New Homes Delaware

Why Ranch-Style Homes Are So Popular Among Homebuyers

The ranch style home is an increasingly popular pick for prospective homebuyers. In fact, it’s the number one preferred house style in 34 states, according to a 2016 Trulia study. Delaware is among the states. What exactly makes ranch style homes Delaware so popular?

The History

Let’s look at the history of ranch homes to better understand why they remain popular even in modern times. Ranch-style abodes have roots in traditional wood-frame and sheathed architecture that were popular in North American settlements from the 17th to 19th century.

Ranch-style homes later saw a resurgence in popularity post World War II when citizens began settling into property in the suburbs during the baby boom. By the 1950s, nine out of 10 homes were Ranch-style houses.

Resurgence

Ranch homes eventually declined and faded out of fashion by the 1970s. By the 1980s, it has become a rarity; homeowners began gravitating towards Victorian, colonial, and cottage-style architecture.

The demand for ranch homes, though, made a comeback starting in the late 1990s. Why the resurgence and appeal? For one, the homes were relatively affordable. Its single story design makes it a desirable option for young families, and most notably millennials that are just becoming parents.

Another appeal factor is the integration with the outdoors. The homes are built on slabs with large windows, offering an open view of the outdoors. It evokes a sense of oneness with the elements. For many homebuyers, ranch homes signify care-free and laid-back living.

It’s also worth noting that the ranch home originated in the U.S, and is not a style you’ll find overseas. In other words, it exudes Americana. This especially makes ranch homes truly special in a state like Delaware, which was one of the 13 original colonies.

Ranch Homes for Sale in Wilmington Delaware

Now that you know the rich history and general appeal, why not consider a ranch home in a beautiful and historically significant town like Wilmington? New construction ranch homes in Delaware are available from Montchanin Builders, such as the single story Chesapeake model home series in The Town of Whitehall. Prospective buyers will have a chance to live in a picturesque property in an equally lavish and inviting town. The neighborhood has that “old-town” charm with friendly neighbors and general easy-going ambiance of a small town.

Our ranch homes retain classic appeal yet contain all the comforts of modern living. Call Montchanin Builders today to arrange a tour – 302.472.7212.

Additional resources on ranch-style homes:

  1. Apartment Therapy, The Most Popular Home in America, https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/why-ranch-style-homes-are-so-popular-in-america-247757
  2. Trulia, The Most Popular Home Styles in America, https://www.trulia.com/blog/guide-to-most-popular-home-styles/

3 Great Bedroom Decorating Ideas

One of the fun aspects of buying your own townhome is that you can customize the interior however you wish. Want to recreate the distinctive looks of the 50s or 70s? Go for it! Want to paint a mural in your bedroom? No problem! Have fun with your interior design ambitions, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. The bedroom is the perfect place to experiment with new design concepts, since it’s generally off-limits to guests. Here are a few ideas to inspire you.

Try an alternative to the traditional headboard

If you’re trying for a traditional look, you could choose a large wooden or ornate metal headboard. But why not try something stylishly different? Use painter’s tape to square off an area on the wall behind your bed and paint it a strikingly different color than the rest of the wall. Extend the painted edge to line up with the edge of your bed. Or, ditch the conventional headboard for a soothing work of art instead.

You can also play with shapes. Instead of a square block of painted wall or artwork behind your bed, you could nail up a circular, rustic-looking, woven sisal or hemp throw rug. To make this idea work, you’ll have to find a visually intriguing rug with braided or woven textures. A similar headboard alternative is to lay a visually pleasing folding screen against the wall behind the bed.

Get creative with lighting fixtures

It’s common for homeowners to allocate much of the lighting fixture budget for a fancy chandelier in the entryway, and for dramatic, statement lighting in the kitchen and dining room. The bedroom often gets shortchanged. It’s time to change that. Look for truly unique ceiling lighting fixtures for your private sanctuary, like a fixture in the shape of a giant magnolia blossom, with elegant gunmetal-colored “petals.” Or, if you’re feeling regal, consider a ceiling light in the shape of a king’s crown. There are virtually limitless options to choose from. Try browsing specialty lighting shops instead of big box stores.

