The Debbie Reed Team welcomes veteran agents Tiffany Carver-O'Malley and Georgiann Little to the team as buyers' specialists!

Tiffany nofill smallTiffany Carver-O’Malley grew up in Bear, Delaware, and graduated from the University of Delaware in December 2002. Tiffany earned her real estate license in early 2003, and put her new marketing degree to immediate use building her business with RE/MAX.

Tiffany is a perfectionist—a quality she uses as a positive for the benefit of her clients. She also employs her excellent listening skills to determine her clients’ needs and desires in a home, thus insuring that their time together is efficiently and effectively spent. The end result is a perfect match of buyer and purchase. Tiffany also has experience and expertise in working with short sale and other distressed properties, as well as luxury homes and new construction.

Tiffany is actively involved in the Sussex County Association of REALTORS® Foundation, which serves the needy in Sussex County. She lives in Milton with her husband, Joe, and their daughter, Madilynne.

Georgiann nofill smallA native of Baltimore, Maryland, Georgiann Little graduated from Overlea Senior High, and is a life-long Orioles fan. She spent her first career in the beauty industry before moving to Delaware and becoming a REALTOR® in 2001. Georgiann joined the RE/MAX family in 2004.

With nearly a decade of experience in Sussex County real estate, Georgiann has a thorough knowledge of the Southern Delaware residential market, and has built a strong referral business. Georgiann is known for being thorough and meticulous in handling the details of a sale, paving the way to a successful settlement. At the same time, Georgiann is gifted with tremendous customer service skills, which serve to put her clients at ease and allow them to enjoy the process of buying a home.

Each fall, Georgiann can be found giving time and energy to the annual Sussex County Association of REALTORS® Foundation Auction. She lives in Millsboro with her family and enjoys family time and travel.

Tiffany and Georgiann may be reached by calling The Debbie Reed Team office at 302-227-3818 or 1-800-263-5648. Their email addresses are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., respectively.

Tiffany and Georgiann bring the number of buyers’ agents on The Debbie Reed Team to 6, with a total team count of 12. “We have had a tremendous year in 2012 and through the winter into 2013,” says team leader, Debbie Reed. “The market is picking up nationally and at our local level, and The Debbie Reed Team is prepared to handle the increased needs of buyers and sellers.”
Phila St SmallThree homes listed at the $1 million mark and higher went under contract in one day as sales heat up at the beach!  On Tuesday, February 12, two homes in the seaside village of Rehoboth Beach, and one in the nearby beach town of Lewes enjoyed Agreements of Sale signed by buyers and sellers, and are ready to meet contingencies and move forward to settlement.  This is yet one more indication that the real estate market is not only healing, but ready to get up and walk--or run! into the Spring selling season with vigor.  If you missed these home-buying opportunities, don't worry!  There are plenty more from which to choose--in this upper price range and lower ranges as well.  The beautiful house in South Rehoboth pictured at right is but one of many examples.  Please call The Debbie Reed Team (302-227-3818) if you would like to buy or sell a home at the beach!  We're here to serve you.  Sales are heating up!

SUPER SNACKS FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

Super BowlSuper Bowl Sunday is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States, after Thanksgiving. An average of 1,200 calories per person will be ingested during Sunday’s game! Some of the mind-boggling, waist-expanding estimates of food to be eaten include:

  • 11 million slices of Domino’s pizza
  • 4.3 million pounds of pretzels
  • 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips
  • 11.2 million pounds of potato chips
  • 1.23 BILLION chicken wings!
  • And to wash it all down…51.7 million cases of beer.*

Nine out of ten people watch the game from home—either their own or somebody else’s. Whether hosting or taking a snack to a friend’s Super Bowl Party, the good cooks of The Debbie Reed Team have compiled a few recipes below to help insure that your snacks are worth the calories. So, here they are… DRT’s Super Snacks for Super Bowl Sunday!

AVOCADOESGUACAMOLE

8 million pounds of avocadoes will give their lives to make guacamole consumed during Super Bowl XLVII. For this recipe, however, 2-3 avocadoes is all you need—and you’ll have the fans raving!

  • 2-3 ripe avocadoes, mashed with a fork
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T finely diced onion
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/8 t chili powder

Mix all together. Serve immediately, if possible. It can be preserved for about an hour in the refrigerator by putting the avocado pits into the guacamole and sealing with plastic wrap. Very ripe Haas avocadoes (the dark, bumpy ones) make the best guac.

easybakedjalapenopoppersbanEASY BAKED JALAPENO POPPERS

Description: Jalapeno halves stuffed with cheeses and cilantro and baked for a fabulous appetizer or snack!

