54 Delaware Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, De 19971 | $1,925,000

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Property Details

Just 2 blocks to the beach and to Rehoboth Ave., and originally built in 1926, this home was practically rebuilt and large addition added in 1999, with all new systems, plumbing, wiring, exterior, windows etc. but keeping the charm of an older home.
  • MLS Number: 720276
  • Status: Active
  • Price: $1,925,000
  • Property Type:
  • Area: Dewey To Lewes East Of Canal
  • Community: South Rehoboth
  • School District: Cape Henlopen
  • Square Footage: 2,896
  • Year Built: 1926
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Full Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • New Construction: No
  • County Taxes: $926
  • City Taxes: $457
  • Water Fee: $305
  • Sewer Fee: $305
  • Trash Fee: $275
  • Furnished: No
  • Lot Dimensions: 50x108x53x91
  • Lot Square Feet: 5,001
  • Lot Size Acres: 0.11
  • Lot Description: Landscaped
  • Water: Public Central Water
  • Sewer: Public Central Sewer

Interior Features

  • Kitchen: Countertops - Granite, Island
  • Fireplace: Gas
  • Heating: Geothermal
  • Cooling: Geothermal
  • Flooring: Hardwood, Tile
  • Basement: Basement - Partial,Sump Pump,Unfinished
  • Attic: Access Only
  • Security: Security System, Video Surveillance
  • Appliances: Dishwasher, Disposal, Freezer, Fridge w/Ice Maker, Microwave, Oven/Range Electric, Oven/Range Gas, Oven-Double, Washer/Dryer Stack, Water Heater Tankless
  • Interior Features: Cable TV Prewired, Ceiling Fan(s), Fireplace-Gas, Insulated Door(s), Insulated Window(s), Insulation, MBED-Full Bath, MBED-Separate Shower and Tub, Storm Door(s), Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-In Closets, Wet Bar, Window Treatments

Exterior Features

  • Style: Cottage
  • Construction Type: Stick/Frame
  • Exterior Type: Cedar Siding, Shake
  • Roofing: Architectural Shingle
  • Foundation: Concrete Block
  • Parking: Driveway/Off Street
  • Porch/Deck/Patio: Deck - Rear, Porch - Front
  • Exterior Features: Outside Shower, Solar Panels, Storage Shed/Outbuilding

Listing Courtesy of RE/MAX REALTY GROUP REHOBOTH

Rehoboth Beach Mortgage Watchers Eye ‘Wealth Building Home Loa

Something new is stirring in the ordinarily hidebound world of residential mortgage offerings: a new way of approaching the financing of home purchases. If successful, it might well shift the way some Rehoboth Beach mortgage contracts are written.

The experiment is known as the "Wealth Building Home Loan," and it addresses a home-ownership problem that has been talked about for a long time, with little being done to solve it. The issue in question is how to unburden new homeowners from spending years in a situation that bears more resemblance, financially, to renting than to owning— especially during the first 3 to 5 years. For low- and moderate-income mortgagees, that’s the difference between sinking into more debt and actually building wealth. After all, every dollar that goes toward interest is lost, while dollars that pay down principal are investments.

According to Edward Pinto, one of the authors of the WBHL, often during the opening years of a 30-year loan, "68% goes to pay interest." In the new program, 77% of monthly payments go to pay off principal—with the result that in a short time, new homeowners have a much larger equity stake in their homes. And, it is hoped, a sizeable increase in pride of ownership: "a stake in the game."

It sounds good, but you might be wondering how this could be possible. Is this just a ‘pie in the sky,’ feel-good idea that will never see daylight in the real world? Apparently not. The pilot program is being put into action by some serious players: the American Enterprise Institute (if that sounds like a conservative outfit, it is) and administered by the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (if that sounds like a liberal outfit, ditto). And it’s being funded by Bank of America and Citi Mortgage—neither of which would be likely to bankroll some fly-by-night scheme.

The mechanics of this kind of mortgage work out like this. First, it’s based on a 15-year term, which of course speeds the rate at which equity builds; and second, it’s a mortgage that carries a very low interest rate. Something for nothing? Not quite: the concept is to

· change the underwriting standards to tilt away from credit history and toward recent payment history and residual income, thought to lower lender risk

· eliminate the down payment altogether, instead allocating that initial cash toward "points": buy-downs of the mortgage’s interest rate to .5%, (or even 0%)!

It boils down to an approach that could be a win-win. Borrowers (even those who suffered credit black marks during the economic downturn) could be newly eligible for a home loan, and because lenders pocket the interest rate buy-down amount, a proposition they might find acceptable.

Should Rehoboth Beach mortgage applicants expect this deal to be available next week? Not likely: it’s in the pilot phase. But if it seems to work out, it could be a shot in the arm for homeowners who can manage a slightly higher monthly payment. If you would like to chat about today’s home loan availability (or any other current Rehoboth Beach real estate doings), I hope you’ll give me a call!

 

6 Budget-Minded Fixes that Add Delaware Curb Appeal

 Conscientious Delaware homeowners keep on top of all the regular maintenance items pretty much automatically. Once you have lived in a place for more than a year or two, you know what you should be keeping an eye on. You have a handle on when major fixes and updates have to be addressed.

When you begin thinking about moving on to new digs, though, the focus shifts. Your Delaware property is about to enter a beauty contest, after all—so more attention will have to be paid to moving it toward the dazzler category. The floor plan, interior décor, mechanical functions, and the other features that prospective buyers will delve into may all come into play eventually—but only after initial interest has been piqued.

Call it what you will: “first take,” “initial impression,” or “curb appeal”—whatever you name it, if it’s positive, everything else can follow. If it’s negative for any reason, all the other factors will be fighting an uphill battle—or worse, a battle that’s never fought at all.

Given that most homes that are about to go on the Delaware market have basic maintenance issues solved, some of the most important home improvement items are those that boost the first impression. Here are six that are universally cited:

  1. Clean. This one is not as obvious as it sounds—owners are used to the way the front of the house looks, and more often than not, don’t even notice subtle loss to a home’s “sparkle.” When years of almost-invisible grime are cleared away, the difference can be startling. Every surface has its own effective cleaning techniques: they’re easy to find on the web.
  2. Spruce up the yard. If lawn dominates, dollars spent to bring as much life as possible will be well spent. If the season makes a quick enough turnaround impractical, professional lawn paint spraying services are a temporary fix.
  3. Mulch. If fall has given front yard flower beds too much of an overgrown look, be prepared to cut them back into shape—then mulch the newly-exposed soil. The look that emerges can transform unkempt into elegant.
  4. Entryway. If there is an entry lantern overhead, make its glass panes sparkle. Front door fixtures should gleam—and if they are beyond polishing, replacing them is not a budget-buster. It can also be transformative to paint the door itself with an inviting color that accents the exterior’s tone—an idea that could be the most cost-effective curb appeal assist of all!
  5. Driveway. If there are major cracks, they will need to be filled (quick! Winter’s on the way). But if the only problem is blemishes on asphalt, a sealcoat service when the weather allows can be well worth the dollars spent.
  6. Identity. The house numbers, whether simply on the side of the mailbox or elsewhere, are more important than most Delaware homeowners realize. After all, prospective buyers are certain to look closely at them—which can be turned into an opportunity to forge a distinctive identity. Search the web for images showing “house number design ideas” to see how many interesting looks are out there—then seriously consider if a change might add drama and distinction to your home’s curb appeal.  

These are not-so-costly fixups that can go far to help your Delaware property reach out and reel in its next owner. For more helpful tips—call me! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at russellstucki@remax.net, visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com