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Matt’s Home News August 2014

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I want start off by saying thank you to my friends, family, neighbors and past clients for introducing me to the people they care about.  I’m blessed to have helped a great family sell their awesome home this week!  (see picture on the left).

Click Here to download or open our August Newsletter PDF August Newsletter – Matt

Great Neighbors Make Great Neighborhoods

Here’s a comment I read online that got me thinking about my neighbors differently.

“I’ve had cause lately to examine my cultural prejudices. I’m not talking about international culture. I’m talking about family culture.

Family culture is about ‘the way we do things in our family.’ It’s the feeling we get when we go to someone else’s house for dinner for the first time, and it feels ‘foreign.’

Like most people, I measure other families to my own standards, and of course, my standards are always higher.  That’s what got me thinking about my cultural prejudices and wondering which families I’m judging because they do things differently. I’ve resolved to be friendlier and if the chance presents itself, to talk about our differences.

At the very least, this comment reminds us to look at our neighbors with more empathy, and to notice if we’ve pulled away from them because they’re too “different” from us. I believe that great neighbors make great neighborhoods, and we’re all charged with being great neighbors.

Sincerely,

Matthew Haviland
Your Real Estate Consultant For Life

P.S. If you’ve got a story to tell, you can reach me at matt@sjhouses.com, or by calling me at 609-338-3773.

Matt’s Home News July 2014 Edition – Are You Listening?

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Are You Listening?

We’ve all heard that listening is the greatest compliment we can show to another person. Yet we are all constantly guilty of what Steven Covey called “autobiographical listening.” That’s listening with only half an ear, while in our heads we are busy preparing what to say next.

It is said that Franklin Delano Roosevelt, US President, so despised this, that he devised a test. When a petitioner asked how he was doing, he would say, “I murdered my grandmother this morning.” Most of the time he got a noncommittal response, proving the other person was probably rehearsing what to say next. (Although, one person trumped him by saying, “I’m sure she had it coming to her.”)

In a world where our attention is constantly being demanded by electronic devices, it is an even greater compliment than ever before to pay attention to one another, to lift our faces out of our phones and be 100% present.

One way to practice the art of listening well is to do something called “Parrot Phrasing.” During conversations with family, co-workers, your boss, and friends, you occasionally say back to the person exactly what they said to you, switching only the pronouns. After parroting what they said, you can add a question or comment.

For example, if they say, “I’ve had a horrible run of luck at work lately.” You can say back, “You’ve had a horrible run of luck at work lately. What’s been happening?”
Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.

Sincerely,

Matthew Haviland
Your Real Estate Consultant For Life

P.S. If you’ve got a story to tell, you can reach me at matt@sjhouses.com, or by calling me at 609-338-3773.

P.P.S.  If you have not seen my post about our upcoming golf tournament please click here for details.  This year’s event is to benefit my Aunt Denise.  Please help.

ANNOUNCING 7TH ANNUAL ATLANTIC SHORE CARES FUNDRAISER For Denis Stern Haviland

This year’s event is to benefit my Aunt Denise who is facing stage 4 bone, lung and brain cancer.

The Annual 1,000 Smiles Golf Classic will be held on October 1st at the Mays Landing Country Club.

We are looking for Sponsors, Silent Auction Items, Donations, Golfers, and BBQ Dinner Attendees.

The easiest way to make a donation, purchase BBQ Tickets, register for a Golf Classic Sponsorship, and/or arrange a Foursome is to log on to the Golf Classic website.

Payment can be made directly on the website.

There is a special “Early Bird Rate” for golfers who register and pay before August 15th.

Please spread the word! Thank you.

www.GaryPanterMemorialGolfClassic.com

Thank you, Matt

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Can a Love Letter Win a House Bid? How To Get Your Offer Accepted In Multiple Offer Situations When Buying A House

Dear Friend,


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

When sellers put their home on the market, they’re generally interested in two things: the price they get and the money they keep. But when they receive multiple offers from interested buyers, and the offers look similar, the deciding factor might be something completely different. It might come down to who they want living in “their” house. They might start to think about who they are leaving behind for their neighbors. 100_3706That’s why, when writing an offer for a home, buyers should add a “love letter” that tells about who they are and why they love the house, letting the owners know how they’ll fit in to the neighborhood. It can’t hurt and it just might help!

When you, a friend, family member, or neighbor decides to buy a home, contact me for help in crafting the best offer. 609-338-3773 or matt@sjhouses.com. Ask me for my free report, How to Stop Spending Money on Rent and Own a Home Instead.

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

P.S. Who do you know who plans to buy a home soon? Please introduce us so I can guide them through the process.

P.P.S.  I recently had a buyer client who was in a multiple offer situation.  I encouraged them to create a short video on their phone to introduce their family to the seller.  It worked!  Their offer was accepted and they are now enjoying their new home.

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June Newsletter – Father’s Day, Yard Sale Tips And More

Please click here to view or download our June Newsletter.  June Newsletter – Matt

What If You Had One Year?

