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2021 Bracket Challenge


We are happy to announce that we are teaming up with some local spots for an amazing giveaway! This is our take on March Madness. Stop into one of the participating locations or visit our website to get your bracket. 

Collect a stamp from each spot. Once you've collected all of them, send us a snapshot of your bracket to be entered into our March Madness Bracket Giveaway.

Where to go? Stop by Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery, Hooked Up, Bethany Blues of Bethany, Shaka Shack, and The Salted Rim!

Additional Rules: Proof of purchase required to receive a stamp on your bracket. Send a photo of your bracket via Facebook Messenger to be entered into the giveaway.

The Giveaway ends April 9th! Make sure to get your brackets to us by then. Winner will be drawn on April 12th!

5 Upgrades to Make to Your Home Before Selling


When our Clients are listing their homes, a common question we get is asking what upgrades should be made. Although every home is different, there are 5 upgrades we recommend most.

1. Paint
A fresh coat of paint can greatly improve the appearance of your home when selling. It brightens things up and creates a clean look. We always recommend staying away from bright colors, because it can easily discourage a potential buyer. Neutral colors are the perfect go-to.

2. Landscaping
The exterior of the home is the first impression a potential buyer has of your home. Curb appeal is a big deal! Simple yard clean up and some fresh landscaping can go a long way.

3. Flooring
Upgraded flooring not only makes your home look great, but it also increases your home value depending on your selection. Tile, plank, and vinyl flooring are favorites buyers search for. If possible, avoid carpeting main living areas and stick to bedrooms only.

4. Bathroom Update
This doesn't mean you need to break the bank and spend thousands on a new renovation. You can make simple updates like a freshly painted vanity, new bathroom faucets/showerheads, and new light fixtures. You'd be amazed at how big of a difference those quick fixes can make.

5. Light Fixtures
New light fixtures can make a world of difference in your home. They can easily make your home look as though you just did a serious remodel. It's the little details that go a long way.

Help Businesses Thrive Through the Changing Economy: Sussex County Small Business Support Network


During this very challenging 2020 many small business owners have been severely impacted and unable to convert their business model to handle COVID-19. Sussex County has a strong sense of community and wonderful entrepreneurial spirit from the many families that reside here. We are known for the variety of unique small businesses in town and the remarkable people who operate them. In the spirit of community and as a way of giving back we have developed the Sussex County Small Business Support Network: community service organization to aid those in need. The organization gives back by matching resources to those in need in a unique way. Donations can range from contributing time, talent, area of expertise, business planning, financial and other resources to small business owners so that they can adapt. If you are a business in need please apply, if you are a business who can donate please donate, and if you know a business in need please nominate them. 


To download the applications, click here.



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    Market Tips: First-Time Home Buyer Loan Options


    As a first-time home buyer, we want you to have the best experience possible and keep stress levels low. In order to take away some of this stress, we want to make sure you are aware of many first-time home-buying programs. Below we will explain some of the different programs available to you.

    Conventional Mortgage
    These loans are good for lower down payments that can go down to 3%, however, they do require a limited mortgage insurance premium.

    FHA Loan
    These loans are good if you have a lower credit score as well as need a low down payment. However, the lower your credit score is, the higher the down payment will be.

    VA Loans
    These loans are for veterans and do not require a down payment or mortgage insurance premium.

    USDA Loans
    These loans offer little to no down payment for lower-income buyers but are only able to be used in certain areas.

    There are also loans that are specific to Delaware, like the Preferred Plus Loan. This loan provides a lower interest rate as well as assistance with the down payment and closing costs.

    Of course, speaking with a mortgage lender will give you the most up to date programs available and they can also direct you to the program that most closely suits your needs. If you would like more information or would like to be connected with a local Mortgage Lender, we would be happy to help you make the connection!


    Contact us at (302) 298-1400 or by email at


    The Real McCoy Group of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    89 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View, DE 19970
    DIRECT (302) 298-1400  |  OFFICE (302) 539-1777


    More helpful information on loan options can be found here.


