If you own (or intend to own) your own South Bethany, DE house, some portion of your brain is probably attuned to late-breaking housing news. This may ring true for you—particularly if you have ever found yourself suddenly paying attention after hearing a newscaster utter the words “crisis,” “surge,” “slump,” or “rebound” combined with “housing” or “single-family.” If you found yourself hitting the remote’s rewind button to go back and see what the story was, you’re one of South Bethany, DE’s homeowners who shares this subconscious alert system.

South Bethany, DE real estate professionals have a more active line into real estate scuttlebutt. One of our monitored sources is the NAHB—the National Association of Home Builders. In recent years, the news out of their DC headquarters has been pretty dour—evidence that they are more than just industry cheerleaders. They’ve been reporting numbers that reinforce the message that the pace of home building has been well short of what’s needed.

One of the side effects was to depress activity in the market in general. But that began to turn around this past spring—and last week, the NAHB announced that a housing construction rebound continues. Some of the newly optimistic phrases to grab the attention of South Bethany, DE real estate watchers: “…expect ongoing improvements in housing demand and growth in new construction;” “single-family construction edged up 0.3% in September;” “residential building prices…up just 1.7% thus far in 2019….”Other NAHB pieces sported headlines like “Single-Family Starts Edge Up in September” and “Builder Confidence Hits 20-Month High.”

The small print did point out that the 50-year low in unemployment has created a tight labor market, which somewhat hampers building activity. But South Bethany, DE homeowners’ subconscious antennae probably don’t perk up at labor market minutiae. When builder confidence and single-family starts are noticeably on the upswing, the good news registers. For more local South Bethany, DE real estate updates, give me a call—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 word “estate” is one of those words that can carry a boatload of different meanings. As part of the “South Bethany, DE real estate” caption, it’s one of the positive ones. “Real estate” means physical property that’s anything but imaginary. In fact, the U.S. Constitution initially restricted voting rights to owners of real estate!

As a stand-alone, “estate” can summon up images of large houses surrounded by extensive areas of land. Visions of the nineteenth-century land barons come to mind. Aristocrats riding to the hounds across lush countryside might be evoked. In this sense, the word triggers associations with success, riches, power, and abundance.

But another association is with the end of life—it denotes all the money and property owned by a person when they pass away. This is the less cheerful meaning, although it, too, evokes valuable things—possessions that have value (sometimes great value).

The reason this deep dive into the word is relevant to South Bethany, DE readers is because of the way it is sometimes used in South Bethany, DE listings: “estate condition.” This does not mean that the Rockefellers have decided to put one of their spare mansions on the market. It means “fixer-upper.”

You might think that this is an example of bait-and-switch deception, but that’s really not the case. Realistically, no house hunter who expected to tour a palatial estate would be fooled for long by the description; the listing photos alone would instantly correct any such impression. “Estate condition” is simply real estate-ese for a residence which is in need of extensive renovation, as is sometimes the case when elderly homeowners have been content to reside in familiar (but now out of fashion) surroundings. To the next owners will fall the effort and expense of updating.

Whether your own property is in turnkey or estate condition—or anything in between—do give me a call when it’s time to sell. We’ll make sure its full value is what the house-hunting public gets to see! 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 rise of e-commerce has created a raft of cultural shifts that are ongoing and profound—South Bethany, DE real estate is certainly one of them. One ripple effect may be expected from an industry that touches us all: the restaurants. It’s a ripple that’s just beginning to be felt in some areas—but may ultimately touch South Bethany, DE real estate. According to the Wall Street Journal, “as e-commerce expands into food delivery, new bets are being made on real estate.”

How so?

Traditionally, except in the most heavily-populated urban areas, regular restauranteurs have put little to no emphasis on food delivery. Although more common in Manhattan, Chicago or San Francisco, in most places, offering a delivery option was at best a financially break-even proposition. But e-commerce has begun to change that.

As mobile apps and one-click delivery options have skyrocketed in popularity, the revenue potential has become ever clearer. But more than that, now a growing number of restaurants are seeing a new possibility. Why pay for an expensive street-facing retail space in a trendy neighborhood if you could avoid it? Couldn’t you operate your kitchen from a less expensive warehouse district? In other words, if the demand is great enough, why not go all-delivery? The economies are undeniable—especially since it involves dispensing with the payrolls of greeters, servers, and a good deal of associated support staff.

The phenomenon has yet to displace restaurants in a major way—and it certainly will never compete with the entertainment value that an evening out at a fine restaurant will always provide. But just as e-commerce has turned the taxicab business upside down, it might not be surprising if the e-commercial revolution winds up allowing a significant number of restauranteurs to focus their efforts toward out-serving their loyal followers. The Journal even reports the advent of startup companies opening shared kitchen in industrial buildings devoted to “liberating” restaurants from their storefronts.

For local homeowners, the effect on their own South Bethany, DE real estate might not be affected by this particular cultural shift—except for the possibility of having a variety of delicious restaurant meals available at our doorstep for a reasonable price.

South Bethany, DE real estate is changing fast, too. I hope you’ll give me a call with any and all of your real estate queries! 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

 Buying Delaware homes takes some degree of organization no matter what. Especially when time is a screaming imperative, it can make or break whether you land a home that’s right—or one you ultimately determine isn’t adequate over the long haul. Whether the time pressure is due to a sudden job transfer, family emergency, or the unexpectedly rapid sale of an existing Delaware residence (that can happen when I’m your selling agent!). Finding your next home in a hurry calls for no-nonsense organization.

The precise path to your house-hunting success is bound to include some unexpected elements, but having a step-by-step plan in mind will provide a useful template:

1.      Get pre-approved. This comes first, rather than determining how much you can (or want to) afford because it will reveal the lending world’s opinion, which—if you are other than an all-cash buyer—will preclude wasting time chasing just-out-of-reach properties.

2.      Set your budget. This may not be all you can borrow: it should be what you can comfortably afford.

3.      Hunt online. This is where today’s shoppers can cut to the chase way more efficiently than previous generations.

4.      Find a real estate agent who is highly experienced in the Delaware market (highly recommended: me!).

5.      Tour a variety of candidate properties. Your agent will manage this process to save time. Don’t be afraid to visit open houses if they pop up (but be sure to tell the showing agent you are represented).

6.      Revisit the finalist properties. Experience dictates that first impressions are not trustworthy.

7.      Discuss the terms of an offer; have your agent prepare and submit.

Once sale terms have been negotiated, your agent will keep the ensuing provisions on track and on schedule (including the professional inspection, which is always a prudent step no matter how pressing the timetable). At some point in the process, it’s likely you will revise what you thought you wanted: selecting the home that “feels right” can’t be done without walking through the non-virtual space—and that more than once.

Whether or not time is a key issue, I hope you’ll remember to include me when you are interviewing for your Delaware agent. I’ll return your call promptly! 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