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)
DELAWARE EVENTSThe George Washington Society is hosting a talk on Monmouth, the Battle that Silenced George Washington's Critics by author Garry Wheeler Stone on Thursday, November 2 at 6 p.m. at the Ed Oliver Golf Club. 800 N. DuPont Road, Wilmington. Buffet dinner $25. RSVP KimBurdick@aol.com.First Saturday in the First State is coming up on November 4, and the popular First State Heritage Park's 18th Century Market Fair is back. This free event is fun for the whole family.   Living history trades and craft demonstrations,  entertainers,  food--all with an 18th century twist!  Rain or shine, on the Green in downtown Dover, Delaware. Includes guided tours of Legislative Hall and the Old State House. Winterthur   Two events upcoming on November 4 are worth noting. 1) Treasures Revealed ...
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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 noticed recently that the crop of milkweed bugs which were hatching on my Asclepias had suddenly decided to put on a show. They marched off the milkweed pods en masse to the scrolling metal trim at the top of a stake which was supposed to keep the plant from drooping.OK, I get that. A much more artistic location. But from a bug's eye view? Not sure about that, but they must have felt the spirit to march off in that direction. I wonder if they heard music leading them on?  Was it Claude Debussy's Deux Arabesques?   I may never know. But this morning, one of the milkweed pods opened and the fluff covered seeds emerged, waiting for the wind to carry them away.  The bugs also marched off somewhere else and only a couple of the stragglers remained. I'm sure they knew what they were doing, ...
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By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852
(Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV )
Recently Closed - Perfectly Smooth Delaware Home Purchase      When I first spoke to my client, we went over what she was looking for in a loan - monthly payment range, timeline, rate, costs, and how the process would go.      This was a fun one - perfect credit, down payment in a single savings account, salaried and on her current job for more than 2 years, renting the same current residence for more than 2 years as well.      "The good news, Ms Buyer, is that you're going to have a much easier loan process than you probably expect", I told her.  2 weeks later, with next to no documentation from our borrower, we were clear to close.  We waited the final 2 weeks to settlement joking that "if something goes wrong, it's not going to be with your loan!"      With a conventional loan and th...
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( BHHS Fox & Roach: Broker 302-999-9999 John: 302-999-6966 John's Cell: 302-740-5872)
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By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852
(Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV )
Recently Closed - Cash Out Refinance in Wilmington, DE       Over the past few months I've been working with a few clients on their retirement planning, namely how home ownership and mortgage financing fits into the picture, after they inquired about a potential refinance.  A few years ago, I helped them refinance their Delaware home with a low rate 15 year mortgage, and the plan at that time was to pay the loan off as fast as possible and sail into retirement nearly mortgage-free.     As it does, life had other plans for these wonderful people, and they now had the need for some renovation money, but were trying to find a way to get it without a) dipping into retirement funds or b) increasing their monthly debts.  How does one get a bunch of money without it impacting their monthly deb...
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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)
This weekend was perfect weather for the Brandywine Festival of the Arts, running the weekend after Labor Day pretty much since 1991. We have had this event with rainy weather, and dry weather with mud from a previous storm,  but the weather smiled on this event for 2017.There were about 250 exhibitors, ranging from painters, printmakers, woodworkers, metal workers (i.e. these bells), jewelry makers, gourmet food purveyors and children's toys and clothes for all, as well as the traditional event t-shirts.As always, people brought their dogs and watering bowls were available for these pets, since it was a warm day. The one thing I noticed was that there were more people with humongous strollers, each one holding one or two children  and taking up a whole aisle between exhibits. I almost ...
