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December
5

Cozy Home Interior for Winter - Tarvin Realtors

There's no better feeling on a cold winter night than settling in with your family or loved ones to chat about your day, enjoy dinner, or maybe watch a movie. Many of the best Ridgewood homes for sale are already quite cozy, but you can always make small improvements here and there.

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November
28

Christmas Tree Care - Homeowners - Tarvin Realtors

A live Christmas tree looks beautiful and makes your home smell fresh, but it's also important to take good care of the tree, so it survives until the holidays. A well-cared-for tree won't dry out as fast and will shed fewer needles, lasting as long as five weeks before needing to come down. Here are a few tips from our agents for getting the most out of your tree.

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November
21

Restaurants for Soup - Bergen County, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

As the weather changes, so do the foods you crave. This time of year, as fall winds rush through the trees, it's so nice to warm up with a big bowl of soup. Whether you love chili, chicken noodle, or ramen, Bergen County's restaurants are ladeling up some goodness. Here are some of the top spots our real estate agents recommend for soup.

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November
14

Unexpected Places to Update With Paint - Tarvin Realtors

Are you looking for ways to boost design appeal in your home? You may be surprised to learn that painting unexpected places can quickly give your home that wow factor it's been missing. Our agents have some great tips to make your house stand out in today's real estate market.

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November
7

Gluten-Free Dining - Bergen County, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Dietary restrictions and preferences don't have to stop you from dining out when you live in Bergen County. If you're on a gluten-free diet, it's easy to find local restaurants with quality menu items just for you. 

A gluten-free diet excludes foods containing gluten, such as wheat and other grains. While it helps reduce symptoms of Celiac disease, this diet has many other benefits, including weight loss, reduced inflammation, and energy. We know the best spots if you're looking for local restaurants with gluten-free options. Check out this list of recommendations from our agents.

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October
31

House Styles to Consider - Buy a Home - Tarvin Realtors

When it comes to home styles, there are plenty of options to choose from. From Cape Cod to ranch, you will find homes in every size, shape, and design you may desire in Ridgewood, NJ. Our agents have seen and sold them all, and it is our pleasure to help you find the one that fits your budget and desired lifestyle best!

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October
24

Fire Prevention Tips - Homeowners - Tarvin Realtors

Fire hazards are plentiful in modern homes, and knowing how to prevent fires is a skill every homeowner should master. It's National Fire Prevention Month, and this is an excellent opportunity to examine the hazards around your home and to take steps to mitigate the risk of a fire burning down everything you have worked so hard to build. The following are some tips our agents recommend for enhancing your safety and protecting your home.

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September
26

Homebuying Big Picture - Tarvin Realtors

Buying a home isn't as simple as looking at an advertisement, making a call, and writing a check. There are many steps and phases involved in the process, and preparing yourself ahead of time will make the process a little easier, less intimidating, and more efficient. Our agents are always ready to help you when you're ready to buy a home in Bergen County, NJ, and the following are some things our team can help you plan for, expect, and prepare for as the process moves forward.

  • Do a Financial, Practical, and Emotional Inventory
    How are your finances? How does your credit score look? Do you have all the paperwork needed to secure the mortgage with the lender? Are you planning to retire in the home, move on in a few years as your career advances, or raise your family in the area? Answering these and many other questions is crucial for helping you decide whether to buy a home, as well as determining what type of home to buy, what kind of mortgage terms you can secure, and how much you can comfortably afford.

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September
19

Home Office Upgrades - Tarvin Realtors

Whether working from home full time or a few days a week, you need a space that enhances your productivity. Your home office should separate your personal life from your work. It should have the necessary accessories to make working comfortable and more manageable. Besides our agents helping you find the best home for you among the Ridgewood homes for sale, they have also compiled these five upgrades for your home office.

  1. Laptop Stand and External Monitor
    Laptops are great for portability, but if you're working from home, they can quickly become cramped. Increase your screen real estate with a second monitor and add a laptop stand to put your computer at eye level. Both of these options can go a long way in ensuring an ergonomic desk setup.

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September
12

Chocolate Day Destinations 2022 - Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Chocolate is on many people's list of favorite foods; for some, it's something close to an obsession. Although you don't need a reason to treat yourself, International Chocolate Day is observed on September 13, so mark it on the calendar and plan to visit a local Chocolate Day destination.

Our agents recommend getting your chocolate fix by visiting the following shops.

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September
6

Fall Family Fun 2022 - Bergen County, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Fall is in the air! It's the perfect time of year to head outside and enjoy the autumn leaves, newly harvested crops, and crisp air. Bergen County is a great place to be in the fall. Our real estate agents recommend checking out some family-friendly fall attractions and events.

  • Demarest Farms: 244 Weirimus Rd., Hillsdale, NJ 07642
    Demarest Farms 
    has been growing food for Bergen County residents since 1886. This historic family farm now offers apple picking, pumpkin picking, and a petting zoo. Apple picking begins on September 3, and pumpkin picking on September 24. Admission for apple or pumpkin picking includes free entrance to the petting zoo and playground.

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August
29

Don't Make These Staging Mistakes - Tarvin Realtors

With homes flying out of inventory, many sellers are asking themselves why they should bother to stage the house before listing. The answer is simple: Staging helps prospective buyers fall in love with the house creating the potential for a bidding war and increased profit. Your best course of action would be to consult with our agents to ensure you don't invest more in staging than it's worth. But no matter how much or little you choose to invest, a few basics are critical to a quick sale at or above your asking price. 

  1. Don't Skimp on Housekeeping
    It's amazing how many sellers post photos of their beautiful homes showing a basket of laundry on the bed. Even if you have invested in professional deep-cleaning, keeping it as clean as possible throughout the showing process is important. Cameras will pick up every dust bunny in a virtual showing. When the house sparkles, it tells the potential buyer its owners have taken good care of it. It may be helpful to pack and remove things you rarely use to ensure that clutter doesn't creep back into the picture.

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August
23

Beer Lovers Day Around Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

September 7th is National Beer Lovers Day, and what better way to celebrate than to unwind with a pint of your favorite brew? If you're moving to a new neighborhood, it may be more difficult to find a place. There are plenty of Ridgewood homes for sale, but are they near any good pubs or breweries? Do they serve the beers you like? We've got you covered. Here's a roundup of our favorite places to have a beer in Ridgewood and the Bergen County area.

  • Gearblock Brewing Company - 140 Franklin Turnpike Suite 2, Waldwick, NJ 07463
    Inspired by a love of automobiles and their inner workings, Gearblock Brewing Company serves up a wide variety of award-winning craft beers near Waldwick homes for sale, Friday through Sunday afternoons and evenings. They have everything from pale ales to stouts, plus sours, fruit beers, hard seltzers, and several seasonal offerings, all handcrafted and delicious.

