Join Us For a Trip to the Big Apple!

 

 

Want to experience New York City during the beauty & wonder of the Christmas season? Love the idea of experiencing all the sites, shows, and shopping of the Big Apple, but hate dealing with the stress & hassle of all that traffic and driving?

Now you can!

Go shopping, see the sites, or just take in a show, and leave the driving to us. Enjoy a fun, relaxing day-trip to NYC aboard one of the nicest buses you’ve seen.   We’ll be leaving from SCAOR at 6:30 AM on Thursday, December 10th, for a refreshing, self-guided trip to NYC. There’ll be stops at Radio City Music hall & 45th St. We’ll return to SCAOR at 10PM the same day.   Tickets will go fast, so be sure click here to grab yours today!

 

NYCity Tour

 

 

Our Condolences for the Family of Phyllis B. Maher

Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the family of REALTOR® Betty Mann Beebe’s sister-in-law Phyllis B. Maher regarding her passing.  The Cape Gazette’s Story states:

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m., at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow services at Epworth Methodist Cemetery, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach.

Click here to read more of Phyllis’s story.

Call to Action! – Stop the Housing Tax for Transportation

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Congress is considering a proposal that would create a tax on all potential homeowners and consumers looking to purchase or refinance a mortgage.

By increasing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s credit risk guarantee fees (g-fees) to fund transportation programs, Congress would disturb the housing recovery.  Now is not the time to raise the cost to purchase or refinance a home.

NAR strongly believes that taxing homeowners to pay for transportation programs places an unnecessary long-term burden on consumers and this action will disproportionately impact low and moderate income borrowers, as well as first-time homebuyers.

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What Problems Are Hurting Your Real Estate Teams?

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We’ve all had to deal with them.

REALTOR® Magazine has a wonderful article worth checking out regarding managing the dynamics that make up your team.  This article mentions some great approaches to helping to get around many of the common obstacles that befall many REALTORS®.  If you have a minute, Check out the post here.

2nd Quarter Marketing Report

Mid-Year Report Very Positive

Second quarter sales data released recently by the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) indicates a southern Delaware real estate market that has caught fire in recent months, showing significant gains over the same period in 2014.

Through the first six months of 2015, more than 2,000 residential homes have been sold in Delaware’s southernmost county, a huge year-to-year jump not only in volume, but also in terms of sales price.

In all, 2,049 homes were sold between January and June. This is a 49 percent increase over 2014 in number of homes sold, with properties also selling for an average of 20 percent more in terms of final settlement price.

In the first half of the year, the average three-bedroom home in the county is selling for a median price of $360,780, while the average amount of time on the market has dropped to an average of just 105 days.

In total, more than $511 million worth of real estate has changed hands during the first six months of 2015, in the single family market alone. Additionally, more than $143 million in condo/townhome sales were completed during the first half of the year and more than $4.6 million in mobile home sales.

The lots/land and commercial segments are also up double digits from a year ago, with commercial real estate showing a 53 percent increase in sales volume and a staggering 72 percent increase in total sales.

So far in 2015, Sussex Co. REALTORS® have sold 2,541 properties!!

Sussex Realtors in Opposition to Flawed Rehoboth Beach Zoning Ordinance

On Friday, July 17th, there will be a vote at City Hall in Rehoboth Beach to approve a proposed zoning ordinance.  This new ordinance produces unintended consequences like mini-parking lots, box houses and fewer trees. This impacts new construction and renovations to existing properties.

How can I help?

1)  Now’s the time to get involved and make your voice heard!  Email and phone the city commissioners letting them know of your opposition to the purposed ordinance.   (Email addresses below)

2) Join us on Friday night at 6 PM at city hall wearing RED shirts. Free parking available at Mann & Sons, Berkshire Hathaway, and Re/Max or and side street after 5 PM.

3) Sign the online petition

 

CALL CITY HALL

302-227-2400 or 302-227-6181

 

Mayor Samuel R. Cooper
scooper@cityofrehoboth.com

Commissioner Stan Mills
smills@cityofrehoboth.com

Commissioner Kathy McGuiness
kmcguiness@cityofrehoboth.com

Commissioner Patrick Gossett
pgossett@cityofrehoboth.com 

Commissioner Lorraine Zellers
lzellers@cityofrehoboth.com

Commissioner Toni Sharp
tsharp@cityofrehoboth.com

Commissioner Bill Sargent
bsargent@cityofrehoboth.com

City Manager Sharon Lynn
slynn@cityofrehoboth.com

 

Together, we *can* make a difference and preserve Rehoboth Beach as the home & vacation destination to thousands it’s always been.

