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24August

Living on the Cape's Shores

How do you want to spend your summer vacations?

There’s only one more week until Labor Day Weekend!  It may be hard to believe, but the best of summer is yet to come: September.

As all the kids go back to school for the question, “How did you spend your summer vacation,” maybe we should all ask ourselves the same thing. 

What did you get to do this summer that you really enjoyed?  Did you get enough beach time, family time, and did your vacation home or rental set the right scene?  Delaware beaches have so many different activities, but some of the most action- and relaxation-packed venues are where the bay meets the ocean at Cape Henlopen.

We can’t live in Cape Henlopen State Park, but just steps away from the sprawling protected lands, bike/running paths, and Atlantic Ocean beaches is the Cape Shores community.  Cape Shores offers unparalleled amenities on Lewes Beach:

  • easy sandy beach access (most houses are either on the bay or just a few lots away)
  • fishing pier
  • community pool
  • tennis
  • proximity to downtown Historic Lewes attractions and restaurants (1.5 miles) 

Its sunrise and sunset views are amazing, too.

There’s a lot more summer left to enjoy – and now is a beautiful time to explore find a location that makes the most of your summer expectations.

“How you spent your summer vacation” is up to you!

 

Consider these unique opportunities in Cape Shores! (Once you select one, just hit "back" on your browser to return to this page.)

 

114 Cape Shores Dr, Lewes, DE – Price Just Reduced $200K!

$1,599,900

 

301 Cape Shores Dr, Lewes, DE

$1,049,000

 

311 Cape Shores Dr, Lewes, DE (Lot)

$549,000

Posted in Lewes, Beach Homes

13July

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

06July

Paradise Found - in Milton!

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

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

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

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

419 Chestnut Street

$179,900

 

206 Chestnut Street

$229,900

 

312 Federal Street

$279,900

For information on these or any other properties in the area, please contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (888) 770-6664 or (302) 645-6664.  Or visit us online at www.leeanngroup.com.

Posted in Local News and Information

04July

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

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

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

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

Don’t forget:


All Day:

Kids’ fun and games on Second Street in Lewes

Starting at 5 p.m.

World Famous Doo Dah Parade!

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

Tonight:

Rehoboth Beach Main Street sponsors amazing fireworks

Dewey Beach goes for the Guinness Book World Record for fireworks

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

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

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

Happy July 4, 2013 from The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group

29June

Rehoboth Beach: One of “10 Great Coastal Boardwalks”

Coastal Living magazine (www.coastalliving.com) scours beach towns up and down both the east and west coasts of America looking for the best of the best.  It shouldn’t be a big surprise that Delaware’s beach towns often make the lists in the company of coastal towns from Maine, New York, the Carolinas, and Florida, to the west coast of California.  While we don’t rank for categories like “best fried artichokes” (found in Santa Cruz, California), we know what makes us special! 

It’s no surprise - we can take pride in knowing that Rehoboth Beach made the list of “10 Great Coastal Boardwalks.”  Further, the magazine’s list of “Best Boardwalk Bites” includes Bethany Beach for chocolate covered pretzels at Candy Kitchen and Rehoboth Beach for best calzones at Nicola Pizza!

North-end to south-end, Rehoboth’s boardwalk offers just about anything vacationers want and need. Locals are lucky to be able to visit the “best of the best” anytime!

If you are visiting Delaware’s beaches and want to make the move to year-round ‘coastal living,’ give The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group a call at (888) 770-6664 or visit us online at www.leeanngroup.com.  We would be happy to answer questions and show you opportunities for owning property at the beach!

Posted in America's Best Beach Towns

25May

Memorial Day Weekend Open Houses

Open Houses this Weekend!

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

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

  

Saturday, May 25

12-3 p.m.

2 Shipcarpenter Square

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

 

Sunday, May 26

12-3 p.m.

11 Maine Avenue

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

Enjoy your long weekend and the many events in town!

Posted in Rehoboth Real Estate News

04May

Buyer's Market, Seller's Market, Farmer's Market

All of our local markets are blooming this year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is the season of "market" speculation.  Excitement is building for local businesses, home sellers, even local growers. To get ready for summer, I am still looking at several main factors:  low housing inventory and local new construction trends. (I won't try to predict the weather!)

 

Taking Inventory

Industry speculation is consistent with what's happening locally and “inventory” is the buzzword.  Nationally and locally, inventory levels are historically low.  "Inventory level” means the time it would take to sell all of the homes currently available for sale.  The National Association of Realtors (NAR) considers six months to be the norm.  As of January 2013, however, NAR data put inventory levels closer to 4.2 months – which is the lowest rate nationally since April 2005.

Our local market definitely supports this low inventory scenario.  To put this information context, in my office at The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group of Prudential, Gallo Realtors, actual property sales increased 43 percent and the total dollar value of these sales increased nearly 33 percent last year.  Buyers are still cautious and believe it is a “buyer’s market.”

The market is actually evening out – which means buyers will need to be more open to negotiation.  We have even seen a noticeable increase in multiple offers on properties (especially in-town Lewes).  We even had a home listed, shown and sold - in the same day!

