All Blog Entries by Bill Mann

A native of Rehoboth Beach, Bill Mann has intimate knowledge of the resort area. After graduating from Goucher College, with B.A.s in Mathematics & Economics, Bill spent 4 years working in trust accounting in D.C. and NYC.

Desiring formal technical experience, Bill spent the next 4 years in NYC working in database design & network administration before returning home to the family business in 2001.

Bill began his sales career selling new construction where Bill gained valuable insight into the construction business. Just prior to his current focus on residential sales, Bill spent 2 years managing the rental department.

Bill has served the Sussex County Association of REALTORS® on the Professional Development, Grievance (Chairperson 2011) & Professional Standards (Chairperson 2013) committees.

Bill holds the following licenses & designations:
• Broker Associate
• GRI (Graduate REALTOR® Institute)
• ABR® (Accredited Buyer's Representative)
• RSPS (Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist)
• e-PRO® (Internet Professional)

There are currently 158 blog entries published by Bill Mann.

Coastal Delaware Home BuyingA Coastal Delaware home might be the right match for your family. Do you prefer living by the water? Do you want a low-maintenance house? Of course, desiring to live near the coast and finding the right property are two different things. But while the search can be difficult, it’s possible to find the home of your dreams. And when you do, making a good offer on the property can put you a step ahead of the competition. 

This is prime real estate. The more you know about the basics of making an offer on a Coastal Delaware home, the better your odds of acquiring a property. 

1. Offer a fair price for the property.

It goes without saying, a low-ball offer isn’t going to get you anywhere with sellers. In many cases, they need to sell the house for a

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same-sex couples buy Lewes real estateIf you’re part of a same-sex couple, you cheered when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act. The country’s highest judicial body finally sanctioned your relationship by allowing you all the federal benefits afforded to opposite-sex couples.

Don’t celebrate yet. The full list of marriage perks go to you only if you are married and live in a state that recognizes gay marriage. If you’re in a state that bans such unions, you may not get anything, even if you were married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage. Government bodies and the courts still have to sort those conditions out.

Delaware legalized same-sex marriage on July 1st of this year. If you move to the state, you experience the full benefits given to all married

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beach restoration benefits Rehoboth Beach propertyIn late October of 2012, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the majority of the beaches along the northeast coast of the United States. Coastal Delaware was directly hit by Sandy causing major damage and flooding to structures, but also causing immense erosion on its beaches. The once beautiful wide stretches of sand were replaced with narrow strips of eroded embankments.

In a recent news story by Delaware Online they detail how 19.3 million dollars from the Superstorm Sandy recovery package is being used to restore the beaches. Sand will be dredged from the ocean floor back on to the beaches and should be completed by early 2014. Beaches included in this restoration are South Bethany, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach, as well as the beach that

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Coastal Delaware Housing RecoveryIf you were thinking about buying Coastal Delaware real estate, now is the time to make up your mind.

The long-awaited housing recovery is in full swing. Home prices shot up in America's largest cities in May, rising at a pace not seen since the bubble days, according to a closely watched gauge.

The recent Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index of 20 large U.S. cities indicated that average home prices across the 20 cities have now reached their spring 2004 level. For the first time, two cities — Denver and Dallas — surpassed the peaks they reached before the 2008 financial crisis. All cities tracked by the index saw prices rise from a year earlier and the previous month.

Low mortgage rates, a shortage of homes for sale and heavy investor demand have

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family vacation in Rehoboth BeachMy daughter just finished PreKindergarten. Throughout the school year, I pencilled in dance classes, library events, playdates and doctor appointments into my calendar, but until very recently, I never did get around to scheduling a vacation.

Before having kids, my husband and I would fly to Cancun or Punta Cana. With just the two of us, costs seemed manageable, but, now, with airfare to most beach destinations averaging around $400 per person (we are a family of 4), we are renting and staying closer to home.

Here's a quick rundown on why I believe rentals offer the best mix of comfort and value for families:

  • More space! Renting a house or condo affords way more space than a standard hotel room. The kids get their own room, which also provides
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Rehoboth Beach vacation homeDeciding on whether or not to invest in a new piece of real estate is always a tough decision. Some might prefer to buy, while others might prefer to rent. Each has their own benefits, as well as drawbacks. Rent or buy a Rehoboth Beach vacation home...if you’re unsure of which might interest you, consider to the following questions:

1. Would you like to spend time at the residence?

A benefit to owning a beach house is that it’s within your power and rights to rent it out during the seasons you might be elsewhere, and or, would like to be. It allows you the freedom to gain an extra source of income as you are otherwise employed, without needing to be currently there to manage your household either.

2. How much time and money are you willing to spend
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One Virginia Avenue Rehoboth Beach condominiumAre you considering purchasing vacation property in Rehoboth Beach? There are lots of very good reasons why Rehoboth Beach condominiums are the best solution to vacation living in the Delaware beaches communities. 

  • Affordable - Condos are often more affordable than single family properties. You can have plenty of interior space for guests in a better location (i.e closer to the beach) than you could afford in a single family home.
  • Easy Upkeep - The yard work is done for you as well as all exterior maintenance.  You can spend your vacation time vacationing, not doing yardwork. The HOA fee is far more affordable than paying for maintenance by yourself, and you don't have to spend time overseeing the needed work.
  • Security - When you go home, you lock
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real estate in Coastal DelawareJust recently, Secretary of the Interior Sandy Jewell announced the addition of 28 new National Recreation Trails in the US, as part of an ongoing effort to promote people's enjoyment of the outdoors and their efforts to stay physically fit and healthy. One of the newly designated trails is the Junction and Breakwater Trail, an easy and accessible five-mile trail in Cape Henlopen State Park that connects Rehoboth Beach to the charming town of Lewes.

The Junction and Breakwater Trail is one example of how effortless it is to enjoy the outdoors and improve your fitness in the area; whether you're a visitor renting a summer home or are looking to purchase real estate in Coastal Dealware, you can keep a car of course but you won't have to depend on it. Even

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Cinema by the Canal - Lewes homesThe real allure of living in Coastal Delaware is that you get to live in Coastal Delaware. It's gorgeous, most especially homes in Lewes, and there's just few places we'd rather be.  We at Mann & Sons are always on the lookout, though, for special events to make the move here all the better. With summer in full swing, we have our eye on a number of annual events to look forward to.

To get a good idea of the true beauty of the area, we're going to start with the 23rd Annual Lewes Garden Tour, taking place on June 15th. This tour gives you a chance to look at some marvelous "hidden gardens," selected for their variety in styles and types. Along with several within walking distance of Zwaanendael Park, you'll also get a chance to see the Children's

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fun facts about delawareIn our never-ending quest to educate our readers about the state of Delaware and Rehoboth Beach real estate and Lewes real estate, we are happy to provide with more facts courtesy of the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Delaware Economic Development Office.

  • Rehoboth Beach is the state's largest coastal resort town. Methodists who purchase the land for a summer camp and meeting place originally constructed it.
  • The 87-foot Fenwick Island Lighthouse was painted in 1880 for a total cost of about $5.00.
  • Twelve concrete observation towers along the coast were constructed during World War II to protect the state's coastal towns from German U-boat attacks.
  • Fisher's popcorn is a famous coastal caramel corn. It has been ordered from
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