Dustin & Mariya Oldfather

Company: Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty, The Oldfather Group
C.E.O The Oldfather Group; REALTOR
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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.

True Professionals

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.

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To Do or Not To Do - That is the Question

30 March 2015, 3:00 am

The home buying process can be a scary and daunting one, but most of us already know this right? That's why you use a REALTOR® and pay for his or her expertise and personal service. I mean, if it were easy, everyone would do it and there would be no need for real estate professionals.

The fact is that buying a home is not easy, from the initial contact with a REALTOR®, to searching for homes, to going through the escrow and financing process and finally closing on and moving into your very own piece of the American Dream.

But there are several things you need to be aware of, which range from common sense items like not buying a home in a depressed neighborhood to more advance concepts like searching for a home with the greatest investment potential or for a loan with the most favorable terms.

But there are also some relatively new tips for buying or selling a piece of property, ones brought to us from the good folks over at Zillow, one of the nation's leading real estate databases. Two “dos” and two “don'ts” that maybe didn't enter your mind before.

Let's take a look:

  • DO buy a home near a Starbucks. Sounds crazy right, but homes in close proximity to the coffee giant are increasing in value. Zillow compared home values before and after a Starbucks was built in a neighborhood and found a 31 percent greater increase in value between 1997 and 2014.

Who knew that a good cup of coffee could equate into greater equity in your family home? Now, go grab a latte and thank your local Starbucks manager, if you're lucky enough to live near a store. If you're not one of the fortunate few, keep this little tidbit in mind the next time you're out shopping for a piece of property.

  • DON'T say your home is “nice.” A 3 percent raise from the boss is “nice.” Your favorite football team winning on Sunday is “nice.” Finding your favorite pair of jeans on sale is “nice.” Your family home is “charming” or it's “appealing” or it's “contemporary.”

Your home is an original, a one-of-a-kind. Take a little effort and describe it adequately and with a little bit of flair and passion. If you're not a writer and don't feel comfortable with this task, don't worry – that's what your REALTOR® is for.

  • DO list your home during the magic window. Unlike trying to time the stock market, choosing just the right moment to list your home for sale can not only be profitable, but it can also be a lot less stressful in the long run.

This magic window is different around the country, but in coastal Delaware, the best time statistically to list a home is in the early spring in advance of the summer tourist season.

Which means the best time is – well it's right about now.

  • DON'T automatically pick the lowest mortgage rate. There are many variables to consider when choosing the best financing option, and this is where utilizing the expertise of a REALTOR® can prove invaluable.

For example, is a 15 year, 20 year or 30 year mortgage the best fit for you? Also, the lowest rate might not always be the best choice, as there are many other factors to consider before signing on the dotted line.

As always, consult with your REALTOR® and with your financial advisor before choosing a payment plan that could well take you as long as three decades to pay back in its entirety.

There are countless more items to consider before purchasing any new piece of property, but these are a few to get you thinking about it. Happy hunting!

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.