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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Buying A Home Over The Holidays: The Smartest Real Estate Decision You Can Make

You know that play in football where the quarterback seems to hand the ball off to a running back and the entire defense concentrates on that "runner," only to find that the ball ended up in the hands of someone on the other side, who then sprints down the sideline and scores a touchdown? That's pretty much what it's like to buy a home during the holidays. While everyone is busy looking at all the pretty, shiny things and on-sale things and yummy things, you're sneaking around the other side with the ball, or, rather, the offer, that gets you the house you want.

Yes, when it comes to homebuying around the holidays, it's advantage: buyer. With so many distractions between Halloween and New Year's Day, you can slide right in there and make a smart move. So why, exactly, does it benefit you to buy a home over the holidays?



Because you just want to find a home already

The market has been hot for a few years, and, in many places, multiple offers and over-asking-price sales have become the norm. Competing in those markets can be demoralizing. Tales of buyers seeking million-dollar fixers on Los Angeles' Westside just so they can get into something in the area - and being consistently outbid for more than a year - are more and more common.

But buy over the holidays and you slice through the buyer pool. While others are trimming their tree or searching for the perfect pumpkin cheesecake recipe, you're off snagging the home you want.

Because: First-time buyers

The above scenario, where buyers are constantly being outbid on homes, is a nightmare for first-timers looking for a home. Not only is there a verrrrrry limited supply of available homes that are affordable in the first place, but the number of folks that are vying for them is tremendous. If you're in the market and have never done this before, you're probably pretty frustrated.

There are time-tested tips for winning in a multiple-offer situation, like getting preapproved, limiting contingencies on the home, being flexible about the closing, and writing a "love letter" to the seller, which can appeal "to the heart can make your offer stand out," said NerdWallet.

But acting during a time when others may be distracted and not actively searching is perhaps the most effective method of getting what you want. "About one million consumers will purchase a home from November to January this year, when home prices are a bit softer," said Forbes.

If that sounds like a big number, consider this: "More than 85 percent of buyers who say they plan to buy a home in the next year say they will wait until the spring or summer," according to data from Realtor.com's "Top Tips for Home Buyers and Sellers in 2016" survey.

Because you might actually get a deal

No one likes to overpay, regardless of their price point. And multiple offers that drive up home prices are a drag for everyone (but the seller!). If you consider that those who are selling their home during the holidays are generally doing so because they have to, not because they want to, it makes sense that when you do find a house, it might be priced better than anything you'd find months later. In fact, according to The Balance, "Home prices typically drop to a 12-month low" in the month of December.

"Sellers tend to avoid the end of the year due to the short days, wintry weather and conventional wisdom that says buyers are otherwise occupied, Tim Deihl, associate broker at Gibson Sotheby's International Realty in Boston, told Bankrate. "But those who do choose to sell at year-end are often under pressure and highly motivated to cut a deal. A seller who's looking to move a piece of real estate during the holidays is a seller who needs to sell, because nobody in their right mind would pick that as the most convenient time to list their property. And that's why the year-end might be a smart time to buy: Determined house-hunters can take advantage of sellers' urgency."

Because what better present could there be?!

You might want a new KitchenAid mixer or a flat screen or a weekend getaway. But do any of those things compare to a new home? The answer is no. No, they don't. If you're stumped at what to get your honey or your family, or what to ask for, here it is. And, if you time it right, you might even be able to get that home on Christmas Day.

"Almost nobody looks at homes on Christmas Day. It doesn't matter whether you are a Christian nor whether you celebrate that holiday, there are much lower numbers of buyers shopping for a home in December," said The Balance. "But buying on or near Christmas Day is a smart move."

In addition to all the other reasons the Christmas holiday season is so attractive for buyers, "People are in good moods, celebrating, opening presents, enjoying family and, let's face it, some are a little tipsy," they said. And, "People are more inclined to be generous, even if it means coming down on the price. Of course, the key is to find a real estate agent who will a) work on Christmas and b) be aggressive enough to worm her way into the seller's home without batting an eyelash."


Written by Jaymi Naciri

Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

October 2016 Luxury Housing Market Update - Long & Foster Real Estate, Lux Insight

Cape May County New Jersey
Luxury Housing Market Update - October 2016

Compared to last October, the total number of homes more than $1 Million available this month was lower by 1.0% and lower by 15.4% compared to October 2014. Active inventory this October was 3.1% lower than the previous month’s supply of available inventory.

This month’s units sold for homes more than $1 Million was higher than at this time last year, an increase of 43.3% versus last October and an increase of 30.3% versus October of 2014. There was a decrease of 15.7% in luxury units sold in October compared to September of this year.

In October, the median sales price for homes more than $1 Million was $1,560,000, an increase of 6.2% compared to last year. The current median sales price was lower by 1.6% than in September.








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Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Monday, December 5, 2016

10 Tips For Decorating Your Home For Sale During The Holidays

If you're planning to put your home up for sale during the holidays, you have a lot of things to consider - most importantly, how to price it right to attract buyers during this busy time of year. But home staging is always a concern when selling a home, and during the holidays, it becomes even more important.

"Although the holiday season can be a hectic time for showing and selling your home, there is a major advantage to  staging and showing your home at this time of year: You have a chance to show your home at its very best, adorned with warmth and cheer that's sure to charm," said Realtor.com.



Indeed, the good news is that tasteful holiday d├ęcor can enhance a home and make it feel inviting. They bad news: Your collection of one-hundred-plus holiday snow globes may have to take a hiatus this year. "You want them to be impressed with your house, not distracted by decorations," said Houzz. "So keep it simple this year. If minimizing the ‘ho ho ho' cramps your style, just remind yourself that you can go all-out next year in your new home."

Follow these tips to hit all the right notes when staging a home for sale during the holidays.

1. Remember the curb appeal

You might like the idea of being the neighborhood spectacle, with every inch of the lawn covered in dazzling displays, but that might have to wait until after you move.

"Step away from the inflatable snowman, Clark Griswold," said HGTV. "One man's ‘merry' is another man's ‘tacky,' so tone down any garish light displays while your home is on the market. (No, your neighbors didn't pay us to say that.) Instead, use simple string lighting to play up your home's architecture or draw attention to the gorgeous fir tree in your front yard.

2. Don't overdo the indoors either

You don't ever want so much holiday decor out that people can't see the bones of your house. If you've covered up your countertops and every other surface, you've probably gone slightly too far.

