Archive for March 2011

Ocean County Open House Weekend 2011

NJAR

With the spring home buying season approaching, REALTORS® across the state are showcasing impressive inventories of homes for sale and celebrating the second year of Open House Weekend. On April 2 – 3, 2011, the New Jersey Association of REALTORS® (NJAR®) aims to trump the success of last year’s event by featuring hundreds of participating REALTORS® and thousands of listed homes on display.

People who are considering buying or selling a home are urged to take advantage of this statewide event by hosting an open house or by visiting those that are open for viewing.

“Momentum is building as REALTORS® across New Jersey are working with their clients to prepare listed homes and help map out buyers’ routes for Open House Weekend,” said 2011 NJAR® President Allan “Dutch” Dechert. “This event makes home shopping easier for those looking to sell their properties and find a new place to live.”

With mortgage interest rates still at record lows, Dechert stated that housing in New Jersey is more affordable than it has been in years and customers can benefit by capitalizing on the opportunity purchase a larger house or a home in a Ocean County Homes for Sale Karl Hessmore desirable neighborhood.

“Open House Weekend serves as a one-stop-shop for anyone in or on the market,” said Dechert.

Sellers have much to gain from participating in the event. Rather than arranging showing appointments according to potential buyers’ schedules, they can simply make their homes available for the weekend and encourage a lot more traffic. This creates the perfect occasion for sellers to get out and view available homes to purchase.

Prospective home buyers will also see many benefits by taking advantage of Open House Weekend, as they can view many houses in a short period of time. Buyers can avoid the need to call ahead for an appointment by attending this pre-planned event.

More buyer/seller benefits of attending Open House Weekend include:

  • It’s a good starting point in the home search since it will provide realistic expectations of what house hunting is like, particularly for first-time buyers.
  • If you’re looking for a summer house or an investment property, you can do all your research and visit various properties in one weekend.
  • You can see all available homes in one neighborhood so that you get an idea of what the surrounding area is like.
  • By visiting numerous homes, it can help you determine what features you’re looking for in your next home.
  • No appointments necessary!
  • If you’re not already working with a REALTOR®, utilize this event to meet a real estate professional who can guide you through the process.
  • Karl Hess, Keller Williams Realty Jersey Shore

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    Open House Ocean County March 27, 2011

    Open House in Ocean County with photos and maps for March 27, 2011 of homes in Barnegat, Berkeley Township, Brick Township, Stafford Township, Lacey Township, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach and Toms River Township.

    Most Open Houses will take place between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM, so use the maps provided in the links to plan your day…or call me and I’d be happy to set up an exclusive “tour of homes” at your convenience.

    Point Pleasant Open House Maps: The link to the left provides an interactive map for all open houses in Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach.

    MCLEAN AVE, POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ – $459,000
    CHICAGO AVE, POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ – $479,900
    NIBLICK ST, POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ – $629,000
    LAUREL CT, POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ – $699,000
    PHILADELPHIA AVE, POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ – $749,900
    RIVER AVE, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $249,000
    WILLIAM ST, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $269,000
    NORTHSTREAM PKWY, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $299,900
    MANETTA DR S, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $350,000
    FRANKLIN ST, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $399,900
    IDA DR, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $454,900
    BARTON AVE, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $499,900 

    Brick Open House Maps: The link to the left will give you an interactive map for all open houses in Brick Township for March 20, 2011.

    THIRD AVE, BRICK, NJ – $194,000
    4TH AVE, BRICK, NJ – $209,900
    DELMAR DR, BRICK, NJ – $259,895
    17TH AVE, BRICK, NJ – $264,000
    VILLAGE WAY, BRICK, NJ – $309,900
    COLONIAL DR, BRICK, NJ – $316,000
    AVIS DR, BRICK, NJ – $324,900
    LARK LN, BRICK, NJ – $339,000
    ALDGATE DR, BRICK, NJ – $345,000
    S LAKE CT, BRICK, NJ – $435,000
    VANARD DR, BRICK, NJ – $439,900
    LONGPOINT DR, BRICK, NJ – $478,900
    HILL DR, BRICK, NJ – $575,000
    BAY AVE, BRICK, NJ – $579,900
    810 SOUTH DR, BRICK, NJ – $595,000
    89 METEDECONK RD, BRICK, NJ – $625,000
    69 E LAGOONA DR, BRICK, NJ – $674,900

    Toms River Open House Maps: The link to the left provides Toms River Open House Maps for all open houses in Toms River with property and location information.  

