Easter Bunny Living in Millburn Invites Kids to Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny living in Millburn has an egg hunt.The Easter bunny living in Millburn is happily and busily painting eggs, so put your Easter bonnet on and grab a basket because it is time for the annual Egg Hunt! On March 28, 2015, our littlest town citizens, preschoolers to second graders, will be let loose in their Easter attire and gather as many brightly colored eggs as they can collect. Taylor Park provides the picturesque background for this marvelous hunt! Gathering starts sharply at 10 a.m. The Easter bunny will hide these eggs no matter what Mother Nature has in store, so snow, rain or shine come on down. Dress appropriately for the weather. As the Easter bunny living in Millburn loves to be outside, the egg hunt will be outside if at all possible.

Four specially marked eggs will result in a chocolate prize for one lucky hunter in each age category. Children finding labeled eggs by the Millburn Chamber of Commerce will receive special prizes as well. This is a treasured community event so bring your camera to capture timeless photos of your little ones having fun with family and friends and perhaps meeting new friends as well. Click here to open a PDF filer for the event.

Residents of Maplewood real estate can also get in on the fun by hopping on over to Memorial Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Don’t forget the gatherers need to bring their own basket or other container to collect their eggs. Even an Easter bonnet turned inside out and upside down will do! See the Maplewood parks calendar by clicking here.

Living in Maplewood? Celebrate Restaurant Week!

Gourmets living in Maplewood love Restaurant Week.Ask anyone living in Maplewood what makes the town special, and they’ll tell you about the amazing restaurant scene.  Each year, the restaurants in town celebrate Restaurant Week.  This year the celebration will run from Sunday, March 22nd through Sunday, March 28th.  Participating restaurants include fine dining establishments, casual diners, and take out spots.  They are offering special deals from special prix fixe meals, to tasting menus, to discounts on your order.

This is the perfect opportunity for Maplewood real estate owners to try out the restaurants you’ve been meaning to get to.  Get a few friends together and hit the town.  Take a trip to India at Tandoori Chef II, with 10% off dine-in meals.  The Maple Leaf Diner has a specially priced menu to enjoy all week.  Coda Kitchen & Bar offers a $30 prix fixe 3 course meal, Monday through Thursday.  Take home a special dessert from The Able Baker or get a baker’s dozen of cupcakes from Gigi’s Cupcakes.  Bill & Harry’s Chinese Restaurant is offering diners 10% off dinner specials all week.

There are so many more amazing specials offered to gourmets living in Maplewood for Restaurant Week.  Click here to see the full list of participating restaurants and plan your gastronomic adventure!

Living in Maplewood and Owning Your Home Just Got Easier

Living in Maplewood is  a great choice for young couples.It’s a great time for Millburn-Short Hills and Maplewood millennial home buyers. Mortgage rates are around 3%. The Federal Housing Administration has lowered mortgage insurance premiums. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have reduced minimum down payment requirements from 5% to 3%.

Because of the Great Recession, many people now in their late 20s and early 30s have put off purchasing property.  In the past, first-time buyers made up about 38% to 40% of home purchases. Over the past several years, however, that rate has been significantly lower, in some places by as much as 10 percentage points.

For many who have been living in the Millburn-Short Hills area and renting, buying a home is looking better and better. As rents rise and jobs stabilize, the numbers start to tip in favor of buying, and young professionals find themselves touring a Maplewood home or a Millburn-Short Hills Colonial. From sunny Los Angeles to snowy Virginia, agents are reporting a distinct increase in young clients looking to buy for the first time.

There’s a lot to be said for living in Maplewood and for owning your own home. Our community is bustling and there is so much to enjoy! If you commute, its proximity to transit is another huge plus. As an agent who’s been selling homes in this area for years, I can help you find the home of your dreams and a smart way to pay for it!

First-Time Home Buyers Guide to Maplewood Homes

Talk to Robin Benjamin about Maplewood homes and Short Hills real estate.Congratulations on the decision to buy your first home! You’re making a great choice by checking out Maplewood homes and Short Hills real estate. I’ve helped many first-time buyers over the years. Here are a few things to know and think over as you start the home buying process.

The first thing to think about is your price range. Before the financial crash, banks were handing out home loans like hotcakes. This proved to be a pretty bad idea. In general, financial experts advised that housing costs shouldn’t take up more than 30 to 35% of your gross income. Keep in mind that maintenance costs are going to come up, too. When you’re making your new monthly budget, it’s a good idea to set aside an amount to cover things like calling a plumber or roof repair or hiring landscapers. Be realistic about what you can afford. Use the mortgage calculator on the home page to get an idea of the possibilities. Check with a lender to get a pre-approval before you start shopping.

Remember that there are great tax benefits to homeownership. The 2009 stimulus tax credit has expired, but you can deduct your mortgage interest and property taxes from your gross income. This means lower federal taxes. In New Jersey, property taxes up to $10,000 are completely deductible. Keep these deductions in mind when you compare the costs of owning with the costs of renting.

Finally, use your imagination. I see so many first-time buyers who will pass up a great house in their price range in the right place, just because there’s a small defect or oddity. These people don’t realize how much small changes, like new paint or carpet or other small remodeling projects can change how a house looks and functions. Keep an open mind as you tour Maplewood homes. Your dream house is waiting for you!

Millburn-Short Hills NJ Home Shopping in a Snow Storm? Great Idea!

