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Some Things to Remember | Memorial Day 2010 - 05/29/10 12:22 PM
Hi Everybody . As we enjoy our weekend of having a barbecue and enjoying ourselves let's not forget what this Memorial Day is all about. Here are a few poignant reminders in cartoon form passed onto me, that I would like to share with everyone this weekend. Please take a moment to remember those who have given so much for us to have our freedoms everyday. Have a Safe and Healthy Weekend! (7 comments)
Memorial Day | Some Things To Remember - 05/28/10 11:42 AM
Hello Everybody We should all take a moment this weekend to pause and reflect on what's important about this day. Celebrate yes but, not forget what the true meaning of this day is all about.Please remember those who have given so much for us to have our freedoms everyday. (3 comments)
A Wordpress Plugin To Import Your ActiveRain Posts - 05/28/10 11:33 AM
Jeff Turner has done it again. Just when I needed some help on my Word Press Blog he posts this. Thanks Jeff. :-) Via Jeff Turner (Real Estate Shows): A few weeks ago, ActiveRain released a new feature that allowed members to export an archive of their individual blog posts. In the announcement, Brad said, "It's open nature will allow for the development of third-party import tools." So, I sent the link to my partner, Steve Zehngut, and we put "create a Wordpress Plugin to import ActiveRain posts" on our to do list. Today we tested it and are ready to release it (0 comments)
Icons of the Pascack Valley | Bergen County New Jersey Real Estate - 05/27/10 05:04 PM
Hi everybody Today I am going to start a new series of some of the local Icons of our area known as Bergen County New Jersey. Since I never leave home without my camera, I am always taking pictures of our towns and its sites. If anyone can guess where or even what these icons are, you too are an expert in our area. Here's the first picture. Hint: It's a building that has been in the papers here recently that a lot of people are up in arms about. The locals want to keep it as a historical site and (3 comments)
New Jersey Assembly Approves 2010 Tax Credit for Home Buyers - 05/27/10 04:11 PM
An update on the New Jersey Tax Credit just passed!New Jersey Assembly Approves 2010 Tax Credit for Home Buyers Purchasers of new and existing homes would be eligible for up $15,000 in credits, or 5% of the house price May 27, 2010 By John Caulfield, Sr. Editor of Builder Magazine (www.builderonline.com)
The New Jersey Assembly on Thursday last week voted in favor of a bill that would allocate $100 million in tax credits to buyers who purchase a new or existing home in the Garden State this year.
The bill, A-1678, would give individual home buyers, on a first-come (0 comments)
Robert brings up some very valid points here that should be pointed out about Face Book. A word to the wise. Thanks Robert
Via Robert Siciliano (Identity Theft Speaker): Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert Danger!! How’s that for a blog title that screams fear, uncertainty and doubt!? Fact is Facebook boast 400 million users and is in so many ways seems out of the control of its founder, and is looking dangerous. This is a company that has grown faster than fast and has a (very intelligent) 20 something CEO just out of puberty calling the shots. It seems the (7 comments)
Benefits of Homeownership | Bergen County New Jersey - 05/27/10 12:11 PM
Hi EverybodyAn Article for prospective Homebuyers that is enlightening to all of those buyers who are still sitting on the fence about the benefits of home ownership. It has many benefits as this article explains.Homeownership can bring with it many blessings. Yet, the idea of caring for and maintaining a home, as well as affording a mortgage can seem daunting, but let's review some of the many reasons that homeownership can be beneficial. The most obvious benefit is building wealth. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) notes that "home equity is the largest single source of household wealth (0 comments)
Wordless Wednesday | Kind of..... - 05/26/10 02:07 PM
Hi EverybodyI haven't done one of these in a while... Been busy taking so many pictures and keeping the business going and stuff.... Here for your Wordless-ness Wednesday pictures, I submit this shot. The sun has returned along with warmer tempereratures and so have the sunflowers. Simply beautiful.More to come..... (12 comments)
Bob Stewart gives us oldtimers some good news. Active Rain is a great place. Just in case you missed this, here it is again.
