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19 S. Wyoming Avenue, Ventnor
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Secrets to Sell Fast in 2017
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5 Skillful Staging Projects That Buyers Love
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16 Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do (Part One)
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Not Sure How to Price Your Home? Avoid Mistakes With These Tips
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Open Houses This Weekend
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4 Ways The Real Estate Market Changes After Labor Day
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The Worst Home-Selling Advice People Actually Believe
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ST. LEONARD’S TRACT, VENTNOR NJ, A SHORT A HISTORY
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“Puppy Bowl” always a win for animal shelters

19 S. Wyoming Avenue, Ventnor

Located on the sunny side of the street, one block from the beach, this beautiful home is the perfect summer getaway or year round residence. With three floors of living space, five bedrooms and three and a half baths, there’s enough room for the entire family. The open floor plan includes a bright large living area with a fireplace, which flows into the spacious kitchen. The kitchen features granite countertops, beautiful wooden cabinets, and updated appliances. Off the kitchen is a fabulous sunroom, which opens up to a brand new raised back deck. Adjacent to the kitchen is a large dining room and stunning hall bathroom. On the second floor there are four sizable bedrooms and two beautifully tiled full baths. The master suite is massive and features two closets, a sitting area, and one of the two gorgeous bathrooms. An added bonus includes the finished basement/ in-law suite. Downstairs there is a laundry room, living room, bedroom, and newly renovated kitchen and bathroom. Additionally there are inside/outside entrances to the downstairs living area. Close to the beach and all the action, this terrific home is perfect for big families.

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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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5 Skillful Staging Projects That Buyers Love

Focus on cleanliness, good lighting, and uncluttered surfaces to show your home at its best.

How to Stage a Home for Sale

Skillful staging can make the difference between a quick sale and a house that lingers on the market for months. But how do you know which staging projects will have the biggest impact?

We highlight the most important things you can do to make sure your house shows well.

1. Clean, clean, clean

We all live with a few dust bunnies, but noticeable dirt makes a potential buyer think your home may not be well cared for. If you can’t deep-clean the place yourself, hire a cleaning service to give it a good once-over. Pay special attention to things such as windows and light fixtures — anything to make the place feel brighter and more cheerful. Before showings, wipe down a few of your home’s surfaces with your favorite cleaning product. Don’t overdo it, but a faint smell of furniture polish or cleanser helps give buyers an impression of cleanliness.

2. Remove quirky or overly personal decor

It may break your heart to take down your wedding photos, but you want a buyer to be able to imagine themselves filling the home with their own memories. So pack up your collection of vintage punk rock posters and your Precious Moments figurines. Doing so will also help you let go of the home emotionally as you prepare to pass it on to someone else.

3. Reduce, remove, declutter

Excess stuff makes a home feel smaller, darker, and more cramped. Take the time to clear horizontal surfaces — no more piles of mail on the hall table or pill bottles on the bathroom counter. When the odds and ends of daily life are cleared away, select one or two attractive pieces that will photograph well, such as a brightly colored vase or a few coffee-table books. If you’re planning to move soon after the sale, it might be worth it to pack up things such as books and off-season clothing and move them out of the house entirely to make storage spaces look larger.

4. There’s nothing like a new coat of paint

Paint brightens things up, masks old odors, and gives a general impression of newness and good maintenance. Even touch-up paint makes a big difference, but it can be hard to match an existing color. If you have leftover paint, keep in mind that the paint on the walls may have faded over time, making the touched-up spots stand out too much. Instead, pick one wall in each of the main rooms to repaint entirely. If you can’t match the room’s original color, use a lighter complementary color or even white. Even a few repainted walls throughout the home will give buyers an impression of freshness. You want your home to feel like a clean slate.

5. Light things up

This is the easiest thing in the world, but it makes a big difference. When you prepare your home for an open house or a showing, open curtains and turn on a few lamps. This will make the house feel more inviting. A vase or two of fresh flowers also helps brighten things up, but don’t go overboard.

Finally, don’t try to make your home look too fancy. Ultimately, you want your home to look like the best version of itself, not pretend to be something it’s not. If your home is a solid starter home for a new family, don’t try to gussy it up to look like a luxury pad for well-heeled singles. Some professional staging companies go over the top, with fancy place settings on the dining room table or rose petals floating in the bathtub. Buyers will be quick to notice if you’re trying too hard. Focus on cleanliness, good lighting, and clutter-free surfaces, and let your home’s charm speak for itself.

