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At the Oldfather Group, we work with a wide selection of valued clients on a daily basis. They come from many different backgrounds, but all have one very special thing in common - they're all either conducting, or hoping to conduct, real estate transactions here at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

We're extremely proud of the fact that we're consistently ranked as one of the top local firms in terms of buyer represented sales, but a lot of our work is also focused on cultivating and taking excellent care of our clients who are wishing to sell their properties for one reason or another.

With 14 years of experience in the coastal Delaware, and now Maryland, marketplace, we've seen just about everything imaginable. Because of this, we can offer a

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If you're like most of us, your home is one of the most valuable things that you own. So it stands to reason that taking care of it over the years is of utmost importance.

And that leads us to home improvements, which probably anyone who has ever owned a home has undertaken. Some are minor, like replacing wallpaper with a fresh coat of paint or ripping up your carpeting to expose or lay beautiful new hardware floors.

Others are more extensive, of course, and can range from upgrading your kitchen or bathroom with new fixtures to even something as major as adding a couple of new rooms to your home.

But did you know that some home improvements can significantly add value to your home, while others can be a bit of a "money pit?"

Today, we're going

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If you've ever sold a home or property, then you no doubt realize that it's a MUCH different experience than being on the buyer's end of the transaction.

Instead of being the ones roaming the area and looking at dozens of local properties, you're basically trying to make one property look as nice and inviting as you possibly can. And your real estate agent of choice is doing everything he or she can to get potential buyers in the door.

But speaking of potential buyers - do you ever wonder what's going in their heads? What makes them tick? Why do they do what they do?

It today's blog entry here on luxuryhomesdelaware.com, we're going to explore some of the more frequent issues that buyers often experience during the negotiation process, some of

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So you've signed on the dotted line and sold your family home, ready to move on to the next stage in your life. That's great - we hope you got everything you wanted out of the selling process.

But now what? Well you're going to have to do what so many of us dread, and that's packing up all of your belongings and moving everything you own to a new location, most likely in a new town, city and/or community.

Hey, we understand this is not a process that most people look forward to. We get it, but we also know that it has to be done.

So today, we're going to at least make the chore a little bit easier by giving you some tips and ideas on the moving process. With a little homework and some due diligence, this process doesn't have to be as bad as it

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Now that you've decided to put your home on the market, you may be thinking about going it alone, without the help of a licensed REALTOR. Many people consider this regularly, but it's almost always an unwise decision in the long run.

REALTORS are full-fledged members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and take a pledge to live by a certain code of ethics. They are required to keep their clients needs in the forefront at all times and to never, under any circumstances, violate these ethical requirements.

In today's blog entry here on www.luxuryhomesdelaware.com, we're going to give you a few reasons why the input you receive along the way from a licensed REALTOR is invaluable, and why hiring the right agent to sell your home could be one

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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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