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The Jersey Shore’s 25 Most Essential Restaurants

June 15, 2017Pete and Eldas's bar carmen's pizzeria pizza on the jersey shoreThe Jersey Shore is more than just spectacular beaches. Some of the best eateries can be found here too. Whether you are seeking a delectable lunch or dinner or simply looking to satisfy a sweet tooth, there is no shortage of places to peak your interest at the Jersey Shore.

According to Eater.com, these are the 25 best. Come on down and taste for yourself. You be the judge!

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Mortgage Rates Plunge to 3-Year Lows!

June 17, 2016InterestRates9With mortgage rates having dropped to 3-year lows – 30 year fixed currently 3.54% – home ownership can’t get much more affordable. ”The 10-year Treasury yield continued its free fall this week as global risks and expectations for the Fed’s June meeting drove investors to the safety of government bonds,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. What are you waiting for?

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Pending Home Sales Move Forward in February!

March 28, 2016mortgage-rates-up1-300x225“Pending home sales rose solidly in February to their highest level in seven months and remain higher than a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says pending sales made promising strides in February, rising to the highest index reading since last July (109.8).

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Belmar makes decision to build pavilions on their own!

December 29, 2015belmar pavilion drawing“Just when it appeared the borough was finally ready to award a bid to a construction firm to rebuild two beachfront pavilions destroyed by superstorm Sandy – after more than two years of trying – the Borough Council opted instead to build them on their own.”

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Actual windmill gets blown off Long Branch’s iconic Windmill!

December 29, 2015Windmill gets blown off WindmillIt was raining cats and “dogs” on Long Branch’s iconic Windmill Monday evening. But, it was the wind that took its toll on the arms that decorate the building housing some of the world’s best hot dogs. 30mph winds blew the windmill right off. Fortunately, no one was harmed and business resumed as usual at 10:30am the following morning!

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Performing Arts Center Approved for Long Branch’s West End!

December 16, 2015LB Performing Arts CenterIf a pending lawsuit does not impede its progress, closing on a new performing arts center in Long Branch’s West End will proceed in March. This would be another wonderful addition to the appeal of this beautiful beachfront community. “Features like a green roof, wood canopies, and a great lawn, among other designs, will give it visual appeal.”

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Post Holiday Fun!

December 16, 2015New-Hope-Ivyland-Railroad-02Looking for some fun things to do during the post-Christmas break? Six Flags Holiday in the Park, Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Robert J. Novins Planetarium and activities at Thompson Park are just a few of the enjoyments on the Jersey Shore. And, if you are up for traveling a bit, there are always the museums of NYC, a reenactment of George Washington’s Crossing, and the North Pole Express on the New Hope & Ivy Land Railroad.

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How will the Fed rate hike affect housing?

December 16, 2015mortgage-rates-up1-300x225As anticipated, the Fed raised it’s benchmark short-term interest rate. So, how will this affect housing? “The hike is likely to ripple across the U.S. economy, nudging up rates on everything from mortgages to bank savings rates and corporate bonds. But Fed policymakers have stressed they intend to move gradually and in small increments, and will pull back if the economy falters, tempering the impact on consumers and businesses.”

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Waiting to Buy a Home May Prove Very Costly!

November 11, 2015snow-globe-houseWhat are you waiting for? Inventory may only show a small increase, while you risk rates going up significantly.

“So, if you are ready, consider getting in the market now instead of early spring. You will have more choices and less competition, and you can lock in today’s rates rather than risk rates being 25 to 50 basis points higher. (A basis point is 0.01 percentage point.)

A 50 basis-point increase in rates (for example, from 4.05% to 4.55%) would cause monthly payments to be 6% higher. And that increase would not only affect your monthly cash flow but could also affect your ability to qualify.”

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Trinity Hall Moves to Former Fort Monmouth Property!

October 22, 2015Trinity HallTrinity Hall, an all-girls Catholic college-prep high school, has scrapped original plans to build a permanent structure in Middletown. The school will now be housed on a former Fort Monmouth property in Tinton Falls. School officials expect to be open by the start of the 2016 school year.

Trinity Hall’s $2M bid was one of three bids accepted by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) for the existing 20,000 s.f. structure on 7.4 acres. As part of the agreement, they must create 100 jobs within 48 months or face a penalty of $1,500 per job.

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This September Might Just Be The Perfect Time to Buy a Home!

September 1, 2015Exterior-4When is the best time of year to buy a home? In 2015, you may just find that September is the time to sign that contract. There are three factors that impact this:

First, many people have been holding back on purchasing, because they simply haven’t been able to anything that excites them enough. With listing inventory increasing, that something special might be available now. Second, demand appears to be decreasing. This means less competition for more of a selection. Third, the very low mortgage rates mean that you can buy a better home for less money.

