From the first moment Dustin & Mariya Oldfather caught each other’s eye during a chance meeting on Second Street in Rehoboth Beach, this place has held special meaning to them. Though road trips have taken them up and down the entire eastern seaboard and they’ve visited exciting locales around the globe—the windy streets of Chicago, the tropical sands of Key West, romantic Niagara Falls, Mariya’s birthplace in Bulgaria and romantic Buenos Aires—no place has captured their hearts in quite the same way as the coast of Southern Delaware.
The Perfect Sanctuary
Undoubtedly, Dustin & Mariya share a fondness for the area because it’s where they met, but for them, it’s so much more. The peaceful pond right behind their waterfront home is the perfect sanctuary to unwind and share a bottle of wine with friends after a long day or exciting journey. These adventurers also love nature and enjoy invigorating bike rides or hikes through the woods. They share a passion for gourmet food and appreciate the abundance of fine local dining. Their philosophy of life is to live it to the fullest by continually experiencing new things, and they relish knowing they can do it here.
Even before that day on Second Street, Dustin & Mariya’s lives traveled similar paths. They both were committed to higher education, pursuing extremely rigorous studies. While Dustin trained at the Florida Naval Base and studied molecular biology and nuclear physics, Mariya completed a challenging curriculum of math, language and computers, obtaining her degree in accounting from the prestigious University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria. From the moment they met, they respected each other’s intellect, wit and core values. But more importantly, they admired their mutual desire to embrace life on the coast.
It’s no surprise that Dustin & Mariya have been able to turn their fondness for the coast into a successful career as real estate professionals. As a team specializing in Southern Delaware’s extraordinary coastal communities, they are able to provide their clients with more than information and guidance toward their home purchase or sale. They offer genuine enthusiasm for the lifestyle and a desire to help their clients make the most of it.
When you combine Dustin’s innovative thinking and extensive knowledge of mortgage programs with Mariya’s strong analytical, financial and organization skills you experience a noticeable advantage in today’s complex market. Add their technical savvy, heavy Internet presence and use of virtual tours and you have two valuable resources in real estate. Both Dustin & Mariya are also certified Senior Housing Specialists and work closely with many local builders so they are able to help clients in every stage of their investment portfolio, from new construction to downsizing.
Dustin & Mariya will soon be published in a book with multiple Best Selling author, Brian Tracy, called Counter Attack - Business Strategies for Explosive Growth in the New Economy. Their property marketing has been featured in The Wall St. Journal, The New York Times, Extraordinary Properties Magazine Journal and Delaware News Journal. They have appeared on CBS, FOX and WRDE television affiliates speaking on subjects ranging from branding, marketing and real estate.
Extraordinary Coastal Living
If you’ve made the decision to embrace life on the coast or would to get top dollar selling your home, Dustin & Mariya are true professionals who focus closely on helping you do just that, and they strive to provide a higher standard of service. When you’re ready to Experience Extraordinary Coastal Living, turn to Dustin & Mariya for the knowledge and enthusiasm necessary to achieve your ultimate goals.
Serving Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Milton and Millsboro Delaware.
Oldfather Group Chosen for Exclusive Training Program
18 February 2015, 3:00 am
The Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty, based in Rehoboth Beach, was selected recently for a special project overseen by the nation's top real estate coaching team, one of only 75 real estate offices nationwide picked for this exclusive honor.
Headed by Dustin and Mariya Oldfather since 2004, the small, tight-knit group of real estate professionals was chosen by Tom Ferry Coaching because of its “record production for Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty” over the last several years.
“For a boutique type real estate company in the nation's second smallest state to be chosen for a program of this magnitude is obviously a big thrill for us, as well as a huge honor,” says Dustin Oldfather, the group's chief executive officer. “We're excited to work with Tom Ferry and Carl Ruzzuto so we can continue improving to better serve our clients. Consumers in Delaware deserve a better real estate experience, and this is part of how we will meet that higher standard.”
With more than a quarter-century of experience in the real estate industry, Ferry has influenced hundreds of thousands of real estate professionals through his coaching programs. He was also named the top real estate educator in the country by Swanepoel Power 200 and is the best-selling author of “Life! By Design.”
