2014 Holiday Events around Monmouth County

There are always so many great holiday events going on around Monmouth County at this time of year.  Here’s a full list of events and information:

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Dec. 5 — Belmar Tree Lighting and Festivities, live entertainment, Santa arrival, Pyanoe Plaza, Main St. and 9th Ave., Belmar. Free. Call (732) 681-3700.

Dec. 5 — City of Asbury Park Annual Tree Lighting, music and Santa visit, Fireman’s Park, Main St. between Fifth St. and Sunset Ave., Asbury Park. Call (732) 775-2100.

Dec. 5 — Fair Haven Tree Lighting and Holiday Stroll, complimentary treats at local businesses, live music, Santa arrives on firetruck, Memorial Park, 748 River Rd., Fair Haven. Call (732) 747-0241.

Dec. 5 — Manasquan Tree Lighting and Candy Cane Hunt, candy canes for kids, holiday food drive and tree lighting, Squan Plaza and Business District, Abe Vorhees Dr., Manasquan. Free. Call (732) 223-8303.

Dec. 6 — Downtown Asbury Park Tree Lighting, live music, free trolley to shopping district, Santa appearance, Press Plaza, Cookman Ave. and Emory St., Asbury Park. Free. Call (732) 775-7676.

Dec. 6 — Annual Holiday Lighting at Vietnam Memorial, lighting of a Christmas tree, Menorah, and a story about Kwanzaa, NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel. Free. Call (732) 335-0033.

Dec. 6, 13, 20 — Asbury Park Winter Bazaar, holiday market inspired by old time European holiday sales, with vendors, traditional Christmas treats and mulled wine, Grand Arcade, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park. Free. Call (732) 775-7676.

Dec. 12, 13 — Jolly Trolley, decorated bus ride through Freehold with Santa, Main St., Freehold. $5. Call (732) 333-0094.

Dec. 13 — Santa Train, vintage holiday train rolls through Freehold Borough, Freehold Bus/Train station, Throckmorton and Wedt Main St., Freehold. Free. Call (732) 333-0094.

Dec. 13, 14 — Ocean Grove Victorian Holiday Festival, house, inn and tent tours, doll house exhibit, carriage rides, live nativity pageant, tree lighting. Tour tickets are $25-$30, tree lighting and pageant are open to all. Call (732) 774-1391.

Dec. 14 — Christmas in Manasquan, hayrides with Santa, caroling, Main St. business district, Manasquan. Free. Call (732) 223-3710.

Dec. 18 — Menorah Lighting, a community Chanukah celebration, Hall of Records, 1 East Main St., Freehold. Call (732) 333-0094.

Dec. 21 — Menorah Lighting, a Jewish holiday gathering, Memorial Park, 748 River Rd., Fair Haven. Call (732) 747-0241.

Jan. 1 — Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge, jump in the ocean for charity, Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park. $25 registration fee to participate. Email info@sonsofireland.org.

Any questions about real estate this holiday season?  Contact John today!

John Natale Jr.

The Natale Group – Owner/Operator

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Keller Williams Realty East Monmouth

Cell: (732) 546-6177

E-Mail: NataleSells@Gmail.com

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5 BIGGEST Winter Home Improvements to Save You Money

Now that the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center is lit, and holiday shopping is full swing, Winter is truly upon us now.  The Natale Group wanted to offer the Five Biggest improvements to any homeowner, or someone who knows a homeowner, to take while winter is just beginning.  Whether looking to sell your property after the holiday season or you just want to improve your home’s efficiency, these steps will help keep those extra $$$ in your pocket.  We all know during a holiday spending season every dollar counts. These steps are all pretty easy and simple, and most can be done without the use of a handyman.  I’ll list them in order of hardest to easiest, so if you can get past the first couple, you can get them all done by the end of the weekend!

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# 1.  Caulk – Caulk everything.  Okay, maybe not everything.  The windows and doors especially.  Any cold air that can come in through these sources chill your home, and also adversely affect your home’s efficiency, which will cost you more each month on your heating bill.  Simple caulk guns can be found at your local hardware store.

# 2. Insulate Attic Access – Whether its pull down stairs to the attic or the small cubby hole in the closet, it’s always best to insulate this access.  Many homeowner’s do not, and since it’s perhaps the only place without insulation above the ceiling, it’s often a great place for cool air to travel through.

# 3. Increase Insulation – Everywhere you can!  While we’re on the insulation topic, it’s best to add where you can and have access to.  Insulation is easily purchased at a local hardware store, and easy to roll out and put down.  If you feel cold air from either the basement/slab or above the ceilings, it may be time to add insulation, if possible.

# 4. Swap in New Furnace Filters – The size is written on a homeowner’s current filter.  Go to the store and pick up at least 3-4 new ones and try to swap in new ones every six weeks during the winter.  The furnace is obviously most used then, so they wear out quicker.  Clogged filters can decrease the efficiency of a furnace dramatically.

