Last Thursday, NASA plunked a one-ton, car-sized vehicle down on Mars—complete with a pet drone aboard. On Friday, Dewey Beach, DE screens showed the first high-definition pictures of the Martian neighborhood it will start digging up shortly, while meantime, hi-def videos of the landing were being processed for release this week.

There was a time when everyone could count on the world around them remaining pretty much as it had always been. Back then, it was safe to assume that your children would dwell in a community whose institutions and lifestyles would remain comfortably familiar. Needless to say, today, most Dewey Beach, DE folks will be startled if everyday living doesn’t become markedly (and unpredictably) different.

We’re constantly experiencing the daily ramifications of nonstop innovation. We’ve discovered that we have to pay to get rid of those big, heavy, expensive, picture-tube TV sets. Never mind the VHS videotapes gathering dust in the garage; in a wireless streaming on-demand world, owning physical copies of music or movies has become a quaint artifact of days gone by.

So it’s certain there will be practical Dewey Beach, DE real estate repercussions as technology advances ever more rapidly. For instance, alert locals bent on trying to suss out what’s next would have sat up straight earlier this month if they happened across one back-page financial news item. The tripwire for them would have been the name in the headline: Elon Musk. That name is often tied to some startling conjecture about an improbable endeavor—later followed by the announcement of its actual achievement.

The article in question dealt with the investment possibilities for SAV technology and how deeply Mr. Musk is invested in SAV development. “SAV” is short for “shared autonomous vehicles,” which boils down to self-driving taxicabs.

First must come the safe perfection of ‘self-driving’ technology (which is progressing at warp speed). Robotic vehicles won’t have or need side-mounted mirrors or steering wheels, so they aren’t street-legal yet—but it’s only a matter of time. (Anyone who doubts that need only recall that horse-drawn buggies aren’t allowed on freeways).

Frequent speculation has it that as soon as self-driving cars and trucks predominate, it’s inevitable that human drivers will become an unacceptable danger to one and all. Meantime, Uber has already demonstrated the advantages of vehicle sharing. For the moment, Mr. Musk is currently associated with 60.8% of the autonomous vehicle accidents now under investigation—but never mind, it’s only a matter of time.

What then are the Dewey Beach, DE real estate repercussions for this endeavor? They may be unknowable, but at least one seems likely. Keeping in mind how, in the Victorian era, a handsomely mounted built-in wooden icebox was a valuable addition to any thoroughly modern kitchen, a future question may be, “how much of an asset is that two-car garage?”   

But we can relax for the time being—the current Dewey Beach, DE real estate market still values a spacious garage. Call me when your plans include buying or selling anytime soon! 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

A home inspection is one of the last hurdles that buyers and sellers have to get through before the sale of the property is complete.”

After that definitive declaration, the web site goes on to detail the importance of home inspections. It is unarguable—as far as it goes. It does capture the angst that can sometimes accompany Dewey Beach, DE home inspections, particularly when a seller isn’t really certain that all the property’s systems will pass muster.

The thorough going-over by a professional Dewey Beach, DE home inspector can reveal weaknesses that are unknown to the current owner—and that call for immediate attention. If too many individual issues come to light, even though they all may all be corrected without undue expense, the sheer number can spook a buyer.

That mere possibility can spawn anxiety and sleepless nights for the seller, coming when it does (in’s phrase) as “one of the last hurdles” in the runup to closing. For homeowners who are less than certain about all the details of their property, those doubts can postpone any decision to go ahead and put it on the market—even when there are good reasons that suggest the time is right for a move. Since holding the disposition of the family’s greatest asset off the table can have expensive consequences, it’s fortunate that there is a simple, inexpensive way to break up the logjam:

Order a preemptive home inspection.

It’s also called a “pre-listing” home inspection—but you don’t have to be planning to sell your Dewey Beach, DE home to benefit from this simple action. It’s one that surprisingly few homeowners pursue. That’s too bad—because for what usually costs just a few hundred dollars, they would be apt to learn details about their property that only an expert’s eye can unearth—but which might tip them off to serious problems likely to cause major expense later on. And for those who are contemplating listing in the immediate future, a preemptive inspection report gives owners a clear idea of what the buyer’s report would reveal—and to decide whether to take action to prevent surprises from upending a sale.

