20308 State Road, Rehoboth Beach, De 19971 | $449,900

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Property Details

REHOBOTH BEACH DESTINATION - It’s your year to move to the beach – and this fantastic townhome is a great opportunity! Space, value and location meet in this 5BR, 3BA, east of Route 1 townhouse. Perfect as a primary or second home, you’ll enjoy
  • MLS Number: 727451
  • Status: Active
  • Price: $449,900
  • Property Type:
  • Area: Dewey To Lewes East Of Canal
  • Community: Canal Place
  • School District: Cape Henlopen
  • Square Footage: 1,500
  • Year Built: 1997
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Full Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Unit Floor Number: 1
  • New Construction: No
  • County Taxes: $772
  • Condo Fee: $1,200
  • Furnished: No
  • Lot Size Acres: 0.00
  • Lot Description: Landscaped
  • Water: Water-Public Central
  • Sewer: Sewer-Public Central

Interior Features

  • Kitchen: Breakfast Bar, Countertops - Granite, Country Kitchen, Kitchen/Dining Room Combo
  • Fireplace: Gas
  • Heating: Heat Pump(s)
  • Cooling: Central A/C
  • Flooring: Carpet, Hardwood, Vinyl
  • Basement: Crawl Space-Conditioned
  • Attic: Access Only
  • Appliances: Cable TV Pre Wired, Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer-Electric, Fridge w/Ice Maker, Microwave, Oven/Range Electric, Range Hood, Washer, Washer/Dryer Stack, Water Heater Electric
  • Interior Features: Bedroom-Entry Level, Cable TV Prewired, Ceiling Fan(s), Fireplace-Gas, Insulation, MBED-Full Bath, Screen(s), Window Treatments

Exterior Features

  • Style: Townhouse
  • Construction Type: Stick/Frame
  • Exterior Type: Vinyl Siding
  • Roofing: Architectural Shingle
  • Foundation: Concrete Block
  • Garage: Attached
  • Garage Size: 1
  • Parking: Garage
  • Porch/Deck/Patio: Deck - Rear, Porch - Front, Three Season Room
  • Exterior Features: Fencing-Partial, Outside Shower

Listing Courtesy of BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES GALLO-L

15-Year Mortgage Initiative: Update on the Experiment

Rehoboth Beach home buying activity may be going great guns, but for some would-be buyers, credit score woes are still a stubborn obstacle. That’s why we have been keeping an eye on the new pilot project that was announced late last year. This was the one called the "Wealth Building Home Loan." It’s an experiment aimed at opening up home ownership options, particularly for first time home buyers. Bank of America and Citibank were first to sign up for the program, said to “take a fresh approach to affordable mortgage lending.” It sounds like a pretty good idea!
How It Works
The Wealth Building Home Loan is a mortgage that runs for 15 years at a fixed interest rate. Because the term is so short, equity builds rapidly. The payments are more manageable than any reality-grounded Rehoboth Beach mortgage watcher would think because discount points can be used to buy the interest rate down to…well, “zero”! Since no down payment is generally required, home buyers can apply their available cash to purchasing those points. Since that sounds almost too good to be true, we’ve been keeping an eye open for progress reports.
Extra Help for Buyers with Modest Income
Qualifying for the mortgages would emphasize home buyer income rather than credit score. This would be a real godsend to the many people still rebuilding their credit after the economic downturn. Furthermore, interest would be set at three-fourths of a percent lower than the 30-year FHA rate—which makes sense, since shorter terms mean lower lender risk—with additional points to be offered at special bargain prices.
A Game-Changing Approach
The loan program is piloted through The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, which secured underwriting from BofA and Citibank. It’s intended to be "a game changer,” because equity ownership takes place rapidly. Already in the first three years of a WBHL, 77% of the monthly payments pay off the principal, rather than the 68% that goes to interest under a standard 30-year mortgage. The effect is to accumulate a significant ownership stake almost from the word ‘go’—and more ownership equates to better loan performance.
When last checked, the program was in “pilot project” status (still in the initial shakedown phase) while the innovators who came up with the idea figure out how to make the loans widely available. So far, so good, apparently—we’ll keep an eye on developments to see if the program is greenlighted by the two underwriters.
In the meantime, Rehoboth Beach mortgage-seekers have a wide variety of currently available options for taking advantage of the great buys viewable on this morning’s Rehoboth Beach listings. Give me a call for a no-obligation discussion of how you can take advantage of today’s opportunities! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at russellstucki@remax.net, visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com.

The New ABCs of Selling Real Estate in Rehoboth Beach

Today, selling real estate in Rehoboth Beach (or Kalamazoo, for that matter) has been transformed in important ways. In others, it’s remained pretty much as it was 50 years ago. Let’s start with the changes:

  • The buyers’ ability to identify properties has undergone a revolution. Fifty years ago, the process of hunting for and comparing available homes was constrained by the availability of information. Selling real estate in Rehoboth Beach involved getting the word out, largely through printed media. Newspaper and magazine advertisements drove buyers’ awareness—or else the agent’s Xeroxed listing sheets. That was about it (in addition to driving around, looking for ‘For Sale’ signs).
  • Buyer’s ability to readily compare homes has likewise been vastly improved. ‘Vastly improved’ is an understatement: anyone selling Rehoboth Beach real estate today knows that their listing will be instantly available online, including a wealth of detail formerly only available to interested buyers who obtained a copy of the listing sheet. Now it’s all there on their laptop or smartphone screen, side-by-side with every other comparable property’s. When the drill-down data (items like ‘cost per square foot’ ‘projected mortgage payment’) is instantly available for side-by-side comparisons, selling real estate without being able to demonstrate genuine value is an impossibility.
  • Today financial visibility—in terms of the viability of a proposed purchase—is no longer anything like the mystery it was in times past. The process of filling out a mortgage application and having to wait interminably for the bankers’ next questions has yielded to the realities of a considerably more competitive arena. Online rate ‘locks’ can actually happen (although the actual verification of same remains a process subject to the more traditional pace).

These fundamental shifts in the buying and selling of Rehoboth Beach real estate make the whole process much more efficient for buyers and sellers. By improving the ease and likelihood of making the best match for each, it also builds buyer confidence through transparency.

Of course, there still are elements that remain largely unchanged. One is the need for sellers to document and put forward their property’s selling points above and beyond their listing’s spare mechanical data points…that is, to bring creative marketing experience to the table. Selling real estate, like every other kind of selling, is at its best when it connects with buyers by firing their imaginations in positive and uplifting ways. Another is the continuing need to make sure all the documentation is letter-perfect: i’s dotted and t’s crossed.

There once was an adage about the ABC’s of selling: “Always Be Closing!” Today, making Rehoboth Beach real estate transactions happen isn’t about bringing pressure to bear on anyone! It’s supplying the service of aiding and abetting our newly transparent marketplace. My own “ABC” works out to be more like, “Always Be Contributing!”—a corny way of saying my job is to help Rehoboth Beach’s buyers and sellers make the best match reliably and effortlessly. The first step is 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