Create an elegant sitting area

Another way to carve out a sanctuary in your townhome is by adding an elegant sitting area to the master bedroom. It’s the perfect place to relax with a good book on a rainy Sunday. Pair a comfortable recliner with a small occasional table, and place both by the window. Then, add some items for décor, like a large potted plant in the corner and an oil painting on the opposite wall.

Check out these homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware

Montchanin Builders is known for building elegant homes in Delaware. In addition to our Wilmington, DE single family homes, we’re pleased to offer luxurious, yet affordable townhomes for sale in our planned communities. You can tour Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls today to find your beautiful new home. You can call 302.472.7212 for more information about our homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware.

Additional resources about bedroom interior design:

  1. Elle Décor, These Are the 25 Best Bedroom Décor Tips for an Impeccably-Styled Room, https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/room-ideas/tips/g596/10-things-bedroom-needs/
  2. Good Housekeeping, 76 Bedroom Ideas, Decorating Tips and Decor Inspiration, https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/decorating-ideas/g770/decor-ideas-master-bedroom/

Secret Summer Getaways Near Wilmington, DE

family riding bikesWith New Castle County’s rolling hills, more than 90 miles of picturesque shoreline, and verdant hardwood forests in between—Delaware is a shining beacon of natural beauty. It’s no wonder that people love to call the First State home. Whether you already live here or are considering relocating, Montchanin Builders’ new construction Wilmington homes are conveniently located to some of the state’s most charming attractions – and many are the perfect backdrop for a summer getaway!

From historic hamlets to wildlife havens, here’s a round-up of our favorite warm-weather vacation spots near Wilmington, DE.

Family outing at Bethany Beach

When it comes to rolling dunes, swimmable surf and golden sands, Delaware’s southern shoreline can’t be beat. Beach lovers from Philadelphia, D.C. and Baltimore flock to the popular Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches every summer. But if you’re looking for a quieter, more kid-friendly coast to play on, we suggest you head to Bethany Beach. The area is less crowded, but there is still enough dining, shopping and activity to keep it entertaining. There are fantastic restaurants that serve up regional dishes like scrapple, miles of trails to bike on, a 27-hole course at Bear Trap Dunes and a putt-putt course for the children.

Romantic weekend in Lewes

Lewes is a historic seaside town (population <3,000), tucked between Cape Henlopen State Park and the wetlands of the Great Marsh Preserve. Settled by the Dutch back in 1631, this quaint hamlet is the perfect destination for a romantic summer getaway. The town has inviting Bed & Breakfasts, pretty waterfront hotels like the Inn at Canal Square, and some excellent fine dining options. Spend the day wandering the scenic trails of Cape Henlopen, walking the beach, or exploring the town’s historic buildings by bicycle. Don’t miss the Historic Lewes Farmers Market – held on Wednesdays and Saturdays – for chances to stock up on fresh flowers, produce, artesanal cheese and other locally-produced goods.

Birdwatching at Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge

Bring your binoculars and sense of adventure for this summer escape! Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge, located in Smyrna, DE, is renowned along the Atlantic Coast for exceptional bird and wildlife watching. The 16,000-acre reserve features a 12-mile auto-tour route that provides chances to spot amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds in their natural environment. This is a dream destination for budding wildlife photographers. During the summer months, egrets and herons can be seen feeding and nesting in the area. There are several observation towers, a Visitor’s Center and trails designed for biking and walking.

Beautiful new homes in Wilmington

With several exciting floorplans to choose from, Montchanin Builders’ new construction Wilmington homes are thoughtfully constructed for the modern buyer. Enjoy close proximity to historic attractions, gorgeous beaches and family-friendly points of interest in our community of expertly crafted townhomes and condos. Contact our offices to discuss our special financing options and low interest mortgage rates for first-time buyers.

Call  302-472-7212 and schedule your home tour today!

More Resources On Lesser-Known Wilmington Summer Getaways:

  1. OnlyInYourState, 8 Amazing Natural Wonders Hiding In Plain Sight In Delaware — No Hiking Required https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/delaware/natural-wonders-de/
  2. Travel and Leisure, A Travel Editor’s Guide to Bethany Beach, Delaware https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/summer-vacations/bethany-beach-travel-guide
  3. Historic Lewes Farmers Market, 2018 Market Hours and Locations https://www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org/
  4. Visit Delaware, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge https://www.visitdelaware.com/listings/bombay-hook-national-wildlife-refuge/2391/
glass of red wine at pochi

Wine Tasting in Wilmington: Where to Go

The beautiful countryside around Wilmington, DE is like a playground for adults. Take advantage of living in this incredible region, and hit the road this summer to take a tour of the local wineries. One great place to start is with the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, which can help you plan your visit to a handful of must-see wineries — and must-taste wines! Please remember to designate a sober driver during your tour for your safety and the safety of everyone on the roadways.

