Schell Brothers' Blog http://schellbrothers.com/blog News and Updates about our Business and the Housing industry Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:57:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 One Year at Bayside and Announcing a New Phase http://schellbrothers.com/blog/one-year-and-a-new-phase/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/one-year-and-a-new-phase/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:57:28 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5508 It’s been a year since Schell Brothers released our first section in Bayside, and with the new Magnolia Crossing section opening up towards the Point this October 1st, it gets me thinking about how far we’ve come in just the past 12 months. In that short time, we’ve sold 36 homes, and it doesn’t look like […]

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Bayside Year in Review

It’s been a year since Schell Brothers released our first section in Bayside, and with the new Magnolia Crossing section opening up towards the Point this October 1st, it gets me thinking about how far we’ve come in just the past 12 months.

In that short time, we’ve sold 36 homes, and it doesn’t look like we’re going to slow down anytime soon. The momentum has carried us right into the new section of home sites in Magnolia Crossing. The homesites in this new phase are incredible, with some overlooking the golf course, conservation areas, and Bayside’s iconic magnolia tree. They’ll be available to purchase on a first come, first serve basis starting October 1st. Give us a call to learn how to reserve a home site today.

If that isn’t enough to get you excited, on October 11th, we’re hosting the grand opening of our highly anticipated Sanibel Model, the first of its kind to be built! I’ve been watching this home progress through construction, and let me tell you, our design team has taken this home to the next level.

The views are incredible and actually this home was designed specifically for Bayside to capture the water and golf course views in this community. I could go on and on about how amazing the Sanibel is, but you should really see it for yourself so be sure to visit us during our grand opening event.

 

Eventbrite - The Sanibel Model Grand Opening at Bayside
 

Magnolia Crossing Site Plan

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Annual Arts & Crafts Fair at Independence this Saturday http://schellbrothers.com/blog/annual-arts-crafts-independence-saturday/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/annual-arts-crafts-independence-saturday/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5492 Come on out to the Independence Clubhouse this Saturday, September 13 from 9am until 2 pm for our annual Arts & Crafts Show. Even bigger than last year, this year’s show at Independence will include artists and crafters selling everything from jewelry, pottery, fused glass, stained glass, photography, greeting cards, garden stakes, knitted, crocheted, embroidered and […]

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Indy's Annual Arts and Crafts Fair

Come on out to the Independence Clubhouse this Saturday, September 13 from 9am until 2 pm for our annual Arts & Crafts Show.

Even bigger than last year, this year’s show at Independence will include artists and crafters selling everything from jewelry, pottery, fused glass, stained glass, photography, greeting cards, garden stakes, knitted, crocheted, embroidered and quilted items, and so much more! This is a great time to start your holiday shopping or to check off items from your gift list with handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces.

The event is entirely indoors and will take place rain or shine. Enjoy food, refreshments, and baked goods for sale at the show. Be sure to visit the Schell team at the Whimbrel model. This is your chance to walk through the beautifully decorated model and find out why the Whimbrel is quickly becoming the most popular floor plan at Independence. We hope to see you at the Arts and Craft Fair.

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4th Annual Help Our Kids RadioThon http://schellbrothers.com/blog/4th-annual-help-kids-radiothon/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/4th-annual-help-kids-radiothon/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:00:33 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5474 For the last three years our team at Schell Brothers has sponsored and participated in the Help Our Kids RadioThon hosted by Delmarva Broadcasting to benefit the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Children’s Hospital located in Wilmington, Delaware. At Schell Brothers, we’re always looking for ways to give back to our community. Participating in this annual radiothon for […]

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4th Annual RadioThon

For the last three years our team at Schell Brothers has sponsored and participated in the Help Our Kids RadioThon hosted by Delmarva Broadcasting to benefit the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Children’s Hospital located in Wilmington, Delaware.

At Schell Brothers, we’re always looking for ways to give back to our community. Participating in this annual radiothon for the last three years has been just one way that we as team have been able to do just that. Whether it’s through donating money, or sending our team members up to answer phones for a few hours, it has been an honor to be an active participant in such an amazing event.

After an emotionally exhausting and incredibly exciting two days, we’re happy to announce that with the help of people across Delaware, Maryland, and even Pennsylvania, we were able to raise over a quarter of a million dollars! The money raised will be used towards the hospital’s expansion, which will provide a more comfortable space for the children and their families. Donations will also help in purchasing any necessary equipment that the kids may need while they are at the hospital being treated.

I speak for everyone here at Schell Brothers when I say how proud we are of our community. With your help we to raised $54,742 more than we did last year, making this year’s total $257,753. Thank you to everyone who donated or volunteered during the event!

