Delaware may be the small wonder, but boy did they blow away the world record for LARGEST LEGO TOWER! How cool is that??? It was 11 stories tall & constructed of 500,000 bricks! At 112 feet, this monstrosity beat out the previous 106 foot beast built in Prague! Way to go Delaware!
Check out this article on the totally true & weird things people from Delaware do!
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|149 Princess Ann Avenue Viola, DE|
|Home has open floor plan that bathes in natural sunlight coming from the large living room window. Sliding glass doors lead to rear deck and wooded backyard. House offers a closet in every room! Additional room downstairs could be used as an office or a spare bedroom. Master features sitting area with french doors and double sink vanity in bathroom. New paint and appliances, as well as new plumbing throughout. House is being offered for sale under the Freddie Mac first look initiative through 07/09/2014. Owner occupants, non profits, nsp grantees and community development organizations are eligible at this time. Investors and second home purchasers may submit offers at any time, however, the offers will not be considered for negotiation until after the 20TH day.|
|222 North Ember Drive Felton, DE|
|This home has beautiful dark hardwood floors. The living room is lined with crown molding. To the left of the entryway are the bedrooms and bathrooms. Additional room with french doors could be used as formal dining room or office space. New paint, carpet and appliances, as well as new plumbing throughout. Sold AS-IS. House is being offered for sale under the Freddie Mac first look initiative through 12/25/2014. Owner occupants, non profits, nsp grantees and community development organizations are eligible at this time. Investors and second home purchasers may submit offers at any time, however, the offers will not be considered for negotiation until after the 20TH day.|
Home staging in winter may require a bit more creativity than at other times of year.
After all, daylight is noticeably shorter, homes are more often shown after dark or on dark days, and even in warm climates it tends to be chilly.
1 – Think outside in
Planning your staging from the outside in is even more important in winter than the rest of the year, particularly in areas where there is snow and ice. You want to check out all the approaches to the home for both visual appeal and ease and safety of access.
It may make sense to add potted plants and flowers in winter to brighten things up. There are colorful and hardy plants available in winter – check with your local plant nursery for suggestions.
Consider adding an outdoor light or two to brighten things up, and to make walking around the outside of the home safer.
2 – Warm and comfortable is the feeling you want
While cooling breezes are a seller in the heat of summer, they can doom a sale in the colder seasons. You want buyers to have a sense they will be warm and comfortable in the home.
Keeping heating on can be more than worth the expense – this is particularly true for the absentee owner. People are unlikely to buy a home where they feel physically cold.
If the home has a fireplace, it can really help to have it burning when you’re showing the home and for open houses. Instant logs work well in this situation.
3 – Light is super important
Making sure the home is light and bright is important. Remember, you have shorter daylight hours and the angle of the winter sun may be such that the home feels dark. Open drapes and curtains throughout the house. Add lights where you need to so the home feels bright.
Adding an up-light here and there, or an extra lamp or two can make all the difference in how warm and welcoming the home feels.
4 – Decorate with sensitivity
Holiday decorations are fine and can even help sell a home provided they add warmth, elegance and don’t overwhelm. This is NOT the time for the owner to try and win the neighborhood ‘best holiday lights’ contest!
While it’s important for sellers who are still living in their home to honor their own traditions, they can do so with an eye toward sensitivity, recognizing that various faiths express the holidays differently. Loudly laughing Santa’s, huge manger scenes, and other large and/or noisy symbols are better scaled down or not used at all.
5 – Add warm colors
If the home is painted in a cool palette, you can do a great deal to update the look by adding warm colors. Throws/throw pillows, tablecloths and a runner in warm colors are an inexpensive way to give a home a cozy, festive look that makes buyers feel at home.
Flowers, provided they are fresh, always add charm and warmth to a home, particularly in winter.
6 – Remember snow removal
If you’re showing homes in areas where it snows, pay attention to snow removal. The sidewalk in front of the home needs to be free of snow and ice as does the walkway and any front step or stoop. If ice is forming, make sure the areas where people walk are salted.
Any back steps, yard, deck or porch also need to be either completely free from snow if possible, or have a path cleared so the prospective buyer can get a real sense of the yard and deck.
