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22March

Spring into Open Houses

Lewes is in bloom and so is our local beach real estate market! 

 

Join us this weekend to see these great homes in person - and set your beach plans in motion!

 

 

OPEN SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 12-2 p.m.

 

29232 River Rock Way, Milton

Offered at $409,900

RiverRockWay

112 Breakwater Reach, Cape Shores

Offered at $2,250,000

112Breakwater

8 CH Mason Way, Lewes Beach

Offered at $2,399,900

8CHMasonWay

707 Kings Highway, In-Town Lewes - OPEN ON SUNDAY, 12-2, TOO!

Offered at $449,900

Kings 3

Join us for one or all of these open houses to see what Lewes has to offer this spring!

Posted in Local News and Information

05March

In Like a Lion

Spring officially starts on March 20, and this winter has made many of us here in Lewes quite ready for some warmer weather. Let’s be honest – we are beach lovers here! Especially if you are trying to sell your home, or considering it, erratic weather can be a bit stressful. The good news is, just as you can enjoy a walk on Lewes Beach year round, there is truly no one ‘correct’ season of the year to sell your home. Further, our local inventory (the number of homes available for sale) in Lewes continues to be remarkably low right now everywhere – from Lewes Beach to in-town Lewes to Gills Neck Road neighborhoods. This news makes the market more competitive for buyers, and is generally good news for sellers.

As a point of reference, the “average days on market” for homes East of Route 1 in Lewes was 160 days in 2017 and shrunk to 81 days in 2018, according to data from the Bright Multiple Listing Service (which is the new MLS for all members of the Sussex County Association of REALTORS®).

So far in 2019, the local real estate market has seen some “March Madness.” Several homes have gone under contract within days of being listed; while others have stayed on the market a bit longer.

 

So, what is the secret to selling a home quickly and for the highest price possible?

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1.      Choose a REALTOR®

Contact a real estate professional (or a few!) for a listing presentation and consultation. Since selling your home is one of life’s largest milestones, both financially and emotionally, it is worthwhile to research your prospective real estate agent through online reviews and sales history, and make this listing presentation an interview to hire the best person or team for you.  

Most local REALTORS® will bring you a competitive market analysis to give you information on what properties have sold recently in your area, and at what prices, as well as what your competition would be when you list your home. This information will help you arrive at the best price to sell your home in a reasonable amount of time in today’s real estate market.

Considerations like your home’s location, distance to the beach or access to the new bike trails, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, quality of your kitchen appliances, age of your roof and HVAC systems, and professional landscaping all factor into a home’s value.

 

2.      Prepare your home for sale, inside and out

It is not always easy, but try to take an objective look at your home inside and out. Daffodils are popping up, but early spring still makes ‘curb appeal’ – that first impression of a home’s exterior – a little bit of a challenge.

Inside (in any season):

  • Declutter!  Getting rid of anything that is not useful day-to-day is a trend right now for a calming living environment. Fortunately, this trend is also a great way to prepare your home for sale! Several great local professionals and stagers are available in our area, which your real estate agent can refer to you, if you need help. 
  • Once you have made more open space in closets and reduced knick-knacks and clutter, freshen your paint, including baseboards and doorway trim, with a neutral paint color. We live at the beach! A coastal palette is popular with buyers.
  • Replace switch plates, especially in high-traffic areas
  • Make sure all light-switches and outlets work
  • Clean carpets – or replace worn down carpets entirely
  • After the snow (hopefully no more!) - tackle everyone’s favorite: windows! 

 

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 and put down fresh mulch
  • 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 are back!)
  • Make sure exterior lights are in good shape

 

3.      Order a Home Inspection

Although it falls under the buyer’s responsibility once your home is under contract, getting a home inspection in advance as the seller will save you time, money, and unpleasant surprises in the long run. The cost varies and depends on the size of your home, but on average, a home inspection costs around $400 - $500 – money well-spent to avoid a delay after you have already accepted a contract for sale.

4.      Spring into a New Home!

Warm weather, blooming landscaping, and lush lawns definitely enhance 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. And if you are looking to relocate yourself, check to see if the sellers have taken some of these suggestions.

The real estate market is roaring into gear so far in 2019. Hopefully these tips will make your sale as gentle as a lamb!

Posted in Local News and Information

19September

Lewes as a National Benchmark in The New York Times

 

 

Coastal Delaware is in the national spotlight this week!

From THe New york times online September 19, 2018:

WHAT YOU GET

$1.3 Million Homes in Kentucky, Texas and Delaware

A three-story brick colonial in Louisville, a condominium in Dallas and a restored antique house near Delaware Bay.

The noteworthy appeal of our small coastal town has caught the attention of The New York Times. This is an advance link to a real estate article that will be published in the national print edition this Sunday, September 23, 2018. You can compare and contrast three different homes - a brick Colonial in Louisville, a condo in Dallas, and 25 Shipcarpenter Square, a listing with The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group that recived rapid interest when it was listed. The New York Times folks have a discerning eye for a remarkable home, too! 

Aside from the obvious comparisons and differences among the three architectural styles, an especially interesting point of comparison is the annual tax on each $1.3 million residence:

Louisville: $16,558

Dallas: $21,666 (plus HOA fees)

Lewes:   $2,128

 

Enjoy the weekend in Lewes, and if you can't be here to enjoy it, you can be here in spirit with your coffee and The New York Times on Sunday!

 

 

17August

Weekend Open Houses, August 18 & 19

 
 
 
 
 
 

Visiting or Looking for a Local Move? 

 

Join us to tour THREE unique properties this weekend - one on Saturday; two on Sunday! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Saturday, August 18, 12 - 2 p.m. 

104 Breakwater Reach

Cape Shores

Offered at $2,995,000

104BreakwaterExteriorMain

104BreakwaterBeach

 

Open Sunday, August 19, Noon - 4 p.m. 

35553 Creekside Drive

Sawgrass at White Oak Creek

Offered at $579,900

Creekside

 

 

Open Sunday, August 19, Noon - 2 p.m. 

9 Houston Avenue

Lewes Beach

Offered at $1,199,000

Houston 2

 

We hope you enjoy the weekend and join us at one - or all - of these great homes to see what Coastal Delaware has to offer!

Posted in Local News and Information

20April

Open House - The Peninsula, Saturday 4/21!

Prepare for summer!

Join us on Saturday, April 21, between Noon and 3 p.m. to experience the difference craftsmanship and luxury amenities make in your coastal living experience!

Public Open House

Saturday, April 21

Noon - 3 p.m.

24460 Jacks Drive 

The Peninsula

 Offered at $1,295,000

Stunning Award-winner In The Peninsula, Coastal Delaware’s Premier, Amenity-rich Golf Community! Exceptionally Styled Home Is Poised To Host Intimate Gatherings Or A Full House Of Family & Friends. Enjoy Bright Interior Spaces On Both Levels; Dual 1st & 2nd Floor Master Brs W/spa Baths; 2 Chic See-through Fireplaces; 2nd-floor Theater Room / Great Room W/custom-designed Wet Bar & 3 Balconies; Large 1st-floor Deck, & Outdoor Entertaining Spaces, All Wired For Sound. Your Setting Is Ready For Epic Evenings, Panoramic Sunsets & Peaceful Lake Views On The 10th & 11th Fairways.

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