For astronomers and TV weather forecasters, this Monday marked a red-letter day. It now seems as if the same could be said for Ocean View, DE’s market prospects.

In the wee hours, the Sun arrived at one of the two places in every year where its path across the sky crosses the celestial equator (the imaginary line above Earth’s equator). Of course, for Ocean View, DE residents, the reality is that it’s pretty much a non-event. Weather-wise, the equinox is an abstraction. The change of seasons creeps slowly, day-by-day, Monday being no exception.

Still, at Tuesday’s dawn, the last day of Ocean View, DE’s summer has passed. Whether you call it ‘autumn,’ ‘fall,’ ‘Indian Summer,’ or anything else, the new season is upon us.

And in Ocean View, DE real estate terms, it brings new reason to suspect that this fall could be a busy one. One indicator came last week, as Reuters noted that U.S. home sales “unexpectedly rose to a 17-month high” in August.

More directly, last week’s second straight cut in the fed funds interest rate augurs well for Ocean View, DE sellers and buyers alike. With lower Ocean View, DE mortgage rates “continuing to encourage buyers off the sidelines” (Reuters), it wouldn’t be surprising if the market continues to heat up. Despite the Sun’s ducking down past the Equator, it looks to be a propitious time to buy or sell Ocean View, DE homes. That makes it an equally propitious time to 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

When it comes to selling your Ocean View, DE house, the word that pops up in every discussion is the ubiquitous “decluttering.” Decluttering means exactly what it says: removing clutter in all its forms. Not just the debris that piles up in every Ocean View, DE household (old magazines, less-than-priceless dust-catchers, toys that have seen better days, etc.), but also some more prominent articles that overfill space.

But when it comes to taking real action in a decluttering campaign, there is another word whose value can’t be overemphasized. The reason that decluttering is something that needs to be discussed at all is that it can be painfully hard to execute. It means giving up something that has value, or at least used to have value—and which through familiarity has become comfortable to be around. You may not have used that set of TV dinner trays that halfway block the garage entrance door, but who says you won’t need them? Those bookends that are actually cut from a single geode may not have had any books between them for years…nor has the little table lamp been able to stand up straight without the coasters you hid beneath it years ago…but how can you just toss either of them? And if you put them out in a yard sale, who would ever buy them?

That is where the other word that’s connected with decluttering comes in. It’s an action word—one that energizes decluttering. It’s a word that you can place on a sign when you have a yard sale. In fact, you don’t even have to have a yard sale. Just set the clutter out on the front lawn with the word in big, bold letters.

In case you haven’t guessed it by now, the magic word is “Free.” It’s spectacularly effective for distributing clutter to worthy Ocean View, DE neighbors who will find new uses for it. And somehow, it just feels better to know that stuff has found a good home.

Decluttering is a key activity when you are selling your Ocean View, DE house. Another one is giving 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

This summer’s Uber driver controversy came to a boil over one particularly notable real estate market item. Whether or not Ocean View, DE residents have ever had occasion to use the web-based taxicab alternative, lately it’s been hard to avoid reading about the noisy dispute.  

The controversy has to do with the publicity generated by a group of Uber drivers in their campaign to embarrass company bigwigs into granting them higher wages. They’ve been arguing that since they own their own vehicles, pay for their maintenance, fuel, and taxes—and since they also pitch in all of the driving labor—it’s only reasonable they be proportionately compensated. They say that the Uber company itself supplies only the communications and organizational structure, so the relative split of what riders are charged is grossly unfair.

Uber management points out that there would be no fares without their contribution.

Since both points seem valid, the argument continues.

This summer, a real estate sale entered the picture just as each side was working hard to gain public sympathy. Uber management had been pulling all available public relations levers to portray itself as having the more reasonable position. Then company co-founder Garrett Camp decided to buy a house.

This in itself would probably not raise anybody’s hackles. Ocean View, DE homeowners, for instance, rightly view their own homeownership as the time-honored cornerstone of community participation—certainly no cause for embarrassment. Ocean View, DE homeowners pay the taxes without which the community couldn’t function. Co-founder Camp’s family has to live somewhere—so why would the Uber drivers see red at his decision to buy a house?

The L.A. Times headline explained it well: “Uber co-founder Garrett Camp quietly shells out $71,000,000 for Beverly Hills mansion.” The seven-bedroom, 12,000 sq ft residence in the Trousdale Estates neighborhood was unarguably a “mammoth sale.”  Apparently, the purchase was intended to remain confidential, but as The Guardian pointed out, in a “record-breaking” deal like this one, word spreads.  

Needless to say, when the company’s drivers got wind of the transaction, they were not pleased. It may not actually be anyone else’s business, but as a tactical matter in the labor dispute, the public perception definitely did bolster the drivers’ side of the argument—especially when reporters claimed to have found Uber drivers “living in their cars.” That contrast was heaven-sent for editorial writers.

Our current crop of Ocean View, DE listings are considerably more affordable than co-founder Camp’s new acquisition—and completely without controversy.

Call me for a sampling! 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

When most of us envision the momentous occasion when you hand over the keys to your just-sold Ocean View, DE house, it’s probably some variation of the traditional mental image: people gathered at the front porch, everybody beaming. Realistically, that Norman Rockwell grouping happens only occasionally—but even when it takes place in a lawyer’s conference room, the occasion is likely to trigger some emotion along with the sense of completion. No matter how briefly you may have called it home, turning that page is bound to tug at least a little bit on anyone’s heartstrings.

Nowadays, though, there needs to be some added mental engagement as you take leave of your just-sold property. As your physical family heads off to the new house, you’d better double-check that your virtual selves are making the move, too!

Without going into detail on all the variations, there can be any number of electronic remnants of your stay in the sold house—and they need to be properly closed out. Whether these include an internet-connected security system, or the cable, telephone, smart TV, smart thermostat, or other kinds of remote monitoring devices—and whether they are wifi- or Ethernet-connected—you should be sure you have either closed their accounts or handed them off to the new owner. Along with the house keys, it’s thoughtful to bundle up any surviving operating manuals (along with the suggestion that the new owners change any passcodes).

It’s a fact that the last hours of the ‘moving out’ scramble can also scramble the brain a bit. That makes it all too easy to forget about properly attending to the electronics. Part of my service is to provide a variety of early heads-ups about the details of buying and selling—along with ways to keep on top of the details as you prepare to move from your soon-to-be-sold Ocean View, DE house.

Selling? 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