New Study: The Longer Your Commute, the Less Satisfied You Are with Your Life!

Here’s a quick note to let you know how I can help you, or the person you feel comfortable introducing me to.

According to a new study from the University of Waterloo, any type of long commute – whether by subway or car – reduces people’s levels of happiness and impairs their overall mental health. Longer commutes also create more stress from being crunched for time and are linked to issues like hypertension, obesity, fatigue and a lowered immune system.

It’s no wonder so many people are looking to buy or sell homes in order to be closer to work. You’ve only got one life, so make the most out of every second of it! It’s all about quality of life!

So the next time you’re in a conversation with a friend, family or neighbor, and they mention they’re looking to move closer to where they work, take out your cell phone, look up my number and call or text me immediately. I belong to a national network of realtors and lenders, and I can help them find that perfect home closer to where they work so they can spend less time exhausted from commuting and more time enjoying life!

Matthew Haviland, Your Real Estate Consultant For Life Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore 609-484-9890 ext 132

Mistakes Can Be Portals of Discovery

Matt's Home News May 2015

Imagine an organization as a ship sailing on the ocean. All of the personnel on board, have one over-arching responsibility: Do not make a hole in the ship!

When working above the waterline, however, making a mistake and creating a hole in the side of the ship will have no serious consequences. We’ll have the time to repair the hole, learn and sail on.

Sunset in Absecon, NJ Faunce Landing Road.

Sunset in Absecon, NJ along Faunce Landing Road.

Below the waterline, an action that creates a hole could, quite literally, sink us.

Business Insider identified these 3 inventions that started as above-the-waterline “mistakes” and had below-the-waterline impact:

Sir Alexander Fleming: Before discarding a contaminated petri dish, Fleming noticed a specific mold dissolving all the bacteria it touched. Fleming went on to discover the mold contained penicillin.

Ruth Wakefield: While baking a batch of chocolate cookies, Ruth Wakefield realized she was out of baker’s chocolate and decided to substitute sweetened chocolate instead. The sweetened chocolate did not melt leaving crunchy chocolate morsels. Chocolate chip cookies were created.

Spencer Silver: After setting out to make a stronger adhesive, Spencer Silver, a researcher in 3M Laboratories, actually created a weaker adhesive. Years later a colleague spread the adhesive on little pieces of paper. Post-It notes were born.

Sometimes mistakes feel bigger than life, especially when we mix them with embarrassment or disappointment. Most mistakes are only mistakes when we stop forward progress and walk away without getting the lesson or the benefit.

Sincerely,

Matt Haviland
Your Real Estate Consultant For Life

P.S If you liked this story, let me know how it touched you. Contact me SJHouses.com or 609-338-3773.

P.P.S. If you’d like to download or read my full May 2015 Newsletter click here:  May 2015 Newsletter – Matt

 

Fun Day Monday Quiz May, 2015

This Month's Quiz Question Will Be Easy For Harry Potter Fans.

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Today is Fun Day Monday!

Imagine winning a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com – what would you buy or who could you give it to as a gift?

Here’s how to enter the drawing:

Simply fill out the form below. If you choose the correct answer to the quiz question, your name will be entered into a drawing for a free $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com. It’s that easy…!  

I will announce the winner later this week.

This Month’s Quiz Question:

This Month’s Quiz Question:

In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter stories, what is the name of Harry’s pet owl?

A. Dobby

B. Scabbers

C. Hedwig

D. Hagrid

Simply fill out the form below, along with the correct answer and your name will be entered into the drawing to win!

Good Luck and Have Fun!

Matthew Haviland, Your Real Estate Consultant For Life!

YES! I want to be entered into this month’s drawing…
If I win, send my gift card to:

First Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Answer *

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE ODDS OF WINNING. Open to residents of the United States and Canada, age 18+. Subject to Official Rules available at official rules see for restrictions, odds, prizes and claim details. Void where prohibited.

