For Rehoboth Beach, DE Listing Lingo, ‘Most Popular’ May Not be ‘Best’
Today's Rehoboth Beach, DE real estate listings create a live, real-time catalog of homes from Architecture Digest-worthy estates to the humblest fixers. When the nuts and bolts of a property fill the prospective buyer's housing requirements, in addition to the photos which illustrate their subject at its glamorous best, there's an additional element that can make any Rehoboth Beach, DE listing stand out from its neighbors: the descriptive text.
The writeup may play a supporting role, but even so, it's a description that can add context and atmospherics that tip the scale from interest to curiosity—or, better yet—to enthusiasm. Creating Rehoboth Beach, DE listing texts is a task that deserves care and energy. That being said, if the result is verbiage that is overly flowery, it's bound to alienate realistic readers (the ones who matter most). But— too bland, and it's just a wasted opportunity.
A while ago, there appeared a compilation of words and phrases most frequently used in real estate listings. It might be taken as a template for the most effective listing wording—but popularity might not equal effectiveness. Let's face it: cliches don't necessarily inspire. With that in mind, here's the list:
1. Beautiful. Arguably, "elegant," "tasteful," "captivating"—anything but "beautiful"!
2. Hardwood floors. How about an intriguing description of the wood's hue or surface— not to mention the variety of wood.
3. Stainless steel. It's a positive, but more interesting would be an added descriptor like "gleaming," "lustrous," or "spotless."
4. Updated. Hard to believe this uninviting adjective is among the most commonly used. "remodeled," "redesigned," or "renewed" are more likely to evoke the thoughtful craftsmanship that's gone into the renewal.
5. Private. Actually, this is one cliché that works well. "Discrete" is another one.
6. Spacious. This is a neutral-sounding word. Depending on just how spacious the area is, more engaging words like "enormous," "expansive," or "cavernous" might work better.
7. Landscaped. When this appears by itself, it begs for help—like "to perfection," "stunningly," "exquisitely," or "lusciously."
8. Custom. This describes an important value-increasing element, but the word itself could use a boost: "custom-crafted," "tailor-made," "unique," "personalized," etc.
9. Clean. Unless it's part of an architectural phrase like "clean lines." Better: "spotless," "immaculate," or "flawless."
10. Brand-new. This one works: deservedly a Top-10 value-increaser.
- Written by Jimmie Bachand
Fenwick Island, DE Home Sellers Greeted by Encouraging Signs
For prospective Fenwick Island, DE home sellers who have been holding back, waiting for the past months’ chaotic events to quiet down, last week ended with an array of encouraging signs. The national indicators that underpin the Fenwick Island, DE real estate climate were almost uniformly promising. After the dislocations that have characterized most of 2020, now, at midsummer, home sellers are finding conditions that look to be much less equivocal.
The realtor.com website offered a concise summary. On Saturday, Chief Economist Danielle Hale’s end-of-week podcast ticked off the series of optimistic indicators:
· July employment figures showed continuing gains, with the economy bringing back more than 40% of the jobs lost since the pandemic’s onset.
· Unemployment claims continued to decline.
· Financial markets notched “the eighth new record low this year for mortgage rates”—2.88% on 30-year fixed mortgages, per Freddie Mac.
· For the first time this year, monthly data from the mortgage bankers showed a slight improvement in credit availability—an indication that “the worst in the credit pullback could be behind us.”
· By the beginning of August, median listing prices across the nation had risen a full 9.4% over the same period in 2019—considerably more than most had forecast, and a new high for the year.
· Despite the robust bottom lines, the typical listed property sold four days faster than a year ago.
The numbers supported the economist’s unabashedly optimistic summary: “The housing market,” she wrote, “has tipped in favor of the relatively small number of home sellers who are actively participating right now.”
- Written by Jimmie Bachand
Practical Moving Tips for Getting Started Early
You don’t have to rely on psychologists to know that moving your entire Lewes, DE household can be one of life’s more taxing events. Early on, well before you have firmed up a moving date, rather than just fretting about the impending high-tension move, there are a number of simple advance steps you can take to make the big day less grueling:
· Start to stockpile cartons and packing materials…all those Amazon cartons will come in handy!
· Begin packing all the things you won’t need to access before the move: holiday decorations, family photos, books, seldom-used kitchen items, etc.
· As you pay utility and credit card bills throughout the month, make a list of the regular services you’ll need to terminate.
· If you will be using professional movers, interview and select a reliable firm well in advance (pay most attention to recent online reviews).
· Start to sell or donate items you won’t need at the new place.
Once moving dates are set:
· Contact the movers to reserve the date.
· Using the list of services you prepared earlier, notify existing providers of the cut-off date—and establish accounts for your new address.
· Complete a post office change-of-address notification form. You can do it online here.
· Clear an area for collecting the items you use every day. On moving day, these will go into an “Unpack First” carton.
- Written by Jimmie Bachand