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Recommendation for Al Willis..... Dear Prospective Homeowners: We can only express our appreciation to Kathy and Bill Bell of Active Adults Realty for referring us to one of their stellar real estate agents, Al Willis, who represented us in our recent purchase of a single-family home. Al was a highly attentive agent who returned all phone calls and emails the same day. Al had infinite patience responding to our many questions regarding buying a home in Delaware. He knew the minute we’d found our dream home and made sure that it became our forever home. To reiterate, we were nothing but pleased with Al Willis and his real estate expertise, personable manner and knowledge of the market and we recommend him to everyone. Regards, Christopher and Linda Beach of Dover
Just a little note to thank you for the time and understanding given to Bob Greason to show us around the Coastal area to better prepare ourselves for our big retirement move! We can't say enough good things about Bob. He was professional, knowledgeable and perceptive to our like and needs. We have big decisions to make and will follow up with Bob soon. Please know that our positive relationship and experience with Active Adults realty will be one of high regard and we will pass this on to others looking to buy a home. Very truly, Patrick and Jean
Dear Jeannie, Our thank you is a bit belated but comes to you with much appreciation! Your housewarming gifts were so thoughtful and much appreciated as is your welcoming us to "the Peninsula." Your kindness, interest, personability and "great read" on selecting our dream home meant more to us than our words can adequately express. you have a gift(s) of patience, listening and connecting with a buyers' wishes and loves, guiding us to the achievement of our dream - a second home that completely reflects our personal taste, desires and our wishes. I walked into that front hall and stopped. I looked around and just from the front door, I knew I was home. Thank you for all you did to enable us to have this dream come true. We are in transition, our girls will soon be in their 20's. They love the Pinsulaand we have already been enjoying this new place and and our lives "together" and you were a special part of this! Thank you... sincerely, Mike and Ann Wezel
Five Star all the way!! We made big mistake in choosing a local (Millsboro) realtor over 1 1/2 years ago to sell our townhouse and after a year of very little, we contacted Al Willis. He and your office staff have been great. Any question was answered quickly. Al is a very professional guy and both led us to the closing and assisted in settlement. He was easy to contact and if not available, called back soon
When we decided to look for a home in Delaware, not knowing anything about the state, we were lucky to find Active Adults Realty on the Web. We were impressed with their focus and expertise on 50+ housing in many locations, offering us a lot of selections to choose from. An appointment followed with Elliot Welan, who spent two days with us. Elliot was extremely well prepared to make our visit very productive. His knowledge of the area and selection of homes for us to see, helped us decide on the house we finally bought. During the complicated process of closing on the house, Elliot and the staff of Active Adults led us though the tangle of documents to review and complete. They monitored that we were responsive to necessary document completions and answered all of our questions to our satisfaction. Active Adults Realty does work for and with you. We recommend them without reservation.
I found Active Adults website over a year and a half ago. I loved what the site had to offer, and I felt they could help us find our retirement place at the beach. And on Labor Day 2014 I sent an email, hoping to get an appointment......later that afternoon I heard from Kathy! I was pleasantly surprised she took the time to call me on a holiday. We came and met with Bill. I shared 'our dream' to get a place close to the beach, and he listened and gave us helpful information. We saw some nice places with his help. Early February......we met Elliot Welan, when Kathy & Bill were away on vacation. Elliot is wonderful! He shared his move to Delaware, and also completely understood what and where we wanted to be. That is what is so wonderful about Active Adults Realty! A wonderful group of people, very welcoming. We cant't thank them and Elliot enough for helping get to our retirement destination. I have and always will recommend them to friends and family. And as the our story concludes..........we found our home, and now reside in Milton, DE. Thank you, Elliot and Active Adults Realty
When we first started our adventure of finding a home in an active adult community, we had no idea where to begin. However, we found Active Adult Realty and Debbie Shearer and it was a match made in heaven. Debbie was so helpful and so wonderful and guided us through this process and spent an inordinate amount of time with us. We are so grateful for her and Active Adults Realty and we tell anyone who asks all about you! Thanks for everything.
We had a pleasant experience working with Elliot Welan. We knew nothing about the area but Elliot showed us various options and lifestyles. He did not try to influence us in any way but simply gave us information on several communities. He answered our questions in a very informative manner and guided us through the process in a professional manner. We would certainly recommend Elliot if you you are looking for a retirement community in Delaware.
