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Whether you're relocating to the Greater Wilmington area for work or simply ready to move to a new home, there are dozens of factors that help to determine the location of your next home. And as the spring real estate market begins to heat up in Delaware and Southeastern Pennsylvania, you will want to make sure you cover all of your bases before deciding on a property.

Below are four factors that Wilmington DE, Chester County and Delaware County PA homebuyers will need to look into further before purchasing a home in a given neighborhood:

Crime statistics
In your home search in Greater Wilmington, you may have found a home that looks perfect— but how much do you really know about the area? It's important to research crime statistics before falling in love with a property and lucky for buyers, it's relatively easy to do. Local government websites typically keep a crime database where residents can look into crimes on a specific street or in a specific area. You can also break the crimes down by type so you can determine the seriousness of each. 

School districts
Homebuyers with children will be increasingly concerned about the school district a Delaware or Pennsylvania home falls into. Compare homes across school districts and keep in mind that those in great districts tend to appreciate faster and could help you sell quickly in the future.

Property taxes
Before you decide to purchase a home in Wilmington, you will need to consider all factors surrounding the property, including property taxes. Include down payment, closing costs, and annual property taxes into your budget to get a better idea of how much home you can afford. It is also wise to compare property taxes in different areas to see how they differ and which realistically fit into your price range.

Your credit score
We've mentioned in the past the importance of your credit score when buying a home. For instance, the better the score, the better the loan terms and lower mortgage rate you may be able to secure. As you search for homes in Delaware and Pennsylvania, especially keeping certain neighborhoods in mind, decide if you will need to raise your score to keep your mortgage both affordable and attainable. Sooner is always better when it comes to improving your credit score!

Do you have questions about which neighborhood might be the best fit for you? The KG Home Team has years of expertise in helping Wilmington, Chester County and Delaware County PA buyers find the best home and we are happy to help!

Give us a call today!

Katina Geralis
Wilmington, DE Real Estate Expert
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The official beginning of spring is now just a week away and the weather is gradually getting warmer in Greater Wilmington and the surrounding Brandywine Valley. This is the time of year many Chester County and Delaware County PA area residents begin to think spring and head outside to both enjoy the weather and what the local communities have to offer.

Lucky for us, the Greater Wilmington area has dozens of spring-centered events planned for the coming weeks and as your local real estate experts, we're happy to share a few of them with you!

Spring Wine Festival
March 19-20, 2016; 12 PM to 6 PM
Chaddsford Winery
Chadds Ford, PA

Complimentary treats, live music, food trucks, wine and garden demonstrations are ready to be enjoyed at this festival celebrating the start of spring!

Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood
Through March 27, 2016; 9 AM to 5 PM
Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square, PA

With over 5,000 orchids in various arrangements and forms, the Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens is a uniquely spring event! You can find the popular orchid meadow, large orchid baskets, an oncidium waterfall display and this month, the rare sky-blue poppies in bloom!

Newark Annual Egg Hunt
March 19, 2016; 10 AM
White Clay Creek State Park
Newark DE

Newark's annual egg hunt begins at 10 AM this Saturday! The Walking- 2 years old category and 3 and 4 years old category both at 10 AM, 5 and 6 years old category and 7 to 9 years old category at 10:30 AM. Admission is $4 for Delaware vehicles, $8 for out of state.

Easter Bunny Express
March 19-26, 2016; 11 AM to 4 PM
Greenbank Station
Wilmington DE

Come aboard the train for a 1 1/2 hour round-trip ride to Ashland with the Easter Bunny! Trains depart at 12:30 and 2:30 and all kids get a special treat and picture with the Easter Bunny.

Chester County Antiques Show
April 1-3, 2016
The Phelps School
Malvern, PA

The Chester County Antiques Show is now in its 34th year, benefiting the Chester County Historical Society. The show attracts numerous visitors and vendors alike every year to view and display the show's furniture and antique items. This year's theme is Tomfoolery!

If you have questions about moving to Delaware or Southeastern Pennsylvania this year, do not hesitate to give the KG Home Team a call! Our team has been named a 5 Star Real Estate Agent over and over again and we are here to put our expertise to work for you!

Happy spring!

Katina Geralis
Wilmington, DE Real Estate Expert
Keller Williams Realty

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With the weather beginning to warm up and the official start of spring just a few weeks away, many homeowners in Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley are looking for ways to improve their property. But if you're one of those making a home to-do list this spring, it's important to consider the projects that will be worth your while in terms of boosting curb appeal and adding value.

Consider the following home projects that will pay off when it comes time to sell you home in the Greater Wilmington, DE area or surrounding counties in Pennsylvania.

Clean it up
Before you can start on improvement projects like adding new landscaping or painting the shutters, start by giving your home's exterior a good cleaning. Power wash away all of the grime, dirt and mildew that could have built up over the long winter. Wash the windows, inside and out, and don't forget to wash away any dust or dirt on the garage door. In some cases, simply washing your home can add thousands to the sale price.

Grab your paintbrush
Giving your home's exterior a fresh coat of paint might be just what you need to grab Greater Wilmington buyers' attention this spring. This is one of the easiest and most effective projects to complete—although it can be costly—as both the appraiser and buyer will see the value.

Groom the yard
Your home's lawn is a major focal point, especially in the spring. Take the weekend to clean up any branches and debris from around your home and groom any overgrown hedges, bushes, trees or plants that may give a Delaware or Pennsylvania buyer the wrong impression. 

Add new landscaping
Once your yard is cleaned up, you can start to plan for new flowers and other landscaping. Add fresh mulch around your trees, place a few pots filled with flowers by your front door and give your window boxes a fresh look. 

Replace fixtures
Do you have an old porch light that has a mind of its own? Now is the time to replace fixtures like outdoor lights, mailboxes and house numbers. These may be small touches, but they can have a big impact on giving your home an updated feel.

Questions about selling your home in Greater Wilmington? Wondering what your home might be worth in today's market? Give the KG Home Team a call today! We are here to help!

You can even download our FREE Home Seller e-Guide!

Katina Geralis
Wilmington, DE Real Estate Expert
Keller Williams Realty

Wilmington Real Estate
Wilmington Homes for Sale
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