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Who Knew? Thing to do - Jersey Shore Edition

Posted by Jay Ginsberg on July 04, 2019 in  Jersey Shore  Things to Do
Sure, You could lie on the beach or play in the water but there is so much more to do at the Jersey shore - things that are a little off or even a little scary. Paranormal Museum, Asbury Park  Since 2008 this mini-museum has curated a collection of oddities including the Hand of Glory (a candle holder supposedly made from a severed hand), some “haunted” dolls, and the jewel in their crown — a skull thought to be that of the Jersey Devil, the creature rumored to wander the New Jersey Pine... read more
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Have a Staging Party

Posted by Jay Ginsberg on May 27, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Staging
Everyone works hard to get the house ready to have a party and they work hard to get the house looking its very best. What guest is more important than your potential future buyer? It is very hard to look at your home through the eyes of others – one unique method is to have a “staging” party. Why not invite a group of the friends that you know will be honest to have drinks and nibbles and experience your home at its very best. Ask them to fill out anonymous postcards telling you the top positive... read more
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Is your Home Improvement Contractor Registered?

Posted by Jay Ginsberg on May 13, 2019 in  Contractors  Remodeling
Recently a Doylestown Township man was charged with defrauding a pair of Tinicum homeowners of $126,000 through home improvement fraud and investment schemes over the course of two years. What is the Pennsylvania law that covers home improvement contractors? The Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (“HICPA”) was adopted by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly in October, 2008, and signed by the Governor as Act 132 of 2008.  The law establishes a mandatory registration program for contractors ... read more
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Smoking and Selling your home

Posted by Jay Ginsberg on April 23, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Sell your home
A recent experience listing a home occupied by a smoker underlined the difficulty in selling a home occupied by an active smoker. More than half of the feedback sent by showing agents included some variation of the line: “Buyers put off by smell of cigarette smoke”. The property had to be reduced from the original listing price and I am convinced the smell of cigarettes was largely responsible. According to realtor.com® Smoking in a home can reduce that property’s resale value by up to 29 per... read more
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What is a Home Inpection?

Posted by Jay Ginsberg on April 02, 2019 in  Bucks County PA  Real Estate Advice
What is a Home Inspection? In the process of closing a home sale, the buyer typically hires a home inspector to come to the house and perform a visual observation. In accordance with the state’s standards, the home inspector identifies health, safety, or major mechanical issues. When Does a Home Inspection Happen During a Home Sale? In a home sale, there are two types of home inspections: a buyer’s inspection and a seller’s inspection (or a pre-listing inspection). A buyer’s inspection occur... read more
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