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Saturday, December 9, 2017

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 NancyAlexander.com

Friday, December 8, 2017

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

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" 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 NancyAlexander.com

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Avalon and Stone Harbor NJ Weekly Update December 7th, 2017 #RealEstate



SHOP AT THE SHORE this holiday season!  Need some ideas for a shore-based gift for that special someone?  Here are some suggestions for you: 
-Holiday beach tags from your favorite town (while supplies last!)
-a Wetlands Institute membership
-a gift certificate to your favorite restaurant on the Island
-a gift certificate for a ride on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry (see article below)
-have a box of fudge shipped from the Fudge Kitchen

CHECK OUT THE LIGHTS along Dune Drive in Avalon’s business district, and along 96th Street in Stone Harbor the next time you’re in town.  From sundown onward the Christmas lights and decorations in both towns are sure to put you in a festive mood!



Winter sunsets happen earlier—this was the scene on Avalon’s 32nds Street beach, looking south, shortly after 5pm Monday afternoon.    Stone Harbor’s water tower is on the right, and Wildwood’s Ferris wheel is lit up on the left.

 
TAKE THE HIGH ROAD into Sea Isle City!  You’ll be able to do just that as traffic is shifted to the north side of Sea Isle Boulevard, which is approximately four-and-a-half feet higher than the south side.  Once both lanes of traffic are flowing on the elevated north side, contractors will begin adding fill to the south side of the road.  The fill height on the south side will exceed the paved height on the north side, in order to allow the fill to compact and settle for about a year, at which time excess material will be removed.  The ultimate goal of the project is to raise all of Sea Isle Boulevard by several feet so the roadway is above the 100-year flood elevation.  A 12-foot travel lane and an 8-foot shoulder are planned in each direction, and are expected to be completed in March 2019. 

SHOP BY FERRY!  The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is running a $56 round-trip shopping trip special departing Cape May through December 21st.  The $56 ticket is good for the car, driver, and all passengers for a shopping excursion to the Tanger Outlets at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.   A Tanger Outlets coupon book is included.  Click here for details:  https://www.cmlf.com/event/tanger-holiday-shopping-package/186

PRIMATE POINT opened last week at the Cape May County Zoo.  The new primate habitat features an 8,000 square foot building with five rooms for the animals; three exterior habitat areas surround the building.  Visitors can view the primates through viewing windows in good weather and bad, year round.  Residents of the new habitat include “Ghelfling,” a 23-year old Black Howler Monkey, and her two offspring, “Bert” (age 9), and “AJ” (age 8).  The Cape May County Zoo is one of the area’s best-kept secrets—the zoo is open year round and entry is free, though donations are gladly accepted.

CONVENTIONAL MORTGAGE LIMIT INCREASED:  The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced an increase in the conventional loan limit, effective December 11th.   The new loan limit will rise to $453,100, up from $424,100.  Currently, rates for both conventional and jumbo 30-year mortgage loans are hovering around 4%.  Need a recommendation for a good mortgage lender?  Call or email me!

UPCOMING EVENTS:
  • Holiday Stroll, town wide in Sea Isle City, visit www.seaislechamber.com for info, Saturday, December 9
  • Spirit Brands Cheerleading Festival, performances choreographed to music & sound effects with prizes for the winners, Wildwood Convention Center, 10AM-3:30PMSaturday, December 9
  • Santa’s Family Workshop, Santa photo ops, crafts, candy, music, scavenger hunt, more, Cape May County Zoo, 11AM-2PMSaturday, December 9
  • Big Band Dance featuring The Star Band, Avalon Community Hall, 7PMSaturday, December 9
  • Creative Writing Seminar, tips & feedback on poetry, memoirs, short stories & books, register at 609-967-7155, Avalon Free Public Library, 10AM-NoonSaturday, December 16
  • Cape May County Zoo Enrichment Day, zookeeper talks & educational presentations throughout the day, schedule posted at the zoo entrance, 11AM-2PMSaturday, December 16
  • Seven Mile Island Singers Holiday Performance, Avalon Free Public Library, 1-1:45PMSaturday, December 16
  • Fantasia Christmas, Linda Gentille & The Jersey Shore Pops perform a traditional Christmas concert with a Disney twist, www.Jerseyshorepops.org for additional info, Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 3PMSaturday, December 16
  • Brunch With Santa for children 10 years or younger at the Sea Isle City VFW Post #1963, 301 JFK Boulevard, pre-registration required by calling 609-263-0050 by 12/11, 11:30AMSunday, December 17
  • Battle of the Boards Basketball Tournament, area & out of area teams competing in showcase games, visit www.bbclassic.com for further info, Wildwood Convention Center, 3PM start, Saturday, December 23
  • Cape May County Zoo Winter Camp, activities galore for children ages 5-10, $60 per child including a t-shirt, visit www.cmczoo.com for info, 9AM-NoonWednesday, December 27Thursday, December 28 & Friday, December 29
  • Harpist Lucia Marone plays classical & holiday songs on The Porch, Avalon Free Public Library, 1-3PMSaturday, December 30
  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks, JFK Boulevard & the beach in Sea Isle City, visit www.visitsicnj.com for info, Sunday, December 31


