When we shop for Georgetown, DE homes for sale, we’re able to take quite a lot for granted. If we choose to be represented by a licensed Georgetown, DE Realtor® to act as our buyer’s agent, we know that our interests are being looked after in a multiplicity of ways—they’re spelled out in stringent Georgetown, DE regulations. Likewise, the seller’s agent will be duty-bound to be scrupulously honest in how she or he represents the property being offered. Too bad for any Georgetown, DE agent who tries to play fast and loose with the rules governing Georgetown, DE homes for sale: that’s an agent who won’t be licensed for long!

We’re able to rely on the time-honored protections afforded U.S. real estate buyers and sellers because their observance is invaluable to all. That rock-solid reliability adds incontestable value to the transactions. It’s been so for centuries.

Unfortunately for members of the public, it’s awfully tempting to bring similar assumptions to real estate dealings in other countries. Recently it’s been notable how mistaken that assumption can be. Even though it might seem to be commonsensical for other nations to want to protect the integrity of their own real estate markets, unscrupulous individuals can seek to make quick profits by scamming foreigners. And they might even get away with it when they partner with equally unscrupulous politicians.

According to AARP, one recent foreign scheme has cost U.S. victims more than $100 million. They report that “even sophisticated consumers” were persuaded to buy into land and retirement homes in Belize—90% of which were never built. They were tricked by “sophisticated promotional materials in print, online, and on television.” The resulting scheme is the largest rip-off of its kind ever targeted by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC’s involvement comes too late for U.S. buyers “who regularly lost their entire investment” or were forced to sell back to the scammers at a loss. Equally dismaying is what the Wall Street Journal describes as questionable Belizean court rulings that stymied investors—a development that’s less surprising when you learn that the developers’ law firm is part-owned by the nation’s Prime Minister.

Of course not all foreign real estate dealings turn out so badly—but U.S. buyers who assume they have our level of protection—or even the chance to have a fair day in court—need to look before they leap.

Closer to home, right now you can call me to look over February’s assortment of terrific Georgetown, DE homes for sale—offered with U.S.-level buyer protections! 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 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