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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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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).

Read More: USNews.com

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.

Read More: NYPost.com

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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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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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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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.

Read More: washingtonpost.com

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.”

Read More: inman.com

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.”

Read More: Realtor.org