Last Friday was the final day for the Las Vegas mega-trade exposition: the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Forward-thinking Georgetown, DE homeowners have learned to keep an eye on the CES because the public debuts of new appliances, gadgets, apps, and devices that take place there often wind up influencing Georgetown, DE real estate. Sometimes, in major ways.

Past examples are numerous. Not too long ago, giant screen TVs were oddities—but today it’s unusual to find a single Georgetown, DE house for sale that doesn’t have at least one room configured to suggest an inviting big screen entertainment area. CES is where the latest television advances showed up first—and America bought into big screen in a big way.

CES is also where the newest Bluetooth- and WiFi-ready devices have their coming out parties—important because some older Georgetown, DE houses with dense, WiFi-stopping flooring and walls need some serious signal-boosting setups before their listing can promote “WiFi throughout.”

The 2019 CES continued its tradition of providing a launchpad for devices intended to transform the way consumers live, work, and play—but this year did so without a lot of star power in the real estate department. There wasn’t that one single standout that could grab headlines major media attention, at least not one likely to transform the prospects for future Georgetown, DE houses for sale.

What did debut were a collection of incremental additions to the roster of gadgets and appliances that listen to you and talk to each other. These gizmos belong under the heading of “IoT” (the Internet of Things). On display was everything from smart refrigerators (by now, they are old hat) to smart bread-making machines (the Breadbot) that send and receive electronic signals.

Overall a surprising number of the new advances were in the voice assistance direction—aided by the industrial clout of the internet giants. The BBC noted the drift toward “voice assistance everywhere.” Their headline read, “Amazon and Google Assistant carve up tech expo.” That was demonstrated throughout the 2.9 million square feet of exhibits, with, as moneycontrol.com put it, voice assistance for everything “from TVs, toilets, or toys.”

 As more and more daily household tasks are enabled by voice command—and collected into a single unified memory store—expect that to make inroads on what future prospects will expect in any Georgetown, DE house for sale. It’s a future where 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

 Georgetown, DE readers won’t be surprised to learn that anyone able to afford a multimillion-dollar vacation property is likely to be fairly adept at math. It turns out that an emerging trend in the highest end of the vacation home market also calls for some familiarity with fractions.

Closing out the year in style, the Wall Street Journal’s real estate section editors provided an interesting spread delving into the palazzos, castles, villas, and vineyards that make up the second homes of international luxury buyers. This would not ordinarily be especially newsworthy for WSJ readers since their Mansion section regularly offers similar photo spreads.

What made this December entry worthy of crossing over into the news area was what is becoming a growing trend for “some well-heeled nomads” investing in second and third luxury homes: fractional ownership.

The idea is that rather than investing millions in centuries-old luxury villas (there was an example in Tuscany) or , some wealthy vacationers are opting to “hop among bite-sized” private residences in which they have only partial ownership. Since they might visit these real estate acquisitions only a couple of times a year, they are opting to split ownership with similar-minded folks. This is known as fractional ownership strategy. A similar but slightly different incarnation is found in the private residence clubs. Both are gaining traction.

Since there is a myriad of ways the details can be handled, the article was scant on details. It pointed out that a residence club usually costs more than does a typical fractional property—but that higher price tag confers nicer amenities and fewer owners. Both typically have the advantage of dispensing with the tedious side of luxury vacation home ownership: opening up the house, power-washing the patio, etc.

But “there are downsides” which sound similar to complaints heard by some timeshare buyers. Partial owners can find that scheduling the weeks they will be allowed to visit their luxury home is determined by rotational systems that vary from year to year. More significantly for those with an eye to the investment value of their luxury getaways, the Journal quotes one observer regarding the difficulties of trying to sell a fraction of a ski area property. “Listing 1/10 of a ski condo can be as tough as trying to sell one-half of a pair of skis.

