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The SCAOR Card – Issue #015 – 2017 Stats

Local Real Estate Market Remains Strong


The real estate market in Sussex County, Delaware continues to be active for buyers and sellers.  Real estate date released by the Sussex County Association of REALTORS® (SCAOR) for the 2017 shows 5,276 residential units sold, a 15% increase over 2016.  This indicates an upward trend over an already high number of homes sold in Sussex County. 

2018 SCAOR President Christopher Lind, said “after reviewing the data from 2017, we are pleased to see a continued increased trend in sales volume which makes us confident that we will see another strong year ahead in the local market.”

In just the fourth quarter alone, 1,351 residential homes sold, a modest 1% decrease over 2017’s third quarter.  The average home sale in the fourth quarter was $338,373 which is slightly more than the third quarter average of $333,136.

Single family home sales total $1.4 Billion in sales, with 3,941 homes sold in 2017.

Condo and townhomes continue to be a popular market segment in Sussex County.  1,292 units sold in 2017 totaling $413,151,363 in sales with an average selling price of $319,777. In 2016, 1,125 units had sold with an average sale price of per unit of $306,675. The sale price per unit reflects a 5% increase in 2017. The 2016 sales volume was $345,009,712 and increased by 20%.

In the lots and land category of the MLS, the number of sales in this area was 27% higher in 2017 with an average selling price of 22% higher than 2016. The average lot sold for $204,627 in 2017, with 776 total lots sold.  

Farm sales were down in 2017 with 12 farms sold with an average sale price of $420,842. This represents a decrease of 14% in the farms sold and 3% decrease in average sale price.   

Commercially speaking, the real estate indicators are strong. A total of 71 properties totaling $38,062,000 have sold year to date.  This equals an average sale price of $552,293 which represents an increase in sales volume of 32% and an 34% increase in sales total.

With the exception of farms, every real estate sector has continued an upward trend in Sussex County in 2017. 

There is no better time to hire a professional REALTOR® to assist with a future transaction.  With over 1,800 members, the Association is ready to serve the public in any and all real estate transactions.  President Lind noted that, “With the vast options of properties available in Sussex County, and so many resources for buyers to search for properties, utilizing a professional REALTOR® will simplify the process for both buyers and sellers.”

To view an extensive database of residential, commercial and land that are currently for sale in Sussex County, visit SCAOR’s website at

The Sussex County Association of Realtors was chartered in 1949 and has steadily increased in size, scope, and mission during its more than six decades representing buyers and sellers in Sussex County.  SCAOR is a professional trade association with a mission statement of ethics, education and advocacy for real estate transactions throughout the County.

SCAOR is also a resource for the public, as well as a recognized advocate for property rights and property owners in Sussex County. The association also monitors legislative issues on the local, state and national levels that may impact home ownership in the area.

To read more about issues related to Sussex County’s real estate industry, visit SCAOR’s website at

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The SCAOR Card – Issue #015 – A Note from the CEO

Brokers and Members:

As we close out the first month of January, 2018, I would like to say thank you for the opportunity to serve the Association.  Your Association, 1800+ members with over 130 Brokers, is staffed by five professionals in a state-of-the-art facility located on Route 9.  We are open M-Th from 830 am to 5 pm and Friday from 830 am to 430 pm.  The Association manages a website,, and is active on Twitter and Facebook.  We strive for excellence in customer support and communication.  Since we have experienced several changes in 2017, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about the Association staff.
First, Andrew J. Mason is the Communications Coordinator and SentriLock Customer Service Manager.  He manages the daily calendar and sends all communication to members. He is also the staff associate in charge of technology and our in-house social media expert.  Next, Patricia (Trish) Anderson is the new Director of Professional Development (education).  She took over scheduling education classes in November and is working hard to make sure that we offer all modules before the April 30 licensing deadline  Trish is also the Professional Standards Administrator, and the person to contact if you experience a violation of the Code of Ethics.  Mary Hanley is the SCAOR Membership Services Coordinator.  She processes all new member applications (3-5 days) and assists members with RAMCO (association management software) issues.  Kristy Brittingham is the new Administrative Coordinator. She can assist with RAMCO questions, Sentri Card applications and anything else membership related.  Lastly, I am your Association Executive who manages the daily operations and works closely with the Board of Directors on organization policy.  If you have questions about your Association, please contact me.  If you are a Broker and would like one of us to attend your weekly sales meeting, let us know!  If you have ideas about your Association, email me at  
What is happening within your Association?  The BOD met on January 9 (special meeting) and January 18 (regular meeting) and approved the following business.
  • Approved Sandi Bisgood as DAR Nominating Director
  • All Officers and Directors took the Oath of Office for 2018
  • Set MLS Fees ($60 members and $90 MLS Only members) for the first 3 months of 2018
  • An RPAC event will be scheduled in 2018 with the Young Professionals Network
  • Only committees to meet before Janury 18 were MLS, Professional Development and Affiliates
  • New BOD for the Community Service Foundation
  • No update on a Reciprocal Agreement with Coastal Association of REALTORS (the goal is to have a new Agreement executed before the Bright MLS conversion date)
  • Language to replace current Document Retention Policy (recommended by NAR and legal counsel) 
  • Amended FY 2018 Budget to include funds for a 2017 Audit (Review/Audit now an annual requirement)
  • May BOD meeting changed from May 10 to May 24
Future Meetings/Events:
February 8 State Legislator Breakfast (public policy committee members meet with State legislators)
February 9 Broker Breakfast (meetings for brokers only)
Feb./March Bright MLS Conversion training workshops (TBD)
March 8 BOD meeting 9 am
May NAR Legislative Meetings in Washington DC
May/June SentriLock Audit
To keep you connected we are working on a texting feature and will be sending daily/weekly information out on social media.  Please stay active in your Association, meet the BOD, attend a committee meeting, support RPAC and travel to a NAR conference if you are able.  The Association is well positioned for the future with a strong reserve fund and minimal debt.  
Merritt Burke IV


