If you’re pretty sure you will be in the hunt for a new North Bethany, DE house sooner or later—but have the luxury of being able to wait until you come up with THE perfect one—it’s all too easy to put off doing anything about it until some event or other forces the issue. Experience teaches that using the time at hand to prepare in advance can make the difference between actually landing that dream North Bethany, DE house and the alternative: just settling.

In case you fit into that category, there are some proven tactics you can adopt to make the most of your current time advantage. You might call these tips for “back-burner house hunting.” Here are four good ones:

1.      Assess your clout. Serious house hunters recognize the advantage of getting pre-approved for a mortgage before they start shopping in earnest. That can be put off until later (and it does involve some financial reporting that carries an expiration date). But the “back-burner” house hunter can usefully assess their readiness from the lenders’ point of view. It’s useful to clear up any credit misreporting, pay down any excessive credit card balance, etc.

2.      Keep a running list of ‘must-haves.’ Make a list of baseline requirements for your ideal North Bethany, DE house—and revisit it from time to time. Noting items that are added (or deleted) from the list will make it more meaningful—and clarify the difference between absolute gotta-haves and like-to haves!

3.      Drive around—with a purpose. Get to know the neighborhoods and their relative plusses and minuses. When “back-burner” turns into “front-burner” house hunting, this can be a great help in comparing otherwise similar listings.

4.      Buy a notepad and reserve it exclusively for tracking your findings. When your North Bethany, DE house hunt heats up in earnest, your notes about properties of interest, their list prices and attributes will provide a valuable 3-dimensional atlas of the North Bethany, DE market that will make you a standout among well-informed buyers.  

Doing some back-burner house hunting gives you a jump on the other prospective buyers. And needless to say, giving me an early call is another step in the right direction! 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 needs convincing to agree how much buying and selling North Bethany, DE real estate has changed since we entered the 21st century. Not only can you review homes for sale whenever you wish—you can also use North Bethany, DE real estate sites like this one to compare properties by all sorts of metrics.

This consumer-friendly advance was actually foreseeable in 1999. It was the subject of plenty of forward-looking commentaries. So it’s not hard to imagine that the glimpses into real estate’s future that Forbes’ panel of experts came up with last week could actually come to pass. The published piece promised “Six Ways Tech Could Change the Real Estate Process,” but the six panelists saw similar advances. The progress came in three areas:

1.      Artificial Intelligence will help agents instantaneously adjust documentation to conform to legal requirements. North Bethany, DE and North Bethany, DE laws are in fact subject to change—so I am definitely in favor of this one!

2.      Remote Transactions will become even more thoroughly supported so that searching, viewing, purchasing and even closings will be able to be conducted remotely. A second expert described essentially the same advance as “Time and Distance Removal.”

3.      Disintermediation. This six-dollar word entered the vocabulary when people started talking about the “Bitcoin” and “blockchain” phenomena. The word means dispensing with unnecessary processes in a transaction—and in North Bethany, DE real estate, that could apply to aspects of title insurance and home loan generation. I’m pleased to note that none of the experts foresee dispensing with Realtors®—but it does cover the kind of shift we already see in how brokers help their clients. Rather than serving as “the warehouse for all data” as in previous eras, “brokers will increasingly act to interpret information now already possessed and frequently misunderstood by the consumer.”

The advances described won’t transform [territory] real estate, but they will simplify some current practices. However, if you are thinking of buying or selling anytime soon, you don’t have to wait: call me—I’ll handle the simplifying chores using some dependable non-artificial intelligence! 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

Throughout the country, spring and summer are when the most serious house hunting takes place. Springtime is, after all, the season when it just feels right to undertake major initiatives—and buying North Bethany, DE homes certainly falls into that category.  

But if your own school or work calendar doesn’t dictate the timing, there are some good reasons why putting it off until next year may not be in your best interest. Here are four worth considering:

1.      Wealth-building. If you are now renting, the sooner a portion of your monthly housing spend begins to go toward building equity for your own account, the better. All those TV commercials about starting early to save for retirement are reminders of the same immutable truth.

2.      Home loans. The arithmetic is straightforward: when it comes to mortgage payment amounts, low interest rates represent huge long-term savings. Currently, they remain in the historically favorable range—but they’re projected to rise. No one knows the precise timing, but most experts expect it to be soon.

3.      Investment wisdom. It’s such an investors’ commonplace that it almost sounds silly to say it out loud—yet “buy low, sell high” is easier said than done because it runs counter to how the crowd is behaving. With the economy and wages surging, most experts expect U.S. homebuyers to face a continuation of the slow and steady rise in housing prices—in which case acting now makes investment sense.

4.      Market. It is often the case that when the hottest North Bethany, DE home-buying season has passed, sellers whose homes have not yet sold may become more eager to sell—and more flexible in general.

Saturday brought fall to North Bethany, DE, but it might also have brought the best season for buying your next North Bethany, DE home, especially given the range of listings currently being offered right now. Give me a call to discuss investigating what’s out there! 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

Some key preparations for the marketing of any Delaware home actually start well before the first showing or open house: they take place in the hours before the Delaware listing photos are taken. Those Delaware listing photos will become the definitive beauty shots—the equivalent of the glamorous depictions that grace product packaging.  

Manufacturers know very well the import of how their product looks on the carton, jar or bag. It’s why top commercial photographers rely on “product stylists” (they’re the experts who sort through 100 bags of potato chips to come up with the two or three that will photograph perfectly).

Delaware listing photos no longer have anything to do with 20th-century cameras or film. But it’s not just the move to digital that’s responsible for creating a higher quality Delaware listing photos. To guarantee you maximize the quality of your own Delaware home’s listing photos, it remains a team effort…and you’re on the team. Four elements are called for:

  1. Equipment. Even now, the technology behind photo equipment is advancing rapidly. What used to require compliments of hot lamps, stands, and even a reflector or two can now be accomplished with a single travel case of lightweight equipment. Still vital: the “eye” of the knowledgeable pro behind the lens.
  2. Patience. For the critical exterior shot, Mother Nature controls most of the timing. The photographers creating the best Delaware listing photos don’t just take weather into account—they factor in the house’s orientation and the time of day that will show it to its best advantage, and plan accordingly.
  3. Homeowner prep. The NAR®’s real estate photo tutorial emphasizes how important homeowners can be on the big day because “little things can make—or break—listing photos.” Examples are paying special attention to blinds, bedspreads and shower curtains (making sure they are smooth)—as well as removing any and all unnecessary knick-knacks.
  4. The digital finale. It used to be that fine photo correcting was a time-consuming art practiced mainly in the production studios of national publications. That’s no longer the case. Digital images can be quickly refined via ubiquitous photo processing software that makes retouching and image enhancing part of the professional’s everyday bag of tricks.
Starting out with dynamic listing photos is important—as are the many steps to follow. When it’s your time to list, I hope you’ll allow me to demonstrate the personal care that makes selling your Delaware home a low-stress experience!  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.