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Lewes Delaware Massage Therapist Gives Back to the Community - 12/30/09 06:00 PM
The Lewes Delaware Fire Department can thank Kari Ainsworth of Kia Massage for giving of her services. Kari has been giving the well-deserved volunteer fire fighters a 10-minute chair massage. She has been doing this every other month for the past several months. Ms. Ainsworth told the Cape Gazette, "I have a line of individuals anxiously awaiting massages every time I volunteer my services. The support from the Lewes Fire Department has been great and I am happy to help a group that does so much for the safety of our local community."What a great business person Kari is and what a great (0 comments)
Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth Beach Donate to the Cause - 12/27/09 06:50 PM
Tanger Outlet Center in Rehoboth Beach Delaware awarded over $90,000 to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. The donation is part of Tanger's annual breast cancer awareness campaign. Tanger's 2009 campaign to battle breast cancer funds were raised through the sale of the Tanger pink card. For a buck donation to fight breast cancer, customers received a special pink discount card that gave them 25 percent savings at participating Tanger stores. The program is now in its fourth successful year at Tanger Outlet Centers nationwide. Nationally, Tanger Centers have raised and donated $7.5 million to the cause since 1994. Funds raised by (0 comments)
Polar Bear Plunge in Rehoboth Beach Delaware! - 12/26/09 09:39 PM
The 2010 Polar bear Plunge is a month away! Put your game face on and come out sporting your best summer duds and take the plunge. Brrrrr! The 19th annual Atlantic Ocean, Rehoboth Beach Delaware plunge is scheduled for Feb 7th at 1:00 p.m., snow or shine. Are you brave enough? The event is for the benefit of the Delaware Special Olympics. Funds are raised through individual fund raising and Polar Bear team fund raising. There are over 3000 Special Olympiads that are the benficiaries of the the annual winter event. What a great cause and what a great event! (3 comments)
This is quite an achievement considering Keller Williams Realty has no national advertisements such as television spots, commercials, or radio announcements. We do not have any company jingles like some large and well recognized firms, nor do we sport any colorful jackets with firm logos. Our growth and recognition is purely the result of hard work, customer service, and a committment to excellence in eveything we do. Ok, I'm tooting our horn, we've earned it!
Why Being a For Sale by Owner May Not be in Your Best Interest - 12/21/09 11:46 AM
1. Saving the Commission. Often times the principal reason homeowners make is that they can save the commission by selling their own home by themselves. Experience proves this is not usually the case. Buyers today are very savvy. They feel, whether it is true in particular instances or not, that owners overprice their homes and what the owner expects to get for their home is inflated by the amount of the commission in order to cover the cost of advertising and other expenses required in the sale of their home.2. Qualifying Inexperience. The owner, unless a former REALTOR, has had neither (4 comments)
For Sale by Owner, Parts 23 and 24 - 12/21/09 11:17 AM
23. The Settlement Problem. Once a contract is signed by the seller and buyer, a complicated and highly detailed process starts which leads to the settlement when the owner gets his payment for his home and the new owner takes possession of the home. The process involves loan processing, in which 'snags' or more serious complicationis arise; the legal aspects of title and deeds, overcoming possible easement situations, rights of way, and dozen of other factors involved in the final transfer of the property. These and other matters must be coordinated on a time schedule that will ensure completion of various steps in (0 comments)
For Sale by Owner, Parts 21 and 22 - 12/21/09 10:58 AM
21. Lack of Future Interest. Many buyers often feel the owner has no future interest in them once the sale is complete, whereas the Realtor does. The owner sells, moves away, and no local or personal contact information is provided in the event a future problem arises that was not evident at the time of the purchase. The buyer knows the Realtor has future interest in them as a satisfied client, as a source of referrals, and in the event the buyer then needs to sell themselves and has to move in the future. The propsective buyer accepts far more readily (0 comments)
For Sale by Owner, Parts 19 and 20 - 12/21/09 10:43 AM
19. Any Strangers have Access toYour Home. The For Sale by Owner sign in the yard is an invitation to anyone to ask to see your home. While such occurrences may be infrequent, it has happened, and can happen, that undesireable strangers gain access to your home. There also have been instances when thieves have posed as prospective buyers to learn what might be of value in your home which they can steal when no one is home. If the sign is posted only when you are home and then removed in your absence, this means prospects may drive past your home and not (0 comments)
For Sale by Owner, Parts 17 and 18 - 12/20/09 07:39 PM
