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What a truly exceptional experience working with Fran to find and purchase our new home. Fran was a partner in locating a desirable community, providing valuable input on our selections, and advising us on issues with our builder. Fran was amazing!

- Mark &Bev Schade

Thanks so much to Francine Balinskas of Active Adults Realty. She spent countless hours showing us different types of homes and different areas when we were so undecided. She was able to decipher our preferences and find us the perfect home. Her kindness and patience showed all the way through to our walk through. I highly recommend her.

- Susan and Kevin Nolan

Francine Balinskas was very easy and helpful to work with. We were making a major lifestyle change and moving from the northeast so we had many concerns and challenges. Francine was always ready to answer questions and provide us with the information we needed

- Carolyn & Rich Tomaszewski

When we decided to actively search for real estate in Delaware our friends recommend Active Adults Realty. We met with Kathy and felt comfortable with her immediately. When it was time to actually check out new homes we had the pleasure of working with Francine.We immediately felt comfortable with her and felt she had our best interest in heart. We described what we were looking for and she zeroed in on our wish list. She showed us exactly what we wanted and put no pressure on us at all. Francine made herself available whenever we had questions or concerns. Her years of experience and expertise helped us to make informed decisions about the purchase of a new home. Francine made this whole experience less stressful for us both. I look at my new house and feel thankful that Francine helped us find it. We highly recommend Francine and Active Adult Realty.

- Marita P Holzer

We started working with Francine Balinskas in November 2019. Being purchasers from out of state (800+ miles away), this buying process could have been more stressful than a typical purchase. During our week of house hunting, Francine was a pleasure to work with. She knew immediately what we were looking for, focused on the best use of our time and found the perfect new home for our relocation. During the build over the next 5 months, Francine always responded to our questions, coordinated calls with the builder's sales office and took care of any issues we had. With Covid-19 in the middle of this all, she did the initial inspections for us, handled the closing, and went above and beyond to insure that we were able to close without issue and move into our beautiful new home on time. We would highly recommend working with Francine and know that we made a lifetime friend. Active Adults Realty met every expectation and made this process a great experience.

- MacNamara

Our agent Francine Balinskas, was always available to answer questions. She was very attentive and knowledgeable. She is also a fine neighbor!!

- Ray and Debbie Fratella

Thanks so much to Francine Balinskas of Active Adults Realty. She spent countless hours showing us different types of homes and different areas when we were so undecided. She was able to decipher our preferences and find us the perfect home. Her kindness and patience showed all the way through to our walk through. I highly recommend her.

- Susan and Kevin Nolan
Yes, we did it! Actually, Francine Balinskas did it for us. She went through our wishes and preferences, took that clearly as it was for her family. She was spending as much time as we needed, cleared up all nuances, which we had a lot of, being MD residents. So during our 4th tour through some properties we got our beach place! Thank you very much, Fran, we will certainly refer people to you!
- Dr. Nina Kashtelyan

Francine was wonderful. She helped us find the perfect second home in Lewes, and took care of all the details from making the offer to closing in a professional manner. We look forward to many weekends at the beach!

- Greg and Robyn Bowman

From the time we walked through Active Adults Realty’s door, we knew we made the right choice and that our interests and concerns would be addressed. Over the years we have lived in three states, moved five times with five different realtors and have never had such an exceptional level of service that Francine Balinskas provided to us. We wouldn’t have found our new home without her! Fran is a fantastic realtor!

- Honey & Bill Breitmayer

“After retirement, I found the need to downsize and relocate from the Philadelphia area to a place with milder winters and fun things to do. When making this type of decision, I wanted to work with someone I could trust. Francine Balinskas from Active Adults Realty in Lewes was there every step of the way, proving to be a mentor who answered my questions and helped me make the best decision. Fran ensured that the entire process of house hunting, purchase, and settlement went smoothly. I would highly recommend her to anyone searching for a new home. Thanks again to Fran and Active Adults Realty for being such a pleasure to work with.” Bruce and Craig

- Bruce Holt and Craig Glausman

I would like to share my experience with my Realtor, Francine Balinskas with Active Adult Realty in Lewes, Delaware. I was moving from North Caroline to Delaware, to be closer to my children. I knew I wanted to live in an over 55 community with many amenities. I also wanted a single family home. Francine knew exactly what property would work for my needs. The first property she showed me, and my sons, was the one I bought. Francine was always available when I had questions. She was very patient and always helped get me answers. I now live in Bay Crossing in Lewes, Delaware and love the choice I made.