    ELIZABETH AVE, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $184,000
    S CONDOR ST, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $219,000
    STAFFORD DR, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $285,000
    PENNINGTON CT, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $319,000
    OAK GLEN RD, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $339,000
    DERRY DR, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $345,000
    INDIAN HILL RD, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $395,000
    BAY AVE, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $399,900
    ESTATE POINT RD, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $479,900
    COOLIDGE AVE, ORTLEY BEACH, NJ – $649,900
    DAYNA COURT, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $949,000

    Lacey Twp Open House Maps: The link to the left will give you an interactive map for all open houses in Lacey Township for March 20, 2011.

    WHITCOMB RD, FORKED RIVER, NJ – $239,000
    MALLARD DR, LANOKA HARBOR, NJ – $369,900
    BRENTWOOD RD, FORKED RIVER, NJ – $369,900
    SKIFF WAY DR, FORKED RIVER, NJ – $599,999
    FOREPEAK DR, FORKED RIVER, NJ – $699,900

    Barnegat, Bay Head, Bayville, Berkeley, Beachwood, Lavallette, Waretown and Seaside Heights Open House: Below you’ll find a link to each individual Open House which provides an interactive map, photos and information for each property.

    VIVAS DR, BARNEGAT, NJ – $320,000
    RIDGE RD, BARNEGAT, NJ – $427,500
    PARK AVE, BAY HEAD, NJ – $725,000
    CRANBERRY AVE, BAY HEAD, NJ – $764,000
    MOORAGE AVE, BAYVILLE, NJ – $499,000
    MAGNOLIA LN, BAYVILLE, NJ – $568,000
    BAYVIEW AVE, BERKELEY, NJ – $599,000
    SUNSET RD, BEACHWOOD, NJ – $229,900
    PERSHING BLVD, LAVALLETTE, NJ – $719,000
    BAY BLVD, LAVALLETTE, NJ – $719,000
    CAPSTAN RD, WARETOWN, NJ – $204,900
    HIERING AVE, SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ – $450,000

    With the growing year round population, Ocean County’s economic base has become increasingly diverse, with a variety of industries now supplementing traditional tourist related businesses.

    The growth in employment opportunities within Ocean County is now becoming as notable as the population growth was in the recent past. Over the last ten years, Ocean County has had one of the fastest increases in new jobs in the State.

    The Health Care Industry has been by far the fastest growing employment sector and is now the top employer in the County. Employment projections released by the NJ Department of Labor show that Ocean County will continue to be at the forefront of New Jersey employment growth well into the next decade.

    Despite the large growth in population and employment, Ocean County maintains a vast amount of protected open space which will ensure the balanced land use of the area in the future. Much of the area west of the Garden State Parkway contains large tracts of State Parks, Forests and Wildlife Management Areas.

    In addition, approximately 20,000 acres east of the Parkway are protected under the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor, which stretch nearly the entire north-south length of the County, were recently added to the US National Estuary Program and will be the subject of continuing environmental protection efforts. In the northwest portion of the County, active farmland is being preserved through the County Farmland Preservation Program.

    To date, over 1,580 acres of productive farmland have been preserved just outside of New Egypt, in Plumsted Township. In addition, the Ocean County Parks Department maintains an active capital program for parkland acquisition and development to ensure that a variety of recreation opportunities are in close proximity to residents throughout Ocean County.

    As always, the coastal beaches of Ocean County are foremost among the County’s attractions and continue to draw thousands of seasonal visitors to the area each year.

    Ocean County Home Listings Search

    • Ocean County New Listings (470)
    • Ocean County Foreclosure Listings (5)
    • Ocean County Short Sale Listings (65)
    • Ocean County Single Family Homes for Sale (8419)
    • Ocean County Condos & Townhomes for Sale (1444)

    Call or email me at your convenience, I’d be happy to help you any way I can.

