• 10 Rookie Mistakes That Hurt First-Time Homebuyers

    August 9, 2017

    10 Rookie Mistakes That Hurt First-Time Homebuyers If you’re a first-time homebuyer, buying a house can definitely be overwhelming. With an Agent by your side to guide you through the process, you’ll make it through just fine – but you might want to be aware of these rookie mistakes. FREE DOWNLOAD: The Ultimate Home Buyer’s […]

    Read More
  • Avoid These 5 Major Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Mover

    August 8, 2017

    Avoid These 5 Major Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Mover Moving is stressful. And when you’re busy finding a new place to live, selling your current home, and then packing up your entire life, selecting the crew who will move your stuff is likely last on your to-do list. That’s ironic, because you’ll be […]

    Read More
  • Mega Tips for a First-Time Home Seller

    August 7, 2017

    Mega Tips for a First-Time Home Seller Homeowners don’t generally think about filling the shoes of a first-time home seller until they decide to buy a new home. Usually, the motivating factor is the need to move — due to work-related issues or the needs of a growing family — and that generally involves buying […]

    Read More
  • How to Remove Stripped Screws, Fill Nail Holes, and Other Home Hacks

    August 2, 2017

    How to Remove Stripped Screws, Fill Nail Holes, and Other Home Hacks Our homes are full of small, but mind-boggling challenges, such as: Is there a way to remove stripped screws? Or eliminate those water rings on your coffee table, or those divots where your table once sat on your carpet? If you’re looking for […]

    Read More
  • How to Keep Your Home Cool in Summer Without AC

    July 13, 2017

    How to Keep Your Home Cool in Summer Without AC Ah, air conditioning. During the dog days of summer it’s easy to deem air conditioning as one of humankind’s greatest inventions. Unfortunately, it just so happens to be an energy-intensive one, which can lead to high energy bills. What’s more, many older homes don’t have […]

    Read More
  • Home Staging Ideas for the Kitchen to Make Buyers Bite

    July 12, 2017

    Home Staging Ideas for the Kitchen to Make Buyers Bite If you’re selling your house, staging—the mysterious practice by which you prep and prettify your home before its debut—can make a huge difference in catching the attention of buyers and ultimately reeling in an offer. And the room you’ll really want to focus on here […]

    Read More
  • 5 Crucial Questions Home Buyers Should Ask Sellers Before Moving In

    July 7, 2017

    5 Crucial Questions Home Buyers Should Ask Sellers Before Moving In Moving into a home you’ve just bought is exciting—and sometimes exasperating. That’s because, although you might love your new place, you don’t know it all that well—which means that sooner or later, you’re bound to end up in a situation where you’re floundering cluelessly […]

    Read More
  • 5 Reasons You Should Never Buy or Sell a Home Without a Real Estate Agent

    July 5, 2017

    5 Reasons You Should Never Buy or Sell a Home Without a Real Estate Agent You’re DIY’ing this real estate thing, and you think you’re doing pretty well—after all, any info you might need is at your fingertips online, right? That and your own judgment. Oh, dear home buyer (or seller!)—we know you can do […]

    Read More
  • The First Week, Month And Year In Your New Neighborhood

    June 9, 2017

    The First Week, Month And Year In Your New Neighborhood Welcome Home! Moving can be stressful. But even after the movers are gone and the boxes are unpacked, settling into your new neighborhood – whether you moved 3 miles or 3,000 miles – can be the part of the moving process that stays with you […]

    Read More
  • Mortgage Default Explained: What Really Happens When You Can’t Pay Up

    June 5, 2017

    Mortgage Default Explained: What Really Happens When You Can’t Pay Up If you’ve got a mortgage, we hope your mama hammered home how important it is to make those mortgage payments on time, every month. This is not the kind of thing you want to let slide! Still, life isn’t a fairy tale (sadly), and […]

    Read More
  • 9 Decluttering Projects You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less

    9 Decluttering Projects You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less Facing a cluttered space can feel disheartening – who has the time (or frankly, the desire) to spend all day clearing clutter? But the thing is, making progress toward a clean, clutter-free space doesn’t have to be something you devote an entire day to. […]

    Read More
  • Assessed Value vs. Market Value: What’s the Difference?

    June 1, 2017

    Assessed Value vs. Market Value: What’s the Difference? Homes don’t come with sticker prices set in stone. Rather they are moving targets – that’s what makes buying and selling real estate so fun! (Or frustrating, depending on your perspective.) And, as a buyer or seller, you will likely hear two “prices” thrown about: assessed value […]

    Read More
  • 2017 Summer Rentals on the Jersey Shore (Monmouth County)

    May 9, 2017

    It’s Summer Rental Season on the Jersey Shore LUXURY SUMMER RENTAL BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED & UPGRADED! 406 3rd Ave, Bradley Beach NJ You’ll fall in love with this stunning 4 Bedroom, 3.5 bath luxury summer rental. This South-End Bradley Beach residence has a gorgeous classic exterior with a newly updated and upgraded contemporary inside. Open floor […]

    Read More
  • 7 Quick and Cost-Effective Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger

    May 6, 2017

    7 Quick and Cost-Effective Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger A kitchen of any size can feel roomy if you know a few tricks. Sticking to white cabinets and walls is a good start, but there are many other ways to create extra room in your kitchen, or create the illusion of a […]

    Read More
  • Free the Weekend: 5 Household Chores You Can Totally Skip

    May 4, 2017

    Free the Weekend: 5 Household Chores You Can Totally Skip Ah, the weekend. So full of hope and promise! The hours you’ll have just to binge on Netflix, hang out with friends, try that complicated soufflé you saw on “The Great American Baking Show.” It will be glorious. That is until Friday night, when you […]

    Read More
  • 7 Important Things Home Sellers Often Forget to Do

    May 2, 2017

    7 Important Things Home Sellers Often Forget to Do When you’re selling your home there’s so much to do: find a Real Estate Agent, do touch-ups, get that balky air conditioner fixed, look into staging… It’s no wonder that sometimes things fall between the cracks. Big things. (We’re not pointing fingers, promise!) Our arsenal of […]

    Read More
  • 12 Money-Saving Secrets Appliance Stores Don’t Want You to Know

    April 11, 2017

    12 Money-Saving Secrets Appliance Stores Don’t Want You to Know Let’s face it, shopping for appliances is rarely as fun as, say, a weekend in Vegas. Has anyone ever experienced any kind of high-roller exhilaration from splurging on a washing machine? Of course not! That’s because home appliance shopping usually happens when one of your […]

    Read More
  • 6 Bad Habits to Avoid If You Hope to Sell Your Home in 2017

    April 7, 2017

    6 Bad Habits to Avoid If You Hope to Sell Your Home in 2017 Everyone has a few flaws. But if you plan to sell your New Jersey home in 2017, these foibles can literally cost you—we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars. What’s more, many homeowners may not even be aware that certain actions […]

    Read More
  • 6 Affordable Ways to Make Your Home Look High End

    April 5, 2017

    6 Affordable Ways to Make Your Home Look High End Your home’s appearance is a reflection of you and what type of person you are. Living on the Jersey Shore you’ll find diversity among décor. The coastal themes of the water and the contemporary art remain strong when it comes to making a home look […]

    Read More
  • 5 Factors to Look At When Purchasing a New Home

    April 3, 2017

    5 Factors to Look At When Purchasing a New Home Purchasing a home is in many cases, the single most expensive purchase a person can make. With such a huge investment, potential buyers should be aware of problematic areas that may exist in a house. RELATED: The Ultimate Home Buyer’s Guide Real estate laws vary […]

    Read More
  • If Your Home Hasn’t Sold Yet… Check the Price!

    March 12, 2017

    If Your Home Hasn’t Sold Yet… Check the Price! The residential housing market has been hot. Home sales have bounced back solidly and are now at their second highest pace since February 2007.  Demand has remained strong throughout the winter as many real estate professionals are reporting bidding wars with many homes selling above listing […]

    Read More
  • When Is a Good Time to Rent? Not Now.

    March 7, 2017

    When Is a Good Time to Rent? Not Now. People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home. No one ever asks when a good time to rent is. However, we want to make certain that everyone understands that today is NOT a good time to rent. The Census Bureau recently […]

    Read More
  • Buying a Home? 4 Demands to Make on Your Real Estate Agent

    March 5, 2017

    Buying a Home? 4 Demands to Make on Your Real Estate Agent Are you thinking of buying a home? Are you dreading having to walk through strangers’ houses? Are you concerned about getting the paperwork correct? Hiring a professional real estate agent can take away most of the challenges of buying. You want to deal […]

    Read More
  • Is It Cheaper to Buy or Build a House? Compare the Pros and Cons

    February 11, 2017

    Is It Cheaper to Buy or Build a House? Compare the Pros and Cons When you decide it’s time to put down roots, you may wonder: Is it cheaper to buy or build a house? Unless you’re rolling in money, you’ll probably want to weigh the pros and cons of new vs. old construction – […]

    Read More
  • Should I Sell or Rent Out My House? How to Weigh the Pros and Cons

    February 5, 2017

    Should I Sell or Rent Out My House? How to Weigh the Pros and Cons Many homeowners who need to move decide to sell their current home so they can have plenty of cash to buy their next digs. Still, though, some might wonder: Should I sell or rent out my house? It’s a good […]

    Read More
  • Don’t Be Gross, and 6 Other Things Your Housecleaner Wishes You Knew

    February 2, 2017

    Don’t Be Gross, and 6 Other Things Your Housecleaner Wishes You Knew Hate cleaning your house? No one could blame you: There’s precious little fun in scrubbing toilets. Or wiping down grime-streaked windows to the point where your elbows are sore for weeks. And you probably cringe when you think about your living room’s floor-to-ceiling […]

    Read More
  • Study: How Much Will Paying Off Credit Cards Improve Score?

    Study: How Much Will Paying Off Credit Cards Improve Score? Paying off credit cards can improve credit scores substantially as outstanding debt is the second most heavily-weighted factor in calculating scores. Here we examine factors that determine credit scores. If negative marks on your credit report are the cause of your low score, it is […]

    Read More
  • 5 Reasons Why Homeownership Is a Good Financial Investment

    February 1, 2017

      5 Reasons Why Homeownership Is a Good Financial Investment According to a recent report by Trulia, “buying is cheaper than renting in 100 of the largest metro areas by an average of 37.7%.” That may have some thinking about buying a home instead of signing another lease extension, but does that make sense from […]

    Read More
  • Hey, Homeowners! These Little-Known Tax Deductions Can Save You Thousands

    Hey, Homeowners! These Little-Known Tax Deductions Can Save You Thousands You probably already know that owning a home comes with some sweet tax benefits, like the mortgage-interest and property-tax deductions. But did you know there’s a whole list of other homeowner-related tax breaks that you might be leaving on the table? We’re not talking chump […]

    Read More
  • Don’t Get Snowed Under by These 6 Winter Open House Blunders

    January 12, 2017

    Don’t Get Snowed Under by These 6 Winter Open House Blunders Summer open houses are easy-breezy. The sun is shining, the air is warm, potential buyers are out in force, and your curb appeal is on point thanks to blooming flowers and a lush green lawn. Winter is a very different beast when it comes […]

    Read More
  • 27 New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners

    January 9, 2017

    27 New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners Heading into a new year, we feel an obligation to make resolutions. Personal resolutions can be motivating, exciting or just plain silly. This year I will… eat healthier, save money, run the Long Branch 5K, learn to surf in Monmouth Beach, do the Asbury Park Polar Bear Plunge. As […]

    Read More
  • 5 Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make When Buying in the Winter

    January 8, 2017

    5 Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make When Buying in the Winter Winter is supposed to be a buyer’s market, right? Fewer buyers = way less competition. After all, you have no problem trekking through the snow to find the perfect home. Let the others wait until spring. Right? But winter home-buying assumptions can cost […]

    Read More
  • Zillow’s 6 Housing Market Predictions for 2017

    January 4, 2017

    Zillow’s 6 Housing Market Predictions for 2017 Well, as many had been wishing for, 2016 is officially behind us. And as the year came to a close, predictions for the 2017 housing market came pouring in. It’s hard to say what the new year will bring with the newly-elected President-elect Donald Trump. Zillow points out […]

    Read More
  • 6 Reasons To Sell Your Home In 2017

    January 3, 2017

    6 Reasons To Sell Your Home In 2017 Planning to sell in the new year? Get a head start by listing early. Being early has its benefits: “The early bird catches the worm” or “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” You get the idea. So if you’re […]

    Read More
  • 10 Low-Cost Tweaks to Help Your Home Sell

    December 10, 2016

    10 Low-Cost Tweaks to Help Your Home Sell Many homeowners won’t even consider listing their home, because they can’t afford extensive remodeling to get it ready for sale. But sometimes it’s not the major renovations that buyers notice. Consider this checklist of cheaper to-do’s before hanging that for-sale sign. 1. Quick-clean the exterior and landscape. […]

    Read More
  • Buying In 2017? 7 Steps You Must Take Now

    December 8, 2016

    Buying In 2017?  7 Steps You Must Take Now If you’re thinking about buying a home in 2017, October to December is the perfect time to “warm up” for the house hunt so you can hit the ground running in the new year. And whether you’re looking in Lake Como, New Jersey or Lake Como, […]

    Read More
  • 5 Things You Need To Be Pre-Approved For A Mortgage

    December 6, 2016

    5 Things You Need To Be Pre-Approved For A Mortgage While idly shopping for a home may be pleasant, serious homebuyers need to start the process in a lender’s office, not an open house. Potential buyers benefit in several ways by consulting with a lender and obtaining a pre-approval letter. First, they have an opportunity […]

    Read More
  • 9 Home Safety Tips for the Holidays

    December 5, 2016

    9 Home Safety Tips for the Holidays The holidays are a wonderful time full of food, family get-togethers and traditions, but the holidays can also pose many safety concerns, so it’s best to be cautious. From lighting candles to hanging Christmas lights, there are plenty of safety hazards that can occur during the holidays. Let’s […]

    Read More
  • How to Decorate for the Holidays When Your Home Is for Sale

    December 2, 2016

    How to Decorate for the Holidays When Your Home Is for Sale Some folks think they have to stifle the spirit and eschew traditions entirely if their house is on the market in November and December. Not true. You can celebrate the season and still make your home attractive to potential buyers. Here’s how. 1. […]

    Read More
  • How Do You Find a Real Estate Agent?

    December 1, 2016

    How Do You Find a Real Estate Agent? There are NO standards for Real Estate Agents. GOOGLE every Agent considered and verify everything they say Hiring a Real Estate Agent is a job interview – someone is going to be responsible for one of the largest transactions in your life. Incredibly, studies consistently show that […]

    Read More
  • Why the Holidays Are a Good Time to Sell Your House

    November 10, 2016

    Why the Holidays Are a Good Time to Sell  Your House   When it comes to real estate, the ideal time to sell your home often falls in the spring months. After all, many people hunker down during the winter months or are too busy with the holidays to think about purchasing a new home. […]

    Read More
  • Join Patrick Parker Realty in the Fight Against Hunger

    Join the fight against hunger by donating food   Patrick Parker Realty invites the community to take part in their annual holiday giving initiative. This year Patrick Parker Realty offices will be collecting canned food and dry nonperishable items at their Bradley Beach and Ocean Township locations to benefit the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean […]

    Read More
  • MONMOUTH COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS HERE: Republicans swept all county-wide offices in Monmouth County

    November 9, 2016

    The races marked with asterisks (*) before the title did not have all districts respond. Monmouth County Election spokesperson Laura Kirkpatrick said Nov. 8 Spring Lake Heights and Freehold Township did not send in ballot cartridges, likely as a mistake, and are the reason why Monmouth County only had 456 districts respond out of 458. […]

    Read More
  • 5 Decluttering Projects to Help You Get Ready for the Holidays

    November 4, 2016

      5 Decluttering Projects to Help You Get Ready for the Holidays With the end of daylight saving time looming, it’s nesting time. Digging into home projects with the lights turned up and the music on is a great activity for the longer nights. You’ll also get a jump-start on readying the house for the […]

    Read More
  • 7 Ways To Get A Deal During Real Estate’s Off-Season

    November 1, 2016

    7 Ways To Get A Deal During Real Estate’s Off-Season Inventory might be lower, but so is your competition. Find out why you might want to buy a home during the winter. The holiday season can seem to go by at warp speed with all the shopping, traveling, baking, and gift wrapping that goes on […]

    Read More
  • Halloween Safety Tips 2016

    October 12, 2016

    Halloween Safety Tips 2016   With Halloween right around the corner, Patrick Parker Realty has consulted with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to provide some important safety tips. Yes, Halloween brings fun and sweets to children, but those ghouls and goblins are not the things to be afraid about. Accidents and mishaps increase dramatically […]

    Read More
  • Sealing The Deal: Making The Offer And Closing

    October 9, 2016

    Sealing The Deal: Making The Offer And Closing   So you’ve found a home and want it to be yours. Here’s what to do next. If you’re ready to make an offer on a property, you’ve most likely done a lot of hard work to get to this point: You found a New Jersey real […]

    Read More
  • 8 Things You Should Never Say When Buying a Home

    October 8, 2016

    8 Things You Should Never Say When Buying a Home   If you’re in the throes of house hunting, chances are you’re excited – whether it’s your first home or your fifth. It’s an emotional roller-coaster ride! Seeing something you love (or hate) can often cause you to blurt all kinds of things, some of […]

    Read More
  • 6 Things You Should Never Say When Selling Your Home

    October 5, 2016

      6 Things You Should Never Say When Selling Your Home   You know that expression about loose lips sinking ships? It holds true for selling your home as well. Sure, there are some things you have to disclose to buyers – such as if your home has lead paint or is located in a […]

    Read More
  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Patrick Parker Realty Continues Expansion with New Office in Ocean Township

    October 4, 2016

    Patrick Parker Realty Press Contact: Chuck Cutaia Patrick Parker Realty 732-455-5252 chuck@patrickparkerrealty.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Business and Real Estate: Patrick Parker Realty Continues Expansion with New Office in Ocean Township With a goal of maintaining growth, superior client service and job creation, local market leader Patrick Parker Realty expands presence into Ocean Township Bradley Beach, […]

    Read More
  • [Millennial Money Tips] A Young Adult’s Guide To Investing

    October 3, 2016

    [Millennial Money Tips] A Young Adult’s Guide To Investing   When you find extra money, what’s your first reaction? Is it to save it, pay off a bill or go out to dinner? You know the right answer, but what would you honestly do? Increased financial responsibility is a signal of the transition into true […]

    Read More
  • 8 Surprising Factors That Can Affect Your Home’s Value

    October 1, 2016

    8 Surprising Factors That Can Affect Your Home’s Value   Besides the obvious factors, there are some quirky elements that can affect your home’s value. Find out what they are. Surprise! You might know more about real estate than you think. For example, you know that square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, lot size, […]

    Read More
  • 8 Easy Ways To Make Your Home Feel Like Fall

    September 19, 2016

    8 Small Design Tricks To Get Your Jersey Shore Home Ready For Fall It’s getting dark earlier, pumpkin-spice everything is hitting store shelves, and you’re thinking twice about wearing white pants. It can only mean one thing: Fall is imminent. While it’s always sad to see the lazy days of summer come to an end, […]

    Read More
  • Do You Use Mobile Finance Apps? 3 Things You Should Know to Stay Secure

    September 16, 2016

    Do You Use Mobile Finance Apps? 3 Things You Should Know to Stay Secure   Paying for a purchase at your favorite store is now as simple as swiping your phone in front of a designated scanner. For many people, their mobile phone has virtually taken the place of their wallet—especially if their credit and […]

    Read More
  • Rent or Buy? Introducing the Rent vs Buy Calculator

    September 13, 2016

      Rent or Buy? Introducing the Rent vs Buy Calculator   Should you buy or rent? This is a question most of us will likely face in our lives, whether buying a house makes more financial sense than renting a home. There is a way to understand the financial impact of buying vs. renting. The […]

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Home Buyers: Beat the Competition with a Pre-Approved Loan

    September 6, 2016

    Jersey Shore Home Buyers: Beat the Competition with a Pre-Approved Loan The Monmouth and Ocean County New Jersey housing market is red hot. This can mean you’ll need to compete with other buyers for a home. But with a pre-approved loan from a lender, you’ll give yourself a head-start in the race for a home […]

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Home Sellers, Up Your Game to Compete With Newly Built Homes

    September 1, 2016

    Jersey Shore Home Sellers: Up Your Game to Compete With Newly Built Homes Homeowners are notorious for thinking their home is better than their neighbor’s, but when you are ready to put your home on the market it’s crucial to be realistic about the competition. If you live in an area where builders are constructing […]

    Read More
  • 4 Credit Secrets for Buying a Home

    August 19, 2016

    4 Credit Secrets for Buying a Home   In a report that was done by the Federal Trade Commission in 2015 they found that 1 out of every 4 consumers had errors on their credit report. That being stated, means that it’s possible that you could possibly fall under that scenario. There are many things […]

    Read More
  • How To Hack Your Electric Bill

    August 17, 2016

    How To Hack Your Electric Bill Want to know how to save electricity? These hacks can help save you cash too. You turn off the lights when you leave a room. You unplug small appliances when they aren’t in use. You think you’re being pretty smart about your energy consumption, yet every month your electric […]

    Read More
  • 7 Mistakes Many New Home Buyers Make

    August 16, 2016

    7 Mistakes Many New Home Buyers Make Once the ether wears off, and the dust from moving clears, new home buyers oftentimes reflect on their decisions for buying a new home. Since this will be a significant, if not the biggest purchase of your life, it behooves to understand these tips for homebuyers and all […]

    Read More
  • How Long Will It Take to Sell My House?

