121 Houston St., Dewey Beach, De 19971 | $799,900

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Property Details

RENTAL INVESTMENT or REMODEL or BUILD NEW!! Unique property in it's own right. Large lot. Two 1 level, rustic with knotty pine apartments w/3bdrm, 1bath each with one being down and one up. Each has it's own porch, there are 2 outside showe
  • MLS Number: 724482
  • Status: Active
  • Price: $799,900
  • Property Type:
  • Area: Dewey To Lewes East Of Canal
  • School District: Cape Henlopen
  • Square Footage: 2,400
  • Year Built: 1965
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Full Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • New Construction: No
  • County Taxes: $1,060
  • City Taxes: $500
  • Furnished: Yes
  • Lot Dimensions: 50'x104'x50'x104'
  • Lot Square Feet: 5,212
  • Lot Size Acres: 0.12
  • Water: Public Central Water
  • Sewer: Public Central Sewer

Interior Features

  • Kitchen: Breakfast Bar, Eat In
  • Heating: Baseboard Electric
  • Cooling: Wall Unit
  • Flooring: Carpet, Hardwood, Vinyl
  • Appliances: Microwave, Oven/Range Electric, Refrigerator, Water Heater Electric
  • Interior Features: Built In Bookcases, Cable TV Prewired

Exterior Features

  • Style: Flat/Apartment
  • Construction Type: Stick/Frame
  • Exterior Type: Aluminum Siding
  • Roofing: Architectural Shingle
  • Foundation: Concrete Block
  • Parking: Driveway/Off Street
  • Porch/Deck/Patio: Porch - Enclosed, Porch - Front

Listing Courtesy of CROWLEY ASSOCIATES REALTY INC.

When’s the Best Time to List a Delaware Vacation Home?

Before April 15th came and went, perhaps you and your accountant had one of those occasional chats about your assets and liabilities. If owning your vacation home in Sussex Countyhas resulted in more taxes or less financial gain than you’d planned for—or if you and your family just don’t use the place as often as you used to–this spring or summer is a good time to consider selling. If you have lost some love for your extra house, but don’t want to go through the rigmarole of renting it out season-to-season, the selling alternative could be at hand.

 USA Today recently featured an article headlined,How to Sell Vacation Property.” In it, author Jennifer Eblin pointed out, “Your real estate agent should understand that selling a vacation property is different from selling any other piece of property…and have intimate knowledge of the surrounding area.

That kind of experience is doubly helpful when it comes from dealing with vacation homes similar to your own. If your home-away-from-home is in a condominium community, a Realtor® who is  familiar with the community is most likely to have intimate knowledge of price points, selling points—and deal breakers that can sometimes make all the difference for your own sale.

Just as important as teaming with the right real estate agent is making sure the property is in top condition. Few Sussex County vacation home buyers will be looking for a “fixer-upper”—so plan to spruce up the house before it goes on the market. Make small repairs, repaint dull or off-color walls, and depersonalize as much as possible. Picture what drew you to the property back when you bought it: present that same space and feeling to the new owners.

In almost every case, right about now is a highly favorable time to list a Sussex County vacation home. This is the season when people are looking forward to the warmer months and wishing they had a great place of their own in which to enjoy them. With winter still fresh in people’s minds, a well-priced Sussex County vacation home listing stands the best chance of drawing a crowd.

The bottom line is that selling a vacation home in Sussex County is about selling an idea—whether it’s a rustic escape or a luxurious retreat from the daily grind. Make sure your property speaks that language, and I’ll be standing by--ready to do the rest!  

Password Safety Gets a Major Overhaul

Last week came a piece of advice that’s directly applicable to Delaware real estate matters. To a greater or lesser degree, it also impinges on every one of your online accounts that attempt to safeguard your privacy—for instance, when you log into your account here on my Delaware real estate site.

The news is about web passwords and security. For more than a decade we have been offered a choice:

  • If we care about our security—that is, the possibility of being hacked by internet bad guys—we’ve been cautioned to create passwords with long combinations of obscure characters (like ^,@, !, or %) interspersed between capital and lowercase letters and numbers—preferably in an order which makes no sense at all. And to change them every 90 days.
  • The other choice was to throw caution to the winds, cross our fingers, and make our passwords simple and memorable.

This advice originated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in a pamphlet written by a mid-level manager named Bill Burr. Last week, Mr. Burr—who is now 72—admitted that much of the old advice was misguided. The recommended complexity had ac