Significant Sales over $1million 1st - 3rd quarter

Significant sales

131 Stone Hill Road Colts Neck $1,025,000
15 Goose Point Drive Colts Neck $1,036,000
12 Fieldpoint Drive Holmdel $1,040,000
3 Hemingway Court Morganville $1,050,000
11 Deepwood Lane Colts Neck $1,050,000
117 Beach Front Manasquan $1,050,000
17 Cardinal Road Middletown $1,070,000
30 Ridgeview Avenue Middletown $1,075,000
14 Hunt Street Rumson $1,080,000
660 Harding Road Little Silver $1,080,000
43 Blue Hills Drive Holmdel $1,090,000
80 Rustic Terrace Fair Haven $1,100,000
13 Bayonne Avenue Monmouth Beach $1,100,000
56 Seneca Place Oceanport $1,100,000
10 Daniel Drive Little Silver $1,100,000
9 Robin Road Rumson $1,125,000
17 Hialeah Drive Colts Neck $1,125,000
31 Columbus Drive Monmouth Beach $1,125,000
50 Queens Drive East Little Silver $1,125,000
15 Elm Lane Shrewsbury Boro $1,147,750
43 Grange Avenue Fair Haven $1,175,000
34 Hillside Place Fair Haven $1,200,000
44 Forrest Avenue Rumson $1,200,000
155 Woodland Drive Fair Haven $1,215,000
2 Bowling Green Colts Neck $1,222,500
54 Judith Road Little Silver $1,225,000
9 Holly Tree Lane Little Silver $1,240,000
94-102 Front Street Red Bank $1,250,000
24 Warren Street Rumson $1,270,000
32 Hillcrest Drive Colts Neck $1,300,000
284 Dartmouth Avenue Fair Haven $1,300,000
456 Ocean Avenue Long Branch $1,300,000
6 Harbour Way Monmouth Beach $1,305,000
31 Downing Hill Lane Colts Neck $1,315,000
14 A Packer Avenue Rumson $1,320,000
18 Kemp Avenue Fair Haven $1,329,000
13 Woodmere Avenue Rumson $1,330,000
15 Circle Drive Rumson $1,330,000 
7 Old Stable Way Colts Neck $1,370,000
10 Hickory Hills Court Holmdel $1,380,000
31 Beaver Dam Colts Neck $1,380,761
11 Riverside Drive Rumson $1,449,000
4 Concord Court Colts Neck $1,485,000
238 Cambridge Avenue Fair Haven $1,485,000
20 Sailers Way Rumson $1,500,000
3 Withers Lane Atlantic Highlands $1,525,000
220 Elberon Avenue Allenhurst $1,525,000
604-608 Laurel Avenue Point Pleasant $1,566,187
7 Seaview Avenue Ocean Grove $1,575,000
24 Circle Drive Rumson $1,625,000
16 Evergreen Lane Colts Neck $1,635,000
58 Park Lane Fair Haven $1,649,000
143 Ridge Road Rumson $1,656,500
66 Joyce Road Tenafl y $1,700,000
911 River Road Fair Haven $1,722,500
3 Nicol Terrace Rumson $1,780,000
8 Bingham Hill Circle Rumson $1,790,000
125 Avenue of Two Rivers Rumson $1,800,000
43 Wardell Avenue Rumson $1,820,000
427 Navesink River Road Middletown $1,841,300
15 Linden Lane Rumson $1,855,000
66 Riverlawn Drive Fair Haven $1,940,000
2 Ridge Road Rumson $2,000,000
81 Riverlawn Drive Fair Haven $2,300,000
94 Ridge Road Rumson $2,300,000
5 Evergreen Drive Rumson $2,550,000
37 Paag Circle Little Silver $2,600,000
4 Pond Road Rumson $2,614,000
17 Sycamore Lane Rumson $2,617,000
96 Ridge Road Rumson $2,625,000
7 Clover Lane Rumson $3,050,000
74 Bellevue Avenue Rumson $3,195,000
36 Bellevue Avenue Rumson $3,200,000
20 Conover Lane Rumson $3,275,000
444 Navesink River Road Middletown $3,975,000
12 Tyson Lane Rumson $4,200,000
9 Oak Tree Lane Rumson $4,575,000



If You're Considering Donating and Helping Please Read .. my story

 and why I do not recommend Red Cross

Marty (my husband ) and I are Sandy survivors!
We know what Texas is going through,we've been there and still are there.
I would like to tell you our story and why I am recommending UMCOR and not Red Cross.

