Builder and Remodeler

It’s time to flip

The ideal time to flip real estate arrived this year with home prices no longer falling, mortgage rates hovering at record lows and motivated buyers still preferring to find a home as near to perfect as possible. Flipping creates a new playing field for remodelers, realtors, investors, and builders frustrated with new construction’s limited land opportunities of spot lots, expensive hard-to-find land, cheap in-the-middle-of-nowhere lots or infill properties. Refurbishing a home in disrepair can be the next best thing to new construction.

 

Is Your Business Card Still Relevant

The age of social media and advanced communication seem destined to affect the relevance and significance of the business card and its inevitability to attract business in the world of buying, selling, building and remodeling, real estate and ancillary services. Here’s a look at some of the many ways we utilize this small piece of paper.

 

Quarter Share Home Ownership in Shawnee, PA

The real estate term “quarter share” home ownership often connotes confusion. How can you own a home for three months a year? Hopefully, some misconceptions will be uncovered while exploring the story of Northslope II, a vacation community of 125 townhouses nestled near the majestic ski slopes of Shawnee, Pennsylvania.

 

Super Storm Sandy: One Year Later

Visible signs of progress dot the Jersey shore as we approach October 30 – the one-year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy. Recovery can be found in some of the hardest hit areas of the Jersey Shore from the barrier beaches of Island Beach State Park to the boardwalk of Point Pleasant. The Seaside Heights boardwalk reopened; the toppled Casino Pier ‘Jet Star’ roller coaster plans to return and a new ‘Super Storm’ ride hopes to win fans. Many small businesses and town beaches continue to reopen,
including the iconic Barnacle Bills Arcade and Mini Golf Course in Ortley Beach, which garnered national attention for its facelift. Other landmark attractions, such as Surf
Club, a popular Ortley Beach destination for dancing and live bands since 1973, will hopefully return.

 

Can America’s students reach their full potential?

I am a typical 21-year-old college student with an out of the ordinary concern. Why can’t my roommates and classmates figure out how to take care of their own dorm room, bike and backpack? What’s wrong with keeping a few simple tools handy just in case a toilet overflows, a dresser drawer breaks, the bike peddles freeze or a backpack zipper needs correcting?How can it be that students leave high school for jobs, trade schools and colleges without packing a set of life skills to address the many problemsto be faced as adults in college and as future renters and homeowners?

 

New Jersey’s Housing Supply: a Market Driven Industry

Thirty-five years ago the ‘Golden Age’ of subdivision building glorified an old adage, “if you build it, they will come.” Today, remodeling and renovation of homes along with urban, mixed-use, and spot lot building continue to substantially replace large, expansive suburban neighborhoods. With the Great Recession behind us and consumers willing to purchase homes, many builders, remodelers, and investors have adopted a new adage for the ‘Technology Era': “know before you go.” When purchasing a piece of land to build upon or rebuilding a home, it’s always a good idea to conduct a market study to confirm the location, price and style of home being planned appeals to today’s potential home buyers, because the housing industry remains ‘market driven.’

 

It’s time to flip

The ideal time to flip real estate arrived this year with home prices no longer falling, mortgagerates hovering at record lows and motivated buyers still preferring to find a home as near to perfect as possible. Flipping creates a new playing field for remodelers, realtors,investors, and builders frustrated with new construction’ s limited land opportunities of spot lots, expensive hard-to-find land, cheap in-the-middle-of-nowhere lots or infill properties. Refurbishing a home in disrepair can be the next best thing to new construction

 

Now What? Parents Helicopter over first-time buyers

As if the real estate market isn’t bad enough, I am now witnessing another obstacle in the buying and selling of homes – helicopter parents: hovering around their children while they search for their first home. According to Wikipedia, a helicopter parent is defined as a parent who hovers overhead, helping their child whether needed or not, also known as over-parenting.

 

When it’s time to sell your parents’ home

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How did you spend your summer? I have to be honest; I spent the long, hot summer nearly losing my mind when asked to sell my parents’ home. Like most realtors and marketing consultants, I thought myself to be a fairly astute sales and marketing professional for just about any type of home.

 

Scholarships Awarded to Worthy Students

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On Thursday, May 19, 2011, the Community Builders & Remodelers Association of New Jersey (CBRANJ) presented scholarships to eight exceptional students during their general membership dinner meeting at the Basking Ridge Country Club.

 

The personal side of pre-foreclosure selling

Each day the national media reminds us of the staggering number of homes in distress, the ongoing freeze on certain bank foreclosures and the investigation into alleged, rubber-stamped foreclosure papers. In New Jersey, preforeclosure and foreclosure homes continue to bombard every community.

 

How home owners cope when “forced to sell”

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Experienced SFR certified realtor team who successfully staged, marketed and persevered with the lenders to finalize an offer. The home is under contract and is expected to close in November.

 

The 26th Annual Awards of Excellence

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Two hundred and thirty five guests stood and united for a goose bump rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” to mark the beginning of the 26th Annual Awards of Excellence “United We Stand” dinner and awards show. Co-Chairs Colleen Meloro of Weichert Realtors and Sam Pauls of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage thanked sponsors as everyone enjoyed a fabulous meal, festive music and camaraderie at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel on Thursday, June 10, 2010.

Marketing 101 – Stand Out from the Crowd

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Do you feel like you and your business function behind the times? Like many of us in the real estate and construction industry, it’s difficult to stay ahead, be innovative and extraordinary when sales and income drop below expectations. Consider seeking ways to improve your way of doing business because it’s nearly impossible to run a company as in years past. Here are a few ways to update for the changing times without breaking the bank.

 

A call to preserve our home building legacy

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Do all of us in construction understand the importance of preserving our legacy? I’m not sure…but I became acutely aware of it during the solemn July 7, 2009 memorial for Michael Jackson. When the often controversial Rev. Al Sharpton spoke to Michael’s children, “There was nothing strange about your daddy. It was strange what your daddy had to deal with!” it became apparent to me that those of us in construction from builder, architect and realtor take many negative and adverse ‘hits’ just as Michael did from the public…surprisingly, music makers and home builders share many parallels.

 

Comics Clown Around for Kids Cause

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Three hilarious comics brought laughter and tears of joy on Friday, July 25, 2008 when the National Kids Construction Club (NKCC) in conjunction with The Stress Factory Comedy Club in New Brunswick hosted a fundraiser to elevate awareness to the club’s Youth Home Safety Campaign. Over 60 NKCC supporters dined on some terrific food at the allyou-can-eat buffet before hearing Vinnie Brand, comedian extraordinaire and owner of The Stress Factory .

 

A Builder’s Story: If you had a heart attack, would your business survive?

Roman Ryba is sixty-years old and the owner of his own building and excavating company in Sussex County, New Jersey. This year something terrible happened to him. His heart stopped, and he died! But luckily for him, a superb team of doctors brought him back to life. And thanks to his strong will to live, he survived a massive heart attack.