How To Be Up In A Down Real Estate Market

Our office numbers are way up. Here's why.

Despite a challenging seller’s market, high unemployment and lots of uncertainty our office has out performed the competition.  Why?  We treat our agents as partners and stakeholders.  We are the top training company in real estate and we study the market to be able advise our clients how to be successful in today’s new real estate economy.

Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore

COMPARING…

March 2015 to March 2016

 

Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore South Jersey Shore Regional Multiple Listing Service Outperforming the Market
Listings Taken Volume                         +23.28% 9.44% 13.84%
Listings Taken Units                   +46.94% 1.65% 45.29%
Closed Production List Side Volume +109.53% -6.35%       115.88%
Closed Production List Side Units +62.50% 4.54% 57.96%
Closed Production Total Volume +33.85% -6.35% 40.20%
Closed Production Total Units +18.60% 4.54% 14.06%

Matthew and Richard Haviland The Haviland GroupNumbers reported above are representative of South Jersey Shore MLS average percentages of all brokerages represented in the MLS.

Our MissionTo teach people how to consistently implement the Keller Williams models and systems so they can transform their lives and businesses.

Our Vision:  We are a passionate team of real estate leaders that attract extraordinary talent and wealth building opportunities.

When you’re choosing a real estate agent and company to work with consider Me, Matthew Haviland, and Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore.

Best wishes, Matt

P.S. For Great Articles and fun facts download and view my May Newsletter here:  May Newsletter – Matt

Is Age 60 The New 40?

Here’s a quick note to let you know how I can help you—or anyone you feel comfortable

It seems like every day you hear a story on the news about how people are living longer.

And as people get older, many are staying active, working well into retirement, eating

healthier, exercising, traveling, and generally not “acting their age”. In fact, many people

consider age 60 as “The New 40”.

Another thing this age group has in common is rediscovering themselves. For the first

time in decades, empty-nesters no longer need to consider square footage and school

districts as a driving force to be in the right place to live. One of the rewards of living a

long, healthy life is being able to afford life on your terms.

The next time you’re talking with a friend, family member or neighbor and they mention a

move to accommodate a lifestyle change, stop, take out your cell phone, look up my

number and immediately call or text me. Together we will make sure they get advice that

keeps them financially healthy for many years.

Matthew Haviland

Your Real Estate Consultant For Life

Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore 609-484-9890 ext 132

P.S. Congratulations to Stan Wiley winner of this month’s Funday Monday contests.  Watch our drawing video to learn how to enter.

Clever Household Cleaning Hacks

Here are some clever household cleaning hacks from my April newsletter.

 Steam-clean your microwave. Cut a lemon in half and
put it in a microwave-safe dish filled with water. Zap it
until the water boils. Let it steam for another minute
before opening. The gunk can now be wiped away with
less effort.
 Speed up dryer time. Throw one clean dry towel in with
your wet clothes before starting the dryer. 10-15
minutes later, take it out. The dry towel will absorb some
of the excess moisture.Clever Household Cleaning Hacks
 Clean scorched pans. Fill the bottom of the
pan with water and a cup of white vinegar.
Simmer. Remove the pan and add 2
tablespoons baking soda. Empty the pan and
scrub lightly to remove burn marks.
 Dust lamp shades with an adhesive lint
remover roll.
 Dusting magic. Use “used” dryer sheets to pick up dust on your computer keyboard
and screen, wipe the TV screen, buff out water spots on the bath mirror, clean murky
car windshields, and pick up dirt from your baseboards.

For more great articles downland and view my April Newsletter:  April Newsletter – Matt

Best wishes, Matt

Encouragement Succeeds Greater Than Criticism

Here’s a story that reminds me that simple encouragement can have a more dramatic effect on performance than criticism.

Decades ago there was a group of brilliant young men at the University of Wisconsin who had amazing literary talent. They were would-be poets, novelists, and essayists. These promising young men met regularly to read and critique each other’s work.

IMG_4749The men were merciless with one another. They dissected the minutest literary expression. They were heartless, tough, and mean in their criticism. Members of this exclusive club called themselves the “Stranglers.”

Not to be outdone, the women of literary talent at the university started a club of their own. They called themselves the “Wranglers.” They, too, read their works to one another. But the criticism was softer, more positive and encouraging. Sometimes, there was almost no criticism at all. Every effort, even the feeblest, was encouraged.

Twenty years later an alumnus of the university was doing an exhaustive study of his classmates’ careers. He noticed a vast difference in the literary accomplishments of the Stranglers as opposed to the Wranglers. Of all the bright young men in the Stranglers, not one had made a significant literary contribution of any kind. From the Wranglers had come six or more successful writers, including Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling.

Talent between the two? Probably the same. But the Stranglers strangled each other, while the Wranglers highlighted the best, not the worst. The message we can take from this is that next time you’re tempted to “improve” someone’s performance with criticism, perhaps simply offer a few encouraging words instead.

Sincerely,

Matt Haviland Your Real Estate Consultant For Life

P.S. I need to take this message to heart when giving myself feedback, too! Let me know what you think.

 

Do You Love Your Home?

