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Holiday Flea Market and Gift Show

by Sharon Vallario

Hasbrouck Heights High School, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

The clock is winding down with only a few days left until Christmas.  But not to worry, as the Holiday Flea Market and Gift Show will be in full swing this Sunday, for those last minute gifts.  Whether you have only one gift left to purchase, or you have yet to begin shopping altogether, the Hasbrouck Heights High School will be bursting at the seams with gift items, sure to suit the requirements on your holiday shopping list.

The Holiday Flea Market and Gift Show event will feature over 75 exhibitors, displaying a diverse assortment of quality merchandise.  One can expect to find handbags, oils and incense, sports memorabilia, jewelry, wearables, dollar items, gloves, scarves, arts and crafts, toys, and more.  Antique and vintage collectibles will be available, along with second-hand and garage sale items.  There will be unique gifts in all price points, and delicious foods will be available for purchase via the High School Key Club.

Admission is free to attend the Holiday Flea Market and Gift Show event.  So this Sunday bring the entire family out to finish up your holiday shopping. The occasion promises to provide something for everyone, including yourself!

Sunday December 21st

9:00AM-5:00PM

For more information regarding the Holiday Flea Market and Gift Show event, please click here.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Homeownership in the New Year

by Sharon Vallario

If you have been longing to join the ranks of all of the other homeowners, make this upcoming year the time to achieve your dream of buying a home. We are nearing the end of the year and you have been pondering, “What will my New Year’s resolution be this year? Now is the point in the year in which you should be getting your “ducks in a row”, in order to achieve a New Year’s resolution that you can actually stick to. 

Your real estate agent will provide you with all of the information about your local real estate market, and will be valuable in guiding you through the lending process. Begin by contacting the experts.

Even though you may have allotted a specific amount of money for a down payment, you must also consider additional upfront costs incurred when purchasing a home.  These include charges such as inspection and closing costs. A qualified lender will work closely with you in determining the many programs and loans that will be applicable to your particular financial situation. Be smart and practical about your finances.

Once you have concluded where you stand financially, it is time to determine your preferences.

Your agent’s website should become your number 1 go-to resource.  E-mail alerts can be set up by your agent in alerting you of new listings.  In addition, their site will allow you to view multiple photos of homes, view school and neighborhood information, and even supply you with newsletters containing real estate articles and weekend events. Working with your agent, you can search for homes that meet your criteria, and information about specific neighborhoods, community life, and the convenience to shopping, hospitals, and transit.

At this juncture, you should also be confident of the price you are willing and able to pay. Before embarking on viewing any homes, be sure to have a clear idea and understanding of what your wants and needs are.  Be aggressive in obtaining both, yet practical in focusing on homes that meet the standards and measures that you must have.

Contact me today for help with making your dream of becoming a homeowner a successful New Year’s resolution. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Epic Holiday Train Show in Ho-Ho-Kus

by Sharon Vallario

Ramapo Valley Railroad, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey

This weekend your entire family is invited to come out and indulge in the Epic Holiday Train Show in Ho-Ho-Kus event.  Ramapo Valley Railroad is happy to announce that they will once again be opening their doors to the public, for an all-out model train show extravaganza.  The happening is sure to please railway enthusiasts, both adults and children alike.

The Epic Holiday Train Show in Ho-Ho-Kus event will feature more than 500 feet of mainline, multi-tiered tracks with a variety of trains.  The exhibit boasts a scenic diorama consisting of cities, mountains, tunnels, bridges, engine facilities, farmland, and even a drive-in movie theater. Both express passenger trains and slow freights will be making their way around the double track loop, representative of any major long-haul railroad.  The layout’s state-of-the-art technology allows all of the trains to run independently, under the command of a central control tower and dispatcher.  Your family is guaranteed to be rendered speechless, as this exposition is nothing shy of magnificent.

Admission costs to attend the Epic Holiday Train Show in Ho-Ho-Kus event are $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children under the age of 12.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, the day of the event.

All aboard!  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend this weekend’s Epic Holiday Train Show in Ho-Ho-Kus event.  The colossal, mesmerizing model railroad spectacular promises to deliver an unforgettable “epic” railway experience!

