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Best Real Estate Agents in America!

The Hartman Home Team has done it again! Being nationally recognized yet again. this time as the Best Real Estate Agents in America by REAL Trends. In a ranking of more than six thousand of the top-producing agents in the country, the Hartman Home Team ranked #1 in both the volume and transaction categories... 

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Home Loans Especially for College Grads

Home Loans Especially for College Grads

With outstanding student loan debt topping $1.2 trillion, and more than 40 million borrowers carrying student loan debt, the age of first-time homebuyers is edging upwards. Among millennials, homeownership is down from 43 percent a decade ago to just 36 percent today. Even though rates on mortgages are... 

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Should I Haggle Over the Price?

Should I Haggle Over the Price?

Buying a home, especially for the first time, is emotional. You’ve saved and scrimped for months—years even—and now you’ve found the home of your dreams. You’re in love and you don’t want someone else to get it. Joss Whedon, the mastermind behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer says,... 

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Futuristic Kitchen Upgrades

Futuristic Kitchen Upgrades

A recent display at the Saloni design fair in Milan, Italy, featured parts of Concept Kitchen 2025, a collaboration between IKEA, the IDEO design firm and Swedish design students. Their exhibit showcases concepts from tables that double as computers and cooktops to food storage appliances that read RFID... 

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Why Use Wood-Look Tile?

Why Use Wood-Look Tile?

A newer trend sweeping the building industry is the use of wood-look porcelain or ceramic tiles. While natural wood flooring is still an optimal choice for most homes, here are some reasons you may want to take a second look at wood-look or wood-grain tiles: Humidity situations: Moisture: if you live... 

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Help for Prospective Homebuyers

Help for Prospective Homebuyers

While there is no dearth of advice when it comes to saving up to buy a home, some of us just need a little more help. Introducing the Housing Counselor What, you ask, is a housing counselor? Different from a real estate agent or broker, a housing counselor is a neutral party that does not make money... 

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Lofts — Not Just for the Young

Lofts — Not Just for the Young

As a real estate trend, loft living is here to stay. Originally thought of as live/work spaces for artists and musicians, the term “loft” evokes transformed warehouses and industrial spaces with exposed brickwork, open pipes and electrical conduits and other industrial-type accoutrements... 

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Keeping Your House Show Ready

Keeping Your House Show Ready

Having your house on the market while you’re living in it can be a stressful time. You still have to live. The dog still puts muddy prints on your freshly mopped floor. The kids still race down the hallway bumping into your freshly painted walls. Construction down the way still lays that fine... 

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Now that the weather is finally warmer and spring really seems to be here, it’s time to tackle some of those nasty cleaning jobs you’ve been putting off. If you’re planning to put your house on the market, or getting ready to leave a rental for your newly purchased home, take on these... 

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Final Four for Home Buyers

Final Four for Home Buyers

When it comes to basketball, we only have 64 teams to narrow down into our Final Four to fill our brackets. When it comes to buying our first home, we have thousands of options and dozens of choices to consider, but when it all comes down to it, there are just a handful of things that are really important... 

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Buying an Investment Home

Buying an Investment Home

Although the housing market is heating up, buying an investment in order to flip it may not be the right plan for you. Buying a flip home relies on market prices going up higher than the cost for you to refurbish it for sale. And … it has to sell. On the other hand, buying a second home in order to... 

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The Value of Professional Staging

The Value of Professional Staging

Views very widely on the value of hiring a professional stager to prepare your home for sale. Many real estate agents swear by it and have years of sales to back up their claim. They cite their own impressions, sales history and anecdotal evidence to underscore that professional staging adds value to... 

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Should “Hidden” Costs of Buying a...

Should “Hidden” Costs of Buying a Foreclosure Keep me from Buying One?

While the housing market in most places certainly has improved and the number of foreclosed homes on the market has decrease, they will always be foreclosed homes available for purchase. Because of popular television show on house “flipping” and investment real estate, however, many buyers... 

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Your True Colors

Your True Colors

Much of the fun of owning a home is decorating it to your taste and personality. Even on a low budget, subtle or dramatic changes to color can make your home truly yours. Check out these color schemes for this spring: Updated kitchen: Since the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home, choosing... 

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How to Avoid Being House Poor

How to Avoid Being House Poor

Buying a home is exciting. If you’re young, it gives you the sense of finally stepping into the adult world. If you’re at some other life change (marriage, starting a family, empty-nester) the idea of a larger (or smaller) space of your own gets those possibility juices flowing. But … in... 

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How Important are Rain Gutters to Home Mainte...

How Important are Rain Gutters to Home Maintenance?

If you’ve owned a home for a while, you know that water entering the home can be at least a hassle and at worst a cause of major destruction. Not only should keeping water from sneaking into those tiny cracks and crevices be a priority, it could make the difference between owning an asset and owning... 

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Is Flipping Houses a Good Idea These Days?

Is Flipping Houses a Good Idea These Days?

Just ahead of the housing bubble, flipping houses was an investor pass-time. As home prices started to rise, many would-be real estate moguls bought houses to flip hoping that the prices would increase enough in a six-month period for them to make a profit. The concept spawned reality TV shows like Flip... 

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Little Decorator Details That Can Hinder Your...

Little Decorator Details That Can Hinder Your Home Sale

We get it … you want your home to be uniquely you … you want it to express your personality … you want colors that make you happy! But wait!  Now you want to sell this home and move on to a new canvass on which to express yourself. Which of your personal touches will add to your home’s resale... 

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Is Seller Financing a Good Idea?

Is Seller Financing a Good Idea?

In this current market, with home prices trending up, but access to financing is more difficult post housing bubble. So, if you want to sell your home, is it a good idea to offer seller financing? What does seller-financing mean? Unlike a traditional bank mortgage where a lump sum is given to the buyer... 

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When to Get Pre-Approval for a Mortgage

When to Get Pre-Approval for a Mortgage

If you’re even considering purchasing a home in the next year, the time to start the pre-approval process is now. Why so early? Here’s some advice to get you on track to a smooth purchase transaction. While you don’t want to actually apply for the loan until your are ready to make an... 

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Energy Conserving Landscaping Tips

Energy Conserving Landscaping Tips

As you plan your landscaping for your new home, remember the green you plant outside affects the green you have left inside your pocketbook. Trees and shrubs can reduce the amount of electricity your home requires. Try these tips to keep some green in you wallet and beautify your green space too. Trees Careful... 

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Tax Tips for New Homeowners

Tax Tips for New Homeowners

Congratulations on your new home! Whether a condominium, cooperative apartment, single-family home, townhouse or mobile home, your home-sweet-home affects your tax status. If this is the first year you’ll be filing your taxes as a homeowner, there are a few things you need to know to take the most... 

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Create a Timeless Kitchen with the 4 Cs of Ki...

Create a Timeless Kitchen with the 4 Cs of Kitchen Design

Nothing says “dated” like a kitchen trend from a decade ago. Consider giving your kitchen a makeover using timeless elements that are always in style. That way, no matter when you sell, your home is always ready. Color The simplest and most marketable hue for a kitchen is a clean, bright... 

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Loan Options with Low Downpayments

Loan Options with Low Downpayments

U.S. economists expect 2015 to be a strong year for housing. What this means to you is that more homes are selling and the supply of available homes is decreasing. This also means that prices likely will increase. If you’ve been thinking of buying a home, now might be the time even if you haven’t... 

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House or Condo?

House or Condo?

One of the big decisions facing homebuyers is whether to purchase a home, or to buy a condominium. Just to be clear, as used here, a condominium is a type of housing where a buyer owns a specific part of shared property. Typically, ownership is of the individual unit and a percentage interest of the... 

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Should I Buy a Foreclosed House?

Should I Buy a Foreclosed House?

As a result of the housing bubble and resulting financial instability, many communities have a high rate of foreclosed homes. Even though the rate of new foreclosures is slowing, the number of foreclosed homes in a specific the market can make buyers leery of purchasing there — even if it seems like... 

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Early Spring Landscaping

Early Spring Landscaping

Bulbs, tubers, perennials and indigenous plants beautify your home and give year-round enjoyment for decades to come. If you bought your home in the fall or winter, you may not know what is under the snow or mulch, but you can prepare for spring planting anyway and liven up the atmosphere with color... 

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New High-Tech Home Gadgets

New High-Tech Home Gadgets

As with The Jetsons cartoon, our imaginations run wild with the idea of modern gadgets to make our homes efficient and automated, and make our lives simpler. For cutting-edge products you can control from your smartphone, check out these contributions from the International Consumer Electronics Show.... 

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Is Adding a Skylight a Good Investment?

Is Adding a Skylight a Good Investment?

During the gray and cloudy days of winter, a bit of sunshine can make a huge difference in how you feel about your home and yourself. The physical and psychological affects of daylight are well documented. You could leave the drapes and blinds open, but then you lose privacy and the thermal insulation... 

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Minimalist Home-buying

Minimalist Home-buying

When you’re house hunting, it’s good to know your “living personality.” The home you choose should reflect the way you like to live rather than the latest trend in home design. If you are a minimalist at heart, you may be looking for something different from the average homebuyer. What... 

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Growing an Indoor Garden

Growing an Indoor Garden

With several more weeks of winter to go, you might be hankering for some fresh greens, herbs or sprouts in your diet. Changes and improvements in lighting, soil and planting techniques mean that you can grow lovely plants in your home year round. You can have a simple herb garden or an elaborate hydroponic... 

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What is Live-Work Space?

What is Live-Work Space?

Many buildings tout themselves as live-work spaces, but live-work designations are not all equal. For example, a primarily residential building that has no restriction on working from home can be called a live-work space but it is hardly comparable to a building that allows you to have employee, walk-in... 

