Open Houses: Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, 2011

There are many, many open houses this weekend!!! The following properties will be holding open houses in the Brandywine Hundred, North Wilmington, Newark, Hockessin, Pike Creek, Newark, Bear, and Middletown, Delaware areas on Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, 2011:

Can’t make the open house? No problem! Contact Brian Doreste today at 302-753-6398 to schedule your own private showing.

The most current open house list for New Castle County, Delaware can always be found at: http://deerhurst.net/category/upcoming-open-houses/, and is usually published every Thursday morning.

5947141 $289,900 1168 Elderon Dr Wilmington DE Arundel
5868928 $224,900 81 S Avon Dr Claymont DE Ashbourne Hills
5934604 $465,000 1204 Glossy Ibis Ct Middletown DE Augustine Creek
5948766 $282,625 525 E Boxborough Dr Wilmington DE Ballymeade
5896027 $285,000 38 Hillary Cir New Castle DE Bear Crossing
5931911 $439,000 151 Ramunno Cir Hockessin DE Belle Terre
5701196 $289,000 1704 N Park Dr 115 Wilmington DE Brandywine Park
5890172 $199,900 71 E Shady Dr Newark DE Breezewood Ii
5847478 $129,900 59 Chaucer Dr Newark DE Brookside
5951549 $200,000 96 Martindale Dr Newark DE Brookside
5925592 $305,000 36 Cannon Run Newark DE Cannonshire
5927214 $354,900 7 Wortham Ct Bear DE Caravel Woods
5871282 $274,900 501 Baynard Blvd Wilmington DE Carrcroft Crest
5818928 $849,000 606 Swallow Hollow Rd Greenville DE Centerville Tract
5952760 $284,900 316 Chattahoochee Dr Bear DE Chandeleur Woods
5897550 $183,000 70 W Kyla Marie Dr Newark DE Chapman Woods
5938916 $129,900 2202 Chelmsford Cir Newark DE Chelmsford
5919117 $148,900 78 W Stephen Dr Newark DE Chestnut Hill Ests
5853121 $360,000 56 Willow Creek Ln Newark DE Chestnut Valley
5884227 $129,900 1720 Robbins Pl Wilmington DE Cleland Heights
5952761 $253,500 2 Neponset Rd Wilmington DE Dartmouth Woods
5927697 $154,400 2055 Melson Rd Marshallton DE Duncan Village
5931574 $254,900 234 Old Churchmans Rd New Castle DE Duross Heights
5904306 $169,320 140 Couples Dr Newark DE Eagle Trace
5942301 $600,000 720 Kilburn Rd Wilmington DE Edenridge
5931294 $235,000 49 W Salisbury Dr Edgemoor DE Edgemoor Terrace
5945604 $269,900 3 Squirrel Ln Newark DE Elan
5931986 $229,000 206 Sandra Rd Wilmington DE Fairfax
5864458 $169,900 738 Seymour Rd Bear DE Fairwinds
5861605 $159,900 208 Fieldstream Dr Newark DE Fieldstream
5945710 $169,900 66 Versailles Ct Newark DE Frenchtown Woods
5920592 $154,900 5 Valley Cir Newark DE Green Valley
5887900 $187,900 106 Tamara Cir Newark DE Harmony Hills
5904277 $309,900 500 Hemingway Dr Hockessin DE Hickory Hills
5892696 $179,900 1104 Stinsford Rd Newark DE Hillside Heights
5928775 $475,000 41 Woodside Dr Greenville DE Hollingsworth
5949541 $249,900 107 Penn Ave Wilmington DE Holly Oak
5935473 $154,900 2438 Hammond Pl Wilmington DE Kirkwood Gardens
5940024 $325,000 1 Longspur Dr Wilmington DE Limestone Hills
5952720 $345,900 107 Bunting Dr Wilmington DE Limestone Hills
5947664 $239,000 1610 W 9th St Wilmington DE Little Italy
5945091 $225,000 211 Wooddale Ave New Castle DE Llangollen Estates
5917959 $355,000 98 Willow Grove Mill Dr Middletown DE Longmeadow
5912092 $228,500 306 Nichols Ave Wilmington DE McDaniel Crest
5950857 $269,900 233 Duncan Ave Wilmington DE McDaniel Crest
5931910 $219,900 26 White Clay Cres Newark DE Meeting House Hill
5900225 $299,900 4007 Mill Creek Rd Hockessin DE None Available
5943204 $372,900 1224 Norbee Dr Wilmington DE Normandy Manor
5817670 $424,990 315 Friedman Dr BRANDY New Castle DE Northern View
5874845 $349,990 304 Friedman Dr DYNAST New Castle DE Northern View
5949100 $369,900 203 Stonecrop Rd Wilmington DE Northminster
5941699 $169,000 1331 Greenleaf Rd Wilmington DE Oak Hill
5923096 $200,000 20 W 5th St New Castle DE Old New Castle
5951310 $179,900 44 E 5th St New Castle DE Old New Castle
5922068 $198,900 138 Commonwealth Ave Claymont DE Overlook Colony