    Karl Hess, Ocean County Real Estate, Keller Williams Jersey Shore

    609-553-7926

    JD Power Rates Keller Williams #1 Karl Hess

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    Open House Toms River March 27, 2011

    Open House in Toms River with photos and maps for March 27, 2011. Toms River Open House information including school reports, neighborhood data and Toms River housing market trends.

    Click here for the list of Open Houses in Toms River  on March 27, 2011 with easy to access maps and numerous photos. These homes are located in East Dover, North Dover, Georgetown, Shelter Cove, Ortley Beach, Money Island, Green Island, Silverton, Snug Harbor, and throughout Toms River.

    Most Open Houses will take place between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM, so use the maps provided in the links to plan your day…or call me and I’d be happy to set up an exclusive “tour of homes” at your convenience.

    Toms River Open House Maps: The link to the left provides Toms River Open House Maps for all open houses in Toms River with property and location information.  

    ELIZABETH AVE, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $184,000
    S CONDOR ST, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $219,000
    STAFFORD DR, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $285,000
    PENNINGTON CT, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $319,000
    OAK GLEN RD, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $339,000
    DERRY DR, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $345,000
    INDIAN HILL RD, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $395,000
    BAY AVE, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $399,900
    ESTATE POINT RD, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $479,900
    COOLIDGE AVE, ORTLEY BEACH, NJ – $649,900
    DAYNA COURT, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $949,000

    If you’re interested in buying, selling or investing in Real Estate in Toms River, Ocean County or anywhere along The Jersey Shore, click on The Jersey Shore Home Finder.com and get free access to thousands of home listings with photos and maps

    While you’re looking at Open Houses in Toms River, think about how much easier this process would be with a certified, informed agent at your side helping you every step of the way: A professional buyers consultant that costs you nothing!

    I thoroughly enjoy helping buyers find their dream home.  That’s why I work with each client individually, taking the time to understand their unique lifestyles and wishes.  This is about more than a certain number of bedrooms or a particular zip code.  This is about your life.  And that’s important to me.

    When you work with me, you get:

    • A knowledgeable and professional REALTOR
    • A committed ally to negotiate on your behalf
    • The backing of a trusted company, Keller Williams Realty

    I have the systems in place to streamline the home-buying process for you.  As part of my service, I will commit to helping you with your home search by:

    • Previewing homes in advance on your behalf
    • Personally touring home and neighborhoods with you
    • Keeping you informed of new homes on the market
    • Helping you preview homes on the web
    • Advising you of other homes that have sold and for how much
    • Working with you until we find the home of your dream

    Toms River Home Listings

    • Toms River New Listings (49)
    • Toms River Short Sale Listings (4)
    • Toms River Single Family Homes for Sale (682)
    • Toms River Condos & Townhomes for Sale (76)

    Call or email me at your convenience, I’d be happy to help you any way I can.

    Karl Hess, Toms River Real Estate, Keller Williams Jersey Shore

    609-553-7926

    JD Power Rates Keller Williams #1 Karl Hess

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    Open House Point Pleasant March 27, 2011

    Open House in Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach with photos and maps for March 27, 2011. Point Pleasant Open House information including school reports, neighborhood data and Point Pleasant housing market trends.

    Click here for the list of Open Houses in Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach on March 27, 2011 with easy to access maps and numerous photos

    Most Open Houses will take place between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM, so use the maps provided in the links to plan your day…or call me and I’d be happy to set up an exclusive “tour of homes” at your convenience.

    Point Pleasant Open House Maps: The link to the left provides an interactive map for all open houses in Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach.

    MCLEAN AVE, POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ – $459,000
    CHICAGO AVE, POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ – $479,900
    NIBLICK ST, POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ – $629,000
    LAUREL CT, POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ – $699,000
    PHILADELPHIA AVE, POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ – $749,900
    RIVER AVE, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $249,000
    WILLIAM ST, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $269,000
    NORTHSTREAM PKWY, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $299,900
    MANETTA DR S, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $350,000
    FRANKLIN ST, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $399,900
    IDA DR, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $454,900
    BARTON AVE, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $499,900

    If you’re interested in buying, selling or investing in Real Estate in Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach, Ocean County or anywhere along The Jersey Shore, click on The Jersey Shore Home Finder.com and get free access to thousands of home listings with photos and maps

    While you’re looking at Open Houses in Point Pleasant, think about how much easier this process would be with a certified, informed agent at your side helping you every step of the way: A professional buyers consultant that costs you nothing!

