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Lewes Real Estate News

16November

Just In: Fall Newsletter - with Updates Already!

Just in time for relaxing Thanksgiving Break reading…The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group Fall 2017 newsletter has hit the streets! We mail our newsletter to Lewes residents twice each year. And with such a busy fall, between sending it to print and actual mailing, we already have a few updates to share, too.

You can read the entire newsletter here.

Inside, you’ll see the latest on what’s driving the beach real estate market, a look at the sale price of one property 3 times since 2005, as well as a look at properties currently for sale in Lewes and the prices of a handful of those recently sold.

Updates since printing (just a little over a week ago!):

  • Our “homes sold to date” tally is up from 302 to 313
  • 421 W. Third Street (MLS 717558), the unit on the left, is now offered at $809,900

The following homes are now Under Contract:

  • 1603 Cedar Street
  • 103 Shipcarpenter Street
  • 8 Newark Avenue
  • 43 Harborview Road
  • 33125 Dorchester Street

This newsletter is one way we share Coastal Delaware real estate market trends with you. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions about the market in general or on a particular property – whether you are buying or selling. Thanks for taking the time to read it!

 

Wishing all our local and out-of-state clients and friends a safe and very Happy Thanksgiving! 

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

03July

Transfer Tax to Increase 1% effective August 1, 2017

Make sure you are under contract by July 31, 2017!

On July 3, 2017, after an unprecedented appropriation measure to extend the deadline, the Delaware General Assembly voted to raise the state portion of the Realty Transfer Tax a full 1% - effective August 1, 2017.

What does this mean?

Homebuyers from out-of-state may not be familiar with Delaware’s transfer tax, but it has historically been a 3% tax on all real estate sales, paid equally by buyers and sellers at settlement (1.5% each), and typically represents the largest closing cost. Proceeds from this tax are used equally by the county and state to fund public safety programs. Overall, property taxes in Delaware are comparatively low nationwide, and Delaware has no sales tax.

This 1% increase in closing costs, especially for higher-priced properties, can certainly add up.  

According to information from the Delaware Association of REALTORS®, this bill takes effect on August 1, 2017, and does not apply to contracts entered into before August 1, 2017. So, if you are considering buying in the near future, make sure you are under contract by July 31, 2017! And save yourself some money at settlement.

We will have more information about the implication of this increase in the near future but wanted to spread the word to buyers and sellers as soon as possible.

For more information about the budget, click this link from The Cape Gazette:

“Lawmakers pass $4.1 billion budget for FY18”

 

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

22February

Welcome to Cape Shores Drive

Welcome to absolute waterfront luxury on Lewes Beach!

Trasport yourself to the beach...

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18November

New Listing, New Prices = New Home!

JUST LISTED

 

129 Union Street

Downtown Historic Milton

Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 2

2,100 sq. ft.

Year Built: 1905

MLS: 715175

$169,900

HISTORIC IN-TOWN JEWEL

Classic architectural details abound from this beautifully built Victorian home in the town center of Milton. Awaiting your personal touches, this home has multiple potential uses. Amazing location allows you to live & work with many possibilities for your at-home business or make it your own personal residence. Features Victorian ornamental details throughout, including bay window with built-in bench, decorative railing, hardwood floors and stained glass window. All this and more within steps of downtown Milton shopping & dining, and scenic memorial park - not to mention only a short drive to the beach!

 

NEW PRICE

16718 Flatstone Circle

Windstone

Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 2

2,164 sq. ft.

Year Built: 2011

MLS: 713173

NOW $329,900

BREATH OF FRESH AIR!

Energy Star & NAHB Green Certified gorgeous 3 bedroom home with pond views in the accomodating community of Windstone! Features an open floor plan with hardwood flooring, fantastic gourmet kitchen with double wall ovens, granite counters, pantry and two islands, cozy & inviting living room with fireplace, dining/flex room with tray ceiling & built-in speakers. Plenty of privacy with custom blinds, and master suite with spa-like bath - separated from the other two bedrooms! Outside features include irrigation and a fully-fenced backyard. Only minutes from Downtown Milton and the beach!

 

34058 Mulberry Lane

Sandy Brae

Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 2.5

1,560 sq. ft.

Year Built: 1980

MLS: 713699

NOW $299,900

THIS WILL HAVE YOU AT “HELLO”

From the front door to the huge fenced backyard, this charming, well-maintained Sandy Brae home will draw you right in. Stylishly updated home is well positioned between Lewes and Rehoboth and offers easy access to…everything! Home features 3BR, 2.5BA, hardwood flooring and tile throughout, wood burning fireplace, granite and stainless steel in the kitchen, back deck, outdoor shower, the huge fenced in back yard, and an oversized 2-car detached garage. This much charm won’t last long!

