Taxes Due in Marlboro Township – 2013

This is just a reminder that your 1st Quarter Taxes are due by February 11, 2013. There are a few ways you can submit your payment….

1. Turn it in…

The Tax Collector’s Office will have extended hours for your convenience…

February 1st through 11th

Monday through Thursday

8:30 AM to 8:00 PM

2. Mail a Check

You can also mail a check using your return payment stub to the Township of Marlboro Tax Collector…

1979 Township Drive

Marlboro, NJ 07746

3. Pay Online

There will be a link at that says Pay Property Taxes Online. You will need your tax account number to complete your payment. (this information is on your tax bill)

For more information visit their website!

See you soon!

Jodi Goldberg

RE/MAX Central

(908) 770-2150

10 Tips to Make Your Home More Green

Going GREEN isn’t only for the environmentally friendly; it’s also a great way to save money on energy costs and keep your home and family happy and healthy. Some of the most popular methods for going green include recycling and using less-harsh cleaning materials, but here are some more tips for making your home more green.

  1. Replace your old appliances with energy-efficient ones. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, replacing your old refrigerator with an “Energy Star” rated refrigerator can save you up to $150 a year. The EPA recommends that you replace any appliance that is over 10 years old with an Energy Star (more energy-efficient) appliance, which uses roughly 10-15% less energy than older models.
  2. Be more efficient when heating and cooling your home. Heating and cooling accounts for nearly 50% of your home’s energy consumption. You can take a few simple steps to reduce your energy consumption and thus, reduce your energy bill. Start by keeping your thermostat set higher in the summer and lower in the winter; clean your furnace’s air filter regularly (or consider replacing it if it’s older); utilize ceiling fans and shade eastern and western facing windows to help keep your home cooler during warm months.
  3. Practice water conservation. Low-flow toilets use less than half as much water as models designed before 1994 per flush-which will really help conserve water in your home. You may also want to consider putting an aerator on faucets in your home, which will reduce water consumption by 50% each year. You can also change some of your personal behaviors, such as turning the faucet off when brushing your teeth, to help save water.
  4. Start using energy-efficient light bulbs. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) can be found at your local grocery store, and each bulb will save you, on average, $30 in energy costs (switching from a 100-watt incandescent bulb to a 32-watt CFL). Additionally, CFLs last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.
  5. Install bamboo flooring. Bamboo is considered to be an environmentally friendly flooring material, since it takes only 4-6 years to mature, while typical hardwoods take 50-100 years to mature, and falls under the category of “hardwood” flooring. This means you can have the sleek look you want, while keeping your home green.
  6. Use zero- or low-VOC paint. Paints high in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are very harmful for the environment and your home. VOCs cause smog, pollute the ozone, and reduce indoor air quality in your home, which can then cause health problems, warns the EPA.
  7. Use compost and native plants in your garden. Compost provides your garden with the nutrients it needs without adding the chemicals that synthetic fertilizers contain. Compost is also more likely to produce healthy plants, which can eliminate pest problems. You can also opt to use native plants, which require less water than non-native plants, plant perennials that will live more than one year, and use organic pesticides, versus chemical pesticides, which are dangerous to plants, animals, and humans.

For more tips on making your home more green, check out this article from MSN.

How To Sell Your Home in Freehold, New Jersey

There are few ways to sell a home but to get the best price, in the shortest amount of time, under the best terms there are some things you need to know. Selling a home is essentially a beauty contest and a price war. So spending time preparing your home for sale, marketing your home properly, and pricing it right the first time is key.

Here are some tips to get you started…

Preparing Your Home for the Sale

When preparing your home to sell, it’s important to organize, declutter, and clean. Sounds easy and sometimes obvious right? So many times we see homes that are not properly prepared and it can really be a turn off to buyers. Here is your checklist..

  • Start with the outside of your home, this is the first thing buyers will see when viewing your home.
  • Remember to consistently mow the lawn, trim the hedges and trees, and clear walkways.
  • Be sure that you also clean all debris from your yard, clean the gutters, and carefully check the outside of your home for any damage that needs to be repaired before selling (ex. missing siding, cracked windows, etc.).
  • Adding flowers or potted plants near your front door can also help to increase the curb appeal of your home.

