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16March

In Like a Lion, Out with a Sale!

Even if we do have another Winter Weather Advisory (say it isn’t so!), spring starts officially on March 20. January and February hit Delaware Beaches repeatedly with snow and cold, but you know what they say about March – in like a lion, out like a lamb. We’re all ready for those ‘cozier’ days, including homebuyers, who are thawing along with the weather. At The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, we are scheduling more buyer trips to show beach real estate in the coming weeks.

If you are trying to sell your home, now’s the time to take an objective look at your home - inside and out - and get ready for this warming real estate interest. Snow and wind have made ‘curb appeal’ – that first impression of a home’s exterior - even more difficult to achieve during this in-between time. 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 - 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 of today’s homebuyers 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 is Coming!

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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12February

'Trending' - Brand New Opportunities for Brand New Construction

As the Delaware Beaches try to thaw out a bit (even with more snow in the forecast!), The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is “feeling the love” and a warm reception to new listings this February.  Several homes have gone under contract quickly – one within seven days!

We expect this warming trend to continue in 2014, especially with new construction opportunities.  As The Cape Gazette reported on February 6, 2014, the Sussex County economy has been bolstered for the fourth year in a row by construction/housing-related revenue (“Construction Uptick Fuels Economic Rebound,” February 6, 2014: http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/construction-uptick-fuels-economic-rebound/1105306).

 

What’s NEW Downtown?

Although the housing inventory (the number of homes presently for sale) continues to be relatively slim in Downtown Lewes, there are several new home opportunities for home buyers that want the in-town location and new construction advantages. 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is pleased to feature several attractive new home opportunities, each with its own unique appeal:

 

 - Burton Avenue – Available Late March (estimated)

This well-planned, beautiful townhome project showcases two identical townhomes, which face front-to-back.  Located across from Shipcarpenter Square, it’s a short walk to the Farmer’s Market and all Lewes attractions, or take an easy bike ride to the beach!

Each unit features: 

  • Private driveway
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2.5 baths
  • First-floor master bedroom
  • High-end finishes, including hardwood, tile, granite, gas fireplace, and more!
  • Front unit: $529,999
  • Back unit: $519,999

 

Seeing is appreciating the many thoughtful custom details (including a smart storage design between the homes), so call us today for a tour and first-hand look! 

This townhome new construction project on Burton Avenue is being built by Russ Palmer - with an estimated completion date of late March. 

 

- Chestnut Street

Seize this wonderful and rare opportunity to enjoy new construction in Historic Lewes – steps to Lewes shopping, dining and fun.  But don’t wait: The first buyer will have the ability to make key design choices, including exterior and finishes.

Two adjoining carriage homes are available on Chestnut Street and will each feature:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2.5 baths
  • First-floor master
  • Screened porch
  • Loft space
  • Prime in-town location!
  • $629,900 each

 

NEW Lewes Beach Projects:

 

Canal Place

Evergreene Builders received approval to build nine new town homes at the corner of Anglers and Savannah Roads on the Lewes Beach side of the Canal.  Available this Spring, the homes will start in the mid-$400,000’s.


Angler’s Nest

Collier Homes is developing a 17-home community of new single-family homes off of Angler’s Road.  Available this Spring/Summer, the homes will start in the upper $600,000’s.

The model is under construction with an estimated completion date of April 1st.  It's available for sale for $715,000.  There will be three different floor plans to choose from.  

 

No Builder Tie-in 

Of course, in addition to these projects, buyers can choose to purchase a lot and select a builder themselves!  The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is pleased to offer the following building lots on beautiful, peaceful Lewes Beach:

Lot 59 E. Cape Shores Drive, Cape Shores: $519,900

Lot on Cedar Street/Maine Avenue, Lewes Beach: $575,000

 

Each of these new construction projects presents a unique opportunity for the best of both worlds – customized ‘new house’ shine with Historic Lewes appeal!  Call The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (302) 645-6664 for more information about floor plans and layout!  

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16January

Open House Weekend - January 18 & 19, 2014: Join Us!

A picture is worth a thousand words…but SEEING IS BELIEVING!

And don't forget to look for our NEW 'cabernet and cream' signs - colors of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty - for The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group's award-winning "Superior Service, Outstanding Results" in real estate! 

 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is pleased to welcome you this weekend to a premier selection of featured beach properties. Make your home shopping easy & see what our local real estate market can offer you!

If you see something you'd like know more about, or if you have any questions regarding buying or selling a property, please send us an email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or give us a call at (302) 645-6664.

We hope to see you this weekend!

 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Open 12 -3 p.m. unless otherwise noted

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Each listing includes a map at the bottom of the page, too.

