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We had an initial contact with Active Adults Realty just a few days ago. As a sales professional myself, and a former owner of real estate companies, my initial impression was very favorable. The key to success in sales is the ability to listen, and Active Adults Realty did that well. We are transitioning back to the East Coast, where my wife and I both grew up, after 40 years in the West. It is very important to find the best home and area, and feel confident that we will find it with Active Adults Realty.
Active Adults Realty Is as outstanding team as their many glowing reviews attest. Active Adults Realty really took the time to understand our needs and concerns. We really appreciated their professionalism, ready availability, and willingness to go the extra step to investigate potential issues. Active Adults Realty’s extensive knowledge of the various communities enabled us to quickly zero in on the perfect home for us.
I met Active Adults Realty thru a mutual client, a first time home buyer. Active Adults Realty, was exceptional at assisting and guiding the customer thru the entire process. As Loan officer, they were very helpful in making this nervous first time home buyer's transaction go smoothly and close on time as expected. Thank You Active Adults Realty! I look forward to working with you and more clients!
I like to thank Mike Malone. My wife and I never felt rushed. Mike walked us through the house buying process from start to finish. Mike promptly returned all phone calls. We would HIGHLY recommended Mike to anyone looking for a home; he was GREAT. Thanks again
Our agent Linda Chick was fantastic. With my long distance buy experience she most helpful with handling many of the things that I would have had to do. Thanks Linda
Active Adults Realty managed our most recent (sale) with the same high level of professionalism and effectiveness as they have our previous transactions. That is what we expected and why we return to Kathy, Bill and their team for our real estate needs.
Amy was outstanding right from the start. She was always prepared and professional! Would work with her again.
When we started looking for a home in early April of 2020, it was during the middle of a pandemic and we weren't optimistic about the process since Delaware was on "lock-down" and vehicles with out of state tags weren't permitted unless they were willing to quarantine in the state for 14 days. Luckily, we stumbled across the Active Adults website and reviewed their materials and even more fortunate was that Amy Kellenberger reached out to us right away to ease our reluctance about remotely viewing and purchasing a home during these unprecedented times. She was knowledgeable, patient, and extremely professional throughout the entire process and made finding our perfect home possible. We certainly appreciate how she listened to our "must-haves" and tried to accommodate our needs and wishes and most importantly our price point and served as our advocate during the price negotiations and financing. She made the process painless and less fretful as we went through the entire process in less than 60 days! Thank you so much Amy!!!!
We were fortunate to have Ron Mercante as the realtor to help us transition and downsize from Northern New Jersey to Delaware. Ron protected us from any problems with his appropriate interventions. He has excellent customer service skills and was sincere in meeting all of our desires. The process was wonderful because of his knowledge and experience. Once our house was found, he and the team at Active Adults Realty worked out all of the logistics and concerns. Everyone we dealt with was pleasant and competent. We would definitely recommend him as being personal, committed and dedicated to his clients. (Any call, question or concern was promptly addressed.) It was a blessing to have Ron as our realtor from the beginning to a very happy outcome.
My wife & I had the pleasure of meeting Active Adults Realty in March 2019...when I first met The agent I felt like we were old friends. He is very personable, patient, and honest. He not only showed us some homes, but he actually spent several hours with us, showed us the lay of the land, the beaches, communities...basically gave us a 'lil taste of how it would be. Then we went to some of the communities and homes being built and spoke to some of the contacts there and went over some of the process and what to expect, more or less. We all agreed that all this would not happen over night, but in fact is a process in which he will be there all the way through. My wife & I both agree, we will be retiring to DE, and we look forward to working with Active Adults Realty. My only problem is patience. Thank you Active Adults Realtor, Audrey Hammond . I tip my hat to you guys!
Our realtor Ingrid was spectacular! She patiently worked with us over the past year until we found just the right property. She took the time to get to know us and because she took that interest, she presented properties she knew that fit our budget and tastes. She was a strong advocate for us during our final inspection and the time leading up to settlement. We would recommend Ingrid Kollist to anyone in the market for a new home.
Thanks so much to Francine Balinskas of Active Adults Realty. She spent countless hours showing us different types of homes and different areas when we were so undecided. She was able to decipher our preferences and find us the perfect home. Her kindness and patience showed all the way through to our walk through. I highly recommend her.
Francine Balinskas was very easy and helpful to work with. We were making a major lifestyle change and moving from the northeast so we had many concerns and challenges. Francine was always ready to answer questions and provide us with the information we needed
This past weekend my husband and I had the good fortune to meet with Ron Mercante from Active Adults Realty. He showed us some really terrific communities which had exactly what we were looking for. The homes he showed us were exactly what we wanted. There was absolutely no hard sell. In fact, we had explained we are not ready to purchase for a bit yet. That was no problem. Ron spent all the time we needed showing us around and answering all of our questions. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We are so happy we chose Active Adults Realty. I know they know exactly what we want and showed us perfect matches and showed us homes in our price range. We could not have been more pleased. I am looking forward to doing business with them in the near future.
When we decided to actively search for real estate in Delaware our friends recommend Active Adults Realty. We met with Kathy and felt comfortable with her immediately. When it was time to actually check out new homes we had the pleasure of working with Francine.We immediately felt comfortable with her and felt she had our best interest in heart. We described what we were looking for and she zeroed in on our wish list. She showed us exactly what we wanted and put no pressure on us at all. Francine made herself available whenever we had questions or concerns. Her years of experience and expertise helped us to make informed decisions about the purchase of a new home. Francine made this whole experience less stressful for us both. I look at my new house and feel thankful that Francine helped us find it. We highly recommend Francine and Active Adult Realty.
We started working with Francine Balinskas in November 2019. Being purchasers from out of state (800+ miles away), this buying process could have been more stressful than a typical purchase. During our week of house hunting, Francine was a pleasure to work with. She knew immediately what we were looking for, focused on the best use of our time and found the perfect new home for our relocation. During the build over the next 5 months, Francine always responded to our questions, coordinated calls with the builder's sales office and took care of any issues we had. With Covid-19 in the middle of this all, she did the initial inspections for us, handled the closing, and went above and beyond to insure that we were able to close without issue and move into our beautiful new home on time. We would highly recommend working with Francine and know that we made a lifetime friend. Active Adults Realty met every expectation and made this process a great experience.
