Wilmington, DE Real Estate News

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Yuletide at Winterthur Museum north of Wilmington, Delaware, opened last week. It is a guided tour and you are grouped with about 10 people (the max for the tiny old elevator). Before entering the exhibit, there is a dollhouse and Christmas tree with needlepoint ornaments, all designed by Nancy McDaniel. I especially liked the grouping of Santas she had made.   There is a little more emphasis on table settings, in keeping with the theme of the Dining by Design exhibit in the galleries. The tables were grand, starting with the duPont dining room table. It was centered with topiaries and each place setting had a group of presents wrapped in colored tissue paper (the printed paper later introduced by Mr. Hallmark came later). As always, the Conservatory centerpiece was a tree decorated by ...
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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)
DELAWARE EVENTSBe up bright and early on Saturday, December 1 and see if you can visit any or all of the events listed, starting at 9 a.m. in Dover for:1. The Biggs Kids:Happy Holidays at the Biggs Museum, 406 Federal St. There will be a holiday shop, crafts, performances from a children's choirs, food, plus Museum collections for fine and decorative arts open to 4:30 p.m.2. Holidays in the New World, 9 a.m. Many different cultures left the Old World for the New, and made their home in early Dover. Learn about the holiday traditions, songs, and pastimes of the different cultures who helped found Dover. Programs begin on the half hour at the John Bell House, 43 The Green. 3. Friends of Old Dover One Day Museum from 10 a.m. Located in the Dover City Hall Lobby. City of Dover City Hall, 15...
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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)
Delaware EventsDemystifying Historic Preservation in Delaware: The facts, myths, and economic benefits of historic preservation will be presented Thursday, October 4, 2018, 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Barrett Room on B-Floor of the Duncan Center, 500 Loockerman St Dover, DE 19904.  This  IPA training course focuses on both the economic and cultural benefits of historic resources in cities and will provide tools and insights into how to maximize those resources. This session qualifies for certificate credit in the Academy for Excellence in Local Government Leadership. Instructors: Catherine Morrissey, assistant director, and Michael Emmons, architectural historian, Center for Historic Architecture and Design, University of Delaware. Register now | download workshop flyer | Registration d...
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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)
 National News: More than 1,300 museums will say thanks by opening up their doors for free as a part of Museum Day Live on September 23. It's an annual event to celebrate museums and museum-goers across the country, organized by Smithsonian Magazine. There are museums across the country taking part, from Washington DC and Los Angeles to Hawaii and Alaska. Click for details.  DELAWARE NEWSDelaware’s Chautauqua tent shows, traditionally held in June, have been moved to September during 2018. Entitled “All Aboard: Delaware and the Railroad,” the three-day series of programs will explore the importance of railroads to America’s economy and way of life, and their impact in Delaware. Now in its 20th year, Delaware’s Chautauqua will take place from Sept. 13 to 15, 2018 and will be split betwee...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
      We Had Dinner At Harry's Savoy Grill last weekend and it was a great find ! The staff,atmosphere and delicious food makes this unique place a keeper ! Their steaks are amazing and Prime Rib is one of their specialties ! Add to that Seafood and a well stocked Raw Bar ! Their "sides" are must adds (ie. Kennett Square Mushrooms ) and can serve more than one.They also had a very nice Wine list and Martini specials . Their desert menu made it nearlyimpossible to choose just one ! You don't eat at Harry's Savoy Grill, You Dine ! We are going back real soon ! Follow them on FB.  
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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)
Just as the squirrels are starting to hide acorns and dig holes all over my garden, I can feel it in the air--Fall is coming!People are returning home from vacations at the shore and near and far, and they all seem to be thinking, "Hmm, I wonder what I could get for my house?" So like the scurrying squirrel, I am busy with market analyses and home visits to discuss just what it is they need to do to get their home on the market.Meanwhile, it has been raining hard and frequently in my area, and I have not been spending enough time checking on my garden. It seems that the hydrangeas are pumping out enormous flower heads and the sedum are coming into flower. The lambs' ears are forming large colonies.  Excuse enough to gather a seasonal bouquet, wouldn't you say? Reporting from Delaware an...