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Getting Organized to Sell Your Home

Getting Organized to Sell Your Home

When you’ve lived in it for a long time, getting a home ready to sell can seem daunting. If you are considering selling your home this year, make it your New Year’s resolution to get started early. That way, whether you decide to sell or not, your home is organized and easier to maintain. 6... 

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Should You Put Your Home on the Market Before...

Should You Put Your Home on the Market Before or After the Super Bowl?

As strange as it may seem to football fans, a majority of homeowners do not arrange their schedule around the Super Bowl. That being said, the Super Bowl typically signals the end of the Holiday season and New Year’s slump, so putting your home on the market around the time of the Super Bowl might... 

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What Does the Cost of Living Index Mean?

What Does the Cost of Living Index Mean?

The cost-of-living index measures the relative cost to live in a certain region. There are several theories about how to arrive at the cost-of-living index, but in general it measures the differences in the cost for goods or services required for day-to-day living, including groceries, clothing, utilities,... 

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2015 Programs for Home Buyers

2015 Programs for Home Buyers

Although the federal government has offered homebuyer programs in the past, for Tax Year 2015, most of the available home buyer programs will be at the local and state levels. State and local agencies, along with lenders and non-profit organizations often offer support for homebuyers in the form of grants... 

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8 Creative Tips on Saving for a Down Payment

8 Creative Tips on Saving for a Down Payment

You’re finally ready to think about buying a home, but you doubt your ability to save up the necessary down payment. Twenty percent of even a modest home can seem out of reach for first-time homebuyers. Here are some creative tips for eking out some extra to boost your savings: Find alternatives Nearly... 

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How Oil Prices Affect the Housing Market

How Oil Prices Affect the Housing Market

Most of us rejoice when the prices at the pump go down. To use that means freed-up cash in our personal economy. When we’re consider buying or selling a home, however, the price at the pump can impact our bottom line in ways we don’t realize. Local economy When the local economy relies on... 

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Casa Taco & Tequila Bar- Tropicana, Atla...

Casa Taco & Tequila Bar- Tropicana, Atlantic City #amazeballs

Casa Taco & Tequila Bar– oh my! Maybe I enjoyed this place so much because I’ve been dying to try it for 3+ months, maybe it was the outrageous guacamole or maybe it was the incredible skinny margaritas. Hmmm…one way or the other, I’m hooked! I have officially found my new... 

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Is this Neighborhood Headed Up? Or Down?

Is this Neighborhood Headed Up? Or Down?

When searching for a home on a budget, you’ll often find great deals on the edge of up-and-coming neighborhoods. But how do you tell if a neighborhood is headed up? Or, if it’s on its way down? Of course, the first consideration might be financial: Are the home prices going up but still affordable?... 

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Attracting Homebuyers in the Winter Months

Attracting Homebuyers in the Winter Months

As temperatures drop, snow piles up and people’s minds turn to holiday celebrations, you may think that your house won’t sell. In fact, many people take their homes off the market during this time and wait for spring to relist them. Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of waiting. If... 

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Is Painting Cabinets a Good Idea?

Is Painting Cabinets a Good Idea?

Gone are the days of the sticky painted kitchen cabinet that peels, chips and generally looks cheap. Modern paint finishes means you can rejuvenate or renovate your dated kitchen or bath cabinets with just some elbow grease and your own creativity. Know your product Like any paint job, painting cabinets... 

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New Gadgets for Your Wish List

New Gadgets for Your Wish List

As you think about gift-giving this season, don’t forget to give your new home a gift of its own. Advancements in technology mean that your home can be smarter, cleaner, cooler or the hottest thing on the market. Here are some ideas for you that are available now or may be coming on the market... 

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Broadway Burger Bar- Tropicana, Atlantic City

Broadway Burger Bar- Tropicana, Atlantic City

Last night I surprised my husband with tickets for one of his favorite comedians, Lewis Black. The show was at the Borgata but unfortunately there weren’t any reservations available at my two favorite restaurants there, Fornaletto and Isakaya. So we decided to stop at the Tropicana for dinner.... 

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Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

As the weather chills, snow falls and socializing moves indoors, what could be more inviting than a warm cup of cocoa in front of a bright crackling fire? If your new home has a wood fireplace, here are some basics on fireplace care. Hire a chimney sweep Not just characters in Mary Poppins tales, chimney... 

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Holiday Decoration Safety

Holiday Decoration Safety

Each year, fire departments across the country respond to home and structure fires caused by holiday decorations. In a study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2011 showed an annual average of 230 structure fires that began with lights and decorations on Christmas trees and another... 

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Winterizing Your Vacant Home

Winterizing Your Vacant Home

Whether it is your summer vacation cottage, or your recently vacated home put up for sale, proper winterizing prevents your home from deteriorating while it’s empty and saves you money both now and later. Make a list Decide what needs to be done and make a list to check off as you do it. Be sure... 

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Thanksgiving Top 10

There are a lot of things to be thankful for this time of year– food, a roof over our heads, loved ones, food, health, happiness and did I mention FOOD?! In honor of Thanksgiving, I decided to put together a list of 10 AH-mazing restaurants in the area that I am thankful for. (There are probably... 

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The First Thanksgiving in Your New Home

The First Thanksgiving in Your New Home

You’ve invited everyone to celebrate Thanksgiving with you in your new home … a joy-filled day with family and friends, good company, great food, celebrating old traditions and creating new ones!  The first holiday gathering in your new home celebrates more than the season, it celebrates the... 

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The Beginning- Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, B...

The Beginning- Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, Bally’s Atlantic City

Dear Friends and New Friends, For those of you who don’t know me already, I have many normal passions including working out, tennis, fashion, travel, fine wine, and house décor. But nothing, and I mean nothing, comes close to my love of food and dining out at local hot spots. I am the first one to... 

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Having a Thanksgiving Weekend Open House

Having a Thanksgiving Weekend Open House

To have an open house or not to have an open house over the Thanksgiving weekend: that is the question! Many sellers assume that the Thanksgiving holiday weekends and the week between Christmas and New Years Day are less than favorable times to have an open house. Some real estate agents disagree. Less... 

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Moving During Holiday Season

Moving During Holiday Season

Whether Thanksgiving weekend or the full week between Christmas and New Years, the holidays may be the best time, or indeed the only time, you can plan the move to your new house. Here are some tips to make the transition smoother. Plan ahead If you have young children, you’ll want to plan a time... 

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What to Know about Fall Leaves and Your Home

What to Know about Fall Leaves and Your Home

This time of year, leaves turn beautiful shades of red, vermillion, orange and yellow. We enjoy their beauty. We take photographs. We collect them. Our children play in them. For a homeowner, however, leaves pose the possibility of damage to their landscaping, their home and their relationships. Leaves... 

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Can I Sell My House with a Reverse Mortgage?

Can I Sell My House with a Reverse Mortgage?

To help you through your retirement, you took out a reverse mortgage on your family home. Now, several years into your retirement, you son wants to buy his childhood home so you can move to a warmer climate. Can you sell your home? Reverse mortgage A so-called “reverse mortgage” is a home... 

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Black Friday Home Sales

Black Friday Home Sales

As we prepare to enter the holiday shopping season, home sellers may think it is too late to sell their home this year. You may have heard that homes sell better in the spring, so you might be tempted to take your home off the market until after the New Year. After all, you have shopping to complete,... 

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Elections Affect Homeowners

Elections Affect Homeowners

One of the very first discussions the Founding Fathers had was about how to balance the rights of all individuals with the rights of those who owned property. They knew that if only property owners could vote, the rights of individuals and minorities might be suppressed … but, if voting extended to... 

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Should I Buy or Sell on Contingency?

Should I Buy or Sell on Contingency?

While your home is on the market, and you find your dream home (or at least the perfect “next” home), it is tempting to place an offer on the new place to hold it until your home sells. Unless you own the house you are selling free and clear, or can afford two mortgage payments, selling on... 

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Preparing Your Home for Winter

Preparing Your Home for Winter

With November just around the corner, winter weather is on its way. Now is the time to get the jump on cold weather and winterize your home. Whether you are selling your home or you are a new homeowner, it is a good idea to keep these things in mind: Clean your gutters During the summer, and especially... 

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Can You Sell Your House with Unpermitted Chan...

Can You Sell Your House with Unpermitted Changes?

Often, homeowners make changes and upgrades to their home without securing permit. In some cases, permits are not required, but in many cases they are. When you attempt to sell your home, investigations by the buyer’s real estate agent, inspector or legal representation may discover undocumented... 

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Fearing Buyer’s Remorse?

Fearing Buyer’s Remorse?

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make, and many times new buyers worry that they’ll make a wrong decision and then be sorry when it is too late to change it. What if I paid too much for the house? What if the neighborhood isn’t what I thought it was? What if I... 

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Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increas...

Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 3 of 3)

A common question for prospective home sellers is “How can I increase my home’s value or get a higher selling price?” In our earlier articles on this subject, we discuss low budget and economical fixes and upgrades that can increase the perceived value of your home. In this article,... 

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Become a Fan of Fans

Become a Fan of Fans

Ceiling fans aren’t just about moving air, they are an important part of creating the right atmosphere in your home. Before choosing a fan, consider what you really want it to do. Smart ceiling fans Being smart isn’t just for phones. Big Ass Fan company has developed smart residential fans... 

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Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increas...

Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 2 of 3)

A common question sellers ask is “What can I do to get the maximum selling price on my home?” Since each home and every market is different, we, as your real estate professionals, can give you specific advice on your home. In general, however, if you’re willing to spend a little bit... 

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Is It Time to Stop Renting?

Is It Time to Stop Renting?

It’s not your imagination that rent keeps going up. In fact, across the United States, from the end of summer 2013 to the end of summer 2014 rents increased over six percent … and in some housing markets rents increased by as much as 10%. Perhaps now is the time to make the move to home ownership. Calculating... 

