12 Month Home Price Change… Don’t Wait Another Day!

Gail Alm, Mortgage Planning Specialist at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. in Rehoboth Beach offered this timely home price information, and asks, “As a Home Buyer, take a look at the chart below, do you really want to wait another day?”

Home Prices Rising-Gail_11151412 Month Home Price Change,  how much more will it cost you today?

The National Average… home prices are up 7.5%!

Can you afford to wait? What states have had the largest increase?

California: up 11.3%, Nevada:  up 11.1%, Hawaii: up 10.8% and Michigan: up 11.5%

Where does Delaware sit in the statistics?

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Active Adults Realty in the News

October was an exciting month for Active Adults Realty in the news!

Delaware Beach Life-October 2014

DBL-OCT 2014 cover_Page_1An article by Pam George in the October edition of Delaware Beach Life, titled, “Smart Moves” featured myself and Active Adults Realty clients, Tony and Maggi Gizzi who decided to downsize from a 19-room home in Riverton, NJ and move to Delaware.

The article relates their Delaware home buying experience, with Tony recalling, “We couldn’t find anything we liked.” All that  changed when he performed with the Shrewsbury String Quartet at a Delaware beach wedding in September 2013 and then contacted Active Adults Realty.

The article goes on to talk about their return to the area and their search for a new house in Bay Crossing, a Lewes-area community for residents 55 and over. To Read/Download the article, Click Here.

Post-Rehoboth Jazz Festival story by Maddy Lauria, Cape Gazette

Bill and I were featured in a post-Rehoboth Jazz Festival story by Maddy Lauria in the Cape Gazette titled, “Jazz Festival Attracts Record Crowds 25th Annual Event Brings Together Music, Music Lovers”. The Oct 25 article recounts the story of our first meeting fourteen years ago and “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say. Continue reading

Buyers Returning to the Market for Easier Mortgage Rules and Stable Rates

US Home Buying 2Why are more and more home buyers returning to the market? because they’re noticing favorable market conditions.

Specifically, buyers are feeling more comfortable about navigating the market thanks to interest rate stabilization and easier mortgage rules, according to a recent article by Reuters.

This is fantastic news for the overall health of the housing market. After all, it suggests that the national real estate market is likely to become more stable over time.

Trends That US Home Buyers Should Be Aware Of

According to the recent Reuters article, new home builders D.R. Horton Inc and Toll Brothers Inc. are seeing jumps in home buyer demand. Continue reading

Food Bank of Delaware Delaware Holiday Food Drives

The Food Bank of Delaware Needs Your Support For Thanksgiving for All Food Drive

FoodBank_103113Help make the holiday season bright for families in need this year. The Food Bank of Delaware is asking for the public’s assistance in making sure that no Delawarean goes without a holiday meal this season. Businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and other community groups have organized food drives throughout the holiday season.

In addition to hosting food drives, fundraisers are also a helpful way to collect much-needed funds to purchase food. Bank of America’s Give A Meal campaign is an easy way for Delawareans to help support hunger-relief efforts in the First State. For every $1 donated, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will give $2 more. The campaign enables individuals to make a donation to support the Food Bank of Delaware. Donations can be made at www.bankofamerica.com/give.

Food for the Thanksgiving for All Food Drive, must be delivered/picked up by Friday, November 15.

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First Thanksgiving Dinner In Delaware?

Whether you’re ready to cook your own bird or make a reservation for Thanksgiving Dinner instead, be thankful that you can do what you please, here in Delaware.

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Be thankful for your new home!

Are you cooking your First Thanksgiving Dinner In Delaware? CLICK HERE to peruse some of our Chefs’ Favorite Recipes from our 2013 chef-inspired Southern Delaware Thanksgiving Menu courtesy of Richard Nofi at Bethany Blues, Rebecca Williams from the Buttery, Gary Papp of the Essential Chef, Debbie Viscovie at Food by Design, Gretchen Hanson at Hobo’s, Ginger Brenneman at MIXX, Scott Viselli from Papa Grandes and Ted Deptula at Nage Restaurant/Root Gourmet. (There are still a few recipes I want to try.)

