The Leslie Kopp Group's Beach Real Estate Blog

Courtesy of the Sea Colony Recreational Association

At the May 6, 2017 Board of Directors' meeting at Sea Colony, Area General Manager Tom Olson provided a winter and spring report.  Following is an expanded version, for your information:

GENERAL MANAGER’S QUARTERLY REPORT
From: Tom Olson
May, 2017

There’s a lot happening at Sea Colony. This quarterly report is intended to give you the latest news and an early look at our plans for another fantastic summer.

Freeman Fitness Center. We’re pleased to report that the outdoor pool at the center will open on June 10th.  With safety and infrastructure enhancements, upgraded sanitation systems, new decking, lighting and a resurfaced pool structure, this project completes our goal:  the Freeman Fitness

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Courtesy of the Sea Colony Recreation Association: May 2, 2017

Accomplished coach and former resort head tennis professional Alex Justiniani returns to the world-renowned Sea Colony Tennis Center as its new assistant tennis director, effective April 28, 2017.

“It’s great to have Alex back,” said Sea Colony Tennis Director Thomas Johnston, MS, USPTA, PTR. “He’s a fantastic teacher, was instrumental in the development of our junior tennis program, and I look forward to working together again.”

No stranger to ”The Premier Family Beach and Tennis Resort Community,”  Justiniani served two stints on Sea Colony’s courts - the first as an associate professional from 2004-06 and most recently as the head tennis professional and junior tennis coordinator

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Spring is finally here and it’s wonderful to see so many owners returning to open their properties for the season! As I have been communicating over the last couple of months, real estate activity as a whole has been strong at the beach. Through the first quarter of the year, 87 of properties went under contract from Fenwick Island to North Bethany. This is up 34% over last year. Sales volume in dollars (based on the list price) was up an impressive 42% in the first quarter.

Activity has also been positive in Sea Colony when compared to a slower 2016. As the chart below illustrates, year-to-date, 11 properties on the East and 10 properties on the West went under contract. This is up 83% and 11% respectively compared to the same time in 2016. The

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Spring is finally here and it’s wonderful to see so many owners returning to open their beach homes for the season! As I have been communicating over the last couple of months, real estate activity has been strong at the beach. Through the first quarter of the year, sales (the number of properties put under contract) in Ocean View have more than doubled compared to the same time period last year.

Ocean View Real Estate Sales First Quarter 2017 from Leslie Kopp

If you are considering buying or selling in Ocean View, browse properties currently for sale: http://www.bestofbethany.com/ocean-view-real-estate.php

 

Activity has also been positive in Bear Trap when compared to 2016. As the chart illustrates, year-to-date, single family home sales are up 150% with 5 properties put under contract compared to 2

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The long awaited spring season has finally arrived and it is wonderful to see our beach towns once again full of life!  Many of our residents have returned to open their homes for the season and our area restaurants and shops are bustling.  

Yesterday, my group attended an awards brunch with Long & Foster where we were recognized as the Overall Top Group in the Coastal Region based on 2016 sales.  This recognition is quite an honor!  We continuously strive to raise the bar for excellence and this award is a testament to the entire group’s commitment to serving the needs of our clients at the highest level.  To say that I am extremely proud to be associated with this group of individuals is an understatement.  They are truly the best.     

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While January and February can be slower months for real estate sales on the Delaware coast, this year has proven otherwise. During the first two months of 2017, 59 properties went under contract in the Bethany-Fenwick area. This is the strongest start to the year that the market has experienced in more than a decade.   

New contracts on single family homes are up 36% from 25 in 2016 to 34 in 2017. New contracts on condo/townhomes improved 47% from 17 last year to 25 so far in 2017. While sales in South Bethany are down to-date with 5 new contracts compared to 6 last year, January and February activity in 2017 is stronger than each of the 8 years prior to 2016.

Bethany Beach Real Estate Market. January and February Real Estate Analysis in Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island

In addition to stunning weather, the stock market has reached record heights,

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Through the first 10 weeks of the year, more than 60 properties in Bethany Beach went under contract. This is the strongest start to the year that the market has experienced in more than a decade. While sales are not quite as robust in the community of Sea Colony, new contracts on both the East and West are up compared to the same time period last year (9 properties went under contract on the East versus 6 last year and 9 on the West versus 8 during the first 10 weeks of 2016).  


If you have been considering a sale or wish to make Sea Colony your home, the added enthusiasm that Spring brings to the beach makes it a great time to explore your options. We appreciate the opportunity to speak with you about how our expertise will help to get you the best

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Through the first 10 weeks of the year, more than 60 properties in Bethany Beach went under contract. This is the strongest start to the year that the market has experienced in more than a decade. While sales are not quite as robust in the community of Bear Trap Dunes, new contracts on both single family homes and condo/townhomes are up compared to the same time period last year. So far this year, 7 condo/townhomes have gone under contract versus 5 last year and 4 single family homes versus 3 during the first 10 weeks of 2016. 

If you have been considering buying or selling, we are heading into a very good time of the year to explore your options.  We appreciate the opportunity to speak with you about how our expertise will help to get you the best

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About the beach grass planting:

Volunteers are the backbone of Delaware's shoreline stabilization. Every spring since 1990, many dedicated volunteers have stabilized Delaware's sand dunes by planting more than 5 million stems of Cape American beachgrass along ocean and bay beaches.

Dune Grass Planting Bethany Beach

Sand dunes are more than beautiful! Sand dunes provide protection against damaging coastal storms by absorbing wave energy. Sand dunes offer protection by acting as major sand storage areas which replenish sand to eroded beaches during storm events. Without sand dunes, storm waves rush inland and flood properties.

Dunes are unstable - subject to the ravages of wind and water. Beachgrass helps build and stabilize dunes. Blades of grass help trap wind blown sand

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Denison Landscaping Company will be at Sea Colony on Thursday and Friday, March 2-3 to plant 28,000 dune grass plugs.  Owners who are interested may volunteer to help with the project, which is scheduled to start, weather permitting, at 9 a.m

Dune grass is a natural defense for coastal storms, winds and beach erosion.  The grass is hearty and helps absorb nature’s impact.  Carefully planted dune grass tolerates heat, strong sunlight and salt spray.  It cannot, however, survive being trampled upon by animals, humans and vehicles.  Please click here for more information, provided by the Delaware Natural Resources Department.

You need only show up at 9 a.m. at the Edgewater Crossover if you are interested in volunteering to help plant the grasses.  Please

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