You may not know I live in Sea Bright and as you know the town was totally devastated.
We, residents, were not able to get into our town for over a month.
When we did it was horrific.
WE had no money, FEMA actually denied us because they could not see the house because the town was closed (long story).
The only thing we had was ourselves and the neighbors. As you know Woody's and the local restaurants fed us 3 meals a day for months
By the time we were able to get into the town UMCOR had already been working and sending volunteers to our area. They have a special division dedicated to disaster relief.
To get back to my story. If it were not for the volunteers from UMCOR who came to help us with our house I don't believe we would be back in it today!
The volunteers came with cleaning materials, they helped me throw out all of our stuff while I just could not face that task ALONE. They came and demolished all our walls as they were plaster. They supplied construction materials at NO COST to the people. They labored and gave without expecting anything back from us.We had people from Ohio, Georgia and Tennessee and these people have to pay UMCOR to participate and they bring their own food.
Marty and I have no family so having these volunteers come help us, lend a shoulder to cry on was unbelievable.
After we got a little bit better Marty started volunteering locally in Highlands where they set up one of their centers. This group is part of the Methodist church and you do not have to be a Methodist to get their help.They asked for nothing and gave everything. 
ALL DONATIONS to UMCOR go directly to disaster relief 100%.
During my time I had NOT ONCE seen or heard from RED Cross and believe me I called everywhere!!!!
In ending, if you are going to give. Please give to UMCOR or to your church or to the churches in Texas. They are the ones that will be there for the long haul for at least 5 years and I am still counting.
I have included the links to UMCOR main website and the donation website as well as phone and mailing.
Thank you for reading my story.

This is the main website for UMCOR:

Below is the link for UMCOR Harvey Response:

To donate by check, please make your check payable to Advance GCFA and the write in 
Disaster Response, United States (#901670) on the memo line 
and mail to:

Advance GCFA
PO Box 9068 GPO
New York, NY 10087-9068

To donate by phone please call 1-888-252-6174.


Gloria Benaroch
Broker Associate


“FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices...

“FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices than comparable home sales and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.”...Collateral Analytics Research

"Three of the study’s conclusions:
1. FSBOs achieve prices significantly lower than those from similar properties sold by Realtors using the MLS

2. The differential in selling prices for FSBOs when compared to MLS sales of similar properties was about 5.5% in 2016

3. The sales in 2017 suggest the average price was near 6% lower for FSBO sales of similar properties." ...Collateral Analytics

"Why would FSBOs net less money than if they used an agent?
• FSBO buyers are out looking for a discount on the home they purchase • Agents know how to properly ‘stage’ the house
• Properties listed with a broker are marketed to a much larger buyer population. If more buyers see a home, the greater are the chances there could be a bidding war for the property" ...Collateral Analytics

What is Your Home Buying Power?

PA - June 2017 - Digital Marketing Campaign - InstagramWhat’s Your Home Buying Power?

If you’re in the market for a new home or investment property, one of the first questions you’ll probably ask is, “What can we afford?” Many buyers become so caught up in how much they can afford that they don’t realize their total buying power—that is, the total amount of purchasing potential they actually have.

Buying Power Defined

Your buying power is comprised of the total amount of money you have available each month for a mortgage payment. This means the money you have each month after fixed bills and expenses. Any money you’ve saved for a down payment, the proceeds from the sale of your current home, if applicable, and the amount of money you’re qualified to borrow all impact your buying power as well. When you take all of this into account, you may find you are able to purchase a larger home or a home in a more desirable neighborhood, or you might realize you should be looking for homes in a lower price range.

Why Buying Power Matters

A common misunderstanding is that a home’s list price determines whether or not you can purchase it. Although it’s important to look at the price tag, it’s essential to consider what your monthly payment will be if you own the home. After all, the purchase price doesn’t include the housing-related expenses, such as annual property taxes, homeowner insurance, associated monthly fees and any maintenance or repairs. Figuring out the payment will prevent you from overestimating or underestimating your buying power. After all, you’ll live with your monthly payment, not the sales price.

Once you have clarity on your buying power, you’ll be able to buy the home you want, instead of settling for a home because you feel it’s the only one you can afford. It will also prevent you from becoming “house poor,” a common term for someone who’s put all their money toward the down payment, leaving them nothing left over for fees outside of their monthly house payment. Both scenarios can negatively impact the lifestyle you want to live. Understanding your buying power can help you get the home you want without sacrificing the lifestyle you desire.

If you haven’t sold your current home yet, a Comparative Market Assessment (CMA) will give you a general idea of how much you may get for your home based on what other homes have sold for in your area. Contact our team for a FREE CMA!