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Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increas...

Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 1 of 3)

When preparing to sell their home, a common question pops up. Homeowners want to know what they can do to get the maximum selling price on their home. Of course, the answer to “What can I do to increase my home’s value or get a better selling price?” is difficult to answer because each... 

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Planning Appropriately for a Renovation

Planning Appropriately for a Renovation

You walk into a home that potentially has the perfect layout, although the kitchen is dated, the floors need upgrading, the bathrooms are awkward … but the price is right and you’ve always wanted to customize a home … so you buy it with renovation in mind. How hard could it be? After all, those... 

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Planning a Fall Open House

Planning a Fall Open House

Your home is newly on the market this and you want to have an open house, but you don’t know how to show it best in the shorter autumn days. As the weather turns toward fall and winter, consider these ideas for making your open house bright, warm and welcoming. Curb appeal In the spring and summer,... 

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Apple Watch and other Smart New Home Products

Apple Watch and other Smart New Home Products

Not just relegated to the workspace or entertainment, home technology products focus on every room in your house. Check out these smart-home products geared to make your life easier: Apple Watch useful apps for home In addition to your social media apps, maps and schedules, apps for Apple’s new... 

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How to Make Your Living Room Flow

How to Make Your Living Room Flow

One of the first decisions you make in your new house is where to place your furniture. In the living areas, furniture placement can make or break your home’s “flow” or ease of movement. A sofa placed just two feet one way or the other, a side table too far out of reach or a rug that... 

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Getting a Mortgage for Self-Employed

Getting a Mortgage for Self-Employed

Prior to the new banking regulations, getting a home mortgage if you owned a business, worked freelance, on contract or were otherwise self-employed was possible, if complicated, using stated income, bank statements and other alternatives to W2 income statements. New regulations on so-called stated income... 

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Downsize to Upgrade

Downsize to Upgrade

Whatever your reason for wanting a smaller home—empty nest, tired of cleaning, less mobile, closer to grandkids, moving from the suburbs to be nearer to work, single again—downsizing does not mean downgrading. In fact, when moving into less space, make it an upgrade at the same time. Compact is the... 

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Pesky, But Potentially Costly Home Maintenanc...

Pesky, But Potentially Costly Home Maintenance

If you’re new to home ownership, you may not be familiar with all of the responsibilities that are now yours. All of those things you used to call the super or management office for now fall in your lap. Here are some items to keep in mind, especially if you got a “great deal” on your... 

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Monochromatic Decorating Ideas

Monochromatic Decorating Ideas

The use of a single color, or range of shades in a color gives your home a sophisticated designer appeal. Do you have to hire a designer to achieve the look? No, you can do it yourself if you keep these things in mind. Respect the Hue In other articles, we’ve talked about the difference between... 

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How to Choose Lights for Your New Home

How to Choose Lights for Your New Home

It’s not just about wattage anymore. Light fixtures and light bulbs come in myriad types, sizes and colors. Do you want LED? Should you use “soft” bulbs? And what is the difference between watts and lumens? With the phase-out of the traditional incandescent bulb, the lighting choices... 

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Choosing Paint by Light Direction

Choosing Paint by Light Direction

Light exposure in your room plays a large part in the visual drama of your paint colors. In rooms with multi-directional sun exposure—either opposing (east/west or north/south) or perpendicular (north/west, north/east, south/west, south/east)—the play of light over your walls, reflecting off your... 

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Living Small

Living Small

No matter what our background, we all have an ideal dream home size in mind. When it comes down to the actual living in it, however, can smaller be better? If your dream is for an urban dwelling with access to cultural events, public transportation, or a great walk score you might have to look smaller... 

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Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

According to Market Watch, 43% of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. While some analysts believe that the cash-buying frenzy will not last, there is always more room for negotiation when the buyer brings cash to the table. When it comes to buying a home in a hot real estate market,... 

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Why More Americans Do Not Own Homes

Why More Americans Do Not Own Homes

Even while home prices are on the rise—fueled by the low supply, low mortgage rates and investor buying—the number of Americans that own homes, as a percentage of the population, is decreasing. The reasons vary, since many current renters are former homeowners that lost their homes during the financial... 

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Keeping the Old House when Buying the New

Keeping the Old House when Buying the New

The current housing market, while picking up in most areas, has one basic problem: low supply. With many buyers choosing to keep their old home when they purchase a new home, fewer homes are on the market, driving up demand. Becoming a landlord Buyers that do not need the equity in their current property... 

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What Homeownership Can Mean for You

What Homeownership Can Mean for You

When you’ve never owned your home, your relationship to it is less personal. Let’s face it, when something goes wrong in your rented apartment, you call the landlord or manager to fix it. You don’t worry about insurance against natural disasters, save up for that new roof or upgraded... 

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How to Sell for Full Price

How to Sell for Full Price

Often, homeowners try to “test the market” with a higher than fair-market price when first listing their home. That can be a poor marketing strategy. When your agent tries to talk you out of it: Listen! Setting “too high a price” will be too high a price for you to pay in the... 

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Should You Buy a Second Home?

Should You Buy a Second Home?

Having a second home in a favorite vacations spot can be a great investment or an expensive luxury. A beach cottage or mountain retreat is enticing while both interest rates and home prices are low. How do you decide if it’s right for you? Make it your retirement home If your second home is in... 

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Cleaning to Sell

Cleaning to Sell

When getting your home ready to sell, spending some elbow grease cleaning can save you some money and make your home more attractive to buyers. Here are a few of the items to try. Cleaning Painted Walls When cleaning painted walls, start with a clean microfiber cloth or sponge and water. Gently wipe... 

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Quick Tips for Adding Resale Value

Quick Tips for Adding Resale Value

When you’re in a hurry to sell, you need top dollar, try some of these tips: Have us evaluate your home. As real estate professionals, we know what sells and what doesn’t and we can help you spend your money wisely to get the best return. Have a home inspection. A certified home inspector... 

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Choose the Right Paint

Choose the Right Paint

Whether you’re preparing your home to move in, or preparing it to sell, choosing the right paint from the myriad choices available to day can be daunting. Paints come in up to six different finishes, so even if you’ve chosen the colors, you still have to decide on the finish for your application. On... 

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Should I Sell As-Is?

Should I Sell As-Is?

As one of the most difficult decisions in real estate marketing, the idea of selling “as-is” (without making any repairs, renovations, or upgrades) appeals to homeowners needing to sell quickly or that are cash strapped. Can you do it? Yes. Should you do it? Well…that depends on your market... 

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Avoid Budget and Time-Busting Scope Creep

Avoid Budget and Time-Busting Scope Creep

Whether you’re remodeling to sell or renovating to make your place your dream home, there are two faces to the enemy of your plans: time scope creep and budget scope creep. Either can wreak havoc on your project, and both together can spell disaster. What is scope creep? It is the unintended expansion... 

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What to Know about Summer Lawn Care

What to Know about Summer Lawn Care

Lush greens and rolling verdant fairways stoke homeowner dreams of the perfect lawn. In most areas, July starts the season with the highest demand on the water supply. So maintaining those lavish landscapes takes knowledge and a plan. Planting Not all grasses are equal. When designing your lawn, be sure... 

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Three Home Safety Features You Should Keep Up...

Three Home Safety Features You Should Keep Up To Date

In the midst of all the summer activities, there are a few things you should add to your to-do list to keep you and your family safe in your home. Here are three: Fire Extinguishers If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, you should get one. Install one in the kitchen and other areas prone to fire.... 

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Creating Summer Buyer Attraction

Creating Summer Buyer Attraction

Summer is a great time to invest in outdoor upgrades and indoor options that make your home appealing to buyers. After months indoors, homebuyers respond quickly to outdoor amenities when scoping out homes to buy. Creating outdoor living areas and highlighting outdoor views give potential new owners... 

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9 Ways to Celebrate Independence in Your New ...

9 Ways to Celebrate Independence in Your New Home

No matter when you close on your new home, there’s probably a holiday just around the corner giving you the perfect opportunity to host a party in your new digs. With Independence Day coming up, here are some ideas for celebrating your independence from landlords and rent, while showcasing your... 

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Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic

Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic

Okay, so it’s not the Titanic. It’s your new house and you can’t seem to make your older furniture fit. Buying new furniture is out of the questions, so how do you make your round pegs fit into those square holes? Make a plan Literally … make a floor plan. This can be a rough sketch,... 

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Is Your House the Right Investment to Fund Re...

Is Your House the Right Investment to Fund Retirement?

For many people, your home is your largest asset. Like your parents, and grandparents before them, you expect your home—in some way—to fund your retirement. For some of you, that means selling the home near retirement and using the funds to purchase a smaller home with money left over to live on.... 

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Expand Your Space with a Garage Makeover

Expand Your Space with a Garage Makeover

For most of us, the garage is simply a place to park the car, store suitcases and holiday decorations, or stow those miscellaneous tools we need now and again. With a little careful planning, however, your garage can become a fantastic workspace, play space or man cave that extends the useful area of... 

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5 Ways to Increase Your Credit Score

5 Ways to Increase Your Credit Score

Scorrrrrrrre!!!!!! Celebrate a World Cup of Your Own You may not make it to the FIFA World Cup this year in Brazil, but you can still score big by improving your FICO or Vantage credit score. There’s no way around it, if you want to buy a home with a mortgage, you’ll get a better rate with... 

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Hosting a Moving Sale

Hosting a Moving Sale

You know you do not want to take all of your old stuff to your new place. Chances are, you are planning to host a sale. Garage sale, yard sale, estate sale, rummage sale … no matter what you call it, here are some things to remember to make your sale a success. Have a game plan The success of your... 

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Are there Holes in Your Homeowner’s Ins...

Are there Holes in Your Homeowner’s Insurance?

