12 Surrey, Rehoboth Beach, De 19971 | $469,000

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Property Details

Not everyone can say they live in Rehoboth Beach Yacht & Country Club but you could. This property offers a new roof, some new appliances, new hot water-heater, new kitchen cabinets & granite counters, and new floors! However this one still needs you
  • MLS Number: 723523
  • Status: Active
  • Price: $469,000
  • Property Type:
  • Area: Lewes And Rehoboth Hundred
  • Community: Rehoboth Beach Yacht And CC
  • School District: Cape Henlopen
  • Square Footage: 2,200
  • Year Built: 1997
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Full Bathrooms: 2
  • Half Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • New Construction: No
  • County Taxes: $1,646
  • Association Fee: $250
  • Furnished: No
  • Lot Square Feet: 14,375
  • Lot Size Acres: 0.33
  • Lot Description: Trees/Wooded
  • Water: Public Central Water
  • Sewer: Private Central Sewer

Interior Features

  • Kitchen: Countertops - Granite
  • Fireplace: Wood Burning
  • Heating: Gas - Propane
  • Cooling: Central A/C
  • Flooring: Carpet, Hardwood-Synthetic, Vinyl
  • Basement: Crawl Space
  • Attic: Access Only
  • Appliances: Dishwasher, Disposal, Microwave, Washer/Dryer Hookup Only, Water Heater Electric
  • Interior Features: Cable TV Prewired, Ceiling Fan(s), Fireplace-Wood, Insulated Door(s), Insulated Window(s), Insulation, MBED-Full Bath, Screen(s), Walk-In Closets

Exterior Features

  • Style: Coastal,Contemporary
  • Construction Type: Stick/Frame
  • Exterior Type: Wood
  • Roofing: Architectural Shingle
  • Foundation: Concrete Block
  • Garage: Attached
  • Garage Size: 2
  • Parking: Driveway/Off Street, Garage
  • Porch/Deck/Patio: Balcony(s), Porch - Screened

Listing Courtesy of REHOBOTH BAY REALTY, CO.

Flipping or Buy-and-Hold? Strategic Choice for Rehoboth Beach In

When you own the Rehoboth Beach home your family lives in, you are by definition a real estate investor: it comes with the turf. Your investment is essentially a passive one. Until the day you decide to sell and move on, any improvement in its value is secondary to how well it serves to shelter your family.

How you think about your investment—and how you proceed to manage it—is altogether different when you buy a home purely as a financial venture. For one thing, you face an immediate strategic decision: will you be flipping for a quick short-term profit, or aim for the long term through a buy-and-hold strategy? You have to weigh some pros and cons in order to make the right decision.


Pro: Capital is Freed

A flipping strategy minimizes the amount of time your investment capital is committed, freeing it for other uses. Should you identify another potentially lucrative investment, you will be able to take advantage of it.

Con: Unexpected Challenges

While flipping for short-term profit has definite ‘hands-on’ appeal, first-time investors can be surprised by unexpected complications. Properties that appear to be undervalued (and ripe for a quick flip!) may require costly fixes. Overspending on renovations quickly eats into profits, but underspending can lead to a lengthier holding time. Experienced Rehoboth Beach flipping veterans have learned to successfully gauge a property’s true turnaround value.

Additional Consideration: Taxes

Sussex County flipping has tax implications that impact the bottom line. Profits from a property owned more than a year are generally taxed at the ordinary income tax rate, while a property held for less than a year may be taxed at the capital gains rate. Local and state tariffs need to be considered as well—this is where input from a qualified professional is important.


Pro: Passive Investment

If management is outsourced to a professional property manager, the buy-and-hold strategy will require less personal attention than flipping does. Preparing a property for a flip often involves considerable time commitment and adept contractor schedule-juggling.

Con: Management Costs

The passive investment advantage holds true if outside management is contemplated— with commensurate expense. If you enjoy the challenge of successfully managing a property, this negative doesn’t apply.

Pro: Fewer Properties Need To Be Identified

Ultimately, successfully executing a flipping strategy means scrutinizing a huge number of properties over the course of time. In contrast, a buy-and-hold strategy necessitates finding only a few great bargains. Pursued intelligently, both buy-and-hold and quick flip strategies have proved profitable for many investors. Both call for finding solid value in Bethany Beach properties—which is where giving me a call comes in!

Sussex County Real Estate Reflected Overall 2013 Up Trends

It’s time for Sussex County real estate observer to tackle the New Year’s roundup of the Year in Real Estate (along with the traditional disclaimer that, since the actual statistics won’t be tallied until 2014, this has to be a lot more sizzle than steak!) But this is one time in the year when we local residents get to take pause to relax, perhaps put a bottle of bubbly in the fridge for later on, and take a sweeping view of the general direction of things across the land.

If you’ve been reading here throughout the year, you already know that 2013 Sussex County real estate activity might easily justify chilling a superior vintage champagne: it’s been a pretty darn good year! A smattering of last week’s press reports confirms it:

  • From the East Coast to Oahu (where there was a “1 in 3 chance” that if you sold a house, it was for more than the asking price), reports were of steadily rising prices.
  • The Business Insider reported that the Big Apple “managed to shatter several real estate records in 2013.” One of the records was a tidy listing for a modest little 62,000 sq. ft. private coop residence. Sure, $130 million may sound a little steep to us here in Sussex County, but that might be because so few of our digs have 82-foot swimming pools or tennis courts…at least not indoors, inside our five-story apartment atop a skyscraper.
  • More down to earth might be NAR’s assessment that “Housing prices rose faster than expected” — with a lot of credit given to the fact that “affordability remained high.”
  • Another factor: “More first-time buyers” were entering the market due to “rising rents and pent-up demand.”
  • Following suit, the Dallas News was touting a local home market that “came roaring back in 2013;” one that had “builders rushing to keep up with demand for new houses.”
  • The Realtor® web awarded credit for the strong real estate year to “Low mortgage rates, all-cash buyers, and tight inventories” that sustained the housing market recovery. Our Sussex County real estate saw much of the same.  
  • There was one notably bleak spot: “ACT real estate hit hard by election” the Times reported. “Uncertainty” about election politics had created “subdued performance during the year” and some “negative house price growth.” The best news: this was the Canberra Times – and the country was Australia!

So let’s wish those Down Under a quick turnaround; then, after a relaxing day watching the Rose Parade and a bowl game or two, let’s get ready to charge into an equally dynamic 2014.

Call/text 302-228-7871 or email me, Russell Stucki, REALTOR ® of Beach Real Estate Market to provide detailed information on Delaware homes for sale, investment and commercial properties, luxury and  waterfront homes, condos/townhomes, new construction, lots and land, farms and equestrian properties located in but not limited to Bethany, Bethel, Bridgeville, Dagsboro, Delmar, Ellendale, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Georgetown, Greenwood, Harbeson, Laurel, Lewes, Lincoln, Milford, Millsboro, Millville, Milton, Ocean View, Rehoboth Beach, Seaford, Selbyville, Delaware.