16 Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do (Part One)

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The curb of your yard, and what can be seen from it, is often overlooked by homeowners. If you want to sell your house, it doesn’t hurt to have some serious visual appeal that captures approval at a distance. We’re going to get you rolling with some great ideas to accomplish that mission, while not having to break the bank.


1. Is your house rockin’ an ugly cement foundation? Remedy the eyesore with some faux stone paneling.

Here’s where you can find the paneling.

Fix Cement Foundation Home

Via Faux Panels

2. Electric boxes, piping, and meters are all items that shouldn’t be standing out so starkly. Fix ‘em up with a color-matched paint job.

Need a guide? Check here.
Via Love of Family and Home

3. Has your front door ever made you feel like turning around and going the other way?

Instead of spending a lot more money to replace it, try a healthy coating of paint and some outer molding made of foam. It’s inexpensive by comparison, but just look at the amazing difference it can make. Don’t know how to tackle something like this? Here’s the DIY.

DIY Front Door Makeover

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4. It’s always pleasant to sit up against a big tree and read a book. It’s even better when you don’t have to worry about ants or grass stains.

Here’s a DIY for building an amazing tree bench.

DIY Tree Bench

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5. Air conditioning units are an eyesore, no matter how you slice it. Here’s an example of how to thoroughly transform the situation.

With a little lattice or some flowering, you can make that big mechanical box essentially disappear.
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6. Boring walls and windows are easy to spice up with some box planters and flowerbeds.

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7. Not much respect is given to mailbox decor. Yet, it’s one of the first things people will likely see when they show up. Might as well make sure they take notice.

Here’s the DIY for this particular makeover. If you want to see some other amazing (and hilarious) mailbox ideas, check this article out.

DIY Mailbox Makeover

Via Beneath My Heart

8. Sometimes even a short stone walkway can make a huge difference in visual appeal.

This one was created by Naturescapes.

DIY Stone Walkway

Via Naturescapes


Check back later this week for 8 more great ideas!

 

Article Re-posted from The Lighter Side of Real Estate
http://lightersideofrealestate.com/toolbox/home-improvement/16-budget-friendly-curb-appeal-ideas-anyone-can-do?

Not Sure How to Price Your Home? Avoid Mistakes With These Tips

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Pricing based on data, not emotion, can mean a swift sale.

You don’t need to be Bob Barker to know when the price just isn’t right. Just ask Candace Talmadge. She originally listed her Lancaster, Texas, home for $129,000, but “eventually had to accept the market reality” and chop $4,000 off the price.
The home’s location proved challenging: Buyers were either turned off by the area — a lower-income neighborhood south of Dallas — or unable to afford the home.

“Sellers have to keep in mind the location,” says Talmadge. “Who are going to be the likely buyers?”

Home pricing is more of a science than an art, but many homeowners price with their heartstrings instead of cold, hard data. Here’s why crunching the numbers is always the better route to an accurate home price — as well as what can happen when home sellers overlook those all important data points.

The Pitfalls of Overpricing

Homeowners often think that it’s OK to overprice at first, because — who knows? — maybe you’ll just get what you’re asking for. Although you can certainly lower an inflated price later, you’ll sacrifice a lot in the process. The most obvious damage: A house that remains on the market for months can prevent you from moving into your dream home. Already purchased that next home? You might saddle yourself with two mortgages.

“You lose a lot of time and money if you don’t price it right,” says Norma Newgent, an agent with Area Pro Realty in Tampa, Fla.

And worse: Continually lowering the price could turn off potential buyers who might start wondering just what is wrong with your home.

“Buyers are smart and educated,” says Lisa Hjorten of Marketplace Sotheby’s International Realty in Redmond, Wash. “You’re probably going to lose them.”9409 Winchester copy

The Pricing Traps

It’s easy for homeowners to stumble into two common traps:

  1. Conflating actual value with sentimental value — how much they assume their home’s worth because they lived there and loved the time they spent there.
  2. Assuming renovations should result in a dollar-for-dollar increase in the selling price — or more.