 

20849 Brunswick Lane

Plantation Lakes

Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 2.5

2,242 sq. ft.

Year Built: 2016

MLS: 715056

NOW $209,900

MODEL PERFECT

Practically brand new, fantastically upgraded townhouse in the amenity-rich community of Plantation Lakes! Surrounded by a beautiful championship golf course, this property will impress before you even cross the threshold. Features first floor master suite, beautiful kitchen with granite counters & stainless steel appliances, hardwood flooring in the main living area, spacious 2nd floor loft, finished bonus room that doubles as a 4th bedroom, cozy screened porch, excellent landscaping, and the list goes on! Located only 20 minutes from the beach with a ton of community amenities - including 2 outdoor pools, fitness center, clubhouse, tennis courts & so much more.

 

18108 White Oak Drive

Reddenwood

0.63 Acres

MLS: 611033

$89,900

BRING YOUR IDEAS

Discover Reddenwood! Roomy homesite in quiet, wooded community offers privacy - while still close to shopping, dining, and the Delaware beaches! No builder tie-in means you can make your ‘dream home’ a reality on your own timeline!

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

01August

Unlock a Lewes Secret!

Discover one of the most beloved areas of in-town Lewes!

15 Harborview Road

NOW offered at $599,999

 

BEST-KEPT SECRET, GREAT LEWES LOCATION!

So close to town yet so private, this home affords you options to walk or bike to the Canalfront Park, Downtown Lewes and Lewes Beach. Beautiful, spacious 4-bedroom home is tucked on a quiet, ideally located street just off of Pilottown Road – which runs along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.

Home features a first-floor Master bedroom, living room with fireplace, updated kitchen with Corian countertops, and breakfast bar that overlooks the dining room and light-filled sunroom, showcasing the tastefully and extensively landscaped backyard! Exterior features also include irrigation, a detached 2-car garage with finished second-story bonus room, and outdoor shower. No HOA fees and terrific access to everything beach life offers make for ideal, easy beach community living. Call to see it for yourself!

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 #4 sales group for BHHS nationally, we deliver "Superior Service, Outstanding Results," 7-days-a-week!

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23June

Forecast Calls for Open Houses!

In town for the weekend and shopping for a place to call home? Join The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at these fabulous featured listings! 


The welcome mats are out!

 

Saturday, June 25 – Noon to 2 p.m.

56 Comanche Circle, Millsboro

Now offered at $299,000

 

Don’t miss this beautiful and spacious 3-bedroom home nestled in the Indian River waterfront community of Warwick Park! Interior features include an open and airy floor plan great for entertaining, stainless steel appliances, gas fireplace, beautiful hardwood floors, large master bedroom, and bonus rec room! Step outside to a generous backyard with deck and substantial side patio with fire pit - perfect for outdoor entertaining. Warwick Park is situated along the Indian River and offers 4 acres of scenic waterfront community space with large covered pavilion, 2 crabbing piers, boat slips and dock!

 

Sunday, June 26 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

208 W. Third Street, Historic Lewes

Now offered at $995,000

Rich history and remarkable style are the hallmarks of this stand-out Historic Lewes home. The story began in the 1730’s: Built in Colonial saltbox architectural design with post and beam construction, the home originally housed a tavern, and a central chimney served four fireplaces in the original rooms. Remarkable “chapters” in following centuries have added depth of style and modern luxury to the exposed brick and beams and gorgeous floors. Perfectly appointed with fitting furnishings – which are negotiable with sale. Entertaining-friendly first floor includes an updated kitchen with stainless appliances, three sinks and a five-burner gas ranges, which opens to the great room. Four bedrooms, each with a full bath, and a beautiful private yard with in-ground pool add to the modern attraction. This gem has been a favorite on both The Lewes Christmas Tour and The Lewes Garden Tour.

 

 

Sunday, June 26 – Noon – 4 p.m.

Angler’s Nest, Lewes Beach – just over the drawbridge

Lot options start in mid-$300’s

Lot/home packages start in the $600’s

 

Reel in a fantastic opportunity to join Lewes’ newest community of single family homes on Lewes Beach!  Angler’s Nest offers something for everyone, including new construction, pre-construction lots, and a unique historic residence.  Brought to you by Collier Homes, Angler’s Nest puts you in a prime location. Take an easy walk to Historic Downtown Lewes (just across the drawbridge) for dining, shopping, the library and more – or a short stroll to the sands of Lewes Beach!

Visit the Open House of your choice, or come see us at all three!