Don’t live in the area yet? Before you take a tour of the local wineries, you can schedule a viewing of new homes in Wilmington. Montchanin Builders offers homes designed specifically for modern couples and families.

Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

This conveniently pre-planned route includes six wineries, all located within an easy 50-mile drive of each other in beautiful Chester County, PA. Each of them is open year-round.

Old Stone Cider is a family-run orchard. They pride themselves on growing heirloom apple varieties to produce their hard cider.

Kreutz Creek Vineyards is owned and operated by a couple who have been producing superb wine since 1989. They specialize in dry white, dry red, and semi-dry wines.

Borderland Vineyard is operated by a brother and sister team who restored their family farm and transformed it into a winery. They offer tasting room hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as well as by appointment.

Wayvine Winery & Vineyard is a 260-acre farm with 16 acres of hand-planted grapes. The winery welcomes guests as if they were family. Say hello to Nancy Wilson, the family’s mother, when you visit the tasting room on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays, or by appointment.

1723 Vineyards is owned by fifth-generation farmers who are passionate about great wine. Stop by for a tasting on Saturdays or on Sundays by appointment, and ask about the historic origins of their unique name.

Paradocx Vineyard specializes in marrying handcrafted secrets with modern technology to produce some remarkable vintages. Their wine tasting room is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Collier’s of Centreville

Located a hop and skip away from Wilmington in Centreville, Collier’s of Centreville offers a can’t-miss, free wine tasting on every Saturday! Be sure to check their website to find out about the upcoming wine tasting themes, as well as their other events and classes. Collier’s is known for sniffing out exceptional wines from the far corners of the globe. If you’d love to become more knowledgeable about wine and how to enjoy it, Collier’s wine school is the right place to start.

Looking forward to life in Wilmington

These great wineries and restaurants are just one of the many cultural opportunities you’ll enjoy as a Wilmington resident. Contact Montchanin Builders today to schedule a tour and find out about the financing options available on our new homes. Our new construction Wilmington homes are ideally situated in our masterfully planned communities of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Get in touch at 302.472.7212 today and ask us how you can get $15,000* toward your closing costs!

More info on wine tasting near Wilmington, Delaware:

  1. Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, http://bvwinetrail.com/
  2. Collier’s of Centreville, http://www.collierswine.com/

*With use of NCC WF Program, preferred lender and settlement attorney

How to Add Color to Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the symbolic soul of your home. It’s where guests gather to chat, and where family members reconnect after a long day at work or school. You can brighten up any gathering by designing your new townhome’s kitchen with bold splashes of color. It all starts with customizing your kitchen with aesthetically pleasing additions, like the backsplash, countertops, and cabinets. Then, bring in your own personal style with less permanent additions.

Personalize your granite or quartz countertops

If you’ve just purchased your new townhome in Wilmington, DE from Montchanin Builders, you have the option to personalize your kitchen countertops. Choose from a variety of colors of granite or Corian Quartz. Usually, interior designers recommend choosing countertops before other features, as it can be easier to match cabinets and backsplashes to the countertop.

If your style is modern, consider selecting white granite or quartz countertops. Although white itself isn’t a bold color, it does give you plenty of leeway. Use it as a background to add bold colors elsewhere. Black countertops are also popular, or you could break the mold by going with a mossy, earthy green.

Choose a bold, vibrant backsplash

Montchanin Builders also has a variety of decorative backsplashes to choose from for your new townhome. When matching your backsplash to your countertops, pick out the highlights of color that are similar to your countertops. For instance, your granite countertops might have veins of blue-gray or specks of warm gold. Look for a backsplash that also features these colors.

Personalize your cabinets

Cabinets can be tricky. If you’re going for a traditional look, you might want to stick with a darker, rich wood color. But if you have a modern style, consider choosing a painted cabinet. The two-toned cabinet trend is quite popular these days, and you can use it to showcase a bold color without overwhelming the kitchen. For example, you could have the perimeter cabinets painted a white and the upper cabinets painted a dark gray.

