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Congratulations To Our Shining Stars of 2016!!

We are pleased to recognize our New Jersey Association of REALTORS® Circle of Excellence Sales Award winners for 2016!

Platinum Level recipient is Laurin LaLima, Gold Level recipients are Ruth Cole, Brian Lichtenthal, Andrea Mesh and Carrie Moyer.  Silver Level recipients are Frank Fortino, Alan Katz, Sheryl Kerner, Garry Klein, Stacy Prestigiacomo and Lori Ragovin. Bronze Level recipients are Lorraine Broccoli, Ianina Fishman, Michael Kalagassy, Susan Kaplan, George “Adam” Russ and Marcia Sokal.

All of these award winners are leaders and innovators, empowering local homebuyers and sellers with valuable information, helping them to make informed real estate decisions. As local market experts, these sales professionals are uniquely qualified to help consumers navigate the opportunities that exist in the local real estate market and provide current sellers with an excellent opportunity to gain additional exposure for their properties.

Marlboro County Acquires 56 Acres To Preserve As Open Space

Marlboro Township completed the purchase of Stattel Farm, at Rts. 520 and 79 in Marlboro, a project they have been working on for more than nine years. A total of 56 acres will be preserved as open space forever.

The acquisition of this land does not impact the budget or local taxes. The Township applied land preservation funding already authorized and in place, including the Township’s dedicated Open Space Trust Fund, NJ Green Acres Matching Grant and state Agricultural Development Committee funding in order to complete the acquisition.

Marlboro Township has logged several open space preservation successes with the Tennent Road (30 acres), Smith Farm (16 acres), Penksa Farm (21 acres) and Baydock Holdings (50 acres) projects.

The Township's continuing efforts to maintain open space is important for the quality of life in our community today, as well as preserving our community's lifestyle for future generations.

Open House in the Winter? Make a Powerful First Impression

When preparing your home for an Open House this time of year, be sure to pay as much attention to the outside as you do to the inside. You want to create a great first impression, so by the time potential buyers enter your home, they are already optimistic about living there.

Here are some relatively easy things you can do to create the most inviting exterior without breaking the bank or your back. Also be aware that most buyers will ride by and check out the exterior of your home before even considering viewing the inside.  So it can be argued that the exterior is 'the most important' selling feature. 

1. Put a fresh coat of paint on your front door.  Not sure what color is best?  Use a color wheel to find a color that complements the color of your siding or brick.  Here is a simple color wheel to use from This Old House:  https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/choose-paint-colors-color-wheel.

The Importance of Customer Reviews

According to the research findings of the Annual Bright Local Consumer Review Survey 2016 84% of people trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation, and 90% of consumers read less than 10 reviews before forming an opinion about a business.

Well, the real estate industry has been relying on a form of reviews, personal referrals, for a very long time.  A large percentage of consumers will ask family, friends and co-workers to recommend agents to them.  

At the closing of each sale, our customers are provided with a Century 21 Satisfaction Survey to complete.  At the end of the survey, they have an opportunity to write a recommendation for their agent.  Please take a moment to read what our customers have to say about the service they received from our agent associates.  

We're proud of our entire staff for their dedication to truly serving the needs of their clients.  View Our Customer Reviews

Great Video Highlighting Special Places in Monmouth County

This is the time of year when we long for Spring.  Open Spaces & Historic Places in Monmouth County . . . very well done Greener New Jersey Productions!