No sooner has Sunday’s Super Bowl brouhaha begun to fade from public attention than another mega-sporting event prepares its entrance. This one will draw less Supercharged ratings, but that doesn’t mean it won’t claim equally rapt attention in many Rehoboth Beach, DE households. Next week will see the celebration of America’s beloved four-footed athletes: the Westminster Dog Show—since 1877, the pinnacle of American canine achievement (considerably more important than Sunday’s Puppy Bowl).

This year, the proceedings will expand to four days—the culmination of which will be next Tuesday’s Best in Show finale, televised from Madison Square Garden. You can bet that scads of Rehoboth Beach, DE TVs will tune in to see which of the canine contestants (alongside their two-legged handlers) earn Top Dog honors. Many Rehoboth Beach, DE dog show fanciers will be able to avoid the expensive outing to Manhattan by attending the proceedings from right here—streaming all the early stages, breed-by-breed, via https://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/tv-schedule/.

The growing national fascination (and infatuation) with canines has repercussions that touch upon Rehoboth Beach, DE home sales. Last spring, Realtor Magazine focused on pets as “Real Estate Influencers”—noting that pet ownership is booming throughout the land to such an extent that now a full third of pet-owning clients will often (“or maybe very often”) refuse to make offers on homes that aren’t ideal for their four-legged friends.

The takeaway for Rehoboth Beach, DE homeowners whose properties have pet-friendly attributes is not to be shy about promoting them. The numbers support that conclusion. With 70% of households now counting dogs or cats as family members (that’s up a full 50% from a generation ago!), it’s hard to argue with that proposition. If your home has a promotable attribute—like a laundry room that can be a pet washing station, or a spacious, well-fenced yard—the numbers indicate it could be a difference-maker for some prospective buyers.

If you are preparing to put your own property on the market, crafting persuasive descriptions of its fine points as they appear in the Rehoboth Beach, DE listings and supporting presentation materials will be pivotal. Call me! 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

Last Friday’s New York Times featured a timely warning that Rehoboth Beach, DE home buyers and sellers should be aware of—especially since it uses a particularly devious dodge.

The scam has been on the rise since the beginning of 2019. It involves “spoofing” accounts that have been hacked by the perpetrators. Buyers receive phony emails that look like instructions from their lawyers or real estate brokers. They seem to be legitimate instructions for funds transfers because the crooks’ hacks have enabled them to monitor the progress of a sale and to mimic the look and language of authentic instructions. Needless to say, the goal of the criminals is to divert funds.

The F.B.I. has been monitoring these kinds of ruses for years. Although they are far from common, the warning is due to a recent rise in activity. The simplest way to prevent losses is to closely check the email properties of incoming messages. If the sender’s identity or any hyperlink leads to an unfamiliar destination (fraudsters frequently change just one or two letters from a trusted address), the difference should sound the alarm—and a quick call to the office being imitated.

Homebuyers who are late to discover that they have been the victim of a fraudulent transfer should immediately contact their financial institution to request a recall of funds—and then contact the F.B.I.’s internet crime complaint center. If the bank asks for a police report, the Times report points out that a copy of that complaint should suffice.

Today’s Rehoboth Beach, DE homebuyers are getting used to doing a greater proportion of their everyday commerce online, so the heads-up applies to more than just real estate transactions. For my clients, one part of the service I bring is to stay in close contact throughout the entire process. There are also new ways to safeguard confidential communications—call me for specifics on our latest methods of preventing scams! 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

For most everyone, this is far and away the busiest time of year—completing all the holiday preparations in addition to the regular tasks that already consume 110% of your day. When you think about how everything always does get done, it’s practically its own Hanukah or Christmas Day miracle.

For homeowners who know they will be selling their Rehoboth Beach, DE house in 2020, this year there is an added anxiety-producing factor. Since you are taking the time to read about Rehoboth Beach, DE real estate, you may be one of them. Especially for those who haven’t yet found time to get started on any house-selling preliminaries, here is a special holiday gift:

It's okay to stop worrying about not getting a head start on selling your house!  

