All About Delaware Real Estate

By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
    Learn how to clean 7 tough stains off your walls — and ensure a lasting paint job.   You can't wait to cover up that nasty beige on your walls, but as you take a close look at all the areas you're gonna have to prep you see a lot of grime, gunk, and stuff that looks too stubborn for your standard vinegar wash. Any cleaning rookie can wipe off dust and cobwebs. But it takes a cleaning pro to scour grease stains, watermarks, and kids’ crayon and ink wall art.   Kitchen Grease on Walls     Grease is an occupational hazard of cooking. If only it wouldn't find it's way onto your walls and cabinets, trapping all kinds of gunk. Yuck! Good news. Any decent dish soap can remove grease stains on walls. For small stains, mix: 1/4 teaspoon of soap in a cup of warm water, and wipe. Rinse with c...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Successfully threading my way through a day with occasional rain, I made my first visit in several weeks to Winterthur Museum and Gardens.  After a rather silly encounter with a woman staffing the visitor center, who told me I needed a mask for the couple of feet I traversed through the visitor center (then said I didn't need one as I went out another door a second later), I proceeded mask free on my hour and a half walk through the gardens.  This was a great day for different types of hydrangeas, ranging from the Oak Leaf Hydrangeas to the Smooth Leaf type. One path was lined on both sides with the Oak Leafs.  Then I saw a plant thrusting its way up throughthe forest floor in many places on the grounds. Using my Google Lens, I found it was Black Cohash, a herbal remedy for various ills...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Last week I ventured down past Rehoboth Beach (once called "The Nation's Summer Capital") on a spit of land carrying Route 1 13 miles south to a little town called Bethany Beach.I wasn't sure what to expect--would there be a big boardwalk like Rehoboth, or massive condos towering over the highway like Ocean City Maryland, to the south?It turns out neither of these comparisons was valid. There was a block of shops leading towards the ocean, with a small gathering area and stage. Beyond that was the boardwalk, extending about a block to the north and south with a few shops.  If it looks rather deserted, it was probably because of the dreary weather.  Wandering south on the boardwalk, we found a cute gift shop that had this creative sign outside. Not sure if it indicated where people came ...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
When I say, "Botanic Garden in Delaware," you may be thinking something on a duPont estate in the northern part of the state.  Well, downstaters decided to do something to remedy this assumption.  In early 2012, a group of energetic and garden-loving men and women came together under the leadership of Michael Zajic, former horticultural supervisor of Brookside Gardens in Maryland, to fill an unmet local need for horticulture education and gardening resources. I had a chance last week to visit the new Delaware Botanic Garden in Dagsboro, Delaware,  in only its 2nd year open to the public.  We chanced to meet the Director of Horticulture, Stephen Pryce Lea, who told us that the Sussex County Land Trust's site on Pepper Creek, preserved as open space, has been leased to the Delaware Botani...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  Although the summer months are a favorite for so many of us, homeowners can get stressed by the skyrocketing energy bills as your struggle to keep things cool inside the house. If you want to cut back on how much you’re spending on utility bills, a few behavioral strategies can make a huge difference. Consider the following popular strategies to keep utility bills manageable during the hottest months of the year.   Use Your Ceiling Fans Instead of switching on your air conditioner, consider turning on the ceiling fans instead. When we feel hot in the summer, most of the time it’s because of a lack of air circulation around the house. There’s no better way to increase the cool airflow around your home than by using the ceiling fans. When the fans are on, you can even switch off the ai...
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By David Henke, Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
Remember all those who have served. Delaware Vietnam War Memorial  David HenkeLong & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DEOffice: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808www.DelawarePAHomes.com
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By Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware
(RE/Max Associates)
My refrigerator died about a month ago. I had heard a clicking noise coming from the kitchen occasionally, like the sound a coffee maker emits, only I don’t have a coffee maker. Then I remembered when I had heard that sound. I heard it the last time my refrigerator quit working. One quick peek at the contents of the freezer confirmed it. Everything had defrosted. I tossed all of it. Goodbye shrimp and salmon, veggies and scallops. (Deep sigh) Knowing I’d lose the contents of the refrigerator, too, I called the appliance repair company who had breathed life back into it last time, except none of the repair guys would be available for a few weeks due to illness. A few phone calls later and I had ordered a new refrigerator. The only problem now was, it couldn’t be delivered for about a wee...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
This annual tour of 6 different gardens in Newark, Delaware and Landenberg, Pennsylvania led us on a merry chase this morning. A benefit for the Newark Arts Alliance, it led us to venues as different as suburban quarter acre lots to multi-acre properties in the woods.  We were lucky to see many red buckeye trees (top) in bloom, a favorite for these horticulture loving homeowners. And the sound of trickling water is always welcome, with unique containers and cleverly constructed waterfalls.  Being in the hilly piedmont area, gardeners made good use of the vistas presented by the rolling countryside, often carving out stone stairways to different levels of their properties.      One homeowner proudly showed off a working potting area, while another pointed out a spectacular bigleaf magnol...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  Keeping your home cool during the hot summer months can be an expensive prospect. This is especially true if you have large windows or rooms that have multiple windows that let sunlight in. While it’s great to have natural light during the day, it can work against your AC by heating up the air in those rooms at the same time you’re pumping cool air throughout the house. This can lead to your air conditioning running almost constantly throughout the day, and in some cases may even prompt an expensive HVAC upgrade if your current unit can’t keep up with the summer heat to your liking.   There’s some good news, though: It’s likely possible to cut your cooling costs during the summer without having to spend potentially thousands of dollars on a more powerful air conditioning solution. Th...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
