New Castle County, DE Real Estate News

By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  It's closing on that time of year again.  As temperatures start to drop, it becomes more and more evident that the cold of winter is right around the corner. In many areas, this means it’s time to start prepping for low temps and all the ice and snow that often accompany them. There’s one thing that people often forget to prepare for, though: the deluge of road salt that often comes with the winter.   Road salt is obviously used to help keep the roads safe by melting snow and ice before it can become dangerous. Many homeowners use salt and salt alternatives around the house as well, keeping walkways and steps ice-free during harsh weather. If you aren’t careful, though, having too much salt can cause a lot of problems with your landscaping and even some home fixtures. If you want to ...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
When you’re selling a home, you only have a few seconds to make an impression and convince buyers to look further. That’s why home staging is so important, especially in a market with tough competition. Home staging presents your home in its best possible light, and if done right, gives it an advantage over similar homes in the area. But if done wrong, you could actually be turning potential buyers away. So here are six home staging tips every seller should be aware of and avoid.  Curb Appeal - Get Buyers In the House Don’t get so wrapped up in staging the inside of the home that you forget about the outside. No matter how beautiful your home is, if it looks unpleasant from the outside, you’ll have a hard time getting people in the door. But if you make the front of your home look welc...
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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 I never did find a written program for today's Delaware Art Museum celebration of Dia de los Muertos, the sights and sounds were vivid enough to keep me interested.  Recorded music was playing in the park behind the museum and the parking lot was full (got the last parking place back in the woods), and people were visiting the tents of the exhibitors with their colorful wares of jewelry and textiles.  Soon a  mariachi band was playing lively music--I love it when the trumpet joins in. They started a groovy beat that brought out line-dancing bystanders and costumed people, all grooving in a Mexican conga line, except with heel tapping beats. Then a woman introduced what sounded like a Mexican Ballet group. Wow. Ages probably from preschool to mid-50's. The costumes were beautifu...
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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)
Round about this time of year, some of us are gathering around the old fire pit, roasting marshmallows and telling a few tall tales.  Lucy might well be one subject spoken about in these parts.Back in 1993, the local Crossroads paper published a story about a certain little girl and an historic home, the Penny House, at 235 Philadelphia Pike in Wilmington, Delaware. Well, the family who lived in the house for 20 years has put the home on the market, and this could be an appropriate time to mention this tale. The original Penny Farm stretched for many acres and reached Brandywine Blvd. in Bellefonte. Mr. Penny farmed most of the land until his death in 1797, when he left it to his sons, both cabinetmakers who could make you a coffin for $8. The brothers died in 1832 and 1843. For years l...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  As a kid, Halloween was one of the most magical days of the year. I got to dress up as my favorite character, snack on candy corn all day, then run around the neighborhood with my friends collecting free candy—the dream! And since trick-or-treating was canceled last year, this year's festivities are sure to be extra special. But before you get too far into spooky season, there are a few Halloween safety tips your family should consider. Pumpkin Carving Safety     Carving jack-o'-lanterns is one of our favorite Halloween traditions, but there are a few safety precautions you should know about before you begin carving. These pumpkin carving safety tips will make sure you get through the spooky season with all your fingers intact. Most importantly: Always supervise children while carvin...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
With the final quarter of 2021 upon us, mortgage rates remain low and just above the all-time lows seen at the outset of the year when the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit 2.65%. As the U.S. economy grew and the labor market strengthened throughout the year, rates increased slightly, which is natural in an improving economy. Rates were held low due in part to the Fed's massive asset purchase program where it purchased up to $120B worth of mortgage-backed and Treasury securities each month to promote lending. But with the improvement in both the economy and the jobs market along with an uptick in inflation, the Fed is now ready to begin scaling back or tapering those purchases. The taper announcement could come at the November 3rd FOMC meeting but, as Fed Chair Powell has stated, any tap...
