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LIVING IN CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ

Nicknamed as New Jersey’s Gold Coast, the waterfront across from Manhattan stretching to the new up and coming towns of Weehawken, West NY, Edgewater, North Bergen and Cliffside Park are just a stone’s throw away from Jersey City and Hoboken. As it also near to shops, restaurants, and waterfront walkways, with all the convenience you can wish to enjoy in a neighborhood are just minutes away. With a population of approximately 24,000, Cliffside Park is one of the most densely populated boroughs in the Garden State. You do not have to worry about Cliffside Park being jam-packed because it offers a wide variety of housing options, including single family homes, duplex’s, condominiums, and many more. The borough is home to an independent public school system that serves students of up to 12th grade. If you are looking to move to Cliffside Park, NJ and want to know more about the neighborhood in general, look no further than here for we have the answers you seek:

The selection of restaurants in Cliffside Park is unbeatable, with choices such as pizza, Armenian and Turkish, so your only problem will be deciding on where to go. In this place you'll find both big-name supermarkets and independent groceries so it is the best stop for all your grocery shopping. A good time is never far away in this borough with the many nightlife venues that line the streets. If an active lifestyle suits you, this vicinity is perfect with its year round activities. Stores in this area have a large variety of products to choose from, such as jewelers, electronics and eyewear stores, insuring that shoppers of all kinds are able to find something. Cliffside Park is served by a remarkable variety of public transportation services which many residents use to get to work.

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Let’s Hear It for The Man!

You may not realize this, but you have Richard Nixon to thank for a nod to all the dads on Father’s Day.

Yes, it was President Nixon (he, of Watergate infamy) who signed a proclamation in 1972 making the second Sunday in June a federal holiday. The fact that Mother’s Day had a 58-year head start says everything about how we’re just now starting to realize the impact father’s have on their children’s happiness and sense of well-being.

“Paternal involvement seems to predict adult adjustment better than does maternal involvement,” Psychology Today reports.

Dads do all kinds of things to help their kids in life.

When it comes to real estate and the American Dream, fathers want their kids to be financially successful and not have to rent and pay their landlords mortgage. They want their sons and daughters to have a home of their own for the grandkids to be safe and happy.

Over the past 11 years in the business I have seen dads gift or loan money for down payments and co-sign to help qualify. I have seen fathers actually subsidize the house payment for a couple of years till the kid becomes a journeyman in the trades or until the kid finishes school and becomes an RN or doctor. I have also seen equity share agreements where the dad owns 50 percent of the house as a rental property and the daughter owns 50 percent as an owner occupant.

Sons and daughters help their aging parents with real estate. Kids can help with property maintenance and repairs and help their parents negotiate with contractors for home improvements. Grown children can help their parents by matching them up with qualified estate planners to avoid probate issues...

Benefits of Home Ownership

The choice to buy a home is exciting and a key investment for your future because there is only so much of it to go around. Real estate is the top choice for many investors and the need for most families. This blog is designed to show some of the many paybacks of home ownership and how buying a home can often turn the American Dream into a reality.

One of the most money making markets in real estate is rentals, which means that many families are paying to live in a home that isn't their own.  In some cases, renting a home is needed. For all others, the money that would be spent on rent could instead be used to pay a mortgage. In fact, monthly rent payments often surpass that of a typical mortgage payment.  One of the greatest benefits of home ownership is putting money into something that you can call your own and knowing that the monthly payments are going toward your home's equity.

Speaking of equity, many properties experience a appreciation in value as more development moves into the area or the economy reinforces through an increase in job opportunities.  If this happens, home values rise and owners can bask in the glory of their newfound profit. When you purchase a new car, it devalues the moment that you drive off of the lot. When you buy a home, however, it has the possibility to appreciate year after year. There are few things in life that can offer you a return above and beyond your original purchase price, but a home can.

When you own a home, you will enjoy the liberty of decorating and making any upgrades that you choose without needing the permission of a landlord or property owner. In addition, you may even be able to use your home's equity to finance some needed upgrades and/or repairs. In some cases, these changes may even increase the value of your home. An upgraded kitchen or bathroom, hardwood flooring or an additional room are examples of changes...

Selling Your Home is Like Baking Cupcakes

You may ask yourself, how is selling a home like baking a cupcake? Well, we really like cupcakes so we thought it would be a great analogy for those who share our passion. You see cupcakes are usually baked for grand, happy occasions. A cupcake is baked with passion, love and attention to detail. That same type of passion and attention to detail is needed when you are selling your home.

First, you should be prepared and organized before beginning. First impressions are critical. A cupcake with a beautiful design is more appealing to the eye and more likely to be eaten first. A buyer should be impressed at the first glance when seeing a house. This means curb appeal. It is a good idea to clean, repair and repaint your front door (we may even discuss replacing it), garage door and front yard. You don’t want potential buyers to see obvious flaws at the beginning of the showing. A well-kept house will show potential buyers that you love your home and make it all the more attractive to potential buyers!

When you bake a cupcake, it smells delicious. Scents create powerful emotions in us. Those powerful emotions can be harnessed to help make your home more attractive to buyers. Light a scented candle, use an air freshener or better yet, bake a batch of cupcakes that can be left out for potential buyers to sample! By doing this, it will create a connection between your home and the buyers that view your home. Our team represents a lot of buyers. As a result we know that throughout the showing stage of choosing a house buyers begin to give nicknames to the homes they see. Being referred to as the “cupcake house” will bring back good memories and may be all that it takes to place your home on the top of their list.