We had the pleasure of meeting Ron Mercante from Active Adults realty. He had lined up several homes for us to see. Each one was exactly what we had explained we were looking for. We let Ron know even before we arrived, that we are not in position to move right now. Just wanted to get some ideas. Well, I could not be happier. No hard sell at all. And yet spent all the time we needed to, answering all our questions and showing us every detail of every home. He listened to what we we wanted and delivered exactly that. I am so happy with Active Adults realty and I cannot wait to return to Delaware and see what else they have in store for us. I know they will deliver and I know what a pleasure they are to deal with. A big thank you to Ron and the others.
Our agent Francine Balinskas, was always available to answer questions. She was very attentive and knowledgeable. She is also a fine neighbor!!
First of all I want to thank Ron Metcante for ever thing he did for us. Above and beyond. For the many times he showed our new house and the follow up to make sure thing were done. It was a pleasure working with him. A asset to the company
Thanks so much to Francine Balinskas of Active Adults Realty. She spent countless hours showing us different types of homes and different areas when we were so undecided. She was able to decipher our preferences and find us the perfect home. Her kindness and patience showed all the way through to our walk through. I highly recommend her.
Our realtor Michael Malone was a perfect fit for us. His professional and steady demeanor along his deep fund of real estate knowledge in the Delmarva area assured us that we were in competent hands. He provided support, resources, and suggestions at critical times, and he knew how to guide us through what is often a challenging process, especially when coming from another state. Hats off to you Mike – thank you for being an important member of our team as we get established in the next chapter of our life. Mitchell and Carol
While looking for a 55 plus community in Delaware I found Active Adults Realty they were so helpful in finding a community that fit our needs. Ingrid was our realtor and she made our transition so much easier. My husband and I highly recommend Active Adults.
Thank you Amy Kellenberger for making our house hunting (from out of state) a wonderful experience. I will surely recommend you to our friends.
We also appreciate the local tips - we have been to Collin's Produce, Lloyds Market for corn, and best yet Hopkins Farm Creamery! Of course, we have visited Lewes Beach and Cape Henlopen State Park for some relaxation.
Bob and I love our "beach house" and the location in the Milton area. It is just perfect!
Thank you for the Welcome mat and gift bag. It was a pleasure working with you. Kathy & Bob
We've been in our new house for a month now. Mike was a fantastic help from the very beginning. He provided a wealth of information about the area. He showed us a variety of home sites and builders. Using my extensive wish list, he quickly helped us locate a quality new home builder with a floor plan that checks off nearly every single item wished for. He provided helpful input as we made our selections from the vast array of options and was available whenever we had questions. Our new house immediately felt like home from the moment we moved in. Perfect!
Exceptional!!! As first-time home buyers, Audrey Hammond was extremely attentive to our needs. She offered thoughtful suggestions which were welcomed. She carefully listened, understood our vision and considered our apprehensions. Audrey exhibited patience, empathy and professionalism. Simply the best!? We highly recommend Audrey!
Audrey Hammond was the best! She put a lot of effort in to make sure the house was show ready. Got it sold quickly!
Looking for my retirement home I was lucky enough to find Active Adults Realty and I had the pleasure of working with Ingrid Kollist. She listened to me and allowed me to take my time looking for the right home. She knew how important it was to me and spent a lot of time with me. I couldn't have been in better hands. I would recommend this Realty Group to anyone and especially this agent, Ingrid Kollist.
We loved working with Mike Malone. We gave him our parameters and he guided us through the local area and helped us select the right neighborhood that fit our budget. He provided lots of useful information and was always available when we needed him. He make our experience hassle free.
We just purchased our new home at Whispering Woods, Middletown Delaware. Ron Mercante was instrumental in helping us find this ideal location. He worked with us closely throughout the process. Ron is very responsive and very professional. We would recommend him to others without hesitation. Thank you so much Ron.
The Becks were extremely helpful and supportive in selling our house. Donna especially went above and beyond - she's a gem.
When we decided to retire in Delaware, I reviewed many realtor websites. Active Adults Realty really stood out because they catered to older people. We stopped by their office on our first venture checking out what was available for senior citizens and we were introduced to Ingrid. It was a match made in heaven? Ingrid Kollist was, and still is, wonderful ❣️ We talked about our wants and needs and she listened. She took us to see homes in several 55+ communities that same day. Each community was lovely and well cared for. Each one offered some of the same amenities and some different ones. Nothing quite fit that weekend. On our next weekend visit she showed us a few more communities including ‘no age restricted’ ones. We found that these community’s floor plans, amenities, and locations better suited our needs. Even though some families with children (don’t get me wrong, we do love children, we’re just ready for a quieter place to live) do live in these communities, there are more older/retired people buying homes in them. When Ingrid took us to see homes in Bishops Landing, it felt like home. Exactly what we wanted. Needless to say, we’re moving in soon. Thank you, Ingrid, for really listening to us, bouncing ideas around with us, guiding us, and keeping us on track throughout the buying process! You have been a wonderful support and friend. Thank you Active Adults Realty for understanding the needs of people of a certain age!
A great experience from first meeting with Mike Malone here. We were moving from Buffalo, NY to Delaware. All new. Mike was terrific in showing us the area, attractions, and new home options. We spent as much time also by phone, text, and pics/videos of potentials. Couldn't have done any of this without Mike, as all of a sudden someone in Buffalo wanted to buy our house and we needed new, move-in ready...he found the perfect match for us in, I think, 2 days. We bought into a great community with a home that matches our needs. Highly recommend Mike Malone and Active Adults Realty. Thanks...JackBurke
We had the pleasure of working with Al Willis. What a true gentleman. It took us quite awhile to find the perfect house to call our new home in Delaware. Al's kindness, professionalism, local knowledge, patience and guidance, made it all happen. Thank you Al. You are the best.
Thank you again for the best service team. You guys are the best! Always professional, genuine and very helpful. Our last sale went off without a hitch. Much appreciated Bill and team!
Amy Kellenberger did an amazing job getting us easily through the purchase of Walnut Village especially with me having a move out deadline from my rental apartment in Philadelphia.
Excellent; thoroughly professional. Would refer Donna & John Beck to anyone.
Let me say that my experience with Active Adults Realty has been great. I expected headaches but Linda proved me wrong. Her immediate responses to questions and concerns eased my mind. She went above and beyond. I think she did more than the norm. I have referred others to Linda/Active Adults Realty. Seems more and more people are relocating these days.