# 5. Reverse Fans – This is probably the easiest, but also pretty important for proper air flow and for keeping rooms warm in the winter.  In the summer its best to have fans running counter-clockwise (standard way) to circulate the cold air down.  In the winter, its best to have fans running the opposite way to circulate the warm air and to pull the cold air from the bottom of the room.  Usually there is a switch on fans or on the remote to switch the direction.

Have any questions about these tips or anything else regarding owning or selling a home?  Give me a call or text today!

John Natale Jr.

The Natale Group – Owner/Operator

Keller Williams Realty East Monmouth

Cell: (732) 546-6177

E-mail: NataleSells@Gmail.com

www.NataleSells.com

 

 

Attorney Review is Concluded – Now What?

The Now What? Series, brought to you by The Natale Group, will be the best source for all questions about real estate transactions, from the first thought of buying or selling, all the way to the closing table.  In this business as a Broker-Associate, I always have client’s who ask for guidance throughout the process of buying or selling real estate.  I figured a great idea would be to put all of those “What happens if..?” or “What do you think about..?” or “Now What do I do?” questions into an extensive blog series.  Enjoy!

After attorney review is concluded, the next step for a buyer to do is the home inspection.  A home buyer will have (typically) a 10-day period in which to do a home inspection.  Home buyer’s can choose to not hire a home inspector near Spring Lake, but can not ask for items to be fixed or credited after if it is not performed by a licensed home inspector.  Home inspector costs near Spring Lake can vary, but so does the amount of service and technology available.  If you need a great resource for hiring one of New Jersey’s best home inspectors, contact John today.

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The home inspection will highlight the key deficiencies in a property, and is not performed for the buyer to “knock the price down” on the property.  A qualified home inspector will point out anything that is either currently affecting the home, or will in the near future.  Examples of issues that home inspectors near Spring Lake could find are termites, water intrusion, and fundamental structural issues with construction, among many other items.  The home inspection is for informational purposes and the last thing you’d want is to be left like this:

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If you’d like more information regarding the home inspection process and the Big Five items inspectors look for, click here.

John Natale Jr.

The Natale Group – Owner/Operator

Keller Williams Realty East Monmouth

E-mail: NataleSells@Gmail.com

Cell: (732) 546-6177

 

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My Offer was Accepted! – Now What?

The Now What? Series, brought to you by The Natale Group, will be the best source for all questions about real estate transactions, from the first thought of buying or selling, all the way to the closing table.  In this business as a Broker-Associate, I always have client’s who ask for guidance throughout the process of buying or selling real estate.  I figured a great idea would be to put all of those “What happens if..?” or “What do you think about..?” or “Now What do I do?” questions into an extensive blog series.  Enjoy!

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An accepted offer is a great feeling for The Natale Group’s buyer of a property, and most times a great feeling for the seller of the property.  It’s the first step in a smooth remaining transaction between a purchaser of a property and a seller of a property.  Right after an offer is accepted and then signed by the seller, the contract goes into attorney review.

In every real estate contract in NJ, there is a 3-day window in which a buyer or seller can cancel their real estate contract for any reason and not be held liable, or while the property is still in attorney review. Attorney review typically takes three days, but could be shorter or longer, depending on both the buyer’s and seller’s attorneys ability to review and make any changes to the contract they deem necessary.

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Once attorney review is concluded, neither party can cancel the contract just because they wish to. Outside of the inspection contingency and mortgage contingency, the contract is executed and the terms are fully in agreement.  This means the buyer’s last real chance to make sure this is “the one,” is during attorney review while both parties can still cancel.

During attorney review, the seller has the opportunity to continue showing the property and entertain other offers that could potentially come in.  Since both parties can cancel at any point during attorney review, if a seller receives a higher offer or one with more suitable terms to them, they could cancel the current contract to take that other one.  With that said, once a contract is out of attorney review, the current MLS listing is marked under contract and showings can not continue.

Need to find a great attorney?  The Natale Group knows some of NJ’s best.

John Natale Jr.

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The Natale Group – Owner/Operator

Keller Williams Realty East Monmouth

Cell: (732) 546-6177

E-mail: Natalesells@gmail.com

 

813 Wellington Place, Aberdeen NJ 07747

Welcome to 813 Wellington Place, Aberdeen

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This beautiful new listing from The Natale Group was listed by Chris Acquaviva.  The unit is located in beautiful Wellington Place in Aberdeen, NJ and offers 1 Bedroom and 1 Bath, as well as an additional den.  This condo in Aberdeen has been fully renovated to include all new flooring, an updated kitchen, brand new windows, and a newer electrical system.  When walking into this second floor unit in Wellington Place, a generous sized living room with a fireplace is offered.  The living room has beautiful new wood laminate flooring.

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Right off of the living room is the additional den, which makes for a great office, second/guest bedroom or nursery.  The den in 813 Wellington Place offers brand new wood laminate flooring as well.  Right off the den, there is a door to the outdoor balcony of the unit.

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The kitchen and dining room are located right next to each-other, which makes for easy entertaining and a social feel to this truly affordable condo in Wellington Place.  The kitchen offers brand new counter-tops and brand new flooring.  The dining room has all new wood-laminate flooring as well.

