No one may be sure of how many Fenwick Island, DE homeowners chose to deal with their year-end stir-craziness by surfing the web last weekend, but for those who did so by Googling “top events of 2020,” there wasn’t much doubt about what finished as Number One:

The pandemic, of course.

Second place tended to be a jump ball between either the Presidential election or impeachment, after which a dozen other noteworthy occurrences vied for recognition. Among others, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s resignation from the Royal Family competed with the Australian and California wildfires, the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, a stock market crash (although Wall Street’s swift recovery made that one a weak contender), murder hornets, etc.

What did not appear on many top event lists was something that was hard to summarize as a single topic: the widespread financial turmoil triggered by the pandemic. Those ripples included what some analysts called a decade-skipping leap forward into the reality of virtual workplaces. That had been forecast for a while, but almost overnight, it became a reality for millions of workers and their bosses. By April 7, roughly 95% of Americans were under some form of lockdown—which instantly made solving the details of working from home very real for millions. For better or worse, by year’s end, Forbes was calling 2020 the “Year of the Remote Workforce.”

The resulting impacts on Fenwick Island, DE homeowners were varied. Sellers found that many potential house hunters were no longer constrained by commuting distance requirements. And for many of the buyers, home office space became a new ‘must-have’ feature. Disruptions in academic schedules made the necessity for homeschooling a pressing reality, with varying impacts on how parents coped—and how they evaluated school districts.

But one real-world financial fact was felt coast to coast. Worries about U.S. residential markets quickly gave way—until finally, as the President of CoreLogic reported, “The housing market has remained a strong pillar in an otherwise tumultuous economic year.” By the third quarter, his company reported that the average homeowner had gained $17,000 in equity, year-over-year. That added up to a national homeowner equity increase of $1 trillion in a single year—a welcome note amid an otherwise brow-wrinkling year.

As 2021 begins, most prognosticators expect a continuation of steady demand and mounting home values. If your own year could include any Fenwick Island, DE homeownership initiatives, I hope you will 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

House-hunting in Fenwick Island, DE may start on a laptop, but although “sight-unseen” purchases are on the rise, sooner or later, most forays become less virtual. Soon after one of Fenwick Island, DE’s experienced Realtors® is recruited (preferably, that’s me), the hunt will go mobile. After the most likely candidate properties have been agreed upon, in-person visits will be lined up.

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When yahoo!finance (the exclamation point is part of the title) puts residential real estate at the top of their feed, a fair number of Fenwick Island, DE readers are apt to come across it. Last Thursday, such was the case with the commentary, “U.S. will ‘become a renter nation,’ says real estate investor.” The report was offered by a reliable reporter, Sarah Paynter—and since the byline included a promise that time-crunched readers would welcome (“2 mins read”), Fenwick Island, DE web surfers probably checked it out.

The real estate investor quoted in the title was making the point that the current historic high residential prices are making homeownership more and more difficult for many to afford. “If you keep pushing prices, you’re pricing people out,” was his unarguable point. The trend was the inevitable combination of high demand, low supply, and low mortgage rates (by week’s end, Freddie Mac was quoting 2.87% average rates on 30-year fixed loans).

Included was one statistic that was sobering (although no source was cited): “...for every $1,000 price increase, some 150,000 buyers are priced out of a home purchase.”

That gave substance to the headline—which summarized the housing investor’s final conclusion: “We’re going to become a renter nation in this countryRenting will become the economic choice…” Left unwritten was a logical consequence to that prediction: for some, it also means we’ll become a landlord nation!

For Fenwick Island, DE investors with strong credit seeking to take advantage of the current lending environment, it’s not necessary for the entire nation to fulfill yahoo!finance’s forecast. All that’s needed is to give me a call to explore today’s many Fenwick Island, DE investment possibilities! 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

Tuesday marks the end of summer and the onset of autumn in Fenwick Island, DE—the day astrophysicists and TV weather forecasters like to refer to as “the autumnal equinox.” After the equinox, since Fenwick Island, DE lies in the Northern Hemisphere, our nights become increasingly longer than our days. This continues until the winter solstice (this year, Fenwick Island, DE’s solstice comes on December 21). That will mark the shortest day of the year—when the night/day lengths do an about-face and autumn officially comes to an end.

You can tell just by looking at that word, “equinox,” that it is supposed to signify something being equal—and the chances are pretty good that someone like your 7th-grade science teacher explained that the hours of daylight and darkness equalize at the equinox. (There are two equinoxes—the other being the vernal [spring] equinox, of course—but let’s not make this any more complicated than it needs to be).

So, since everybody trusts their 7th-grade science teacher, and since there are 24 hours in a day, you would expect that this Tuesday Fenwick Island, DE’s sunset would happen exactly 12 hours after sunrise. But if you look it up, the tables say otherwise. And in fact, if the weather allows us to check out the sunrise and sunset on Tuesday, the 12-hour idea will be a few minutes off. Across the U.S., those daytime and nighttime hours never actually equal out until days later: Friday (in the northern states) to Sunday (in Florida).

If you find this disappointingly—unscientifically—imprecise, the explanations probably won’t make you feel much better. If you look up a site like sciencing.com, you’ll confirm that not only are the dates for equal day and nighttime hours “other than the actual equinox date at higher latitudes” (Fenwick Island, DE’s latitude certainly qualifies)—but, worse yet, “equality never happens at the equator.” The reasons given have to do with the sun “being visible before it rises and after it sets because of refraction of light through the atmosphere” and “the sun’s orb having angular extension in the sky.” In other words, the scientists don’t want us to be able to figure out what they’re talking about.

The good thing about this particular equinox is that it marks the beginning of autumn in Fenwick Island, DE—a favorite time of the year for everyone who looks forward to Thanksgiving, Halloween, or the onset of holiday music. This year, fall also looks to be a most opportune time to take advantage of this year’s delayed home buying and selling season—so 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