 

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$3.5M-plus in Federal Funding Slated to Restore Wreck Pond

July 21, 2015Wreck_Pond“Superstorm Sandy highlighted the significant health and safety hazards associated with the toxins in Wreck Pond, which did more damage to local residences than did the water coming in from the ocean,” said Smith, who has worked with the Army Corps, NJDEP, Monmouth County and Spring Lake officials to provide ongoing assistance to mitigate the flood damage done by storms. “The work on Wreck Pond to date has paved the way for this grant and has been a good example of federal, state, county and local officials working to resolve a difficult challenge.”

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No Dunes for Manasquan Beaches!

July 15, 2015Manasquan Beach“It’s a monumental decision. It’s going to change the complexion of the beach,” Mayor Dempsey said. “But I hope we made the right decision … only time will tell.”

The Borough of Manasquan has decided against accepting a nearly $3 million federal grant for dune protection on the Manasquan Beachfront. While the grant would have paid for about 90% of the Dune System, the council’s main concern was the future cost impact in maintaining the dunes. The decision was made after thoroughly reviewing a report compiling the financial impact, regulatory issues, storm protection, and public opinion.

 

 

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Long Branch breaks ground on renewed boardwalk!

June 4, 2015LB breaks ground on boardwalkAs most of Long Branch stayed pretty much intact after Sandy blew through, the south end boardwalk took a bit of a beating. While initially it was thought it could be fixed fairly quickly, it soon became evident that the fix would require much more planning than originally anticipated.

Two and a half years later, the project is finally ready to commence. The city lost about a mile of boardwalk from Melrose Terrace south to Brighton Avenue. A $14.4 million contract was awarded to George Harms Construction in April to rebuild the boardwalk, and the City expects it to be 90% funded by FEMA.

The project will include the construction of a 5,450-linear-foot steel-sheet pile sea wall to protect the significantly-wider planned 16 to 20 foot new boardwalk.

There will be 10 access points to the beach, which will be made available this summer while reconstruction proceeds and three pavilions. The aesthetics of the boardwalk will match the boardwalk at Pier Village with composite decking.

Construction is expected to be substantially completed in 12 months and fully complete in 18 months.

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Belmar’s Use of Beachfront Parking Revenue

May 21, 2015Belmar Blood MoonAre Belmar officials using some of the beachfront parking revenue for non-beach-related funds illegally?

Some beachgoers and borough residents say yes, and have filed a lawsuit in Monmouth County Superior Court. The 10-count lawsuit says allocating a portion of beachfront parking revenues into a non-related beach fund and non-beach engineering fees violates state Department of Environmental Protection rules and the Public Trust Doctrine.

“The suit seeks an injunction against a new ordinance that doubled the borough’s beachfront parking fees and wants to establish a collective trust on the borough’s general funds until the money that the suit claims was paid illegally from the beach fund is repaid through the general fund.”

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The Spring Lake Five is Back for another Run!

May 21, 2015Spring Lake FiveOne of the largest and best running events in the nation is back for yet another Memorial Day Weekend. Originally starting in Spring Lake in 1977, the popular race is now over 30 years old and still going strong. The Kids Race is on Friday, 5/22, and starts at 6:00pm at Ocean Avenue and Atlantic. The 5 mile run starts at 8:30am Saturday morning at Ocean Avenue and Sussex. And, as always, there will be an extra fun, post-run beginning of summer party!

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Another Sandy Success Story!

May 20, 2015Avon PavilionSandy has come and gone, and with her she took a great many businesses. But, not forever. So many bouncing back even better after the storm!

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Stately Homes by the Sea Mansion Fire Ruled Accidental!

April 23, 2015Blithewald on Fire 2Blithewald, the Rumson mansion chosen for this year’s Stately Homes by the Sea event to benefit the VNA, was severely damaged in a fire on Monday. Authorities have just ruled the fire accidental. The blaze apparently started behind a wall in a guest bedroom and bath on the second floor. A “Great Gatsby”-themed gala and tours were scheduled for Saturday. The tours have since been canceled and the gala postponed.

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The VNA Stately Homes by the Sea Fundraiser Goes Up In Smoke!

April 22, 2015Blithewald on FireSadly, the Rumson mansion that was the site for the 2015 Stately Homes by the Sea fundraiser for the Visiting Nurse Association was heavily damaged by a fire on Monday, and the Show House tours have been cancelled. “Blithewald”, built in 1883 was one of Rumson’s oldest estates.  More than 40 designers, interior decorators and landscape artists were working diligently to transform the 10,000+ sf mansion on 4 acres into what would have been the fifth Stately Homes By the Sea Showcase Tour.

