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Beach Block Home in St. Leonard’s Tract
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NEWS FLASH: Ventnor Ordinance Amended
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16 N. Brunswick Avenue, Margate
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120 N. Quincy Avenue, Margate
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May Home Maintenance Checklist
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Best Home Improvements For Every Month Of The Year
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Gorgeous Waterfront Estate
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Secrets to Sell Fast in 2017
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How To Prep Your Bank Account To Buy A Home In 2017
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6 Tips to Survive Your Holiday Office Party

Beach Block Home in St. Leonard’s Tract

101 S. Oxford Avenue, Ventnor

Enjoy the sight and sounds of the ocean from your own BEACH BLOCK home! With 3 floors of living space, 5 large bedrooms and 3.5 baths, this historic St. Leonard’s Tract home is deceivingly large.

The first floor boasts a spacious living room with gorgeous stone fireplace and an expansive dining room with pocket doors. The eat-in kitchen features granite counter tops, a decorative tiled backsplash, stainless steel Kitchen Aid appliances and loads of counter space. Additional 1st floor highlights include an inviting family room, a large master bedroom suite with private bath plus a 2nd bedroom perfect for a home office or den.

On the second floor, you’ll find another full bath plus three more enormous bedrooms, including one that includes a sitting room equally as large as a bedroom. The finished basement is accessible via a separate entrance and includes a media room, wet bar, laundry room, tons of storage space and a gorgeous full bathroom with a walk in shower!

Outside, there is a front porch with ocean views, a paver patio, a fenced yard, a detached garage and a large storage shed. Steps to the beach and boardwalk, too!

NEWS FLASH: Ventnor Ordinance Amended

Ventnor Ordinance

HAVE YOU HEARD?!

NOW, VENTNOR HOMES CAN BE RENOVATED EVERY YEAR!

 

GOODBYE, IMPROVEMENT LIMITATIONS

Until recently, there was a severe limit to the amount of improvement possible for homes situated below the required elevation. In the past, such homes could only be improved 40% of their market or assessed value every 10 years.

Here’s a hypothetical example:

Let’s say John Doe owns a home in Ventnor that does not meet the required elevation.  He wants to renovate his kitchen and bathrooms. His home is assessed at $450,000.

In the past, Mr. Doe could spend no more than $180,000 (40% of his home’s value) on renovations every 10 years. This put our hypothetical homeowner in a pickle – if he renovated his kitchen, he would have to press pause on the bathroom project until 2027. If he wanted to tackle both projects in this decade, he would have to tear down his entire home and build a new construction.

 Ventnor City Hall

 

HELLO, ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

Effective October of 2016, The Board of Commissioners AMENDED the previous ordinance. Now, Ventnor homes can be improved 50% of the market or assessed value EVERY YEAR!

Now, homeowners can take on major renovation projects without tearing down their residence.

Now, your Ventnor home is worth more!

And now, John Doe can renovate his kitchen AND his bathroom – no tear down necessary!

The Mark Arbeit And Co team thanks Mayor Holtzman, Commissioner Landgraf and Commissioner Kriebel for helping preserve our beautiful Ventnor homes!

 

MORE INFORMATION

To view the official amended ordinance, Click Here.

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16 N. Brunswick Avenue, Margate

Custom Built Beach Home

16 N. Brunswick Avenue

Conceived for entertaining and shore living, this spectacular 3 story 6 BR 4 BA custom home was professionally designed with every detail and meticulously crafted in 2008 by noted builder/developer, Jacob Yoel. Not your run of the mill “spec house” this home boasts classic high end finishes and multiple upgrades including real hardwood floors throughout, tankless “on-demand” hot water heater, custom plantation shutters on every window and custom closets, just to name a few.

The 1st floor boasts an open floor plan creating a spacious, sunny and airy feel to the home and includes a large living room, adjacent dining area (with access to the fenced yard), state of the art kitchen with granite counters & a center island, Jenn Air stainless steel appliances & custom cabinets, 1st floor bedroom (den or office) and a full bath.