You bought your new house, put in new carpet and just had your custom-made sofa delivered when you find the drainage pipes have backed up. Your in-laws will be here tomorrow, so you call your homeowner’s insurance agent only to find out your policy does not cover sewer. Say what? Many homeowners... 

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How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Ho...

How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 3)

The last in our series, preparing for emergencies in your new home means taking extra measure to protect your investment. Surviving a disaster is just the first part. Recovering takes longer and requires more advance planning. Start by designing your home to help you survive. Here are suggestions to... 

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Expand Your Summer Living Space

Expand Your Summer Living Space

As the temperatures heat up and barbeque season is in full swing, the outdoors beckons. Early morning coffee on the back deck as the sunrises and late evening gatherings to watch the stars come out do not require shade, but to fully utilize your outdoor area, consider these tips to expand your living... 

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How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Ho...

How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 2)

In a new home or neighborhood, preparing for emergencies in advance might just save you or your family member’s life. In Part 2, we cover the basics for inside your house. Know your home: Learn how to turn off gas, electrical and water lines in the event a disaster damages power lines near your... 

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From Hi-Tech Race Car to Hi-Tech Home

From Hi-Tech Race Car to Hi-Tech Home

Necessity drives innovation. Last week, quadriplegic former Indy 500 driver, Sam Schmidt drove a modified Corvette around the Indianapolis Speedway by moving his head and biting down with his teeth. Arrow Electronics, a medical and consumer electronics company used existing technology in novel ways to... 

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Use Memorial Day Sales to Your Home’s Advan...

Use Memorial Day Sales to Your Home’s Advantage!

Keeping your home comfortable and up-to-date seems like an expensive endeavor. With trends changing so fast, our wallets can hardly keep up! Lucky for us, Memorial Day is just around the corner. If you shop smart at the sales this holiday you can give your home the facelift you desire. 5 Simple and Affordable... 

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How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Ho...

How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 1)

When you move into your new home, you may not think to revise and update your emergency plan, but natural disasters strike without warning. Avoid being caught without a plan in place at your new address. Here are ten steps to take to make sure you are ready the day you move in and continue staying prepared... 

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Current Color Trends — Sophisticated Gray

Current Color Trends — Sophisticated Gray

Out with the old … beige, cafe au lait, pale mocha, bone … favorite neutrals for the past decade, may give way to more sophisticated gray-based neutrals. So you might ask, isn’t gray just black and white mixed? Well, yes and no. Know Your Undertones Paint makers offer more than 50 different... 

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How Does a Pool Affect My Home Value?

How Does a Pool Affect My Home Value?

As temperatures begin to rise, the lure of sparkling sunlight reflected off rippling blue water draws many homeowners to invest in an in-ground pool. That a pool adds to quality of life, there is no doubt. When it comes to adding value to your home, however, that question is more difficult to answer.... 

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Pamper Your Home with More Spring Cleaning Ti...

Pamper Your Home with More Spring Cleaning Tips

We all love a good pampering. Your home is no different. A little spring sprucing gives you house that extra special attention it needs. Whether you start on the inside or the outside, give your home some special treatment and it will reward you with more comfort, extra space and a bright, clean environment. ... 

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DIY Renovation Tips

DIY Renovation Tips

If you’re thinking of buying a fixer-upper for the first time, whether to live in yourself or to flip, doing some of the renovations yourself can be satisfying and economical. You’ve watched plenty of television shows where novices remodeled a house in two or three days, so how hard could... 

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Ideas for Dry-Scaping

Ideas for Dry-Scaping

You’ve decided to make your new home as ecologically sustainable as possible. You’ve changed out the toilets for low-flow versions and added insulation, installed bamboo flooring, energy-efficient windows and natural gas appliances. Now, it’s time to tackle the yard. Before you tear... 

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Drought Tolerant Landscaping Ideas for New Ho...

Drought Tolerant Landscaping Ideas for New Home Owners

In the excitement of buying and decorating a new home, remember to plan for the long-term when you start landscaping. With the recent widespread drought problems, installing sustainable, drought-tolerant landscaping not only saves water, it means your efforts will survive season to season, saving you... 

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Spring Means Servicing Your Air Conditioner

Spring Means Servicing Your Air Conditioner

In preparation for warmer summer days, spring is the perfect time to have your air conditioner serviced. With regular service, air conditioning units can continue to function in the most efficient and effective way possible. Neglected units are more costly to run and deliver poorer air-cooling quality. DIY... 

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Can I Afford to Be a Landlord?

Can I Afford to Be a Landlord?

According to Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), multifamily rent growth should level out to its long-term average performance as interest rates increase. That does not mean that investing in a multifamily property is a bad idea, it just means that the supply and demand conditions... 

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How to get Clean Sparkling Windows

How to get Clean Sparkling Windows

The warming days of spring are the perfect time to bring some light and air into your home. Whether you are planning to sell your home now or sometime in the future, having clean bright windows gives a home a whole new look and transform a dull interior into a bright living space. Take the time to get... 

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Do you Want to Buy an Older House?

Do you Want to Buy an Older House?

With many older neighborhoods experiencing revitalization, an older home might be a smart investment. So, whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to flip a house for cash, an older home in an established neighborhood might be perfect for you. Here are some things to think about when comparing... 

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Real Estate Terminology: Loan Types, the Fift...

Real Estate Terminology: Loan Types, the Fifth in a Series

When it comes to real estate loans, you’ll find that there are many options. Figuring out which loan or loans are best for your new property purchase can be confusing, but we can help. Here are some types of loans you might investigate. Mortgages: Conforming Loan: When a loan conforms to the guidelines... 

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First Things First … Choosing Your New ...

First Things First … Choosing Your New Neighborhood

With all of the tools available online and off for finding your new home, you can spend lots of time thinking about the type of house you want, planning how many bedrooms, what type of flooring, what appliances come with the kitchen, and if it has a fireplace. But… before you get that far, perhaps... 

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Real Estate Terminology: Closing Costs, the F...

Real Estate Terminology: Closing Costs, the Fourth in a Series

Closing costs include all of the fees and costs associated with completing the sale or purchase of a home using a mortgage, that are in addition to the actual cost of the property itself. These costs are due at the “close” of the deal, with the disbursal of loan monies, transfer of deed and... 

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Easy Curb Appeal Upgrades You Can Do On a Wee...

Easy Curb Appeal Upgrades You Can Do On a Weekend

Sometimes the idea of getting your home ready to sell can seem daunting, and you might be tempted to sell it “as is” instead. Adding a little curb appeal, however, will help your home sell faster and for more money. There are many improvements that add that visible first impression value... 

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Real Estate Terminology: Ratios, the Third in...

Real Estate Terminology: Ratios, the Third in a Series

In the vocabulary of real estate, various ratios help buyers and mortgage services determine the viability of a purchase. A ratio is a way of expressing the relationship between two values or amounts. Usually, ratios compare how much of one thing there is to another such as a 20 to one student-to-teacher... 

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Smart Selling to Today’s Homebuyers

Smart Selling to Today’s Homebuyers

If you’re considering selling now that the housing market outlook is improving, take a few moments to consider how buyers have changed what they look for in the home buying process. During the past six years, changes in how buyers communicate, share information, research, and decide what they’re... 

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Real Estate Terminology: Appraisal vs. Assess...

Real Estate Terminology: Appraisal vs. Assessment vs. Market Value, the Second in a Series

In the vocabulary of real estate, there are three terms that indicate a home’s valuation: the Appraised Value, the Assessed Value and the Market Value. Rarely are these three values the same amount, so it is easy to confuse them when considering buying a home, obtaining a mortgage and contemplating... 

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What Gen Y Looks for in a Home to Buy

What Gen Y Looks for in a Home to Buy

If you’ve lived in your home for some time, you notice when the neighborhood around you is changing to a younger demographic. Thinking this might be a good time to sell, you wonder what was so appealing about the house down the street to the young couple that just moved in. The first thing you... 

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Real Estate Terminology: Abatement, the First...

Real Estate Terminology: Abatement, the First in a Series

Every industry has its own vocabulary, and real estate is no exception. If you are newly in the home-buying market, you may find yourself stumped by the lingo, acronyms, abbreviations and jargon commonly used in real estate sales materials, online listings, contracts and the like. We do not want you... 

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Basketball Themed Home Makeovers for March Ma...

Basketball Themed Home Makeovers for March Madness

With NCAA Final Four Basketball finals coming up, basketball themed bedrooms, game rooms, theater rooms and garages stoke dreams of future champions. Give a makeover to a space in your house and score big time with March Madness fans and upgrade your home’s real estate value at the same time. Put... 

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Planning for Multi-Generational Living

Planning for Multi-Generational Living

Extended families living in one home are more the norm these days. When looking for a home to share with your older parents, consider that while they may be completely mobile now, in the future they may need assistance to maintain balance, negotiate stairs, utilize a wheelchair or walker, or enter or... 

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Planning for Multi-Generational Living

Planning for Multi-Generational Living

Extended families living in one home are more the norm these days. When looking for a home to share with your older parents, consider that while they may be completely mobile now, in the future they may need assistance to maintain balance, negotiate stairs, utilize a wheelchair or walker, or enter or... 

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Open House Pitfalls, Tips and Etiquette for B...

Open House Pitfalls, Tips and Etiquette for Buyers

So, you’re thinking of buying a home … where do you begin? Potential buyers new to the real estate market may not know exactly what they want in a home, or where they want to live. The dream homes in magazines are a great way to get ideas, and looking at pictures of homes online can narrow down... 

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Open House Pitfalls, Tips and Etiquette for B...

Open House Pitfalls, Tips and Etiquette for Buyers

So, you’re thinking of buying a home … where do you begin? Potential buyers new to the real estate market may not know exactly what they want in a home, or where they want to live. The dream homes in magazines are a great way to get ideas, and looking at pictures of homes online can narrow down... 

