29608 Riverstone, Milton, De 19968 | $303,750

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Property Details

Lovely home in the desirable neighborhood of Windstone in Milton! The HOA includes your lawn maintenance, a newly built club house with a fitness center and a salt water pool so your spare time is all yours to enjoy! Imagine sipping coffee or cocktai
  • MLS Number: 724637
  • Status: Active
  • Price: $303,750
  • Property Type:
  • Area: Broadkill Hundred
  • Community: Windstone
  • School District: Cape Henlopen
  • Square Footage: 1,670
  • Year Built: 2010
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Full Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • New Construction: No
  • County Taxes: $1,344
  • Association Fee: $1,560
  • Furnished: No
  • Lot Square Feet: 7,405
  • Lot Size Acres: 0.17
  • Water: Public Central Water
  • Sewer: Public Central Sewer

Interior Features

  • Heating: Gas - Propane
  • Cooling: Central A/C
  • Flooring: Carpet, Hardwood, Vinyl
  • Basement: Crawl Space
  • Attic: Access Only
  • Appliances: Washer/Dryer Hookup Only

Exterior Features

  • Style: Rancher/Rambler
  • Construction Type: Stick/Frame
  • Exterior Type: Vinyl Siding
  • Roofing: Architectural Shingle
  • Foundation: Poured Concrete
  • Garage: Attached
  • Garage Size: 2

Listing Courtesy of CLASSIC REALTY

For Sale by Owner Can Be Risky Business!

When you determine to sell your house, one of the first choices that comes up is tactical: do you try to sell it yourself as a Milton “For Sale by Owner” property—or do you enlist a real estate agent? Since your object is to maximize your profit, you might think that most thrift-minded home owners would decide to eliminate the agent’s commission and do the work themselves. But that’s not the case.

The majority of sellers ultimately team up with a Milton real estate agent. Sometimes they go the For Sale by Owner route first, but after testing that method, change courses. The statistics show that the selling price of Realtor®-assisted home sales is higher (a $40,000 difference, according to the latest study) which certainly would explain part of the reason. But other factors come into play, too:

  1. Pricing:  If you aren’t immersed in Milton’s real estate business five to seven days a week, there’s no way you can have the intimate knowledge about the current market that comes with daily work in the field. A real estate agent comes armed with extensive knowledge of the local market and all the changes that have brought it about. It’s extremely important to price your home correctly to sell it on the first go-round. It’s a demonstrated fact that the longer a home sits on the market, the lower its final sale price. 
  2. Time and Energy:   A Milton For Sale by Owner sign in the front yard means you are in charge, 24/7! That’s despite any other demands on your time—for example, your job! One of the benefits of using a real estate pro is that selling your property is our singular focus: our job! It means marketing, networking, working with buyers. Doing whatever it takes to get your house sold is our first priority. Lacking the same kind of time and resources, a For Sale by Owner seller is at a clear disadvantage in the competition to sell houses. It’s a marketplace where one missed buyer can mean the difference between a listing that turns into a sale…and a listing that turns stale.
  3. Objectivity:   The house is yours: you designed or decorated it; you’ve fixed and painted and mowed and swept it. If you took your work seriously, you feel at least some pride in how it’s presented. Unfortunately, that’s a problem. Lacking objectivity in the sales milieu can be one of the biggest hindrances to actually selling your house. It makes it hard for you to negotiate—to see and acknowledge the flaws a buyer sees. And it can make buyers wary of even wanting to negotiate with you in the first place. Either factor can prove costly. Separating owner from sales agent opens communication. It’s a relief for everyone!
  4. Paperwork:   This is the most obvious point. If you choose to wade into the paperwork/deadline process yourself, you’d be wise to count on needing a bit of extra attention from a good real estate attorney—if only to avoid potential litigation down the line.
  5. Security:   It’s unfortunate, but putting your house up For Sale by Owner in Milton (or anywhere) can make you a target. Less-than-honest folks are out there—creeps who may specialize in sellers who might not follow the proper measures for letting people into their homes.

If you are looking into selling your own home this month, I’d like to offer you a complimentary property evaluation. Whether or not you decide to go the Milton For Sale by Owner route, it’s sure to be well worth discussing what to expect from today’s market!

Sussex County Mortgage Rates on the Rise? Bellwether Signals Clu

If you’ve ever had the kind of neighbor who is apt to borrow something (like your hedge trimmer), only to later complain about how it performed, you know how much patience it takes to hold your tongue. The Mortgage Bankers Association would be justified if they felt that way about me: I read their website, and sometimes quote it in posts about current Sussex County mortgage rates—but it sure makes for dull reading!
Anyway, with apologies to their (undoubtedly hard-working) writing staff, last week’s blog about national mortgage rates was as numbers-heavy as usual, yet still held a contradiction…but one that actually makes perfect sense. It also flags what could be seen as a bellwether that Sussex County home buyers and sellers would be hard-pressed to ignore.
The apparent contradiction was that mortgage rates were on the increase: national mortgage rates for 30-year fixed loans rose to 4.17%, which is the highest they’ve been since November. This is for conforming loans; the jumbos (greater than $417,000) went north as well, up to 4.15%.
As everyone knows, low mortgage interest rates are terrific for our Sussex County residential home sales. The low monthly payments that they create make homeownership more affordable for a greater number of buyers. So when rates increase and monthly payments go up, it should create a drag on the market. The apparent contradiction in the MBA release was that the increase in rates was accompanied by an increase in mortgage applications. And it was a big one: up 8.4% from the week before.
Most commentators were united about the phenomenon, and it’s hard to disagree. In addition to the natural surge that comes with the season (spring and summer are always expected to be quite active), consumers are seeing the uptick in mortgage rates and suspecting that rates will head higher. That’s nudging them to action, causing them to jump in now, while rates are still attractive—especially compared with historical averages.
CNBC’s Diana Olick agreed that such sharp increases actually help the home-buying market. She quotes one lender’s take about the buyers: “They understand that ‘wait a minute, rates are at an all-time low, let’s react now, let’s react before they go higher.’”
It’s far from a certainty that rates will continue to take off. Lots of us remember last year, when almost all the experts predicted a rise, yet mortgage interest rates headed in the opposite direction…and stayed there! But you can hardly blame area buyers if they go with the national trend and decide that locking in today’s rates is a prudent move: it’s a bird in the hand.
If you have been thinking along the same lines, I hope you will give me a Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at russellstucki@remax.net, visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com.