Via Bob Stewart - ActiveRain (ActiveRain): Thank you to everyone who has helped build ActiveRain into the network it is today. In our continued effort to reward our members who have spent time, energy and heart growing our network and contributing on a regular basis, we are implementing a new policy regarding grandfathered RainMaker accounts: Grandfathered Rainmakers who have contributed one blog post in the previous 90 days will keep their grandfathered RainMaker account. Grandfathered (4 comments)
New Jersey Home Buyer Tax Credit in the NewsWe could all use some good news for a change couldn't we?Now that the Federal home buyer tax credit has expired, New Jersey home buyers have come a little bit closer to getting a terrific benefit from our home state government.Last week the New Jersey State Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would provide New Jersey home buyers with a tax credit of up to $15,000. The bill still needs to pass the State Senate before it becomes law. The details are not yet announced but here are some (4 comments)
10 Tips for Water Conservation | Bergen County Real Estate - 05/23/10 12:17 PM
10 Tips for Water ConservationAs summer is just around the corner now I thought this was a prudent article to share with everyone. 10 Tips for Water Conservation by Carla L. Davis As warm weather makes it way across the nation, sprinklers come out of hibernation and return to their full time positions, pools fill up, and many a garden hose sees daylight for the first time in months. But in an era where water shortages are a sad but true realty, many homeowners are now concerned with how to conserve water. Here are 10 tips to help your (0 comments)
Springtime has arrived in full bloom now and the Pascack Valley areas are abundant with new life and vegetation. It is called the Garden State after all for a very good reason.The baby Bambi's are coming out and showing up in droves all around our area. They are so cute to see. The Finch's are turning color to their golden Yellow shades.The teenagers are starting to walk around now and stray a little from the parents but not (4 comments)
Who's Number 1 in the Pascack Valley? | Bergen County New Jersey - 05/21/10 01:49 PM
Hi everybodyIt's the age old question........Week after week we see ads in the paper advertising Real Estate Agents Claiming to be the Number 1 this and the Number 1 that.So not to confuse anyone with all of these claims of being the Number 1 Agent in their respective areas we ask the ever popular question.....Who's Number 1?We Think You are Number 1! (4 comments)
Prestigious Bears Nest | Park Ridge New Jersey - 05/19/10 07:05 PM
Our beautiful listing in the prestigious Gated Community of the Bears Nest in Park Ridge New Jersey Luxury Townhome 43 Whitney Hill, Park Ridge, NJ 07656 View Map PRESTIGIOUS BEAR'S NEST WITH NEW ENGLAND FLAIR HAS A WARM AND WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE. WIDE PLANK WOOD FLOORING ON MAIN LEVEL, KEN BAUER KITCHEN,CROWN MOLDING & COZY FIREPLACE IN LIVING ROOM W/SLIDERS TO DECK OVERLOOKING WOODS ROUND OUT THE MAIN LEVEL. MASTER BEDROOM SUITE OFFERS IT'S OWN WALK-IN CLOSET W/CUSTOM CABINETRY AND IS MADE TO FEEL EVEN MORE PALATIAL WITH IT'S VAULTED CEILING & DECK. THE LOWER LEVEL FAMILY ROOM WITH WALK OUT TO (2 comments)
Green Building Becomes Mainstream - 05/19/10 04:24 PM
A very timely article I wanted to share with my colleagues.Green building and remodeling broke into mainstream culture in the past decade, leading to a changing home landscape across the nation.
As this landscape changes, trends are changing as well. So, just what are the trends to be on the lookout for in green housing?" Earth Advantage Institute, a free standing nonprofit organization acting as the Northwest's premier green building program, has identified 10 trends that you'll see in 2010. The first of these is the smart grid and connecting home. This terminology means, simply, that energy usage now has (3 comments)
Inspiring Picture for Wednesday | Enjoy - 05/19/10 04:15 PM
Hi everybody I find it amazing that this photo, taken so many years ago, actually still exists! I had to share this with my friends here in the Rain. Memorial Day is just around the corner and this is truly an inspirational shot. I just hope you can see this close enough. And now, someone has put it on line for all of us to see. This INCREDIBLE picture was taken in 1918. It is 18,000 men preparing for war in a training camp at Camp Dodge , in Iowa . EIGHTEEN THOUSAND MEN!!!!! What a priceless gift from our grandfathers! FACTS: (7 comments)
From Brad Andersohn of course. Wow I'm doing another reblog of his post again today. That's two in one day. He's on a role... very cool new addition to our sites.... Read on... and thanks Brad once again.