“Many homeowners think, ‘Of course my home is worth a bazillion dollars,’” says Newgent. If they put in a few thousand dollars worth of new flooring, for example, they might overestimate the upgrade’s impact on the home’s value into the tens of thousands.

Talmadge’s Texas home came with a built-in renovation trap: It was already the nicest home in the area, making it harder to sell. Major additions had inflated the square footage — and the price, according to one appraiser — without accounting for the surrounding neighborhood. That created a disconnect for buyers: Wealthier ones who might be interested in the upgraded home disliked the neighborhood, and less affluent buyers couldn’t afford the asking price.

“Don’t buy the nicest home on the block” is common real estate advice for this reason.

That’s not to say that renovations aren’t worth it. You want to enjoy your home while you’re in it, right? Smart renovations make your home more comfortable and functional but should typically reflect the neighborhood. A REALTOR® can help you understand what certain upgrades can recoup when you sell and which appeal to buyers.

Another culprit for many a mispriced home is online tools, like Zillow’s “Zestimate,” that prescribe an estimated market value based on local data.

The estimate is often wildly inaccurate. A Virginia-area real estate company, McEnearney & Associates, has compared actual sold prices with predicted online estimates for several hundred homes in the area for the past few years and concluded the predictions failed half of the time.5117 Winchester

The Right Stats for the Right Price

The best pricing strategy? Consult a real estate agent, who will use something called comps (also known as “comparable sales”) to determine the appropriate listing price. They’re not just looking at your neighbors; they’re seeking out near-identical homes with similar floor plans, square footage, and amenities that sold in the last few months.

Once they’ve assembled a list of similar homes (and the real prices buyers paid), they can make an accurate estimate of what you can expect to receive for your home. If a three-bedroom bungalow with granite countertops and a walk-out basement down the block sold for $359,000, expecting more from your own three-bedroom bungalow with granite countertops and a walk-out basement is a pipe dream.

After crunching the data, they’ll work with you to determine a fair price that’ll entice buyers. The number might be less than you hope and expect, but listing your home correctly — not idealistically — is a sure way to avoid the aches and pains of a long, drawn-out listing that just won’t sell.

Knowing When the Price is Too High

Once your home is on the market, you’ll start accumulating another set of data that will serve as the ultimate price test: how buyers react.

Agent Hjorten says there’s an easy way to tell if you’ve priced too high: “If we have no showings, it’s way too high. Lots of showings and no offer means you’ve marketed well — but it’s overpriced once people get inside.”

Talmadge didn’t struggle with showings. She says a number of people were interested in the home, but not enough at the price. In the end, Talmadge sold her home for $125,000, with a $5,000 seller’s assist, a discount on the cost of the home applied directly to closing costs.

“It all boils down to location, location, location. In [another] neighborhood, our house might well have sold for well over $130,000,” Talmadge says.

 

Article Re-posted from Houselogic.com

Open Houses This Weekend

Check out our Open Houses this weekend throughout Margate and Ventnor!

9409 WINCHESTER AVENUE, UNIT B, MARGATE, NJ

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Saturday, Sept. 10  •  11 AM – 1 PM

4 BR / 3.5 BA  •  $635,000

Over 3,100 square feet of living space

6 S. LAFAYETTE AVENUE, VENTNOR, NJ

Ventnor Shore Home

Saturday, September 10  •  11 AM – 1 PM

4 BR / 2.5 BA  •  $585,000

Totally renovated, 1.5 blocks to beach & boards


6 S. FREDERICKSBURG AVENUE, MARGATE, NJ

Margate Shore Home with Porch

Saturday, Sept. 10  •  11 AM – 1 PM

3 BR / 1.5 BA  •  $550,000

1 block to beach


274 E GREAT CREEK ROAD, GALLOWAY TWP, NJ

Galloway Home with Pool Saturday, Sept. 10 • 11 AM – 1 PM

4 BR / 1 BA  •  $199,000

Enormous fenced yard with in ground pool


5117 WINCHESTER AVENUE, VENTNOR, NJ

Water Front Home in Ventnor

Sunday, Sept. 11  •  11 AM – 1 PM

3 BR / 2.5 BA  •  $585,000

Panoramic water views

 


38 N. FRONTENAC AVENUE, MARGATE, NJ

New Construction Home Jersey Shore

Saturday, Sept. 11  •  11 AM – 1 PM

5 BR / 4 BA  •  $865,000

New construction, 3.5 blocks to beach

 


8802 AMHERST AVENUE, MARGATE, NJ

Parkway Home Margate

Sunday, Sept. 11  •  11 AM – 1 PM

5 BR / 3 BA  •  $699,000

Totally renovated Parkway home

4 Ways The Real Estate Market Changes After Labor Day

Parkway Brick Home MargateThe summer home-buying frenzy wanes after Labor Day, but you can still take advantage of what the fall season offers.