Add living decorations to your kitchen

No kitchen is truly complete without living greenery. Consider installing a vertical herb garden on the pantry door. You can purchase the structural elements pre-made or take a DIY approach—just check Pinterest and YouTube for ideas. Install some small hanging planters in the window over the kitchen sink, or add a few small succulents to the window ledge.

Add seasonal decorations

Seasonal decorations give you plenty of flexibility, since by nature, they’re intended to be swapped out and replaced periodically. In the summer, place a bowl of bright citrus fruits on the countertop. Winter is the perfect time of year to use fresh red cranberries as a decorative piece.

Montchanin Builders brings together unmatched aesthetics and precision craftsmanship in our custom homes. We’re known throughout Delaware for our beautifully designed neighborhoods. Our new townhomes for sale in Wilmington, DE are available in The Overlook at Rockford Falls and Darley Green. Call us today at 302.472.7212.

Additional resources for townhome owners

  1. Houzz, How to Choose a Backsplash for Your Granite Counters, https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/53449216/list/how-to-choose-a-backsplash-for-your-granite-counters
  2. The Spruce, How to Choose the Best Colors for Granite Countertops, https://www.thespruce.com/choose-best-colors-for-granite-countertops-4100988

5 Ways to Know You Found the Right House

Young family with a child moves to a new homeWhen it comes to choosing a new home for you and your family, searching for “The One” is often an emotionally-charged experience. Montchanin Builders strives to take the guesswork and stress out of the process, offering master-planned communities in Delaware that provide luxurious, all-amenity living at affordable prices.

While the externals and price point are very important in your final decision, it also pays to look deep inside yourself and assess how the property makes you feel. Here’s five helpful things to consider when touring a home for the first time.

1. You Can’t Wait to See the Inside.

They call it “curb appeal” because you get excited about seeing the home right when you pull up in front. Like in any relationship, first impressions count when selecting a home. If the exterior strikes your fancy and you are compelled to go inside, that’s curb appeal. If it’s attractive to you, it’s probably attractive to others as well – which helps with resale years down the road.

2. You Feel Like You’ve Come Home.

When you walk in the front door, stop and assess how you feel. Are you comfortable there? Do you want to explore the other rooms? Do the kids stake out their claim on who gets what bedroom? Go with your gut – if it feels like home, then chances are, it is.

3. You Pass the Bathroom Test.

It sounds silly, but it really is a good indication of your interest. Many buyers don’t even enter the bathroom; they just poke their heads in the door from the threshold. If you feel compelled to walk in and check out the tub or the space under the vanity, this very well may be your new home.

4. You Are Passionate About YOUR Home.

If you start becoming possessive about a home, defending even the tiniest flaw (“all that needs is a little spackle,”) then you are surely smitten. A word of caution here: love is blind, so make sure those flaws are truly minor. A sinking foundation may not seem important now, but can add up to big headaches and repair bills in the future. One of the great advantages of working with the new home builders in Delaware at Montchanin Builders is  that you never have to worry about unknowns when choosing your new construction home.

5. You’re Moving Furniture and Envisioning Paint Swatches.

Say you walk into the smallest of the bedrooms and you can visualize the perfect nursery, or maybe conjure up cozy holiday scenes in front of the stone fireplace. If you start creating such scenarios in your mind, this very well may be your new home.

Schedule a Tour

Montchanin Builders is a full-service residential construction and construction management company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. With more than 70 years of combined experience in land acquisition, development and construction, we bring the value of in-depth knowledge to every phase of the building process.

We invite you to take a tour of our homes at one or more of our beautiful Delaware communities. Contact us today to schedule an appointment by calling 302-472-7212 and let Montchanin Builders help write your own happy-ever-after story.

