Long Beach Island, NJ Real Estate News

By MaryJane Sheppard
(The Van Dyk Group - Real Estate)
7 Things to Consider Prior to Listing Your House on LBI You've made the decision that you are ready to sell your home on Long Beach Island...while your home may be perfect "as is" for you and your family, there are a few necessary steps that every homeowner should consider in order to ensure that their home will sell quickly and at the highest price possible. 1) Have Your House Professionally Cleaned- This may seem like an unnecessary expense, but in this market you need to do everything possible to make your home stand out.  Giving your home a clean, fresh appearance really appeals to potential buyers.       2) Make All Necessary Minor Repairs-This is an inexpensive way to give your home a finished look and will convince potential buyers that the home is in good repair.  This includes ...
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By MaryJane Sheppard
(The Van Dyk Group - Real Estate)
Are You Buying Your Long Beach Island Home from a Distance?                                The process of purchasing a home can be a complicated and stressful experience, but if you're purchasing a home on LBI and you live elsewhere (as the majority of our buyers do) the experience can become even more complicated.  Here are some tips to make purchasing a home from a distance less stressful.  Use the internet extensively...the internet is a powerful research tool for learning more about virtually any topic, and purchasing a home is no exception.  From finding a REALTOR® to searching properties, the internet is a great aid in finding a home.  It is also a great resource for finding information about potential lenders, home inspectors, and all the other extras involved in buying a home.  ...
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By MaryJane Sheppard
(The Van Dyk Group - Real Estate)
Here is a list of things you need after you purchase your home on LBI.  Now that you've signed all the paperwork and your loan is approved, it's time to move in.  But wait!  Before you put your feet up, there are a few things that you will need in order to make your new house a "home".  1) Locks...regardless of whether you purchase a newly constructed home or one that was formerly owned by someone else, it's important that you have the locks changed.  Everyone from REALTORS® and contractors to friends and family of the former owner may have a key, which is why getting new locks should be at the top of your list.  2) Furnishings...some homes may include appliances and possibly even some furniture, but most homeowners prefer to decorate their house themselves.  After all, someone else's t...
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By MaryJane Sheppard
(The Van Dyk Group - Real Estate)
Here are some tips for hiring a home inspector for your Long Beach Island house. You've gone to countless open houses, searched online for months, and have finally found the house of your dreams, but before signing your name on the dotted line there are a few key steps you should not overlook.  When purchasing a home, hiring the right home inspector can be the most important decision you make.  Knowing the condition of the house you are going to purchase cannot be left to appearances or promises, and some undetected problems can be even more costly than the price of the house itself.  Making sure you have the services of a home inspector who knows what he or she is doing can prevent what should be a great investment from becoming a financial disaster.  So what steps can you take to be s...
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By MaryJane Sheppard
(The Van Dyk Group - Real Estate)
These days, a home theater is one of the most popular trends in the nation.  Homeowners are opting to save a bundle on the cost of theater tickets by bringing the fascinating world of cinema into their own homes in a big way. When it comes to creating a home theater, the choice is yours when it comes to the level of quality that you want to deliver.  A home theater can include something as basic as a television and DVD system or it can include a projection screen with surround sound and, for the family who really wants the authentic experience, actual theater-style seating.  Building a home theater isn't cheap, which is why it's important to set a realistic budget before getting started.  Unless you are an expert at installation, hiring a professional to install your home theater may be...
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By MaryJane Sheppard
(The Van Dyk Group - Real Estate)
I know this photo is pretty BAD but there's a really GOOD reason for that! We had 3 offers on this house within 4 days of it being listed - SOOOOO I never got to retake the exterior photo or to take ANY interior photos!   This deal was a real pleasure - both the sellers and the buyers were gracious, appreciative and NICE.  So the house was priced really well and closed at $815,000 on April 1, 2011 with NO glitches! Congratulations to all the happy parties!   122 East 17th Street, North Beach Haven, Long Beach Island New Jersey
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By MaryJane Sheppard
(The Van Dyk Group - Real Estate)
Many people on LBI love to do birdwatching so I thought I would pass on this information from an article I read about How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard..... Bird watching is a popular past time that is shared by many, but what if watching your fluttering friends was as simple as peeking into your backyard?  Thanks to a few landscaping techniques, you can trade in your binoculars for a lawn chair and enjoy bird watching from the convenience and comfort of your own home.  Attracting Birds Of A Feather  If you want to attract birds to your backyard, you have to make it a place that they will be drawn to.  One way of doing this is by studying the feeding and/or nesting habits of the birds that you want to attract.  Like any other animal, birds have unique characteristics that are specif...