5937828 $164,900 338 Park Ln Wilmington DE Park Lane
5952610 $440,000 254 Wickerberry Dr Middletown DE Parkside
5948527 $184,900 5 Vinca Dr Newark DE Perch Creek
5951648 $519,000 7 Perth Dr Wilmington DE Perth
5945350 $315,000 38 Palo Ln Newark DE Reserve/ironside
5899371 $314,900 4 Capa Ct Wilmington DE Ridgewood
5949207 $325,000 218 Riveredge Dr New Castle DE Riveredge Ests
5951088 $195,000 1553 Villa Rd Wilmington DE Riverridge
5618161 $129,000 2302 Riddle Ave B-301 Wilmington DE Rockford Park Condo
5923830 $199,900 521 Pheasant Run Bear DE Rose Wood
5948330 $259,900 1104 Stone Wall Run Newark DE Rosetree Hunt
5951719 $199,900 13 Scottfield Dr Newark DE Scottfield
5943756 $699,000 4 Hedgerow Pl Greenville DE Sedgely Farms
5791525 $309,990 100 Shannon Blvd Middletown DE Shannon Cove
5791526 $319,990 100 Shannon Blvd Middletown DE Shannon Cove
5791527 $299,990 100 Shannon Blvd Middletown DE Shannon Cove
5927686 $359,990 127 Shannon Blvd Middletown DE Shannon Cove
5941409 $339,900 305 Sherwood Ter Middletown DE Shannon Cove
5945198 $354,990 125 Shannon Blvd Middletown DE Shannon Cove
5946743 $229,900 1407 Lincoln Ave Wilmington DE Silverside Heights
5820748 $384,900 210 Hoyer Ct Wilmington DE Springer Woods
5836498 $399,900 214 Hoyer Ct Wilmington DE Springer Woods
5932551 $459,900 8 Canter Cir Newark DE Stirrup Farms
5847129 $669,000 10 S Hampshire Ct Greenville DE Stonewold
5952429 $479,900 3313 Coachman Rd Wilmington DE Surrey Park
5728532 $484,900 5 Tall Trees Ln Wilmington DE Tall Trees
5847413 $470,000 10 Tall Trees Ln Wilmington DE Tall Trees
5886746 $375,000 2609 Kimbrough Dr Wilmington DE Talley Farms
5944911 $229,900 814 Archer Pl Bear DE The Ridings
5902577 $184,000 221 E Seneca Dr Newark DE The Woods
5925593 $184,900 202 Elderfield Rd Newark DE Todd Estates
5872498 $298,000 2013 Baynard Blvd Wilmington DE Triangle
5921524 $200,000 2505 Tigani Dr Wilmington DE Tybrook
5784406 $189,000 2108 Biddle St Wilmington DE Union Park Gardens
5951842 $184,900 407 S Bancroft Pkwy Wilmington DE Union Park Gardens
5936576 $209,000 241 Becks Woods Dr Bear DE Village Of Becks P
5840998 $264,990 23 Vaughn Ln Newark DE Village Of Fox Meado
5841067 $284,990 2 Vaughn Ln Newark DE Village Of Fox Meado
5841073 $302,990 30 Vaughn Ln Newark DE Village Of Fox Meado
5841081 $313,990 32 Vaughn Ln Newark DE Village Of Fox Meado
5888052 $209,900 2305 Saint Francis St Wilmington DE Village Of Lindell
5947109 $385,000 95 Lynthwaite Farm Ln Wilmington DE Village Of Rocky R
5953242 $565,000 2304 W 11th St Wilmington DE Wawaset Park
5932025 $369,900 1101 Shipley Rd Wilmington DE Welshire
5949730 $400,000 1300 Grayson Rd Wilmington DE Welshire
5950225 $495,000 18 Pelham Rd Wilmington DE Welshire
5951309 $690,000 5 Pelham Rd Wilmington DE Welshire
5934465 $850,000 607 N Dupont Rd Wilmington DE Westover Hills
5953240 $889,900 807 Princeton Rd Wilmington DE Westover Hills
5906911 $379,900 319 Shisler Ct Newark DE Westover Woods
5873366 $124,000 240 King William St Newark DE Williamsburg Vil
5877381 $215,500 406 Quincy Ave Middletown DE Willow Grove Mill
5950503 $299,000 408 N Hampton Way Middletown DE Willow Grove Mill
5919978 $439,000 17 Ivy Rd Wilmington DE Wilm #13
5936836 $300,000 1600 Tudor Pl Wilmington DE Windybush
5939618 $499,900 511 Falkirk Rd Wilmington DE Woodbrook
5919779 $205,000 3 Troy Ave Wilmington DE Woodcrest
5857716 $165,000 14 Kristina Ct Wilmington DE Woodmill
5947931 $499,900 6 Wyndom Ct Hockessin DE Wyndom

Come out and see these houses this weekend!

Open Houses: Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, 2011

There are many, many open houses this weekend!!! The following properties will be holding open houses in the Brandywine Hundred, North Wilmington, Newark, Hockessin, Pike Creek, Newark, Bear, and Middletown, Delaware areas on Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, 2011:

Can’t make the open house? No problem! Contact Brian Doreste today at 302-753-6398 to schedule your own private showing.