Additional resources:

  1. PopSugar, 6 Signs You’ve Found the House You Should Buy, https://www.popsugar.com/home/How-Know-Youve-Found-House-You-Should-Buy-42493996
  2. Save Outside the Box, 7 STEPS TO MAKE SURE IT’S THE RIGHT HOUSE TO BUY, http://www.saveoutsidethebox.com/make-sure-its-the-right-house-to-buy/
Portrait Of Family Cycling Through Fall Woodland

10 Reasons to Move to Delaware

Delaware’s scenic beauty, low taxes and affordable housing make this tiny state a wonderful place to live, work and play. Fresh-air pursuits abound, whether your interests lie in hiking, sailing, bicycling, or exploring miles of picturesque shoreline. The shopping is unparalleled, thanks to some of the region’s biggest outlet centers, while performance arts and cultural attractions feed the mind and spirit.

Increasing numbers of people – from young couples to retirees – have discovered the wide-ranging benefits of Delaware living. A Delaware address equals easy access to award-winning beaches, prestigious schools, and major cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C.  Moreover, this mid-Atlantic gem boasts some of the area’s most desirable residential developments. Communities like The Town of Whitehall, The Overlook at Rockford Falls and Darley Green feature much more than expertly crafted move-in ready homes – they are designed to enhance and enrich neighborhood life. Community parks, walking and biking trails, and beautiful green spaces invite residents to share and interact, and develop lasting relationships.

Montchanin Builder’s new home communities are a great place to start your life in Delaware, but if you need more convincing, here are ten compelling reasons to move to the First State.

No Sales Tax in Delaware

Delaware is one of just five states in the nation that imposes ZERO sales tax, which makes it a shopper’s paradise!

Other Tax Advantages

Delaware is a tax-friendly state in every way. It has one of the country’s lowest real estate tax rates. In 2016, the median property tax rate paid by Delaware residents was less than .44 percent. In addition, residents enjoy relative low income tax rates (maximum 6.6%). Social Security benefits are tax exempt, and people aged 60 and older can exempt $12,500 of their pension and retirement income from DE state taxes.

Perks for First-Time Homebuyers

First-time homebuyers in Delaware may be entitled to a federal income tax credit of up to $2,000 a year.

Central Location

No matter where you live in Delaware, you are a short drive from regional hubs throughout the northeast metro areas, and most cities are accessible via train making commuting both easy and affordable.

Educational Opportunities

From preschool through university, Delaware boasts a diverse assortment of high-quality public and private educational institutions.

Top Retirement Destination

Delaware has top-notch health care facilities and is close to nationally-recognized hospitals including Jefferson University Hospital and Johns Hopkins. Besides the benefit of low tax burdens, retirees can take part in wide range of volunteer and community activities that cater toward active seniors.

Clean, Beautiful Beaches

Delaware is famed for its pristine, family-friendly beaches, which draw thousands of day-trippers each summer. Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach have garnered 5-star ratings for water quality, and like other stretches of Delaware seashore, offer an idyllic setting for shopping, dining and watersports.

Arts & Culture Abound

Music, performing arts and theater are well-represented in Delaware. You’ll find historic estate tours, art galleries, museums and sophisticated cultural offerings to keep your calendar full. From grand operas to yearly jazz and film festivals, there’s always something going on.

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of Delaware’s temperate climate and amazing natural resources that provide ample opportunity for family recreation like hiking, kayaking and water activities. Delaware has been rated the “most bicycle-friendly state” east of the Mississippi!

10,000 Acres of State Park Land

Delaware boasts 16 state parks and more than 150 miles of trails where visitors can enjoy hiking, biking and horseback rides. Some feature camping and cottages, summer camp programs for young children and exciting programs on Delaware wildlife and heritage.

Find your beautiful new home in Delaware

If you want a place to call home that is walking distance to local shops and eateries – a place where that satisfying sense of neighborhood belonging is palpable – we encourage you to consider the new Delaware homes by Montchanin Builders.

Call 302-472-7212 to schedule a tour or learn more about financing options for first-time buyers!

Additional Resources on Delaware Living: 

  1. BuzzFeed, 39 Reasons Why Delaware Is Better Than Your State https://www.buzzfeed.com/theboyking/39-reasons-why-delaware-is-better-than-your-state-9bk5?utm_term=.dhlXzpkVN#.aqMmoeJ1Y
  2. CapeGazette, Top 10 Reasons to Move to Delaware http://www.capegazette.com/affiliate-post/top-10-reasons-move-delaware/84531
  3. OceanAtlantic.net, Top 10 Reasons To Live in Coastal Delaware http://www.oceanatlantic.net/buy/why-live-in-delaware.html

5 Things to Do After Moving into Your New Home

Families have been flocking to Delaware to take advantage of the incredible tax-free shopping, great schools, and amazing landscapes. The market for new homes in Delaware is advantageous to buyers, but if you plan to move, you’ll want to get your foot in the door soon. Here are some helpful tips for things to do after you move into your new Delaware home:

1. Get the necessary paperwork out of the way

If you’ve moved into Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, or another neighborhood in the Wilmington, Delaware area, you can head over to nearby New Castle to update your driver’s license. The Wilmington DMV is located at 2230 Hessler Boulevard.