You must also organize, declutter, and clean inside of your home, but you must also make any necessary repairs and updates. Here is your checklist…

  • Check to make sure that all electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems are working properly
  • Fix leaky faucets and tubs along with rocky toiletsOrange-county-water-faucet-repair1
  • Replace/repair any other out-of-date or non-working systems/appliances
  • Repaint walls that look faded or are peeling
  • Consistently clean all windows, furniture, floors (carpet and hardwood), and pay special attention to the kitchen and bathroom(s).
  • Also be sure to de-clutter and de-personalize inside of your home by organizing, storing unneeded furniture and toys, and removing family photos.

Sometimes depersonalizing your home can be hard. Since you are still living there you might want to see pictures of your family and have a hard time taking them down. But keep this in mind…

Let potential buyers see themselves living in your home. If you don’t pay attention to the details we mentioned above, you could potentially turn off buyers from placing an offer.

Advertising and Marketing Strategies

Today it is all about online marketing. Print marketing still works in some areas but online is where you will be able to reach the most amount of active buyers. Here are a few tips to make sure your home attracts buyers to pick up the phone and set up a showing…

  • Pictures, Pictures, PICTURES! Did I mention pictures? Make sure your pictures show off the best features of your home. Some pictures don’t show off the size of the room and the rooms features but actually make a room look smaller, only show off furniture, or showcase cleaning supplies. Sounds crazy, but we’ve seen it!kitchen-design
  • Show off features: Any upgrades you have done, any features that attracted you to your home, or anything that your agent sees as a positive amenity, show it off. Not only in your pictures but in the remarks.
  • Make sure your home is marketed on all of the top real estate websites, consistently and accurately. This is huge, you do not want to miss a potential buyer because your home expired on a top site or is not on a top real estate website.

You should also post a sign in your yard that says your house is for sale, includes your real estate agent’s information, and any additional contact information if needed.  Even charlotte-homes-for-sale-signthough window shopping online is very popular, don’t count our drive-by shopping.

You can also provide a fact sheet/takeaway brochure for interested buyers that includes at least one picture of your home, and details about the property such as number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, lot size, square footage, floors, etc.

For buyers who are unfamiliar with the Freemont area, or who are weary about buying a home that lies in the wake of the Hurricane Sandy disaster, highlight the Monmouth County Housing Improvement Program that is offering home repair assistance to victims of the hurricane. This will ensure buyers that they’re moving into a great community dedicated to helping its residents.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Freehold, New Jersey or surrounding areas contact a professional and dedicated real estate agent contact me, Jodi Goldberg with RE/MAX Central. I would love to help you take advantage of today’s housing market!

Jodi Goldberg
RE/MAX Central
(908) 770-2150

How to Find A Luxury Home in New Jersey

There are many homes to choose from near Freehold, Manalapan, and Marlboro, New Jersey. When it comes to finding a Luxury Home,  I know the ins and outs of the local market to help you find your dream home.

I want to take a minute to update you on the progress of an up and coming new home community in Marlboro, Old Mill Estates. I am so excited to share the progress with you!

The community offers 8 Single Family Homes on 0.5 acre lots. Magnificent exteriors feature full brick and stucco, with designer windows and a 2 car garage. From 2 Story Foyers to impressive Kitchens with center islands and fine cabinetry, there is so much attention to detail.

There are a few different options for you to choose from…

The Magnolia

The Sequoia

The Richmond

Two spec homes will be available at the end of February!

Call Jodi for more information and a private showing!

Jodi Goldberg
RE/MAX Central
(908) 770-2150

Spring Soccer in Marlboro, NJ

Spring 2013 registration for Marlboro Soccer is still open! The Marlboro Soccer Association administers both Recreation and Travel Soccer programs for boys and girls from Kindergarten through High School in the town of Marlboro, NJ. If you would like to register your child you may do so at the Rec Center, Monday – Thursday during REC Center hours. Registration will close on February 15th.

Registration Fees:

  • Recreation Fee $75
  • Travel Fee $225

Find the registration form here!

For more information visit the Marlboro Soccer Association website.