Next, do you want to eat a dirty cupcake? Neither do home buyers. If a house they are visiting is cluttered and messy, buyers don’t want...

Renting vs Buying

Extremely low mortgage rates and rising apartment rents in many cities have led some people to dive into homeownership more quickly than they’d originally planned. However, others are choosing to wait until the housing market recovers, in spite of the incentives to buy. The truth is, there’s no one right answer when it comes to determining whether to rent or buy a house.

There are a number of considerations you must make when making this decision. Renting and buying both present a number of pros and cons, and your own financial situation may be the biggest factor of all.

Pros & Cons of Renting

Pros

  • No Maintenance Is Required. If the garbage disposal breaks or you need a plumber, getting maintenance is as easy as calling the superintendent.

  • It’s Easier to Move. If you are not settled into your career or could have an opportunity to relocate in the near future, it is much easier to switch to a month-to-month lease or sublet than it is to sell your home.

  • You Can Avoid Owning a Depreciating Asset. While home prices have stabilized and are rising in most housing markets, there’s no guarantee that your home will increase in value over time.

cons

  • You Don’t Build Equity. When you rent, your housing payment provides you with a place to live, but will not provide you with an asset to sell when you are ready to move.

  • You Don’t Receive Tax Benefits. Homeowners can deduct their mortgage interest payments and their property taxes from their federal income tax, which reduces the final cost of homeownership. Renters cannot deduct any of their housing expenses....

Reasons To Work With A Real Estate Agent In North New Jersey in lieu of a FSBO

Everyone likes to save money, right? You’d be crazy not to! This is why many homeowners actually decide to complete a “For Sale By Owner” on their real estate property in the Northern New Jersey Area rather than work with an agent. It does make sense, after all. If you don’t use an agent, you don’t have to pay their commissions, therefore saving yourself the money. But, are you really saving yourself money?

Many real estate agents in North New Jersey and homeowners that have attempted FSBOs will tell you that the more economical way to go is by actually listing your home on the real estate market in the Northern New Jersey Area with an agent rather than by yourself. By doing this, you are actually able to sell your home faster and at a more accurate price point than if you were to attempt a FSBO. Many homeowners that have attempted a FSBO initially overprice their homes causing them to not have any interest from prospective buyers. In turn, they are required to continue lowering the price while their home sits on the real estate market in the Northern New Jersey Area; this costs them both time and money. When you list with a realtor they are able to help you determine an accurate price point for your home as well as market your property to sell it as quickly as possible. By using marketing avenues that homeowners don’t have access to, this also allows them to sell your real estate listing in North New Jersey sooner, the more money you end up saving yourself.

If this sounds like it may not make sense to you, the best thing you can do for yourself is speak with real estate agents in ...

Best Restaurants to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mom’s love unconditionally; but you have to admit that they are extremely difficult to please. And when it’s her special day, the pressure is even more intense right? Taking Mom out for brunch or dinner on Mother’s Day is a tradition that’s becoming more popular each year. I’m sure you’ve been searching for places where you can celebrate and hang out with the family. So to help you plan, here are some of the best restaurants we recommend in Edgewater, Fort Lee and Cliffside Park where you can celebrate Mothers’ Day.

Edgewater

Haven Riverfront Restaurant and Bar sits on the banks of the Hudson River in Edgewater, New Jersey offering breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Haven was Rated “very good” by the New York Times and awarded 3 stars by NJ Monthly Magazine, Haven has received widespread critical acclaim for its masterful, innovative twists on some of the most popular modern American dishes created by decorated Chef Ibrahim Sanz. Haven offers a Mother’s Day special, a 3 course Prixe-Fixe Menu for $75 from 11:30am – 8:00pm. Click here for reservations.

Fort Lee

Prime & Beyond is a family owned steakhouse and...

Boost your home value without breaking the bank

Looking for ways to boost your home value without breaking the bank? One of the misconceptions in selling your home is to not put money into it. Often times, home sellers want to get out of their home fast, and forget that marketing your home is essential. Whether you’re getting ready to sell your home or want to jazz it up a bit for your own enjoyment, we’ve got some hacks for you to try.

Curb Appeal: Your curb appeal is what the buyers sees when they first drive by your home so it is extremely important. Homebuyers make up their mind about your home before they step in the front door. Ensure your landscaping, lawn, and flowering beds are free of debris and weeds. Scout the house and remove toys, fix lighting, and sprinkler heads.  At the front entry consider repainting the front door and also add a pot of fresh flowers. Although it sounds obvious, a neatly mowed lawn, a few well-placed shrubs and a swept walkway makes a great first impression.

Make your kitchen really cook. The kitchen is considered the heart of the home. Most buyers focuses on this room when they first view a home for sale, so make sure your kitchen looks clean and reasonably updated

Do what you can afford, comfortably. For cheaper solutions, make sure appliances are clean and working, Resurface or paint cabinets. Adding new door pulls can make cabinets feel fresh and new. If countertops or flooring is damaged, replace with like material

Declutter: Believe it or not space is one of the top selling points for a home.  Don’t forget these places when decluttering: Closets, organization in cabinets, and shelving are crucial in home buying. Homebuyers will look in your closets (make sure there are no monsters...

Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.

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