHS nationwide, we deliver "Superior Service, Outstanding Results," 7-days-a-week!

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24March

It’s Spring and New Business Is in the Air!

As if we needed more incentive to come to the beach, the perks just keep coming!

In addition to the new businesses brewing on Kings Highway (from our last blog) the beach will soon have a few more awesome dining/entertainment venues:

 

  • Matt’s Fish Camp Coming to Route 1 in Lewes

If you have dined out at the beach, chances are you’ve eaten at a SoDel Concept restaurant! One of its favorites, Matt’s Fish Camp in Bethany, is coming to the Tenley Court Shopping Center on Route 1.

Renovation has already begun on the site of the former Donut Connection (“the Old Lazy Susan’s” spot) and is possibly going to be finished for an early summer opening. According to a recent Cape Gazette article, the restaurant will be about 3,200 square feet, seat 90 people in the dining room, and feature a 12-seat bar and raw bar. To follow the progress of the new Matt's Fish Camp, go towww.facebook.com/MattsFishCampLewes. 

 Here’s the more detailed article:

http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/sodel-to-open-matts-fish-camp-in-lewes/1482971

 

  • Lefty’s Alley and Eats Brings Bowling to Route 1

Another exciting addition to the Lewes/Route 1 area is a modern, first-of-its-kind on Delmarva entertainment center called Lefty’s Alley and Eats. The venue will be located adjacent to the Wawa property on Dartmouth Drive at Route 1 and will feature 16 bowling lanes, a 110-seat restaurant and bar, 4,500 square feet of arcade games, a two-story, 5,000-square-foot custom-themed laser tag arena and banquet rental options for special events. For more information, go to Lefty’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LeftysAlleyAndEats/Site work began for the project in October and they are planning a November 2016 opening.

 Here’s the article:

http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/lefty-s-alley-and-eats-names-lighthouse-construction-manager/1488860

 

  • Rehoboth Beach Cinema Art House – Now Showing!

And yet another noteworthy addition to our beach arts and entertainment scene – also in Dartmouth Plaza behind Wawa - is the long-awaited Rehoboth Beach Cinema Art House, which went live on St. Patrick’s Day with a Jewish Film Festival.

The art house features two screening rooms – a 108-seat room with an elevated floor and one that sits 35 to 40 people for smaller screenings.

For more information on the art house, the film festival and how to donate, go to rehobothfilm.com.

 

To stay updated on progress, come visit! It’s an especially great time to consider a second home or a full relocation to the beach!

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20March

The Brew that Launched a Thousand Sips

...Well, probably more like many thousands of sips!

NEW brews in Lewes!

Summer 2016 will make a freshly brewed pint only a ‘hops’-skip-and-jump away from practically anywhere at the beach – including Downtown Lewes!

When Dogfish Head opened over 20 years ago in Rehoboth, they definitely tapped into a welcome local market: beer. They’re still at it and going strong, now with breweries in Rehoboth and Milton, distilled spirits and a fabulous new seafood restaurant next door to the Rehoboth Avenue location (called Chesapeake & Maine, but that’s another story). 

As often happens, business begets business - and beer begets another beer. Other locals have followed the Dogfish lead, creating a thriving brewing community in Southern Delaware, which only adds to our already fabulous local dining scene.

Consider this: (Not an all-inclusive list, sorry to leave anyone out!)

And Introducing New Brews in Lewes for Summer 2016

If you haven’t visited the beach since last summer, you’ll notice two NEW offerings east of Route 1 in Lewes.

Crooked Hammock Brewery is just east of Route 1 on Kings Highway and offers a selection of home brews as well as a great outdoor patio and kid-friendly hang out area. Perfect for summer!

Most recently, Fins Restaurant of Rehoboth and Route 1 announced its Big Oyster Brewery will open near the gateway to Downtown Historic Lewes – across from Mr. P’s Pizza and in the former Silk and Sands Florist location. Groundbreaking on a totally new building has already begun, adding yet another option for walkable dining and sipping.

So after a day of sun and fun in Lewes and Rehoboth Beaches this summer, you’ll have many options for winding down and beering up! (And walking distance makes it even betterJ - but we have Uber here now, too!) 

