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26June

Summer 2020 Making a Grand Entrance

 

Summer started with several stunners making a spalsh on the real estate scene. From impeccable historic style to brand new construction in a range of prices, these homes have the WOW factor!

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403 W. 4th St | Historic Lewes | DESU163334 | $1,795,000

AWARD-WINNING HISTORIC STYLE! Welcome to the heart of Historic Lewes, nestled in unique Shipcarpenter Square. A model of historic style, this 2009 home earned the 2011 Award for Historic Preservation for its contribution to The First Town. Extensive list of remarkable features, designed by Tony Beto and crafted by Dewson Construction, include inviting living spaces with hand-cut beams, rustic floors, reclaimed bricks, plastered walls, deep window sills and doorways, rich multi-piece trim, classical fixtures, custom cabinets, Bucks County Soapstone countertops, and robust hardware from Michael Coldren, & Co. Enjoy the spaciousness of 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, an amazing English basement with stunning billiards/bar area, separate shop/studio, and versatile storage. Details like two wood-burning fireplaces and front and back staircases add to the authentic charm. Premium professional appliances and systems - even an elevator! - provide unparalleled comforts, as well as unmatched style. Relax in cozy living spaces, amid beautiful lush gardens with patio and pergola, all just steps to the boutique shopping and dining of downtown Lewes, captivating beaches, scenic waterways, endless recreation, and bike trails. Truly the best of Historic Lewes!

 
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508 Pilottown Rd | In-Town Lewes | DESU163294 | $1,095,000

VERSATILITY ON THE LEWES-REHOBOTH CANAL! Discover this uniquely Lewes opportunity in this versatile classic Colonial home on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal! Main home dates to the 1860s with 4 bedrooms, historic charm, and traditional wood floors. A separate/detached 2-car garage with garage apartment delivers its own 2 bedrooms, bath, and kitchenette. Enjoy life along the waterway - including a leased canal front parcel across the street with a dock - just steps to downtown Historic Lewes shopping and dining with easy access~to Lewes Beach, bike trails and state park toward the Cape, and convenient New Road access nearby. Establish yourself on legendary Pilottown Road and start your Coastal Delaware life!

 
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410 Seagull Dr | Pilottown Village | DESU162978 | $547,500

HEARTH & HOME! A welcoming front porch invites you into this spacious 4 bedroom Cape Cod, situated on a quiet cul de sac lot in desirable Pilottown Village! Features an open floor plan with an accommodating country kitchen central to the living & dining rooms, and the two 1st floor bedrooms - including the master with luxe en-suite bath. The 2nd floor offers a secondary living area/ in-law suite with its own private stairwell to the outside, and includes kitchenette, 2 bedrooms, and a spacious office / bonus room above the 2-car garage! Outdoor enjoyment is yours from the expansive back deck with hot tub, paver patio - perfect for summer barbecues, outdoor shower, and more. Located within an easy bike or walk to everything downtown Lewes has to offer.

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19588 Beaver Dam Rd| Oak Crest Pond| DESU163216 | $539,900

ROOM FOR EVEN MORE! Exceptionally large lot, backing to over 20+ Acres of community land and ponds, offers space for an additional garage, or outbuilding, to complement this already fantastic brand-new construction ! This spacious home has everything you could want: an open floor plan - perfect for entertaining with high ceilings, rich hardwood floors throughout & custom trim, a pre-wired Smart Home system built-in, a stylish gourmet kitchen with granite counters & stainless steel appliances, including a custom built on-site hood vent as the centerpiece, first floor bedroom that doubles as a secondary master, 2nd floor master suite with luxury master bath & walk-in closet, huge bonus room, and so much more! Great location, minutes to all the attractions, dining, shopping, and beaches our area has to offer.