Sunday December 14th

1:00PM-4:00PM

For more information regarding the Epic Holiday Train Show in Ho-Ho-Kus event, please click here.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Maintaining Your Home Through Winter

by Sharon Vallario

Protect your home this winter with these maintenance tips, to make sure that you won’t need any costly repairs in the spring.

Wintry weather has arrived throughout much of the nation. The snow and ice that comes along with winter weather can be damaging to your house, particularly snow accumulation on your roof. Snow is heavy and can cause damage to your roof if allowed to build up. You also need to watch for ice buildup on your roof. The top part of your roof can warm up during the day and melt any accumulated snow. As water drains down to the cooler part of your roof, it can re-freeze into ice. Accumulated ice can force water into your attic and down your interior walls, causing damage. You can remove snow from your roof with special tools, but be careful. These tools can damage your roof if not used correctly. Unless you have experience getting snow off of your roof, it’s probably better to call a roofing expert for help.

Excess ice buildup on your roof should be removed by a trained roofing professional.

Blocked gutters can be damaged by freezing water, and can also force melted ice and snow into your house. While you’re checking your roof, check your gutters for debris.

If pipes are not well insulated, water inside can freeze and cause them to burst.  Protect any exposed pipes in your attic, crawl space, or outside your home.

 After each snow, clear away any accumulation from doors and windows. Melting snow can leak in through small openings and damage walls and floors.

Keep your home warm by taking care of your furnace. Change your furnace filter every 30 days so it will run more efficiently and will last longer.

When you are ready to sell your home, rely on an expert for assistance. Contact me today for an appointment to discuss how to best prepare your home for sale. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Holiday Open House

by Sharon Vallario

Upper Saddle River Historical Society, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

This weekend your entire family is invited to come out to the Upper Saddle River Historical Society to partake in the Holiday Open House event.  With the holiday season in full swing, the Society has planned an extra-special happening in celebration of this magical time of year.

The Holiday Open House event will feature day-long entertainment for both adults, and children alike.  Allow the aromas of chestnuts roasting on an open fire to lead you in the direction of where you can sit as a family, and indulge in mulled cider and homemade cookies.  And afterward, head over to the School House and ready yourselves for a special reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”.  The classic Christmas story will be told at 1:30PM, 2:30PM, and again at 3:30PM.  You are welcome to sit in on as many readings as you like.  Be sure to visit Santa in the barn, before venturing indoors to check out the many crafters that will be demonstrating their particular trades.  Individual prizes will be given out to lucky attendees, including a Gingerbread House, two fabulous gift baskets, and much more.

Admission to attend the Holiday Open House event is simply the donation of a canned good.  Santa will be delivering the foodstuff to those in need, on Christmas day.

So this Saturday absolutely do not miss out on the opportunity to rejoice in the holiday spirit at the Holiday Open House event.  The day guarantees to provide fun for the whole family!

Sunday December 7th

1:00PM-4:00PM

For more information regarding the Holiday Open House event, please click here.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Selling Your Home During the Holidays

by Sharon Vallario

The holiday season represents a frenzied time of the year.  Parties, family get-togethers, employment obligations, and shopping, all have people dashing from one end of town, to the other.  What does this mean for you, as a home seller?  It denotes that this is a fantastic time to put your house on the market, and a for sale sign in the front yard.  Traffic during the holiday season triples, meaning the amount of people observing the marketing of your home also triples.  Although the thought of having to list, show, and sell your house during the holidays may sound like a bad dream, it can actually have its distinct advantages.

Firstly, curb appeal is paramount when trying to sell your home during the fall and winter months.  Nothing is more inviting than an illuminated home, lush with greenery, and holiday charm.  You have the opportunity to adorn your home with holiday cheer, but remember that less is more when selling your home. 

In focusing on curb appeal, make sure that prior to all showings you have your walkways and driveways clear of fallen leaves, or snow.  Also, clear away all debris the fall season has left behind in your landscaping beds, and from around the foundation of your home.  String some holiday lighting in your trees and shrubbery, all the while being tasteful in your design.  Strategically place a spotlight directly aimed at your front door.  You want to accent your new holiday welcome mat, and colorful hanging wreath.  The invitation to enter your home must make a profound impact on a potential buyer.