The most current open house list for New Castle County, Delaware can always be found at: http://deerhurst.net/category/upcoming-open-houses/, and is usually published every Thursday morning.

5929651 $390,000 108 Miners Ln Newark DE Academy Hill
5945298 $229,900 18 Burns Rd Claymont DE Ashbourne Hills
5949725 $675,000 1002 Thaxten Ln Wilmington DE Barley Mill Ct
5893625 $259,900 114 Prospect Dr Wilmington DE Blue Rock Manor
5914503 $799,900 1421 Bohemia Mill Rd Middletown DE Bohemia Mill Run
5949342 $419,900 2105 Dunhill Dr Wilmington DE Brandywood
5912446 $349,900 1204 Hillside Blvd Wilmington DE Carrcroft
5931458 $399,900 1204 Bruce Rd Wilmington DE Carrcroft
5790764 $925,000 15 Trimble Turn Yorklyn DE Centerville Mdws
5948577 $269,900 2419 Kingman Dr Wilmington DE Chalfonte
5927964 $450,000 414 Pauline Dr Clayton DE Claybourne
5946744 $154,900 2503 Lincoln Ave Claymont DE Claymont Hgts
5947231 $124,900 3091 W Court Ave Claymont DE Clearfield
5947505 $389,900 10 Old Farm Rd Newark DE Corner Ketch Farm
5904194 $399,000 6 Tremont Ct Newark DE Cotswold Hills
5949146 $259,900 27 Green Meadow Ct Newark DE Country Hills
5875474 $138,000 2508 Creekside Dr Newark DE Creekside
5911799 $102,500 2804 Creekside Dr Newark DE Creekside
5940408 $131,900 205 Michelle Ct Newark DE Creekside
5930717 $319,900 1 Falkirk Ct Newark DE Deerborne Woods
5809057 $344,900 607 Silverside Rd Wilmington DE Drake Woods
5858408 $294,900 8 Holt Rd Newark DE Drummond Hill
5897261 $299,900 2 Holt Rd Newark DE Drummond Hill
5948684 $279,900 19 Barnard St Newark DE Drummond North
5943682 $485,000 736 Hertford Rd Wilmington DE Edenridge
5936852 $245,000 17 S Fawn Dr Newark DE Elan
5927477 $215,000 25 Brier Ave Wilmington DE Elsmere
5864458 $169,900 738 Seymour Rd Bear DE Fairwinds
5920191 $429,000 33 Berkley Dr Newark DE Farmington
5948037 $219,900 110 Halloween Run Newark DE Four Seasons
5935625 $440,000 5 Clark Rdg Hockessin DE Fox Hollow
5882846 $119,900 743 Kilgor Ct Newark DE Glasgow Pines
5925068 $449,900 201 Manor Dr Middletown DE Great Bohemia Mano
5932786 $188,500 6 Knoll Ct Newark DE Green Valley
5936740 $199,900 619 5th St Newark DE Green Valley
5940056 $139,900 12 Cornwallis Sq Newark DE Haslet Park
5947887 $364,000 1912 Dorcas Ln Wilmington DE Henry Clay Village
5938510 $314,900 113 Drummond Dr Wilmington DE Highland West
5882114 $725,000 2409 Willard St Wilmington DE Highlands
5950226 $509,000 1308 Woodlawn Ave Wilmington DE Highlands
5919793 $469,900 225 Cullen Way Newark DE Hunt At Louviers
5904928 $319,900 19 Gates Cir Hockessin DE Iron Gates
5897466 $179,900 2215 Henlopen Ave Wilmington DE Kiamensi Gardens
5875013 $239,000 4513 Pickwick Dr Wilmington DE Limestone Gardens
5944659 $369,900 624 Beaver Falls Pl Wilmington DE Little Falls Vill
5931128 $205,000 36 Hodgkins Pl New Castle DE Llangollen Estates
5946756 $347,500 52 Willow Grove Mill Dr Middletown DE Longmeadow
5917747 $184,900 109 Homewood Rd Wilmington DE Lynnfield
5931910 $219,900 26 White Clay Cres Newark DE Meeting House Hill
5942237 $311,000 1 Loch Meade Cir Hockessin DE Mendenhall Village
5944912 $265,000 27 Wheatfield Dr Wilmington DE Meriden
5896555 $499,000 654 Salem Church Rd Newark DE Millers Reserve
5899237 $454,000 662 Salem Church Rd Newark DE Millers Reserve
5899240 $559,000 676 Salem Church Rd Newark DE Millers Reserve
5899241 $429,000 650 Salem Church Rd Newark DE Millers Reserve