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A Note from President Christopher Lind


It seems hard to believe but the month of January has come and gone. January has been a month of preparations for the coming year. With so many things on the horizon for this year including but certainly not limited to continuing education classes, license renewals and our transition to Bright MLS, this is going to be an exciting year and an exciting time to become involved in your Association. 
Keep your eyes out for fourth coming communications including information on upcoming meetings and events as well as additional information as we begin training sessions for Bright MLS and final conversion dates. 
SCAOR’s Board Members, Committee Chairs, Committee Volunteers and highly efficient Staff, make an excellent team that is prepared and ready to serve your Association for the year ahead.
It is my absolute honor to serve as your President this year. 

Best regards, 
Christopher M. Lind | Managing Broker, REALTOR®
President, Sussex County Association of REALTORS®


The SCAOR Card – Issue #015

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The latest stats are in, and 2017 was an incredible year for real estate in Sussex County.


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The SCAOR Card – Issue #015 – Membership

Welcome to the SCAOR October REALTOR® membership report!

  • Year to date, we have 31 new members joining in January 2018.  


1/2/18   Scott L Borino
1/2/18   James O Farrell
1/2/18   Christopher Massengale
1/2/18   Robin McCarter
1/3/18   Daniel Campbell
1/3/18   Charles Litchford
1/8/18   Marissa Cordell
1/8/18   Teke Davidson
1/9/18   Ramon Gaber
1/9/18   Georgiana Price Buck Penny
1/10/18   Rich C Meadows III
1/10/18   Ashley Wheatley
1/11/18   Ralph Richardson III
1/11/18   Christine Nibblett
1/16/18   George Brookhart
1/16/18   Karen M Rowe
1/17/18   Shunli Lou
1/17/18   Tracy Lynn Zell
1/17/18   Carol Ann Pala
1/18/18   Joseph Pastorie
1/23/18   Cameron A McCain
1/23/18   Mark S Ricker
1/24/18   Andrew Davis
1/24/18   Vance Owens
1/24/18   Grant Parker
1/24/18   Renee Parker
1/24/18   John Marino
1/25/18   Edward Mantyla
1/25/18   Samantha Broadhurst
1/30/18   Bernard Roache
1/31/18   Bob Barnhardt

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The SCAOR Card – Issue #014 – Meet Kristy Brittingham


We’re so excited to welcome Kristy Brittingham to the SCAOR team as Administrative Coordinator.

Being a lifelong resident of Sussex County, Kristy has had 9 years in the Real Estate industry which includes mortgage financing as well as 26 years in banking/finance. She has worked in all areas of the county from the beach to the western side. 

Kristy’s outgoing, friendly personality is a natural fit for her new position, Administrative Coordinator. She is excited about working with a great group of people at SCAOR as well as serving the real estate community.

In her spare time, Kristy enjoys spending time with her Son, daughter and 4 grandchildren, attending their sports events as well as attending her Son’s stock car races in Delmar. She also enjoys gardening and relaxing on the beach. Kristy is a proud volunteer for the Delaware Autism organization which is close to her heart.


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The SCAOR Card – Issue #014 – From the CEO’s Desk

2017 has been an exciting year for your Association! For those who did not attend the 2018 Installation on November 30, I would like to welcome Chris Lind as the 2018 SCAOR President. I would also like to acknowledge Susan Giove as President Elect, Sandi Bisgood as 1st Vice President and Chrissy Steele as 2nd Vice President. Kevin Thawley will remain as SCAOR Treasurer. Additionally, I would like to welcome three new members to the Board. Carol Materniak, George Thomasson and Judy Dean will all commence their new terms on January 1, 2018. I would also like to thank all the members who were selected to volunteer on a committee. The Association could not operate without your services, and we greatly appreciate your time and effort.

Other exciting news includes the transition to a new MLS. The scheduled conversion date of December 12 was cancelled and will be rescheduled very soon. Once I receive news of the new date, we will communicate to you right away. I encourage members to sign up for all training workshops and to contact Bright MLS representatives if you have questions. You are also advised to contact me at if you have specific questions or comments. I will do my best to answer your question or direct you to the appropriate person for assistance. Please be patient, as transitioning to a regional MLS has its short-term challenges.

Lastly, we would like to inform the members that Ben Kunde, MLS Admininstrator, has been hired by Bright MLS. Ben’s first day with Bright is December 4, so if you get a free moment wish him well. Andrew Mason and I will be fielding MLS emails and phone calls until the SCAOR officially converts to Bright MLS.

As a final note, I would like to thank Patricia, Andrew, Mary, and Kristy for their hard work serving the members these last few months. I am fortunate to work with such as talented and dedicated team. The future looks bright in 2018.

Happy Holidays!

  • Merritt Burke, CEO

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