Delaware Farmer’s Markets

So much comes alive during the summer months in Delaware, especially our local farms and farmer’s markets. I thought this was a great list to find the closest Delaware Farmer’s Markets to where you live so you can support our local farmers. Delaware’s community-run farmers’ markets are growing and thriving and you can buy from vendors from across the state all in one place.

Paste Plate Farmers Market

You can also use your smartphone or tablet to find markets near you and sort by what products they sell using the Delaware Fresh app, available for most mobile devices.

New Castle County   |   Kent County   |   Sussex County



12th & Brandywine Urban Farm Market
Location:12th & Brandywine Streets, Wilmington, DE  19802
Days of Operation: Fridays
Hours of Operation:  8 a.m.-11 a.m.
Dates of Operation:May 16-October 17, 2014
Website/Facebook: (FB) or  (FB)
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact:Tara Tracy @ (302) 658-6262 x109 or by e-mail @
This market accepts EBT cards (SNAP benefits) this season.

Bellefonte Farmers’ Market
Location: 912 Brandywine Boulevard, Wilmington, DE  19809
Days of Operation:Saturdays
Hours of Operation:  9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dates of Operation:May 17-September 13, 2014
Website/Facebook: (FB)
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact: Stu Evans @ (302) 494-7279 or by e-mail @

Carousel Park Farmers’ Market
Location: Carousel Park & Equestrian Center, 3700 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808
Days of Operation:Fridays
Hours of Operation:  3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Dates of Operation: May 2-October 10, 2014
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact:Michael Begatto @ (302) 395-5624 or by e-mail @
This market accepts EBT cards (SNAP benefits) this season.

Co-Op Farmers’ Market
Location: Newark Natural Foods Co-Op, 280 E. Main Street (Main & Tyre Avenue), Newark, DE 19711
Days of Operation: Sundays
Hours of Operation:  10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dates of Operation:May 4 –November 23, 2014
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact: Alison DePaola @ (302) 368-5894 or by e-mail @
This market accepts EBT cards (SNAP benefits) this season.

Delaware Avenue Farmers’ Market
Location: 1727 Delaware Avenue (corner of Delaware Avenue & Scott Street), Wilmington, DE  19806
Days of Operation: Tuesdays
Hours of Operation:  4 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Dates of Operation: May 6 –September 30, 2014
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact:James Lee @ or 302-562-5132

Fresh Friday Farmers’ Market
Location: Nemours Plaza, 10th & Tatnall Streets, Wilmington, DE 19802
Days of Operation:  Fridays
Hours of Operation:  9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dates of Operation:  Year Round (weather permitting)
Website/Facebook:  None
For more information or to obtain a vendor application, contact: Tucker Casey @ (302) 425-0196 or by e-mail @

Glasgow Park Farmers’ Market
Location:  Glasgow Park, 2275 Pulaski Highway (near intersection of Rt. 40 & Rt. 896), Newark, DE  19702
Days of Operation:  Fridays
Hours of Operation:  3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Dates of Operation:  May 2-October 10, 2014
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact:Michael Begatto @ (302) 395-5624 or by e-mail @
This market accepts EBT cards (SNAP benefits) this season.

Grace on Concord Farmers Market & Artisan Fair
Location: Rt. 202 (across from Concord Mall), 4900 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE  19803
Days of Operation: Fridays
Hours of Operation:  3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Dates of Operation: June 13-October 10, 2014
Website/Facebook: None
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact: Juli Bailey @ (302) 373-4489

Planting Hope in Delaware
Location: Herman Holloway Campus, DHSS, Springer Building Lobby, 1901 N. Dupont Hwy, New Castle, DE 19720
Days of Operation: Thursdays
Hours of Operation: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dates of Operation: June – September
For more information, contact: Gail Hermenau @ (302) 255-2843

Rockwood Park Farmers’ Market
Location: Rockwood Park, 610 Shipley Road (entrance of Washington St. Ext., near Shipley), Wilmington, DE 19809
Days of Operation: Fridays
Hours of Operation:  3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Dates of Operation: May 2-October 10, 2014
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact: Michael Begatto @ (302) 395-5624 or by e-mail @
This market accepts EBT cards (SNAP benefits) this season.

Wilmington Farmers’ Market
Location: Rodney Square, 10th and Market Streets, Wilmington, DE  19801
Days of Operation: Wednesdays
Hours of Operation:  10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dates of Operation:May 7-October 15, 2014
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact: Tucker Casey @ (302) 425-0196 or by e-mail @

Wilmington Farmers’ Market at Cool Spring Park
Location: Cool Spring Park (10th & Jackson Streets), Wilmington, DE  19802
Days of Operation: Thursdays
Hours of Operation:  4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Dates of Operation: June 12-October 23, 2014
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact: Mike McCafferty @ (302) 690-5079 or by e-mail @
This market accepts EBT cards (SNAP benefits) this season.