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34380 Bronze St | Sterling Crossing | DESU163120 | $369,900

GREAT REHOBOTH BEACH LOCATION! This 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath, end unit townhome is centrally located with easy access to the area's shopping, dining, attractions, and beaches. The interior features include an open floor plan, hardwood flooring throughout first floor, granite countertops, gas fireplace, large master suite with walk-in closets, full basement with a family room and full bath, and much more. You will enjoy the rear patio, beautiful landscaping, outdoor shower, short walk to the community pool, club house, and fitness center. $5000 credit given for new carpet.

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30April

There's No Place Like Home

As each of us navigates this unprecedented and unsettling course this spring, the global healthcare crisis has highlighted what many of us already know, “There’s no place like home.” Dorothy’s realization is especially clear locally in Coastal Delaware - especially during a pandemic. We feel a strong sense of community from our dedicated frontline healthcare professionals and first responders, to the grocery store teams at markets like Lloyd’s IGA, to the teachers adapting and working from home, to the restaurants, businesses, and wide array of ceaseless City services. We are fortunate to live here, within our remarkable community and with so many neighbors rising to help each other.

Every facet of our town has pulled together to keep us safe, healthy, and running remarkably well during this time - even though we have spent more time than ever at home. And as we feel that life is standing still in many ways as we wait to “get back to normal,” many people keep moving forward with buying and selling homes. After all, this time of year is historically one of the busiest for preparing new listings and welcoming home buyers to our area with community tours and home showings. 

While this year is unique, to say the least, the real estate industry has adapted to help people keep their plans to move. Each local brokerage has been keeping up with evolving laws and guidance concerning safe practices amid Covid19 concerns. 

Real estate companies have been able to provide largely uninterrupted service to our clients even with the scaling back of staffing in our physical offices. Real estate transactions are still happening electronically, too. Here are a few ways we are keeping people moving:

  • Websites are open 24/7 for online searches
  • Many real estate companies include virtual tours 
  • Some in-person showings are still possible, with permission from sellers
  • “FaceTime” showings are often possible to provide a live tour
  • E-signature programs provide the ability to execute forms electronically
  • Email is a standard component, of course
  • Old-school phone calls still get the job done! 

In general, while we are limiting direct social interaction, we have still listed several homes and written several contracts each week throughout April. 

Understandably, some sellers have put plans to list on hold for logistical reasons or out of a belief that they should wait until later in the summer when everything is open. 

In actuality, if you are one of the many people who planned to list your home this spring, now is still a great time. Buyers have more time than ever to browse homes online, and your home will stand out! If you are a buyer, for the same reason, your choices for beach homes will steadily increase this spring. 

Either way, if you’d planned to be a seller or a buyer this spring, contact us to explore your options. We are home, too, and ready to give you even more personalized service. Also, you will be better positioned to spring into action once we do (and we will!) ultimately get back to the beach! 

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25March

New to Market

Enjoy a look at these new-to-market beach homes and land! 

We have adjusted our office staffing out of concern for everyone's health, but we do have our phone line and cell phones covered! Please feel free to give us a call in our office at 302.645.6664 or email us anytime at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any questions about these or any Delaware Beach properties.

 

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4 Milford Ave | Lewes Beach | DESU158126 | $1,199,900

NANTUCKET MEETS LEWES, STEPS TO THE BEACH! Contemporary, enchanting beach house delivers classic Cape Cod style in a perfect Lewes Beach location. Step inside to enjoy a bright, surprisingly spacious floor plan with an inviting living room with wood-burning fireplace; 2 sunrooms, stylish kitchen with stainless steel appliances, Silestone countertops, island, breakfast bar & plenty of cabinet space; spacious dining room; three first floor bedrooms including a master with en-suite bath, and a second floor master suite which leads to the rooftop deck that showcases panoramic wetland views & offers an exclusive perch to take in scenic sunrises & sunsets! Plenty of outdoor living space too, with tasteful landscaping, and a backyard with shed ~ perfect for storing your beach chairs, umbrellas and bikes! Just steps from the beach and a short bike ride to the shops and dining of Historic Lewes. Truly the 'classic beach cottage' with modern aesthetic & unmatched style!