5765196 $129,900 105 Wildel Ave New Castle DE Minquadale
5928848 $495,000 13 Manor Ave Claymont DE None Available
5942927 $975,000 8 Halsey Dr Greenville DE None Available
5817670 $424,990 315 Friedman Dr BRANDY New Castle DE Northern View
5874845 $349,990 304 Friedman Dr DYNAST New Castle DE Northern View
5895554 $239,900 810 Parkside Blvd Claymont DE Northridge
5923424 $179,900 1307 Kenwood Rd Wilmington DE Oak Hill
5891743 $279,900 119 Harmony St New Castle DE Old New Castle
5900160 $109,900 7301 Pleasant Ct Wilmington DE Paladin Club
5942307 $379,800 722 Idlewyld Dr Middletown DE Parkside
5941524 $179,900 4956 S Tupelo Turn Wilmington DE Pepper Ridge
5889433 $259,900 4804 Hogan Dr Wilmington DE Plum Run
5937135 $215,000 313 Derose Ct Bear DE Porter Square
5913572 $237,500 16 Benning Rd Claymont DE Radnor Green
5618161 $129,000 2302 Riddle Ave B-301 Wilmington DE Rockford Park Condo
5923830 $219,900 521 Pheasant Run Bear DE Rose Wood
5948795 $200,000 2709 Westlock Dr Wilmington DE Sherwood Park
5895587 $249,900 1207 Highgate Rd Wilmington DE Sherwood Park Ii
5900371 $209,900 1101 Bardell Dr Wilmington DE Sherwood Park Ii
5945574 $219,500 1224 Ipswich Dr Wilmington DE Sherwood Park Ii
5949586 $239,900 1118 Bardell Dr Wilmington DE Sherwood Park Ii
5872867 $244,900 437 Sundial Ln Middletown DE Spring Arbor
5820748 $384,900 210 Hoyer Ct Wilmington DE Springer Woods
5912033 $779,000 50 Stonewold Way Wilmington DE Stonewold
5830942 $279,900 7 Currant Ct Newark DE Summer Hill
5936161 $259,900 126 Aspen Dr Newark DE Summer Hill
5902003 $225,000 1980 Superfine Ln 401 Wilmington DE Superfine Lane
5935875 $199,999 1980 Superfine Ln 703 Wilmington DE Superfine Lane
5864866 $275,000 18 Marsh Woods Ln Wilmington DE The Hamptons
5931456 $223,000 133 Einstein Dr Bear DE The Verandes
5936929 $254,500 20 S Townview Ln Newark DE Timber Creek
5946670 $265,000 1912 N Scott St Wilmington DE Trolley Square
5949096 $284,900 1604 W 14th St Wilmington DE Trolley Square
5950227 $299,900 1301 Richards Aly Wilmington DE Trolley Square
5892438 $224,900 612 Harrington St Wilmington DE Union Park Gardens
5800032 $304,900 221 Dupont Cir Wilmington DE Villa Monterey
5950318 $227,500 4773 Weatherhill Dr Wilmington DE Weatherhill Farms
5928512 $355,000 18 Jacqueline Dr Hockessin DE Wellington Hills
5949730 $400,000 1300 Grayson Rd Wilmington DE Welshire
5950225 $495,000 18 Pelham Rd Wilmington DE Welshire
5848118 $459,000 20 Vining Ln Wilmington DE Westhaven
5934465 $850,000 607 N Dupont Rd Wilmington DE Westover Hills
5873366 $124,000 240 King William St Newark DE Williamsburg Vil
5860715 $229,900 192 Gillespie Ave Middletown DE Willow Grove Mill
5938852 $240,000 285 Wilmore Dr Middletown DE Willow Grove Mill
5943296 $227,000 804 W 22nd St Wilmington DE Wilm #04
5937131 $89,900 1118 Clifford Brown Walk Wilmington DE Wilm #6.01
5925717 $149,900 18 Yale Ave New Castle DE Wilm Manor Gardens
5941234 $349,900 1401 Windybush Rd Wilmington DE Windybush
5941752 $289,000 100 Southwick Dr Wilmington DE Windybush
5905162 $200,000 1068 Wagoner Dr Wilmington DE Woodland Hts
5809498 $205,000 107 Glenoak Rd Wilmington DE Woodland Park
5899091 $209,000 1 Woodbury Ct Wilmington DE Woodland Park
5937129 $204,900 5028 E Woodmill Dr Wilmington DE Woodmill
5926668 $409,000 16 S Cliffe Dr Wilmington DE Wycliffe
5947931 $499,900 6 Wyndom Ct Hockessin DE Wyndom

