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New Castle County DE Real Estate Market Watch for May 2016

by Tucker Robbins

New Castle County DE listings declined 20.11% in May 2016 with 57 fewer homes sold. The average sales price dropped .88% to $231,096, while market times dropped by 6 days. 

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Courtesy of Wilmington DE Realtors Tucker Robbins and Carol Arnott Robbins.

Tax Rules When Gifting Real Estate

by Tucker Robbins

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The gift of real estate is the gift that keeps on giving, and if you are in the place where you can do something like this for someone you love, you need to be sure to abide by the tax rules that are associated with giving such a large gift. 

  • It may be a good idea to give the cash for your loved one to purchase a house instead of purchasing a house for them.  You may think you know your relative or friend better than anyone but you may not know all their secret hopes and dreams because they may not tell you every little detail about themselves.  If you give cash to your loved one to buy a home you need to keep the amount at $14,000 or less.  The gift tax limit for a yearly gift called the annual exclusion allows you to give $14,000 cash or less to as many folks as you would like each year tax free.
  • Another great way to give the gift of real estate without disobeying any tax rules is to give the gift of a cash down payment. You will want to make sure that the loan officer knows that this is a gift and not a loan.  You will need to fill out the appropriate paperwork so that the fact that the down payment monies is a gift will be well clarified, otherwise you risk your friend or loved one losing out on getting their mortgage. 
  • If you would like to sell your children’s childhood home to them you may do so but be sure that you are careful how you do it.  Seller financing your home to your children is a great way to avoid being taxed to the max.  In this type of sale you basically will be given a small down payment and you will hold the note on the property.  This type of real estate gifting is great as long as you can trust your loved one to pay down the mortgage. 
  • Selling your home to your loved one at a low ball price is another way to give the gift of real estate all the while abiding by tax rules.  Of course the IRS may think you are crazy but once they see you are selling to a family member they will understand. 

Remember if you do decide to give the gift of real estate to abide by the tax rules and regulations and you will be sure to have some excited recipients! 

Courtesy of Wilmington DE Realtors Tucker Robbins and Carol Arnott Robbins.

How To Know When You've Found Your Dream Home

by Tucker Robbins

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When you are looking to find a mate to marry you may spend years and years before you find the one that is meant for you to be with, however you don’t need to look for years to find “the one” when it comes to house hunting.  There are ways to know when you have found the right house for you but you may need to make a few tweaks in your wish list to make it all possible.  Below are a few ideas to help make finding your dream home a bit easier. 

  • A good way to get started finding the house that you have always dreamed of owning is to make a list of your expectations.  You should list your must have items in order of how important they are to you.  As you begin house hunting you may want to rearrange your list a little depending on what you find on the market.  It may be helpful to put a star beside the expectations that are most important to you so that you don’t forget something.
  • It’s perfectly alright to look online as much as you want at houses when you are shopping for a home but it may be wise to limit your actual house viewings.  If you visit too many homes during your house search you may find that it becomes a bit overwhelming and you may also realize that you are trying to create the home of your dreams by piecing together bits and pieces of each house you look at.  Narrow down your actual house viewings to about four of your top picks.  This will help you to more easily narrow down your search and to make a final decision more quickly.  
  • If you find that you simply cannot find what you are looking for in the current real estate market, perhaps it may be best for you to stop looking for a month or two and wait to see what may pop up.  You may find that the home of your dreams is only a few short months away from being found. 

Again, you may need to make a few adjustments to your wish list once you start looking for a home but that doesn’t mean you cannot find the perfect home for you and your family.     If the house you choose doesn’t have everything you hoped it would, you can always add things once you move in. 

Courtesy of Wilmington DE Realtors Tucker Robbins and Carol Arnott Robbins.

Community Supported Agriculture

by Tucker Robbins


These are the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) programs in the greater Wilmington Delaware market. If you like to support the local farmers, this is the absolute best way to help. You get to pick up freshly harvested vegetables once a week, every week, for the entire season. Most of these programs started June 1st, but many are prorated, so there is still plenty of time to sign up!