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311 E Market St | Lewes Beach | DESU158426 | $999,000

LEWES BEACH CLASSIC Picture yourself enjoying summer & year-round fun from this beautiful & spacious 5+ bedroom property located only 2 blocks to the beach! Features a main house with gorgeous wraparound porch, 5 bedrooms - including the private 1st floor master, hardwood flooring throughout, 3rd level bonus room, plus a separate 1 bedroom 1 bath cottage providing plenty of room for all. Situated on a corner lot with outdoor shower and shed for all your beach storage needs! The beach awaits - just a short walk from your front door for morning beachcombing, daytime watersports, and evening sunsets. Walk to the dining and shopping of Historic Downtown Lewes or bike to Cape Henlopen State Park. Perfect as your own escape, fantastic rental investment, or both!

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28 Glade Cir E | The Glade | DESU158284 | $799,999

FLAWLESS STYLE, PRIVATE RETREAT! Embrace luxury and architectural mastery in this custom built, completely renovated home in The Glade. Well-located on nearly an acre in Rehoboth with easy East-of-Route-1 access to downtown Rehoboth Beach, this Classic Colonial 5BR, 3.5BA home showcases high-end materials and contemporary appeal. Enjoy hardwood flooring throughout a stunning open floor plan; gourmet kitchen with double ovens, gas range, quartz counters, tile backsplash, soft-close cabinets. Relax in the comfortable living room with wood-burning stove and maximized views. Retreat to the completely updated master bedroom with its own brick wood-burning fireplace, double closets, luxury master bath with expanded shower, double vanity, and iron claw-foot tub. Ascend to your private third-floor home theater room and enjoy the balcony with sweeping water views. Experience the serenity of this stunning location from several decks; kayak from the large backyard to Holland Glade.

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16859 N Hunters Run | Villages of 5 Points East | DESU157978 | $639,900

INVITING BEACH CHIC! Refreshing style greets you in this bright, stylish, and meticulously cared for East of Route 1 home! Relax, entertain and bask in the comfort of a sunny open floor plan. Rich hardwood flooring, and a coastal color palette sets a tranquil tone throughout with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, including the private master suite with en-suite bath and pond views, sparkling kitchen with granite counters & stainless steel appliances, inviting great room with cathedral ceiling & stone fireplace, formal dining room, bright sun room, second floor family room, and so much more. Lush landscaping enhances the curb appeal, huge deck perfect for outdoor entertaining, and the backyard opens to trees and a pond. With 2 pools, clubhouse with activities, biking/walking trail connecting to Lewes trails, this home delivers the total beach retreat package.

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104 Bradley Ln  | In-Town Lewes | DESU158378 | $633,000

REAT OPPORTUNITY to expand on this oversized in-town building lot with charming rancher and detached garage! Excellent location just outside of the Historic District & steps to the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal; bike or walk to shops, dining & the beach! Rancher features 2 enclosed porches, 3 bedrooms, hardwood flooring, and more. Expansive back & side yards provide ample space for outdoor entertaining & relaxation, and the potential to improve upon the rancher's footprint!

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17636 Beaver Dam Rd | Lewes | DESU158470 | $249,900

VACANT LOT NEAR THE BEACH! Build your dream home with no builder tie-in on this large lot. Enjoy no HOA! Just a short drive to beaches and downtown Lewes and Rehoboth!

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1 Gander Ln | Gosling Creek Purchase | DESU158306 | $174,900

GREAT OPPORTUNITY! Rarely offered corner building lot in the desirable Lewes community of Gosling Creek Purchase. No builder tie-in! Pool and tennis community with low HOA. Only minutes to beaches, shopping, restaurants and more!

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31October

Welcome November with Open Houses

Considering a home at the beach?

Step outside this first November weekend!

You're invited to join us for a look at these great options.

Join us at any ... or all!

 

SATURDAY, November 2:

 

Open 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

24915 Rivers Edge Road, Millsboro
$331,500

Rivers Edge2

 

Open 12 - 2 p.m.