    August 10, 2016

    How Long Will It Take to Sell My House? When you’ve decided to sell your home, the last thing you want is to have it sitting on the market forever, especially if you’re already gotten new digs. Conversely, you might not be ready for your home to go under contract within the first few days […]

    Read More
  • Safety Basics for Your New Jersey Home

    August 6, 2016

    Home Safety Tips and Basics for Your New Jersey Home Buying a home is an exciting adventure and if it’s your first home, a big step on the road of life. Once you’ve made this great acquisition, you want to keep your biggest investment protected with these home safety tips and basic safety measures. This […]

    Read More
  • Tips on Taking Quality Pictures for Your Home Listing

    August 2, 2016

    Tips on Taking Quality Pictures for Your Home Listing Chances are the first impression a potential buyer will have of a home will be from its online pictures. 95% of homebuyers begin their search online. A lack of or poorly taken pictures could keep a potential buyer from going to visit a listing. Listings with […]

    Read More
  • 11 Best Tech Gadgets For Your Home

    July 16, 2016

    11 Best Tech Gadgets For Your Home   These awesome upgrades will transform your house into a futuristic smart home. RELATED: The Benefits of a Smart Home to Owners, Sellers and Buyers In this Jetsons world we’re living in, everything is getting smarter—our phones, our cars and now, thanks to a bunch of new technology, […]

    Read More
  • 10 Things Neat Freaks Know to Be True

    July 12, 2016

    10 Things Neat Freaks Know to Be True Do you err on the incredibly tidy side? Then you probably already live by these nuggets of neat wisdom Anyone who runs a home like a well-oiled machine, keeping it beautifully tidy and thoughtfully ordered, knows that the path of neat-freakery doesn’t run smooth. There’s so much […]

    Read More
  • #Brexit: The Immediate Impact on U.S. Mortgage and Housing Finance

    July 7, 2016

    #Brexit: The Immediate Impact on U.S. Mortgage and Housing Finance   After much speculation on the U.K.’s decision — British voters decided to leave the European Union — now many speculate about how this will affect the U.S. economy. Here is a summary of the opinions that impact the housing and mortgage finance industry: First, […]

    Read More
  • 5 Reasons to Google Your Address

    July 2, 2016

    5 Reasons to Google Your Address Search-engine sleuthing is worth the effort to unearth the niceties — and perhaps negatives — about a prospective home. There’s probably not a day that goes by that you don’t Google something — the weather, a foreign phrase, directions, or news, just to name a few. With all the […]

    Read More
  • Get More Natural Light: 4 Tips to Make the Most of Windows

    June 14, 2016

    . Get More Natural Light: 4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Windows   Feel like your home on the Jersey Shore is a bit too dark?  With the beach at your fingertips you want your home to reflect your nautical-loving lifestyle, and that means taking ultimate advantage of natural light. And it’s about […]

    Read More
  • 4 Common (but Terrible) Reasons for Overpricing Your Home

    June 10, 2016

    . 4 Common (but Terrible) Reasons for Overpricing Your Home We know, we know—you love your house. The kitchen is the perfect size, your weekly summer barbecues give your neighbors patio envy, and your ’70s-style conversation pit is totally coming back into vogue—as you knew it would. You’ve seen the comps for your neighborhood, but […]

    Read More
  • Back in the Real Estate Market: Navigating the New Tech-Centered World

    June 6, 2016

    . Back in the Real Estate Market: Navigating the New Tech-Centered World What if someone awakened from a long slumber — and decided to sell their home and buy a new one?  That’s sort of what many empty nesters and other long-term homeowners face today. Many have paid little or no attention to the dramatically […]

    Read More
  • All Signs A Go For A Strong Selling Season

    June 2, 2016

    . All Signs A Go For A Strong Selling Season   The number of homes that in April went under contract to be sold climbed to the highest level in over a decade, a sign the housing market is gaining traction and supported by steady job creation and historically low interest rates. Pending sales of […]

    Read More
  • WARNING: Rental Listing Scams! Read Before You Search

    June 1, 2016

    . Rental Listing Scams! Read Before You Search As you begin researching new apartments or homes, please educate yourself on listing scams and online fraud. We urge you to be vigilant in researching the legitimacy of any potential listings and perform all appropriate due diligence. How Do Rental Listing Scams Work? Found a deal that’s […]

    Read More
  • 6 Mortgage Terms to Know

    May 28, 2016

    6 Mortgage Terms to Know Buying a house is an exciting and busy time. Once you’re pre-approved for a mortgage, you can start looking at homes in your price range. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or have been there before, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Not only will you have to find a home inspector […]

    Read More
  • Five Renovations that Increase the Value of Your Home

    May 10, 2016

    . Five Renovations that Increase the Value of Your Home According to HGTV, “Home improvement projects cost about 20 to 25 cents on the dollar. The other 75 to 80 cents spent go directly back into the home through increased value.” There are some projects, however, that deliver the greatest return on investment. Here are […]

    Read More
  • 5 Spring Cleaning Trends that Go Way Beyond Clean

    May 5, 2016

    . The 5 Spring Cleaning Trends that Go Way Beyond Clean As daunting as the task sounds, spring cleaning can be a great boost to your mental health. Here are five ways to implement a whole-home system that has the power to change the way you feel about your home for the better. If you’re […]

    Read More
  • Questions Every Buyer Should Ask Before Making an Offer on a Home

    May 3, 2016

    . Questions Every Buyer Should Ask Before Making an Offer on a Home Buying a home is a big financial commitment, so it’s important to make sure that you’re getting the best value for your money. While a home inspection will help prevent a buyer from purchasing a property that is full of problems, there […]

    Read More
  • Top Tips for Selling a Home in 2016

    May 1, 2016

    . Economists’ Top Tips for Selling a Home in 2016 If you’re planning to sell your house this year, well, you’re in luck. “The 2016 housing market is forecasted to be mainly a seller’s market, filled with increasing home prices, relatively low inventory, and fierce competition between buyers,” says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com®. […]

    Read More
  • 6 Reasons Financial Experts Say You Should Be Investing In A Home

    April 26, 2016

    . 6 Reasons Financial Experts Say You Should Be Investing In A Home Each day you’re swarmed with financial advice. Particularly Millennials… start saving early, start investing, use employer’s 401(k) match and for heaven’s sake, dump those high-interest credit cards! Ultimately, financial advisors concur, purchasing a home is a great investments. Why? Because it is […]

    Read More
  • Best Practices for Paying Off Your Mortgage

    April 19, 2016

    . Best Practices for Paying Off Your Mortgage It’s simple to pay off a mortgage earlier.  But should you?  It’s a complicated question.   Let’s discuss why… For many people, their mortgage carries an interest rate that’s lower than they could average in retirement or investment accounts. And that means the “extra” money you could […]

    Read More
  • Test Your Home Staging Savvy

    April 7, 2016

    Test Your Home Staging Savvy Offered by Realtor Magazine To make a home look its best and command the highest selling price, it must be easy for prospective buyers to picture themselves living there. That’s where staging comes into play. With the help of Barb Schwarz, founder of StagedHomes.com and author of Home Staging: The […]

    Read More
  • A Quick ‘Cover Your Bases’ Home Prep Checklist

    April 6, 2016

      A Quick ‘Cover Your Bases’ Home Prep Checklist Selling a home doesn’t happen overnight. To maximize your sale price, stand out from the competition and sell quickly, your home needs to go on the market in tip-top condition. You only get one chance to make a good first impression in real estate. Once your […]

    Read More
  • Advantages of a Smart House

    April 5, 2016

      The Advantages of a Smart House Smart homes take advantage of today’s most popular automation technology and modern conveniences to give homeowners a new level of control. There is no doubt with the popularity of smart devices today and smart home technologies that easily sync to such hand-held mobile devices that smart home technology […]

    Read More
  • 8 Home Remodeling Projects That Add Value to Your Home

    April 4, 2016

    8 Home Remodeling Projects That Add Value to Your Home These home improvements provide the most bang for your buck T’is the season for Home Improvement projects.  Now, even if you’re not planning to sell your home anytime soon, it’s a question you should ask when you consider home improvements: How much will this improvement […]

    Read More
  • 18 Expert Home Staging Tips To Make A Small House Feel Bigger

      18 Expert Home Staging Tips To Make A Small House Feel Bigger Here’s a list of 18 tips for making a small home feel bigger. You can use these tips whether you are staging a home to sell or if you are planning to stay, but just need some help dealing with smaller rooms. […]

    Read More
  • Crush-Worthy Cosmetic Curbside Improvements

    April 3, 2016

    Crush-Worthy Cosmetic Curbside Improvements It’ll be love at first sight when buyers get a glimpse of your home’s updated exterior (and you may just fall for it all over again, too). Whether or not you plan to list your home this season, it’s a good idea to step outside and take a close look at […]

    Read More
  • Home Staging 101: Make Sure You’re Staging, Not Decorating!

    April 2, 2016

    Home Staging 101: Make Sure You’re Staging, Not Decorating!   If you ask the average person what “home staging” is, they’re likely to say something like “decorating a house to make it look good.” The truth is that home staging is absolutely not the same thing as decorating… here’s why. Decorating one’s home is personal. […]

    Read More
  • Expert Home Selling Secrets Revealed

    April 1, 2016

    Home Selling Secrets Revealed The Prep Your Home for Spring Series There are many ways to make your home appeal and stand out to the potential homeowner. This month Patrick Parker Realty is going to cover some key tactics that will help you sell your home at top-dollar in the quickest time frame. Not Just […]

    Read More
  • Featured Summer Rentals 2016

    March 20, 2016

      Featured Summer Rentals 2016 3 BLOCKS TO BEACH! 322 McCabe Avenue Bradley Beach, NJ 4 BR / 2 BA Sleeps 8 Comfortably Enjoy the Summer Front Porch Backyard w/Grill and Outdoor Seating Fully Furnished w/all Linens TV and WiFi Beach Chairs and Badges Central A/C $2,500 per week 4 week minimum VIEW DETAILS AND […]

    Read More
  • Buying or Preparing Your Home For The Disabled or Elderly

    February 25, 2016

    Preparing Your Home For The Disabled or Elderly Sadly, youth doesn’t last forever, and homeowners who want to age in place must take this into consideration from the get-go. Likewise, preparing your home for the disabled also requires great consideration.  If you know in advance preparing your home for the disabled or elderly is on […]

    Read More
  • Red Flags to Look for When Hiring a Home Professional

    February 15, 2016

    Home Contractor Warning Signs… What are some red flags for industry professionals? Hiring a professional to work in your home is a touchy thing. You want to get the best work for your dollar, but not all of the “professionals” out there will give you the kind of quality work you’re looking for, or even be […]

    Read More
  • The Pros and Cons of Older Homes

    February 9, 2016

    The Pros and Cons of Older Homes One of the most important decisions when buying a Jersey Shore home is whether to buy new or pre-owned. Just like used cars, older homes can represent a better value for homebuyers when small repair needs and outdated designs help drive down overall cost. Older homes may also […]

    Read More
  • 20 Best Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent… and the Answers You Want to Hear

    February 1, 2016

    20 Best Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent… and the Answers You Want to Hear Looking to hire a real estate agent to sell your home?  Play 20 Questions. Ask these questions of real estate agents before you hire one. Compare as many agents as you need until you feel comfortable and confident with […]

    Read More
  • 10 Cool Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

    January 12, 2016

    10 Cool Ways to Beat the Winter Blues: Keep Your Energy High and Mood Lifted Winter is in full force. As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, even the best of us can get a little down. The “winter blues” are characterized by the mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy […]

    Read More
  • 5 Updates for a Healthier Home

    January 10, 2016

    5 Updates for a Healthier Home When you’re at home, the last thing you want to be worrying about is what dangers might be lurking around every corner. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize the real risks posed by threats they can’t even see. That’s why we turned to our experts, to find out what updates […]

    Read More
  • 7 Rental Rules Worth Breaking (Yes, It’s OK To Paint)

    January 8, 2016

    7 Rental Rules Worth Breaking (Yes, It’s OK To Paint) From swapping out hardware to doing an actual renovation, there are lots of ways to transform your rental. You scroll through a design blog hyping some miraculous, budget-friendly kitchen renovation, and that’s when it hits you: homeownership envy. While mortgage holders get to decorate with […]

    Read More
  • Why Using An Agent Is Better Than Going For Sale By Owner

    January 5, 2016

    Why Using An Agent Is Better Than Going For Sale By Owner Yes, at the end of the already arduous selling process, it can be painful to turn over that commission. And when you really start to crunch the numbers, it’s very tempting to forgo the listing agent altogether and enter the “For Sale By […]

    Read More
  • 8 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Save You Money

    January 1, 2016

    8 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Save You Money Plus your FREE DOWNLOAD: Budget Building Worksheet When it comes to money, setting New Year’s resolutions for yourself is easy, but committing to and following through with those resolutions is a completely different story. This is why it is important to set realistic and achievable financial goals […]

    Read More
  • 6 Reasons to House-Hunt During Your Holiday Vacation

    December 5, 2015

    6 Reasons to House-Hunt During Your Holiday Vacation A little time to check out the market while on vacation might be the perfect, no-pressure way to help you make a big decision. So just what are the benefits to house-hunting during your vacation? Here’s a rundown to help you decide if signing on the dotted […]

    Read More
  • The 10 Sins of Selling

    The 10 Sins of Selling Your real estate game should be about preparing to make the right moves at the right time and practicing patience. On average, home sellers commit up to five of these home-selling “sins” and lose thousands of dollars on their home sale as a result. The good news? All of these […]

    Read More
  • So You Think You Can Be a Landlord? 7 Things to Consider…

    So You Think You Can Be a Landlord? 7 Things to Consider… First-time homebuyers are a declining group. Historically, 40 percent of homebuyers have been first-time buyers, calculated yearly from July to June. But that percentage continues to shrink, even if the true homeownership rate among millennials climbed ever so slightly last year. If you’re […]

    Read More
  • Trust Us: You Need an Open House Safe Word

    Trust Us: You Need an Open House Safe Word It could be anything from “cornucopia” to “tarpaulin” — just make sure it’s memorable (and that your real estate agent is in on the plan). Open houses are totally fun. You get to walk around in someone else’s place and pretend it’s your own. You’re not […]

    Read More
  • 5 Neighborhood Features That Boost Resale Value

    5 Neighborhood Features That Boost Resale Value When you’re in the market to buy a home certain factors are on the top of your list — be they large walk-in closets, a gourmet kitchen, or a private backyard. But beyond the details of the house itself, your potential new abode’s neighborhood will most likely be […]

    Read More
  • Haute Hanukkah Decorating Ideas

    Haute Hanukkah Decorating Ideas Bring modern style and sophistication to your Hanukkah table with a mix of metallics and layered blues. Use Traditional Colors in a Non-Traditional Way Blues and silvers not only give this dining space classic elegance, but they also introduce a Hanukkah color palette in a less-traditional manner. Create a Custom Table […]

    Read More
  • 5-Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas

    5-Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas Ideas you can do in less time than it takes to hang stockings by the chimney with care. Posts of Christmas Past For a mantel with extra flair, collect family holiday cards from previous years and clothespin them to a long, slim stick suspended between two vases. Put them in chronological […]

    Read More
  • New Jersey Landlords Need to be Careful with their Accounting Methods

    November 16, 2015

    New Jersey Landlords Need to be Careful with their Accounting Methods Guest post by Michael D. Mirne Most American businesses keep track of their charges and receivables using a “first in, first out” method. The central principle of this method, referred to as “FIFO,” is to apply customers’ payments toward their earliest balances first, and […]

    Read More
  • 3 Advantages of Selling Your Home During the Holidays

    November 9, 2015

    3 Advantages of Selling Your Home During the Holidays Thanks to reduced competition, motivated buyers and a warm and cheery holiday home, you can sell your home faster and for more money during the holiday season. We all know—or maybe we assume—that spring and summer are the best times to sell a home. And it’s […]

    Read More
  • 30 Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Feast

    November 7, 2015

    30 Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Feast Set a bountiful fall table with new twists on traditional Thanksgiving favorites. From savory sides to the star of the show – roast turkey, duck or ham – Patrick Parker Realty’s got you covered with 30 of the highest rated HGTV Thanksgiving menu ideas… 1. Roast Turkey with Lemon […]

    Read More
  • Winter Is A Great Time To House Hunt

    November 6, 2015

    Winter Is A Great Time To House Hunt December is usually when people are looking to deck their own halls—not buy new ones. But buying a home in December and January can be a smart move. Michael Corbett, Trulia real estate expert and a bestselling author, is a big fan of the holiday season, what […]

    Read More
  • Tips to Find the Best Cyber Monday Deals

    November 3, 2015

    Tips to Find the Best Cyber Monday Deals Does shopping from the comfort of your own home this holiday season appeal to you? Follow this advice to avoid the crowds and long lines and still get the best deals on the Monday after Thanksgiving, known as Cyber Monday. TIP 1: Sign up for eBates before Cyber […]

    Read More
  • 3 Immediate Ways To Dramatically Increase Your Home’s Worth

    November 1, 2015

    3 Immediate Ways To Dramatically Increase Your Home’s Worth Every homeowner wants to increase the value of their home. Whether you’re planning to sell your home tomorrow or five years from now, making the most out of your investment is always a financially prudent move. Here are 3 tried and true techniques to help you […]

    Read More
  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Patrick Parker Realty 2nd Annual Coat Drive Helps Local People in Need Stay Warm

    October 12, 2015

    Patrick Parker Realty Press Contact: Chuck Cutaia Patrick Parker Realty 732-455-5252 chuck@patrickparkerrealty.com www.patrickparkerrealty.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Community Relations and Real Estate: Patrick Parker Realty 2nd Annual Coat Drive Helps Local People in Need Stay Warm   Patrick Parker Realty again partners with One Warm Coat®, warming our communities… one coat at a time.   Bradley […]

    Read More
  • Homes Still Selling Fast Heading Into Fall

    Homes Still Selling Fast Heading Into Fall With home buyer demand starting to slow along seasonal trends, properties for sale are staying on the market slightly longer. For transactions that closed in July, the homes were typically on the market for 42 days, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index.  The National Association of REALTORS® notes that […]

    Read More
  • Selling Your House Next Spring? 5 Fall Projects to Do Now

    October 11, 2015

    Selling Your House Next Spring? 5 Fall Projects to Do Now Take the pressure off getting your home ready to sell with these ideas. Here are some fall projects to jump on now in order for your home to be in tip-top shape for a spring sale: 1. Update Your Curb Appeal Landscapers planting in […]

    Read More
  • 6 Things Fall Home Buyers Should Notice

    6 Things Fall Home Buyers Should Notice Despite spring being the peak home buying season, buying in the fall might actually be the best option for house hunters. Overall there’s less competition, more inventory to choose from, a better chance of getting a good deal, and the weather gives a well-rounded picture of how the […]

    Read More
  • Fall Maintenance Checklist

    October 10, 2015

    Fall Maintenance Checklist You’ll be ready for winter’s worst and head off expensive repairs when you complete this checklist of 10 essential fall maintenance tasks. 1. Don’t be a drip. Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets. Leaving hoses attached can cause water to back up in the faucets and in the plumbing pipes just inside […]

    Read More
  • 10 Things a Burglar Doesn’t Want You to Know

    October 4, 2015

    10 Things a Burglar Doesn’t Want You to Know Successful burglars have lots in common — home owners who unwittingly give invitations to robbery. Here’s how thieves thank you for your generosity. Leaving boxes by the curb alongside the trash lets burglars know you’ve got new toys inside. You come home to an open front […]

    Read More
  • Clever Security Tricks That Will Fool Any Burglar

    October 1, 2015

    Clever Security Tricks That Will Fool Any Burglar A little ingenuity can make your house more secure when you’re home alone or away on vacation. You don’t have to install a pricey or crazy security system to feel safer in your home. Here are some low- and no-cost ways to keep burglars at bay: Don’t […]

    Read More
  • Hurricane Preparedness – A Complete Guide from the National Weather Service

    September 30, 2015

    Hurricane Preparedness: A Complete Guide from the National Weather Service Two keys to weather safety are to prepare for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials. These are essential pieces to the Weather-Ready Nation. Refer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready.gov/hurricanes for comprehensive information on hurricane preparedness […]

    Read More
  • Freshen Up on the 7 Financial Benefits of Homeownership

    September 10, 2015

    Freshen Up on the 7 Financial Benefits of Homeownership To rent or to buy? Many strain to find the answer to this question. The financial benefits of homeownership are evident year-round. We can help you do the math. Let’s examine how homeownership makes “cents” — from tax benefits to financial stability. Here are 7 ways […]

    Read More
  • 5 Myths About Buying a Home

    September 8, 2015

    5 Myths About Buying a Home Once upon a time buying and selling a home was simple. You took your time to view properties, made an offer conditional upon inspection and financing, you went back and forth on price and you moved in. Unfortunately, times have changed. Let’s take a look at five myths that […]

    Read More
  • How Does The Closing Process Work?

    How Does The Closing Process Work? Real estate transactions are complex and involve as many as twenty different players including real estate brokers, buyers, sellers, attorneys, inspectors, appraisers, lenders, and often contractors. Because of this, even the simplest transaction today typically takes between 30 and 45 days to close. The closing process begins with the […]

    Read More
  • Disclosure of Property Conditions When Selling a Home

    Disclosure of Property Conditions When Selling a Home Selling a home and wondering what physical conditions at the premises need to be disclosed to a potential new buyer? Everyone wants to present a positive picture of their home, especially during a slow real estate market. But it is usually in a seller’s best interest to […]

    Read More
  • Top 7 Laws Every Landlord Needs to Study

    The Top 7 Laws Every Landlord Needs to Study Successfully managing a rental is about much more than finding the perfect tenant for the perfect unit. It’s more important to understand the legalities associated with running a rental business. Landlords should be up-to-date on all laws regarding tenant rights and the proper legal proceedings of […]

    Read More
  • All About Home Staging

    How to get your Bradley Beach home ready for an Open House.

    Read More
  • 10 Ways to Prepare for Homeownership

    10 Ways to Prepare for Homeownership 1. Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income. 2. Develop your home wish list. Then, prioritize the features on your list. 3. Select where you want to live. Compile a list of three […]

    Read More
  • How to Cut Your Homeowner’s Insurance in Half

    September 5, 2015

    How to Cut Your Homeowner’s Insurance in Half Fire, flood, earthquakes, hurricanes, wind, falling trees, and burst water pipes are just some of the villains that could damage or destroy your home and its contents. Or maybe someone will trip not so lightly down your stairs and decide to sue. Don’t forget about thieves, who […]

    Read More
  • Cyberscammers Confess: Their 17 Top Tricks, Cons, and Schemes to Hack Your Internet Security

    Cyberscammers Confess: Their 17 Top Tricks, Cons, and Schemes to Hack Your Internet Security Computer hackers have lots of tools to threaten your internet security, but these tips from cybersecurity experts can help protect your privacy. 1. We send incredibly personal e mails. Spear phishing, the act of sending targeted e-mails to get you to […]

    Read More
  • 7 Tips to Raise Financially Savvy Kids

    7 Tips to Raise Financially Savvy Kids School’s in session; and while in the classroom they’re learning their ABC’s and 123’s this is also a good opportunity to start teaching our children responsibility when it comes to finances. Here are 7 tips to help you guide you shape your children into financially savvy adults: 1. […]

    Read More
  • The Home Seller’s Guide to Understanding Comparable Sales

    The Home Seller’s Guide to Understanding Comparable Sales Comparing your home with other similar homes is the only way to truly determine the right list price. Forget finding a real estate agent, working on renovations, and home staging: Choosing the right asking price may be the hardest part of selling your home. RELATED: Selling Your […]

    Read More
  • Do It Now! Tips To Get Ready For Back-To-School

    August 20, 2015

    Do It Now! Tips To Get Ready For Back-To-School Move over, summer–a new school year is coming! With the start of school, families face new organization challenges. School bells ring–and so do early-morning alarm clocks. Paper piles swell as hand-outs and homework stream into the house. Shorter autumn days bring a hectic round of sports, […]

    Read More
  • 10 Questions to Ask When Apartment Hunting

    August 7, 2015

    10 Questions to Ask When Apartment Hunting Like entering a new relationship, finding the right apartment requires being a little level-headed. You wouldn’t just run off and elope with the first attractive person you see, right?  No– you’d want to spend some time making sure your values, interests, and goals are a good fit. The […]

    Read More
  • The 10 Step Homebuyer’s Checklist

    August 6, 2015

    The 10 Step Homebuyer’s Checklist The home buying process can be bewildering and stressful. We get it. And we’re here for you every step of the way. Our homebuyer’s checklist breaks down the process and points you the tips and tools you need to find your next place: 1. Check your credit report. You don’t […]

    Read More
  • Questions a Buyer May Ask at an Open House

    Questions a Buyer May Ask at an Open House An open house is one of the greatest opportunities home buyers have to look around, visualize themselves living in the house and, most importantly, ask questions about the property. RELATED: 8 Steps to The Home Buying Process While buyers will ask about the actual layout and […]

    Read More
  • 6 Mistakes to Avoid as a Home Seller

    6 Mistakes to Avoid as a Home Seller When selling your home, there are several things you should look for throughout the sales process. Common mistakes can make a potential buyer overlook your property or can jeopardize a promising sale. 1. Avoid using language by claiming a price is “the best” or saying a home […]

    Read More
  • 4 Factors that Devalue Your Home

    4 Factors that Devalue Your Home Before listing your home for sale on the market, a few home improvements may be needed to increase your property’s value. There are some important factors that could devalue your property, some of which are in your control and others which aren’t. By being aware of these issues, it […]

    Read More
  • 7 Unique Ways to Store Things in Plain Sight

    7 Unique Ways to Store Things in Plain Sight Focus on putting your things out of the way instead of away. There’s an old misconception that to clean your home, you have to put everything away and stow it out of sight. While leaving things lying around would definitely look messy (and create a tripping […]

    Read More
  • Five Tips on How to Sell Your Home in a Competitive Market

    August 5, 2015

    Five Tips on How to Sell Your Home in a Competitive Market What does it take to sell a home in a competitive market – a fresh coat of paint or a kitchen overhaul? Lowering the asking price or offering incentives? From cosmetic to strategic, smart sellers can take advantage of a few simple tips […]

    Read More
  • 7 Things You Should Know Before You Rent

    August 3, 2015

    7 Things You Should Know Before You Rent There are a number of situations that one may encounter when renting their dream home. Leasing agreement conflicts, neighbor disputes or maintenance dilemmas are all potential issues that renters may face. In the interest of helping you find the rental of your dreams, here are seven things […]

    Read More
  • Safety Tips for Apartment Hunting

    August 2, 2015

    What are some safety tips for apartment hunting? Everyone wants to live in a safe and secure environment, and apartment tenants are no exception. In fact, living in close proximity with others can sometimes increase those concerns. It pays to keep these things in mind when you are looking, so make sure you consider the […]

    Read More
  • 6 Things Preventing Your Home Sale

    August 1, 2015

    6 Things Preventing Your Home Sale Don’t let easy fixes stop you from selling a home. Nothing’s more frustrating for a seller than having your home sit on the market. And sit … and sit … and sit. Maybe buyers are touring your house but not making offers. Or maybe buyers aren’t visiting your home […]

    Read More
  • Four Natural Remedies to Keep Your Dog Pest Free at Home

    July 14, 2015

    Four Natural Remedies to Keep Your Dog Pest Free at Home From oils to fruit, these items will keep your furry friend toxic free this summer The convenience of chemical-based bug repellents are plentiful, but why not test out some natural products this summer for your four-legged friend. If the product you’re using now says […]

    Read More
  • 8 Steps To Buying A Home

    July 11, 2015

    8 Steps To Buying A Home: A Comprehensive Guide The decision to purchase your first home is one of the biggest and best choices you could ever make. After all, a home is the largest – and most emotional – investment most people will face in their lifetime. So, how do you know if it’s […]