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By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852
(Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV )
Recently Closed - Term Reduction Refinance in Wilmington, DE       This blog post could also be titled "when things come together perfectly".  You know what I mean.  When a client has their stuff together, in every aspect of having their stuff together.  Great credit, great communication, responsiveness, a low debt to income ratio, and plenty of equity in their home.  This situation is the "unicorn" of the mortgage industry, and when we get em', we sure do appreciate them to balance out the puzzles that we're usually issued by clients.      The result of combining one of the industry's best loan processes and a 'unicorn' loan file can result in some pretty great things - in this instance, a loan was taken from application to clear to close in just 6 business days.  Appraisal, title, and...
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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  Market Report is in for July, 2017 in New Castle County, Delaware. For the year to date, the number of new listings is up 4.4%. Closed sales are also up, by 12% points, which is good for sellers. Also good news for sellers is that the median sales price is up half a percentage poing over July of 2016--not a lot, but still progress. More good news is that average days on the market is down 14% over July of last year.Also, single family detached inventory is down over 12%, which is making it even harder for buyers to find a home.So my advice to buyers is to find a good Realtor® and sit down and figure out a strategy for finding the perfect home. And sellers of older and historic homes--it's time to contact Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource and  find ou...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  Find all sorts of goodies in this brick end unit townhouse.   Beautiful hardwoods Eat in kitchen Bathroom on every floor Concrete porch Wooden Deck Attached oversized garage Much More!
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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 EVENTSStart your weekend with a bang on July 1 at Fort Delaware State Park. at 12:15 p.m. witness a heavy artillery demonstration from one of the largest Civil War-era cannons that still fires on a regular basis.  Then at 1:15 join a soldier or civilian for an inspection of the fort's many rooms and areas. Meet some of the various individuals who lived and worked at the fort in 1864.  July Fourth Events Dover- 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Food and Craft Vendors on  Martin Luther King Blvd. North (formerly Duke of York St., next to Legislative Mall) 4:00pm – 4:30pm at The Old State House, 25 The Green. Join us as we read the Declaration of Independence and ring the Old State House bell. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.Free Children’s Activities Moonbounces, pony rides and petting zoo on the west end of Legi...
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By John Thomas, First Time Home Buyer Expert
(Primary Residential Mortgage Inc.)
Open House - 1230 N. Tatnall St. Wilmington DE 19802Presented by Edith Elzie with Keller Williams Realty - Call Edith at (704) 421-3363Wednesday, June 14, 2017 5 -7-p.m. This 2 bedroom historic gem with modern improvements exudes charm and makes it an ideal choice for chic urban living. Features include all brick exterior, transom window above the front door, 9 ft. ceilings, freshly painted 1st. level, hardwood floors on the main and upper levels and all replacement windows. The move-in ready home, situated on a tree-lined street, is in a fantastic location within walking distance to the business district, downtown nightlife, highly rated restaurants, theatre, Brandywine Park and its’ walking & biking trails, YMCA, shopping and banking. Only minutes to I-95, Christiana Health Care, The ...
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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)
A Wilmington tradition since 1921, the Flower Market is held the weekend of  Mother's Day with proceeds benefiting children's charities.  It offers plenty of opportunities for dads and kids and daughters and sons to find gifts for Mom. There are plants of all types, ranging from nursery grown seedlings to those donated from local gardens (Thinning out plants? Bring them here). Back "in the day," many local estates donated plants from their greenhouses, but there are not many of those still operating. There are herbs, veggies, hanging baskets, perennials and ground covers.(right-view of grounds from top of Rockford Tower). There are also merchant tents with all manner of products from soaps, oils, jewelry, scarves, hats, clothes for all ages, and handmade items not found anywhere else. K...
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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)
               All are invited to the Third Annual Friends of the Arts Festival on Quaker Hill, Fourth and West Streets Sunday, June 4, 2017.  Make sure to visit this 18th Century Quaker Meeting House while you are there.
