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Friday, February 15, 2019

Staying Ahead of a Shifting Market


Why is the HomeSmart model a great fit for you in the SoCal market where you’re based?The HomeSmart model gives us the operational efficiencies needed to maintain 25-30 percent bottom line margins. These efficiencies include proprietary technology, centralized file review, risk management, one-click marketing and accounting services. When many of our competitors are running sub-10 percent margins, this is a huge advantage.
Are you leaning on specific technologies to make your office more efficient, your team more productive, or both?We lean a lot on HomeSmart’s proprietary technology as it streamlines almost every aspect of the brokerage business, driving more profitability to the brokerage. Additionally, our agents can produce professional marketing pieces instantly from almost any device. They have the ability to upload their transaction documents to our system from anywhere, eliminating the need to carry sensitive personal information around with them.
How is HomeSmart making it easier for brokers to develop next-gen real estate professionals with a focus on client relations?With our agent panel, we’ve nearly eliminated the need for traditional paperwork as transaction documents can be completed and uploaded utilizing any device. Our staff will compile, review and audit all documents for compliance so that our professionals can concentrate on their clients’ needs. In addition, we have licensed transaction coordinators that follow up on the transactional details, allowing our professionals to assist clients with the emotional moments that come with their move.
Are there any expansion opportunities on the horizon in 2019?There’s a massive shift about to happen in our industry within the next five years. A large majority of our broker/owners are at or near retirement age, and there isn’t a definitive exit strategy in our industry. This allows for some interesting win-win scenarios, whereby we’ll be able to create a bridge retirement plan for these owners.
Final Questions… 
What’s your best tip for dealing with difficult clients?Bury your ego. Don’t get caught up in their personal emotion, but rather, focus on the facts and assist them with moving their transaction to a successful conclusion.
What’s the most creative marketing campaign you’ve run?We ran a campaign called “Shift Happens” when we joined HomeSmart in 2012 to highlight the shift our marketplace would see when we combined the benefits HomeSmart brought to our existing brokerage.
What’s your key to staying profitable?HomeSmart proprietary systems, which allow the brokerage to centralize operations and eliminate redundant costs.
What’s your best recruiting technique?Our support. Not only are our risk managers available seven days a week, but also, they typically respond within 10 minutes. Our agents share this great experience with non-HomeSmart agents and recruit them to experience this support.
For more information, please visit www.homesmart.com.
John Voket is a contributing editor to RISMedia.




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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Avalon and Stone Harbor NJ Weekly Update February 14th,2019 #RealEstate #NJ


Monday’s snowfall turned to freezing rain on the Island.  Here, blades of dune grass laden with ice stand above a light coating of snow blanketing the dunes.


A RECORD 932 OSPREYS were counted in New Jersey in 2018, according to an Atlantic City Press article.  Of the state’s 589 active nests, 423 were located in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland Counties.  During the summer months ospreys can easily be viewed in and around the wetlands behind Avalon & Stone Harbor.

THE WETLANDS INSTITUTE celebrates its 50th Anniversary of its founding on February 17th.  The non-profit organization has a mission to preserve, protect and steward wetlands and coastal ecosystems and fulfills its mission through programs in research, conservation and education.  Executive Director Dr. Lenore Tedesco said ““The Wetlands Institute was founded with an understanding that wetlands and coastal ecosystems are immensely important and needed to be studied and protected.  We have stayed true to that mission.”  The Wetlands Institute is planning celebrations throughout the year including a weekend-long open house and celebration in June and free admissions days on the first Wednesday of June, July, August and September.   Visit The Wetlands Institute online at www.wetlandsinstitute.org



This Victorian home left Avalon a year ago and awaits another move.  See below for info.