For a few decades (literally) I wanted to live in Delaware. Attempts to be shown property with one realtor did not work out. A friend called Elliot Welan. Presto! He showed me a few available homes. I chose one. Today, I settled on that home and for the first time, ever (I am 73) I feel at home. I thank him for showing me my forever home!
Had a great experience with Kathy and Bob Greason who helped us find our home near Bethany Beach. Bob took us to several communities and was able to locate one that met our needs and was there for us through the closing. Highly recommend Active Adults Realty.
We just arrived back in NJ before the storm ... (didn't have internet access in Delaware) to thank you Bill for your help and at the closing yesterday. It meant a lot to us to have you there for support.
Looking for a home in Delaware.................. Ask for Al Willis. This REALTOR helped make my transition from New York to Delaware so smooth !!!! He is an excellent listener !! And the lawyers at Baird Mandalas Brockstedt are also excellent at what they do. WHAT A TEAM !!!!! They both were a Godsend !!!! Thanks again Al, I love my new home!!!
Dear Donna, First of all, "Happy New Year!" Secondly, Thinh and I would like to express our appreciation for your time and efforts on our behalf by treating you and your husband to a meal at the Back Porch Cafe in Rehoboth Beach. We have been dining there for years and it is our "go-to place for a romantic evening of good food, wine and excellent service. Thank you again for your time, guidance and patience in our recent search for property in the Lewes area. You are a very good agent and we would call upon and recommend you to friends or family with enthusiasm!
We are very excited about our new home in Lewes, and it would not have happened without the exceptional help of Kathy and Bill. They are professional, candid, and know their stuff! It was a big decision to make the purchase decision that we made, but with the exceptional counsel that we received, we had total and absolute confidence that we were making the right decision. Frankly, we have high standards, and are often disappointed these days by the level of professional service we encounter, but Kathy and Bill met and surpassed our expectations. We would recommend without reservation.
We contacted Kathy about a year ago about the possibility of us moving to the Lewes DE area. She responded quickly to our request and when my wife and I decided to see the area for ourselves she helped set everything up to have a meeting with her. She assigned Elliot to show us around the area and show us properties that we might be interested in. He was great to work with. When we finally decided on our home Elliot was on it. He did an awesome job for us keeping us posted on the progress of our home by sending us weekly photographs and emails. He was a pro and we wouldn't know how we would have done it without him. We had a real positive experience dealing with Active Adults Realty.
We had been in love with Lewes for years and almost bought a house last year that we thought would be our forever home. Bill had carefully evaluated the property and we had already moved in (in our heads). The deal fell through because of a prior contract and we were so disappointed, feeling like we would never find another home that fit our needs, which included an in-law apartment. But after searching this year, we found an even better home that is a great fit. We settled last week, and are now working with contractors to make it "just right". Even though we are part-time home dwellers until Bruce's retirement next year, Bill has given us assistance with contractors who are getting the house ready for us. What can we say about Bill and Kathy? They are great realtors, good will ambassadors for the community, and now our friends. Who could ask for more?
Can’t say enough about how well we were treated by the folks at Active Adult Realty. We first contacted them by e-mail to enquire about coming to see the coastal Delaware area with future plans of possibly retiring there (from Massachusetts) in say 3-4 years. We thought we were only going to “look”. Through e-mail we were assigned an agent (Al Willis) and began conversations about what we were interested in. Upon arrival at their office in Lewes, DE we set out to view various “over 55 communities”. We instantly hit it off with Al and credit him with how quickly we fell in love with lower, slower Delaware (LSD). It did not take long for us all to be on the same page regarding just what we were looking for. By the end of our first day of touring we had found the community we wanted to retire to. Al helped us with every step along the way which included selecting a model to be built, selecting optional features, pre-construction and pre-drywall walk-throughs and the final settlement. When asked by friends about how the building of our new house was going we always made reference to how helpful Al Willis was.
