Top Ten Things you should know before buying a home in Delaware

Before buying a home in Delaware, the Top Ten Things you should know

1. The Cleanest U.S. Beaches

The National Resources Defense Council gave Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches, 5-star ratings for water quality, a designation the state’s most popular beaches have earned for the past four years. Read more here. http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/delaware-feature/56685-delaware-beaches-top-ratings-again

Cape Henlopen

Cape Henlopen State Park

2. The Culinary Coast

One of the really great things about Southern Delaware is the dining scene. There are so many options and the choices are endless. Read more here. http://www.visitsoutherndelaware.com/blog/culinary-coast

3. Delaware State Parks

Delaware offers more than 10,000 acres of state parkland, including a 3,300-acre park in New Castle County. Read more at www.destateparks.com

4. The Small Wonder- Drive 4 hours to 80% of the population

Delaware is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay, as well as by New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. A Delaware address offers easy access to the Northeast metro areas including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore, 2+ hours by car. NYC takes about 4 hours, while a trek to Boston or Pittsburgh takes six.

5. The Shoulder Season of Specials and Events

The “Locals Season” begins after Labor Day and runs through May with dining and entertainment specials throughout. Other options include Delaware’s top-notch universities’ enrichment classes, baseball/sports lovers can support our minor-league baseball team, plus the state provides more than 10,000 acres of parkland for year-round outdoor recreational purposes.

6. The Arts Abound

The Arts are flourishing with many art galleries, active art guilds and growing artist communities springing up from Bethany Beach to Milford, Delaware. Many local festivals, farmers’ markets, historic house tours, art exhibits and concerts will keep your calendar full.

7.  Low State Taxes

Low property taxes and no sales tax help you live “the Local Life” you deserve and it’s no accident. Delawareans pay no sales tax and property taxes are based on early 1970s assessments, allowing Delaware residents to enjoy a lower cost of living as well.

8. Climate

Delaware’s year-round climate is moderate. Average monthly temperatures range from 75.8 to 32.0 degrees, with the average summer temperature… 74.3 degrees. About 57% of the days in Delaware are sunny with annual precipitation of approximately 45 inches. Temperatures along the Atlantic Coast are about 10 degrees warmer in winter and 10 degrees cooler in summer. The average growing season varies from 170 to 200 days.

9. Corporate Quality of Life

The exceptional quality of life in Delaware has attracted many corporations to the State. In fact, more than 50% of the publicly traded companies in United States and over 60% of the Fortune 500 are incorporated in Delaware.

10. Friendly Residents

When I am driving my clients through any neighborhood, everyone waves and says, “Hi!”