Featured Property:

Located mid-Island, this beautiful custom built home awaits you!



4101 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $1,875,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 178043


New Listings:

162 96th Street, Stone Harbor, $299,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179439

31 Seabreeze Lane, Avalon Manor, $475,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179459

45 Seabreeze Lane, Avalon Manor, $475,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179462

700 First Avenue, #418, Avalon, $649,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179416

441 21st Street, Avalon, $799,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179411

3470 Dune Drive, Avalon, $899,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179457

49 Seabreeze Lane, Avalon Manor, $1,675,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179463

276 90th Street, Stone Harbor, $1,695,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179402

31 33 41 & 45 Seabreeze Lane, Avalon Manor, $1,800,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179464

277 88th Street, Stone Harbor, $2,995,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179433

12 104th Street, Stone Harbor, $3,848,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179410

11610 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, $4,999,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179441
  

Properties Sold:

9807 Second Avenue, Stone Harbor, $404,000, SOLD MLS#: 164599

413 98th Street, Stone Harbor, $440,000, SOLD MLS#: 177480

295 78th Street, Avalon, $562,500, SOLD MLS#: 176601

289 14th Street, Avalon, $580,000, SOLD MLS#: 173521

1127 Stone Harbor Boulevard, Stone Harbor Manor, $675,000, SOLD MLS#: 179067

1668 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $715,000, SOLD MLS#: 178324

1116 Stone Harbor Blvd #302, Stone Harbor Manor, $830,000, SOLD MLS#: 174808

8403 Second Avenue, Stone Harbor, $850,000, SOLD MLS#: 170576

3640 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $1,101,875, SOLD MLS#: 176424

6680 Ocean Drive - South Unit, Avalon, $1,430,000, SOLD MLS#: 174353

10605 First Avenue, Stone Harbor, $1,900,000, SOLD MLS#: 178564

627 24th Street, Avalon, $1,995,000, SOLD MLS#: 179417

76 W. 33rd Street, Avalon, $2,000,000, SOLD MLS#: 176367

455 104th Street, Stone Harbor, $2,900,000, SOLD MLS#: 177744

104 113th Street, Stone Harbor, $3,250,000, SOLD MLS#: 177417











Nancy M. Alexander - Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate NancyAlexander.com

Monday, December 4, 2017

Space Transformation: 3 Tricks for Home Flippers to Sell a Home Quickly


By Meghan Belnap
Some house flippers use short-term financing to buy a house in need of renovations, but it can have a higher interest rate than other types of financing. It also costs a flipper money in the form of daily interest charges. Other house flippers use their own cash reserves to buy a property.
In both situations, many flippers are focused on selling a home quickly. A critical aspect that impacts the ability to achieve this goal is to create a desirable home that buyers are interested in. When you're preparing to transform an investment property, turn your attention to these important points:
Create an Open Floor Plan
One idea that works well when flipping is to create an open floor plan. Older homes that likely need more renovations may have a closed-off floor plan. This can make the home look smaller than it is, and can create a claustrophobic ambiance that may turn off some buyers. Depending on the home that you invest in, creating an open floor plan may be as simple as tearing down the wall dividing the kitchen and dining room.
For added emphasis, you can also tear down any dividing walls between living spaces and the dining room. While you're not adding square footage through this process, an open floor plan feels bigger to a buyer and may be more appealing. In many cases, this is a cost-effective way to generate incredible results.
Add Natural Light
To transform the space of your investment home, analyze the natural light. Some older homes were built with minimal or small windows, which result in a dark and gloomy interior that is not welcoming or appealing to buyers. Consider enlarging existing windows to bring in natural light.
You can also add a few windows or a skylight in the bathroom, kitchen or other rooms that are commonly dark. When you incorporate natural sunlight into a room, you transform the space by making it feel more inviting.
Research Competing Listings
Before you finalize your renovation plans for your next house flipping project, you should spend time online researching competing listings. You could even visit a few homes to get a better feel for market conditions. When transforming a space, you need to at least bring the home up to a level that makes it directly competitive with other listings in the market.
It can also be advantageous to go a step above the current market conditions. This can make the home more appealing for a faster sale. However, avoid making renovations that are considerably above market level. While the home may be desirable to buyers when you do this, there's a strong chance that you may price the home above market rates. This can make the home too expensive for some buyers. The condition of your finished project is critical to your ability to sell the property quickly.
Many house flippers focus on cosmetic features when renovating. For example, they may pay attention to paint colors, countertop materials and flooring options. These are important elements to focus on, but other factors are equally critical if you want a quick sale.
As you look for new homes to flip and plan the renovations, turn your attention to these transformation tips. By doing so, you can create a finished project that sells more quickly.
Meghan Belnap is a blogger, researcher and freelance writer at BiggerPockets.



