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Tenafly Spring Street Fair

by Sharon Vallario

Main Street, Downtown Tenafly, Tenafly, New Jersey

Your entire family is invited to come out this weekend to convene with friends, neighbors, and even out-of-towners at the wildly-popular Tenafly Street Fair event.  Returning for its 10th consecutive year, the happening expects to see in excess of 26,000 visitors, and guarantees to be even bigger and better than in any of years past.

As always, the Tenafly Spring Street Fair event will feature huge crowds, anticipating the indulgence in a weekend chalked full of fun. There will be on-going shopping opportunities, eating, and the availability to partake in a wide assortment of provided entertainment.  Over 125 artisans and craftspeople will line the streets, exhibiting and selling a variety of goods, including handcrafted items, fine arts, retail merchandise, and much more.  There will be at least 5 food booths, offering a diverse selection of fair-type foods, sure to suit the fancy of all members of your family.  And for the children, there will be pony rides, inflatable rides, and even a petting zoo.  New to the Fair this year, Wine Ventures & Chez Cheeze will be setting up a wine crafters area, extending wine and cheese tastings.  Live music will fill the air as your family delights in all of the goings on.  It truly is going to be an all-out festival extravaganza!

Admission is free for your whole family to attend the Tenafly Spring Street Fair event.  So, opt to come on out Saturday, Sunday, or both days, but absolutely do not miss out on all of the fun.  The occasion promises to provide something for everyone, both adults and children alike!!

Saturday April 18th from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

Sunday April 19th from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

For more information regarding the Tenafly Spring Street Fair event, please click here.

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

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Deck Maintenance

by Sharon Vallario

A well-maintained deck can add a lot of value to your home.  Mild temperatures, warm sunshine and the blooms of the season are a siren song to enjoy living outdoors.  As we settle into spring, many people are ready to move the party outside. But, if that means sitting out on a deck, take a few minutes to make sure you're safe.

Before you entertain any guests on your outdoor deck, you'll want to make sure that it's safe and sturdy. The estimates vary, but a significant portion of the decks on American homes were not built safely. And every spring and summer, there are stories in the media about decks collapsing. Any sway or movement of the deck, railings or stairway, needs to be checked.

You can also look for signs of rot, especially where the deck attaches to the house and where two deck boards meet over a joist. The National American Deck and Railing Association offers a complete guide on checking your deck here [pdf].

Only a carpenter can ensure the deck is still securely attached to your home, and can advise about any needed repairs. If you have any doubts at all, call a professional carpenter. And if you need any advice about selling your homeplease be sure to contact me for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine your home’s value.

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

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Battleground Tour of New Bridge

by Sharon Vallario

Historic New Bridge Landing, River Edge, New Jersey

This weekend your entire family is invited to come out and “walk in the footsteps of history” at the Battleground Tour of New Bridge event.  Join historians and authors Todd Braisted and Kevin Wright, stepping back in time to the age of the American Revolution.

The Historic New Bridge Landing is a significant site, playing a large part in our country’s past.  It crosses the Hackensack River, where over 200 years ago George Washington led his troops in retreating from the British forces, during the American Revolution.  Today, we can profit from the past through the heritage and history that the bridge played during these years of political upheaval.  From 1765 to 1783 the Bridge served as a battleground, fort, encampment ground, military headquarters, and intelligence-gathering post.  And this Saturday your family has the unique opportunity to explore the Bridge and the surrounding locations, learning of the accounts that took place over the 18-year Revolutionary period.  Braisted and Wright will conduct an educational tour beginning at the Steuben House, said to have seen more of the Revolution than any other home in all of America.  And the journey will end at the Campbell-Christie House, where refreshments and unique gifts will be available for purchase.

Admission costs to take the Battleground Tour of New Bridge are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.  Tickets can be purchased at the Steuben House, the day of the event.

Don’t miss this chronological expedition, walking in the exact footsteps of some of the most historical icons in American history.  The occasion guarantees to provide something for everyone!

Saturday April 11th

10:00AM-1:00PM

For more information regarding the Battleground Tour of New Bridge event, please click here.

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

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Determining the True Value of Your Investment

by Sharon Vallario

There is a quick and easy way online for you to learn just what kind of investment your home has turned out to be. It may not be something you really want to think about in depth, especially if that depth is underwater.

The calculator at CNNMoney shows you the annual and total return on your investment, and how it stacks up against the average U.S. home, as well as stocks and bonds. It takes four factors into account: when you bought your home and how much it cost then, and the date of the last evaluation of its worth and what that dollar amount was.