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By MaryJane Sheppard
(The Van Dyk Group - Real Estate)
An LBI favorite, the Dockside Diner in Spray Beach on Long Beach Island is open once again!! The diner has had a nice little face lift so go an see it for yourself (the photo above is from last year!) The food is still terrific, the staff is friendly and the atmosphere is as beachy as ever!  Breakfast was delicious today and the crowds were piling in....by 10:00 am the booths & tables were filled but there was counter seating still available.  Visit this little gem the next time you're on LBI, you WON'T be disappointed! 
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By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
You are one click away to the BEST Long Beach Island homes and real estate portal on the web: your single stop for finding a home in Long Beach Island. Here you can search every available home for sale in Long Beach Island. As of today there are many homes and properties for sale that are available to search. The number of homes changes daily, so be sure to keep coming back right here, to the best site for Long Beach Island homes for sale. Neighborhood Info for Long Beach Island In addition to Long Beach Island homes for sale, here you'll also find a comprehensive Long Beach Island School Report, full Long Beach Island demographics, and real estate insights second to none. Please feel free to browse the site to learn about Long Beach Island Real Estate homes for sale, and get in touch w...
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By CJ Davies, Davies and DeGennaro
(Davies and DeGennaro Real Estate)
You are selling your house.  I list it and price it to sell.  If I told you I could get you an offer the same day which will most likely lead to a final contract for 94%-96% of your asking price, you would probably laugh out loud and wish me luck.  Well guess what.  It can happen. And it can happen in this market.  To tell you the truth, It has happened.  Now I am not going into any specifics but I want to portray to you how such an unbelievable event can go terribly wrong.  This goes for all sellers.  There is a point in talking with your Realtor that you come to terms with what is the best listing price to get to your ultimate goal.  You can't come to that realization without first figuring out what you ultimate goal is for your property. Most people can reach that point, although som...
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By CJ Davies, Davies and DeGennaro
(Davies and DeGennaro Real Estate)
It's time to put the spot light on my dog training company instead of my Real Estate company What better way to do that than with lots of cute pictures of my dog Haze and her family and friends.  For those of you that don't know, I have spent the past 5 years learning about and practicing the art of dog training.  I have to say it is a rewarding experience.  With limited time and working so hard in real estate I do not practice full time, but I am amazed at how many people have misbehaved dogs.  I started a company called Common Scents Dog Behavioral Service.  I have been helping family and friends for years now learn some easy techniques and practices to help them regain control of their lives.  There is so much to communicating with a dog that humans don't know about.  You might be ve...
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By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
Long Beach Island will be the setting of a play written by Zach Braff and will show in NYC this summer. Zach Braff's new play, All New People, will conclude New York's Second Stage Theatre's current season. The show will begin erformances on June 28 before an official opening in mid-July, according to TheatreMania.com The play takes place in the dead of winter in the summer vacation getaway of Long Beach Island, New Jersey, where Charlie, heartbroken, just wants some time away from the rest of the world, but finds his solitude is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits who show up and change his plans. Braff received both WGA and Independent Spirit Award nominations for his screenplay for the feature film Garden State. His stage credits, as a performer, include Paul Weitz's Trust at ...
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By CJ Davies, Davies and DeGennaro
(Davies and DeGennaro Real Estate)
What are riparian rights and how can they affect my property on Long Beach Island NJ, 08008? If you own a waterfront property on Long Beach Island, chances are, you need to know the answer to this question.  Not only do you need to know this question but also a multitude of other questions: Do I have riparian rights? If so is it a grant or or a license? What are the differences between the two? If I don't have any riparian rights, is it possible that I have a tide-lands claim? What is a tidelands claim? All of these questions and more can be answered at the NJDEP Land Use web site Ring any bells?  This is the confusing stuff that most Realtors don't take the time to understand and it can severely impact the value of your property, good and bad.  So lets get down to it. (All of these ans...