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group

LeeAnnGroup.com

302.645.6664

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13May

Local Real Estate Market Update

Rain can’t dampen the market! It’s the perfect time to plant your roots in the Delaware Beach sands and cultivate the home of your dreams. The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is pleased to share these new listings from the second week of May 2016. Get inspired! And please call us if you would like more information or a private tour.

NEWLY LISTED HOMES

231 Second Street, Lewes, DE

$1,100,000

MLS Number: 709730

HISTORIC LEWES CLASSIC

Step outside your front door to the shops, restaurants and attractions of Downtown Historic Lewes from this gorgeous, traditional 4-bedroom, 2-bath Colonial in the heart of it all. Upgraded for modern day living, features include refinished hardwood floors, new electric and lighting, rebuilt and restored screened porch with interchangeable panels for extended seasonal enjoyment, walk-in attic, full basement, 2-car garage, and more. The town is yours from a premier location on an over-sized in-town lot with excellent curb appeal. Truly a crown jewel in Historic Lewes!

 

11 California Avenue, Lewes, DE

$699,900

MLS Number: 709763

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

Timing is right to make this exceptionally large Lewes Beach lot the destination of your dreams! At a fifth of an acre (~9,000 square feet), this corner lot boasts a premier location in this private, quiet enclave along the Delaware Bay. Lot is being sold for land value; you can renovate or start fresh with your own vision of beach life. Either way, you’re steps to the bay, a short bike ride to the shops and dining of Historic Lewes, and a dream away from your custom home!

 

414 Mulberry Street, Lewes, DE

$699,900

MLS Number: 709975

HANDSOME CRAFTSMANSHIP

Stellar location and impeccable attention to detail meet on a beloved street in Downtown Lewes. Don’t miss the fantastic, unique location in-town, steps to bustling Second Street shopping, dining and grocery, but tucked into a quiet, private side street. Fall in love at first sight with the exterior architectural appeal, including cedar siding, stone paths and lush gardens. Step inside to rich wood finishes, including attractive moldings, luxe flooring and trim, stunning fireplaces, and custom, handmade iron staircase. Open floorplan and well-placed kitchen sets the scene for fantastic entertaining. French doors to the airy screened in porch add more space to relax.

 

33222 Mercer Avenue, Millsboro, DE

$475,000

MLS Number: 709826

BAY FRONT COTTAGE

Enjoy expansive water views of the Indian River Bay from this quaint waterfront home in Oak Orchard. Your front-row seat awaits with a wall of picture windows to take in the morning sun and evening sunsets. Recent updates include new siding, composite deck and rebuilt dock. Close to shopping and dining, too. Dock your boat at your back door this summer – and make memories of boating, fishing and water fun to last a lifetime!

 

340 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE

$499,900

MLS Number: 709553

UNIQUE OFFERING IN TOWN

Looking in Lewes? This brand new construction in the heart of the Historic District is newly available and affordable. You’ll enjoy 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, an open concept floor plan – kitchen, dining and living room – plus a first-floor Master suite! Tasteful finishes include hardwood floors, tile baths, granite counters, and stainless steel appliances. Home includes a screened porch, perfect for summer relaxation. Storage for your beach gear, a private yard and off-street parking complete the perfect Lewes home package. Make your move to the beach!

 

32953 Sandstone Drive, Lewes, DE

$424,900

MLS Number: 709817

TURN-KEY IN HENLOPEN LANDING

Beautifully kept and loaded with upgrades, this 4-bedroom home is move-in ready! An open and inviting floor plan welcomes you with hardwood and tile flooring, gourmet kitchen with Corian counters, island and breakfast bar overlooking the sunroom and living room, which features gas fireplace and bonus office bumpout with French doors. Highlights include formal dining room with tray ceiling, secondary living room, master suite with two generous walk-in closets and Jacuzzi bath, full basement with rough-in plumbing, the list goes on! Entertain outdoors with ease in the spacious fenced-in backyard with large deck. A must-see in a community that offers residents a clubhouse with fitness center and outdoor pool. Just minutes from the beach, boardwalk, and Coastal Highway's shopping and dining!

 

BUILDING LOTS

29 Cripple Creek Run, Milton, DE

$209,900

MLS Number: 709905

ENVISION THE POTENTIAL

Nature's peace resonates from this beautifully wooded and generously sized 1.5-acre lot in the desirable Cripple Creek community. Create your own sanctuary and enjoy sunshine filtered through the trees, and have your cares drop like autumn leaves. Dream it into action at this great price and gorgeous location! Just a short drive to historic Milton, Lewes and Rehoboth Beaches!