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Condo? Co-Op? Apartment? Townhome?

Condo? Co-Op? Apartment? Townhome?

Which is which? Although all are part of the common-interest housing category, condos, co-ops, townhouses, and apartments may mean different things to different buyers, so here is a breakdown of what each word means and the advantages or disadvantages of one over another for the homebuyer. First, let’s... 

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How to Survive Transition

How to Survive Transition

Timing the closing of your new home purchase with the end of your lease agreement or sale of your existing home is tricky, to say the least. Rarely does it work out that you move directly from one home to another on a perfect schedule. During the transition, you need a place to live and stash your stuff.... 

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Know Your Style: Country French Style

Know Your Style: Country French Style

Originally called French Provincial, Country French Style evokes the casual simplicity and rustic elements of a country home in the South of France. By paying tribute the region’s sunny, warm landscape, Country French style adds cheerful vitality to a home’s design. Typical elements in a Country... 

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Should You Wait Until Spring to Put Your Home...

Should You Wait Until Spring to Put Your Home on the Market?

Typically the end of the Holiday season and New Years signal the advent of Spring, so putting your home on the market around the time of the Spring Equinox might be the perfect option for you. Markets vary, so only your local professional real estate agent can advise you on what is best in your area,... 

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Add a Romantic Touch to Your Open House

Add a Romantic Touch to Your Open House

When staging your home for an open house, consider connecting to the season, holiday or local events to give your home that memorable “I see myself living here” quality. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, consider adding a vase of roses to the dining room. Even a single red rose or a... 

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Do I Need to Paint the Whole House White?

Do I Need to Paint the Whole House White?

You are getting ready to paint a home you know you will sell within a couple of years. Chances are, a helpful family member or friend reminds you that to sell, everything should be painted white. After all, a buyer needs a neutral “clean slate” to look at. Just the thought of all those white walls... 

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Wanting to Sell Your Home but Not Quite Ready...

Wanting to Sell Your Home but Not Quite Ready to Move?

You know that you need to move, and the market is right to sell, but you’re not quite ready to pack up everything. After all, you still have to live in your home until it sells. So how do you get ready to sell without entirely disrupting your life? Start by getting organized. Move from room to room... 

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Greening an Older Home

Greening an Older Home

Your budget dictates that you buy an older home, but your heart wants that home to be environmentally responsible, so what do you do? Here are some ideas for making any home greener. If you plan for these in advance of your purchase, you might just lower your bottom line. Apply for an energy-efficient... 

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Mortgage Rates and Housing Prices Expected to...

Mortgage Rates and Housing Prices Expected to Rise in 2014

Even though 30-year fixed rates dropped in the first half of January, many analysts expect fixed mortgage rates to go up somewhat in 2014, but to top out at around 5%. What this means for buyers is that while higher than 2013’s historic lows, the rates will remain favorable and predictable for... 

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Mortgage Rates and Housing Prices Expected to...

Mortgage Rates and Housing Prices Expected to Rise in 2014

Even though 30-year fixed rates dropped in the first half of January, many analysts expect fixed mortgage rates to go up somewhat in 2014, but to top out at around 5%. What this means for buyers is that while higher than 2013’s historic lows, the rates will remain favorable and predictable for... 

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Curb Appeal for Condo Sellers

Curb Appeal for Condo Sellers

You know that curb appeal is important to buyers of single-family homes, but you are selling a condominium in a large building full of similar units. How do you make yours stand out? Here are a few tips for prompting that positive first impression that makes your home memorable: Make sure the entry... 

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Will a Bath Remodel Increase My Home’s Valu...

Will a Bath Remodel Increase My Home’s Value?

Spring is just around the corner and the lure of a new home has you thinking about putting yours on the market. Your neighbor added a new bathroom last year and you’re wondering if you should upgrade yours before you sell. Logically, a new bathroom should increase the value of your home, right? From... 

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Will a Bath Remodel Increase My Home’s Valu...

Will a Bath Remodel Increase My Home’s Value?

Spring is just around the corner and the lure of a new home has you thinking about putting yours on the market. Your neighbor added a new bathroom last year and you’re wondering if you should upgrade yours before you sell. Logically, a new bathroom should increase the value of your home, right? From... 

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Favorite Features from 3 Dream Homes

Favorite Features from 3 Dream Homes

Thanks to those visually stunning video tours, the HGTV Dream Homes have become top-of-mind for buyers looking for the latest and greatest in home design. Each year’s home showcases innovation in concept, layout, building materials and design. Here are three of our favorite features found in the 2014... 

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Design Trends in New Homes

Design Trends in New Homes

When the housing market rebounded, so did home builders eager to show off their design skills. Buyers expect that newly constructed homes will be safer and more energy efficient, but they’re also looking for homes that meet the needs of the more modern buyer. Here’s a round-up of some of the most... 

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Design Trends in New Homes

Design Trends in New Homes

When the housing market rebounded, so did home builders eager to show off their design skills. Buyers expect that newly constructed homes will be safer and more energy efficient, but they’re also looking for homes that meet the needs of the more modern buyer. Here’s a round-up of some of the most... 

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Tips for Home Buyers

Tips for Home Buyers

Finding a new home can be one of the most exciting times of your life. It’s a little like dating – the pursuit, the “getting to know you” period, the proposal (aka “offer”), and the marriage (aka “closing”). If you don’t want your relationship with a new house to crash and burn, you... 

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Selecting An Architectural Style for Your Hom...

Selecting An Architectural Style for Your Home

The architectural style of a home is often highlighted in its online description to help buyers understand its features. But if you don’t know your Tudor from your Craftsmen Bungalow, don’t worry. We can help you sort it out with this condensed “cheat sheet” designed to help you determine what... 

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Tips for Home Sellers

Tips for Home Sellers

Sometimes selling a home can feel like a big job – one with a thousand small tasks required to get it done. But many sellers make the job harder by ignoring or avoiding some of the biggest factors that contribute to a faster sale. Use this list to see if your house is truly ready for that “sold”... 

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How Smart is the Kitchen in Your Home?

How Smart is the Kitchen in Your Home?

Home buyers walk into a house with lots of questions. How much square footage does it have? How many bathrooms are there? Does the backyard have a fence? But soon they may be adding a new question to that list: How smart is the kitchen? With the spike in smartphone popularity, people have higher expectations... 

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Escape From Your Home with a Vacation Propert...

Escape From Your Home with a Vacation Property

Feeling the need to get away from your home for a while? Perhaps the winters are too harsh or you have a child in college a few states away. Maybe you just want to get a head start on retirement plans. If either of these scenarios sound like your situation, it may be a great time to consider buying and... 

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Celebrate Thanksgiving Stylishly in Your Home

Celebrate Thanksgiving Stylishly in Your Home

Thanksgiving traditions in your home can create some of the best memories for years to come. We can all think back to our childhoods and remember certain foods, dishes, games, or ways to give thanks. We grasp onto the wonderful memories and may try to forget the ones involving sketchy green Jell-O with... 

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Turning Your Home into Your Retirement Plan

Turning Your Home into Your Retirement Plan

It is a very good idea to include your home and buying a second home in your retirement plan. Now is a great time to buy, so even if you are not quite to retirement age, why not buy now and begin building equity? This will also give you the chance to take your potential retirement location for a test... 

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Considered Making Your Home in Two Houses?

Considered Making Your Home in Two Houses?

Even if you love your home and have not thought about buying a second one, you may reconsider after learning about the tax breaks available to those who own a second home. Many politicians and celebrities use their ownership of several homes to ease their tax burden and so can you! Buying real estate... 

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Selling Your Home Over the Holidays

Selling Your Home Over the Holidays

Keeping your home on the market over the holidays can be a tough call. Many experts think that it is not worth it because sellers will seem desperate. Most offers coming in over the holidays are generally lower than asking price, and few buyers want to brave the harsh winter weather to go view homes.... 

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Expressing Gratitude For Your Home

Expressing Gratitude For Your Home

Thanksgiving is a time to consider all the amazing gifts and treasures we are awarded in our lives. It’s a time to be grateful for your home and possessions. A time to show your gratitude for your freedoms and country, for family and friends, for the ability to work and to draw breath… all... 

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Wanting More From Your Home

Wanting More From Your Home

Is your home not giving you the lifestyle you need? Thinking about purchasing a second home? Now could be a great time to do so, but there are several things to keep in mind before taking the leap and purchasing a second home. Does buying a second home make sense financially? Keep in mind not only the... 

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Unwrap Relaxation at Your Home This Season

Unwrap Relaxation at Your Home This Season

Planning an adult only holiday party in your home can be a wonderful way to de-stress this holiday season. We all know that this time of year is full of joy, but also filled with crowded malls, whiny children, and overspending. Taking a few hours to socialize with adult friends can be a great way to... 

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Organize Your Home to Make Room for Holiday M...

Organize Your Home to Make Room for Holiday Memories

It is never too early to begin preparing your home for holiday gatherings. Be sure to think about how many guests you will be having well in advance so you can prepare enough seating and clean and organize the rooms that need attention. Keep in mind that kids really do enjoy their own special place perhaps... 

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Clearly Seeing Windows in Your Home

Clearly Seeing Windows in Your Home

Updating the windows in your home can be a big investment. However, it can be a great way to improve your energy efficiency, especially as cold weather approaches. Here are a few things to consider as you weigh updating the windows in your home. If your home is older and you have wooden windows, you... 

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Will Your Home Weather Winter Storms Well

Will Your Home Weather Winter Storms Well

Though we haven’t yet gotten to Thanksgiving, many parts of the country are already experiencing winter storms. Now is a good time for getting ready for snow outside your home. You don’t want to be caught unprepared by the first big snowstorm. Make sure that your gutters and down pipes are clean... 