3. Declutter before you design

Decluttering is the No. 1 tip for staging your home for sale at any time of the year. When you know you're about to layer on a whole bunch of accessories and bring in an actual tree to the home (real or otherwise), paring down is even more critical. "If your living room is already piled high with clutter, your ceramic reindeer collection is only going to add to the sense of overcrowding," said HGTV.

4. Make your fireplace shine

Your fireplace mantle is always a favorite place to decorate for the holidays, and drawing attention to this important focal point is just plain smart at the holidays. Drape some holly intertwined with white lights, create a display of pine cones and candles and you're good to go.

5. Be sensitive to different cultures

While pretty much everyone can appreciate pretty holiday lights, an abundance of religious imagery might turn off some of your potential buyers - especially if you're in an area with a multitude of cultures.

6. Mind your colors

A home that's decorated in Earth tones may be able to handle a bright red-and-green Christmas display, but what if you've recently painted your living room navy blue? Complementary colors can make all the difference in creating a soothing and special design.

7. Make your holiday decorations fit the style of the home

You'll also want to take a good look at the style of your holiday decorations. They may reflect a couple of decades of family traditions that are special to you, but if they don't match your home's style, potential buyers may not receive them so warmly. "If you have a modern home, consider tasteful modern holiday decorations," said Parade. "Selling your home at the beach? Your decorations should reflect this vibe."

8. Smell your way to a sale

Holiday scents are enticing. Put them to work for you when selling your home this season. Just remember to "use them judiciously and avoid the cloying and artificial," said Houzz. "Try a nice basket of scented pinecones, simmer cinnamon on the stovetop or simply allow the subtle and fresh smell of a fir wreath to tantalize and mesmerize."

And don't forget to pay attention to any existing odors in your home. "No matter how many cookies you bake, nothing will hide the smell of kitty litter or wet dog. Deep clean and then use scent to enhance the cozy vibe."

9. Pay attention to scale

You may not even have noticed that the artificial tree you use every year is way too big for the room, or it may not bother you that it's so tall it hits the ceiling. But a buyer will notice. If the tree is either too large or too tall for the space, it could make the room feel tight. Investing a few bucks in a smaller tree that's more appropriate for the space could pay off big in the end.

10. Skip the big holiday greeting card display

It may be a tradition in your house, but those cards can get in the way when buyers are trying to make a connection with your home. "They become like family photos - another distraction that prevents buyers from ‘seeing' themselves living in your house," said Parade. If you just can't give up the display, make it moveable so you can put it away or take it out of the area during showings.


Written by Jaymi Naciri


Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Keeping Your Home Safe While You're Away

Total home security means that you won't have to worry while you're away. A few simple actions and some high-tech additions will give you peace of mind whether you're at your office or on a Caribbean cruise. You can keep track of your home from around the world and make sure there are no surprises waiting for you when you get back.



Don't Advertise Your Stuff

Home burglars usually walk or drive through neighborhoods first to find those homes worth breaking into, notes Lifehacker. Don't make your home a tempting target. Don't leave trash or boxes on the curb before you leave. A cardboard box for an HDTV on the curb for trash pick up says "there is something worth stealing inside this house."

Don't Advertise That You're Away

If you are leaving on vacation, make the house look lived in. Burglars watching the neighborhood will be interested in a house with newspapers scattered in the front yard. Stop the paper delivery or ask a neighbor to pick them up for you. Have them look for flyers left on the door or porch and remove them.

Stop your mail, have the neighbor pick it up, or at the very least, use a locking mailbox to prevent someone from taking a quick peek. The most secure mail delivery is through a mail slot in your front door, if that's allowed in your neighborhood, says Arizona Central.

Close blinds and curtains but use lights on timers to make the house look occupied, suggests MSN Real Estate. A radio or TV on a timer creates the illusion that someone is home. Anything that can make your home look occupied will deter a burglar and make them move on to another house.

Protection From Future Loss

Some burglars may not be as interested in jewelry and TVs as they are in your personal financial information. Credit card and bank statements left on a desk or kitchen counter can be used in identify fraud. Days after you return home, you may find that someone has cleared out your bank account or filled up your credit card with charges.

This is especially important regarding the safety of your children's identities. This group has seen an increase of identity theft incidents. Companies such as LifeLock (lifelock.com) have created seminars and classroom guides to help you understand this risk to your children and how to prevent it in the future.

High-Tech Home Protection

While the "no-tech" solutions to home security—like door and window locks, and barking dogs—are still effective, many real estate web sites are saying that more consumers are becoming interested in the smart home concept. This high-tech approach to home security allows you to control and monitor areas of your home remotely.

Lock and unlock doors and windows remotely. Check on the status of your security system with mobile apps or with your laptop. Motion detectors and security cameras can send you text messages or emails, should someone trigger them. Watch your home remotely on security cameras. Keep tabs on pets. Watch the swimming pool and hot tub.

Upgrade your home to include the latest in fingerprint lock technology. Compact fingerprint recognition units are available from electronics sites like NewEgg to protect your home computer equipment and other electronics. This technology is also being built into door locks for your home.



Written by Realty Times Staff


Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Friday, December 2, 2016

Lease-Option Agreement Should Be Carefully Drawn


Question. Eighteen months ago, when we were having great difficulty selling our house, we entered into a lease option. Our prospective purchaser agreed to move in, pay rent for 18 months and then have the right to buy the property at the end of that term.

It now appears our buyer will not be able to carry through with his option. What happens then? Does the buyer lose the deposit and the lease payments?

Answer. That is a good question. It highlights one of the most important elements in all real estate transactions -- all terms should be negotiated in advance, and then put into a written document, signed by all parties.

You have entered into a lease with an option to purchase and your buyer is to exercise that option within 18 months of the date of the transaction. If you or your lawyer were on the ball when you entered into the agreement, you would have covered these points in the contract (lease). I assume you did enter into a written lease with an option, and that all of the important terms were spelled out in that document.

As a seller who enters into a lease option, I would want a sizable down payment and a monthly rental income that would not be credited for the purchase price. In the event my tenant did not go to settlement, my preference would be to declare the entire deposit to be forfeited in my favor.

The theory behind this strategy is that I am taking my house off the market for a period of time, and I am contracting to sell my house in the future at today's prices.