  • 12 large jalapeno peppers
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup (packed) finely chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Bread crumbs or Parmesan cheese, optional

1. Wearing protective rubber or plastic gloves, slice jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove the meat and seeds.*
2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cheeses, cilantro, and salt until creamy. Spread into halved peppers. If desired, dip or roll the tops of the peppers (the open cheese-stuffed side) in bread crumbs or grated parmesan cheese.
3. Place peppers cheese-side-up on a baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until hot and lightly browned on top. Serve and enjoy!
*If you like extra hot foods, you may want to leave the meat and/or seeds in the peppers. But taste and see how hot the pepper is first! We've found that home-grown jalapenos are much hotter than store-bought jalapenos.
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

jonpoppers thumbBacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Jalapeno Bites

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 12 Jalapenos, halved & seeded
  • 24 – six inch pieces of bacon, uncooked

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine cream cheese and spices in small bowl. Spoon mixture into each pepper half, until level. Wrap each in bacon, and place on baking sheet. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
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*All statistics gathered from www.foxsports.com.

REMAX Awards 001At the recent RE/MAX Regional Awards Ceremony held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia, it was announced that The Debbie Reed Team once again earned First Place among RE/MAX teams for sales volume in 2012, both in the state of Delaware and the Pennsylvania/Delaware Region.  The DRT also earned the top honor in commercial real estate in Delaware.

"With a great brand presence, cream of the crop team members and loyal customers, we are tickled to be recognized with these awards," said team leader, Debbie Reed.  "Every transaction, customer, client, referral and co-broke are important to us.  The difference is dedication, and the team's high level of dedication surely showed in 2012."

The team is comprised of REALTORS® Debbie Reed, Team Leader; Ashlee Reed Hidell, Associate Broker and Director of Development and Marketing; Cyndi Marsh, Team Manager; Amy Warick, Sales Manager; Sandra Jefferson, Christy Brown and Kathy Wilson, Buyers' Specialists; Beth Shinn, Settlement and Listing Coordinator; and Dianne Deming, Marketing Manager and Listing Coordinator.  Karen Thomas serves as Office Coordinator.
"The Debbie Reed Team is made of integral members of the RE/MAX network and has worked diligently to achieve their position in the market," said Nora Martin, Managing Broker of RE/MAX Realty Group.  "Ranking number one in Pennsylvania and Delaware Region for annual sales volume is a tremendous accomplishment.  The Debbie Reed Team continues to raise the bar in real estate, making us and this community proud."

Contact or stop by The Debbie Reed Team today and let them help you to fulfill your real estate dreams at the beach!  The office is at 319 and open 7 days a week: 9-5 Monday through Friday; 10-3 Sunday.
REMAX sold signCongratulations! You have made it through choosing a REALTOR, listing your home, negotiating a contract, making appraisal and reaching a repairs agreement with your buyers as a result of the home inspection. However, the house isn’t sold until the papers are signed and the checks are cashed.  You, the Seller, can still take several simple steps to help insure a smooth settlement.

  1. Present your buyers with a clean house.  For example, move out all of your belongings before the final walk-through (except those you and the Buyers have agreed convey with the home). Go beyond the “broom clean” standard required by the contract and thoroughly clean the house, including the refrigerator, stove and oven.  Steam clean the carpets.
  1. Fill holes left from your paintings, etc., and paint the patch.  Leave paint cans marked with which rooms they match as well as carpet, tiles and/or hardwood that are still in the house.  Anything older and no longer useful should be discarded in the cleanup effort.
  1. If you have items you no longer need but think would be helpful to the Buyers, mention the things to your agent at least a month before settlement so that she can find out if the Buyers would prefer you to leave or remove them.  If you do agree to leave the sofa, riding mower or gas grill, do not let your movers load those things on the van! Be certain they are left with the house.
  1. Another simple step to insure a smooth settlement is to contact the cable company early with the settlement date.  Provide your agent with a complete list of utility providers you use. It is helpful to include phone numbers.
  1. Inform the electric company’s representative that the house is being sold, what the settlement date is, and the buyers’ name.  DO NOT, however, disconnect service.  The Buyers should call and transfer the service to their name, saving them an expensive set-up fee.
  1. And the final simple step to insure a smooth settlement is to make sure the lawn is mowed.  Pulling up to a nice, neatly trimmed yard is much more welcoming to your home’s new owners than an overgrown mess.

Some of these points are probably not required in your state, but performing these simple steps will go miles to help insure a smooth and happy settlement.  After all, wouldn’t you hope the Sellers of the home to which you’re moving are following these simple steps to insure a smooth settlement at the other end of your move?

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