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Sea Bright to begin charging to access Anchorage Beach!

April 16, 2015SB Anchorage BeachBeginning Memorial Day Weekend, Sea Girt will begin charging for access to Anchorage Beach, a previously free beach. At a cost of $270 per day to staff the beach with badge checkers and lifeguards, charging on the weekends will help offset the cost. The cost to access the beach during the weekdays remains free.

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Low Mortgage Rates Will Put a Spring in Your Step!

March 19, 2015InterestRates9Spring has arrived and research has shown that it is during this time that houses will sell for 2% more than the average listing and 15% faster than at other times of the year. Couple that with extremely low mortgage rates and you have the perfect recipe for a selling market!

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Bidding Wars Are Back!

March 20, 2015downloadIf you aren’t experiencing a bidding war in the current market, there’s a good chance you are overpriced. Inventory is low and an improving economy has spurred a rise in buyer demand. So, if you are a seller and your house is not attracting offers, you may want to consider reducing your price.

On the flip side, if you are a buyer who finds a house you like at a price that seems reasonable, don’t wait too long to make the offer. It’s no fun to find the home of your dreams only to discover that the old saying is true, “He who hesitates is lost.”

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7 Cheap Tricks to Prep Your Home for a Quick Sale

March 11, 2015gardening on the jersey shoreSpring is almost here, and soon it will be home-selling season. Some economists expect 2015 to be a good one for home sales because mortgage interest rates will continue to hover at near historic lows, the overall economy is heating up and there’s a lot of pent-up demand.

For sellers looking to get the maximum out of their home sale, this all means they’ll need to do some careful home prep and staging, without spending so much that they cut into profit from the sale. Here are seven ways to prep your place for a sale without spending lots.

1. Have a plan.

Before you jump in and start on a long list of home repairs and upgrades, talk to a real estate agent and find out what’s worth the effort and what isn’t. Most homeowners can name at least one aspect of their home that really irks them – a slightly leaning fence, a scratch on the cooktop, the light switch that feels out of place. An agent can tell you which of those fixes are likely to be noticed by buyers and which you can ignore. You can even make this part of your agent interview process.

After that, get a checklist to help you stay on track as you knock out those jobs that only require elbow grease.
Cost? Free!

2. Clear clutter.

Speaking of checklists, every home prep checklist includes advice to clear your clutter. You probably love all your stuff, but it’s hiding your home’s features. Worse, a cluttered home presents as poorly maintained, which will cause potential buyers to think twice and ask deeper questions. Get a head start on moving day by packing up your knickknacks, photos and books. Or earn some extra moving money by selling some of that stuff cluttering up your basement or attic. Why pay to move it from one attic to another?

Cost? Free!

3. Paint one room.

Even if all your rooms need a fresh coat of paint, you can maximize your effort while minimizing your cost by only painting the most important room or rooms. Todd Tisdell, a real estate agent and mortgage broker of Citrus Grove Real Estate and Lending in California, advises sellers to paint either the entryway, kitchen or master bedroom. “Those are the rooms looked at the hardest by buyers,” Tisdale says. “If those rooms are fresh and clean, it will go a long way toward improving perception of the whole house.”

Cost? Under $200 if you do it yourself.

4. Clean.

This is not your everyday clean. It’s not even your special occasion clean. This is your as-seen-in “Architectural Digest” clean. While all rooms should be clean and tidy, it pays to focus your efforts on rooms buyers are most interested in – kitchen and bathrooms, the living room and the master bedroom. Follow the top-to-bottom, left-to-right method so no surface is overlooked. In kitchens, get behind and under appliances. In bathrooms, pay attention to mold and mildew.

5. Plant colorful flowers.

A good first impression counts in home selling, and most real estate agents will advise sellers to spruce up the front of the house first. Along with basic lawn care – a bag of fertilizer and regular mowing go a long way – Tisdale advises planting colorful flowers against the house or along the sidewalk or both. “The color against the house will pop the most,” he says.

Cost? Under $100 if you shop smart. Almost free if you start early from seeds.

6. Stage and depersonalize the right rooms.

Not all real estate agents agree that staging is necessary. In a recent study of over 2,300 Realtors, the National Association of Realtors found that about a third of selling agents said they stage homes, while 44 percent said they advise clients only to declutter and make repairs to faults. On the other hand, 81 percent of buyers reported that staging helped them visualize the features of the home. If you decide to stage, you can control the cost by staging only the rooms most important to buyers, in order: living room, kitchen, master bedroom, dining room, bathroom, child’s room and guest room.