If I were the tenant who enters into such a lease option, I would, of course, want different terms. I would attempt to negotiate for all or part of the monthly rental payments to be credited toward the purchase price. In addition, if I were unable to go to settlement at the expiration of the lease, I would not want to lose any of my deposit.




You will need good negotiating skills to get a document favorable under your terms. Of course, market and financial conditions will play a significant role in how the agreement will end up. Since your tenant will be living in your house for a period of time in accordance with the terms of the agreement, it should be carefully considered before you sign it.

In the absence of language covering the situation you have described, I suspect that unless you can reach an amicable resolution, you may both end up in court. You probably will take the position that the deposit is forfeited; the tenant will no doubt contend that the money was merely a security deposit for the rental arrangement.

I suspect, however, that if the transaction is in fact a lease with an option to purchase, the court will side with the seller.

You may also want to consider adding the following language to any such lease-option arrangement: "Any dispute arising out of this agreement will be decided by an arbitrator, in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association."

If you have an arbitration clause and a dispute does arise, the matter will probably be resolved more quickly -- and typically less expensive -- than if you have to go to court. However, a lot of attorneys (myself included) prefer litigation. A Judge -- rather than an arbitrator -- will analyze the facts and apply applicable law. From my experience, many arbitrators just "split the baby in half".

But whether you go to court or arbitration, here's another clause to be included in the agreement: "The Court (or the Arbitrator) will award legal fees and costs to the prevailing party." Here in the United States, we follow what is known as the "American Rule on Legal Fees". Each side pays its own lawyer unless there is a statute (such as the consumer protection laws) or a provision in a real estate contract that gives the winning party legal fees. In England, the winner gets her legal fees paid.

So, in your case, to make sure the American Rule will not apply, put that language in your written agreement.

Written by Benny L. Kass


Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Avalon/Stone Harbor NJ Weekly Real Estate Update December 1st, 2016


SIZABLE CROWD, LOTS OF FUN!  Thanksgiving Weekend brought lots of visitors to the Island, along with plenty of activities for them to enjoy.  From shopping, dining, and iceless ice skating to visits with Santa and a huge parade, the entire Seven Mile Beach kicked off the holiday season in style!

THIN BLUE LINE: Avalon visitors arriving via Avalon Boulevard may have noticed a thin blue line painted on the roadway as it enters Avalon.  According to Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi, it’s “a show of gratitude by our residents, property owners, and visitors for the tremendous level of public service provided to our community by the Avalon Police Department.”  The blue line will also circle the traffic island on 30th Street between Ocean Drive and Dune Drive.

HARBOR THEATRE in Stone Harbor will celebrate singer/songwriters at Troubadour Night Saturday, December 3rd, from 8pm to 10:30pm.  Enjoy live performances as the music of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, James Taylor, and Bob Marley is celebrated.  Tickets are $15 at the door.

SANTA RIDES THE RAILS in nearby Tuckahoe through the Christmas season.  Cape May Seashore Lines operates The Santa Express several times per week, including weekends and  evening trips, aboard vintage passenger equipment.  Santa greets each child on board—treat your family to a special experience!  Visit http://www.the-santa-express.com/index.php for info and tickets.

SPEAKING OF RAILS: Railroad tracks from nearly a century ago made an appearance again on Sunset Beach next to the Delaware Bay in Lower Township.  The tracks once carried beach sand from a plant before the operation ceased.  Weather and tides have shifted the beach sand, uncovering the tracks.  The tracks first appeared in November 2014, after being covered for decades.

Visitors check out freshly exposed train tracks on Sunset Beach in Lower Township, as seen in this November 2014 photo.  The tracks were uncovered again last week by weather and tides.  The concrete ship is visible in the water in the background.


TOYS FOR TOTS:  Long & Foster’s Avalon office will once again serve as a drop off point for Toys For Tots.  Stop by anytime we’re open (MondaySaturday9am-5pm) and drop off a new, unwrapped toy to help brighten the holiday of a child!

UPCOMING EVENTS:
  • Christmas Tree Lighting at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, 5:30PMFriday, December 2
  • IPad Workshop, Avalon Public Library, register at 609-967-715510AM-NoonSaturday, December 3
  • Pictures with Santa at the Woodland Village on Rt. 9, 11AM-3PMSaturday, December 3
  • American Legion Post #331 Annual Christmas Party, Rock ‘n Chair Restaurant, call Jim at 609-602-6622 for info & reservations, Saturday December 3
  • International Cheetah Day at the Cape May County Zoo, cheetah related programs, activities & zookeeper talks, 11AM-2PMSunday, December 4
  • Stone Harbor Caroling & Christmas Tree Lighting, ride the trolley through town for the caroling at 4:45PM & join in the tree lighting at 6PMWednesday, December 7
  • Wildwood’s Family Holiday Celebration, parade on Friday at 6PM with a tree lighting to follow, on Saturday from 9AM-4PM at the Convention Center holiday crafters, movies, photos with Santa, more, 609-729-9000 for info, Friday, & Saturday, December 9 & 10
  • Sea Isle City’s Holiday Stroll, shops & businesses offering discounts & hospitality in honor of the season, sales, specials, Santa, carolers, entertainment & more will be featured, call 609-263-9090 for info, Saturday, December 10
  • Avalon Home & Land Owners Association Meeting, Avalon’s Recreation Director Chuck McDonnell speaking, Avalon Senior Center, 10AMSaturday, December 10
  • Santa’s Family Workshop at the Cape May County Zoo, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, craft stations, education animals, more, 11AM-2PMSaturday, December 10
  • Big Band Dance featuring The Star Band, Avalon Community Hall, 7PMSaturday, December 10
  • Creative Writing Program, Avalon Public Library, register at 609-967-715510AM-NoonSaturday, December 17
  • Winter Enrichment Day at the Cape May County Zoo, watch zookeepers as they share special treats & activities with the animals, 11AM-2PMSaturday, December 17
  • Winter’s Wildlife Camp for ages 4-8, 4 day adventure camp focusing on animal habitats, animal care, conservation & the environment, Cape May County Zoo, visit www.cmcZoo.com for info, Tuesday thru Friday, December 27-30

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Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Selling Your Home Soon? Use Holiday Sales To Make Smart, Inexpensive Updates


If you're thinking about selling your house, or if it's just in need of a little love, taking advantage of sales throughout the holiday season can help you add a little pizazz or make it more attractive to the potential next owner. Knowing what to look for and what to stay away from this season can help you make smart buys.