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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)
According to the Hockessin (Delaware) Historical Society,  if you’d passed a certain plain, stuccoed house in Hockessin in the 1990s, you probably wouldn’t have noticed it, I certainly never did. And I certainly didn't suspect that it contained a 1790s log tavern. But in the years around 1800, Tweed’s Tavern was an important layover stop for carters and others traveling between the Delaware River and the grain farms and gristmills farther inland. (photo-Tweeds on right, museum on left) In 2000, assessment work ahead of road construction uncovered Tweed’s Tavern, hidden within a house that had been modified regularly in the two hundred years after the tavern was built. The Hockessin Historical Society stepped in to help preserve the structure. It moved the log tavern to a nearby site, a...
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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)
It seems like it's been weeks since we had a sunny day, and I didn't want to waste it by not taking a long walk at Winterthur Museum and Gardens.  Not yet looking like fall as far as the leaves were concerned, everything was green. The viburnums, however, did sport bright red berries. And the forested areas still were showing all green leaves.  But there was all kinds of live action going on, with the chipmunks appearing all over the place, and the koi in the ponds carrying on a swirly circle of activity.  And lets not forget all those hawks circling in the sky.  
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  No matter how old you are, where you live or how many people you have in your family, moving is never easy. All that packing, sorting, labeling, finding a new home, and starting a new life in a new place is more stressful and exhausting than you could ever imagine. That’s why people generally don’t like moving too often — or at all. But, sometimes you’re forced to do it, so you’d better have a plan and get it over with as soon as possible. If this sounds like your current situation, here are a few tips that might help make your move a little easier and quicker. What Stays & What Goes Determining what you will and won’t take with you when moving could easily be the most important step of this entire process — although most people overlook this one. That’s because you probably won’t be...
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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 visit to the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens the other day turned out to be a colorful trip. The Trial Garden showed what could be done given the restrictions imposed by the gardeners. The plants are watered and fertilized for a week or two after planting, but that's it. Also on display are winners of the All-American Selections award given nationally. Then, every 2 weeks, a UDBG staff member ranks all plants and lists the last few years' winners on their website.  Here are some of the winners in my book!  Clockwise top left: Salvia (my parents always planted these in a border in front of their house along with white alyssum), Ornamental peppers, and 2 Datura or Angel's Trumpets.  First photo: not labeled but looks like an echinacea or coneflower.     
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  Whether or not you believe in ghosts, there’s no denying that a cemetery is a spooky place—especially after dark. Some people also fear the potential of criminal activities taking place in the various hiding spots between tombstones. But despite those possible perils, it turns out buying a home near a graveyard may not be such a scary idea. America is home to more than 144,000 graveyards and cemeteries, according to Redditor and data visualization expert Joshua Stevens, who mapped out all the graveyards and cemeteries in the contiguous United States in a map titled “The Geography of the Dead.” With so many cemeteries, it’s little surprise that many are located in bustling neighborhoods. “I’ve had clients who both were not wanting to be near or next to a cemetery and others who didn’t...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  Home inspections are scary. Just when you swear you’ve found the house of your dreams, a home inspector comes along and tells you everything’s that’s wrong with it—which might lead you to think you should run for the hills! But rest assured, most things turned up during a home inspection aren’t deal breakers. Still, there are certain red flags that really should make you very, very afraid. So how can you tell? For starters, you should try to attend your home inspection to see firsthand how your inspector reacts as he checks out your house. “If your inspector comes to an abrupt halt when entering a room, or their whole demeanor changes, it’s possible they’ve just run across something very bad,” says Welmoed Sisson, a Maryland home inspector from Inspections by Bob, and author of the b...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  Like most major milestones in life, becoming a first-time homeowner comes with quite a few learning curves. Even after you close on the house and it becomes officially yours, there’s still a lot to learn when it comes to taking care of the place—and setting yourself up for long-term success. Having recently purchased my first home, I’ve had a front-row seat to all the trials and tribulations that come with learning how to be a homeowner. Here are seven of the biggest mistakes first-time homeowners make (myself included), plus some helpful tips from the experts on how to avoid them.     1. Calling a repair person with the wrong specialty This might not sound like a big deal, but it can actually end up costing you quite a bit of time and money—especially if there are significant househ...