Located on the 2nd floor,the master suite includes a private spa bath, walk in closet and a private deck. There are also two more large bedrooms and another full bathroom. The washer and dryer are located on this floor too. The third floor has two more large bedrooms and another full bath.

Backyard barbecues are a blast in the private fenced yard. There’s also a paver patio, outdoor shower, custom shed and room to park three cars. While this home is superior, the location is OUTSTANDING. Brunswick’s beachblock is the shortest in Margate therefore this home is 2 blocks to the beach, close to the Boardwalk and the best restaurants & shopping in town.

 

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120 N. Quincy Avenue, Margate

Just Completed: New Construction Beach Home in Margate

New Construction Shore Home

Just completed, this 3,300 square foot new construction home in Margate’s prestigious Parkway Section includes 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Great efforts were made in the selection of custom features and architectural details, resulting in its unique yet classic style.

A spacious open floor plan includes a large living room with fireplace and spacious eat-in kitchen. The first floor features a master bedroom suite
plus a second large bedroom and bathroom. The second floor includes a second master bedroom suite with walk-in closet, vaulted ceilings and
huge private bathroom. There is also a huge family room with deck and two more large bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom. The home
also has an unfinished 3rd floor providing the option for two more bedrooms and another full bathroom or a great playroom for the kids or
grandkids.

Exterior highlights include covered front and rear porches, a rear sun deck and a detached garage. Built on a huge 72’ x 80’ lot, the
Buyer has the option of adding a large in-ground pool as well a beautiful area for entertaining.

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May Home Maintenance Checklist

spring french bulldogMay is truly a transitional month. It’s between the unpredictable spring weather and the summer months ahead. You’ll want to get your outdoor spaces looking good now to make them both relaxing and party-ready for the warm weather approaching.

Work on curb appeal: Place flowers in planters on your front porch for a welcoming look.

Fertilize your lawn: Check for bare spots or damaged grass. Make sure you use the correct amount of fertilizer and don’t forget to water.

Check for termites: Take a look at your home’s exterior wood and inspect for any swarms of winged insects. If spotted, it’s best to call a professional pest control company to treat the area.

Reseal exterior woodwork: Extend the life of decks, fences, railings and other outdoor wooden structures by resealing them every year or two.

Prevent mosquitos: Get rid of any standing water to keep mosquitos at a minimum.

Inspect the roof: Visually inspect your roof using binoculars or a camera rather than climbing up onto the roof. If anything looks like it needs repair, call a roofer.

Check outdoor lighting: Clean dirt and insects that have accumulated on lights over the winter. Additionally, replace bulbs if necessary so that they’ll be ready to show off your beautiful yard.

If you’re planning to sell your home this spring, you’ll want it to look its best. Talk to your real estate agent about any other improvements they may have to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers. And if you need a recommendation for any service, Mark Arbeit And Co can steer you in the right direction!

 

Article Re-posted from Long and Foster Blog

Original Article by By Suzanne Whitenight Pilcher, Marketing Coordinator, Long & Foster Companies.

Best Home Improvements For Every Month Of The Year

Best Home Improvement Projects
Does it feel as if your home improvement to-do list never ends? Try organizing your projects by month. Then knock these 12 items off your list.

Once you become a homeowner, the number of things you need (or want) to improve increases exponentially. There’s always something to be done. But certain times of year are better to tackle specific projects, whether your goal is to save money or sanity. Not sure where to begin? We’ve laid out a schedule below.

January: Clean your carpets and rugs

It may seem counterintuitive to do this when it’s cold out, but according to Jonathan Barnett, founder of Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning in Lakewood, CO, your flooring gets really dirty during the winter. Waiting until spring to remove all that grime can make it harder to get stains out. “Plus, the lack of humidity during the winter months allows moisture to evaporate quickly so wet carpets dry faster,” Barnett says. “And a clean carpet provides a healthier and better-smelling home, which is especially important during the winter, when most people spend the majority of their time indoors.”