Once the door is opened, the potential buyer should be welcomed by subtle holiday music playing in the background and the scent of fresh baked treats.  Have your fireplace lit, and a cozy environment staged.  Throw pillows nicely arranged on the couch or side chairs, invites a holiday house hunter to come in, and snuggle up by the fire.  Be reasonable in regards to the amount of tangible items you have staged, as you do not want your home to appear cluttered. 

Let’s next discuss your Christmas tree.  This year you may need to reevaluate your approach to trimming.  Your tree should be sized appropriately for the room, and the decorations should be kept to a minimum.  Consult your real estate agent regarding the appropriate extent of decoration for your home. You want your home to be the main focus of attention, not all of the decorations.  The interior decorations should only accent, not dominate. 

For all showings, day or night, have all interior and exterior lights turned on.  This includes both table lamps, and overhead lighting.  Be sure to open all blinds and curtains, allowing as much natural light in as possible.  Light and bright should be your primary objective.  Brighten your home, and lighten the spirits of the holiday house hunters.

The holidays are a festive time of the year.  So, as you set out to win over the seasonal homebuyer, entice and allure with the utilization of holiday decorations, scents, and the overall feeling of warmth.  Amongst families, love, comfort, and joy are conveyed more often during the holiday seasons. This is exactly what you want your home to embody.  If conveyed successfully, the potential home buyers will not be able to wait to celebrate their next holiday, in your newly-sold home. 

Contact me today for more information and advice on selling your home during the holidays. Let’s celebrate the season and get that for sale sign in the yard!

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Paramus High School Holiday Craft Show

by Sharon Vallario

Paramus High School, Paramus, New Jersey

With Christmas quickly approaching, the Paramus High School Holiday Craft Show event could not be arriving with better timing.  Whether you only have a few people left to shop for, or you have yet to begin altogether, the Craft Show happening guarantees to provide something for everyone on your shopping list.

Returning for its 18th consecutive year, the Paramus High School Holiday Craft Show event promises to be bigger and better than in any of years past.  This is a tall order to fill, as year after year it draws one of the largest holiday shopping crowds in the entire Bergen County area.  This Sunday Paramus High School will be bursting at the seams with 110 quality vendors, filling the vestibule, the hallways, the café, and the gym.  The artisans will be exhibiting and selling a variety of gift items.  One can expect to find homemade and handmade jewelry, wearables, glass items, home décor items, specialty foods, and more.  Holiday-themed décor will also be in abundance, ready to be purchased to adorn your home for the season.

Admission costs to attend the Paramus High School Holiday Craft Show event are $3.00 per person.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, the day of the event.

Because Bergen County’s blue law prevents retail stores from opening their doors on Sundays, the Paramus High School Holiday Craft Show event tenders the ideal opportunity for you to shop on!  So this weekend come out and begin, or end your holiday shopping at this unique and exclusive Sunday retail shopping extravaganza!

Sunday November 30th from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

For more information regarding the Paramus High School Holiday Craft Show event, please click here.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Avoid These Home Selling Mistakes

by Sharon Vallario

Selling a home can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve never done it before. It’s time-consuming, emotionally trying, and can cost you more money than you may expect. Mistakes will happen along the way if you don’t know what you’re doing, and could push your sale back. That’s why it’s important to stay disciplined in your approach, and to know how to navigate the pitfalls that are associated with selling a home.

Disconnect Emotionally

When you’re ready to sell your home, you need to make the conscious connection that it’s no longer your home. That sounds harsh, but being too emotionally involved can ruin your chances at selling. People are going to be walking in and out of your home, poking around your closets and cabinets, and judging it every step of the way. And why shouldn’t they, they’re about to spend a lot of their own hard-earned money.

They also don’t understand the connection you have with your home, so don’t take it personally when they don’t like something. The don’t see the cozy nights you spent in front of the fire, or the story behind the ceiling fan that took you three hours to put together.

Remember to keep looking at it from a purely financial position and you’ll do what it takes to stage your home, distance yourself emotionally, and come out on top in the end.

Hire an Agent

Many of us like to do things on our own, but if you’re a first-time home seller, you should seriously think about hiring an agent. Your Realtor® will help you navigate the muddy waters of paperwork, price your home accordingly in an already competitive market, and deal directly with potential buyers so you don’t have to. This also helps reaffirm the first point of being emotionally disconnected from your home. If you’re showing your own home, you might not be as objective as you should be. 

