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50 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 26 - September 1, 1994 Business & Real Estate Ancient Art Tattoo opens in Tenley Court By Steve Hoenigmann Peggi Hurley has returned to her roots and has opened a new busi- ness which she feels the area needs. Hurley's Ancient Art Tattoo just opened its doors at No. 1 Tenley Court, Route 1, near Lewes. And already customers are flocking to the shop whose walls feature a wide variety of colorful and monochrome tattoos. Hurley, a Rehoboth native who graduated from the old Rehoboth High School, just returned from Florida where she apprenticed in her trade under Don Nolan. She went on to open up two tattoo stu- dios in Fort Meyers, Fla. before getting homesick after some 23 years away from the Cape region. "I try to educate people about tattoos," said Hurley, the World's Best Tattooed Female in 1986 - the work of her mentor, Don Nolan. "It's not like shoe shopping. You can't go back the next day and return it." Tattoos seem to be growing in popularity, and Hurley says that just about an even number of men and women are interested. "Females have it, but it's close." The most popular locations for a tattoo, she says, seem to be the ankles, back of the shoulder and the arms. "People can come to the shop and pick a tattoo out, and I usually tell them it has to be placed care- fully," she said, noting that tattoos can be used to cover a skin blem- ish or scar. "I will ask them whether or not they want it to be Steve Hoenigmann photo Peggi Hurley stands by a wall filled with examples of tattoos in her Tenley Court shop. Peggi Hurley as she appeared when she was named the World's Best Tat- tooed Female in 1986. seen, and it seems that most peo- ple want it to be seen." Hurley says it's important for prospective tattoo recipients to ask questions. "The more profession- al a tattoo artist is, the more they are willing to answer questions," she added. Tattoos - the most popular are the Tasmanian Devil, eagles, ros- es, panthers, American Indian styles and Tribal Art styles - can cost anywhere from $35 into the thousands of dollars, depending on the size and amount of art work involved. Once someone has chosen a tat- Continued on page 51 Walsh seeks permit to add travel lift to Angler's Marina By Dennis Forney Jay B. Walsh plans to install the largest travel lift on the east side of the Delmarva Peninsula if his per- mit applications for Anglers Mari- na in Lewes are approved. Walsh has applied to Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and to the Army Corps of Engineers for per- mits. The permits would allow him to do work in the canal, such as driving large pilings for the lift and other improvements. Walsh said he would like to have his new travel lift installed and ready to use by the end of October of this year. For the past several years, he has hired a crane to come in each spring and fall to take in and take out boats. "The travel lift I want to install," said Waish, "will handle just about any boat in the canal except the Lightship Overfalls. It's a 70 ton lift. It will handle boats as large as the Jolly Rover and the Keena Dale. It would even handle boats as wide as the Lewestown Princess and the Judy V which have a 22 foot beam. It can handle vessels up to 23 feet wide." A travel lift is a four-wheeled device that travels out over a deep slip with its two wheels on each side supported by narrow cat- walks. Heavy slings are lowered from its frame into the water and vessels are pulled into the slip over the slings. The slings are then raised which lifts the boat from the water in a cradle-like fashion. The travel lift is then driven off the cat- walks and the vessel placed some- where in the adjacent boatyard for repairs or maintenance. The largest travel lift in exis- tence on the east side of Delmarva is in Ocean City, Md. Walsh said the Ocean City lift is Continued on page 51 Dennis Forney photo J.B. Walsh's proposed travel lift would be constructed in this area beside the gas dock at Angler's Marina. HUD can help overcome down payment hurdle Saving money for a down pay- ment is one of the biggest obsta- cles many first-time homebuyers face. Time and again our mem- bers encounter prospective home- owners whose only reason for renting is their inability to come up with a 10 to 20 percent down pay- ment. One option for these indi- viduals is to consider a HUD home, which may require a down payment ef as little as $100. HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) holds title to many foreclosed home pre- viously insured by the Federal Housing Administration. In these cases, the mortgage lender seeks from HUD the balance due on the mortgage. In turn, HUD takes title to the property and offers it to the public at fair market value. Although the homebuying process with HUD homes is simi- REALTOR FOCUS Ski  Faust lar to that of homes owned by indi- viduals, there are some important differences. Most notably, many HUD homes require only a three percent down payment. In addi- tion, HUD may pay the closing costs charged by your mortgage company. Since these costs aver- age three to four percent of the price of a home, this can be a sig- nificant amount. To purchase a HUD home, buy- ers must work with a real estate broker. However, HUD will pay the real estate broker's commis- sion on the sale price. HUD homes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and may be located in any area. Look in the real estate section for a listing of HUD homes or contact a real estate professional who partici- pates in the HUD homes sales pro- gram. A real estate agent will explain the procedure and your loan options. The agent also can pre- qualify you in order to speed the loan process. This is important .because on a HUD home, you must close the sale within 60 days of the acceptance of your offer. Unlike traditional homebuying, no bargaining is involved in mak- ing an offer on a HUD home. HUD homes are sold in what's known as an "offer period" during which an offer must be made. If you offer the frill asking price, you bid may be accepted immediately, even before the offer period is over. If you offer less than the full price, your bid will be opened with all other bids at the end of the offer period. You may attend the open- ing of offers, and your broker will be notified if your bid is accepted. Other HUD homes are listed on an "extended" basis, which means offers may be submitted any busi- ness day. If your bid is accepted, your broker will generally be noti- fied within 48 hours of HUD's receipt of the offer. Are HUD homes for everyone? Probably not. Buyers must remember that they are buying the home "as-is." Some homes may need repair, but this can be a great opportunity for the "fixer-upper." HUD may lower the price of a home knowing the buyer will need to invest money to make improve- ments. A professional inspection is rec- ommended before making an offer because HUD provides no war- ranties with its homes. If you're having trouble saving for a down payment, or are just looking for an alternative to the traditional homebuying process, contact a real estate agent and inquire about HUD homes. Skip Valiant is president of the Sussex County Association of Realtors. For more information, call 855-2300.