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There is an additional laundry room and also a master bedroom with a HUGE walk-in closet.  The master bedroom features brand new carpeting and is large enough to fit a king-sized bed plus plenty of furniture.

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Past all of this, the bathroom features a new vanity and updated flooring.  The entire unit has been freshly painted and is truly in move-in condition for all buyer’s looking to put some equity into a a great condo property.  Wellington Place offers plenty of amenities outside of its tremendous location right near transportation and shopping, including a swimming pool, clubhouse, all outdoor maintenance, tennis courts and playgrounds.  A truly great place to call home!

If you have any questions regarding 813 Wellington Place, please contact The Natale Group agent, Chris Acquaviva – (732) 832-9223 or myself anytime.

John Natale Jr.

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The Natale Group – Owner/Operator

Keller Williams Realty East Monmouth

Cell: (732) 546-6177

E-Mail: Natalesells@gmail.com

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Looking to buy, sell, invest or rent real estate and need help?  Contact me today!

I Put an Offer in, and I’m Now in a Bidding War! Now What?!

The Now What? Series, brought to you by The Natale Group, will be the best source for all questions about real estate transactions, from the first thought of buying or selling, all the way to the closing table.  In this business as a Broker-Associate, I always have client’s who ask for guidance throughout the process of buying or selling real estate.  I figured a great idea would be to put all of those “What happens if..?” or “What do you think about..?” or “Now What do I do?” questions into an extensive blog series.  Enjoy!

In the current real estate market, if a property is in good condition, has a good location, and is offered at a good price, there most likely will at least a few buyer’s interested.  Bidding wars do not happen on every property in every town, but it does happen, so it’s great to go over what to expect if a buyer is in that situation.  Ideally, a fair negotiation takes place and between one buying party and one selling party, but a buyer absolutely needs to be prepared in today’s market to enter a multiple offer situation.

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The first step in the bidding war or multiple offer situation is for a buyer to do their absolute best to remove the emotional aspect of the home from the business aspect of purchasing this property.  The next step for The Natale Group to gather the research needed to find the market value range for the property.

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Next, The Natale Group and the buyer will assess the terms of their contract offer.  How much money is the buyer putting down, when can they close, and do they have something to sell are all very important determining factors in a bidding war?  If a buyer does not have strong terms and they really want the property, they will have to go to the top end of the market value range.   By no means over-pay for the property, but towards the top range of market value.  If the terms are good, the buyer will have more flexibility in the multiple offer situation, and that’s for The Natale Group to help manage and go over with a client.

If a buyer ends up successful in a multiple offer situation, it’s a great feeling.  I always tell client’s that perhaps end up on the losing end that it’s solely because something better will always come along, and to this point, it always has.

John Natale Jr.

The Natale Group – Owner/Operator

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Keller Williams Realty East Monmouth

Cell: (732) 546-6177

E-Mail: NataleSells@gmail.com

 

Looking to buy your first home?  Click here!

 

I Want to Put an Offer In – Now What?

The Now What? Series, brought to you by The Natale Group, will be the best source for all questions about real estate transactions, from the first thought of buying or selling, all the way to the closing table.  In this business as a Broker-Associate, I always have client’s who ask for guidance throughout the process of buying or selling real estate.  I figured a great idea would be to put all of those “What happens if..?” or “What do you think about..?” or “Now What do I do?” questions into an extensive blog series.  Enjoy!

After a buyer goes back for a second showing of a property and reviews the seller’s disclosure; if the feeling is still the same, the next step would be putting in an offer.  An offer on a property consists of three parts.

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1. Mortgage Pre-approval (or proof of funds if cash offer).  One of the earliest steps in the home-buying process was to get pre-approved and this is an essential element of a purchase-offer.  No matter what a buyer’s offer is, if they don’t have a pre-approval or proof of funds, it is mostly worthless.

2. Signed Seller’s Disclosure.  This show’s that a buyer reviewed the information in the disclosure questionnaire and understands certain aspects of the home, based on what the seller has provided.  Again, the seller’s disclosure does not replace a home inspection, but it is a good tool early in the purchase-offer process to review.

3. Signed Purchase-contract.  In New Jersey real estate, it is required to present a full contract for sale to the seller of the property.  In other states such as NY, buyer’s only write-up “purchase offers,” which if accepted by the seller, the real estate attorney’s will then write-up a contract.  In New Jersey, real estate salespersons have further education requirements for real estate law, so they have the ability to write-up an entire sales contract.

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Exact specifics of an offer will include how much money a buyer is putting down versus mortgaging, whether or not they have a home to sell, and when they would like to close.  Most times a buyer asks how much lower should I offer off of the asking price?  Every area and every property is different. Many factors such as asking price versus market price, current days on market, amount of other inventory will make a difference in The Natale Group’s offer strategy.

Have you thought about starting the home-buying process? Click here!

John Natale Jr.

The Natale Group – Owner/Operator

Keller Williams Realty East Monmouth

Cell: (732) 546-6177

E-Mail: Natalesells@gmail.com

www.TheNataleGroup.com

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