Galloway Green Market’s last day of the summer season is Thursday August 29th. Hours are from 4-7 PM. Stop in for local produce, baked goods, flowers and more. Galloway Green Market is located at the Smithville Village Greene parking lot. It’s a great location close to the other fantastic shops and restaurants of Smithville. Come out and support local farmers and businesses and enjoy some great live music while you’re there.
Tavistock is a fantastic 55+ community in Mays Landing NJ in Atlantic County. The community is just off of Route 40 and about 10 minute from the regional shopping area. Tavistock homes were built in the early to mid 2000s however the builder went belly up and never finished the final layer of pavement on the streets. The streets were left incomplete until just recently.
Tavistock is one of the best values for 55+ homes. The homes range from $150,000-$250,000 and have taxes around $5,000 per year and a low home owners association fee of $135.00 per month. There are twin homes and detached single family homes for sale. Tavistock has a lovely club house and no pool. The lack of the pool helps the community keep their association fee low. Now with the newly paved road it makes it a great time to buy and sell in Tavistock.
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Recently I visited a fantastic new home community in Barnegat, NJ at exit 67 on the Garden State Parkway. This community is just off the exit giving you easy access to points North and South. Lennar homes is one of the premier home builders in the country and this community is very impressive.
If you are looking for a brand new home in a 55 and over community in NJ consider Venue at Lighthouse Station. The quality of the homes is fantastic and better than most of the other new home communities I’ve seen. They also have several fantastic layouts to choose from. Basements are an option which is nice for extra storage space. The community has homes on one level and also offers second floor options.
There are 3 model homes up now available to tour and 4th one is going up now. The new model will have two master suites offering a great set up for multi generational families. Home prices start in the $300,000 range and the homes come very nicely equipped for the price. Of course there is a club house with a pool and fitness center. If you are interested in new construction or would like to schedule a tour of this community. Please contact us below.
You may have noticed an increase in commercial real estate activity recently. New businesses are opening, and moving to larger locations. In this post I’m going to focus in on a few moves.
The Black Horse Pike area of Egg Harbor Township and Mays Landing has seen many new activities. New businesses have moved into the Wal Mart shopping center in Egg Harbor Township. Along the English Creek area a new Dunkin Donuts drive through opened and Mavis Discount Tire. In Mays Landing a new strip mall center opened with a new Starbucks drive through and Sleep Number Store. Across the street from that is the new Outback Steak House.
Earlier this month JC Penny Officially closed it’s doors at the Hamilton Mall location in Mays Landing. This leaves the mall without two anchor stores. Sears also closed last year. Burlington Coat Factory is moving its location from Harbor Square in Egg Harbor Township to Consumer Square in Mays Landing.
One of my favorite restaurants Nizam’s also moved it’s location recently to a larger and nicer location in front of Harbor Square. If you are a business owner there are many opportunities in Atlantic County to start and grow a business here. Contact us for a no obligation consultation.
I see many adult children who want to move out of their parents home and parents who want their kids out. However they don’t have a plan. They don’t set expectations and timelines and they make some or all of the 5 mistakes below. Here are 5 ways to never get our of your parents basement and have a home of your own.
1. Have no budget.
Without a written budget it’s easy to spend more than you make. A written budget will tell every dollar where to go. If you’re living in your parents basement evaluate your budget and look for ways to cut expenses and save money. Resources like Dave Ramsey and the Every Dollar App can help make this easier.
2. Insist On Buying A House.
There is nothing wrong with renting! It’s ok to rent. Renting can be cheaper than buying a home. You won’t have to worry about maintenance on the home and it’s a great way to get out of the house and move toward home ownership.
3. Get Loads Of Debt
If you have debt this affects your ability to rent or buy a home. The student loan problem is one example of this. Work on paying off your debt while you’re in your parents home. If you’re in college or plan on going to college pay for it in cash! Choose a school that’s closer to home and less expensive. Adding debt will not help you get out of your parents home.
4. Don’t Make Enough Money.
Renting or buying a home will be more expensive than living in your parents basement. If you’re working an entry level job or minimum wage job it will be hard to earn enough to move out. Consider other fields that will make you more money. Get a second job. Start a small business or side hustle.