A preemptive home inspection is a good way to flatten the hurdle of last-minute inspection surprises. Call me for more ideas that experience has shown to remove other “hurdles” from your home’s sale. 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

 It is increasingly clear that as Americans, we are members of a pet-crazy nation. Last Thursday was more than just Thanksgiving Day: at noon, it was time for TV’s 18th annual presentation of the 2-hour National Dog Show. Dewey Beach, DE viewers who tuned in to NBC got ringside views of the pick of the litters of some of the 196 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. AKC’s own cable network motto is “sit! stay! watch!”—but despite the fact that it was televised on NBC (a network lacking such a stern command on its viewers), the annual affair was certain to be seen by a sizeable Dewey Beach, DE audience.  

Viewers were treated to first glimpses of three just-recognized breeds: a Barbet (curly French water dog), Belgian Laekenois (known for having been trusty messenger dogs in WWI and WWII), and the Dogo Argentino (a South American wild boar- and puma-hunter). Dewey Beach, DE homeowners whose yards are unfrequented by wild boars or pumas, and whose messages are adequately handled electronically, might not have detected any relevant Dewey Beach, DE real estate connection with these or any of the other breeds. But they would have been mistaken—especially if they are planning to list their home anytime soon. Just ask the National Association of Realtors®.

This year, the NAR’s research group published a downloadable research pamphlet addressing American homeowners’ fascination with dogs and cats. It was entitled “Animal House” (the full title includes “Pets in the Home Buying and Selling Process”). The authors make a convincing case for why canny home sellers increasingly recognize that pet accommodations are part of many buyers’ decision-making matrix. The statistics are pretty overwhelming:

·         68% of clients say that community animal policies influenced their decision to rent or buy.

·         43% of households would be “willing to move” to accommodations that are better for their pet(s).

·         18% of Realtors have represented clients who moved solely because of their animals.

·         Only 34% of U.S. households do not currently have (or plan to have) a pet!

If you are getting ready to become one of this year’s Dewey Beach, DE home sellers, it’s clear why it’s a good idea to keep “pet-friendliness” in mind.

Offering actionable advice on what moves today’s Dewey Beach, DE buyers is one of the many ways I help clients prepare their properties for a speedy sale. I hope you’ll call! 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

Sometimes, the timing for when to list your Dewey Beach, DE home is pretty much dictated by circumstances. Whether they be personal or professional changes that call for a move, when to list is (as politicians say) "baked in." When to list can't be rescheduled.

When that isn't the case—when the timing is solely up to you—there are two ways to look at the decision. One of them is controversial.

Controversial: timing by season. Although many commentators do seem to come down on the side of listing for real estate's busy season, there are reasonable arguments that counter it. Statistics do prove that the majority of transactions are initiated during good weather. During the spring and summer months, when the sun shines the longest, buyers tend to have more optimism (and possibly energy, although that's debatable). There are definitely more prospective buyers during the peak real estate season—and they're out in the neighborhoods house-hunting.

Yet from the seller's point of view, it's also true that there is more competition from other Dewey Beach, DE homes for sale. The peak season nay-sayers can also argue that prospective buyers who do their house-hunting in poor weather are demonstrably highly motivated—making for fewer looky-loos and more committed prospects.

Non-Controversial: listing when you're ready. If 2020 has demonstrated anything, it is how ignoring the traditional real estate calendar can sometimes work out nicely. This year, the "peak" for national home sales has taken its sweet time getting here. It has been on its own schedule—one that nobody could have predicted a year ago. What hasn't been debatable is what knowledgeable financial commentators have long recommended: when your house no longer fits your lifestyle and/or your financial circumstances indicate that a move will be advantageous—that's the calendar you should pay attention to.

After the sale is completed, in retrospect, the right time to list your home will have been when your ultimate buyer was looking for a house like yours. That might be more likely when more shoppers are active—yet the persistent fact that many sales seem to be finalized toward the end of the year argues otherwise. The truth is, when you are ready to move on, emotionally, and financially, it's always the right time to list your Dewey Beach, DE home. It's also the right time to give me a call! 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