carolyn roland homes for sale: Newlin Grist Mill a Respite for the Senses - 07/28/18 07:39 PM

 
Looking for some fresh air and green spaces today (since the rain has stopped), I wandered down to the Newlin Grist Mill in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. I had not been down there in years and it is right down the road from my favorite shopping spot, the Shoppes at Brinton Lake. And yes, it is in Delaware County, a stone's throw from my usual stomping grounds in Chester County.
 
There were not many cars in the parking lot, and I did not run into many people. As a matter of fact the only ones I spoke to were the Tinsmith, Ken Smith, … (1 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: Real Estate Activity and How it Affects Historic Homes - 07/24/18 08:30 AM
 
As we all have observed in our part of the country, real estate activity in June in Delaware was reflective of the weather: everyone was hiding inside with the air conditioning turned up high and trying to avoid participating in the real estate market.
New listings were down almost 10% compared to the same time last year,  and closed sales were only up a fraction of a percent. The median sales price was only up about 2% compared to June of 2017, and about the same for the year to date as last year.
 
The average days on the market was down … (0 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: Last Month's Real Estate Market Activity for New Castle County - 06/06/18 12:03 PM
The numbers are in for May, 2018 in the New Castle County, Delaware real estate market. Hey home sellers--it is safe to come out of hiding now! Yes, mortgage rates are climbing and now have reached 10 year highs. But if you are planning to make a move to a new location and waiting for the rates to come down--that's probably not going to happen.
So it's time to look at the numbers for New Castle County for the last month and see how your present home could be the hot property that buyers are looking for. New listings are down 5% … (0 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: Southern Chester County Home Report, April 2018 - 05/22/18 12:02 PM
There is definitely a need for more listings in the current market, shown by the following chart:
For the year so far, new listings in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania are down 8% and closed sales are up only 1.4%. The only good news is that the median sales price is up 4.3% over 2017.
Since people usually ask about the one hundred year plus homes on the market, I have attached a current list of homes on the market. 
The price range of these homes is $150,000 to $1,000,000 and 100+ years old. You can check this list daily or change search … (1 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: Historic Homes for sale in Kent County, Delaware - 03/07/18 10:15 AM
If you are looking for a more rural "small town" atmosphere, Kent County may be the place for you to begin your Historic Home search in Delaware. It is in the middle of the State and home to the State Capital, Dover.  This  town has  official historic areas such as The First State Heritage Park  and the adjacent City  Historic District.    (picture-Governor's Mansion guest house.)
 
South of the City of Dover you will find the historic John Dickinson Plantation (photo), a house museum complex on the estate of  "The Penman of the Revolution," the often overlooked John Dickinson (not helped by … (2 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: Historic Homes for Sale in Odessa and Middletown, Delaware - 03/06/18 08:55 AM
New Castle County, Delaware has an area we call "below the canal."  This is the area where part of the County became separated by a 14 mile long waterway connecting the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware River. Plans first began in the 1820's for a canal utilizing locks between the river levels and mules and horses towing barges. This was problematic due to loss of water when locks opened and closed . By 1919, the U.S. government bought the canal and the Army Corps of Engineers dug the present canal with a deeper draft and no locks. (Photo of Port Penn … (1 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: Home sales in Delaware and the Northeast take a dive - 03/05/18 12:18 PM
NATIONAL NEWS:Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says pending home sales took a noticeable step back to start 2018. “The economy is in great shape, most local job markets are very strong and incomes are slowly rising, but there’s little doubt last month’s retreat in contract signings occurred because of woefully low supply levels and the sudden increase in mortgage rates,” said Yun. “The lower end of the market continues to feel the brunt of these supply and affordability impediments. With the cost of buying a home getting more expensive and not enough inventory, some prospective buyers are either waiting until listings … (0 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: A Rainy Day--But the Koi don't care! - 03/02/18 10:12 AM
I usually don't go walking at Winterthur in the rain, but it was an on and off kind of drizzle yesterday on March 1, as the gardens opened for the first time this year.
 
There are some nice grades on the walking paths, just the ticket for someone who is trying to get back in shape from a rainy, snowy winter. The winter hazels were blooming next to the visitor center.
 
Down the walking path, there were winter aconites (yellow), snowdrops (white) and crocuses (purple).
 