KENT County Farmers’ MarketS

Kent County

Harrington Farmers’ Market
Location: Downtown Harrington, Commerce & Clark Streets (across from M&T Bank), Harrington, DE 19952
Days of Operation:  Saturdays
Hours of Operation:  9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dates of Operation:  May 17-September 20, 2014
For more information or to obtain a vendor application, contact: Jim Cooper @ (302) 398-8188

Loockerman Way Farmers’ Market
Location: 1 Loockerman Way, Dover, DE 19901
Days of Operation: Wednesdays
Hours of Operation: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dates of Operation: June 18-August 27, 2014
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact: Amy Mullen, 302-359-9532

Smyrna Farmers’ Market
Location: Smyrna Opera House, 7 West South Street, Smyrna, DE  19977
Days of Operation: Thursdays
Hours of Operation:  4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Dates of Operation: June 12 –August 28, 2014
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact: Janet Vinc @ (302) 389-2320 or by email @



Sussex County

Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market
Location: Garfield Parkway & Pennsylvania Avenue, Bethany Beach, DE  19930
Days of Operation: Sundays
Hours of Operation:  8 a.m.-Noon
Dates of Operation:June 15-August 31, 2014
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact: Henry Bennett by email @

Fenwick Island Farmers’ Market (Note: two locations in 2014!)
Location: Americana Bayside, 31254 Americana Parkway, Fenwick Island, DE  19944 (Monday a.m. market) & Coastal Highway & East Essex Street, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (Friday a.m. market)
Days of Operation:  Mondays & Fridays
Hours of Operation:  8 a.m.-Noon
Dates of Operation:  June 16 (Bayside) and June 20 (Rt. 1)-September 1 (Bayside) and August 29, 2014 (Rt. 1)
For more information or to obtain a vendor application, contact:  Ellen Magee @ (302) 436-5589 or by e-mail @

Georgetown Farmers’ Market
Location: Georgetown Town Park, North Bedford & Edward Streets (next to the Presbyterian Church), Georgetown, DE 19947
Days of Operation:  Wednesdays
Hours of Operation:  3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Dates of Operation:  May 14-September 24, 2014
Website/Facebook:  None
For more information or to obtain a vendor application, contact: Christel Folke @ (443) 944-4527 or by e-mailing

Harrington Farmers’ Market
Location: Downtown Harrington, Commerce & Clark Streets (across from M&T Bank), Harrington, DE 19952
Days of Operation:  Saturdays
Hours of Operation:  9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dates of Operation:  May 17-September 20, 2014
For more information or to obtain a vendor application, contact: Jim Cooper @ (302) 398-8188

Historic Lewes Farmers Market
Location: Lewes Historical Society Complex (all Saturdays except 6/28, 7/12 & 8/2), 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, DE 19958
Note: Alternate location ONLY on 6/28, 7/12 & 8/2: Richard A. Shields Elementary School (parking lot), intersection of Savannah Road & Sussex Drive, Lewes, DE 19958
Days of Operation: Saturdays
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.-Noon
Dates of Operation: May 10-September 27, 2014
Fall Market: October 4-November 22, 2014 (Saturdays), 9 a.m.-Noon; Richard A. Shields Elementary School, Lewes, DE
Website/Facebook: or!/pages/Historic-Lewes-Farmers-Market/299775900676
For more info, contact:(302) 644-1436 or e-mail
This market accepts EBT cards (SNAP benefits) this season.

Millville Farmers’ Market
Location: Millville Town Hall (next door to Town Hall building), 36404 Clubhouse Road, Millville, DE  19967
Days of Operation: Thursdays
Hours of Operation:  8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Dates of Operation:June 5 -September 11, 2014
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact:Linda Kent @ (302) 539-1358 or by e-mail @

Milton Farmers’ Market
Location: Downtown Historic Milton, Union & Magnolia Streets (across from the Milton Public Library), Milton, DE  19968
Days of Operation:Fridays
Hours of Operation:  3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Dates of Operation:April 18-October 3, 2014
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact:Jim Crellin @ (302) 654-6339 or by e-mailing

Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market
Location: Grove Park, Rehoboth Avenue (adjacent to Lighthouse Circle), Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
Days of Operation: Tuesdays
Hours of Operation:  Noon-4 p.m. (5/6-9/30) and Noon-3 p.m. (10/7-10/28)
Dates of Operation:May 6 –October 28, 2014 (and a special Holiday market Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 from Noon- 3p.m.)
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact: Pat Coluzzi by e-mail @

