17726 Brighten Drive, Lewes, De 19958 | $289,000

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Property Details

Welcome to Eagle Point Community! Desirable end unit with full unfinished walk out basement. Master Bedroom with en suite bathroom on first floor, wide open dining/living room area with gas fireplace and a screened porch. Second floor has 2 bedrooms
  • MLS Number: 725942
  • Status: Active
  • Price: $289,000
  • Property Type:
  • Area: Lewes And Rehoboth Hundred
  • Community: Eagle Point
  • School District: Cape Henlopen
  • Square Footage: 2,600
  • Year Built: 2004
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Full Bathrooms: 2
  • Half Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Unit Floor Number: 1
  • New Construction: No
  • County Taxes: $1,392
  • Association Fee: $3,200
  • Pool: Inground
  • Furnished: No
  • Lot Size Acres: 0.00
  • Water: Water-Public Central
  • Sewer: Sewer-Public Central
  • Community Amenities: Lawn Care, Pool-Inground, Pool-Outdoor, Sidewalks

Interior Features

  • Fireplace: Gas
  • Heating: Forced Air, Gas - Propane
  • Cooling: Central A/C
  • Flooring: Carpet, Vinyl
  • Basement: Basement - Full,Unfinished,Walkout Level
  • Attic: Access Only
  • Appliances: Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer-Electric, Garage Door Opener, Microwave, Water Heater Gas
  • Interior Features: Bedroom-Entry Level, Cable TV Prewired, Ceiling Fan(s), Fireplace-Gas, MBED-Separate Shower and Tub
  • Extra Unit: Basement

Exterior Features

  • Style: Townhouse
  • Construction Type: Stick/Frame
  • Exterior Type: Vinyl Siding
  • Roofing: Architectural Shingle
  • Foundation: Concrete Block
  • Garage: Attached
  • Garage Size: 2
  • Parking: Driveway/Off Street, Garage
  • Porch/Deck/Patio: Porch - Front, Porch - Screened

Listing Courtesy of OCEAN ATLANTIC SOTHEBY'S INTL REALTY

Like Peeps and Tulips, Lewes Spring Real Estate's in Season!

When the first spring day comes along (as opposed to the first day of spring), a goodly proportion of residents feel the annual pull, toward the garden store aisles. Even those who’ve stoutly resisted ordering seeds, gardening tools, or any of the other back yard paraphernalia the catalogs kept hawking all winter can succumb to this particular Call of Nature.

Burpee, Scotts and Miracle-Gro shareholders can relax: spring has sprung.

The Lewes spring real estate selling season starts stirring, too, pretty much in lockstep with the appearance of the tulips. Whether or not the tulips have succeeded in poking up out of the ground, it’s a cinch that by this time they will have made colorful appearances on store shelves everywhere, just like the Peeps and chocolate bunnies. Unlike the rest of the early spring’s trappings, though, the spring real estate phenomenon doesn’t disappear from sight once Easter Sunday is a memory. In fact, it picks up steam.

There are any number of explanations why spring real estate in Lewes is always expected to ramp up. Part of the reason is the calendar. For families with children, if a move is going to involve a change in school districts, summer vacation is the least disruptive time of year for it to happen, so spring is the time to start house hunting. Part of the reason is due to the comparative difficulty of selling a home in wintertime: not only can foul weather make it harder to keep a home at its showy best, it also can throw a monkey wrench into property maintenance and the few cosmetic fixes that almost every home could use before it hits the Lewes listings. The result is a certain amount of bottled-up inventory that bursts onto the scene all at once—and springtime is the single time of the year when that happens.

Then there is the automatic momentum effect. When you sell a Lewes home, most families need to turn around and buy the next. The National Association of Realtors® tells us that the spring real estate selling season may actually be stronger than the numbers indicate, because many sales that really did begin “in season” don’t actually close until summer begins. Spring real estate as a phenomenon is “real” enough that you can’t blame them for lines like “Spring brings rain and flowers—and possibly extra green in the final sales price of your home.”

The spring real estate selling season is indeed underway, so if you are planning on listing your own Lewes home anytime soon, now is a great time to give me a call. It’s the best way to take advantage of the traditional boom in prospective buyers!  

8 Top Ideas for Boosting Delaware House Values

From time to time it can be fun to scour the latest “Top Ten” lists of cost-conscious ways to increase the value of Delaware house value.

Some make more sense than others. Upgrading bathroom vanity cabinets appears on some of the house value lists, for instance—but those lists were probably thrown together in a hurry since the return on investment is admitted to be 66%. When an investment returns two-thirds of its cost, it’s hardly competitive. For Delaware homeowners preparing to sell, vanity cabinets don’t belong on the action list.

The best idea lists are the ones which show ROI: the return on investment. Here’s a new compilation, offered purely as food for thought (since the “return” number for any individual case can’t actually be verified)—

  1. Yard improvement, AKA Landscaping. Return on investment registers at a hefty 303% according to the NAR® (and even 400%, per This Old House). And it’s true that a weedy, dried-up lawn is not the way to woo any but the most bargain-thirsty buyers. We can assume that the investment figure the NAR points to does not include the homeowner’s time, but even so, a shipshape yard definitely provides a house value gain.
  2. Repair (electrical, plumbing, what-have-you). Return: 299%. This is for sure: Delaware houses with unaddressed mechanical defects are handicapped in the marketplace—in the end, it’s just too costly.
  3. Clean and Declutter. Return: 403%. With an average cost estimated at about $400, there’s no argument that it will be easily returned multiple times. When you can rely on truly professional help, the boost is invaluable.
  4. Carpet. The return on investment for an average outlay ($671) is calculated by the HomeGain website at 160%. I might add a caveat to this one: a truly threadbare or uncleanable carpet surely rates replacement—but if existing carpet is presentable, that cost might be better directed elsewhere.
  5. Staging. With a return of 196%, it’s hard to disagree—especially since Delaware’s professional stagers can often save by directing attention away from areas that might be overly expensive to renew.
  6. Lighten and brighten. This includes everything from “clean windows” or “repainting dark-colored rooms” to boosting the wattage of living room lamps. As a result, the “return” numbers are all over the map: but they’re all positive.
  7. Upgrade appliances. Full kitchen remodels are usually too expensive to fully reclaim their cost, although when necessary, minor kitchen remodels reclaim 79%. As an alternative, replacing seriously outmoded kitchen appliances is much more likely to add enough value to make it a canny move. 
  8. Declutter and Clean. (I know—but if anything is worth repeating, this is it)!

Your Delaware house’s value is what the market proves it to be—but it’s also the shelter your family calls home. If it’s filled with happy memories, that value is probably the one that winds up counting the most. But as for the other kind, when it’s time to shift gears, I hope you’ll 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