ABOUT A YEAR AGO the Victorian home (above) was disassembled and removed from its lot in Avalon in order to save it from demolition.  Today it sits in storage on the mainland, awaiting a move to its new location in Cape May.  See this Atlantic City Press article for more on the house and its future:  https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/press/cape_may/why-one-of-avalon-s-oldest-homes-is-sitting-in/article_5ce3e1f5-07a6-5121-b28d-beb05c7ca212.html?utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=NEWS%20-%20Daily%20Headlines&utm_campaign=DAILY%20HEADLINES%20-%20Wednesday

THE AVALON MUSEUM has more than a dozen oral histories recorded detailing a variety of things from Avalon’s past.  The Museum is also seeking additional oral histories to add to its collection.  To listen online, or to contact the Museum about adding to the collection, click here: http://www.avalonhistorycenter.org/Get-Involved/Oral-History

THIS WEEKEND: Catch Polar Bear Weekend in Sea Isle City, including the Plunge on Saturday at 2pm.  If 39 degree ocean water is a bit too chilly for you, consider the Polar Bear Run/Walk for Autism on Sunday, on the Promenade.  For info on Polar Bear Weekend events click here: https://www.visitsicnj.com/featured-event


HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to you & yours!


UPCOMING EVENTS:
  • Sea Isle City Polar Bear Weekend, festivities all weekend with the plunge on Saturday, February 16 at 2PM, Friday-Sunday, February 15-17
  • Avalon Beach Party, bring the kids for an indoor beach party including the limbo, music, crafts and a game, Avalon Free Public Library, 10-11AM, Saturday, February 16
  • Creative Writing Seminar, tips & feedback on poetry, stories, books, etc., register at 609-967-7155, Avalon Free Public Library, 10AM-Noon, Saturday, February 16
  • Beck’s Philadelphia Brigade Band, music from an authentic Civil War era brass band performed in dress uniform to commemorate Presidents’ Day, Avalon Free Public Library, 2-3PM, Saturday, February 16
  • Uncorked Comedy at Willow Creek Farm & Winery, 3 course wine paired dinner & comedy show, 6-10PM, Saturday, February 16
  • Third Saturday Comedy with Headliner Tim Krompier & featuring Bob Marsdale, Harbor Square Theater in Stone Harbor, 9PM, Saturday, February16
  • Tea & Memory Sharing at the Avalon History Center at 215-39th Street, 11AM, Thursday, February 21
  • Pick a Language to Learn with Cathy Zane using numerous offerings in Rosetta Stone or Mago, Avalon Free Public Library, 10-11:30AM, Saturday, February, 23
  • Windows Computers & Android Smart Phone Drop In-Tech Workshop,  help with your computer, phone, software or an app, Avalon Free Public Library, 11:30AM-1PM, Saturday, February 23
  • The Storm of ’62 Slide Show depicting the storm & its impact, Avalon History Center at 215-39th Street, 1-2PM, Saturday, March 2
  • Avalon’s Shop-a-Holics Weekend, designers, deals & drinks, Princeton Bar & Grill & the Whitebrier, 4-9PM on Thursday & Friday, March 7 & 8 and 10AM-6PM on Saturday, March 9
  • Fiddle Club, students from Music Studios in Linwood & professional musicians perform Irish songs to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Avalon Free Public Library, 1-2PM, Saturday, March 9
  • Stone Harbor Shiver Polar Plunge Pre-Shiver party, The Reeds, 6-9PM, Friday, March 15
  • Kegs & Eggs Pre-Shiver Celebration, Fred’s Tavern, 10AM, Saturday, March 16
  • Parade to the 96th Street beach from behind Fred’s Tavern, starts at Noon, Saturday, March 16
  • Stone Harbor Shiver Polar Plunge, 96th Street Beach, following the parade from Fred’s Tavern which begins at Noon, Saturday, March 16
  • Apple Computer, iPads & iPhones Drop-In Tech Workshop, Avalon Free Public Library, 1-3:30PM, Saturday, March 16



Featured Property:

New construction on the bay, with beautiful views and a short boat ride to Townsend’s Inlet!