    I thoroughly enjoy helping buyers find their dream home.  That’s why I work with each client individually, taking the time to understand their unique lifestyles and wishes.  This is about more than a certain number of bedrooms or a particular zip code.  This is about your life.  And that’s important to me.

    When you work with me, you get:

    • A knowledgeable and professional REALTOR
    • A committed ally to negotiate on your behalf
    • The backing of a trusted company, Keller Williams Realty

    I have the systems in place to streamline the home-buying process for you.  As part of my service, I will commit to helping you with your home search by:

    • Previewing homes in advance on your behalf
    • Personally touring home and neighborhoods with you
    • Keeping you informed of new homes on the market
    • Helping you preview homes on the web
    • Advising you of other homes that have sold and for how much
    • Working with you until we find the home of your dream

    Point Pleasant Listings Search

    • Point Pleasant New Listings (28)
    • Point Pleasant Single Family Homes for Sale (306)
    • Point Pleasant Condos & Townhomes for Sale (66)

    Call or email me at your convenience, I’d be happy to help you any way I can.

    Karl Hess, Point Pleasant Real Estate, Keller Williams Jersey Shore

    609-553-7926

    JD Power Rates Keller Williams #1 Karl Hess

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    Open House Lacey Twp, March 27, 2011

    Open House in Lacey Twp, including Lanoka Harbor and Forked River with photos and maps for March 27, 2011. Lacey Twp Open House information with school reports, neighborhood data and Lacey Twp, Lanoka Harbor and Forked River housing market trends.

    Click here for the list of Open Houses in Lacey Twp on March 27, 2011 with easy to access maps and numerous photos, including Lanoka Harbor, Forked River, Bamber, Sunrise Beach and the surrounding area.

    Most Open Houses will take place between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM, so use the maps provided in the links to plan your day…or call me and I’d be happy to set up an exclusive “tour of homes” at your convenience.

    Lacey Twp Open House Maps: The link to the left will give you an interactive map for all open houses in Lacey Township for March 27, 2011.

    WHITCOMB RD, FORKED RIVER, NJ – $239,000
    MALLARD DR, LANOKA HARBOR, NJ – $369,900
    BRENTWOOD RD, FORKED RIVER, NJ – $369,900
    SKIFF WAY DR, FORKED RIVER, NJ – $599,999
    FOREPEAK DR, FORKED RIVER, NJ – $699,900

    While you’re looking at Open Houses in Lacey Twp, think about how much easier this process would be with a certified, informed agent at your side helping you every step of the way: A professional buyers consultant that costs you nothing!

    I thoroughly enjoy helping buyers find their dream home.  That’s why I work with each client individually, taking the time to understand their unique lifestyles and wishes.  This is about more than a certain number of bedrooms or a particular zip code.  This is about your life.  And that’s important to me.

    When you work with me, you get:

    • A knowledgeable and professional REALTOR
    • A committed ally to negotiate on your behalf
    • The backing of a trusted company, Keller Williams Realty

    I have the systems in place to streamline the home-buying process for you.  As part of my service, I will commit to helping you with your home search by:

    • Previewing homes in advance on your behalf
    • Personally touring home and neighborhoods with you
    • Keeping you informed of new homes on the market
    • Helping you preview homes on the web
    • Advising you of other homes that have sold and for how much
    • Working with you until we find the home of your dream

    Lacey Township Home Listings Search

    • Lacey Township New Listings (35)
    • Lacey Township Short Sale Listings (5)
    • Lacey Township Single Family Homes for Sale (505)
    • Lacey Township Condos & Townhomes for Sale (4)

    Call or email me at your convenience, I’d be happy to help you any way I can.

    Karl Hess, Lacey Twp Real Estate, Keller Williams Jersey Shore

    609-553-7926

    JD Power Rates Keller Williams #1 Karl Hess

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    Open House Brick Twp March 27, 2011

    Open House in Brick Township with photos and maps for March 27, 2011. Brick Township Open House information including school reports, neighborhood data and Brick Township housing market trends.