Highland Orchards Farm,  131 Foulk Rd., Wilmington DE 19803  302-478-4042

Coverdale Farm, 543 Way Rd., Greenville DE 19807   302-239-2334

Delaware Local Food Exchange, 8 Trolley Square, Wilmington DE 19806    302-407-5579

SIW Vegetables 4317 Creek Road, Chadds Ford PA 19317   610-388-7491

Thornbury Farms,  12567 Thornbury Rd, West Chester PA 19382  610-793-2933

Fair Weather Farm at Fairhill,  5821 Telegraph Rd, Elkton MD 21921  302-530-7028



4 Ways To Prepare Your Home for Vacation

by Tucker Robbins


Summer has arrived!  Many families plan for their summer vacation months in advance but did you know that you need to prepare your home for your vacation as well?  Below are a few tips on what you should do to prepare your home for your upcoming vacation.   

  1. Mow your grass before you leave for your vacation.  I would suggest that you set the mower on the shortest cut you can get so that you don’t have to worry about it growing up while you are gone.  If you are going to be gone for an extended period of time you may want to arrange to have a family member mow your yard at least once while you are gone.  Mowing your yard before vacation makes it look like you are still at home and therefore may keep away potential intruders. 
  2. Another thing you should do before you leave on vacation this coming summer is to contact the post office and have your mail canceled while you are gone.  You can pick your mail up at the post office once you arrive back home and start your service back up.  This may sound like a huge ordeal but it really is an easy way to keep things neat and tidy while you are away from home.  This simple act will also deter intruders.
  3. If you don’t want your house to stand out as if no one is home, you may need to install a flood light that is activated by motion outside of your home.  This way if someone walks up to your house that is not suppose to be there the neighbors will be able to see them and can report anything out of the ordinary.  Another thing you can do with lights is to set a few inside lights on a timer so that it looks like you are home.
  4. Some water heaters have a VAC mode otherwise known as a vacation mode. If you have this setting on your water heater it’s a good idea to use it while you are away.  Doing this is not only a good way to save on your bill but it is also a good way to avoid any type of flooding that may occur while you are gone.  The last thing you want to come home to is a flooded house due to a broken or burst pipe.

Hopefully these tips will get you started in the right direction before you set off on your summer vacation and you’ll be able to relax and have fun without worrying about your house! 

Courtesy of Wilmington DE Realtors Tucker Robbins and Carol Arnott Robbins.

2016 Free Summer Outdoor Concert Series

by Tucker Robbins

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2016 Free Summer Outdoor Concert Series around Wilmington DE.

June 5    6:30        Diamond State Concert Band – Marches, Show Tunes - Bellevue State Park

June 8    6:30        Newark Community Band – White Clay Creek State Park

June 9    6:30        Audrey McLaughlin – The Voice Finalist -  Country Music – Bellevue State Park

June 12  6:30        Malarkey Brothers – Celtic folk/Rock Band - Bellevue State Park

June 13  6:30        Rachel Schain & Hot Breakfast – Pop rock/ Dork Rock - Rockford Park

June 13  6:30        Dean Sapp & Harford Express – Centreville Park (rain date June 20)

June 15  6:30        Unity Reggae – Roots Reggae - White Clay Creek State Park

June 16  6:30        Nice Like Dat – Folk, Blues and Bluegrass - Bellevue State Park

June 19  6:30        Sin City – Americana - Bellevue State Park

June 20  6:30        Surreal Nation – Alternative Folk - Rockford Park                        

June 22  6:30        Christine Havrilla and Gypsy Fuzz – Neofunkadelicfolkpoptwang Rock - White Clay Creek Park

June 23  6:30        Summit Hill – Bluegrass and Old Country - Bellevue State Park

June 26  6:30        Spokey Speaky – Roots Reggae - Bellevue State Park

June 27  6:30        Sara Ann Garrison – Country - Rockford Park

June 29  6:30        Oh Boy! A Buddy Holly Tribute – White Clay Creek State Park

June 30  6:30        287th Army Band – Patriotic - Bellevue State Park

July 2    7:00      The Barbone Street Band (New Orleans Jazz & Dixie Land) –   Dravo Plaza

July 3      6:30        Boy in Black (Johnny Cash Tribute Band) - Bellevue State Park 