The Haviland Group Announces Foreclosure Help Center

I’m pleased to announce our new Foreclosure Help Center.  This is an online Foreclosure Help Center providing information, options and hope to home owners in our community that are facing foreclosure.

The Foreclosure Help Center is found at http://sjhouses.com/foreclosure-help

The key component to this new site is a 5 part Foreclosure Education Video Series featuring local short sale attorney James Schroeder.

I’m here to help so if you know of a home owner facing foreclosure please send them a link to this site or contact me so I can offer some help and education.

Best wishes,

Matt

As You Read This Post, Who Comes To Mind First?

Here’s a quick post to let you know how I can help you, or the person you feel comfortable introducing me to.

Many of my friends, coworkers and family members have been telling me about their experience of being pushed and pulled in all directions. They call themselves the Sandwich Generation. Their homes have more

Need more space?  I'm here to help!

Need more space? I’m here to help!

people than space. You may know someone in one of the following situations who needs my help:

  1. Someone caring for aging parents while supporting and caring for their own children.
  2. Someone in their 50’s or 60’s, sandwiched between aging parents, adult children and

    grandchildren.

  3. Someone in their 30’s or 40’s with young children, aging parents and, perhaps, even grandparents.
  4. Someone involved with elder care, special needs care, or sibling care.

The one thing the people of the Sandwich Generation have in common is that they need more space. As you think about people who may need my help, feel comfortable taking out your cell phone and call me. Let’s talk about helping your friends find the home that gives them the space they deserve.

Matthew Haviland

Your Real Estate Consultant For Life Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore 609-484-9890 ext 132

P.S. Who do you know being squeezed for space and could use some help now?

Get Up To $5,000 For Down Payment And Closing Cost Assistance For First Time Home Buyers

There is a new grant program offering first time home buyer up to $5,000 toward their down payment and closing costs.  The program is called First Front Door.  If you qualify Meridian Bank will match your contribution 3 to 1.  For every $1 you contribute, you can receive$3 in grant assistance to a maximum of $5,000.

First time home buyer grant money.

First time home buyer grant money.

To qualify you must be a first time home buyer with an income at or below 80% of your county’s median income.  For more details contact me or Juan Jordan at Meridian Bank:  732-423-6494.

Best wishes,

Matt

P.S.  There are other financing options available and great rates too!  Who do you know that is renting and would love to own a home?

Smithville Village Home Show This Saturday!

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This Saturday Smithville Village will host a home show featuring local vendors and merchants to help you with all your home needs.  These local vendors can help you with your repair, remodeling, inspection, landscaping, insurance, financing and home projects.  The event is free and hours are from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Free admission and free parking.

Smithville Village is located at Rt. 9 and Moss Mill Road in Smithville, NJ (Galloway township).

Proceeds benefit KW Cares.  KW Cares is a 501(c)(3) public charity created to support Keller Williams Realty associates and their families with hardship as a result of a sudden emergency.

Fun Day Monday Quiz April, 2015

FunDayMonday-920April 2015

Today is Fun Day Monday!

Imagine winning a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com – what would you buy or who could you give it to as a gift?

Here’s how to enter the drawing:

Simply fill out the form below. If you choose the correct answer to the quiz question, your name will be entered into a drawing for a free $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com. It’s that easy…!  

I will announce the winner later this week.

This Month’s Quiz Question:

Who is the famous voice behind the world’s most infamous prank, The War Of The Worlds radio broadcast (1938)?

A. Michael Enright

B. Morgan Freeman

C. Rod Serling

D. Orson Welles

Simply fill out the form below, along with the correct answer and your name will be entered into the drawing to win!

Good Luck and Have Fun!

Matthew Haviland, Your Real Estate Consultant For Life!

YES! I want to be entered into this month’s drawing…
If I win, send my gift card to:


First Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Answer *

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE ODDS OF WINNING. Open to residents of the United States and Canada, age 18+. Subject to Official Rules available at official rules see for restrictions, odds, prizes and claim details. Void where prohibited.