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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 Come kickoff the 300th Birthday celebration at the 84th Annual Dover Days Festival May 5-6, 2017 in Kent County. One of Delaware’s largest and longest-running free events is entirely dedicated to promoting the state’s heritage and culture.  With easily the biggest parade in Kent County, expect close to 4,500 participants and  9,000 spectators, as well as Delaware’s governor serving as Grand Marshal. It will feature the state’s history and heritage, traditional Maypole Dancing , vintage automobile rides, colonial artisans’ village and historic re-enactment groups for the Revolutionary War, WW II and the Civil War. Join speaker Denise Clemons for a "A Culinary History of Southern Delaware" on Friday, May 19, at 7:30pm at the Lewes Public Library (right) at 111 Adams Avenue...
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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)
                           Please take this opportunity to attend this FREE  Delaware Homebuyer Fair. After you learn about  the programs available, contact Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource to make an appointment to start the search for the home that's just perfect for you! 
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By David Henke, Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
Happy Easter 2017  A perfect April morning for a Riverfront Easter Sunrise Service in Wilmington Delaware. Take some time to reflect, relax, and enjoy the day.David Henke Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808 http://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)
Yesterday, I was admiring the hellebores blooming away like crazy in my yard. Sometimes called Lenten Roses, they had been in bud and waiting to come out in full force for several weeks. And you never know exactly when they will bloom. It depends on the weather. We have had temperatures nearing 70 degrees for several weeks, and Ash Wednesday was this past week, so they decided to go crazy. And then came today. Great gobs of  snow fell this morning, and now the sun is melting it all. The poor hellebores had been hidden in all the snow and are now shaking it off as if to say, "Well, I never!"  So all the panicking by the TV weather gals (which I don't believe most of the time) about rush hour pandemonium seems to have been for naught.   This has been a weather report from Carolyn Roland, ...
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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)
Not in the duPont category of wealth,  F.Scott Fitzgerald had already spent all of his earnings from The Great Gatsby when his editor suggested he  move to quiet Wilmington, Delaware in 1927.Scott had already spent all of his earnings from The Great Gatsby and had burned out in Hollywood in an attempt at screenwriting. He needed another hit novel. His former Princeton roommate, John Biggs, found a Historic Home for Scott and Zelda near where he lived in Wilmington, Delaware. He thought, perhaps, the quiet area would inspire Scott to complete his work. So it was to the Delaware River at Ellerslie, an 1842 mansion owned at the time by William and John Sellers, founders of the nearby Edge Moor Iron Company,  to which in 1927 the Fitzgeralds moved  and rented. Much partying ensued, includin...
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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)
William duPont,  Jr. was born in a 16th C manor house in Surrey, England. He grew up in Montpelier, the 1760's Virginia home of President James Madison. So if you  get the idea that he felt architecturally and well as financially privileged, you would probably be right.I considered these facts as I visited nearby Bellevue State Park outside of Wilmington, Delaware.  William duPont, Jr. had inherited his father's estate here in 1928. Begun in 1855 by wool  merchant Hanson Robinson, the manor house was a Gothic Revival mansion with crenelated towers. This would not do for duPont, who painstakingly removed all exterior signs of the Gothic features, and turned (albeit awkwardly) it into a version of Montpelier. The estate also reflects the interests of William and his first wife, Jean Liset...
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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)
Being a flexible cook far away from my Polish Chicago origins, I have found a way to make pierogi even better than my aunts made. They would gather before Christmas and start a pierogi making session. One of my aunts gave me a recipe for dough, but I had problems with making it not stick to the rolling pin. Then I discovered this Michael Symon recipe from Cleveland (close enough!) and made a few changes. The result: Greatness!  1 Egg  3/4 cup Sour Cream  8 tablespoon Unsalted Butter (softened)  1 teaspoon Kosher Salt  2 cups All-Purpose Flour (plus more for rolling dough)     For Filling and Serving  2 cups Mashed Potatoes  1Medium Yellow Onion chopped  Salt  Sour Cream (to serve)  1/2 cup Farmer's Cheese (see note)  3 tablespoon Butter     Make the Pierogi Dough: To make the dough, wor...
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