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It’s More Than Just Living

As the Earth rumbles and mother nature works her magic, another president in office, and the world keeps turning, we sometimes forget what we are really here to do. Our Life’s mission from our Creator, is to love, to support and help one another. Give compassion and empathy even when we think we are too tired to give it. The never ending chase for wealth has become a mission for some. Sometimes we lose sight of what the big picture is. As I watch my u tube videos before I go to sleep, it teaches me more and more of what the basics to life really is. The ideas are quite simple. Maybe too simple for our complex minds to comprehend. Reap and sow. Do to others what you would like done onto you. Simple right? Yet every day we struggle with these basics. We lose ourselves in the fight to keep climbing. But where exactly are we climbing to? The bigger house, bigger car, bigger pay check, bigger bills? One video was very profound and it hit home. The logic of Karma. What we put out onto someone is what we will experience at some point in our lifetime or maybe even the next one. Maybe we are experiencing karma from our past lifetime. How we make a person feel is what we will experience ourselves. All the sadness, hurt, angry thoughts and terrible words will come back to us. It’s like a boomerang. It may not come from the same person but it will come back in some shape or form. So my friends, family and acquaintances, even ones that I do not know, yet, take caution with what is said and done. Live a life of positiveness. Spread your good self, love and caring ways to as many as you can. Including yourself. Just like that boomerang theory. It will come back!

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Fear is Debilitating- Change Your Life

So I have heard it over and over again. After seeing an old childhood friend this weekend, it is clear to me that we all have some type of fear. Fear of life, fear of having enough to stretch and survive with, fear of just about anything. Remember when we were younger? It felt like we could conquer anything. We were free spirited! A zest for life and living..The Small things is what made us happy and got us excited. We all lose that along the way. But what if you gained some of those feelings and thoughts back? What if you took a chance on life or even just on yourself? It’s not so bad. And yes sometimes it is greener on the other side. I have learned so much in my early adulthood up until my divorce at 40, that it almost seems like each decade was a lifetime of its own. Now at …..cough, clear throat…lol just cant say that number, I look back and think to myself I did a great job!! I took chances and risks. I listened to myself and didn’t pay attention to the nay sayers. Including my own family. I just plowed ahead and kept going until I did it right. Or until I succeeded at it. Or just until I felt content enough to keep going with it. Some things work in life and some don’t. But if you don’t try you will never know if it is greener on the other side or NOT. That is the beauty of life. That is what makes each and every one of us unique in our own right to be human and on this planet we call our Mother Earth. So treat each day as though its your last. Do things you have never done. Learn to say NO to people and be selfish sometimes. Start a new career or at least prepare for one. See something new, different, even if its just to go to a local museum or aquarium. There are sooo many wonders out there and I don’t believe any of us will ever get a chance to see even 5% of them throughout our lifetime. Be who you want to be and not who society, the government, your family or friends want you to be. That’s just NO fun. Get rid of fearful thoughts or words like I cant. That is just empty, negative energy. It will get you no where. Because if you say you cant than you really cant. There is so much more to life, there is so much more to YOU! Stand tall, be proud, make NO a part of your vocabulary and start saying YES to the most important person in your life- YOU…Wishing you all a positively self altering kind of life

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Time for a Change

Now is the time to make a career change. Or are you looking to switch brokers? Not happy with your life? Do you still want to make money yet have the sense of freedom that we all long and desire for? Well you have come to the right place. Elite Team Realty gives you all the one on one training and tools that you need to get started in this intimate company. The broker works for you, the agent, not the other way around. There are no desk fees, yet we operate with the sense of freedom that is not typical of a larger, more corporate atmosphere. . We do not require floor time and there are one on one training meetings that accommodate your schedule. Your time is your time. We are not corporate. But when it comes to business and making money in real estate this is a no joke, serious, yet fun atmosphere. The broker will teach you all the ropes. She will remind you of all the laws and ethic requirements to keep you in check with the Real Estate Commission. They will teach you how to be a self starter, self motivating powerhouse Realtor. It’s up to you to obtain the business and grow from there. What you put into it is what you will receive. And the rewards can be as big as you want them to be. If you do not have a license Anamaria DelValle will set you up with the right school, local to your area. Guidance and assistance is always there whether it is a seasoned agent or someone just starting out. Don’t wait! There is money to be made…

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Beach Front Bargains

Word is out on the streets. It’s all about investing now. The flippers are feverishly looking for “The Deal”. And there are plenty out there. Builders are looking to build, investors are looking to purchase and flip. Whether it be a Sandy damaged tear down, an REO (Bank Owned), Estate property, and so on, deals are moving along and inventory is low. The market is turning rapidly in the Ocean County footprint. Bidding wars are starting to happen again. Prices are steadily climbing and the interest rates are still at historically low rates.  Take a look at a few waterfronts that are on the market now in Ocean County:

An interesting climb in the market are waterfronts. There are so many lagoon and bay front communities that allows affordability to the secondary home Real estate buyer. However without proper guidance it could be a major flop. Prices of house raising have gone through the roof. Anywhere from $60,000 plus. Depending on size of home and whether it is built on a slab or crawl can also have consequences to the price. Now that’s just the raising part. There are township permits to be dealt with, along with utility hook ups and disconnects. Plumbing, electric, gas, etc will need to be revamped and hooked back up by professionals after the house raising. That is just one area of it. House raising is something that must be dealt with if the home has a substantial damage letter from the township. This would mean that the owner spent more than 50% in repairs of the building assessed value from 2012, year of the storm.

If no letter of substantial damage is on file than house raising may not be an important issue. However, now we are getting involved in FEMA elevations and flood insurance.

Even though the investor may be purchasing with cash, once they go to flip the home chances are the next buyer will most likely be a loan purchaser. It could make or break the deal if the flood insurance runs in the thousands. Due diligence is necessary when purchasing a waterfront home. Whether you are on the investor side or purchaser side, it is important to learn the lingo and educate yourself. Your REALTOR should know and assist you in the process; Especially if he or she have sold waterfronts in the past.

Elevation certificates will provide all the documentation you would need when purchasing a flood zone home. A home can be in the flood zone area even if it is not a waterfront property. Most of the time anything East of Main st will have a much higher chance of it being in a flood zone. The certificate will provide elevation information that is needed for the flood insurance and for raising the home, if required.

On a lighter note, when a waterfront home is purchased for sheer delight and raising or knocking down is not the primary issue, that is when we can have some fun showing these homes and it gives our buyers so much to look forward to in their new home and surroundings, should it be a temporary vacation home or their permanent residence.

One of my prideful moments is when I filmed an HGTV segment with my clients in the Beach Haven West area. A young family, a brother and twin sisters, looking for a home they can relax in on the weekends and continue their leisure time close enough to Long Beach Island, to carry on their childhood memories and create new ones now that they are adults.

Take a look…..