real estate: Most Common Home-Buying Mistakes: - 05/17/07 06:55 AM
Most Common Home-Buying Mistakes:
1. You didn't set a budget.Buy a home that's way out of your price range and you could well derail your ability to fund other important items such as retirement savings, your kids' education -- not to mention an entertainment budget. Mortgage brokers will tell you how much you can borrow. But that amount may not be what you can afford to pay."What if you have a lot of kids or you like to travel a lot?". "You've got to ask 'How is this housing purchase going to affect our monthly spending?' You have to look at all … (0 comments)

real estate: A Pen that can help you protect your Identity! - 05/15/07 04:31 PM
This is an excerpt from the show on ID Scams that was on Oprah - this is the one thing that caught my eye the most, thought i'd mention it here!Shield Your Fortune with a $2 PenAll it takes to empty your bank account is a single signed check stolen from your unlocked mailbox and some acetone-the active ingredient in nail polish remover. (Conveniently for criminals, pure acetone is also available in the paint department of home improvement centers.)   Here's how the scam goes down: The crook steals mail likely to contain a signed check-envelopes addressed to the phone or … (8 comments)

real estate: Tips for making a "dated" home more saleable! - 05/10/07 05:19 AM
Some cost effective ways to update your home, making it more saleable:First off, remove clutter!  Especially in your kitchen - if you kitchen counters are packed with tons of appliances, buyers will immediate assume you have a severe lack of space - instant turn-off!  Put items you don't use daily away, items that are used rarely should go in the attic.If you have dated wallpaper anywhere in your house, remove it!  I can't tell you how many times I see my buyers make faces the moment they see wallpaper!Sometimes just painting cabinets and replacing old hardware on cabinets will make a … (7 comments)

real estate: Are you a cronic assumer? ;) Book recommendation too! - 05/06/07 05:13 PM
I was reading a book tonight, which is really quite interesting.  It brings a lot of points up as to human nature.  One of which, happens to be assumptions.  It points out how it creates really bad communication and kills relationships.  This is especially true in sales and marketing, isn't it?  How many times have you assumed you knew what someone wanted and they ended up really wanting something else?  Or you assumed they knew to call you if they found a house, only to find out they didn't really think they needed to and assumed they needed to go through … (4 comments)

real estate: KUDOS to Middletown Police Dept for the Rude Awakening Program! - 05/03/07 04:56 PM
This is a very important program that the officers of Middletown Township police department have been working very hard with.  Too many kids are lost to drunk driving accidents because of bad decisions. 
For more information on this program, visit
Rude Awakening History
The Rude Awakening Program has existed in the Township of Middletown for the past ten years. The program, over the past five years, has gained tremendous momentum. Through untiring efforts, preparation, and execution by the Middletown Township Police Department, the program has sent a clear and somber message to our high school students regarding the devastating consequences … (0 comments)

real estate: Agency Relationship Disclosure - how well informed are you about it? - 05/03/07 08:16 AM
I'm usually shocked when I talk to buyers who are working with agents and the buyers have no clue what agency disclosure is.  In New Jersey, it's the law that you inform buyers and sellers of this!  The biggest thing is knowing when to explain agency relationships.  Like at open houses, do you know when to disclose?How many other states require agency disclosure?  This is the usual information I give clients that explains Agency Relationships in NJ:SELLER'S AGENT A seller's agent WORKS ONLY FOR THE SELLER and has legal obligations, called fiduciary duties, to the seller. These include reasonable care, undivided … (4 comments)

real estate: How to write Eye-Catching Ads! - 05/02/07 04:34 PM
Ever have brain freeze when trying to create a great ad for that new listing?  Maybe this will help!  Feel free to add your own!You need a great title, to get attention!  Here are some of my favorites!Waterfront RetreatBeach BungalowSeashore BungalowCan you see youreslf living at the Beach?Watch the SunsetsYour Own Lazy RiverOn the SandMother Nature is WaitingCharm of YesteryearCome Down a Country LanePeace and Quiet is Yours...Relaxing Rural RetreatYour Cozy HideawayCountry CharmerBeginners Luck!Looking for your first home?Live your Dream!Charming BeginnerStart Smart!The perfect place to start!The ultimage beginner home!Character... at a price you can afford4 King-Sized BedroomsA Little Imagination Can Pay … (21 comments)