Patio furniture
When the weather turns cold, retailers who have remaining summer furniture stock on hand need to get rid of it. That makes now a great time to buy a new outdoor dining set or lounge seating. It may not top your list of "must-haves" right now, especially if you're looking to sell your home soon. But a well-staged outdoor area can be a huge selling point for buyers.

Fire pit
While you're looking at outdoor furniture, be sure to check out the fire pits. Even if you live in a climate where outdoor enjoyment is limited in the winter, setting the scene for potential buyers who will undoubtedly look in the yard regardless of the temperature can help make an emotional connection that has a better chance of leading to a sale.

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Furniture
Old, ratty, or timeworn furniture could be a turnoff to buyers. A few key updates can make your house more appealing simply by making it look well-cared-for and updated. Furniture actually made Kiplinger's list of the "15 Worst things to buy during the holidays," but that's because they think you should wait until just after Christmas (which technically still qualifies for the holiday season, as far as we're concerned).
For the best overall buys, "Wait until after Christmas, when furniture stores hold clearance sales to make room for new styles that are usually released in February," they said. "For example, furniture retailer Room & Board has an in-store and online clearance sale once a year, typically the day after Christmas. Expect discounts of up to 50% on discontinued furniture styles and in-store floor samples."

Appliances
We all know the importance of an updated kitchen when trying to sell your home. It can make your sale, or kill it. But that doesn't mean you need to redo the whole thing. New appliances can distract from other areas that might need some attention, and, the good news is, December is a great time to buy major appliances, according to Consumer Reports. We've already seen some deep discounts on refrigerators, ranges, ovens, and dishwashers at Lowe's, Home Depot, and Sears, with many sales expected to continue through the end of December.

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Cookware
Buyers probably won't be any more or less convinced to buy your home if they look in your cabinet and see a shiny new set of pots and pans. But a nice piece of enamel wear filled with a fragrant holiday mix simmering on your stove can infuse your home with a rich scent and show potential buyers you have good taste.
The holiday season is a great time to buy new cookware, according to The Balance. Their recommendations: "Before buying a whole set, also consider your actual needs; many people end up only using a few pieces of their set. It can be significantly easier to buy what you know you'll use regularly, such as a sauce pan or frying pan."

Carpet and flooring
If your floors need some work, this may be the perfect time to get them redone. The holiday season is the perfect time to check out flooring options like carpet, said Carpet Captain. "Kids are out on break. Many people are traveling. Money is tight after buying Christmas and Hanukah presents. People are stressed out and decorating to have family and friends over; the last thing they want to do is clear out their home to have carpet installed. Some salesman may be desperately looking for a Christmas bonus from commission on your sale. This is when the biggest savings happen. Best time to strike: December 21 to January 14."

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House plants
Adding a little greenery to your house can, quite literally, give it life. Houseplants have been shown to have positive psychological impacts on those in the space. They can also have positive physical effects that could improve the lives of your family long after your house is sold, presuming you take the plants with you. "According to studies by NASA, certain plants can filter dangerous compounds commonly found in homes that are associated with respiratory illnesses, cancer, and more," said Popsugar.



Written by Jaymi Naciri


Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Monday, November 28, 2016

Living Large - Why It's Time To Buy That Big House

Today's News and Features
By John Voket

A few years ago, I wondered if the trend in subdivision building of larger than average sized homes - 5,000 square feet or more - had seen its day. Apparently not.

According to a recent National Association of Home Builders report, and citing the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction, new homes with 5,000 square feet or more of living space increased both as a share of all new construction and in absolute number in 2015.

And that same year, the share of new homes this size reached a post-recession peak of 3.9 percent of new homes started. The total number of 5,000+ square-foot homes started that year was 28,000 units.
NAHB analyst Ashok Chaluvadi observed that in 2012, the number of new homes started with 5,000+ square feet rose to 15,000 units, yet their share remained at only 2.8 percent.

In 2015, while the number of 5,000+ square feet homes started (28,000) was the highest since 2008, their share of the new market (3.9%) was the highest since 2004.

When analyzed by the different characteristics, Chaluvadi says that 79 percent of 5,000+ square feet home started have a finished basement, 68 percent have a 3 or more car garage, and at least 60 percent have a patio or porch.



More than half of these homes have 5 bedrooms or more, and 70 percent have 4 bathrooms or more.
But before you run out and start shopping for a large home, consider the advice of K.C. Hernandez at budgeting.thenest.com, who advises that before you make a large financial commitment on a bigger house, consider several financial and life factors to determine the right time to buy.

Hernandez says buying a bigger house makes the most sense when your income is stable and you expect it to remain the same or increase for the foreseeable future.

He also says that upgrading to a larger home is a good idea when market conditions favor buyers, who have more opportunity to negotiate better prices with sellers. Just keep in mind that if you plan to sell your current home before moving into a bigger one, you will likely face the same challenges finding buyers at the right price.



Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Saturday, November 26, 2016

What Millennial Homebuyers Want in a Garage

Today's News and Features

Millennials are the largest generation shaking the housing market, according to research by the National Association of REALTORS. Despite this great news, when compared with the generations that came before them, millennials remain delayed in purchasing their first home. One aspect of homes millennials are particularly interested in is technology. From smart appliances to easy access garages, millennials love the latest gadgets.

For those interested in the latest and greatest in garages, read on for a handful of tips.



Access: Millennials use their phones for more than just communicating. They use them to buy coffee, book exercise classes and directly pay friends and family. Access to the garage should be no different, and with the availability of garage door apps,  homeowners can control entry to the home through their smartphones.

Security and Safety: More than 70 percent of homeowners use the garage as the main access point to the home, making safety and security a top priority when selecting the right home. Through LiftMaster's partnership with Nest Cam, homeowners can have an added security element. With Nest Cam, users can also access a video feed of what's happening in the garage the moment the garage door is activated, allowing for enhanced security and peace-of-mind. Garage safety is also vital – when viewing a potential home or during home inspection, millennials should ensure the garage functions securely and safely.

Home Control: A connected garage is an easy way to make any home a "smart home." When looking to purchase a home, millennials should examine the capabilities of the garage door opener. Is it Wi-Fi® capable? Is it compatible with technology that controls the lights or thermostat? If not, consider asking the seller to replace the garage door opener with one that is,

Source:  LiftMaster.com.



Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Friday, November 25, 2016

4 Tips for Buying a Home for Someone Who's Disabled

Owning your own home is considered a cornerstone in the society but sadly, only a few families are able to enjoy this privilege. This prospect seems daunting especially if you are physically or mentally challenged. Due to the condition, you may require a house in certain areas, which comes with various modifications that could be costly. All hope of owning a home despite your condition is not lost, as there are several assistance programs that can make this dream a reality. The programs make the process easier than going alone. Below are four useful tips to assist you in getting a house fast.

Beginning the Process

Before commencing on the actual home buying process, it is advisable to first of all consider and determine your needs in as far as your disability is concerned. This could be close proximity to the local pharmacies, public transport and the physical layout of the house. It is imperative to avoid features like long driveways and narrow stairwells. After establishing these needs, you will then see how much you can afford to shelve for the project in order to know the neighborhood or type of house to search for.

Seeking Assistance

Buying your own house is not a walk in the park especially if you are not familiar with the various procedures of making an application for a home loan and qualifying for the same. It might also be a daunting task if you are not well versed with the different terminologies used in real estate or you do not understand the industry as a whole.

Fortunately, aid is around the corner as the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a number of housing counselors that have been approved in every state. These housing counselors are there to assist disabled persons in buying their homes. They will offer you a lot of insight if there are any pertinent issues regarding your case that need to be addressed. They can also point you in the direction of financial assistance programs that are relevant.



Learn and Understand Your Rights

Your rights as a disabled person are well protected in the Fair Housing Act that prescribes prohibitions to housing providers like sellers, lenders and real estate agents from doing discriminatory acts against you. The discriminatory acts could be in the form of altering the criteria for application and qualification, terms and conditions or fees payable. The Act also offers permission to make some reasonable modifications to the property like accessibility ramps or bathroom grab bars.

Financial Help

A number of people with disabilities are from the low-income bracket. As such, they cannot access the available standard mortgage loans since they cannot qualify for them. The section 8 Home ownership Voucher program was launched by HUD to help low-income families and individuals rent or buy their own homes. The program is able to assist by ensuring that it subsidizes the monthly mortgage payments. You should contact your local authority in charge of public housing to see how you can get help.

There is also the option of the Habitat for Humanity (HFH), a non-profit program involved in building and rehabilitating accessible homes for those in need. The HFH affiliates have their own rules but on a general scale, the homes are usually sold for the same amount used to build them and require a deposit first. You can also get a mortgage-assistance program with this option.

There are other places where you can get private or public housing loans and grants that can cover financial aid for making modifications. The American Association of People with Disabilities offers between $1,500 and $25,000 on extended terms for payback to build upgrades. You can also get mortgages from institutions that assist people with disabilities to acquire new homes. You could also decide to use the compensation you get from your personal injury claim to finance the buying of a new home.


Written by Mikkie Mills


Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tips for Buying a New Furnace

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Whether you're snagging a new furnace for your just-purchased home, or replacing your old clunker with an updated option, below are top tips for those looking into a new furnace for their home

Size matters – One of the most important factors when buying a furnace is to have a professional installer examine the size of the house and then determine the size of the furnace necessary for the space. A furnace that is too large leaves gaps in temperature as it turns on until it overwhelms the thermostat. The house ends up cooling down until the next cycle and creates an inconsistent temperature. A furnace that is the right size for the space, however, will be able to better regulate a constant temperature.



Fewer emissions – Being energy and environmentally conscious does not have to stop at the furnace. With Napoleon’s HYBRID 150, the fuel comes from three different sources – wood, oil or electric. This furnace is one of the cleanest and most efficient combination solid fuel-burning furnaces on the market today. The furnace switches from wood to oil or electric automatically and if the furnace runs out of wood a second thermostat will keep the house nice and toasty even if you are not at home.

Don’t buy on price alone – Always be sure to ask a professional installer, contractor or reputable salesperson about annual operating costs for whatever furnaces you may be looking at. While there are a variety of factors to consider, price should not necessarily be number one. Efficiencies, however, can vary drastically depending on price, which means that if you pay more up front now, you’ll still enjoy lower heating bills 10 or 15 years later.

Get the right documentation – Any reputable installer or manufacturer will be sure to not only include the purchase agreement and warranty information but also explain exactly what you are getting. If you feel confused or unsure about anything don’t be afraid to ask.

Correct installation and maintenance – Furnace installation should be done by a trained professional as not only can it be a safety hazard but if anything is off it can severely impact your efficiency and therefore your heating bill. Regular maintenance, generally in the fall, will keep the furnace performing like it should, keeping your family warm and your wallet a little fuller.

 Source: Napoleon


Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Avalon/Stone Harbor NJ Weekly Update November 23rd, 2016



MARKET MINUTE:  The latest Long & Foster Market Minute shows the median sale price increased in October versus a year ago, while the number of sales decreased.  The number of active listings and the average “days on market” both decreased.  For the full Market Minute report click here:  http://marketminute.longandfoster.com/Market-Minute/NJ/Avalon-Stone-Harbor.pdf


THE 96th STREET BRIDGE may be open for the Thanksgiving Weekend.  Contractors have been working to reopen the bridge to automobile traffic since a crack in a main girder was discovered a few weeks ago.  Just a short distance to the north, the underwater remains of the Beesley’s Point Bridge were demolished.  The bridge, which carried Route 9 across Great Egg Harbor Bay between Upper Township (Cape May County) and Somers Point (Atlantic County), fell into disrepair and was closed to traffic in 2004.  The removal of the span was part of the ongoing project that included the construction of a new southbound Garden State Parkway bridge across the same body of water.
For a video showing the underwater demolition, click here:  http://www.ocsentinel.com/news/underwater-demolition-on-old-beesleys-point-bridge/video_d768fb64-adb0-11e6-95ab-6fab37d7e02a.html

FESTIVE FRIDAY & SNOWFEST SATURDAY arrive in Avalon after the Thanksgiving holiday.  Events and activities will be available throughout the business district, including iceless skating, music, rock wall climbing, and a whole lot more!

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE in Stone Harbor again this year, as the annual holiday celebration kicks off Friday.  A variety of family-friendly activities are on tap Friday & Saturday, capped by a huge Christmas Parade Saturday evening at 6:30pm.  Santa will be the guest of honor at the parade.