17. Underpricing Danger. Owners are not familiar with the often rapidly changing market conditions, and the characteristics of supply and demand for a particular type of home, in specific locations, as is the experienced Realtor. As a result of lack of knowledge, owners often under-price their home, and by the time all "cost saving" expenses are paid, considerably less is netted than if the sale were handled through a broker. 18. Not a Home Problem. Rarely can the homeowner be at home virtually all of the time to receive visitors. When the prospective buyer finds nobody home they often go on to look at other (0 comments)
For Sale by Owner, Parts 15 and 16 - 12/20/09 07:27 PM
15. Buyer's Reluctance on Inspection Details. Related to the home showing are several details which may not seem at first to be of great importance, but often are. Many buyers when they are going through a home with an owner, are reluctant, or will not, open cupboards, closets, medicine cabinets, etc., because they feel this would be an intrusion on the owner's privacy. This feeling does not exist with the Realtor. Additionally, buyers are most likely not going to make comments about the home or question the seller out of fear of putting the home owner on the defensive. A Realtor (0 comments)
For Sale by Owner, Parts 13 and 14 - 12/20/09 07:10 PM
13. Owner Expense. The owner may incur considerable expense in succeeding in selling their home at a somewhat reduced price. Such expenses can include newspaper adversting, cost of internet advertising, staging costs, home advertisement such as signs and brochures, legal fees, etc. When the amount of the price reduction and the expenses are added up, the owner has netted little if anything over what they would have received from a broker sale. When the seller fails to make a sale, these costs are pure costs and do not get recouped. The broker on the other hand, as part of their services, assumes all expenses for advertisement. (1 comments)
For Sale by Owner, Parts 11 and 12 - 12/14/09 11:33 AM
11. Lack of Follow-up System. Homes are frequently sold on the second or subsequent visits which have been brought about by a REALTOR. The broker has a follow-up system on all prospects that haven't yet purchased a home. Usually the broker's representative accompanies prospects on inspections of other homes and when the situation is logical, brings the prospect back to homes they have previously toured for comparison. The owner can take none of these steps with only one home (their own) to sell. Often, visitors to a For Sale by Owner open house, will not provide their contact information, not even their (0 comments)
For Sale by Owner, Parts 9 and 10 - 12/14/09 09:33 AM
9. Lack of Prospect Sources. It is a trusim in real estate selling that the more exposure a home has to qualified buyers, the more likely there will be a quicker and more favorable sale. Most sellers are limited in their sources for propsects, friends and neighbors, organization bulletin boards, and some owner advertising. On the other hand, the professional broker has a large and constantly renewing flow of prospects from which to pre-select qualified buyers for the owner's home. 10. Lack of Advertising Exposure. The owner is advertising one home; their own. The broker on the other hand is adversting (3 comments)
For Sale by Owner, Parts 7 and 8 - 12/14/09 08:51 AM
7. The Urgency of the Situation. When the time in which a home must be sold is limited, it is very unwise for an owner to take any of that time to try and sell their home themselves. When they fail, which is often the case, a broker finally selected often times does not have enough time to market the home properly to get it sold (depending on the market) before the owner moves out to leave the home vacant. A vacant home, even when redecorated, usually is more difficult to sell than one being lived in. 8. Problems with Financing. (0 comments)
For Sale by Owner, Parts 5 and 6 - 12/14/09 08:36 AM
5. Prospects Hidden Objections. Prospects often find it reluctant to bring out and discuss objections with the owner because of the personal element involved. They do not want to put the seller in the position of defending their own home. Thus, and owner can't represent themself properly with many prospects because the owner does not know the prospect has unrevealed objections. 6. Inexperience in Handling Objections. Techniques for handling objections professionally and effectively are the most difficult of all techniques to master in selling. Almost never does a homeowner have any such training or experience. Thus, when major objections are raised, (1 comments)
For Sale by Owner, Parts 3 and 4 - 12/14/09 08:26 AM
3. Get Lookers. Homeowner ads bring a great many lookers who are not really qualified to buy, wasting homeowner's time and perhaps losing a real prospect. Brokers bring people to inspect homes who are qualified financially to buy and who are intersted in a specific home and location. 4. Difficulty in Purchaser Negotiations. Owners inexperienced in real estate transactions can and frequently do encounter difficulties in negotiating concessions, price, repairs, and other matters, which may lose a qualifiied prospect. The broker, as the professsional go-between, is in far better position to handle negotiations that will lead to a sale.
