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May 31, 2013

May 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Today’s food for thought is from Miguel de Cervantes:  “There are only two families in the world, my old grandmother used to say, the Haves and the Have-nots.”  (Fred)  “Today’s plan is to make only one family of Some.” Fred’s pick of the day is MLS # 604350-$239,900.  Here is a lovely rancher in Lincoln […]

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Tags: Hot Properties · Sussex County

Five More Ways to Save on Air Conditioning Costs

May 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Yesterday, I wrote about three ways to save on air-conditioning costs this summer.  Here are five more: 1.  Watch the thermostat.  Consider turning the thermostat up a single degree.  It can make a big difference in cost!  Additionally, keep lamps and other heat-producing objects away from the thermostat.  If you have a programmable thermostat set […]

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Tags: Of Interest

Three Ways To Save On Air Conditioning Costs

May 30th, 2013 · No Comments

With the heat and humidity of summer fast approaching, energy costs can skyrocket with the nearly constant use of air conditioning.  Here are some simple tips to reduce your a/c costs, sometimes significantly! 1.  Reduce appliance use.  Keep the stove off and use microwaves, crockpots, toaster ovens and grills as much as possible.  Run heat-producing […]

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Tags: Of Interest

Weekend Update: May 31st-June 2nd

May 29th, 2013 · No Comments

Summer season is officially underway!  Here are some fun activities going on this weekend: Saturday, June 1st: Prime Hook/Lower Sussex Bassmasters’ Youth Fishing Tournament This 10th annual event takes place on the Broadkill River in Milton Memorial Park.  The tournament begins at 9am with registration starting at 8am and ends at 1pm.  The event is for […]

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Tags: Cape Henlopen State Park · Lewes · Local Events · Milton

May 29, 2013

May 29th, 2013 · No Comments

Today’s food for thought is from Napoleon Bonaparte:  “The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it.”  (Fred)  “Sometimes we make promises that turn out very difficult to keep in the future.” Fred’s pick of the day is MLS # 604384-$116,000.  A beautifully reconditioned home on a dead in street with Nanticoke […]

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Tags: Hot Properties · Real Estate · Sussex County

Best Spring Cleaning Methods

May 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Spring is well under way, and though the weather has been finicky lately, we can expect it to start warming up permanently in the coming days. If you haven’t already done so, now is the perfect time to get a little spring cleaning done! For some people, spring cleaning is not a big deal because […]

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Tags: Home Projects

May 28, 2013

May 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Today’s food for thought is from James Buchanan:  “What is right and what is practicable are two different things.”  (Fred)  “This rings true in a democracy, however, if you constantly dilute what is right, the concept will disappear.” Fred’s pick of the day is MLS # 597882-From $189,500 to $179,900.  A nice cape cod in […]

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Milford · Real Estate · Retirement

Contingencies in a Real Estate Contract

May 27th, 2013 · No Comments

Whether you are buying or selling a home, you will most likely have to deal with contingencies during contract negotiation.  Contingencies are conditions placed on the contract that, if not met, allow the buyer to either back out of the deal.  Of course in the case of an unmet contingency, buyer & seller can always […]

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Tags: Buyer Tips · Seller Tips

Happy Memorial Day

May 26th, 2013 · No Comments

Thank you to all the service men and women who have put their lives on the line for the freedoms that we enjoy in this country!  I hope everyone is having a safe and enjoyable weekend. And now that the summer season is officially kicked off it’s officially the time of year for all of […]

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Tags: Local Events · Milton

Spotlight on Jam Bistro in Rehoboth Beach

May 25th, 2013 · No Comments

Jam Bistro(21 Baltimore Ave) in Rehoboth Beach  is the casual answer from the owner’s of Eden.  Specializing in down-home cookin’ and craft cocktails, Jam is open for lunch from 12pm-3pm and dinner from 5pm 7 days a week.  With a wide variety of menu options and daily specials, Jam Bistro is definitely worth checking out […]

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Tags: Food and Restaurants · Rehoboth Beach

Five Questions To Ask Before You Buy

May 24th, 2013 · No Comments

If you’re trying to decide whether to keep renting or buy a home, consider the following questions: 1.  Where will you be in the next 5 years?  If you buy a home, you need to live in it long enough for it to appreciate in value.  If you end up moving, changing jobs, or anything else unexpected […]

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Tags: Buyer Tips

May 24, 2013

May 24th, 2013 · No Comments

Today’s food for thought is from James Anthony Froude:  “The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies.”  (Fred)  “I really dislike revisionist history, they are seeing things from a very different perspective than even a bias participant in the making of that history.” Fred’s pick of the day […]

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Tags: Lewes · Real Estate · Short Sales/Foreclosures/REO/Bank Owned · Sussex County

3 Rules For Flipping A House

May 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

The idea of flipping a home is less popular now than it was a decade ago, but it’s still out there.  If flipping a home is something you’ve ever thought of, here are three tips for you: 1.  Remember the 70% rule.  In order to profit from your purchase, take the price that the home […]

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Tags: Home Projects · Mortgage and Finance

Weekend Update: May 24th-26th

May 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out these area events: Friday, May 24th: Lightship Overfalls Opening Party & Auction This year celebrates the 75th birthday for “Big Red,” the historic lightship in Lewes.  This fabulous annual party will take place from 6pm-9pm at the Virden Center on the University of […]

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Tags: Lewes · Local Events · Milton

May 22, 2013

May 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

Today’s food for thought is from James Bryce:  “Three-fourths of the mistakes a man makes are made because he does not really know what he thinks he knows.”  (Fred)  “Make sure you have all the facts or as many as possible on both sides of the issue before making a decision.” Fred’s pick of the […]

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Tags: Hot Properties · Real Estate · Sussex County

Consider a 15 Year Mortgage

May 21st, 2013 · No Comments

When you are buying a home, the industry standard is a 30-year mortgage.  However, if you can swing it there are definite advantages to a 15 year mortgage instead.  The biggest benefit of a fifteen-year mortgage is, of course, that you pay your home off in half the time and wind up saving a lot […]

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Tags: Mortgage and Finance

May 20, 2013

May 20th, 2013 · No Comments

Today’s food for thought is from Charles Buxton:  “You will never find time for anything.  If you want time you must make it.”  (Fred)  “If time is required, make sure you set it aside.” Fred’s Pick of the day is MLS # 603412-From $850,000 to $799,900.  An inverted floor plan home in Rehoboth Beach, DE […]

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Tags: Real Estate · Rehoboth Beach · Sussex County

Spotlight on the Lewes Farmer’s Market

May 18th, 2013 · No Comments

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market opened for the season last week and will be open every Saturday until the end of September.  Most Saturdays the farmer’s market is at the Historical Society (110 Shipcarpenter Street), but on June 22nd, July 13th, and August 3rd the market will move to the Shields Elementary School parking lot […]

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Tags: Food and Restaurants · Lewes

May 17, 2013

May 17th, 2013 · No Comments

Today’s food for thought is from Miyamato Musashi:  “Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.”  (Fred)  “The eye is not to be always trusted and must be used in conjunction with the brain.” Fred’s pick of the day is MLS # 600470 From $449,900 to $399,000.  A Stately Colonial in Seaford DE with […]

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Hot Properties · Real Estate · Sussex County

5 Steps to a Successful Remodel

May 17th, 2013 · No Comments

I’ve been talking a lot about remodeling this week, and today’s post is no different.  If you’re considering a remodel here are five steps to help you succeed: 1.  Do your research.  See yesterday’s post for several questions you should ask and do your own research before you even begin. 2.  Get your money straight.  […]

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Tags: Home Projects