Come out and see these houses this weekend!

IRS’s top 10 tax tips for home sellers

IRS’s top 10 tax tips for home sellers

Real Estate Tax Talk

By Stephen Fishman
Inman News™

From time to time the IRS releases tips designed to help people with their taxes. Some of these are quite useful.

Last week the agency released “Ten Tax Tips for Individuals Selling Their Home,” (IRS Summertime Tax Tip 2011-15).

As a real estate agent or broker, it is not your job to give home sellers tax advice. Indeed, it is advisable not to, since you could end up getting sued if you give wrong advice.

Instead, refer sellers to this list of IRS tips. It’s a good starting place for them to begin to understand this often complex area of tax law. You could even print it out and hand it to anyone who asks you about these issues.

Here are the IRS’s top 10 tax tips for home sellers:

1. In general, you are eligible to exclude the gain from income if you have owned and used your home as your main home for two years out of the five years prior to the date of its sale.

2. If you have a gain from the sale of your main home, you may be able to exclude up to $250,000 of the gain from your income ($500,000 on a joint return in most cases).

3. You are not eligible for the exclusion if you excluded the gain from the sale of another home during the two-year period prior to the sale of your home.

4. If you can exclude all of the gain, you do not need to report the sale on your tax return.

5. If you have a gain that cannot be excluded, it is taxable. You must report it on Form 1040, Schedule D, Capital Gains and Losses.

6. You cannot deduct a loss from the sale of your main home.

7. Worksheets are included in Publication 523, Selling Your Home, to help you figure the adjusted basis of the home you sold, the gain (or loss) on the sale, and the gain that you can exclude.

8. If you have more than one home, you can exclude a gain only from the sale of your main home. You must pay tax on the gain from selling any other home. If you have two homes and live in both of them, your main home is ordinarily the one you live in most of the time.

9. If you received the first-time homebuyer credit and within 36 months of the date of purchase, the property is no longer used as your principal residence, you are required to repay the credit. Repayment of the full credit is due with the income tax return for the year the home ceased to be your principal residence, using Form 5405, First-Time Homebuyer Credit and Repayment of the Credit. The full amount of the credit is reflected as additional tax on that year’s tax return.

10. When you move, be sure to update your address with the IRS and the U.S. Postal Service to ensure you receive refunds or correspondence from the IRS. Use Form 8822, Change of Address, to notify the IRS of your address change.

These tips can be found on the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/content/0,,id=104608,00.html.

Stephen Fishman is a tax expert, attorney and author who has published 18 books, including “Working for Yourself: Law & Taxes for Contractors, Freelancers and Consultants,” “Deduct It,” “Working as an Independent Contractor,” and “Working with Independent Contractors.” He welcomes your questions for this weekly column.

Open Houses: Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, 2011

There are many, many open houses this weekend!!! The following properties will be holding open houses in the Brandywine Hundred, North Wilmington, Newark, Hockessin, Pike Creek, Newark, Bear, and Middletown, Delaware areas on Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, 2011:

Can’t make the open house? No problem! Contact Brian Doreste today at 302-753-6398 to schedule your own private showing.

The most current open house list for New Castle County, Delaware can always be found at: http://deerhurst.net/category/upcoming-open-houses/, and is usually published every Thursday morning.

