Middletown Showing Retail Growth in 2015

An article in the News Journal by William H. McMichael, titled “Retail On The Rise In Middletown,” is worth reading if you are looking to move to an area convenient to the Northeast Corridor of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

Middletown’s popularity is evident with our Boomer Clients looking to take advantage of Delaware’s prime location to their family and friends in NJ/PA/NY, many 55+ neighborhood options, our low Delaware taxes and more. The article features information about Middletown’s Retail Growth in 2015 and the new businesses coming to the Westown area.

Middletown town picRetail growth is back in Middletown

McMichael continues in the article, “Middletown, forecast along with nearby Odessa to be Delaware’s largest metropolitan area by 2030, lies at the heart of a resurgence in residential construction south of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

In 2015-16, town residents and passers-by will see that growth echoed on the retail side. As many as a dozen retailers have signed leases or are about to, marketers, developers and town officials say. And more are on the way.”

According to the article, the developer of Westown, the public-private development on the town’s west side along Del. 301, has commitments from Michaels, Marshalls, Petco, Wendy’s and Valvoline, both just south of the to-be-built Parkway at South Ridge development and its 554 single-family homes and apartments.

Another Grotto Pizza will be built across the highway from Wal-Mart and immediately north of the Amazon fulfillment center. Prospective businesses are looking at other locations in Middletown as well. Click here to read the entire article and to learn about the changes heading to Middletown this year.

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Lewes, Delaware – Yahoo’s #10 Retirement City

lewes-CapeHenlopen0“Florida is so yesterday,” according to Tobias Carroll in an article published on Yahoo Travel titled, “Florida is so yesterday, Retirement Destinations Worth Exploring, the article goes on to say, “If you’re thinking of retirement, the options open are now far more expansive than the traditional choices of Florida and Arizona. Perhaps you’re looking for somewhere with a vibrant cultural scene; maybe proximity to a university that offers continuing education is more your speed. These 10 cities offer a variety of climates in settings ranging from rural to urban.”

Florida may be “Yesterday,” but at #10, Lewes, Delaware is SO Today!

On Lewes, Delaware, Carroll says, “The town of Lewes, Delaware is quieter than its neighbor to the south, Rehoboth Beach. But there are plenty of waterfront activities to enjoy here; ferries run to and from Cape May, New Jersey, as well. And cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Wilmington can be reached within a few hours by car.”

Did you know, an AARP survey showed that people over 45 prefer to live near family, and within reach of basic services. 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! Delaware also tops the 10 most tax friendly states! Delaware’s no “small wonder… read more FAQ’s on DE Taxes and at Yahoo Finance.

Yahoo’s Travel’s Top 10 Retirement Cities are:

10: Lewes, Delaware
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Buying a new home vs. buying a car

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-mid-age-couple-buying-new-car-dealership-image39135414When you decide it’s time to buy a new car, do you hop in your car and drive to visit a dozen or more car dealers? Do you register with each one, giving them your name, address, cell phone and email address? You do realize they are sales people that work for the dealer, right? If you did give them all of your contact information, how many calls did you get at dinner time and how many email solicitations did you receive telling you “Now is the time to buy that new car from ____” (fill in the blanks).

When you’re buying a new home remember that New Home Sales People are employees of the builder much like a new car salesman is employed by the Dealership.

The new home sales people are not REALTORS®, the are not licensed real estate agents, they do not represent you, the BUYER; they represent the Builder, aka, the SELLER. Continue reading

Coming Soon: Coastal Club, Lewes, New DE Neighborhood

Update on Coastal Club

Click Here to Watch Kathy’s NEW Coastal Club Update

Coastal Club – the HOT Delaware Community is Here!

Coastal Club logo_011515 webWhat do we know so far? We know there are 3 builders at the Coastal Club in Lewes: Schell Brothers, NV Homes and Beazer. We know there will be a total of 600 or so homes when complete. It will be a Gated Community for all ages with planned amenities not found elsewhere in Delaware. There are still a lot of questions and we are working on getting the answers.

At this point, the new Coastal Club promises the ambiance of a quaint sea town with a scenic style all its own. Conveniently located minutes from Route 1 on Beaver Dam Road in Lewes, it will be a gated resort designed after some of the best resort communities in Florida. Situated around a 42-acre nature preserve with an authentic lighthouse, the community will have over 600 homes and five miles of walkways. Site work at Coastal Club is underway with a vision including unique streetscapes, remarkable amenities, stunning homes and a grand entrance with nautically-inspired details.

Visit our Coastal Club Neighborhood Page often. We are updating it with floorplans and other information about this new community as it becomes available. Got questions about Coastal Club? Call me at 302-542-1203 or Email Me at kathy@activeadultsrealty.com. I’ll be glad to share what I know.


Get LOCAL: Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park Annual Meeting

fochsp Membership loresPlease come and learn about the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park and how you might be able to get involved at Cape Henlopen State Park at the (FOCHSP) Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 10 at 9am at the Officer’s Club in Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.

Learn about the process to have your yard certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat and how to attract butterflies to your garden.

The meeting will begin around 9:30am. The FOCHSP will give an overview of our successes over the last year, what’s in store for 2015, and will be voting on new Board members.