Ron Mercante may be relatively new to the buyer realtor business but demonstrates care, concern and a willingness to listen. His “people skills” are enhanced by his current knowledge and his willingness to find answers. He planned well-organized property visits with our limited time being from out of state. We appreciated his professional approach.
We were put at ease right away, Elliot Welan was always an email or text away to help with questions or concerns. He kept us informed of the progress on our new build. We were truly looked after during the process from beginning to end, now we have a new friend and neighbor!
Francine was wonderful. She helped us find the perfect second home in Lewes, and took care of all the details from making the offer to closing in a professional manner. We look forward to many weekends at the beach!
Can't thank Ron Mercante enough for showing us around Hershey Run development, and then patiently acquainting us with all the "goings on" of Middletown. Ron showed us the "old" town, and quite a few of the new developments being built and just built. As aforementioned, he was extremely patient and full of knowledge and information as we learned quite a bit about areas where we will finally decide to move when we retire. We spent quite a few enjoyable and enlightening hours with Ron and look forward to doing the same in the future!
Thanks very much, again, Ron
Bruce and Marilyn from Northern N.J.
We knew that we wanted to retire from NY and relocate—we just didn’t know where. Delaware was a place we hadn’t looked at, but it’s beautiful, friendly and convenient to our son in NYC. Once Mike Malone showed us around we knew we had found the place we wanted to call home. The team at Active Adults were friendly and helpful from Kathy, the owner, to everyone we met during our visit and Mike was with us every step of the way. He helped us out as we signed our contract, and as we went to the design center. He joined us for pre-construction walk-throughs. He was always available by phone. I would be happy to highly recommend Active Adults to anyone moving to the southern Delaware area.
Can't thank Bill Bell enough for selling our last home in a 55+ community in Dover. His perseverance and commitment to moving this home was invaluable. Would highly recommend him.
From the time we walked through Active Adults Realty’s door, we knew we made the right choice and that our interests and concerns would be addressed. Over the years we have lived in three states, moved five times with five different realtors and have never had such an exceptional level of service that Francine Balinskas provided to us. We wouldn’t have found our new home without her! Fran is a fantastic realtor!
“After retirement, I found the need to downsize and relocate from the Philadelphia area to a place with milder winters and fun things to do. When making this type of decision, I wanted to work with someone I could trust. Francine Balinskas from Active Adults Realty in Lewes was there every step of the way, proving to be a mentor who answered my questions and helped me make the best decision. Fran ensured that the entire process of house hunting, purchase, and settlement went smoothly. I would highly recommend her to anyone searching for a new home. Thanks again to Fran and Active Adults Realty for being such a pleasure to work with.” Bruce and Craig
I would like to share my experience with my Realtor, Francine Balinskas with Active Adult Realty in Lewes, Delaware. I was moving from North Caroline to Delaware, to be closer to my children. I knew I wanted to live in an over 55 community with many amenities. I also wanted a single family home. Francine knew exactly what property would work for my needs. The first property she showed me, and my sons, was the one I bought. Francine was always available when I had questions. She was very patient and always helped get me answers. I now live in Bay Crossing in Lewes, Delaware and love the choice I made.
It was a pleasure working with Francine Balinskas. She understood what we were looking for and showed us great options. Francine was always available to answer any and all of our questions from the start of the process to closing. We would not hesitate to recommend Francine to assist anyone with finding a home in Delaware.
We met Fran in November of 2018. We knew right away Fran Balinskas was the realtor for us. She was friendly, personable, and easy to communicate with. We felt like we knew her for years. She went above and beyond assisting us through the whole process of purchasing our new home. She offered excellent advice, answered every question and helped us make informed decisions. We could not be happier to have Fran as our realtor and now as a friend. We would highly recommend her.
7/31/19 Now that we are settled in our new home at Independence, Millsboro, DE, I have some time to express my gratitude to Francine Balinskas, our realtor with Active Adults Realty. My husband and I were so delighted to be connected to Fran, as she was a big help to us. She spoke sincerely about the communities that were available to us after we expressed what we were looking for in a forever home. She listened and confirmed our feelings regarding the active adult community of Schell Brothers, Independence. While we were going through the process of making selections to design our home, her input was invaluable. Fran, met with us many times to walk through the construction of our home. She showed awesome insight and was fun to be around. Her professionalism and knowledge put our minds at ease regarding choices we made. Fran was so pleasant to be around and I always looked forward to seeing her even when things got a bit sticky, supporting our concerns about changes that needed to be made. Upon closing, Fran was there to celebrate our purchase. At the end, she even generously gave us a beautiful house warming gift, that was totally unexpected and useful. We highly recommend Francine Balinskas, Seniors Real Estate Specialist and the Active Adults Realty Company. Regina & Jim McShane New residents of Independence, Millsboro, DE
Active Adults Realty was the best thing to happen to us when looking for our new home. Especially Al Willis. His experience and knowledge of the area made things easy for us to pick out our desired home. Between Al and his back up team at the office everything went smoothly right up to and including the closing. We would recommend Active Adults Realty and Al Willis to anyone looking to buy or sell real estate.
Our experience with Donna and John was very positive. They spent a lot of time showing us around the Rehoboth/Lewes area, various new communities, and homes. They were very patient, kind, and informative. What a big help it was to spend time with them as we work through the decision as to where will be our next home.
Mike Malone, what a pro. Mike was in constant contact and treated us like an old friend all the way no jargon or BS - Just clear concise professional advice from day 1. Audrey assisted us thru the closing and made us feel confident that there would be no hiccups. The entire staff at Active Adults Realty made a long time dream a reality for us. We extend our utmost gratitude to them all.
When we were looking to move to Delaware from New Jersey we called Active Adults Realty.They put us in contact with agent Amy Kellenberger. Amy could not have done more to show us around the Milford area. Not only did she help us find the right home, she kept us updated on the new build with pictures and info as the home was being built. Amy was also a great help in getting us through the buying process. Many thanks to Active Adults Realty.And especially to Amy for all see did to make our move as smooth as possible. We will certainly recommend you to everyone we know that may be interested in moving to Delaware.
Active Adults Realty, on very short notice, took us on a thorough tour to get us acclimated to the DE beaches/towns. They clearly love what they do and is a wealth of information. As this was just an exploratory trip for us, we did not commit to purchasing at this time. We did, however, feel much better about moving forward when the time comes. Active Adults Realty is a tremendous resource to have on your search.