For properties for sale with less ambiguous ownership fractions of 1/1 (that’s “one-oneth”—better known as “100%”), check out this week’s Jamestown listings, where there are real values to be found. Then call me! 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

 Your reasons for when you decide to list your home can be dictated by personal events that you set in motion—or by others that just come along. Then again, when you have a good deal of leeway on the decision, at this time of the year, you might be tempted to wait for Georgetown, DE ’s “spring selling season” before listing your Georgetown, DE  house. Yet there are several real-world reasons why delaying might not always be in your best interest. Here are six persuasive ones:

1.      Determination. Buyers who appear during the end of year months are almost by definition more determined to find and buy their new home. The holidays make such extra-curricular activities less convenient, so looky-loos and next-year buyers are largely absent. 

2.      Competition. Waiting for next spring’s expected onslaught of new Georgetown, DE  buyers makes less sense when you consider the expected accompanying onslaught of new Georgetown, DE  listings. Fall and winter sellers face sparse competition. 

3.      Yard work. With the peak growing season behind us, the coming months require significantly less attention to keep garden and lawn—hence, curb appeal— in showing-ready condition.

4.      Moving expense. With their peak moving season far in the future, many professional Georgetown, DE  moving outfits offer discounted rates. It makes sense for them: in an average year, more than 40,000,000 Americans will move—and 80% do it between April and September!

5.      Focus. Fewer sellers and fewer buyers mean both get more attention from all quarters. Loan officers, home inspectors—and just about everybody else whose offices contribute to completing the sale—all have clearer calendars and less competing demands on their time.

6.      Kismet factor. You don’t have to be a fatalist to realize that sheer luck is often a factor in selling any Georgetown, DE  house—the uncontrollable factor that makes your ultimate buyer “just happen” to be looking for a home like yours. If you wait for spring to list, you’ll miss all the buyers who are looking between now and then.

These six are all convincing reasons to consider listing your Georgetown, DE  house sooner rather than later—but it’s also true that some determined autumn prospects have been waiting to see if better bargains will appear. The takeaway: in any season, a realistic asking price is the best way to draw a crowd. Any time of year, for a no-obligation consultation detailing where your Georgetown, DE  property fits into the current market, 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

 Long before you’ve decided to put your own Georgetown, DE house up for sale, there is at least one step you can take that might make the whole project more financially rewarding. It’s a step that might seem to be counterintuitive—but when you consider the bigger financial picture, it makes perfect sense.

The action in question has to do with your own credit—which may not seem to be relevant when it comes to selling your Georgetown, DE house. After all, it’s the credit status of the prospective buyers that seem to be what matters—not your own credit, right?

That’s only true as far as it goes. The fact is that for the majority of homeowners selling your house is only Step One. Step Two comes with the purchase of your next residence. Especially if your own financial profile is perfectly acceptable (and bound to become even more solid once you’ve banked the gains from the sale of your current property), it’s a simple truth that an even higher credit score will earn offers of a lower mortgage interest rate on that next house. Even a small percentage point increment can result in a big difference in “cash out” over the long haul.

So, what advance steps can you take to improve your own credit? Aside from those that everyone knows, like paying credit cards on time and, of course, doing likewise for your current mortgage, one counterintuitive step might be to take out a personal loan—even if you don’t really need it!

I don’t offer financial advice, so this would be something you would run by your own CPA or other trusted financial counselor. But as J.M. Simon and Brady Porche write, if you want a top FICO score (“the kind that gets you the best rates, the highest limits”) you’re “going to have to mix it up a bit”—meaning build a credit history that shows responsible use of different kinds of credit. The types of credit used is, in fact, one of the five factors that lenders measure—and it’s said to account for about 10% of a consumer’s FICO score. So establishing a personal loan, financing a retail store purchase, or opening some other previously untapped variety of credit can result in an improved score. Since that can take a while to register, advance planning pays off.

Selling your Georgetown, DE house is one of the major milestones in any family’s life—one that deserves careful preparation and implementation. It’s my job to help make sure that all happens—beginning when you 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