883 21st Street, Avalon, $2,395,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 185755


New Listings:
    
571 Avalon, Avalon Manor, $279,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 186052

7900 Dune Drive #115, Avalon, $295,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 186010

7900 Dune Drive #109, Avalon, $330,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 186009

710 Avalon Boulevard, Avalon Manor, $359,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 186012

9716 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, $489,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 186057

696 Sunrise Drive, Avalon, $529,900, ACTIVE MLS#: 186003

285 14th Street, Avalon, $659,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 186019

234 24th Street, Avalon, $989,900, ACTIVE MLS#: 186013

280 89th Street, Stone Harbor, $995,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 186048

6337 Heron Cove, Avalon, $1,399,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 185979

256 44th Street, Avalon, $1,549,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 186017

2619 Dune Drive, Avalon, $1,625,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 186041

210 121st Street, Stone Harbor, $2,650,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 186066

53 W. 25th Street, Avalon, $2,695,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 186007

8 111th Street, Stone Harbor, $3,500,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 186031

190 75th Street, Avalon, $3,595,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 185983

5878 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $6,875,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 185996


Properties Under Contract:

1114 Stone Harbor Boulevard, Stone Harbor Manor, $599,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 185334

259 20th Street, Avalon, $747,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 181982

248 28th Street, Avalon, $974,900, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 184350

388 39th Street, Avalon, $999,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 185370

870 21st Street, Avalon, $1,595,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 185974

56 E. 17th Street, Avalon, $3,499,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 185662

174 76th Street, Avalon, $3,750,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 185991



Properties Sold:

226 108th Street, Stone Harbor, $2,446,000, SOLD MLS#: 182725

151 21st Street, Avalon, $2,575,000, SOLD MLS#: 184255












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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Upcycling: If It’s broken, It Can Be Fixed



Upcycling is a fun way to freshen up your space, create a conversation piece, exercise your creativity and help the environment at the same time. Just be careful that you don’t become a hoarder.

You’ve seen the commercial -- the forlorn lamp sits sadly by the curb in the rain. A man says, “Many of you feel bad for this lamp. That is because you’re crazy. It has no feelings and the new one is much better.”

But to many, the old lamp is a treasure waiting to be upcycled into something special. Ditto for the old furniture and other discarded items in the trash, or at the local thrift shop. One man’s trash and all that.

Treasures-to-be can also be found in your own home. “Learn to look at things differently before going out and buying something new” or throwing something away, says Adam Fullerton, Toronto fabricator and upcycler extraordinaire.

Think outside the box. Can it be reused for another purpose? If it’s broken, can it be fixed or configured into something spectacular?

“Reusing is better than recycling,” he says. “It can also save you pennies along the way.”

Upcycling is a fun way to freshen up your space, create a conversation piece, exercise your creativity and help the environment at the same time. (Just be careful not to hoard, Fullerton says.)

It’s also a great way to spend time with the kids, with a variety of projects from beginner to pro.

Fullerton’s upcycling career started with lighting. He would rescue lamps from the side of the road, flea markets or charity shops and reconfigure them, sometimes adding scraps to turn them into unique light fixtures or other decorative pieces.

One of his early lighting projects was a wall sconce, made from chandelier parts, the base of a table lamp and interestingly shaped old jam jars.

He bought a glass bottle cutter and began to upcycle colourful bottles into planters, glasses, bowls and dishes. “It’s a great project for beginners,” he says. He collected corks and turned them into cork boards.

He used his welding skills to create more elaborate pieces, and also began crafting furniture with found materials. When he lived in England, solid wood doors, discards of renovations of old houses, were scavenged and transformed into frames for mirrors. “I collected as many as I could carry to repurpose. The middle panels were removed and replaced with mirrors and sometimes lighting was added around the door,” he says.

“I started upcycling in 2012, making stuff to sell but I’ve always been making something, taking things apart, and fixing them or taking the parts out to make something else.”
He says various past jobs, from car painting and restoration to construction, gave him experience working with different materials.

Fullerton grew up in a small village in the south of England and sold his light fixtures in London. In 2015 he moved across the pond. “I met a Canadian, now my wife,” he says. At first he worked in the garage, but most recently he moved up to a 1,200-square-foot studio of his own.

He creates products for use in residential and commercial settings. One shelf design, which can be used in either setting, has radiators as the ends with shelves made from found hemlock lumber.