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August
15

Hiring a Home Inspector - Buying a Home - Tarvin Realtors

A home inspection is an essential step in the house-buying process as the outcome informs your decision to purchase a property. A home inspector identifies any structural issues with a potential home to avoid surprises later on.

However, some inspectors are more rigorous than others. Our agents advise buyers interested in Ridgewood homes for sale to pre-screen several home inspectors. Be sure to ask these questions.

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August
8

Paramus Food Truck Festival - Tarvin Realtors

The Paramus Summer Food Truck Festival will arrive on August 14th, and we couldn't be more excited. This family-friendly event at Paramus Park Mall will feature music, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, shopping, and much more. There will be more than 20 food trucks available, and our agents have identified some of their favorites:

  • Angry Archies
    If you're a fan of crustaceans, be sure to stop by the Angry Archies truck. In addition to crab cakes and lobster rolls, you can find chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers, lobster mac and cheese, truffle fries, potato salad, and more. The selections may vary a bit, but one thing you can count on is that their crab poutine will be making a grand appearance at the event.

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July
25

Family Day Destinations - Bergen County, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

It's always nice to take a whole day and enjoy it together as a family. You can tour a museum, have a picnic in the park, or learn a new skill together. Luckily, there are plenty of family-friendly sights and things to do around Bergen County. Our agents know the area well and have some great recommendations for local family day destinations. 

  1. The Hermitage: 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423
    If you're looking at Ho-Ho-Kus homes for sale, The Hermitage is a great place to visit nearby. This small home has a rich history. In 1778, George Washington stayed at the home while on his way to White Plains. William Paterson, Alexander Hamilton, and Peggy Shippen Arnold also stayed at the home.

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July
18

Fine Dining - Bergen County, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Whether it's a romantic date or a family celebration, an elevated dining experience can really set the scene for life's special moments. Our agents love heading out for a great steak, fresh seafood, and a nice glass of wine on the weekends. Thankfully, the Bergen County food scene does not disappoint. We have many upscale restaurants where you can wine and dine with the people you love the most.

When casual dining just won't cut it, you can enjoy a high-quality meal at one of these Bergen County fine dining destinations.

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July
11

Down Payments Explained - Buy a Home - Tarvin Realtors

Think it's impossible to buy one of these Ridgewood homes for sale unless you have 20% saved up? Well, maybe not.

A 20% down payment on a new home has always been the standard guideline. Saving enough reserves can be the single notable hurdle for prospective homebuyers. But it shouldn't have to be. You don't have to make a 20% down payment in today's real estate market. The only downside is that you'll have to pay mortgage insurance without 20% down, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

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July
5

Improve Air Quality - Homeowners - Tarvin Realtors

You spend much of your day indoors, and it's crucial that the air you breathe is as clean as possible. Our agents recommend taking the following steps to ensure the air within your home is as clean and healthy as possible.

  1. Change the Filters
    It takes just a few minutes to change the filters on your HVAC system, and it's well worth doing this every month or two. Further, be sure to invest in a high-quality HEPA filter. It will trap the smallest particles and is highly effective at keeping everything from pet dander to VOCs out of your indoor air stream. Changing the filters also helps improve HVAC system efficiency and reduces wear and tear, saving you money in the long run.

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June
27

Downsizing Tips - Buy a Home - Tarvin Realtors

Thinking about downsizing? Looking for a new house when you're an older adult is quite different from getting your foot in the property market as a youngster. On one hand, it's hard to let go of a house full of memories, but on the other, it's important to find a house that will support you as you age, like these Ridgewood homes for sale.

Here are some tips on what to look out for in a new home.

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June
20

Yoga Studios - Bergen County, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

With International Yoga Day right around the corner on June 21st, it's time to celebrate one of the greatest fitness revolutions in the modern era. Millions of people across the country practice yoga every single day, and there are many studios throughout Bergen County. We can't list them all, but our agents have put together their favorites:

  • Shree Yoga Studios — 3 Barnstable Ct., Saddle River, NJ 07458
    Shree Yoga Studios refers to itself as the "Harvard of Yoga," and we'd say this is a very accurate description. They offer both in-studio and online classes for people of all fitness levels, health conditions, yoga experiences, and ages. If you want to do a deep dive into their past classes, they offer a virtual library through their website where you can access past Zoom classes 24/7. This studio is close to quite a few Saddle River homes for sale, so check it out when you're nearby.

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June
13

Summer Maintenance To-Do List - Homeowners - Tarvin Realtors

As spring winds down and the weather warms up, it's the right time to put your summer maintenance list together to get your home and landscape in order. Creating a list will help you visualize the work that needs done and makes it easier to prioritize tasks. Our agents share tips to help you get started.

  • Get Ready to Clean
    You should start your maintenance by getting rid of clutter and thoroughly washing the inside and outside of your home. This will make it easier to see any damage to the home and any issues that need repairing.

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June
6

Chocolate Ice Cream - Bergen County, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? If you're a fan of chocolate, you're not alone. In fact, so many people love chocolate ice cream that there is an entire holiday dedicated to the flavor. June 7th is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, and our real estate agents can recommend some great Bergen County ice cream shops to visit in celebration. 

  • Van Dyk's Homemade Ice Cream: 145 Ackerman Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    Van Dyk's Homemade Ice Cream is a small, family-owned ice cream shop. They make all of their own products in-house, and their ice cream is smooth and creamy. 

    In honor of National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, ordering chocolate would make sense. But Van Dyk's also has chocolate chip, chocolate peanut butter, cheesecake brownie, and coffee chip. They sell pints and quarts to take home for later, and their milkshakes have quite a following, too.

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May
31

Interior Painting Tips for Homeowners - Tarvin Realtors

If your home's interior is looking a little dated, perhaps it's time for a fresh coat of paint to boost design appeal. Our agents know that new paint is an easy, affordable way to transform a drab, outdated space into a space with updated style and appeal.

A fresh coat of interior paint will quickly create a clean updated look that appeals to buyers looking for Ridgewood homes for sale. If you're ready to tackle an interior paint project and give your home a new, stylish look, consider these interior painting tips that will ensure successful results.

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May
23

Bergen County Golf Courses - Tarvin Realtors

Our agents are always excited to hear that Bergen County's golf courses have opened up for the season. And now that we've gotten through the wind, rain, and occasional late snowstorm that April often brings, it's time to look ahead to clear skies and smooth fairways. 

New Jersey offers some truly world-class golf courses, and some of the very best are right here in Bergen County. These local courses near our Ridgewood homes for sale are truly above par.

