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New Homes in Old Mills Estates Marlboro, New Jersey

Old Mill Estates is located in prestigious Marlboro Township in desirable Monmouth County. There are only 8 exquisite estate homes set on half acre lots. Magnificent exteriors feature full brick or stucco, designer windows and 2 car garages. Luxury is the byword here. The models and alternate elevations feature majestic rooms and all the stunning details that come along with a stately residence: impressive 2 story foyers, formal living and dining rooms, impressive kitchens featuring center islands, fine cabinetry and sumptuous baths featuring Kohler/Sterling fixtures. All the homes have full waterproofed concrete basements. Every convenience is here from city water and sewer, to great shopping centers, restaurants, cinemas and an easy commute to New York City via public transit.

 

The Sequoia

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 2.5 baths
  • Dramatic 2 story foyer with hardwood floors
  • Soaring 2 story front room with fireplace
  • 9’ first floor ceilings
  • Tray ceiling in Master Bedroom
  • Lavish baths
  • Custom designed gourmet CI kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances
  • Full daylight basement
  • 2 Car side entry garage
  • Excellent schools

The Magnolia

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2.5 baths
  • 2 car side entry garage
  • Basement
  • Dramatic 2-story foyer
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Soaring 2-story family room with fireplace
  • Gourmet CI Kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances
  • First floor library
  • Master suite
  • Lavish baths
  • 9’ ceilings on first floor

The Richmond

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 3.5 baths
  • 2 car side entry garage and basement
  • Dramatic 2-story foyer
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Soaring 2-story family room with fireplace
  • Gourmet CI Kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances
  • Sweeping staircase
  • Master suite
  • Lavish baths
  • 9’ ceilings on first floor

All of this information and more can be found at: http://www.oldmillestates.net/

To talk to a real estate agent about purchasing an Old Mills Estate home, click here!

Five Home Remodeling Projects that are Worth it

There are so many options for remodeling, revamping, updating, and upgrading your home, but how do you know which projects are worth it? Should you invest in adding more bedrooms, or would your money be better spent revamping the kitchen? Here we break town the top 5 home remodeling projects that will really pay off.

  1. Kitchen– The biggest concern for many home buyers is the kitchen. This room can make it or break it when you’re trying to sell your home. Go for bigger, more open designs that offer lots of counter space, storage space, and elbow room. Also, if you can afford to update your appliances, do! The refrigerator and the stove are the biggest, and arguably most important, appliances in your kitchen, so start with those.
  2.  Bathroom– Second only to the kitchen, the bathrooms are the most important rooms in your home to consider remodeling; this is especially true for the master bath-it should exude luxury and relaxation. If your home currently has just one bathroom, it would be wise to consider adding a second one to increase the value of your home and to make it more appealing to buyers. Thinking about having to share one bathroom amongst everyone in the house can be a major turn off for many potential buyers.
  3. Replace the windows – Although replacing windows in your home can be a pricey investment, it is certainly one that will pay off in the end. New windows will not only improve the look of your home and enhance curb appeal, but they can also help to lower energy costs, which is a definite plus in the eyes of a potential homebuyer (and its good for you while you’re waiting to sell).
  4. Replace the siding – Vinyl siding has become somewhat outdated, and it is important for you to know that it is not the only option when it comes to replacing exterior of your home. Fiber cement siding, clapboard siding, and siding that resembles brick, stone or wood are just some of the alternatives. As with new windows, new siding enhances curb appeal and has been shown to help a home sell faster.
  5. Reserve space for a home office – More and more people are finding ways of working from home, so a home office is an appealing addition for many potential homebuyers. And, for homebuyers who work outside the home, the home office can be converted into a nursery, a sunroom, or serve many other purposes. The flexibility and option of having this extra room is a real kicker for many buyers today.

Local Events in Freehold, Manalapan, and Marlboro, New Jersey

The state of New Jersey offers an array of exciting events as well as a multitude of resources and means of entertainment. Freehold, Manalapan, and Marlboro, New Jersey are not excepted from this.