    Read More
  • This Is The Year To Sell Your Home

    This Is The Year To Sell Your Home Patience seems to have paid off for those who’ve postponed putting their homes on the market until this year, real estate analysts say. They stand to pocket the kind of profits not seen since the housing boom. Prices surged more than 10% in many markets last year, […]

    Read More
  • FEMA Flood Data is Missing for 750,000 Homes Complicating Insurance Premiums

    July 10, 2015

    FEMA Flood Data is Missing for 750,000 Homes, Complicating Insurance Premiums Insurance agents working with the owners of more than 750,000 high-risk homes may have trouble finding accurately priced flood policies thanks to missing, outdated and inaccurate data from the National Flood Insurance Program. According to a recently released technical report from the National Research […]

    Read More
  • Landscaping – 4 Tips to Instantly Improve Your Yard’s Curb Appeal

    July 9, 2015

    Landscaping: 4 Tips to Instantly Improve Your Yard’s Curb Appeal “Lush landscaping, that’s what sells [houses]. You spend money on trees, and you get it back triple.” – Charlie Munger The name Charlie Munger may not ring any bells with you, but you’ve probably heard of his business partner, Warren Buffett. Together, they have been making […]

    Read More
  • Move-In and Move-Out Checklists That Make a Landlord’s Life Easier

    July 3, 2015

    Move-In and Move-Out Checklists That Make a Landlord’s Life Easier “Procedures.” “Process.” “System.” Ugh. The words have a jarring sound. Who wakes up in the morning, leaping out of bed, excited about policy and procedures? But after shuffling dozens of tenants through move-in and move-out, we’ve come to recognize the value of having procedures and […]

    Read More
  • 3 Important Practices Landlords Should Use During the Move-in

    July 2, 2015

    3 Important Practices Landlords Should Use During the Move-in For landlords who hold and rent income-producing property and manage them themselves, having a system for moving a new tenant into the property is critical to the success of that property. One of the most common disputes that arises between a tenant and a landlord has […]

    Read More
  • 12 Tips to Downsize Your Home

    12 Tips to Downsize Your Home Moving to a smaller place?  Over time, we tend to accumulate stuff – lots of stuff. We have drawers full of stuff, gifts that we have never used (and never will), furniture we don’t really need but keep “just in case” and items that we’ve had for years may […]

    Read More
  • The Watcher and Seller Disclosure in New Jersey

    June 24, 2015

    “The Watcher” and Seller Disclosure By now you have probably heard about the family in New Jersey allegedly being scared by a stalker who calls himself “the Watcher” clearly obsessed with the family’s new Westfield home. The Watcher has been after the family for the past year, ever since they purchased their new six-bedroom, $1.3 […]

    Read More
  • How to Tell the Fixer-Uppers From the Flops

    June 15, 2015

    How to Tell the Fixer-Uppers From the Flops Buying a place that needs some upgrades is a tried-and-true formula for getting more house for your money. Not all “fixers” are the same, and not all of them are going to be right one for you. Buying a place that needs some upgrades is a tried-and-true […]

    Read More
  • 2015 Jersey Shore Fireworks Display Directory

    June 11, 2015

    ‘Cuz baby you’re a firework… Here is your complete list of where to see Firworks this Fourth of July Season on the Jersey Shore – as well as a list of the Top 10 Firework Displays in the state… Fireworks in Your Area… follow the links for more information. Fireman’s Fair The Atlantic Highlands Fireman’s […]

    Read More
  • 6 Tips to Organize Your Home Once and For All

    June 9, 2015

    6 Tips to Organize Your Home Once and For All It may happen in increments and over time, but at some point, most homeowners take a good look around their houses and wonder how it became so messy. They know that some serious cleaning has to get done, but the task just seems so overwhelming. […]

    Read More
  • How to Ballpark Your Net Profit After Selling

    June 8, 2015

    How to Ballpark Your Net Profit After Selling It’s not as simple as you might think to calculate your net profit — there are agents’ commissions to consider, potential repair costs, and a host of other factors that can have an impact on your bottom line. So just how much will you pocket after selling […]

    Read More
  • 12 Steps to Fight a Low Appraisal

    May 29, 2015

    12 Steps to Fight a Low Appraisal In real estate, there are several circumstances when your entire transaction hangs in the balance, based on the results of an appraisal… When you are buying a home, you need the appraisal of the home you are buying to match or be higher than the price you have […]

    Read More
  • 7 Things Buyers Love and Sellers Fail to Mention

    7 Things Buyers Love and Sellers Fail to Mention As a seller, there are some easy-to-overlook selling points that entice buyers. If your home has new and gorgeous appliances, sits on several acres, and is in the most prestigious neighborhood in town, it’s pretty easy to market your home for sale. But if you have […]

    Read More
  • Buyer Beware: 5 Things Sellers Try to Hide

    May 25, 2015

    Buyer Beware: 5 Things Sellers Try to Hide Found your dream house, made the right offer, and you’re ready to make a down payment? Not so fast. That fantasy home can turn out to be a real nightmare after you sign on the dotted line if the seller failed to disclose that cracked foundation or […]

    Read More
  • Couples Buying Their First Home: A Comprehensive Guide

    May 17, 2015

    Couples Buying Their First Home: A Comprehensive Guide Buying a home is often done in conjunction with discussion of a serious, long-term relationship. When you and your significant other begin discussing your first home purchase – start filing. When You Start to Dream, Start A File Begin a file for canceled rent checks and the […]

    Read More
  • How to Choose A Buyer’s Agent

    May 11, 2015

    How to Choose A Buyer’s Agent Although Americans are smitten with the DIY craze, buying real estate is not a do-it-yourself project. Sure, it’s fine to surf the Internet to search for your dream home, but when it comes time to actually view the homes, make sure you are fully represented by your own real […]

    Read More
  • 10 Questions To Ask Your Next Listing Agent

    May 9, 2015

    10 Questions To Ask Your Next Listing Agent So, you have made the smart decision to hire a Listing Agent to assist you in marketing and selling your home. But who should you hire – your brother-in-law, your neighbor two doors down, or the lady who sends you a calendar in the mail every December? […]

    Read More
  • 6 House-Hunting Myths You Should Never Believe

    April 20, 2015

    6 House-Hunting Myths You Should Never Believe Trulia shares six house-hunting lies you need to stop falling for. Even a whisper that you’re maybe possibly thinking about shopping for a home, and the floodgates of opinion open. But what’s sage counsel and what’s bunk advice? To assuage your confusion, we’ve gone MythBusters on six of […]

    Read More
  • 6 Tips for A Successful Home Search

    April 16, 2015

    6 Tips for A Successful Home Search  You know those movies where the two lovers look into each other’s eyes and the music tells you that volumes are being spoken without any words? Yeah, well, that ain’t the way it works when you’re house hunting. Words — lots of them — are your friends, so start […]

    Read More
  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Patrick Parker Realty Signs Lease for Expansion and Relocation of Their Main Office in Bradley Beach

    March 30, 2015

    Patrick Parker Realty Press Contact: Chuck Cutaia Patrick Parker Realty 732-455-5252 chuck@patrickparkerrealty.com www.patrickparkerrealty.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Business and Real Estate: Patrick Parker Realty Signs Lease for Expansion and Relocation of Their Main Office in Bradley Beach With a goal of maintaining growth, superior client service and job creation, Patrick Parker Realty has expanded and relocated […]

    Read More
  • 7 Ways To Avoid An Audit: Reduce Your Chances of Getting A Second Look From The IRS

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series: 7 Ways To Avoid An Audit Reduce Your Chances of Getting A Second Look From The IRS with Tips From the Pros That’s it… it’s here… Tax Day is the 15th! It’s the 1% no one wants to be a part of: the share of Americans […]

    Read More
  • So You’ve Filed Your Tax Return. Now What?

    The Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series: So You’ve Filed Your Tax Return. Now What? Contributions by Miranda Marquit, Wise Bread Finally!  You’re done filling out your tax return, and the IRS is pleased. But you’re not quite finished yet. To protect yourself in case something goes awry and the IRS asks to audit […]

    Read More
  • Taxes and The Birth Of A Child

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series Taxes and The Birth Of A Child The birth of a child is not just a blessed event; it’s the beginning of a whole new set of tax breaks for your family. Learn how the newest addition to your family can help trim your tax bill, […]

    Read More
  • Save On Taxes: Filing Seperately As A Married Couple

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series: Save on Taxes: Filing Seperately As A Married Couple If you’re married, there are circumstances where filing separately can save you money on your income taxes. The Internal Revenue Service considers wedded taxpayers married if they are legally married under state law, live together in a […]

    Read More
  • Tax Implications: Converting A Second Home Into A Primary Residence

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series: Tax Implications: Converting A Second Home Into A Primary Residence Although the rule that allows homeowners to take up to $500,000 of profit tax-free applies only to the sale of your principal residence, it has been possible to extend the break to a second home by […]

    Read More
  • Tax Tips for Short Sales

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series: Tax Tips for Short Sales Understanding how a short sale or restructure will be viewed by the Internal Revenue Service can help you plan your tax situation ahead of time. If you are in a position where you have to sell your house for less than […]

    Read More
  • 10 Energy-Related Home Improvements and Taxes

    March 28, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Reaty Tax Season Blog Series: 10 Energy-Related Home Improvements and Taxes Note: The content of this article applies only to taxes prepared for 2010. We are offering it for reference only. As your tax advisor for more information. Homeowners have a variety of financial incentives to “go green.” There are improvements, small […]

    Read More
  • Deducting Mortgage Interest FAQs

    March 26, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series: Deducting Mortgage Interest FAQs If you’re a homeowner, you probably qualify for a deduction on your home mortgage interest. The tax deduction also applies if you pay interest on a condominium, cooperative, mobile home, boat or recreational vehicle used as a residence. It pays to take […]

    Read More
  • Editorial: Lower New Jersey Property Taxes

    March 25, 2015

    Editorial: Lower New Jersey Property Taxes Originally appeared on app.com. Opinions in this Editorial are those of the APP an do not reflect those of Patrick Parker Realty. Property taxes in New Jersey rose an average of 2.2 percent in 2014, it was reported last week. Good news, as the Christie administration declared??? It certainly isn’t […]

    Read More
  • New Jersey Property Tax Growth Biggest in Three Years

    March 24, 2015

    New Jersey Property Tax Growth Biggest in Three Years Originally appeared on app.com The average residential property tax bill grew 2.2% in 2014. Factor in a delay of tax credits, growth was 8.6%. New Jersey property taxes increased at their fastest rate in three years in 2014. New Jersey’s average residential property tax bill, already […]

    Read More
  • Monmouth Residents Riled by New Home Tax Assessment Program

    Monmouth Residents Riled by New Home Tax Assessment Program Originally appeared on app.com The roughly $42,000 increase in Matt Fraley’s Hazlet home tax assessment left him shocked and dumbfounded. It wasn’t just the number — almost 17 percent increase over last year’s assessment — but the basis for it. “There hasn’t been any improvements in […]

    Read More
  • Tax Guidelines About Gifting

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series: Tax Guidelines About Gifting The IRS requires you to report all taxable gifts you make during the year and pay the appropriate tax. However, due to the generous exclusions and deductions available, the average taxpayer never files a gift tax return or pays gift tax. The […]

    Read More
  • Steps to Claiming an Elderly Parent as a Dependent

    March 19, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series: Steps to Claiming an Elderly Parent as a Dependent The first thing that often comes to mind when considering dependents is the parent/child relationship. In many cases, parents claim their children as dependents until they become adults. It also works the other way around. If you […]

    Read More
  • How Short Sales and Foreclosures Affect Your Taxes

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series How Short Sales and Foreclosures Affect Your Taxes If you engage in a short sale or your mortgage lender forecloses on your home, there are some important tax implications that you’ll want to consider. Whenever you sell a home, you need to calculate your capital gains […]

    Read More
  • 12 Tricky Tax Dependent Dilemmas: Questions & Answers

    March 17, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series: 12 Tricky Tax Dependent Dilemmas: Questions & Answers Knowing when someone qualifies as a tax dependent can be trickier than it seems. These 12 examples help clear up the confusion about who you can and can’t claim as a dependent on your tax return. Claiming dependents […]

    Read More
  • Caring for a relative? The tax code could help you.

    March 14, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series Caring for a relative? The tax code could help you. Paying for an older person’s care could earn you deductions, but beware the pitfalls Caring for an older relative? You might qualify for certain benefits at tax time. If you employ a paid caregiver, you may […]

    Read More
  • 7 Tax Advantages of Getting Married

    March 12, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series 7 Tax Advantages of Getting Married There are many good reasons to get married — true love and compatibility being among the best. No one would suggest that you tie the knot simply to acquire the tax blessings of the Internal Revenue Service. But the tax […]

    Read More
  • Rules for Claiming a Dependent on Your Tax Return

    March 10, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series Rules for Claiming a Dependent on Your Tax Return Rules on dependents can help you save thousands of dollars on your taxes. Yet many of us are not aware of who in our family may qualify as our dependent. Review the basic rules here. Having trouble […]

    Read More
  • The Home Office Tax Deduction

    March 5, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series The Home Office Tax Deduction Many people whose small businesses qualify them for a home office deduction are afraid to take it because they’ve heard it will trigger an audit. But if you deserve it, take advantage. These tips can help you determine if you qualify […]

    Read More
  • Tax Exemptions and Deductions for Families

    March 3, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series Tax Exemptions and Deductions for Families As a family, you may be able to save more on your taxes than a single person can. Once you discover all the deductions that are available to you, you’ll be able to save more money this year, and plan […]

    Read More
  • Tax Guidance for Business Owners and Home Ownership and Investing

    February 28, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series Tax Guidance for Business Owners and Home Ownership and Investing This blog post continues with more tax tips to assist Business Owners, Homeowners and Investors. Business Ownership Shift income to your child’s lower tax bracket by paying your children reasonable wages to help you with age-appropriate […]

    Read More
  • Tax Breaks and Home Ownership

    February 26, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series Tax Breaks and Home Ownership Home ownership brings with it not only many trips to home improvement stores, but also a slew of tax breaks. It’s up to you to take full advantage of the write-offs available to you. This post covers: Mortgage Interest Points Real […]

    Read More
  • Tax Implications of Divorce

    February 24, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Blog Series Ways to Save Through Life’s Transitions: Divorce In a prior blog post we gave you 12 tips on education, working and family life. This blog post continues with more tax tips to help you save through the major life event of divorce. Tax Implications and Actions to Take […]

    Read More
  • Increase Your Tax Refund With These Tips

    February 19, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series Ways To Increase Your Tax Refund You Never Thought About Laying the groundwork for a tax refund requires some simple tax planning, a little research and some forethought. Reviewing your tax status, consulting your spouse when filling out your W-4s and taking advantage of several tax […]

    Read More
  • Tax Advantages of Buying Your First Home

    February 15, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series: Tax Advantages of Buying Your First Home Buying your first home is a huge step, but tax deductions available to you as a homeowner can reduce your tax bill. Tax breaks ease the cost of mortgage Buying a home is when you begin building equity in an […]

    Read More
  • The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and Taxes

    February 14, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series The Affordable Care Act and Taxes Understanding “Shared Responsibility Payment” The federal health care law known as the Affordable Care Act — or Obamacare — requires all Americans to have health insurance. If you currently don’t have health insurance, you must get an exemption from the […]

    Read More
  • Ocean Grove Clothing Drive to Benefit Fire Victims

    February 10, 2015

    Patrick Parker Realty Press Contact: Chuck Cutaia Patrick Parker Realty 732-455-5252 chuck@patrickparkerrealty.com www.patrickparkerrealty.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Community Relations, Causes and Real Estate: Patrick Parker Realty Holding an Ocean Grove Clothing and Supplies Drive to Benefit Those Affected by Last Week’s Devastating Fire Patrick Parker Realty is calling on the local community to donate to their […]

    Read More
  • 5 Ways Buying Your First Home Affects Your Taxes

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series 5 Ways Buying Your First Home Affects Your Taxes If you’re a first-time home buyer, plenty of things are working in your favor. Mortgage rates are still hovering near all-time lows, and despite home prices beginning to rise, they’re still low relative to pre-recession averages. Whether […]

    Read More
  • Patrick Parker Realty Wraps Up Successful One Warm Coat® Drive Campaign

    February 5, 2015

    Patrick Parker Realty Press Contact: Chuck Cutaia Patrick Parker Realty 732-455-5252 chuck@patrickparkerrealty.com www.patrickparkerrealty.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Community Relations, Philanthropy and Real Estate: Patrick Parker Realty Wraps Up Successful One Warm Coat® Drive Campaign Patrick Parker Realty Acknowledges Generosity of Bradley Beach and Surrounding Jersey Shore Communities for Support of Their First Holiday Coat Drive Bradley […]

    Read More
  • 5 Facts About the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

    February 3, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series 5 Facts About the Earned Income Tax Credit Many qualified taxpayers overlook the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), potentially missing out on thousands of dollars at tax time. Tax credits mystify many Americans, if only because it’s hard to know which ones they qualify for and […]

    Read More
  • 12 Ways to Save on Taxes Through Life Changes: Education, Work, Family

    January 31, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Blog Series 12 Ways to Save on Taxes Through Life’s Transitions Like it or not, taxes are a part of almost everything we do in life. There are, however, ways to save on your taxes through your life’s transitions. Here are 12 tax tips to help you save through these […]

    Read More
  • Are Home Interest Loans Deductible From Taxes?

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series Are Home Interest Loans Deductible From Taxes? The federal government encourages you to purchase a home by allowing for the deduction of mortgage interest. Although other requirements exist, only the interest you actually pay during the year is eligible for a deduction. If you make a […]

    Read More
  • 10 Tax Write-Offs You Aren’t Using to Your Advantage

    January 29, 2015

    The Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series: 10 Tax Write-Offs You Aren’t Using to Your Advantage You already know that you’re legally obligated to pay your taxes, but that doesn’t mean you should pay more than you owe. Each year, American taxpayers leave money on the table by missing some key deductions. Run through […]

    Read More
  • Tax Deductions for Using Your Vehicle

    January 27, 2015

    The Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series: Tax Deductions for Using Your Vehicle Whether you drive a car, truck or van, there may be some tax deductions you can take advantage of this year. Buried in the tax code are some opportunities for savings that you might not be aware of.  Here’s a look […]

    Read More
  • Taxes After The Death of A Spouse

    January 25, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series Taxes After The Death of A Spouse We sincerely apologize for your loss and truly understand how difficult this time must be for you. Among the mountains of paperwork you’ve likely needed to deal with recently, taxes are coming due and that’s just another thing to […]

    Read More
  • 5 Hidden Ways to Boost Your Tax Refund

    January 24, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series 5 Hidden Ways to Boost Your Tax Refund While Americans may disagree on how their taxes are spent, at tax time, most of us are looking for ways to pay no more than we owe, or even boost our tax refunds. These five strategies go beyond […]

    Read More
  • Tax Aspects of Home Ownership

    January 23, 2015

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series Tax Aspects of Home Ownership This post will address some of the most common topics: • Do I have to pay taxes on the profit I made selling my home? • How do I qualify for this tax break? • How do I qualify for a […]

    Read More
  • Tax Terms Glossary

    From the Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series Tax Terms Glossary Confused by tax terms and lingo? Get plain-English definitions that make tax return terminology less, well, taxing. 0-9 401(k) plan An employer-sponsored retirement savings plan through which employees divert part of their salary to a tax-deferred investment account. Salary put in the plan […]

    Read More
  • Home Sweet Home: A Shelter from Taxes

    January 22, 2015

    The Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series: Home Sweet Home: A Shelter from Taxes By Broderick Perkin More Americans than ever own homes because it’s the ultimate tax shelter.  You save taxes when you buy it. You save taxes while you own it. You save taxes when you sell it. “The mortgage interest deduction […]

    Read More
  • 5 Tax Deductions for All Homeowners

    January 20, 2015

    The Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series: 5 Tax Deductions for All Homeowners Home ownership allows a lot of tax advantages. A homeowner can deduct points used to obtain a mortgage when buying a home, mortgage interest paid during the year, and property taxes. So… What is deductible? 1. “Points” When most people buy […]

    Read More
  • Do I have to pay taxes on the profit I made selling my home?

    January 14, 2015

    The Patrick Parker Realty Tax Season Blog Series:  Do I have to pay taxes on the profit I made selling my home? It depends on how long you owned and lived in the home before the sale and how much profit you made. If you owned and lived in the place for two of the […]

    Read More
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: New Blog Series Helps Home Buyers and Home Sellers Navigate Tax Season

    January 12, 2015

    Patrick Parker Realty Press Contact: Chuck Cutaia Patrick Parker Realty 732-455-5252 chuck@patrickparkerrealty.com www.patrickparkerrealty.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Real Estate and Marketing: New Blog Series Helps Home Buyers and Home Sellers Navigate Tax Season Jersey Shore Real Estate Brokerage Patrick Parker Realty launches new Tax Season Blog Series that offers home buyers, home sellers and all those […]

    Read More
  • Escrow and Your Role as Home Seller

    January 10, 2015

    Escrow and Your Role as Home Seller Here’s why escrow takes weeks, and what you’ll be called upon to do as the seller during this time. What happens during that mysterious time period known as “escrow,” between signing the purchase contract and closing on a house? As the home seller, you won’t have to do […]

    Read More
  • How to Make Habits, Not Resolutions, This Year

    How to Make Habits, Not Resolutions, This Year Do you feel like you are losing steam with your resolutions already? Studies show that people start to drop out at the two-week mark. So we wanted to help you out. Before you lose all your motivation, take these steps to create good financial habits that will […]

    Read More
  • How To Hire A Reputable Professional Mover

    January 8, 2015

    How To Hire A Reputable, Professional Mover If you’re moving into a one-bedroom condo and you have very little furniture, you might do fine by enlisting the help of a few friends with a pickup truck, and the promise of a pizza dinner. But it’s much easier (especially if you’re moving into or out of […]

    Read More
  • Getting Young Children Ready For A Move

    January 2, 2015

    Getting Young Children Ready For A Move Moving to a new house can be exciting for parents, but traumatic for kids, especially if they are moving far away from close friends and relatives. Here are some ways to help make the transition easier for preschoolers and young children. (If you have a teenager who’s moving […]

    Read More
  • Documents to Save From Your Home Closing

    December 29, 2014

    Documents to Save From Your Home Closing When you purchase a home, condo, or co-op, you will likely sign – and be sent home with – a mountain of documents. Should you keep these? On the whole, yes. They contain key information about your ownership, and in some cases will help you prove to the […]

    Read More
  • Organizing Paperwork for Your Home Sale

    December 23, 2014

    Organizing Paperwork for Your Home Sale Here is a list of the key files you’ll need when selling your house. In many cases, you will only have hard copies; but it’s a good idea to keep a note in your files of where to find a particular piece of information online (such as professional movers you’re […]

    Read More
  • 8 Critical Steps to Prevent Chimney Fires

    December 3, 2014

    8 Critical Steps to Prevent Chimney Fires A fireplace that has build-up of creosote and soot is dangerous and a major source of chimney fires. Cleaning a fireplace is not a fun job, but it will help keep your house safe. Follow these steps: 1. Remove large debris from the fireplace. Put all debris that […]

    Read More
  • Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

    Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays Attract homebuyers even during the holidays with these useful tips! While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dampen your holiday spirit, the season does have its advantages: holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with […]

    Read More
  • 10 Budget-Friendly Tips for Holiday Decorating Elves

    10 Budget-Friendly Tips for Holiday Decorating Elves Look for a few simple ways to make your home feel festive for the holidays? Skip the pricey ready-made holiday decor in favor of natural materials, white twinkle lights and a handful of basic items from the kitchen or simply outside your front door! Read on for a […]

    Read More
  • Why December is the Best Month to Sell Your Home

    Why December is the Best Month to Sell Your Home Late-year home sellers benefit from motivated buyers and less competition. Some owners hesitate to market their homes between Halloween and New Year’s Day, believing the holiday season to be an off-peak time to sell. But the idea that houses don’t during the Holiday Season comes […]

    Read More
  • Market Value vs. Appraised Value

    November 13, 2014

    Market Value vs. Appraised Value The interesting thing about homes is that their real value has almost nothing to do with what they are bought and sold for. Well, this is an exaggeration, but when you think of it, buying or selling a home can be as deceptive as Jack buying some magic beans. Market […]

    Read More
  • Four Areas of Financial Wellness That Mortgage Lenders Love

    Four Areas of Financial Wellness That Mortgage Lenders Love Sometimes it seems that a mortgage approval is based on a complicated and mysterious formula. But this is not so. Mortgage approvals are based on four areas of financial wellness. Once you know what lenders value, you can take steps to make sure your application will […]