18811 Bethpage Drive, Lewes
$335,000

Bethpage

 

Open 1 - 3 p.m.

100 Collins Avenue, Dewey Beach
$380,000

100 Collins

 

SUNDAY, November 3:

 

Open 12 - 2 p.m.

32941 Sandstone Drive, Lewes
$469,900

Sandstone Dr

 

Make this November your MOVEmber!

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18October

Jazz Up Your Weekend with Open Houses!

Hit these high notes on your beach home search!

Take a beat during this weekend's Jazz Festival and join us to see these fabulous homes in person:

 

Open Saturday, October 19, 1 - 3 p.m.

32941 Sandstone Drive, Henlopen Landing
Offered at $469,900

 

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Open Sunday, October 20, 12 - 2 p.m.

16572 Howard Millman Lane, Paynter's Mill
Offered at $439,900

 

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And here is the weekend's program, FYI:

Jazz Fest 2019 Brochure

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09August

You're Invited: Lewes Beach, Rehoboth Beach & Georgetown

 

Out and about this weekend?

Visiting and want to get a glimpse of what year-round beach life could be like? 

 

Join us at any of these OPEN HOUSES!

 

 

 10 Missouri Avenue, Lewes Beach  Open 12 - 2 p.m. Saturday, August 10

Missouri

 

 

202 West Side Drive, Rehoboth Beach  Open 1 - 3 p.m. Saturday, August 10

WestSide

 

 

18189 Emerson Way, Georgetown  Open 12 -2 p.m. - Saturday AND Sunday, August 10 & 11!

Emerson

 

11 Delaware Avenue, Lewes Beach  Open 12 - 2 p.m. Sunday, August 11

Delaware

 

Enjoy your weekend. Hope to see you there!

 

 

18July

Create Your Zen, or at least a little calm

Great on-trend tips from REALTOR.com! Consider ways to incorporate these features as a home-seller, or just to make your space more relaxing!

 

Stress-Free Homes Are a Trending Niche


From family and jobs to finances and health, life can get complicated. “Zen is in demand,” as one real estate pro says. Learn how you can provide that.


Whether it’s a luxurious $45 million estate in California or a modest $250,000 two-bedroom house in Ohio, marketing a home’s stress-relieving qualities is a growing trend. Today, developers, builders, and interior designers are trying to make homes that offer that soft landing at the end of a day. And homeowners need it—about eight in 10 Americans say they frequently (44 percent) or sometimes (35 percent) encounter stress in their daily lives, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Helping clients find a soothing place to come home to can become a niche in the real estate world. And, understanding what stress-relieving designs are available can help you and your agents guide clients to a happy purchase.

Reaching Female Homebuyers
Since 2003, Design Basics Inc., in Omaha, has been gearing many of its residential blueprints toward easing stress because that is one of the four important elements women look for in a home’s design. Why women, you ask? Well, 91 percent of home purchases are influenced by women, according to the Harvard Business Review. Additionally, the National Association of REALTORS® 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that the number of single female buyers continues to rise, and are currently the second largest buyer group at 18 percent behind married couples at 63 percent.

Paul Foresman, director of business development for Design Basics, says the company took data and research on female buyers of all ages and backgrounds and created the Woman-Centric Matters home design program. They discovered the four primary elements women are looking for in home design: entertainment, stress relief, storage, and flexible living. Foresman travels across the country talking to builders about the program.

“Everyone lives differently. But women tell us that they want to come into their home and feel like it is a place of respite. They look for homes that make their life easier, more convenient, more fun, and more inviting to others,” he adds.

Home designs by Greg Malin, CEO and founder of Troon Pacific in San Francisco, are adding amenities such as lap pools with underwater speakers that play music and art galleries with chaise lounges so you can take it all in.

“What’s the best luxury in life? My late wife would say it’s your health,” Malin says. So, he builds homes with his passion for sustainability and wellness in mind. Less stress in a person’s world can help with their health. For instance, cables in all bedrooms of his homes are shielded to mitigate electromagnetic field waves, which can cause the body to emit stress signals that can lead to high levels of adrenaline.