SHOP THE SHORE:  Make sure there’s a piece of the shore under the tree this year!  If you’re here this weekend—or anytime—pick up some holiday gifts.  Local shops offer a delightful variety of things and here are some other ideas:  gift certificates for local restaurants;  the Cape May Lewes Ferry offers gift certificates as well; the Fudge Kitchen will ship their delicious candy anywhere; Avalon Coffee ships their coffee & mugs; Stone Harbor Fire Company has department t-shirts available for purchase and the firehouse is staffed most days; holiday beach tags are available for purchase for both Avalon & Stone Harbor;  Gillian’s & Morey's Piers have gift cards available for lots of fun activities when they re-open in the Spring; Atlantic City Restaurant Week (which will be held in March 2017) has gift cards available for use at any of the participating restaurants.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and your family!

UPCOMING EVENTS:
  • 5K Turkey Trot for Brendan’s Fund with proceeds donated to the Brendan Borek Endowed Fund at CHOP, check in at 8AM at 600 Park Boulevard in West Cape May, for a 5K walk, trot or jog, visit www.brendansfund.org or call 609-435-5917 for info, Thursday, November 24
  • Avalon’s Turkey Trot, Friday, November 25, 10am, Avalon Community Hall.  Registration begins at 8am, 5k run 10am, 1.5 mile walk 10:15am.
  • Story Time for Children with Mrs. Claus, Avalon Public Library, 10-10:45AM, Friday, November 25
  • Stone Harbor’s Island Holiday event, activities, music, refreshments, shopping specials, more, downtown shopping district, 10AM-9PM, Friday, November 25-Saturday, November 26
  • Avalon’s Festive Friday, Avalon Shopping District’s kick-off of the holiday season, 11AM-6PM, Friday, November 25
  • Avalon’s Festival of Trees, The Whitebrier, Noon-8PM, Friday, November 25
  • Avalon’s Tree Lighting, Veteran’s Plaza, 5PM, Friday, November 25
  • Wetlands Institute’s Wetland Wonderland, 9:30AM-3PM, Saturday, November 26
  • Avalon’s Snowfest Saturday, events for the entire family including iceless ice skating, games, rides, rock wall climbing, family photos, more, downtown Avalon, 11AM-4PM, Saturday, November 26
  • Stone Harbor’s gala Christmas parade down 96th Street, Santa will be in attendance, 6:30PM, Saturday, November 26
  • Christmas Tree Lighting at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, 5:30PM, Friday, December 2
  • IPad Workshop, Avalon Public Library, register at 609-967-7155, 10AM-Noon, Saturday, December 3
  • American Legion Post #331 Annual Christmas Party, Rock ‘n Chair Restaurant, call Jim at 609-602-6622for info & reservations, Saturday December 3
  • International Cheetah Day at the Cape May County Zoo, cheetah related programs, activities & zookeeper talks, 11AM-2PM, Sunday, December 4
  • Stone Harbor Caroling & Christmas Tree Lighting, ride the trolley through town for the caroling at 4:45PM & join in the tree lighting at 6PM, Wednesday, December 7
  • Santa’s Family Workshop at the Cape May County Zoo, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, craft stations, education animals, more, 11AM-2PM, Saturday, December 10
  • Big Band Dance featuring The Star Band, Avalon Community Hall, 7PM, Saturday, December 10
  • Creative Writing Program, Avalon Public Library, register at 609-967-7155, 10AM-Noon, Saturday, December 17
  • Winter Enrichment Day at the Cape May County Zoo, watch zookeepers as they share special treats & activities with the animals, 11AM-2PM, Saturday, December 17


New Listings: 

710 Avalon Boulevard, Avalon Manor, $375,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 173413

30 Linden Lane, Stone Harbor, $450,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 173438

150 96th Street Unit 1, Stone Harbor, $499,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 173404

704 Avalon Boulevard, Avalon Manor, $770,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 173411

249 101st Street, Stone Harbor, $1,345,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 173399

309 76th Street, Avalon, $1,450,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 173394

225 91st Street, Stone Harbor, $2,099,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 173363


Properties Sold:

11010 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, $400,000, SOLD MLS#: 162952

10104 Sunrise Drive, Stone Harbor, $855,000, SOLD MLS#: 169310

115 20th Street, Avalon, $1,150,000, SOLD MLS#: 172416

285 48th Street, Avalon, $1,388,333, SOLD MLS#: 170887

11610 Second Avenue, Stone Harbor, $1,675,000, SOLD MLS#: 170233

74 W 11th Street, Avalon, $1,865,000, SOLD MLS#: 171995

6709 Dune Drive, Avalon, $2,500,000, SOLD MLS#: 173285




Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Four Steps for Downsizing Your Home

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(Family Features)--For one reason or another, you’ve determined the house you’re living in has become too much to handle. Seniors, empty nesters or those moving from a suburban home into a loft or apartment in the city all face similar challenges when it comes to downsizing.

For example, after Judy Raphael’s husband was diagnosed with dementia and moved to a nursing home, it became difficult for her to take care of her large house the couple had lived in for 23 years. At first, Raphael tried to maintain the house by herself, but things started to pile up and soon the house was in need of serious repairs.



“There were a lot of unknowns on what was wrong in the house – from mildew and mold to the driveway that needed to be replaced, the list goes on,” Raphael said.

When it comes to downsizing your living space, you can start preparing with these steps.

Determine what’s next. Think about what type of lifestyle you want to live moving forward, but take into account how much space you’ll actually need to accommodate that life. Whether it’s a smaller house or alternate option like an apartment or townhome, the first step is to decide what you’re looking for in your next living space. This can also help you figure out what items will move with you and what will need to be sold, donated, thrown away or left behind.

Assess what you actually need. Now that you’ve determined that downsizing is your best option, you’ll need to figure out what size, space and things you need. Maybe there’s a pile of stuff collecting dust in your attic or basement that can be sold or donated, or maybe you believe you can move all of your belongings into a more compact area. Either way, a downsize means going through storage spaces, closets and room in your home to determine what stays behind and what goes with you.

Sell your home. Raphael knew she needed to fix the house before it would be considered sellable, but knew she could not manage it alone. Working with a reputable real estate brokerage will help you sell your home faster, and with ease.