 

Sussex Realtors Improve Member/Public Services

In an effort to improve services for its membership, as well as for the general public, the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) recently converted it’s Multiple Listing Service (MLS) subscription to the Matrix platform, provided by the CoreLogic Corp. This change to one of the nation’s leading MLS platforms improves functionality, service and reliability to individuals searching for a new home in southern Delaware.

The new service went live on Tuesday, May 26, and is now being used by the nearly 2,000 members of SCAOR to enter essential home information, compile reports and interact with the home buying public.

“I, and the rest of the board of directors, feel that converting to the Matrix system is a win-win situation for our members, and for everyone searching for a home in our beautiful area of the state,” says Fred Dean, 2015 president of SCAOR. “This new MLS platform has many features that our old system did not and will allow us to serve our clients in a more effective and reliable manner.”

An MLS is a service provided by participating real estate brokers, who join together to allow viewing of each others listings by the general public.

Matrix is one of the nation’s fastest-growing MLS platforms, offering faster speed and cutting-edge functionality to deliver a higher level performance that today’s real estate community demands. Features include multilingual support, greater system management, advanced statistical capabilities, integrated mapping, a stats generator and mobile accessibility.

Sussex Realtors in Opposition to Swimming Pool Ordinance

In an ongoing effort to protect the rights of area homeowners, per it’s long-time mission, the board of directors and membership of the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) have taken a formal stance against the proposed swimming pool ordinance drafted and presented recently by Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper.

In a workshop planned for Monday, June 8, members of the public are invited to the Rehoboth Beach Town Hall where they will be afforded an opportunity to speak for or against the controversial proposal.

If adopted by the commission, the ordinance would prohibit property owners who rent their homes during the summer tourist season from offering a pool as an amenity. If the home already has an existing pool, they would be forced to cover it during the time that it is rented.

“Rehoboth Beach has prospered in years past largely due to the increased level of tourism dollars pumped into the local economy,” states Sandy Greene, former president of SCAOR and current chair of the Association’s public policy committee. “Tourism is an economic engine that allows Rehoboth to prosper, and visitors expect a certain level of amenities when they choose coastal Delaware as their vacation destination. This proposed ordinance will, in essence, bite the hand that feeds it.”

Rehoboth Beach commissioners have been in the media recently because of the new ordinance cracking down on noisy behavior in the seaside resort. This recent proposal targeting swimming pools is another step toward cracking down on what some perceive as excessive noise in the town.

The rental market, especially in Sussex County’s beach resorts, has a significant economic impact on southern Delaware every year. Visitors from throughout the mid-Atlantic come to the Delaware beaches each summer in droves, many renting homes and hotel rooms for extended vacations.

“Rehoboth has always billed itself as a ‘welcoming, friendly community,’ and ‘the place where people can stroll down tree-lined streets, neighbors know one another, children play outside; a diverse community that comes together to preserve the city’s charm and unique character,’ ” says Greene. “We certainly don’t feel like this proposed ordinance is in tune with those sentiments, and we implore the commission to vote against these proposed changes to the town code.”

SCAOR was chartered in 1949 and has steadily grown in size, scope and mission during its more than six decades in Sussex County. It is a professional trade association with goals of carrying out a program of education and advocacy for real estate in the county.

SCAOR is a resource for the public, as well as a recognized advocate for property rights and property owners in Sussex County. The association also monitors legislative issues on the local, state and national levels that may impact home ownership in the area.

Sussex County Realtors Fulfill Educational Requirements While at Sea

wRealizing that education can occur anywhere and under any circumstances, nearly 50 members and friends of the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) completed several of their Delaware Real Estate Commission (DREC) mandated educational requirements recently while on the high seas, as part of the Association’s first-ever “educational cruise.”

Held aboard Royal Caribbean International’s “Grandeur of the Seas,” the eight-day cruise departed the Port of Baltimore on Friday, Feb. 13. The trip was organized by SCAOR, paid for by participating members and featured a bevy of real-estate related offerings in several different areas.

Classes onboard were taught by Harry Wooding, who was chosen by members as SCAOR’s “Educator of the Year” in 2014.

“As an instructor, this was a wonderful opportunity for me to teach classes that I’ve taught many times before, but teach them in a completely different way,” says Wooding. “It was kind of like, as soon as the work was done, a vacation was right there waiting for us. We accomplished a great deal in terms of education during our days at sea, but we also had a lot of fun.”

The winter cruise included three days of coursework and four ports of call, including Port Canaveral and Key West in Florida, as well as Nassau and the private island of Coco Cay in the Bahamas.

Sussex County Association of Realtors

Phone: 302-855-2300 | Fax: 302-855-2319

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