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Keeping Your Home Debris Free

Keeping Your Home Debris Free

There’s definitely a chill in the air, and we are even starting to experience the first storms of the season. Now is a great time to clear away any debris from the exterior of your home. If you have spider webs, your home might be well on its way to resembling a haunted house and it’s still a little... 

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Dress Up Your Home with a Costume Party

Dress Up Your Home with a Costume Party

Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to make plans for throwing the best costume party in your home. A costume party can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like. With creative costume ideas and good food, you have everything you need for a great evening with friends. The... 

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Steps to Winterizing Your Home

Steps to Winterizing Your Home

Autumn is in full swing, which means it’s a good time to start winterizing your home. Start off the season by getting your furnace inspected and cleaned if necessary. It’s wise to change the filters on your furnace every month, for better energy efficiency. You may also want to consider getting... 

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Maintain the Plumbing in Your Home Before Gue...

Maintain the Plumbing in Your Home Before Guests Arrive

There are many great things about owning your home, but dealing with plumbing problems is not one of them, especially as holidays approach. The good news is that there are several simple and inexpensive steps you can take to keep plumbing problems — and expensive calls to the plumber — to a minimum. A... 

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Can You Purchase Your Home During the Governm...

Can You Purchase Your Home During the Government Shutdown?

If you are in the process of purchasing your home and are worried about the government shutdown, recent news from Freddie Mac may have you sleeping a little better. The announcement, effective October 8, 2013, allows lenders to use signed federal tax returns as income verification rather than a tax transcript... 

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Is Fall Well Anticipated in Your Home

Is Fall Well Anticipated in Your Home

How do you welcome fall at your home? Do you pull out the hay bales, carve up the pumpkins, welcome the howling wind and wait as the leaves fall to the ground, casting a perfect look of disarray on your normally well-kept lawn? Perhaps you prefer to focus on stocking up on treats for soon-to-be ghosts... 

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Downsizing Your Home – Moving To a Cond...

Downsizing Your Home – Moving To a Condo

A condominium can be a great choice if you are considering downsizing your home. There are special rules that apply to condos, though, so be sure you know exactly what they are before you buy your condo. A good real estate agent should be able to show you the rules before you get too deep in your property... 

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Thinking About Purchasing a Condo as Your Hom...

Thinking About Purchasing a Condo as Your Home?

If you’ve been trying to decide how to finally own your home, buying a condo can be a good first step out of renting and into home ownership. There’s good news about condos right now, too. The National Association of Home Builders reports that the production of condominiums and apartments is... 

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Color the Path to Your Home with the Right Um...

Color the Path to Your Home with the Right Umbrella

Fall is right around the corner, and that means rain will be hitting near your home. While the earth can use all the moisture, the gray skies can get a little wearing. Brighten your rainy season and your home with a few fun umbrellas. If you come into your entryway or mud room and see a bright umbrella... 

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FHA Changes Make it Easier To Buy Your Home

FHA Changes Make it Easier To Buy Your Home

If you have recently lost your home in a foreclosure, short sale, or bankruptcy, and are looking for a second chance at purchasing a new home, you’ll be excited about this news. Last month the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), recently announced a rule change that will allow many potential... 

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Welcoming Pets Into Your Home

Welcoming Pets Into Your Home

If you are an animal lover, a feathered or furry friend can make your home feel more welcoming. However you may find that your neighbors do not share that opinion. If you have an animal friend in your home, you can follow a few easy rules to live peacefully with neighbors who may not be animal fans. First... 

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Considering a New Roof For Your Home This Win...

Considering a New Roof For Your Home This Winter

Choosing a new roof for your home can seem like a daunting task, but the process can proceed quicker than you might expect. Speed can be just the thing if you are trying to get your roof completed before winter arrives and keeping a few key points in mind can really aid in your decision! First, realize... 

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What Location is Best For Your Home?

What Location is Best For Your Home?

Are you looking for a new place to call your home? If so, you may enjoy reviewing CNN Money’s post on the best places to live, top earning towns, and most affordable places to live. As of last week (September 5, 2013) the average 30 year fixed rate mortgage was at 4.57 percent with an average 0.7 point... 

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Maintaining Your Home in Changing Seasons

Maintaining Your Home in Changing Seasons

Labor Day has passed, which means it’s time to get ready for fall. An important task is to prepare the landscaping around your home for the cooler months. You don’t want spring to roll around and discover that your once-lovely landscaping has been ruined. Be sure to rake up any leaves that fall on... 

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Landscaping Your Home Using Sustainable Beaut...

Landscaping Your Home Using Sustainable Beauty

How beautiful is the landscaping of your home? Does it flow with the lines of your house and blend well with your neighborhood? Have you noticed others making upgrades over the summer and dreamed a bit about making some improvements yourself? If you have been thinking about a new look for your home and... 

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Tips For Selling Your Home

Tips For Selling Your Home

No matter where you live or are selling your home, there are simple things that play an important role in how welcome your potential buyers will feel. Showing off your home in its best possible light is extremely important, so pay attention to the little things! Consult the list below or ask me for even... 

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Should You Remodel Your Home?

Should You Remodel Your Home?

Is your home no longer the home of your dreams? Do you look around your home with your partner and constantly see outdated rooms and projects that you would love to see completed? If you answered yes, you need to realize that you are not the only ones facing this issue. Yet, the options can be overwhelming,... 

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Your Home and Generational Home Buying Trends

Your Home and Generational Home Buying Trends

While your home is unique and a reflection of you and your lifestyle, when it comes to home buying, as with most things, societal trends are noted through at-large studies and statistics, not individual results. Study pools are often segmented by age and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) just... 

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Your Home Options Increase After 55

Your Home Options Increase After 55

Have you found that your home no longer suits your needs and lifestyle? Perhaps your family size has changed or you have recently retired and are just seeking something new. If you are in the 55 and over age bracket, you may find yourself in the market for a new home, either looking to downsize or make... 

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Are You Aware of Your Home Mortgage Options

Are You Aware of Your Home Mortgage Options

Have you considered refinancing your home lately? If so, you are not alone. According to the Freddie Mac Quarterly Refinance Report, many homeowners throughout the United States lowered monthly mortgage payments, shortened the length of their loans, and utilized fixed mortgage rates in the second quarter... 

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Small Changes Look Big in Your Home

Small Changes Look Big in Your Home

Maybe when you bought your home, you dreamed of growing old there. You envisioned future generations coming to visit and saw yourself establishing lifelong neighborhood friends. However, as much as you still love it, over time, your home may have gotten a little worn in areas. Perhaps you’ve just noticed... 

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Buy, Sell, or Update Your Home?

Buy, Sell, or Update Your Home?

Are you thinking about selling your home? According to the July 2013 National Housing Survey conducted by Fannie Mae, 74% of those surveyed feel that now is a good time to buy a house while 40% believe that now is a good time to sell. If, however, you find yourself deciding that staying in your home... 

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Tips For Upgrading Kitchen Flooring in Your H...

Tips For Upgrading Kitchen Flooring in Your Home

The kitchen is the heart of your home, literally as well as figuratively. That means it’s a room in need of a sturdy floor that can cope with spills, dropped dishes, and stomping feet (even if the feet are small). It’s also a room that has a lot of foot traffic and may even the room you use... 

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How Does Your Home Garden Grow?

How Does Your Home Garden Grow?

Gardening is more than a popular trend, it’s also just plain fun to grow food at your home. Touted as a step towards self sufficiency, gardening can save you money and has other perks, such as the fact that homegrown veggies and herbs simply taste better. If you’re a novice gardener but would... 

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NAHB Reports Importance of MID on Your Home

NAHB Reports Importance of MID on Your Home

There’s been lots of talk of mortgage rates and tax credits and cuts in the news lately and it can be hard to understand how it all applies to you and your home. A recent analysis by economists at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) on the mortgage interest deduction (MID) delves into... 

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NAR Reports Most Agree Buying Your Home is a ...

NAR Reports Most Agree Buying Your Home is a Good Idea

Was buying your home a good financial decision? According to a recent study by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), most people living in the United States would answer that question affirmatively. The 2013 National Housing Pulse Survey revealed that eight out of ten Americans believe home ownership... 

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Would the Prince of Cambridge Find Comfort in...

Would the Prince of Cambridge Find Comfort in Your Home Nursery?

Has the recent birth of the Prince of Cambridge inspired any decor changes in your home? Apparently many parents-to-be are anxious to follow the example of the Duchess of Cambridge in choosing muted tones and elegant styling for their homes, and particularly in their nurseries. Speculation from a variety... 

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Mortgage Rates Drop -Time to Buy or Sell Your...

Mortgage Rates Drop -Time to Buy or Sell Your Home?

If you were worried about the effect current mortgage interest rates may have had on your home for sale, you may be feeling a little better this week. As of July 18th, 2013, the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey(R) (PMMS®) reports that average fixed mortgage rates are showing reductions. “Fixed... 

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Mortgage Rates and Your Home Options

Mortgage Rates and Your Home Options

Curious about how rate changes may affect your home buying experience? Higher rates may result in adjustments needing to be made on the amount of loan you qualify for, so be sure to discuss your individual situation with a lender, so that you are aware of the options available for your home. Recent rates... 

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Spending More Time Outside Your Home These Da...

Spending More Time Outside Your Home These Days?

Summer weather is heating up, giving even more reasons for you to make the most of the outdoor space surrounding your home! With your backyard furniture and seating getting increased use, you may be considering upgrading the look and style of your backyard. There are plenty of fantastic options available... 

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Thought About Who Lives Next Door to Your Hom...

Thought About Who Lives Next Door to Your Home Lately?

If you’ve just moved into your home or are considering buying a new home, you may be wondering who lives next door. In this day and age with such busy lifestyles it can take awhile to meet your neighbors. However, for safety and community reasons, it’s a good idea to introduce yourself and... 