Do you love your home?  Home is where we nourish our most important relationships, where loved ones build traditions founded on fun, love, joy and family unity.

For me, as a trusted real estate consultant, there is no better feeling than handing a friend the keys to their new home. I could experience that feeling again and again.Florence Model

It is my strongest wish that your home continues to be a place where your friends and family thrive. Yet, over the course of time, things change, and a home can become just a house. People move in, people move out, the shape and size of families and things change.

When you notice that someone is no longer in love with their house, please let them know they have options. Take out your cell phone, look up my number and call me immediately, and together we’ll make sure they 1) have access to world-class remodeling professionals to help them fall in love with their house again, or 2) work with me to find a new house that feels like home again.

Matthew Haviland, Your Real Estate Consultant For Life

Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore 609-484-9890 ext 132

I Wish You Enough

I once read a story about an old man who was saying goodbye to his daughter at the airport. The daughter was going on an overseas assignment, and the old man felt it would be the last time he would see her.

As they were saying their final goodbyes at the gate, the old man said to his daughter, “I love you, and I wish you enough.”

Afterwards, another man who was waiting at the gate asked the old man what he had meant by saying, “I wish you enough.”I Wish you enough

The old man smiled and said, “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” He paused for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled even more.

“When we said ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with enough good things to sustain them,” he said.

“We meant, ‘I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish enough Hello’s to get you through the final Good-bye.’”

I love that sentiment. It reminds me that the pain in life has an upside, and the highs in life don’t last forever, so don’t take them for granted. As you gear up for the rest of this great year, I want you to know that I wish you enough in all things so that you find the right balance.

Sincerely, Matt Haviland Your Real Estate Consultant For Life

P.S. Let me know how you’re doing on your New Year’s resolutions/goals. I’m at SJhouses.com or 609-338-3773 and you can download and view my full February newsletter here:  2016 Newsletter- Matt

Atlantic County First Time Home Buyer Grant Money Now Available – $10,000

It's back! $10,000 available for Atlantic County, NJ First Time Home Buyers

Good news!  The Atlantic County, NJ grant program is now funded with grants available of up to $10,000 for first time home buyers!  All funds are forgiven after 5 years.  This programs does not work for everyone so I’ve outlined the key requirements below.  You will need to be pre-qualified by an a approved mortgage company.  My preferred lenders are on stand by to help qualify potential first time home buyers asap and get them qualified to receive the grant money.

Free Money!

Free Money! $10,000 Grant For First Time Home Buyers

Eligible Applicants:

     HOUSEHOLDS

  1. Who have resided in Atlantic County for the last 12 months or are employed in Atlantic County.
  2. Who have not owned a home for the last  three years.
  3. With acceptable credit history and the ability to obtain an approved mortgage.
  4. With incomes below 80% of Median income:

These income levels are (2013):

                                                           # of Household  Members 80% of Median Income
1 Person. $38,400
2 Persons $43,900
3 Persons $49,400
4 Persons $54,850
5 Persons $59,250
6 Persons $63,650
7 Persons $68,050
8 Persons $72,450

If you or someone you know may be eligible to qualify for this grant please call me for more details at 609-338-3773.  Time is limited and funds are usually gone in a few months so please call me now.  Matt

The Wildwoods & Diamond Beach Market Statistics For 4th Quarter of 2015

What's happening in the real estate market at The Wildwoods and Diamond Beach 2015

Here is an overview of the real estate market for The Wildwoods and Diamond Beach.  4th Quarter average sales price was $309,101.  This up 3% from the 3rd quarter of 2015 and up .07% from the 4th quarter of 2014.  Median sales price was a$255,000.  That’s a 6% increase from the 3rd quarter and a decrease of 8.8% from the 2014.  204 units sold in the 4th quarter of 2015.  That a decrease of 2.4% from the 3rd quarter and an increase of 8.5% from 2014.  Days on the market has gone down to 132.  That 3 days less than the 3rd quarter and 15 days less than it was a year ago.  Now is a great time to buy, invest and sell at the shore!  For more information on Wildwoods and Diamond Beach Real Estate contact me.  Matt

Wildwoods and Diamond Beach real estate statistics 4th quarter 2015

Wildwoods and Diamond Beach real estate statistics 4th quarter 2015

Ocean City, NJ Market Statistics 4th Quarter Of 2015

What's going on in the Ocean City, NJ Real Estate Market For 2015 4th Quarter.

Here’s what’s happening in the Ocean City, NJ real estate market:

Average sales price of $588,770 has gone down by 1% compared to the 3rd quarter of 2015 and down 1% from 4th quarter of 2014.  Median sales price of $481,000 is down 7% compared to the 3rd quarter and 1% down from 2014.  Sales volume of 222 units sold is down 7% from the 3rd quarter and up 2% from 2014.  Days on market has gone up also to 128 days on market.

Right now is a great opportunity to buy sell and invest in Ocean City.  Please contact me for more information on Ocean City, NJ real estate.  Matt

Market Report For Ocean City, NJ 4th quarter 2015.

Market Report For Ocean City, NJ 4th quarter 2015.