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May
16

Sound System - Homeowners - Tarvin Realtors

A home filled with music is a home filled with memories. Whether spending a romantic evening with your spouse or sharing a fun-filled afternoon with friends and family, music sets the backdrop for a wonderful time. Our agents love listening to music as much as you and highly recommend the following technologies that will allow you to enjoy your favorite music in every room in the house.

  • Multi-Room Music 101
    Modern home entertainment technology makes it easy to connect every room in your home to a central music system without the need to string wires and cables through every wall. Multi-room audio systems allow you to connect wireless speakers and other devices effortlessly. These allow you to stream music from Apple, Spotify, and a wide range of apps that you can control from your phone, tablet, laptop, or PC.

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May
9

Burgers in Bergen County, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Nobody is quite sure who invented the hamburger. Some say it originated in Hamburg, Germany. Others say it originated in Hamburg, New York. There's even evidence to suggest medieval folks ate meat patties similar to hamburgers. Regardless of which of these theories you subscribe to, one thing is for sure: Burgers are delicious.

Luckily, May is National Burger Month, the perfect occasion to treat yourself to one of these juicy, mouthwatering creations. If you're looking at Ridgewood homes for sale, we recommend some nearby burger restaurants.

  • The Office Tavern Grill: 32-34 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    The Office Tavern Grill is a laid-back neighborhood bar where you can enjoy drinks and burgers with friends. Their Tavern Burger is a crowd-pleaser. Made from 100% ground chuck, it comes topped with provolone, stout-braised onions, bacon, and burger sauce.

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April
25

Classes Around Ridgewood - Tarvin Realtors

If you've always wanted to get started in an activity like dance or art or have been looking to improve your skills, you'll find plenty of classes around Ridgewood that can help. You'll not only learn and have fun but will also find others who share a common interest with you.

Our agents suggest checking out the following classes in Ridgewood.

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April
18

Moving to New Jersey - Buy a Home - Tarvin Realtors

Welcome to New Jersey! But before you become an official resident of the Garden State, it's important to invest some time planning your big move. Having a solid plan can save money and reduce stress while ensuring that you hit your target dates when moving from out of state. Our agents have some practical tips and advice to make your move to New Jersey go as smoothly as possible.

  • Set Your Budget
    Your budget for moving will play an important role in planning, so it's helpful to plan how much you're willing to spend before making other decisions. In addition to the costs of moving your belongings, consider how you and your family will be traveling to your new home. No matter your budget, make sure to leave some breathing room to cover any unexpected costs.

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April
11

Restaurants for Lunch - Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

With today's fast-paced schedules, lunch often becomes the forgotten member of the day's meal trifecta. Help our agents change that status by observing National Make Lunch Count Day on Wednesday, April 13. Enjoy a quality midday meal at one of these wonderful restaurants around Ridgewood. 

  • From Scratch - 44 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    Some of the best restaurants are like eating at home but at another level. Chef Claudia Rovegno brought recipes from her native Rome to provide fresh, homemade, gourmet meals at From Scratch. At Claudia's unique "grocery bistro," you can eat on-site or take out a meal from the grab-and-go menu. Be sure to try the Pinsa Romana, a lighter and healthier version of traditional pizza. Hours are noon - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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April
4

Start a Garden - Homeowners - Tarvin Realtors

One of the first signs of spring in New Jersey is the appearance of brightly-colored crocuses peeking out of the last vestiges of snow. Soon to come are the daffodils and bluebells. Our agents will be busy showing off the many Ridgewood homes for sale, made even more attractive by their lovely gardens. You may be thinking that you don't have room for the garden of your dreams, but that is far from true. Once you have decided whether to plant flowers, vegetables, or both, you still have several options from which to choose. Here are a few of them:

  • Container Gardens
    Probably the most versatile option, containers allow you to move them around for aesthetics or to follow the sun's path. They also mean that you can bring them inside to escape cold weather. Your home improvement store can share many options from large to small containers and wheeled platforms for easy relocation. They will also allow you to choose the type of soil required for each variety of plants.

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March
28

Walking Paths - Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

March 30 is "Take a Walk in the Park" Day, and our agents have a suggestion or two!

There are all kinds of wonderful parks near Ridgewood homes for sale. Whether great or small, they each offer respite and a fun diversion in the form of a walk through natural surroundings. In addition to carefully preserved trails, most of them have benches, picnic spaces, or sports fields you can use.

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March
21

Puppy-Proofing Your Home - Tarvin Realtors

Getting a new puppy is an exciting time for the whole family. It's important to start teaching your children what they'll need to be doing once the puppy arrives. Keeping small items off the floor and putting away their shoes is just the start. Having a puppy is a big responsibility, and everyone has a role to play.

  • Invest in a Good Crate
    Investing in a good crate will serve several purposes. It will provide your puppy with a safe space and also keep them from getting into trouble while you are at work. Puppy crates make great training tools and will give your puppy a place where they can go to rest without interference.

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March
14

Bergen County Bakeries for Pi Day - Tarvin Realtors

March 14th is a big day for pie lovers throughout the country. Every year when Pi Day rolls around, area bakeries put out their best pies of the year for everyone to enjoy. Our agents know that looking at real estate can work up quite the appetite and recommend the following bakeries where you can find a slice of pie and a little rest and relaxation.

  • Reinholds Quality Bakery - 32 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, NJ 07463
    From cupcakes to cookies to custom cakes, Reinholds Quality Bakery, located near these Waldwick homes for sale, has it all. And, of course, that includes pies in a variety of flavors. Customers also rave about the Yum Yums, twisted cinnamon donuts with a delicious glaze topping.

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March
7

Updating a Period Kitchen - Homeowners - Tarvin Realtors

There are plenty of great Ridgewood homes for sale, including some dating back to the Victorian era! Sometimes older homes need a bit of work, but updating a period home can be a bit of a mixed bag. A remodel is necessary, but a complete overhaul could end up destroying the home's unique, historic beauty and rustic charm. This is especially true in the kitchen. How do you strike a balance between historic charm and modern convenience? Here are a few tips.

  • Plan. Go through the entire kitchen and determine what you want to keep and what you want to replace or add. Do the rustic, hardwood floors still work, or would you rather have modern tile? Perhaps the ornate faucets above the sink are worth keeping, but the pipes below need to be replaced. Talk to a contractor who understands old homes and can help you make these decisions.

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February
28

Home Emergencies - Tarvin Realtors

No matter how much care you show your property, emergencies are bound to happen. For people looking into Ridgewood homes for sale, it's equally important to prepare for household mishaps after settling in. Below are six common crises with their responses.