His favourite go-to upcycling parts are from second-hand bicycles, where everything from gears to chains to handlebars are given new life. One of his first commercial projects was a bike rack made with racing handle bars to hold bike frames. “Inspiration comes from the piece that I find,” he says.

His “bike and fall light” includes bicycle parts and replicates the classic “rise and fall light” popular in the U.K. He says his great grandmother had the light in her house and he was always fascinated by the fixture, which could be raised or lowered using pulleys.

Upcycling has also turned into a full-time business for Denis and Martine Chercuitte of My Old Cher on Wolfe Island, Ont.

After 36 years in the military, Denis retired and went back to school to learn the basics of building furniture. “Denis and I learned together refinishing (oil, paint and wax techniques) and upholstery (modern techniques),” Martine says.

Five years ago, they displayed their wares at the Wolfe Island Christmas sale. As soon as people realized they could have their furniture repaired and redone, demand began to grow. Two people at one sale wanted the same chair, upholstered in a whimsical fabric pattern with faces (one bearing a mustache and looking a lot like Denis, Martine says). Neither ended up buying it.

The couple now gives a second life to other people’s cast offs and brings new life to pieces people want to keep. Many summer homes on the island are filled with furniture bought generations ago and now the owners want to upgrade the pieces.

Although it may seem more expensive to reupholster than buy new, compared to a modern chair of the same quality, it is still less to have a piece redone, they say. “If the frame is good, it can be rebuilt and look good for a long time.”

Some people on the island donate items to the couple rather than paying to put them in the dump. One day after returning from grocery shopping, they found a cabinet sitting in front of a garage. Another time a man dropped off a chair he no longer had use for. After it was repaired and refinished, he was a little sorry he had given it up.

In the summer, the Chercuittes sell from their small boutique. They have also sold pieces in nearby Kingston.

For those contemplating an upcycling project, the Chercuittes suggest starting with a table or a chair that has an upholstered seat. As long as they are strong and steady, they’re a good place to start. Denis suggests taking a half-day or day-long upholstery course.



Never assume something is too old to be upcycled, Martine says. Ask before you scrap or dump it into a fire pit.


Written by Connie Adair







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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

7 Ways to Save Money on New Construction



You can negotiate on the price of a resale home but the price is the price on a new construction home, right? Generally, that’s true. Builders don’t like to discount their homes. But, a price reduction isn’t the only way you can save when buying a brand-new home. Use these tips and tricks and you might be able to get a better deal than you thought possible.

Bring a real estate agent

New-home buyers—especially those who have never purchased a home before, let alone new construction—may not be aware that they can use a real estate agent for their purchase. Many new-home communities also offer a broker co-op to real estate agents. And using a Realtor is the best way to ensure that you are getting the best deal because he or she will negotiate on your behalf, finding out about any available concessions the builder is willing to make to sell you a home.

Builder upgrades

It costs the builder far less to upgrade your flooring or your countertops than it would cost you, so they are more likely to concede to a couple of these upgrades than they would be to discount the price of the house. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want; the worst they can say is, “No,” and you might be surprised at what they’re willing to throw in.

Personalized floorplan

New homes typically have options that give buyers some floorplan flexibility. While many of these options come at a higher cost, you may be able to get them for free depending on how motivated the builder is to sell. Want to turn a bedroom into a home office or a loft into an art studio? Ask away!

Lower interest rate

Builders who are looking to getting homes sold quickly, especially if they have standing inventory, may buy down the interest rate, thereby making the homes more affordable for buyers. This is often tied to using the builder’s in-house or preferred lender, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a choice to use another lender.
It pays to do your research; talking to multiple banks or lenders may yield you a better deal, even with the builder’s incentive. “Consider alternate sources to find a lender,” said The Balance. “Your own bank or credit union might offer you very attractive rates and terms, based on your banking history with that institution. Your agent may refer you to his or her private list of wholesale lenders.

HOA fee and taxes

High HOA fees and/or taxes like Mello-Roos can be a deterrent to buying in certain communities or areas. Builders have been known to cover these taxes and fees for a certain period of time to attract buyers.

