The wry observation that “the three most important things in real estate are location, location, and location” has been around for the better part of a century. The wisdom of that wisecrack is still undeniable—including for when it comes to buying Fenwick Island, DE homes. It is, after all, why a house in one of Fenwick Island, DE’s more desirable areas will generally sell at a premium to one of equal size and construction in a less sought-after area.

For 21st-century house hunters who might be inclined to pay location less heed than their forebears, that could be risky. After all, what originally made one area more desirable than others has usually been a combination of meaningful factors. The first has to do with its raw attributes—the visual appeal of its setting, the quality of its microclimate, or its relative insulation from natural hazards.

Then there’s the livability factor of a location’s accessibility—its ease of access to places of work, shopping, and recreation. We may be have become an ever-more-mobile society, but a lengthy daily commute does exact a price in terms of quality of life. For anxious parents, a home’s location in a superior Fenwick Island, DE school district can be the decisive draw. And as the holidays approach, it’s easy to recall how near proximity to a major airport can keep far-flung family members in the fold.

I counsel my clients to give full weight in their buying decision to the distinct equation that is location. It is, when all is said and done, the quality that stands alone—the one that’s utterly immutable. Before you’ve bought, it’s the part you can’t negotiate. After you’ve bought, it’s the part you can’t do anything about!

Buying your Fenwick Island, DE home should be a thoughtful process, but if it’s also fun, the result is guaranteed. Give me a call when you’re ready to begin hunting! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com

No one needs convincing to agree how much buying and selling North Bethany, DE real estate has changed since we entered the 21st century. Not only can you review homes for sale whenever you wish—you can also use North Bethany, DE real estate sites like this one to compare properties by all sorts of metrics.

This consumer-friendly advance was actually foreseeable in 1999. It was the subject of plenty of forward-looking commentaries. So it’s not hard to imagine that the glimpses into real estate’s future that Forbes’ panel of experts came up with last week could actually come to pass. The published piece promised “Six Ways Tech Could Change the Real Estate Process,” but the six panelists saw similar advances. The progress came in three areas:

1.      Artificial Intelligence will help agents instantaneously adjust documentation to conform to legal requirements. North Bethany, DE and North Bethany, DE laws are in fact subject to change—so I am definitely in favor of this one!

2.      Remote Transactions will become even more thoroughly supported so that searching, viewing, purchasing and even closings will be able to be conducted remotely. A second expert described essentially the same advance as “Time and Distance Removal.”

3.      Disintermediation. This six-dollar word entered the vocabulary when people started talking about the “Bitcoin” and “blockchain” phenomena. The word means dispensing with unnecessary processes in a transaction—and in North Bethany, DE real estate, that could apply to aspects of title insurance and home loan generation. I’m pleased to note that none of the experts foresee dispensing with Realtors®—but it does cover the kind of shift we already see in how brokers help their clients. Rather than serving as “the warehouse for all data” as in previous eras, “brokers will increasingly act to interpret information now already possessed and frequently misunderstood by the consumer.”

The advances described won’t transform [territory] real estate, but they will simplify some current practices. However, if you are thinking of buying or selling anytime soon, you don’t have to wait: call me—I’ll handle the simplifying chores using some dependable non-artificial intelligence! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com

 Normally, December is a ho-hum month for Dewey Beach, DE home sales—and that could well be the case again. Across the nation, 2018’s leadup has performed pretty much as expected. Home sales slowed as the number of home listings stayed in short supply and mortgage interest rates crept upward. So it would surprise no one if Dewey Beach, DE home sales followed the national trend.

But instead of a sleepy year-end market, a year-end surprise might be possible. That’s the studied opinion of CNBC’s respected real estate commentator, Diana Olick. December is “usually the slowest month for home sales,” she writes; “but that might not be the case this year.”

Last week’s pronouncement came on the heels of a dynamic stock market swoon but had little to do with that or other financial jitters. She pointed to three unique dynamics that make this December “one of the better times” to both buy and sell:

1.      Interest rates. After rate increases having turned “what was a red-hot market into a lukewarm market,” Olick found that buyers are now likely to seize the moment. With mortgage rates hovering below 5% yet almost universally expected to move higher in 2019, that fact alone is “motivating buyers.”

2.      Prices. ‘Tis the season for bargain hunters. Web titan Zillow reports seeing a “sharp increase in the share of properties with price cuts.” Although the housing market can always be counted on to let up once the kids get back in school, this year “is shaping up to be more favorable for buyers.”

3.      Competition. Quoting Realtor.com’s Chief Economist, “December is the best time of year if you want to avoid competition.” Recent history bears that out, with online views per property normally 21% lower in the final month of the year. After contending with hot competition throughout the rest of the year, buyers may appreciate the reversal.

4.      Motivation. With supply and competition at their low points, for both buyers and sellers “motivation is at its high point.” Because the holidays can be an awkward time to buy or sell, those who step up can be counted on to have good reasons. Per Realtor, “Buyers may have to move, and sellers want to get to their next location.”

I agree that this year presents a unique set of circumstances that could power our December Dewey Beach, DE home sales beyond what is normally expected. In any case, I’ll be by the phone should you decide to take advantage of the moment! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com