We contacted Kathy Sperl-Bell of Active Adults Realty two years prior to buying a home in Delaware. We explained to Kathy what we were looking for and Kathy listened and understood what we wanted. She said she thought Cinderberry in Georgetown would be a good fit. And she was correct. On our own, we went and looked at some other communities in Dover and Magnolia. But when we met Kathy and our agent Tracey at Active Adults Realty and they showed us various properties we had picked out to look at, it was 2 properties in Cinderberry that really grabbed us. We bought one of those properties. It is an year earlier than we intended to sell our house and move. Kathy and her husband Bill helped line-up a tenant for the 1st year. We are quite pleased and our looking forward to our move in the summer of 2015.
All of the people at Active Adults Reality were super helpful and friendly. It was a great experience!
Kathy and Bill Bell couldn't have been nicer throughout the buying process! And having Bill's construction knowledge really helped us during the house tour and inspection phases of settlement. Judy at their office kept us fully informed of all necessary steps that required our attention. They were all wonderful!
We were delighted with the help we received from Kathy and Bill in finding our new home. After exploring various realtors' sites we were drawn to theirs, which offered the expertise we were seeking. We also appreciated the assistance of Judy Robinson, a great office liaison. With Kathy's knowledge and guidance we were able to purchase a great home. Bill Bell's assistance in explaining the mechanics of our new home and tending to minor details was invaluable. We will always be grateful for their help and give them the highest recommendation.
Thanks so much for your "neighborhood" tour. Each area had such good qualities, loved all the homes. We are looking over the info now.
Thanks again for your help Debbie.
Bill, Judy and Kathy handled all of the details of the sale of my house in my absence. I could not have put the sale the house with more detail-oriented and capable people. It has been a real pleasure to deal with Bill and his team. Jane Sheridan
JUST received the beautiful arrangement of flowers from you thoughtful folks. What a surprise. Am very grateful again for all you have done for me on a personal level. Tons of success.
Bill Bell did a great job in getting a long list of "repair" items done that had to be completed prior to closing and we were out of state. Both Bill and Kathy worked diligently to get the house sold.
Bill was very professional and far exceeded our expectations. He was instrumental in making a potentially difficult transition an easy one. We have already recommended him to all our friends who a considering relocating to Delaware.
Bill was very helpful in our move from Maryland to Delaware. He is knowledgeable about the areas we were interested in, available and responsive to our needs. His knowledge of construction was helpful during the walk thrus of our new home during the various phases of construction. We are giving his name to friend and would definitely recommend him.
During our recent relocation from Upstate New York (Brrr) to Lower Slower Delaware (YAY!!) we were so fortunate to make contact with Al Willis and Active Adults Realty. Al was the consummate professional and he carefully guided us through selecting the right development (Independence), home model, selections process and the final closing meeting. He provided his expert viewpoint when we most needed it and just greatly relieved a lot of the stress of making such a BIG move. We couldn't be happier with our experience and would definitely recommend Al to anyone looking to find their perfect spot "at the beach"!
Thanks to everyone at Active Adults Realty - they are simply the BEST!
Most of all, thanks to Alfred Willis for his support and expertise in selling our home. He kept us well informed and made the process a smooth one. He was wonderful to work with and very professional. We would recommend him in a New York minute!
Al, best wishes in the future with many more happy clients.
Just wanted to take a moment and tell you how wonderful and professional Elliot Welan was on our visit this weekend. Elliot provided my wife and I a wonderful experience with our visit to your area. Even though we were not buying today, he spent the time and effort as if we were. My wife and I were so pleased with Elliot, we gave his card to a couple at the Bed & Breakfast where we were staying. They are actually looking to buy now and have been going out on their own. This was a return trip for them. They also realized going out on their own was the wrong approach. I feel positive they will contact Elliot, especially after my rave review.
Thank you so much for taking the time in showing us the possibilities of living in Sussex County, Delaware. Your patience and overall knowledge of the area really gave us an insight as to what it will take to make a decision in moving near a beach town.
Your dedication to your job and understanding of the other party's desires and interest makes working with you a pleasure. I hope we'll be able to do business with you one day in the future.
Excellent support in acquiring our new home. The process went very efficiently.
We are totally and completely satisfied with the job Kathy and Bill did for us. They not only sold one house, they sold two of our homes. Their knowledge of the real estate business and their professionalism is surpassed by none. They completely kept us "in the loop" and walked us right thru to the settlement table (2 times) and closures. Now, Bill is giving us his professional guidance while we are building a new house.