The time between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, unofficially known as fall, is prime time for enjoying the great outdoors. And while there’s no substitute for spending time in natural green spaces, if you’re in the market for a house, fall weather presents an ideal backdrop for strolling through potential neighborhoods and checking out real estate for sale in Atlanta, GA, or Minneapolis, MN.

While some homeseekers might throw in the towel after Labor Day and wait until spring to begin a new search, others will find some definite advantages to starting their home pursuit in September. Find out how the market changes after Labor Day and what makes it a pivotal day for the real estate industry.

1. Fall real estate can be more of a buyer’s market

A buyer’s market means you, as a buyer, are in the driver’s seat. That’s good news if you’re home-hunting in the fall: There are typically fewer buyers after Labor Day. “This, of course, is dependent upon local market cycles,” says Michael Kelczewski, a Pennsylvania and Delaware agent. “But typically, families need to be settled into a home by the start of the school year.” And the date school starts can’t be moved. “This results in plenty of ‘fun’ conversations between spouses, as there’s no negotiating when they need to be in the house,” Connecticut agent Scott Elwell says.

But if you don’t have school-age kids, the school year doesn’t matter and you can take advantage of this. You might find that competition is down for homes after Labor Day, meaning you’re probably in a buyer’s market. And this is significant. “I find that I am able to negotiate better prices for buyers [during September and October] because we have less competition and the market is slower,” says Joan Brothers, an agent in New York, NY.

2. Vacation-home sellers see action

Summertime is prime vacation season. Even Congress breaks for the entire month of August. After you’ve had a particularly lovely time at your summer getaway spot, you might consider buying a place in the area and going back every year. “If you start looking for a vacation home in the fall, you can have it purchased and furnished by spring,” says Tammy Berry, director of sales and marketing for Heritage Harbor Ottawa resort in Illinois. By purchasing in the fall, you can see what the area has to offer in the off-season.

Winter is also a popular vacation time, particularly for skiers and people who love ice-skating and snow tubing. If you buy at a ski resort in the fall, you can enjoy the resort yourself or earn some serious dollars renting the place to winter-wonderland enthusiasts. “Resort communities, like in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, offer robust winter rentals,” says Tricia Mccaffrey Hyon, a Colorado agent. “Purchasing in the fall allows a buyer to see immediate rental income from their property during peak holiday times.”

3. Home prices, like leaves, fall

Many people list their home for sale during what they think will be the best time to sell: summer. And it often is. “Summer is peak selling season,” Mccaffrey Hyon says. But not everyone is successful. “When a property hasn’t sold by Labor Day, sellers will reevaluate asking prices, creating greater room for negotiation.”

4. There’s no deadline for most fall home buyers

When you’ve picked a certain neighborhood because of the school district for your kids, it’s imperative that you are actually in your home before school begins. But if the first day of school is not your concern, you don’t really have a deadline. You might want to be in a home before the holidays, but the stakes aren’t as high if you aren’t. “Plenty of buyers have aspirations of moving in by certain holidays,” Elwell says. “But that can always be adjusted depending on the financial implications.” Let’s say you prefer to be in your new home by Thanksgiving, but you can get a better deal if you wait. You’ll probably adjust accordingly, Elwell says.

Have you bought a house during the fall real estate market? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

Re-posted From Trulia.com
http://www.trulia.com/blog/fall-real-estate-market-characteristics/
By Laura Agadoni| September 5, 2016

The Worst Home-Selling Advice People Actually Believe

You’ve made the monumental decision to sell your house. Congrats! Now brace yourself for the onslaught of “been there, done that, you must do this” advice. It pours forth from just about everyone who’s ever bought a house, sold a house, or binge-watched three straight seasons of “Love It or List It.”Let us give you our own little piece of advice: Don’t take everyone’s advice! While friends, family, and the occasional stranger love to wax poetic on how to best sell a home, their 2 cents could end up costing you a bundle.