  1. Power Failure
    Many power outages are caused by extreme weather, and the only thing to do is wait them out. Most importantly, stock flashlights and batteries on every floor of the home and let every household member know the location of these supplies. Flashlights are much safer than candles as the latter can start a house fire.

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February
21

Order a Margarita Around Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

The margarita was invented in Mexico in the 1930s, and since then, it has become ever more popular in the U.S. and beyond. Now, there's even a holiday to celebrate this tasty drink: National Margarita Day! It's coming up on February 22. The best part is that all you have to celebrate is sit down, relax, and enjoy a margarita. So, we recommend you take a short break from looking at Ridgewood homes for sale and stop by one of these restaurants.

  • Sangria: 1033 MacArthur Blvd., Mahwah, NJ 07430
    The restaurant might be named Sangria, but they make delicious margaritas, too. This is a convenient place to stop if you're looking at Mahwah homes for sale. They're open daily for dinner, and their menu includes a delightful selection of Spanish favorites, including albondigas, tostones, and paella. The bartenders at Sangria make a delicious margarita, served in a tall glass with a slice of lime. They also have a great selection of Spanish beers and wines, along with sangria and sangria cocktails.

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February
14

Family Baking Fun in February - Tarvin Realtors

The way families spend their leisure time has changed dramatically in the last few years. Instead of piling into the car to drive to an adventure, many families are focusing on activities at home. Our agents have noticed trends that are pulling families away from the TV set and into the kitchen, offering several benefits. February is National Bake for Family Fun Month and the perfect time for the whole family to gather in the kitchen for some baking fun. 

  • Bolster Education
    Reinforce math and reading skills by having younger children follow recipes while helping in the kitchen. Recipes can be halved or doubled, measurements are in partial cups or tablespoons, and recipes can be read aloud. Do you have teenagers that claim they already know how to read? Hand them Grandma's favorite cookie recipe written in cursive on a 3-by-5 card and see how well they can manage!

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February
7

Castles Around Bergen County, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Did you know that we have many gorgeous historical castles right here in New Jersey? Bergen County is home to several architectural marvels, each more impressive than the last. Let's take a closer look at five local castles that have caught our agents' eyes during our time serving clients in this area.  

  • Kip's Castle - 22 Crestmont Rd., Montclair, NJ, 07042 
    Kip's Castle (formerly known as Kypsburg) is a stunning recreation of a medieval Norman castle right here in Jersey. It was built from 1902 to 1905 by Frederic Ellsworth Kip, a renowned industrialist in the textile industry. Both the building and grounds were designed by Kip's wife, Charlotte Bishop Williams Kip. Her favorite feature was the octagonal rose garden, a paradise she lovingly tended to each day.

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January
31

Private Event Rooms - Bergen County, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

For special events, you go out to celebrate at a restaurant. For very special events, you book a private dining room in the restaurant, so you and your guests can enjoy great food and have a great time without disturbing or being disturbed by the other customers. Which restaurants have private dining rooms, though? It can be a challenge to organize, especially if you've just moved to a new neighborhood. Fortunately, we can help. Our agents know the Bergen County area backward and forwards and, once you've moved into your new home, can help you find the best restaurants with private event rooms near you. Here's a list of our favorites.

  • The Rail Yard Tavern - 14-26 Plaza Rd. N, Fair Lawn, NJ, 07410
    Designed to evoke memories of old steam trains, The Rail Yard Tavern is nonetheless a fully modern establishment. With a focus on pizza and steak, they offer a variety of delicious menu options made with the best and freshest ingredients. They also cater to private events, from birthdays to holiday parties to corporate events and more.

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January
24

Financing a Home in 2022 - Tarvin Realtors

Our agents know financing is one of the big questions on buyers' minds. Whether you're looking for Ridgewood homes for sale or searching elsewhere in Bergen County, it's important to know what you can expect.

Throughout 2021, buyers and sellers alike experienced a housing market unlike any other in living memory. Buyers benefited from tremendous credit availability, often at historic low interest rates. This has enabled many to leap into the market far earlier than planned.

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January
17

Selling a Home in 2022- Tarvin Realtors

With only a slight uptick in mortgage rates, 2022 is still expected to be a seller's market. If you're looking to sell your home, now's the best time to do so. A few things should top your to-do list before listing your property. Our agents can give you a firm idea of what to expect when selling your home and what you can do to help your home sell faster.

For one, you'll need to have a good understanding of the housing market. Typically, spring is the best time to put your home up for sale. However, the pandemic has usurped the real estate market a bit. For instance, real estate sales generally cool off when the weather starts to cool, but this hasn't been the case these last two years.

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January
10

Historical Destinations - Bergen County, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Heritage Treasures Day is observed on January 11, 2022, to celebrate historical artifacts, learn about history, and promote preservation. Bergen County has several historically notable sites that are well worth a visit on this day or any day of the year.

Our agents suggest checking out the following Bergen County sites.

  1. Bishop House - 176 East Saddle River Rd., Saddle River, NJ 07458
    Also known as the Ackerman-Dewsnap Home, the Bishop House was built around 1835 on the farm of Garret Ackerman. It was sold to James Dewsnap around 1870, and he built an addition to the home. The Bishop family renovated it after World War II, and it was sold to the borough in 1980. The house served as the municipal building in 1981, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Architects worked to bring the building to modern times while preserving its history. Today, it serves as the city's cultural center and is conveniently located just around the corner from Saddle River homes for sale.

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December
27

Celebrate New Year's at Home - Tarvin Realtors

What better way to ring in the New Year than with a new home? If you're looking to purchase a house, our agents can help you start off 2022 on a high note. Buying a home is an amazing accomplishment that you should definitely celebrate. So, here are a few ideas that will make you wonder why people leave the house for New Year's in the first place.

  • Have a Virtual Dinner Date
    It's much harder to connect in person nowadays, and friends and family may want to stay home too. That doesn't mean you can't catch up with them, not when technology has progressed so far!

    So, set up a virtual date with your loved ones. You can coordinate dinner so you can eat together, play a cards game, and unwrap presents together.

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December
20

Winter Home Improvement - Homeowners - Tarvin Realtors

Contrary to popular belief, winter can be a prime time for completing certain home improvement projects. Without outdoor activities, vacations, and other warm-weather distractions, you can get more accomplished in a shorter time. This time frame is also an end-of-the-year slowdown for many businesses and contractors, which means you can negotiate on labor costs and get materials at a discounted price. Winter home improvement projects are less focused on curb appeal and more on making your interior more comfortable, liveable, and energy-efficient. So, whether you've just moved in or are planning to add your home to the list of Ridgewood homes for sale in the spring, here are a few home improvement projects to complete in the winter.

