Don’t fence me in!

What makes good neighbors?

The old adage was that fences make good neighbors but when you relocate to a new area, especially when you retire, it might just be the community. In Delaware, there are many different communities and one of them is right for you.

Don’t fence me in- it is about the community!

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-attractive-mature-woman-seaside-image22568194Many of the new home communities are run by some kind of homeowners association or HOA. There are rules and regulations designed to maintain the community and any amenities for the long term. You can refer to our earlier articles, “Why you should read those HOA documents in Delaware” and “Does my HOA own the clubhouse?” to learn more about neighborhood life.

Is it the clubhouse?

In one active adult community in Delaware, the clubhouse is 6,000 square feet with a nice party room, perhaps a pool table and some card tables, an outdoor pool and a well equipped small fitness facility. Another 55+ community might have a larger clubhouse with an indoor pool and an outdoor pool, a huge fitness center, a ballroom and multiple pool tables. Does that mean the community with the larger clubhouse is more active or the better community for you? Continue reading

5 Predictions for the 2015 National Housing Market

PredictionAre you a current home owner who is considering listing your property on the market in 2015?

If so, then you’re likely to enjoy a lot of success!

After all, Realtor.com recently released its top predictions for the housing market in the New Year. And all of them seem to favor home sellers.

Let’s Take a Closer Look at 2015 National Housing Market Predictions

Millennials will enter the market en masse. This is something the housing market has needed for the last couple of years: More Millennials entering the market as first time home buyers. And according to projections, that’s what you can expect in the New Year, with more than two thirds of household formation being credited to this demographic. Helping matters is the fact that about 2.5 million jobs are expected to be added next year, improving home buying power. Continue reading

Delaware New Year’s Eve 2014 Parties and Events

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-champagne-serpentine-image22160441Spending your first New Year in Delaware? Or are you looking to start a New Year Tradition with family and friends in the First state?

Well, we may be a small state but we’re big on celebrating!

Take a look at this list of Delaware New Year’s Eve 2014 Parties and Events below, there’s plenty to choose from depending on where you are and what you like to do. More information is available at the website powered by Delaware Tourism. The site offers a great list of New Year’s Eve celebrations and parties as well as New Year’s Day events to ring in the new year in Delaware style! Continue reading

Active Adults Realty, “Welcome Bryan Powers!”

bill bell-bryan powers-kathysperl-bell-welcome pic_121214 lo-resLEWES, Delaware – Active Adults Realty owners Kathy Sperl-Bell, Broker and Bill Bell, REALTOR® are pleased to

“Welcome Bryan Powers to the Team at Active Adults Realty in Lewes!”

Powers, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, was born in Baltimore, MD and became interested in real estate started at the very early age of 9 when he was his mother’s study partner for her real estate exam. “Real Estate has been in my blood ever since,” says Powers. “It was the career I always wanted but until now, it was never the right time. Professionally, I look forward to an amazing opportunity and long-term relationship of integrity, fairness and chemistry working with Kathy Sperl-Bell and the Team at Active Adults Realty,” says Powers. Continue reading

Wild About Mushroom Recipes

My last taste of the season from TML at the Lewes Farmers Market.

My last taste of the season from TML at the Lewes Farmers Market.

We love Mushrooms and we’re just Wild About Mushroom Recipes!

Can’t you tell? If you are a mushroom lover too, you’ll enjoy the following recipes shared by The Mushroom Lady at Davidson Exotic Mushrooms in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, who supplied me with tastes of her recipes every Saturday at the Lewes Farmers Market.

The recipes include Shitake, Crimini, Portabella and Maitake Mushrooms.

Stock up on your mushrooms, get cooking and enjoy these Appetizers, Soup & Stews, Salads, Sides, Entrées, Pastas and Sauces featuring Mushrooms as the Star! Click Here to Download the PDF of the Recipes. Continue reading

Baby Boomers: Is 65 the New 45?

Reality Check: 65 is the new 45!

Editor’s note: “Nikki Buckelew is considered a leading authority on senior real estate and housing. I found her article “Rethinking the 55+ Market,” published on www.keepingcurrentmatters.com a worthy read that rethinks the definition of the Boomer Generation. I know I feel like I am only in my 40s most of the time!”

wild seniorsRethinking the 55+ Market

by Nikki Buckelew

Someone said to me recently, “Sixty-five is the new forty-five.” We chuckled, but the more I thought about it, the more I found myself in full agreement, rethinking the 55+ market.

With more and more people working beyond traditional retirement age and the advances in modern medicine, the lines between middle and late adulthood are becoming a bit blurred.

What makes this relevant in the world of real estate?

As our population ages, we will see more and more organizations dedicating their marketing efforts toward the “senior” demographic. You have read previous KCM blogs about the various designations agents can earn for this specific purpose, and undoubtedly you have already seen real estate professionals in your market professing to “specialize”.

Reality check — not all seniors are the same.

Just as with using any label, we run the risk of putting people into a category when they may or may not actually belong there. This is especially true of the senior segment. Continue reading

It’s beginning to look a lot like a Housing Recovery!

The weather outside may be frightful, but the housing market looks so delightful!

Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like a housing recovery!

The housing market’s positive momentum reflects a substantially improving economy, and critical economic lending indicators point to even more growth ahead.

recovery-Gail_113014Buyers: Pre-qualify so you can take advantage while interest rates are still low!

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10 Winter Home Improvements-Worth The Investment

ChecklistWe hope everyone had a memorable Thanksgiving Day last week and enjoyed the long holiday weekend.

With December officially upon us, residents can expect temperatures to continue to dip as we head into the New Year.

So today, we wanted to share with you 10 relatively easy winter home improvements that you can make that will save you money during the winter months.

Home Tips for Saving Yourself Money This Winter

Here are 10 home improvements that you can make this winter that will save you both money and energy: Continue reading

Prepare Your Home NOW for Winter Weather

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-happy-couple-under-snowfall-closeup-portrait-beautiful-standing-mountains-romantic-wintertime-vacation-cold-weather-love-image36801362SERVPRO of Sussex County in Georgetown advises homeowners to prepare your home NOW for winter weather. BEFORE the bad weather hits, here are a few things to do around your house to help you “stay warm, save energy and enjoy living LOCAL in Delaware!”

  • Roof – Check for loose or damaged shingles that may leak. If you had lots of icicles last year, have an energy auditor identify air leaks and poorly insulated areas in your attic.
  • Windows & DoorsApply caulk to all gaps to prevent water intrusion and stop air from entering your home.
  • GuttersRemove debris from gutters which can prevent water from draining. Also, extend your downspouts so water runs at least 3-4 feet away from your foundation.
  • Exterior Faucets & Sprinklers – Turn off water source at the shut-off valve, disconnect any hoses, and drain all lines to prevent pipes from bursting during a freeze.
  • Winter Supplies – Make sure you have your snow shovels and ice scrapers handy. Stock up on salt or ice melt before you need it. If using a snowblower, have it serviced now to be ready for the season.