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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 6
Fall’s cooler temps are perfect for deck and yard improvements.   Ah, September. The weather is changing, and we're getting back to our normal, post-summer routines. It's also a great time to give the house a little extra love and maintenance. Stain the Deck   Check Fire Extinguishers   Accordin...

By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 1
What You Don't Know Can Cost You   1. If I price it a little higher, I can always come down. While technically true, know that you're actually costing yourself more by taking this approach. A listing gets the most attention in the first 30 days. Overpricing your home leads to a series of price r...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 3
I warn you, don't get TOO excited about this on the spot report.  I was near the Wilmington Riverfront this morning,  so I thought, "Why not see how close you can get to where Joe Biden is speaking tonight?"  The answer: They sure have a lot of those black mesh fences.  I parked north of the Chas...

By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 2
While the real estate market in general is adapting to new challenges and market conditions, one segment of the market is going strong. Home flipping is boasting its best numbers in 14 years.The newly released first-quarter 2020 U.S. Home Flipping Report from ATTOM Data Solutions shows that "53,...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 4
After Friday's tornado in Delaware left hundreds of trees down and power lines down for the second time in a week, I was curious as to how Winterthur Museum and Gardens fared.  I was going to visit Saturday, but seeing all the roads that were closed, I changed my mind. Today the visitor center wa...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 5
It seems I have been laboring under a misapprehension. When I saw a praying mantis, I thought, "How nice--they are eating bugs."Backing up--I have had a mealy bug problem with my Gerbera daisy plant.  The flowers are shriveling up and there are white bugs all over. I don't like to use insecticide...

By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 0
Inventory is arguably the biggest challenge for buyers in today’s housing market. There are simply more buyers actively looking for homes to purchase than there are sellers selling them, so the scale is tipped in favor of the sellers. According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the N...

By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 1
In June, the number of first-time homebuyers accounted for 35% of the existing homes sold, a trend that’s been building steadily throughout the year. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR): “The share of first-time buyers increased in March through June—right into the heart of t...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 4
In the spring, I had all the plants lined up for the pots on my patio. I was especially excited to place a colorful Caladium in a pot with a dark red Ipomeum (Sweet Potato Plant.) All was good for a while, then the Caladium began to wilt and appeared to pass to another plane.  But then, a few wee...

By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 0
Over the past several weeks, Freddie Mac has reported the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to record lows, all the way down to 3.03%. Last week’s reported rate reached the lowest point in the history of the survey, which dates back to 1971 (See graph below): What does this mean for b...

By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 0
Last week, a very well-respected real estate analytics firm surprised many with their home price projection for the next twelve months. CoreLogic, in their latest Home Price Index said: “The economic downturn that started in March 2020 is predicted to cause a 6.6% drop in the HPI by May 2021, wh...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 3
I must admit, this latest effort to save my tomatoes did not cost anything. I already had this netting in the garage from some long-forgotten project.So I wound the netting around the two tomato cages and tied them to the cages with some wire. Who knows what the varmints will try next. Someone su...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 3
Today was the Presidential Primary in Delaware.  I was going to vote absentee, but they sent the ballot so long ago, that it got misplaced. So I had to go down to Brandywine H.S. and place a vote in person. I was impressed at the number of both volunteers and citizen voters. 3 cheers for all of y...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 4
Today was a big day for members of Winterthur Museum and Gardens. A friend and I took advantage of a new reservation system and printed out passes to put on the windshield of our car.We had the 10 a.m. to noon slot this morning. It had been a couple of months since I had been to Winterthur, but h...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 4
It's always nice to see how the gardeners are doing at the plots in Bellevue State Park, and yesterday was a particularly nice day to walk through the woods and meadows on the way to see how these "worker bees" are doing.  In the woods, I found this overturned tree displaying what is probably the...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 3
Between my plant buying at garden centers and a masks for plants trade with a horticulturally inclined friend, I have been busy putting in new plants and potting others.  Luckily, they all seem to be getting along with each other and the current garden occupants. (clockwise starting from top left...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 2
Being that Sunday was Mother's Day, I thought the parks and gardens in Wilmington would be full of people, which turned out to be untrue for 2 out of 3 that I visited. The one thing they all had in common was ROCKS.  And also, 2 out of 3 also had flowers. Gibraltar gardens had Bluebells in bloom,...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 3
Today is overcast with occasional drizzles.So let's see what is blooming in the garden.  Hmmm. I'm seeing a dark undercurrent here.IrisTulipsLilacsCherry laurel

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 6
The Goodstay Gardens are one of Wilmington's  lesser known public gardens, located  on the University of Delaware Wilmington Campus. Ellen du Pont and her husband, Robert Wheelwright (who was a landscape architect) restored the mid 17th century property in the early 1920s. The garden was original...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 6
After lunch today seemed a good time to do a few garden chores, so I took my seed packets, garden gloves, and trowel into the patio. Let me recount the damages:1. A squirrel had gone crazy in a flower pot on my table and scattered the just starting to grow tiny flowers all over the place.2. While...

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