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Dear Readers,

Here we are, already into Year Four of our newsletter. During this time, our wonderful editor Martina Rexrode has nearly completed her degree at the University of Delaware, majoring in English with a minor in Women & Gender Studies. She has been kept busy honing her craft of writing and editing as she prepares this publication each month, carefully researching industry data, including housing market trends and statistics, as well as featuring local retail stores, restaurants & restaurant specials, local events, local photographers, featured listings and recently sold properties...and so much more. One of our favorite monthly features includes our pet adoption section. We like to think it helps all those little loves find their forever home. As a matter of fact, they almost always do! 

We thank you, our valued Readers, for so much positive feedback over the years. Now it's time to make our newsletter even more inclusive and informative, featuring topics and inquiries interesting and meaningful to you. We'll be standing by as we look forward to your feedback and ideas and, perhaps, even contributed articles.

On behalf of our entire collaborative team, Harry, Jay, Martina, and me, we wish you all the best 2023 has to offer!

Thank you,
Thurs., January 19: Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for KW Bayside Office
Thurs., January 19: DIY Winter Hats at Rehoboth Beach Public Library
Fri., January 20: Gentle Yoga at South Coastal Library
Fri., January 20: Hike the Indian River Inlet Bridge
Fri., January 20: Teen Movie Night at Lewes Public Library - "Top Gun Maverick"
Tues., January 24: Tiny Art Contest & Show
Thurs., January 19 - Wed., January 25: 2023 Newark Restaurant Week
Wed., January 25: PAWS for Reading at South Coastal Library
Fri., January 27: The Launch - Tribute to Queen, Boston, & Styx at Milton Theatre
Sat., January 28: Poe on Stage at Lewes Public Library
Fri., January 27 - Sun., January 29: Fire & Ice Festival - Lights, Camera, Action!
Tues., January 31: Story Time Stars - Chinese New Year Storytime
Sun., February 5: Lewes Polar Bear Plunge

Ocean City, MD:
Mon., January 23: Kids Pottery (Ages 6+) at the Art League of OC
Wed., January 25: Children's Icicle and Snowflake Crafts at the OC Library
Fri., January 27: Dine & Paint Experience with Rosenfeld's
Sat., January 28: Adult Pottery Class (1 Hour) at the Art League of OC
Want to be featured next month? Click the link below to share the best local meal you had in 2022!
Best Local Meal
Best Practices for Business Owners Living in Multiple States
by Sarah Bull
As an entrepreneur, your business' success is clearly a top priority. However, you also want to make sure you're enjoying your personal life when you're not on the job. Multi-state living is one way to get the best of both worlds. You can set up shop in a state with favorable business conditions while living in your preferred location, for example, by the beach. This guide provides tips and tools to help business owners manage multi-state living. 
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The Top 9 Most Charming Delaware Small Towns
Only in DE
If you're a Delaware native, you must be familiar with the small town charm of the first state from one county to the next. Whether you're from slower lower or upstate Delaware, there are unique aspects all around that you couldn't find anywhere else. An article from Only in Your State lists nine of the best small towns in Delaware based on things like their natural beauty, the kindness of their people, and the restaurants that are available. To point out just a few, the article names Rehoboth Beach, Fenwick Island, and Bethany Beach, proving that life at the beaches, however small, is always better. Read the full article here and see if your town is one of the best!
Adoptable Local Dog & Cat
Worcester County Humane Society
Adult Pitbull Terrier
Adopt Me!
Velveeta/Charlie Brown
Adult Norwegian Forest Cat
Adopt Me!
How Buydowns Could Help Your Client
by Lori Martin
Are you concerned about the interest rates?

A temporary interest rate buydown is a powerful option for savvy buyers!  A temporary buydown allows the seller to prepay some of the interest on a fixed-rate mortgage in exchange for a discounted interest rate for the first one to two years of their mortgage, after which the interest rate reverts to the full note rate for the remainder of the mortgage.   As leading economic forecasters are all predicting rates to drop later in 2023– why not buy now before the spring market causes price to rise – and take advantage of a buydown rate?