    Click here for the list of all the Open Houses in Brick Township on March 27, 2011 with easy to access maps and numerous photos.  These homes are located in Baywood, Osbornville, Herbertsville, Cedarwood, Sandy Point, Midstreams, Lake Riviera, Metedeconk, South Hampton, Mantoloking, etc.

    Most Open Houses will take place between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM, so use the maps provided in the links to plan your day…or call me and I’d be happy to set up an exclusive “tour of homes” at your convenience.

    Brick Open House Maps: The link to the left will give you an interactive map for all open houses in Brick Township for March 20, 2011.

    THIRD AVE, BRICK, NJ – $194,000
    4TH AVE, BRICK, NJ – $209,900
    DELMAR DR, BRICK, NJ – $259,895
    17TH AVE, BRICK, NJ – $264,000
    VILLAGE WAY, BRICK, NJ – $309,900
    COLONIAL DR, BRICK, NJ – $316,000
    AVIS DR, BRICK, NJ – $324,900
    LARK LN, BRICK, NJ – $339,000
    ALDGATE DR, BRICK, NJ – $345,000
    S LAKE CT, BRICK, NJ – $435,000
    VANARD DR, BRICK, NJ – $439,900
    LONGPOINT DR, BRICK, NJ – $478,900
    HILL DR, BRICK, NJ – $575,000
    BAY AVE, BRICK, NJ – $579,900
    SOUTH DR, BRICK, NJ – $595,000
    METEDECONK RD, BRICK, NJ – $625,000
    E LAGOONA DR, BRICK, NJ – $674,900

    If you’re interested in buying, selling or investing in Real Estate in Brick Township or anywhere along The Jersey Shore, go to The Jersey Shore Home Finder.com and get free access to thousands of home listings with photos and maps

    While you’re looking at Open Houses in Brick Township, think about how much easier this process would be with a certified, informed agent at your side helping you every step of the way: A professional buyers consultant that costs you nothing!

    I thoroughly enjoy helping buyers find their dream home.  That’s why I work with each client individually, taking the time to understand their unique lifestyles and wishes.  This is about more than a certain number of bedrooms or a particular zip code.  This is about your life.  And that’s important to me.

    When you work with me, you get:

    • A knowledgeable and professional REALTOR
    • A committed ally to negotiate on your behalf
    • The backing of a trusted company, Keller Williams Realty

    I have the systems in place to streamline the home-buying process for you.  As part of my service, I will commit to helping you with your home search by:

    • Previewing homes in advance on your behalf
    • Personally touring home and neighborhoods with you
    • Keeping you informed of new homes on the market
    • Helping you preview homes on the web
    • Advising you of other homes that have sold and for how much
    • Working with you until we find the home of your dream

    Call or email me at your convenience, I’d be happy to help you any way I can.

    Karl Hess, Brick Township Real Estate, Keller Williams Jersey Shore

    609-553-7926

    JD Power Rates Keller Williams #1 Karl Hess

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    Open House Beachwood, Lacey, Toms River, Saturday March 26

    Open House in Ocean County with photos and maps for March 26, 2011 in Beachwood, Lacey Twp, and Toms River Township.

    PACIFIC AVE, BEACHWOOD, NJ – $245,000
    CONSTITUTION DR, FORKED RIVER, NJ – $205,000
    BOWSPRIT PT, LANOKA HARBOR, NJ – $399,900
    BOWSPRIT PT, LANOKA HARBOR, NJ – $529,900
    MALIBU RD, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $859,900

    If you’re interested in buying, selling or investing in Real Estate in Ocean County or anywhere along The Jersey Shore, go to The Jersey Shore Home Finder.com and get free access to thousands of home listings with photos and maps

    While you’re looking at Open Houses in Ocean County, think how much easier this process would be with a certified, informed agent at your side helping you every step of the way: A professional buyers consultant that costs you nothing!

    I thoroughly enjoy helping buyers find their dream home.  That’s why I work with each client individually, taking the time to understand their unique lifestyles and wishes.  This is about more than a certain number of bedrooms or a particular zip code.  This is about your life.  And that’s important to me.

