Baby It’s Cold Outside…Let’s Move!

March 4th, 2014

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While many of the country is experiencing yet another return of Polar Vortex, don’t despair. We are only 15 days away from Spring. Can’t get here soon enough, can it?

But if you could move anywhere right now, where would you go?

5 Do It Yourself Projects You Can Do This Weekend!!

February 25th, 2014

 

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Home Renovations can be time consuming, costly and let’s admit, a little intimidating if you don’t know what you are doing. But there are actually several affordable big impact projects you could do this weekend that the average homeowner could accomplish with ease.

So when you leave work on Friday, swing by your local home improvement store and pickup the supplies you will need. With a little planning and effort, these projects can go a long way.

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1. Give Your Home Instant Curb Appeal By Painting Your Front Door

Once you clean and prep the door, you can add a new color that accents your siding and trim. While you might not want to paint your whole house red or apple green or black, you can go bold or go dramatic on a smaller area like a door. The project takes just a few hours, which leaves time for you to make another small change – replacing your mailbox or even painting it to match the door.

2. Updating Old Light Fixtures

Whether you have light fixtures that don’t work or ones that are a reminder of past decades, changing them is simple. While you can spend thousands on a single fixture, you can find trendy, affordable options online or at your local big box or lighting store. To do the job, you’ll need a few tools and a ladder. Just don’t forget to turn off the power while you’re at work, and within a short time, you will have brightened up your home.

3. Update Kitchen Or Bathroom Faucets

Old faucets may leak or, like lighting fixtures, show their age. Kitchen faucets now boast one-touch operation, have built in sprayers and hoses, and slope high enough to handle filling tall stockpots. Bathroom faucets offer new styling too and come in countless style to match your home’s architecture. Once you select your new fixture, turn off the water and get started.

4. Add A Kitchen Backsplash

There’s nothing like a kitchen backsplash to add a cool, yet functional, decorative touch to the area behind your sink and stove. With many beautiful choices available, you can quickly add a pop of color with this manageable project. Many tiles come in 12×12 sheets backed with mesh which makes installation easy. You still have to be prepared to cut the tile around outlets and for spaces too small to accommodate a whole tile. Just make sure to research how to do itand prepare the surface in advance.

5. Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

For a cost effective way to get the look of new cabinets without replacing them, repaint them! You can find environmentally-friendly low VOC paint specifically formulated for this project. Preparation is crucial with this project, so be sure to do your homework and clean, de-gloss, and prime the surfaces so that paint will stick well. Once you’re done, new hardware can complete your updated look.

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These small DIY projects can have a big impact and it might also get you thinking about “what I can do next?” Keep in mind that some “bigger” jobs might require a bit of electrical, plumbing or other know how. If you feel that is a little over your head, you might want to call a contractor or handyman to safely do the job. Feel free to contact us anytime for a referral in this area.

 

HAPPY 45th ANNIVERSARY BENNY TUDINO’S!!

October 20th, 2013

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Benny Tudino’s is celebrating their 45th Anniversary today in Hoboken! To commemorate the occasion, from 11am to 6pm, Benny’s is handing out FREE SLICES of pizza, some fun t-shirts along with live music, face painting for kids and a surprise visit from Spongebob Squarepants!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY BENNY!!

My custom Keller Williams Real Estate Search Mobile App – Search for Listings on the Go!!

September 23rd, 2013

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Please check out my personalized Keller Williams mobile app for access to active sale and rental properties in your area — no matter where you live in the USA. If I can’t help you locally, I have many KW colleagues that I know and trust will take good care of you. Please just let me know!! Feel free to share this app with any family or friends that might be looking to Buy, Sell or Rent.

Click on the link below or you can go to your app store and search “Keller Williams Realty” and enter my code: KW2N3L1MO

http://app.kw.com/kw/index.php?tcode=KW2N3L1MO&ctmpl=kw

Hoboken Property Owners Invited to Request Street Tree Planting

September 19th, 2013

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In preparation for the fall 2013 tree planting, the Hoboken Shade Tree Commission is seeking property owners who would like a tree planted in the sidewalk adjacent to their building and who will agree to care for and water the tree.

Qualifying property owners can have a street tree planted in exchange for a $100 contribution towards planting costs and a pledge to keep the tree well watered. Property owners who would like a tree planted in a sidewalk tree well in front of their home should complete this online request form: www.hobokennj.org/boards/shade-tree-commission/treerequest/. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, and funding may be insufficient to immediately satisfy all requests.

Each location requested will be surveyed by a professional from the Department of Environmental Services to ensure there are no conflicts with the surrounding infrastructure and that the site is a suitable one for a tree to grow and thrive.

Requests can be made for existing empty tree beds as well as paved sidewalk locations. If a tree well does not exist, one will be opened. Trees will not be planted on private property, only in sidewalk tree wells.

Trees are only planted during our two planting seasons: Spring (March 1 to May 31) and fall (October 1 to December 31). The next anticipated planting will take place in October or November, 2013.

All About Downtown Street Fair in Jersey City this Saturday!

September 19th, 2013

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Celebrate Downtown Jersey City on Saturday, September 21 with the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District’s Third Annual “All About Downtown” Street Fair – 11am-6pm!

Savor tasty treats from the hottest area food trucks while listening to a jam-packed music line-up and shopping handmade wares from over 100 vendors!

