Despite the well-documented national shortfall in residential housing, determined house hunters still can find Rehoboth Beach, DE homes for sale that are priced to sell. Given today’s extremely low mortgage interest rates, affordable options are out there right now.

As those home shoppers soon discover, the properties with the most attractive asking prices are usually priced correctly—that is, there are tradeoffs that make the bargain rational.

Sometimes, there are location factors that the market (i.e., most buyers) consider to be a negative pronounced enough to warrant the price tag. A home that’s across the street from a busy school can deter many buyers looking for less traffic and less noise. But for a young family with school-age youngsters of their own, the same property might be more than acceptable. Even so, they should take into account that if and when they decide to move on, the market reality might affect their future resale.

More commonly, a more-attractive-than-comparable asking price is due to maintenance or floorplan design issues: aka, the property is a fixer-upper—one the seller either doesn’t have the time or energy to pursue. For buyers who are attracted by the more-than-affordable bottom line, the opportunity can be hard to turn down. But before saddling up for the signing table, they’d be wise to entertain four relevant questions. Interestingly, they are questions about themselves:

1)      Stress tolerance. A major renovation represents a commitment of time and effort that can even tax a professional contractor. Especially this year, when so many other extraordinary disruptions are ongoing, is it realistic to add an additional major undertaking to every day’s agenda?

2)      Professional relationships. Do you have strong connections with trusted Rehoboth Beach, DE tradespeople—or will locating, interviewing, and vetting them need to become a new (hugely important) time drain?

3)      Lodging. If you are sensitive to disruptions in your daily routine, have you considered whether you will be able to live in the house during the renovation—or will you be forced to find other living quarters during some phases of the project?

4)      Creative vision. Do you have the ability to imagine the project from start to finish, or is it simply a matter of knowing that the current state of the new property needs to be fixed. If the latter fits, you’ll probably do well to hire a contractor—and should budget accordingly.

Rehoboth Beach, DE home fixer-uppers can represent terrific opportunities for energetic buyers with the right personal makeup—just as they can become misery-producing miscues for others. Today’s Rehoboth Beach, DE market has offerings for every kind of buyer—call me for examples! 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

Rehoboth Beach, DE’s summer solstice arrives this Saturday, June 20th. Astrophysically speaking, the solstice marks the longest day of our year. The moment of the summer solstice prompts a lot of scientific explanations, some more confusing than others. For instance, since the Sun doesn’t revolve around the Earth,’s definition (“Technically speaking, the summer solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer”) is a little misleading. Vox probably really meant that the solstice is the moment when the tilt of Earth’s axis puts the Tropic of Cancer latitude nearest to the Sun (that “Tropic” is the one that’s north of the equator; “Capricorn” is the other one). 

The reason this is at all significant for those of us who live a lot further north than the Tropic of Cancer is that the moment when it’s closest to the Sun marks the official beginning of summer. Although the majority of Rehoboth Beach, DE barbecue grills will have been fired up long before then, it will be a great relief for most of us when spring 2020 is finally over and done with.

Usually, Rehoboth Beach, DE’s busiest real estate season gets going in earnest in springtime, gradually slowing through the summer months. This year, for obvious reasons, the regular pattern has been delayed. For homeowners and soon-to-be-homeowners, this is one summer that will mean holding more open houses or visiting more showings than usual.

In other words, in addition to the regular sangria-sipping, watermelon-carving, sandcastle-building, and frisbee-tossing, this June, July, and August may also be packed with some ramped-up Rehoboth Beach, DE real estate activity. In any case, let’s all remember the sunscreen—and if your summer includes a real estate undertaking, I hope you’ll call me to help! 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

We’ve arrived at the familiar post-Mother’s Day time of year. The birds are cheering up everyone’s Rehoboth Beach, DE mornings with their noisy springtime come-hither commotion. Out in the garden, flowers have broken out where they are supposed to (hopefully—if not, it’s time to hightail it to the garden store). Post-Mother’s Day is also an ideal time for adding color in other places around the house.

In Rehoboth Beach, DE, that means it’s potting season.

For the uninitiated, potting season is when Rehoboth Beach, DE homeowners make critical decisions about what flowers to plant in which pots and planters, and where. The main objective is to create colorful nooks on decks, patios, porches, under windows, and/or hanging at eye-pleasing heights under eaves in front or back of the house. But secondary considerations abound, too, having to do with the amount of tending each will require and the intended longevity of each.

Other potting strategies revolve around placement. Sun, shade, or sun/shade blends in combination with wind exposure are key considerations—as well as the relative ease or difficulty of watering and dealing with runoff.

Potting season veterans are aware that the enthusiasm that accompanies planting can wane as summer wears on—especially when a star-crossed pot continually produces tired-looking blossoms, too clearly approaching their untimely ends. When revival efforts fail, those will have to be ditched and re-potted—the kind of mid-summer Waterloo that’s to be avoided when possible.

For potting season neophytes—Rehoboth Beach, DE homeowners braving the world of container gardening for the first time—it all might seem impossibly mysterious and complicated. But courage will eventually be rewarded. Trial and error (or a patient mentor) will ultimately lead to success—and the colorful results that make the effort worthwhile.

Color can be an invaluable addition for any Rehoboth Beach, DE property when it goes up for sale. Give me a call when that time nears!   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

Like many other local professional people, we Rehoboth Beach, DE Realtors® have been working in a challenging (you might say, “topsy-turvy”) business environment. It’s one that nobody had foreseen—much less prepared for. It has taken multiple adjustments to navigate through some awkward restrictions, but since the need for shelter can’t always be put on hold, they were necessary. As in many localities across the country, even while honoring the most stringent Shelter in Place restrictions, highly motivated buyers and sellers have been able to work with their agents to negotiate and finalize transactions.

But now the path ahead is somewhat more predictable. It’s becoming evident that we are nearing a new phase—one where we will cautiously back into what everyone is calling the ‘new normal.’ It’s likely that the anxiety that has prevailed will fade, then disappear. Social distancing will at least moderate, as well. Not this summer, perhaps—but eventually. That opens an opportunity at this juncture. This is a moment when Rehoboth Beach, DE residents might think ahead about how they can best prepare for what happens next.

 Especially for those who have had to put off plans to buy or sell Rehoboth Beach, DE homes, this can be a time to sit down and draw up an “As Soon as This Passes” plan. For sellers, that could include a target timetable for preparing your property for listing; for buyers, a prioritized checklist of features to qualify the homes that will deserve further consideration. Sellers-to-be can take this opportunity to contact area tradespeople—whose phones will be ringing off the hook soon enough—to schedule any help they will need to prepare their properties for sale. For one and all, the probable reality is that “as soon as this passes,” any surplus stay-at-home free time will pass with it!

One item that belongs high on an ASATP list is to give me a call for the latest intelligence on the profile of today’s Rehoboth Beach, DE market. Do give me a ring! 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