Riverwalk Farmers’ Market Downtown Milford
Location: North Walnut Street at Riverwalk Park, Milford, DE  19963
Days of Operation: Saturdays
Hours of Operation:  9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dates of Operation:May 3-October 18, 2014
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact:Lee Nelson @ (302) 839-1180 or by e-mail @

The Farmers’ Market at Sea Colony
Location: Marketplace at Sea Colony Shopping Center (parking lot), Rt. 1 South, Bethany Beach, DE  19930
Days of Operation: Wednesdays
Hours of Operation:  8 a.m.-Noon
Dates of Operation:June 25 –August 27, 2014
Website/Facebook:  None
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact:Carrie Bennett @

Western Sussex Farmers’ Market
Location:  Mears Campus (across from Seaford Post Office), 200 Health Services Drive, Seaford, DE  19973
Days of Operation: Saturdays
Hours of Operation:  8:30 a.m.-Noon
Dates of Operation: June 14-September 6, 2014
For more info or to obtain a vendor application, contact:Ricky Robinson @ (302) 629-2686 or by e-mail @
This market accepts EBT cards (SNAP benefits) this season.

For more information about Delaware farmers’ markets contact DDA Marketing Specialist David Smith at 302-698-4522 or

Source: State of Delaware Official Website

Happy July 4th

Not only will we all be celebrating the anniversary of our country’s Independence this weekend, but also making fun memories with our families. Hopefully you and yours will have a fun and safe holiday and Happy July 4th!

July 4th wishes

Searching for some July 4th fun facts, along with a little history, shares a video and more…

• The Macy’s Day Parade fireworks are the largest display of July 4th fireworks with 75,000 lbs. of fireworks going off within the half hour show. It is attended by about 2 million people.

• Since 1941, most Americans enjoy a little relaxation on July 4th. 1941 is when Congress made the day a legal, federal holiday. It’s one of only 4 federal holidays (along with New Year’s day, Veteran’s Day and Christmas) that are celebrated on the same day each year.

• The tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

• The Birth of American Independence:
When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical. By the middle of the following year, however, many more colonists had come to favor independence, thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments such as those expressed in Thomas Paine’s bestselling pamphlet “Common Sense,” published in early 1776. On June 7, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence. Amid heated debate, Congress postponed the vote on Lee’s resolution, but appointed a five-man committee–including Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York–to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain.

John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826– the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence in a near-unanimous vote (the New York delegation abstained, but later voted affirmatively). On that day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that July 2 “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebration should include “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.” On July 4th, the Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which had been written largely by Jefferson. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, from then on the 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence.

• Early Fourth of July Celebrations: In the pre-Revolutionary years, colonists had held annual celebrations of the king’s birthday, which traditionally included the ringing of bells, bonfires, processions and speechmaking. By contrast, during the summer of 1776 some colonists celebrated the birth of independence by holding mock funerals for King George III, as a way of symbolizing the end of the monarchy’s hold on America and the triumph of liberty. Festivities including concerts, bonfires, parades and the firing of cannons and muskets usually accompanied the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence, beginning immediately after its adoption. Philadelphia held the first annual commemoration of independence on July 4, 1777, while Congress was still occupied with the ongoing war. George Washington issued double rations of rum to all his soldiers to mark the anniversary of independence in 1778, and in 1781, several months before the key American victory at Yorktown, Massachusetts became the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday.

After the Revolutionary War, Americans continued to commemorate Independence Day every year, in celebrations that allowed the new nation’s emerging political leaders to address citizens and create a feeling of unity. By the last decade of the 18th century, the two major political parties–Federalists and Democratic-Republicans–that had arisen began holding separate Independence Day celebrations in many large cities.

• July 4th Becomes A National Holiday: The tradition of patriotic celebration became even more widespread after the War of 1812, in which the United States again faced Great Britain. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday; in 1941, the provision was expanded to grant a paid holiday to all federal employees. Over the years, the political importance of the holiday would decline, but Independence Day remained an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism.

Falling in mid-summer, the Fourth of July has since the late 19th century become a major focus of leisure activities and a common occasion for family get-togethers. The most common symbol of the holiday is the American flag, and a common musical accompaniment is “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States.


Today’s Social Kitchen

With today’s social kitchen being at the heart of daily family life, you’ll want to carefully think of every detail your household might need now and tomorrow. Here are some things to consider …

Open floor plan kitchens: Now more popular than ever, open floor plan kitchens can create the illusion of larger spaces that invite families and guests to congregate. Long gone are compartmental rooms for kitchen, dining and breakfast areas in new homes. This central part of the home is taking on more roles as well. “Today’s social kitchens’ are built for entertaining, digital networks, and yes, cooking.” says Consumer Reports in their July 2014 issue.

today's social kitchen photo

Activity areas: Many moms like the advantages of being able to prepare meals while also overseeing homework or internet time with their kids. Having bar seating at a central island or committed desk area off to one corner of the kitchen allows for this management. Even though the kitchen may have an open layout plan, the traditional triangle work space of refrigerator, range, sink and/or dishwasher should be fairly close together. This layout will also help to steer children away from this area. Also snack or beverage areas can be set up in a corner or area away from this work triangle to encourage family and/or friends to help themselves. Think of your kitchen as zones. If you love to bake, set up a zone or area for that too. Think of the tools you’ll need to accomplish all your baking needs and set them up around the oven area.