If you didn’t get a chance to donate during the RadioThon, and you would still like to, visit our page at SchellBrothers.com/hero and click on the “Make a Donation” link. Remember, you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.

 

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Experience Bayfront with Real Life Stories [Video] http://schellbrothers.com/blog/experience-bayfront-coastal-luxury-living/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/experience-bayfront-coastal-luxury-living/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 13:00:12 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5455 As the Heiser’s prepare themselves for their routine morning stroll, Max waits patiently at the door for his favorite part of the day, his morning swim in the bay. And while most pups take their strolls on sidewalks along busy streets, Max excitedly walks the wooded roads throughout Bayfront at Rehoboth. Jackie and Kevin Hesier […]

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Bayfront Ammenity

As the Heiser’s prepare themselves for their routine morning stroll, Max waits patiently at the door for his favorite part of the day, his morning swim in the bay. And while most pups take their strolls on sidewalks along busy streets, Max excitedly walks the wooded roads throughout Bayfront at Rehoboth.

Jackie and Kevin Hesier are very well known amongst the Schell Sales team, not only for their infectious personalities and smiles (we love smiles), but mostly because they have visited all of our communities at one point or another while completing their “Schell Tour”. When they pulled into Bayfront, Jackie and Kevin say it was the “wow-factor” of the community that assured them that their search for their perfect home would soon be over. This was the community for them.

So what Bayfront experience created the Heiser’s “Wow Factor” moment? We may be a little biased, but it could be our pristine ½ acre homesites with phenomenal views or our established amenities, offering coastal luxury living. Because we are nestled alongside the Rehoboth Bay, our community offers a unique feel that is yet to be rivaled in our area.

It is uncommon to find a new community with tall mature trees and ½ acre homesites, which have been carefully carved out of unscathed land, gently hugging the wetlands that ebb and flow around our community to create views that are uninhibited by nothing but pure natural beauty. Although you feel like you’re in a secluded enclave of homes, you still have a Lewes address and are situated just minutes from the conveniences and attractions of Route 1.

The combination of Bayfront’s coastal resort feel, established amenities and convenient location offers the best of both worlds by combining elements of your primary home lifestyle with your vacation home feel.

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Sawgrass North 1-2-3! http://schellbrothers.com/blog/sawgrass-north-1-2-3/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/sawgrass-north-1-2-3/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:30:05 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5422 As of Labor Day, we have been selling homes in Sawgrass North for 115 days! The official unveiling of Phase 3 is here, and to date, the community has recorded a total of 24 sales. That means we’ve added a new set of homeowners every 5 days. All of this amazing progress without even being onsite! […]

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Sawgrass North

As of Labor Day, we have been selling homes in Sawgrass North for 115 days! The official unveiling of Phase 3 is here, and to date, the community has recorded a total of 24 sales.

That means we’ve added a new set of homeowners every 5 days. All of this amazing progress without even being onsite! Our brand new Kingfisher model is nearing completion, and we couldn’t be more excited about our new home. The release of Phase 3 means that we’re adding wooded homesites, homesites that can accommodate basements, and homesites that are situated close to a pond.

With the continued success at Sawgrass North, our incentives have dropped and will undoubtedly drop further as the community continues to grow; that being said, it’s still a great time to be a pioneer of Sawgrass North, and this is your opportunity to take advantage of this amazing location at an incredible value. Remember, this is Rehoboth real estate, and it is the best piece of dirt and timber in the county.

Jordan and I are ready, are you? If so, contact us, and let’s make it happen.  There is nothing more special than having a 19971 zip code, trust me.

Sawgrass North Phase 3

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Company Beach Day 2014 [video] http://schellbrothers.com/blog/company-beach-day-2014/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/company-beach-day-2014/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:07:59 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5406 Work hard, play hard. You may have seen this written on the back of a shirt or posted online somewhere. It’s something we take to heart here at Schell Brothers, which is why each summer we close up shop and head to the beach for a day of relaxing with friends, enjoying the ocean, eating delicious […]

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Company Beach Day 2014

Work hard, play hard. You may have seen this written on the back of a shirt or posted online somewhere. It’s something we take to heart here at Schell Brothers, which is why each summer we close up shop and head to the beach for a day of relaxing with friends, enjoying the ocean, eating delicious food, and a whole lot of dancing.

View the rest of the Beach Day photo album

 

Company Beach Day is a big deal, and a lot of work goes into putting it all together. From the living room oasis to the bounce joust, this year’s Beach Day delivered on all levels and surpassed the previous year’s event. This year’s activities were all about balancing the energy of the day,  “both the yin and the yang” according to Wes Fruehauf, half of the brain trust responsible for putting on the event.