Nancy M. Alexander - Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate NancyAlexander.com

Friday, December 1, 2017

Santa Claus’ Home Jumps in Value



Santa Claus' North Pole home got a face lift! Thanks in large part to a 2013 remodel and updated Zillow listing, the jolly guy's home increased 6.5 percent in value to $710,559 compared to last year's Zestimate.
The 2,500-square-foot home was added to the site last December; the listing has since been updated with home facts and new photos. This has contributed to a dramatic increase in price.
To calculate the Zestimate—the site's price estimate for homes that aren't for sale—Zillow looked at similar homes in remote locations and applied a "Santa premium," according to Zillow. The company also predicts that Santa's home, which has never been sold, will rise another 7 percent over the course of next year.
"The real estate market across the country is booming, so it's no surprise that one of the most valuable residential properties in the Arctic rose almost 7 percent since last year," says Zillow CMO Jeremy Wacksman.
The 25-acre lot that Santa's home sits upon features a toy workshop, stables for reindeer and a garage space for sleighs. Built in the 1800s, the house now features modern comforts thanks to a remodel in 2013.
"Santa is synonymous with the holiday season," says interior designer Marian Bright, who oversaw the remodel. "He has inspired people around the world to change their home decor for at least one month out of the year. How could I say no to a challenge like that?"
The three-bedroom, two-bath cabin features a massive river-rock fireplace and a fully-equipped kitchen (with a hot cocoa tap). Take a look at some photos of the interior below:







Source: Zillow



Nancy M. Alexander - Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate NancyAlexander.com

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Avalon and Stone Harbor NJ Weekly Update November 30th, 2017 #RealEstate



AN ARTIFICIAL REEF will be built on the New Jersey side of Delaware Bay several miles from Cape May.  The reef will be located in water that’s 19 to 35 feet deep, and constructed of rock, concrete, and other materials.  The hope is that the reef will soon become home to mussels, crabs, small fish, and eventually larger fish popular with fishermen.    Several artificial reefs already exist on the Delaware side of the bay, but this is the first on the New Jersey side.  The new reef will be roughly equidistant from Cape May and Fortescue.  Construction is expected to begin in December.


These fishermen enjoyed a magnificent November sunset on their way home!

BIG STRIPERS are on their way!  Striped bass typically move southward and arrive here in the late fall as local waters cool.  Large stripers have been caught in locations further north, including a 54 pounder off Long Beach Island.   If you’d like to try your hand at landing a large striper, Smuggler’s Cove is hosting the annual Scott Bevan Striped Bass Bonanza tournament on Saturday, beginning at sunrise, with weigh-ins to be completed by 5pm.  Stop by Smuggler’s Cove in advance for tickets and information.

A FIRE IN SEA ISLE destroyed three homes at 91st Street and Pleasure Avenue in the early morning hours last Friday.  A large plume of smoke over the ocean could be seen from neighboring towns as firefighters from Sea Isle fought the blaze, with assistance from Avalon, Strathmere, Ocean View, and Marmora.  Fortunately all the homes were unoccupied at the time of the fire. 

NEW TAX ASSESSMENTS ARE COMING in Avalon, as the Tax Assessors office is sending out value notices to property owners this week.  Owners interested in discussing their new assessment will have the opportunity to set an appointment (instructions will be included with the value notice).  If you’d like information on recent comps please call me.  We can discuss them in advance so you’re prepared to meet with the assessor.