Move-in ready home

Oftentimes, builders move forward on the construction of homes before the lots have been purchased. Buying one of these newly-built homes can benefit homebuyers in many ways.



Eliminates the construction wait— 

This may not necessarily translate to a discount for everyone, although it could for those who have construction delays that create the need for temporary housing or material issues that pump up costs. The best part is simply being able to move right in to a home that’s brand-new!
No need to choose all the features and finishes— If you’re the type who can’t imagine having to make so many decisions, this may be a great option for you.
Upgrades included—Move-in ready homes often include upgrade like nice flooring and countertops. These homes are also more likely to be discounted because builders need to get standing inventory off their books.



Written by Jaymi Naciri



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Friday, February 8, 2019

What to Do After Inheriting Your Childhood Home


By Kara Masterson
Your childhood home is a place where you've likely created many cherished memories; however, it isn't uncommon for a person to have mixed feelings about inheriting that property later in life. While the home may have sentimental value, it could still cost a lot of money to maintain. What can you do with the property after taking ownership of it?

Rent the Property

Instead of selling the property, you could rent it out if you don't want to live there yourself. Depending on market conditions, it could be possible to charge rental rates equal to or greater than the monthly mortgage payment. If the house is paid off, your monthly rental check can go toward an emergency fund or retirement account.

Run a Business From the Home

If the inherited property has a finished basement or an office space, it can be the ideal place to run your company. Since no one else is living there, you can get business done without your spouse or kids interrupting you. In many cases, residential property will cost less than renting a commercial office space or entire commercial building.

Move Into the Home

Assuming that the home is in a suitable location and meets your family's needs, it's within your rights to move into the property yourself. This can be an ideal solution for those who live in an apartment and are ready to exercise more control over their living arrangement.

Sell the Home and Invest the Money

An option one may want to consider is selling the home and investing the money. The proceeds from the sale could be used to invest for your future. You can invest in education, your current business or a new venture. Investing in the stock market or an oil project opportunity could result in significant profits both now and in the future. Of course, whether this is right for you depends on your timeline, investment goals and risk tolerance. Be sure to consult with a financial adviser prior to making a major investment.
A home can be a powerful tool to help you gain control over your life. If you choose not to sell or rent it, you have a place to call your own for years to come. If you do rent or sell it, it can serve as a tool to help secure your financial future.




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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Avalon and Stone Harbor NJ Weekly Update February 7th, 2019 #RealEstate #NJ #HomesforSale



Avalon’s Fishing Pier extends over the ocean on a rough, windy day.  North Wildwood and amusements on the Wildwood Boardwalk are visible in the background.


FROM ICE TO NICE!  Several days of ice and bitter winds have given way to warm sunshine, with mid-week highs pushing 60 degrees this week.  Ice was still present in the back bays on Monday afternoon, but by Tuesday all traces of it were gone after Monday’s sunshine melted it away. 

LAST WEEK’S EXTREME COLD has disappeared, but not before the Wildwood Police Department made a great impression on residents and others in the area.  The Police Department announced that students walking to school in the frigid temperatures could flag down an officer for a ride to school instead.  The department received numerous favorable comments on its Facebook page as a result of the offer.

A NEW FISHING PIER in Avalon Manor was discussed at the January 23rd Middle Township Committee meeting.  The old fishing pier, which used to be part of the Avalon Boulevard Bridge, was closed in 2016 due to its poor condition.   A new fishing pier could cost $800,000, including $75,000 for demolition of the old pier.  Open Space funding could cover much of the cost of the project. 

204 BALD EAGLE NESTS exist in New Jersey, including 185 with eggs, according to a recent USA Today article.  That’s up from just one documented nest in 1973.  The population has rebounded dramatically since the 1972 banning of the pesticide DDT, which had caused eagle egg shells to be too thin to survive incubation.  Many of today’s active nests are located in Cape May County, with many more along the Delaware Bay shoreline; one pair of bald eagles was sighted behind Stone Harbor in an osprey nest this past fall. 

