Old Mill Estates Open House Sunday 2/10!!

The Magnolia & Sequoia Spec homes are nearing completion in Old Mill Estates! Come out this Sunday February 10th to our open house from 1 to 4pm!

Marble Arch Homes proudly presents Old Mill Estates which 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.

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Things To Do Near Freehold, NJ – February 2013

Check out the local events near Freehold, New Jersey this month!

February 7th: James Arthur & Kevin Carey Poetry Reading
Time: 7:00PM
Place: Montclair Public Library, Montclair, NJ
Price: FREE
What: The Montclair Public Library’s monthly program “An Evening of Poetry” meets Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium at 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ. this month’s poets are James Arthur and Kevin Carey. The event is free and an open reading follows the featured readers. The Library is handicapped accessible. For additional information on this program, please contact 973.744.0500

 

February 8th: Photo-JAZZ-ography
Time: 5:00PM to 7:00PM
Place: Englewood Public Library, Englewood, NJ
Price: FREE
What: A photo diary exhibit by Jim Edmonds of jazz musicians and music related events at the Englewood Public Library for the month of February 2013. “Meet the photographer” reception Feb. 8, 2013. Admission is free. This is a Black History month celebration.

For more information click here.

February 16th: The Ready Set
Time: 8:00PM
Place: Encore Event Center [106 Schanck Road Freehold, NJ 07728]
Price: Tickets Available Here

February 18th: Special Holiday Racing
Time: 12:30PM
Place: Freehold NJ Raceway
Price: FREE
What: Freehold will have a special afternoon of live racing on Presidents’ Day, Monday February 18.  All patrons purchasing a Freehold live program will receive a Free knit cap (while supplies last.)  In addition, 50 cent hot dogs and 50 cent sodas will be offered.  Post time for the first race is 12:30pm.

For more information click here.
February 25th: Full Moon Hike
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Place: Tenafly Nature Center, Tenafly, NJ
What: By the light of the full moon, experience a guided 2-hour walk through the lost Brook Preserve. The hike is approximately 1½ miles. This tranquil, meditative hike encourages reflection and connection with nature while experiencing the trails in a new way. Recommended for adults. Please bring a flashlight. In case of inclement weather the program will be postponed to the following month. Pre-registration required.

For more information click here.

Jodi Goldberg
RE/MAX Central
www.JodiGoldberg.com
jodigoldberg@remax.net
(908) 770-2150

Marlboro Township Summer Camp 2013

Looking to send your kids to camp this summer?

Summer Camp Registration will be on-line beginning February 15th! Preview and set up your account beginning February 1st by clicking here. Look for our new before and/or after care programs for all age groups!

Marlboro Township’s Recreation Summer Day Camp is a six-week program, open Monday through Friday, approximately 9:00AM to 3:00PM.

Our program is located primarily in the Board of Education Schools throughout the township. The Day Camp serves children currently in grades K-6, with each school servicing one grade level. For safety consideration, each school has a maximum enrollment capacity.

Travel Camp
For children that are currently in 7th or 8th grade, Marlboro Recreation offers Travel Camps. Campers will spend five weeks visiting some of the Tri-State Area’s most exciting attractions. Campers will be transported via coach buses to enjoy summertime fun. They will spend their days at water and amusement parks, taking in sporting events, visiting some of Jersey’s beautiful beaches and so much more!

Theater & Arts Camp [Current Grades 4th-8th]
Bring your talent and creativity to the stage. Join our summer camp that offers the chance to experience every aspect of theater. Whether you can sing and dance, act or want to be behind the scenes doing lighting, sound and set design, you can do a little bit of everything. Each of the two sessions will produce a unique production and art display for friends and family.

H20 Swim (7th Week) [Current Grades K-6th]
Add a seventh week to your child’s camp program. Held exclusively at the Aquatic Center. Participants will spend a fun filled week swimming, playing games and sports, arts, and crafts and more! Campers will go on two half day trips!

New for 2013: Before & After Camp!

Pre-Camp: M-F 7am-8:45am
This program is to be held solely at the recreation center. Parents are responsible to get children to the recreation center. Transportation included to bring children from Rec Center to respective camp locations. Grades K-6.

After Camp: M-F 3pm-6pm
Children will be bussed back to the recreation center at the end of the camp day. Grades K-8 eligible. Snack will be included.

Click here for registration forms & more information!

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.

10 Things To Do Before Selling Your Home

Before you’re ready to list and sell your home, you need to make sure that the functionality and appearance of your home is top notch. It’s important that, when preparing your home to sell, you think like a buyer; turn your home into a home that you’d want to buy. Here are 10 things you need to do before you sell your home.

Outside of your home (exterior of the home (paint/ siding), lawn, flower beds, backyard, driveway, walkways, etc.). Curb appeal is key when trying to sell your home; it’s the first thing buyers will see when they look at your property, so it’s important to make a good impression with the outside of your home.