    When you work with me, you get:

    • A knowledgeable and professional REALTOR
    • A committed ally to negotiate on your behalf
    • The backing of a trusted company, Keller Williams Realty

    I have the systems in place to streamline the home-buying process for you.  As part of my service, I will commit to helping you with your home search by:

    • Previewing homes in advance on your behalf
    • Personally touring home and neighborhoods with you
    • Keeping you informed of new homes on the market
    • Helping you preview homes on the web
    • Advising you of other homes that have sold and for how much
    • Working with you until we find the home of your dream

    Ocean County Listings Search

    • Ocean County New Listings (459)
    • Ocean County Foreclosure Listings (5)
    • Ocean County Short Sale Listings (65)
    • Ocean County Single Family Homes for Sale (8401)
    • Ocean County Condos & Townhomes for Sale (1449)

     Call or email me at your convenience, I’d be happy to help you any way I can.

    Karl Hess, Ocean County Real Estate, Keller Williams Jersey Shore

    609-553-7926

    JD Power Rates Keller Williams #1 Karl Hess

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    Wall Street Journal “Buyers Market”

    Sales of previously owned homes fell sharply in February, setting the stage for steep discounting in the spring market.

    The National Association of Realtors reported Monday that existing home sales dropped 9.6%, and the median price, $156,100, was the lowest since February 2002.

    Buyer’s Market

    Existing-home sales in February

    The silver lining, say economists, is that bargain prices, coupled with low interest rates, might finally spur some buyers off the fence as the real-estate industry prepares for its busiest season. Even without the $8,000 federal tax credit that stoked sales last spring, industry watchers predict a larger number of transactions this year.

    “The job market is getting better and that will make people feel more confident about their income-earning prospects,” said David Berson of the PMI Group. “You need that confidence to buy a house. Household formations are also very important. … Kids may have moved back in with their parents, or two people may have moved in together, because of job concerns. Now they can move into their own place.”

    Still, Monday’s data painted a picture of pain and price declines that have spared no region.

    “The housing market is still clearly years away from staging any meaningful recovery,” Toronto-based Capital Economics wrote in a note to clients.

    February sales data due Wednesday are expected to show that the market for new homes is just as lackluster as that for existing dwellings.

    Some builders of new homes are increasing discounts on residences and boosting commissions to brokers.

    “They don’t do that if things are going well,” said Alex Barron, a home-builder analyst with the Housing Research Center, an independent sell-side research firm. “The level of desperation in the builders is just going to increase substantially in the next two months, which is the heart of the spring selling season.”

    Overall, February’s weakness could have been driven by bad weather, deals canceled over lowball appraisals and a higher number of distress sales, according to the National Association of Realtors.

    A third of transactions were all-cash sales, and investors accounted for 19% of February sales activity, down from 23% in January. Low prices in many markets also reflect a new reality as sellers finally give in and reduce the asking prices on their homes in hopes of a fast deal.

    “After three years of the housing downturn, people are becoming much more realistic in terms of valuing their homes,” said Lawrence Yun, the National Association of Realtors’ chief economist.

    In Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood, Natasha Swann put her family’s five-bedroom colonial on the market about six weeks ago. The $1.6 million asking price won’t recoup the roughly $200,000 that Ms. Swann spent on renovations such as finishing the basement and adding a bedroom. Still, the 41-year-old mother of three is eager to sell because she is building a bigger house nearby.

    After six showings, she is optimistic the home is priced competitively. “We had to be kind of aggressive” about making the price attractive, she says. “We don’t know where the market’s going, and I’m not going to wait a long time in an uncertain market.”

    Economists say the number of distressed sales will continue to rise, and put pressure on prices. But mortgage rates, which were trending upward during the fall and winter months, have been falling in recent weeks amid global turmoil over the crises in Japan. Rates for 30-year loans were well below 5% last week.

    “Few think mortgage rates are going lower,” said Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi. “It’s more likely they will be 6% than 4% next spring. This lights a fire under buyers.”