    Read More
  • Protecting Yourself from Foreclosure and Home-Equity Fraud

    Protecting Yourself from Foreclosure and Home-Equity Fraud The internet has made mortgage fraud easier than ever today. Two relatively new types of fraud homeowners need to be on the lookout for are foreclosure fraud and home-equity fraud. Foreclose fraud is when you’re in a financial bind and a white knight lender offers to help you […]

    Read More
  • Understanding Foreclosure

    Understanding Foreclosure The foreclosure process is often a lengthy, complex and emotionally draining process, where there really are no winners. Foreclosure Defined When a borrower takes a loan (typically to buy a house) from a lender (typically a bank), the bank insists on a collateral security for granting the loan. The borrower may provide the house […]

    Read More
  • How To Winterize Your Car

    Gotta Get the Milk! Another winter storm coming? Before you rush to the store for the last gallon of milk and loaf of bread, you’ll want to be sure your car is ready to battle the elements. Follow these tips before venturing out into the winter wonderland. Get a Tune-Up. Have your mechanic check your […]

    Read More
  • Your Fall To-Do List

    Your Fall To-Do List It’s official, we’ve turned the clocks back.  If you haven’t attended to those important Fall tasksWinter will catch you by surprise.  There are quite a few things you can do to be sure your home is ready for the coming seasons. And none of them include raking leaves, although that’s a […]

    Read More
  • How to Buy a New House When You Already Own One

    November 8, 2014

    How to Buy a New House When You Already Own One Should I sell my house before buying a new one? It’s a question many homeowners ask. In a seller’s market new homes can be hard to come by; therefore, a lot of homeowners decide to buy a new home before selling their old home. […]

    Read More
  • 5 Home Buying Deal Breakers

    November 4, 2014

    5 Home Buying Deal Breakers While a house may look in pristine condition on the outside, there can be costly repairs hidden beneath its walls. Even in a seller’s market, it’s still important to get a home inspection. A home inspection is money well-spent – it can help you avoid buying a “money pit” that […]

    Read More
  • Patrick Parker Realty Coat Drive Helps Local People in Need Stay Warm

    Patrick Parker Realty Press Contact: Chuck Cutaia Patrick Parker Realty 732-455-5252 chuck@patrickparkerrealty.com www.patrickparkerrealty.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Community Relations and Real Estate: Patrick Parker Realty Coat Drive Helps Local People in Need Stay Warm Patrick Parker Realty and One Warm Coat®, warming our communities… one coat at a time. Bradley Beach, NJ (PHANTOM POWER Marketing) November […]

    Read More
  • 5 Detailed Steps to Choosing the Perfect Neighborhood

    November 2, 2014

    5 Ways to Choose the Perfect Neighborhood for Your Family Before you can find your dream home, you’ll need to choose the neighborhood you’d like to live in. Choosing a neighborhood is one of the toughest decisions faced by homeowners. Finding the right neighborhood depends on several factors.  Let’s take a look at some important […]

    Read More
  • To Sell Your Home – Think Like A Buyer

    November 1, 2014

    To Sell Your Home – Think Like A Buyer Selling your home for the highest offer price is important, especially if you’re already purchased a new home. Let’s take a look at some tips to ensure your home sells for the highest offer price. Choose the Right Pricing Strategy As you probably already know, the right […]

    Read More
  • Signs of An Up-And-Coming Neighborhood

    October 18, 2014

    Signs of An Up-And-Coming Neighborhood If you’re like most homebuyers, your home most likely represents the largest investment of your lifetime. There are many benefits to owning a home – not only can you own it free and clear once your mortgage is paid off, as long as it’s your principle residence you don’t have […]

    Read More
  • 12 Ways to Save on Homeowners Insurance

    12 Ways to Save on Homeowners Insurance The price you pay for your homeowners insurance can vary by hundreds of dollars, depending on the insurance company you buy your policy from. Here are some things to consider when buying homeowners insurance: 1. Shop Around It’ll take some time, but could save you a good sum […]

    Read More
  • 5 Different Types of Homeowner’s Insurance

    5 Different Types of Homeowner’s Insurance  Owning a home can be a risky business. Homeowner’s insurance provides protection against risks such as medical payments for anyone who injures himself on your property, legal fees if the injury case goes to court and hazard insurance against the cost of damage from fire, theft, wind or a […]

    Read More
  • 8 Important Steps for Your Final Walk Through

    8 Important Steps for Your Final Walk Through It’s typical for home buyers to be excited by idea of closing on their newly purchased home. This can lead to some missing some important things to look for during the final walk through of the home. The final walk through of the home is an important […]

    Read More
  • 5 Questions to Ask Home Inspectors

    5 Questions to Ask Home Inspectors A home is most likely the single largest financial transaction of your lifetime. It makes a lot of sense to prepare a list of questions to ask a home inspector. A home inspection with a qualified inspector answers the all-important question if your soon-to-be home is a rock solid […]

    Read More
  • 2014 Halloween Safety Tips

    October 7, 2014

    2014 Halloween Safety Tips Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). All Dressed Up: Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough […]

    Read More
  • How Patrick Parker Realty Saves You From the Hidden Costs of Home Ownership

    How Patrick Parker Realty Saves You From the Hidden Costs of Home Ownership Here at Patrick Parker Realty we know that one of the worst things that can happen to you as a seller is to walk away from closing with less than what you expected. We know you need the proceeds of your sale […]

    Read More
  • 10 Things To Do Before Making An Offer

    10 Things To Do Before Making An Offer You’ve found a home you like, and you’re ready to put in an offer to make it yours. But before you take that step, there are some things to consider to avoid running in to buyer’s remorse. As your Buying Agent, Patrick Parker Realty to make sure […]

    Read More
  • 7 Basic Requirements of The Real Estate Contract

    7 Basic Requirements of The Real Estate Contract The real estate contract is the most often used, yet least understood tool in the real estate business. Whether you are a rank beginner or seasoned expert, there is no excuse for not knowing and understanding the real estate contract. Real estate contracts are based on common law […]

    Read More
  • Top 10 Ways To Increase Your Home’s Value

    Top 10 Ways To Increase Your Home’s Value If you have the bug to sell your home, you may want to grab a tool belt first. Why? In today’s hyper-competitive real estate market selling your home can be a price war and a beauty contest. So in addition to being the best priced home, you […]

    Read More
  • 10 Ways To Prepare For A Showing in 1 Hour or Less

    October 6, 2014

    10 Ways To Prepare For A Showing in 1 Hour or Less An agent left a message on your voice mail. She will be at your home, buyers in tow, in less than forty five minutes. Sound the alarms, all homeowners to battle stations, you are about to encounter a showing appointment! Oddly enough, buyer […]

    Read More
  • 5 Mistakes Landlords Make

    September 14, 2014

    5 Mistakes Landlords Make With home prices skyrocketing, more homeowners are looking to subsidize their mortgage by becoming landlords. The decision to become a landlord is not one to be overlooked. Many first-time landlords make the mistake of assuming that all they need to do is wait for the checks to start coming in. As […]

    Read More
  • 5 Strategies to Pay Off Credit Debt

    5 Strategies to Pay Off Credit Debt The key to how to pay off debt fast is to develop a good plan and stick to it. Here are five strategies to help you pay off credit card debt… Target one debt at a time Do you carry a balance on more than one card? If […]

    Read More
  • 5 Amazing Tips For Creating Your Picture-Perfect Fall Garden

    Great Garden Combo: A Fall Landscape Scene That Lasts Fall is one of the most exciting seasons in the garden, when we can take advantage of the many fall foliage superstars to create a framework for late-blooming perennials. Rather than thinking in terms of selecting a favorite flower or two, create a colorful vignette of […]

    Read More
  • 10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Fall

    10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Fall Curling up with popcorn and a movie, simmering a big pot of soup or chili on the stove, and getting the house and yard in shape after the lazy days of summer — in the Fall, the comforts of home beckon. From feeding the birds to having […]

    Read More
  • Worst Home Selling Mistakes

    August 28, 2014

    Worst Home Selling Mistakes Your home is most likely your most valuable asset, so you’ll want to do everything possible to help it sell for top dollar. If you’ve never sold your home before, you may be surprised by how time-consuming it can be. When you put your house on the market, your beloved home […]

    Read More
  • Home Selling Money Saving Tips

    August 26, 2014

    Home Selling Money Saving Tips Homeownership isn’t forever. Homeowners decide to sell their property for many reasons – up-sizing, marriage, job loss, divorce and many other reasons. Selling a home is most likely the single biggest financial transaction of your lifetime, so it’s important to do it right. With home prices reaching the stratosphere in […]

    Read More
  • Debt Service Ratios and Why They Matter

    August 21, 2014

    Debt Service Ratios and Why They Matter If you’re purchasing a home for the first time, chances are you’ll need a mortgage. Before you start house hunting, it’s a good idea to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Being pre-approved answers the all-important question, how much house can I afford? Lenders don’t just pluck this figure […]

    Read More
  • What Is A Construction Mortgage?

    August 18, 2014

    What Is A Construction Mortgage? If you’re thinking of building your own home, a construction mortgage can help provide you with the financing you’re looking for. Why purchase a resale home, when you can build one instead? When you build your own home, the options are endless – you can choose the perfect location along […]

    Read More
  • Top Renovations to Help Boost Rental Income

    August 12, 2014

    Top Renovations to Help Boost Rental Income Becoming a landlord can be an excellent way to help subsidize your mortgage, as long as you’re willing to put in the extra work. Rental income is a great way to help offset the rising cost of homeownership and achieve mortgage freedom sooner. Let’s take a look at […]

    Read More
  • Patrick Parker Realty Takes Marketing Properties to New Heights with Drone Technology

    July 20, 2014

    Patrick Parker Realty Press Contact: Chuck Cutaia Patrick Parker Realty 732-455-5252 chuck@patrickparkerrealty.com www.patrickparkerrealty.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Real Estate and Technology: Patrick Parker Realty Takes Marketing Properties to New Heights with Drone Technology Patrick Parker Realty is the first Jersey Shore-area Brokerage to market real estate listings with aerial video via drone technology. Bradley Beach, NJ […]

    Read More
  • 5 Ways to Improve the Odds of an Offer

    July 8, 2014

    5 Ways to Improve the Odds of an Offer 1. Price it right There is no factor more important when selling your house than pricing.  The importance of proper pricing is critical and Patrick Parker Realty Agents are experts in selling your home at the best price in the shortest timeframe. Learn more about The Importance […]

    Read More
  • 7 Benefits of Owning vs Renting Your Home

    7 Benefits of Owning vs Renting Your Home 1. Tax breaks The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, as well as some of the costs involved in buying your home. 2. Appreciation  Real estate has long-term, stable growth in value. While year-to-year fluctuations are normal, […]

    Read More
  • Your Quick Move Checklist

    Your Quick Move Checklist Get multiple moving quotes and research your moving company very carefully. Try and procure references and look for reviews.  Unfortunately there are many Moving Companies out there who misrepresent their business.  You can ask Patrick Parker Realty to recommend a moving company. Provide the post office with your forwarding address two […]

    Read More
  • Navigating Short Sales: What to Do When the Sale Price Leaves You Short

    July 7, 2014

    Navigating Short Sales: What to Do When the Sale Price Leaves You Short If you’re thinking of selling your home, and you expect that the total amount you owe on your mortgage will be greater than the selling price of your home, you may be facing a short sale. A short sale is one where […]

    Read More
  • Tax Benefits of Homeownership

      Tax Benefits of Homeownership The tax deductions you’re eligible to take for mortgage interest and property taxes greatly increase the financial benefits of homeownership.  Here’s how it works… Assume: $9,877 = Mortgage interest paid (a loan of $150,000 for 30 years, at 7 percent, using year-five interest) $2,700 = Property taxes (at 1.5 percent […]

    Read More
  • 8 Things to Know Before Buying a Vacation Home

    July 5, 2014

    8 Things to Know Before Buying a Vacation Home Having a second home for getaways sounds glamorous – and it can be – and many times, it’s even a really good long-term investment. But don’t jump in blindly. Here are eight considerations to make before plunking down on a vacation home: Spend Time There First […]

    Read More
  • 10 Rookie Home Buyer Mistakes to Avoid

    10 Rookie Home Buyer Mistakes to Avoid Get the most from your purchase by sidestepping these costly pitfalls If you’re a property virgin about to take the plunge, here are some common blunders to avoid—and helpful tips that could mean the difference between financial security and a mountain of debt: 1. Not checking your credit […]

    Read More
  • Understanding Agency Relationships

    Understanding Agency Relationships It’s important to understand what legal responsibilities your real estate salesperson has to you and to other parties in the transaction. Ask what type of agency relationship your agent has with you: Seller’s representative (also known as a listing agent or seller’s agent) A seller’s agent is hired by and represents the […]

    Read More
  • 5 Things to do Before Putting Your Home on the Market

    July 4, 2014

    5 Things to do Before Putting Your Home on the Market “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” – Alexander Graham Bell 1. Have a pre-sale home inspection Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that […]

    Read More
  • What is Appraised Value and How Does it Differ from a Comparative Market Analysis

    July 3, 2014

    What is Appraised Value and How Does it Differ from a Comparative Market Analysis Many homeowners often become confused when trying to understand the difference between an appraisal and a comparative market analysis (CMA). To the layperson, the two are the same. In reality they are very different. Let’s explain the purpose of each. Knowing […]

    Read More
  • Does Moving Up Make Sense?

    Does Moving Up Make Sense? These questions will help you decide whether you’re ready for a home that’s larger or in a more desirable location. If you answer yes to most of the questions, it’s a sign that you may be ready to move. 1. Have you built substantial equity in your current home? Look […]

    Read More
  • 10 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Home Buying

    10 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Home Buying Buying a home should be fun, not stressful. As you look for your dream home, keep in mind these tips for making the process as peaceful as possible. 1. Find a real estate agent who you connect with. Home buying is not only a big […]

    Read More
  • New Housing Report Reveals Healthier National Market

    July 1, 2014

    New Housing Report Reveals Healthier National Market Nationally, the number of single-family homes for sale and their prices continue to rise – revealing a healthier real estate marketplace than a year ago and strong seller confidence, according to the April 2014 National Housing Trend Report released today by Realtor.com®, a leader in providing consumers the […]

    Read More
  • Bring In a View Like You’ve Never Imagined

    June 20, 2014

    Bring In a View Like You’ve Never Imagined See how art photographers turn a plain white wall into a magical window with a centuries-old camera technique — and how you could try it too… Looking for more ways to bring the outdoors into your home? Artists Darius Kuzmickas and Abelardo Morell have you covered. They […]

    Read More
  • 4 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Finances

    June 9, 2014

    4 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Finances Something about spring inspires us to clean up our environment, from our homes and offices to our finances. It’s a great time to think about your finances and what you can do to manage them better. Here are four tips for spring cleaning your credit: 1. De-clutter your […]

    Read More
  • How to Qualify for a Mortgage with Poor Credit

    How to Qualify for a Mortgage with Poor Credit Your credit history is one of the most important parts of your application when applying for a mortgage. Bad credit or a low credit score will compromise your ability to get a mortgage, because lenders will consider you at risk of defaulting on your loan. Obtaining […]

    Read More
  • Will I Qualify For A Mortgage?

    June 8, 2014

    Will I Qualify For A Mortgage? The vast majority of Americans use mortgage loans to finance the purchase of their homes. Over 89 percent of the residential real estate transactions in 2013 used some kind of mortgage loan. They allow homebuyers to purchase a far larger, nicer house than they would be able to afford if […]

    Read More
  • The “Am I Ready To Buy A House” Checklist

    June 7, 2014

    The “Am I Ready To Buy A House” Checklist If you’re considering buying your first home, you probably have a list of “must-have” features. It might be as simple as three bedrooms, two baths. Or maybe your checklist includes a breakfast nook, stained glass windows, a home theater and a claw-footed bathtub. Regardless, you’ve put […]

    Read More
  • 9 Fast Fixes For Your Credit Score

    June 5, 2014

    9 Fast Fixes For Your Credit Score So you’ve had a few problems getting the bills paid lately, and you’re wondering what you can do to repair the damage to your credit. If your credit scores are below 760, you may not be getting the best rates for loans, credit cards, insurance and more – […]

    Read More
  • 6 Essential Tips To Sell Your House This Summer

    June 1, 2014

    6 Essential Tips To Sell Your House This Summer If you’re planning to put your house on the market this summer – and you hope to have it sold in time for the September school season – the clock is ticking. Even before you meet with a realtor, you need to get your house, and […]

    Read More
  • Patrick Parker Realty Rolls Out An Innovative Inbound Marketing Campaign For Agents and Launches An All New Website for Consumers

    May 18, 2014

    Patrick Parker Realty Press Contact: Chuck Cutaia Patrick Parker Realty 732-455-5252 chuck@patrickparkerrealty.com www.patrickparkerrealty.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Real Estate and Marketing: Patrick Parker Realty Rolls Out An Innovative Inbound Marketing Campaign For Agents and Launches An All New Website for Consumers Patrick Parker Realty invests in a bold new Marketing Strategy unlike competing firms. In partnership […]

    Read More
  • Add Beauty and Security to Your Landscape with Outdoor Lighting

    Outdoor Lighting Add Beauty and Security to Your Landscape Exterior lighting is an easy and cost-effective way to add beauty and security to your home. Weather-resistant fixtures are available to highlight landscape features, provide security at a door or in a dark area, or allow you to enjoy your patio or garden in the evening. […]

    Read More
  • How to Get the Closet of Your Dreams

    May 15, 2014

    How to Get the Closet of Your Dreams Most of us have them and appreciate them, but many of us would rather that our closets … stay in the closet. But there is hope for disorganized, messy spaces. From premade closet organizing systems to custom configurations, there’s a solution that can work for you. The […]

    Read More
  • Remodeling Pays Off Big Time: 2013-14 Cost vs. Value

    May 13, 2014

    Remodeling Pays Off Big Time: 2013-14 Cost vs. Value Home improvement projects across the board are giving home owners a greater return on their investment when it comes time to sell. Find out which projects “open the door” to buyers and where remodeling dollars stretch the furthest. As existing-home sales and home prices make remarkable […]

    Read More
  • Home Buyers’ Favorite Features

    Buyers’ Favorite Features Source: National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers While every home buyer has different preferences, buyers also can be a lot alike. By staying on top of national trends in buyer preferences, you’ll be able to more successful in your home sale. To learn more, check out NAR’s Profile […]

    Read More
  • Open Floorplans Getting Closed Off? Demand Grows for Separate Kitchens

    Open Floorplans Getting Closed Off? Demand Grows for Separate Kitchens Offered by Realtor Magazine Open floorplans have been in high demand in recent years, with buyers showing preferences for open kitchens and dining areas tucked into great rooms. But could that be changing? A New York Times article highlights a “separate kitchen comeback,” as some […]

    Read More
  • 12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better

    May 11, 2014

    12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better Designers don’t follow a secret rule book. There are no hard and fast laws governing what they do. They are creative types by nature and love to imagine, dream and explore, following intuition. That said, there are some rough principles that guide them to ensure a […]

    Read More
  • What You Need to Know About the Latest Housing Numbers

    May 5, 2014

    What You Need to Know About the Latest Housing Numbers Spring finally broke through at the end of last month, bringing hope of both warmer weather and a housing market heating up for the spring season. According to the most recent existing-home sales report from the National Association of Realtors, fewer homes sold this past […]

    Read More
  • Savvy Homeowners Are Locking In Low Mortgage Rates

    May 1, 2014

    Savvy Homeowners Are Locking In Low Mortgage Rates Many homeowners are surprised to learn of a government lending program that could allow homeowners to refinance their homes now to ultra low rates and potentially save more than $100,000 over the lifetime of their loan.* When homeowners visit The Easy Loan Site , they can easily […]

    Read More
  • Sowing the Seeds of Spring: How to Start your Garden Indoors

    April 15, 2014

    Sowing the Seeds of Spring: How to Start your Garden Indoors While cooler temperatures slowly fade, gardeners across the country eagerly await the arrival of spring – and the chance to get outdoors and grow something. If gardening is your passion, you don’t have to wait until the weather is perfect to get started. In […]

    Read More
  • New Survey Finds Small Decor Changes in Your Home Can Affect Your Mood

    April 12, 2014

    New Survey Finds Small Decor Changes in Your Home Can Affect Your Mood A new survey released by HomeGoods found that the décor in your home can impact your mood. According to the survey findings, 93 percent of Americans felt a room’s décor can positively or negatively affect someone’s mood, of which 77 percent had […]

    Read More
  • Deck Design: Bigger Is Better

    April 11, 2014

    Deck Design: Bigger Is Better Courtesy of remodeling.hw.net As homeowner’s look ahead to warmer weather, many are dreaming of summer days spent on a brand new deck. So what is new in the deck design section of home building? Builders and manufacturers agree, the current big trend in decks is just that: big. “People are […]

    Read More
  • Maximizing Space In A Small Backyard

    April 10, 2014

    Maximizing Space In A Small Backyard As Spring approaches, homeowners across the country are dreaming of warm afternoons and evenings spent outside. For those without ample land, turning your backyard into an outdoor oasis is just several simple steps away. If you’re planning on landscaping this spring and summer, keep the following tips in mind: […]

    Read More
  • Suze Orman’s Mortgage Basics

    April 8, 2014

    Suze Orman’s Mortgage Basics Rule #1: If you’re buying a house, never let a mortgage lender tell you what you can afford. A lender makes more money when you borrow more money. And most lenders don’t really know everything about your finances; they just look at your income and do a quick calculation to tell […]

    Read More
  • Choosing Between Mortgage Broker and Bank

    Choosing Between Mortgage Broker and Bank Disparaged by some as the bogeymen of the housing crash, mortgage brokers have taken a beating over the last few years. With many having been dropped by the big banks in favor of in-house sales channels, and with their industry much more tightly regulated, brokers have seen their ranks […]

    Read More
  • Do Your Homework to Improve Your Mortgage Experience

    April 6, 2014

    Do Your Homework to Improve Your Mortgage Experience Banks are making it easier for consumers to obtain credit and a mortgage, and provided a checklist to prepare when shopping for a mortgage. Here are some best practices Fannie Mae suggests once you have chosen a mortgage lender: Get recommendations Ask friends and family members for […]

    Read More
  • Congratulations on Your New Home! Now… Making Your House a Home

    March 24, 2014

    The following tips are designed to help you become part of your Jersey Shore home’s community.

    Read More
  • Tips For Buying A Foreclosed Jersey Shore Home

    March 20, 2014

    Tips For Buying A Foreclosed Bradley Beach NJ Home.

    Read More
  • So you made a mistake on your taxes… NOW WHAT?

    March 17, 2014

    What should you do if you made a mistake on the federal return you have already filed? Well, it depends on the type of mistake that you made. Many mathematical errors are caught in the processing of the tax return itself so you may not need to correct these mistakes. If you did not attach a required […]

    Read More
  • How to Build an Effective Relationship with Your Real Estate Agent

    February 25, 2014

    How to Build an Effective Relationship with Your Real Estate Agent You have worked hard to prepare your house for sale and you are ready to work with an agent. Maybe you are excited because you are full of ideas and can’t wait to tell him or her how to sell your house. Perhaps you […]

    Read More
  • MYTH: Winter Isn’t A Good Time to Sell My Home

    February 17, 2014

    MYTH: Winter Isn’t A Good Time to Sell My Home FACT: Winter may very well be THE BEST time to sell your home… for many reasons! While sometimes a challenge, there are many reasons why winter is possibly the best time to sell to put your home on the market. We’ve done the research, see […]

    Read More
  • 13 Tips for Selling Your Home in Winter

    February 12, 2014

    13 Tips for Selling Your Home in Winter A seller’s guide to winter staging As we’ve previously examined on our blog, listing your home during the winter months, statistically, can lead to great success. But there are still some hurdles to jump, as a home seller, to make the greatest impression during showings and open […]

    Read More
  • 10 Frugal Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

    January 23, 2014

    10 Frugal Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter Nothing can put your budget on ice quicker than a cold snap. Energy costs are rising across the board, and defending every dollar we spend on heat has never been more important. With “Polar Vortex” trending just as much as the Royal Baby this year, […]

    Read More
  • Where Prices are Headed over the Next 5 Years

    January 18, 2014

    Where Prices are Headed over the Next 5 Years Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists about […]

    Read More
  • Mortgage Changes to Know in 2014

    January 8, 2014

    Mortgage Changes to Know in 2014 offered by Dan Black, Patrick Parker Realty The New Year is here, and with it comes a bevy of legal and regulatory changes, especially for the mortgage industry. To help potential homebuyers understand how the changes will affect their mortgage processes, Don Frommeyer, CRMS, President of NAMB (The Association […]

    Read More
  • Prepare Your Home for Winter: Preventing Frozen Pipes

    January 5, 2014

    Prepare Your Home for Winter: Preventing Frozen Pipes Frozen pipes can wreak havoc and require costly repairs and cleanup. Follow the tips below to help protect your home’s pipes in cold weather. Before cold weather sets in… Make sure everyone in your home knows where the main water shut-off valve is located so you can […]

    Read More
  • What To Do When An Intruder Breaks In – How Having A Plan Can Save Your Life

    December 28, 2013

    What To Do When An Intruder Breaks In: How Having A Plan Can Save Your Life It’s 2 a.m. You are awakened by a noise downstairs. More noise. Someone is in the house! Your heart pounds…your mind races. What should you do? Grab a baseball bat and creep into the hall to investigate? Call the police […]

    Read More
  • Should I Wait Until Spring to List My Home? Not According to the Data…

    December 20, 2013

    Should I Wait Until Spring to List My Home?  Not According to the Data… Sometimes we start a market analysis project looking for one thing and end up discovering something else entirely. Recently we decided to dig into the data to see if it supported our feeling that winter is the best time to buy, […]

    Read More
  • Planning Ahead Is Key to Throwing a Memorable Holiday Party

    December 9, 2013

    Planning Ahead Is Key to Throwing a Memorable Holiday Party There’s nothing more chic than entertaining with ease and seamlessly bringing family and friends together over a great meal at a fashionable table. This holiday, if you want to be known as an unforgettable host, follow these tips for entertaining in style to impress guests […]

    Read More
  • Recovery to Continue in 2014, Says NAR; Rates and Home Prices Predicted to Rise

    December 4, 2013

    Recovery to Continue in 2014, Says NAR; Rates and Home Prices Predicted to Rise Offered by Dan Black The real estate market will continue its road to recovery in 2014, with home prices rising 6 percent and mortgage rates hitting 5.4 percent. In addition, demand is predicted to plateau, all according to Lawrence Yun, Chief […]

    Read More
  • Black Friday… Are You Buying The Hype?

