Wednesday, April 14, 2021 / by Teresa Dipeso
Cape May County is home to some of New Jersey’s most renowned and historic beaches. Though they all share the beautiful Atlantic Coastline, each municipality’s beach is unique and memorable in its own way.
So get excited to play in the sand this season, take a nap, go for a refreshing dip or soak up the sunshine on any and all of our Jersey Cape’s beautiful beaches!
Here’s all you need to know about each municipality’s beach regulations, tagging policies and facilities so you can enjoy some fun in the sun.
Cape May Beach Tags will be required Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for ages 12 and up. Fees: Seasonal – $30; Weekly – $20; 3-day – $15; Daily – $6; active military and immediate family, and veterans – free. Lifeguards are on duty 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Metered parking is available along the beachfront; free parking is located several blocks in on smaller side streets. Comfort . ...
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 / by Teresa Dipeso
A recent Survey of Consumer Finances study released by the Federal Reserve reveals the net worth of homeowners is forty times greater than that of renters. If you’re wondering if homeownership is a good investment, the study clearly answers that question, and the answer is yes.
Do Americans believe a home is a better investment than stocks?
In a post on the Liberty Street Economics blog, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York notes that 93.3% of Americans believe buying a home is definitely or probably a better investment than buying stocks.
Here’s how the results break down:
The survey also shows a wide range of reasons why Americans feel that way (respondents were able to pick more than one answer):
The data show how strongly Americans believe in homeownership as an investment. That belief is warranted. The Liberty Street Economics blog put it best by saying:
Monday, April 12, 2021 / by Teresa Dipeso
Being in a seller's market as hot as this one, you really don't need to worry about the making your home overly modernized and updated. Buyers are happy to put their own touches on the property and save with some sweat equity.
That being said, if you DO decide to make some updates, read the following!
If you have a home of your own, you already know how to think like a buyer. You know buyers look for a home that's structurally sound, with modern amenities and conveniences that fit their lifestyle. If you look at your home through a buyer’s eyes, you can anticipate what will appeal to their tastes and fill their needs. This sometimes means updating certain areas of your home to ensure it stands out in the market. Here are several things you can do to make your home more valuable to buyers:
Update the Kitchen
You may wish to resurface your kitchen cabinets in a lighter color to provide a brighter, more appealing look. New hardware on cabinets can also help t. ...
Sunday, April 11, 2021 / by Teresa Dipeso
By now, the birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and cloudless sunny skies are ahead. Warmer weather means more people will be spending time outdoors—and there's no better time to rethink your backyard design and try something new.
“While confined to our homes in 2020, many of us had to recreate a sense of normalcy using any extra space we had. An empty backyard provides the perfect canvas to paint a new reality,” says Ashley Renne Nsonwu, host of the show "Ashley Renne" on Smart Healthy Green Living streaming service.
The way you decorate your yard is definitely a personal preference. If you like your barbecue grill front and center, then by all means go for it. But if you're looking to push the envelope with your outdoor decor, our experts have some suggestions.
Rule No. 1 to break: Neutral is best
Who wants a bland outdoor space? Our experts recommend experimenting with color, pattern, and texture.
“Today, there are more options than ever; ...
Saturday, April 10, 2021 / by Teresa Dipeso
In a sellers’ market, some homeowners might be tempted to try to sell their house on their own (known as For Sale By Owner, or FSBO) instead of working with a trusted real estate professional. When the inventory of homes for sale is as low as it is today, buyers are eager to snatch up virtually any house that comes to market. This makes it even more tempting to FSBO. As a result, some sellers think selling their house will be a breeze and see today’s market as an opportunity to FSBO. Let’s unpack why that’s a big mistake and may actually cost you more in the long run.
According to the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 41% of homeowners who tried to sell their house as a FSBO did so to avoid paying a commission or fee. In reality, even in a sellers’ market, selling on your own likely means you’ll net a lo. ...