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Fri Aug 18, 2017
Rita Weeks asked:
Tue May 9, 2017
Uragenius asked:
We are doing a conventional renovation loan but the contractor validation process is the same as 203K, I believe. Please let me know who you recommend.
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Thu Apr 7, 2016
Kathy Burgreen answered:
I'm a former realtor and honestly save your money - do not get your license. For starters, your question shows that you don't know how the industry works, so a brief education...

1. As a realtor you are self employed. This means you are required to find your own leads, spend your own money for everything and you don't get paid until a transaction has closed. Repeat - brokers are not responsible to give you leads. You have to find your own leads.

2. The broker that you sign up with is responsible for your actions but is not your supervisor and cannot tell you how to do your job or what hours to work. However, depending on the broker there are policies in place that brokers will not tolerate and if you cross the line, they can terminate your contract with them. Example: if you post online a reply that may violate any part of the Fair Housing law, they can terminate you.

3. Researching commission structures among the different brokers is important but you need to research all the fees involved. You will have to pay these fees upfront and if you don't have the money, it can be a deal breaker.

4. How much money do you have to spend on marketing and advertising. This comes from your savings or if you work part time at another job - your income. Marketing and advertising yourself to get leads is expensive.

5. Will you be working as a realtor part time or full time? The difference is your clients expect you to be available on their schedule - not yours. If you work part time, this may interfere and it will take you twice as long to get a transaction closed than a full time realtor.

6. Example of fees that you have to pay for: broker fee, legal fee, MLS fee, lockbox fee, education, desk fee (some brokers charge for this, some don't), etc.

7. Yes, you can save all your receipts and deduct your expenses on your income tax return BUT you still pay for it upfront.
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Mon Mar 21, 2016
Carole Leatherwood answered:
Fri Feb 6, 2015
Jeanne Feenick answered:
Amplifying other responses with a twist - consider the connection with an agent to be a great opportunity to "test out" his/her responsiveness and analytic skills. Then when the time comes to list your home - you will already have a head start in your agent search. ... more
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Tue Oct 7, 2014
Carrie Cahill answered:
You can also check out demographics on any area by using it gives you a great deal of information on any city you search. It's a great resource for anyone researching areas they are considering moving to. It even gives you weather statistics, school information, business profiles, and tons more info. ... more
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Sat Jan 25, 2014
Memappm answered:
I usually go to the beach in Brigantine. It's about a 20 min drive. It is (in my opinion) the safest beach in the area. Can be a bit crowded at time's but I just go down a little further. ... more
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Sun Jul 28, 2013
Michael Hoffman answered:
Hi Henry,
Are you referring to 64 Trestle Ave Cedarbrook? That property was converted to business use With the eventual intention to rebuild another home.
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Thu Jul 11, 2013
Paul Striefsky answered:

Every municipality has their own regulations as to lot size, frontage, and set-backs; front, sides and rear from the main structure. You may sell some of your land to your neighbor but if that in turn makes your lot smaller than the ordinance says it should be, you would have to seek a variance from Planning Board along with the creation of two (2) new lot sizes. This also involves drafting new surveys with new legal descriptions, and if approved, filing the new deeds and subdivision with the county. If you have a mortgage on your lot, you also must get written approval from your lender.

If all of the above can be accomplished, you then would find out what recent land sales were based on a $/sq.ft. and then use this figure as an asking price for the land you want to sell to your neighbor. Although I have 19 years of Zoning Board experience and 6+ years as Planning Board Chairman, my first suggestion is that you speak with a land-use attorney and a surveyor/planner to have them explain the cost and time involved in completing this type of sale.
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Mon Jun 24, 2013
Mark Arbeit answered:
There are three popular condos in Ventnor that are pet friendly; Ventnor Ocean at 5800 Ventnor Avenue and 6800 Boardwalk (on the Buffalo Avenue and the Beach) - both of these are ocean front buildings and Crown Key which is on the bay in Ventnor Heights. There are also an assortment of other small buildings all over Ventnor 2-10 unit buildings that also allow pets. All buildings have different rules. Some, like Sacramento Arms only allow cats. Some have a restrictions on the weight of the pet. Please feel free to call me on my cell at 609-402-5885 if I can assist you in your search. ... more
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Mon Dec 10, 2012
Joanne Bernardini answered:
I just checked on this property and it is currently not showing as available. If you are still looking for a property, I would be happy to help you find the perfect one for you!
Joanne Bernardini
Sales Associate
Coldwelll Banker Casa Bella Realtors
C 609-947-2451
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Thu Nov 8, 2012
Laura Feghali answered:
Hi Joanne,
Here is a link to the borough of Longport's web site where you will find some helpful information regarding assistance and who to call regarding the storm damage. Keep scrolling down on the site for additional information:

Sincerely wishing you a speedy recovery!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
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Wed Oct 3, 2012
Angela Reynolds answered:
Ira- thank you for your inquiry regarding Brigantine. Coquille Beach is one of the island's premier beachfront condo communities. The south end of the island, closest to the bridge, features wider beaches, which translates to a longer stroll to get to the water's edge. Though the walk may be longer, the journey through the bayberry bushes is made easier with the help of a wooden pathway.

If you are interested in the south end , there are a number of options to consider. My partner & I have a combined 40 years in the Brigantine real estate business, and enjoy Brigantine as residents, as well as full-time sales agents with Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors. Please feel free to send me an email with your criteria for a property and I will gather information on suitable properties for you to review. It's a terrific time to buy- historically low interest rates and a great selection of properties! I look forward to hearing from you!

Angela Reynolds, Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors, Brigantine, NJ ~ 609/517-3908 (cell)
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Tue Sep 25, 2012
RMW answered:
We are full time in Brig for the past 3 years, have owned since 2004. I agree with others that the island is a great place to live, safe and relatively quiet even during the season.

I do however think the island suffers from some challenges due to demographics, not relative to A/C, but because the overall population is small ( ... more
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Sat Sep 15, 2012
buildenterprises answered:
That is the bay block of Sacramento so it is close to the water but very rarely floods. I have lived on Sacramento near Ventnor Ave in a basement apartment for 16 years and have never had a problem with flooding. ... more
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Sat Sep 15, 2012
Joanne Bernardini answered:
There are two K-6 Elementary schools in Somers Point, NJ. They are:

Dawes Ave Elementary School, Dawes Ave.,Somers Pt., NJ 08244
Jordan Rd,Elementary School, Somers Pt., NJ 08244

Geographically speaking, Jordan Rd. School is closer to Atkinson Avenue. To be certain which school your children would attend it is wise to call or visit the school Superintendent :
Jeffrey H. Miller
Superintendent of Schools
Somers Point Board Of Education
New York Avenue School
121 West New York Avenue
Somers Point, New Jersey 08244

If you would like to see property that is for sale on Atkinson Ave., I will be happy to help you!
Joanne Bernardini, SFR
Certified Short Sales Agent
Coldwell Banker- Casa Bella Realtors
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Mon Aug 6, 2012
Trulia answered:
Hi Posineg23,

We've put together an overview of the area, check it out and let me know if you have any additional questions:

Ali, Community Manager
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