It may well be that you need to hire regular snow removal during the selling season. Making the property visible and safe can make the sale. Of course, if you’re not in snow country, consider how lucky you are!
|1011 Bennett Street Wilmington, DE|
|This property is eligible under the Freddie Mac First Look Initiative through 12/22/14. On 12/23, FMFL has expired and agent would be able to submit investor offers for review. Fixer Upper/Contractor special or investment property, home has potential but needs work. Sold AS IS. Good faith deposit must be minimum $1,000 certified funds no exceptions and presented with your offer|
Pending home sales declined in October, but have remained at a healthy pace for six straight months. They’re also above year-over-year levels for the second straight month, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
The Pending Home Sales Index counts the number of signed real estate contracts for existing single-family homes, condos, and co-ops.
Reasons for the healthy pace of signed contracts, according to Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, include:
“Demand is holding steady but would be more robust if it weren’t for lagging wage growth and tight credit conditions that continue to hamper those individuals looking for relief from rising rents,” he said.
Median Home Price
The median existing-home price for all housing types in October was $208,300, which is 5.5% above October 2013. Monthly median price growth has averaged 5.8% in 2014 (through October) after averaging 11.5% last year.
“The increase in median prices for existing-homes has leveled off, representing a healthier pace that has kept affordability in check for buyers in many parts of the country while giving more previously stuck homeowners with little or no equity the ability to sell,” said Yun.
The typical seller has been in his home for 10 years before selling — an all-time high, according to a recent NAR survey.
2015 and 2016 Housing Forecast
Yun is forecasting that existing-home sales this year will fall slightly below 2013 (5.1 million) to 4.9 million, and then increase to 5.3 million next year and 5.4 million in 2016. He expects the national median existing-home price to rise 4% both next year and in 2016.
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We here at EXIT Realty "The Tri-State Group" would like to congratulate Dianne Richardson and Hope Hicks on their recent closings!
Way to go! Keep up the outstanding work ladies!
|105 Paddock Drive Newark, DE|
|Located at the end of a culdesac, this home is just minutes from 72 and surrounded by many state parks, offering the perfect location! This property includes: 4 large bedrooms, 2.5 baths, Formal Living Room, Formal Dining Room, an Open Kitchen, and Spacious Family Room with fireplace. Full basement, 2 car garage, public utilities, all on just under a half acre! This property does require some work. Call for more details.|
Home owners may be doubtful that the months of November and December will bring about a home sale. After all, aren’t potential buyers sidetracked with the holidays and likelier to postpone their house hunt due to bad weather and shorter days?
But sometimes the “off-peak” time to sell can actually be the perfect moment for sellers. Several studies show that, on average, homes listed in November and December are more likely to sell, sell more quickly, and more closely approach the asking price, according to an article at Forbes.com.
A 2011 study conducted by realtor.com® found that 60 percent of real estate professionals advise their sellers to list a home during the holidays because they believe it’s an opportune time to sell. Nearly 80 percent of the real estate professionals surveyed said that more serious buyers emerge during the holidays, and 61 percent say less competition from other properties makes it an ideal time to sell.
Thanksgiving is particularly good, the article notes. Buyers may have held out through the busy summer months hoping to find a better deal, but now they may be searching with increased urgency. Some buyers may be motivated to close before the end of the year for tax purposes. They can purchase a home late in the year to deduct home purchase costs on their taxes, such as points, interest, and property taxes. Also, certain sellers who sold their homes during the summer season may be facing a capital gains tax. They may be highly motivated to buy in November to avoid paying capital gains tax (since closing on the purchase of another house is required within 180 days).
Source: “Why November Is the Best Month to Sell Your Home,” Forbes.com/Trulia (Nov. 14, 2014)
You might want to take a closer look at your listing's curb appeal: Upgrading a home's landscape from average to excellent can raise its overall value by 10 percent to 12 percent, according to research from Virginia Tech.
Researcher Alex X. Niemiera with the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech found that a $150,000 home with no landscaping could fetch an additional $8,300 to $19,000 by adding a landscape with color and large plants.