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      Wednesday Highlight: Prickly Gal Boutique & Surf Shop



      Have you shopped Prickly Gal Boutique & Surf Shop? Conveniently located on RT 26 in Millville, it will quickly catch your eye with its boho style and beachy-charm.

      Prickly Gal Boutique & Surf Shop opened in May of 2018 and has been growing ever since. Between their affordable, trendy clothing to their accessories and handmade products, you are sure to find something you love. Logan, one of the owners, is always in search of new pieces to bring in the store that are perfect for all teens and women! They have some options for men, as well! 

      Can't make it to the shop? No problem! You can view all their items online and have them shipped directly to you. She also now offers a text club with special offers and news for shoppers! 

      If you're in the area, stop by today and let them know The Real McCoy Group sent you! Your wardrobe will not be disappointed.

      Prickly Gal Boutique & Surf Shop
      35308 Atlantic Avenue
      Millville, DE 19967

      Current Hours:
      Monday 10A-4P
      Tuesday 10A-4P
      Wednesday 10A-4P
      Thursday 10A-4P
      Friday 10A-6P
      Saturday 10A-6PM
      Sunday 10A-6PM



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        Waterfront Lots in Southern Delaware

        Have you been looking for the perfect waterfront lot to build your new home in Delaware? Christine McCoy and Mike McDowell take you to three different properties, all water-oriented and waiting for you to build your dream home.

        33439 CALCUTTA COVE, DAGSBORO, DE 19939
        OFFERED AT $175,000
        Wake up to the sun rising as you enjoy unobstructed views of the Indian River Bay. The frontage of the property is wetlands that provide beautiful views of eagles and hawks soaring overhead. You'll be able to dock your boat just steps away from your back deck and quickly be out across the bay to Paradise Grill or the Atlantic Ocean. A great opportunity to build your dream waterfront home. Incredibly priced to move! A lot/home package with Capstone homes is coming soon.

        OFFERED AT $115,000
        Beautiful wooded lot with water views of the Indian River Bay! This quiet community near Dagsboro has water access and a boat ramp. You will love this price and the quality of life. With low HOA fees and just a few streets of homes, this setting is perfect for country lovers and water lovers alike! Bring your own builder or see lot/home package below for an option to be built through Capstone Homes.

        OFFERED AT $363,790
        This Capstone model, "The Torbay", starts with a one-story, 3 bedroom, 2 bath option or you can add a 2nd-floor with a loft and/ or bedroom bathroom option. Build through Capstone or choose your own builder. You will be living near the beach in your little water-oriented oasis before you know it!

        OFFERED AT $215,000
        Build to suit on this canal front, corner lot in the quiet community of Bayview Estates. You will love the serene setting and the easy water access! Bayview Estates also has a community boat ramp, outdoor pool, and tennis courts with very LOW HOA fees. See the lot/home package below for a Capstone home that can be built on this property or bring your own builder. Time to build your dream home!

        OFFERED AT $457,090
        Capstone makes the process easy with their 6-Step Process. Choose the Jackson model or any of their other homes to build. This price includes the waterfront lot, the Jackson model with a 2nd-floor bathroom and bedroom addition, bulkhead for easy boating access, upgraded flooring options, and the anticipated site improvement work. Other upgrades are available - you get to choose! You can also bring your own builder as there is no builder tie-in.

        If you are interested in these properties or have other Real Estate needs, please contact The Real McCoy Group!

        Christine McCoy, Realtor ®
        Direct (302) 339-5368
        Office (302) 539-1777

        Mike McDowell, Realtor ®
        Direct (302) 569-5936
        Office (302) 539-1777


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          Welcome to our new blog!

          We look forward to making this the best resource for information about real estate, our local area, and current topics that impact you. Please feel free to comment on our posts if you have questions or reactions to share. If there is anything you'd like to see us write about, we'd love to hear your ideas.


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