real estate: YOU as a Product! (The four P's of marketing YOU!) - 05/02/07 03:38 PM
Now, i'm sure we all know the four P's of marketing:ProductPricePlacementPromotionNow, most of us use this method to promote listings, but how many actually use this formula for self-marketing?  Lets take a peek at product YOU!  Maybe this will get your gears going!You - The Product.How can you improve quality?Have any new products or upgrades lately?How do you provide better service and support?Do you have a warrantee?Are you a bundled product?  ;)You - The Price.Cuts costs?  Reduce prices?  AACK!  (there's that commission thing again)Do you offer discounts for quantity or loyalty?  Do you offer better terms?  Are you low risk?Maybe if … (34 comments)

real estate: 2007 Year To Date Sold Profile for Middletown, NJ - 05/02/07 02:35 PM
Below is the profile for properties that have been sold from January to May 1st, 2007.  As you can see, there is no black cloud hanging over the real estate market her in Middletown - things ARE Selling!  Only 1 less property sold in 2007 than in 2006!  This chart is also great for seeing which property price range seems to be moving more quickly:
Category - SingleFamily / Area: MID - MIDDLETOWN / County: MonmouthTotal:                                                             167 (in 2006)   166 (in 2007)          0.6% Difference! --Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed--Copyright: 2007 by the Monmouth County Association of REALTORS® … (0 comments)

real estate: Sales and Inventory History of Monmouth County, 2006-2007 - 05/02/07 02:26 PM
Sales and Inventory History
Wednesday, May 02, 2007Category - SingleFamily / PropType: Detached / County: Monmouth--Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed--Copyright: 2007 by the Monmouth County Association of REALTORS® Prepared by JANE HAAS of COLDWELL BANKER RES. BROKERAGE on 5/2/2007 10:23:16 PM … (1 comments)

real estate: Middletown, NJ, Market Comparison Report - 05/02/07 02:15 PM
Market Comparison Statistics Report
Category - SingleFamily / Area: MID - MIDDLETOWNStatistics for Entire MLS for 2006 to 2007 in the $300,000-600,000 Price RangeA=Active;  P=Pending/Under Contract;  S=Sold;  X=ExpiredInteresting results between this year and last year!  … (0 comments)

real estate: If you want referrals, make it easy for others! - 04/27/07 06:38 AM
In an effort to make it easier for other agents to send me referrals, both within Coldwell Banker or other companys, nationally or internationally, I created referral forms in PDF format that can be downloaded, filled out and faxed to me by my toll-free fax number!  I even filled out the destination section to take all the guess work out.  If your office has forms, just take one, fill it out and neatly scan it or recreate it in word, then save it as a PDF and upload it for easy use on the web.  for interoffice referrals within Coldwell … (9 comments)

real estate: What is there to do in Middletown, NJ - where you can meet people and make friends? - 04/26/07 09:12 AM
Well, a lot of people may mention parks, beaches, etc... but when you work a lot and really just want to get out and have a nice, relaxing time, meeting new people - maybe you play an instrument and just want ot jam with other musicians?  Where would you go to do all this?  Sunday Nights in Red Bank you will find a very talented group of musicians who participate in the Open Jam at Red, located on Broad Street in Red Bank.  It's a very freindly atmosphere where you can talk music and people enthusiastically respond.  If you play, find … (3 comments)

real estate: Cakes with liquor flavors! - 04/25/07 02:05 PM
KAHLUA BUNDT CAKE1 pkg. sour cream devils food cake mix3/4 c. oil1 (16 oz.) tub sour cream1 (6 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips4 eggs1/3 c. kahlua1 sm. pkg. vanilla instant puddingMix together above ingredients. Pour into greased Bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.BAILEY'S IRISH CREAM CAKE1 c. nuts1 pkg. yellow cake mix1 (3 oz.) pkg. Jello instant vanilla pudding4 eggs1/2 c. cold water1/2 c. oil1/2 c. Bailey's Irish CreamPreheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a tube or bundt pan. Sprinkle nuts on the bottom of pan. Combine the rest of the ingredients. Pour over nuts. Bake 1 … (2 comments)