- Suzanne Dohl

It was a pleasure working with Francine Balinskas. She understood what we were looking for and showed us great options. Francine was always available to answer any and all of our questions from the start of the process to closing. We would not hesitate to recommend Francine to assist anyone with finding a home in Delaware.

- Christine and John

We met Fran in November of 2018. We knew right away Fran Balinskas was the realtor for us. She was friendly, personable, and easy to communicate with. We felt like we knew her for years. She went above and beyond assisting us through the whole process of purchasing our new home. She offered excellent advice, answered every question and helped us make informed decisions. We could not be happier to have Fran as our realtor and now as a friend. We would highly recommend her.

- Ken and Marilyn

7/31/19 Now that we are settled in our new home at Independence, Millsboro, DE, I have some time to express my gratitude to Francine Balinskas, our realtor with Active Adults Realty. My husband and I were so delighted to be connected to Fran, as she was a big help to us. She spoke sincerely about the communities that were available to us after we expressed what we were looking for in a forever home. She listened and confirmed our feelings regarding the active adult community of Schell Brothers, Independence. While we were going through the process of making selections to design our home, her input was invaluable. Fran, met with us many times to walk through the construction of our home. She showed awesome insight and was fun to be around. Her professionalism and knowledge put our minds at ease regarding choices we made. Fran was so pleasant to be around and I always looked forward to seeing her even when things got a bit sticky, supporting our concerns about changes that needed to be made. Upon closing, Fran was there to celebrate our purchase. At the end, she even generously gave us a beautiful house warming gift, that was totally unexpected and useful. We highly recommend Francine Balinskas, Seniors Real Estate Specialist and the Active Adults Realty Company. Regina & Jim McShane New residents of Independence, Millsboro, DE

- Regina McShane

We were very fortunate to find Francine Balinskas from Active Adults Reality in Delaware. She worked with us long distance for 6 months before we actually made the move. She sent us almost daily listings, and was a true pleasure to work with. Francine always promptly returned phone calls, texts, and emails. She has a strong handle on the 55+ Active Adult communities in Delaware. If there was something she couldn't immediately answer, she quickly got the answer for us. She stayed by our side until our closing. We highly recommend Francine Balinskas and Active Adults Realty!

- Bonnie

Francine was wonderful thru the whole process. She knew what we were looking for and found our wonderful retirement home. The last month was extremely difficult due to the mortgage company. Francine was always there to support and calm our histeria! Thank you Francine, you are the best!

- Teri and Bernie

PERFECT!!! PERFECT!!! PERFECT!!! Francine Balinskas was our PERFECT realtor!!! Active Adult Realty
was our PERFECT realty broker!!!
We employed Francine to search for our new house in Southern Delaware beginning in Summer 2021
until our successful closing in June 2022. Francine was fully dedicated and highly motivated to find our
new house. She was always extremely trustworthy and had superlative knowledge, experience, and
communication skills. She was very professional and personable and it was a pleasure to work with her.
She did an absolutely outstanding job.
In Summer 2021 and Spring 2022, Francine drove us all over the Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Milton and
Millsboro area to 10+ developments to educate us about the established and new housing
developments. She learned about our preferences for an affordable, high-quality house and builder, for
a house that is reasonably close to the beach and for a 55+ community and she tailored our search
accordingly. She set up meetings with multiple development sales agents and several house showings
within a very busy productive schedule. She worked tirelessly, she was always available, she was very
patient as we considered the opportunities and she continually explained the trade-offs between the
different housing developments.
In Spring 2022, Francine gave us advance notice that a house in the Schell Brothers “Independence”
community would be listed for re-sale. We proactively visited the house and immediately made an offer
which was accepted. Francine continued to demonstrate her value by recommending a mortgage
lender, settlement attorney and inspector which made the entire process very effective, seamless, and
uneventful. Francine also was very effective in working with the Sellers realtor agent to answer our
numerous questions about the house and to enlist the support of her Active Adults Realty broker, Bill
Davis, to resolve a few contract questions to our satisfaction. Francine’s performance is even more
impressive considering that we relocated from Pennsylvania to Delaware and had to communicate
effectively via phone calls, text messages and emails to accomplish a lot of the work required to
purchase the house and close at settlement. In summary, Francine was instrumental in helping us find
our beautiful new home in our ideal 55+ community and she made the entire process very smooth and
We give Francine Balinskas and Active Adult Realty a very positive PERFECT rating!!! We highly
recommend that potential clients should employ Francine Balinskas as your Southern Delaware