Remember to update your address and home phone number on all of your accounts, as well as your voter registration. Have your family’s medical and dental records transferred to your new clinics.

2. Get to know your new neighborhood

One of the many reasons why families choose Montchanin Builders communities is because they embody the true spirit of the word “neighborhood.” Take a stroll around your new neighborhood with your family, and introduce yourselves. You’ll likely find your new neighbors enjoying nature trails, playgrounds, or the neighborhood coffee shop. They’ll be happy to point you in the direction of their favorite restaurants, fitness classes, and other recommended amenities.

3. Become acquainted with your new home

You’ve already gone over every inch of your new home, but chances are, you’ve overlooked a few key features. Every homeowner should know where the main water shutoff valve is. In most homes, the shutoff can be found in close proximity to the water meter. Look in the basement along that wall.

Next, locate the main circuit breaker panel. If you plan to use your basement for storage, make sure you maintain an uncluttered pathway to the circuit breaker panel. It’s also a smart idea to keep a flashlight next to it.

4. Make your home your own

Getting truly settled into your new home can be a lengthy endeavor, especially if you have a large family with plenty of possessions. Focus on the essential areas first, like the kitchen and bathrooms. Take the time to put everything where it belongs in an organized fashion, instead of trying to empty as many boxes as possible in as little time as possible. Make sure your furniture legs have protective felt pads when you move them around the floor.

5. Relax!

Seriously! You’ve just bought a beautiful new home, moved to a new neighborhood, and dealt with more moving boxes than you can count. Give yourself a break and spend some time enjoying your new home with your family. Pop some popcorn, click on your Netflix favorites, and bask in that marvelous feeling of owning your own home.

Montchanin Builders wants to help you move into your brand new, move-in ready home in the Wilmington, Delaware area. Check out our stylish homes and family-friendly floorplans when you browse our website, and explore our beautifully crafted communities: Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. When you’re ready to discuss our buyer-oriented financing options with our lender partner, give us a call or fill out the simple contact form. We look forward to connecting your family with your dream home!

More expert tips on what to do right after moving:

  1. The Family Handyman, The First Things to Do After You Move Into Your First Home, https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/the-first-things-to-do-after-you-move-into-your-first-home/view-all/
  2. Division of Motor Vehicles, Locations, http://www.dmv.de.gov/home/locations/index.shtml

Home Sales This Spring: Hot or Not?

buying a new home

Real estate sales are a significant barometer for gauging the overall strength of the U.S. economy. In 2016 alone, real estate construction accounted for a stunning $1.2 trillion of the U.S.’s total economic output. And if the current predictions are accurate, 2017 promises to be a red hot year for home sales. Homes for sale in Delaware are in particularly high demand this spring. For home buyers, a hot housing market isn’t always great news—unless you do your research first and choose a reputable builder with exceptional move-in ready homes for sale in Wilmington, DE.

Montchanin Builders has competitively priced, newly built single family homes for sale in Delaware that are located in desirable, family-friendly communities.

Housing in Delaware at a historic high

In some parts of Delaware, the housing market has reached highs that haven’t been seen here in 40 years. Realtors have been reporting busy open house events and multiple offer situations. It hasn’t been unheard of for Wilmington homes for sale to get snatched up for more than their asking price. The competitive buying climate seems to be particularly apparent for homes in the $300,000 to $400,000 price range, although starter home sales are also heating up as millennials decide to throw in the towel with rentals and take the plunge into home ownership.

What’s driving the hot housing trend?

Experts point to the confluence of several factors that are contributing to the exciting housing market. Perhaps one of the most compelling factors is concerns over the possibility of rising inflation in the near future. As inflation rises and rates go up, home buyers face the increased likelihood of rising home prices and higher mortgage rates. Consequently, the prospect of locking in a lower mortgage rate as soon as possible is looking increasingly desirable.

