If you’re like me you’ve probably been doing some spring cleaning during this quarantine time. You may have discovered you have a lot of papers to shred. We’re sponsoring a community shred event on Friday August 21st at our Northfield office. Up to 3 boxes per vehicle or attendee. Register below and we’ll see you there.
First of all we want to extend our sympathy to those who have been personally affected by the COVID 19 virus. We also would like to express our support to those who have lost jobs at this difficult time.
As of today Governor Murphy announced that all non essential businesses should close and work from home. At Keller Williams Realty we are honoring this request and have already made preparations to work remotely. Our staff and leadership team will continue to work remotely from home. Our affiliated title company is also prepared to work from home and handle closings remotely.
We anticipate our scheduled closings to close on time and are communicating with our clients on any potential delays.
For new seller clients we have initiated a Virtual Home Selling Service. We will take new listings including video tours without having to come to our client’s home and without any buyers having to come in their house. We have also implemented a virtual live open house strategy to further promote our listings on social media.
For our home buyer and seller clients we have implemented video conferencing for all meetings. We also have a Virtual Home Buying Service to help our buyer clients navigate through potential homes and neighborhoods without having to leave the comfort and safety of their home.
Is now a good time to buy or sell real estate in South Jersey? The answer is it depends on your circumstances. We are offering phone or video consultations to help you determine if this is the right time for you.
We are committed to help our clients with their real estate needs and add value to their lives. We pray that everyone would stay safe and well.
Richard, Matthew, Linda Haviland
P.S. Is there anything we can support you with? If we can help we will. If we can’t we’ll let you know or do our best to connect you to someone that can help.
I love summer in South Jersey. Year round this is a great place to live and visit. As the weather is finally starting to feel like Fall here are 5 sensational things to do in South Jersey This Fall.
Visit The Beach And Boardwalks
The beaches are beautiful this time of year and less crowded. It’s easier to find parking and it’s often free this time of year. Many of the boardwalks still have shops and restaurants open during the Fall on weekends. For Ocean City visit Jilly’s Arcade open year round.
Ride A Bike
Fall is a fantastic time for bike riding. My favorite place is the Atlantic County Bike Path. The Atlantic County Park System maintains the 7.56 mile bike and pedestrian path running between Harbor Square (formerly Shore Mall) in Egg Harbor Township and the Atlantic County Institute of Technology in Hamilton Township. This path is a safe fun way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. There are also several other municipal bike paths and county and state parks that operate bike trails.
Visit A Farm
This is the garden state and Fall is a great time to visit some of the amazing farms in South Jersey. Many farms have Fall activities and events. Sahl’s Father Son Farms operates a family friendly corn maze in the Fall from now until October 26th in Galloway Township. They have hay rides, pumpkin patch and more. To meet some amazing animals visit the Funny Farm Animal Rescue in Mays Landing.
Visit The Cranberry Bogs
This is a totally unique thing to South Jersey. If you haven’t seen it you’ll definitely want to check it out. Check out JJ White and Pine Barren Native Fruits in Browns Mills. This week they are starting harvest across the cranberry bogs. Schedule a tour or visit Whitesbog to see some of the harvest. Then stop by JJ White Farm at 1 Pasadena to purchase some fresh cranberries, jellies, jams, salad dressing and salsa (awesome) directly from the farmer.
This is a great time of year to watch the birds fly South for the winter. There are some great places to drive to and see birds and wildlife up close. The Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Galloway Township is a fantastic spot to drive out onto the marshes. Also Cape May Point State Park is fantastic this time of year.
What do you like to do in South Jersey in the Fall. Comment and let us know your thoughts.
Traditionally Linwood has always been sought after as one of the best school districts in the county. Linwood is still one of the best school districts and as I studied for this article I found a few surprises. According to www.niche.com the number one Elementary school was: William H. Ross III Intermediate School in Margate. This school received an A+ rating. Eugene A. Tighe Middle School in Margate was also the number one public middle school with an A rating.
Margate’s schools are fantastic. However Margate’s high school is Atlantic City High School which is not top rated and received a B grade. The number one high school was Mainland Regional High School in Linwood with an A rating and number two was Egg Harbor Township High School also with an A rating. Linwood’s Bellhaven Middle School and Seaview Elementary School came in number two behind Margate so overall Linwood is still the best ranked school district.