The value of landscaping differed greatly from state to state. For example, the change in value from a home with no landscape to well-landscaped ranged from 5.5 percent in Louisiana to 11.4 percent in South Carolina. Michigan homes saw the biggest difference in landscaping appeal, with a home's value being increased by 12.7 percent.
"The most preferred landscape included a sophisticated design with large deciduous, evergreen, and annual color plants and colored hardscape," according to Niemiera. Adding different plant sizes to a front yard, for example, can boost curb appeal, as well as mixing fruit trees and flowers for added color.
The following landscape elements were found to be most important to survey respondents:
"Survey results showed that relatively large landscape expenditures significantly increase perceived home value and will result in a higher selling price than homes with a minimal landscape," Niemiera writes in the paper. "Design sophistication and plant size were the landscape factors that most affected value. The resulting increase in 'curb appeal' of the property may also help differentiate a home in a subdivision where house styles are similar and thereby attract potential buyers into a home. This advantage is especially important in a competitive housing market."
Source: “Does Landscaping Increase Your Homes Value?” Realty Times (Oct. 13, 2014)
Everyone at Exit Realty "The Tri-State Group" in Dover would like to congratulate Lin Kahmer on her recent closing!
We look forward to many more in the future and wish you the best!
Everyone at Exit Realty "The Tri-State Group" would like to congratulate Susan White on her recent designation as a certified seniors real estate specialist!
Congratulations to our agent, Linda Webb-Jenkins and office manager, Kristy Pflumm on completing the Run-or-dye race at Dover Downs this past weekend!
A minor kitchen remodel of about $19,000 returns more than 82% of your investment.
Check out this article about 7 tips when doing a kitchen remodel. And keep this in mind when looking at properties that need a little TLC!
Also check out this home with an excellent location and TONS of potential!
Located across the street from Bull Hill park which has a beautiful view of the water.
Home needs some TLC, providing the opportunity to sculpt this home to fit its new owners!
Please contact Norma White for more information.
Delaware ranked 2nd out of the top 10 states prepared for the new economy and a good economy means a rise in the housing market, which has been evident in the movement of our inventory. This is great news!
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Join Lloyd Hudson for an OPEN HOUSE this Saturday May 31 from 1-3pm!
274 Sedgewick Dr, Magnolia, DE 19962
House is being offered for sale under the Freddie Mac first look initiative through 06/12/2014. Owner occupants, non profits, nsp grantees and community development organizations are eligible at this time. Investors and second home purchasers may submit offers at any time, however, the offers will not be considered for negotiation until after the 20TH day. Agent: must include foreclosure documents and the EMD must be a cashier check. Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath 2 story home. This home sits nicely on a corner lot in the Riverside subdivision. The home features spacious formal living and dining rooms. The kitchen is absolutely inviting with hardwood flooring, granite countertops, double wall oven, and upgraded cabinetry. The large family room has a gas fireplace with marble surround. The master bedroom suite is a must see with a large walk-in closet and large master bath.
Join Jeron Phillips THIS Sunday, May 11th for an Open House at 30 Archer Circle, Newark DE!
MLS #: 6381616
4 Bedrooms, 1 Bath
Newly renovated home! With recently updated molding, storm & screen doors, carpeting, smoke detectors & ceiling fans, outlets & freshly painted rooms this home is ready to sell! House is being offered for sale under the Freddie Mac first look initiative through 05/18/2014. Owner occupants, non profits, nsp grantees and community development organizations are eligible at this time. Investors and second home purchasers may submit offers at any time, however, the offers will not be considered for negotiation until after the 20th day.
Don't miss your chance to tour this beautiful four bedroom home April 20th from 1-4 p.m. with agent Nancy Hagman!
Don't miss your chance to tour this beautiful four bedroom home April 13th from 1-4 p.m. with agent Nancy Hagman!
This Saturday, March 22nd from 1-3 p.m.
409 Sundial Lane, Middletown DE 19709
Join Lloyd Hudson for a chance to tour this beautiful home!
Home is being offered under Freddie Mac First Look Initiative; owner occupants, non-profits, nsp grantees and community development organizations are eligible at this time. Investors, 2nd home purchasers may submit offers at any time, however, the offers will not be considered for negotiation until after the 20 day period. Superb, spacious home includes large kitchen w/new corrian countertops and flooring, upgraded lighting fixtures, large first floor master suite w/private bath, screened porch, finished second floor with un-finished bonus room, one car garage, and freshly painted! This exquisite community includes elaborate club house, pool and so much more!! Just minutes to downtown Middletown, major highways and shopping. **No Transfer Tax** will seal the deal....Don't miss this gem!!
Come Join Lloyd Hudson this Sunday from 1-3 p.m. for an Open House on an amazing must-see home!
31 White Clay Cresecent, Newark Delaware 19711
This three bedroom home is a great buy! Come check it out!
Home is being offered under Freddie Mac First Look Initiative; owner occupants, non-profits, nsp grantees and community development organizations are eligible at this time. Investors, 2nd home purchasers may submit offers at any time, however, the offers will not be considered for negotiation until after the 20 day period. Come see this lovely home located in Meeting House Hills. You will enjoy the gleaming hardwood floors in the living room and bedrooms. Fresh paint throughout the house, new carpet and A/C unit. A large renovated eat-in kitchen w/ newer appliances, center island and renovated bathrooms. The exposed beams in the familyroom lead to the nice enclosed sunroom/porch, fully fenced lawn with seasoned landscaping and shed. There is also a partial finished basement with built in storage shelves. It's a great home and in nice condition. **No transfer tax***
DOVER, Delaware (Grassroots Newswire) 2/17/2014 --
Foreclosure experts from Exit Realty just recently became Certified Community Stabilization Experts. Broker/Owner, Michele Bilow in addition to Norma White, Yoki Johnson, and Linda Webb-Jenkins worked through this educational program earlier this month. This certification educates real estate professionals with the importance of stable neighborhoods to the real estate industry and to general community health. These professionals understand that selling REO properties to owner-occupants contribute to neighborhood stability and market recovery. Our real estate professionals have the knowledge to assume a leadership role in the critical process of revitalizing communities hit hard by the foreclosure crisis. Exit Rrealty "The TRI-STATE Group" has REALTORS® that cover New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County Delaware.
You can contact our professionals at 302.674.2900 to learn about this program and how they can help work with local communities to make a difference in coming back from the Foreclosure Crisis.
For more information about Exit Realty “The TRI-STATE Group” , please call 302-674-2900. Exit Realty “The TRI-STATE Group” is located at 1306 S. DuPont Hwy, Dover DE 19901.
All of us at Exit Realty in Dover would like to congratulate Susan White on her recent closing at Sophers Row!
We look forward to many more in the future and wish you the best!
-Exit Realty "The Tri-State Group" Team
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A much colder winter this year predicted by The Old Farmer’s Almanac threatens to cause even more frozen pipe damage to homes than last year unless home owners fight back the cold with simple steps to protect homes.
According to claims data compiled by Nationwide and Allied Insurance, the average frozen pipe insurance claim tops more than $10,000. In just three years — 2009-2011 — Nationwide and Allied received more than 30,000 home owners’ frozen pipes claims from across the country, totaling more than $2.1 million.
The top states for frozen pipes claims were Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut, New York, and Maryland.
“Ruptured pipes in winter are one of the most common claims and the onslaught of a predicted colder winter will no doubt make it a tough season for home owners unless they take preventative action to protect their homes,” said Pete Lore, Nationwide associate vice president of claims. “We urge home owners to take action and avoid frustration caused by frozen pipe water damage, especially those traveling away from home for significant periods of time.”
Frozen water can cause pressure buildup leading to pipes bursting. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces, and outside walls are particularly vulnerable to freezing, where holes in the home’s outside wall for television, cable, or telephone lines allow cold air to reach them.
Try these tips to keep water in your home’s pipes from freezing:
Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to allow warm air to circulate around pipes (particularly in the kitchen and bathroom).
Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through an unheated or unprotected space. Another option is to drain the water system, especially if your house will be unattended during cold periods.
Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow the heat transfer, often times the more insulation the better.
Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes with caulking.
Source: Allied Insurance and Nationwide Mutual Insurance