The Swanepoel Power 200 is the most comprehensive list of influential CEOs, thought leaders and senior executives in the residential real estate brokerage business. It analyzes more than 1,000 individuals in the industry and ranks them based on various criteria including their personal influence, their tenure in the industry and the organization’s significance and contribution to the industry.
“Training with a team of this caliber is only going to help us and our team members moving forward and we're excited to be traveling on this exciting path,” says Dustin Oldfather. “We have our whole team involved and it's created a level of excitement around the office that is truly fun to watch.”
The Oldfather Group has quickly established itself as one of the top real estate firms in Sussex County, helping more than 150 clients either buy or sell a home in the last calendar year.
According to broker metrics, a leading analytical tool for brokers, agents and Multiple Listing Services, the firm is number two in the county in terms of “buyer represented sales” and number three in Sussex County in total overall transactions.
With it's main offices in the heart of Rehoboth Beach, and satellite locations in Lewes and Bethany Beach, the Oldfather Group specializes in real estate sales throughout coastal Delaware.
The Retirement Craze in Southern Delaware
17 February 2015, 3:00 am
So you live in another mid-Atlantic state and you hear about friends, neighbors and even former co-workers retiring to tiny little Delaware, and you wonder why? Why on earth would you move to the second smallest state in the country, and in particular, the most rural county in said state?
Well, there are many reasons to move to coastal Delaware, reasons we've found over the years to be extremely compelling. Whatever nickname you decide to give to tiny Delaware, and believe me there are plenty going around, the First State has plenty to offer.
So if you know of people moving here to live out their Golden Years and you can't figure out why, well here's hoping you'll understand the appeal after reading this blog entry.
Just a few of the reasons:
THE BEACH. Yes, I had to put that in all capital letters because it is clearly the most popular answer we receive to this question. With 26 miles of Atlantic coastline, five (5) top notch beach resorts, two (2) beaches named among America's cleanest by the National Resources Defense Council, entertainment galore during the summer months, tranquil beauty year-round and some of the best locally owned dining options anywhere along the East Coast, the beach is definitely the top draw here in coastal Delaware. And the best part is, these are still, for the most part, small town beaches devoid of many of the problems you see in larger Atlantic coastal resorts like Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach and even Ocean City, Md. So come here and enjoy all the Delaware beaches have to offer – and catch a glimpse of what your neighbors are talking about.
THE TAXES. If the beaches are reason Number 1 for retiring in coastal Delaware, then the low taxes are clearly Number 1A. Featuring no sales tax, no Social Security tax, no inheritance tax for most residents and some of the lowest property taxes in the country (Sussex County property taxes in 2014 are just 44.5 cents for every $100 of assessed value, the same as it has been since 1990), living at or near the Delaware beaches makes great sense from a financial standpoint. Oh, and those assessed values the property taxes are based on – home values have not been reassessed since 1972, so you're actually paying a low percentage based on what your property was worth more than 40 years ago! Are you understanding now why people want to retire here?
The Proximity to the City. Backing away from the all caps here because the two (2) reasons above are clearly the most popular ones for retirees moving to the area. But another reason is the close proximity to several metropolitan areas, including Baltimore (about 2 hours), Washington (about 2 hours), Philadelphia (about 2 hours) and New York City (between 4-5 hours). So, if you feel like escaping the small town lifestyle and partying it up in the big city for a day or two, you can do so relatively easily.
Low Stress. Hey, you're at the beach, which automatically means a lower amount of stress in your life, right? But living in southern Delaware also means a slower pace of life, neighbors who you will get to know and become friends with and even a less expensive cost of living. So come on over to the beach and relax. Slow down and enjoy life for a bit.
Retirement Communities. There are now plenty of communities in southern Delaware reserved for those over the age of 55. Heritage Shores in Bridgeville, Cinderberry in Georgetown, Independence in Millsboro and Cedar Valley in Rehoboth Beach are just a few of the communities where seniors can relax and enjoy life with people their own age.
So, there you have it. Just a few of the reasons why southern Delaware has become such a popular retirement destination over the last couple of decades, and why it will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.
Come for a visit and see all that what some have begun calling the “Florida of the North” has to offer those of retirement age. You may just decide to stay for awhile.
And as always, feel free to call the Oldfather Group today at 302-227-6767 to see how we can help you find that perfect retirement home.