 

16 Bay Oak Dr, Lewes, DE

$79,900

MLS Number: 709958

BEACH AREA ACRE

Make your beach home dreams a reality with this spacious, wooded, acre+ parcel in private Bay Oaks! With plenty of space as your canvas, enjoy the freedom to build a custom vision with the builder of your choice, when the time is right for you. Community sits just a short drive to Lewes and Rehoboth Beaches, shopping, fine dining and beach attractions, yet offers wooded privacy! Make the best of both worlds from your acre in Bay Oaks!

 

Lot 15 Magnolia Drive, Lewes, DE

$35,000

MLS Number: 709712

INVEST AND BUILD

Seize this opportunity to start your beach lifestyle affordably from the ground up! Large wooded building lot in Angola Neck Park is the perfect place for customized year-round living or your weekend beach retreat! Own your land with the freedom to construct the home of your choice. County sewer available. Water access and shopping are close by. Affordable beach living is here!

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03May

Best-Kept Secret: Lewes Beach!

Locals know…Lewes Beach is the best-kept secret on the East Coast!

 

Our Delaware Bay beach is an Idyllic setting any time of year for beachcombing, privacy and relaxation. We’re headed into the height of fishing, seining, boating and FUN. The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group has several featured properties to consider. Is it time to make your move?

 

1803 Cedar St
Lewes, DE 19958

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
2,152 sq. ft. on 0.17 acres
Year Built: 1958

$739,000

YEAR-ROUND LIVING, STEPS TO THE BEACH!

Imagine strolling to the sands of the Delaware Bay each morning and enjoying sunsets over the canal each evening. This turn-key custom-built home offers that freedom - steps to one of the nicest sections of Lewes Beach in the desirable, quiet north end. Snowbird? It's perfect: enjoy the magnificent Spring, Summer and Fall in Lewes, then head south for the Winter!

This bright, spacious home is lovingly maintained and well appointed by original owners. Renovations, expansions and quality craftsmanship are complemented by full-view Anderson casement windows, Pella bay windows and recessed lighting. Open, inverted floor plan, large living/sun room, dining room, wet bar and well-equipped kitchen maximize sunlight and unobstructed dune views. Enjoy sunsets over Canal from the rear deck. Two living rooms, laundry room with computer nook and outside shower are a bonus. Enjoy a rare at the beach-2-car attached garage and large backyard, too! Walk to the inlet for fishing, the Lewes Yacht Club & Marina, or take an easy bike ride to Cape Henlopen State Park or Downtown Historic Lewes!

Large property offers plenty of room to expand with the possibility for full bay and canal views. Bring your dreams or invest in a great property with excellent rental track record. So many options!

 

2003 Cedar St
Lewes, DE 19958

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1 Full
992 sq. ft. on 0.17 acres
Year Built: 1965

$649,999

ENJOY AND ENVISION THE POTENTIAL!

Adorable, quintessential Lewes Beach Cottage sits just one block to the glistening Delaware Bay and sandy Lewes beach. Ready and waiting for your enjoyment now, from the spacious back deck or enclosed porch with unobstructed wetland views, this awesome location is also ripe for your forward-thinking design and offers potential for premier bay views. Sought-after spot is a go-to second home, weekly summer rental, or future retreat. So much potential awaits!

 

313 East Savannah Road
Lewes, DE 19958

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2 Full
1,464 sq. ft. on 0.13 acres
Year Built: 2004

$749,900

BEACH SPECTACULAR

Throw down your anchor on Lewes Beach! A standout in our local Lewes Beach landscape, this ocean-themed home is visually stunning both outside and inside and the ideal beach lover's destination for color, comfort and style. It's a ready-made dream come true with murals, fresh hues, cottage style kitchen and open family room/gathering space, 3BR, 2BA, and luxe wood floors. Spacious outside deck offers endless options for enjoying the heart of beach living, hosting friends for a clambake, bushels of crabs, you name it! Extra rooftop level deck adds to natural Lewes Beach views. Walk to the Bay and Historic Downtown Lewes!

 

11 California Ave
Lewes, DE 19958

0.2 acres
$749,000

BUILD YOUR DREAM BEACH HOME!

Being sold for land value, custom design your Lewes Beach house. Just steps from the bay and a short bike ride to Historic Lewes, shops and dining.

 

Any of these great properties pique your interest? Give us a call at 302.645.6664 for a private tour!

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29April

You're Invited!

Join us for an Open House at Angler’s Nest,

along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal

Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

Now’s your chance to reel in this ultimate “catch of the day” – a home in the new and centrally located Angler’s Nest community on Lewes Beach.