    By S. MITRA KALITA And DAWN WOTAPKA

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    Open House Ocean County March 20, 2011

    Open House in Ocean County with photos and maps for March 20, 2011 of homes in Barnegat, Berkeley Township, Brick Township, Stafford Township, Lacey Township, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach and Toms River Township.

    Point Pleasant Open House Maps: The link to the left provides an interactive map for all open houses in Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach.

    Click here for the list of Open Houses in Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach on March 20, 2011 with easy to access maps and numerous photos. 

    MCLEAN AVE, POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ – $499,900
    HERBERTSVILLE RD, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $265,000
    WILSON RD, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $310,000
    ELLISON AVE, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $349,900
    BARTON AVE, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $499,900
    W WEST END AVE, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $875,000
    CHATHAM LN, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $1,399,000 

    Toms River Open House Maps: The link to the left provides Toms River Open House Maps for all open houses in Toms River with property and location information. 

    Click here for the list of Open Houses in Toms River  on March 20, 2011 with easy to access maps and numerous photos. These homes are located in East Dover, North Dover, Georgetown, Shelter Cove, Ortley Beach, Money Island, Green Island, Silverton, Snug Harbor, and throughout Toms River.

    BEACHWOOD AVE, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $219,900
    PATRICIAN DR, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $240,000
    FLAAM ST, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $284,900
    CHESTNUT ST, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $344,900
    KELLS CT, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $344,900
    THISTLE AVE, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $450,000
    SILVERTON RD, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $489,900
    PALMER AVE, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $540,000
    SILVERTON RD, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $619,900
    BERMUDA DR, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $619,900
    MOONRISE LN, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $635,000
    COOLIDGE AVE, ORTLEY BEACH, NJ – $649,900
    CHARLTON CIR, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $689,900
    CAPTAINS DR, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $999,999
    LONG POINT DR, TOMS RIVER, NJ – $1,399,000 

    Lacey Twp Open House Maps: The link to the left will give you an interactive map for all open houses in Lacey Township for March 20, 2011.

    Click here for the list of Open Houses in Lacey Twp on March 20, 2011 with easy to access maps and numerous photos, including Lanoka Harbor, Forked River, Bamber, Sunrise Beach and the surrounding area.

    CONIFER DR, FORKED RIVER, NJ – $198,000
    BERMUDA DR, FORKED RIVER, NJ – $207,000
    WHITCOMB RD, FORKED RIVER, NJ – $239,000
    N PASADENA DR N, FORKED RIVER, NJ – $485,000

    Brick Open House Maps: The link to the left will give you an interactive map for all open houses in Brick Township for March 20, 2011.

    Click here for the list of all the Open Houses in Brick Township on March 20, 2011 with easy to access maps and numerous photos.  These homes are located in Baywood, Osbornville, Herbertsville, Cedarwood, Sandy Point, Midstreams, Lake Riviera, Metedeconk, South Hampton, Mantoloking, etc.

    RIVIERA DR, BRICK, NJ – $225,000
    17TH AVE, BRICK, NJ – $264,000
    STENGEL AVE, BRICK, NJ – $269,900
    CEDAR DR, BRICK, NJ – $289,000
    LORRAINE PL, BRICK, NJ – $289,900
    BLUE SPRUCE PL, BRICK, NJ – $298,999
    LEONE DR, BRICK, NJ – $299,900
    STAPLETON AVE, BRICK, NJ – $300,000
    CALIFORNIA AVE, BRICK, NJ – $305,000
    LAFAYETTE DR, BRICK, NJ – $325,000
    E CORAL DR, BRICK, NJ – $349,500
    BELLA VISTA RD, BRICK, NJ – $349,900
    HENDRICKSON AVE, BRICK, NJ – $379,000
    COMMODORE DR, BRICK, NJ – $379,000
    WINDCREST CT, BRICK, NJ – $400,000
    NEJECHO DR, BRICK, NJ – $425,000
    COMMODORE DR, BRICK, NJ – $599,900
    PARKER AVE, BRICK, NJ – $819,000
    SOUTH DR, BRICK, NJ – $949,990
    ISLAND DR, BRICK, NJ – $995,000
    SOUTH DR, BRICK, NJ – $1,250,000
    BROWER DR, BRICK, NJ – $1,389,000

    Other Open Houses in Ocean County for March 20th, 2011.

