324 Sandpiper, Bethany Beach, De 19930 | $1,200,000

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Property Details

To Be Built 5BR/3.5BA in the Community of The Canal. Picture is similar to another property.
  • MLS Number: 721420
  • Status: Active
  • Price: $1,200,000
  • Property Type:
  • Area: Fenwick/Bethany East Of Canal
  • Community: Canal, The
  • School District: Indian River
  • Square Footage: 3,000
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Full Bathrooms: 3
  • Half Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Stories: 3
  • New Construction: Yes
  • County Taxes: $1,300
  • City Taxes: $1,000
  • Association Fee: $25
  • Water Fee: $250
  • Sewer Fee: $250
  • Furnished: No
  • Lot Dimensions: 60x120
  • Lot Square Feet: 7,405
  • Lot Size Acres: 0.17
  • Lot Description: Cleared
  • Water: Public Central Water
  • Sewer: Public Central Sewer

Interior Features

  • Kitchen: Breakfast Bar
  • Heating: Gas - Propane, Heat Pump(s)
  • Cooling: Central A/C
  • Flooring: Carpet
  • Basement: Crawl Space
  • Attic: Access Only
  • Appliances: Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer-Electric, Exhaust Fan, Fridge w/Ice Maker, Microwave, Oven/Range Gas, Washer
  • Interior Features: Cable TV Prewired, Ceiling Fan(s), Screen(s), Vaulted Ceilings

Exterior Features

  • Style: Contemporary
  • Construction Type: Stick/Frame
  • Exterior Type: Composition
  • Roofing: Architectural Shingle
  • Foundation: Pilings
  • Garage: Attached
  • Garage Size: 2
  • Parking: Driveway/Off Street, Garage

Listing Courtesy of ReMax Coastal

Bethany Beach Homeowners Heads-up: El Niño is Happening!

With fall newly arrived, it’s a time of year when Bethany Beach homeowners can breathe a sigh of relief; relax and take it easy. With summer behind us, most gardens require less attention. The demands harsh winter weather will make are off in the distant future— or are they?

This year it might be prudent for Bethany Beach homeowners to mentally remove a month or two from their home maintenance timetables. The reason comes in two familiar words (and they aren’t English): El Niño.

According to the government’s NOAA climate forecasters, there is “an approximately 95% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-2016…” Since that is definitely our area’s hemisphere, they’re speaking to us.  They answer the question, “How strong is this El Niño now?” with, “it’s pretty strong.”  In August, it ranked second all-time (behind August 1997) in the Equatorial Southern Oscillation Index, which is one way of measuring its power. El Niño is the condition where weather shifts occur due to a change in warm ocean currents in the Pacific.

What this means to Bethany Beach homeowners is as unpredictable as…well, as the weather! What is acknowledged is that normal patterns can be disrupted to varying degrees. The reason we can never get much clarity about how it’s going to affect us is that (unsatisfying though this answer may be), winter could be markedly more—or markedly less—stormy than usual. Since the maximum effect is expected in late fall through December (hence the Christmas allusion of the ‘El Niño’ name), Bethany Beach homeowners might consider getting on with their winter maintenance preparations earlier rather than later.

So here—a bit earlier than usual—are some regular fall maintenance heads-ups:

  • Check and fill the exterior gaps where critters, bugs, and cold air might enter
  • Chimney maintenance: if you sweep once a year, schedule now
  • Rain gutter check: even though leaves haven’t begun to fall in earnest, cleaning out the mucky old debris now will make later leaf removal a breeze
  • Inspect the roof: if damage has happened, now is the time to schedule repair
  • Ditto the driveway: fill cracks before winter
  • Now is the perfect time to clean and stain the deck. Depending on how much sunlight it gets, it may need to be renewed annually (no matter what the stain can says!)
  • Replace worn weather stripping around doors and windows—your winter heating bills will reward the effort.

As a check of comments on the weather sites confirms, local homeowners have differing memories of how previous El Niños have affected them. But since we are now officially in an El Niño year—it can’t be a bad idea to prepare ahead of time (and if you have Bethany Beach real estate plans in the offing, now would also be a good time to give me a call)! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at russellstucki@remax.net, visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com

Purchasing a Bargain Delaware Home at Auction

When most people picture how they will buy a Delaware house, they imagine visiting properties with their real estate agent, zeroing in on a suitable home in a neighborhood they like; making an offer; purchasing the home.

But there are also less straightforward ways to go about buying a Delaware house. One way people purchase houses today is at a local auction. Homes usually go on auction because they have been foreclosed upon or have unpaid tax liens; but there are any number of possible reasons. For the buyer, a real estate auction presents an opportunity — but also hurdles to clear. 

A first possible drawback can be a real showstopper: the relative difficulty of thoroughly checking out the home’s interior. When it proves impossible to inspect inside, some research about the neighborhood, the history of sales in the area, and even visiting other open houses in the neighborhood can give some feel for what comparable neighborhood homes are like.

Too, auctions in Delaware are usually geared toward cash buyers. In many cases, companies require you to register before you may join the bidding. As with car auctions, it’s almost always necessary to come prepared with cash (in the form of certified checks). Most auctions require the entire sum to be paid immediately, while others specify a set portion or amount. In short, Delaware real estate auction buyers need to have done their homework beforehand.

There can also be vagaries in timing. For any homebuyer who needs to move in right away, an auction may not prove to be a feasible option. Especially with foreclosures, if the home is not vacant at the time of auction, the eviction process can turn into a lengthy court battle if the occupants are unwilling to leave.

Buying a home through a Delaware auction can be a great way to nab a home at a bargain basement price, but being aware of the complicating factors is a must. There are many ways to find the perfect home – and I’m here to help guide my clients through the choices that will work best for them. Call/text 302-228-7871 or 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.