First-time home buyers comprise a significant portion of all buyers, but there’s also been an increase in current homeowners who are looking for homes for sale in Middletown, DE. In Delaware in particular, property taxes are far more attractive compared to neighboring states. This means that people who work in New Jersey might be willing to commute there from their newly purchased home in Delaware.

What does the Delaware housing market mean for you?

If you’re in the market for a new, move-in ready home, conditions might seem similar to the way they were before the last major housing bubble burst. There’s one major difference—mortgage lenders are being far more careful. That’s why it’s important to choose a building company with the foresight to partner with a highly respected mortgage lender. It also certainly doesn’t hurt to choose a building company that offers exceptional quality at competitive prices.

Montchanin Builders of Delaware is pleased to have partnered with one of the most respected mortgage lenders in the U.S.—Supreme Lending, which has been ranked number 33 on the list of the Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America. Through our partnership with Supreme Lending, our home buyers are able to find the custom financing options they need for our competitively priced, move-in ready homes. Call us today to get pre-approved! Don’t forget to ask us about our masterfully planned communities: Darley Green, The Overlook at Rockford Falls and in The Town of Whitehall.

Additional Delaware housing market resources:

  1. The Balance, How Does Real Estate Affect the U.S. Economy? https://www.thebalance.com/how-does-real-estate-affect-the-u-s-economy-3306018
  2. Delaware Public Media, First State housing market heats up this spring, http://delawarepublic.org/post/first-state-housing-market-heats-spring

Quartz vs. Granite Countertops: Quick Tips to Help You Decide

For many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where kids gather for after-school snacks and where guests linger over cocktails. A well-designed kitchen should reflect the décor scheme of the rest of the home, but also present its own unique personality. As a centerpiece that naturally draws the eye, the kitchen’s countertops are a crucial design decision.

When you decide to make The Town of Whitehall your new home, you’ll have your choice of granite or quartz countertops. Schedule a tour today of the model homes at The Town of Whitehall—a masterfully planned Montchanin Builders community in Delaware. And when it’s time to choose between quartz and granite, consider the following factors.

Material

Granite and quartz are both natural materials, with a slight difference. If you prefer 100% natural countertops, you should choose granite. Granite countertops are carved out of quarries around the world. They’re highly polished and cut to size, but the appearance is left untouched.

If you don’t mind having mostly natural countertops, you could choose quartz, which is an engineered stone. About 93% of a quartz countertop is the natural stone, with the remaining 7% comprised of polymer resins and color pigments.

Aesthetic appeal

Both granite and quartz countertops are attractive choices for every kitchen, but there are some notable differences. Homeowners who choose granite do so because they enjoy the one-of-a-kind look. Since granite isn’t modified, its dramatic swirls and patterns are undeniably unique and downright gorgeous. The showy nature of granite will make any kitchen pop, and homeowners can choose from light to dark granite slabs, some of which have beautiful flecks of blue, red, or gray.

As lovely as granite countertops are, homeowners who love clean lines and homogeneity are more likely to choose quartz countertops. Quartz tends to work best in kitchens that emphasize clean, modern lines and orderly simplicity. If the swirls, spots, and specks of granite look too “busy” in a kitchen, then quartz is a perfect alternative.

Durability

Both granite and quartz countertops are highly durable, which is one reason why they’re so popular. Granite is more brittle than quartz, although its brittleness is usually only problematic during the installation process. Once the granite is safely installed, homeowners have nothing to worry about.

Care and maintenance

The maintenance of a countertop is an important consideration. Both granite and quartz countertops are easy to care for, although granite does require a little more upkeep. Granite is more porous than quartz, which means that spills must be wiped up promptly to prevent staining. Granite countertops should also be resealed every two to five years.

Quartz is low-maintenance. Since it is nonporous, it resists staining well. However, it’s best to use cleaning products recommended by the manufacturer, as quartz reacts poorly with certain chemicals.

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More “quartz vs. granite in the kitchen” resources

  1. Houzz, Battle of the Countertops: Granite vs. Quartz, https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/79878288
  2. The Spruce, Quartz vs. Granite Countertops: Which Is Best? https://www.thespruce.com/quartz-vs-granite-countertops-1822078