Freehold has a fantastic site (http://twp.freehold.nj.us/) where residents can find out about local events, such as the very popular Oakley Farmhouse Spring Festival. Additionally, this site offers current and dated news stories, information on local garbage and recycling pick up, and other general information about Freehold, New Jersey.

To view upcoming events in Manalapan, such as The National Night Out (Against Crime) on August 7, 2012, you can go to: http://www.mtnj.org/index.php. This website also features a community calendar, information and opportunities for employment, information on committees and departments in Manalapan, ways to get involved in the community, and so much more!

Marlboro also has a website (http://www.marlboro-nj.gov/) chalk full of information on the town, local events, schools, and more. Marlboro even has a special day (Marlboro Day, on September 9 of this year) in which they celebrate their community. Furthermore, the site has all sorts of information on the committees of Marlboro, departments at your service, work opportunities, and tons of suggestions for entertainment purposes.

What are the Upsides of Owning a Home?

It seems like all you hear these days is, “Buy a house if you can; now’s the best time!”. But most people don’t know why it’s so important to own a home, or why they should make that kind of financial commitment. The fact is, when you own your own home, you are able to build equity and reap certain tax and long-term financial benefits, that aren’t available to renters. Here’s a quick list of some of the benefits you will gain when you buy a house:

  • Financial benefits such as tax deductions, ability to build equity, greater borrowing power, and more.
  • You become part of a tight knit community that includes your neighbors, your neighbors’ friends, local workers, etc.
  • The longer you stay in one place, the more your house will feel like a home.
  •  Developing positive relationships with the people surrounding you will earn you friends that can help you through any problem you come across, home-related or not.
  • You can change your home to fit your short-term and long-term needs.
  • If you want to start, or continue, growing your family, you can customize rooms, i.e. turn that office space into a new nursery, or even build on to the house in some cases.
  • If  you’re short on cash, or your friend needs somewhere to bunk for a few weeks, you can rent out rooms.
  • Or you could rent out that space above the garage, or your almost-empty-tool shed if someone needs extra storage space.

Owning a home allows you endless opportunities to change and mold your space and your community to fit your needs. And moreover, owning a home leads to great financial benefits.

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How to Choose the Right Neighborhood in Marlboro, New Jersey

When you begin your search for a new home, it is important to not only evaluate the house itself, but also the surroundings, i.e. the neighborhood. Everyone has different needs, and there are some important factors you should consider before deciding on a home or neighborhood. Make sure you look at:

  • quality of schools (if you have, or are planning to have, children)
  • average property values
  • amount of traffic in the area
  • crime rate
  • future construction
  • proximity to schools, employment, hospitals, shops, public transportation, prisons, freeways, airports, beaches, parks, stadiums, and cultural activities such as museums, concerts and theaters.
  • Information on Marlboro events, policies, committees, and much more can be found at: http://www.marlboro-nj.gov/
  • Additionally, http://www.marlboro-nj.gov/new_residents.html has tons of resources for new residents, such as school district information, church locations, voter registration forms, and tons more!

Neighborhood search strategies

For first time homebuyers, especially, it is a good idea to buy a home that meets your primary needs, in the best neighborhood within your price range. First time homebuyers typically have limited financial resources, so here are a few ways to ensure that you are picking a good location and staying within your price range.

  • Look for communities that are likely to become “hot neighborhoods” in the coming years. These are often times the neighborhoods that are a bit farther out of the city.
  • If commuting is a concern, purchase a home that is close to public transportation.
  • Look to see if it is a “high demand” area by asking real estate agent if Marlboro sellers are receiving multiple offers on their homes, whether the gap between the list price and sale price is decreasing, and if there is active community involvement.
  • You can also drive around the neighborhoods in Marlboro and see how many “sale pending” and “sold” signs there are in a particular area.
  • If the homes in Marlboro are out of your price range, consider buying a condominium in the area. This way you are still able to live in a prime area.