  • Apply New Paint
    Winter is a great time to give your home a burst of life with fresh paint or a change of color. That dry air that affects your skin in winter can help your paint to dry more quickly. You may find better deals at your local hardware store, and if you're hiring a professional painter, chances are you won't deal with scheduling delays. You can choose to focus on one area or repaint all the rooms in your house.

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December
13

Winter Family Fun - Bergen County, NJ -Tarvin Realtors

Winter is here, and that means it is a great time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds throughout the county. From time to time, it's nice to try something new, and our agents know that getting out and exploring the area is a great way to beat the winter blues. If you're looking for some fun in the snow, the following are some must-see attractions this winter.

  1. Bergen County's Winter Wonderland - 216 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ 07652
    Located in Von Saun County Park, the Winter Wonderland offers plenty of fun for the whole family to enjoy. You can slip, slide, and glide across the open-air ice skating rink. You can warm up and relax in the heated hospitality pavilion and discuss Paramus homes for sale, or enjoy as many carousel rides as you desire. There are food trucks and a beer garden on-site, so there will be plenty to eat and drink as the family frolics and chooses to be merry this holiday season.

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December
6

Bagel Shops - Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Celebrate Have a Bagel Day by ordering your favorite variety — plain, with your choice of fillings, or "schmeared" with a tasty spread. Whether you're ordering for breakfast, lunch, a snack, or a treat for the office, you're sure to enjoy its deliciously doughy flavor.
  
Our agents suggest trying one of the following cafes or delis for some of the best bagels around Ridgewood.

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November
29

Appliance ROI - Sell a Home - Tarvin Realtors

Looking to sell your home? When selling, you need a certain level of familiarity with the local real estate market. Our agents can help you navigate the sales process without stress and provide tips to ensure you get the best possible price for your property.

So, how can you increase property value? Some age-old practices include upgrading to high-demand finishes, increasing square footage, and sprucing up your landscaping. But perhaps one of the best things you can do is to upgrade your home's appliances.

Most buyers start by looking at the kitchen. Here are the appliances that will make your house more appealing.

  • Refrigerators
    Before choosing the sleekest fridge on the market, there are several factors you should consider – energy savings being the most important. Homebuyers nowadays are tech-savvy and are aware that old refrigerators are the biggest electricity hogs in the average home. Be sure to leave the "Energy Star" tag on the appliance to entice your buyers.

    Consider getting smart refrigerators with French doors and built-in water and ice dispensers, which will undoubtedly add to the appeal.

  • Built-In Stoves
    Stoves are typically the longest-lasting kitchen appliance. The kitchen is the heart of the home, so you want the hearth to be as inviting as possible.

    Get a stove with a built-in feel that has flat tops or a self-cleaning function. The return on investment will be worth it. How about an induction cooktop that heats pots and pans directly with electromagnetic fields? Induction cooktops ensure burners aren't hot to the touch, which is a safety feature that could appeal to buyers with small kids.

  • Ventilation
    Ventilation hoods are one of the most overlooked appliances in the kitchen, which is surprising considering all the steam and smoke that cooking generates. A contemporary range hood will provide good ventilation keeping the kitchen safe and comfortable.

  • Non-Conventional Ovens
    Today, there are so many types of ovens in the market that it can be challenging to choose. You might consider getting a steam or a speed oven. Steam ovens can be used to reheat meals, and since they use hot steam to cook food, they minimize the need for baking with oil.

    Now speed ovens are where it gets interesting. Gone are the days when it took over an hour to roast a chicken. Speed ovens combine convection cooking and microwaving to create a versatile, faster cooking experience.

  • Microwave Drawer
    While not an appliance upgrade in itself, switching up the microwave drawer is a minor kitchen update that carries a great impact, especially if you have a small kitchen. A microwave drawer conceals the appliance within your lower cabinets, keeping it out of view yet within reach.

  • High-Efficiency Washers
    You'll be hard-pressed to find a buyer who'll overlook the washer and dryer. It's always best to invest in a high-efficiency washer and matching dryer that runs quietly and can handle an entire family's laundry.

  • Bonus Tip: No one wants white appliances anymore. Stainless steel is all the rage nowadays. It's durable, shiny, and gives your kitchen a clean, fresh look. Plus, it creates uniformity in your kitchen, which adds to the appeal.

Kitchens Sell Homes!

Families spend a lot of their time in the kitchen. Upgrading your appliances is a cost-effective way to increase the appeal of your home and raise its market value.

Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the home buying process. We'd love to help you out. In the meantime, check out these Ridgewood homes for sale since you might be looking for a new place to call home soon.

November
23

Giving Tuesday - Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Giving Tuesday is around the corner on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, so this is the time to start considering which local non-profits to support this year. Ridgewood is home to a diverse collection of non-profit organizations, providing access to art, education, athletics, assistance for families, and so much more. Our agents have all of the key details on five local Ridgewood non-profits that would welcome your assistance on Giving Tuesday.

  • Table to Table - 611 Rte. 46 W, Suite 240, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
    Help fight food insecurity when you support Table to Table. This non-profit's mission is to fight hunger while reducing food waste. Table to Table "rescues" food that would otherwise be wasted at places like supermarkets and restaurants and delivers it the same day to those in need. Many of our agents participate in this worthy cause and so can you. Volunteer or learn about other ways to give

  • Social Services of Ridgewood - 6 Station Plaza, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    Social Services of Ridgewood is another organization Tarvin agents proudly support. This non-profit has been helping residents of Ridgewood and the surrounding areas for more than 100 years with food, emergency rent, utility assistance, and support services. This holiday season, help support the organization by giving Target gift cards or making a monetary donation to help families in need.
     
  • RHS Jamboree Scholarship Fund – 143 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07451
    The RHS Jamboree Scholarship Fund has been providing opportunities for local students to continue their education for more than 70 years through merit-based scholarships for graduating high school seniors. Most of the funds for these scholarships are raised through the annual Jamboree event, a live fundraising performance put on by members of the non-profit and other community members. You can support the cause by making a donation, buying tickets to this year's Jamboree, advertising in the program, or becoming a sponsor of the event.

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November
15

Holiday Shopping - Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

With the holidays approaching more quickly than you're probably prepared for, cross some names off your gift list by making your shopping easy. Instead of hitting the big-box chain stores, pay a visit to some of the unique local shops in Ridgewood, NJ. You'll get superb customer service and be able to find a wide variety of interesting gifts that are sure to please the recipient.
  
Our agents recommend stopping in some of the following stores to make your holiday shopping easy.