LOOKING FOR THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFT?  How about a shore home of your very own?  Your family will thank you for years…and make memories that will last a lifetime!  Call or email me…I’ll even supply the big red bow! 

UPCOMING EVENTS:
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, train rides, bounce castle, Santa & more, Cape May County Zoo, 4:30-6PMFriday, December 1
  • Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Tree Lighting, Santa will be visiting, 5:30PMFriday, December 1
  • Avalon Historical Society’s Annual Open House, refreshments, music, holiday cheer, 215-39th Street, 4PM-7PMSaturday, December 2
  • Stone Harbor’s Caroling & Tree Lighting, 9508 Second Avenue4:45-7PMWednesday, December 6
  • Holiday Stroll, town wide in Sea Isle City, visit www.seaislechamber.com for info, Saturday, December 9
  • Santa’s Family Workshop, Santa photo ops, crafts, candy, music, scavenger hunt, more, Cape May County Zoo, 11AM-2PMSaturday, December 9
  • Big Band Dance featuring The Star Band, Avalon Community Hall, 7PMSaturday, December 9
  • Creative Writing Seminar, tips & feedback on poetry, memoirs, short stories & books, register at 609-967-7155, Avalon Free Public Library, 10AM-NoonSaturday, December 16
  • Seven Mile Island Singers Holiday Performance, Avalon Free Public Library, 1-1:45PMSaturday, December 16
  • Fantasia Christmas, Linda Gentille & The Jersey Shore Pops perform a traditional Christmas concert with a Disney twist, www.Jerseyshorepops.org for additional info, Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 3PMSaturday, December 16
  • Harpist Lucia Marone plays classical & holiday songs on The Porch, Avalon Free Public Library, 1-3PMSaturday, December 30
  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks, JFK Boulevard & the beach in Sea Isle City, visit www.visitsicnj.com for info, Sunday, December 31


Featured Property:
Five bedrooms and a pool, within easy walking distance to 96th Street!


265 87th Street, Stone Harbor, $1,899,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 177721


New Listings:

3465 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $869,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179352

470 20th Street, Avalon, $1,250,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179323

198 72nd Street, Avalon, $2,600,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179374
  

Properties Sold:

10726 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, $515,000, SOLD MLS#: 176716

700 First Ave. Unit #207, Avalon, $530,000, SOLD MLS#: 178196

700 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $675,000, SOLD MLS#: 177921

10918 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, $700,000, SOLD MLS#: 173119

2310 Dune Drive, Avalon, $815,000, SOLD MLS#: 177815

384 20 Street, Avalon, $875,000, SOLD MLS#: 178442

330 87th St #1, Stone Harbor, $1,625,000, SOLD MLS#: 177209

623 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $1,700,000, SOLD MLS#: 176657










Nancy M. Alexander - Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate NancyAlexander.com

Monday, November 27, 2017

Best Financial Investments for Your Home


By Craig Middleton
Over the last couple of years, rehabbing TV shows have become increasingly popular. In these shows, people fix or introduce new features to their homes while adding substantial market value to the house in the process. If you own a home, you can make many of these types of fixes or additions to increase the value of your home, too. You can also enjoy these changes for as long as you live there. Some of the best financial investments you can make to your home include:
Major Problem Fixes
The first high-return investment you should make in your home is to correct all major problems. If your home has serious issues, such as a broken air conditioner or a pipe leak, fixing those issues should be priority No. 1. Repairing or replacing the roof and siding can be a great investment, and potential buyers will generally factor in both the time and cost of having to fix it. Problems like these are always easier to fix when they're small than later after having put them off.
Exterior Improvements
Investing in the facade of a home can also bring great returns. Replacing garage doors is one of these investments. If your garage door looks new, your house will look new, as well. Painting the outside of your home is another good investment in the exterior. If you don't want to take the time and money to fully repaint your home, pressure-washing can be a quick way to make the outside of your home look much more presentable.
Entryway Improvements
Another good investment is to invest in a new entryway door. Like the garage door, the front door is important in making a good first impression on a potential buyer. Replacing your front door with a steel door can also make your home safer; increasing the safety of your home can be another great selling point for a potential buyer. Replacing windows is another way to make the outside of your home look better, as well as improve the home's energy efficiency.
Fixes and additions to the inside of your home can be a great financial investment. A fresh coat of paint to the interior can add value by making the home look cleaner and brighter.
Update Bathroom, Kitchen and Appliances
Improving your home's bathroom, particularly visible elements such as vanities, lighting, toilets and tubs, can create a high return. For bathroom improvements, you may obtain a better return on investment by spending your money on items in the bathroom that a potential buyer would see, instead of completely gutting the bathroom.
Kitchen remodels can be another way to significantly improve the value of your home. For kitchen remodels, you'll want to spend money on functional items such as cabinets, drawers, pantry doors and appliances. Appliances such as refrigerators don't have to be completely new, but they should keep up with current trends. Kitchen remodels should also suit the home. A kitchen that looks like it belongs in a $300,000 home will feel out of place in a $150,000 home.
Adding high-efficiency appliances to a home can modernize it and also save you money on electricity. Some states and cities have tax programs that could reduce your taxes if you buy and use high-efficiency appliances that require less electricity.
Overall, you should research the investment potential of your home before making any purchase. If you are trying to increase the value of your home, you need to make sure your fix or addition will increase the value of the home not only for you, but also to potential buyers.