If you did try to sell on your own, you’ll not only be responsible for your own marketing - and it will cost you to get your home on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) - you'll also be required to show the house and negotiate the sale with the buyer's agent.

Price is Right

Your house’s sell price should be determined after a thorough market analysis, because, suffice it to say, overpriced homes don’t sell. Not only that, but a smart buyer will require you to negotiate heavily if it’s priced too high. You want to attract multiple buyers, not just those you think will give you want. Think supply and demand. The more demand you have for your home, the less likely you are to have to budge from your asking price. If you’re desperate to sell, you can always price much lower than people would expect, but too low and people will think something’s wrong with the home. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Model Railroad Exhibition

by Sharon Vallario

New York Society of Model Engineers, Carlstadt, New Jersey

This weekend your entire family is invited to come out and immerse yourselves in “a world of miniature trains”.  This is how the New York Society of Model Engineers describes this weekend’s Model Railroad Exhibition event.  For 38 years, the “Romance of Railroads” has kept the Society of model train engineers obsessed with building and displaying model trains, making them the oldest model railroad group in the entire country. 

The Model Railroad Exhibition event will feature multiple types of model trains riding the rails, covering over 5,000 square feet of ground.  One can expect to see passenger trains, freight trains, circus trains, and others.  There will be 2 train layouts, one running the larger “O”-scale trains, and the other operating the smaller “HO”-scale trains.  The “O”-scale track is 40 by 70 feet, and covers almost 20 scale miles of track.  The “HO” layout is a bit smaller, measuring 30 by 45 feet.  The trains will be riding amid an unbelievable scenic diorama, chalked full of structures, bridges, tunnels, roadways, and over 100,000 miniature trees.  A collection of historic railroad memorabilia will also be on display for your family to enjoy.  It includes the largest exhibit of illuminated tail sings, a number of railroad lanterns, steam locomotive bells and whistles, vintage railroad photos, and more.

Admission costs to attend the Model Railroad Exhibition event are $7.00 per person.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, the day of the event.

You will absolutely not want to miss out on the opportunity to attend the Model Railroad Exhibition event, occurring this Saturday.  The happening promises to provide fun for the whole family, both adults and children alike!

Saturday November 22nd

1:00PM-5:00PM

For more information regarding the Model Railroad Exhibition event, please click here.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Moving Cross Country: How to Make it Easier

by Sharon Vallario

Moving can be a difficult task. You have to pack up your belongings, place it all in a large truck, and haul it somewhere else. Then, after all that work, you have to unpack and get everything in order once more. Now throw in the expenses and effort required to do that when moving across the United States. It’s a pretty daunting task, even for the most nomadic of us.

Stress. Money. Time. There are a lot of factors unique to moving across the country, so consider these tips to make it easier on yourself and your family.

Request Moving Expenses

If you’re moving across the country for work, talk to your employer about moving expenses. Many companies today will help you and your family relocate with a bit of a financial bump. Don’t be above asking for this bit of help, because it can cost nearly $6,500 to move from one three bedroom home to another.

Timing is Everything

Just like flying, moving expenses have peak and off-peak times. If you plan to move, understand that summers, weekends, or the end of the month are going to be the most expensive times. It sounds pretty specific, but you could save nearly 10% across the board simply by choosing certain times to move.

I understand that moving during the cooler months may not be ideal, but movers and hotels usually have huge deals, and gas is generally less expensive.

Get Rid of that Third Ping-Pong Table

Many homeowners have at least a box or two they haven’t even opened since they moved into their current house. And most of the time, these are things that they don’t even need. Hold a garage sale, get rid of old clothes you haven’t worn in years, and make some extra cash for the move. Not only will you have more funds to move, your back won’t hate you when it’s all over. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a home or moving to Bergen County.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Sharon Vallario of RE/MAX Elite Associates provides exceptional real estate services in Bergen County, New Jersey specializing in the areas of River Vale, Hillsdale, Montvale, Woodcliff Lake, Westwood, Park Ridge, Ridgewood and Upper Saddle River.  Sharon lists and sells residential real estate, investments properties, vacant land, rentals, as well as secondary homes.

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