  1. Olive R. Twist - 34 Wilsey Square, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    If you have someone who loves to cook on your holiday shopping list, chances are good you can find them something they'll love at Olive R. Twist. The shop carries fresh olive oil and balsamic vinegar that can take a dish to the next level. If you're undecided about what to buy, sample products in the tasting room and get some recommendations from the owners. You can also select some local gourmet foods, kitchenware, cookbooks, or a gift basket with two of the shop's best-selling olive oil and balsamic pairings as well as a Melamine dipping bowl.

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November
8

Hosting Thanksgiving - New Homeowners - Tarvin Realtors

Congratulations! You're a first-time homeowner and have volunteered (or a relative volunteered you) to host Thanksgiving for the first time. Hosting and cooking this great American meal can be exciting, but it can also feel a little intimidating. Hosting comes with a lot of responsibility, and you probably have a few boxes left unpacked. But fear not, our agents have some helpful tips that will help you host your first Turkey Day like a veteran.

  • Plan Your Big Day
    Early planning, ideally two to three weeks before the big day, is the key to a stress-free Thanksgiving. You need to figure out how many guests and children you expect. Create an online or mail-delivered invite to show your family and friends that you'd enjoy their company and encourage them to RSVP as soon as possible. Think about where your guests will sit and where you'll set your food. Think about the need for tables and chairs and create a music playlist that would appeal to everyone's taste. Don't forget non-food items like appetizer plates, napkins, table cloths, and decorations.

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October
25

Smart Home Tech for Homeowners - Tarvin Realtors

It's the 21st century. Why don't our homes look and function like the Jetsons yet? Where are the appliances designed to meet your needs automatically and cater to your every whim at the touch of a button? Well, we may not have robot maids yet, but there's plenty of smart technology you can incorporate into your new home to make your life easier. If you're looking for Ridgewood homes for sale, here are a few new technologies you can outfit yours with.

  • Smart Lighting. Smart LED bulbs can adjust their brightness and even their color to your exact specifications. Controlled through an app on your smartphone, you can program different lighting levels for different situations: make the living room a little brighter for family game night or a little dimmer for date night. Or program the lights to cycle through hues of red, blue, green, etc., to create party ambiance. Plus, LED lights use far less energy than either halogen and CFL bulbs.

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October
18

Italian Restaurants for World Pasta Day - Tarvin Realtors

Get ready, pasta lovers: October 17 is National Pasta Day. Spaghetti, rotini, tortellini, farfalle, tortellini, fettucine, linguine – the list of pastas is endless. This simple dish is delicious, versatile, and nutritious. And since New Jersey is loaded with Italian influence, it's hard to pick just where to carbo-load with a heaping bowl of pasta. So, our agents did the tasting for you. Here's a list of some great spots to celebrate the Italian delicacy in and around Ridgewood. Mangiamo!

  • From Scratch - 44 E Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    After five years of serving delicious primarily Italian dishes, From Scratch was turned into North Jersey's first pasta bar. And as the name suggests, everything in this airy restaurant is prepared from scratch using simple but the highest quality ingredients. You can choose from a variety of 12 pasta dishes, from pappardelle alla bolognese to tonnarelli cacio e pepe to ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta. With every pleasurable bite of their inventive pasta dishes and combinations, you'll have to remind yourself that you're in Ridgewood and not somewhere in Campania, Italy. After touring Ridgewood homes for sale, be sure to visit this place and satisfy your cravings with mind-blowing pasta.

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October
11

Fireplace Safety - Tarvin Realtors

There's nothing like a fireplace in winter. It's fun to cozy up and enjoy a nice blaze while it's cold outside, relaxing in the warmth while savoring the fragrance of logs burning in the grate. But as enjoyable as a fire can be, proper maintenance of a fireplace is required. Otherwise, you could face endangering your loved ones and losing your home.

Whether you've found a home among Ridgewood homes for sale or you're getting your home ready to sell, a fireplace can be a great feature, increasing the value of the home by as much as 6 to 12 percent, according to the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers. But if your knowledge of fireplace maintenance is scanty, read on and absorb these safety tips before cool weather arrives, and it's time to light your first fire of the season.

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October
4

Fall Leaf Pickup - Home Maintenance - Tarvin Realtors

You've spent the summer making your landscaping stand out in the neighborhood, and now is not the time to let your efforts slack for the season. As the leaves change colors and start to fall from the trees, the following are some valuable tools that our agents recommend. Each of these will make cleaning them up a little easier so that you can enjoy the view of your landscape throughout the seasons ahead.

  • Leaf Blower - These come in all shapes and sizes, but the basic premise is the same across the board. Each uses a steady stream of air to push your leaves around so that you can pile and pick them up. If you have a larger landscape, be sure to choose a leaf blower with a cord, as the battery-powered versions will most likely run out of juice before the job is done.

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September
27

Pumpkin Patches - Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Visiting a pumpkin patch is such a fun way to celebrate fall. You can meander through the fields with your family or friends, select your favorite pumpkin, and then take it home to carve. The Ridgewood area is home to many great pumpkin patches, many of which also offer other fun fall activities. Here are a few our agents recommend checking out.

  • Ward's Pumpkin Patch: 552 NJ Route 17, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    Ward's Pumpkin Patch is a family-run venue where you can stroll around and choose your own pumpkin. Prices start at just $1 for the smallest pumpkins. They carry unique varieties such as Long Island Cheese, Rock Star, and Red Warty Things and offer painted pumpkins for sale.

    In addition to pumpkins, Ward's also sells other fall favorites like ghost suckers, mums, and decorative gourds. You can even pick up some corn stalks to decorate your home for autumn. They're open daily from 10 am until sunset. Dogs are welcome as long as they're leashed.

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September
20

Pepperoni Pizza Around Ridgewood - Tarvin Realtors

Pepperoni is the country's most popular pizza topping, and it's easy to understand why. The round discs are lightly spiced, so they are flavorful but not aggressively so. And they pair well with other toppings such as sausage, mushrooms, or onion.
  
Pepperoni Pizza Day is on September 20, and you'll have plenty of local pizzerias to choose from if you'd like to enjoy this delicious dish. The following are some of the restaurants our agents head to when they're looking for great pepperoni pizza in and around Ridgewood.

  • Santoni's Pizzeria and Restaurant - 88 Godwin Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450  
    Founded over 30 years ago, family-owned and operated Santoni's Pizzeria and Restaurant has become a local favorite. It has a comfortable neighborhood pizzeria feel, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere that will make you want to make many return visits. Pizzas are made with fresh, high-quality ingredients, and you can get your pepperoni fix with a Santoni's Special (pepperoni, sausage, peppers, onions, and mushrooms) or a Meat Lover's (pepperoni, ham, meatballs, sausage, and bacon).