Via Brad Andersohn ~ Community Manager (ActiveRain): "Like" WOW, I'm "Like" Totally Stoked - The New "Like" button for Facebook on AR. If you haven't seen it yet, you will, and it might just be because you saw it on someones Facebook Wall. The new "LIKE" button on AR has now been added to every public post for you and all your (4 comments)
Brad Andersohn has come up with another cool idea. Hope you can use this everybody. And thanks Brad. :-)
Via Brad Andersohn ~ Community Manager (ActiveRain): Using your Gmail Email as a Blog Post and HTML editor. First of all, what in the heck would make someone think of this? Same way the Reese's Peanut Butter cup was created! It was a total accident. (at least that's what they wanted you to think) Somebody dropped and got their chocolate dipped in someone else's peanut butter and there you have it! The Reese's Peanut Butter cup. Today, I did (6 comments)
Wildlife in the Pascack Valley of New Jersey | Part I - 05/17/10 11:36 AM
Hi everybody ,In my travels throughout the Pascack Valley areas of Bergen County I am always amazed at the amount of wildlife in our areas. Since I never leave home without my camera I thought I would share some of my shots of the wildlife that can be found in the Pascack Valley. It's springtime here and the baby bunnies are out.This little guy was hiding in our garden.And of course these Canadian Geese and their teenagers are coming out now to enjoy the warm weather.New Jersey Birds are showing their colors as well.Little Bambi's are showing us as well. Almost (7 comments)
Five Key Areas to Pay Attention to When Buying a Home - 05/17/10 10:59 AM
An article that I wanted to share with buyers out there that are in the market to buy a new home.Being a Real Estate Agent and not an inspector this is worthwhile information for every buyer currently in the market for a new home. Five Key Areas to Pay Attention to When Buying a Home Looking for a new home can be exciting and frustrating. You can help alleviate the frustration by paying close attention to five key areas of the homes you're considering buying; it may save you money in the long run. Don Walker is an inspector and (2 comments)
Hi everybodyIt's another great day today as we have just concluded the sale of a wonderful CO-OP in Fort Lee New Jersey with million dollar views.These are a couple of shots I took from the balcony today before the closing at the final walkthrough. This will be the new homeowners spectacular view from their new 40 foot terrace.
The new owners will be enjoying these spectacular views of the Hudson River and the ever changing scenery of tugboats and such traveling up and down the River.
At the end of the day the sunset on the NYC skyline (4 comments)
Washington Township New Jersey | Sold | Hammersteam Sells Another Home - 05/14/10 01:38 PM
Hi everybodyIt's a great day today as we have just concluded the sale of a wonderful Pascack Valley home here in Washington Township New Jersey. The new homeowners couldn't be happier as well as the sellers. The Details of this home are below: Expanded Sugar Maple Split Level Copy 2540 Cleveland Ave, Washington Township, NJ 07676 View Map SOLD! EXPANDED SUGAR MAPLE SPLIT LEVEL HOME LOCATED ON QUIET STREET ACROSS FROM CHILDREN'S PARK. MANY WONDERFUL FEATURES MAKE THIS THE PERFECT HOME FOR AN EXTENDED FAMILY. STONE AND PARQUET ENTRY FOYER W/GUEST CLOSETS, POWDER ROOM, DEN, LAUNDRY ROOM, 2CAR GARAGE & (2 comments)
Teaneck New Jersey | Short Sale | Beautiful Updated Colonial - 05/12/10 10:41 AM