If Thanksgiving Dinner without the worry of cooking and cleaning up is your idea of a Holiday Dinner, don’t worry, Delaware offers many superb restaurants with ample Thanksgiving bounties in Kent, Sussex and New Castle counties. We have listed and linked a few of our favorites places and their offerings. Please note: reservations are highly recommended for most establishments. Bon appétit! Continue reading

Who would retire to Delaware?

dela-whereOne of my agents, Debbie Shearer, was at a recent conference of REALTORS® nationwide who work with the 55+ market. Many of them were from states like Florida, California, Arizona and Nevada, states that have always been popular retirement states for people looking for the idyllic lifestyle often pictured in those Retirement magazines.

One of the attendees asked Debbie “Why would anyone retire to Delaware?” as he chuckled rather derisively. He came from one of the states with the communities of 8,000 people or more living the dream with planned activities galore. When he heard that even our largest 55+ community in Delaware will be 2,000 homes when complete, he was aghast!

Some would have you think that when Baby Boomers retire, they will need daily direction on what to do with themselves. I think that those who choose to retire in Delaware are different.

Who would retire to Delaware? How are Boomers who retire in Delaware different?

Delaware is right smack in the middle of the Mid Atlantic region. Continue reading

Sellers: Help us sell your home on Facebook in 5 easy steps

Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends. We all love to share photos and wish friends Happy Birthday. But there is also a business side of Facebook and it is a growing aspect of real estate marketing. Our Active Adults Realty Facebook Page is separate from my personal Facebook Profile. In fact, the rules on Facebook prohibit me from marketing real estate on my personal profile. That takes place on my business page.

FaceBook-icon-256 copyYou can help us sell your home on Facebook in 5 easy steps

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How to choose a REALTOR when you are out of State

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-need-help-deciding-many-doors-words-choices-coming-out-open-door-to-represent-opportunities-needing-assistance-image31479294When you are ready to buy or sell a home in your home town, you probably already know a few REALTORS. You may have worked with a REALTOR once or twice in your past or perhaps you know someone in your circle of friends, neighborhood or church that you think highly of.

No matter where you decide to relocate, there are scores of REALTORS® to choose from, and finding a competent and reliable REALTOR® really comes down to using your best judgment and examining their facts. But how do you choose a one when you live in another state and you’re looking to move to a place where you know no one? Let me count the ways: Continue reading

New Castle County Real Estate Update Fall 2014

New Castle County Real Estate Neighborhood News-Fall 2014

By Bill Bell

Active Adults Realty Upstate DE buttonThe northernmost Delaware county is New Castle. It is closest to airports, Amtrak, and Route 95 with easy access to the major cities within the Mid Atlantic Region. A popular choice for people from NJ, PA and MD, it is not where you will find the least expensive homes. New homes will range from the mid $300s to the high $400s and into the $500s if you go further north into the Brandywine area closest to the Pennsylvania border.

Middletown is the fastest growing area in New Castle County and home to several popular 55+ active adult communities. We continue to show clients New Castle County communities for relocation and retirement due to its close proximity to the NY/NJ corridor. Inventory remains tight but on occasion, resales and QDHs do pop up, and those with cash can find some special deals. If you are interested in New Castle County property, contact me directly at 302-542-3747 or email me to get on my preferred list for Northern Delaware properties.

Updates, QDHs and Resales

THE PONDS AT BAYBERRY SOUTH, the new 55+ active adult retirement community in Middletown is amenity-rich is conveniently located near Route 1 and the I-95/295 corridors. If you are interested in exploring this new community, call me at 302-542-3747 or Email me. Continue reading

Home Sales Rose In September!

US Home Selling 7U.S. homes sold at a faster rate in September than any other time this year, a recent report from the National Association of Realtors said.

Evidently, sales of existing homes increased 2.4 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million.

Experts are saying that this increase is a great sign that the housing market is picking up and moving past the slowdown that started in mid-2013. Continue reading