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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)
I just had to share this newsletter article from The Comprehensive Wealth Management Group in West Chester, Pennsylvania. IT’S CAMPING SEASON! In 1869, the first recreational camping guide, Adventures in Wilderness, was authored by minister William H.H. Murray and became a bestseller. The book’s success may have owed something to a new train route that made the Adirondacks more accessible. Time.com reported his practical guide offered advice on important topics:“For sleeping, he describes how to make ‘a bed of balsam-boughs.’ On what to wear, he suggests bringing a ‘felt hat,’ ‘stout pantaloons,’ and a ‘rubber blanket or coat.’ For warding off woodchucks, ‘a stick, a piece of bark, or tin plate shied in the direction of the noise will scatter them like cats.’ As for wolves, his techniqu...
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By John Thomas, First Time Home Buyer Expert
(Primary Residential Mortgage Inc.)
Delaware Home Buyer Class June 18 2018Delaware Home Buyer Class Wednesday July 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM in Wilmington, Delaware at Independence Mall at eXp Realty office. The seminar will last about 2 hours and each participate will be able to recieve a free copy of their credit report. The seminar will cover all of the basics of buying a new home in Delaware. The seminar will cover Delaware FHA loans, Delaware VA loans, Delaware USDA Rural Housing Loans, First Time Home Buyer Loan Programs and the Delaware FHA 203k Rehab loans. Each participate will recieve a Credit Scoring Handbook, Homebuying Handbook, and an opputunity to meet with a mortgage planner to be pre-approved to buy a home at the seminar.You will also learn importance of credit in buying a home and learn valueable tips on how t...
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By John Thomas, First Time Home Buyer Expert
(Primary Residential Mortgage Inc.)
Delaware Home Buyer Class June 27 2018Delaware Home Buyer Class Wednesday June 27, 2018 at 6:00 PM in Wilmington, Delaware at Independence Mall at eXp Realty office. The seminar will last about 2 hours and each participate will be able to recieve a free copy of their credit report. The seminar will cover all of the basics of buying a new home in Delaware. The seminar will cover Delaware FHA loans, Delaware VA loans, Delaware USDA Rural Housing Loans, First Time Home Buyer Loan Programs and the Delaware FHA 203k Rehab loans. Each participate will recieve a Credit Scoring Handbook, Homebuying Handbook, and an opputunity to meet with a mortgage planner to be pre-approved to buy a home at the seminar.You will also learn importance of credit in buying a home and learn valueable tips on how t...
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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)
Nothing like an afternoon walking through the gardens at Winterthur Museum and finding out how little you know about plants.For example--who knew an Osage Orange tree actually had orange looking bark?And take ferns--what is the weird growth at the end of this fern? I have similar ferns in my yard, but none have these nut-like growths. Another thing, I noticed these striking yellow-orange flowers popping up all over the forest floor. Are they Turk's Cap lilies? Sort of look like pictures online. And most importantly, why were all the chipmunks out today? They rarely venture into sight, but they were pretty bold today. Was it a chipmunk holiday? Please don't tell me they were Alvin's family!!! That would really be annoying. At least they didn't sing.   Reporting all the important news fro...
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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)
Wander out of downtown Wilmington, Delaware on Maryland Avenue and you soon find yourself on East Newport Pike heading toward Christiana. Among the interesting shops  is Willow Tree Antiques, tucked into a cozy cottage on the right side of the road.For 21 years, Sandra Messick has been gathering and selling antiques and collectibles at this popular shop. Asked what she considers her specialty, Sandra says, "Furniture."As they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words," so here is a collage of items I recently found at Willow Tree. And Sandra does have a website and Facebook page which she updates with her latest finds, so you can check out what is available. But best of all, stop by this interesting shop and see for yourself! You can also visit The Willow Tree website for more details.T...