Nancy M. Alexander - Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate NancyAlexander.com

Friday, November 24, 2017

4 Gadgets To Techify Your Home



The value and usefulness of your home goes beyond its foundation, walls and roof in 2017. Automated home assistants such as Google Home and Amazon Echo, and smart thermostats like the Nest are just a few of the electronics transforming modern homes into livable computers.
Whether it's to increase your home's value and sellability or just get with the times of a modern home, these are four gadgets that will help bring you and your house into the 21st century.


Nest Protect
Most people are familiar with the Nest thermostat, that smart device to control your home's temperature and reduce energy costs, but the Nest Protect could save more than dollars off your utility bill — it could save your life.
The Protect is the next evolution in the same old smoke detector which, let's be honest, hasn't changed much in the last 50 years. The smart detector picks up both smoke and carbon monoxide and sends alerts to your phones, whether you're home or away, to let you know something is wrong. The Nest Protect also carries other nifty features like differentiating steam and smoke and knowing not to bug your about a low battery at two in the morning.

Goal Zero Yeti Generator
Speaking of technology from the past, most people don't need gas-powered generators in 2017. They're obnoxiously loud, can't be used indoors and you must have gasoline on-hand for them to be any use. Goal Zero solar-powered generators are the backup power source of the 21st century.
These battery-powered and very portable generators connect to solar panels to recharge or can power up right from your wall outlet. They offer tons of output options to charge all your devices and are used from everything from tailgating to a power outage. There's no hiding the fact that these generators aren't cheap, but they're sold at major outdoor retailers such as Cabela's.

Logitech Harmony Elite
The list of electronic devices in the home is growing rapidly — TV, streaming box, cable, surround sound, Amazon Echo, Google Home, Sonos speaker systems, even that Nest Protect mentioned above. Many of them come with their own remotes and managing all those clickers can be a huge pain in the subwoofer.
That's why Logitech, which is been making the best universal remotes for years, has the perfect solution in the Harmony Elite. It connects seamlessly to 270,000 entertainment and smart devices to create one remote to rule them all. This makes controlling your devices more convenient and cleans up your living room look.

Smart Lock
Runners will love this one. Never sure what to do with your keys when you hit the pavement? Now you can leave them inside and lock the door at the same time. The August Smart Lock goes over your door's dead bolt lock and uses Wi-Fi to connect to your smartphone to lock and unlock.
Ever leave the house and you're not sure if the door is locked or not? August will tell you via your smartphone. You can give lock access to friends and family with the app and even set the door to auto-lock when you leave for the day.

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Nancy M. Alexander - Stone Harbor and Avalon NJ Real Estate NancyAlexander.com

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Avalon and Stone Harbor NJ Weekly Update November 22nd, 2017 #RealEstate


MARKET STATS:  In October the median sale price increased by 9% over October 2016, while the number of units sold increased by 16%.  For a detailed look at the market, check out the latest Long & Foster Market Minute report: 



Click above for the latest Long & Foster Market Minute report.


GIVING BACK:  Long & Foster’s annual food drive was successful again this year, as our agents, staff, and clients donated dozens of bags of food items and frozen turkeys, plus gift cards and monetary donations, to the Holy Redeemer Food Pantry.  Holy Redeemer will distribute the food to local families in need.  Special thanks to Gina Reynolds, Branch Administrator, for coordinating our food drive effort, and Paul Leiser (13) for his help in collecting and delivering items.