There will be plenty of activities for kids as well. Join your neighbors for an afternoon that’s “All About Downtown Jersey City!”

  • Newark Avenue between Grove Street and Jersey Avenue
  • Saturday September 21, 2013 -11:00zm until 6:00pm
  • Vendors, Crafts, Kid Fun Stuff, Music, Food, Booze

Hoboken: Best Place to Live for Singles

September 16th, 2013

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Hoboken has topped New Jersey Monthly’s Sept. 13 list for best town for singles to live in New Jersey.

Hoboken simply buzzes with life. With easy access to public transportation and a plethora of restaurants and bars, Hoboken has been transformed from a blue-collar town to a bedroom community for young, professional singles.

Hoboken simply buzzes with life. Washington Street, the city’s main stretch, is peppered end to end with all sorts of restaurants and bars. Shops, art galleries, a museum and even a celebrity bakery—Carlo’s Bake Shop—generate foot traffic and excitement at all hours of the day and night.

The Mile Square, as Hoboken is known, is rich in history. It was a landing place for several waves of immigrants, a World War II port, home to national brands like Lipton Tea and Maxwell House, and the birthplace of baseball. Frank Sinatra grew up in Hoboken; now the city boasts personalities like Eli Manning and Natalie Morales. Hoboken’s cityscape reflects its past. Brownstones line the side streets; many have been divided into apartments. Former factories and warehouses occupy plots to the west. Newer landmarks, like the chic W Hotel and pricey high-rise rental buildings, now dominate the waterfront and offer spectacular views of lower Manhattan across the Hudson River. Sharing that view Stevens Institute of Technology perches above the river at the city’s highest elevation. Parks abound, including Pier A, a riverfront oasis for recreation and the occassional concert or festival.

With easy access to public transportation, in particular the ferry and PATH train to New York, Hoboken, population 52,034, has been transformed from a blue-collar town to a bedroom community for Wall Street professionals and other white-collar types. Nearly 40 percent of the city’s residents are between the ages of 20 and 34 and have never been married; no wonder Hoboken tops our list for singles. Finding an apartment is easier in Hoboken than in most New Jersey communities. Some 66 percent of residences are rentals: one-bedroom units start at $1,300, two-bedrooms at $2,000 and three-bedrooms at $3,500 a month.

Newer housing (including two- and three-bedroom condos) and the city’s focus on improving the school system have convinced some young families to stay. After a 23 percent property tax hike in 2009, the city managed to lower taxes by 9.6 percent between 2010 and 2012, giving Hoboken the most notable reduction in the state. The average property tax bill is now $6,805.

Despite concerns about flooding—exacerbated by Hurricane Sandy—real estate continues to boom. More than 660 properties sold in 2012; condos in particular move quickly.

The Feelies will headline the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival

September 15th, 2013

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The legendary & influential rock band, The Feelies, are scheduled to headline the Hoboken Arts & Music Featival on Sunday, September 29th. The festival takes place from 11am to 6pm  on Washington St., between Observer Highway and 7th St.

Featuring over 300 artists, crafters, photographers will display & sell their work; Everything from oil & water color paintings to jewelry, pottery, stained glass and more.

Local businesses will set up booths to promote their services. Local restaurants and food vendors will offer culinary delights to tempt your taste buds, including french crepes, cheese steak, gyros, zeppoles, crab cake sandwiches, pulled pork and more.

Plus 3 stages of live music and a special section for children on 3rd St. in the Capital One Bank parking lot with rides, games, creative activities, face painting, sand art, live performances and more.

3 blocks from public transportation: PATH, NJ trains & buses, NY Waterway Ferries and Hudson Bergen Lightrail. For details on public transportation and parking, visit www.hobokennj.org/visit/how-to-get-here

Admission is Free. Rain or Shine. To request a vendor application, email gfallo@hobokennj.org.

For further info  & updates, call 201-420-2207 or visit www.hobokennj.org/departments/human-services/cultural-affairs

Another Happy Homeowner!

September 10th, 2013

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Congrats Christine on your recent closing! We think you and the dogs are going to love the yard. A rare find in Hoboken!

Tips to Keep Your Home Cool in these End of Summer Months

August 15th, 2013

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Now that we’re right in the thick of summer weather, the heat might have gotten to some of us city dwellers but never fear, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the sunshine while staying cool! There are several things you can do these last weeks of summer, most of which come at little or no expense to you, which other options might cost you, but might be worth it in summers to come. Seeking shaded areas in these later summer months is a great way to keep cool, under the tree in the backyard, or putting up an umbrella over that patio furniture on the deck (if you are lucky enough to have outdoor space). Cooking outdoors is another great way to keep it cool indoors- turning on the oven or boiling water for pasta can make it stifling in the kitchen, why not grill some burgers on the BBQ, and keep the heat outside?

Keeping the air circulating inside is crucial to staying cool, and bringing that cool night air inside with window fans and house fans is a great way to maximize the circulation in the evening. If you don’t own too many fans, you can open windows on the upper floor and lower floor to create a stacked effect, drawing out hot air on the upper floor, and bringing in the cooler air on the lower level. Sealing the leaks in your home, is as important in the summer as it is in the winter. Air leaking in and out can mean that the cool air is escaping just as soon as you’re able to circulate it, so be sure to check your wall and ceiling openings, or if you rent, ask your landlord about what options you might have.