Category - Holidays at the Shore

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6 Tips to Survive Your Holiday Office Party
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How to Deck the Halls When Selling Your Home During Holidays
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10 Things Stores Won’t Say About Black Friday, but Mark Arbeit and Co Will
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Mark Arbeit and Co. Presidents Weekend Open Houses , Margate NJ
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The History of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
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Top 5 Holiday Movie Houses (and 1 Honorable Mentions)
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‘Green Monday’ Becomes New Shopping Day For Procrastinators
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Countdown to Christmas
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Tips and tricks to shopping the outlets at The Walk in Atlantic City
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Countdown to Christmas

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.

 

How to Deck the Halls When Selling Your Home During Holidays

Tasteful Holiday Decoration

Unless you’re a total Grinch, it’s hard to argue with the fact that glitter lights and colorful accents make a home look more cheerful and inviting. But you also probably know that if you’re trying to sell your home, buyers need to have an easy time imagining themselves (and their own holiday traditions) in your home.

You don’t have to ditch the holiday decorations altogether. But you shouldn’t hang all the boughs of holly, Christmas lights, Hanukkah menorahs, and every holiday card you receive, either.

So how do you walk the line during these merry months and let the holiday spirit flow without turning off buyers? Hey, we’ve got some tips—an early secret Santa gift from us to you!

 

1. Depersonalize the decorations

“It’s important the design appeals to as many different home buyers and tastes as possible,” says Erika Dalager, marketing manager at roOomy, a virtual home staging site. “The seller’s personal life should not be prominently featured throughout the home.”

That means avoiding the personal decorations that appeal mostly to you and your family:

  • “Best Mom” tree ornaments your kids made in preschool
  • Named Christmas stockings
  • Religious tokens and symbols
  • A ton of holiday cards
  • Photos of your baby’s first Christmas

Hope Mazzola, a real estate broker with William Raveis in Katonah, NY, says glitzing a home with over-the-top decorations is like wrapping a house in an “ugly holiday sweater.”

“Less is definitely more when it comes to holiday decorations while selling your home,” Mazzola says. “Enhancing the features of the home versus adding all the bells and whistles will keep buyers on track.”

2. Consider the neighborhood

But if your neighborhood is ablaze with holidays lights, which herald the block’s values and attract like-minded buyers, then you don’t want to be your block’s resident Scrooge, says Tori Toth, a New York City home stager.

“If your neighborhood is festive during Christmas, then a buyer would expect Christmas decorations at your home,” Toth says. “On the other hand, if you live in a politically correct neighborhood with a mix of religious beliefs, use more generic decorations to promote season’s greetings rather than your specific holiday.”

Some real estate pros, however, say you should forgo the decorations regardless of what your neighbors are doing.

“Putting up decorations while your home is on the market poses more risk than it offers reward,” says Sam Pawlitzki, a Los Angeles Realtor. “I recommend that sellers stick to the rule of keeping their house impersonal.”

Office Holiday Decor

3. If you must decorate…

Follow these tips for decorating your home while it’s for sale during the holidays:

Avoid the kitsch: Inflatable snowmen,  reindeer on the roof, a gazillion angels flapping their wings, or life-size Mike Pence mannequins can seem in poor taste and turn off potential buyers.

 

Classic is always best: Hang an elegant wreath on the front door, rather than a “Santa stops here!” sign, says Jamie Novak, author of “Keep This, Toss That.”

Don’t overdo lights: Simple white lights can add a festive touch without blinding buyers during walk-throughs.

Skip the tree: You can’t win with a tree. If it’s too big, it distracts viewers and can make the room seem small. It can also block the flow and make the space seem crowded. And if it’s tiny, it’s depressing and sad. Decorate a tree only if you have a great room and you want to show off a high ceiling.

Box up the greeting cards: Holiday cards on tables make the room look messy. Stick them in a drawer.

Protect presents: Don’t stack gifts under a tree or put them on display. The last thing you want this holiday is for a stranger with sticky fingers to walk away with a present. Lock the presents in your car trunk, especially during an open house.

Choose scents over scenes: The smell of simmering cider or baked cookies will delight the senses more than garlands strung over everything that doesn’t move.

Light a fire: A roaring fireplace during a weekday showing is a cozy way to celebrate the winter and warm visitors as well.

Pump up powder rooms: Place peppermint-scented soaps and candles in the bathrooms along with a few tasteful, holiday-themed towels. They give the rooms some spirit and interest.