Stay organized during the move. You’ve now spent a ton of time and energy going through old things and boxing up possessions for the big move – don’t let that time go to waste by allowing your organization to fall apart on move-in day. Make sure you store items in places that make sense, going room-by-room in an organized fashion.

Source: homevestors.com


Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Monday, November 21, 2016

Would You Sell Part of Your Home to Investors?

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By John Voket

We bring you important points in housing each week—and this week (literally!) is no exception.

A new startup, Point (Point.com), aims to make homeowners free of debt and able to unlock the wealth in their home—but to do that, a homeowner must sell a portion of the equity in his or her home to Point’s investors.

How does it work? A homeowner provides some basic information about their home and household finances. Point instantly assigns homeowners pre-approval or denial based on the information they provide.



If pre-approved, Point provides a provisional offer based on the data provided—that offer is typically for between 5 percent and 10 percent of the home’s current value. To be eligible for Point, the owner(s) need to retain at least 20 percent of the equity in their home after Point's investment. The homeowner then completes a full application and provides documentation for the Point underwriting team.

Within approximately a week, Point will schedule a home valuation visit, which the homeowner covers— generally between $500 and $700. Once the valuation is complete, Point will share the appraiser's report with the homeowner.

If the valuation is deemed acceptable by the homeowner, Point will finalize the offer following the appraisal and receipt of all supporting application documents, and call the homeowner to meet with a notary to sign the Point Homeowner Agreement.

Point then files a Deed of Trust and Memorandum of Option on the property in the county recorder's office. Once filings have been confirmed, Point transfers the offer funds (with less than 3 percent escrow and processing fees) electronically to the homeowner’s bank account.

If the homeowner sells his or her home within the agreed-upon terms, then Point will be automatically paid from escrow. If the homeowner does not sell his or her home, he or she can buy back Point’s stake at any time during the term, at the then-current appraised property value.

Would you sell part of your home to investors?


Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Saturday, November 19, 2016

3 Rules to Simplify Your Holiday Entertaining

Today's News and Features

(Family Features)—The hustle and bustle of the holiday season may feel overwhelming at times, and for hosts throwing holiday parties, sticking to formal cooking and dining traditions can be time-consuming and stressful. In the season dedicated to spending time with family and friends, experimenting with simple entertaining ideas and informal settings can allow for more time to enjoy the party with your guests.

To simplify your festive soiree, try these insider tips from Macy's Culinary Council, the national culinary authority featuring some of the nation's leading chefs from across the country.



Simple Satisfaction
Sometimes less can be more, even when trying to impress guests. Chef Nancy Silverton suggests using quality ingredients like flavorful lettuces or vegetables. There is no need to mask them with fancy sauces; the ingredients can speak for themselves. A simple drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, squeeze of lemon and some sea salt is enough to dress up a dish that guests will deem delicious.

Less of a Mess 
Complicated cooking methods that require too much cookware and gadgets can keep hosts in the kitchen instead of socializing with guests. Chef Rick Bayless says his focus is on simplicity and ease in the kitchen, such as using the least amount of pots and pans possible to accomplish the same goal. Try a one-pot dish in a slow cooker to reduce kitchen clutter and ensure easier clean-up.

Comfort Is Key
A less formal seating arrangement encourages relaxation and comfortable dining for all. When entertaining, Chef Johnny Iuzzini places chairs and stools throughout his home for guests to enjoy as they please rather than structuring how and where they sit and eat. Place appetizers on the coffee table or create a buffet-style spread on your dinner table. This informal layout allows for a laid-back atmosphere where hosts can easily mingle with guests.

Source: Macys



Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Friday, November 18, 2016

8 Tips to Protect Your Identity

Today's News and Features

Identity theft is more than just someone tapping into your bank account. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, an estimated 17.6 million U.S. residents experienced the misuse of their personal information in 2014, up from 16.6 million victims in 2012.



“Fraudsters can use your personal information to conduct a variety of illegitimate transactions, such as opening bogus accounts, filing tax returns and getting access to medical care,” says Doug Johnson, American Bankers Association’s (ABA) senior vice president of Payments and Cybersecurity Policy. “As a result, consumers are urged to safeguard their personal information before it gets into the wrong hands.”

ABA offers the following tips to help consumers protect themselves from becoming a victim of identity theft:

Don’t share your secrets. Don’t provide your Social Security number or account information to anyone who contacts you online or over the phone. Protect your PINs and passwords and do not share them with anyone. Use a combination of letters and numbers for your passwords and change them periodically. Do not reveal sensitive or personal information on social networking sites.

Shred sensitive papers. Shred receipts, banks statements and unused credit card offers before throwing them away.

Keep an eye out for missing mail. Fraudsters look for monthly bank or credit card statements or other mail containing your financial information. Consider enrolling in online banking to reduce the likelihood of paper statements being stolen. Also, don’t mail bills from your own mailbox with the flag up.

Use online banking to protect yourself. Monitor your financial accounts regularly for fraudulent transactions. Sign up for text or email alerts from your bank for certain types of transactions, such as online purchases or transactions of more than $500.

Monitor your credit report. Order a free copy of your credit report every four months from one of the three credit reporting agencies at annualcreditreport.com.

Protect your computer. Make sure the virus protection software on your computer is active and up to date. When conducting business online, make sure your browser’s padlock or key icon is active. Also look for an “s” after the “http” to be sure the website is secure.

Protect your mobile device. Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices. This will make it more difficult for thieves to access your information if your device is lost or stolen. Before you donate, sell or trade your mobile device, be sure to wipe it using specialized software or using the manufacturer’s recommended technique. Some software allows you to wipe your device remotely if it is lost or stolen. Use caution when downloading apps, as they may contain malware and avoid opening links and attachments – especially for senders you don’t know.

Report any suspected fraud to your bank immediately. 

Source: American Bankers Association (ABA)



Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Avalon/Stone Harbor NJ Weekly Update November 17th, 2016 #RealEstate



BUOY ON THE BEACH!  Monday’s low tide revealed an interesting new addition to the beach at Stone Harbor Point: a red navigational buoy, partially buried in the sand.  The buoy is numbered “2T” and is from Townsend’s Inlet.  No word on why it broke loose from its mooring in the inlet.