Drop zones: Almost every home has one, but some are better organized than others. Consider your usual entry into your home, the one you’ll use most. Now think of ways you can best utilize this space so you can quickly drop your things as you enter and get what you need fast when you are exiting. Think shelving, bins, hooks or whatever you need to create a space of easy organizing. If you have kids and/or pets consider their needs and organize holders or coat racks as needed to help make coming/going efficient and effortless. By preparing this space and organizing it, often a laundry area or hallway, your kitchen won’t become the family drop zone.

Kitchen islands: These have grown in size over the years to accommodate more and more. From sinks to ranges to bars, some islands have multiple functions to help today’s social kitchen thrive. They should encapsulate all that you need them too while using the space in the middle of your kitchen wisely. Denise Dersin, Editor-in-Chief of Professional Builder magazine notes that ever-expanding “kitchens islands have grown to accommodate all of the activities they are now being used for–many of them at the same time. No longer just a prep area, islands may incorporate cooktops, grills, sinks, storage, and built in dishwashers and wine coolers, and may be used for dining (and sometimes are the only such space), doing homework, and as a hub for entertaining”.

If you are buying a new home, chances are you’ll have a kitchen island, so it is wise to think of how you’ll use it to help make your family’s lives easier. With today’s building practices, you’ll likely have many to choose from and higher tech options as well.

Thinking of a kitchen renovation instead of moving? You’ll want to weigh the pros and cons. According to a minor kitchen remodel in the Wilmington, DE area could be around $18,000+ and you might recoup about 82% of that total cost. Looking for something more? A major kitchen remodel for a home in this same area, could run you an average of $54,000 or more. And after you get your lovely new space in place, you might recoup 74% of that value when it comes time to sell your home.

A final thought – check for acoustics: Today’s social kitchens also have the modern amenities today’s families want, like stone counter tops and hardwood floors. These are beautiful but also add to the high levels of sound when you add 2, 3 or more people to the open space. A few things you can do to help with the acoustics is to add an area rug in an adjacent space, research dishwasher sound or if a wall oven has a fan. Taking noise into consideration will help your open kitchen be more comfortable and inviting and less like a noisy diner.

How will your family function and use today’s social kitchen? Share your thoughts with us- what do you like best about your current kitchen or what does your dream kitchen include?

Delaware’s Geocaching Trail

Linda Parkowski, Director or Delaware Tourism, encourages all visitors to embark on Delaware’s Geocaching Trail. Oh wait, you don’t know what geocaching is? Geocaching (pron.: geo-cashing), or sometimes called geocationing, is the high tech recreational activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object at specific GPS coordinates. These coordinates are usually posted on websites, such as these cache locations on for those interested in Delaware’s geocaching trail.

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You, friends and/or family can embark on an outdoors adventure through scenic pathways and unique attractions on the Delaware Geocaching Trail. You’ll discover 70+ cache locations throughout the state including fragrant lavender fields, grand du Pont estates, museums, beautiful State Parks and so much more! It’s a treasure hunt the whole family will enjoy.

Be sure to sign up for a free membership. This is required to view the caches on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Geocachers must download a passport; obtain code words from 24 cache locations (8 in each county) and submit the completed passport to the Delaware Tourism Office. Please note the location descriptions for tips and hours of operation while planning your trip. Some listing descriptions contain information for multiple caches at one site location. Once you have completed the Delaware Geocaching Trail and submitted a passport, you’ll receive a limited edition commemorative geocaching coin.

With year-round festivals, delicious dining options, special events at cache locations and affordable lodging, you and your family can make your trip to Delaware a memorable and convenient geocation! And if you already live in Delaware, all the cache locations are even closer.

Here are some great links to help you get started:
Guide to Buying a GPS Device
Instructions and Rules
Delaware Cache Locations
Download your passport now
Geocaching Fact Sheet

Here are more resources from the Delaware Tourism website:
Order a free State Travel Guide:
Travelocity Booking Engine:
Online customized trip builder:
Follow Delaware Tourism for real-time travel updates and tips:

Are you a beginner or novice geocacher? Please chime in and give us your latest, favorite find!



Celebrating Our Hometown Heroes

Last year, about this time, I wrote about saluting our Hometown Heroes and I’m elated to report we’ll continue celebrating our Hometown Heroes in more ways than one.

