In the days before COVID-19, had you asked most people how a pandemic might affect the homebuying public in Fenwick Island, DE, a fair majority would probably have replied something along the lines of “Well—it probably wouldn’t be good.”

We now know that they would have been wrong (at least, initially).

Nationwide, most areas are experiencing an onrush of newly motivated buyers—many of them seeking to adjust to today’s changing needs. In a recent article in Barron’s, the CEO of a leading national homebuilder, Sheryl Palmer, described motivations of many newly energized homebuyers: “What I have to do working from home has just changed, and I can’t retro my house.’”

Simultaneously, at the same time that this increased buyer demand would normally coax homeowners into the market, many would-be sellers are hesitant to list their homes, because—well—pandemic! This in the face of interest rates, which, holding near all-time lows, translate into more affordable monthly mortgage payments and higher asking prices!

With the increase in demand and stubbornly low inventory, it’s hard to argue there could be a better time to sell. So, although much remains to be seen about the course of the virus and the short-term effects of the on-again, off-again economy, residential sales are happening—homebuyers in Fenwick Island, DE are buying.

If you have been considering selling, pandemic or no, there’s little reason to suspect that tomorrow’s market will be more favorable than today’s. Call me—let’s come up with a strategy that works for you! 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

Officially, Fenwick Island, DE’s summer won’t arrive for a couple of weeks—but Memorial Day was the unofficial starting date, and the thermometer has seemed to agree more with that than with the meteorologists. That means it’s already time to dust off the ‘Best of’ tips for accommodating summertime weather. Here are some of the best ones:

1.      Pollen control. We’ve all been experiencing the onslaught of the pollen—nature’s own air pollution. If you vacuum the front door flashing and the crevices in the window jambs, potential allergy and asthma issues will be largely subdued.

2.      Window AC wrangling. If your Fenwick Island, DE home doesn’t rely on central air, that probably means you will be placing window air conditioners where they do the most good. A common problem comes with their handling: those sharp metal fins on the exit side are too easily bent as you mount them—and that can seriously restrict the unit’s airflow efficiency. Solution: locate the Fenwick Island, DE store that sells “fin combs” (AKA “coil fin tool”)—they cost under $10.

3.      AC management. The power companies have a recommendation that’s not commonly cited: Don’t turn the A/C off when you leave the house. In other words, don’t let the interior bake—it takes too much power to get it back to an inhabitable temp. Instead, just set the thermostat up a couple of notches.

4.      Garden planning. If you’ve driven past any Fenwick Island, DE garden supply outlets recently, you’ll have noticed how mobbed they’ve been. If you will be taking advantage of the remaining cool spells before Fenwick Island, DE’s deep summer weather is here, one valuable garden architecture tip is to think shade—that is, anticipate the shade value mature plants will provide. Positioning your plantings with July-August sun angles in mind can yield lower cooling bills—or even just the pleasure to be had from shady yards and porches.

5.      Lotion frugality. Since proper swathing in effective suntan lotion is a must-do according to every living dermatologist, it can be tempting to skimp on the fancy French-sounding products that cost a king’s ransom. Simple solution: Consumer Reports’ 2020 results shows a mind-numbing disconnect between price and sun-blocking effectiveness (for example, Trader Joe’s “SPF 50+” spray rates highest in UVA protection, yet costs 20% of some name brands that are half as potent.  

Following months of the cooped-up experience, Fenwick Island, DE’s summer weather should be especially welcome this year. If this summer will also see you embarking on a major Fenwick Island, DE residential transaction, I hope you’ll 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 www.beachrealestatemarket.com

Fenwick Island, DE families with members currently serving in the armed forces don't need to be reminded of the purpose of the Memorial Day holiday. In most years, that somber meaning can be all but drowned out by its more festive significance as the unofficial kickoff to Fenwick Island, DE's summer season. This year, of course, Fenwick Island, DE's regular crowded Memorial Day celebrations are largely curtailed by the practical effects of social distancing.

Still, the festive mood is not entirely lost. Mixed in with this year's restraint, it's hard not to notice the budding of a more optimistic spirit. It's becoming more possible to envision the future time when 2020 will be looked back upon as "that year" when the world briefly suffered societal mayhem.

We hope, briefly.

One difference this year is the comparative scarcity of the poppy lapel pins. The red poppy became a symbol of fallen soldiers after the flowers blossomed on the ravaged Belgian battlefields of World War I—"The Great War." A soldier's short poem, "In Flanders Field," caught the world's imagination with its portrayal of the red flowers as symbols of the unconquerable spirit of the fallen. This year may be partly remembered as one with fewer of those red poppies (the ones you wear after contributing to the veterans' charities). Every Memorial Day, volunteers can be counted upon to man their posts in front of supermarkets and malls, collecting contributions for surviving veterans as they hand out the poppies. Next year, they should be back in force…

For now, here's wishing that Fenwick Island, DE’s Memorial Day finds you and your family safe and well—and more than ready to enjoy what we hope turns out to be an almost normal summer! 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

 After what seemed like ages, the tone of the news started to slowly brighten last week. Government officials began to discuss how they anticipated managing a return to pre-pandemic life—one replete with businesses open to the public, sporting events, and even restaurants with sit-down service. “Light at the end of the tunnel” was the metaphor used most often, even though the length of that tunnel was yet to be determined.

All wasn’t unbridled optimism. Balancing the better health forecasts was a sour note on the economic front: a wide consensus that the immediate post-CORVID-19 economy was bound to produce a recession.

For Fenwick Island, DE homeowners who had delayed listing their properties while the epidemic raged, the word “recession” would probably be disquieting. Despite wide agreement that any recession would likely be a brief one, until such a bounce-back is underway, how dire might the effect on Fenwick Island, DE home values be?

Consulting the history books actually reveals a surprising hint—one to quell those jangled nerves. The statisticians at CoreLogic have charted home price changes during all five recessions since 1960. In three of them, home prices actually rose!

In 1980, they climbed 6.1%; in 1961, 3.5%. The 1991 recession did post a minor decline of 1.9%—but that was followed by a rise in prices of 6.6% in 2001. The 2008 Great Recession was the only real anomaly, but that was due to a unique circumstance: its basis was rooted in the global mortgage financing fiasco. As Realtor® B. Freeman wrote, “…while we don’t know the exact impact the virus will have on the housing market, we do know that housing isn’t the driver.” Another factor—the ongoing shortage of housing inventory—should also continue to bolster home values.

As Fenwick Island, DE residents begin to contemplate their return to regular life in post-emergency Fenwick Island, DE, robust real estate activity might well brighten the picture. After all, Fenwick Island, DE’s peak real estate season was abruptly interrupted by the pandemic—which means there has to be a significant amount of pent-up demand. Call me to discuss the preparations now underway! 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