BEACH FILL MOVING AHEAD: The joint Avalon-Stone Harbor beachfill project appears to be moving forward after an agreement was struck among several agencies.  In order to avoid using federal funds for the dredging of sand from Hereford Inlet to replenish Stone Harbor beaches—the issue that stalled the project initially—those funds will instead be used to fund Avalon’s fill, while a combination of Stone Harbor and NJDEP funds will be used for the Herford Inlet dredging component.  The project is now expected to proceed, though Avalon still hopes to seek a long term solution to the original problem—the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s recent invoking of an old rule preventing dredging in Hereford Inlet using federal funds.  Avalon says the rule had not been imposed on prior projects, and should not have been imposed this time. 

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND kicks off the holiday season here on the Island!  After your turkey dinner, check out Avalon’s Festive Friday and Snowfest Saturday activities, including the Turkey Trot run, iceless ice skating, and a tree lighting ceremony.  Stone Harbor will celebrate the “It’s a Wonderful Life” theme again this year, with a scavenger hunt, caroling, and letters to Santa.  It’s all capped off with a huge Christmas Parade along 96th Street Saturday evening.  Check out the list of activities and events below!

STONE HARBOR LIBRARY: SNEAK PEEK!  Swing by the new Stone Harbor Library on Saturday of Thanksgiving Weekend for a “sneak peek” inside the new facility.  No official opening date has been announced, but the library will be open for the public to visit that day.

HOLIDAY BEACH TAGS will be available Thanksgiving Weekend!  Avalon will sell holiday tags during Festive Friday on November 25th and Snowfest Saturday on November 26th at the Avalon Rescue Squad. This year beachgoers can find one of Santa's reindeer dressed for the season with a wreath, ornaments and candy canes on the tag. On both days, sales will be held from 11am-4pm. The remaining tags will be for sale the following week in the tax collector's office at Borough Hall, 3100 Dune Dr.  Stone Harbor’s 2017 beach tags follow along with the Island Holiday Scavenger Hunt theme of "Every time a bell rings, an egret gets its wings." The tag features an egret in the dunes wearing a red scarf with a bell close by. Tags will be available for purchase inside Borough Hall at 9508 Second Avenue beginning Friday, November 25th from 10am-8pmSaturday, November 26th from 10am-7pm; and Sunday November 27th from 10am-5pm.

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Avalon and Stone Harbor have unveiled their holiday beach tags.  They can be purchased beginning Thanksgiving Weekend.


LOCAL GIFT IDEAS:  While you’re here over Thanksgiving Weekend, shop local!  Whether it’s a holiday beach tag, a box of fudge, a gift certificate to a local restaurant, or a specialty item from your favorite store, give a bit of Seven Mile Beach to your loved ones this year!  Want to make it really special?  Treat your family to their very own place at the shore!  Call me to get started!

UPCOMING EVENTS:
  • Creative Writing Seminar, Avalon Public Library, register at 609-967-715510AM-NoonSaturday, November 19
  • Princess Day at the Cape May County Zoo, come dressed as a princess (or prince!) to enjoy glass slipper hunts, games, sing-a-longs, stories, photo ops, 11AM-2PMSaturday, November 19
  • 5K Turkey Trot for Brendan’s Fund with proceeds donated to the Brendan Borek Endowed Fund at CHOP, check in at 8AM at 600 Park Boulevard in West Cape May, for a 5K walk, trot or jog, visit www.brendansfund.org or call 609-435-5917 for info, Thursday, November 24
  • 5K Turkey Trot for Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children in Avalon, 10amFriday, November 25
  • Story Time for Children with Mrs. Claus, Avalon Public Library, 10-10:45AMFriday, November 25
  • Stone Harbor’s Island Holiday event, activities, music, refreshments, shopping specials, more, downtown shopping district, 10AM-9PMFriday, November 25-Saturday, November 26
  • Avalon’s Festive Friday, Avalon Shopping District’s kick-off of the holiday season, 11AM-6PMFriday, November 25
  • Avalon’s Festival of Trees, The Whitebrier, Noon-8PMFriday, November 25
  • Avalon’s Tree Lighting, Veteran’s Plaza, 5PMFriday, November 25
  • Wetlands Institute’s Wetland Wonderland, 9:30AM-3PMSaturday, November 26
  • Avalon’s Snowfest Saturday, events for the entire family including iceless ice skating, games, rides, rock wall climbing, family photos, more, downtown Avalon, 11AM-4PMSaturday, November 26
  • Stone Harbor’s gala Christmas parade down 96th Street, Santa will be in attendance, 6:30PMSaturday, November 26
  • Christmas Tree Lighting at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, 5:30PMFriday, December 2
  • IPad Workshop, Avalon Public Library, register at 609-967-715510AM-NoonSaturday, December 3
  • International Cheetah Day at the Cape May County Zoo, cheetah related programs, activities & zookeeper talks, 11AM-2PMSunday, December 4
  • Stone Harbor Caroling & Christmas Tree Lighting, ride the trolley through town for the caroling at 4:45PM & join in the tree lighting at 6PMWednesday, December 7
  • Santa’s Family Workshop at the Cape May County Zoo, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, craft stations, education animals, more, 11AM-2PMSaturday, December 10
  • Big Band Dance featuring The Star Band, Avalon Community Hall, 7PMSaturday, December 10
  • Creative Writing Program, Avalon Public Library, register at 609-967-715510AM-NoonSaturday, December 17
  • Winter Enrichment Day at the Cape May County Zoo, watch zookeepers as they share special treats & activities with the animals, 11AM-2PMSaturday, December 17

Featured Property:

A luxurious Bayfront home with deep water and magnificent views!



9835 Sunset Drive, Stone Harbor, $3,999,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 163748


New Listings:

26 Weber Court, Stone Harbor, $589,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 173315

491 21st Street, Avalon, $899,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 173339

250 54th Street, Avalon, $1,195,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 173293

125 25th Street, Avalon, $1,299,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 173338

26 W 27th Street, Avalon, $1,695,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 173287

8221 First Avenue, Stone Harbor, $3,195,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 173340


Properties Sold:

284 86th Street, Stone Harbor, $1,012,000, SOLD MLS#: 172389

7036 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $1,725,000, SOLD MLS#: 171792

65 E 15th Street, Avalon, $2,950,000, SOLD MLS#: 170214

36 E 15th Street, Avalon, $2,995,000, SOLD MLS#: 166917

558 7th Street, Avalon, $3,000,000, SOLD MLS#: 164200




Nancy M. Alexander Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate, Long & Foster Avalon