Otherwise, get even more aggressive with the clutter and remove personal photos and keepsakes. The story you want to tell is about the buyers and their new house. It’s not about you and your old one.

Cost? Under $700, on average.

7. Create the right vibe.

With the place finally ready, create a warm, welcoming feeling throughout your home. Open windows to bring in fresh air, and open curtains and blinds to let in the light. Install higher wattage bulbs in your best fixtures, and turn on all your lights. In the days leading up to an open house or showing, refrain from cooking fish or broccoli, which can leave your home smelling not so great. You don’t really have to bake cookies to put buyers in the mood – lightly orange-scented candles will do. In fact, a Journal of Retailing study of retail shoppers found that simple aromas such as orange, lemon or pine boosted sales as much as 30 percent, while complex aromas – such as from baking or potpourri – depressed sales a few percentage points.

Cost? A few dollars for oranges (or free with some pine boughs plucked from the yard).

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8 Surprising Real Estate Tips!

January 25, 2015real estate tips megaphone photoLooking to buy a home? Read more to find out why Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow.com, says it’s better to pick a female real estate agent, live near a Starbucks, or be on a “Way” rather than a “Street”. He has a few other interesting tips you may find useful, as well.

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Developers Continue to Invest in Long Branch!

December 26, 2014IMG_3758The year was 1989, and we watched with sadness as the pier in Long Branch that housed the famous Haunted Mansion and Pier Pub burned to cinders. And, with it went the beauty that was the oceanfront beloved by so many. That is, until 2005 when Ironstate Development began the revitalization with the now acclaimed Pier Village.

After completing 2 phases of Pier Village, Ironstate Development just recently sold the property to two New York-based developers (Kushner Companies and Extell Development) who will complete Phase 3. “The third phase of the project is expected to include a 78-room hotel, an additional 60,000 to 80,000 square feet of retail space, more than 200 residential units, parking, boardwalk improvements, small entertainment venue and public amenities”, said Howard Woolley, Long Branch Business Administrator.

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Revitalization Continues at Long Branch’s Pier Village!

November 25, 2014Pier Village CollageThe company that recently acquired Pier Village will complete the third, and final, phase of the oceanfront project. They plan to revitalize the existing structure with more condos, retail space, and a boutique hotel. It’s exciting to watch this town continue to forge ahead with a master plan that will make it one of the most desirable locations to own a home. It’s close proximity and easy access to major metropolitan cities already make Long Branch a draw. Add to that continued revitalization, and Long Branch’s appeal as a shore destination will be unmatched.

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Open House Invitation!

November 3, 2014Open House Invitation - 11.9.14Come preview one of the most spectacular properties on the Jersey Shore! The location is unbeatable and it was completely upgraded just a year ago. Featured on NBC’s “Open House”, it’s a perfect home in every season! Looking forward to seeing you Sunday, 11/9, 1-3pm, on the oceanfront in Long Branch. Unavailable on Sunday? Just call. I’ll take you to see it at your convenience.

 

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Your Personal Invitation!

October 20, 2014

Interested in previewing one of the BEST properties on the Jersey Shore? Your personal invitation has arrived. A most coveted opportunity! List Price $1,299,000.

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Decorating Your Home for Halloween!

October 3, 2014halloween-wallpaper-thumbnail002Looking for some great Halloween decorating ideas? Deck your home in spooky spirit with some ghoulishly creepy and creative ideas form Better Homes and Garden!

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A 15-Year Mortgage Might Be More Affordable Than You Think

October 2, 2014Wealth building image“A better option is what we call the Wealth Building Home Loan—a 15-year, fully amortizing, fixed-rate loan that will build equity much faster than a 30-year mortgage. The WBHL concept was unveiled in early September by Mr. Pinto and his colleague at the American Enterprise Institute, Stephen Oliner. The market embraced the idea, and WBHL-style loans are already being originated and distributed by the Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America (NACA), a national nonprofit based in Boston that works primarily with low- to moderate-income borrowers. Citigroup and Bank of America have signed on to fund NACA’s 15-year mortgages.”

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Consumers Show Renewed Confidence In Housing Recovery

March 10, 2014 – According to Fannie Mae, overall attitudes toward housing brightened in February. “That renewed confidence in home prices spurred a boost in those saying now is a good time to buy a home; that number was up 3 percentage points from January to 68 percent.”