Dan Matta, also part of the brain trust, wanted to not only make the day relaxing, but also bring the energy. “You begin to fist pump it up and the energy is going. All of a sudden you’re bouncing. And then you can go night night in the oasis,” Dan said.

Spending time together and cutting loose is just a part of our company culture, and that culture is on full display at Company Beach Day. This is just one of the many reasons we were named among the Top Places to Work in Delaware. Working for Schell is like being a part of a second family. Interviewed on how our culture is created, Chris Schell has said, “We are a significantly more social company than most, and we hire people we would enjoy being around.”

 

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Introducing The Mayberry http://schellbrothers.com/blog/introducing-the-mayberry/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/introducing-the-mayberry/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:45:38 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5371 We are proud to introduce the newest floor plan to the Schell Brothers’ line up, the Mayberry. This floor plan includes up to five bedrooms, a versatile flex room, and a spacious kitchen that opens to the great room and dining area. The design features a vaulted ceiling and picture windows, which create a bright open feeling in […]

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The Mayberry  - Elevation B

We are proud to introduce the newest floor plan to the Schell Brothers’ line up, the Mayberry. This floor plan includes up to five bedrooms, a versatile flex room, and a spacious kitchen that opens to the great room and dining area. The design features a vaulted ceiling and picture windows, which create a bright open feeling in your main living space.

The Mayberry is designed similar to one of most popular floor plans, the Mulberry. Offering numerous structural selections that allow you to personalize the floor plan, you can make it your own.

If you love to entertain, you may want to consider adding the wet bar option in the great room. Want to “wow” your guests? You should check out our brand new furniture vanity collection that many homeowners are adding to their powder rooms and luxury baths.

The dedicated mud room is one of our new favorite selections, providing a separate place in your home to drop your keys, kick off your flip flops, and sort through the mail without a the reminder of the dirty pile of clothes in your laundry room.

The Mayberry floor plan is a result of valuable feedback from our customers and for that reason we expect it to become one of our most popular floor plans. Fortunately, the home is available in many of our communities and fits on most size and shaped homesites.

Interested in a personal tour of the Mayberry before it’s built? You can stop by The Coffee House, located at 18 Rehoboth Avenue, and take advantage of our newest technology that allows you to take a 3D virtual tour of the Mayberry and other popular floor plans. We can’t wait to hear what you think of our newest plan.

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Schellter Uncovered at Bayside http://schellbrothers.com/blog/schellter-uncovered-at-bayside/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/schellter-uncovered-at-bayside/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:57:55 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5343 On Saturday, July 26th, Bayside will be hosting an event showcasing Schellter ™ Advanced Building Science inside three of our homes which are in various states of the construction process. There are many innovative and energy efficient features that go into each home, and most people don’t realize all the “cool stuff” that is behind their home’s walls. You’ll […]

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Schellter Uncovered at Bayside

On Saturday, July 26th, Bayside will be hosting an event showcasing Schellter ™ Advanced Building Science inside three of our homes which are in various states of the construction process.

There are many innovative and energy efficient features that go into each home, and most people don’t realize all the “cool stuff” that is behind their home’s walls. You’ll be able to see everything from our advanced framing techniques which include 2×6 exterior walls, to our energy efficient blown-in insulation. Uncover the smart technology we’ve developed to provide you with the ultimate high performance home.

We find that many folks have questions about our construction process and are curious as to what makes Schell different from other builders. We’ll answer all your questions and more at the event. This is the best opportunity to walk through homes that are currently under construction with our construction managers, and learn all about the technology that goes into a Schell home and why. Just remember to wear closed toed shoes.

Our brand new Sanibel model will also be available for a sneak peak, so come on by the Bayside Sales and Info Center on Saturday, July 26th from 1pm through 4pm and tour our homes. After the tour, Bayside will also be hosting a Happy Hour at The Cove from 4pm to 6pm for all of our guests, so please RSVP and come see what people love about living at Bayside.

Eventbrite - Schellter Uncovered at Bayside

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Lynn is In: Preliminary Loan Approval http://schellbrothers.com/blog/lynn-preliminary-loan-approval/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/lynn-preliminary-loan-approval/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:30:54 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=4861 You’re interested in moving to Delaware and building a new Schell Brothers home. Hooray!  How exciting!! But, where do you start? Let’s start with the Preliminary Loan Approval Part of your Schell Brothers purchase agreement will require you to call me right away for a preliminary loan approval. You have the option to choose any […]

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Lynn is In: Preliminary Loan Approval

You’re interested in moving to Delaware and building a new Schell Brothers home. Hooray!  How exciting!! But, where do you start?