5906863 $259,900 400 Abbotsford Ln Newark DE Abbotsford
5931968 $195,000 2101 Lori Dr Wilmington DE Albertson Park
5809579 $329,900 3 Harlech Dr Greenville DE Anglesey
5922066 $335,000 216 W Old Squaw Rd Middletown DE Appoquin Farms
5876711 $220,000 20 Keats Dr Claymont DE Ashbourne Hills
5934604 $465,000 1204 Glossy Ibis Ct Middletown DE Augustine Creek
5828055 $149,900 704 S Scott St Wilmington DE Bayard Square
5940980 $154,900 201 Lake Arrowhead Cir Bear DE Becks Woods
5941679 $159,900 124 Lake Arrowhead Cir Bear DE Becks Woods
5882867 $270,000 1200 Wynnbrook Rd Wilmington DE Bellefonte
5927505 $174,900 606 Overland Ave Wilmington DE Bellemoor
5943542 $268,000 2405 Wellesley Ave Wilmington DE Blue Rock Manor
5890094 $229,900 2807 Herbert Dr Wilmington DE Brandywine Springs
5864869 $130,000 316 Brookland Ave Wilmington DE Brookland Terrace
5926109 $180,000 326 Cannons Way Newark DE Cannons Gate
5943758 $349,999 112 Veronica Ln Bear DE Caravel Cove
5868809 $305,000 103 Bernice Dr Bear DE Caravel Woods
5927214 $354,900 7 Wortham Ct Bear DE Caravel Woods
5840797 $239,900 2514 Newport Gap Pike Wilmington DE Cedars
5873587 $665,000 400 Snuff Mill Rd Greenville DE Centreville
5867175 $115,000 1211 Chelmsford Cir Newark DE Chelmsford
5885919 $124,000 16 Richard Rd New Castle DE Chelsea Ests
5845350 $329,900 26 Willow Creek Ln Newark DE Chestnut Valley
5853121 $360,000 56 Willow Creek Ln Newark DE Chestnut Valley
5924241 $199,000 220 New York Ave Claymont DE Claymont Addition
5944609 $189,900 3 Delaware Ave Claymont DE Claymont Addition
5926401 $139,900 1802 Saint Elizabeth St Wilmington DE Cleland Heights
5763618 $204,900 215 S Ogle Ave Wilmington DE Colonial Heights
5945381 $195,000 9 Cobble Creek Curv Newark DE Cooches Bridge Far
5786199 $123,000 1123 W 7th St COOL Wilmington DE Cool Spring
5923651 $234,900 903 N Franklin St Wilmington DE Cool Spring
5925578 $234,900 363 Chickory Way Newark DE Country Place
5923670 $194,900 454 Sweetman Dr Bear DE Crossings At Chris
5928685 $215,000 200 Gladstone Way Bear DE Crossings At Chris
5923964 $324,500 42 Sturbridge Dr Wilmington DE Dartmouth Woods
5881483 $335,000 13 Dalton Dr Newark DE Deerborne Woods
5940553 $319,900 23 Glencoe Dr Newark DE Deerborne Woods
5904306 $169,320 140 Couples Dr Newark DE Eagle Trace
5945604 $279,900 3 Squirrel Ln Newark DE Elan
5863055 $199,500 3225 Champions Dr Wilmington DE Fairway Falls
5861605 $159,900 208 Fieldstream Dr Newark DE Fieldstream
5911921 $198,900 12 Harvest Trl Newark DE Four Seasons
5945710 $169,900 66 Versailles Ct Newark DE Frenchtown Woods
5908123 $149,900 603 Garnet Rd Wilmington DE Gordy Estates
5922393 $139,900 709 Newport Gap Pike Wilmington DE Gordy Estates
5941493 $324,900 106 Wellington Way Middletown DE Grande View Farms
5946568 $279,000 1019 Sedwick Dr Wilmington DE Graylyn Crest
5924275 $199,900 702 6th St Newark DE Green Valley
5936740 $199,900 619 5th St Newark DE Green Valley
5786718 $220,000 1701 Dalfield Dr Wilmington DE Greenmeadow
5932102 $224,900 822 Bess Ln Wilmington DE Greenmeadow
5928172 $357,900 912 Lovering Ave Wilmington DE Happy Valley
5937070 $144,000 124 Piano Dr Newark DE Harmony Woods
5895811 $284,900 509 Hemingway Dr Hockessin DE Hickory Hills
5904277 $309,900 500 Hemingway Dr Hockessin DE Hickory Hills
5908125 $299,000 710 Clifton Dr Bear DE Hickory Woods
5919097 $299,900 47 Longleaf Ln Bear DE Hickory Woods
5870514 $799,000 9 Brandywine Falls Rd Wilmington DE Highlands
5875822 $485,000 2000 Kentmere Pkwy Wilmington DE Highlands
5835094 $275,000 2720 Burnley Rd Wilmington DE Highlands Of Herit
5929584 $210,000 305 Marsh Rd Wilmington DE Hillcrest
5943776 $204,900 1309 Fairview Ave Wilmington DE Holly Oak Terr
5937854 $179,900 100 E Lunenburg Dr New Castle DE Jefferson Farms
5841128 $249,900 2223 Kingsridge Dr Wilmington DE Kingsridge
5935473 $159,900 2438 Hammond Pl Wilmington DE Kirkwood Gardens
5737275 $349,900 23 Quartz Mill Rd Newark DE Lamatan Ii
5791787 $150,000 305 Tindall Rd Wilmington DE Lancaster Village
5884948 $199,000 230 Schafer Blvd New Castle DE Llangollen Estates
5931128 $205,000 36 Hodgkins Pl New Castle DE Llangollen Estates
5917959 $369,900 98 Willow Grove Mill Dr Middletown DE Longmeadow
5946756 $347,500 52 Willow Grove Mill Dr Middletown DE Longmeadow
5872322 $315,000 1418 Marsh Rd Wilmington DE Mayfield
5912092 $228,500 306 Nichols Ave Wilmington DE McDaniel Crest
5929808 $349,900 8 E Cardiff Ct Newark DE Meadowdale
5775960 $194,900 108 Meadowood Dr Newark DE Meadowood
