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4 Real Estate Lessons From Old-School Board Games
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“Puppy Bowl” always a win for animal shelters
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For Sale Grand St. Leonard’s Tract Home, Ventnor, NJ by Mark Arbeit
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9101 Atlantic Ave # 201 Margate NJ | MLS # 404552-Mark Arbeit and Co.
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Open Houses in Margate, NJ by MARK ARBEIT AND CO.
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I hate New Year’s Eve. Or rather, I hate what New Year’s Eve has become. Oh the pressure to have fun……
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What’s Your New Year’s Resolution for the House?
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2013 Housing Market Forecast, Now Is The Time to Buy!
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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)

4 Real Estate Lessons From Old-School Board Games

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The real estate game is all about taking risks and trying not to run into trouble.

Playing old board games with friends is a fun way to spend a Saturday night. The drinks are flowing, the snacks are as plentiful as the laughs, and the spirit of competition keeps everyone a little livelier than usual.

During one wildly successful board game night, we had an epiphany — some of the skills we use when playing could be applied to a search for a home for sale. Get out your egg timers and your velvet satchels full of wooden letter tiles, because we’re about to lay some gaming knowledge on you.

1. Have a strategy (and allies)

The real world isn’t always candy-themed. Unless you’re playing a game where you rely on the luck of the dice to move you along, you’re going to need a strategy. Are you coming in hot and trying to build an early lead? Or are you lying a little low, waiting to see how the game unfolds, and then striking at precisely the right moment? The exact same thing applies to house hunting.

Bold and aggressive? Buy low on a fixer-upper and make something amazing out of it. More conservative? Prepare for the long haul to find the right match that you’re willing to pay a premium on. Get your strategy straight with the help of an ally in the form of a real estate agent — a third party who’s not directly playing the game but is there when you need guidance. Check those boxes, and you’re on the way to winning this thing.Dice-Roll

2. Sometimes you need a little luck

Sometimes in the real estate world, you can do everything right but still find yourself on the house hunt six months later. The truth is, finding a home often requires luck. And there’s not much you can do to encourage the luck factor except hope to get lucky. In board games, it’s a dice roll or the spin of a plastic wheel. In house hunting, it might be that the offer ahead of yours falls through or you just happen to get your offer in five minutes before someone else. One of the tenets of Stoic philosophy is to try to control only what you can control, and it’s a perfect match for house hunting. Do your best but don’t stress about what’s out of your control. It won’t help you and it will only make you anxious.

3. Don’t make emotional decisions

We’ve all been there. You don’t have the cards, the dice have been coming up snake eyes, and your pink plastic dude is so many spaces behind. This is not the time to dwell on those feelings. Swallow the despair and double down on the comeback run that you have in you.

House hunting is no different. You’re going to lose a house that you put an offer on. Maybe several of them. And sometimes, you’ll lose a bidding war on a home you’d already started dreaming about moving into. Don’t get frustrated and settle for something you don’t want or a place with serious red flags. This is going to be one of the largest purchases you ever make in your life. Breathe deep and make these decisions with your head on straight and your eyes wide open.

monopoly-pieces-500x2734. Be in it to win it

In a board game, it’s easy to get caught up in the superdope-looking board or choosing between the silver top hat or the silver Scottie dog. Those are just distractions. You’re a coldhearted winner; you’re not here to make friends (although, ironically, you’re probably playing those old board games with your friends). You’re in this thing for one reason and one reason only: to crush the competition. Don’t forget that when house hunting either. It’s fun to look at places and check out the market, but don’t get caught up in seeing every Southwestern ranch-style home in the city when what you really need is your home.

Go forth and use these lessons like trump cards on your way to your dream house. Just don’t forget to consider a board game closet.

 

Article Re-posted from Trulia.com

“Puppy Bowl” always a win for animal shelters

There will be a winner and a loser every Super Bowl Sunday. But at the “Puppy Bowl,” it’s always a win for animal shelters.

The show provides national exposure to the shelters across the country that provide the puppy athletes and the kittens that star in the halftime show, and introduces viewers to the different breeds and animals that need homes, animal workers say. Many shelters see bumps in visits from viewers who are inspired to adopt a pet.

Click Here To Check Out…Puppy Bowl…

For Sale Grand St. Leonard’s Tract Home, Ventnor, NJ by Mark Arbeit

Just 7 HOUSES TO THE BEACH and situated on a 50 x 125 lot few houses offer the kind of grandeur and potential of this stately 3 story St. Leonard’s Tract home.

The 1st floor features a wrap around enclosed sun room, an expansive living room with fireplace and coffered ceiling, spacious formal dining room and large eat in kitchen with butler’s pantry.

There are 6 bedrooms and 3.5 baths and many bonus rooms. The rooms are all large and there are original hardwood floors through out the house. Full finished basement, detached 2 car garage and parking for 4+cars.

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9101 Atlantic Ave # 201 Margate NJ | MLS # 404552-Mark Arbeit and Co.

This 2 bedroom 2 bath unit JUST HAD A TOTAL MAKE OVER…and IT IS GORGEOUS!!! NEW CARPET…NEW PAINT…NEW DECOR!!! and get this it’s the LARGEST UNIT IN THE BUILDING!!!

Picture windows face unobstructed ocean views from the spacious living room with wood burning fireplace and the open floor plan features a gourmet kitchen with granite kitchen center island.

Enjoy ocean views & sea breezes from the balcony. Just 50 steps to the beach & best

restaurants. Includes its own storage unit & 2 car parking. Pet friendly. LOW CONDO FEE.

Open Houses in Margate, NJ by MARK ARBEIT AND CO.

I hate New Year’s Eve. Or rather, I hate what New Year’s Eve has become. Oh the pressure to have fun……

Much is said about Christmas being turned into a mess of commercialism and thing- hoarding. But hot on its heels is New Year’s Eve. Hollywood and everyone else has made a mini-industry of propagating the notion that Dec. 31 is a magical night full of expectation and promise (Thank you “When Harry Met Sally”). A night when anything can happen. A night when love blossoms unexpectedly, when your problems evaporate, when a ball in Times Square drops and your life changes in an instant. (Remember “Poseidon Adventure”)

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What’s Your New Year’s Resolution for the House?

January 1 provides us with a proverbial blank slate, but it often brings an accompanying sense of dread. It’s time for New Year’s resolutions, but instead of dealing with yet another diet or expensive gym membership, bring your resolutions home this year. Committing to improving your house (and we’re not just talking about de-cluttering) could drastically improve your quality of life

We want to know: What New Year’s resolutions are you making for your home?

Maybe you just want to enjoy your home more and feel truly happy in it. That could mean finally choosing a new color for the living room.

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2013 Housing Market Forecast, Now Is The Time to Buy!

Why the Housing Market Has Bottomed,
and How to Invest without Leaving Your Home

by Investment U Research
An Investment U White Paper Report

In case you haven’t noticed… the housing market is making a recovery.

Most investors still shudder at the thought of investing in real estate again, but it’s time to reconsider.

Here’s why:

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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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