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10 Things You Should Be Doing To Your Home In Spring

March 8, 2014 – Are you ready for Spring? Here are a few tips to help you Spring ahead.gardening on the jersey shore

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Why 2014 is a good year to buy a home

January 1, 2014IMG_3665 (600 x 425)If you didn’t buy a home in 2013, don’t make the same mistake in 2014. In the past 12 months, home prices climbed nationally an average of 13.6 percent, and market forecasters are predicting another year of real estate gains for this year.

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Homeowner Tax Tips For Your Best Return

February 20, 2014 – If you’re among the taxpayers who itemize your deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040, you can include the interest you paid on your home mortgage of up to $1 million ($500,000 for married, filing separately), as long as you used the loan to buy, build or improve your home.

You can generally deduct the interest on a home equity loan of up to $100,000 ($50,000 for married, filing separately) used for any purpose, as long as the home equity debt and your purchase mortgage amount don’t add up to more than the value of your home, the Internal Revenue Service explains in Publication 936.

Here are 10 more things you need to know to claim your mortgage interest deduction:

1. In general, you have to be legally obligated to pay the mortgage. In other words, you can’t deduct mortgage interest paid, for example, on your parents’ home unless you have a legal duty to pay their mortgage.

2. If you have a high income, the Alternative Minimum Tax can affect your ability to deduct mortgage interest.

3. Your mortgage must be a secured debt, meaning your lender can foreclose on your home if you don’t pay your mortgage.

4. Your home can also be a boat, mobile home, house trailer, condominium, cooperative or similar property, which has cooking, sleeping and toilet facilities.

5. You can deduct late payment charges as though they were interest as long as your lender didn’t perform a specific service in exchange for the fee.

6. If you pay off your home mortgage early and you have to pay a prepayment penalty, that amount also counts as interest, as long as your lender doesn’t charge the fee in exchange for a specific service performed or to cover the cost of something connected to your mortgage (like giving you a payoff statement).

7. If you make annual or periodic rental payments on a redeemable ground rent, you can generally deduct them as mortgage interest. Payments made to end the ground lease and payments for nonredeemable ground rent aren’t deductible as mortgage interest.

8. Reverse mortgage interest generally isn’t deductible until it’s paid ? and you don’t usually pay interest on a reverse mortgage until you (or your heirs) sell your home and pay off the reverse loan.

9. If you own a cooperative apartment, you’ll get a Form 1098 from the co-op telling you how much interest you paid on any building-wide mortgages. You can deduct that amount along with the interest you paid on your individual unit loan (if you got a mortgage to buy your shares in the co-op).

10. The rules change if you got your mortgage on or before Oct. 13, 1987.

Getting a headache from thinking about all the different rules?

You can use tax software or an online tax service to prepare your return. PC Magazine says TurboTax is the best tax software program. Consumer Reports Magazine offers advice on selecting online tax preparation help.

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If investors bail on housing, what then?

February 12, 2014 – “As housing re-enters the real world, demand and credit will be the wild cards to keep sales and prices in the positive.”

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Homebuilders Forecast A Steady Rise In 2014

February 7, 2014 – “Consumers are back, pent-up demand is emerging, there is a growing need for new construction, distressed sales are diminishing and builders see it.” ~ NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe

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Millionaires See Real Estate as Top Investment for 2014

February 6, 2014 – As equities surge and fixed-income yields remain historically low, wealthy Americans are investing in a rebounding real estate market. In the 12 months ended January 31st, US commercial-property values rose 8% and the S&P/Case Shiller Index of home prices in 20 cities is up 24% from its 2012 low.

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Real Estate Matters: If you buy a foreclosure, expect problems

November 4, 2013 – When you buy a bank owned property, you take risks. The bank has not lived in the home and the bank doesn’t have knowledge about the home’s history. You, as the buyer, must take extra care when buying a foreclosed home.

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Homebuyers more likely to use real estate agents, even as Internet usage hits an all-time high

November 4, 2013 – “Use of the Internet among consumers in the homebuying process continues to grow, but those buyers are more, not less, likely to use a real estate agent, according to an annual survey from the National Association of Realtors.”

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Home prices post strongest annual gain in nearly 8 years

November 6, 2013 – Home prices in most metropolitan areas grew significantly in the third quarter, with the national median price rising at its fastest annual clip in nearly eight years, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

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Credit cuts out would-be homebuyers

November 5, 2013 – “Investors may be reaping the rewards of the housing recovery, but regular buyers, especially single and first-time buyers, are still on the outside looking in.”

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Banks offering mortgages with only 5% down payments

November 5, 2013 – “Good news for home buyers who don’t have a lot of cash on hand: Banks are offering loans with down payments of just 5%.”