5906974 $235,000 18 Mcmechem Ct Newark DE Meeting House Hill
5944410 $399,900 356 Sun Blvd Bear DE Meridian Crossing
5937460 $322,500 1 Browning Cir Middletown DE Middletown Crossin
5946365 $290,000 30 E Shakespeare Dr Middletown DE Middletown Crossin
5896555 $499,000 654 Salem Church Rd Newark DE Millers Reserve
5899237 $454,000 662 Salem Church Rd Newark DE Millers Reserve
5899240 $559,000 676 Salem Church Rd Newark DE Millers Reserve
5899241 $429,000 650 Salem Church Rd Newark DE Millers Reserve
5841293 $279,900 2622 Belaire Dr Wilmington DE Montclare
5875835 $131,900 224 Cobble Creek Curv Newark DE Newtown Homes
5892915 $244,000 512 Silverside Rd Wilmington DE None Available
5895322 $219,500 3418 Faulkland Rd Wilmington DE None Available
5900225 $299,900 4007 Mill Creek Rd Hockessin DE None Available
5912448 $365,000 17 Ash Tree Ln Hockessin DE None Available
5926653 $510,000 811 Branch Rd Newark DE None Available
5934290 $895,000 108 Brook Valley Rd Greenville DE None Available
5938925 $229,900 1456 River Rd Wilmington DE None Available
5817670 $424,990 315 Friedman Dr BRANDY New Castle DE Northern View
5874845 $349,990 304 Friedman Dr DYNAST New Castle DE Northern View
5927461 $269,900 1510 Lakewood Dr Wilmington DE Northwood
5906285 $140,000 9 N Merriment Dr Newark DE Old Mill Village
5891743 $289,900 119 Harmony St New Castle DE Old New Castle
5920338 $210,000 117 E 3rd St New Castle DE Old New Castle
5831070 $149,900 6105 Highland Ct Wilmington DE Paladin Club
5937828 $165,000 338 Park Ln Wilmington DE Park Lane
5923241 $235,000 14 Smyrna Ave Wilmington DE Perkins Run
5901752 $169,900 232 Palermo Dr Bear DE Pinewoods
5758208 $257,900 106 Pleasantville Ct New Castle DE Pleasantville Place
5802470 $227,900 110 Pleasantville Ct New Castle DE Pleasantville Place
5802928 $271,000 111 Pleasantville Ct New Castle DE Pleasantville Place
5937953 $225,900 108 Pleasantville Ct New Castle DE Pleasantville Place
5939147 $242,900 113 Pleasantville Ct New Castle DE Pleasantville Place
5936952 $162,000 21 Rambleton Dr New Castle DE Rambleton Acres
5938137 $559,950 15 Waterton Dr Bear DE Red Lion Chase
5946836 $397,500 6 Talamore Ct Bear DE Rose Hill
5940938 $144,900 313 Osborne Rd Wilmington DE Rosemont
5935197 $220,000 832 Broadfield Dr Newark DE Scottfield
5941921 $214,900 172 Scottfield Dr Newark DE Scottfield
5895758 $255,000 567 Whispering Trl Middletown DE Springmill
5852654 $150,000 600 N Ford Ave 103 Wilmington DE Squirrel Run
5901998 $169,900 3 S Glen Ave New Castle DE Swanwyck
5844093 $399,000 1 Briars Ln Greenville DE The Briars
5934008 $335,900 236 Porky Oliver Dr Middletown DE The Legends
5921523 $183,000 710 Ashland Ct Newark DE The Ridge
5854473 $259,000 4 Timberline Dr Newark DE Timber Creek
5922717 $320,000 405 Arrowood Ln Newark DE Timber Farms
5929610 $249,900 207 W Silver Fox Rd Newark DE Timber Farms
5945592 $289,000 118 Woodland Rd Newark DE Timber Farms
5871189 $179,900 24 Thistle Ct Wilmington DE Timber Run Condos
5872498 $299,000 2013 Baynard Blvd Wilmington DE Triangle
5900793 $269,000 1314 Shallcross Ave Wilmington DE Trolley Square
5925018 $309,900 1907 N Scott St Wilmington DE Trolley Square
5935278 $359,900 1802 Delaware Ave Wilmington DE Trolley Square
5942219 $175,000 305 Delaware Ave Wilmington DE Tuxedo Park
5942109 $209,900 2127 Gilles St Wilmington DE Union Park Gardens
5941642 $325,000 2 Rebecca Ct Middletown DE Wheatland
5873366 $124,000 240 King William St Newark DE Williamsburg Vil
5639703 $264,900 712 W 22nd St Wilmington DE Wilm #04
5807901 $198,000 2211 Van Buren Pl Wilmington DE Wilm #04
5908875 $309,000 704 W 23rd St Wilmington DE Wilm #04
5881238 $769,000 69 & 71 Ivy Rd Wilmington DE Wilm #13
5919978 $449,000 17 Ivy Rd Wilmington DE Wilm #13
5938062 $415,000 13 Rockford Mews Ct Wilmington DE Wilm #13
5863078 $179,900 907 S Broom St Wilmington DE Wilm #25
5921177 $299,900 702 S Rodney St Wilmington DE Wilm #25
5886277 $214,900 339 N Dillwyn Rd Newark DE Windy Hills
5912453 $419,000 1404 Windybush Rd Wilmington DE Windybush
5941752 $289,000 100 Southwick Dr Wilmington DE Windybush
5898744 $145,000 229 Britain Ct Newark DE Winsome Commons
5941209 $325,000 2415 Greendale Rd Tallyville DE Woodbine
5945143 $209,900 1005 Gallery Rd Wilmington DE Woodland Hts
5928738 $254,900 11 Buttonwood Ct Newark DE Woodland Run
5868565 $249,900 1915 W Zabenko Dr Wilmington DE Woodmill Village
5898891 $274,500 2219 Patwynn Rd Wilmington DE Wynnwood