We were very fortunate to find Francine Balinskas from Active Adults Reality in Delaware. She worked with us long distance for 6 months before we actually made the move. She sent us almost daily listings, and was a true pleasure to work with. Francine always promptly returned phone calls, texts, and emails. She has a strong handle on the 55+ Active Adult communities in Delaware. If there was something she couldn't immediately answer, she quickly got the answer for us. She stayed by our side until our closing. We highly recommend Francine Balinskas and Active Adults Realty!
We highly recommend Active Adults Delaware! Amy Kellenberger helped us sell our house and from the first appointment to the last conversation on the phone she was very helpful and professional. Big thank you to Phil who took beautiful pictures of our house. It was our first experience with selling the house and we are glad that we picked Active Adults Realty - we are more than happy!
Just wanted you to know we are very happy in our new home. Al Willis was wonderful. We started our research over 4 years ago and he was with us every step of the way. He is very knowledgeable and a patient man. When we finally were ready to pull the trigger he was in France but that did not stop him from getting the ball rolling and getting us to contract!! Amazing.
We had a great experience from beginning to end with Active Adult Realty. Thanks again
Elliot is a consummate professional! We found him to be knowledgeable, diligent and happy to answer all our questions. He led us to our new home and we will always think of him as our first new friend in Delaware!
Amy was fantastic! We actually stumbled upon her while searching for another contact number and it was the best mistake we ever made. Amy is very knowledgeable, knows the "lower south Delaware" area very well and is quick to get back to you with answers to your questions. We couldn't be happier with Amy as an agent and a person.
So, picked Ron Mercante on the website fall of 2020. He continually kept in touch with us in Maine all the way to where we are now. We wanted to be close to kids and grands and in our conversations Ron really listened. He wanted to know us. Our NJ house sold the Beginning of April so we came to Delaware to look for a 55+place near our family. We actually looked at places in Georgetown DE and sent them to Ron; his response was priceless, "you do not want to live there." Ron had gotten to know us and knew that would never work for us. Middletown is a very popular place so pickings were slim.
But Ron insisted we go look at Whispering Woods, a sold out community except for the models. We fell in love with the Dupont but the models weren't to be sold until the end of 2021. Once again Ron proposed "make an offer". Well Thanks to Ron we are now living in that Dupont model.
Why take your chances with an unknown realtor when you can use Ron with confidence that he will put you 1st!!
Thanks so much Ron for all you did to find and acquire this beautiful home. You are the BEST!!
Our real estate agent, Amy Martin-Kellenberger, was phenomenal!!! She was incredibly helpful from beginning to end and sold our home after 2 days of being on the market. She answered all of our questions and always returned our calls immediately if she was not available. I wouldn't use anyone else.
Love, love Amy Kellenberger! We had to put all our faith in her because she was our eyes and ears. We purchased out of state, and there were things that had to be checked on to make sure everything was taken care of correctly. She alerted us if their were any concerns about the property, and stood strongly by our sides as though it was her purchase. I highly recommend anyone seeking a home in Delaware to enlist Amy for your purchase.
Thank you! I'm happy that this worked out for everyone. My mother wanted a family to move in, because she couldn't see it any other way. And a nice new family will be living at the farm my parents lived for over 40 years. We wish the new owners a wonderful life, raising a family, gathering with friends and enjoying the peaceful life, at the farm.
Amy Kellenberger made our experience of purchasing our DE home from out of state totally stress free and painless. Especially since we concomitantly had to prep our NJ home to list--which happened to go on the market the day before we closed in DE--so things were really insane on our side for 2 months. We are so grateful we had Amy. Could not have asked for a better realtor. She certainly knows her job well! She is very organized, efficient, on top of everything, responsive, and such a lovely person to boot! She made everything @ the buying end so seamless. She even helped the buyers who were selling mostly on their own and not familiar with some of the required paperwork. And its a real asset being a local and able to answer our many questions since we are not at all familiar with the area.
If you are in the market to buy or sell a home there is no point in working with anyone other than Al Willis. He is extremely well-informed and brings great expertise to bear.
Working with Audrey during my recent home purchase in DE was a pleasure and a flawless experience. She was very good at showing me a variety of home types & locations as I was new to the State. Once we toured the available properties in a hot market and narrowed down the search, Audrey’s understanding of my likes & dislikes was evident. Audrey’s timely and regular communication really helped me stay posted on the current online listings. My confidence in her ability to effectively take me through the entire purchasing process was strong, and correct! Thanks, Audrey.
My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Ingrid during the entire process from finding a community thru to the closing. Ingrid was not only professional in every aspect of the proceeds but also very personable. I would not hesitate recommending Ingrid to friends and colleagues.
Our home buying process from searching to buying was so easy because of all the people we dealt with. Our agent Al Willis was so informative and stayed with us thru our learning and final purchase of our home in Delaware. Would highly recommend Active Adults Realty as a source for home buying.
My realtor Mike Malone was OUTSTANDING! I would highly recommend him. He was on top of everything, organized and helped me throughout this process every step of the way (and then some!). He was the voice of calm during this stressful time for me. He went out of his way many times and explained everything thoroughly and I appreciate all that he did. I can't say enough good things about him. He was WONDERFUL and made this whole process effortless because he did it all! I'm so glad I found him!
If you're considering real estate in the Delaware area, Active Adults Realty are THE PEOPLE to talk with. Active Adults Realty is personable and honest. You'll feel like you're talking to an old friend. They have a wealth of information about all aspects of buying and living in Delaware, and they're able to quickly hone in on what is important to you. They spent 4 hours of their time on a Saturday, in bad weather, just to help us gather information about Delaware real estate. They took us around the area, to a variety of communities, where they knew people who worked and lived there, and had great working relationships with them. They were a pleasure to spend time with, and at the same time, it was the most valuable, informative, and well spent time we've EVER had with a real estate professional. I cannot recommend them enough. I would send my family, friends, and anyone I care about straight to Active Adults Realty. They're the real deal!!!!
