If figures from the first three months of 2016 are any indication, Sussex County’s real estate markets are in for yet another solid year. And if the data remains strong for the next nine months, this could extend what is already a positive years-long trend here in southern Delaware. Partly due to the milder than normal winter, as well as a continuously strengthening economy and market, the 864 residential homes sold between Jan. 1 and March 31 reflect yet another strong quarter of real estate sales in Sussex County. This is good news for all of you, as home sales in southern Delaware continue showing strength year after year.
Countywide, the average sales price for a three-bedroom residential home continues to hover around the $250,000 mark, as it as for some time. Four-bedroom homes are selling for an average of just under $500,000 in Sussex County, with the majority of those properties selling in the coastal areas. And as the market continues to grow, our numbers here at SCAOR are growing along with it. We are continuing with our new member orientation classes, our training classes for newly licensed agents and our MLS training classes. As for our local markets, only time will tell what the rest of 2016 holds. But we’ve enjoyed several years now of moderate, steady growth here in southern Delaware, and we expect more of the same for the remaining three quarters of this year. If you’d like a more detailed analysis of 2016’s first quarter data, be sure to pick up your favorite local newspaper over the next couple of weeks for the Association’s quarterly report to the media. Until then, keep up the great work everyone! Keep showing and keep selling those properties. As always, these are listed on our calendar and on the SCAOR Store.
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Tech Tip Tuesday #010 – Advanced Interaction in Twitter
Today, we learn all about “at-mentions”, “hashtags”, and “direct messages”. If you missed last week’s Introduction to Twitter, be sure to check that out first to get caught up. Twitter’s basic communication building blocks are:
At Mentions (@UserName) – This is where you refer to someone publicly. They see the notification – and so does anyone else.
Hashtags (#ExampleSubject) – Hashtags turn text into searchable, clickable terms. Click on a hashtag to see what others are saying about the subject, or create your own!
Direct Messages (Click on Messages Tab) – These are one-on-one conversations between you and another user. The rest of Twitter can’t see it.
Welcome to SCAORCast, your ultra-fast download of everything Sussex County Association of REALTORS®. Here’s what’s happening for this week. (Check our show notes at the bottom of this page for easy access to all of these links.) Our thanks to Ward & Taylor, LLC for sponsoring today’s episode.
This Week’s Show Notes & Links:
Our first Quarter results will be published in this Friday’s blog post. Look for it this week!
Sussex County is a very diverse area of the United States. We’re defined by rich agricultural lands in our western third, a central section dominated by the business of county government, and an eastern third that features some of the finest small-town beach resorts in the country.
If you sell real estate on the Eastern half of the county, you’re certainly aware of the large influx of second homeowners buying properties in southern Delaware. These are largely affluent people looking to either invest or purchase a vacation property near our award-winning beaches.
The Secret Weapon?
If you hold an RSPS designation, you *may* be just what they’re looking for when seeking a local REALTOR®.
The RSPS certification allows buyers and sellers to have confidence in the ability of a REALTOR® who specializes in buying, selling or management of properties for investment, development, retirement or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination, to assist them with their search.
How to Get RSPS Certified:
If you’re an active member of NAR, let SCAOR assist you in the first step of your journey toward earning your RSPS certification. Click here to register for classes at SCAOR on Monday, May 9. Since we live near some of the most pristine beaches in the country, why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of such a program?
“RSPS may be the best thing you ever did for your business.”
Welcome to SCAORCast, your ultra-fast download of everything Sussex County Association of REALTORS®. Here’s what’s happening for this week. (Check our show notes at the bottom of this page for easy access to all of these links.) Our thanks to Wells Fargo for sponsoring today’s episode.
With more than 1,500 REALTOR® members here at SCAOR, there are obviously many different types of individuals within our ranks:
Whether you’re fourth or fifth generation Sussex Contain or recently moved to the area,
Starting a family of your own or enjoying the golden years..
Regardless of your race, gender, or beliefs….
We *ALL* have one common variable linking us together – we are all REALTORS®!
And that’s the focus of a new television commercial to begin airing later this week. Thanks to many of our members taking part in the taping, this year’s advertisement has turned out very nicely and will have some real staying power within the community.
The message the 30-second spot conveys is one of knowledge and experience, drawing on the REALTOR® brand and putting a face on the experience that’s collectively shared by members of the Sussex County Association of REALTORS®. – We are all part of SCAOR! This Association belongs to each of us equally and we should take pride in the brand that we’ve built and the reputation that we’ve created in Sussex County, especially over the course of the last several years.
We have truly become “The Voice for Real Estate in Sussex County,” and that’s because of each and every one of you working tirelessly to make that happen.
The commercial begins airing this Monday, March 28th. You will definitely see some faces you know, and maybe be introduced to a few new ones as well.
We hope you agree with us that it sends a very positive message out into the community, regarding what we do here at SCAOR. Let us know what you think!