To make sure you sell your home without a hitch, we’ve compiled these examples of the worst home-selling advice you might hear, and why they could ruin your chances. Beware!

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People are in the market for a new home 365 days a year.

‘Sell your home only in the spring or summer’

Why you might hear this: Spring is the time to get things done! Plus, long recesses in the school calendar and long holiday weekends, leading into summer vacation, mean these two seasons are prime time for buyers to look at homes.

Why it’s bad advice: Not everyone has kids and not everyone observes the Judeo-Christian holidays. So while spring and summer do inspire more activity, in the end people just want the right house.

“Once they find that, they will make the timing work,” says Kathy Braddock, managing director of William Raveis in New York City. The truth is, buyers are “looking 24/7/365 on their phones at home in their bunny slippers late at night.”

Read more about how the market changes after Labor Day here.

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‘The market’s slow, so you’re better off waiting until it heats up to sell’

Why you might hear this: You want to sell when the market’s hot, right? So if it’s not, you’re better off hunkering down and waiting it out.

Why it’s bad advice: Everything from natural disasters to rate hikes to election results can turn the market on its ear at any time and greatly affect your home price. “If you need to sell, there is no better time than the present,” says Evelina K. Vatkova, associate partner at Partners Trust in Beverly Hills, CA.

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‘Don’t stage or fix anything up—let buyers use their imagination’

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Why you might hear this: Hey you’re moving out! Do you really want to paint that stained wall you’ve neglected for three years for someone else to enjoy?

Why it’s bad advice: Let’s get back to reality here—few people can actually imagine anything beyond what’s in front of them. Those buyers with the ability to mentally fix up a joint “usually don’t want to be bothered, or don’t trust their instincts, so they move on,” says New York–based decorator and stager Marie Graham. She likens unprepared homes to bad first dates where the person shows up late and didn’t bother to comb their hair or use antiperspirant. “Buyers want to feel they are valued.”

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‘Camera phone photos are just fine for a listing’

Why you might hear this: You got 86 likes on that latest Instagram, right? You can definitely nail a killer picture of your bathroom.

Why it’s bad advice: “Everything rides on listing photos,” says Graham. Think about it—photos are, in essence, your first showing and what will drive traffic. Cellphones just don’t have the range of photo technology to make your home pop. And you, my friend, are (most likely) not a professional photographer.

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‘The market is so hot, you don’t need an agent’

Why you might hear this: You’ve seen those signs in people’s yards that read “For Sale By Owner.” Hey, it seems like a good idea! How hard can selling a home be? And you’ll pocket that Realtor® commission fee.

Why it’s bad advice: This can really backfire on sellers—and that’s if they get their house to close at all. While you may indeed be able to snag a buyer, working out the many, many, many details of the actual sale is where things get complicated. Closing means dealing with everything from the bank’s appraisal coming in too low to haggling over inspection items—all of which involve negotiation best gleaned from years of experience.

“In short, the savings don’t amount to anything if you never sell the house,” says Atlanta-based Realtor Bill Golden, with Re/Max Metro Atlanta Cityside.

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‘You should hire this person I know who’s an agent’

Why you might hear this: Your friend’s mother’s best friend’s daughter heard of a great real estate agent from her dog’s chiropractor. What could go wrong?

Why it’s bad advice: Hiring an agent is like interviewing someone for any other job: You want the right person for your needs, period. Hiring solely on the basis of a relationship is just a lot of baggage; personal relationships can often complicate getting the job done in the best, most profitable way.

 

Article Re-posted from Realtor.com

ST. LEONARD’S TRACT, VENTNOR NJ, A SHORT A HISTORY

St. Leonard’s Tract is more than a group of streets in Ventnor named for English dukes; the section is an early example of a planned community with a homeowner’s association. Although the St. Leonard’s Land Company incorporated in 1896, the St. Leonard’s Association (SLA) was founded in 1921. Its restrictions provided that living quarters for servants could be built over garages, no building could be used as a slaughterhouse or piggery and its lands could not contain buildings used as institutions, including any “establishment for mental defectives

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“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.

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