In appreciation of our Hometown Heroes, LC Homes is excited to offer up to $5,000 Off Options* in addition to the Current Community Incentive for the men and women who dedicate their lives to supporting our community. If you are a teacher, firefighter, police officer, military personnel, EMS or health care personnel, we invite you to explore our beautiful homes by LC Homes. With affordable floor plans in 13 sought after Delaware communities, there is sure to be a perfect home just for you and your family! We celebrate you and look forward to calling you neighbor!

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Visit These Award Winning LC Homes Communities Today:

Darley Green • Claymont, DE
Townhomes from the mid $200’s* • 302.798.2400

Timber Farms • Newark, DE
Single Family Homes from the mid $300’s* • 302.294.1834

The Estates at Saint Annes • Middletown, DE
Single Family Homes from the low $300’s* • 302.449.2156

The Enclave at Odessa • Townsend, DE
Single Family Homes from the high $200’s* • 302.376.7004

Worthington • Smyrna, DE
Townhomes from the high $100’s* • 302.659.3136

Willowwood • Smyrna, DE
Single Family Homes from the mid $200’s* • 302.659.3136

Windstone • Milton, DE
Single Family Energy Star Homes from the mid $200’s* • 302.645.7948

Heron Bay • Lewes, DE
Single Family Homes – 1/2 acre from the high $100’s* • 302.644.9002

COMING SOON! Cedar Grove • Lewes, DE
Single Family Homes on 3/4 acre

Sterling Crossing • Rehoboth Beach, DE
Optional First Floor Owner’s Suite Available
Villas from the mid $200’s* • 302.260.9040

Rehoboth Crossing • Rehoboth Beach, DE
Townhomes from the low $300’s* • 302.260.9670

The Grande at Canal Pointe • Rehoboth Beach, DE
Elevator Condominiums from the mid $200’s* • 302.227.7074
Townhomes from the mid $300’s* • 302.227.1053

Fairway Village • Ocean View, DE
First Floor Owner’s Suite Townhomes from the low $200’s* • 302.541.8434

*15% Discount off all structural options (excluding all flooring, kitchen, and bath options) is applied to the balance of structural options selected after community incentive is applied. Discount amounts may vary up to $5,000. Copy of current pay receipt from approved facilities or in the case of military personnel, a military ID, DD214 or current VA loan approval is required at time of contract to receive discount. Options, savings and home plan(s) vary per community. Pricing, features and availability subject to change without notice. Only one discount per family, home and/or transaction. Doctors/Physicians excluded. Additional restrictions may apply. See a Community Sales Representative for complete details. To find out whether a particular home is qualified, contact your Community Sales Representative today. Hometown Heroes incentive offer subject to change or be withdrawn at any time at builders discretion.   Rev 3.17.14

5 Steps for Success When Buying a New Home

Buying a new home can be thrilling or frustrating, depending on how well prepared you are for the search. Following these 5 steps for success when buying a new home will help minimize the hassles of deciding which home to buy and getting to the closing table.


Know how much house you can afford

As exciting as it is to tour new home models or houses for sale, you need to know what’s realistically within your means before you start your search. Depending on who you ask, a good rule of thumb is to limit your total home expenses—from the mortgage to maintenance—to no more than 28%–30% of your monthly income. An online mortgage calculator like this one can help you figure out what you can comfortably afford.

If you have a bit of time to prepare before you buy, it’s a great idea to set aside the difference between your current living expenses and what you expect to pay once you’re in your new home. You’ll have the chance to adjust to your new budget while building a savings cushion you can use toward your down payment or other expenses when you’re ready to buy.

Boost your credit score

A strong credit score makes it easier for you to get home financing, and reduces the amount of interest lenders will require you to pay. Improving your credit score can take at least 6–12 months, so start as early as you can. For specific tips, check out our earlier post on How to Make Your Credit Score Better.

Get pre-approved

While the housing market is making a strong recovery, recent events have made home financing a more involved process than it was five years ago. You can save considerable time and reduce your chances for disappointment by working with a lender to get your financing in order before you set foot in your first house. Shopping around to get the best deal and getting all the paperwork together ahead of time will give you the peace of mind to start your search with confidence and minimize your risk of losing your dream home to a better-prepared buyer.

Make a wish list

As you consider new home options, it’s important to know what you need, what you want, and the difference between the two. Make a list of “need-to-have” and “nice-to-have” options and use it to refine your search. Your list should include features of the house itself, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, what kind of kitchen you want, if a garage for one care or two is needed and other amenities. You’ll also want to weigh the benefits of the school district, local community, and other aspects related to its location.

