LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Some homebuyers priced out by bloated state government

Last July our General Assembly passed HB 279, which increased the real estate transfer tax — and thus the cost of homeownership — by 33 percent. The median cost of a home in Kent County in 2015 was $195,000 per the Delaware Association of Realtors. Rounding that up to make the math easier, on a […]

Delaware foreclosures among highest in nation

DOVER — As of February one of every 1,012 “units” in the state was a foreclosure, said Bayard Williams, president of the Delaware Association of Realtors. This puts Delaware among the top five states in the nation in terms of high foreclosure rates. Despite the dubious ranking, Mr. Williams believes there is reason for optimism. […]

Proposal would cap tax break for some first-time homebuyers

DOVER — A task force is recommending lawmakers modify a program for first-time homebuyers by allowing the counties to place a cap on an exemption from the realty transfer tax. Currently, an individual who is buying a first home in Delaware is exempt from a portion of the realty transfer tax. Purchase of any property […]

COMMENTARY: Hike in property transfer tax detrimental to Delaware

Shortly before midnight on July 2, after hours of wrangling over the approximately $365 million budget gap and how to fix it, Delaware’s legislature passed a bill increasing by a whopping 33 percent the property transfer tax on all real estate transactions. This means that beginning with contracts written Aug. 1, homebuyers will be faced […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Delaware realty group stands opposed to HB 240

The following is a letter sent to Delaware House of Representatives Revenue and Finance committee members: Committee members, My name is Bruce Plummer and I am the 2017 president of the Delaware Association of Realtors, a trade Association that represents over 3,800 realtors from across the state. The Delaware Association of Realtors stands opposed to […]

Realtor Scarborough finding homes in her own hometown

DOVER — Sitting opposite Tom Burns, owner of Burns & Ellis Realtors in Dover, for an interview, then-23-year-old former teacher Maggie Scarborough didn’t know what the future held. Mr. Burns, who’d known her from childhood, was convinced that she’d make an outstanding realtor. He picked up the latest edition of Realtor Magazine and flipped to […]

Kent County Profile event touts progress

DOVER — The Kent Economic Partnership and the Delaware State News celebrated the release of their eighth Kent County Economic Profile on Tuesday morning at the Kent County Recreation Center in Dover. The unveiling of the profile is an event that has become the de facto update on economic progress in the county. Local politicians, […]

Dover officials encourage more home ownership

Councilman Roy Sudler Jr.

DOVER— Last year, 4th District Councilmen Roy Sudler Jr. and David Anderson focused on gathering the concerns and issues of local residents. This year, they hope to focus on getting results. “We want to make our communities safe,” Mr. Sudler said. “I’m focused on tackling those issues that people aren’t willing to do.” The two […]

Hickory Glen subdivision in Milford receives extension

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  MILFORD — Zombie projects are a nuisance and a problem in Milford, according to engineer Phil Tolliver who hopes to continue working on the Hickory Glen subdivision project. “Zombie projects have sewer stubs sticking out of the ground and unmaintained roads. That’s a public nuisance. When I was a teenager, that’s probably where I […]

Burns & Ellis Realtors marks 50 years serving Dover community

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DOVER — For a half century, as markets have thrived and tanked, Burns & Ellis Realtors remains anchored in the city it loves. In 50 years the family-owned business has adapted to changing times while following principles established long ago by founders Walter Ellis and Fran Lore in the original Lore & Ellis Realty Company. […]