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Making Your Home Into the Summer Party Headqu...

Making Your Home Into the Summer Party Headquarters

If you’ll be celebrating the 4th of July with a party at your home this year, here are a few things to keep in mind. Independence Day parties are the perfect type to be thrown out of doors. Guests can mingle easily, enjoying the warmer temperatures and casual feel being outside creates, plus you... 

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Making Your Home Into the Summer Party Headqu...

Making Your Home Into the Summer Party Headquarters

If you’ll be celebrating the 4th of July with a party at your home this year, here are a few things to keep in mind. Independence Day parties are the perfect type to be thrown out of doors. Guests can mingle easily, enjoying the warmer temperatures and casual feel being outside creates, plus you... 

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Making Your Home Into the Summer Party Headqu...

Making Your Home Into the Summer Party Headquarters

If you’ll be celebrating the 4th of July with a party at your home this year, here are a few things to keep in mind. Independence Day parties are the perfect type to be thrown out of doors. Guests can mingle easily, enjoying the warmer temperatures and casual feel being outside creates, plus you... 

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Buying Your Home with the Fair Housing Act

Buying Your Home with the Fair Housing Act

“There’s no place like home,” takes on new meaning when you are buying your home for the first time. There is so much to do and sign in preparation for move-in day and potential snags rest at every corner as you approach home ownership. Should you run into trouble that seems difficult... 

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Your Home, Interest Rates and Quantitative Ea...

Your Home, Interest Rates and Quantitative Easing

You’ve no doubt noticed the increase in mortgage rates in the last month – maybe that statistic has even caused you to wonder if NOW is the time to sell your home. Happily the real estate market continues to flourish despite average rates creeping to nearly 4%, although inventory still shows... 

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5 Ways To Help Keep Your Home Safe While on V...

5 Ways To Help Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

Summer is definitely here and vacation plans may have you planning on leaving your home in the very near future. Don’t forget to take a few preventative measures to ensure the safety of you and your home while you are away. You’ll find that being prepared and aware of potential risks makes... 

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Relocating Your Home With Kids

Relocating Your Home With Kids

Your home is a place of stability and peace for you and if you have children, it can be a grounding force in their lives. Relocating to a new community (or even a new block) can be a very challenging, though exciting, event for you and for them. As friends and schools are left behind, regular landmarks... 

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Selling Your Home “As-Is”

Selling Your Home “As-Is”

Thinking about selling your home but not sure you want to make needed repairs before listing it for sale? You’re in luck! These days, many homes are being sold “as-is” due to an ever-increasing lack of inventory. An “as-is” home sale proposition releases home sellers from... 

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Take a Look at Your Home – It’s N...

Take a Look at Your Home – It’s National Homeownership Month

June is National Homeownership Month, giving you an excuse to fall in love with your home all over again or find ways to revive it! What advice would you share with young buyers on purchasing a home? What do you wish you had known when you purchased your home? According to the National Association of... 

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5 Tips To Keep Your Home Easily Maintained

5 Tips To Keep Your Home Easily Maintained

Summer is here and it’s time to take a look around your home to see what, if any, preventative maintenance is needed. With this checklist and a couple of weekends you’ll feel secure knowing that your home is being well-maintained. 5 Tips To Maintaining Your Home   A yearly inspection... 

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Don’t Forget To Inspect Your Home in th...

Don’t Forget To Inspect Your Home in the Excitement!

Finding the right home, your home, can be an exciting time.  So exciting that sometimes home buyers forget some essential steps.  One of those steps is completing your home inspection. Before the sale is closed and the deed transferred, you will need to have a professional inspection done anytime you... 

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Communicate More Easily About Your Home with ...

Communicate More Easily About Your Home with Houzz

As you’ve thought about your home and its many needs, chances are you’ve visited Houzz.com. Design ideas for both inside and outside your home abound at Houzz and luckily they have now added a “Real Estate Agent” category! This is good news for you and your home because it gives... 

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Will Creeping Mortgage Rates Affect Your Home...

Will Creeping Mortgage Rates Affect Your Home?

Despite that fact that mortgage rates are slowly creeping higher, Freddie Mac reports that they are still low enough to allow high home-affordability for your home. In fact, home sales continue to rise and new construction is being completed nationwide to keep up with the demands of prospective home... 

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Reducing Stress When Relocating Your Home

Reducing Stress When Relocating Your Home

Moving from your home can be a stressful experience. Regardless of whether you are moving across town or two states away, it is a process that requires time, organization, and a plan. If you are selling your home, you probably are already trying to pare down your belongings. Less clutter in your home... 

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Report Indicates Stronger Market For Your Hom...

Report Indicates Stronger Market For Your Home

Whether you are trying to sell your home or are hoping to buy, the latest report from Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group shares a positive outlook. The Group report indicates a marked increase in consumer spending since 2010 and a “modest re-acceleration” is predicted... 

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Choosing to Improve Your Home

Choosing to Improve Your Home

If you want to make improvements to your home, you may want to take a second look at Houzz.com. Cited as a source for inspiration and collaboration and research for home owners everywhere, Houzz is also a source for hiring local contracting professionals, too. With more than sixty categories of home... 

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Competing Against Multiple Offers For Your Ho...

Competing Against Multiple Offers For Your Home

Home buyers everywhere are bemoaning the lack of inventory and if you happen to be in the market to buy your home, there are a few things you should know. When you find the perfect home, make an offer. Don’t wait, don’t bargain. Offer your best possible price and a high deposit with all your personal... 

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Your Home – Selling & Buying Strat...

Your Home – Selling & Buying Strategies

Current market conditions may be tempting you to sell your home while demand is high and interest rates are low. However, before jumping into the sale of your home, you may want to spend a few minutes consulting with a local real estate professional, like me, to make sure you understand contingencies... 

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Your Home and Town Influences Market Value

Your Home and Town Influences Market Value

Although the recently released NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) illustrated decreases from April’s 273 to 258, news throughout the United States continues to bode well. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) even feels confident about the future of the housing market... 

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Is DIY Safe For You and Your Home

Is DIY Safe For You and Your Home

Are you a “Do-It-Yourselfer” when it comes to making repairs and improvements to your home? May is National Home Remodeling Month and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers are using increased seasonal awareness to outline risks that a DIY approach can bring in terms of safety,... 

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Determining the Landscaping for Your Home

Determining the Landscaping for Your Home

Improving the landscape around your home is not just about good looks. Home value can also increase with fine-tuned and maintained landscaping. Before hiring a landscape designer to reconstruct your home, it’s helpful to compile a list of questions. You may share images of design styles and verify... 

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Preparing to Sell Your Home

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Leaping into the sale of your home may work for some, but most home sellers would rather take it slow. Questions on pricing, staging, the current market, and all the steps involved in your home sale are bound to be a bit worrisome. The right agent can walk you through the entire process and assist you... 

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Mortgage Rates Make Your Home Buying Easier

Mortgage Rates Make Your Home Buying Easier

The average fixed mortgage rate dropped again last week, according to the Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), providing more buying power and incentive if you are seeking to buy your home. The 30 year fixed decreased to an average 3.41% with a 0.7 point (last year’s same date comparison... 

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Being Credit Smart With Your Home

Being Credit Smart With Your Home

The housing market and what it means for your home is definitely a hot topic of late.  No matter where you turn, you can catch an “expert” discussing historical growth, the housing “bubble” or market scarcity and options for buying and selling your home. Even Fannie’s... 

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Loving the Mom in Your Home

Loving the Mom in Your Home

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you want to find the perfect gift for your Mom or wife this year, it’s time to start thinking (and be sure to avoid buying something useful for your home)! The list below outlines some traditional gifts, but if you are really adventurous, consider checking... 

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Good News For You and Your Home

Good News For You and Your Home

Inventory may be down, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to buy your home. If you have been seeking to purchase a home and have been disheartened by the lack of available properties, cheer up, more inventory may be on the way! According to recent statistics released by Realtor.com,... 

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What Style and Size Will Your Home Be?

What Style and Size Will Your Home Be?

As you search for a home, your home, what matters most? Do you like a wide expanse or prefer less of an area to clean? Is your budget wide open or better suited to a condo or town home?  Is the ability to control your decor options paramount on your “Home Needs” list? Every real estate agent... 

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Vacationing Away From Your Home

Vacationing Away From Your Home

Warmer weather and cloud-free skies may have you dreaming of leaving your home for a vacation. No matter where you choose to journey for your break away trip, take the time to make preparations to your home before leaving. A few smart steps toward protecting your home while you are way, could mean the... 

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Enjoy the Backyard of Your Home More

Enjoy the Backyard of Your Home More

Spring is in the air and its time to journey outside your home and enjoy the crisp air, beautiful flowers and sunshine.  Chances are you will find yourself spending more time outside enjoying this new season and catching up with the pruning, trimming and gardening around your home. You may have recently... 

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Improvement in Your Home and Market Condition...

Improvement in Your Home and Market Conditions

Home owners living in metro areas are beginning to notice a shift in home prices and sales, leading to more interest regarding the value of your home.  In fact, the housing marketing seems to be seeing a huge shift. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) /First American Improving Markets Index... 

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Spring Into Action To Sell Your Home

Spring Into Action To Sell Your Home

This week’s news released in the Freddie Mac U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook showed Spring as an ideal time to sell your home. Citing the combination of low mortgage rates, heightened consumer confidence and higher home prices, Freddie Mac even created a video (see below) detailing the... 

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How Will You Move Your Home

How Will You Move Your Home

When it comes time to move from your home, do you have a plan? Does the traditional method of boxing up rooms and stacking furniture to be loaded on a truck appeal to you?  Prefer professional movers to coordinate the move?  Or would consider the more modern style of gathering the contents of your... 

