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By Fred Sponseller | Agent in 19956
  • August 20, 2014

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Ellendale  |  August 20, 2014 7:05 AM  |  30 views  |  No comments

    Today is my parents wedding anniversary, I miss them!

    Today’s food for thought is from Horatio Seymour:  “The merit of our Constitution was, not that it promotes democracy, but checks it.”  (Fred)  “So true, but all branches seem to avoid taking actions to enforce the document!”

    Today’s BARGAN FROM FREDSPORCH.COM IS MLS #614449-From $172,750 to $165,000.  An Ellendale DE, Cape with 4 BR, 2 BA in 1560 sq. ft. on 1.32 acres is ready for a new owner.  The home has new windows, roof, heat pump/central AC and has 2 decks.

  • August 6, 2014

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Ellendale  |  August 6, 2014 6:25 AM  |  62 views  |  No comments

    Today’s Food for thought is from Honore de Balzac:  “There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.”  (Fred)  “Will Power is a great asset if one cares to use it.”

    For the next few days I am going to feature a series of 4 BR homes that I have listed.  It is not often that so many 4 BR homes are available in a variety of price ranges.  Home # 2:

    Today’s BARGAIN FROM FREDSPORCH.COM IS MLS # 608361- only $249,000.  An Ellendale DE Rancher with 4 BR, 2 BA, home in 2250 sq. ft. on 6.64 acres that boasts a Jacuzzi in the master bath, a custom tiles shower, a formal dining room with a tray ceiling and inlayed floor, two rear decks, eat-in kitchen, fireplace, great room, and a bridge over a Koi pond brings you to the front door.

  • October 25, 2013

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Ellendale  |  October 25, 2013 1:56 PM  |  165 views  |  No comments

    Today’s food for thought is from Henry Fielding:  “Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.”  (Fred)  “Wine-First Pleasure later Pain if abused.”

    Fred’s pick of the day is MLS #608361-$275,000.  Here is a 4 BR, 2BA home with 2250 sq. ft. on 6.64 acres in Ellendale, DE.  The home has a deck off the Dining Room and the Master BR.  The entrance is from a bridge and deck over a Koi Pond.  The home has been totally renovated.  Call me at 302 258-6983 to see this home.   www.fredsporch.com

  • September 16, 2013

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Ellendale  |  September 16, 2013 3:47 AM  |  311 views  |  No comments

    Today’s food for thought is from Henry Adams: “Philosophy:  Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.”  (Fred)  “The big questions seem to have no answers, therefore Philosophers tackle these problems for us, mostly without a satisfactory or clear answer.”

    Fred’s pick of the day is MLS # Fred’s pick of the Day is MLS # 598133.  A 4 Bedroom ranch, 2 Bath-Master Bath with Jacuzzi tub + custom tile shower is for sale.  Oil Heat, central AC, 2 car attached garage, new eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, with tray ceiling + tile inlayed in wood floor, Living Room with fireplace and Great Room with vaulted ceiling.  You walk across a bridge over a Koi Pond to the front door.  All this on 6.64 wooded acres in Ellendale. There is plenty of wildlife and room for horses.  Call me to see this home @ 302 258.6983.  www.fredsporch.com 

  • Craigs List Scam

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Ellendale  |  May 15, 2013 6:53 AM  |  216 views  |  No comments

    Dear Bryant,   May 14, 2013

    If you have a minute, I have an interesting story to tell.  I was having a nice day last Friday when I got an e-mail from one of my co-workers.  She stated that she got a call from a young lady who wanted to rent one of my listings.  The problem was the house is for sale not for rent.  She sent us the Craig’s List Listing. Lo and behold, it was my house and it was for rent for $880.00 plus a $400.00 security deposit.  The pictures and copy where mine and just cut and pasted onto the Craig’s List ad.

    I told the young lady that the home was not for rent and do not send any money.  I thought about what to do.

    The first thing I did was to contact Craig’s List and told them about the scam.  They pulled the ad by Monday when I checked again.  On Monday I called the Delaware State Police, they said it was a crime but I had to contact the Seaford Police.  They promptly came to my office and took my report.  About an hour later they called me and said that it was a crime but I should contact the Federal Trade Commission.

    Today I received another call form a consumer who wanted to rent the house and asked about the request to wire the deposit and security deposit.  I told him it was a scam and do not send the money.  I then called the FTC and made a complaint to them.  I gave the name, email address, and phone number of the scammer to them.  She said thank you and gave me a complain number.  She also said I should contact the State attorney General’s Office.  I called the Consumer Protection Unit of the Delaware Attorney’s office and repeated my story.

    Everyone I contacted was polite and professional.  My concern is that I had to make contact with 4 different government agencies.  Only the FTC gave me any reference number about my complaint and she didn’t even want the address for the property.

    My expectations for a successful apprehension of the scammer have dropped considerably.  He will continue until he is caught, in the meantime how many unsuspecting people will be scammed out of their money?

    The Internet is a good thing to everyone, including scammers.  Never wire money to anyone you don’t know.  If the deal is too good to be true in usually is a scam.  Buyer and renter BEWARE!!!

    Fred Sponseller

    Realtor-Seaford DE

  • March 4, 2013

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Ellendale  |  March 4, 2013 6:01 AM  |  155 views  |  No comments

    Today’s food for thought comes from John Mauldin’s Column:  “Will Americans be discouraged by low interest rate returns and save less, or will they save more to reach lifetime goals? I believe the latter, which is one more reason why I expect the household saving rate to climb back to double digits. At the same time, low interest returns in conjunction with distrust of stocks and previous huge losses on owner-occupied houses are forcing many vastly-undersaved postwar babies to work well beyond their expected retirements.”  (Fred)  “This is an unintended consequence to zero interest rate.”

    Fred’s pick of the day is MLS # 601306-$169,950.  A Contemporary in Ellendale, DE with 4 BR, 3BA on 1.5 acres with new carpet, hardwood floors, and a new HVAC please call me to see this home at 302 258-6983.  http://www.fredsporch.com.

  • January 16, 2013

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Ellendale  |  January 16, 2013 11:14 AM  |  150 views  |  No comments

    Today’s food for thought is from Buddha:  “I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.”  (Fred)  “However, what has been done, might be the starting point for what remains to be done.”

    Fred’s Pick of the Day is MLS # 598133-$226,000.  A completely renovated home in Ellendale, DE, with 4 BR, 2 BA on 6.64 acres, the home boasts a Jacuzzi in the Master Bath, a wood burning fireplace, a formal Dining Room with Tray Ceiling and tile inlayed floor, an eat-in kitchen, 2 rear decks, and a bridge over a Koi Pond for a front entrance.  Call me @ 302 258-6983 to see this home.

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