Come out and see these houses this weekend!

Buyer beware of bathroom leak

Don’t expect recourse for fixing $1,500 defect

By Barry Stone
Inman News™

DEAR BARRY: After buying our home, we discovered a leak in the floor of our upstairs shower. The surprise came when water began dripping from the downstairs ceiling. Worse still, we discovered that the ceiling had previously been patched. This means that the sellers must have known about the problem, a suspicion that has been confirmed by the next-door neighbor.

When we had our home inspection, the inspector ran water for a while but not long enough to reveal the leak. Now we’re stuck with a repair cost of $1,500. The seller has moved out of state, and the home inspection report specifically disclaims shower pans. Do we have any recourse against the home inspector or the seller? –Jason

DEAR JASON: The sellers were apparently aware of the leaking shower pan but chose not to disclose it. On that basis, they appear to be in violation of the law and subject to legal consequences. Unfortunately, their residency in another state complicates your chances of bringing justice to bear.

For clarification of the strengths or weaknesses of your position, you can seek the advice of an attorney, but a $1,500 claim probably does not warrant the investment of legal costs.

Home inspectors typically perform their work in accordance with established industry protocol, as set forth by professional associations such as the American Society of Home Inspectors. Unfortunately, these standards do not include testing of shower pans.

Evaluating the water-tightness of a pan is generally done by pest control operators (commonly known as termite inspectors). This is because pest control operators also inspect for fungus infection, and moisture problems at showers can promote the growth of fungus.

However, pest inspectors typically omit pan tests when showers are located upstairs. The reason for this exclusion is to avoid liability for ceiling damage if the pan leaks during the test. Thus, leaking shower pans often escape detection in the course of a real estate purchase. In many cases, unwitting buyers are unfairly saddled with the costs of repair.

DEAR BARRY: The home we are buying is brand-new, so we haven’t decided whether we should hire a home inspector. If we do hire someone, are there inspectors who specialize in inspection of new homes? –Calvin

DEAR CALVIN: All home inspectors inspect brand-new homes, but it is unlikely that any home inspectors limit their business exclusively to new construction.

If you are wondering if a home inspection is recommended for brand-new homes, you have apparently not followed this column. In short, the critical importance of inspecting brand-new homes cannot be overemphasized. It is an essential absolute for buyers of new homes.

Rather than repeating what has been explained in past articles, let me underscore this unvarying fact: All brand-new homes have defects. It just takes a qualified, experienced home inspector to identify the glitches.

Once you have the report in hand, the builder makes the appropriate corrections. This is better than having someone else’s home inspector finding the defects when you eventually sell the property, years from now, after the builder’s warranty has expired.

To write to Barry Stone, please visit him on the Web at www.housedetective.com

8 steps to fixing a leaky faucet

8 steps to fixing a leaky faucet

Do it yourself in 1 hour or less

By Bill and Kevin Burnett
Inman News™

Q: The cold-water faucet in my shower has developed a continuous drip. I’ve never tried to change a washer in a faucet before. Should I try to do it myself or call a plumber? Is it only a matter of turning off the main water supply, then taking the faucet apart to find the washer to replace, or is it more complicated?

I don’t know the make and model, but the faucets have been here since before I moved in more than 20 years ago.

A: Nearly all modern showers have a single mixing valve that combines hot and cold water. You have the old-fashioned type, meaning you have to adjust the hot and cold separately.

This is something you can and should do yourself. You can take an hour of your time and 75 cents in parts or call a plumber and receive a bill for around $100.

Here’s the step-by-step process to change a washer:

Step 1: Turn off the water to the house. In temperate areas, exterior pipes do not freeze. The shutoff valve is usually where the water line enters the house. In 20-plus-year-old systems, the valve is usually a gate valve with a round “wagon wheel” handle. There’s usually a hose bib immediately above it. Close the shutoff valve, then turn the hose bib on to release water pressure from the system.

Step 2: Turn the hot and cold tub faucets on to drain water from the valve.

Step 3: Close both valves, then reopen them about halfway.

Step 4: Spread a towel or washcloth over the drain so as not to lose any small parts. With a Phillips-head screwdriver, remove the screws from the hot and cold handles and take the handles off. Put the screws in a safe place.

Step 5: Remove the chrome escutcheons by turning them counterclockwise. They should be screwed on only hand-tight, but they may be stuck. If so, use a pair of channel-lock pliers, placing a towel or washcloth between the teeth of the pliers and the escutcheon so as not to mar the chrome.

Step 6: With the handles and escutcheons removed, the spindle is exposed. The spindle is the part of the valve that regulates water flow. At the far end of the spindle is a rubber washer that, when tightened against a metal seat, stops the water flow.

Remove the bonnet nut so that the spindle can be removed and the washer replaced.

The bonnet nut is probably below the surface of the tile, making it impossible to get purchase with a normal wrench. There is a special socket wrench solely for this purpose that is inexpensive and available at any local hardware store.

It may be necessary to remove some grout or cement to get at the bonnet nut, even with this specialty tool. Tap lightly on the grout with a screwdriver and hammer to free the area around the nut. Again, after 20 years, the nut may be stuck. Spray on a little Liquid Wrench or WD-40 to loosen it. Then remove the bonnet nut.

Step 7: To remove the spindle, replace the handle and turn clockwise until the spindle is free of the valve.

Step 8: At the end of the spindle will be a screw holding the washer in a seat. The washer will probably appear flat, but the new one will most likely be cone-shaped. Take the spindle to your local hardware store and the folks there should be able to set you up with the correct washer. Alternatively, buy a pack of assorted rubber washers and find the one that fits in the seat. Remove the screw holding the old washer and replace the old with the new.

Reverse these steps to get the tub back in operation.

Oh, and while you’re at it, change both the cold and hot washers. Sure as shootin’, as soon as the cold leak is fixed, the hot one will go.