Let’s start with the Preliminary Loan Approval

Part of your Schell Brothers purchase agreement will require you to call me right away for a preliminary loan approval. You have the option to choose any lender you like when you go to settlement on your new home, but I will run the preliminary approval process for you. Why is that?

Traditionally, when someone gets “pre-approved” or “pre-qualified,” it is not complete. It is just an application, a credit check, and it does not require document review or take into consideration that you might be in transition (getting ready to sell a home, retire, changes in income) between now and when your new home is ready. And from a builder’s perspective, it is important to have a consistent, thorough review of every home buyer’s ability to purchase the home. Plus, it is very much in your best interest to know what you can and can’t do or if any planned life changes would limit your ability to qualify.

Here are the steps we go through during a preliminary approval or pre-commitment:

1. Click on this link  www.twmortgage.com/lynn to submit your info directly to me. It is free of charge, secure, and there is no obligation to use Tidewater (If you have any issues completing it, call and we can do it manually with you over the phone, or you can come in).
 
2. My assistant, Gina, will reach out to you to set up a phone appointment with me, and then I will pull your credit from the info you provided. Our phone chat will last about an hour, and we will review your application, discuss your situation and loan scenarios, and you will have time to ask questions.
 
3. At the end of our phone call, I will e-mail you a set of initial disclosures, a Good Faith estimate, and a list of things you will need to provide us.
 
4. Once everything is in order, I review your documentation and then will issue you a preliminary approval letter. This will also be copied to Schell Brothers and your realtor (if you have one).

 

Later, you can decide if you want to complete the loan process with me, or if you want you can choose another lender. I do hope you stay with me, and I can assure you our rates are very competitive.

NOTE FOR CASH PURHASERS: you do not have to go through the above process if you intend to pay full cash for your new home. All you need to do is provide a bank statement, retirement account, or investment account statement showing sufficient funds for purchase price and estimated closing costs. You can always call me during the building process if you decide to finance part of the home.

Even if you have already received pre-approval from a lender, Schell Brothers still will want you to run through my process. I will do all I can to make it as painless as possible and give you the most thorough understanding of your unique situation. Delaying the preliminary approval process can derail your home start, and they will not begin building without it.

I look forward to assisting you in making your home a reality! Find out more at www.twmortgage.com

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Bras for a Cause 2014 [video] http://schellbrothers.com/blog/bras-for-a-cause-2014/ http://schellbrothers.com/blog/bras-for-a-cause-2014/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:45:49 +0000 http://schellbrothers.com/blog/?p=5252 This year’s Bras for a Cause took glitter and glam to a whole new level! Each year the ladies of Schell Brothers, Echelon, and Clean Energy pick themes for their guys’ costumes. These ladies poured a lot of time into creating the men’s very detailed attire by adding tons of flashy lights, glamorous wigs, and […]

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Bras for a Cause 2014

This year’s Bras for a Cause took glitter and glam to a whole new level!

Each year the ladies of Schell Brothers, Echelon, and Clean Energy pick themes for their guys’ costumes. These ladies poured a lot of time into creating the men’s very detailed attire by adding tons of flashy lights, glamorous wigs, and makeup. And let’s not forget the amazing tattoos that our very own Ivana drew on two of the bra wearers.

Each guy gladly (and some very eagerly) stripped down to don his bra for the evening. From red, white, and blue patriotic tutus to a “dream come true” firefighter costume, our guys proudly strutted down the streets of Dewey and in to Ivy.

The beginning of the evening consisted of our bodacious beauties walking around to the cash laden crowd and getting as many dollar bills as possible. Pretty simple, right? Well, if this wasn’t enough to make a fabulous evening, every bra wearer took the stage for a little catwalk action.

For his little turn on the catwalk, each guy danced to a carefully selected song chosen by the bra designer, while a large crowd of men and women placed bids. They placed their bids on the bras that is, not the guys. Let’s keep that clear! What an incredible night to spend with family and co-workers to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

With glitter covering the floor, confetti guns propped up against my desk, and the sewing machine ready to get to business, I hear, “Mommy, are you making Mr. Dion another bra to wear?” my oldest daughter, Cera, asks me with a serious look on her face. “Yes, Cera, it’s to raise money for breast cancer awareness.” Her response, “Awesome! I can’t wait to see the video!” Hope you enjoy this year’s video as much as she does!

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