real estate: Cold Oven Pound Cake with fresh berry topping! - 04/25/07 01:46 PM
Cold Oven Pound Cake
2 sticks butter1/2 c. shortening3 c. sugar3 c. plain flour1 c. milk5 eggs1 tsp. vanilla1 tsp. lemon extract
Cream butter and sugar and Crisco together well. Add eggs one at a time; add flavorings. Add milk alternating with flour (beginning and ending with flour). Set into cold oven and set temperature on 275 degrees. Bake for 1 1/2 hours (test for doneness) turning oven up no higher than 300 degrees.
Now, you can slice this one inch thin and top with summer berries soaked in Agava - ummmmmmm, maybe add a lil dallop of whipped cream! 
Great refreshing snack … (1 comments)

real estate: A list of ailing & defunct lenders, and a website... Buyers & Sellers beware? - 04/24/07 05:36 PM
Has anyone seen this site?  It's pretty much an eye-opener, how many companies have gone out of business and how many are ailing... Think of all the ways this effects current buyers and sellers...  Watch out which companies buyers have pre-approval letters from!  How many of you have had to answer questions from buyers and sellers about the current delimma the lenders have created?  Those of you in the mortgage industry, what advice to you give to your customers when they have questions, or doubts & nervousness, about various lenders now?  How can this negative be turned to a positive?Below is … (6 comments)

real estate: Buyer in the Box - 04/22/07 07:50 PM
How many of you have had buyers who contact you online, never want to talk on the phone, love to get listings emailed to them, but never seem to want to go out to look at the houses?  I've had a few of those, and I have to tell you - it's as bad as dating!  HAHA  After a while, you just figure, ah, they just want to look online, chat with agents, and aren't going to do anything.  Harmless Buyer in the Box.  But what's funny is, I actually started having wacky dreams about these buyers being internet based robots!  … (16 comments)

real estate: ANTIPASTO SALAD WITH DRESSING - 04/22/07 11:54 AM
Another great recipe for Broker's open houses!  Also posted in the group: Brokers Open House RecipesANTIPASTO SALAD WITH DRESSING ANTIPASTO SALAD:
1 (16 oz.) can artichoke hearts (drained and sliced)1 c. celery, diced1 stick pepperoni, diced1 c. provolone, diced1/2 c. Mozzarella cheese, diced1/2 c. red onion, diced1/2 c. pitted black olives1 pt. cherry tomatoes1 each green and yellow pepper, cut into thin wedges1 (10 1/2 oz.) can chick peas (drained)1/2 c. stuffed green olives1 (16 oz.) can cannelloni beansAntipasto dressingSliced Italian bread
Toss all ingredients (except dressing) in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss. Transfer all to a large bowl. … (7 comments)

real estate: ORIENTAL CHICKEN SALAD - 04/22/07 11:51 AM
ORIENTAL CHICKEN SALAD 4 breaded chicken breast fillets1 romaine heart1 1/2 c. coleslaw mix (or finely shredded cabbage)1/3 c. toasted almond slivers or slices (blanched almonds)1/2 c. chow mein noodles
1/3 c. vinegar1/2 c. sugar3/4 tsp. salt1 tsp. dry mustard1 tsp. horseradish1/4 c. spanish onion, diced1 c. canola oil
Cook chicken fillets as directed.
To make dressing, combine everything but the oil in a blender of food processor and process until liquified.
Continue to blend and slowly drizzle in the oil until blended.
To be really authentic, make coleslaw with the cabbage and the dressing first and top it with … (2 comments)

real estate: Cold Pasta Salad & Vinaigrette - 04/22/07 11:48 AM
COLD PASTA SALAD 1 lb. pasta, cooked & drained1 cup Italian salad dressing or vinaigrette1 tablespoon Salad Supreme seasoning3 tomatoes, chopped2 cucumbers, chopped1 1/2 red onions, chopped2 green peppers, chopped
Combine all above ingredients into a very large bowl and marinate overnight. Put a lid over your bowl. Serve cold.
1/2 tsp salt 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons tarragon vinegar 3 tbsp. cider vinegar 1/2 cup olive oil 1 tbsp. gherkins, finely chopped1 tbsp. green pepper, finely chopped 1 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped 1 tbsp scallions, finely chopped 1 tbsp onion, finely chopped 1 tbsp. garlic, finely chopped … (2 comments)

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