The Program for this meeting is all about Cape Henlopen State Park!  You will hear from Chief Law Enforcement Officer Wayne Kline on what to do and what happens when you have an emergency in the park. Then Park Interpreters Shawn Heacock and Richard Julian will lead you on a virtual tour of Cape Henlopen State Park. Find out about the park’s nature and mission, its history and future.  If you have never heard Richard or Shawn speak you are in for a real treat as their enthusiasm for the park is infectious! There will be coffee and treats, time to socialize and purchase Friends Merchandise. For more information, contact Friends of the Cape Henlopen State Park at P.O. Box 132, Nassau, DE 19969, call 302-858-612 or visit http://friendsofcapehenlopen.org.

Why you should sell your home before you retire

AAR Welcome to DERetiring, selling your family home, moving to another state, buying a new home … all of these are BIG STEPS and all can be stressful, or not.

I can just sense the tension in some of my clients as they just think about all they will have to do to relocate when they retire. Let me start by saying that a large percentage of our clients are Buyer clients that are coming to Delaware from somewhere else. Sometimes, they have been coming here for years on vacation, but many are coming here for the very first time and that is BIG.

What can you do to make the whole process less stressful and frankly just easier? Don’t do it all at once!

Why sell your home before you retire

If you are just beginning the search for your life after retirement, the first question is “Do you definitely want to sell the home in which you now live?” Even if you are not going to leave the area, you still may decide to sell the family home and downsize to something more manageable. To sell any home in today’s market will require getting it into selling condition. So, that is Continue reading

AAR’s Featured Boomers are Paula and Frank Costanzo

The Costanzos_JAN_2015 featured boomers_010215 loresThis January’s Featured Boomers are Paula and Frank Costanzo. Locals NOW! reports the Costanzos relocated from Marlton, New Jersey where Paula worked in Administrative Services at Camden Iron and Metal and Frank retired from Baxter Pharmaceutical in Maintenance Supervision.

When faced with boomer relocation, the Costanzos had no other place but Coastal Delaware in mind and Milton in particular on their list of areas to consider.

Since moving to the Heritage Creek Neighborhood in Milton in 2010, they are enjoying their new lives in Lower Slower Delaware.

Paula and Frank chose Heritage Creek and according to Paula, “we fell in love with the look and feel of the Community. This house was perfect for us.” Being “locals now,” Paula finds time for their grandchildren, baking, organizing and volunteering at Gull House, the Milton Community Food Pantry and with the Alzheimer’s Association. She loves living in Milton and is very active in the Heritage Creek social scene. Frank enjoys fishing, “Frank’s got a boat so proximity to the water was paramount in choosing our new home. In addition, our daughter and son-in-law and two grandchildren live in Smyrna and Delaware’s taxes are favorable. Continue reading

Video: 55+ Independence Home Sales Update 2014

2014 Independence Home Sales Update.

This video update by Kathy Sperl-Bell, Broker at Active Adults Realty discusses the 2014 home sales in this 55+ Millsboro community of Independence.
Independence-Neighborhood-DE-Clubhouse Exterior viewIndependence opened in 2007 in the Long Neck area of Coastal Delaware, only minutes from the inland bays, ocean beaches, attractions and the towns of Rehoboth Beach and Lewes. When complete there will be 435 elegant single family homes with many attractive floor plans for both rancher and two-story models.

Independence Hall, open year round, is considered the most spectacular clubhouse in all of Coastal Delaware. The 24,000 square foot community center offers an amazing state-of-the-art fitness center, heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, ballroom, conference facilities and more.

Millsboro is the quintessential rural hometown, conveniently located near the intersection of Routes 113 and 24. The town boasts many antique stores and great eateries as well as parks and three freshwater ponds. Millsboro is conveniently located in the back-bay area, mid-way between Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach and The Quiet Resorts of Bethany and Fenwick Island.

Got Questions? We have Answers.

It’s not unusual to have questions. CLICK HERE to read our Buyer’s most Frequently Asked Questions, a.k.a. our FAQs page. If you don’t see the answer, email us, we look forward to helping you!

Active Adults Realty Announces 2014 Shining Star Award Winners

Active Adults RealtyTM  REALTORS® recognized for their Work at 2014 Shining Star Award Ceremony

Bill Bell, REALTOR® and I are pleased to announce to announce the 2014 Shining Star Award Winners at Active Adults Realty in Lewes.

Kathy Sperl-Bell and Bill Bell“The Shining Star Award recognizes exceptional work and service provided by members of the Active Adults RealtyTM Team,”

says Kathy Sperl-Bell, Broker. “As one of the area’s only boutique brokerages, we feel it is important to single out our agents/REALTORS® for their achievements as we forge ahead in the recovering real estate market. This year’s Active Adults RealtyTM Shining Star Award recipients include:

Bill BellBill Bell, REALTOR® and Co-Owner of Active Adults RealtyTM, was awarded the 2014 North Star award. “Without Bill, our direction would not be as clear and steady,” said Kathy Sperl-Bell, Broker/Owner. In addition, Bill is the Top Selling Agent with the most homes sold in 2014 by any Active Adults RealtyTM agent. Continue reading