Wilmington, DE Real Estate News

By David Henke, Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
The Lawn Bowlers of the Northeast Division of the United States Lawn Bowls Association rolled into Wilmington DE last weekend for the Classic Singles Tournament held by the Dupont Lawn Bowling Club at the DuPont Country Club on Rockland Road.  Over twenty of the top regional bowlers competed over the weekend. Lawn bowling has a long and varied history in the area.  Records show that lawn bowling has been a popular pastime in the area for over 300 hundred years.  Play was documented in Williamsburg as early as 1720 and probably was being played earlier.  In Europe, lawn bowling has been documented as far back as the 13th century.  Although it was banned for commoners to play in the UK from the mid 1400s to 1845 to encourage practicing archery, it continued to be played by royalty.  It is...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
On May 4, Vice President Biden, our 2 US Senators and 1 Representative (that is the total for the state of Delaware) along with local officials kicked off the $32 million renovation of the Wilmington Delaware Amtrak Station. As a member of the steering committee for the Friends of the Furness RR District (a group promoting education about the Frank Furness designed 100 year old train station and its 2 companion buildings), I was invited to join the TV cameras and officials to hear the Vice President speak, and later shook hands with him.  It was worth going through the magnetometer search!
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By Grimly Forêt, My Clients Are The BEST!
(RE/MAX Wilmington)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDATE: May 12, 2009GRIMLY FORET EARNS PRESTIGIOUS DESIGNATION TO HELP HOMEOWNERS IN DANGER OF FORECLOSUREGrimly Foret of RE/MAX Wilmington has earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales. This is invaluable expertise to offer at a time when the area is ravaged by “distressed” homes in the foreclosure process.Short sales allow the cash-strapped seller to repay the mortgage at the price that the home sells for, even though it is lower than what is owed on the property. With plummeting property values, this can save many people from foreclosure and even bankruptcy. More and more lenders are willing to consider short sales because they are much less costly tha...
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By Tom Davis, FREE Delaware Homes Search!, $$ Save $$ - Find Homes! Delaware Realtor
(Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today !)
Yesterday was the Annual Oyster Dinner as well as the REALTOR (R) of the year program and I wish to take this moment to congratulate the REALTOR (R) of the year award to Bridget Lane with ERA Harrington Realty, Inc. Congrulations Bridget - You Deserve it and way to go! Also congratulations to the the Previous Realtor (R) of the year winners: 2008: Phil McGinnis 2007: Lynde Brogan 2006: Todd Stonesifer 2005: Carol Burns 2004: Linda Brannock 2003: Connie Fox 2002: Richard Brogan 2001: Charles Witt 2000: Tom Burns 1999: Ed Hammond 1998: Sam Murdock 1997: Randy Marvel 1996: Helen Hales 1995: Bill Hufnal 1994: Phil McGinnis 1993: Richard Nelson 1992: Donna Stone 1991: Linda Buckland 1990: Phil McGinnis 1989: Joe Wells 1988: Doug Moore 1987: Charles Witt 1986: George Chabbott 1985: Bill Hufna...
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By David Henke, Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
With their ideal location, Graylyn Crest and North Graylyn Crest have remained popular North Wilmington housing choices since their construction in the late fifties through early sixties. These Brandywine Hundred communities with over 800 homes are centrally located just off Foulk and Silverside Roads.  They have immediate access to Interstate 95 by either the Marsh Rd or Harvey Rd exits.  They also are just minutes from the Route 202 corridor with multiple retail opportunities including the Concord Mall.  These routes enable easy commuting to Wilmington, West Chester, and Philadelphia.  They also have access to the SEPTA R2 Regional Rail Line at the Claymont Rail Station. Although there are some other construction styles within the developments, split level homes are by far the most po...
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By David Henke, Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
  This morning, Delaware and  the Old Swedes Foundation held Landing Day Services at the site of Fort Christina Park in Wilmington DE. Unknown by many, Delaware was founded by the Swedes and Finns. In 1638, the first Swedish settlement was established at Fort Christina located just east of present day Wilmington just off 7th Street along the Christina River. They quickly formed the first permanent settlement in the future state.  The Swedes controlled the immediate area until 1655 when the Dutch took control and the future state of Delaware ultimately fell under British control in 1664. In 1698 the Swedes and Finns built a new church on the site of their original burial ground.  The church was established as a Swedish Lutheran Church but in 1791 it became part of the Protestant Episcopa...
