Goodbye Winter

Still wearing a hat and gloves until further notice :)

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9501 Sunset Drive, Stone Harbor

Bay views!  2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and water access from the adjacent docks.

$565,000 furnished.

View the awesome drone video of this bayside condo:  Video link

I am happy to provide additional information- 609-967-7950  or  ann.delaney@timkerrsir.com

Thank you for your interest!

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Aerial Views of Sale Properties

Visit our web site:  Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty to view drone videos of our sale listings.

I am happy to provide additional information regarding  specific locations and values for area homes.

Thank you for your interest and referrals!

I appreciate the opportunity to help.

609-967-7950       ann.delaney@timkerrsir.com

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Irish Roots!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  

On my father’s side: my grandmother was born in County Clare in the Republic of Ireland, and my grandfather grew up near Ballymena and the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland.  A real mixed marriage!

MillarFamilyThey met and married in Philadelphia, and vacationed in Stone Harbor each summer while raising 6 children (pictured in front of their local rental cottage).

In the 1950s, my grandparents built a year round home in Avalon.  A family business brought the sons and daughters (including spouses and young children) from Philadelphia to Avalon shortly thereafter.

After visiting the beautiful windswept coast of Northern Ireland, I can totally understand my grandfather’s love of the shore.

Sand in our shoes… and salt air in our lungs ;)

Sláinte!

P.S.  According to family legend, my grandfather arrived to the United States through Canada. And my grandmother used her older sister’s ID to travel from Ireland to the US. Her grown children didn’t know her real name/age until she applied for Social Security. It’s important and relevant to consider that our family’s immigration history may be softened by nostalgia. 

Pictures from our 2008 trip to Northern Ireland.

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Selling, and then buying a shore house

UnderContractSignGood news: if you have owned your shore house for a number of years, the increased property value is a wonderful “gain”.

However, that profit is taxed (capital gains) when you sell, unless you participate in a 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange.

The rules allow owners of investment properties (vacation rental homes qualify) to move up to another investment property (rental) and defer the tax.  This is a huge bonus for most long time property owners.

I have both personal and years of business experience with the process. And I can connect you with the professionals to handle the paperwork and help with financing.

Please contact me to formulate a plan!

609-967-7950  or ann.delaney@timkerrsir.com

 

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Spring Sunrises

Spring Forward = the sun is finally up by the time I’m heading home from my morning beach walk!

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Preparing for Summer Rentals

DeckThis is the ideal time to “spring clean” and prepare your shore house for the summer season.

Walk through and around your property with a tenant’s perspective.

As an owner, it’s easy to ignore the imperfections that should be addressed before your guests arrive.

Tips:

1) Clean out all cabinets and drawers in the bathrooms and kitchen.  No more than one junk drawer permitted!  Organize and take note of supplies needed…and toss the accumulated old menus, miss matched Tupperware containers, melted plastic utensils, old wooden spoons, rusty cookie sheets, etc.

2) Tenants appreciate a chair or bench in a bedroom to use while getting dressed or putting on shoes.

3) Although the younger generation will retreat to their rooms and use their devices, the more mature tenants still appreciate a television with cable hook up in a bedroom to watch a ballgame or news program.

4) Inspect the condition of the deck furniture, cushions, and grill.

5) Clean, clean, clean.  My favorite products are a Magic Eraser to remove scuffs marks on walls and trim; SprayNine to remove the green stains on exterior vinyl siding, trim, and railings (and the outdoor shower), and car wax or RainX to remove the water marks on glass shower doors.

Happy Spring!

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Sunday Sun

It’s starting to smell like spring :)

This time of year, the breeze changes…bringing in that distinct salty air.

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Building Boom

It’s hard not to notice all of the new construction on the island.

On my immediate block, there are 2 major renovation projects and 2 lots recently cleared to make way for new homes.

The construction sites in my neighborhood are all private builds- meaning the completed projects will be for the benefit of the owners (not spec houses).

We tore down a cottage and built new 13 years ago, so we have to be understanding of the inevitable inconvenience.  It’s the price of progress!

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Search for a Shore House!

The Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty web site is easy to navigate.

Browse through our company sale listings, as well as all those offered through the Multiple Listing Service.

To view sale properties:  Click Here

To search the MLS:  Click Here

Vacation rentals available, too:  Click Here

Thank you for the opportunity to help!     (609) 967-7950  or     ann.delaney@timkerrsir.com

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