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September
13

Last-Minute Move - Buy a Home - Tarvin Realtors

Moving is never for the faint of heart, but a last-minute move? Look out, those of you who sold a house quicker than you thought, as well as buyers who suddenly have found a house to buy. You're going to need your strength, whether you're moving into that home you found among Ridgewood homes for sale, or you just sold one.

Never fear. Here are some tips from our agents that will help you calm down and get it together for your sudden move.

  1. Hire movers or hire a truck, but decide quickly
    You'll need to decide right away if the job is too big for you and your helpers and you need to hire movers, or if you think you can handle it and just need a truck. If you hire movers, decide if you're going to pack yourself or ask movers to pack for you. Make at least three calls to moving truck companies and three to professional movers, but also look for reviews and recommendations before you go with the lowest bid. Decide as soon as possible, to avoid being told no trucks or moving vans are available when you want to move.

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September
7

Pastry Shops Around Ridgewood, NY - Tarvin Realtors

Who doesn't like pastries? They're available in almost endless varieties and flavors and are delicious for breakfast, dessert, or a snack. Luckily, the Ridgewood, NJ, area has a good number of bakeries that will satisfy your sweet tooth with yummy pastries:

Our agents recommend stopping by these amazing pastry shops to treat yourself.

  • Sook Pastry 24 S. Broad St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    Keum-Sook Park brings an impressive culinary resume to Sook Pastry, which has earned local and national awards for its delicious pastries. Check out the display case for drool-worthy, elegant creations like The Prospect, which combines pate a choux, puff pastry, vanilla pastry creme, and chantilly. Or choose other options – including savory or sweet crepes, fruit tarts, croissants – with a long list of variations to suit your tastes. The list of pastries is extensive, so you're sure to find plenty to please your taste buds and plan a return visit to the shop.

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August
30

Host a Garage Sale - Sellers - Tarvin Realtors

If you've been in your home for a long time, chances are you have a garage or attic full of boxes you have stored for future needs. But, after not opening them for five years, they suddenly seem more of a burden than a treasure. If the time has come to add your house to the list of Ridgewood homes for sale, it's also time to shed that burden. One of the best ways to do that is to host a garage sale. Our agents have some suggestions to help maximize your profits while minimizing the hassle.

  • Investigate regulations and restrictions
    The first question to ask is whether your HOA has any special rules regarding garage sales. If you aren't allowed to conduct a sale on your own property, is there a clubhouse or other option that you can use as an alternative? Check for any restrictions on signs, whether by the HOA or the city. Does your community require that you purchase a permit? Take the time to make a few phone calls to make sure you are within compliance.

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August
23

Order Waffles Aug. 24 - Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

National Waffle Day is on August 24, a day that commemorates the anniversary of the first patent for a waffle iron in 1869. Waffles were available before then, but this way of cooking enabled the dish to be much more widely available. Since then, waffles have become a breakfast staple and have also been used in a more versatile way, ranging from waffle cones to chicken and waffles.

A waffle is still a perfect breakfast item, but if you'd like to expand your chance to sample this soft yet crispy bit of deliciousness, some area restaurants serve them throughout the day or for lunch or dinner. Our agents suggest trying the following restaurants that serve waffles that aren't just for breakfast.

  • The Daily Treat Restaurant - 177 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450 
    Owned by the same family for over 50 years, The Daily Treat Restaurant has an eclectic menu. You'll find a wide variety of dishes available, including meat, fish, chicken, pasta, salads, and vegan selections. Belgian waffles are also served each day, so you won't have to time your visit just right to enjoy the tasty treat.

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August
16

Bathroom Decluttering - Homeowners - Tarvin Realtors

The bathroom can be one of the toughest places in the house to keep organized. As our agents can tell you, it's also one of the rooms that really gets the attention of prospective buyers, for good or bad. Until you're ready to put your house on the market among Ridgewood homes for sale, you can enjoy a relaxing, functioning, well-organized bathroom that makes your morning routine a breeze. These tips will help you get the job of organizing your bathrooms done quickly and easily. 

  • Collect all the products and tools that need organizing.
    Just make a pile or spread them out on the counter or table. Collect anything from other rooms that really belongs in the bathroom. Knowing exactly how much stuff you have to organize will help you decide how much room you need and what kind of organizers you might need.

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August
9

Ridgewood Restaurants for Filet Mignon - Tarvin Realtors

Many beef connoisseurs would argue that there is no cut of meat more tender than filet mignon. That's why, when you order it in a restaurant, you want to make sure you're in a place where they do it right. 

Here in the Ridgewood, NJ, area, we're lucky to have some of the best steakhouses in the Northeast just minutes from our doorstep. These are the places our agents go for perfect filet mignon in the Ridgewood area, and we highly recommend that you check them out when you're in town.

  • Roots Steakhouse - 17 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    Offering cooked-to-perfection steaks in a traditional setting, Roots Steakhouse is a reliable destination for a great meal. Choose the perfectly tender 12 oz. filet mignon, or go with the 8 oz. petit filet mignon if you're trying to save room for dessert. Located just minutes from these Ridgewood homes for sale, Roots Steakhouse also serves up some outstanding seafood, including Maine lobster and one of the best raw bars in the Ridgewood area.

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July
26

Shops for Iced Coffee - Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Summer is here, and the days are hot! If you're a dedicated coffee drinker, this probably means you're reaching for iced coffee rather than hot. But where are the best places to order iced coffee in Ridgewood? Our agents happen to know a thing or two about coffee, and they have a few recommendations to share.

  • Rey Sol Coffee: 22 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450
    Stop by Rey Sol Coffee after looking at Ridgewood homes for sale. This cozy coffee shop has padded chairs where you can relax and sip your drink. They source their own coffee from Columbia, and it's incredibly fresh. 

    In addition to classic iced coffee, Rey Sol Coffee has delicious nitro cold brew. Their Iced Campesino is another fan favorite; it's made with their signature syrup containing cloves, star anise, cinnamon, and panela. Oat, almond, coconut, and soy milk are all available upon request.

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July
19

History of Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Referred to as the "Crossroads of the American Revolution," New Jersey played a vital role in the birth of our nation and remains a vibrant and popular place to live. In honor of National New Jersey Day on Tuesday, July 27, our agents share some fascinating facts about Ridgewood. 

