Low mortgage rates bring on rush of homebuyers, refinancing

REHOBOTH BEACH — Mortgage rates are at historic lows, and many Delawareans are pouncing on them, along with others seeking to relocate to the First State. Whether it’s a new home purchase or refinancing an existing one, opportunity to find an affordable interest rate has never been better.“I’ve been in the lending business for 25 […]

State announces joint effort on COVID-19 foreclosure and eviction prevention

WILMINGTON — Gov. John Carney, Attorney General Kathy Jennings, Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi and Justice of the Peace Court Chief Magistrate Alan Davis announced a joint effort on foreclosure and eviction prevention on Wednesday to support Delaware homeowners and renters financially impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown. “This is still an extremely […]

COVID-19 has Habitat for Humanity playing catch-up

DOVER — The whirring sounds of drills and the thump, thump, thumping of hammers onto nails fell silent for the Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity after Delaware was overtaken by the coronavirus outbreak back in March. However, things have started to turn around for the nonprofit organization recently as the CDHFH is now running at […]

Milford City Council approves 1,167 new units

MILFORD — Monday’s City Council meeting was highlighted by the swearing-in of the mayor and council members, as well as the approval of hundreds of units in two subdivisions. Mayor Archie Campbell was sworn in for his second term and City Councilman Jason James of Ward 4 was named vice mayor. Four other council members, […]

Commentary: Habitat is removing barriers, building reconciliation

By Tim Bailey Like many of you, we’ve spent the recent weeks glued to the coverage of protests across the United States. In the days since George Floyd was held to the ground by a police officer’s knee for a fatal 8 minutes and 46 seconds, communities small and large across the United States have […]

Dover seeks tighter regulations for short-term rental properties

DOVER — The city of Dover does not have an ordinance that addresses short-term rental properties within the city, which has become an issue lately with several homeowners who believe more stringent rules — or even elimination — of such rental units in neighborhoods is warranted. Dave Hugg, director of planning and inspections for the […]

State to receive $3.2 million for housing-related issues

WILMINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday it will provide about $3.2 million to Delaware.Part of the third wave in federal funding, the money will be used to help low-income, elderly and young Delawareans in need. “DSHA is pleased to be receiving this latest funding allocation from HUD to assist […]

Commentary: Leased land legislation would benefit homeowners

By Fred Neil The expected income for the current fiscal year has dropped severely as we face the Dover City budget for the next fiscal year starting July 1, 2020. I do not think that any elected official on any level of government expects a magically fast bounceback in our economy. It is my hope […]

Modification to Delaware emergency order protects renters, seniors

DOVER — Delaware Gov. John C. Carney issued the 14th modification Thursday to his emergency declaration surrounding the coronavirus crisis. This update provides additional protections for Delaware renters who are attempting to obtain new housing. The order forbids a landlord from assessing double rent from holdover tenants who fail to vacate their rental units at […]

Commentary: Prevent harassment: Know your fair housing rights

By Joseph J. DeFelice Two women were forced to move when an apartment maintenance worker told them they could exchange sex for rent. A landlord entered a woman’s apartment uninvited and on one occasion the woman awoke to find him in her bedroom, on her bed. Another woman was threatened with eviction if she didn’t […]