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20March

Welcome Spring!

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

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19March

Free! Delmarva Broadcasting Women's Expo

 

 

 

 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is excited to sponsor the Delmarva Broadcasting Women's Expo 2016. It's a free event TODAY, March 19, 2016, showcasing many of our great local (many women-owned and run) businesses!

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is a presenting sponsor of the wine glasses, which you can use on a tour/tasting of The Nassau Valley Vineyards - another successful woman-run business! 

As a woman-led business ourselves, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is proud to help showcase and empower women in the Delaware Beach community!  

If you are out and about on Saturday, here are the details:

Delmarva Broadcasting 6th Annual Women's Expo!

Be Entertained • Be Educated • Be Informed

FREE Admission!   Win Cash!
Saturday, March 19, 2016 - Noon to 4pm
Nassau Valley Vineyards - 32165 Winery Way, Lewes, DE
Shopping • Seminars • Prize Drawings • Food

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18March

March (Real Estate) Madness

Even if we do have another Winter Weather Advisory (say it isn’t so!), spring officially starts this Sunday, March 20. You know what they say about March: In like a lion, out like a lamb. Let’s hope so! 

 

At The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, we can back up that claim: we've had our own share of "March Madness" in real estate! It’s been a particularly busy March. We’ve listed several homes this month – throughout our Delaware Beach towns – that went under contract within days of hitting the market.

If you are thinking about buying OR selling, now is a great time. Our local real estate market is heating up with the weather.

 

Seller Tips:

If you are trying to sell your home, now’s also a great time to take an objective look at your home - inside and out - and get ready for this warming real estate interest. Daffodils are popping up! Still, winter makes ‘curb appeal’ – that first impression of a home’s exterior – a little bit of a challenge.

So whether you are a seller (or even a prospective buyer), here are a few details to notice and consider. Most of these tips are inexpensive but pay off big.

Outside: 

  • Clear up sticks in your yard
  • Make sure paths to the front door are clear
  • Clip back beach grass and shrubs – even leafless landscaping can look neat with a “fresh haircut”
  • Rake over flower beds
  • Power wash mildew on siding, fencing, outside showers, etc.
  • Replace mailbox and house numbers if yours are oxidized or dated
  • Consider replacing exterior storm doors if they are dated
  • Put a few potted plants at your entrance (tulips and daffodils are back!)
  • Make sure exterior lights are in good shape

Inside (in any season):

  • Declutter!  And when you think you are done, declutter again! Though it’s an expense, getting a storage unit to help you clear out extra belongings for a few months could pay off.  Consult your Realtor to see if it may be worth it.  (The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group provides free staging consultation!)
  • Freshen paint, including baseboards and doorway trim
  • Replace switch plates
  • Clean carpets
  • After the snow (hopefully no more!) - tackle everyone’s favorite: windows! 

Repurpose Your Spaces?

In addition to cleaning projects, you may want to consider your home’s layout and functionality. Many buyers today are not locked into a traditional floorplan.  If you have a ‘traditional’ home with a formal dining room, and you have other dining space in a kitchen or breakfast room, for example, consider transitioning that formal dining room to appeal to modern buyers. You can remove the dining table, chairs, buffet and chandelier – and stage the room with a desk, bookshelves, upholstered chairs, and a flush mounted light fixture, even a set of French doors, for a more useable home office space.  It’s an inexpensive way to freshen your space, if you are in an area that attracts a more modern buyer or if you have had feedback from prior showings. 

Spring into a New Home!

Warm weather, blooming landscaping, and lush lawns definitely increase curb appeal, but you can get a jump on those early bird homebuyers this season by making your home stand out as fresh and neat.

If you are interested in selling your home, please feel free to contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group any day of the week at (302) 645-6664, or any time of day at LeeAnnGroup.com.

 

Happy Spring!

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22February

Coastal Cuisine: Another Reason to Move to the Beach!

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

 

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

Check out our Coastal Cuisine commercial!

 

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

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

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

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22January

Winter IS Coming

Protect Your Investment!

