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February 2008

Did you Know that Home Staging can increase your return?

Improvement          Typical Cost         Increase in Sales Price          Average Return

Lighten & Brighten        $86-$110                $786-$935                                    769%

Clean & De Clutter        $305-$339             $2,093-$2,378                               594%

Landscape & Trim        $432-506               $1,594-$1,839                               266%

Staging Furniture         $212-$1089               $2,275-$2,841                              169%

These are jsut a few examples to show you what a little work to the house will do before putting your house on the market.

January 2008 Condo Sales by Area Monmouth County, Rumson, Sea Bright


January Single Family Sales By Area for Monmouth County, Rumson, Sea Bright


Monmouth County houses on Market 2007 vs 2006

Monmouth County Housing Comparison of 2007 vs. 2006

Below you will find the statistical data derived from the Monmouth County MLSin regards to number of houses on the market for 2007 vs 2006Mon06_3

Below you will find the statistical data derived from the Monmouth County MLS in regards to number of houses on the market for 2007 vs 2006




(someone sent me this email and I had to post it)

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.
COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.
ABBOTT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.
COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou.
ABBOTT: What about Windows?
COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?
ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows?
ABBOTT: Wallpaper.
COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.
ABBOTT: Software for Windows?
COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business.? What do you have?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?
ABBOTT: I just did.
COSTELLO: You just did what?
ABBOTT: Recommend something.
COSTELLO: You recommended something?
COSTELLO: For my office?
COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!
ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.
COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal.? What do I need?
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: Word in Office.
COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?
ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue "W".
COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue "w" if you don't start with some straight answers.? What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?
ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.
COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?
ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.
COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?
ABBOTT: One copy.
COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?
ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.
COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?
(A few days later)
ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?
ABBOTT: Click on "START".............

Embracing change

We get older and there is no way to stopthe process We have children, they grow up and move on We change jobs, by choice or not We acquire new friendss and lose old ones We gain or lose weight We buy new clothes because styles change We pay more aand more taxes We spend money on new technologies We are in a constant state of change! Live life! Enjoy life! The present is ALL thhat we have.
Change will occur.
Gloria Benaroch Broker Associate direct: 732.245..4031

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We don't use Square Footage at the Jersey Shore

We don't use Square Footage at the Jersey Shore

We don't use square footage

To all who are moving into Central Jersey. We DON'T use square footage in Monmouth County.

Now, this bothers some people from areas where they know that the Jones' house is 2,500 square feet and their home is 2,800 square feet.

Why is that you may ask? Well, like most things, years ago there was a lawsuit. An agent put basement and/or garage into total square footage measurement. (Everyone measures and includes different things in the measurement. Some people may include an enclosed porch with no heat others not.) Anyway agent and company lost the suit. So, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and others decided that the safest course was to drop the requirement for square footage.

And, now the only people who put square footage into their listings are the builders of new construction, and other agencies who are not afraid or have had a letter signed by the seller acknowledging that they are the ones giving this information or it came directly form the tax records and we can hope that is correct and that that he doesn't change the design, by moving this to do that(you get the picture)and the square footage is accurate!

Our homes cannot be compared to your home  where you are relocating from. It just doesn't compute. Like apples and oranges.
At the end of the day...when you like the house, does an extra square foot really matter?