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By David Henke, Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
Happy Memorial Day!  (Delaware Soldiers and Sailors Monument - Wilmington DE)Remember those who served and be sure to visit the parade on May 30 at 6:00 PM.Hope you had a great day! Take some time and enjoy your summer! David HenkeLong & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DEOffice: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808http://www.DelawarePAHomes.com 
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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)
I know the calendar is saying it's April and Spring is here, but really? Last night I drove through light snow to get to a meeting in Kennett Square. The wind was cruel and fellow attendees tried to talk about anything but the weather.So, I get it. We have no control over it. But still my garden is trying to do its usual Springtime thing. Daffodils are still blooming, primroses are trying hard to bloom, the spirea is sending forth white sprays of tiny blossoms, and the flowering quince is trying very hard for its buds to open.Then, it suddenly occurred to me that I needed to find a new landscaper to apply mushroom compost mulch to my flower beds. Hope the guy someone on Nextdoor recommended comes through with a bid. And will the neighbor's teenage son really come through with his promis...
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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)
DELAWARE NEWS The New Castle Historical Society announces several events for April:The Amstel and Dutch houses will open for the season at 10 a.m. on April 4. Tickets available at the Arsenal, 30 Market Street. Also, the annual meeting will be Tuesday, April 10 at the Arsenal at 7 p.m.  And join "History Rocks", a party and learning session about the Society on Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m. Fee is $10 a person for light refreshments, music, dancing, and cash bar. Winterthur Museum and Gardens have opened their exhibit of garden follies (based on traditional structures from the U.K. built by rich estate owners). Also new is "Dining by Design", which is a comprehensive exhibit of all you ever wanted to know about dinnerware (I was only able to absorb about 1/4 of it at a time--lots of small ...
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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)
DELAWARE EVENTS First Saturday in the First State programs on Saturday, February 3 will include:"An Eagle on his Button and a Musket on his Shoulder: African-American Soldiers in the Civil War" 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the John Bell House, 43 The Green, Dover. Discover USCT heroes from Delaware who fought to win freedom and equality. As a border state, Delaware held a complicated position regarding slavery. Tours led by historical interpreters in period dress begin at the John Bell House on The Green every hour and last approximately 45 minutes. Offered at the same times are guided tours at Legislative Hall exploring the life of Herman Holloway, one of Delaware’s most prominent African-American politicians, who served as both a State Representative and State Senator during the 1960s.From ...
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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)
If you are looking for good news about real estate in Northern Delaware, be prepared to look at the following with your "positive attitude" hat firmly in place.If you are a potential home seller, compare the numbers for this past December to the previous year. Seven percent fewer homes were on the market, which means that buyers are starved for homes to buy.If you are a buyer looking for a home, the median sales price was $218,700, compared to $225,000 a year ago. And interest rates are still under 5%, which makes it historically still great news. Through the last 20 years, rates for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage ranged from 7.29% to 7.73%. The peak year was 2000 with a rate of 8.64%.So the good news is that you need to evaluate your family's situation--is it time to buy a larger home, ...
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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)
Although the weather people were predicting a big snow storm for today,  only the southern part of Delaware seems to have been hit hard. Up here in northern Delaware, although they are saying on TV that Wilmington had 4 inches, my neighborhood just had maybe an inch of slushy white stuff.It was so wet that I went out this morning and used a push broom to get it off my driveway. My big achievement was actually using the half hour before the snow started this morning to clear the last of the oak leaves off my patio. I like to use the blower on vacuum setting and have it mince the leaves. That way they can be used as mulch on my garden beds.   But back to the snow, I did put some snow melt on the driveway and walk, which is good, because they are predicting "black ice" tonight and tomorrow...
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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)
The world and the world of Real Estate have changed since I got into selling historic homes almost 30 years ago, so what follows is a review of points to remember before you list or sell an historic home in today's market.1. Don't worry if it does not have a glitzy interior but retains original features such as marble mantles.2. Don't worry if it's not "open plan" but worry if so many interior walls have been removed that the house has lost its original character.3. Worry if you have removed all the original millwork.4. Worry if you have made the fireplaces either disappear or have changed them into something that looks like it came from Home Depot.5. Worry if it still has "knob and tube" wiring, because your buyer won't be able to get homeowners' insurance.6. Worry if it has a well whi...
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