Why We Sell More Houses

Burns and Ellis is among Delaware’s largest and oldest privately owned real estate agencies, providing unparalleled commitment to and involvement in the communities we serve. For our clients that means a uniquely personal engagement with our agents; and agents trained by a business large enough to provide cutting edge training and support.

Many Agents, One Team

Co-Owner Tom Burns is not only a lifelong real estate professional, his intimate knowledge of the region comes from serving it as a Realtor® and guiding it with volunteer service on public boards and committees. Wife Terry Burns shares his lifetime experience as a professional Realtor®, and ensures that our hand-picked staff of agents embrace the values, standards and practices that consistently result in the highest percentage of home sales in central Kent County.


Every member of our team is a skilled professional, practiced at successfully matching buyers and sellers. At Burns and Ellis we recognize the life-shaping impact of the transactions we facilitate and do our best to make it a positive experience for both parties.


The basis for Burns and Ellis’s success over almost half a century is integrity. You do not succeed long-term in this business without a commitment to honesty and service. Our customers ask us to shepherd them through what for many will be the biggest financial transaction of their lives. That is a responsibility we recognize and honor with candor and professional skill.  As Realtors Tom and Terry are held to a higher standard, one which they require of their agents.




Dear Mr. Burns:
We've finally recovered from the Thanksgiving holiday and did not want to let 2014 end without expressing our sheer happiness at our recent closing. On Thursday, November 20 th we closed on a property located at 598 N. Dupont Highway. Since we have been investing in real estate for over 15 years, we assumed this would be a routine transaction. However, this was not the case. The transaction turned out to be troublesome and quite complex.
Fortunately, the realtor that we were working with was none other than Mrs. Grace Hartman. Throughout this process, Grace demonstrated exceptional knowledge, professionalism and tenacity. Despite the complexities of this deal, Grace was committed to the satisfactory completion of this transaction.
We were extremely pleased with the sense of commitment, confidence and dedication that Grace exhibited throughout this process. While it became very frustrating at times, Grace
remained patient. Even while she was on vacation, she remained engaged and kept us informed of every detail. This was very reassuring!
When the transaction was in jeopardy, Grace enlisted your assistance as her broker. This strategic decision was instrumental in facilitating final resolution. Thank you for your support and for giving us such an outstanding realtor to work with.
This has been an invaluable experience. We enjoyed working with many of your staff members (including that cute dog). Thank you for letting us be a part of the Burns and Ellis family. We look forward to future transactions and seeing you all again.