February: Paint a room or two

Now is the perfect time to tackle an indoor project that you can enjoy year-round. “Indoor projects aren’t weather-dependent; it’s more of a supply and demand thing,” says Shaun McCarthy, president and owner of Handyman Connection in Colorado Springs, CO. If you’re hiring someone to paint for you, winter is a good time to do it. You’re likely to get a much better price than you’d get during the spring and summer, when many people book exterior painting jobs. But even if you’re planning to do it yourself, there are still benefits. Brisk winter air is good for curing paint, so cracking that window for ventilation serves a double purpose. (Unlike humid summer air, it won’t make your paint take longer to dry.) While you’re at it, if you haven’t weather-stripped or caulked your windows and doors, do it in February before the winds of March set in, says McCarthy.

March: Clean your gutters

“The most common problem I see in my home inspections is a wet basement or crawl space,” says Marc Shanley, a certified master inspector at Trinity Inspection, which services homes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. One common culprit? Clogged gutters, which do an ineffective job of directing runoff away from your home’s foundation. All that moisture can cause major foundation problems. Depending on your gutters (and whether you have overhanging trees), you may need to tackle this task more than once a year. Even so, it’s best to do this before the April rains hit.

April: Refinish your hardwood floors

If you’ve discovered hardwoods beneath your new home’s carpeting, wait until spring to complete this labor-intensive but transformative task. “If you wait until it’s really hot out, the finish can cure too quickly and the sheen might not dry properly, which leads to a glossy, uneven finish,” says Arne Johansson, owner of Arne’s Floor Sanding in Minneapolis, MN.

May: Buy a new refrigerator

Although most large appliances go on sale later in the year, refrigerators have their moment in May, in preparation for the summer. To make room for that new inventory, the older versions usually go on sale, which can mean big discounts for consumers. Want even more savings? Consider energy efficiency (look for the Energy Star certification) and ask if you can buy the floor model. Don’t forget to haggle!

June: Freshen up your exterior

Now’s the time to wash your windows (or pay someone to do it), power-wash your siding, and install screens in your windows. Before you power-wash, be sure that all your weatherstripping and caulking is secure (and your windows are closed). Otherwise, you risk shooting the cleaning liquid into your house, says McCarthy. He also advises testing the washer’s power on an inconspicuous area of your exterior beforehand. “You want to clean your house, not take the paint off of it,” he says.

July: Fertilize your lawn

“Your lawn needs a solid four to six fertilization applications throughout the year to keep it healthy and growing,” says Gene Caballero, co-founder of GreenPal, an app that matches customers with landscapers. “Fertilizing in July will give your lawn the vitamins and nutrients it needs to get through the rest of the hot summer months. Also, this midsummer application helps to prevent weeds from germinating — setting you up for less weed pulling in the fall.”

August: Paint your home’s exterior

The best time to paint your home’s exterior is when temperatures remain consistent from day to day and don’t drastically dip overnight. “The real key,” says McCarthy, is “to work your way around the house so that you’re always painting in the shade.” First, map out what time of day the sun hits each side of your home, then paint accordingly. Of course, you could always hire a pro for this task. You might want to get some estimates, especially for a multistory house. Investing in the equipment (including a tall ladder or two) might not be worth the cost or the hassle.

September: Replace your windows

Caulk adheres better when the temperature is between 40 and 80 degrees, so those glorious days of late summer and early fall are an ideal time to replace your windows. Plus, when the cold weather does hit, new windows will keep the heat where it belongs — inside your house.

October: Buy new appliances

Big-ticket appliances such as stoves, washing machines, and dishwashers debut their newest models around this time of year. That frequently means deep discounts on the old ones. Some retailers will even start their holiday sales early. Double savings!

November: Remodel your bathroom

Contractors are entering their slow season this month, so they’re more willing to jump on a small project and get it done quickly, says McCarthy. “A powder room is a good way to test a contractor out, especially if you’re in the market for a larger renovation like a kitchen,” he says. “If you like the way it turns out, great; if you don’t, it’s low risk.”