What would you do if you only had one year to live? The novelist Anthony Burgess found out when he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at age 40.

fathers-dayBurgess was working as a teacher in Brunei and had already published several novels. But when he got the devastating news and was sent back to England, he had to decide how he would provide for his wife after his death. His answer: Become a full-time writer.

During the last year of his life, he wrote five and a half novels, so one story goes. Ultimately he received some good news: His cancer had gone into remission. Instead of dying, he embarked on a lifelong career as a novelist, winning multiple awards and earning great fame for his book A Clockwork Orange, which was turned into a movie by legendary director Stanley Kubrick. He did eventually die…in 1993 at the age of 76 of lung cancer.

What could you accomplish if you lived like you only had a year left? Imagine the energy and force of will you would put towards your dreams, your family, your passion!

And then, what if you discovered that you were going to go on living after all? Imagine what a leap you would have made towards your dreams and goals.

Even if just for a day, what if you lived like you only had a year left? What would you do today? Sincerely,

Matthew Haviland
Your Real Estate Consultant For Life

P.S. If you’ve got a story to tell, you can reach me at matt@sjhouses.com or by calling me at 609-338-3773.

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Who’s Giving Home Buying Advice?

need-adviceHere’s a quick note to let you know how I can help you—or anyone you feel comfortable introducing me to.

When it comes to buying a house, everyone has an opinion. It doesn’t matter if they bought their home in the last century or have never even owned a home…once they hear you’re buying, they will tell you what to do and what to “watch out for.”

If you’re planning to buy a house, you’ll want to guard against allowing someone else’s trauma, drama, and bad decisions to make you second-guess your plans. As a real estate consultant, I encourage you to get a clear picture of what you want and why you want it, hold firm to your goal, and take courage from the fact that you’re in good company with other successful home buyers.

When you, a friend, family member, or neighbor decides to buy a home, contact me for help in formulating a plan. 609-338-3773 or matt@sjhouses.com. Ask me for my free report, How to Stop Spending Money on Rent and Own a Home Instead.

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

P.S. Who do you know who needs to speak with a real estate consultant about the process of buying a home? Please let them know I’m an excellent guide.

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Day At The Zoo and Matt’s Home News May Edition

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Day At The Zoo

You are invited to our fun Day At The Zoo with me your real estate consultant for life and the entire Haviland Group. This is my way of saying thank you for trusting me with your real estate needs, introducing me to the people you care about and for allowing me to be a part of your life.

Our Day at The Zoo will take place on Saturday June 7th from 10 AM to 2 PM at Cape May County Park & Zoo, Shelter C. I’ll have lunch and refreshments provided during that time and we’ll also have some great prizes to give away!

Come enjoy a day at the park and zoo with us! Please invite your family, friends and neighbors to come also.

I need to know if you are coming by Tuesday June 3rd. Also let me know how many guests you’ll be bringing. You can call or text me at 609-338-3773.

Sincerely,

Matthew Haviland
Your Real Estate Consultant For Life

P.S. Please RSVP for our Day At The Zoo by June 3rd. Email me at matt@sjhouses.com or by calling me at 609-338-3773.

P.P.S. Click here for my May newsletter:  May Newsletter – Matt

‘Tis The Season To Be…Moving

Dear Friend,

Here’s a quick note to let you know how I can help you or anyone you feel comfortable introducing me to.
Spring is upon us, and regardless of what’s going on in the economy that means it’s moving time. School is ending. Vacation time is coming. The weather is nicer. It’s generally just a good time to get out and look at homes.

So, the next time you’re in a conversation with a friend, family member or neighbor and they mention that they are thinking of buying a new home, take out your cell phone, look up my number 609-338-3773 and call me immediately. I’ll send you a certificate to give them a free subscription to my HomeFinder Newsletter, packed with valuable home-buying tips such as “How Do Sellers Price Their Homes And How Much Should I Offer?” and “Six Signs That Could Mean Expensive (Hidden) Trouble.”

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

P.S. Every home buyer should know about the six signs that could mean expensive trouble. Be sure to give me a call the next time someone you know is talking about buying a home and we can help them avoid some expensive mistakes.

Easter Egg Hunt, Greentree Church, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

My family and I got to attend the Easter Egg hunt and magic show at Greentree church last weekend.  Here is a short video of some highlights.  We with you and your family a blessed Easter season.

The Haviland Family

John Wins Most Patient Seller Award For The Sale Of His Somers Point House

John wins my most patient seller award!  We were under contract in November and did not close until the last day of March.  In this case the buyer was to receive $50,000 from the Sandy First Time Home Buyer Grant.  After months of waiting, wondering and delays, we finally got approval and sold his house.

With this in mind John, was calm, calculated and was able to put things in perspective.  Throughout the process I consulted with John on where we were and what options we had.  I helped him evaluate those options and ultimately he chose to be patient and it paid off.

Thank you John and best wishes!

Matt