December 2016

Found 8 blog entries for December 2016.

Glen Rock NJ Neighborhood Guide

Picturesque and idyllic are two words commonly used to describe Glen Rock. Just south of Ridgewood and an easy 20 miles from Manhattan, there is no shortage of charm in this small thriving community.

Here are some of our favorite aspects of Glen Rock, and the surrounding area:

Youth-Focused

Glen Rock is hands-down one of the best communities in the area to raise a family. The community is focused on youth services and family amenities. With acres of recreational outdoor space, a large public pool, skating rink, tennis courts, and other recreational facilities, your kids will grow up with access to exciting activities, sports, and clubs. This is not a small town where kids are bored with nothing to do. There is always something exciting

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host a great open house

Open houses are one of the most effective selling tools for homeowners. Although you may have invested in great real estate photos or a video promoting your property, nothing beats seeing it in person. This is where an open house comes in. Potential buyers get the chance to tour your home and find out if they are truly interested in making an offer.

With open houses, first impressions are vital, so it’s important to get things right from the beginning. Here are a few tips and tricks to prepare your home for a perfect open house:

Keep the Scents Neutral

Many people will try to make their home seem more welcoming by lighting scented candles or using perfume sprays. What you need to remember is that what is appealing to you may not necessarily

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Is a kitchen upgrade on your to-do list for the New Year? One of the best ways to add value to your home is with a kitchen renovation. Kitchen trends seem to come and go more quickly than other home renovation trends, which makes it easier to pick a couple interesting upgrades for your own home.

Even if a full kitchen renovation is not in the budget this year, there are still a few small changes you can make to breathe new life into your space. Here are the top kitchen trends for 2017:

Automation

The future is here with fixtures and faucets that feature automation. There are numerous gadgets and gizmos that make meal preparations and clean up easier. From meat thermometers that sync with your smartphone to tell you when dinner is ready to faucets

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We can all agree that 2016 was a bit of a roller coaster, with many highs and lows. One thing is for sure; the theme for the year should definitely be to expect the unexpected.

Making predictions for the upcoming year is challenging because no one can truly say for sure what the future will bring, however, there are several trends that Realtor.com is predicting for the real estate market in 2017. Here are some of the most significant predictions:

New Homebuyers and Millennials will Move to the Midwest

For young homebuyers, affordability is a huge factor in purchasing a home. One of the trends that we started to see in 2016 was a younger buyer moving to the Midwest because of the affordability factor. Millennials and recent graduates will be more

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How You Know it’s Time to Downsize and When Not To

Many homeowners will eventually want to downsize from their family home into something smaller or more manageable. This is a popular choice for retirees and people whose children have since moved out and started their own families.

But how do you know when the time is right? Here are several things to think of before choosing to downsize your home:

Are Utility Bills Getting Out of Hand?

Heating and cooling a large family home can often be expensive. This is especially true as the cost of energy rises in many areas. Are you noticing increasing utility bills? For many retirees on a fixed income, rising bills are simply not feasible. In many cases, downsizing to a smaller home will result in

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Are you planning a renovation in the New Year? Looking to spruce up your home and add value to your property? Or are you making flooring decisions for a new home currently in construction? Flooring materials come in many varieties with many pros and cons. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the choices available for your new floors, take a read below and learn more about what type of flooring is best for you:

Carpet

A popular choice for bedrooms and studies, carpet is a standard choice in many homes. Although it can sometimes be a little pricey to install, carpet is a great choice for creating a comfortable, cozy ambiance. Carpet will keep your home a little warmer during cold winters and may sometimes also work to reduce noise in the home.

One of

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Who says you have to leave home to enjoy the holidays? Many Bergen County residents feel the need to head into the city to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays, but the truth is that there’s more than enough fun to be had here at home. Save the stress and cost of a trip to the city this holiday season and make your own memories at home in Bergen County.

Here are our top picks for fun and exciting holiday activities:

Ridgewood’s “Downtown for the Holidays”

Even if you’ve missed the annual lighting of the tree in downtown Ridgewood, there are still many opportunities to get in the holiday spirit. This four-week event in Ridgewood offers store discounts, meet and greets with Santa and free movies throughout the month of December.

Visit

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Many homeowners notice when the temperatures drop, their energy bills rise. This isn’t a unique problem; it’s something that almost every homeowner faces each year. Luckily, there are several things you can do to save money on your energy costs this winter. Here are some of our best tips and tricks for saving money when it starts to get cold outside:

Make Sure Your Air Filters are Clean

One of the leading factors in an inefficient heating system is a dirty or clogged air filter. Your heater or furnace requires a constant stream of clean air to operate efficiently. If your air filter is dirty, the heater or furnace will strain to operate efficiently. This will result in higher energy bills and greater risk of an unexpected breakdown.

Invest in

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