December: Build a deck

You’ll probably get a good deal, because deck builders will be winding down for the winter. But adding a deck onto your house when it’s cold out makes sense from a building perspective too. December is less humid, so if you’re using pressure-treated wood, it’ll dry more consistently and evenly. Also, the hot sun won’t beat down on it, which can cause warping and cracking.

 

Article Re-posted from Trulia.com (March 29, 2017 by Michelle Hainer)

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Gorgeous Waterfront Estate

7 N. Somerset Avenue, Ventnor, NJ

Waterfront Compound

 

This gorgeous Bayfront compound includes 2 homes on 1 block!

Situated on the Intercoastal Waterway in the prestigious St. Leonard’s Tract section of Ventnor, this sprawling waterfront estate includes an immaculate Nantucket-style home and a separate three bedroom two bathroom guest house.

Built in 2005, the main house was constructed using the finest materials and custom finishes.

The lower level is perfect for entertaining, with Vermont slate watermark floors, a custom gas fire pit, and large wet bar. Multiple sliding glass doors open to create a seamless transition to the enormous waterfront deck and in-ground pool overlooking the bay.

Take the elevator upstairs, where the main level boasts solid Santos mahogany wood floors, complete with radiant heat. The open floor plan centers around a gorgeous custom suspended staircase on blind steel hangers, providing lots of natural light throughout the home. The spacious living room features coffered ceilings and a custom hand carved Italian marble fireplace. The eat-in kitchen has granite countertops, solid cherry wood cabinets and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, including Wolf Range and Subzero 48” wide refrigerator. There is also a dining area with bar and window seat, a solarium with water views, and a deck overlooking the bay.

On the third floor, the sunny master bedroom includes a wood burning gas lit fireplace, a sitting area, a large walk-in closet, two private decks and a private bathroom with steam bath. There are two additional bedrooms on this floor. Each bedroom includes its own private deck, large closet and en suite bathroom with Whirlpool tub and custom cherry wood cabinets. The third floor also provides access to a central tower with skylights and breathtaking views of the island and mainland.

An attached two-car garage features radiant heat floors, custom Spanish cedar doors, a summer kitchen and refrigerator, extra washer and dryer, and a 50 AMP (Tesla or other) electric car charger.

Outside, enjoy multiple waterfront decks, lounge by the gorgeous 16’ x 32’ heated in-ground pool or walk to the beach! Other exterior highlights include four floating docks, four boat slips and extra heavy duty bulkhead, complete with 60’ long drag beam of solid concrete and drain system.

And that’s just the main house! Also included is a three bedroom, two bathroom guest house with hardwood floors throughout. The first floor boasts a large living room, a dining room, a newly renovated eat-in kitchen and a newly updated bathroom. Upstairs, there is a master suite with private bathroom and two additional bedrooms with a hall bath. Exterior highlights include a front porch, a rear deck, and off street parking.

Ideal for guests, this classic shore home is located directly behind the main house, and it shares access to the pool and yard. This second house could be used as a rental unit or could be sold separately, but the multi-home compound is also perfect for multi-generational families looking to make a lifetime of memories at the shore!

Secrets to Sell Fast in 2017

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Mark Arbeit And Co can help you sell fast by helping you list at the right price, by taking professional photos and aerial videos, and by promoting your home on social media plus sites like realtor.com, Zillow and Trulia!

 

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How To Prep Your Bank Account To Buy A Home In 2017

how to save money to buy a homeGetting your finances in order can help you buy a home in the new year.

This is it: 2017 is the year you will finally buy a home! But even once you’ve made the ultimate decision to make the leap into homeownership, your hard work is far from complete. Buying a home is a big commitment and costs a lot of money — and getting the mortgage you want at the best interest rate possible is enough to stress anyone out. Organizing your financial house, so to speak, can help reduce that stress and set you up for home-buying success.

Whether you’re eyeballing a home for sale in Jacksonville, FL, or a humble abode in Phoenix, AZ, you can take action to prep your bank account and savings to be ready to buy a home in 2017. So, if your goal is to nab the keys to a brand-new place, these six steps will help you get organized, stay on track, and fund your dreams.