Updated Colonial 658 Linden Ave., Teaneck, NJ 07666 View Map THE CHARM OF YESTERDAY MEETS THE ELEGANCE OF TODAY IN THIS MOVE-IN COLONIAL CONVENIENTLY LOCATED CLOSE TO EVERYTHING. ENTER THROUGH THE ENCLOSED FRONT PORCH WHERE YOU CAN RELAX THREE SEASONS OF THE YEAR. STEP INSIDE AND YOU'LL FIND A WARM AND INVITING FORMAL DINING ROOM AND FORMAL LIVING ROOM WITH HARDWOOD FLOORS AND A STUNNING GOURMET EAT-IN KITCHEN WITH GRANITE COUNTER TOPS, PORCELAIN FLOORS AND STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES. UPSTAIRS YOU'LL FIND THREE BEDROOMS AND A STUNNING NEW BATH W/GLASS SHOWER STALL. A SURPRISE FINISHED LOFT IS GREAT FOR AN OFFICE OR (2 comments)
Green Your Home With Remodeling Tax Credits - 05/04/10 06:08 PM
An article I thought was especially informative for those who may have missed out on the first time home-buyer tax credit. Other credits do exist. Please see below. Green Your Home with Cost-Saving Remodeling Tax Credits As the 40th anniversary of Earth Day was celebrated last month, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reminds home owners that they can use fewer resources and save money by taking advantage of federal energy efficiency tax credits through the end of the year. Home owners who purchase qualifying water heaters, windows, air conditioning units and other appliances, insulation and roofing can be (3 comments)
Prestigious Bear's Nest Townhouse For Sale | Park Ridge New Jersey - 05/04/10 02:07 PM
Prestigious Bear's Nest Townhouse For Sale | Park Ridge New Jersey Luxury Townhome 43 Whitney Hill, Park Ridge, NJ 07656 View Map PRESTIGIOUS BEAR'S NEST WITH NEW ENGLAND FLAIR HAS A WARM AND WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE. WIDE PLANK WOOD FLOORING ON MAIN LEVEL, KEN BAUER KITCHEN,CROWN MOLDING & COZY FIREPLACE IN LIVING ROOM W/SLIDERS TO DECK OVERLOOKING WOODS ROUND OUT THE MAIN LEVEL. MASTER BEDROOM SUITE OFFERS IT'S OWN WALK-IN CLOSET W/CUSTOM CABINETRY AND IS MADE TO FEEL EVEN MORE PALATIAL WITH IT'S VAULTED CEILING & DECK. THE LOWER LEVEL FAMILY ROOM WITH WALK OUT TO PATIO OFFERS A ONE OF A (2 comments)
I thought this was a good article to pass along for new buyers thinking about diving into the business of buying a new home.Common Buyer Fears Whether you are a first time home buyer or someone who is looking to move up or down, getting into the market can be a fearful time. Here are some of the most common buyer fears: Do I have enough money to buy a home? To first step to finding out how much home you can truly afford is to get pre-qualified for a mortgage. Also, take a step back (9 comments)
How To Backup and Export Your Blog Posts - ActiveRain NEW Feature - 05/03/10 02:15 PM
With all the hoopla about the proxy errors lately, I thought this article from our friend and yours Brad Andersohn would be of some value to everyone. Thanks Brad :-) Via Brad Andersohn ~ Community Manager (ActiveRain): How To Backup and Export Your Blog Posts - ActiveRain NEW Feature On August 18 @ noon CST, we launched the ability for members to export all of their blog entries to a single, compressed XML file. Its open nature will allow for the development of third-party import tools. Exporting your posts from ActiveRain has been a long awaited feature that is now available to all (5 comments)
Bergen County Real Estate Market Newsletter | May 2010 - 05/02/10 09:06 PM
Bergen County New Jersey Real Estate Newsletter May 2010Hi everyone and Lisa says Hi! May has arrived and so has our updated Real Estate Newsletter! Spring has sprung along with warmer weather thankfully. The good news is the Real Estate Market has warmed up as well. The First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit has ended but new incentives are coming shortly from Coldwell Banker that will reinvigorate the Real Estate Market here in Northern New Jersey.We have seen the flowers of the azaleas exploding in many vibrant colors making it truly the reason it's called the Garden State. New Jersey is the (0 comments)
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