If you are preparing to add your own home to the Fenwick Island, DE listings, if you’ve been thinking about using the garage as a clutter depository, you might want to review some relevant words that just appeared in Realtor® Magazine. The article was directed to us Realtors: “3 Questions Agents Should Be Ready to Answer About the Garage”—but the gist is relevant for owners.

Question One seemed to be a no-brainer: ‘How big is the garage?’ Its new importance was attributed to the pandemic, which has brought renewed focus on an area that used to be of secondary interest. Beyond just the square footage, extra details like the garage door clearance and ceiling height can be advantageous features. As work-from-home becomes more and more common, buyers frequently intend to use this space for more than just auto storage.  

Next was ‘What does the garage floor look like?’—which is why owners might want to attend to any possible defects before decluttered items start piling in. Epoxy flooring “is considered a garage upgrade”—but unsightly cracks or crumbling concrete might be in need of correction.

A third question that agents should be able to answer is ‘What stays in the garage?’ Examples are workbenches (if they aren’t built-in) or shelves.

In fact, before a home appears in the Fenwick Island, DE listings, owners might give serious thought to storing temporarily-garaged clutter elsewhere. Being able to show a garage as an empty space can make a markedly positive impact. For prospective buyers who intend to use the space to house a professional work suite or hobbyist center, the appeal of a clean, wide-open garage can be the detail that seals the deal.

Preparing your home for its Fenwick Island, DE listing debut is easy when it’s tackled in an organized fashion—something I can help with. Call anytime! 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 week, the Wall Street Journal addressed a topic that’s been on the back burner for some time: the likelihood (or not) that the steady rise in housing prices might be a precursor of a future bust like the one that racked this century’s first decade. Real estate reporter Nicole Friedman’s piece presented a persuasive case for differentiating the two sets of circumstances—a welcome backdrop for this season’s home sellers and buyers (and for Fenwick Island, DE real estate in general).

“It’s Different from the Last One” was the top-line verdict regarding what the Journal called “the current housing boom”—a characterization based on the nation’s home sales, which “are hitting peaks last seen in 2006.” Some of the statistically verified reasons:

Mortgage-lending standards are stricter.

Down payments are higher.

Tight inventories are nearly certain to continue to support prices.

Economists say there are more barriers to entry—making buyers less prone to default.

Demographics indicate a number of long-term trends “that will keep the housing market hot,” enabling even debt-ridden homeowners to sell at a profit rather than slide into foreclosure.

New buyers are being attracted by historically low-interest rates rather than easy access to credit.

With new-home construction continuing to lag demand—and as millennials age into their prime homebuying years—the demographic picture is substantially different from that which preceded the 2007 collapse. If this is anything like a bubble, it’s more like a cast-iron one!

With winter behind us, the Fenwick Island, DE real estate market is entering its busy spring season—one that you might want to join. I’ll be standing by to help you explore the 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.

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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