105 New Road, Lewes

MLS# 607971

 

344 Pilottown Road, Lewes

MLS# 603744

 

6 Texas Avenue, Lewes Beach

MLS# 607984

 

114 W. Cape Shores Drive, Cape Shores

MLS# 594636

 

126 Bay Avenue, Lewes Beach

MLS# 599546

(Open 1 - 3 p.m. Saturday)

 

1108 Bay Avenue, Lewes Beach

MLS# 607941

 

2 Van Dyke Street, #5

* Dewey Beach *

MLS# 609295

 

Sunday, January 19, 2014 – Open 12 – 3 p.m.

 

309 W. Third Street, Lewes

MLS# 608191

 

113 East Fourth Street, Lewes

MLS# 606267

 

314 Pilottown Road, Lewes

MLS# 607331

 

35580 Peregrine Road, Hawkseye

MLS# 609222

 

35911 Black Marlin Drive, Wolfe Pointe

MLS# 599685

 

Join us!

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12January

Welcome to a New Era in Delaware Beach Real Estate

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty is Here!

It's official!  The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group and Gallo Realty are now Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty - and we are ushering in 2014 with lots of energy and excitement!

We’ve already replaced the familiar blue and white yard signs throughout our Delaware Beach communities with the signature “cabernet and cream” signs of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty.  This change is just one ‘sign’ of this partnership, which is a great fit for The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group and our parent company. 

Our entire, 101-member strong company kicked-off this new affiliation yesterday, Thursday, January 9, 2014, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the first Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty all-staff meeting at Nassau Valley Vineyards. 

"Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is another established, integrity-driven company, and we are proud to be part of it. The company that my parents, Bette and Sal Gallo, started 35 years ago has endured because they lead by example, with their own values and dedication. We have found a strong partner in Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and will increase our superior service through the tools and resources they provide."  - Lee Ann 

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We look forward to our continued commitment to "Superior Service and Outstanding Results" in real estate, and we are honored to earn our position as the #1 Sales Group in Sussex County for over a decade.  

Please call us or visit our website - www.LeeAnnGroup.com - when you have real estate questions!

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30November

Small Business = Big Gains for Our Towns

Supporting "Mom & Pop"

Today is “Small Business Saturday” – an initiative started nationally to raise support for the independently owned retail shops, restaurants and service providers in communities across our country.  In Sussex County and our beach towns, small businesses are truly the backbone of our economy. 

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

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

Local Market

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

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

Happy local shopping!

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09November

Coastal Concerts: Culture at the Beach

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

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

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

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

A Note about Coastal Concerts

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

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

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

 

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

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

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02November

'Land' of Opportunity

Building Lots Offer Owner Flexibility

If You Build It…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Featured Lots in Georgetown

 

Featured Lots in Lewes

Featured Lots in Milton

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

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group

www.leeanngroup.com

(302) 645-6664

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27July

Come See Cannery Village

Whether you are looking to move to the beach – or you already live here – you may be amazed by the amenities in Cannery Village, a community in the heart of charming Milton.  As the community website highlights, it is “minutes from the beach and far from the crowds!”  

Even more unique for our area is Cannery Village’s ‘town center’ design and wonderful in-town feel.  You’re a short walk to the continually evolving Town of Milton.  The community features a 12,000 square foot clubhouse with indoor AND outdoor pools, fitness center, and meeting room.  You can give your car a rest and walk to town - which is a great convenience and welcome change of pace today! 

The community concept and amenities, in addition to reasonable prices for beautiful homes, make Cannery Village worth strong consideration!

Consider these two available properties:

136 Ellison Drive

$279,900

Spacious duplex with finished basement and two-car garage, hardwood floors, stainless appliances, vaulted ceilings, first-floor master suite with luxury bath, and lots of storage. 

 

311 Summer Walk Blvd

$299,900

Like new home offers open, gourmet kitchen, sunroom, family room with built-ins, formal dining room, detached garage and great lot. 

For more information on these and other beach community properties, please call The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (302) 645-6664 or visit us online at www.leeanngroup.com.

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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.

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18May

First "Sign" of Summer

The Yard Sale Sign!

Everyone has a unique way of marking the start of summer at the beach.  Ice cream shops are opening, favorite restaurants start serving 7-days-a-week, pools open, Memorial Day comes with barbeques and picnics.  For the past 27 years, the REAL sign that summer is on is the Annual Memorial Weekend Jefferson Avenue Yard Sale! It’s true!

Of course, Jefferson Avenue is in good company.  Yard sales have already started; you’ll see signs this weekend throughout Lewes, Milton and Rehoboth. Typically they start at 8 a.m. and you may see early birds cruising past to try to catch a sneak peek.

Next weekend, Saturday, May 25, you will need to get up early to catch the undoubtedly great finds on Jefferson Avenue. 