Calculating Your Buying Power

You might be wondering, “How do I know what my buying power is?” Buying power is calculated by adding the money you’ve saved for a down payment and/or the money you made from selling your home (minus fees and mortgage payoff) to all of your sources of income and investments that could be used to make your monthly payment. Make sure to include your monthly pay, commissions or tips, dividends from investments, payments from rental properties or other monthly income you receive as well as the loan amount you’re willing to finance and qualify for.

Most lenders advise buyers to spend no more than 35 to 45 percent of their pretax income on housing, meaning all your income and sources of revenue prior to paying taxes. Make sure you factor in not only your mortgage payment, but also property tax and home insurance to the cost of housing.1 However, other financial experts advise spending no more than a very conservative 25 percent of your after-tax income. Whether you plan to spend the average, play it conservative or split the difference is up to you.

Traditionally mortgage lenders have targeted the ideal housing expense amount to be a ratio of 28 percent or less.2

However, these figures bring up an important point: you don’t have to spend all of your savings and available monthly income on a mortgage payment. It’s important to set money aside for regular home maintenance, unexpected repairs and monthly fees, such as a condominium or homeowners association fee. While the above ratios are commonly accepted, a lender will look at your total financial picture when they decide how much they’re willing to lend. It may be tempting to take out a large loan in order to purchase the home of your dreams, but keep in mind the less money you have to borrow, the stronger your buying power may be.

Want to see what your buying potential is? Head to our blog to find out! [link to blog post on your website]

How to Save for a Down Payment

One way to boost your buying power is to put down a good amount of money when you’re ready to buy, meaning you will have to borrow less. Here are some tips to make saving for a down payment easier.

First-time buyers:

  1. Set a savings goal. One way to figure out how much to save is to use the average sales price for homes that are similar to what you want and figure out your target down payment percentage. For example, if homes are selling for $200,000 in your area and you want to put 20 percent down, you’ll have to save $40,000. Set a goal to save that amount within a specific time frame; just keep in mind the longer you save, the more the average selling price will change. Although the majority of buyers saved for six months or less, 29 percent of all buyers (and 31 percent of first-time buyers) saved for more than two years for a down payment.3


  1. Cut back on expenses. Review your monthly expenses and look for ways to save. Twenty-nine percent of buyers cut spending on non-essentials items and 22 percent cut spending on entertainment while they were saving for a home.3 Think about items you can live without or cut back on temporarily while you’re saving.


  1. Look for ways to boost your income. Get a side job or sell items online or at a garage sale to increase your income in a short amount of time. Be sure to save any windfalls you get, including your annual income tax refund or work bonuses.


  1. Check out home-buying programs. Your state, county or local government may offer special programs, such as grants, for first-time buyers to use.


  1. Ask your family. Thirteen percent of all buyers, and 24 percent of first-time buyers, were given money from family or friends to use toward the down payment of their home.3

Repeat buyers:

More than 52 percent of repeat buyers used the proceeds from the sale of their primary residence toward the down payment on their next home.3 Similarly, 76 percent tapped into their savings accounts.3 If you’re thinking of buying another home, here are more ways to save more money, in addition to the tips listed above:

  1. Rent a room. If you have an income flat (or mother-in-law unit) attached to your home, rent it out and channel the income into a high-interest savings account.


  1. Make your money work for you. If you don’t plan to buy for at least five years, invest it and let the compound interest work for you. Discuss this option with your financial planner or broker to see if this is ideal for you and your goals.


  1. Tap into your 401(k). If you have a 401(k) plan, you may be allowed to borrow a portion of it, the lessor of up to $50,000 or half of its value, for your down payment. Remember, it’s a loan so you’ll have to pay it back. If you leave or lose your job before you’ve repaid the loan, you’ll have between 60 to 90 days to repay the balance or face stiff taxes and penalties.


If you want to buy an investment property

Whether you’re buying a second home or a rental property, here are a couple tips to save for a down payment.


  1. Tap into your equity. If you’ve paid off or paid down your mortgage on your primary home, you may be able to tap into your equity to purchase another property. Contact your lender to learn more about a HELOC or home equity loan.


  1. Get a partner. Find a friend or relative who’s willing to purchase property with you. Typically, you’ll split the costs and profits equally. Just make sure to work with an attorney to create a partnership agreement to fit your situation.

Do you want a clearer picture of your buying power? Would you like to see what kind of homes you can get with your buying power? Give us a call!

Sources:   1.

  2.     National Association of REALTORS, 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers