Our Annual Client Appreciation Party…A Big Success!

We had such a great group of our real estate clients at our Annual Client Appreciation Party on August 17. Four of our clients participated in the Art Show and Sale

And helped us raise over $1,100 for Delaware Hospice!

A bounty of fine food was served up by Bob Cirelli and his staff at Irish Eyes Pub in Lewes. We all had a great time, “Living La Vida LOCAL!” A special thank you to our event co-sponsors Gail Alm at Fairway Independent Mortgage and Cheryl Meyers at Amerispec Home Inspection.

Watch The Video-see for yourself.

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Independence 2nd QTR Review – 2014 is going strong!

My Independence 2nd QTR Review shows, as predicted, the remaining lots in the first half of Independence have been selling quickly. Dust is still flying but the heavy trucks are moving into the next Phase more quickly than predicted.

In my April/May update there were 26 new homes under contract. It now looks like between 43 and 46 new homes will settle in 2014. That is a significant increase over the 32 homes that settled in 2013, 6 of which were our clients.

I am proud to say that the team at Active Adults Realty has been responsible for 16 new home sales in Independence!

And, of the 7 resales that have ever sold at Indy, 2 of them have been our Sellers and 2 of them have been our Buyers.


CLICK HERE to read The Update


FYI: The first half of the community is completely sold out and already there are lot holds on many of the lots in the new phase scheduled for delivery by the end of 2015.


CLICK HERE to read the rest of the update.

Home Buyers, Bigger is Better!

US New Home ConstructionThe sluggish housing market over the last several years did not have an impact on Americans’ desire for bigger and fancier homes, according to a recent report from USA Today.

Size Matters-Bigger is Better!

Evidently, demand continues to grow for these large estates, especially as the housing market across the nation improves. This is a fascinating trend on the national housing market and one that is sure to impact both home buyers and sellers.

Americans Love to Own Large, Luxury Homes

The American Dream of owning a bigger and better home is still very much alive across the country.

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NO NEW HOMES at Independence for 12 to 15 months!

No New Homes… How can that happen?

What happens now?

What happens now?

Here we are in August of 2014 and we learn that no new homes can be delivered for another 12 – 15 months at Independence, one of the most popular 55+ communities in Coastal Delaware. If anything illustrates just how busy we have been this year, this one fact tells you a lot. Between 43 and 46 new homes will settle in 2014. That is a significant increase over the 32 homes that settled in 2013 and it frankly sold out the entire first half of this community of new homes for active adults faster than even Schell Brothers forecast.

What do Independence buyers do now?

I know that many of you have been looking at Independence for years. You were waiting to retire or until you had a contract on your home but now you’re ready to move and you would prefer not to be homeless for a year or more. Living in limbo is never fun. When you’re ready to get on with your life, you want to begin in your new home.

KSB_INDY_PUBLIC Open_082914 HeaderDon’t despair, there happen to be some pretty fantastic existing homes for sale that you may want to consider. Join us on Saturday, SEPT 6, from 11–3pm for a tour of these 4 great homes before they’re gone, too.

23788 Samuel Adams Cir-Independence-Millsboro-DE-5Some, like this home at 23788 Samuel Adams Circle have a Solar system that is owned, not leased. That alone can save you thousands of dollars a year in energy costs. Not only that, but it is a beautiful home at an unbelievable price for this community. While the average sales price for homes at Independence has been mid $400s, this home is now listed for $375,000.

30146_George_Washington_Ave_EXT_01_72The home at 30146 George Washington Avenue was the original Huntington model and trust me, it still shows like a model with all of the original designer furniture and accessories. Elegance and a fantastic location on the circle leading to the clubhouse, Independence Hall.


29683_FranklinRooseveltLn_EXT_02_72Another home just listed for sale is a luxurious Kingfisher, built in 2013 and located at 29683 Franklin Roosevelt Lane. You will find every upgrade and finishing touch in this home, all the things that have made the Kingfisher a top pick in all Schell Brothers communities. The kitchen alone is one of the most beautiful I have seen and all the windows fill the living space with light, no matter where you are.

23724_Samuel_Adams_Exterior_01Our newest listing is at 23724 Samuel Adams Circle, an exquisite Hancock on a premium perimeter lot backing to open space with pond views. With an owned solar system, this home is bright and open and highly energy efficient. Hickory hardwood floors throughout the living areas, upgraded gourmet kitchen, the ultimate owners suite with walk-in BCD custom closets, Plantation shutters, sunroom, gas fireplace and built-ins and rear paver patio with awning and hot tub.

Open House Event September 6th

Right after Labor Day, when the kids are back in school and vacation season is over for the year, we are having a huge Open House at all of our homes for sale at Independence. If you’re in the market now, you may want to schedule an appointment to see these homes before then. Believe it or not, we tend to be even busier in the Fall when more buyers tend to start their search, so let us know how we can be of help when you’re ready.

Change is still in the air in Delaware real estate

One of my absolute favorite expressions is “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose”, loosely translated to mean –

“The more things change, the more they stay the same,” in Delaware real estate!