Whether you are looking for a lot, brand new construction, or an eclectic renovation, you can land them all at Angler’s Nest!

Live steps (across the drawbridge) to Downtown Historic Lewes in one direction and the sands of Lewes Beach on the Delaware Bay in the other.

This is no fish story: come see for yourself!  

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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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22April

Open this Saturday in Lewes!

You are invited for a personal tour!

Join us this Saturday, April 23, 2016

Noon - 3 p.m.

to experience uncommon elegance!

36087 Tarpon Drive

Wolfe Pointe, Lewes

$1,299,900

MLS 706957

"NO PLACE LIKE LEWES"

…and truly no place like this masterfully designed custom home!  Achieve the perfect balance of Charleston inspired splendor and Coastal Delaware luxury. Enjoy unparalleled privacy and expansive views of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal amid 5,500 square feet of gracious, comfortable living.

Retreat to spa-like elegance in the amazing owner’s suite and luxury bath - which allows for one-floor living. Entertain in the professionally appointed gourmet kitchen and numerous rooms for relaxing - including 2 screened porches and 4 decks. Family and guests will appreciate third-floor privacy and miles of exceptional views.

An ample three-car garage and versatile first floor with loads of storage complete the picture. Gorgeous landscaped grounds, impeccable interior, extensive features list, and coastal location make this residence truly exceptional.

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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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24March

You're Invited! Easter Weekend Open House Tour

Easter Weekend "Tour de Lewes"

Please join us!

This Saturday, March 26

Noon - 3 p.m.

 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is hosting a perfect sampler of some of the best homes Lewes has to offer! They’re all for sale – in various landscapes and price ranges - so not all these eggs are in the same basket! Just 'hop' your way around town this Saturday and see if your dream home is on the list!

 From Gills Neck Road to Lewes Beach to Savannah Road!

Please contact us at The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group for directions

or any additional information:

302.645.6664 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – LeeAnnGroup.com

Happy Easter! 

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03December

There's No Place Like a Beach Home for the Holidays

 

December at the beach is definitely not a time to slow down! The calendar is full of fun, festive events and it’s still a great time to walk around downtown shops and restaurants, walk the boardwalk and the beaches - even surf with the right gear!

 

 

 

Just this weekend alone in Downtown Historic Lewes:

 

Thursday, December 3

 

SHOP, DRINK & BE MERRY! Merchants Hospitality Night in commercial district, with live music on Second Street. Always lots of good cheer and fun. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

Saturday, December 5

 

  • TOUR! Annual Lewes Historical Society House Tour (get your tickets first!) – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

One of our listings, 219 Grey Plover Court, The Historic Clare House, is on the tour!

 

  • OPEN HOUSE! Angler’s Nest, new community of single family homes on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

 

  • PARADE! Old Fashioned Christmas Parade (with a special guest at the end!) 5 p.m.

 

  • SING! Caroling and Tree Lighting in Zwaanendael Park

 

And Santa moves back into Second Street next week!

 

For these and so many other reasons, many seasonal residents and home owners have made celebrating holidays at the beach a tradition.

 

And why not? What’s better than walking the beach and getting fresh air on the water, or taking a bike ride on the trail, before or after a celebration with family and friends? Not much! Even better consider a home that's steps to the sand!  Lewes Beach has great opportunities right now. 

 


The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group can connect you to ocean, bay or lake/pond front properties all along Delaware’s beaches. Holidays at the beach are a breath of fresh air! 

 

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05September

Open House on Lewes Beach Today - September 5, 2015

Discover Angler’s Nest - THE WELCOME MAT IS OUT – JOIN US!

Open House

Saturday, September 5, 2015

12 - 2 p.m.

Angler’s Nest in Lewes

Reel in a fantastic opportunity to join Lewes’ newest community of single family homes on Lewes Beach! Angler’s Nest offers something for everyone, including new construction, pre-construction lots, and a unique residence – The Historic Clare House – an eclectic mix of history, charm and modern restoration, all in one exceptionally unique home in the heart of Lewes.

Brought to you by Collier Homes, Angler’s Nest features several models to choose from, starting in the upper $600’s.

 

Angler’s Nest puts you in a prime location! Take an easy walk to Historic Downtown Lewes (just across the drawbridge) for dining, shopping, the library and more – or a short stroll to the sands of Lewes Beach!


Directions:

SO CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN AND ON THE LEWES BEACH SIDE!

From Downtown Historic Lewes: Cross the drawbridge to Lewes Beach, take the first left onto Anglers Road, and the community is just past E. Market Street on the right. Look for our flags!

 

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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

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!

 

 

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