5. Make Sure Your First Home Is Your Dream Home.
Your first home does not have to be your dream home. Your first home is a stepping stone toward your dream home. It’s better to buy or rent a small condo or house that you can afford rather than buying the most expensive house that you qualify for you. You’re first home can build equity to help you get to your dream home down the road.
Let me know your thoughts on this post and please share. Who do you know that is living in their parents basement or has adult children living in their house? Contact us now to let us help them. Matt
I often get asked when is the best time to buy a house. And the answer often depends on your circumstances, goals, and needs. However in this article I post 3 reasons to buy a house now in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
- Interest rates are low. Interest rates are now at about 3.92%. This is a historically low rate. If rates go up that will decrease the loan amount that a buyer can afford.
- Inventory is good but shrinking. Inventory is down in many of the neighborhoods of Egg Harbor Township. Lower inventory can cause home prices to increase. Several communities are experiencing price increases. It’s better to buy now before prices continue to increase.
- Newer inventory of homes for sale. At the peak of the real estate market Egg Harbor Township was a new construction boom town. Many developments were built at that time. There typically is a good inventory of homes for sale that are built in the 90s and 2000s. If you’re looking for a newer home Egg Harbor Township is a great choice. There are also developers building brand new homes.
Bonus: If you have kids buy now to get your children into the school system in time for the new school year. Egg Harbor Township High School has an A rating.
I just listed this fantastic house in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. 2 Cary Ct is a lovely home on cul-de-sac location and large .4 acre wooded lot. This home features 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is a living room, dining room and eat in kitchen. The 2nd bedroom on the first floor has been converted to a family room and can be converted back to a bedroom giving you two bedrooms on the first floor.
The second floor has two bedrooms and a full bath. There is a large rear deck and fantastic private fenced back yard. New paint and carpet. Roof was replaced 10 years ago and HVAC replaced 5 years ago. Move in ready. Contact us for more details.
South Jersey is famous for it’s fabulous beaches yet one thing you may now know is that this area is also a great for golf. Right now the Shoprite LPGA classic is taking place in Galloway at Seaview Country Club. This tournament brings the top women golfers to this beautiful bay front golf course.
There are also other fantastic bay front golf courses like the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield and Linwood Country Club offering incredible views. Just outside of Ocean City in Somers Point there is Great Bay Country Club.
There are also several beautiful courses nestled in the Pinelands such as Blue Heron Pines in Galloway and Mays Landing Country club. Egg Harbor Township has five great courses: Harbor Pines, McCulloughs, Ballamor, Twisted Dunes and the amazing private course called Hidden Creek.
If your not a golfer you can learn from professional instructors at the courses. Our personal favorite is New Jersey Golf Academy. So for great golf consider Atlantic County in South Jersey. And if you’ve ever dreamed of living on the Golf Course we have several great golf communities like Blue Heron Pines, Harbor Pines and The Fairways. Contact us for more details.
Buying a vacation home at the Jersey shore may seem out of reach for most people. Typical beach homes range in the $400,000 range and up. However it is possible to purchase something much less and and actually keep the price under $200,000. Here are 3 ways to purchase a NJ shore beach home for less than $200,000.
Choose a location further from the beach.
Many of our shore town have areas that are further from the beach. These sections typically have more year round residents and more affordable prices. For example, I recently listed this ranch home in Ventnor Heights that was raised and renovated and is currently priced at $190,000. Click here for details on the house.
Choose An Up And Coming Area
Not all shore towns are priced the same and if you’re looking to spend less choose an up and coming area like Atlantic City. Prices for many homes and condos are under $200,000. There are some great locations in Atlantic City and some not so great locations. Choose a local agent who can help you find the right location and home.
Look For A Home Off Shore
If you’re willing to take a short drive you can get more house for the money off shore. Communities like Somers Point are just a 5 minute drive into Ocean City. Absecon is just 5 minutes from Atlantic City and 10 minutes to Brigantine. And if you’re will to drive a little further communities like Egg Harbor Township, Linwood, Northfield and Galloway are within a 20 minute drive to the beaches.
If you’re considering purchasing a shore home or investment please contact us for a free consultation. No matter what your budget is we’re here to help.