We'd like to give a shout out and a gracious thank you to Active Adults Realty, who took their valuable time out of their busy Saturday to take us on their three (3) hour tour (and no worries, we did not end up shipwrecked on Fenwick Island). My prior Delaware experience featured Route 13 N-S to get to Salisbury as well as the 18 mile trek from the Jersey Turnpike into Maryland. So, we readily admit we were naive considering we thought Delaware to be a large Soy field with beaches, expecting them to be honky-tonkish ($3.00 towels - 2 T-Shirts for $5 bucks..."Popko went to Rehobeth and All I got was this stinkin' T-Shirt"). Well, we were pleasantly surprised and downright wrong. Google "Broadway at the Beach" in Myrtle Beach; but stretch the shops out in a horseshoe layout...and the boardwalk...Wow. Active Adults Realty was informative and picked up from our conversations a quick understanding of our wants and needs as to a place to retire. Unexpectedly, we were never pressured to do anything other than sit back, relax, and take in the beautiful Southern Delaware scenery. If you are considering Delaware as a next place to live, call Active Adults Realty. Take their three (3) hour tour. Highly recommended!
Our 1 year home search ended this Spring with finding a terrific home in Paynter’s Mill. Mike Malone was a terrific realtor...knowledgeable about Lewes, Rehoboth and Milton. We could not have asked for a more pleasant experience.
We have been wanting to retire to Delaware for over 2 years, but it wasn't until we met Active Adults Realty, that it became a likelihood. We live out of state, but Active Adults Realty had been recommended by a family member who lives in Maryland, and knew of their excellent reputation through business contacts.They reached out to us the same day she gave them our information and they have been in contact with us consistently ever since.
What impressed us initially was how well they listened to our needs and found homes for us to look at that hit all or most of out criteria. They didn't waste our time showing us places that only had one or two requirements, but keep our list in mind, even when there was a lull in available homes. They never gave up as the months went by, and finally, in December, they found what we had been waiting for, our "perfect home."
Active Adults Realty was so helpful every step of the process, and we never felt unsure or doubtful. They were very responsive to our phone calls, always available when we were able to come down, and we always felt they were working to help us, not to just make a commission.
Active Adults Realty instilled confidence and trust in us, and we DEFINITELY will recommend friends to Active Adults Realty. It was hard finding the BEST home for our needs, but Active Adults Realty was the realtor who persevered and succeeded!!
It took us over a year from our initial meeting with Anthony & Bill Bell. Anthony took us to see numerous homes over a two day period while he and Bill then walked us through the entire purchase process. A year later we reached out to Kathy who put us in touch with Al Willis who like Anthony and Bill spent a lot of his personal time working with us throughout the settlement process. Al is incredibly knowledgeable only exceeded by his patience and sense of humor. Al facilitated all communications with the multiple sellers' agents which allowed us to work through the selling of our home. Al set us up with a settlement attorney and banker. Al worked with Judy in the office to ensure we were timely with our responses. All in all, the settlement process went exceedingly well and we will be eternally grateful to Al and the entire team at Active Adults Realty to realize our dream to live closer to family who live in the Delmarva area.
Active Adults Realty made our trip to the Delaware Beaches a delight! We arrived with only one week to decide if this was the location that was right for our retirement. Active Adults Realty actually read and remembered our email wish lists, and located a development that met all of our "essentials" and 95% of our wants, all within our budget. Active Adults Realty also negotiated a very fair contract for us. Our time was efficiently used which allowed us time to explore the area more thoroughly, sample local restaurants, and visit friends and relatives. Thank you, Active Adults Realty for making this home buying experience easy and enjoyable!
Active Adults Realty is assisting and representing my wife and myself in buying a New Construction Beazer Home in Bethany Beach. They have done an excellent job and a team who we truly trust. A pleasure to work with!!! We have and will continue to refer them to our friends who are looking to buy in Delaware.
Al Willis was so helpful and patient with us when finding and buying our new home. His knowledge of the area and expertise guided us to exactly what we wanted. He went out of way numerous times to find us the right house. We are forever grateful to our first friend in Delaware.
Active Adults was an enormous support in searching out our new home and being available for inspections and closing and orientation to Lewes, it’s activities and opportunities. Bill’s experience and his eye for detail resulted in a beautiful new home. The newsletter of the agency provides valuable information about the area and we hope to continue receiving it for years to come. I think we made a friend for our lives in Lewes.
My wife and I have had the pleasure of working with Anthony Bell while in the process of finding a home in Delaware. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in our venture due to housing unavailability at this time. However, I must commend the professional demeanor and attitude Anthony continuously displayed throughout our quest. He was very well prepared, perpetually available, kept us updated continuously and always performed in a highly dedicated manner. I can only rate his performance as excellent… I am saddened that our house hunting did not result in success so that Anthony could have been justly compensated for his efforts. Please pass this information on to Anthony so that he is aware that his performance in this matter was greatly appreciated… Thank You.
We were so happy to find our home in Heritage Shores. Marie LaDuca from Active Adult Realty did a wonderful job from the first visit right through closing. This is a wonderful real estate company for finding your dream retirement home!
We had the opportunity to work with Marie LaDuca in our search for the right community. We felt she did a great job identifying the right places that would be best for us. She opened our minds to different ideas and respected our budget and timeline. We highly recommend Marie to help find the best place to live for you.
Maggie and I felt so well cared for during our visit to Lewes. It was exactly what I needed- what is available, the price points, and the sense of the community in April. I am considering various venues. If I land on Lewes, I will be back in touch. Donna and John Beck, you all were terrific connections to make.
Thank you again, Charlotte Nelsen
We started our Delaware search with Al Willis almost a year ago, first by telephone, and then trips down with many emails in between. His patience and dedication in helping us find our "forever home" should be taken as a testimony to your Realty Team. Many thanks, Al.
Teaming up with our realtor, Al Willis, was a pleasure. He was able to guide us in all aspects of our relocation. We appreciated the extra time he took to give us a tour of the area and explain the many different roads we would need to get around in the area. Thank you so much for helping us make the transition to LSD!!
My husband and I made several trips to Delaware before finally deciding to purchase a Schell Home. Mike Malone was our agent and he was always pleasant, reliable and easy to reach by phone. He was patient, and was never pushy. We found him to be reliable and very knowledgeable about the properties, homes, etc. We highly recommend Mike Malone. He even came to our selections visit, and was there to answer questions and even make suggestions. We can't thank him enough and would recommend him without any reservations.
We started looking at Spring Arbor in Middletown DE in 2016. Bill Bell was our realtor, and he worked tirelessly to find us 3 homes on which we made contingent offers. We never closed on any since we never sold until Spring of 2018. We found a fourth home in Spring Arbor, and immediately called Bill, knowing he was the best choice to close our new deal. He did, and we are now here, and couldn't be happier! Thanks Bill, and the entire Active Adults Realty team.