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Mortgage rates fall two weeks in a row: Freddie Mac

October 31, 2013 – The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage sank to 4.10%, from 4.13% last week, but is still up from 3.39% last year, Freddie Mac said in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

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$25 Million Beach Replenishment to Begin Friday In Manasquan

November 8, 2013 – Some of the Jersey Shore’s beaches are about to become wider after a $25 million federal project designed to replenish beaches battered by Superstorm Sandy and gird against future flooding. The Army Corps of Engineers is set to kick off on Friday the around-the-clock beach replenishment project that will widen beaches between Manasquan and Belmar.

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Demolition on Belmar’s Barclay Hall Continues Today

November 8, 2013 – The iconic Barclay catering hall is being demolished to make way for 2 upscale houses.

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The Place in Your House You Never Thought to Stage

August 5, 2013 – “No detail is too small for a home buyer. And while you’re making sure the kitchen counters are decluttered and sparkling clean, you might want to take a closer look in the refrigerator too, particularly if it’s staying with the house.”

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Average 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.13%

October 24, 2013 – “Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages dropped this week to their lowest levels in four months, a positive sign for the housing recovery.”

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Why Real Estate Could Be The Next Hot Investment, Even Now

October 8, 2013 – “Real estate is a great place to put your money,” Schneider, who is the firm’s CEO, says. “On a risk-adjusted basis, it has a relatively low risk and a relatively high yield in the spectrum of investments with an immediate return.”

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Home Buyer Compromises

September 6, 2013 – Understand your buyers better! Which home characteristics are they willing to compromise on, and which are they most definitely not? NAR Research knows.

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First Win At Wall Stadium For Woman Race Car Driver

September 6, 2013 – In the stadium’s 63 years, never before has a woman won a modified car race!

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Train Helps Sea Bright Rise Again

October 23, 2013 – Sea Bright Rising has dubbed Train “the band that keeps on giving.”

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Belmar Approves Boardwalk Redevelopment Plan

October 24, 2013 – Pavilion plan challenged by resident group is approved by governing body.

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Coldwell Banker hosts ‘Fall in Love with the American Dream Open House Event’

October 10, 2013 – “On the weekend of Oct. 19-20, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is hosting a “Fall in Love with the American Dream Open House Event,” encompassing the entire region covered by the real estate company’s 56 offices throughout New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y.”

Check out the two homes below on Saturday, 10/19 and Sunday, 10/20 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm during the “Fall in Love with the American Dream” event:

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Governor Announces Additional Elevation Assistance

July 22, 2013 – Governor Christie announced hazard mitigation elevation assistance up to $30,000 with no income restrictions.

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June Existing-Home Sales Slip but Prices Continue to Roll at Double-Digit Rates

July 22, 2013 – Just Released: Existing-home sales declined in June, but stayed 15% above June 2012′s level. Meanwhile, median price shows seven straight months of double-digit year-over-year increases.

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Buying a Home? If You Can, Buy Two

July 22, 2013 – “The housing market has bottomed. It’s not too late to get involved. Buy a home and, if you can, buy a second home.” ~ John Paulson

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How a greener home could get you a bigger mortgage

July 19, 2013 – “The idea is pretty simple: Let the energy savings in a home from green technology, like solar panels and high-efficiency appliance, add to the value of the home on the appraisal and in the mortgage calculation.”

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Good News on Mortgage Rates? They’re Seen As “Stabilizing”

July 19, 2013

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Top 7 Reasons Why Now Is A Good Time To Buy A House

July 10, 2013 – It’s a great time to buy a house. Here are at least 7 reasons.

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Consumer Mortgage Rate Expectations Spike as Buying and Selling Sentiment Wane

July 8, 2013 – Outlook on housing and finances my spur potential homebuyers to act sooner rather than later. Let me show you how buying now may be in your best interest.

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Pending Home Sales Soar 6.7 Percent to Reach 6-Year High

June 27, 2013 – Perhaps the jump in mortgage rates to about a 4.5% fixed 30 year had something to do with the 6.7% soar in pending home sales to reach a 6-year high.

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Oh baby! Sandy baby boom due at Shore this month

July 23, 2013 – “Happy accidents” is how expectant parents and area physicians are describing Sandy babies, which have resulted in a 35 percent bump in births at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.

Read More: Asbury Park Press

House Sale Price: List It Right from the Beginning

June 26, 2013 – It is of utmost importance to price your property right from the very beginning. Be sure to list your property with an agent who can show you how they are determining the price of your home.

Read More: KCM Blog

FEMA: Think About ‘Substantial Damage’ Determinations When Planning Home Repairs

June 25, 2013 – Be sure to review everything you sign and understand what you are signing up for.