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Buyers often don’t realize that the final walk-through before closing is a vitally important part of the homebuying process. They should be reminded that this final walk-through can determine if and when they will close on their new home.   The ideal time to do the final walk-through is within 48 hours of closing. If there is a large measure of time before that, the status of the house could change. Unexpected events may occur: a tree may fall, or movers could cause damage. The purpose of the walk-through is to make sure the home is in the same condition it was when last viewed by the buyers, to confirm the post-inspection agreed-upon work has been completed, and that items included in the offer remain in the home.     The house should be broom-clean, with the following things verified...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
2407 IVANHOE LANE, WILMINGTON, DE Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $3250004bed - 2bath - 0.22 sqft lotA well maintained and updated 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Cape Cod in Limestone Acres that is much larger than most homes in the neighborhood. Originally built with a sizable addition joining kitchen, family room and breakfast room creating a large open floor plan, as well as adding a main level laundry with sink. Another addition at the opposite end of the home added a 2nd Master bedroom and allowed space for an expanded main level bath. The 2nd floor Master Bedroom Suite has an additional 10' x 5' Dressing Area and a deep soaking tub. There are nice oak hardwood floors in the Living Room, Dining Room and main floor bedrooms as well as Bay windows in the Living and ...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  As the weather cools off, autumn lawn care is a combination of clean-up and encouraging new growth. It's also a good time to help your grass recover from being trampled during your backyard games of catch or maybe bocce ball this summer. Pave the way for lush, healthy grass next spring with these timely chores. Checklist Fall Lawn Care Checklist  Deal with fallen leaves Turf grass won't tolerate thick layers of leaves well. If you don't have a lot of leaves, skip raking and mow over them to chop them into smaller pieces that will add nutrients to the soil.      Seed or lay sod Cool temperatures combined with late fall rain make for ideal conditions in most regions for establishing new lawns or making repairs.      Aerate your lawn Plan to aerate high traffic areas annually to loosen ...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  First impressions go a long way. This is applicable to not only when you meet someone new, but also when somebody sees your house for the first time. Regardless of whether it’s a friend or colleague coming over to visit or a prospective buyer looking at a property you’re trying to sell, the importance of curb appeal shouldn’t be underestimated. You might think that it takes a lot of work and money to update the curb appeal of your home, but that doesn’t have to be the case. It’s possible to significantly increase the curb appeal of your home and your property just by changing your landscaping. Here are a few ways that your landscaping can change up the look of your property and give your overall curb appeal a significant boost. Adjusting Existing Landscaping It doesn’t take a lot to ...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  Ceiling fans create cooling breezes that can make a stuffy room feel pleasantly comfortable. But as they rotate through the air, the blades can collect a ton of dust, dirt, pollen, and other small particles. Depending on where it's located, your fan might also gather greasy or sticky buildup over time, which can cause dust to cling even more. Not only does a dirty ceiling fan run less efficiently than a clean one, but it can even scatter clumps of particles throughout the room. To keep your home's air cool and free of dust, it's important to know how to clean a ceiling fan effectively. The trick is to remove the dust and grime without making it rain down on your floors and furniture. Learn how to clean ceiling fans without making a mess using these tips. How to Clean Ceiling Fans Fol...
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By David Henke, Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
Happy Labor Day!  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 Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
No matter how big they are, closets never seem to have . Whether yours is overflowing with clothes you never wear or packed with miscellaneous storage items, a quick refresh can help and make room for the . Start by clearing out these 5 items, including out-of-season attire and space-consuming accessories. Once they're out of the closet, you can either store them elsewhere in your home (such as in the basement or attic ) or . Take just a few minutes to relocate or toss these items now to make your closet feel .  1. Excess Hangers   Clunky hangers can occupy so don't hold on to more than you need. Designate a hanger for all of the items you like to hang, then ditch the rest. (You might also consider replacing bulky plastic hangers with a .) If you buy something new, make it a rule to ge...
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