Look beyond the price tag

It’s temping to make apples-to-apples comparisons based on the sale price, but be sure to consider other factors that will affect the long-term cost of living in your new home. Is the location convenient to your work, school, shopping, and other amenities? Newly built homes have many advantages over re-sales; such as, having new major appliances instead of ones that are likely to need replacement in a few years? Also, new homes are usually much more energy-efficient than homes just a few years old. Will property taxes, association fees, or other costs significantly increase your annual costs? Is the house ready for your lifestyle on your closing date? Factor these items into your plan before you buy.

Great Places to Live in Delaware

Looking for a dream location in the First State? Here’s a quick guide to some of the great places to live in Delaware, as highlighted last month in Delaware Today magazine.

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Ocean View

Ocean View is a growing community located one mile from Bethany Beach on Delaware 26. In recent years it’s become solidly established as part of the resort area, thanks to the development boom of the 1990s. And the Indian River School District is one of the best.

Rehoboth Beach

There’s more packed into this square mile of beachfront real estate than in most towns of similar size. From museums and small galleries to shopping to great restaurants at all price points, there’s plenty to do all year round. The area boasts a diverse population that mingles well and sits solidly in the state’s best school district.


Lewes is a historic bay, summer resort and year-round hub for coastal Sussex all in one. Home of the stellar Cape Henlopen School District, it offers easy access to bay beaches in town and ocean beaches at Cape Henlopen State Park. Second Street offers outstanding shopping and dining. There’s a great mix of houses too, from myriad historic homes to more modern and funky places on Lewes Beach. An active historic society and resident artists help define the vibe.


Quaint streets lined with Victorian, Gothic Revival and Federalist-style homes, the Broadkill River and Wagamons Pond, and the small-town feeling draw new residents to Milton. Many come looking for a new beach home, then discover Milton instead. The farmers market draws locals and visitors alike on summer Fridays. The Dogfish Head Craft Brewery ups its hipness quotient. Cape Henlopen schools are tops.


Programming at the renovated Smyrna Opera House may not rival that at Wilmington’s Grand, but it is very good just the same, attracting some national talent. The nearby Four Corners still serves as a commercial center, making for a walkable community that offers the best of small-town living. Home styles span the gamut, with some real bargains to be had in the newer communities (link to Willowwood or Worthington – which one would you like to use?) close to Del. 1, which speeds you to points north and south in short order.


In a word: charming. If you live here, you like small towns and history. You’ll find nightlife and dining to be provided by one-and-the-same: Cantwell’s Tavern. Find more options in Middletown, a short hop away on Del. 299. Access to U.S. 13 and Del. 1 is instant.


Living in a college town keeps you young, which may be why so many communities have sprung up around Newark. The city offers the full range of housing styles and prices, a Main Street and developing Elkton Road/South Main Street lined with charming shops and good restaurants, and a university that offers—to all—live theater, film series, lectures, readings, art exhibitions and top-notch athletics. That’s not to mention homegrown attractions like the Newark Arts Alliance and Chapel Street Players. Large, beautiful parks on the outskirts offer many kinds of outdoor recreation. Large and small employers abound. And the town loves a party: The annual restaurant week, Community Day, Newark Night, a longstanding Memorial Day parade and public trick-or-treating are just the start of the fun.

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2014 Spring and Summer Festivals

Congratulations, Delawareans!  We’ve survived the POLAR VORTEX!

It was “winter” after all!  But who would have anticipated, or wanted, eight storms targeting tiny, little Delaware?  It’s practically unheard of in this area!  Nevertheless, as we patiently ache for spring, sure signs are finally here.  The days are finally getting longer, the breeze from the ocean is a bit warmer and soon that odd Polar Vortex will be a distant memory.  For those weary and worn out, there’s light at the end of the tunnel…

So, as some say in our neighboring state of New Jersey, “forget about it!”  Now is the time to start enjoying all the wonderful events this coastal area has to offer.  Partly a farewell to winter and partly a prelude to the state’s beach-centric summer, springtime in Delaware is a coming-out party of amazing proportions!  Take your pick of the below 2014 Spring and Summer Festivals that encourage BIG fun for the whole family!


2014 Spring and Summer Festivals:

Winterthur Point-to-Point:   April 10 – 13, 2014

Billed as the premier East Coast festival for women, this four day, annual event features first rate national entertainment, informative workshops, famous authors, exquisite food and the best beach vibe around.  Added attractions include gold outings, walking tours, craft fairs and dancing.

Great Delaware Kite Festival:   April 18, 2014

Come and be in awe of spectacular kites dancing in the crisp ocean breeze above the natural spender of Cape Henlopen State Park.  With food vendors and activities for the kids, this annual festival makes for the perfect family outing!

Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Spring Sidewalk Sale:   April 26, 2014

Get to know this artsy little coastal town and enjoy tons of food and craft vendors at the Bug and Bud Festival.  This is a celebration of two of Milford’s most cherished symbols, the ladybug and the tree.  There is entertainment throughout the day, a Ladybug and Tree costume parade and ladybug decorated” paddle boat rides, children’s games and much more fun!

Newark’s Wine and Dine Downtown:  May 2-4, 2014   

Blending modern-day fun with an amusing look back at Delaware’s Colonial past, Dover Days Festival offers a chance to celebrate spring!  Here you will find Maypole Dancing on Dover’s Green, a Civil War-era baseball game, historic wartime encampments and more than 350 vendors and craft booths.

NASCAR racing at the Monster Mile:  May 4, 2014

This annual steeplechase horse race celebrates Delaware’s proud heritage as home to the Dupont family and their regal estates.  Held on the sprawling grounds and rolling hills of a one-time Dupont mansion, the Point-to-Point is famous as a place to see and “be-seen.”  At this event you will see extravagant tailgate buffets and beautifully stocked hospitality tents.  And, of course, the horse racing!

Camp Rehoboth Women’s FEST:  May 14 – 18, 2014

This five day celebration of life’s finer pleasures consists of dozen of events throughout the state, including stately hotels, intimate restaurants and historic properties from northern Wilmington to the southern beaches.

Bug and Bud Festival:  May 16 – 18, 2014

Long known as a “the” place for bargains, in a state that offers tax-free shopping, this annual event is a must-do for the shopper in your family.  This is the perfect place to visit the resorts eclectic shops, ranging from the three Tanger Outlet centers to the unique art galleries that line Rehoboth Avenue.

Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival:  May 30 – June 1, 2014

Dover International Speedway hosts exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing twice annually on the fastest one-mile oval racetrack in the world!  Many RV’ers come for the entire week and stay to enjoy the area while attending this famous race.  Let’s go racing!

Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival:  Late May 2014

Come celebrate two of the state’s iconic natural wonders – and enjoy the food, music and games.  At the Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival in the historic town of Milton, you can view and purchase great local arts and crafts, enjoy boat rides and canoe trips and nature walks at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.  Great fun for the nature lover!


Firefly Music Festival:   June 19 – 22, 2014

It took just a couple of years and an avalanche of top-notch acts to make Firefly one of the premier Indie Rock festivals in the nation.  This year, fans are tuning up for the Foo Fighters, Outkast, Weezer, Imagine Dragons and more.  Located at Dover Downs, come celebrate music at Delaware’s “Woodstock.”

Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival:  June 28 – 29, 2014

Tossed by waves and tides into an object of beauty, sea glass is revered for the rarity and charm by artists worldwide.  Here’s a chance to see the magic of more than forty sea glass artists, along with other artisans in the quaint, quirky town of Lewes, Delaware.

July 4th week, 2014

Fireworks are just part of the celebration at locations up and down the coast on July 4th in Delaware.  Check out the colonial charms of the Independence Day Program in Dover, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry’s Special Fireworks Cruise, the Red, White & Zoo event at Brandywine Zoo and the Bethany Beach ot Rehoboth beach 4th of July Fireworks.  Guaranteed to thrill!

Delaware State Fair:  July 17 – 26, 2014

Summertime in Kent County can only mean one thing, an amazing festival of deep-fried treats, live music, rodeos, demolition derbies, carnival rides and the very best in Delaware livestock and agriculture.  Held annually at the 300 acre Harrington State Fairgrounds, this 10 day Delaware tradition dates back to 1920.  Concerts have included the likes of Gloria Estefan, New Kids on the Block, Tammy Wynette and Travis Tritt.  The Midway Slots and Harrington Raceway are also nearby.

Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest:  August 2, 2014

Get your inner architect working or just watch the fun at Rehoboth Beach and Dewy Beach’s popular Sandcastle Contest.  Located right on the beach in Rehoboth this event is sure to please!  You might even be able to get in a few sessions on sculpting techniques!

Riverfront Blues Festival:  August 2 – 4, 2014

Things get really cool and real hot in the same weekend at the outdoor Riverfront Blues Festival, a three day lineup of national performers playing by the banks of the Christina River.  This year’s musicians include Tom Larson Blues Band and James Cotton Band.  Located at the Tulman-Garrett Riverfront Park, Rose Park Drive, Wilmington, DE.  A must-attend, First State, music event!

Taste of Rehoboth:  August 22, 2014

Enjoy live cooking demonstrations and food samples from some of this town’s top chefs and restaurants.  Includes wine tastings, Dogfish Head beer, live music and silent auctions.

Please let me know if I have missed any or if you have a favorite. Visitors and locals would love to hear more!