    November 22, 2013

    Black Friday… Are You Buying The Hype? In one week it will be everybody’s favorite holiday – Black Friday! It’s time to make your plan, gobble that turkey and head out to the stores. And wait in line. And wait. And wait. Unlike years past, however, retailers are making it easier for you to get […]

    Read More
  • 4 Soothing Insights for Anxious First-Time Buyers

    November 18, 2013

    4 Soothing Insights for Anxious First-Time Buyers By Tara-Nicholle Nelson, Trulia Anxiety is an autonomic nervous system response that is hard-wired into every human being. It’s part of our instinctive reaction to sensing a danger or threat in the wild – and the wild world of real estate is no exception. Of course, buying a […]

    Read More
  • The Ripple Effect of Home Buying

    The Ripple Effect of Home Buying by Dan Black Using the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), NAHB Economics research shows that a home purchase triggers additional spending on appliances, furnishings, and remodeling. Such spending typically exceeds that of non-moving home owners and persists for two years after moving. […]

    Read More
  • 7 Tips For Staying On Budget This Holiday Season

    November 14, 2013

    7 Tips For Staying On Budget This Holiday Season Do you overspend during the holidays? Try these tips to help you stay within this year’s budget. Start anew Holiday spending isn’t a competition. Forget what you gave and how much you spent (and received) last year. Create and stick to a budget based on what […]

    Read More
  • Quick Bullet List When Choosing a Realtor

    November 4, 2013

    Quick Bullet List When Choosing a Realtor Let’s speak plainly… Use our brain! YOU have the product.  When agents claim their company has “market share” it is not as relevant as you think. They are not making homes, they are selling them! They are not automobile companies. Naturally, companies with a gadzillion agents should sell […]

    Read More
  • Halloween Safety Tips

    October 25, 2013

    Halloween Safety Tips Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury. Hard Facts On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car […]

    Read More
  • Adding More Light to Your Home

    October 15, 2013

    Adding More Light to Your Home The end of Day Light Savings is approaching, and soon it will be dark before most of us are home from work.  During the winter months our homes can seem darker than usual, but there are ways to use natural light to brighten things up.  Money Magazine recently published […]

    Read More
  • First Aid & Emergency Preparedness Apps; National Preparedness Month Series

    September 30, 2013

    Get Great First Aid & Emergency Preparedness Apps offered by The American Red Cross First Aid App The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the official American Red Cross First Aid app offers videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step […]

    Read More
  • Finding Your Property’s Value Before You Talk To An Agent

    September 20, 2013

    Finding Market Value Before You Talk To An Agent What is your home worth today? With home prices rising and falling sharply over the last few years, it’s no wonder that this question can be something of a head-scratcher. If you’re watching the nightly news programs lately, you might assume that your home value has […]

    Read More
  • Red Cross Ready Checklist for each Member of Your Family; National Preparedness Month Series

    September 18, 2013

    Red Cross Ready Checklist for each Member of Your Family Children During a disaster, your family may have to leave your home and depart from your daily routine. Children may become anxious, confused, or frightened. It is important to give children guidance that will help them reduce their fears. Children depend on daily routines. They […]

    Read More
  • Be Ready: Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed; National Preparedness Month Series

    September 8, 2013

    Be Ready: Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed. September is National Preparedness Month, and, today is World First Aid Day.  It’s a great time to review your own emergency plans and to make sure family, friends and neighbors are prepared. Whether it’s a house fire or a natural disaster, having a plan in […]

    Read More
  • Back-to-School Safety Tips; National Preparedness Month Series

    September 4, 2013

    Back-to-School Safety Tips September is National Preparedeness Month so we’d like to bring you a few posts that will help get you and your family ready for the unexpected. The American Red Cross is an excellent resource for information. We begin this brief series with Back-to-School safety tips. As another school year begins, we offer […]

    Read More
  • Are Monmouth County Rentals Your Best Housing Solution?

    August 25, 2013

    Are Monmouth County Rentals Your Best Housing Solution? It’s a familiar moment: you are about to enter into an important agreement, and as you lift the pen to sign your name, you pause. Your pen hovers over the Signature line for an extra moment as you register how important this will be in shaping your […]

    Read More
  • New Jersey’s Top Performing Public High Schools

    August 19, 2013

    New Jersey’s Top Performing Public High Schools By Frederick Kaimann/The Star-Ledger As you prepare your move to or within the Jersey Shore area a very important consideration for many is the quality of the school district.  Well now you will find New Jersey’s public high school’s use a new, proprietary rating formula this year. Instead of […]

    Read More
  • Woo Shore-Area Buyers Through Luxury Add-Ons

    August 18, 2013

    Woo Shore-Area Buyers Through Luxury Add-Ons (Without Luxury Price Tags) When the Jersey Shore-area real estate market undergoes the kind of wide changes we’ve seen recently, you would expect changes in how prospective buyers approach their choices. No surprise there. In the wake of Sandy, many of this summer’s Shore-area homebuyers are seeking ‘move-in ready’ […]

    Read More
  • Your Open House Needs Staging (Not Upstaging)

    August 8, 2013

    Your Open House Needs Staging (Not Upstaging) Open houses are one of any agent’s most effective tools when it comes to selling houses. The 2012 National Association of Realtors® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that nearly 50% of buyers use open houses as a research tool when they are serious about buying a […]

    Read More
  • Property Values Take Flight: Home Prices Soar by Over 20 Percent

    July 23, 2013

    Property Values Take Flight: Home Prices Soar by Over 20 Percent Some of the housing news being kicked around recently is astounding: Home prices soaring by 20 percent or more over the past 12 months? Multiple offers? Bidding wars? All of the great news has some wondering, is another housing bubble brewing? Experts think not. […]

    Read More
  • Summer 2013 Heat Wave: How to Reduce Your Electric Bill

    July 18, 2013

    How to Reduce Your Electric Bill By Dino Flammia Staying indoors is a good way to beat the heat, but if you’re blasting the air conditioning around the clock, you’ll end up sweating over this month’s electric bill. A few simple steps can save you some cash and keep you cooler without the AC at […]

    Read More
  • Higher mortgage rates won’t hurt recovery, Fannie Mae finds

    Higher mortgage rates won’t hurt recovery, Fannie Mae finds By Les Christie, CNNMoney July 18, 2013 If history is any indication, the recent spike in mortgage rates is going to have little to no impact on home prices, according to a new report from Fannie Mae. After looking at mortgage rates going back to 1990, […]

    Read More
  • Mortgage Rates Soar to 4.46% – Biggest Jump in 26 Years

    July 11, 2013

    Mortgage Rates Soar to 4.46% – Biggest Jump in 26 Years Source: CNNMoney Rising interest rates have hit mortgages big time. Rates on 30-year, fixed-rate home loans spiked 0.53 percentage points to an average of 4.46% this week — the largest weekly increase in more than 26 years, mortgage giant Freddie Mac said last week. […]

    Read More
  • 5 Questions Buyers Shouldn’t Overlook

    July 1, 2013

    5 Questions Buyers Shouldn’t Overlook So you’ve found the home you love, you’ve had it inspected, you’ve crossed all items off your home-buyer to-do checklist and you’re ready to go to closing. There is one final detail not to be overlooked to make sure you’ll stay happy in your new home. Make sure to explore […]

    Read More
  • How America Lives: Ocean Grove, New Jersey; The Town that seems right out of the 1950s

    June 11, 2013

    Ocean Grove What started out in 1869 as a Victorian-era camp meeting site has become one of the Jersey Shore’s finest year-round seaside resorts. Known as “The Jewel of the Jersey Shore,” Ocean Grove has the highest concentration of authentic Victorian architecture in the country. This national historic treasure offers one square mile of natural […]

    Read More
  • 7 Things Every New Jersey Buyer Must Know

    June 4, 2013

    7 Things Every New Jersey Buyer Must Know 1. Attorney Review Period This is a three day period in which buyers and sellers can have their contracts reviewed by a local real estate attorney. It is important to remember this review period is three business days from the date the last buyer or seller signs, […]

    Read More
  • 7 Things Every New Jersey Seller Must Know

    7 Things Every New Jersey Seller Must Know 1. How much is the buyer borrowing? If the buyer is buying cash, it is a great situation for any seller. However, the chance of this happening is very slim. If the buyer is borrowing 90%, sellers will have problems they wouldn’t have if the borrowers were […]

    Read More
  • Foreclosure Defense: The First and Most Important Step When Your Loan is Overdue

    Foreclosure Defense: The First and Most Important Step When Your Loan is Overdue Pursuant to federal law, a borrower may request from a mortgage lender, information as to whether the mortgage was assigned. This means that the lender who you borrowed money from sold off (or assigned as the legal term is used), your loan […]

    Read More
  • Advantages of Advance Home Inspections

    Advantages of Advance Home Inspections When the time nears to sell your Jersey Shore-area home, one extra bit of due diligence can pay off in the most meaningful way: helping you to get the best return on your investment. It’s not a requirement that every listing agent may suggest, but particularly if yours is an […]

    Read More
  • Banks vs. Mortgage Brokers

    Banks vs. Mortgage Brokers If you’re buying a home, chances are you’ll need a mortgage, but did you know there are big differences between mortgage brokers and bank loan officers? Bank Loan Officers The loan officers at a bank, credit union or other lending institution are employees who work to sell and process mortgages and […]

    Read More
  • 7 Ways to Rethink Your Underused Rooms

    May 21, 2013

    7 Ways to Rethink Your Underused Rooms Contributions by Tara-Nicheolle Nelson As the Spring real estate season flourishes, and escrows close by the thousands, many home buyer’s fantasies of ownership become reality. For many, the house hunt is a quest for the the holy grail of more square footage. But the reality of home ownership […]

    Read More
  • Mold in Rentals: Landlord Liability, Responsibility, and Prevention

    May 5, 2013

    Mold in Rentals: Landlord Liability, Responsibility, and Prevention Learn about your landlord’s liability for mold problems, how to get rid of mold, and how to prevent it in the first place. Mold is one of the newest environmental hazards causing concern among renters. Across the country, tenants have won multimillion-dollar cases against landlords for significant […]

    Read More
  • Tips for First Time Home Buyers

    April 15, 2013

    Tips for First Time Home Buyers Low listing prices, reasonable interest rates, and an abundant variety of homes to choose from are among a few of the reasons now is the perfect time for buyers to make a move in today’s real  more favorable for first-time homebuyers. Though becoming a homeowner comes with huge responsibilities […]

    Read More
  • 5 Mistakes to Avoid when Selling Your Home

    April 1, 2013

    5 Mistakes to Avoid when Selling Your Home Selling your Shore-area home should be a smooth profitable transaction. But it could end up being an unsuccessful, draining experience, especially if the appropriate precautions and preparations are not observed. A majority of the time, the chance for success lies within the hands of the hired real estate expert. […]

    Read More
  • 6 Legitimate Reasons to Think Twice Before You Buy That House

    March 15, 2013

    6 Legitimate Reasons to Think Twice Before You Buy That House From Trulia   Buyer’s remorse is no joke. It has killed many a home buying deal. But buying a home is serious, life-changing business, so some level of deliberation, concern and even rethinking the whole thing, before signing on the dotted line, is actually […]

    Read More
  • Disaster Loss Tax Deductions; Hurricane Sandy Series

    March 6, 2013

    Disaster Loss Tax Deductions This post is designed to inform you on how to go about declaring losses you may have incurred as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  This information comes direcly from the IRS and falls under the topic of  “Casualty, Disaster, and Theft Losses (Including Federally Declared Disaster Areas).”  Therefore references to “casualty,” “disaster,” […]

    Read More
  • Governor Christie Announces 30-Day Extension for Sandy Disaster Assistance Registration to April 1, 2013; Hurricane Sandy Series

    March 5, 2013

    Governor Christie Announces 30-Day Extension for Sandy Disaster Assistance Registration to April 1, 2013 By Barry Moll The Christie Administration announced today that New Jersey residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy now have until April 1, 2013 to register for individual disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline extension applies for homeowner, […]

    Read More
  • IRS Red Flags & Tax Deduction Green Lights

    February 14, 2013

    IRS Red Flags & Tax Deduction Green Lights  By Barbara Pronin with contributions by Jennifer Pricci The IRS audits only slightly more than 1% of all individual tax returns annually. So the chances you will be audited are slim. But, say the audit-watchers at Kiplinger.com, there are several hot spot areas on your return that can […]

    Read More
  • To “Like” Us is to Yelp Us: Promotion Information and Instructions

    February 11, 2013

    To “Like” Us is to Yelp Us Promotion Information and Instructions In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, Patrick Parker Realty is holding a special promotion: To “Like” Us is to Yelp Us. The winner of this promotion will be awarded a $100 VISA gift card and will also get to chose the Sandy Relief Charity of […]

    Read More
  • How to Decide Between Moving or Remodeling

    February 9, 2013

    How to Decide Between Moving or Remodeling Move or remodel? If you are dissatisfied with your home, you might wonder whether it’s better to buy another house or remodel the one you own. The choice involves both financial and emotional calculations. Deciding whether to move or to remodel is a life conversation, not just a […]

    Read More
  • How Can I Make My House Stand Out When Selling?

    February 7, 2013

    How Can I Make My House Stand Out When Selling? In the wake of Hurricane Sandy potential sellers are hesitant to list their homes.  However, data linked to past natural disasters prove that after an initial lull after a disaster housing markets bounce back even bigger than before. While it is still very much a […]

    Read More
  • How Has Hurricane Sandy Affected Home Values?

    How Has Hurricane Sandy Affected Home Values? On November 27 Patrick Parker Realty discussed the Real Estate Marketing Insider’s observations on Reuters’ examination of the possible consequences that Hurricane Sandy and how the real estate market in areas affected by the storm may be affected. With more than 2 months of retrospect, we are now able to […]

    Read More
  • FEMA Application Deadline Postponed to March 1; Hurricane Sandy Series

    January 31, 2013

    FEMA Application Deadline Postponed to March 1 Those requiring assistance after Hurricane Sandy now have until March 1 to register for FEMA aid.  The extension was prompted by a request from New Jersey officials, according to FEMA. The registration process, which was supposed to expire Jan. 30, is the starting point for FEMA aid programs […]

    Read More
  • Seller Optimism Growing

    January 14, 2013

    Seller Optimism Growing A recent survey has 1 in 5 Americans’ confident that now is a great time to sell a house. Contact Patrick Parker Realty online or call 732.455.5252 to get started by learning about your home’s current value and the kind of innovative marketing we can put to work to get your house […]

    Read More
  • Housing Continues to Gain Ground

    January 13, 2013

    Housing Continues to Gain Ground Contribution by Dan Black, Realtor Patrick Parker Realty Although the economy seems to be transitioning to a slightly stronger growth path, unresolved fiscal policy decisions pose significant headwinds in early 2013, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group. Increased taxes and reduced government spending will keep growth at […]

    Read More
  • What Does the Fiscal Cliff Deal Mean to You?

    January 11, 2013

    What Does the Fiscal Cliff Deal Mean to You? With a compromise reached on the fiscal cliff, we know that many of you have questions about what the agreement in Washington means for taxes, the economy, and you. Although a number of key issues were resolved, uncertainty around the debt ceiling and spending cuts remains […]

    Read More
  • Feds Finalize Rules on Safer Mortgages

    January 10, 2013

    Feds Finalize Rules on Safer Mortgages By Ruth Mantell, MarketWatch WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — A federal regulator released final rules on Thursday aiming to clean up the mortgage marketplace by forcing lenders to consider a borrower’s ability to repay a loan, while also offering lenders protection from consumers’ legal actions if loans go bad. The Consumer […]

    Read More
  • FREE eBook: A Guide to Hurricane Sandy Assistance; Hurricane Sandy Series

    January 7, 2013

    A Guide to Hurricane Sandy Assistance Far too many New Jersey residents experienced the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. This Guide, prepared by Patrick Parker Realty, is intended as a reference to those affected by the Superstorm. The victims of Sandy face a wide variety of financial, housing and legal issues, and […]

    Read More
  • Hurricane Sandy Aid Contact Quick List; Hurricane Sandy Series

    January 5, 2013

    FEMA Register NOW to Immediately Start Receiving Help Call: 1800-621-FEMA www.DisasterAssistance.gov Hurricane Sandy Public Health Hotline: 1-866-234-0964 Department of Banking & Insurance Consumer Hotline: 1-800-446-7467 Small Business Assistance/Disaster Loan Applications: http://www.sba.gov/content/applying-disaster-loan Environmental Concerns: George Zachos, EPA Regional Public Liaison: 1-888-283-7626 NJDOE Hotline for Families Displaced by Sandy: 1-609-292-2070 For Disability Assistance: 1-877-222-3737 For Sheltering/Meals: 1-800-733-2767 […]

    Read More
  • Managing Credit and Debt After Hurricane Sandy; Hurricane Sandy Series

    January 2, 2013

    Managing Credit and Debt After Hurricane Sandy… Your Questions Answered Allowances Being Made By Financial Institutions The information in this section comes from the Federal Reserve. Are financial institutions making any allowances for affected individuals? This depends on your institution. Three federal agencies – the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of […]

    Read More
  • Seven Financial Resolutions for the New Year

    Seven Financial Resolutions for the New Year Financial resolutions usually don’t even last until the end of January. Making a permanent change in our behavior requires both time and a steely resolve. We can only develop financial character one action at a time. Here are seven practices to take you from pauper to prince or […]

    Read More
  • 10 Things to Know About A Reverse Mortgage

    December 28, 2012

    10 Things to Know About A Reverse Mortgage In plain English, a reverse mortgage is nothing more than an equity loan secured by your home which is designed to defer the mortgage interest. It’s as simple as that. The most common type of reverse mortgage is the Federal Housing Administration HECM, which is the acronym […]

    Read More
  • 6 Top Real Estate Apps for Finding a New Home

    6 Top Real Estate Apps for Finding a New Home That cool new smartphone you got this holiday season can help you find a cool new place to live if you’re planning on going house-hunting in 2013. That’s because real estate firms, listing services, mortgage companies and more have thousands of free smartphone apps available […]

    Read More
  • Deadline to Apply for SBA Loan Extended to Jan 30; Hurricane Sandy Series

    December 16, 2012

    Deadline to Apply for SBA Now Extended to January 30! As business owners, homeowners, and renters are navigating their way through the physical damage to their buildings and property as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the Small Business Administration stands ready to help.  A very important thing to note; you do not necessarily need to […]

    Read More
  • NJ Storm Victims Scrambling to Find Rental Homes; Hurricane Sandy Series

    December 12, 2012

    NJ Storm Victims Scrambling to Find Rental Homes TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) – Residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy are having a hard time finding a temporary place to live. Thousands of people are calling real estate offices, looking to rent apartments or homes. People are also looking for hotel rooms. Most are sold out. Many […]

    Read More
  • Replacing Lost Income; Hurricane Sandy Series

    December 10, 2012

    Replacing Lost Income Disaster Unemployment Insurance (DUA) is a federal program that provides payments to people in federally declared disaster areas who have lost work or income as a direct result of the disaster. If you can collect regular unemployment benefits, you cannot collect DUA. The Deadine to Apply for DUA Benefits is February 4, […]

    Read More
  • Appealing a FEMA Ineligibility Letter; Hurricane Sandy Series

    Appealing a FEMA Ineligibility Letter If you have received notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that you are ineligible for disaster assistance following Hurricane Sandy you may be able to use additional documentation to turn that “no” into a “yes.” “Every applicant has the right to appeal a decision,” said Federal Coordinating Officer […]

    Read More
  • Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on the Real Estate Market; Hurricane Sandy Series

    December 5, 2012

    Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on the Real Estate Market Hurricane Sandy’s immediate impact on real estate in the hardest hit Northeastern neighborhoods is already painfully evident, from New Jersey shore houses completely swept away by the sea to entire neighborhoods like Queens’ Breezy Point tragically leveled to the ground. But this latest natural disaster won’t just affect […]

    Read More
  • Sandy’s Effects on Real Estate in New Jersey are Varied; Hurricane Sandy Series

    November 27, 2012

    Sandy’s Effects on Real Estate in New Jersey are Varied  The Real Estate Marketing Insider offered its observations on Reuters’ examination of the possible consequences that Hurricane Sandy could have for the real estate market in areas affected by the storm, including a rise in rentals and delayed closing on new home sales; REMI is […]

    Read More
  • How to Get Catastrophe Tax Deduction; Hurricane Sandy Series

    November 26, 2012

    How to Get Catastrophe Tax Deduction The tax code allows you to deduct a catastrophic loss (or theft) from your income. What’s a catastrophe? The IRS defines it as “damage, destruction, or loss of property resulting from an identifiable event that is sudden, unexpected, or unusual.” In most cases, catastrophe is pretty self-evident: storm or […]

    Read More
  • Buying A New Home After Hurricane Sandy; Hurricane Sandy Series

    November 24, 2012

    Buying A New Home After Hurricane Sandy HUD’s Section 203(k) loan program assists those who lost their home to finance the purchase of a new home or refinance for home repairs. It encourages lenders to make mortgages available to borrowers who would not otherwise qualify for loans. Visit http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/sfh/203k for more information. HUD’s Section 203(h) […]

    Read More
  • IRS Grants Reprieve to Hurricane Sandy Victims; Hurricane Sandy Series

    November 15, 2012

    IRS Grants Reprieve to Hurricane Sandy Victims Source: Inman News, by Stephen Fishman IRS regulations provide that whenever there is a federally declared disaster the IRS may postpone various tax filing deadlines for taxpayers in the affected area by as much as one year. This includes filing income tax returns and paying taxes due. Such […]

    Read More
  • Hurricane Sandy Mortgage Relief; Hurricane Sandy Series

    Hurricane Sandy Mortgage Relief: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA Offer Disaster Aid to Storm Victims Source: AOL Real Estate Government-sponsored mortgage backers Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Federal Housing Administration are offering mortgage relief to some borrowers whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that has crippled communities across the Northeast. […]

    Read More
  • Renters Rights After Hurricane Sandy; Hurricane Sandy Series

    November 13, 2012

    Renters Rights After Hurricane Sandy: What You Need to Know In New Jersey, you are protected under a warrant of habitability, which mandates that a landlord provide a livable space. The property owner has an ongoing requirement to keep the dwelling in shape and make sure that essentials like heat, hot water and indoor plumbing […]

    Read More
  • Requesting Tax Assessment Reduction: Template; Hurricane Sandy Series

    November 12, 2012

    Requesting Tax Assessment Reduction Sample Letter to your Tax Assessor Taxes are based on the market value of your property, or some percentage of the value, less any state deductions or exemptions; the remaining amount is then multiplied by the local millage rate. A millage rate of 7.5, for example, means you pay $7.50 for […]

    Read More
  • Using a Mortgage Wisely

    November 11, 2012

    Using a Mortgage Wisely Most Americans have a home mortgage. The rich often have two. Only the poor can’t take advantage of this ‘good’ debt. Here are the seven rules: 1. Have a home mortgage 2. Borrow a 30-year fixed rate mortgage 3. Don’t buy down the interest rate by paying points 4. Keep your […]

    Read More
  • Consumer Protection & Fraud During Times of Disaster; Hurricane Sandy Series

    November 8, 2012

    Consumer Protection & Fraud During Times of Disaster Prices for gasoline, hotel rooms, electrical generators and other post-storm necessities have risen sharply from New York to West Virginia in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and many residents are complaining of gouging. In New Jersey alone, about 100 consumers have called the attorney general’s office to […]

    Read More
  • Hurricane Sandy Relief Information from NJAR; Hurricane Sandy Series

    November 2, 2012

    Hurricane Sandy Relief Information from NJAR For those who need assistance due to the devastation Hurricane Sandy has caused, NJAR® has compiled a list of relief efforts to help you. REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF) NJAR® is coordinating efforts with the National Association of REALTORS® and the REALTORS® Relief Foundation to get assistance to New Jersey residents. […]

    Read More
  • How to Register for Property Alerts on patrickparkerrealty.com

    October 25, 2012

    The Property Alert Registration Process takes about 5 minutes and it allows for properties that match the specs you’re looking for to be delivered straight to your inbox. To register for Property Alerts at patrickparkerrealty.com: 1 – Go  to the home page of the Patrick Parker Realty website 2 – On the Top Right of […]

    Read More
  • Where the candidates stand on housing

    October 23, 2012

    By Holden Lewis, Bankrate.com Neither major-party presidential candidate talks much about foreclosures, underwater mortgages, housing or home loans. At best, those subjects are mentioned in passing in the candidates’ stump speeches. It’s almost enough to make you think they don’t believe the housing crisis is important. Yet, if you comb through old speeches, overheard remarks, […]

    Read More
  • Your Jersey Shore Relocation Can Be Smooth Sailing

    October 6, 2012

    Uncertain economy or not, we Americans remain a highly mobile bunch. In fact, the Census Bureau says that no fewer than 6,700,000 Americans packed up and moved to a new state in the period between 2010 – 2011, the latest year on record. The study sheds light on the movement of people within the U.S. […]

    Read More
  • MLS Listings Show Shift in Monmouth County Homebuyer Trends

    September 17, 2012

    The latest indications that we have seen the end of the sagging real estate market have started some Monmouth County homeowners thinking it may be time to sell. For those who are wondering if the long recession has altered how people look for homes – and if so, in what ways  – we’ve noticed a […]

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Homebuyers Eye 1% Mortgage Mirage

    September 3, 2012

    As we’ve been pleased to point out before, Monmouth County mortgage interest rates are not just ‘low’ – that would be like saying Michael Phelps is a ‘good’ swimmer. When you borrow at a rate below the inflation rate, you essentially borrow for free. Using someone else’s money to do a job for you is […]

    Read More
  • Five Tips for New Jersey First-Time Homebuyers

    August 27, 2012

    When working with new buyer clients on the Jersey Shore – especially the first time homebuyers – we usually find we are fielding more than one question about what they should expect as they progress through the process of buying a home. Everyone already knows the big picture, of course, but in many ways it’s […]

    Read More
  • Pocket Listings — Not Just For Kardashians!