“On the other side of the house, to a little distance, was a garden of old-fashioned roses and sweet shrubs that filled the air with fragrance when they  were abloom. And there were beds of tulips and daffodillies, and there were graveled walks edged with box, and a greenhouse of shining glass at the lower end of the garden. And there was a wooden summer house at the end of one of the gravel walks, and together it was such a garden as you will hardly find outside of a story book. It seems to me that when I think of that garden, I cannot remember anything but bloom and beauty, air filled with the odor of growing things, and birds singing in the shady trees in such a fashion as they do not sing nowadays.” – Howard Pyle (1853-1911) describing his childhood at Goodstay    A walk through th...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Cleaning up around the house is obviously an important task, and some areas require cleaning more often than others. There are some spots that might need a bit more attention than they’re getting, though. This is especially true for those areas that are out of sight or otherwise not as easily noticed as higher-profile and more visible areas that get cleaned on the regular. While the specifics of your cleaning and maintenance schedule will depend on your home and what you have in it, here are a few common areas for you to consider in case they’re not getting enough attention in your home. Interior Cleaning Most of the time when you think of cleaning in the house, you’re likely thinking of tasks like dusting, vacuuming, and other common indoor cleaning tasks. Here are a few other places ...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Delaware's  Mt. Cuba Center is a botanic garden that highlights the beauty of native plants. Once the estate of Pamela and Lammot du Pont Copeland, the  garden opened to the public in 2013 and now spans more than 1,000 acres. It features garden pathways in formal and woodland settings, picturesque meadows and ponds with stunning vistas, and more than two miles of scenic trails throughout its natural lands. Near the former mansion is the formal reflecting pool now featuring colorful tulips.   Mt. Cuba is recognized as a leader in native plant research and open space preservation, having protected more than 13,000 acres in the mid-Atlantic region. In 2020, it was voted best botanical garden in North America by USA Today readers. My visit today started with a threat of rain, but turned out...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
On Sunday, I ventured out to Winterthur Museum and Gardens to see what was in bloom. I did learn a lot, but not exactly what I expected to learn. I shall explain. The field (above) next to the golf course still housed the temple folly (from a special exhibit pre-pandemic).The ostrich ferns were doing their fiddley thing as I left the visitor center, and being a fern lover, I had to stop and admire them. Then I decided to follow the white arrow trail, which has made a return to the scene. It is supposed to lead you to the latest blooms, and sure enough, it did, although the azaleas were not yet at their prime, but this white one amid bluebells looked nice.  Another favorite of mine is the trilliums--a field of white ones. Having just purchased some to go alongside my ferns, I was happy t...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  It may still be just barely spring, but summer is right around the corner. For a lot of homeowners, that means flipping the heat to air conditioning, and, potentially, discovering that their air conditioner isn’t working properly. This is why it’s so important to check your air conditioning system now, before you really need it. Not only will you be able to beat the rush for repairs, you’ll also get extra time to clean and prep your unit so it can perform at its very best all summer long. So when – and how – should you get that A/C ready for summer? Now Is The Time for A/C Prepping You can run a simple check on your air conditioner any time the weather is above about 50 degrees or so. You don’t need to leave it on all day, just long enough to make sure it’s blowing cold and there are...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Spring is definitely the time of year when my garden comes alive and shows all its bright colors. Daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, all vying for attention.  Therefore, I yield the floor to the stars!                     
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By David Henke, Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
Happy Easter! Happy Easter! Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Enjoy!David HenkeLong & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DEOffice: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808http://www.DelawarePAHomes.com
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  There’s nothing like a postcard-fresh paint job on your home to make it look and feel brand new again, but it’s unlikely you’ll need a new coat of paint every year. So how do you know when it’s time to repaint? Let’s walk through some of the biggest signs that it’s time to break out the buckets and brushes. How to Tell It’s Time to Paint Knowing when it’s time to paint your house is as much an art as a science. There are definitely things you can look for that indicate the time is coming near, but you’ll also need to balance that with the expense and effort involved. Here are a few clear indicators to watch: There’s chipping paint. Most people know that chipping paint is a sign it’s probably about time to start considering a paint job. But there’s a fine line between a littlebit of a...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Planting a garden in the spring is a great way to have fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Even homeowners who don’t have space for a large garden plot often plant a few things in containers or small raised gardens on their property. While it’s not quite time to start planting in a lot of places, that doesn’t mean you can’t get the jump on gardening season by starting your seeds. Depending on where you live and what you’re planting in your garden, there are a few different ways to get seeds started for your garden this year. Starting Seeds Indoors Before starting your seeds, be sure to read the seed packet to get an idea of how long before planting you should get your seeds started. In many cases this will be six to eight weeks, but it could be longer or shorter depending ...
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By JoAnn Moore, Home Loans in Delaware
(The Mortgage Market of Delaware)
Jumbo Home Loans are Back in DelawareLenders are back to offering jumbo home loans. Jumbo loans are loan amounts over the conforming loan limit of $548,250. This is great news for many home owners and home buyers. Tthe down payment is lower than what you would traditionally need for a jumbo. Loan to values go up to 89.99% with no mortgage insurance required.Prime jumbo loans disappeared when the Covid lock down started but are now back and worth considering.  These are available for primary, second and investment homes. And, can be used for purchase, rate/term and cash out refinances. Thirty year fixed rate terms up to $2,000,000 loan amount. The minimum credit score is 680 and the maximum debt to income ratio is 45%.  Only one appraisal is needed for loans up to $1,500,000. Two apprais...
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