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What You Need To Know About Radon In New Jersey

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. There are no standard medical screening tests to detect radon exposure.  Testing your home is the only way to know if radon levels are high. You can’t predict the amount of radon in your home based on how old or new your home is; it depends on the ground on which it is built.

Monmouth County falls within the highest potential for radon (Zone 1) according to Environmental Protection Agency data. So, testing your home for radon levels is certainly recommended.  See the radon zone map for New Jersey: http://www.city-data.com/radon-zones/New-Jersey/New-Jersey.html

The good news is that testing for radon is easy and inexpensive.  And, if you find your home has higher than safe radon levels, the problem can be solved by a relatively simple solution.

Selling Your Home? How a Sale Can Impact Your Taxes

Generally, any profits you earn are taxable. However, when you sell your home you may not have to pay taxes on the money you gain . . . it all depends on whether you fall within the qualifying guidelines. 

Here are 10 items to consider when selling your home:

1. You May Qualify for an Exclusion of Gain.  You may be able to exclude part or all of the gain from the sale of your home. This rule may apply if you meet the eligibility test. Parts of the test involve your ownership and use of the home. You must have owned and used it as your main/primary home for at least two out of the five years before the date of sale.

Check Out The New Century 21 Commercial "Not an App"!

Happy New Year!  We're pleased to share our first (of four!) new commercials of 2017, appropriately entitled “Not an App.”  We're debuting this commercial on the national stage this Sunday, January 8th during the 74th Golden Globe Awards. Be on the lookout for the rest of our 2017 commercials to debut in the coming weeks.

Home Maintenance Tip: Don't Ignore Chimney Issues

A home feature that is on many buyers list of 'must-haves' is a fireplace.  Understandable, since a fireplace adds ambiance and coziness to a home.  What many people may not realize, though, is that fireplaces require regular maintenance in order to stay safe and healthy.  This is the case whether it is wood-burning or has gas logs.

It can be dangerous to operate any type of fireplace without routine upkeep. For a chimney to operate as it is intended  and keep your family safe requires cleaning and making needed repairs. The most common chimney issues are (1) obstructions in the chimney, (2) creosote and soot build-up, (3) cracks in the flue, (4) deteriorating brickwork, and (5) chimney cap and crown issues.