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April is Fair Housing Month - Working to Stop Discrimination

This month marks the 47th anniversary of the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, and HUD is launching an educational campaign to help people recognize and combat housing discrimination.

This quote from HUD Secretary Julián Castro sums it all up. "At the core of everything we do to improve housing opportunities is a firm belief that no family should ever be denied the opportunity to own or rent a home because of what they look like, where they come from, how they get around, how they speak, who they love and other circumstances of life. HUD’s fair housing efforts level the playing field so that folks have a solid foundation upon which they can achieve their dreams and build for the future."

What to do if you believe your rights, or the rights of others, are being violated?  Learn more on HUD's website.

Laurin Manco LaLima sells Queen Latifah's Colts Neck home!

Laurin Manco LaLima, Broker Associate and a top agent, just sold Queen Latifah's Colts Neck home.

Laurin is one of the most dedicated, committed, experienced, and knowledgeable real estate agents in the nation. She holds the Grand Centurion Producer Award, and for the NJAR Circle of Excellence Sales Award she earned Platinum, which are the two highest production awards an agent can receive. Laurin also earned the Double Centurion Producer Award, numerous Centurion Producer Awards and several NJAR Circle of Excellence Sales Awards.

Laurin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Communications and Sociology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and has in depth experience in real estate and securities investment analysis.  She stays current with the economic factors which influence our local real estate market, and her clients benefit from her vast knowledge and experience.

We are fortunate and proud to have Laurin associated with our sales staff. Laurin's customers and clients continually comment on her warm personality and personal commitment in making their real estate transactions a pleasurable experience.

Congratulations Laurin!

Low Housing Inventory Drives Up New Construction Prices

When housing inventory is low, buyers feel a lot of pressure and frustration. Finding the right home for their family can be difficult.  So, even though they may not have considered new construction in a more 'normal' market, many more buyers are now looking at a newly-constructed or nearly-completed home as their best choice.

The reality is that if you need a home because yours is sold, or you are new to the area, you need to pick from the current available inventory of homes for sale.

This situation is driving up the prices of new and existing homes, and is also creating an uptick in sales for new home builders.

There are currently over 250 listings in Monmouth County for newly-constructed, soon-to-be-constructed, or otherwise 'available' opportunities to build a new home.  Here is how they break down:

We've Received the Prestigious CENTURY 21® President’s Hall of Fame Award

The CENTURY 21® President’s Hall of Fame Award for Exceptional Service and Sales was presented to us during a special ceremony at the CENTURY 21 Global Conference. The award recognizes our exceptional track record of quality service and sales production, and represents our agents' long-standing commitment to our customers.

Receiving this award is truly an honor.  We are proud and humbled.  Each and every day our sales affiliates strive to provide the highest level of service to our clients while helping them to make informed real estate decisions. This award is a testament to all of the hard work and commitment we have put forth over the years.

The CENTURY 21® President’s Hall of Fame Award honors those independent offices that have earned the CENTURY 21 President’s Award each year for a minimum of 10 out of the past 12 years. The President's Award requires that offices meet stringent sales production and customer service goals, and that the office achieve the CENTURION® Award and Quality Service Pinnacle Award in the same calendar year.

Congratulations to all CENTURY 21 Mack Morris Iris Lurie associates!  You are truly Smarter, Bolder & Faster!