AVALON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT sponsored a training class titled “Ladder Company Officer” last week, hosting instructors from the Camden City Fire Department and Newark City Fire Department.  Avalon FD also extended an invitation to all neighboring fire departments to attend the class free of charge.  134 fire fighters from New Jersey and as far away as Pennsylvania attended the class hosted in Avalon. 

THE 11TH ANNUAL POLAR BEAR RUN/WALK FOR AUTISM takes place in Sea Isle City on Sunday, February 17th.  The family friendly event raises funds for special services schools, autism support groups, and families of special-needs children in Cape May and Atlantic Counties.  The 5K run and 1-mile walk will begin at noon from JFK Boulevard and the Promenade; the run will proceed south and the walk will proceed north.  Online registration is available at www.polarbearrunwalkforautism.com

PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL has predicted an early spring; when asked for comment, Phil let it be known that, truth be told, he actually prefers summer instead.  If you agree with Phil, check out our 2019 Vacation Guide and contact me to arrange your summer vacation!  View the guide here: https://www.flipsnack.com/franzeographics/long-and-foster-avalon-stone-harbor-rental-brochure-fd1kyp3nr.html

UPCOMING EVENTS:
  • The Valentine’s Express, Cape May Seashore Lines, Richland Station, Friday, February 8 and Saturday February 9.  Visit www.CapeMaySeashoreLines.org for info & tickets.
  • Avalon Home and Land Owners Association meeting featuring a guest speaker from Cape Express, Avalon’s Senior Center, 10AM, Saturday, February 9
  • Genealogy & Ancestry with Casey Zahn, learn about your family history & tracing your roots, register at 609-967-7155, Avalon Free Public Library, 2-4PM, Saturday, February 9
  • ‘Wine & Chocolate’ Wine Trail Weekend at Hawk Haven Vineyard, Saturday, February 9
  • Sea Isle City Polar Bear Weekend, festivities all weekend with the plunge on Saturday, February 16 at 2PM, Friday-Sunday, February 15-17
  • Avalon Beach Party, bring the kids for an indoor beach party including the limbo, music, crafts and a game, Avalon Free Public Library, 10-11AM, Saturday, February 16
  • Creative Writing Seminar, tips & feedback on poetry, stories, books, etc., register at 609-967-7155, Avalon Free Public Library, 10AM-Noon, Saturday, February 16
  • Beck’s Philadelphia Brigade Band, music from an authentic Civil War era brass band performed in dress uniform to commemorate Presidents’ Day, Avalon Free Public Library, 2-3PM, Saturday, February 16
  • Uncorked Comedy at Willow Creek Farm & Winery, 3 course wine paired dinner & comedy show, 6-10PM, Saturday, February 16
  • Third Saturday Comedy with Headliner Tim Krompier & featuring Bob Marsdale, Harbor Square Theater in Stone Harbor, 9PM, Saturday, February16
  • Tea & Memory Sharing at the Avalon History Center at 215-39th Street, 11AM, Thursday, February 21
  • Pick a Language to Learn with Cathy Zane using numerous offerings in Rosetta Stone or Mago, Avalon Free Public Library, 10-11:30AM, Saturday, February, 23
  • Windows Computers & Android Smart Phone Drop In-Tech Workshop,  help with your computer, phone, software or an app, Avalon Free Public Library, 11:30AM-1PM, Saturday, February 23
  • The Storm of ’62 Slide Show depicting the storm & its impact, Avalon History Center at 215-39th Street, 1-2PM, Saturday, March 2
  • Avalon’s Shop-a-Holics Weekend, designers, deals & drinks, Princeton Bar & Grill & the Whitebrier, 4-9PM on Thursday & Friday, March 7 & 8 and 10AM-6PM on Saturday, March 9
  • Fiddle Club, students from Music Studios in Linwood & professional musicians perform Irish songs to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Avalon Free Public Library, 1-2PM, Saturday, March 9
  • Stone Harbor Shiver Polar Plunge Pre-Shiver party, The Reeds, 6-9PM, Friday, March 15
  • Kegs & Eggs Pre-Shiver Celebration, Fred’s Tavern, 10AM, Saturday, March 16
  • Parade to the 96th Street beach from behind Fred’s Tavern, starts at Noon, Saturday, March 16
  • Stone Harbor Shiver Polar Plunge, 96th Street Beach, following the parade from Fred’s Tavern which begins at Noon, Saturday, March 16
  • Apple Computer, iPads & iPhones Drop-In Tech Workshop, Avalon Free Public Library, 1-3:30PM, Saturday, March 16

Featured Property:

Exquisite new construction on an oversized beachblock lot in Avalon’s South End!