Although the real estate market has been in full recovery mode in Delaware for 2 years now, change is still rearranging the landscape. But then, the only thing you can really count on in real estate is that it will change.

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The process of creating and building a new home community where once there was corn or soybeans takes many years. Property can change hands multiple times in between the growing season and the sculpting of a new neighborhood where transplants from surrounding states will make a new home in Delaware.

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I made my last move to Delaware, Why ?

When I ask a client, where are you from? More times than I can count, my response is,

“I lived there too, but I made my last move to Delaware. Let me tell you why.

After being fortunate to have lived in many places (and flying to and from many others in my past life as a flight attendant), I finally found a career that I love and a place where I love to live… and it’s Delaware!

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If you live or lived in Flushing, NY, Middlesex, NJ, Pompton Plains, NJ, New York City (two times), Los Angeles, CA, Kansas City, MO, Metro DC, Silver Spring, MD, Boston, MA, Cranston, RI, Houston, TX, or Wilmington NC and are considering Delaware as your retirement destination, we already have something in common. Check out my map.

Our Staff is made up of our Clients, all active adults who relocated to this area, and now we are here to help you make the Move. This area has something for everyone. Knowing what we know, it is the goal of this brokerage is to ensure that your decision to move here is a pleasurable one.

Ready to move on? Sign up for our FREE Publications, order your FREE Buyers Guide. Ready to be LOCAL? Call 302-424-1890, or email us, let’s get started today!

SUMMER 2014 Community Update from Active Adults Realty

Active Adults Delaware Community UpdateIt’s summer in Delaware, and according to a recent USA Today article, existing home sales increased for the 2nd straight month – their strongest rate since the fall. It’s no wonder why we are all so busy showing Boomer-friendly homes and taking new listings at Active Adults Realty! To read more data from the National Association of Realtors, CLICK HERE. On with the Neighborhood Updates…


By Kathy Sperl-Bell, ” In SO-DE, the market is moving!”

Active Adults Realty Coastal DE buttonSummer is here and so are boomer buyers. Local builders are attempting to meet demand by increasing the production of Quick Delivery Homes. While we do our best to keep current with available listings in the state’s most popular neighborhoods, inventory changes daily. If you are serious and ready to pursue your dream in Delaware, please call me at 302-542-1203 or Email me for the most current Sussex County information. CLICK HERE to READ The Details In This Edition.


By Bill Bell, “The Mid-state market is happening!”

Active Adults Realty Central DE buttonNot everybody is moving to the beach, so it’s easy to see why our neighborhoods Continue reading

Home Improvements Pay Off When Selling Your Home

Home RemodelingNot all home remodeling projects are created equal – what home improvements pay off, when you’re trying to get the biggest bang for your buck when it comes time to sell your property?

Before you spend thousands of dollars on that home remodeling project you’ve been dreaming about, make sure that you’re armed with the facts first.

Today, we’re going to tell you which of the most common home renovation projects are worth the investment, and which ones you’re better off doing without. The answers may surprise you. Continue reading

STOP! Try Delaware first, before you retire to the Carolinas

Who is moving to Delaware? That’s simple – retirees.

Welcome_to_DE signWe see two groups of retirees from the Mid Atlantic and Northeastern States

  • Those that move to Delaware when they first retire, and
  • Those that move to the Carolinas or Florida, spend a few years, and THEN call us to inquire about Delaware.

Try Delaware First!

If you are now living in Virginia, Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, or anywhere else in the Northeast, please do yourself a favor and at least look at Delaware first.

Are the Carolinas a lovely place to live? Is it warmer in Florida in January and February? YES. The problem is the long drive to see your grandchildren and that is what eventually brings people back. Not all the way back but Delaware is close enough for a reasonable drive to visit family and grand babies.

Why retire to Delaware?

Delaware has low property taxes, the Delaware Beaches, no sales tax, but most of all, Delaware is only a 4 hour drive to 80% of the US population! And that is the real reason why you should stop and think before you move too far south. When you have grandchildren, you will want to be a part of their lives and the older we get, the longer drive will not be fun.

Just Listed with Motivated Sellers!

Boomer-Buyers: New Homes Just Listed. Motivated Sellers Pricing Right!

If you are considering Delaware as a destination for your next home now is the time to act! Whether you are retiring or relocating, our market is hot! Homes are selling much more quickly this year and  inventory is dwindling. We know what you are looking for and you will benefit from taking a look at our new listings on some really great boomer homes!

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We Know What Your Looking For in Your Next Home!

Buyers, got Questions? We have Answers.

It’s not unusual to have questions, we recommend that you prepare yourself for the journey by educating yourself. This will ensure you are a knowledgeable home buyer prepared to make a confident home buying decision. CLICK HERE to read a Buyers most Frequently Asked Questions, a.k.a. our FAQs page.

Anyone thinking about buying a home in Coastal Delaware requires all the available tools and resources to find the right home in the right community. Request your Coastal Delaware Free Home Buyers Guide you benefit from receiving a comprehensive resource to help you locate the home that best fits your family’s needs!