When you’re buying a home and need help selecting the right school district you need a real estate agent that knows the school systems and districts and can help you determine what schools are best for your needs. Contact me for a free consultation. Also, comment on this post and let me know what you think are the best schools and school districts in Atlantic County. Best wishes, Matt
There are many reasons to buy and sell a home right now in Atlantic County, NJ. Let’s take a look at this from the perspective of home buyers and sellers.
Home Buyers In Atlantic County, NJ.
- Interest rates are still low. You still have great buying power.
- Atlantic County, NJ home prices are on the rise in many of our communities as inventory is shrinking. Purchase now before prices go up.
- Right now there are less buyers looking for homes in the winter. Less buyers means less competition and you are less likely to get in bidding wars with other buyers. You can often negotiate a great price and terms this time of year.
Home Sellers In Atlantic County, NJ
- Right now inventory is lower in Atlantic County. If your neighborhood has no other homes for sale or just a few for sale this could be a great time to sell before more homes come on the market in the Spring.
- If you are moving up to a larger home this is the perfect market to move up to something bigger. Demand for lower price homes in the $200,000 range and below is high. Demand for higher priced home is not as great. That means you can get top dollar for your home and get a great deal when you purchase your next home.
- Rates remain low. Higher interest rates mean less buying power for home buyer. If rates go up home prices will go down. Sell now before any likely interest rate hikes occur.
Figuring out when to buy and sell a home ultimately depends on your circumstances and situation. Contact me for a free consultation. I can ask a few simple questions to help you determine if this is the right time to buy or sell for you.
If you’re approaching retirement and looking to enjoy the good life with more time for your active lifestyle, you’ll want to check out The Village Grande at English Mill. Located in Egg Harbor Township, this adult only, 55+ community has it all, from finely appointed homes to community amenities and events throughout the year; there’s always something going on at The Village Grande.
Originally built between 2006-2017, there are six different floorplans, with each property boasting its own upgrades and features which were available at the time of construction. As a premier, developed community, home features may include security and high-tech options, extended patios, screened-in porches and year-round sunrooms. All properties have at least 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a 2-car garage. These single-family homes range from 1,558- 2,261 square feet on one or two levels.
The Village Grande at English Mill is six miles from I-76, about an hour drive to the Philadelphia International Airport, making the location ideal for anyone who loves to travel or has frequent visitors, but also wants to live outside a major metro area. The Village Grande is conveniently located near a wide variety of entertainment and activities, such as New Jersey beaches, casinos, and theme parks. Other exciting attractions are just a short drive away in nearby Atlantic City and Ocean City. Everyday needs and local fun are easily found in Egg Harbor Township as well. Convenience is just one reason The Village Grande is the perfect place for active adults to call home.
With countless amenities featured, there’s something for everyone at The Village Grande at English Mill. The Grande Club is a 10,000 square foot clubhouse which is the center of community life, including public and private events. The Club has a beautiful ballroom for any special occasion; residents can take full advantage of the facilities to celebrate that special birthday or anniversary.
In addition to space for events, the Grande Club features a fitness center with an indoor lap pool for year-round exercise, plus two saunas and locker rooms. Other amenities include meeting rooms, a lounge and catering kitchen, two card rooms, an arts and crafts studio, library, and billiards room. There’s also an outdoor pool with a sun deck open for seasonal use. Beyond swimming, residents enjoy the use of two tennis courts, two bocce ball courts, and a putting green. Add in scenic walking trails around two beautiful ponds, and you can see just how good life is at The Village Grande.
There’s never a shortage of ideas for what to do next at The Village Grande at English Mill. For those who enjoy the socializing offered by a 55-plus community, there are a number of interesting ways to connect and have a great time with your neighbors. Holiday celebrations are always big events with breakfasts, dinners, and parties inspired by the 4th of July, Halloween, Grandparent’s Day and more.
Sports-minded residents can enjoy fishing, cycling, jogging and tennis clubs. Keep your mind and your body active and intrigued with the walking or travel club, or mornings with Thai Chi and water aerobics. For hobbyists, there’s a selection of clubs and regularly scheduled activities to choose from. Take your pick of arts & crafts, computers, book clubs and gardening, just to name a few.