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Possible World War II-era mine found on Bay Head beach blown up by Navy divers

June 26, 2013 – A World War II moored mine found in the ocean off Bay Head was rendered safe after detonating a charge next to it, thereby eliminating the possible explosive hazard.

Read More: Asbury Park Press

Waterway Debris Removal Continues in R-FH Area; State Gets $51M From FEMA

June 24, 2013 – Debris-laden waterways (a result from Sandy) in Rumson area are clearing up.

Read More: Patch.com

Martell’s Tiki Bar Is Back

June 27, 2013 – Destroyed by Sandy, Martell’s Tiki Bar is back and better than ever!

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Manasquan Officials Worry Over Lack of Dune Restoration Progress

June 18, 2013 – Local Manasquan officials worry that dune restoration is not moving fast enough to protect for the hurricane season. With no road buffering the first row of houses from the beach, the concern is that there is not enough protection.

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Long Branch Police Outline Bicycle Rules For Revamped Ocean Avenue

June 19, 2013 – With the changes made to Ocean Avenue which made it a one way street along a long strip of the southern end, new rules have been put in place. If you are one of the many who love to ride your bike down Ocean Avenue in Long Branch, please review the new rules.

Read More: Patch.com

Another Beach Entrance Opens in Long Branch

June 19, 2013 – All but one of Long Branch’s 15 beach entrances are now open and guarded now 7 days a week for the summer.

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Long Branch Readying For Oceanfest July 4th Celebration

June 17, 2013 – Long Branch’s 23rd annual Oceanfest July 4th celebration is set to go off without a hitch.

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Water Level Rising From Belmar Outfall Pipe Collapse

June 22, 2013 – Silver Lake’s drainage issue appears to have been caused by the collapse of an outfall pipe. Ocean Avenue was closed so they could drain the water from Silver Lake into the ocean.

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Existing-Home Sales Rise in May with Strong Price Increases

June 20, 2013 – Even Though Home Prices Continue To Rise, That Doesn’t Mean You Still Can’t Get A Good Deal!

Call me and I’ll find the perfect property for you!

Read More: Realtor.org

Senator Menendez Introduces Legislation to Avoid Flood Insurance Increases

May 28, 2013

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Clarence Clemons honored with his own day

June 14, 2013 – The Big Man gets his own day of rememberance!

Read More: Asbury Park Press

Two More Long Branch Beaches Now Accessible

June 9, 2013 – Long Branch is on its way to having all of it beaches open for the summer season.

Read More: Patch.com

Belmar’s Annual Seafood Festival Overcomes Bad Weather

June 10, 2013 – Belmar’s Annual Seafood Festival was a huge success despite the harsh weather.

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Kind Burgers, Happy R-FH Area Fans

June 6, 2013 – After being severely damaged by Sandy, the popular Kind Burgers is re-opening tomorrow at its new location on River Road in Fair Haven. Kind burgers serves burgers of all kinds – all with fresh ingredients, made with no hormones or antibiotics…and lots of gluten-free options.

Read More: Patch.com

Get Your Fair Haven Day Tickets!

June 5, 2013 – Because of the popularity of last year’s Fair Haven Centennial Celebration, Fair Haven has figured out a way to do it every year…renaming it Fair Haven Day! So, go have fun on June 15th…the celebration starts at 3:00 at Fair Haven Fields.

Read More: Patch.com

When to Buy a House? Right Now!

June 3, 2013 – “Today, we want to explain that the greatest risk a buyer can take right now is actually waiting to buy a home.” ~ The KCM Crew

Read More: KCM Blog

Impact of Rising Mortgage Rates on Home Sales

June 3, 2013 – The National Association of Realtors (NAR) predicts that mortgage rates will be closer to 5% this time next year, compared to the 3.5% average we have been experiencing in the recent months. Check out their chart if you want to understand why buying sooner rather than later is best for you!

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Allaire, State Parks Charging Now Through Labor Day

May 30, 2013 – Allaire State Park has just begun to charge an entrance fee. Gates will be manned from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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Dancin’ to the Red Bank RiverFest Beat

June 3, 2013 – Fun was had by all at New Jersey’s largest food and music festival!

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Headed to Rumson Principal’s Office: Deane Porter Principal, District Assistant

June 3, 2013 – Shari Feeney, long-time educator for Rumson schools, is headed to Dean Porter to become it’s Principal. And, newcomer, Amy Romano, will be the districts Assistant Principal working in both Forrestdale and Dean Porter offices.

Read More: patch.com

RFH Tower Players in the Spotlight for Slew of Theater Award Wins

May 31, 2013 – Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School is not just an exceptional academic school, but they are excelling in the arts, as well.