  1. Cut the grass at least once a week, and be sure to water your lawn and plants regularly to keep them looking lively and beautiful
  2. Depending on the season: rake up any leaves that have fallen, or clear your driveway and walkway of snow and ice
  3. Add potted plants and flowers near the entrance of your home to make the property seem more inviting to potential buyers; look for seasonally appropriate flowers for your area, i.e. ones that will survive the outside weather, to be sure that your plants will enhance the look of your home
  4. De-clutter your yard and driveway by removing cars and toys from the area. You want your property to appear clean and well-kept
  5. Be sure to repaint, or replace if necessary, any outside trim or siding that looks old or worn

Inside of your home (flooring, walls, systems, etc.). Once buyers are drawn in by your curb appeal, you need to keep them interested and show them the beauty of your interior.

  1. Clean all of your carpets and hardwood floors, in every room. Stained carpet and dull or scratched wood flooring are a turnoff for most buyers who are looking for a “move-in ready” home
  2. Clean all furniture and fixtures in your home, including chairs, tables, beds, couches, lamps, and ceiling fans
  3. Repaint your walls and ceilings, especially if any of the paint is chipping or wearing away. If your walls and ceilings don’t require fresh paint, make sure you still wash them down with a soap water mixture to remove fingerprints or other smudges.
  4. Fix any non-working home systems (plumbing, electric, heating/cooling), and update older systems that aren’t as cost-effective or don’t work as well (we’re all about being green and efficient these days!)
  5. Make sure your home is well lit for pictures and showings. If you don’t have a lot of windows, add lights under cabinets and in dark corners; this will increase the inviting-ness of your home.

Local Events in New Jersey

Here are the upcoming events for Marlboro and Manalapan, New Jersey:

Marlboro, New Jersey

October 13, 2012: Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. is holding an Open House on Fire Prevention from 10a – 2p. Location: 94 Route 520

October 19, 2012: This is the entry deadline for the Freehold Soil Conservation District annual photo contest open to adults (over age 18). Entry forms and rules may be found at http://www.freeholdscd.org under Events.

November 4, 2012: 5th Annual Multi-Cultural Day

Visit Marlboro’s Homepage at this address: http://www.marlboro-nj.gov/

 

Manalapan, New Jersey

October 5, 2012: The Nick Clemons Band will be playing at Manalapan High School

October 20, 2012: Manalapan Township Paper Shredding Event, to see the flyer, click here.

Visit Manalapan’s Homepage at this address: http://www.mtnj.org/

Nine Dos and Don’ts When Buying Your First Home

DO know where your credit score stands. Before you apply for a home loan you can get your free credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com. This allows you to make changes in your spending habits and a chance to boost your credit score if it is not up to par. Most buyers cannot purchase a home without first taking out a home loan which requires certain “creditworthiness”.

DO research the home market. You can look at RealtyTimes’ Market Conditions or Coldwell Banker’s Home Price Comparison Index to find information regarding housing costs in various markets.

DO plan ahead. According to RealtorMag, “the average first-time buyer only stays in a home for four years”. Questions that you need to answer are: Will you raise children in this home? Do you plan to grow old here or do you plan on this being a starter home? Will Grandma be staying here in the future? Do you plan to have pets and will they need the outdoor space? All of these things should be taken into consideration when buying a home. It will influence the size and type of home you will need.

DO know when to ask for help. During your housing search you will most likely need to hire a real estate agent, a home inspector, an attorney to cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s, as well as a mortgage broker.  You have plenty on your plate as a first time home buyer; let these guys help you with the rest.

DO prioritize your needs and wants. Be willing to compromise in order to stick to your budget. A solid foundation and running water are things you need. Granite countertops and a pool are examples of things we may want, but don’t need. Make a list of your priorities.

DON’T buy a home for a quick profit. Buy a house because you need one, not to make money off it tomorrow. Don’t bank on your home price soaring. Especially right now, the housing market is unpredictable.

DON’T allow lenders to fool you. Know what YOU can afford, instead of focusing on what a lender will loan you. Take a look at your existing bills; college loans, car payments, cable bill, cell phone bill, life insurance, car insurance, and numerous utility bills. Rather than living paycheck to paycheck, choose a home that suites your budget comfortably.

DON’T settle for the first home you see. Keep an open mind and walk through many different homes to get a feel of what fits you and your family. You may end up loving a different style home or completely different neighborhood than you imagined in the beginning. This is a big investment; take your time during your search.

DON’T sign unless you understand the loan. Research your different mortgages and loans just like you researched the housing market. Find someone to help you understand every part of the loan, take your time, and find one that works best for you and your lifestyle.

The information in this blog was summarized from: http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20080416_firsttimebuy.htm