For Sale by Owner, Part 3 and 4 - 12/12/09 11:58 AM
3. Get Lookers. Homeowner ads bring a great many lookers who are not really qualified to buy, wasting homeowner's time and perhaps losing a real prospect. Brokers bring people to inspect homes who are qualified financially to buy and who are intersted in a specific home and location. 4. Difficulty in Purchaser Negotiations. Owners inexperienced in real estate transactions can and frequently do encounter difficulties in negotiating concessions, price, repairs, and other matters, which may lose a qualifiied prospect. The broker, as the professsional go-between, is in far better position to handle negotiations that will lead to a sale. (2 comments)
For Sale by Owner, Part 1 and 2 - 12/11/09 04:04 PM
This will be a 24 part series that will run in several consecutive daily posts. If you are planning on selling your own home, this might be a good read for you.1. Saving the Commission. Often times the principal reason homeowners make is that they can save the commission by selling their own home by themseves. Experience proves this is not usually the case. Buyers today are very savvy. They feel, whether it is true in particular instances or not, that owners overprice their homes and what the owner expects to get for their home is inflated by the amount of (4 comments)
Dover Delaware Welcomes Ol' Jolly - 12/11/09 12:36 PM
Dover Delaware will showcase its annual Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 12. Loockerman Street will be closed from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. During this time, DART Bus Route109 will be on detour. Signs will be posted at all affected bus stops to direct customers to the nearest stop.And, on Dec 15th, Dover High School will have its Winter Concert, beginning 6:30 p.m. The concert will be held at Delaware State University in the Education and Humanities Building. Performances will be by the concert band, jazz band, symphonic band, chorus and orchestra. This is a free concert and everyone is welcome to attend.Don't miss these (0 comments)
Don't be Looking at my Fanny! - 12/11/09 08:36 AM
Well, in this case you can... A program announced by Fannie Mae gives a first-look option for homes in its REO inventory of 70,000 homes to owner-occupant buyers and public entities. During the first 15 days a property is listed for sale, purchases are limited to buyers who intend to occupy the home and public entities. Fannie will waive the earnest money requirement for public entities, and lower it for households that have qualified to use public funds for the purchase. Buyers get 45 days to close, 15 days longer than usual. Fannie Mae does not reduce commissions related to the (2 comments)
Shop Delaware, Home of Tax-Free Shopping! - 12/09/09 07:53 AM
Delaware has such rich resources, Delawareans are encouraged to purchase locally and support home grown goods. This is a great time of year to support your local agricultural farmers and other goods producing industries. Buying local not only helps create jobs in Delaware, but helps save fuel by not having to transport goods from other states and locales. Shop Delaware stores, food markets and other markets for: • Frozen and canned vegetables from The PictSweet Company, Hanover Food Corporation, J. G. Townsends Inc. and Vlasic Pickles, all of which contract with local farmers and provide processing jobs for Delawareans • Quality poultry from Allen (0 comments)
Delaware Families Get a Boost for Their Roost - 12/08/09 05:54 PM
The Delaware Community Development Block Grant Program through the Department of Housing and Urban Development will soon be reviewing applications from low-income homeowners who have problems with their aging homes. Residents in Milton Delaware will soon be able to apply for assistance to repair roofs, poorly insulated windows, aging porches, and other home problems.The Delaware State Housing Authority oversees the federal program which provides money to residents who are retired and on fixed incomes that do not have the financial resources to repair their homes. The aim of the program is to keep homes livable and to prevent the decline of housing values. Although rental (0 comments)
How Delaware Warms the Heart and Body - 12/07/09 09:23 PM
What a great way to give back to the community. Wilmington Delaware contractor, Horizon Services, has a program, Warm the Heart. Co-owner, Mark Aitken, started the program 4 years ago as a service to serve the needy in the New Castle Delaware area. Horizon Services in partnership with Delmarva Power and the Lennox Company installs new heating systems and repairs and upgrades older systems, free of charge for those most in need. There are about 50 clients at this time and the program is now expanding to Kent and Sussex Counties and 14 families will have new furnaces installed before the winter (0 comments)
Delaware's Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge has it's winter bird watching field trips scheduled. The refuge has such an excellent habitat, a large number of species find their way on a seasonal basis. The planned trips are Dec 16th, Jan 10th, Feb 14th, and Mar 10th. Some observers over the years have seen as many as 200 species of our winged friends. The field trips are three hours in length and begin at 8 a.m. at the Refuge Headquarters off Route 16. This is a rain or shine event, so dress warmly. What a terrific way to spend a morning and this can (2 comments)
Georgetown Delaware to Benefit From Solar Power - 12/02/09 05:57 PM
The Nov 10th Sussex County Council meeting accepted a consultant's recommendation to use a federal grant of $648,000 to install over 400 solar panels for Sussex County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The panels will draw on sunlight and convert the energy into electricity. The power produced will help power the 911 center and the residual power can be sold back to the local electrical grid. This project will result in an annual electric cost savings to the county of more than $12,000. It is expected to generate $30,000 annually in new revenue and will receive a one-time state rebate of more than $200,000 for adopting the technology. Sussex County stands to earn as much as $1.3 million in revenue (0 comments)
Dover Delaware's Decades Long Festival of Lights - 12/01/09 04:44 PM
Tonight, Dec 1st at 6:00 p.m., Dover Delaware will once again officially open the Christmas Season with the traditional lighting of the City's Tree. The annual event will be held in front of City Hall on The Plaza. Dover City Mayor, Carleton Carey, will be on hand to kick off the festivities. On Dec 5th, the city's Festival of Lights will be highlighted by the appearance of jolly St. Nick who will be listening to young boy's and girl's wish lists on the corner of Bradford and Loockerman Streets. Downtown Dover is lit from one end of Loockerman Street to the other, using (0 comments)
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