Two car loads of food items were donated by L&F agents, staff, and clients.  The food was  collected and delivered to Holy Redeemer Food Pantry earlier this week by Paul E. Leiser and his grandson Paul, age 13.


FESTIVE FRIDAY & SNOWFEST SATURDAY arrive in Avalon after the Thanksgiving holiday.  Activities include music, shopping, a bounce house, ice skating, a tree lighting, and visits with Santa.
For a list of activities in Avalon, click here: http://avalonboro.net/avalon-festive-fridaysnowfest-saturdayturkey-trotfestival-of-the-trees-information/

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE in Stone Harbor again this year.  Kick off the holiday season with family friendly activities, including caroling, shopping, refreshments, face painting, train display, and a downtown holiday dash.  Saturday night’s Christmas Parade caps off a weekend of fun.  For a list of activities in Stone Harbor, click here:http://www.stoneharborrecreation.com/1124-1125-stone-harbor-island-holiday.html

If you’ve never experienced Thanksgiving Weekend here on the Island, give it a try.  You’ll have a great time!

SEASHORE SHOPPING goes hand in hand with a visit to the Island at this time of year.  Find the perfect gift, including items you can only find at the shore such as holiday beach tags, a box of fudge from the Fudge Kitchen, coffee from Avalon Coffee, or a gift certificate to a local restaurant. 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and your family!

UPCOMING EVENTS:
  • Avalon’s Festival of Trees, The Whitebrier at 260-20th Street, 5PMWednesday, November 22
  • Brendan Borek 5K Turkey Trot at Cape May Fitness, visit www.brendansfund.org for details, Thursday, November 23
  • Mrs. Claus will share holiday stories & crafts for kids of all ages, Avalon Free Public Library, 10:00-10:45AMFriday, November 24
  • Festive Friday, family friendly activities for all, shopping, more, throughout Avalon’s business district, 11AM-6PMFriday, November 24
  • Avalon’s Festival of Trees, The Whitebrier at 260-20th Street, Noon-8PMFriday, November 24
  • Brass Quintet Performance, holiday music performed by the Bay Atlantic Symphony Quintet, Avalon’s Veterans’ Plaza, 4:15-5:30PMFriday, November 24
  • Stone Harbor’s Island Holiday, family friendly activities for all, shopping, more, throughout Stone Harbor’s shopping district, 10AM-9PMFriday, November 24 & Saturday, November 25
  • Avalon’s Snowfest Saturday, activities for all the family, shopping, more, throughout Avalon’s business district, 11AM-4PMSaturday, November 25
  • Stone Harbor’s Gala Christmas Parade down 96th Street, music, floats, decorations, Santa, more, 6:30PMSaturday, November 25
  • Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Tree Lighting, Santa will be visiting, 5:30PMFriday, December 1
  • Avalon Historical Society’s Annual Open House, refreshments, music, holiday cheer, 215-39th Street, 4PM-7PMSaturday, December 2
  • Stone Harbor’s Caroling & Tree Lighting, 9508 Second Avenue4:45-7PMWednesday, December 6
  • Holiday Stroll, town wide in Sea Isle City, visit www.seaislechamber.com for info, Saturday, December 9
  • Big Band Dance featuring The Star Band, Avalon Community Hall, 7PMSaturday, December 9
  • Fantasia Christmas, Linda Gentille & The Jersey Shore Pops perform a traditional Christmas concert with a Disney twist, www.Jerseyshorepops.org for additional info, Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 3PMSaturday, December 16
  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks, JFK Boulevard & the beach in Sea Isle City, visit http://www.visitsicnj.com/calendar/list  for info, Sunday, December 31

  
New Listings:

330 40th Street, Avalon, $649,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179278

8201 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, $750,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179286

801 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor Manor, $849,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179272

214 28th Street, Avalon, $925,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179271

148 15th Street, Avalon, $1,195,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179220

763 Sunrise Drive, Avalon, $2,295,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179227

5959 Dune Drive, Avalon, $2,295,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179218

7708 Sunset Drive, Avalon, $3,500,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179287

24 Heron Drive, Avalon, $5,685,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 179225


Properties Sold:

177 80th Street, Avalon, $320,000, SOLD MLS#: 178046

201 100th Street, Stone Harbor, $829,350, SOLD MLS#: 178560

8403 Second Avenue, Stone Harbor, $850,000, SOLD MLS#: 170576

9001 First Avenue, Stone Harbor, $3,066,000, SOLD MLS#: 174770










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