Millburn-Short Hills NJ Home and snowSome buyers might be thinking twice about shopping for a Millburn-Short Hills NJ home with all the crazy snow storms this year.  It might seem like a good idea to wait for spring.  But, actually it’s a perfect time to shop for a home! For one thing, the competition is not nearly as fierce.  Shopping for a Millburn-Short Hills NJ home in the snow keeps plenty of people snugly in their current apartment.  So you’ll probably have an easier time snagging the home of your dreams.

The other advantage to shopping for a Millburn-Short Hills NJ home right now is that you’ll get to see the neighborhood in action.  Want to see how your potential neighbors are going to handle small emergencies that affect both of you?  Watch how they shovel snow.  If they’re making a big deal about every little shovelful, you might want to think twice.

You’ll also be able to tell if the neighbors are friendly if they’re helping elderly neighbors shovel their walks.  If school has been cancelled–as we do preemptively!–you’ll get to meet the neighborhood kids.  All in all, shopping for a Millburn-Short Hills NJ home when snow is in full swing is a great idea.  The snow will let you meet more of the neighbors as well as check to see that you’ll be living on a street that gets the snow plow sooner rather than later.


Millburn-Short Hills Homes Are in a Strong Market

Valuing Millburn-Short Hills HomesThe spring housing market is looking good, which is great news for everyone think of selling Millburn-Short Hills homes this year.  The inventory is relatively low, which creates higher demand and  higher prices.  To see how much your home is worth, click here to get a personalized market report on your home’s value.

While the market favors sellers right now, to get even better prices on Millburn-Short Hills homes, consider staging your home.  Staging is preparing your home, with special attention to making your home look more spacious.  You can hire a professional or you can do it yourself.

The most important part of staging is de-cluttering.  Having your surfaces free of the papers and other things that tend to collect will make rooms appear much larger and don’t forget your closets.  Having just a few things hung or stacked neatly will give the impression of a huge amount of storage space, a big selling point.

Often, a professional stager will remove as much as half the furniture from a home.  If you’re going to stage your home yourself, imagine a nice hotel.  It’s our job to make your home in “move in” condition to a buyer. We want them to be able to sit down on your living room couch and visualize themselves with their own furniture and belongings and that can’t happen if there’s no room to dream! Millburn-Short Hills homes are in a hot market.  Make the most of your beautiful home to get the best price.


Know the Value of Your Millburn-Short Hills Home?

Value Your Millburn-Short Hills HomeHow do you feel when you see neighbors living near your Millburn-Short Hills home adding a For Sale sign in their front lawn? Does it stir the tiniest bit of curiosity in you? Perhaps it even makes you wonder what your Millburn-Short Hills home is valued at? If you are like most people, those are completely normal feelings. In fact, for many of my clients, this is how they start thinking about making a move.

If you would like to know the current value of your particular home, no matter where you live in the U.S., visit my site and in just a few minutes you can request a report that will share with you the fair market value of your home. You will need to fill out a 30 second form, giving me your address and email so I can collect the proper information for you, its that simple. Fast and easy with same day results.

In fact, if you don’t mind waiting a week, you can enter only your name and address and have a personalized report mailed to your home. It’s just one way I can help those who live in Millburn-Short Hills and other Midtown Direct homes measure options when it comes to real estate. If you don’t want to bother with reports and would rather just meet in person to strategize your home sale, give me a call at 973-202-7270.

Juicing Energizes This Millburn-Short Hills Real Estate Agent!

Juicing for Millburn-Short Hills real estateAs a Millburn-Short Hills real estate agent, it’s important to have a lot of energy. Between previewing homes and open houses, meeting with clients, creating home marketing plans, and tracking Millburn-Short Hills home inventory, there is simply a lot to do in a short amount of time. To help keep my energy levels up, my focus sharp, and my cheeks rosy, I’ve started juicing.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably noticed that juicing is everywhere. Many times last year I attempted juicing and didn’t understand the hype. It really didn’t seem to do much for me. So instead I choose to eat well and make sure I do my best to stay away from the foods that are high in fat and bad types of sugar. However, I still struggle with a few pounds and have concerns about reaching my optimal health.

About a month ago I started researching what this “juicing craze” was all about. The first thing I learned was that it’s often been said by health authorities that we should have 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day to stay healthy because our bodies have taken a hit from all of the junk we’ve been eating for years and our ability to digest the nutrients from the fruits and veggies directly diminishes. Yet, with juicing, the nutrients of the fruits and vegetables deliver maximum value almost instantly to the body.

Besides getting healthy, I decided there had to be more to the story since it seems that is is akin to the fountain of youth. Some of the promised benefits include things like clearer thought, weight loss, increased energy, improved mood, a feeling of satiation, and of course glowing skin, hair and nails.  Sounds like benefits that could definitely benefit me and really anyone searching for Millburn-Short Hills homes!

With those in mind, I searched Millburn-Short Hills and Summit to find sources of fresh juice. I found Juice Caboose in Summit, NJ and then discovered that a brand NEW juicer is due to open this month in Millburn. Called the Green Nectar Juicery, this place offers the best in juice, it’s organic, fresh, AND local! Or, the other option is you can  buy your own juicer and do it yourself. That’s what I did. I bought the Omega 8006 Masticating Juicer. I love it. I’m drinking it everyday and I’ve lost 5 pounds! As far as the other claims of promised benifits–to be continued..

If you choose the DIY route, try these two juices. I love them!
Bright Skin Juice – Combine 1 carrot, 
1 green apple, 
1 cup cantaloupe
, 1 orange.
Green Hydrating Juice – Juice together 4 ribs of celery
, 1 cucumber
, 1 green apple
, 1 handful spinach, 
1/2 lemon, peeled.