Moving from another state was stressful but working with Ron Mercante and the Active Adults Realty team made the transition less stressful. They were very attentive and thorough, nothing that would've caused an issue was left undiscovered. I really enjoyed working with the team to find the perfect home for me. Thanks to all!
Active Adults Realty was a pleasure to work with. Elliott Welan was our real estate agent. He took us to see both resale properties and new construction. We are from NJ and knew very little about the Lewes area. My wife and I truly felt that both Elliott and Kathy (owner) cared about us. We were directed to communities in Lewes where they believed we would fit in. I never felt pressured to “buy now” and never felt like we were just a commission to the company. I would absolutely recommend working with Active Adults Realty.
Active Adults Realty gave me all the attention and information I needed to make a new home choice. I worked with Al, who gave me information about the area, and took me through many homes based on my wish list.
My wife and I truly believe that finding your company was fate. Further more, your assignment of agent Mike Malone as our Delaware realty expert was exceptional. Mike was outstanding and went the extra mile to locate and introduce us to one of the finest builders in the state. He is quite the gentleman and we have become good friends in the process. Our new home is beautiful and we are delighted to now be a member of the "Miltonians", here in Delaware. Many thanks to all who were involved . Sincerely, Gloria & Jack Hallowell
Ron Mercante was wonderful helping me with finding the perfect home, and helped to eliminate the stress of buying a home while relocating from another state. Ron was responsive and worked hard to set up showings for homes in the areas I wanted and the type of homes I had specified. He was excellent and represented Active Adults well. I would definitely refer others to Ron looking for homes in my new area.
Moving from another state, we appreciate that Anthony Bell was willing to go the extra mile and be our representative in Delaware.
My experience with Bill Bell and Active Adults Realty was outstanding. When we first met Bill, I was impressed by his knowledge of the community that we were selling our home in and other homes in the community. He really seemed to know what he was talking about. Further, I found him to be an excellent communicator. He backed his opinions up by explaining where other homes in the community were priced and was able to compare our property with the others intelligently. Bill and his company were able to get us prospects and we were always notified prior to the visits. Bill was always available when I called. He was always pleasant and I found him to be very easy to work with. I recommend Bill and Active Adults Realty highly. We sold our home and even the settlement was very pleasant. 5 stars!
We probably won’t be moving in until January but the house is beautiful. Al Willis is a great man, very professional, knowledgeable and with a great sense of humor. It is a pleasure to have him as a friend. Joann D
It is with great pleasure that we highly recommend the services of Donna and John Beck. If you, or anyone you know, is seeking to buy or sell a home in the Lewes/Rehoboth area you are unlikely to find a more knowledgeable, professional, friendly or dedicated team. Being Realtors ourselves, we can be very hard to please, but we found the perfect team in Donna and John who gave us good, clear, trustworthy advice. We love the fact that they always were available to us - there was never a time when we waited longer than a few minutes to hear back from them. They are great listeners and always came back with recommendations and suggestions that addressed all our concerns and needs. We ended up in exactly the home we wanted and marvel at how it was ultimately orchestrated so smoothly. Donna and John, we have been extremely pleased with all your efforts on our behalf and would highly recommend you to everyone. Thank you for your dedication.
I'm a little late but, nonetheless, Active Adults Realty was the best! So, if you could please post the review below for me, I would greatly appreciate it!
Active Adults Realty and I made the NY connection immediately! Being a single, almost-retiree, woman and not sure about my next move, Active Adults Realty eased the fear with their patient, non-pressure approach and love for the area. They know EVERYTHING, especially what they gathered I would like after telling them a little about myself. Active Adults Realty is remarkably candid with a helping attitude. At the end of a long wonderful day, I told Active Adults Realty I needed time and they agreed with me! Within the week, I called him on a Friday night and said: "I'm ready to buy!". With Active Adults Realty's outstanding professional service, I'm buying the house and place I've dreamed of. Thanks, Active Adults Realty!
My husband and I visited two communities with Active Adults Realty. Although we did not find the right fit at that time, we were impressed with Active Adults Realty. They knew the neighborhoods, kept the focus on what we wanted, and showed us from soup to nuts on all of the properties. I am confident that we would contact them again for any future interests.
Bill Bell is Five Star! - Professional, pleasant manner, very efficient, responds immediately to phone calls. No problems. Very Happy
I worked with Active Adults with a rental unit as well as house sale. I found them to be thorough in the marketing process. Bill Bell was very knowledgeable and insightful with his honest advise. I was very satisfied
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Having Bill Bell as my REALTOR was an awesome experience...he's a superb problem-solver... avoided or negotiated all the potential pitfalls of selling my home. He was available, skillful, and generous of his time and skills. He made it happen! I could not have been more pleased with the Active Adults Realty team.
Greg and I cannot thank you enough Mike for all of the help that you have given us! From the first
daywe met you it has been a pleasure to have you guide us thru the process of building our dream home. When we finally move in and get settled, we hope that we will be able to get together with you and your wife.
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 Active Adults Realty to show us around the Coastal area to better prepare ourselves for our big retirement move! We can't say enough good things. 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
Had great experience working with Donna and John Beck. Cannot say enough about their effort and expertise. In addition to finding our house quickly, they worked very hard to make the purchase go smoothly. They also proved to be wonderful people in addition to being wonderful real estate agents. We lucked out in finding them.
Thank you, Active Adults Realty! My wife Catherine and I were searching for a vacant property in the south bay/ Bethany/ Ocean View area so that we can build a house in a few years and relocate from the NYC metro/ northern NJ area... It is time to go! We were paired with Active Adults Realty, who took us around the area and very diligently helped us narrow our search to the property we ended up purchasing. Active Adults Realty is genuinely concerned about understanding how people live and matching them with the best prospects that are available within a buyer's expected budget. They asked us lots of excellent questions that helped us to make our choice and provided their support through the whole process. They explained lots of things about the area and showed us a few of the outstanding amenities that support an active lifestyle. We are very grateful for the service that we received from Active Adults Realty and recommend them to anyone who is considering to buy or relocate to southern Delaware! Thanks so much Active Adults Realty!
Kathy and Bill have extensive knowledge of the senior adult real estate market in Delaware and helped us obtain a home that is ideal for us. If you are looking to buy a home, we highly recommend them. We were very pleased.