In addition, you can drive down Gills Neck Road, through Wolfe Pointe and Wolfe Runne, down DeVries Circle, and throughout Lewes (forgive me if I’ve missed anyone) to find your own treasures.

Even if “Antiques Roadshow” isn’t in your future, there’s always one gem among the yard sales that makes getting up early on a Saturday worthwhile. 

And if you still don’t find it – head over to the Farmer’s Market!

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10May

Treat Mom to an Open House!

Nothing says, "Happy Mother's Day" like a Lewes Beach house...or a ride on the Paratrooper!

Finally! After a fickle spring, it's going to be a warmer Mother's Day Weekend! Especially when the weather's this nice, there is so much to do at the beach.

It’s the “first” weekend for several local traditions, including the Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market and the opening of Funland on the Rehoboth Boardwalk.  Stroll the Rehoboth Beach Second Saturday Art Walk – even stop into Heidi Lowe Gallery on the Avenue and make a Mother’s Day charm. Sunday, the Lewes Canalfront Park opens its wonderful program season with free Soul Yoga at 8 a.m. Of course, this is just a small sample of what’s in store this weekend. 

I hope you enjoy your own spring Mother's Day traditions, whether with your mother or in memory of your mother.  I am looking forward to my annual brunch!

If you have time to enjoy a Saturday drive, stop by one of the premier properties on Lewes Beach.

11 Maine Avenue, Lewes Beach

Open House on Saturday, May 11

12 - 3 p.m.

Year-round home sits on premium, sub-dividable double lot! This home was originally a Coast Guard Boathouse which was relocated to Maine Avenue circa 1957. Lot has 100’ frontage on Maine Avenue 144’ on Cedar Avenue. Potential for unlimited views of Delaware Bay, Inlet and Canal!

For more information about this great home, 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.

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07April

Warming Trend

In the Delaware Beach Real Estate Market

When it is 50 degrees one day and 70 the next, it must be spring! Can our local real estate market warm up as quickly?  Judging by 2013 activity so far, our forecast is definitely improving.

“The bidding wars are back,” proclaims CNNMoney (April 5, 2013).  Especially in metropolitan areas like New York, Boston, Washington, DC, and cities throughout northern and southern California, sellers are receiving multiple offers on properties.

This national trend is largely a result of an imbalance between buyers and sellers (a much lower than normal number of houses for sale). Additionally, buyers want to take advantage of current low mortgage rates. While spring is usually a popular time for sellers to list homes, this seasonal bump may not balance the scale.

Delaware beach housing inventory levels remain lower than usual, as well.  Demand is exceeding supply, which is creating buyer competition.  Locally, we are seeing a continual rise in multiple offers - especially for beach homes that are priced right and for vacant lots in Historic Lewes.

While the term “bidding wars” may be strong, Delaware beach homes are definitely becoming hotter properties!

Contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group of Prudential, Gallo REALTORS for more information about the Delaware beach real estate market and properties in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Milton, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, and towns in-between.  Call us at (302) 645-6664, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit us online at www.leeanngroup.com.

Posted in National Real Estate News, Local News and Information

07March

After the Rain

Check your home for storm damage

Home Sellers (and everyone!): Check your Home for Storm Damage

Yesterday's crazy weather brought big rain and wind storms that damaged houses throughout the Northeast. After any "weather event," home sellers should take a close look at their properties for storm damage and make repairs.

When we experience a powerful storm, it’s a smart idea to check your roof for any damage and ensure there are no missing shingles or cracks around any skylights the home may have. Climb into your attic and look for discoloration of the decking or plywood surfaces.

Also look for light penetrating from around plumbing vents or the chimney, indicating that your roof’s flashing needs repair.

Next, inspect your rain gutters for damage and clear them of leaves and debris. BE CAREFUL on any ladders!  Look for holes, cracks or sags; all three can be easily fixed by a homeowner. (To fix a small hole, first use an abrasive pad to clean the area, then cut a piece of gutter material slightly larger than the hole. Using a stiff brush, spread gutter-repair compound around the hole and place your patch over the top. Cover the patch with another layer of compound to ensure a good seal. To repair minor sags, simply add a new hanging bracket to the sagging area or replace the compromised existing bracket.)

Pay particular attention to areas of your home near trees and shrubs. Limbs can play havoc with your roof, siding and stucco in heavy winds, and can come crashing down under the weight of snow. Prune your trees and shrubs to ensure their health and to safeguard your home.

Finally, be sure to inspect your windows, fencing, decking, which also take a beating in storms. Seal and repair any damage.

Sometimes storm damage is unavoidable. But making quick repairs can help ensure your home is safe, sound, and ready for sale.

 

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