    EAST AVE, BAY HEAD, NJ – $2,395,000

    BLUE JAY AVE, BAYVILLE, NJ – $299,900

    SPRAY AVE, BEACHWOOD, NJ – $234,900

    WAYNE AVE, PINE BEACH, NJ – $349,900

    2ND ST, SURF CITY, NJ – $849,900

    If you’re interested in buying, selling or investing in Real Estate in Ocean County or anywhere along The Jersey Shore, go to The Jersey Shore Home Finder.com and get free access to thousands of home listings with photos and maps

    While you’re looking at Open Houses in Ocean County, think how much easier this process would be with a certified, informed agent at your side helping you every step of the way: A professional buyers consultant that costs you nothing!

    I thoroughly enjoy helping buyers find their dream home.  That’s why I work with each client individually, taking the time to understand their unique lifestyles and wishes.  This is about more than a certain number of bedrooms or a particular zip code.  This is about your life.  And that’s important to me.

    When you work with me, you get:

    • A knowledgeable and professional REALTOR
    • A committed ally to negotiate on your behalf
    • The backing of a trusted company, Keller Williams Realty

    I have the systems in place to streamline the home-buying process for you.  As part of my service, I will commit to helping you with your home search by:

    • Previewing homes in advance on your behalf
    • Personally touring home and neighborhoods with you
    • Keeping you informed of new homes on the market
    • Helping you preview homes on the web
    • Advising you of other homes that have sold and for how much
    • Working with you until we find the home of your dream

    Ocean County Listings Search

     Call or email me at your convenience, I’d be happy to help you any way I can.

     Karl Hess, Ocean County Real Estate, Keller Williams Jersey Shore

     609-553-7926

    JD Power Rates Keller Williams #1 Karl Hess

     
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    Open House Point Pleasant March 20, 2011

    Open House in Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach with photos and maps for March 20, 2011. Point Pleasant Open House information including school reports, neighborhood data and Point Pleasant housing market trends.

    Click here for the list of Open Houses in Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach on March 20, 2011 with easy to access maps and numerous photos. 

    Most Open Houses will take place between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM, so use the maps provided in the links to plan your day…or call me and I’d be happy to set up an exclusive “tour of homes” at your convenience.

    Point Pleasant Open House Maps: The link to the left provides an interactive map for all open houses in Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach.

    MCLEAN AVE, POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ – $499,900
    HERBERTSVILLE RD, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $265,000
    WILSON RD, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $310,000
    ELLISON AVE, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $349,900
    BARTON AVE, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $499,900
    W WEST END AVE, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $875,000
    CHATHAM LN, POINT PLEASANT, NJ – $1,399,000

    If you’re interested in buying, selling or investing in Real Estate in Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach, Ocean County or anywhere along The Jersey Shore, click on The Jersey Shore Home Finder.com and get free access to thousands of home listings with photos and maps

    While you’re looking at Open Houses in Point Pleasant, think about how much easier this process would be with a certified, informed agent at your side helping you every step of the way: A professional buyers consultant that costs you nothing!

    I thoroughly enjoy helping buyers find their dream home.  That’s why I work with each client individually, taking the time to understand their unique lifestyles and wishes.  This is about more than a certain number of bedrooms or a particular zip code.  This is about your life.  And that’s important to me.

    When you work with me, you get:

    • A knowledgeable and professional REALTOR
    • A committed ally to negotiate on your behalf
    • The backing of a trusted company, Keller Williams Realty

    I have the systems in place to streamline the home-buying process for you.  As part of my service, I will commit to helping you with your home search by:

    • Previewing homes in advance on your behalf
    • Personally touring home and neighborhoods with you
    • Keeping you informed of new homes on the market
    • Helping you preview homes on the web
    • Advising you of other homes that have sold and for how much
    • Working with you until we find the home of your dream

    Point Pleasant Listings Search

    Call or email me at your convenience, I’d be happy to help you any way I can.

    Karl Hess, Point Pleasant Real Estate, Keller Williams Jersey Shore

    609-553-7926

    JD Power Rates Keller Williams #1 Karl Hess

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