1. Set a specific goal

It’s hard to make a plan of action if you don’t know where you want to go. Look at how much it will cost you to buy a home in 2017. What amount of money do you need to save for that down payment? Your best option is to save at least 20% of a home’s purchase price. This allows you to get better options when it comes to mortgages and interest rates, and it means you avoid the extra cost of PMI (private mortgage insurance).

Once you have the specific target number in mind, you can break it down by month. If you want to save a total of $20,000 before you buy, for example, you need to put away about $1,667 per month to meet your goal at year’s end.

2. Designate a savings account just for your down payment fund

You can stay organized by putting the money you save for this specific purpose into its own savings account. Online banks like Ally or CapitalOne360 offer great options, because they allow you to have multiple accounts that you can designate for specific goals. (CapitalOne360 allows up to 30 accounts without a fee!)

Online banks also tend to offer higher interest rates in the current low-rate environment than traditional, brick-and-mortar banks. But that’s not a hard-and-fast rule. Shop around and look for a bank (or credit union) that offers the best savings account option, with the best interest rate — and don’t settle for an account that charges you fees. There are too many no-fee options available.

3. Create an automatic transfer

You have your specific goal and now you know where you’ll put that money while you save. The next step: Set up an automatic transfer from your checking to that designated savings account. Setting up an automatic transfer is a great way of “paying yourself first.” You prioritize your savings by moving it into the designated account first. This means you won’t be tempted to spend that money like you might if it sat in your checking account for a while before you made the conscious decision, month after month, to transfer it to savings.

It also means you’ll make progress toward your savings goal even if you forget about it one month (or two). An automatic transfer means you won’t fall short of your goal at the end of the year simply because you forgot to move the money to the right savings account.

4. Revise your budget to cut costs

Depending on how much you want to save for a down payment, you may need to move a lot of money from checking to savings each month. This can severely limit your cash flow and leave you short in other areas of your budget. To prevent this, review your budget with your monthly savings goal in mind. Where can you cut costs so you can afford to save this much per month? Start by looking at your discretionary income. You don’t need to eliminate everything, but could you cut back on how much you spend to eat meals out, for example?

Don’t forget to evaluate your bills and living expenses too. While you may not be able to cut these costs entirely, you can take action to reduce them. Call providers and ask about discounts or lower-priced options. Every little bit of expense you can eliminate makes it that much easier to add to your savings so you can stay on target.

5. Allocate extra funds to your home-buying goal

In addition to freeing up money from current costs in your budget, you can allocate any extra money you make to your down payment fund. This can accelerate your progress toward your ultimate savings goal — and even help you exceed it. Put any kind of windfall toward your designated savings account. This could include overtime pay, quarterly or annual bonuses from work, or extra money you make on the side (but be sure to set aside funds to cover taxes on your added income). Allocate at least half of cash gifts to savings too.

6. Resist making massive transfers before you apply for a mortgage

You’ve worked hard to save up the money you need to buy a home in 2017. You know your home-buying budget, you’ve identified a lender, and you’re ready to apply for a mortgage. Now is not the time to do anything drastic with any of your bank accounts. Remember, when you apply for a home loan, the lender will carefully scrutinize all of your financial activity. You’ll need to explain the source of any large transfers and provide documentation for proof.

Talk to your lender about what kind of funds they’ll approve and what cash they won’t allow you to use toward a down payment. Ask what documentation or proof you need for different kinds of transfers. Doing so now will help you prepare to buy a home in 2017 and secure the mortgage you need to help you reach your goal.

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6 Tips to Survive Your Holiday Office Party

6 Tips to Survive Your Holiday Office Party

It’s the most wonderful time of year, and that undoubtedly means that your workplace feels the need to offer some type of celebration. Socializing with co-workers outside of the regular office setting can get tricky, so we’ve gathered 6 top tips to help you navigate your work Christmas party. By following these rules of thumb, you can be sure you’ll have a decent time AND still have your job come Monday.

 

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