- Michael & Sheila

Francine Balinskas has helped us with the purchase of our new home. She has been excellent during every step of the process. Can’t recommend her highly enough!

- Andrea W.

Francine is a wonderful caring person! We moved from New Hampshire and she helped us find our amazing retirement home! She was our anchor thru some very rough seas we encountered with the mortgage company. She was always there to hear our tale of woe! Francine was calm, when we were hysterical! She listened to what we wanted for a house and proximity to the ocean! It was a pleasure working with Francine and would highly recommend her to anyone!

- Teri and Bernie

We are so deeply appreciative of Francine who guided us with great knowledge and grace through our journey to purchase a home in Lewes. Through a pandemic and a crazy housing market, we will always be grateful for Francine's perseverance in helping us to find the exact right place! She has been exceptionally responsive and helpful, providing useful recommendations and insights. We cannot recommend her more highly!!

- John Carlson and Mona Yacoubian

Like many people moving to this community, I was from another part of the country. It takes a special skill and commitment to work with clients who are trying to find their new community while managing the details of an out-of-state move. Francine is knowledgeable, committed, and strategic in her approach to guiding a client for their decision making. She listened to interests and needs and responded with appropriate actions to review communities and homes. She used house selection software appropriately to focus on my specific needs and reviewed feedback to capitalize on my interests. Her diligence and sensitivity allowed me to narrow my focus on several communities. When I decided to make an offer on a property, I was confident in her representation as my agent. Moving cross country to an unknown community requires a great deal of trust. All interactions and conversations had me feeling confident in her skills and her dedication to my best choice.

- Suzanne Sigona

Francine helped us purchase our beach house, which is our second home here in Delaware. She was very attentive to our wants and needs and offered great advice for us along the way. The entire process from beginning to end was seamless and quick. This couldn’t have been a better experience for us. Thanks again, Fran! You are truly one of the best. ~Alicia and Bob Hartmann

- Alicia Hartmann

We were so lucky when we met Francine Balinskas at Active Adults Realty. We had limited time available to look at houses and Francine obliged our schedule with ease. We were out of town buyers and from working closely with us for a couple of days only, knew exactly what we were looking for. When the perfect house popped up, she contacted us immediately, toured the house and sent us videos. We put an offer in site unseen because we trusted her. We know are living in our beautiful home in Lewes thanks to Francine. She was the best for us and she will be for you too.

- Joanne L. Makielski

Fran B listened to my decision on why I wanted to sell my lovely home, and she asked the right questions to ensure I made the right decision. Fran offered her time, energy and support when mine waned. I will always be grateful for her help in answering my many questions, comforting me when anxiety was high and support in dealing with all the unknowns of selling a house. I highly recommend Fran B and Active Adults Realty when you decide to sell or buy a house in the Sussex area.

- Billie M.

We purchased our new home in Dover. It’s finally built and we’ll be moving in next month. Francine helped us decide on the beautiful over 55 community that we will now move in to. Although we knew immediately that this community was the one for us ( and didn’t really bother looking at any others) Francine was always there for us for support and any questions we had. She shared our excitement and happiness as we went through the whole process. I am grateful that we were lucky to meet Francine and her wonderful company!

- Ruth and Omar R.

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