    August 17, 2012

    According to the Reuters news service, the home market for those with high net worth incomes (HNWI) has remained surprisingly strong – even when there were dips in other sectors. Luxury homes are hot on the radar of those with the means to swing multi-million dollar purchases. One listing tactic for the marketing of luxury […]

    Read More
  • New Study Yields Change in Buying vs. Renting

    July 30, 2012

    For everyone who rents (or leases) Jersey Shore-area rental homes, it’s a choice that comes up every year: rent or buy. In addition to the common sense considerations everyone brings to that important decision, some financial measurements have been developed through the years that attempt to bring an element of rationality to a largely subjective […]

    Read More
  • How House Sales Fall into Two Categories

    July 10, 2012

    Every homeowner can have all sorts of reasons for selling their house. Those in the boomer generation can be in one of the traditional phases of retirement (planning, transitioning, initiating) or perhaps in one of the newly-popular phases (postponing, rejecting).

    For them and everyone else, the decision about whether to sell the house falls into one of two categories: those triggered by economic pressures — or all the other reasons. In all cases, being in control of the timing of your house sale will put you in control of the process. That pays off.

    Read More
  • Housing Turnaround Picks Up Steam

    July 3, 2012

    Last week’s report indicated that the 5.9% increase was more than three times greater than economists expected. According to the National Association of Realtors in Washington, the index of pending home resales climbed 5.9% to 101.1. This matches the two-year high reached in March.

    Read More
  • Pools Make Jersey Shore-area Home Listings Shine

    June 23, 2012

    In today’s super-competitive housing market, it’s good to stand out from the crowd. Whether you add your property to the local home listings next week or plan to do so in the future, a pool will boost its overall value. My summer buyers’ ears always perk up when I mention the next home listing we will visit has a pool.

    Read More
  • Pools Make Jersey Shore-area Home Listings Shine

    At last! To the joy of every child (and most adults) you know, your Monmouth County home has a swimming pool! Whether you just bought the property or have recently installed a pool yourself, this is a feature that’s not only a pleasure to look at, but also a true centerpiece — a magnet for […]

    Read More
  • Cooling Your Home Energy Costs This Summer

    June 4, 2012

    This past Memorial Day Weekend marked the first truly HOT days of the season here on the Shore. And many of us automatically fire up the air conditioner. While that may seem like the only way to keep our property from broiling, later — when we open up the next electric bill – we’re reminded once more that it isn’t necessarily the most efficient.

    There can be longer-range benefits to battling the heat using a more energy-conscious strategy. If you later decide to put your property on the market, I find it is now common for prospective buyers to ask to see a year or two of utility bills – and you don’t want those to cool your prospects’ enthusiasm!

    Read More
  • U.S. Home Sales Market on the Rise

    May 29, 2012

    According to the National Association of Realtors®, first quarter statistics again point to better home sales figures. This time it was the prices of single family homes that rose in half of the major cities in the United States. Because of the wide differences between regional and state conditions, these figures are never in 100% lockstep, but Eastern Monmouth homeowners should be encouraged by the report’s breadth: prices rose in more than twice as many cities as fell.

    Read More
  • Taking Stock of Your Shore Area Home’s Value

    May 21, 2012

    Figuring out your home’s value when the market is in flux is truly a job for experts. We have seen the national real estate market begin to rebound, and expect shore area home values to soon start to reflect movement as well. Most local homeowners are in the habit of keeping an eye on area home values. But especially for anyone considering buying or selling this spring or summer, estimating their home’s value is one of the first items on the agenda.

    Read More
  • Pay Down Your Mortgage or Invest?

    May 9, 2012

    Pay Down Your Mortgage or Invest? By Dan Black Realtor, Patrick Parker Realty Have extra cash? Should you invest it or use it to pay down your mortgage? When you pre-pay part of your mortgage you end up paying less in interest.  But as a result, you also lose part of your mortgage-interest tax break. […]

    Read More
  • Rain, Rain, Go Away… Why looking for a new home on a rainy day can be a good idea.

    May 7, 2012

    When you think about looking for a new how you would probably prefer a nice, sunny day, right? Really, who wants to have the image of their dream home marred by dreary and depressing weather when this time of year we can opt for a cheery spring day?

    Well, looking for a new home on a rainy day can actually be a good idea.

    Read More
  • Seven Things that Will Stop Your House from Selling

    April 24, 2012

    Seven Things that Will Stop Your House from Selling

    Read More
  • DIY Moving Tips

    April 21, 2012

    Good news! There are foolproof methods out there to restore sanity to the madness during the newspaper crumbling, bubble wrapping, and encounter overloaded boxes

    The madness doesn’t have to continue. Here’s how…

    Read More
  • Spring has Sprung! Put some “sweat equity” into your home…

    March 30, 2012

    If you’re like most people, your home is one of, if not the largest investment you’ll ever make and maintaining it is key to protecting its value. With Spring upon us, there’s no better time to put a little sweat equity into your home!

    Read More
  • March 2012 Market Update

    March 22, 2012

    Opportunities in the housing market continue to grow for buyers and sellers. Home affordability, driven mostly by record low interest rates, is among the lowest it has ever been. According to the National Association of Realtors, and based on national averages, the payments on a home today represent 12.8% of the median household income. This is both a good sign for those looking to purchase a home, and for the economy overall as consumers are keeping more money in their pockets.

    If you’re a seller, the housing market shows signs of transitioning from a buyers’ market to a more balanced one. This means that home owners should start to see prices stabilize and begin to grow, presenting more favorable opportunities for those looking to sell their homes. In regards to the number of homes on the market, a key indicator of the health of the housing market, Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said, “The broad inventory condition can be described as moving into a rough balance, not favoring buyers or sellers.”

    Read More
  • Real Efficiency. Simple “Green” Tips to Save Money.

    March 3, 2012

    Whether saving money or saving the planet is the motivation, there are thousands of simple “green” choices we can each make in our lives, and our homes, that will provide for a healthier, wealthier, more sustainable future. Here are some quick tips to help you conserve water, energy (and money) in your home: If you […]

    Read More
  • Real Estate Market Update: February 2012

    February 14, 2012

    Interest Rates – Home Price – Housing Inventory – Home Sales

    2012 is off to a promising start. Mortgage rates continue to drop and have remained under 4% for nearly two months. Home sales are strengthening and pending home sales, a measure to gauge future sales, are at their highest levels since March 2010.

    Read More
  • This Month in Real Estate: January 2012 Market Update

    January 16, 2012

    2012 shows signs of an improving housing market as the U.S. economy continues its forward-moving yet slow road to recovery. Although there are economists projecting housing prices will decline further, aided by distressed property sales that sell at a greater discount, these prices are expected to rebound considerably later in the year and continue into 2013.

    Read More
  • Year in Review: Real Estate Trends in 2011, Predictions for 2012

    January 6, 2012

    2011 was the year of rentals, and 2012 shows this trend will continue to increase.
    Patrick Parker Realty can help you list your rental property. Or, if your a renter, you can contact us to find the perfect property for you. Our community is ripe for rentals and we have the local know-how to get you, and find you, the perfect deal!

    Read More
  • December 2011 Market Update

    December 12, 2011

    One of the key drivers of homes sales, the employment rate, is beginning to show promising signs of a turnaround. The four-week average for jobless claims, as of November 19, was 394,250, a drop of 3,250 from the previous four weeks, and at the lowest levels since April. Consumer confidence also rose 15 points in the last month, and is now at its highest point since July of this year. Eric Green, Chief Market Economist at TD Securities Inc. said, “The trend remains very constructive. Jobless claims are back below 400,000, which seems to be the pivot point in terms of a strengthening labor market as opposed to a weakening one.”

    Read More
  • How to Live in a Bigger Home Without All the Trouble of Building

    December 10, 2011

    One of the main reasons for moving is to gain more space. If this is your situation, you may want to make your home appear bigger, both for your own use and to make it more attractive for getting it sold. There are a few things you can do to make your home seem larger to your guests and any prospective buyers. This can certainly be an advantage when you are trying to sell a small house.

    Read More
  • 10 Good Reasons To Sell Your Home During the Holidays

    December 6, 2011

    10 Good Reasons To Sell Your Home During the Holidays

    Read More
  • Selling Your Home During the Holiday Season

    November 19, 2011

    Selling a house during the Holiday Season presents unique challenges. These holiday house selling tips help overcome the challenges and get it sold.

    Selling a house during the Holiday season is tricky, but not impossible. It’s the time of year when potential home buyers are focused on all things Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years, not buying a new home. The few house hunters that are in the market to buy a new home during the Holiday Season have the market in their favor, but you can tip the odds back in your favor and get the house sold during the season with these house selling tips.

    Read More
  • Green Your Home

    November 14, 2011

    We typically spend more than 80% of our nonworking or commuting hours inside our homes. Because we spend so much of our lives inside, it only makes sense we make a healthy inside zone the first priority. Here are a few DIY tips from Green Your Home to get you started…

    Read More
  • How to Get Top-Dollar in a Buyers’ Market?

    October 23, 2011

    So What’s Your Home Really Worth? Simply put, your home’s value is not determined by you, but by what the market is willing to pay for it at a given time.

    Read More
  • This Month in Real Estate: October 2011 Market Update

    October 10, 2011

    Despite some pessimism pertaining to the global and domestic economies, the U.S. housing sector continues to show promising signs of stability and growth. Low levels of new home construction and gaining sales volume fueled by an inventory of affordable housing since Richard Nixon was president have reduced the number of homes on the market. This means home prices may begin to appreciate again.

    Read More
  • A message from Patrick Parker…Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

    October 6, 2011

    Helping the American Cancer Society continue their work in the fight against breast cancer is really important to me. Last year, Making Strides raised $60 million to help people stay well and get well, to find cures, and fight back against breast cancer and it happened one $10, $25, and $50 donation at a time. I’ve signed up for this event because I really want to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

    Read More
  • Patrick Parker Realty’s Home Decluttering Plan

    October 3, 2011

    Ok, so you’re putting your house on the market. You know from the blogs you’ve read, the advice your we’ve given you and just plain common sense… that first impressions count! Yes, there’s curbside appeal, home staging, all aspects that go into looking through the eyes of buyers with a mission of creating an emotional connection between them and your house… so they can see it as their next home.

    Read More
  • Distressed Properties and What They Mean to You

    October 1, 2011

    Since affordable pricing tops the list of motivation and criteria for buying, it is no surprise that many first-time home buyers purchase distressed properties, which can be up to 30% below market value. Cost-conscious buyers are the most interested in distressed properties, but it is important for them to take into consideration the additional costs and expenses related to damage or neglect that occurred during the foreclosure process.

    Read More
  • Case Study: FSBO Guru Gets MORE MONEY with Real Estate Agent

    September 24, 2011

    Colby Sambrotto, founder and former chief operating officer of ForSalebyOwner.com, spent six months trying to sell his luxury New York City condo himself through online listings and classified ads. He then turned it over to a Real Estate Agent where the two-bedroom pad fetched $2.15 million.

    Read More
  • For Sale By Owner vs. Selling with An Agent…

    September 20, 2011

    Real Estate Agents Make You Significantly More Money

    When selling your home, a Real Estate Agent can give you up-to-date information on what is happening in the marketplace and the price, financing, terms and conditions of competing properties. These are key factors in getting your property sold at the best price attainable.

    Read More
  • Real Estate Pricing Tips for Sellers

    September 14, 2011

    This column is addressed to every home seller in America. Your obvious goal is to get the highest possible price for your home.

    I’d like to share a little-known process about how you can get more showings per day than all the competition on your side of town. Also, I’m offering some tips on how to get more qualified prospects per day — and there is a difference.

    It has to do with your pricing strategy.

    Read More
  • Why Use A Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Home

    September 10, 2011

    A real estate agent helps you understand everything you need to know about selling The selling process generally begins with a determination of a reasonable asking price. Your real estate agent can give you up-to-date information on what is happening in the marketplace and the price, financing, terms and condition of competing properties. These are […]

    Read More
  • Want to Sell Your House This Fall?

    September 7, 2011

    Fall often signals a slowing down in the real estate business. While steady home sales are expected to continue through the year, many regions will likely slowly shift from a sellers market to a moderate or buyers market, meaning if you’re selling, you’ll want to do everything you can to make you house look its best.

    Read More
  • Preparing for Hurricane Irene

    August 25, 2011

    An earthquake rattled the entire eastern seaboard for just a few moments this week. It gave no warning, absolutely no indication it would ever happen, and then in a matter of seconds, it disappeared. By late afternoon, everybody was back into the Manhattan groove – and whatever passes for it in Washington, Philadelphia and so […]

    Read More
  • Good Debt vs Bad Debt – What Does It Mean

    August 17, 2011

    Given the lengthy and heated debate going on about the country’s debt, this may well be a good time to think about your personal debt philosophy and/or situation.   While it’s almost impossible to live debt-free, it is important that we analyze and manage our loans; we all have seen in recent years the economic repercussions […]

    Read More
  • For First-Time Sellers Of A Bradley Beach NJ Home

    August 12, 2011

    The present state of the real estate market may well be a boon for would-be buyers, but it is a certainly a difficult one for sellers. No longer can the latter count on making a great deal of money (or even any money, for that matter), but the large number of Bradley Beach NJ homes for […]

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Summer Safety Tips

    August 4, 2011

    Summer safety tips at the Jersey Shore.

    Read More
  • Buying Jersey Shore Real Estate In a Buyers Market

    July 28, 2011

    Tips to make your Jersey Shore real estate search easier and more enjoyable.

    Read More
  • Questions To Ask Before Buying Jersey Shore Real Estate

    July 22, 2011

    So your life circumstances indicate that now is the time for you to buy a piece of Jersey Shore real estate. Perhaps this will be your first home or you need a larger space to accommodate a growing family. You may be in search of a better school district or be forced to move because of […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate Summer Maintenance Checklist

    July 15, 2011

    Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate Summer Maintenance Checklist

    Read More
  • Walking Away From Your Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate

    July 9, 2011

    Walking Away From Your Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate.

    Read More
  • Happy Fourth of July Jersey Shore!

    June 29, 2011

    Happy Fourth of July Jersey Shore!

    Read More
  • Buying and Selling Jersey Shore Real Estate in Today’s Market

    June 22, 2011

    Here are a few recommendations to help both buyers and sellers of Jersey Shore real estate be successful.

    Read More
  • Stay Or Walk Away From Your Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate?

    June 17, 2011

    A new category of homeowners has emerged in recent months–those who voluntarily walk away from their mortgaged property. The rising ranks of this group are not comprised of people who can’t afford their mortgage payments and thus go into foreclosure; rather these defaulters are homeowners who choose to let their Bradley Beach NJ real estate holdings […]

    Read More
  • Should You Rent Your Jersey Shore Vacation Home?

    June 10, 2011

    If you own vacation property or are thinking about making such a purchase, you might also consider renting that Jersey Shore vacation home on a part-time basis. Although some owners are hesitant to do so because they worry about damage done by renters to the property and/or its availability for their personal use, all owners should […]

    Read More
  • Is Now The Time To Buy Jersey Shore Real Estate?

    June 3, 2011

    Why now is the time to buy Jersey Shore real estate.

    Read More
  • Easements And Your Bradley Beach NJ Home Sale

    May 27, 2011

    If you are considering buying or selling a Bradley Beach NJ home, you need to be aware of the possible impact an easement could have on the property’s value or on a buyer’s impression of the property.

    Read More
  • Protecting Your Jersey Shore Real Estate – Homeowners Insurance Part II

    May 15, 2011

    Part I of this article dealt with the cost of homeowners insurance and covered such areas as deductibles, discounts, and deals. Part II focuses on coverage, both basic and extended and services you should expect from an insurance company. COVERAGE: Rebuilding: A common mistake made by owners of Jersey Shore real estate is to confuse […]

    Read More
  • Protecting Your Jersey Shore Real Estate – Homeowners Insurance

    May 5, 2011

    Homes owners insurance tips for your Jersey Shore real estate.

    Read More
  • Getting a Mortgage For Your Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate

    April 28, 2011

    Tips for getting a mortgage for your Bradley Beach NJ real estate.

    Read More
  • Rights For Renters Of Foreclosed Jersey Shore Real Estate

    April 16, 2011

    Rights For Renters Of Foreclosed Jersey Shore Real Estate

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach Foreclosure: Deficiency Judgment And Tax Consequences

    April 9, 2011

    Bradley Beach Foreclosure: Deficiency Judgment And Tax Consequences.

    Read More
  • Tax Credit Repayment Begins For 2008 Jersey Shore Home Buyers

    April 1, 2011

    Tax Credit Repayment Begins For 2008 Jersey Shore Home Buyers

    Read More
  • Short Sale Or Foreclosure? Which Is Better?

    March 25, 2011

    Short Sale Or Foreclosure? Which Is Better?

    Read More
  • Going Green In Your Bradley Beach NJ Home

    March 16, 2011

    Going Green In Your Bradley Beach NJ Home.

    Read More
  • Unable To Keep Your Bradley Beach Home? Here Is What’s Next

    March 11, 2011

    Foreclosure process for your Bradley Beach home.

    Read More
  • Is Your Bradley Beach NJ Home No Longer Affordable?

    March 5, 2011

    Is Your Bradley Beach NJ Home No Longer Affordable?

    Read More
  • 6 Tips When Buying A Jersey Shore Vacation Home

    February 25, 2011

    6 Tips When Buying A Jersey Shore Vacation Home

    Read More
  • Help For First-time Buyers Of Bradley Beach Real Estate

    February 18, 2011

    Help for First-time Buyers Of Bradley Beach Real Estate.

    Read More
  • Selling Your Bradley Beach NJ Home In a Down Market

    February 11, 2011

    Selling your Bradley Beach home in a down market.

    Read More
  • Know Your Credit Score When Buying Jersey Shore Real Estate

    February 3, 2011

    Know you credit score when buying Jersey Shore real estate.

    Read More
  • Is a Reverse Mortgage Right For You and Your Bradley Beach Home?

    January 28, 2011

    Is a Reverse Mortgage Right For You and Your Bradley Beach Home?

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Real Estate Tax Deductions You Don’t Want To Miss – Part II

    January 21, 2011

    2010 Jersey Shore Real Estate Tax Deductions You Don’t Want To Miss – Part II

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Real Estate Tax Deductions You Don’t Want To Miss

    January 14, 2011

    Jersey Shore Real Estate Tax Deductions You Don’t Want To Miss

    Read More
  • Tips To Keep Your Jersey Shore Home Safe During The Holidays

    December 23, 2010

    Tips To Keep Your Jersey Shore Home Safe During The Holidays

    Read More
  • ‘Tis The Ho, Ho, Holiday Season At The Jersey Shore!

    December 17, 2010

    Celebrating the holidays at the Jersey Shore.

    Read More
  • Holiday Home Selling Tips

    December 10, 2010

    If you are selling during this holiday season, keep in mind these tips.

    Read More
  • Attracting Off-Season Renters to Your Bradley Beach Vacation Home

    December 3, 2010

    Off season strategies for renting your Bradley Beach vacation home.

    Read More
  • So You’ve Moved Into Your New Jersey Shore Home – Now What?

    November 11, 2010

    Tips to help you become part of your new Jersey Shore community.

    Read More
  • What Buyers of Bradley Beach Real Estate Are Looking For

    November 5, 2010

    What potential purchasers of Bradley Beach real estate are looking for.

    Read More
  • Pros and Cons Of Buying a New Jersey Shore Home

    October 29, 2010

    Pros and Cons Of Buying a New Jersey Shore Home.

    Read More
  • Home Inspections For Your Bradley Beach Real Estate

    October 21, 2010

    Before you sign a contract for Bradley Beach real estate, make sure it contains a home inspection contingency.

    Read More
  • Sprucing Up Your Bradley Beach Home For Fall

    October 15, 2010

    Ways to spruce up your Bradley Beach home for fall.

    Read More
  • Tips For Investing In Jersey Shore Real Estate

    October 7, 2010

    Given the current high demand for rental residences and the poor return on stock investments, it is no wonder that so many homeowners are considering buying Jersey Shore real estate as a rental investment.

    Read More
  • Changes In FHA Mortgage Insurance Rates

    October 1, 2010

    Here are the six things you need to know about FHA mortgage insurance changes if you are buying a Jersey Shore home.

    Read More
  • Tips For Last Minute Showings Of Your Bradley Beach Home

    September 22, 2010

    Showing tips for your Bradley Beach home.

    Read More
  • The Importance of Proper Pricing

    Ask any industry expert and they will likely say that pricing a home properly is one of the important aspects of a home sale.

    Read More
  • Refinancing The Mortgage On Your Jersey Shore Home

    September 15, 2010

    Why would you refinance your Jersey Shore home mortgage at this time?

    Read More
  • Avoiding Mortgage Modification and Foreclosure Scams On Your Jersey Shore Home

    September 9, 2010

    Tips to avoid foreclosure scams on your Jersey Shore home.

    Read More
  • Choosing a Mortgage When You Purchase Jersey Shore Real Estate?

    September 3, 2010

    Choosing between a 15-year mortgage and a 30-year mortgage when buying Jersey Shore real estate.

    Read More
  • Pre-qualification vs. Pre-approval When Buying a Jersey Shore Home

    August 27, 2010

    Loan pre-qualification vs pre-approval when buying a Jersey Shore home.

    Read More
  • Flipping Jersey Shore Real Estate

    August 20, 2010

    What you need to know about flipping Jersey Shore real estate.

    Read More
  • Landscaping Your Bradley Beach NJ Home To Attract Wildlife

    August 13, 2010

    Landscape your Bradley Beach NJ home to attrract wildlife.

    Read More
  • Is a Reverse Mortgage On Your Jersey Shore Home Right For You?

    August 7, 2010

    Getting a reverse mortgage on your Jersey Shore home.

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Real Estate: The Home Inspection

    July 28, 2010

    Home inspection tips for your Jersey Shore real estate.