168 67th St., Avalon, $7,250,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 184489


New Listings:
    
1114 Stone Harbor Boulevard, Stone Harbor Manor, $649,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 185858

498 Avalon Boulevard, Avalon Manor, $849,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 185872

870 21st Street, Avalon, $1,595,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 185974

425 99th Street, Stone Harbor, $1,695,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 185875


Properties Under Contract:

700 First Avenue, Unit 406, Avalon, $599,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 184107

305 109th Street, Stone Harbor, $835,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 180598

395 22nd Street, Avalon, $1,049,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 184984

219 25th Street, Avalon, $1,250,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 185951

243 22nd Street, Avalon, $1,695,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 185889

27 Flamingo Drive, Avalon, $3,495,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 185698

76 E. 26th Street, Avalon, $4,595,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 178320



Properties Sold:

355 40th Street, Avalon, $707,500, SOLD MLS#: 184402

6890 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $1,140,000, SOLD MLS#: 185162

3916 Fourth Avenue, Avalon, $1,250,000, SOLD MLS#: 185133

283 100th Street, Stone Harbor, $2,225,000, SOLD MLS#: 183058

151 21st Street, Avalon, $2,575,000, SOLD MLS#: 184255











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Monday, February 4, 2019

Top Design Trends for 2019

Industrial chic meets rustic aesthetic—that’s the design forecast for 2019. This year, according to the Zillow Home Trend Forecast, expect less focus on the organic, farmhouse design elements and more materials like concrete and metal accented with rustic touches.
"The overtly rustic, farmhouse chic design trend is easing up," said Zillow Design Expert Kerrie Kelly. "It may not be gone altogether, but it's shifting toward a more modern style, pairing rustic elements like barn doors with modern materials like glass or metal."
Here are the top design trends to look out for this year:

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Warm Modernism
Expect a shift this year. Designers are anticipated to move away from the overtly rustic interiors that were so popular in 2018; replaced by the raw materials and stark contrasts that are common qualities of modernism. Don’t expect rustic design to go away altogether though—warm, farmhouse touches to offset this harshness will likely be popular as well.

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Industrial Vibes
Metal and concrete are forecasted to be two of the most common materials used to design spaces this year. Zillow notes, however, that the use of blues and grays will help to add another layer of contrast.

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Organic Maker Accents
Earthy accents are going to play an especially important role in design this year, as the harsher elements of modernism will need something to soften them. Handmade pieces, as well as rugs and wall hangings, are the perfect antidote and should be on every designers’ radar this year.

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Smart Home Technology
Smart speakers and other voice-activated products fit nicely into this projected rise in modernism. Expect to see a rise in the popularity of smart appliances in kitchens.

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Space to Disconnect
With all the connected devices that many have in their homes now, it’s a great idea to have that one space area in your house that is completely disconnected. Zillow predicts that designated calm and quiet rooms, with colored lights and acoustic paneling, will likely see a rise in popularity this year.
On the other end of the spectrum, the company suggests leaving bold color schemes in 2018 and focusing on the more subtle palettes and earthy tones of rustic design.
To view Zillow’s full Home Trend Forecast, click here.