When we wanted to find an affordable home in a Delaware 55+ community, there was clearly one Realtor who we needed to contact, Active Adults Realty. Kathy and Bill figured out what we were looking for and presented an ideal property. They helped us through the entire process working late several evenings without complaint. When we wanted to add solid hardwood to the four year old home we had made our offer on, Bill knew the brand, style and color of the flooring that was already in the house and recommended a contractor who was able to complete the installation between closing and the delivery we had already scheduled with our movers. Everything worked well and the new floor in our master bedroom was ready. I can't say enough about how helpful and knowledgeable the entire Active Adults Realty team proved to be, making our move go as planned.
We have just returned from our second visit looking at properties with Active Adults Realty and exploring the Bethany Beach and Ocean View area. Active Adults Realty is professional, helpful, asks the right questions to learn our needs, and is trusting and passionate about what he does. It has been a pleasure spending time with them and we look forward to our next visit to Delaware! Thank you, Active Adults Realty!
As I mentioned to you on the phone, my experience today with Active Adults Realty was fabulous. All the questions that I had were answered. It was very comfortable. He showed me some areas that I fell in love with and even gave me a little history about Bethany. Because of his expertise today, I am "now" comfortable making my decision to settle in Bethany. So, thank you for pairing me with the right agent. I will refer him to anyone asking.
My wife and I just spent an enjoyable, informative afternoon with Active Adults Realty. We were on a fact finding mission. We have decided to look at relocating in the Lewes/ Bethany area, and decide whether to become permanent residents or "SnowBirds". Active Adults Realty had responded to my website inquiries and provided us with an afternoon educational experience that has given us a tremendous amount of information and important home buying insights. His knowledge of the market available to our requirements was exceptional. We learned a lot of important points about home buying and we now have a much more confident feeling about what options are available to us.
Our timeline is still flexible, but for sure, Active Adults Realty will be the place we call when we are ready.
Linda Chick was a pleasure to work with, she answered all our questions in a timely manner and even after the closing has offered to help us as we are not able to occupy the house for a short while; not many REALTORS would be that generous in their support. We are also grateful to Bill for his help in recommending contractors to help create our 'forever' home. Active Adults Realty has and continues to be a wealth of information and expertise.
Linda Chick worked very hard on our house sale and ultimately was successful in finding and securing a buyer. She was fair, honest, and conscientious in her dealings with us and provided answers to queries and supplied information readily when requested. Although it took over a year to sell our house, the final outcome was satisfactory.
Al Willis gave us a market evaluation for our home and we felt he gave us sound advice. We signed the listing contract with Al and before it ever got into the MLS, Kathy requested a showing. She knew what her buyers were looking for -- and she was right! We were very fortunate that the house sold so quickly.
Thank you Bill Bell. Imagine driving from NJ to Delaware to check on your new home's construction, and suddenly you lose the use of your car.
All those carefully scheduled appointments with landscapers, hardscapers, decorators - all down the tube! But not quite, 'cause our REALTOR Bill leant us his car for as long as we needed it. That doesn't happen in NJ. Thank you Bill - now that's a full service realty firm.
We were moving to Delaware from Texas, so we didn't know the area that well. Bill was willing to take us anywhere we wanted to look. We were looking at one of his listings when we noticed a new home that wasn't on his list. He found someone to show it to us and we eventually bought it.
Bill Bell was very patient and helpful finding us the right house. Gave us good hints and advice. Would definitely recommend contacting them when looking for a house. He was very helpful every step of the way. He stayed with us through closing.
After living & working many years in MN we finally retired and decided we would like to move near DC to be near my daughter. After much researching and searching, we decided on Southern DE as the best place for our retirement years. Fortunately we found a great team of realtors at Active Adults Realty to help us choose the location and house we dreamed of. Without their help we could not have done it! Everyone in the office was helpful. Kathy started our search on the right track with some pertinent questions about what we were looking for. My realtor, Elliot Welan, went beyond his official duties to help us, from car registration to taking pictures of the house, guiding us through the necessary requirements of becoming a resident in Milton, and just a lot of good practical advice to help us adjust to a new community. We really appreciate Active Adults Realty's hard work! Thank You!
We are from Los Angeles and wanted a home near the beach on the East Coast. My husband contacted several agents and Kathy responded immediately. Some agents never responded and some contacted us a week later. Having never been in the Southern Delaware area, she gave us a lot of information about the area and the advantages of purchasing a home here. When we came to Lewes to meet, she gave us her full attention for several days showing us homes and developments. She helped us throughout the entire buying process and we valued her expertise. We are now happy homeowners in Lewes, DE, and she made the experience easy and pleasant. We highly recommend using the services of Kathy and her staff.
Thank you Audrey for spending the better part of your day with me several weeks ago visiting some 55+ communities in Delaware. After visiting these properties, I listed the pro’s and con’s of a move. Financially, I think it’s best for me to stay in my home and start the reverse mortgage process on it. Most of the upgrades I wanted for my home are completed, and it makes sense to sit back and enjoy it. As for family, my two sisters are located about 45 minutes from me each way, and I want to stay near them particularly since none of us are getting any younger.
Good luck in your real estate career. You are easy to talk with and show a real interest in helping people, and with these skills, you should be a great success. And, if I win the Publishers Clearinghouse $7,000/week for life sweepstakes, I’ll be contacting you for a “dream house” property at the beach.
"Audrey Hammond is our new Licensed Assistant/Showing Agent. Bill Bell and I are so pleased with how quickly she has "gotten it" and how she dives in to do whatever needs doing. What she enjoys most is helping clients like Barb figure out what is going to be best for them." Kathy Sperl-Bell, Broker/Owner, Active Adults Realty.
Thank you for being an exhibitor at the DE Resorts55+ Expo. I was the lucky winner of the Beach Bash for 4. I live in Independence and appreciate your company's commitment to the active adult community. Thanks for selecting my name for the prize.
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
We had an excellent experience with Active Adults Realty. Our agent Linda Chick was a great help and accomplished everything in a timely manner even though we had an unusual incident occur that made her job even more difficult. She was able to keep things moving and we were able to settle on the property with no problems. My husband and I would like to thank her for her patience and hard work in being able to keep things on track and making our purchase a successful one.
First impression are always right. Al Willis was a class guy the moment we meet him. On time, professional, and down to business. We had a lot of hiccups from the seller and Al was able to work thru everything with us. Closing wasn't easy either but Al was there holding our hands. We got our dream house with the view! Thank You Al!
