Every serious house hunter is aware that the North Bethany, DE neighborhood surrounding any house has a significant effect on its ultimate value. It follows that the future of a neighborhood will have a measurable impact the future value of the properties in it.

Part of the reason not much emphasis is given to this factor is the difficulty of gauging a neighborhood’s future prospects. That’s especially true for homebuyers who are new to the area. Yet there are ways to scrutinize neighborhood characteristics for indications that augur well…or which point to a future which might not be headed in the right direction. Here are four such factors:

1.      Incomes. Strong average household incomes are indicative of more than just the current bankrolls of the neighbors. Higher incomes are good bellwethers for households likely to maintain attractive landscaping—and to make future renovations to their properties.

2.      Home price histories. For properties currently listed in the same neighborhood, noting their online price histories can reveal more than just an upward trajectory—most homes in North Bethany, DE (indeed, almost everywhere in North Bethany, DE) are now showing growth. The relative size of those price rises can reveal the most up-and-coming neighborhoods.

3.      Schools. Good schools attract the kind of family-oriented homeowners who tend to create attractive neighborhoods. There are two corollaries, too: first, the best schools are more likely to remain top-rated. Second, schools that are known to be rapidly improving are more likely to reward the properties in their area with better than average value appreciation.

4.      Rental ratio. Since homeowners take more pride in their property’s appearance than do tenants, a higher owned-to-rented percentage usually corresponds with a neighborhood’s likelihood of better-than-average value appreciation.

A number of other factors can impact a neighborhood’s future: safety, proximity to employment opportunities, walkability, or even evidence of remodeling activity and new construction—they are all indicators. Another reliable way to evaluate North Bethany, DE neighborhoods is to team with a knowledgeable veteran North Bethany, DE Realtor®—one who knows our area top-to-bottom. In other words: 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

If it’s the first time you have ever bought or sold a house, don’t fret if you’ve found yourself procrastinating—who wouldn’t? Most people are at least temporarily paralyzed by the immensity of the undertaking. The same applies to many of North Bethany, DE’s current homeowners whose last real estate foray happened years ago.  

Even so, veteran home buyers and sellers have the advantage of knowing that Job One is to establish a trusting relationship with an experienced North Bethany, DE real estate agent. Experienced folks may do at least some preliminary groundwork—checking out the current crop of properties being offered—but in the end, they know how the single step of teaming with the right agent accomplishes the vital job of removing the guesswork from all that follows.  

The tricky part is identifying the right real estate agent. There’s no shortage of how-to articles on the subject—but in truth, the qualifying factors are simple, logical, and uncontroversial. They break down like this:

·         Experience. Top agents have piloted their clients through these familiar waters many times. They see snags before they arrive—and steer clear of them.

·         Energy. Top North Bethany, DE agents are the real estate equivalent of the Energizer bunny. In the abstract, buying and selling homes is a paperwork job. In reality, it’s that and a non-stop, out-there-in-the-field profession.

·         Teamwork. A true team player is called for because top agents are flexible enough to be able to follow the direction of the client (you: the team captain) while working harmoniously with the full roster of other local North Bethany, DE professionals. They will ultimately include North Bethany, DE tradespeople, fellow real estate brokers and agents, financial industry pros—as well as the regular North Bethany, DE citizens who make up the other side of the transaction.

When you have found the North Bethany, DE agent whose credentials fit the above, there is really only one more qualification to demand: he or she must be easy to get hold of—and easy to talk to (the word “sympatico” comes to mind). You’ll know when you find the right agent.

For starters, there is one surefire way to conquer the urge to procrastinate: 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

It’s summertime and the livin’s easy…or maybe not, if this will be the summer when you’re trying to sell your North Bethany, DE home! It’s a fact that summer buyers tend to be well-motivated buyers. Or they may be jamming activity between vacations, backyard BBQ’s and (especially recently) just trying to stay cool. In other words, they also may be distracted buyers.   

Luckily, there are reliable basics you as a homeowner can help best position your home for a successful summertime sale:

1.                  Mow the Lawn Twice a Week – everything grows faster in the summer!

2.                  Create Summer Curb Appeal – colorful flowers in beds and planters.

3.                  Decorate with Summer Accents – bright accents in tropical colors to evoke coveted vacation days.

4.                  Bring the Light Inside – It may be bright outside, but make sure inside can match up to the cheery light outside.  Lights should always be turned on for showings and opens.

5.                  Have Flexible Showing Hours – You’re busy—but so are your buyers.  When your home is on the market, it’s up to you to make it as easy to show as possible.

6.                  Move Furniture Outside – Sell the dream of outdoor living!

7.                  Offer Summer Beverages and Snacks. – Ice cold or sparkling lemonade are always crown pleasers (and unlikely to stain the furniture).

If you’re readying to sell your home, I’m here with tips year-round to help set you up for success. Call me 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

The title alone was slightly chilling. North Bethany, DE readers didn’t have to be anywhere near senior discount age to furrow their brows if they happened to come across last week’s white paper, “Retirement Insecurity 2019.”

Worse yet, there wasn’t much in the National Institute on Retirement Security’s 28-page manifesto to brighten their mood. Fortunately for North Bethany, DE homeowners who are anywhere near retirement age, the picture that emerged left out at least one major contraindicating factor that North Bethany, DE Realtors® like me will be quick to point it out.

Washington, DC-based NIRS was forwarding the basic thesis—which is demonstrably valid—that the nation’s retirement infrastructure has undergone a decades-long process of systematic degradation. The traditional pension system has been replaced by individual accounts like 401(k) plans—or by nothing at all. Other factors magnify the problem—like changes in the Social Security retirement age and other adjustments.  

North Bethany, DE homeowners probably share the sentiments revealed in this year’s NIRS poll which showed that Americans are worried about financial security in their older years—and convinced that leaders in Washington don’t understand how hard it is to prepare for retirement. Specific numbers are shocking; like, “When all working individuals are considered, the typical American has zero dollars saved for retirement” and “Among workers who have managed to accumulate savings in a retirement account, that typical account balance is only about $40,000.”

Although it’s unarguable that retirement issues deserve more emphasis than they have been paid of late, there is one significant factor that seems to have been overlooked in this bleak summation. Since you’re reading it here, you’ve probably guessed that it has to do with North Bethany, DE real estate. North Bethany, DE homeowners who have been building equity in their North Bethany, DE properties might indeed have “zero dollars saved for retirement”—but only if you demand they sell their home before they have countable “dollars saved.”

Homeowners who have had the foresight to buy their North Bethany, DE home—particularly those who by retirement age have “retired” their mortgage—don’t need to sell the place to have succeeded in making a serious bite out of their own retirement insecurity. Free rent, for one!

Anytime you would like to explore more about building on your own North Bethany, DE real estate portfolio, do give me a call. Right now is a particularly apt time to do so! 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