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By CJ Davies, Davies and DeGennaro
(Davies and DeGennaro Real Estate)
Everyone loves a good start to their morning. Coffee with Toast is just the way to do it.  Of course there are more complex, tastier breakfasts.  But none funnier than Coffee with Toast. Yes I am talking about a website! www.CoffeeWithToast.com As a Real Estate Agent, I have my Google Reader filled with real estate blogs.  Techsavvy agent, RealEstateTomato.com, GeekEstate, and Social media globetrotter are all ways I keep up to date on my real estate info every morning.  Sometimes I just get plain bored!  Everyone does.  So thanks to my good friend Sean Herman and a talented bro squad, I get to LOL a little bit every every morning as well.  Of course, their humor needs a welcoming ear, but what comedian doesn't?  The web site includes: Surfing Blogs featuring Sean Herman and friends Fun...
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Why you should list with CJ Davies I have spent hours and hours, researching and learning about the newest Real Estate Technology so that I can maximize the amount of exposure for every one of my listings.  There are so many aspects to marketing in today's real estate market, especially on Long Beach Island.  In this blog I wanted to summarize and explain everything I have been learning about and or utilizing.  I am hoping that I can get all of this written down and organized not only to help every one interested in Home sale on long beach island but to help my self put everything into one place so that I can further hone my marketing skills when it comes to direct mail and other non-web based tactics. Now I am going to hit you with a  lot of information right now, but If you live on Lo...
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By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
Spring is quickly approaching, which means it's "The Wedding Season."  The Wedding Road Show of Long Beach Island (LBI) will feature Spring Weddings and planning a Spring wedding is easy with tips and advice from muliple venders participating. Get the latest in Spring Wedding ideas and insight. The Wedding Road Show taking place throughout the Long Beach Island Region on Sunday April 10, 2011 has attracted brides locally and from across the country. This complimentary self guided tour is a series of open houses that features forty chamber members who represent venues, shops and services that are directly tied to the wedding industry. There will be three registration points for brides to begin their day. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce site, which will be headquarters for ...
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By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
The entrance to Long Beach Island has been marred for almost 20 years by an unused gas station. The plot of land in Ship Bottom is located between Eighth and Ninth streets and adjacent to the end of Route 72 eastbound. After the closure of the gas station, groundwater contamination was discovered at the site. The cleanup and remediation process has been going on for 10 years. This parcel of land, located at the gateway to Long Beach Island includes two parcels which werre purchased in 2004 and in 2008. The demolishing the of building and trying to finish the remediation, which will take a couple of more months, before submitting plans probably for the April meeting of the Planning Board.  The developer of the project has said that "it's pretty much going to be an old business with a ver...
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By CJ Davies, Davies and DeGennaro
(Davies and DeGennaro Real Estate)
What do you mean I actually have to do something to get noticed?  You think you have done all of the right things.  You have joined all of the social media networks you could possibly thing of. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Active Rain You got your self a brand new web site and put all of your listings up.  Still no one is visiting your sites, your not getting any feed back or leads.  Social Networking is useless to you That statement is completely correct if you don't know how to leverage it.  It is a very complicated thing and actually can be oerwhelming at first, especially if you aren't a computer person to begin with.  My story is similar to this.  Although I had experience with computers in the past and I knew all of the basics, I stil couldn't wrap my head around the concept of socia...
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By CJ Davies, Davies and DeGennaro
(Davies and DeGennaro Real Estate)
Every time I think I have mastered a marketing technique, i discover another aspect of technology i need to learn about.  I mentioned in some of my previous blogs that I would keep all of my readers up to speed on my interactions with the newest technology in the real estate market.  I have mentioned in passing my new web site that should be up and running on March 15th 2011.  I have described my wrestling matches with learning how to blog, THE RIGHT WAY.  I have learned so much from researching on Active Rain and I am still trying to impliment everything. I have now stumbled upon an easy way for people to stay up to date with my blogs with out having to read anything!  All you need to do is press play and my blogs will be read to you via pod-cast word for word.  How cool is that?  Gran...
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By Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore!
(Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore )
A great thing about living at the Jersey Shore is you're never too far from the Atlantic Ocean.   With temperatures on the mainland at 65 degrees today, and finding 90 minutes in my schedule, it meant only one thing. Over the Causeway to Long Beach Island.  Though it was a little cooler over there, man and dog were shaking off cabin fever!   Fresh Ocean air! It's Spring at the Jersey Shore! And dogs be here! 
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