Finding Bill Bell was a happy accident, as I originally thought I was interested in buying into an adult community. After deciding this was not right for me at this time, I was pleased to find out that Bill would be my realtor for single homes in the Wilmington area. He was wonderful through the whole process, especially during a difficult settlement and aftermath. He always made me feel comfortable in calling him for assistance and I cannot speak highly enough of his professional ethics, warmth, and energy. I have yet to meet his wife, Kathy, but I do look forward to it. These two realtors are a real find in Delaware!
My husband contacted Bill about 55+ communities to investigate on one Saturday in August. We ended the day signing to buy. Bill seemed to know exactly what we wanted and where we would be comfortable living. We wasted no time in our retirement plan. Good thing, since homes in which we were interested in this community were SOLD out shortly after our visit. If it were not for Bill I am certain my husband and I would still be wandering aimlessly around Delaware and would have missed out on a great opportunity. I think Bill knows/reads people very well, knows the state of Delaware very well and speaks truth.
Thank you Al Willis for all your efforts to locate our ideal retirement home. You listened patiently to our needs and desires and drove us to communities that reflected our wish list.
We greatly appreciated your sage advice as we selected the options that personalized our home
It was a pleasure having you guide us through our retirement house buying adventure. Thanks again for all your help and expertise.
Bob and I are totally interested in being part of this trend (retiring to Delaware). We are working on getting our home of 34 years ready for sale. It doesn't need too much work, but you know how it is.
By the way, we really enjoyed our day with Elliot Welan. We learned so much abaout Delaware and he is so patient. Looking forward to working with him through this process.
So glad we found you.
We were looking for our retirement home and planning to move from New Jersey. Ours plan for our future was to move to to either Eastern Pennsylvania or Delaware. One weekend took us to Delaware. From the internet and with Kathy's guidance, we had picked some locations to visit. Bill was the lucky one to drive us from one end of the State to the other, to see homes. Just as the weekend was to end and we were to leave to go back to NJ, Bill suggested that we take a look at Heritage Creek in Milton, DE. From the moment we entered Heritage Creek we felt like we were home. We closed on our home 1/31/14. Bill was with us every step of the way and shared his knowledge answering our many , many questions within moments of sending an email or returning a call. It was great working with Kathy and Bill at Active Adults Realty.
I was searching on the web for a town house or condo in the Lewes area to plan for a retirement location for the spring and summer months, we hope to be in Florida during the cold winters. I didn't know Bill or anything about Active Adult Realty but he contacted me and was ready to show us around, we were really just going to start the "looking" process but when we finally met him and he lined up several homes for us to visit, we found one sooner than I expected. Kathy and Judy were both very helpful to us with the mound of papers and documents needed to purchase our new place. Thanks for your patience and helpfulness during the entire process. I would recommend their team to help find your ideal home.
Thank you so much for all the extra little touches that other real estate brokers and companies do not provide. I appreciate your exceptional professionalism combined with kindness and understanding (and Bill's, too). Why anyone would go to anyone else when looking for a place in Southern Delaware or contemplating selling their place is beyond me. You also have the best office administrator (Judy) who knows the business and continues to keep me informed during this last step in the process. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We had been looking for retirement homes for the past three years. We looked extensively for homes in the state of New Jersey and in North Carolina. We never felt that any of these properties would work for us. I read an article in AARP magazine about Lewes Delaware being a great place to retire. Pat was working in a restaurant in Brick, NJ and ran into a man from the Lewes area who also stated that Lewes was a great place to live. Pat was online searching for homes in the Lewes area when this beautiful face appeared on the screen and it was Kathy Sperl-Bell. We immediately called her and she wasted no time in getting properties organized for us to view. We agreed on a weekend in September to meet her in the Active Adult Community Office. She had a program all set up for us to view on potential properties. She listened carefully to all the requirements we wanted for our home. We had no intention at that time to buy a home, we were only getting a feel for what the market was like in the Lewes area. After looking at a few homes, Kathy suggested we look at homes in Nassau Grove. She found a home that met mostly all our specifications. We not only bought our home that weekend, we made a friend for life and that is Kathy. She never pressured us into buying our home. We fell in love with our home and the neighborhood and within twenty four hours we were signing the contract to purchase our home. We woke up the next morning and said to each other did we really buy a house? We laughed because we hadn't sold our home in New Jersey but ultimately knew we had made the correct choice in buying in Lewes. To make a long story short, we sold our home in NJ in six days without a realtor. One month later we sold our commercial business building and in January we moved to Nassau Grove. We cannot say enough about Kathy and of course her husband Bill. He was instrumental in getting our home painted before our official move. He did some beautiful trim work in our morning room and breakfast/living room area. These two people will always be very special to us. We not only found a new home we found friends for life. I would recommend this duo to all our friends and relatives who are looking to live or retire in Delaware. We can never express into words just how valuable they were to us in making our move a smooth one. Thank you Kathy and Bill!!
