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It's pretty well known around the region that Delaware features tax-free shopping, the only state in the mid-Atlantic and one of only five in the country that does. And we'll save you a Google search - Alaska, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon are the others.

But what's not well known are some of the other tax benefits of living in Delaware's southernmost county, though these advantages have been introduced to many more people in recent years.

I mean, there's a reason why Sussex is the fastest growing county in the state and why so many retirees and second homeowners have chosen to buy property here.

And that sentence should give you a hint - it's the low property taxes! 

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. In this blog entry, we're

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If you've ever bought a home in Delaware, you're obviously well aware of a special little First State tax that gets charged whenever real estate changes hands here. But the funny thing about that tax is that most people have no idea what it is, where the money goes and what exactly it's used for.

Well, read this blog entry through to the end and we promise you'll have a much better idea of what this tax is. It won't keep you from having to pay it, of course, but at least you'll know where your money's going when you sign on the dotted line at the settlement table.

Okay, let's start our discussion off today by defining what a Delaware Real Estate Transfer Tax actually is. As defined in Title 30, Chapter 54 of the Delaware Code, a realty transfer

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For generations, people young and old have preached about the health benefits of living at the beach, breathing the salt air, laying in the sun and generally just feeling more relaxed on a regular basis.

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not this admittedly unproven theory has any merit, Ocean City Realtor John McAdams may help you make up your mind.

Down 50 pounds since his move to the beach in 2011, McAdams now weighs the same as he did as a high school senior in 1981. He also boasts higher energy levels, a much lower cholesterol rate and a brighter outlook on life.

It’s a life that could be a whole lot different in 2018, if not for the permanent move to the beach and the advent of a healthier lifestyle.

“I was actually diagnosed with

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If you've never purchased a home before, or perhaps not for many years, we know it can be a bit of a daunting and overwhelming process.

There are so many homes to choose from, in countless neighborhoods scattered over numerous cities and towns. Financial options can be confusing, not to mention choosing the right Realtor, the best appraiser, the right law firm and dozens of other decisions that need to be made throughout the often lengthy home buying process.

At the Oldfather Group, we aim every day to simplify this process as much as we possibly can. We've streamlined things considerably, with agents and key personnel who are there to help you along your own personal path to home ownership.

This is one of the reasons why we've been the top real

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As we come to the final days of what's been another great year living and working here in beautiful coastal Delaware, we thought we'd take an opportunity to share with you how our local real estate markets have fared in 2017.

And the good news, especially if you're in the market to sell your home anytime soon, is that's it's growing stronger every single day.

Inventory is tightening, prices are improving and homes are spending less time on the market than they were even a year ago. In fact, all of the data that's been generated by the Oldfather Group and our parent company, Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty, points toward a coastal Delaware real estate market that continues to strengthen and gain steam as we head into 2018.

Here's our

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If you enjoy the serenity of coastal Delaware's award winning golf courses, then this week's Oldfather Group featured home is one you're definitely going to want to consider.

Nestled on the 18th green of the highly acclaimed course at King's Creek Country Club, this home is the type of coastal oasis that doesn't come on the market every day. And we're excited to tell you all about it.

As always, we love bringing you a wide selection of features here on our website, including spotlighted properties, local community features, writeups on upcoming events and so much more.

On luxuryhomesdelaware.com and oldfatherrealestate.com, we want to be your one-stop shop for all things Delmarva. And we'd love to know how you think we're doing - what are we

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The Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce another coastal open house event this weekend, this time in the popular community of Red Mill Pond.

Hosted by the Oldfather Group’s Pamela Foster, this 2,800-square-foot home features an open floor plan with high ceilings, hardwood flooring and columns that separate the foyer from several adjoining rooms.

Located at 30883 Best Lane, other features include a chef’s kitchen with upgraded cabinetry and butler’s pantry, an owner’s suite with a whirlpool tub, French doors, a gas fireplace and an abundance of natural light throughout.

But it’s the outdoor living area that really makes this home stand out, including a large screened in porch and an

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We've finally moved into our new offices on Route 1, and we'd love for you to stop by and have a look!

Located at 18949 Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach, we're located on the third floor above the popular Rosenfeld's Deli.

The new space is something all of us at the Oldfather Group desperately needed as we continue growing to serve the needs of the coastal Delaware and Maryland communities.

  Our new customized offices afford plenty of space for our constantly growing team of real estate professionals, as well as executive staff and office personnel.   Since 2004, the Oldfather Group had maintained offices at 330 Rehoboth Avenue, in the heart of the "Nation's Summer Capital." But the OG, as well as parent company Ocean Atlantic,…
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We head to the southern coastal areas today for our latest "Home of the Week," brought to you every Monday by the real estate professionals at the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty.

The "quiet resort" of Bethany Beach, and the premier Salt Pond community, is where you'll find this week's featured property, and we can't wait to tell you all about this 2,200-square-foot coastal Delaware gem.

But first, we want to let everyone know that the Oldfather Group has recently moved its offices to Route 1 between Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, above Rosenfeld's Jewish Deli at 18949 Coastal Highway.

We spent many great years on Rehoboth Avenue, but our team has grown to the point where we need our own space. And we feel this new

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Get into the Christmas spirit this weekend by coupling a trip to the incredible Winter Wonderfest in Lewes with a cookie and a cup of hot chocolate with the jolly man himself.

That's right, Santa Claus will be making a special appearance at the Oldfather Group's offices in historic downtown Lewes this Saturday, Dec. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. Take a free photo with the big guy, and enjoy some light refreshments on us.

We'll also be conducting a food drive on Saturday, in support of the community and the work being done at the Immanuel Shelter in Rehoboth Beach.

Our office is located at 102 Savannah Road, in between Second Street and Front Street and across from the Dogfish Inn.

Stop by and see us this Saturday! We'd love the chance to say hi and

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