 

It’s not a TV foreshadowing…it looks like a stark reality that winter may actually pay us a longer visit this weekend. After a wonderfully mild fall and winter here at Delaware’s beaches, the forecast calls for high winds, coastal flooding, snow and rain. While we may (thankfully) not get as much snow as our DC and Northern neighbors, the wind and potential flooding are definitely causes to get prepared.

 

Here are a few tips for homeowners to try to prevent costly damage and keep you safe:

 

Gutters – make sure they’re clear so ice doesn’t back up under shingles and they don’t cave under the weight.

Trees – be watchful of stray branches that may fall on your house or car.

Roof – keep an eye on worn, missing or damaged siding and roof flashing so you can save yourself a leak.

Chimney – inspect for any cracks.

Attic – add to the insulation on your attic floor, both to keep heat in and let the area above the insulation stay cool enough so snow isn’t likely to melt and refreeze.

Exposed pipes - wrap exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or 2 inches of Underwriters Laboratories (UL)-listed heat tape.

Cables – caulk cracks and holes around cable TV wires so interior pipes are not exposed.

“Trickle down” – allow a water trickle from any faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.

Get smart – make sure you know where your home's main water valve is (typically in the basement or outside near the curb) so you can turn water off quickly if a pipe bursts. Also, drain the water system to prevent pipes from freezing damage and bursting if you go away.

Keep warm – If you are leaving your home, lower the heat but don't turn it all the way off.

Prepare pets – In addition to your own provisions, make sure you have enough pet food. And if your pet doesn’t like going outside when there’s snow on the ground, proactively put down a secured tarp. Then, after the snow, fold it back and you have a cleared space for your pet’s necessities J

Post-snow - clear snow and ice from walkways, steps and driveways. Treat these areas with rock salt or deicing products. And if you haven’t been active lately, take it easy! Shoveling is hard work.

 

Above all, stay safe inside!

 

Tips adapted from USAA and Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.

 

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27November

Ho-Ho-Holiday Events at the Beach!

 Ho-ho-holiday Hot Tickets!

Thanksgiving is barely behind us and annual Christmas season and holiday events are ON at the beach!

 

Here’s a quick view to help you plan your next week!

 

 

Friday, 11/27 – 6:30 p.m. 

Rehoboth Beach Holiday Tree Lighting at the Bandstand


Saturday, 11/28 – 6 p.m.                 

Dewey Beach Tree Lighting at Fifer’s Orchards market

 

Tuesday, 12/1 – 6:30 p.m.              

Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas Parade

 

Wednesday, 12/2 – 7:30 p.m.          

Milton Christmas Parade

 

Thursday, 12/3

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.     

Lewes Merchants’ Hospitality Night, Second Street


7 p.m.                  

Georgetown Christmas Parade, W. Market/Front Streets

 

Friday, 12/4 – 6:30-10 p.m.             

Children’s Beach House Holiday Art Show and Sale (cbhinc.org for info)

 

Saturday, 12/5

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.     

Lewes in Bloom Christmas Market, St. Peter’s Church/Zwaanendael Park

 

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.     

42nd Annual Christmas Tour of Lewes (historiclewes.org for info)

 

5 p.m. 

Lewes Christmas Parade, Savannah and Second Streets

 

Get your holiday season off to a great start and go see a parade! 

 

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25November

Shop Local This "Small Business Saturday" - and beyond!

With the biggest shopping day of the year upon us, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group wants to support our local friends and businesses this “Small Business Saturday” – Saturday, November 28, 2015. American Express started this initiative nationally to raise support for the independently owned retail shops, restaurants and service providers in communities across our country. 

In Sussex County and our beach towns, small businesses are truly the backbone of our economy. 

We have always had so many wonderful boutiques and restaurants; however, as any small business owner can tell you - including my own “mom and pop,” Bette and Sal Gallo, who started their real estate business four decades ago - opening and sustaining a “small business” is no “small task.” 

Imagine what our towns would be like without the shops that sustain our local economy.  These locally owned and run businesses essentially make Delaware beaches unique places to live and set us apart as real departures from suburbia. The more our small businesses thrive, the better it is for all of us: locals and visitors alike.

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

Happy local shopping!

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