Celebrate your tradition with color: This may not be the year you display the religious symbols of your holidays, but you don’t have to forsake them altogether. If you celebrate Hanukkah, hang a wreath with shades of blue. For Christmas, your wreath can be made of evergreen boughs and pine cones. For Kwanzaa, add red berries to a green wreath.

In the end, the most important holiday decision you’ll make is whether to keep your home on the market during Yuletide: You’ll have fewer house hunters, but more motivated buyers. Ask your Realtor whether you should consider delisting your home for the holiday season, and starting fresh after the new year.

 

RE-POSTED FROM Realtor.com

Original Article by  | Dec 7, 2016

10 Things Stores Won’t Say About Black Friday, but Mark Arbeit and Co Will

Black Friday… Are You Buying The Hype?

10 Things Stores Won’t Say About Black Friday, but Mark Arbeit and Co Will

In less then week it will be everybody’s favorite holiday – Black Friday! It’s time to make your plan, gobble that turkey and head out to the stores. And wait in line. And wait. And wait.

Unlike years past, however, retailers are making it easier for you to get a jump on your holiday shopping. And to get in line earlier. Some stores will open at 9 and 10 p.m. And this means you’ll need to be out there oh, mid-afternoon if not way earlier to be among the first to get in the doors.

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Mark Arbeit and Co. Presidents Weekend Open Houses , Margate NJ

The Best of the Parkway of Margate, 8 Open Houses all by Mark Arbeit and Co.

The “Parkway” section of Margate is one of the most sought after locations on the South Jersey Shore.

12 S. Rumson Ave, Margate, NJ

Situated on a rare over sized South Side double lot, this ultimate sanctuary by the beach features over 5,300 sq ft of living space. The home includes 5 BR 5 BA, chef’s kitchen w/built-in custom breakfast nook, media room & family room, 2 laundry rooms & a master BR suite w/2 walk in closets, private deck w/ocean views & BA w/hot tub, steam shower, sauna. Exterior highlights include professional landscaping, hardscaping w/pavers, in-ground pool & spa, multiple decks & patios, outdoor shower & 2 car garage.

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The History of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

According to legend, Clement Clarke Moore wrote his immortal poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, for his family on Christmas Eve 1822

Christmas Eve 1822, Chelsea, New York. Clement C. Moore reads his new poem, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, to his family: wife Eliza, Margaret 7, Charity 6, Ben 4, Mary 3, Clement Jr. 2, and Emily 8 months. An original oil painting

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Top 5 Holiday Movie Houses (and 1 Honorable Mentions)

I love a good Christmas Holiday Movie. And here are my Top favorite Christmas Houses. Some made such an impression on me that my own home reflects their style.

#5. The Family Stone

This gorgeous home in Riverside, CT (above) was the home used in The Family Stone, a star-packed, romantic comedy featuring Sarah Jessica Parker. The 1860 colonial is the gathering place for the Stone family’s annual Christmas celebration. The 3,554 sq-ft house consists of 10 rooms — 5 of which are bedrooms — 3.5 bathrooms, and sits on 1.4 acres. With a classic, yet cluttered interior this house is the ultimate, well-worn home perfect for big holiday gatherings. When I see this lived-in home I so long for my Grandparents wonderful house in Ohio.

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‘Green Monday’ Becomes New Shopping Day For Procrastinators

Here’s the deal: If you have not shopped yet, call in sick to work. You will need the day.

If you have shopped, be careful, because this is going to make you mad.

The retail giants are unveiling even more sivings today. Go online to Target and the Lego sales are amazing.

Discount retail giants Walmart and Amazon are also offering plenty of great “Green Monday 2012″ sales and deals.

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Countdown to Christmas

Strawberry Santa’s

Ingredients

1 lb large strawberries

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3-4 Tablespoons powdered sugar (or sugar substitute – to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Remove the top, (enough for a hat). Clean out the whole strawberry with a paring knife, if necessary (some of them are hollow already. Prep all of the strawberries and set aside.

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Tips and tricks to shopping the outlets at The Walk in Atlantic City

Its that time of year the holidays are coming up FAST. Make the most of your budget for new fall clothes for the family by hitting your nearest outlet mall armed with your list. To get the most from your Outlet Mall, here are tips and tricks to outlet shopping!

Start your trip online first. Go to the mall’s website and look for email newsletters and VIP Clubs, or other “members only” options you can join. For example, The Walk in Atlantic City has a

VIP programs

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Countdown to Christmas

Chocolaty Melting Snowmen

Chocolaty Melting Snowmen

Ingredients

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 pound vanilla-flavored candy coating, coarsely chopped
20 bite-size chocolate-covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped
Brown and orange sprinkles or other candies and/or tinted frosting

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