  1. Once a Native American hunting and fishing ground, Ridgewood became home to Dutch settlers.
    In pre-Colonial times, the area that gave rise to Ridgewood was thickly forested territory inhabited by the Lenni Lenape tribe. Turkeys and rattlesnakes were among the wildlife that made these grounds so fertile for hunting and fishing. When Dutch settlers arrived, they formed a community around the Old Paramus Reformed Church, which served as one of George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

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July
12

Listing Photo Staging - Tarvin Realtors

As the world becomes more dependent on internet shopping than ever before, our agents will tell you that the real estate market is no exception. In order to compete with other Ridgewood homes for sale, you'll want to show it at its best in an array of listing photographs. But as you've heard, photos don't lie. Even the best photographer needs good staging to create the perfect portfolio. Here are a few tips to help:

  • Kitchen
    Every cook wants a spacious kitchen with plenty of counter space. You can make your counters appear larger by eliminating everything that sits on them. It's time to put away the air fryer, the toaster, the espresso machine, and all the other small appliances you have collected over the years. When all the surfaces have been cleared, clean the entire room until it sparkles. Polish stainless steel and cabinet hardware to a bright gleam. Remove all personal items such as children's art on the refrigerator door or Grandma's cookie jar. Throw open the curtains and let the natural light shine in. Make sure that the view to the outside reflects a similar orderly environment without exterior clutter.

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July
5

Adding a Patio - Home Improvement - Tarvin Realtors

The trend for adding outdoor "rooms" to increase our living space just keeps getting more popular. The pandemic contributed to this trend, as homeowners sought extra space by building patios or enhancing existing patios. If you're like other homeowners among Ridgewood homes for sale and are thinking of building a patio, how can you make sure it suits your needs? Our agents have some great advice that can make a difference as to whether your patio accomplishes what you want it to do.

  • How Big?
    Before you get immersed in how your patio will look, it's crucial to decide just how big it will be. Experts recommend 90-150 square feet for a 6-ft. table and chairs. A minimum of 550 square feet is a good rule of thumb, as is 25 square feet for each person. Try to locate your patio away from the foundation of the home. Most homeowners complain that the traffic flow of the patio, even when the square footage is adequate, is unsatisfactory, with people forced to squeeze around chairs, and access points requiring foot traffic to cut through the entertainment space.

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June
28

Outbuildings - Sell a Home - Tarvin Realtors

As people stayed home last year due to the pandemic, families found themselves using their outdoor areas more than ever. During the warm months families were cooking out and dining outdoors, upgrading a patio space into an outdoor kitchen with all the conveniences, or just adding some extra outdoor furniture for social distancing and sharing drinks with friends and family. 

But over the winter, you may have started thinking about adding extra buildings on your property. Maybe it's gotten a little too crowded in the house with so many people home and one or more of you feel the need for a little place a bit removed from the main house. Or, you're thinking about a space you could use during the colder months.

Before you decide on an outbuilding, think about when you want to list your house among Ridgewood homes for sale. Which outbuilding will help sell your home? Let's consider whether the structures described below will enhance your property's value.

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June
21

Historic Homes - Buy a House - Tarvin Realtors

Historic homes have a certain charm to them, don't they? Like these Ridgewood homes for sale, vintage homes represent the best of architectural style, be it Victorian, Queen Anne, or Gothic Renewal.

The allure of older homes is undeniable. But you need to get it right. Otherwise, you might end up with a money pit in need of endless repairs.

If you're in love with a historic home, here's a little guide detailing everything you need to know before buying an old house.

  1. Get an Inspection (or Two)
    Things can get expensive fast. A home inspection is a fundamental part of any home-buying process. But the stakes are even higher with an old house, and a basic inspection may not be enough.

    Sadly, some homes are beyond salvageable and would require more rehabilitation than they're worth. Finding an inspector who specializes in historic homes could give you the reassurance you need.

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June
14

Choosing Mulch - Homeownership - Tarvin Realtors

Ah, mulch. If some kind of wonder material in the landscape exists, it's mulch – that course jumble of ground-up stuff that not only gives your yard a finished look but also helps it prosper season after season. Looking to make your dream home from Ridgewood homes for sale a standout? Our agents recommend mulch as the finishing touch.

But not all mulch is equal. If you're wondering how to choose the right kind of mulch, here's some advice.

Mulch Basics

There are two types of mulch: organic and inorganic. Organic mulches are made of natural materials such as leaves, grass clippings, compost mix, cardboard and newspaper, bark, and softwood and hardwood chips – all of which decompose. When layered on top of the bedding areas, they break down and boost soil fertility, as well as provide drainage and aeration. They must be replenished regularly.

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June
7

Bike Trails Around Ridgewood, NJ - Tarvin Realtors

Whether you ride solo or with your family, cycling is a great activity suitable for any level of fitness. Our real estate agents love it because they can ride at their own pace and get a healthy dose of fresh air and sunshine, especially at the Bergen County park system and these other top trails around Ridgewood.

  • Saddle River County Park - 658 County Rte. S79, Glen Rock, NJ 07452
    The name of Saddle River County Park, just minutes from Glen Rock homes for sale, is a bit misleading. It's actually a group of five parks spread out over 577 acres along the Saddle River. No motor vehicles are allowed on the six-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail connecting the areas. Enjoy views of scenic highlights such as Historic Easton Tower as well as a picturesque waterfall and three ponds, including popular Glen Rock Duck Pond. The park is open from 10 a.m. until 30 minutes after sunset, seven days a week.

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May
24

Luxury Kitchen Trends for 2021 - Tarvin Realtors

For the better part of 2020, we logged way more time than ever before in the kitchen. This room has stepped up to be a makeshift office, schooling room, family room, and more. Now, we know what we're tired of looking at, what works and what doesn't, and what we'd want to change. In fact, there's been a boom in renovations with homeowners looking for stylish, yet functional ways to bring their kitchen to life. Investing in a minor or major kitchen reno can prove invaluable, while you live in the home and when you add it to the list of Ridgewood homes for sale. Here are the luxury kitchen trends that are bound to be huge in 2021 and beyond.

  • Increased Storage
    Storage ideas are at the forefront for 2021 kitchen trends. Kitchens are working harder to accommodate higher volumes of groceries, utensils, and small appliances such as instant pots, air fryers, and bread makers. You'll see a lot of dedicated pantries, stand-alone freezers, enhanced cabinetry solutions, and kitchen organizers.

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May
17

What Makes Ridgewood, NJ Special - Buy a Home - Tarvin Realtors

What's the next best thing to living in New York City? Our agents want to introduce Ridgewood, a suburban community that glitters with grace and sophistication.

An elegant town steeped in arts, culture, and urbane living, Ridgewood is highly sought after by established professionals who want all the amenities of the Big Apple with none of the hassle. It is also child-friendly, featuring world-class educational events and good old-fashioned family fun without yielding its quiet charm.

Ridgewood homes for sale are popular with former City-goers, but that's not the whole story. The village's 25,000 residents count among their number luminaries from Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, Miami, and more. As remote work reshapes the landscape, buyers seeking a village with class are looking to Ridgewood.

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