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40 - CAPE QAZETrE, Friday, April 26 . May 2, 1996 BUSINESS REAL ESTATE Milton Chamber honors community at annual banquet By Kerry Kester The Milton Chamber of Com- merce, which hosted its 51st annu- al banquet on Saturday, April 20, lauded some of Milton's finest when it conferred awards to those who have been instrumental in improving the community. Early in the awards presenta- tions, the audience had a bitter- sweet moment when the chamber gave its official farewell to Charlie and Barbara Fleetwood, who recently resigned their positions as president and executive director, respectively. Both resigned because they are pursuing career changes that demand more of their time. Char- lie recently earned a promotion at Masten Home Centers, Inc., where he has been employed for seven years. His new position is assis- ( tant location manager. Barbara started her position as a customer service representative in the con- sumer loan department at Omni Bank in Millsboro on April 1. Both were active in the chamber for more than ten years. Charlie has been a member for 14 years, serving as president for the last 10. Barbara was a member for 10 years, and was the only executive director the chamber has ever had. The chamber presented distin- guished service awards to the Fleetwoods as well as a dozen ros- es for Barbara. "They are the Milton Chamber of Commerce," said Lynn Rogers, the current vice president. "They've made it what it is today." Pep. V. George Carey (R- Milford) was on hand to present the Fleetwoods with proclama- tions of distinguished community service from both the Delaware House of Representatives and the I l Delaware State Senate. The chamber praised Jack and Pauline Wilson, and Russell McCann when it bestowed the Business of the Year award upon them. During the past five years, Wilson's Sunshine Marina has evolved from what many Miltoni- ans perceived as being a commu- nity eyesore, to a site of beauty along the Broadkill River. Addi- tionally, they provide much sup- port for the chamber's annual fish- ing tournament. The chamber selected Jackie Taylor-Keyser as its Citizen of the Year. Taylor-Keyser is Milton Middle School's principal. Dur- ing the past school year, there were several tragic situations within the school environment. The chamber recognized Taylor- Keyser's leadership and strength, as well as her commitment to the students, in helping the students and staff cope with the loss of a teacher, loss of a student and with a student's life-threatening illness. Others honored at the banquet are as follows: Helping Hands - Chuck Oaks and Ruth Bales; Community Service - the Ladies Auxiliary of the Milton Fire Department and John Miller of the Milton Police Department; Distin- guished Service to the Community Lynn Rogers, Milton Fire Department chief, and Mary Catherine Hopkins, Milton Public Library director; and Lifetime Achievement - Mary Hughes and G. Ruth Batten, pastor of Mt. Zion Holy Church. Carey distributed tributes from the House of Repre- sentatives to all those honored at the banquet. Many merchants contributed door prizes to the event. The Southern Grille restau- rant catered the banquet. Rep. V. George Carey (R-Milford) presented tributes from the Delaware House of Represen- tatives to those who received special awards at the Chamber of Commerce of Milton's 51st Annual Awards Banquet. The banquet was held Saturday, April 20 at the Milton Fire Depart- ment. Shown (l-r) are Jack Wilson, Pauline Wilson, Jackie Taylor-Keyser, Christy Betts, John Miller, G. Ruth Batten, Mary Hughes, Lynn Rogers, Mary Catherine Hopkins and Carey. The Chamber of Commerce of Milton honored Barbara and Charlie Fleetwood for their years of service during its annual awards banquet. In a touching moment, the Fleetwoods caught their breath and thanked the chamber members while Vice President Lynn Rogers looked on. I Kerry Kester photos i? =:= : : = : Jackie Taylor-Keyser was named Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of Milton during its Saturday, April 20 banquet. The cham- ber honored Taylor-Keyser, Milton Middle School princi- pal, for her support of the school's students and staff during a year plagued with tragedies How to sell your home in a buyer's market The lowest interest rates in more than 20 years, available financing and a wide inventory of homes make for the ideal buyer's market. But what does that mean for the seller? A buyer's market can be good news for the seller, too, if he or she knows how to respond to the competition for buyers. Most sellers will discover that with careful planning, they are in as attractive a position as the buyer. Sellers looking to attract serious buyers must begin by pricing the house appropriately. An over- priced house will discourage buy- ers from even looking at your home, and if they don't look, you miss the opportunity to even dis- cuss negotiating the price. To determine a fair market price, meet with a real estate pro- fessional. He or she can show you listings of comparative houses in REALTOR FOCUS the area that have sold in recent months. This will help you define a price range, from which you can determine an initial asking price (probably high in the range) and a bottom line price (the least amount you are willing to accept for the house). Remember, however, that the lower the house is priced within the range, the more traffic the house will get. In a buyer's mar- ket, you will need to weigh the pros and cons of a higher price against more potential buyers. A real estate professional can assist you with this process. Once you've decided on a list- ing price, make your house attrac- tive to prospective buyers. A few cosmetic touch ups, such as interi- or painting, can go a long way toward attracting buyers. Plant flowers in the front yard, clean out closets and fix those little things that you've been meaning to get to all year. Have your real estate profes- sional walk through your home with you to suggest any changes. He or she is experienced to notice things you might overlook. Focus on the kitchen and bathrooms as these are important rooms for most buyers. Once the house is listed, make an effort to keep it clean and tidy at all times. Buyers expect, and generally enjoy, decorating a home to their taste. But buyers don't want to have to do heavy cleaning. Make the house readily accessi- ble to prospective buyers. Some real estate professionals recom- mend putting a lockbox on the front door that allows them to enter when you're not home. While this may feel like an inva- sion of privacy, most sellers find it impossible to restrict their lifestyles so that someone is always available to let a real estate professional in to show a home. Also, most prospective buyers are more comfortable viewing the home if the current owners are not present. Real estate professionals recom- mend that you counter all offers, no matter how unreasonably low you may feel the offer is. An offer of any kind means that someone would like to purchase your home. After all, negotiation is part of the process and one of the primary reasons a real estate professional's assistance is so valuable. Sellers should know that the National Association of REAL- TORS continues to report that buyers are out in force. According to NAR, this year will likely be exceptional for home sales and is anticipated to be one of the five best years on record. Audrey Prettyman is the presi- dent of the Sussex County Associa- tion of REALTORS. 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