His company also uses biophilic design, which bridges a homeowner’s lifestyle with natural environment around them. “We’re trying to connect people to nature. One of our homes offers a yoga deck. Plus, each [development] project offers a wellness center with a sauna, steam room, a place to have a massage, meditation area, and outdoor shower,” he adds.

Joel Goodrich, agent at Colwell Banker Preview International in San Francisco, has shown Malin’s stress-free homes several times to clients. He also is a friend of Malin. “Perhaps, we are living in more stressful times than ever before. People are looking for their homes to be an oasis or retreat from life, the world, and business,” he says. “These homes are designed to feel like a retreat. Zen is in demand.”

 

Tips for Alleviating Stress at All Price Points
Most home buyers are looking for respite in a haven from everyday stress. The good news is not all stress-free homes have to be multimillion-dollar properties. Here are some of the stress-reducing designs and products being showcased in homes across the country.

 

Natural light, plus dimmers. “People always gravitate to the bright, sunny spaces in a home. So, anything we can to do enhance natural light is popular,” Foresman says. Malin adds that lights with dimmers can also help reduce harshness, especially in bedrooms, for a more relaxing ambiance.

 

Automated shades. Shades programed to open at sunrise can be a calming way to wake up without an alarm. They can also be used to reduce sunlight for those not ready to rise, Goodrich says. In addition to setting times, homeowners can pair smart shades with a digital thermostat, so they automatically open and close based on temperature.

 

A water feature. “Water can be very calming,” Goodrich says. In one extreme example, an international architect put a waterfall in the middle of a living room design and branded it. But a simple fountain in a sun porch or patio can do wonders, too, he adds.

 

Pet centers. Many buyers nowadays are seeking pet-friendly abodes, so features such as cabinets with pullout drawers for dog food goes a long way. Some want a dog washing station or a room for the pet itself. Electronic doggie doors have also become popular, where the dog has a collar that automatically opens the door to go inside or out.

 

Nature’s beauty. The ability to see flowers or greenery outside your windows—even in a big city—helps create peacefulness. In Malin’s homes, he plants green rows of bamboo or cypress outside the main windows, even in the heart of the Bay Area.

 

Covered outdoor living space. Foresman says you don’t have to cancel your plans if it rains when you have a covered outdoor area, which eliminates worry. Plus, coffee on the patio can still happen on rainy mornings. A pergola cover or easy-to-assemble patio gazebo are cost-effective ways to accomplish this.

 

Work-in pantry. Taking the walk-in pantry to the next level, some buyers want a prep area, sink, dishwasher, and sometimes an oven in what’s dubbed the “work-in” pantry, Foresman says. This eliminates guests seeing any mess while keeping the heart of the gathering in the kitchen.

 

Relaxing sounds and white noise. Malin installs speakers in master bedrooms and bathrooms, allowing for the sounds of waterfalls, forests, or whatever keeps the homeowners tranquil. For existing homes without built-in speakers, try a Google Home or Amazon Echo—relaxing sounds at open houses may even entice buyers.

 

Shipping vestibule. This involves a door or cupboard that opens for delivery people. They can leave the package behind the door without entering the house, Foresman says. You don’t have to be home when the delivery is dropped off, and locks can used from your smartphone to avoid theft.

 

Dual owner suites. This newer building plan has quickly become Foresman’s top seller. It includes two suites on the main floor that can be used for older couples who don’t sleep in the same bed, multigenerational households, boomerang kids, friends who have purchased together, or live-in caregivers. “In many ways for all involved it’s a great stress reliever, with a private bathroom and enough storage,” he adds.

 

Shared from REALTOR.com

June 27, 2019

by Lee Nelson

Posted in National Real Estate News

24May

Kick Off Summer in Your New House!

 

 

Join us to tour two fantastic homes in Lewes neighborhoods this weekend!