Here are a few key points to remember: 

  • We are not going from a low market to a high market in one step.  We went down in steps, so we will have to go up in steps.
  • Appraisers are required to use no more than the past 6 months sold comparable properties to determine a value today.
  • If you want to sell your house now, you need to sell it for what it is worth now.

 

If You Build It

Another major component of this season’s beach real estate trends is new construction.  My office has seen an increase in the past month in inquiries from developers and builders that want to start projects.  In its March 1, 2013, press release, the U.S. Census Bureau put January 2013 seasonally adjusted construction rates at $883.3 billion, or 7.1 percent above the January 2012 estimate of $824.7 billion.

While new construction may be on the rise in general, I feel strongly that the biggest segment to dry up here at the beach will be individual single-family home lots with no builder tie-in (ones for which you could hire any builder to build your custom home).  As fewer lots are available, prices will rise.  If you are a buyer who wants to build a custom home, my best advice is to buy a lot soon.

In addition to the low inventory climate, our area business owners are anticipating a busy summer.  Hopefully the national economic forecast and seasonal weather forecasts will align for a great summer season!

 

"Market Growth"

Of course, another market consideration is next weekend's opening day for the Historic Lewes Farmer's Market (Saturday, May 11)! Join just about everyone in town at The Lewes Historical Society between 8 a.m. and noon next Saturday. As far as projections for that market - it's an easy one to call: it will be exciting for buyers and sellers, and a great kick-off for summer!

 

Lee Ann Wilkinson is the top-selling REALTOR in Sussex County for 2012.  Find more information about The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group of Prudential, Gallo REALTORS at www.leeanngroup.com or by calling (302) 645-6664.

26April

Weekend Plans?

Open Houses!

Beautiful weekends at the Delaware beaches call for open houses!

So, how helpful are open houses?

· Have you ever bought a house after visiting an open house?

· Have you ever sold a house through an open house?

Regardless of the answer, even in today's "virtual world," open houses are still a common step in the home buying process.  Many buyers look to open houses for information, especially older (or shall we say "more mature") couples that have bought a home before (according to the National Association of Realtors 2012 Survey).

Open houses…

1) allow buyers to see houses/potential comparable properties first-hand

2) serve as another marketing boost for sellers

3) allow buyers the chance to meet a Realtor and ask questions

If you have considered a home in the wonderful Paynters Mill community in Milton, this weekend offers a perfect opportunity to see three properties.

Weather is looking great to get out and see these properties for yourself!

 

Saturday, April 27, 12-2 p.m.:

Paynters Mill, Milton

16667 Howard Millman Lane

16359 Abraham Potter Run - Unit 206

16277 John Rowland Trail - Unit 1603

Sunday, April 28, 12-3 p.m.

11 Maine Avenue, Lewes Beach

For more information about these great homes, or any other property at the Delaware Beaches, please contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at (302) 645-6664.  

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Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

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.

 

Posted in Local News and Information

19February

Rehoboth's Year in Real Estate

Even though the boardwalk and downtown are less crowded during the winter, Rehoboth real estate definitely remains active.  The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at Prudential Gallo, REALTORS is active in Rehoboth, too.  For over a decade, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group has been the #1 sales team in Sussex County – more than doubling the sales volume in units sold of our nearest competition last year

Local inventory (the number of houses on the market) is historically low.  For any reader considering selling or buying a property in any of Delaware’s beach communities, now is a great time.  My team and I are ready to assist you. We know Rehoboth, Lewes, Milton and surrounding area beaches – and we put our collective knowledge to work for our clients to achieve “Superior Service & Outstanding Results.” 

Click below to find the statistical information we have compiled about several of Rehoboth’s neighborhoods:

Canal Corkran

Country Club Estates

Kings Creek Country Club

Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club

North Rehoboth

South Rehoboth

Posted in Rehoboth

14February

What's Not to Love?

Be Still My Heart - and the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk!

What

Posted in Rehoboth

14February

Looking at 2012

Superior Service, Data-Driven Results

I always find value in looking at the big picture.  Further, my priority remains to provide useful information for both buyers and sellers.  One way I do both is by preparing my annual statistical newsletter.  At a glance, you can see our local market trends: the real estate transactions in our area over the past year, the significant Prudential Gallo market share, along with the list price, sale price, and number of days on the market for each property. 

I can't stress enough how grateful The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is to our clients for making 2012 another remarkable year.  In fact, it was my best year ever as a Realtor in terms of number of transactions (representing buyers, sellers, or both in the same sale).  My team brought together 270 buyers and sellers, which is a 40 percent increase over 2011.  Actual property sales increased 43 percent and the total dollar value of these sales increased nearly 33 percent.  I credit this success to my team’s collective experience, intuitive knowledge of the area, and unparalleled dedication to customers.      

As many of you already know, 2013 is starting out strong and average home prices are inching up.  It may take a little while to get to more significant price increases; however, the relatively low inventory continues to increase prices.  If I were a seller (which I was last year!), I would have renewed confidence that 2013 is on the right track.  If I were a buyer, I would strongly consider making a move this year, before prices and interest rates rise.

Take a look for yourself - and as always, let us know if you have any questions about the value of your property.

Posted in Lewes

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