We’ve arrived at the familiar post-Mother’s Day time of year. The birds are cheering up everyone’s Rehoboth Beach, DE mornings with their noisy springtime come-hither commotion. Out in the garden, flowers have broken out where they are supposed to (hopefully—if not, it’s time to hightail it to the garden store). Post-Mother’s Day is also an ideal time for adding color in other places around the house.

In Rehoboth Beach, DE, that means it’s potting season.

For the uninitiated, potting season is when Rehoboth Beach, DE homeowners make critical decisions about what flowers to plant in which pots and planters, and where. The main objective is to create colorful nooks on decks, patios, porches, under windows, and/or hanging at eye-pleasing heights under eaves in front or back of the house. But secondary considerations abound, too, having to do with the amount of tending each will require and the intended longevity of each.

Other potting strategies revolve around placement. Sun, shade, or sun/shade blends in combination with wind exposure are key considerations—as well as the relative ease or difficulty of watering and dealing with runoff.

Potting season veterans are aware that the enthusiasm that accompanies planting can wane as summer wears on—especially when a star-crossed pot continually produces tired-looking blossoms, too clearly approaching their untimely ends. When revival efforts fail, those will have to be ditched and re-potted—the kind of mid-summer Waterloo that’s to be avoided when possible.

For potting season neophytes—Rehoboth Beach, DE homeowners braving the world of container gardening for the first time—it all might seem impossibly mysterious and complicated. But courage will eventually be rewarded. Trial and error (or a patient mentor) will ultimately lead to success—and the colorful results that make the effort worthwhile.

Color can be an invaluable addition for any Rehoboth Beach, DE property when it goes up for sale. Give me a call when that time nears!   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

Like many other local professional people, we Rehoboth Beach, DE Realtors® have been working in a challenging (you might say, “topsy-turvy”) business environment. It’s one that nobody had foreseen—much less prepared for. It has taken multiple adjustments to navigate through some awkward restrictions, but since the need for shelter can’t always be put on hold, they were necessary. As in many localities across the country, even while honoring the most stringent Shelter in Place restrictions, highly motivated buyers and sellers have been able to work with their agents to negotiate and finalize transactions.

But now the path ahead is somewhat more predictable. It’s becoming evident that we are nearing a new phase—one where we will cautiously back into what everyone is calling the ‘new normal.’ It’s likely that the anxiety that has prevailed will fade, then disappear. Social distancing will at least moderate, as well. Not this summer, perhaps—but eventually. That opens an opportunity at this juncture. This is a moment when Rehoboth Beach, DE residents might think ahead about how they can best prepare for what happens next.

 Especially for those who have had to put off plans to buy or sell Rehoboth Beach, DE homes, this can be a time to sit down and draw up an “As Soon as This Passes” plan. For sellers, that could include a target timetable for preparing your property for listing; for buyers, a prioritized checklist of features to qualify the homes that will deserve further consideration. Sellers-to-be can take this opportunity to contact area tradespeople—whose phones will be ringing off the hook soon enough—to schedule any help they will need to prepare their properties for sale. For one and all, the probable reality is that “as soon as this passes,” any surplus stay-at-home free time will pass with it!

One item that belongs high on an ASATP list is to give me a call for the latest intelligence on the profile of today’s Rehoboth Beach, DE market. Do give me a ring! 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 sooner has Sunday’s Super Bowl brouhaha begun to fade from public attention than another mega-sporting event prepares its entrance. This one will draw less Supercharged ratings, but that doesn’t mean it won’t claim equally rapt attention in many Rehoboth Beach, DE households. Next week will see the celebration of America’s beloved four-footed athletes: the Westminster Dog Show—since 1877, the pinnacle of American canine achievement (considerably more important than Sunday’s Puppy Bowl).

This year, the proceedings will expand to four days—the culmination of which will be next Tuesday’s Best in Show finale, televised from Madison Square Garden. You can bet that scads of Rehoboth Beach, DE TVs will tune in to see which of the canine contestants (alongside their two-legged handlers) earn Top Dog honors. Many Rehoboth Beach, DE dog show fanciers will be able to avoid the expensive outing to Manhattan by attending the proceedings from right here—streaming all the early stages, breed-by-breed, via https://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/tv-schedule/.

The growing national fascination (and infatuation) with canines has repercussions that touch upon Rehoboth Beach, DE home sales. Last spring, Realtor Magazine focused on pets as “Real Estate Influencers”—noting that pet ownership is booming throughout the land to such an extent that now a full third of pet-owning clients will often (“or maybe very often”) refuse to make offers on homes that aren’t ideal for their four-legged friends.

The takeaway for Rehoboth Beach, DE homeowners whose properties have pet-friendly attributes is not to be shy about promoting them. The numbers support that conclusion. With 70% of households now counting dogs or cats as family members (that’s up a full 50% from a generation ago!), it’s hard to argue with that proposition. If your home has a promotable attribute—like a laundry room that can be a pet washing station, or a spacious, well-fenced yard—the numbers indicate it could be a difference-maker for some prospective buyers.

If you are preparing to put your own property on the market, crafting persuasive descriptions of its fine points as they appear in the Rehoboth Beach, DE listings and supporting presentation materials will be pivotal. Call me! 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

Last Friday’s New York Times featured a timely warning that Rehoboth Beach, DE home buyers and sellers should be aware of—especially since it uses a particularly devious dodge.

The scam has been on the rise since the beginning of 2019. It involves “spoofing” accounts that have been hacked by the perpetrators. Buyers receive phony emails that look like instructions from their lawyers or real estate brokers. They seem to be legitimate instructions for funds transfers because the crooks’ hacks have enabled them to monitor the progress of a sale and to mimic the look and language of authentic instructions. Needless to say, the goal of the criminals is to divert funds.

The F.B.I. has been monitoring these kinds of ruses for years. Although they are far from common, the warning is due to a recent rise in activity. The simplest way to prevent losses is to closely check the email properties of incoming messages. If the sender’s identity or any hyperlink leads to an unfamiliar destination (fraudsters frequently change just one or two letters from a trusted address), the difference should sound the alarm—and a quick call to the office being imitated.

Homebuyers who are late to discover that they have been the victim of a fraudulent transfer should immediately contact their financial institution to request a recall of funds—and then contact the F.B.I.’s internet crime complaint center. If the bank asks for a police report, the Times report points out that a copy of that complaint should suffice.

Today’s Rehoboth Beach, DE homebuyers are getting used to doing a greater proportion of their everyday commerce online, so the heads-up applies to more than just real estate transactions. For my clients, one part of the service I bring is to stay in close contact throughout the entire process. There are also new ways to safeguard confidential communications—call me for specifics on our latest methods of preventing scams! 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