 

 

 

 

Open Saturday, May 25, 12 - 2 p.m.

38239 Comegys Court, Senators

Offered at $849,900

comegys

 

Open Sunday, May 26, 1 - 3 p.m.

35222 Overfalls Drive N, Breakwater

Offered at $759,900

Main Mkt Overfalls

 

Two impeccably styled, move-in ready homes in two great communities with easy access to the Lewes-Rehoboth Bike Trail and the beach! Join us to see for yourself!

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08April

A Few FAQs

Probably the No. 1 question I hear from clients, both brand new customers and clients who have bought and sold multiple beach properties (and there are quite a few!), is: “How’s the market?” I love answering this question because I really love talking about real estate. Also, responding to this question helps real estate agents like myself consider not only buyers’ interests and expectations, but how best to market our sellers’ homes. So, it’s win-win!

The answer to “how’s the market” really depends on what you’re looking for: People buy and sell beach real estate to retire, downsize, move into a bigger home, get closer to the water, buy a primary home, second home/beach house, or purely to invest for rental income. The answer to this question at any given time depends on your specific real estate goals.

Generally, the answer today is that the market is heating up like the weather. It may seem like beach Realtors make this claim like meteorologists to draw people to the beach (sunny all weekend), however homes that are priced well are in fact going quickly this spring, probably much like the D.C. market. As an example, in the past few weeks, we have had several properties go under contract within days of going on the market and have been involved in several multiple offer situations. In-town Lewes and Rehoboth Beach homes are in demand, as are pristine, move-in perfect homes. Spring and summer are great times to look since inventory tends to be highest this time of year.

My team tracks statistics annually on Lewes home and lot sales, including the average ‘days on market.’ In 2018, this number shrunk by 50 percent – from 160 days in 2017 to 81 days in 2018. That trend continues so far this year. Given the recent ‘days on market’ for well-priced, well-located homes, I would recommend contacting a local real estate agent as soon as you see something you like online.

Here are a few of the other great questions buyers ask:

“Do I need an agent if I’m looking at new construction?” I wish I would hear this question more often – because the answer is YES! And you have plenty of new communities to choose from if you are shopping for a brand new home. As a buyer, it costs you nothing to work with a Realtor but you get someone working for you – with your interests in mind – paid by the seller (or the builder, in the case of new construction). Many on-site sales representatives work exclusively for the builder, and are not required to be licensed Realtors. At least in our relatively small beach market, most agents have worked with these sales centers before and already have a rapport with these folks.  

“Should I call my own (out of town) bank or should I use a local lender?” Most real estate agents would prefer that you work with local lenders and other professionals that know the nuances of our coastal Delaware market. Of course, some lenders in D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, etc., may understand and have experience here, but if you have a relationship with someone you want to use for your Delaware home purchase, it is really important that he or she keeps close contact with your Delaware Realtor. Finding the home is often the ‘easy’ part. A lender who’s up to speed on things unique to our Delaware market (leased land, for example) will help you get to closing. Ask your agent for a few recommendations for mortgage lenders – they’ll be glad to help.

“Where do I start?” If you are starting to dip your toes in the waters of beach real estate, you will naturally begin with an online search. Last year, the Sussex County Association of Realtors switched to Bright MLS, which feeds to all of the local real estate company sites like ours (LeeAnnGroup.com), as well as to Zillow, realtor.com, etc., and casts a wide net of properties available in Delaware and into Maryland. Of course, searching online can give you a great overview of price ranges in different communities and towns, and virtual tours. By the time new buyers call or email us, they have often picked out a few specific homes to see. Technology is a great supplement to home buying, but we invite you to reach out to our local real estate agents. Especially in our fast-paced spring market, we know what is going under contract and we know about homes that are about to go on the market and can get you a first/early look.

Our team’s focus and specialty, like many of our local colleagues, is to keep the “real” in real estate – and nothing takes the place of an actual conversation to understand what you are looking for and how we can help you get that home at the beach.