You’re also free to enjoy purely social clubs like Dine Around, the Women’s Club and a Veterans Club. Join tea parties, day trips around the region and a variety of different card and game nights – Pinochle or Canasta anyone? There’s something for everyone – maybe you’ll find something new to enjoy! Check out the full list of clubs and active lifestyle groups for what may spark your interest.
The different home models in The Village Grande range in floor plan and square footage. Two of the original model plans, the Deerfield and Eden, are properties with an extra room, ideal for a den or guest space. If you’re looking for more room, you’ll want to watch for these properties to come on the market. These properties are also priced in the mid-range of the market. Whether you want a single story or two-level home or are seeking a listing with some extra bells and whistles from when The Village Grande and English Mill first came available, you’ll want to work with an agent who knows the community. Matt Haviland has been working with buyers and sellers in this 55+ community for many years now and is familiar with the different floor plans and special features you may be looking for. If you like this community, you’ll also want to take a look at The Village Grande at Little Mill which boasts the same great floor plans and amenities in Egg Harbor Township.
For more information on The Village Grande at English Mill or its sister property The Village Grande at Little Mill and living in Egg Harbor Township, call Matt Haviland with The Haviland Group and Keller Williams Realty today at 609-338-3773 or via e-mail to find out how he can help you.
Did you know that the NJ Hardest Hit Fund has funds available to help home owners facing foreclosure?
New Jersey HomeSaver program offers eligible homeowners up to $50,000 in financial assistance to help bring their household monthly payment to an affordable level by using HHF funds to facilitate a refinance, recast, or permanent modification of the first mortgage loan.
Visit our NJ HomeSaver page for details and eligibility requirements: https://sjhouses.com/new-jersey-home-saver-program.
Recently one of our competitors has been advertising as the Egg Harbor Township, NJ real estate sales leader. I questioned whether this was true and discovered that at one time they were the sales leader however year to date real numbers show that Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore is number one in sales volume and sales units. I have included some charts and graphs to show this. These are real numbers taken from the South Jersey Shore Regional Multiple Listing Service.
Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore units sold in Egg Harbor Township increased 73.68% as of September 21st 2017 compared to year to date numbers from 2016. 165 units have been sold year to date and our next closest competitor sold 131 units. Units sold is the number one indicator of who the sales leader is in a community and we are dominating that category.
Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore sales volume increased 53.96% as of September 1st 2017 compared to year to date numbers from 2016. Year to date sales volume for 2017 is $24,814,297.00 making it number one. Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore is number one in market share also with 16.6% market share based on units sold. So the new sales leader is Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore and we have the data to prove it. If you are looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate in Egg Harbor Township, NJ I’m your local home town real estate consultant and I’m happy to help. Call me at 609-484-9890 ext 132 or send me a message on this site.
Best wishes, Matt
P.S. Here are the actual sales numbers taken from our multiple listing service showing how we stack up against the competition.
I got to tour the building site today of Egg Harbor Township’s newest community Gardenia Estates. The community is located just off West Jersey Ave not far from English Creek road. The development is a small community of 25 homes on a cul-de-sac. The homes are built by DR Horton as “quick delivery” homes.
The biggest benefit of the community is value. Homes are priced in the low to mid $200,000 range. For $210,840 you can purchase a 1,900 square foot home featuring 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a two car garage. Home sizes range from 1,600 square feet ranch homes up to 2,867 square feet 5 bedroom and 3.5 baths. Homes feature open layouts and 9 foot ceilings. The home are all built on slabs and basements are not an option. The “quick delivery” homes means that the builder in most cases has pre-selected options and colors of the homes. If you are looking to make customization I suggest you contact me now as there may be opportunity to make changes at this stage of the construction process.
If you’re looking to build a home it’s hard to beat the value of what DR Horton is offering. If you’re looking for a basement, more options and customization this may not be the best community for you. I work with all the area builders and would be happy to consult with you to find a home and community that meets your needs. Please contact me and I’m happy to help.
P.P.S. These homes are selling out quickly. Call me today to reserve a home at 609-338-3773.