Read More: Patch.com

Manasquan Tax Payers Would Face 3 Percent Increase in Taxes

June 4, 2013 – Widespread revenue loss due to Sandy may increase Manasquan tax payers tax rate 1.1 cent, which would grow the tax rate 3.03 percent.

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Art Students’ Work on Display In Manasquan Library In June

June 1, 2013 – Local students’ art will be showcased at the Manasquan Public Library through the month of June.

Read More: Patch.com

Ocean Place Planning to Improve Area Next to Promenade

May 30, 2013 – As part of its ongoing improvement plans, United Capital Corps is adding an outdoor pool on the southeastern side of the Ocean Place Resort and Spa for hotel guests. They are also planning on a larger Tiki Bar, which will be open to the public.

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Belmar Mayor: Red Cross Failure to Distribute Sandy Aid is Unacceptable

May 31, 2013 – Belmar Mayor, Matt Doherty, is upset that the Red Cross is sitting on over $1 Million of donated Sandy relief funds that they still have yet to distribute. There are still many victims of Sandy that are in need, and the Mayor wants a full accounting from the Red Cross.

Read More: Patch.com

Wall Stadium Results: Howell Racer Takes Checkered Flag

May 29, 2013 – A Howell racecar driver finished 1st for the second time this year at the Wall Township Speedway! Way to go Robert French!

Read More: patch.com

SquanStrong, South Wall Fire Rescue Collecting for Tornado Victims

May 29, 2013 – South Wall Fire & Rescue is collecting donations for Moore, Oklahoma – Just another great example of people helping people!

Read More: Patch.com

Strike a Downward Dog Pose Along the Navesink River

May 29, 2013 – One-hour Fitness in the Park classes will be held every Wednesday through September 25th at Riverside Garden Park in Red Bank. Classes start at 6:30pm and they are totally free. What’s stopping you?

Read More: Patch.com

Red Bank’s RiverFest Returns to Marine Park Friday

May 29, 2013 – New Jersey’s largest food and music festival returns to the Navesink River for a weekend of “sun, sunsets, and evening stars.” Come join the party!

Read More: Patch.com

Hurricane Sandy Appropriations Do Not Affect Increased Long Branch Budget

May 29, 2013 – The Municipal tax rate increased to 4.25 cents per $100 of assessed value, but the increase was not due to Sandy. The major reason for the increase is being said to be the rise in health benefits for city employees.

Read More: Patch.com

Large portion of Broadway to close next week

May 29, 2013 – Broadway will be closed from Route 36 to Oakland Avenue for Road repair. Paving is scheduled to begin June 6th, but they have not said how long it will last.

Read More: Patch.com

Obama and Gov. Christie Reunite To Tour Sandy Rebuilding Efforts

May 28, 2013 – “After all you’ve been through, the Jersey Shore is back and it is open for business,” Obama said, “and they want all Americans to know they’re ready to welcome you here.”

Read More: ABC News

Hundreds gather in Belmar for Boardwalk Reopening

May 22, 2013 – “Welcome back to the beach! Let’s get this baby open”. These words from Governor Christie, at Belmar’s ribbon-cutting ceremony mark the start of the summer season at the Jersey Shore. Words that mean so much more than ever before!

Read More: Asbury Park Press

NJ Named Top 10 State for Cyclists

May 18, 2013 – The Jersey Shore is not just about great beaches. We have exceptional bike paths as well. With the League of American Bicyclists ranking NJ as the 7th friendliest states for bicyclists, you might want to explore our bike paths as well.

Read More: Patch

Belmar Mayor: Gov. Christie Will Help Us Reopen Boardwalk, Beach on May 22

May 19, 2013 – Belmar Mayor, Matt Doherty, announces that Governor Christie will be in Belmar on Wednesday to assist in the ribbon cutting ceremony that will mark the opening of the beach and boardwalk. This will be a significant day as beach after beach opens in time for Memorial Day Weekend.

Read More: Patch

The Spring Lake 5 Mile Run: View the Race

May 21, 2013 – With over 10,000 runners competing in the event, the 37th Spring Lake 5 kicks off the summer season this Saturday. This site allows you to view the race before you run the race. Pretty cool!

Read More: View The Race

Proposed Long Branch Transit Village Will Lead to Future Development

April 19, 2013 – Long Branch proposes the development of a transit village around the train station. The Mayor believes the redevelopment will facilitate other planned development projects.

Read More: NJ.com

55 Melrose – More than just a residence

May 21, 2013 – As demand surges in the NJ condo market, Ironstate announces plans to start building 55 Melrose in Pier Village.

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