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By David Henke, Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
So what's happening in New Castle County Delaware real estate today?  --  A bit of a slog but some signs of an upturn. As noted in my last post on New Castle County, the market here experienced the same drop in activity that we saw region wide.  Since then, again like other areas, it has continued to struggle.  Closed sales have continued at the slowest pace seen in years, but recently we have seen an uptick in new properties going under contract.  We may be seeing the beginning of a more solid market. First Some History:In New Castle County as a whole, from an average sales price of less than $200,000 in 2003 with 7689 reported sales, the residential real estate volume activity peaked in 2005 with 8285 reported sales in the local MLS system with an average price of just over $245,000. ...
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By Tom Davis, FREE Delaware Homes Search!, $$ Save $$ - Find Homes! Delaware Realtor
(Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today !)
Delaware Credit Report Right now with the economy shifting and credit tightens across the country, it is becoming more important to monitor your credit report. If your looking for a FREE COPY of your credit report, email me and I will send you a copy of the forms you need to request it for FREE. Most of my clients generally have an error on their credit report that can be eliminated. Visit: www.FreeHomeSearch.DreamStation.com and Ask for your "Free Credit Report" Thanks, Tom Davis Dover DE REALTOR (R)  
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By Tom Davis, FREE Delaware Homes Search!, $$ Save $$ - Find Homes! Delaware Realtor
(Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today !)
Need Extra Cash?  Need A Loan?  Tom Davis DE REALTOR ® can help you find a suitable lender and save you money!  Here is a worksheet you may print out and use while shopping around for a suitable mortgage!  If you would like some recommendations please call Tom Davis at: (302)398-3757 to help you with getting your home loan! You need Cash for your new home and Tom Can Help!        Mortgage Shopping Worksheet   Lender 1 Lender 2 Name of Lender             Name of Contact             Date of Contact             Mortgage Amount             Basic Information about the Mortgage Mortgage 1 Mortgage 2     Type of Mortgage: Conventional mortgage vs. high-ratio mortgage                         If high-ratio, what is the insurance premium?                         Minimum down payment required     ...
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By Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans
( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc)
    (this is not about all realtors, just a few, and it's those that will hurt both the buyer and seller) You would think with a tough real estate market, that realtors would want to be on top of their game, both for sellers and buyers. I think some realtors still live in the dark ages and this can hurt either the seller or the buyer. I know many realtors and loan officers are passionate in what they do, but being one-sided, doesn't make it right. Can we call it tough love, seeming to be harsh in our thoughts or stern in our advice, only wanting to help that client in the long run?       Just the other day I received a note in my in box on Facebook from a loan officer out in California. He is a loan officer who actually told me that he has been following my blogs for a while now. Here i...
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By Tom Davis, FREE Delaware Homes Search!, $$ Save $$ - Find Homes! Delaware Realtor
(Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today !)
Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home! Homes Built Prior to 1978 a REALTOR(R) is reguired to give you the pamplet from the United States Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) called " Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home. "  This pamphlet is all about identifyinf lead hazards in your home. Lead Paint is defined as paint with lead levels greater than or equal than 1.0 mlligram per square centimeter , or more than 0.5% by weight.  Often Windows and Window sills the paint can become cracked in these older homes which pose a hazard to children who could potentially chew the paint chips.  Other locations lead paint can cause problems is Doors, door frames, Stairs, railings, banisters, porches and more! Lead Dust is also a problem when lead-based paint is scraped, sanded, or heated!...
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By Landing Five
(Landing5.com)
For many real estate professionals, whether you are a real estate broker or a mortgage professional, the main challange has always been getting well qualified leads. If you work for a company, then you access the general pool of leads. If you want to perform better, especially in tough economic times, then you need the additional tools that will give you an edge. Now, there is this innovative platform that allows real estate professionals become more successful. It is called Landing5! Landing5 is an innovative and powerful marketing system that will transform the way you look at marketing and lead generation. Landing5 helps you generate quality real estate leads! Landing5 offers a customized landing page, that is specific to the real estate brokers or mortgage industry professionals. T...
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By Landing Five
(Landing5.com)
  For many real estate professionals, whether you are a real estate broker or a mortgage professional, the main challange has always been getting well qualified leads. If you work for a company, then you access the general pool of leads. If you want to perform better, especially in tough economic times, then you need the additional tools that will give you an edge. Now, there is this innovative platform that allows real estate professionals become more successful. It is called Landing5! Landing5 is an innovative and powerful marketing system that will transform the way you look at marketing and lead generation. Landing5 helps you generate quality real estate leads! Landing5 offers a customized landing page, that is specific to the real estate brokers or mortgage industry professionals....