Judy, Kathy and the rest of the team - Thanks for all your help and assistance and patience. We got a contract on our house in just 9 days!
You have been wonderful. Happy Holidays.
When my husband and I made the decision to relocate to the Lewes, DE area when we retired, it was based on having vacationed in the area for many years. However, we knew we would need help in finding the right spot. Kathy and team were so helpful to us in that respect. She listened to what we wanted, identified many different alternatives to look at based on her deep experience and knowledge of the area and had great patience as we went through the decision process. In addition, since we sold our former house sooner than expected, she found us a rental house for the interim period while we waited for our new house to be built. We would have had great difficulty doing that ourselves in the short time frame we had. Our questions were answered quickly and we got lots of supporting information about the buying process and the area from Kathy and her team which was so helpful in making our move to the area. The whole experience was positive and smooth from the beginning. We are grateful and happily moved into our new home in a develpment we already love.
Thanks, Kathy, Bill and Judy.
We hadn't purchased a house in thirty years. We simply wanted someone to look out for our interests. What we got was a team who proved invaluable at every step of the home buying process. Bill was there with sound reasoning for the selection of up-grades. He was there for every walk thru checking the quality of workmanship and insuring we were satisfied. Again at closing it just wasn't us going over the paperwork. So if you would feel better with someone looking out for you I can tell you, Bill and Kathy have your back.
Kathy, Bill & Judy - You did a great job finding a home and a rental for us. And, we will recommend your company to friends.
I recently relocated from NJ to DE and while moving is a very emotional, physical, stressful experience, the team of Active Adults Realty actually made it an enjoyable one. Bill Bell, my realtor, found my new home for me and it is above and beyond anything I could have imagined. Bill, Kathy and Judy were informed, involved, competent and compassionate. I was impressed with them and their circle of contacts during the settlement process. Thank you to everyone at Active Adults Realty. I will be recommending you to all my friends when they decide to move here after seeing my beautiful new home and lifestyle in Lower Slower Delaware.
After we decided to retire to Coastal Delaware from Colorado, we were driving down Savannah Road, saw that colorful Active Adults Realty sign and pulled right in. Kathy, Bill and Debbie were able to help us find the house we wanted and gave us a really good feel for the area. Judy was great with taking care of our paperwork-even finding errors in the attorney's contracts and helping us save some money. We always felt that we were very important at Active Adults Realty. Thanks!
Thanks you for all you've done for us. Peter and I had a very successful and happy trip to Lewes - lots of special people in our life to make our big dream just fall into place.
A friend of mine makes jewelry, I hope you like what I picked for you.
Kathy and Bill were excellent. This was land purchased with a trailer on it. They had the trailer removed (found someone who took it and used it) then with Bill as my contractor had a Berracah House built. Both Kathy and Bill bent over backwards making sure everything went well. I came down to the house before the electric was installed. Bill brought a generator in case I needed it. Kathy and Bill even brought me lunch one day when I was working there. I feel that I made 2 new friends. I consider myself so lucky to have dealt with these 2 great people.
We're glad we found you and most of all THANKS! Looking forward to your Annual Client Party.
You ... and we ... are lucky to have Judy as the Gal Friday for all our little questions, etc. She is a gem! Thank you for the great job you have done for us. We love our new home and neighborhood. It is a perfect fit for us. See you soon.
