According to last week’s news release, if you already see your Ocean View, DE neighbors putting up their holiday decorations, they’re just going with the flow. At least that’s the conclusion you’d come to if you trust a newly cited consumer poll by minted.com, the online gift marketing site.

As widely reported by NBC and CBS affiliates, eight in ten Americans report that they begin decorating “before autumn leaves fall”—and six in ten “think holiday decorations in stores can be put up before the end of October.”

Now, since it’s widely agreed that most folks consider November 1st to be the earliest launch date for holiday ornamentation, it would be quite a surprise if Pre-Halloween holiday decorating is actually the norm in 60% of Ocean View, DE households. If true, you have to wonder if the witches and goblins now have to move over for Santas and reindeer (or menorahs and dreidels). It would make for some crowded displays.

The report notes that “about half of respondents say decorations around town” mark the beginning of the holiday season. That part does sound credible.

But as for the other findings, there are good reasons why Ocean View, DE householders may not really be in the minority if they decide to hold off for at least a couple more weeks before unpacking the Christmas or Hanukkah trimmings.

For one, it’s proving difficult to find published evidence of the survey results the TV shows are citing. For another, since minted.com is a purveyor of custom-printed holiday greeting cards, if their polling is limited to their customers (who probably order cards well in advance, since they have to hand-address all of them), any such survey wouldn’t typify many Ocean View, DE households.

At any rate, it’s likely that a lot of Ocean View, DE residents will remain content to wait for the little trick-or-treaters to be snugly in their beds before hauling out the next holiday’s paraphernalia. And come to think of it—won’t that consist of Pilgrim hats and turkeys?

Aside from holiday gear unpacking, it’s never too early to start planning when real estate dealings are in your future. Call me then! 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

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