Benefits to you as a Buyer:  
  • Money can be saved upfront when purchasing a home 
  • A lower initial interest rate may result in a lower initial mortgage payment
  • The money saved can be used for other expenses associated with homeownership 
  • Any unused funds will be applied as a loan principal reduction if the loan is paid off before the buydown period has ended.
Benefits to the Seller: 
  • A buydown may help in avoiding price reductions 
  • The cost incurred may be a tax write-off
  • A concession may foster goodwill in the process of selling a home in a changing market 
  • Homes are more appealing to a larger group of homebuyers, especially in a rising rate environment 
If you’d like to discuss how buydown options could benefit you, please contact me today!
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Warm Hands
Featured Fundraiser
United Help Ukraine, a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organization started in 2014, is seeking help this winter season to keep Ukrainians warm through donations to purchase hand warmers and other materials. In March of last year, we released a special Ukraine support edition of our newsletter in hopes of making our loyal audience aware of the conditions for Ukrainian citizens as well as ways in which they might be able to help in any way. Almost a year, later we hope to keep that support going. To donate directly to United Help Ukraine's fundraiser visit their website, and to purchase warmers from their Amazon wishlist click here.
Go Fetch Grooming
Featured Local Business
With a slogan like "You Stay, We'll Roll Over," Go Fetch Mobile Grooming is a certified gem of a business which is exclusive to Sussex County. They are a luxury grooming service that accepts new clients as appointments become available through the contact information on their website. Mobile Grooming as a service is convenient not only to the human but, most importantly, to the dogs. Not every dog is a fan of car rides, so rather than transporting them from your home to the groomers, the full service comes to you without the added stress of a kennel environment or exposure to other dogs with potential diseases. For a professional and caring grooming experience, head over to Go Fetch's website and book your appointment!
Today's Housing Market Is Nothing Like 15 Years Ago
from Keeping Current Matters
There’s no doubt today’s housing market is very different than the frenzied one from the past couple of years. In the second half of 2022, there was a dramatic shift in real estate, and it caused many people to make comparisons to the 2008 housing crisis. While there may be a few similarities, when looking at key variables now compared to the last housing cycle, there are significant differences.
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The Perfect Walkable Stretch in Chestertown
Only in MD
To keep the small town appreciation going, it's worth mentioning a spot in Maryland that is perfect for your next day trip. Kent County is home to Chestertown, a historic waterside town that holds a downtown area full of charming shops, restaurants, boutiques, and more which will keep you and your company occupied for hours. After grabbing a bite to eat and picking up an antique souvenir, be sure to stop by Fountain Park to soak up the sun and listen to the fountain's water flow. If you have more time available during your trip, try to plan it around one of their farmer's markets to take home local produce and goods. For more information, check out Chestertown's website!
Maria's Bella Cucina Italian Market
Featured Local Restaurant
Seaford is home to an authentic specialty grocery store that meets all of your Italian cuisine needs. Located on Sussex Highway, Maria's Bella Cucina Italian Market serves as both a grocery and a deli. Shop for your favorite handmade pasta, sauces, cheeses, and desserts, then sit down for a delicious meal that might include one of their flavorful hoagies, soups, or salads. (Be sure to ask about their daily specials!) If you like what you had enough, you can keep them in mind for catering your next business or private event and impress your peers with your excellent taste. For more information and a more complete menu, head over to their Facebook page.
Click here for off season specials from your favorite Rehoboth Beach restaurants!
Forget Downsizing - Today's Clients Are All About "Fun-Sizing"
by Anna Elise Anderson
We’re all familiar with the typical versions of the story: A couple send their kiddos off to college and suddenly find themselves without the need for every room in their full-size family home, so they downsize their home to a more reasonable, albeit less inviting, apartment. A recent widow decides to let go of the home she once shared with her partner, shedding double-occupancy status for the solace of a single-room or studio apartment. A couple in their mid-60s decide to move into a less extravagant home in anticipation of the lifestyle changes that accompany retirement. But that’s not the only way the story goes.
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Martina Rexrode
Featured Local Photographer
As the content curator and editor of this monthly newsletter for over two years, I'm extremely grateful to have the chance to share another passion of mine with our audience. I'm about to enter the spring semester of my senior year of college, but I first got into photography in 6th grade, taking pictures with my iPod Touch in my backyard of anything I was drawn to. My art teacher at the time encouraged this pursuit and is the reason I still carry a camera everywhere I go. These days, I've gravitated more towards film photography and just last month I shot on my first roll of black and white film while I was home for Thanksgiving. Above are some of my favorite shots from that roll, and I'm excited to continue shooting in black and white to see what kind of images I can capture. I'll also be trying to capture my final semester with a disposable camera and my trusty Minolta 35mm. Below is a link to my Society6 page where you can purchase prints of my photos, which would be incredibly helpful in paying off this last set of campus housing fees. Thank you in advance for even just taking a look at my work, and any shares of my page would be appreciated as well!
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"I hope everyone is having the best possible start to 2023 and that the good fortune only continues in the coming months. Either way, I hope that you enjoy the changes to our newsletter this year and follow us for more personal and creative local content for years to come."

Martina Rexrode, Content Curator & Editor
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