Wow, how to begin to describe Kathy Sperl-Bell as a real estate agent. Let's see, she cares about her clients, she will do whatever is necessary to support her clients, she will answer questions morning, noon and night, she knows the area, she knows the builders, she understands familial relationships with regards to the buying process, she takes time to understand her client's needs, she will offer good advice as needed and she's married to this dude named Bill who, when necessary, brings a builder's technical perspective to the table in a way I've never encountered before - they are a great team! In addition, Kathy is just an all around sweetheart. So it is without hesitation that my wife and I recommend Kathy Sperl-Bell as THE real estate professional to work with in Sussex County, DE.
It is with heartfelt respect for and appreciation to you both that we write to thank you for all you did to sell our Milton home. From the moment we listed with you until the day of settlement you provided excellent customer service--which included superior knowledge of the market, an understanding and sensitivity to our personal situation, and most importantly to us, ALWAYS answering our calls and emails in a timely and helpful manner.
When presented with a seemingly insurmountable series of circumstances (a failed septic two weeks before settlement, garage variance discovered in preparation for settlement, and sewer installation that took 8 plus months) you calmly and rationally worked to help us problem solve. Other agents might have turned their back on our situation, but your determined nature and willingness to go the extra mile made all the difference in moving the deal forward. In addition, you are both incredibly compassionate people and we will not forget everything you did for us.
As a team, you have the other agents in the region beat. Kathy’s knowledge of the market and Bill’s skills as a contractor were invaluable navigating our complicated sale and settlement. In your office, Judy competently handled the many transfer of documents seamlessly and efficiently. We highly, highly recommend your services and would happily serve as a reference to anyone who might need one.
Thank you so much for being at Bridgeville yesterday and for helping me select choices. Every time I switch on the fireplace, I will think of you and your expertise in negotiating. Your suggestions were well taken and you helped me out tremendously. I am so excited to start a new beginning in Milton. You have been a great support to me. Have a wonderful holiday and I'm sure that we will talk soon.
We recently listed and sold our home through Active Adults Realty. Both Kathy and Bill Bell did everything they could to create a positive outcome by providing staging services, assistance with repairs when needed and being responsive to our needs. Their support staff was most helpful as well. They are very knowledgable of the market and aware of what works and doesn't. We wish them every success as they continue to assist people looking to buy or sell a home in Sussex County.
Pat and I feel lucky to have stumbled upon you, not only for the purchase of our new house here in Lewes, but for putting us in touch with another great realtor in Jersey.
Thank you for all your help during our 4-month adventure. both you and Judy were responsive and pleasant.
Dear Kathy and Bill,
Congratulations to you both on the formation of your very own brokerage! How exciting and also rewarding for all your hand work. We are thrilled for you both. My husband and I will be contacting you in another year to help us find just the right place for us in Coastal Delaware. We appreciate the newsletter that you send us via email.
December 18, 2011
Thank you for making our move to Milton so uneventful. It has been an easy transition. We love the house and hope to see you soon!
Do you want a great Realtor? Contact Kathy Sperl-Bell, she is fantastic and also her husband Bill. I listed my property with her and she was right on it. She told me how to show my home . I did all she suggested and within 6 months, my property was sold. She and her husband Bill are Fantastic to work with. I not only wanted to sell my property, but I needed to buy another property and she was Right there for Me. We looked at several properties and I decided on one and she handled all for me. All I can say is that Kathy is there from the beginning till the end and she fights for her clients. She did for me , I sold my property, and now am in a wonderful development that she had shown me and I am so Happy. I would recommend the Kathy - Bill Team to anyone, they have one thing in mind and that is their Client. This Team wants to make their Client Happy and they know how to do it.
After using a realtor who just sent us multiple listings I found the baby boomer specialist on the internet. We met with Kathy, giving her all the pertinent details of what we were looking for. She showed us many homes in the area until we fell in love with our house. Kathy helped us through the entire process and was always there by our side. After we moved in Bill did a beautiful job painting our house and hanging lights and fans. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts to you both. You helped make our transition very easy. Paula and Frank Costanzo Heritage Creek Milton, DE
Dear Kathy and Bill,
Just wanted to let you know how much you are appreciated. Dinner last night was absolutely wonderful, thank you.
A huge thanks for all that you've done throughout the years in helping to make our dream home a reality. You worked above and beyond for us and we intend to sing your praises to anyone who will listen.
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