July 6      6:30        Scott Bandy & The Texas Heat – Country - White Clay Creek State Park

July 7      6:30        Big Package – Funk and Soul Band - Bellevue State Park

July 9    7:00      Timland & Kane (Family Night with Irish Folk Music) – Dravo Plaza

July 10    6:30        US Navy Country Current – Country and Bluegrass - Bellevue State Park

July 11    6:30        Chris English – Blues - Rockford Park

July 13    6:30        Sin City Band – Americana - White Clay Creek State Park

July 14    6:30        West Chester Swing Kings – Big Band – Swing Music - Bellevue State Park

July 16  7:00      Best Kept Soul (Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop and Rock) – Dravo Plaza

July 17    6:30        The Big Jangle – Songs of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Bellevue State Park

July 18    6:30        Vanessa Collier – Blues - Rockford Park

July 18    6:30        1st State Symphonic Band – Centreville Park (rain date July 18)

July 20    6:30        Dukes of Destiny – Blues - White Clay Creek State Park

July 21    6:30        Seven Rings – Bellevue State Park

July 23  7:00      Elizabeth Knecht (Standards, Show Tunes, Italian Opera)– Dravo Plaza

July 24    6:30        Chorduroy – Rock, Blues & Soul - Bellevue State Park

July 25    6:30        Chapel Street Junction – Blue Grass/Americana - Rockford Park

July 27    6:30        Keystone Mountain Boys – Bluegrass - White Clay Creek State Park

July 28    6:30        Electric Brigade, US Naval Academy – Rock & Roll - Bellevue State Park

July 30  7:00      Voodoo Deville (Blues, Boogie & Swing) – Dravo Plaza

July 31    5:00        Parrots in the Park – Jimmy & the Parrots - Bellevue State Park

Aug 1      6:30        Jahiti of Brown Fish – World/Reggae -  Rockford Park

Aug 1      6:30        Childrens Concert: Two of a King – Centreville Park

Aug 3      6:30        Sean Reilly – Sinatra Style - White Clay Creek State Park

Aug 4      6:30        John Flynn –  Family Concert - Bellevue State Park

Aug 6    7:00      The Crawdaddies ( Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Roots, Rock and Reggae)  – Dravo Plaza

Aug 7      6:30        Jah People – Root Rock Reggae Philly Style - Bellevue State Park

Aug 8      6:30       Pristine Raeign – Soul/Funk/R&B -  Rockford Park

Aug 8      6:30        Sin City Band – Americana - Centreville Park (rain date Aug 15)

Aug 10   6:30        USNA Electric Brigade – Rock/Pop - White Clay Creek State Park

Aug 11   6:30        Helixx – Rock / Pop Band - Bellevue State Park

Aug 13 7:00      Tony Sands (“Frank Sinatra 100th Year Birthday Bash”) – Dravo Plaza

Aug 14   6:30        kRUSH – A Tribute to Rush - Bellevue State Park

Aug 15   6:30        Nelly’s Echo – Pop/R&B - Rockford Park

Aug 17   6:30        Apex Revloution – Today’s Country and 80’s Rock - White Clay Creek State Park

Aug 18   6:30        Sugar Rush Rocks – Teenage Rock Band - Bellevue State Park

Aug 20 7:00      Karen Rodriguez Latin Jazz Ensemble (Latin Swing, Jazz, Salsa) – Dravo Plaza

Aug 21   6:30        Kategory 5– Classic Rock & Pop - Bellevue State Park

Aug 24   6:30        Chorduroy – Rock Reggae Soul Funk Pop and Hop - White Clay Creek State Park

Aug 25   6:30        Innoko– Indie/Folk/Rock - Bellevue State Park

Aug 28 7:00      Alfie Moss & the Dexter Koonce Project (Rhythm, Blues, Motown Oldies) – Dravo Plaza

Aug 28   6:30        The British Invasion Tribute – 60s British and American Music - Bellevue State Park

Sept 5     3:00        Boy in Black (Johnny Cash Tribute Band)        


Summer 2016 Farmers Market Schedule

by Tucker Robbins

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Shopping at local farmers markets not only puts the freshest produce available on your dinner table, it helps helps local farmers and communities. Below is a comprehensive list of local farmers markets available now through the fall.