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
It happens maybe once a year--I get my summer schedule mixed up with the rest of the year and get to church an hour early.  But since this usually happens in the summer, I know what to do.  Go down to Brandywine Park!  It's only a few blocks away, and it's a peaceful place to watch the Brandywine Creek rush by, with flocks of Canada Geese visiting, and even an occasional Labrador Retriever fetching whatever his owner threw in the water for him to retrieve.  This Sunday was also a good time to take a peek at the Brandywine Zoo, which suffered a lot of storm damage from enormous trees crashing into its animal enclosures last week.  Apparently all the animals are safe, but a lot of damage was done. I could see one very large tree on the ground while the llamas peered through the fence (pro...
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On Wednesday, July 30, 2008, President Bush signed into law: The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, which: authorizes the Department of the Treasury to purchase obligations of housing Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs); reforms the regulatory supervision of the housing GSEs; provides reform of the Federal Housing Administration; provides homeownership assistance and reforms to mitigate recent increases in foreclosures; and contains housing-related tax incentives and other tax provisions. according to the official White House web site:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/07/20080730.html How does this benefit the First Time Home Buyer??? The primary focus of the housing bill is a temporary, $7,500 first-time home buyer tax credit for the purchase of any home. The t...
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By Billie Chubb
(Chubb Realty Group)
 Wilmington, Delaware  http://www.billiechubb.com/l_wilmington-north-wilmington-wilmington-new-castle-county-hockessin-delaware-real-estate.asp Wilmington is the largest city in the state of Delaware and is located at the top of the Nation's Small Wonder. Wilmington is one of the major cities in the Delaware Area and according to 2006 Census Bureau estimates Wilmington boasts a population of 72,876. Located approximately 25 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, residents of Wilmington enjoy Philadelphia's SEPTA rail transportation system as well as the convenience of Amtrak. Wilmington residents enjoy the ease of being only 1 hour and 15 minutes from Baltimore and 2 hours from New York City and Washington DC.   Wilmington or otherwise known in 1638 as New Sweden was first colon...
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North WilmingtonThe 1950s saw a large increase in people living in the suburbs of North Wilmington and commuting into the city for work. Today, the area is urban and suburban with continuous industrial, commercial and residential development. This lifestyle was made possible by extensive upgrades to area roads and highways and through the construction of I-95, which cut a swath through several of Wilmington's most stable neighborhoods and contributed to significant population losses in Wilmington.The main artery to North Wilmington residents is Concord Pike or also known as Route 202. No matter where residents live they are just minutes away from I-95 and all the convenience the main highway has to offer. Residents can also enjoy North Wilmington's convenience without ever getting on I-...
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Good News for First Time Home Buyers...Sort of.   It's all about give and take...right? Well that is exactly what congress has done for first time home buyers (Defined as an individual who has had no ownership interest in a principal residence for a three-year period ending on the date of the current home purchase). Under the new law certain homeowners are eligible for a tax credit equal to 10 percent of the purchase price, up to a maximum of $7500. The phase-out for the credit starts for single filers with adjusted income of more than $75,000 and $150,000 for joint filers. The credit will completely phase out at $95,000 for singles; $170,000 for married couples filing jointly.   We all know that a credit is much more valuable than a deduction as a credit reduces dollar for dollar the a...
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By Tom Davis, FREE Delaware Homes Search!, $$ Save $$ - Find Homes! Delaware Realtor
(Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today !)
Wilmington Realtor, Wilmington Realtor/Delaware Realtor, Tom Davis Works hard to serve his home buyers & Sellers in Wilmington  , Delaware.  If you want to look for homes for sale in Wilmington simply please visit www.FreeHomeSearch.DreamStation.com for FREE UPDATES on any home that your looking for!   Search us now at www.FreeHomeSearch.DreamStation.com ANY HOME, ANY PRICE!  Find A Wilmington  ,Delaware Home  or any other home in Delaware Today! Thanks, Wilmington  Realtor, Tom Davis Call (302) 398-3757 Thanks for choosing this [Wilmington Realtor]   www.FreeHomeSearch.DreamStation.Com www.FreeHomeSearch.DreamStation.Com  www.FreeHomeSearch.DreamStation.Com  www.FreeHomeSearch.DreamStation.Com  www.FreeHomeSearch.DreamStation.com  www.FreeHomeSearch.DreamStation.Com  www.FreeHomeSearch...
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By Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics
(Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186)
Wilmington Delaware- Residents tired of seeing drug dealers in their nice neighborhood of Browntown finally convinced  the city to tear down the Old Cedar Tavern. Residents cheered as the construction crews knocked down the building that stood for more than 70 years. The City of Wilmington spent $187,000 to buy and tear the building down and plans to spend another $150,000 to build town homes on the land.  Browntown is located about 1 mile from the city's waterfront area and Blue Rocks Stadium. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Larry Hultberg Wilmington Delaware Realtor 302-530-9186
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