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Your Home and Potential Buyers

Your Home and Potential Buyers

Buyers for your home may be interested in more than just the number of bedrooms and baths, reported the National Association of Realtors® in their just released survey results. The 2013 Profile of Buyers’ Home Feature Preferences study studied trends in home buying over the two year period ending... 

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Enjoy the Luck of the Irish in Your Home Sale

Enjoy the Luck of the Irish in Your Home Sale

St Patrick’s Day is a time for laughter, tradition and celebrating good fortune, so if you happen to be selling your home, this could be a great day for you. In honor of this fun-loving holiday, we’re sharing some tips to help you and your home as you embrace the luck of the Irish! Top 10... 

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Brighten Your Home Through Backsplash Design

Brighten Your Home Through Backsplash Design

It’s the little things that turn your house into your home. The color of your walls, the hardware on your cabinetry, and your choice of flooring all create a sense of belonging inside the space you call your home. A backsplash is another area where you can express yourself, in design, color, texture,... 

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Technology and Your Home Needs

Technology and Your Home Needs

As a home buyer or home seller, when it comes to your home, you expect your real estate agent to be up to date on the latest technology. You want us to have an active web presence and list your home on social media so that you can get the most exposure possible for your home. But were you aware that... 

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Buying Your Home and BackUp Offers

Buying Your Home and BackUp Offers

As a potential home buyer, you may have started to wonder how and when you are going to find your home… your perfect home. The home that calls your name and makes you feel like you could never leave. The home that you see in your dreams. Or perhaps you’ve adjusted your mindset and determined... 

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Selling Your Home When Inventory is Low

Selling Your Home When Inventory is Low

If there is even a slight chance you may want to sell your home, now is the time to act! Housing has definitely shifted to a seller’s market, with inventory at a 13 year low. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports the January Pending Home Sales Index as being at 105.9% which is the... 

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Buying Your Home – Is the Time Right?

Buying Your Home – Is the Time Right?

Wondering about the possibility of buying your home in the current housing market? The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released this week confirmed other recent reports of growth in the real estate market.  Spurred on by historically low interest rates... 

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Your Home and Asteroid Insurance

Your Home and Asteroid Insurance

News of an asteroid touching down in the Chelyabinsk Ural region of Russia last week may have you wondering if your home is insured against such a calamity. If you haven’t heard about the incident that demolished glass buildings and caused nearly 1,ooo injuries, the asteroid strike took place on... 

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Sell Your Home with an Open House

Sell Your Home with an Open House

If you are looking for a way to sell your home, you’ll want to stage an open house. Less inventory in the housing market means more exposure for your home so now is the prime time to show it off! Broker previews and individual showings work, too, but a properly advertised and dressed open house... 

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Mortgage Rates and Your Home

Mortgage Rates and Your Home

Your home value is affected by many changes in the housing market, but one thing you don’t have to wonder about this week is mortgage rates. It’s been three weeks now and the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) has held steady at 3.53 percent with less than a point, according to the Weekly... 

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NAR Reports Strong Market for Your Home

NAR Reports Strong Market for Your Home

The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) just released a quarterly report detailing the “strongest year-over-year increase in seven years.” Whether you looking to buy or sell your home, this is good news. Buyers who question why increased home prices are of benefit to them can reference... 

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Heads Up On The Local Market!

What’s happening here? The Hartman Home Team are the ones to ask! Our clients are GRABBING properties. We’ve sold over 125 homes in 2012! Thanks to our continued customer loyalty we continue to be #1 in home sales on the Island year after year. Recent figures indicate that the Hartman Home... 

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Great Job, Paula!

Congrats! We’re thrilled your 1st quarter production qualified you for two top PREA honors. Congratulations! The start of this year has reinforced your tradition of success and we’re confident that will continue. You strive for outstanding results in your business and as market conditions... 

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Paula In Philly Mag

Check out Paula in Philly Mag!  

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Congrats Paula!

Congratulations Paula! We are thrilled to annouced Paula was recently designated a winner of the FIVE STAR REAL ESTATE AGENT award. Congratulations! The expert panel and New Jersey Monthly’s nominating consumers have the highest standards for professionalism and total customer care, just like... 

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Margate Business Association Wine Tasting!

Margate Business Association Wine Tasting!

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Anna Maria Blescia-Courter annamaria@marvelousmargate.com 609.822.1129 MBA WINE AND FOOD EVENT WHO ARE YOU WEARING?             MARGATE, N.J. – The 10th Annual Wine and Food Event, a unique fundraising experience that pairs fine wine with inspired... 

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Zillow Listings

Zillow Listings

    Paula Hartman 609-271-7337 Prudential Fox & Roach Realtor – Ma See Paula Hartman 609-271-7337’s listings Get this widget  

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Contest!

100 FANS OF MARGATE! To celebrate we are giving away 2- $20 gift cards, one to Jalapeno’s Salads Co. & one to Bobby Chez. To win all you have to do is post 1 reason you love Margate on our page. We will draw randomly from everyone who posts! Contest closes tomorrow, Friday the 16th at 5pm! GO... 

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We Love Margate!

We Love Margate!

DO YOU LOVE MARGATE? We sure do! “Like” our new Facebook page for community news, events, updates, special offers and information about local businesses! Join in the conversation with other Margate lovers just like you! Write on our wall... 

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We Love Margate!

We Love Margate!

“Like” Us on Facebook! www.Facebook.com/WeLovemargate We have launched our new page dedicated to our amazing town. Follow us for all the local spots and events!! www.Facebook.com/WeLoveMargate

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Car Detailing

Car Detailing

Call Joe for all of your Car Detailing needs!!! Mention The Hartman Home Team for these special prices!

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New Team Member

New Team Member

WELCOME TO THE TEAM! BRIAN HILTNER 609-703-4789   For more information about our team members visit: http://www.hartmanhometeam.com/About

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Margate “Adopt A Beach” Program

Residents of Margate are invited to help keep Margate’s beaches clean for everyone to enjoy. Become famous fast! For a bi-annual donation, a plaque that indicates who has adopted the beach will be placed on the bulkhead. The program is open to everyone. For more information contact Franz Adler... 

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Fishing The Longport Bridge

You can now fish off of the Kennedy (Longport) Bridge from October 1 to April 1 from 6pm – 6am daily! The more avid fishermen make it an “all-nighter” as they focus their sights on striper, porgy and cool water fish. The current running under the bridge makes for really great fishing,... 

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Ready For Halloween?

Ready For Halloween?

BEST HAUNTED HOUSES & HAY RIDES IN NJ!!! http://www.reyshalloweenpage.com/haunted.htm What will you be for Halloween?

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Now On Manta!

Now On Manta!

Click above to view our new profile!!! Want to search for listings? Click here  You can also contact the HHT Office at: 609-487-7234 HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

  CONGRATS TO PAULA AND THE HARTMAN HOME TEAM #140 IN THE COUNTRY OUT OF ALL AGENTS NATIONWIDE FOR 2010 CLOSED SALES VOLUME!! SEE THE FULL LIST HERE: http://realtrends.com/products/top-1000-sales-professionals/team-volume

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Chad Rocks The World Of Medicine And Surgery!

We are pleased to announce that our son, Chad Gordon, D.O., of Johns Hopkins, has created a new surgical technique that has been heralded to revolutionize the world of craino-facial surgery. Follow the link to see what the world of medicine is saying! http://www.newswise.com/articles/new-surgical-technique-introduced-for-complex-skull-reconstruction-may-improve-outcomes

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Movie Night In Margate

Bruce Springsteen Fans Unite! August 25’s Movie on the Sand features Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band live from New York City video. Visit www.marvelousmargate.com for more information.

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Forbes.Com

CHECK OUT OUR NEW OCEAN CITY BAYFRONT LISTING FEATURED ON FORBES.COM!!!! (Along with some other really cool homes) http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/homes-of-the-real-jersey-shore.html

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Margate City Lifeguard Association Announces&...

Margate City Lifeguard Association Announces…

TONIGHT AT 7:30!!!! The Margate City Lifeguards Association is having their 4th Annual Endless Summer Sunset Benefit at the Log Cabin in Margate on Jerome Avenue. This year their Association is raising money for the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation. The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation was created to... 

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A New Pet Store In Margate!

JOLLY PETS is open in Margate! 9412 Ventnor Ave.,Margate 609.350.7518 No need to make a trip off the island for premium pet food for Fee Fee or Fido.   Jolly Pets has recently opened its doors and offers quality pet supplies right here in dear old Margate. These mutts of mine are spoiled and particular.... 

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Market Statistics

MARKET STATISTICS THROUGH: JULY 31ST, 2011 AREA:                NUMBER SOLD:              AVERAGE SOLD PRICE: BRIGANTINE 2010                     134                                $426,844 2011                     137 ... 

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Jewish Summer Fest!

JEWISH SUMMER FEST Sunday, August 14th — 6 p.m. Don’t miss out! The Jewish Summer Fest is being held on the beach at the Ventnor Library (Newport Ave, Ventnor) Rides! Crafts! Games! Carnival! Kosher BBQ! FREE CONCERT with Yellow Red Sky Band For information:  (609) 822-8500   www.jewishsummerfest.com

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Le Tour De Downbeach

Le Tour de Downbeach, in its 3rd year, will be held on September 11. The ride runs from Ventnor to Longport and back to Margate. There’s a barbeque planned after the ride.  The Tour begins at 9:30 a.m. at Newport Avenue in Ventnor. This will be my first year attending the event.  I was recently... 

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Caution! Caution!

Regarding Multiple Emergency Vehicles En Route It’s common knowledge and common sense to yield to approaching, crossing, and passing emergency vehicles. On my way to work today, those of us in the left lane yielded to an approaching siren. The driver directly ahead of me yielded, failed to watch... 

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