Delaware Avenue Farmers Market 1727 Delaware Ave, (corner of Delaware & Scott) Wilmington 4:00  – 7:30 pm through Oct 25


Rodney Square, Wilmington  10:00 am – 2:00 pm Thru Oct 26

Route 9 at Bowlerama parking lot – 3031 New Castle Ave,  New Castle 3:00 – 7:00 pm thru Oct 26


Cool Spring Park 10th & North Jackson, Wilmington  4:00 – 8:00 PM June `16 thru Oct 6

Planting Hop  - Herman Holloway Sr. Campus, 1901 N Dupont Highway, New Castle  Noon – 2:00 pm June 16 – Sept 22

Rockwood Park Washington St Extension, North Wilmington 3:00 – 7:00 pm thru Oct 27

Winterthur 5105 Kennett Pike in front of the museum store 1:30 – 5:30 July – September


Bellefonte Farmers Market – 500 Duncan Road (Bellevue Community Center), Wilmington, 4:30 – 7:30 pm thru Sept 9

Glasgow Farmers Market 2275 Pulaski Highway (near Rt. 40 & Rt. 896 intersection) , Glasgow - 3:00 – 7:00 pm thru Oct 28

Kennett Square – 101 E State St, Kennett Square PA 2:00 – 6:00 thru November

Southbridge Youth Garden – Neighborhood House Inc., 1218 B St., Wilmington 3:00 – 7:00 pm last Friday of the month June – Oct


Centreville Farmers Market – 52 Twaddell Mill Road, Centreville 8:30 am – 11:30 AM first and third Saturdays June 18 – Oct 15

New Garden Farmers Market 8943 Newport Gap Pike (Rt. 41) Avondale PA 9:00 am – 1:00 pm thru Nov 19

West Chester Growers Market – corner of N. Church and W. Chestnut in downtown West Chester PA  9:00 am – 1:00 pm thru December


Co-Op Farmers Market in front on Newark Natural Foods in the Newark Shopping Center 230 E. Main St Newark 9:30 AM – 2:00 pm thru Nov 20

Tips For Childproofing Your Home This Summer

by Tucker Robbins


It’s summer, and for many of you that means entertaining overnight guests.  While these visits are generally enjoyable, they do require many preparations in advance of the actual arrival:  readying rooms, collecting extra linens,  making menus ,  shopping for  groceries,  scheduling events and activities,  and the like..  A long list, yes, but even longer if some of your guests are young children, and your home has not been childproofed  recently.

Although child supervision and safety is primarily the responsibility of the parents, keep in mind that  household injuries are one of the top reasons children under age 3 visit the emergency room and do whatever you can to prevent an accident in your home..

Common sense dictates that you remove all fragile and sharp objects out of a child’s reach and that you do the same with any household product or medicine that could be toxic, but safety experts strongly suggest that you look at the home from a child’s perspective (on your hands and knees, if possible) to detect any less obvious health hazard.

Many inexpensive and relatively easy to install child-protection devices are available in hardware and children’s stores or online and  include such items as:

  • Plastic electrical outlet covers
  • Safety latches and locks for drawers and cabinets, especially in the kitchen and bathroom
  • Safety gates at tops and bottoms of stairs
  • Door knob covers and door locks
  • Window guards and safety netting
  • Corner an edge bumpers

Less obvious precautions may well require that you:

  • Keep purses and bags off the floor
  • Turn handles of pots on stove so that they face the back
  • Tie up window covering cords so that they are out of reach of children
  • Remove tablecloths and coverings that toddlers may try to pull themselves up on.
  • Frequently scan floor for potentially dangerous dropped items
  • Remove any plants that could be toxic if ingested
  • Keep the number for the National Poison Control Center – (800) 222-1222 in the United States – and your local emergency numbers close to every phone.

Visit for a comprehensive child safety checklist and consult it regularly to insure a happy and safe summer visit with children.

Courtesy of Wilmington DE Realtors Carol Arnott Robbins & Tucker Robbins.

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