    Read More
  • Outdoor Living For Your Jersey Shore Home

    July 24, 2010

    Tips for creating outdoor living spaces for your Jersey Shore home.

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate: Tips for Seniors

    July 15, 2010

    Tips for seniors decidng to sell their Bradley Beach NJ real estate.

    Read More
  • Remodeling Your Jersey Shore Home–Trends for 2010

    July 1, 2010

    Just as fashion styles and automobile designs vary with time, so do house features most desired by potential home buyers. Current surveys concerning home trends indicate an emphasis on open space, use and function, size, design, and environment. The majority of these topics involve changes that go beyond the scope of home improvement projects and […]

    Read More
  • An Insurance Guide for Your Jersey Shore Real Estate, Part III

    June 25, 2010

    Insurance guide for Jersey Shore real estate, part III.

    Read More
  • An Insurance Guide For Your Jersey Shore Real Estate, Part II

    June 17, 2010

    Jersey Shore real estate insurance guide. Part II

    Read More
  • An Insurance Guide For Your Jersey Shore Real Estate – Part I

    June 11, 2010

    Guide to homeowners insurance for your Jersey Shore real estate. Part 1

    Read More
  • Rehab Your Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate with HUD’s 203(k) Program

    June 4, 2010

    203K financing is good option to rehab Bradley Beach NJ real estate.

    Read More
  • Simple Tips for Relocating to Your Jersey Shore Home

    May 27, 2010

    Tips for moving to your Jersey Shore home.

    Read More
  • How to Make Your Bradley Beach NJ Home Inviting To Buyers

    May 19, 2010

    How to make your Bradley Beach NJ home more inviting to propsective buyers.

    Read More
  • Focus on Foreclosures in Jersey Shore Real Estate

    May 13, 2010

    Because a Jersey shore real estate foreclosure sale frequently is more time-consuming and often offers less buyer protection, it is necessary to take the following steps to assure that the process will go as smoothly as possible.

    Read More
  • Refinancing Your Bradley Beach Real Estate and Reviewing Your Options

    May 6, 2010

    Mortgage options when considering refinancing your Bradley Beach real estate.

    Read More
  • Tips for Selling Your Jersey Shore Home With Feng Shui

    April 29, 2010

    How to sell your Jersey Shore home using the prinicples of Feng Shui.

    Read More
  • 9 Tips For Buying a Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate Foreclosure

    April 24, 2010

    Signs which indicate that all is not well when buying a Bradley Beach NJ real estate foreclosure.

    Read More
  • Tax Tips for Owners of Jersey Shore Real Estate

    April 15, 2010

    As an owner of Jersey Shore real estate there are many deductions and tax credits you will want to take claim on your 2009 return.

    Read More
  • Cost-saving Tips for Insuring Your Jersey Shore Home or Investment Property

    April 9, 2010

    How to reduce insurance costs on youor Jersey Shore home.

    Read More
  • Tips for Refinancing Your Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate

    April 1, 2010

    Before you rush into refinancing your Bradley Beach NJ real estate, be aware of two key strategies that will benefit you.

    Read More
  • Deadlines Are Fast Approaching For Jersey Shore Real Estate Buyers

    March 25, 2010

    Deadlines Are Fast Approaching For Jersey Shore Real Estate Buyers. Don’t miss out on the Home buyer Tax Credit or the HOme Affordable Refinance Program.

    Read More
  • Going Green for a Faster Bradley Beach NJ Home Sale

    March 19, 2010

    Easy to do and cost-efficient ways you can appeal to potential eco-conscious buyers when selling your Bradley Beach NJ home.

    Read More
  • Tips for Improving Your Jersey Shore Real Estate

    March 12, 2010

    Owners of Jersey Shore real estate are rapidly joining the ranks of do-it-yourselfers, hirers of handymen and specialists, or clients of architects and general contractors.

    Read More
  • Basic Steps For Bradley Beach First-time Buyers – PART IV

    March 4, 2010

    A simplified guide for painless purchasing of your Bradley Beach home. Part IV

    Read More
  • Basic Steps for First-time Bradley Beach Home Buyers – PART III

    February 25, 2010

    A simplified guide for painless purchasing of your Bradley Beach home, Part III

    Read More
  • Mastering the Mortgage Maze When Buying Bradley Beach Real Estate

    February 12, 2010

    Mastering the mortgage maze – a simplified guide for buyers of Bradley Beach real estate.

    Read More
  • Reasons Why You Should Buy Rather Than Rent Jersey Shore Home

    February 5, 2010

    With affordable prices, low interest rates and tax incentives, Jersey Shore home ownership makes more sense than ever.

    Read More
  • Basic Steps for First-time Bradley Beach Home Buyers – PART II

    January 28, 2010

    Which mortgage is the most advantageous to you when buying a Bradley Beach home.

    Read More
  • A New Year’s Resolution You Will Want To Keep!

    January 21, 2010

    Now that the Home Buyer Credit Act has been extended and qualifying income levels have been raised, this is an ideal time to purchase a Jersey Shore home. Learn why.

    Read More
  • Basic Steps for First-time Bradley Beach Home Buyers

    January 15, 2010

    A simplified guide for painless purchasing of your Bradley Beach home.

    Read More
  • Six Steps For a Stress-free Move To a Bradley Beach Home

    January 7, 2010

    If you are moving to a Bradley Beach home, you can, with prior planning and these tips, make your move a smooth, less stressful experience.

    Read More
  • Selling Jersey Shore Real Estate In 2010

    December 29, 2009

    In today’s competitive housing market, buyers can afford to be selective. It is, therefore, up to the seller to anticipate the demands of the buyer and act accordingly. The ten strategies listed below will help you accommodate the buyer’s needs and make certain the selling process is a successful one. Selling Jersey Shore Real Estate in 2010 […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach Christmas Celebration

    December 22, 2009

           “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”                                                                       ~ Burton Hillis Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated festivals globally and is no longer viewed as a purely religious holy day. It is now a time enjoyed by people of […]

    Read More
  • Decorating Your Bradley Beach Home For The Holidays

    December 18, 2009

    The Holiday season provides us with many opportunities for fun with our family, and decorating inside and outside your Bradley Beach home is one activity that can be enjoyed by both young and old.

    Read More
  • Good Bones Important When Buying Jersey Shore Real Estate

    December 11, 2009

    The key to maximizing your Jersey Shore real estate investment today is distinguishing between the types of ‘wants’ and ‘needs’ you’re better off buying as part of the property, and those you could add later without too much trouble and expense. Here’s some information to help you prioritize the amenities on your list

    Read More
  • 7 Reasons To Buy Rather Than Rent Bradley Beach Home

    With affordable prices, low interest rates and tax incentives, Bradley Beach home ownership makes more sense than ever.

    Read More
  • How To Sell Your Bradley Beach Home In Changing Market

    In today’s rapidly changing economy, many Bradley Beach home owners wonder or worry about selling their home for the best price, and terms in the shortest period of time. Here are helpful hints if you are considering selling your Bradley Beach home.

    Read More
  • One Simple Change To Your Bradley Beach Home Could Pay For Itself

    November 12, 2009

    Installing a new insulated garage door is a simple home improvement project that has many benefits. This simple change adds desirable curb appeal and increases the value of your Bradley Beach home.

    Read More
  • Tax Credit Expanded for Jersey Shore Home Buyers

    November 6, 2009

    The $8000 first-time tax credit for Jersey Shore home buyers was scheduled to expire in just a few short weeks…Nov 30, 2009. I say ‘was’, because the Senate voted unanimously to extend the credit on Monday and the House of Representatives approved the extension yesterday afternoon by a vote of 403-12. The extension includes an […]

    Read More
  • Selling Your Bradley Beach Home with Successful Internet Campaign

    October 30, 2009

    In today’s real estate market Bradley Beach home owners trying to sell on their own get discouraged when it comes to getting their Bradley Beach homes sold. Learn how my marketing strategies can get your Bradley Beach home sold in a shorter period of time and for more money.

    Read More
  • Tips For Buyers Looking To Purchase Their First Jersey Shore Home

    October 23, 2009

    Current market trends and other factors have made conditions even more favorable for first-time Jersey Shore home buyers.

    Read More
  • Efficient Ceiling Fans In Your Jersey Shore Home Can Save Energy and Money

    October 16, 2009

    Ceiling fans are one of the most popular and effective ways to conserve energy and save money in your Jersey Shore home.

    Read More
  • Don’t Let Credit Score Myths Get In The Way When Buying A Bradley Beach Home

    October 9, 2009

    Do not let these credit score myths get in your way when preparing for the purchase of your next Bradley Beach home.

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Home Ownership Tax Benefits

    October 3, 2009

    The Internal Revenue Services, known as the IRS, has made owning a Jersey Shore home a more favorable option in several ways.

    Read More
  • Are Lower Bradley Beach Real Estate Prices Worth The Wait

    September 25, 2009

    Getting the best deal possible when purchasing Bradley Beach real estate is important, it is not the only factor that determines monthly payments on a home.

    Read More
  • Five Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Bradley Beach Home

    September 19, 2009

    Selling your Bradley Beach home should be a smooth profitable transaction. But it could end up being an unsuccessful, draining experience, especially if the appropriate precautions and preparations are not observed.

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach Real Estate Appraisal Myths And Facts

    September 11, 2009

    Here are some myths and facts to help you lean more about the Appraisal of your Bradley Beach real estate.

    Read More
  • Choosing the Best Neighborhood for Your Jersey Shore Real Estate Purchase

    September 4, 2009

    Choosing the best neighborhood is just as important as finding the perfect home when buying Jersey Shore real estate.

    Read More
  • Will You Owe Capital Gains When Selling Your Jersey Shore Home

    August 28, 2009

    Will you owe Uncle Sam money after the sale of your Jersey Shore home? Capital Gains are calculated as the difference between what you paid for your property and what you sell it for. Here is how you calculate your Capital Gains.

    Read More
  • Solutions For Small Living Spaces In Your Bradley Beach Home

    August 21, 2009

    Finding ways to deal with small spaces in your new Bradley Beach home can be tricky. Here are some solutions to make your Bradley Beach home look and feel cozier.

    Read More
  • Buyer’s Remorse: A Common Feeling When Purchasing Jersey Shore Real Estate

    August 15, 2009

    Buyer’s remorse is one of the top ten mistakes made when purchasing a Jersey Shore home. Finding the perfect home and making the decision to buy a home are not easy tasks.

    Read More
  • Auctions And Foreclosed Jersey Shore Homes

    August 6, 2009

    The number of people experiencing their Jersey Shore home entering foreclosure is steadily increasing. Also increasing, is the number of bargains just waiting for home buyers to make a move.

    Read More
  • Investing In Jersey Shore Real Estate To Rent

    July 31, 2009

    If you are thinking of buying Jersey Shore real estate and making it a rental property, there are a number of things to consider when choosing the property.

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Real Estate Sales Statistics – June 2009

    July 24, 2009

    Take a look at June 2009 Jersey Shore real estate sales statistics compared to June 2008 for Bradley Beach, Avon-By-The-Sea, and Belmar.

    Read More
  • Tips For Safer Summer While Spending Time At Or Away From Your Bradley Beach Home

    July 17, 2009

    Whether having fun in your own backyard or away from your Bradley Beach home, there are numerous precautions to be observed when ensuring the safety of children family and friends, especially when it comes to water related actives or severe weather.

    Read More
  • What Affects Your Credit Score?

    July 10, 2009

    If you are buying Jersey Shore real estate, you will want to know what your credit score is.

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach Celebrates Independence Day

    July 2, 2009

    Bradley Beach is celebrating Independence Day with the annual Fire Works Display to be held on Saturday, July 4th on the beach at Brinley Avenue. Take a look at the finale from last year’s display: July 4 2008 Fireworks

    Read More
  • Things To Know About $8000 Tax Credit

    June 25, 2009

    Important things Bradley Beach home buyers need to know about the $8000 tax credit.

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Real Estate Sales Statistics: May 2009

    June 19, 2009

    Real estate sales were up in May according to many reporting agencies including the National Association of Realtors. Jersey Shore real estate sales of single family homes experienced the same increase in some of our Jersey Shore communities. Take a look at May 2009 real estate sales statistics.

    Read More
  • Time Saving Tips For Your Jersey Shore Move

    June 12, 2009

    A little planning can go a long way to making the move to your new Jersey Shore home less stressful. Below are 10 time-saving tips for a hassle-free move.

    Read More
  • Has Bradley Beach Real Estate Reached Bottom?

    June 5, 2009

    Many Bradley Beach home buyers want to wait until the market reaches bottom to buy, insuring they are getting the best possible price. But how do you know when the market has reached bottom?

    Read More
  • It Isn’t Easy Being Jersey Shore FSBO Seller

    May 30, 2009

    Selling your own Jersey Shore home might sound like a good idea at first, but many FSBO (for sale by owner) sellers quickly realize they’ve gotten in over their heads or may have sold their home for much less than they would have had they worked with a Realtor.

    Read More
  • How To Interview Jersey Shore Home Inspectors

    May 22, 2009

    Before you make your final buying or selling decision, you should have the Jersey Shore home inspected by a professional.

    Read More
  • Invest Where You Nest

    May 15, 2009

    Many consumers today are understandably worried about their nest egg. For many of them, however, their “nest” is the best investment they can make.

    Read More
  • Top Reasons To Buy Bradley Beach Home In 2009

    May 8, 2009

    But if you are financially stable and plan to stay in a home for at least five years, there are 5 top reasons to buy a Bradley Beach home in 2009.

    Read More
  • Getting Ready For Jersey Shore Home Ownership

    May 1, 2009

    1. Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income. 2. Develop your home wish list. Then, prioritize the features on your list. 3. Select where you want to live. Compile a list of three or four neighborhoods you’d like to […]

    Read More
  • 8 Tips When Buying A Bradley Beach Home

    April 24, 2009

    If you are buying a Bradley Beach home in the next 6 months, you will want to get your ducks in a row. Below are 8 tips to get you ready for your home search.

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach Home Seller Tip: Take First Offer Seriously

    April 17, 2009

    Many Bradley Beach home sellers look at the first offer on their home as just that, the First Offer with many more to come. You know what they say, ‘A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.’

    Read More
  • Selliing Your Jersey Shore Home With Short Sale

    April 11, 2009

    If you’re thinking of selling your Jersey Shore home, and you expect that the total amount you owe on your mortgage will be greater than the selling price of your home, you may be facing a short sale.

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach Homeowners Save With Energy Tax Credits

    April 3, 2009

    The ‘American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’ which became law on February 17, promotes energy independence and green jobs through tax credits and government grants. This is part of an effort to make Bradley Beach homes and buildings more energy efficient.

    Read More
  • How To Make Buyers Love Your Jersey Shore Home

    March 27, 2009

    We don’t live in a house the way we sell a house. Buyers aren’t interested in seeing dirty socks lying around or dirty dishes in the sink. Below are a list inexpensive things, from Realtor Magazine, that you can do to make buyers fall in love with your Jersey Shore home.

    Read More
  • Why Buy Bradley Beach NJ Home In 2009?

    March 19, 2009

    There are 5 top reasons to buy a Bradley Beach NJ home in 2009.

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach Homeowners Save On Taxes

    March 12, 2009

    Bradley Beach home owners can get an income tax deduction on the mortgage interest they pay. But there are other tax deductions you can take on your principal residence or second home…

    Read More
  • Which Bradley Beach Vacation Home Is Right For You?

    March 7, 2009

    Everyday life can get crazy at times, many people fantasize about running off to their own personal retreat right here at Bradley Beach. But how do you know which Bradley Beach vacation home is best for you?

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Home Sales Decline In January

    February 27, 2009

    Existing-home sales declined in January with some buyers waiting to see how details of the economic stimulus package would affect them, according to the National Association of Realtors. At the same time, inventories fell to a two-year low. In Monmouth County, 177 single family homes sold compared to 227 homes sold in January 2008, representing […]

    Read More
  • 5 Things To Do Before Selling Your Bradley Beach Home

    February 24, 2009

    Spring is coming! If you are thinking of selling your Bradley Beach home this spring, now is the time to start getting ready to sell. Here are 5 things to do before putting the ‘For Sale’ sign in the yard.

    Read More
  • How Bradley Beach Homeowners Can Save Energy

    February 14, 2009

    I found a great website, Energy Savers, with energy saving tips for Bradley Beach homeowners. This site provides homeowners with tips for saving energy and money at home and on the road.  By following just a few of the simple tips found on this Energy Savers Web site, you can make your home more comfortable […]

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Home Buyers Think It’s Easy Going Green

    February 6, 2009

    More and more Jersey Shore home buyers are looking for green features in the home they buy. The green trend is a means of lowering costs, becoming more environmentally friendly, and adopting a healthier lifestyle.

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Homebuyers Benefit From Tax Credit

    January 31, 2009

    How does the first-time homebuyer tax credit work and how will it help Jersey Shore homebuyers?

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate Market Statistics

    January 24, 2009

    Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate Market Statistics Trulia.com reports Bradley Beach NJ average listing price to be $554,571. A 2.8 percent increase over the previous week. The median sales price is $382,999, reflecting a 31.2 percent decrease compared to the previous year.  The average price per square foot was down 10.7 percent compared to a year ago, […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Home Buyers Rethink Buying Foreclosures

    January 17, 2009

    Most Bradley Beach NJ home buyers consider buying a foreclosed property to be a good deal. But buying a foreclosure is not for the faint of heart.

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Real Estate: Regulatory Reform Expected With Obama Presidency

    January 9, 2009

    Jersey Shore Real Estate: Regulatory Reform Expected With Obama Presidency The upcoming presidential transition comes at a time of great challenges within the housing industry and the economy at large. Consequently, many are wondering what a Barack Obama presidency will mean for real estate and housing issues. National Association of Realtors analysts expect the Obama administration […]

    Read More
  • 2008 HOME SALES IN BRADLEY BEACH, NJ

    January 4, 2009

    503 Park Place          $250,000 1003 Hammond       $320,000 607  Brinley                $324,000 506 Newark                 $325,000 1102 Fletcher Lake   $330,000 511 McCabe                  $375,000 603 Madison                $380,000 620 Third                       $390,000 105 Cliff                           $400,000 315 McCabe                   $400,000 617 Brinley                    $425,000 511 McCabe                    $450,000 27 Atlantic                      $465,000 122-a Park Pl                  $500,000 506 Monmouth             $500,000 316 McCabe                    $506,500 518 Ocean Park             $518,000 513 Ocean Park             $532,500 216 Fifth                          $567,500 415 Monmouth             $570,000 407 […]

    Read More
  • 2009 Predictions For Jersey Shore Real Estate

    December 30, 2008

    2009 Predictions For Jersey Shore Real Estate 2009 is likely to be a year of continuing adjustment to a changing real estate marketplace. HGTV’s FrontDoor.com predictions for 2009 are relevant for Jersey Shore real estate… Sellers will continue to face falling home values in the new year because they’ll be competing with banks and builders […]

    Read More
  • Do You Believe In Santa Claus Bradley Beach?

    December 21, 2008

    Do You Believe In Santa Claus Bradley Beach? If you are a skeptic, this story may turn you into a believer. The author is unknown. I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister […]

    Read More
  • 12 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Jersey Shore REALTOR

    December 12, 2008

    12 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Jersey Shore REALTOR Your Jersey Shore home is most likely the largest investment you have and choosing a Realtor to assist you with the sale is a major decision. Below are questions to ask when choosing a Jersey Shore Realtor:  Make sure you choose a Jersey Shore REALTOR® who will provide top-notch service and meet your […]

    Read More
  • Do I Want Condo Or Single Family When Buying Jersey Shore Real Estate

    November 21, 2008

    Do I Want Condo Or Single Family When Buying Jersey Shore Real Estate Condominiums and townhouses offer an affordable option to single-family homes when buying Jersey Shore real estate, and they’re ideal for those who appreciate a maintenance-free lifestyle. But before you buy, make sure you do your legwork. These are some of the important elements to […]

    Read More
  • Making Good Offers When Buying Jersey Shore Real Estate

    November 13, 2008

    Making Good Offers When Buying Jersey Shore Real Estate The current Jersey Shore real estate market is challenging for both buyers and sellers. Many sellers have not accepted the fact that their home has decreased in value and are trying to sell at peak 2006 prices. At the same time, buyers want to make sure they don’t […]

    Read More
  • Reverse 1031 Exchange Demand Rising When Selling Jersey Shore Real Estate

    November 6, 2008

    Reverse 1031 Exchange Demand Rising When Selling Jersey Shore Real Estate A slower Jersey Shore real estate market is creating more of a demand for reverse 1031 exchanges. Properties are taking longer to sell making it difficult for sellers to adhere to 1031 exchange 180 day rules. But there is another option called a Reverse 1031 Exchange […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach Real Estate Sales Statistics – September 2008

    October 30, 2008

    Existing-home sales increased last month as buyers responded to improved housing affordability conditions, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Existing-home sales – including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – rose 5.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate¹ of 5.18 million units in September from a level of 4.91 million in August, and are […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate: Fannie & Freddie Roll Back Fees

    October 25, 2008

    Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate: Fannie & Freddie Roll Back Fees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have both announced they will not impose the loan fee increase scheduled to go into effect this month. Fees were to have increased from .25% to .5%, making it even more difficult for Bradley Beach NJ home buyers. The biggest […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate: Is Owning Rental Property Right For You

    October 17, 2008

    Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate: Is Owning Rental Property Right For You  Investing in Bradley Beach NJ real estate and owning rental property sounds glamorous, but it isn’t for everyone.  Be sure you know what you’re getting into and understand what you are getting into before signing on the dotted line. Here are some questions you should ask […]

    Read More
  • To Fix Or Not To Fix When Selling Your Bradley Beach NJ Home

    October 10, 2008

    To Fix or Not To Fix When Selling Your Bradley Beach NJ Home That is the question all Bradley Beach NJ home owners should ask themselves when they consider selling their home. The first item on the fix-it list: clear the clutter! If your closets, attic, basement, garage, and other storage areas appear neat, half-full and organized, your house […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate: 7 Reasons To Own Your Own Home

    October 3, 2008

    You’ve probably seen lots of financial arguments about why you should invest in Bradley Beach NJ real estate and own your own home rather than rent. This includes budgeting (no rent increases) and the tax savings you’ll most likely have. Now we’re going to give you some reasons you probably haven’t heard. 1. Freedom to pursue other […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach Real Estate Sales Statistics – August 2008

    September 25, 2008

    The level of home sales is expected to show little movement in the months ahead, according to the latest projections by the National Association of Realtors®.  The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in July, fell 3.2 percent to 86.5 from an upwardly revised reading of 89.4 in June, which […]

    Read More
  • Is Renting Your Jersey Shore Vacation Home For You?

    September 18, 2008

    One of the biggest decision Jersey Shore second-home buyers must decide is whether or not to rent their property when they are not using it. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one-half of all second-home owners leave their home unoccupied for more than 330 days a year. The question becomes, will your vacation home be a financial […]

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Second-home Sellers Pay For Tax Credits

    September 11, 2008

    Jersey Shore Second-home Sellers Pay For Tax Credits You have probably heard, last week President signed into law the Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act. This is the most comprehensive housing bill to be enacted in over a decade. The bill is designed to help more buyers of Jersey Shore real estate realize their dreams, as […]

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Home Buyers Can Be Choosers

    September 5, 2008

    Buying a Jersey Shore home is one of the biggest investments people make, and the process usually begins with choosing a real estate agent.   According to the 2007 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 79 percent of recent buyers used a real estate professional, while only 7 percent bought the house directly from the owner. When […]

    Read More
  • How To Sell Jersey Shore Real Estate Fast!

    August 28, 2008

    As most owners of Jersey Shore real estate have realized by now, this is not the ideal time to try to sell a house.  With a struggling economy and negative media surrounding the housing market, more and more homes are staying on the market for longer and longer as fewer buyers are out making offers.  […]

    Read More
  • What Does Housing Recovery Act Mean To Jersey Shore Home Buyers

    August 22, 2008

    President Bush signed into law this week The Housing and Economic Recovery Act. This is the most sweeping change to housing reform since the New Deal of 1934. It is designed to assist more Americans invest in home ownership and shore up the faltering housing and mortgage markets. Like any legislation, it comes with the good […]

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Real Estate Tip: Questions To Expect From Your Lender

    August 14, 2008

    Before lending you a large sum of money to purchase a piece of Jersey Shore real estate, it is understandable that your lender will want to know a little bit about you and your ability to pay back the loan. If you are a first-time homebuyer, or if it has been a while since you […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate: Short Sale Tips

    August 7, 2008

    In the current Bradley Beach NJ real estate market, there has been a lot of buzz around “short sales.”  What is a short sale, exactly?  A short sale is when a lender agrees to accept a mortgage payoff amount less than what is owed in order to facilitate a sale of a property by a financially distressed […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate: How to Tell When A Price Is Too Good To Be True

    July 31, 2008

    If you are currently looking to buy Bradley Beach NJ real estate, you probably have a good idea of the general range you can expect to spend on a home.  So you might be surprised when a great-looking home shows up on the MLS with what seems like a shockingly low price tag attached.  The […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate Tip: What Is Universal Design?