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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Sticking to Your Budget: 5 House-Flipping Expenses to Plan For



By Dixie Somers
Thanks to television, house-flipping has swept the nation and inspired thousands of people to start investing in real estate. While this can be a quick way to make a lot of money, there are many hidden expenses and oversights beginner house flippers often miss. As a result, many people wind up spending far more than they bargained for when they decided to flip a property.
When you decide to flip a house, remember the 70-percent rule. This rule states that an investor shouldn't pay over 70 percent of a property's after-repair value (ARV) minus the necessary repairs. Simply put, the ARV is a home's value after it's fully restored.
Thinking about getting into the business? Here are five house-flipping expenses you'll want to plan for before renovations begin:

Closing Costs

Most house flippers are working with a hard budget, so it's important to know exactly how much you'll have to pay for a property. Closing costs are typically 2-5 percent of the purchase price, so if you bought a fixer-upper for $90,000, you can expect to pay an additional $1,800-$4,500 before the deal is closed and the title is in your hand.

Expensive Upgrades

You want your house to stand out, so you may want to consider adding some smart home technology to your renovation. Smart home tech, such as heat-sensor faucets, smart blinds and heated floors, cost extra, so you'll need to plan ahead for these amenities and figure out how they'll fit into your final design before you buy.

Hiring Professionals

You may be able to do a lot of home DIY projects yourself, but many repairs require a professional team. Whether you need a private contractor, plumber or electrician, find local businesses and get some estimates before you begin renovating. The last thing you want is to be in the middle of flipping the house only to encounter a major issue that you can't afford to repair.

Working With a Designer

You may want to bring in a professional interior designer to help you make over the house. Designers know how to pick the right fabrics, textures and colors to bring a space to life and make it look more appealing to potential buyers. Of course, none of this is free, so take the time to research designers and determine which of their services you'd like to use before you begin renovating.

Marketing Costs

You want to flip a house and sell it as quickly as possible, which ultimately takes good advertising; in fact, getting your newly flipped home sold will take much more than simply sticking a for-sale sign in the front yard if you want to attract a lot of potential buyers.
House-flipping can be a fun and fast way to earn a lot of money in a short period of time. While many people with no experience make it big in wholesale real estate investment, make sure you do plenty of research beforehand. Stick to smaller properties with minimal work before working your way up to larger projects as you gain more experience and your budget increases.
If you find yourself in need of more money or an advance for your fixer-upper, personal loans could be a good option for you. If you don't put the right stuff in, you won't get the financial result you desire.



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Friday, February 1, 2019

Winter Plumbing Tips for Homeowners




By Victoria Brown
Wintertime can be fun, but the colder months are tough on plumbing. This is especially true if you live in an area where the cold season means temperatures frequently dipping below zero.
Then again, no matter how cold it gets, there are always steps you should take to ensure that your plumbing doesn't get as much punishment during the more frigid months. Here are some plumbing tips that may come in handy this winter:

Insulated pipes are less likely to burst

Cracked pipes are a common problem in much of the U.S. during the winter. Caused by water freezing inside the pipes, this problem is particularly rampant with exposed pipes.
One of the surest measures to prevent pipes from bursting is to insulate them. Some folks use foam pipe covers, while others use spiral-wrap or fiberglass insulation. You can do it yourself, but calling a reliable plumbing service to perform the installation is a safer bet.

Running a faucet keeps pipes from freezing

Letting a faucet drip can help relieve some of the pressure on your pipes during the winter months. More importantly, water running slowly through the pipes isn't likely to freeze. Just leaving your faucet dripping may sound wasteful, but considering how much damage a burst pipe can cause, a slight increase in your water bill is a much more frugal option.

Put hoses in storage

Never leave your garden hose connected to a faucet during the winter. The cold will freeze not only the water remaining inside the hose, but also every single drop left inside the faucet. Disconnect the hose, empty it and put it away until spring.

Keep your drains clear

All your drains must be kept clear during the colder months, because the debris inside them can freeze, as well. Be sure that your drains aren't clogged—any amount of standing water inside your drain pipes will likely freeze and cause you major headaches.

Keep the heat running when you're on vacation

When you're off on vacation and no one will be home for several days, or even weeks, you can prevent your plumbing from freezing by keeping your heat on low while you're away.
Winter plumbing issues can quickly become major problems. Finding a plumber who is willing to work on your pipes in the middle of winter is not easy. By taking the necessary precautions and following the plumbing tips listed above, your chances of avoiding cracked or burst pipes this winter will increase considerably.


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