Donna and John Beck made our buying experience in the Village Of Cinderberry such a wonderful adventure. We feel very lucky that we called this realtor group. Donna answered our many questions on email, responded immediately to our calls, and gave us so many wonderful recommendations on services in the community. John went beyond the call of duty to actually go to the house and take care of things we couldn't do because we don't live in the area. They worked so well with the seller's realtor that our concerns were heard and we got a wonderful deal on our new house in Southern Delaware. We appreciate all Donna and John did for us and also appreciated how welcoming, very informed, and professional all of the persons we dealt with in this real estate agency were throughout our experience.
We were confident we were in good hands from the initial phone calls with Kathy Sperl-Bell, the Broker, touring communities and looking at homes with Al Willis, and Judy Robinson's guidance on achieving a smooth settlement. Al was patient, listened to our wishes and provided us with the knowledge we needed to make an informed decision. The entire process was smooth and pleasant so we could be focused on the excitement of a new home and community rather than the stress of the change.
Bill Bell did much more than sell us a new home. He educated us on Southern Delaware, the communities, the different builders, the benefits of the the various towns and much more than we expected. He also provided great insight into the new home building process and helped us navigate thru the various stages. Bill's wisdom allowed us to avoid some common mistakes and made our buying experience a pleasure. I would strongly recommend Bill to my friends and colleagues looking to relocate to the Lewes area.
Al Willis is the best. He was right on with the homes he showed us. I would highly recommend him. We love our new home. Thanks, Al.
Bill Bell and his folks were terrific, responsive and thorough - we wish he were a local realtor and able to help sell our current home in Annapolis as we are presently a two home owner couple.
We would like to thank Elliot Whelan and his associates at Active Adults for an expeditious and worry-free home buying experience. Elliot's thoughtfulness and attention to detail made the whole process of buying a new home easy and convenient, from searching for a house and getting a mortgage to closing. Thank you!
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.
Active Adult Realty was very encouraging while helping us decide to move to Lewes. The team is very knowledgeable of details needed to make building decisions..Enjoyed working with Kathy, the Broker, and Marie LaDuca..
The whole team couldn't have been more helpful. Elliot Welan spent the day driving us around until we found our dream home. Thank you everyone.
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
Marie LaDuca is an exceptional REALTOR. She guided us through the complicated process of both locating a home (a beautiful home) in Middletown DE and selling a home in Pittsburgh. The timing issues on both sides were challenging and through it all Marie kept things in perspective. She goes out of her way to be accommodating and thorough each step of the way No request goes unanswered. We could not be more thrilled with her exceptional level of service and kindness.
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!
Bill Bell was a terrific help to us over an extended period. He showed us many new communities but we ultimately decided to build in Lewes, and he was with us every step of the way! He interacted with the builder, helped us choose all the house fixtures and was with us right through to closing. He went above and beyond, and we are forever grateful! Thank you, Bill. John and Elaine Lotto
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.
Elliot Welan did a fine job selling our house. He guided us through all phases of the process, from staging to the final paperwork, in a timely and effective manner. I might mention that he also helped us find our new house. Thank you, Elliot. We love our new house, and we are relieved to have sold the old one!
Al Willis was very informative and listened to our requests and needs in finding a property. He was quite helpful in our selection. We recommend him for any future endeavors.
Working with Mike Malone was a very pleasant experience. This is our 7th house purchase in 38 years. Mike was so helpful, He worked very hard in researching the homes we were interested in. He stood in for us at our signing, since we are still out of state. When I asked him questions, he went over to the house numerous times to find the answers. He also showed us the beaches near us and drove us down to Rehoboth so we could see it. He was very professional while dealing with a very difficult seller/ realtor. He kept his cool. Can't say enough about him and the staff at the office. Ginger and Bob Dixon
We have been working with Donna and John Beck for several months and greatly appreciate their understanding that we are considering a move to Sussex County (400 miles from our home) and not sure if we prefer townhouse or stand-alone house. With this distance, we relied mostly on telephone and electronic communications and several visits. They have taken us to many communities and were fully knowledgeable about the quality of buildings in these communities as well as helpful nuances about the location. We sold our house in Rhode Island and are renting a house in Sussex County while we continue to search for our ideal community with the help of Donna and John.
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.
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.
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.Thanks again for everything.
Kathy helped us purchase our retirement home near the beaches in Delaware in 2008. After finding a description of the house on the Internet, we searched for local real estate agents and left a message on Kathy's phone. She called within an hour to discuss our interest and needs. Within a day or two, Kathy went to the property, shot many interior and exterior photos and reported on the condition of the home and its landscaping. She also checked other listings for similar properties for us to see. We soon traveled to Delaware and met Kathy. With all of the information Kathy had provided us, we were able to make a quick decision and write a contract on our dream home. Kathy made all the arrangements for the inspection and several other contingencies, and the closing could not have gone more smoothly. Kathy has since been a great help to us in finding contractors to do minor repairs and additional landscaping. Thanks to Kathy, we are looking forward to spending many enjoyable years in our new home.
With all the chaos of a quick settlement and then the travel immediately after, not sure if I properly thanked you. You did an amazing job getting us easily through the purchase of Grenache Court. Your gift of the (address) stamp was brilliant and I stamp all sorts of crazy things just to use it. We will derive endless pleasure from our Lewes book, as with each visit to the house and reading it, we learn some great new facts about our future new home. Sorry we were too rushed to enjoy a dinner with you and Bill the day of settlement but look forward to some good times when the holidays are over and we are able to be down there more often. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a very blessed and joyous Christmas. Thanks again.
"My initial contact with Kathy Sperl-Bell was via E-mail and phone from Florida as I planned a house hunting trip to the Lewes - Milton area in August of 2005. With her assistance, we found a home and neighborhood that fit the very particular needs of a recently retired couple and an aging senior citizen. Kathy immediately impressed me with her grasp of the unique style, age and design of a home that would satisfy the contour of our needs while at the same time meeting our budget. Her knowledge of the market and its trends together with her vast experience and credentials were invaluable as were her guidance, patience and diligence. We are most grateful for our experience with Kathy during the home search as well as before and after the purchase since it was pleasant and professional at every turn. The entire process was certainly complicated by the fact that we were more than a thousand miles away and yet we hardly noticed. Nearly a year has passed since my initial contact and we are very happy in our new home. Kathy Sperl-Bell has left quite an impression in our minds and a very large footprint upon the real estate market of Sussex County Delaware."
"What makes Kathy and Bill special is they listen to my wishes. They respond to my requirements. They communicate with me and know what I want. And they deliver."