    July 24, 2008

    You may have heard buzz around the term “universal design” in recent years, but do you know what it is or how it affects the Bradley Beach NJ real estate and construction markets?   According to Lowes.com, universal design is the creation of products and environments meant to be usable by all people, to the […]

    Read More
  • Re-capturing the American Dream With Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate

    July 17, 2008

    In the past, owning a home has always been perceived as a major component of the “American Dream.”  Unfortunately, because of the recent real estate market activity, home-ownership is often seen now as more of a nightmare than a dream.  But that doesn’t have to be the case!  Even in a slower economy, purchasing Bradley […]

    Read More
  • Getting The Price Right On Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate

    July 10, 2008

    “Location, Location, Location.”  We hear it all the time in the real estate world and many assume that location is the most important criteria to buyers when purchasing a new home.  But what is it really that determines why one property sells more quickly than another?   Price.   Having the right price was the most […]

    Read More
  • Celebrating Independence Day on the Jersey Shore

    July 3, 2008

    Happy 4th of July, Bradley Beach!  Although this weekend is a time for fireworks and enjoying time with friends and family, it is also a time to remember what makes our country so great – our freedom.  So as you gather with friends and family on Friday, take a moment to thank our military—living and […]

    Read More
  • Buyers of Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate: Lock in Low Interest Rates NOW!

    June 26, 2008

    As I reported recently, Fannie Mae is now requiring only a 3% down payment on all loans processed through its Desktop Underwriter® program.  This is great news for buyers who can take advantage of this program.   If you are in the market for a conventional mortgage, however, the news may not be so promising.  […]

    Read More
  • The Case For Staging Your Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate

    June 19, 2008

    “Staging”  Bradley Beach NJ real estate for sale has become a hot trend in the industry.  Unlike some trends that are more trouble than they’re worth, however, this is one trend that can really pay off!  Here are 12 reasons why you should consider staging your home on the market: 1. Turbo Boost Sales Time […]

    Read More
  • Baby Boomers Setting the Latest Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate Trends

    June 12, 2008

    We know that the Baby Boomers account for a large part of the real estate owning population in America.  It should come as no surprise, then, that these folks – not the typical “trendy” crowd – may be the latest trend-setters in Bradley Beach NJ real estate also.   Sounds unlikely, but it is very […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Vacation Home Trends

    June 5, 2008

    I found this article that I thought would be of interest to any Jersey Shore NJ vacation home owners.  If you are looking to build and retain loyalty among your renters, check out these tips:    Forget neutral!  Bring on the “vacation-y” décor, but try not to go overboard! Furnish with easy-to-use furniture that is […]

    Read More
  • Make your home more Green

    June 4, 2008

          Good article from Homescape. Are Your Clients Looking for a Green Home? By: Frank Schulte-Ladbeck     Green is the new black. It is the color of the moment, mainly because it signifies an ideal that is currently popular among consumers. The latest consumer trend is home buyers looking for homes to […]

    Read More
  • Lower Down Payments on Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate

    May 30, 2008

    Fannie Mae announced this week that, beginning June 1, it would lower down payment requirements from 5% to just 3% for all conventional, conforming mortgages processed through its Desktop Underwriter® automated underwriting system.  Loans processed outside the Desktop Underwriter® system will still require a 5% down payment.   Part of its “Keys To Recovery” campaign, […]

    Read More
  • What You Need To Know About The New Jersey Home Sales Tax

    May 22, 2008

      Below you will find some FAQ’s about the NJ Home Sales Tax (courtesy of NJHomeTax.com): Why is the Home Sales Tax Bad for New Jersey? The home sales tax erodes equity that homeowners have built up in their homes over the years. It ratchets up closing costs and overall home prices, creating far-reaching effects […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate Tip: Navigating Home Inspections

    May 15, 2008

    Home inspections are not just for new home buyers!  As we have discussed in previous posts, it is extremely important to have your Bradley Beach NJ real estate inspected professionally on a regular basis – especially if you are using it as a vacation property – to ensure you keep up with any necessary maintenance […]

    Read More
  • Tips for Remodeling Your Bradley Beach NJ Vacation Home

    May 12, 2008

    This article from 2nd Home Journal offers a myriad of great tips for remodeling your second home.  If you already own a Jersey Shore vacation home, you have probably already learned that remodeling a second home presents unique challenges.  Below are the 10 main tips, and the article contains the full details on making your […]

    Read More
  • How Does Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate Compare Nationally?

    May 1, 2008

    Check out this website to see how Bradley Beach NJ real estate valuation compares to other cities across the country.  This site is not only informative, but it shows that – despite the national media’s attention to the real estate slowdown – much of the national real estate market is still valued fairly, making it […]

    Read More
  • Cool Website Alert! Find Bradley Beach NJ Gas Prices

    April 24, 2008

    Have you seen the price of gas lately?!  With family vacation season approaching on the Jersey Shore, you may notice that prices vary widely among different gas stations in the same city.  Before you fill up, check out GasBuddy.com and enter your ZIP code to find the very best (and worst) gas prices in Bradley […]

    Read More
  • Encouraging News For Jersey Shore Real Estate Vacation Home Buyers

    April 17, 2008

    According to the latest research by the National Association of Realtors, 1/3 of all real estate transactions in 2007 involved second or vacation homes.  Although sales declined overall when compared to 2006, the proportion of vacation home sales was still near-record.   Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist, said lifestyle factors and strong demographics remain positive […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Tax Rebates: What You Need to Know

    April 10, 2008

    The centerpiece of Congress’ recent $170 billion economic stimulus plan is tax rebates, but few Bradley Beach NJ real estate owners and taxpayers actually understand what the rebates mean or how they may benefit. Treasury Department and IRS officials are still scurrying to work out the details of the plan, but below are some of […]

    Read More
  • Final Home Sales for the 1st Quarter in Bradley Beach

    April 7, 2008

    There’s only 9 closed sales on record in town for the first quarter.   1. 503 Park Pl.          $250,000 2. 200 Lareine #101  $280,000 3. 607 Brinley Ave     $324,000 4. 1102 Fletcher Lake  $330,000 5. 617 Brinley Ave    $425,000 6. 517 McCabe Ave   $428,800 7. 509 Evergreen Ave  $440,000 8. 27 Atlantic Ave    $465,000 9. […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate 101: Your Credit Score

    April 3, 2008

    If you are a first-time Bradley Beach NJ real estate homebuyer, you are most likely becoming very aware of the importance of having a good credit score.  A higher-than-average credit score will help you negotiate a lower interest rate when you are applying for a mortgage, and a lower interest rate means thousands of dollars […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate Forecast

    March 27, 2008

    On the heels of yet another interest rate cut from the Fed, the National Association of Realtors is expecting the volume of Bradley Beach NJ real estate sales of existing homes to hold steady through late spring, with a gradual recovery during the second half of the year as the mortgage situation improves in high-cost […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Homeowners Beware of Real Estate Foreclosure Scams!

    March 20, 2008

    Even with the recent congressional relief plan, many Bradley Beach NJ homeowners have still found themselves unable to pay their mortgages and are ending up in foreclosure.   Although this CBS News video centers on a scam artist in Southern California, it is important viewing for all Jersey Shore homeowners who may be facing foreclosure.  As […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate Update

    March 13, 2008

    Attention, potential homebuyers!  CNN.com is reporting that now is the best time since 2004 to make the move and buy a home.    This article shows the nationwide research and statistics which prove that, in general across America, prices are dropping as interest rates remain low.    For more detailed information about the Jersey Shore […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Home Improvements Go Green

    March 6, 2008

    Spring is right around the  corner, and many Jersey Shore homeowners are starting to plan home improvement projects to spruce up their property.  With so many environmentally-friendly “green” options available these days, it may be overwhelming to figure out how exactly you as a homeowner can make changes.  This article from RealEstateJournal.com details five ways […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Trivia

    February 28, 2008

    On the lighter side this week, I’ve dug up some fun and random facts & figures about the Bradley Beach and Jersey Shore area.  Whether you’re a Bradley Beach homeowner, or just interested in learning more about the Jersey Shore area, I think you’ll find these tidbits interesting:  Bradley Beach was the first location in […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Home Buyers – Why Get A Home Inspection

    February 22, 2008

    Buying your Bradley Beach NJ home is one of the most significant decisions and biggest investments you will ever make. A professional home inspection will enable you to learn a great deal about a home, help give you peace of mind and answer some important questions. Whether you are buying or selling, you will have the benefit […]

    Read More
  • It’s a Buyer’s Market – Make it Work for You!

    February 14, 2008

    A “buyer’s market” occurs when there are a lot of homes for sale and they are staying on the market for a long time.  During times like this, home buyers are in a great position to negotiate for lower prices and incentives.  The guidelines for buyers’ incentives vary among loan options, so make sure to […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Vacation and Investment Home Taxes

    February 8, 2008

    Continuing with our recent discussion about preparing for tax season, I wanted to spend some time this week covering issues related to paying taxes on vacation homes.  Many homeowners in the Jersey Shore area use their property as a vacation home – but can these homes truly be claimed as vacation properties? This article from RealEstateJournal.com answers […]

    Read More
  • More Interest Rate Cuts – What Does It All Mean?

    January 31, 2008

    When the Fed lowers interest rates, as it continued to do this week, everyone gets excited and there is a lot of buzz about the real estate market.  But – when it comes to you and me – what do these lower interest rates really mean? Here are some examples: Homeowners: If you already have […]

    Read More
  • Getting Ready for 2008 Tax Season

    January 25, 2008

    It’s official – tax time is upon us.  If you are like many Americans, just the thought of getting organized enough to start the paperwork can be overwhelming.  This article from BankRate.com details 7 steps to help get you ready to file your 2007 taxes.  I’ve listed the steps below, but please check out the […]

    Read More
  • Home Improvement Projects: Fix It or Forget It?

    January 17, 2008

    Did you make a new year’s resolution to finally tackle the list of fix-up projects around your home?  According to this article in the Real Estate Journal, it may be best to take a step back and re-consider those projects, as they may not add as much value as you think to your home. Here are […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach, NJ Year-End Home Sales Updated

    January 11, 2008

    Here is a list of the home sales for the year 2007. Contact me with any questions. 1. 705 3rd Ave.                        $297,000 2. 601 Lareine Ave.                 $330,000 3. 513 Newark Ave                  $ 340,000 4. 604 Burlington Ave             $ 350,000 5. 607 Central Ave                   $ 350,000 6. 601 Brinley Ave                    $360,000 7. 620 Third Ave                      $ 381,000 8. […]

    Read More
  • 2008 Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate Predictions

    January 10, 2008

    The National Association of Realtors has published its predictions for the 2008 housing market, and the data looks positive so far.  Most noteworthy is the trend toward improving existing home sales.    Lawrence Yun, senior NAR economist, said “Now that mortgage conditions have improved, some postponed activity should turn up in existing-home sales over the […]

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore Real Estate Resolutions

    January 3, 2008

    Happy New Year, Bradley Beach!  I hope that 2008 is off to a good start for you and that you enjoyed a fantastic holiday season.  With the new year always comes a few resolutions that we hope to keep.  If you have yet to make your resolutions – it’s not too late!  Below are some […]

    Read More
  • 1031 Exchange: What You Need To Know

    December 27, 2007

    Many homeowners have heard of a “1031 Exchange,” but few understand the basics of what an exchange actually entails.  Today I want to cover just a few of the basics of the process, as it can be an invaluable method of homeownership for investment buyers.  What is a 1031 Exchange? Put simply, it is the […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate Update

    December 20, 2007

    Attention, home sellers!  Even in an uncertain real estate market, there may be good news for you – depending on where you live.  The National Association of REALTORS® has published the results of its quarterly sales survey and found that the median home price continues to rise in most metropolitan areas.  The median is a […]

    Read More
  • Playing the Real Estate Game in a Down Market

    December 13, 2007

    Although the real estate market is slow in many areas, you may still want or need to sell your home or purchase a new one due to circumstances such as a job relocation.  This article from CNNMoney.com offers some tips on how you can still make a smart move in this unpredictable real estate market.  […]

    Read More
  • Redevelopment on Main St. Bradley Beach

    December 10, 2007

    Last week the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce invited two top professional planners to discuss redevelopment options on Main St. No exact location was discussed, but the meeting was to educate residents about redevelopment. Planner Dave Roberts of CMX showed the residents examples of other towns and outlined the full process a redevelopment plan must […]

    Read More
  • How to Go Green This Holiday Season

    December 6, 2007

    This year it seems like everyone has been trying to “go green” – homeowners are making environmentally-friendly choices on everything from cleaning products to flooring.  So it should follow that this concern for the environment carries over into our holiday decorating this year.  If your home is in need of some holiday cheer, here are […]

    Read More
  • Holiday Activities on the Jersey Shore

    November 29, 2007

    December is right around the corner and, once again, the holiday season is upon us!  In Bradley Beach NJ, that means a time of fun activities and traditions to enjoy with the whole family.  Check out this comprehensive list of holiday activities happening all over the Jersey Shore.  Or visit this great site to send […]

    Read More
  • Happy Thanksgiving, Jersey Shore!

    November 21, 2007

    May your Thanksgiving be blessed with the bounty of the season and the love of family and friends!  We’ll be back next week with more of the latest Bradley Beach NJ real estate news and information!  In the meantime, please feel free to contact me at 732-775-2774 or visit PatrickParkerHomes.com.

    Read More
  • Interest Rate Update: Translating What The Fed Said

    November 15, 2007

    Earlier this month, we learned that the Fed had cut its federal funds rate once again to 4.5%.  What followed in the news was a flood of technical financial jargon, which just confuses many people rather than helping them understand how the change affects them.  Luckily for those who did not major in finance, BankRate.com […]

    Read More
  • Are you thinking of retiring?

    November 10, 2007

    I found this interesting article on Yahoo/personal finance/real estate. BusinessWeek Real Estate: Seven Smart Strategies Monday November 5, 8:08 am ET By Ben Steverman For millions of Americans approaching retirement, a big part of their fortune is tied up in something they might never want to sell: their homes.Even with the recent drop in home […]

    Read More
  • 203 Ocean Park Ave, Bradley Beach NJ 07720

    November 6, 2007

    Jersey Shore Home for Sale 203 Ocean Park Avenue in Bradley Beach NJ Exquisitely Appointed Home with Ocean Views. This could be your Dream Beach House. Three bedroom two full bath colonial with a unique sand stone fireplace. Beautiful wrap-around front porch. Extraordinarily landscaped! Two separate 2 bedroom Guest quarters in the rear. Brand new […]

    Read More
  • Separating Bradley Beach NJ Homeownership Fact from Fiction

    November 1, 2007

    Many would-be homebuyers are stuck in the feeling that they will never be able to qualify for a mortgage.  However, applying for a mortgage today is very different than it was 10 or 15 years ago.  With many creative financing offers available today, more and more people are able to become homeowners.  FreddieMac.com has put […]

    Read More
  • Home Fire Safety in Bradley Beach NJ

    October 25, 2007

    With this week’s news coverage of the devastating fires in California, home fire safety is a most timely topic.  Although we may not be at great risk for wildfires here on the Jersey Shore, an important part of responsible homeownership is being prepared to both prevent a fire in your home and to rescue yourself […]

    Read More
  • What is A Short Sale?

    October 22, 2007

    A short sale is the sale of a property, with the authorization of the creditors, for less than what is owed on it. Short sales are done all the time.  Whether it is for the forgiveness of debt owed by a nation or an individual; it simply means that someone is willing to settle for […]

    Read More
  • Visit a Jersey Shore Pumpkin Patch!

    October 18, 2007

    The temperature is dropping, the leaves are beginning to change, and autumn is officially in full swing in New Jersey.  That means Halloween is just around the corner!  A great way to spruce up your home’s curbside appeal during this season is to decorate with a few locally-grown pumpkins – maybe even add some hay […]

    Read More
  • “A Shore Deal!”, A K.Hovnanian Type of Sale.

    October 15, 2007

    Due to the success of K. Hovnanian’s “Deal of A Century”, huge price reductions on homes for one weekend, “A Shore Deal was created. During the weekend of October 27 & 28 there will be a major sales event on Oceanfront and Ocean-view town-homes in Bradley Beach. Purchasing one of these beautiful units on that […]

    Read More
  • Retiring in Bradley Beach NJ With a Mortgage

    October 11, 2007

    The Jersey Shore is a fantastic place to retire.  A common dilemma, however, among retirees is how to afford retirement while paying on a mortgage.  According to the Federal Reserve, among households headed by someone age 65 to 74, over 32% had a mortgage on their primary residence in 2004, up from less than 19% […]

    Read More
  • Buyers Beware When Investing in Foreclosures in Bradley Beach NJ

    October 4, 2007

    As we discussed last week, the rate of foreclosure is rising at breakneck speed all across America.  Last week I provided a link to an article full of great advice on how to avoid foreclosure.  This week I want to look at the issue from another angle – from the perspective of those looking to […]

    Read More
  • How to Avoid Foreclosure in Bradley Beach NJ

    September 27, 2007

    By now you have certainly heard or read about the ongoing rise in the foreclosure rate across America, thanks in part to rising interest rates and increasingly tight credit standards.  Lulled into a false sense of security, many homeowners tend to think it can or will not happen to them, but would you know what […]

    Read More
  • Write Off Your Move to Bradley Beach NJ!

    September 21, 2007

    Did you know that if you are moving because of your job, most moving expenses are tax deductible?  This is why it is so important to keep detailed records of all moving expenses, including house-hunting trips.    If you are moving 35 miles or more from your current home, you can deduct your family’s travel expenses, […]

    Read More
  • What’s The Dirt In Bradley Beach NJ?

    September 13, 2007

    When was the last time you really thought about the soil that your home is sitting on?  It may seem like just an afterthought when you’re in the market for a new home or adding on to your existing one, but investigating the soil upon which your home is built can tell you a great […]

    Read More
  • Items Needed For A Loan Application in Bradley Beach NJ

    September 6, 2007

    You may feel like you are drowning in paperwork when you head to your lender’s office to apply for your next home loan.  This is thanks in part to tightening credit standards that are causing lenders to require more proof than ever of borrowers’ income and expenses.  To try to help with the process, I’ve […]

    Read More
  • A new niche in Real Estate

    August 31, 2007

    A term which has been heard often lately is “Short Sale”.  This is when a homeowner owes more than what the home’s value in today’s market. A short sale occurs when the net proceeds from the sale of a home are not enough to cover the sellers mortgage and closing costs (property taxes, transfer taxes, agents commission). […]

    Read More
  • Tips for Homeowners in Bradley Beach

    August 30, 2007

    With the recent coverage of Hurricane Dean and other weather-related disasters across the country, now is a good time for homeowners everywhere – but especially those of us lucky enough to call the beach home –  to review their homeowners insurance policies.  If you are not familiar with your policy coverage, it is important to […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate Update

    August 23, 2007

    In the midst of what is being referred to in the news media as “Mortgage Meltdown 2007,” Realty Trac (an online marketer of foreclosure properties) has announced that the flood of foreclosure filings showed no sign of letting up in July.  More specifically, the number of foreclosure filings in July 2007 showed a 9 percent […]

    Read More
  • You Want How Much For Your Property??

    August 20, 2007

    With today’s market being what it is, not many buyers buying and the mortgage mess, how can some sellers believe their property is still as valueble as it was 3 years ago. Some sellers still think real estate is still hot and demand they sell as much as a guy down the street got during the […]

    Read More
  • Oceanfront Townhomes in Bradley Beach

    Brand New construction on Ocean Ave in Bradley Beach. Each units has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. All high-end finishes throughout as you would expect. Contact Patrick Parker, 201 788-6182 for more information or a guided tour.

    Read More
  • How Walk-able is Your Jersey Shore Neighborhood?

    August 16, 2007

    This week I came across a website that is just so neat, I had to share it.  www.WalkScore.com allows you to type in any address, and it will rate the “walk-ability” of that property by calculating its distance to things like the nearest grocery store, movie theater, library, school, park, and pharmacy.   We all […]

    Read More
  • Bradley Beach NJ Interest Rate Update

    August 9, 2007

    The Real Estate Journal (a subsidiary of the Wall Street Journal Online), reported this week that tightening standards in lending may worsen the housing slump being felt in much of the country.  In the wake of the recent controversy surrounding the sub-prime lending market, more lenders in Bradley Beach are being forced to raise interest […]

    Read More
  • Back To School in Bradley Beach NJ

    August 2, 2007

    The summer is flying by – as it always seems to do – and it is almost time to start thinking about sending kids back to school again! Whether you are new to the Jersey Shore area or already have kids in school here, now is the time to take a good look at how the […]

    Read More
  • 10 Ways to Make Your House in Bradley Beach NJ More Saleable

    July 25, 2007

    Get rid of clutter.  Throw out or file stacks of newspapers and magazines.  Pack away most of your small decorative items.  Store out-of-season clothing to make closets seem roomier.  Clean out the garage. Wash your windows and screens to let more light into the interior. Keep everything extra clean.  Wash fingerprints from light switch plates.  […]

    Read More
  • Summer Fun on the Jersey Shore

    July 19, 2007

    Summer is in full swing and as the novelty of being out of school begins to wear off, most parents are bracing themselves for the inevitable “I’m booooored” that is just bound to come out of their children’s mouths soon.  Here are some ways to get your children outside and enjoying the natural surroundings of […]

    Read More
  • Support “Clean Ocean Zone” Bill in Bradley Beach, NJ

    July 14, 2007

    The beach season is officially in full swing!  Here is an article I found interesting regarding the recent conference that was held for legislators to discuss the Clean Ocean Zone Bill for Bradley Beach, NJ. In an effort to keep our beaches clean and visitor-friendly for generations to come, I wanted to share with you these […]

    Read More
  • 76-322 Whitefield Ave, Ocean Grove NJ 07756

    July 6, 2007

    Renovated Jersey Shore Condo for Sale Drastic Price Reduction! Beautifully upgraded23 bedroom, 1 bath condo in historic Ocean Grove. Every detail has been cared for in this unit. Features include solid maple floors, crown molding, newer windows, A/C units,and custom closets. Brand new kitchen and appliances with a double oven and granite counter-tops. The bath has […]

    Read More
  • 518 Ocean Park Ave, Bradley Beach NJ 07720

    Bradley Beach NJ Real Estate For Sale Enjoy Jersey Shore Living! You”ll love this charming home that combines old with new. Everything has been updated other than the original detail. Beautiful gardens in the front and rear yard. The backyard is fenced in, perfect for kids. Home has hardwood floors, new windows, light and bright open […]

    Read More
  • Jersey Shore July 4th Celebrations

    June 30, 2007

    If the highlight of your Independence Day celebration is fireworks, you are in luck! You can enjoy fireworks displays up and down the Jersey Shore from July 1 through July 4. July 1-3: Allentown, Allentown Freedom Festival. Rides, games, food and fireworks on the Allentown school grounds off 539. For information, contact 609-259-2233 or www.allentownnj.com. […]

    Read More
  • Luxury Jersey Shore Oceanfront Condos For Sale

    June 25, 2007

    Oceanside Court These luxury oceanfront townhome/condominiums in Bradley Beach, NJ are designed to take advantage of the Jersey Shore lifestyle. You will enjoy the sound of the waves lapping the shore; watch the seagulls, sandpipers and other wildlife go about their day; and wake to morning skies streaked pink from the rising sun, all from your own generous-sized balcony. […]

    Read More
  • Reasons to Own A Bradley Beach NJ Home

    June 24, 2007

    There are lots of financial arguments about why you should own your own home rather than rent. This includes budgeting (no rent increases) and the tax savings you’ll most likely have. Now we’re going to give you some reasons you probably haven’t heard.1.  Freedom to pursue other goals in life once the major goal of home […]

    Read More
  • Hello Bradley Beach NJ!

    June 15, 2007

    Welcome to my first post on the Bradley Beach Real Estate Blog! Here you can stay up to date on the latest trends, statistics and current events concerning the Bradley Beach, NJ real estate market. I invite you to share your opinions and observations with the goal of providing a comprehensive understanding of the most important […]

    Read More
  • National Homeowners Month

    June has been declared by President Bush as National Homeownership Month. One of the first steps to realizing the American Dream of owning your own home is getting pre-approved for your home loan. The current problems with the sub-prime mortgage market emphasize how critical it is to find a reputable, trust-worthy lender to work with. I work with […]

    Read More