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Bethany-Fenwick Market Update

Happy Spring! Last month, we shared with you that after many years of deficient inventory, we were starting to see properties coming on the market more frequently. As we start the month of May, this trend continues as inventory in the Bethany-Fenwick market is up 58% when compared to the same time last year.

The beach real estate market remains firm. As the chart illustrates, sales activity is up 14% so far this year when compared to the first 4 months of 2023 and sales volume is up 19%. Properties are taking a little longer to sell with 11 days as the median days-to-contract so far this year, vs. 9 days last year. Meanwhile, prices are stable.      

The busy Summer season is just around the corner, if we can offer you any real estate guidance,

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Photo courtesy of Sussex County Property Reassessment

Just in the last week or so, homeowners in Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and other surrounding towns have started to receive letters from Tyler Technologies regarding the reassessment of their property. The letter asks property owners to review Sussex County's current building information provided, and to make corrections to any inaccurate reporting.  

As a reminder, Sussex County, in connection with Tyler Technologies, is currently undergoing a county-wide reassessment of all real property, resulting in new property values for both residential and commercial property.  The revaluation is being carried out to adhere to a 2020 ruling by the Delaware Chancery Court, which deemed the property taxing

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Coalition for a Safer North Bethany Beach has announced that two events have been scheduled regarding the DelDOT Study along SR 1 between Bethany Beach and the Indian River Inlet Bridge. The purpose of the Study is to evaluate alternatives that will improve safety and provide low-stress bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and to develop a conceptual design and cost estimate for a recommended alternative. DelDOT will also be installing short-term improvements including three Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacons. This spring, there are three ways you can learn more and provide feedback on the Study and planned short-term improvements:

 

  1.       Attend the May 8 Public Workshop in person at the South Coastal Library

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March has arrived and we are looking forward to longer light filled days ahead! The Bethany-Fenwick area had a good start to the year for real estate activity. While it is not the frenzy that we experienced in 2021 and 2022, to-date, sales are up considerably when compared to last year.

As the chart illustrates, through the first two months, new contracts were up 34% when compared to the same time last year. Inventory is slowly rising, but remains at historical lows. Sales volume in dollars (based on list price) was up 30%.   Properties that are priced appropriately continue to sell very quickly and the average sale price for properties settled in January and February was down 5% when compared to the same months in 2023. This is due to the fact

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Provided by Delaware Department of Transportation

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The purpose of the North Bethany Bicycle and Pedestrian Corridor Study is to evaluate alternatives to provide low-stress bicycle and pedestrian facilities along SR 1 between Bethany Beach and the Indian River Inlet Bridge, and to develop a conceptual design and cost estimate for a recommended alternative. These concepts will be developed based on the public feedback received to date and the results of the existing conditions assessment. The potential alternatives may include recommendations for traffic calming, median crossover closures/consolidations, shared use path(s), protected bike lanes, dedicated right-turn lanes, sidewalks, and crossing improvements.

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We are just one month into the year and so far, we are experiencing good buyer activity at the beach! In January, 19 properties went under contract in the Bethany-Fenwick area. This is up nearly 30%, compared to 15 properties under contract during the same month last year, even as we continue to have deficient inventory in most areas.  

During this time of the year, we like to calculate absorption rates to determine whether we are trending in the direction of a buyer’s or seller’s market. We compare the pace of sales over the previous 12 months to calculate how many months supply of inventory is for sale. Generally, a balanced market would have between 6 to 7 months of inventory.  

As the chart illustrates, we remain in a Seller’s Market for

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Credit to Katie Kazimir with Delaware Live

Army Corps updates beach replenishment timeline, sand totals | Cape Gazette
Cape Gazette

The Department of Natural Resources is developing counsel for local governments to aid in funding the cost for beach replenishment.   DNREC has stated that as erosion intensifies, the process of beach replenishment, which typically entails extracting sand from deeper offshore areas, may require more frequent repetition in order to restore beaches and safeguard infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and buildings.  Currently, costs are funded by both the state and federal government.  As of now Delaware allocates 1% of the state lodging tax towards replenishment projects. DNREC anticipates a budget of $4.1 million for the 2024 fiscal year, concluding on June 30th. This year, it is anticipated

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Happy New Year!  We hope you and your family had a safe and healthy holiday season.  As we look back on the 2023 beach real estate market, you might recall that the first few months were much slower when compared to 2021 and 2022. Inventory shortages continued to play a role in the slow down and interest rates rose to their highest level in more than 20 years. Sales picked up some in August and the positive momentum carried through the end of the year.  

In December, there was good news for the real estate market when the Federal Reserve held their key interest rate steady for the third time and suggested that there could be rate cuts in 2024. This news has us optimistic about the year ahead for North Bethany Real Estate.  If you have any

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As we look back at the first 3 quarters of 2023 compared to recent years, the North Bethany real estate market slowed considerably. Even as interest rates rose to levels that we have not experienced in more than 20 years, the primary factor that contributed to the slowdown was the continuation of inventory shortages.

Last Fall, we experienced an uptick in inventory, but as the chart illustrates, that has not been the case so far this year. Inventory in North Bethany was down 78% on October 1 of 2023 when compared to the same day in 2022. 

History tells us that real estate as a long term investment is very strong and the ability to have immediate use and enjoyment of a second home asset is something that we hear often from buyers, especially in

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For well over a year, we have been reporting that monthly sales are down when compared to the same time period last year. This trend finally broke in August!   During the month, 28 properties went under contract vs. 24 in August of 2022. Meanwhile, inventory is still deficient with only 36 properties for sale versus 61 at this same time last year.

ethany-Fenwick Real Estate Market Update

As the chart illustrates, total sales in the Bethany-Fenwick market are down 27% year-to-date while the median sales price is up 10%. Properties tend to sell in just under 2 weeks with 12 days being the median amount of time to go under contract.

On a personal note, September is a special month for me. This month marks 34 years since starting a career in real estate at the beach. I am extremely

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