In other words, you can go ahead and focus on all the seasonal errands that need to be attended to. No need to have qualms over not being able to spend more time on next year’s house-selling project. You can relax a little—the calendar provides a handy excuse. Here’s why:

In a couple of weeks, as the dust settles and you begin all the regular New Year’s cleanup activities, you’ll find that very little extra effort is required to start preparing to sell your Rehoboth Beach, DE house. The delay can increase your efficiency.

For instance, when you box up and store all the holiday decorations, you are doing the same kind of search-and-remove job you do with the all-important decluttering. Just expand the action—and instead of throwing out all those gift cartons, just repurpose them for storing away all the non-essential items that clutter the rooms. You’re sure to need some extra cartons to achieve the wide-open feeling that’s the goal—but after Christmas and New Years is exactly when empty cartons are everywhere!

The same goes for some of the preliminary paperwork that goes with selling your house. You’ll want to have available a year’s worth of utility bill records and property tax receipts—but after January 1, you’ll be gathering them all up for tax season, anyway. If your computer printer has a “copy” button, the only extra work will be printing a duplicate set (or copying-and-pasting the e-files for a handy desktop “House Sale” folder).

In other words, putting off your first house-selling efforts for a couple of weeks won’t really impede your house-selling effort. In practically no time, you’ll have a head start that will impress your Realtor®. Along that line, there is one thing you can do now in preparation for selling your Rehoboth Beach, DE house. Call me with a quick heads-up—I’ve made time for it! 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

For most Rehoboth Beach, DE  residents, the account of the first Thanksgiving is the Plymouth Colony story rather than the French or Spanish versions (their giving thanks celebrations started a century earlier). But since the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving took place in September—and the second official U.S. Thanksgiving took place in February—you might wonder why this week’s Rehoboth Beach, DE  Thanksgiving wound up being celebrated on this particular Thursday in November. Coming up with the answer is less than simple…

Starting with that first Plymouth Colony feast, for the 50% of the Pilgrims who survived the first winter below the creaking decks of the Mayflower, there certainly was ample reason to be grateful. By their second October in the New World, they had been able to erect shelter on dry land and raise sufficient food stores to confidently face the approaching winter. They’d even succeeded in negotiating a mutual defense treaty with the local Wampanoags. Once the colonists found themselves, as they wrote, “so far from want”— it was definitely party time!

That was in 1621, and for more than the following century, various Thanksgiving celebrations were observed in different regions of the country. These were often thought of as New World versions of European harvest festivals. Since those were offshoots of ancient Pagan rituals, they were often frowned upon by those favoring more religious observances.

This week’s Rehoboth Beach, DE  Thanksgiving Day is a more direct offshoot of the uniform national holiday whose legal roots go back 240 years. In 1789, the new Union’s first Congress petitioned the President to declare a day “of public prayer and thanksgiving.” George Washington obliged, and on November 26, 1789, the first national holiday was observed. A quick Googling of that date verifies that, yes, it was the 4th Thursday in November. But that proclamation was only for that one-time observance—the next Thanksgiving wasn’t proclaimed until six years later, when Washington declared a day of thanksgiving be held on Thursday, February 19.

Nowadays, Rehoboth Beach, DE  Thanksgivings are always celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November—a designation signed into law in 1940. Washington’s 1789 version had been ambiguous about Thursday: in 1789, it was both the 4th and last Thursday. Whenever there are five Thursdays in November, designating the last one results in a merchant-enraging shortening of the pre-Christmas shopping season. Proclaiming Thanksgiving on the 4th avoids that situation.

This year, despite that solution, the calendar makes for a somewhat brief holiday shopping season, anyway—hence the flurry of noticeably premature “Black Friday” sales. But before the Friday sales hubbub, here’s hoping your Rehoboth Beach, DE  Thanksgiving features an abundance of good health, good food, and good cheer! 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