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Relocating to Rehoboth Beach can be an invigorating fresh start: an opening to unexplored opportunities and a brand new community filled with tomorrow’s life-long friends. Then again, faced with a sudden onslaught of details and decisions, it can be an experience that falls just short of overwhelming. Every year, 43,000,000 Americans move to a new home, yet the Employee Relocation Council says that moving is the third most stressful event in a person’s life.
If you are relocating to Sussex County anytime soon, there is much that you can do to ensure the more positive outcome. Whether you will move for professional reasons or just to take advantage of the lifestyle the region offers, you will cut down on anxiety when you take positive steps to orient yourself ahead of time.
If at all possible, make a few excursions to Rehoboth Beach well in advance of your move. Make them mini-vacations: when you check into a local hotel or motel for a few days with no pressing agenda, you’ll be free to learn a lot about your new town, discover some of what will become your new favorite place, and just plain get familiar with what is where (and how to get there). Later, when you’re in the midst of relocating to Sussex County, there won’t be any free time for that kind of leisurely investigation.
Be sure to visit our Rehoboth Beach Chamber of Commerce early during your first stay. You’ll find loads of resources to help you familiarize yourself with the whole region. From welcome packets that include coupons and a list of things to do, to specific question-answering advice and help, the C of C is a great free resource for future residents.
Even further in advance, once relocating to Rehoboth Beach looks likely, whether you plan to buy or lease, get in touch with a Rehoboth Beach Realtor®. There is no better source for insider guidance on schools, which neighborhoods are the best for your needs, and invaluable help in finding and landing your new residence.
Advance planning will make relocating to Rehoboth Beach a positive and efficient experience— and it’s my business to help that happen for my clients. Contemplating relocating to Sussex County? Call/text 302-228-7871or email me, Russell Stucki, REALTOR ® of Beach Real Estate Market to provide detailed information on Delaware homes for sale, investment and commercial properties, luxury and waterfront homes, condos/townhomes, new construction, lots and land, farms and equestrian properties located in but not limited to Bethany, Bethel, Bridgeville, Dagsboro, Delmar, Ellendale, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Georgetown, Greenwood, Harbeson, Laurel, Lewes, Lincoln, Milford, Millsboro, Millville, Milton, Ocean View, Rehoboth Beach, Seaford, Selbyville, Delaware.
It can be a true three-ring circus as you close in on signing day for your new Milford home. Sometimes there’s a near-simultaneous sale of the previous house that demands attention. There are the timing issues connected with moving out and then moving in. You may be dealing with furnishing the new house, school schedules, and sometimes work requirements have to be juggled; and everything seems to be happening at the same time.
Amidst all the details you are attending to, there is one that appears so simple that it may not get as much consideration as it deserves. Seeming almost like a non-decision, this one actually has major implications. It’s a true ‘sleeper.’
The subject is your decision on how you want to time the new mortgage payments for your new Sussex County home. It turns out that "once a month" is not necessarily the best answer.
Many lenders offer a variety of mortgage payment options, and they vary in ways that can make a surprisingly great financial difference over the long haul. No matter how busy you get, this is a decision which deserves some serious attention (and probably a hand calculator).
First, there is an English language oddity to straighten out: it’s about the prefix "bi."
If you think "bi" is a prefix that means ‘two,’ you’re right—but it also has two meanings:
1. ‘Bimonthly’ means twice a month (but not once every two months).
2. ‘Biweekly’ means every other week.
At first glance, "every other week" and "twice a month" seem to be the same thing; but they’re not. The difference is significant, because there are 52 (not 48) weeks in a year. As everyone comes to realize sooner or later, there are 4.3 weeks in an average month (not four). So the number of mortgage payments you will make could be 12 (if you go with the standard ‘once a month’ mortgage payment), or 24 (a bimonthly mortgage payment), or 26 (the biweekly choice).
Most people who choose either of the ‘bi’ payment choices consider a mortgage payment amount that’s exactly half of the monthly amount. If you choose the bimonthly plan, you might save a bit on interest by paying the first half a little bit early. But most lenders just hold the money and apply both payments at the end of the month—if so, the advantage disappears.
The real significant difference arises if you are offered a biweekly option. You can use any of the online mortgage sites to work out the precise details for yourself. Because you are making two extra payments a year, for instance, what would have been a 3.8% 30-year $225,000 loan for an Sussex County home actually turns into a 26-year loan. All else being equal, you’d own your Milford home free and clear four years earlier—and save more than $23,000 in the process!
No matter how hectic a house hunting and moving process becomes, it’s part of my job to help my clients keep the important details and decisions front-and-center. Getting the best answer to the mortgage payment choice is one of them; and of course, another best answer is to give me a call!