Out in the meadow there were pieces of machinery carving out mown pathways leading to what is going to … (3 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: And You Thought All That Campbell Soup Was in Cans - 03/01/18 06:33 PM
Many years ago there used to be a program on WFLN, a classical music station out of Philadelphia (the station no longer exists) and it was 5 or 10 minutes long and broadcast from the Campbell Soup Museum in Camden, New Jersey. It was hosted by an erudite gentleman by the name of Ralph Collier (who was born in Germany but spoke elegant English). Called "Tours and Detours," it might be about anything in the world, as he was a world traveler and he broadcast several programs from the 1960's to 2011. (pictured -the Campbell Collection at Winterthur)
But every once in … (2 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: These Interior Design Tips Are A Waste of Space - 01/10/18 06:36 AM
We regularly get industry "insider" newsletters and the one today made me wonder what world these people live in.
  Cozy blankets galore. Nothing is better than a snuggly blanket on a cool winter evening. Drape heavier blankets over sofas, chairs or reading nooks, and even fold one up by the fireplace for stretching out on the floor. Just make sure it's safely away from the flames!  (cozy log cabin fireplace)

Ok, so they have us covering the living room with blankets. Reminds me of when I was a child and built blanket tents over the furniture. Guess I was ahead of the … (4 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: January 2018 Historic Homes E-Newsletter - 01/02/18 10:33 AM
DELAWARE EVENTS
 
Many house museums are closed for the Winter, so we are ranging a bit far afield this month.
 
In 2017 the Delaware Department of Transportation celebrated 100 years of service to the residents of Delaware and all who travel through the First State. On Saturday, Jan. 6, at 10:30 A.M., Jennifer Cohan, secretary of Delaware Department of Transportation, will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives focusing on the first 100 years of this state agency. The Delaware General Assembly passed the Highway Act of 1917 which formed a centralized highway department with the authority to build and maintain a … (0 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: Our first snow of the season in Delaware - 12/09/17 08:44 PM
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 … (3 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: 10 Things to Know Before You Sell an Historic Home - 11/01/17 07:09 PM
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 … (7 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: Real Estate Market Report For Kent County, Delaware - 06/11/14 06:05 AM

Kent County, Delaware home sales are picking up, as the report from May, 2014 shows. However, the uptick in activity in May has not been enough to bring year to date figures on an upward curve. New listings in May were up 13%, and pending sales were up 6%. For the year, another good sign for sellers is that the median sales price is up almost 7%. Inventory as a whole is still down, with single-family detached homes down 4%. Sellers should be encouraged to know that prices are swinging upward in 2014 and that days on the market are slightly … (6 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: Kent County, Delaware Market Report on Last Quarter of Home Sales - 03/07/14 03:08 AM
In Kent County, Delaware, stretching from Smyrna to Milford, average sale prices in the last quarter were up less than 1% over the same time in 2012.  You can compare this with neighboring New Castle County, discussed in my New Castle County blog article.
Median prices were down almost 4% over the same period.
The number of homes for sale was down 6% from the previous year.
One similarity to New Castle County is the number of closed sales, both just under 8%.
The months' supply of houses is somewhat better than the 13 months to the north, but still a … (4 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: So how is the housing market doing in New Castle County, Delaware? - 03/06/14 05:21 AM
The average home sale price in New Castle County, Delaware in the last quarter was up over 3%, not nearly as strong a rise as the rate in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, just to the north.
Some good news is contained in the 1.2% figure, which is the amount over the list price which was received.
And why was this? Look at the next number, -10%, which is the number of homes for sale vs. one year prior.
The months' supply of houses is actually a minus 14% vs. 2012. This makes it a very competitive market for the smaller … (0 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: Are Markets in Delaware Doing Better Than Those In Chester County PA? - 03/06/14 04:41 AM
A stiff breeze from the north brought snow and a rising market for Home Sales in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania in the last quarter.
The good news is that the average home sale price was up almost 7%.
However, as in many places across the country, the number of homes for sale was down about 12%.
The months' supply of houses was down 22% over the same period in 2012, explaining why buyers are anxiously waiting for homes to come on the market.
Stay tuned for my next reports: Home Sales in New Castle and Kent Counties in Delaware.
You can … (2 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: Attractive Ranch House For Sale Near Price's Corner - 10/15/13 03:06 AM
   There is lots of room in this attractive ranch house with a finished lower level with full bath and bedroom, outside entrance and laundry room, making this a possible in-law suite. An eat-in kitchen with oak cabinets has a garden window and  sliding doors to a patio. There are hardwood floors throughout main level, a gas fireplace, and a bay window in the living room. There is a landscaped yard with a patio, shed, fence, and circular drive off a side street on this corner lot in a quiet neighborhood close to shopping and schools. A Home Trust Warranty is … (4 comments)

carolyn roland homes for sale: Buyers Looking for the Perfect Home in New Castle County - 05/22/13 03:59 AM
                    
The good news here is that new listings were up as of the end of April over April in 2012 for New Castle County, Delaware Real Estate.  Closed and pending sales were also up, although total listing inventory was down 24%!  
Buyers are competing for listings which are priced correctly and in move-in condition. But buyers are still fussy about what they consider acceptable. Floor plan awkward?  Kitchen needs updating?  Small rooms?  No central air?  "No thanks, we'll sit this one out," they are saying!  So sellers beware--there are plenty of buyers out there, but they are convinced that … (4 comments)

 
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