April 2014 Realtor Open House

If you are a Realtor or Broker in the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware area, you won’t want to miss the April 2014 Realtor Open House and Luncheon. If you have a potential buyer interested in the Delaware beach area, you’ll also want to RSVP today and join the LC Homes team for this Spring Open House to learn about 6 beautifully located Beach Communities over a buffet-style lunch from delicious Big Fish Grill.

Quick Details:- Spring Realtor Luncheon
- Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 12 noon to 2 pm
- Enjoy lunch, dessert and drinks from Big Fish Grill
- Enter to Win a new Apple iPad®
- Pick up your $500 Realtor Bonus coupon
- Learn about 6 beautifully located Delaware Beach communities all at one luncheon
- RSVP today to hold your seat!


The 6 communities contributing to the April 2014 Realtor Open House luncheon:

Windstone • 16705 Flatstone Circle, Milton, DE 19968
Windstone offers a fabulous, recreational planned community superbly located right off of Route 1, minutes from premier golf courses, shopping, dining, DART service and the Delaware beaches, rated in the top 10 in the US. Tranquil homesites engulf this enclave complete with ponds, walking paths, a clubhouse and community swimming pool. Home plans offer a variety of floor plans offering main level living and energy efficiency.
Single Family Energy Star Homes from the mid $200’s* • 302.645.7948

Heron Bay • 30404 East Barrier Reef Blvd., Lewes, DE 19958
Heron Bay’s solidly built and affordably priced homes are built with the highest quality and standards while offering first floor owner’s suites. You’ll also appreciate all of the Delaware Tax incentives. Take advantage of ’year round’ living in an outstanding resort location.
Single Family Homes – 1/2 acre from the high $100’s* • 302.644.9002

Sterling Crossing • 18302 Cobalt Way, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Excellent opportunities await the discriminating homebuyer who appreciates a convenient location, great ammenities, and unbelievable value! Sterling Crossing is centrally located just a few miles from both the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach and historic downtown Lewes. Open floorplans, garages, and full basements plus a well appointed clubhouse and community pool are only some of the features offered at this very affordable community.
Optional First Floor Owner’s Suite Available
Villas from the mid $200’s* • 302.260.9040

Rehoboth Crossing • 36981 Grindstone Lane, Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
Rehoboth Crossing offers a private, wooded, maintenance-free, townhome community within walking or biking distance of downtown Rehoboth’s beach, boardwalk, restaurants and eclectic shops. Enjoy a truly luxurious lifestyle in a stunning neighborhood that includes a pool, a clubhouse with an activity room and exercise area and access to the adjacent state park with biking/walking paths, a restaurant and a pharmacy.
Townhomes from the low $300’s* • 302.260.9670

The Grande at Canal Pointe
• Townhomes: 19721 Chelmer Drive, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Condominiums: 20013 Newry Drive • Unit 6, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
The Grande at Canal Pointe Luxury Condominiums and Spacious Townhomes~ A rare find indeed! Stress-free living at an affordable price only one mile from Rehoboth Beach, boardwalk and shops. The condominiums feature elevators throughout and offers 2 and 3 bedroom floorplans while the townhomes have first floor owner’s suites and 3 bedroom open floorplans with the option of 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 bathrooms. The Atlantis townhome offers a first floor Owner’s Suite, 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths with the options to expand to a 4 bedroom and 4 1/2 bath home. Community tennis courts, clubhouse and swimming pool provide resort living only moments from the boardwalk, beach, award-winning restaurants, confectioners, galleries, boutiques, amusements, outlets and tax-free shopping. Only a few hours from Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia, The Grande at Canal Pointe is a perfect year round retreat and sanctuary to relax against a beautiful backdrop of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware’s largest coastal community.
Elevator Condominiums from the mid $200’s* • 302.227.7074
Townhomes from the mid $300’s* • 302.227.1053

Fairway Village • 107 Oakmont Drive, Ocean View, DE  19970
This community offers luxurious townhomes with spacious floor plans ranging from 1,894 – 2,384 square feet and featuring first floor Owner’s Suites in pristine Ocean View, Delaware. Conveniently located only 2 miles from the breathtaking views of Bethany Beach and just across the street from the Championship Bear Trap Dunes 27-hole Golf Course, named “One of America’s Best Courses” by Golfweek Magazine. Enjoy Bear Trap amenities including the pro shop, fine and casual dining and an outdoor amphitheater with performances throughout the summer. Located less than 3 hours from major metropolitan areas including Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., Ocean View, Delaware offers the coziness of small town living with easy access to beaches, boating, and tax-free shopping.
First Floor Owner’s Suite Townhomes from the low $200’s* • 302.541.8434

Representatives from all 6 of the above communities will be at the April 2014 Realtor Open House and they look forward to seeing you there!

*Information subject to change without notice. See a Community Sales Representative for full details.