In a real life example, one house lost $60,000 in value in just about three years during the heart of the economic crisis. No question it was a loss, but it would have been even worse for that owner to put their money into the stock market instead. The beauty of this calculator is that you may learn that what looks like a bad investment would have been even worse if that same money was tied up in stock market or an average home in the same time period.

There’s no question that keeping your home in good shape and looking good will help maximize its value when you’re ready to sell. Previously, we've talked about renovations that may help improve the value of your home. I wanted to share this article, from HGTV, with you. “30 Tips for Increasing Your Home’s Value” includes those ideas, as well as videos, that can help you maximize the value of your home.

Contact me today to learn how we can, as a team, get the most value out of your home investment. I can also help you with some perspective on this market and what works best with home buyers here.

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

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Easter in the Park

by Sharon Vallario

Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, Ridgewood, New Jersey

This weekend your entire family is invited to come out to Memorial Park at Van Neste Square to indulge in Ridgewood’s annual Easter in the Park event.  The happening will offer day-long entertainment for both children, and adults alike.

Begin your day by sitting down for breakfast with the Easter Bunny himself.  From 9:00AM-11:00AM, The Office Beer Bar & Grill will be serving up a tantalizing meal, sure to get your family energized for the day.  Reservations are required for the sit-down breakfast, and can be easily made by calling 201-652-1070.  Then head over to the Park, where families are welcome to participate in a variety of games and activities.  Maps will be available identifying where activities will be taking place, including local stores that will be offering in-store entertainment.  And by all means be sure to secure your reservations for the Ben & Jerry’s-hosted “Egg Extravaganza”.  By calling 201-689-1122 your children (ages 2-7) can participate in the wildly popular, all-out egg hunt.

Admission costs are free for your whole family.  However, to take part in the breakfast with the Easter Bunny and “Egg Extravaganza”, your reservations must be in place, prior to the day of the event.

This Saturday opt to come out and spend the day, or just come out to meet Mr. Easter Bunny.  Either way, you absolutely don’t want to miss the oh-so popular Ridgewood Easter in the Park event.  The day guarantees to provide fun for the entire family!

Saturday April 4th

9:00AM-2:00PM

For more information regarding the Easter in the Park event, please click here.

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

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Reduce Allergens in Your Home

by Sharon Vallario

With warmer weather around the corner, we will soon approach the terrible discomfort of allergy season. Every spring, millions of Americans suffer through the sneezing, itching, wheezing and coughing cause by allergies to pollen, mold and dust-mites, among other things. They turn to their doctors and pharmacists for help dealing with the symptoms.

But what can you do to make your home allergen free? As it turns out, plenty! Improvements you make to your home to prevent allergies can make for a powerful selling point.

First, a warning: Before you take on some of these allergy-fighting projects, protect yourself.  Wear a dust mask and plastic gloves. Take a shower and wash your clothes in hot water after you're done

Bedrooms

  • You spend a large fraction of your life in your bedroom, so let's start there. Keeping the bedroom allergen free will help you get a better night's sleep.
  • Keep the windows closed.
  • Vacuum carpets twice a week with HEPA-Filter vacuum.
  • Wash bed linens once a week in hot water, and blankets and mattress pads twice a month.
  • Wash curtains and blinds once a month, or replace them with shades.
  • Cover beds and pillows with dust-mite and allergen-impermeable covers.
  • Dust with a damp rag - you want to capture dust particles, not stir them up into the air!
  • Keep pets out. Pets are magnets for dust and they'll undermine all your other efforts if you let them in the bedroom.
  • Change your air filters every month to six weeks.

Kitchens

  • Replace carpet in the kitchen with tile or hardwood floors.
  • Scrub the garbage can and deodorize your garbage disposal to avoid attracting cockroaches and other bugs.
  • Don't leave food or dirty dishes out.
  • Clean refrigerator spills right away to avoid mold
  • Run the exhaust fan when cooking to reduce moisture.

Bathrooms

  • In bathrooms, the key is to eliminate moisture. Here, the problem is mold.
  • Make sure you run the fan when you shower.
  • No wallpaper. It's a perfect place for mold to hide behind.
  • No wall-to-wall carpet. Bath mats washed once a week
  • Wash bath towels once a week in hot water.
  • Wash shower curtains once a month.
  • Clean your toothbrush holder!

For more help and advice, follow these links to the Mayo ClinicBetter Homes and GardensHow Stuff Works and This Old House websites. When it comes time to sell, we'll work together to present potential buyers with all of the benefits of your 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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Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

by Sharon Vallario

Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, New Jersey

This weekend your entire family is invited to come out and indulge in the most memorable show of your lifetimes, at the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater event.  Touted as the most beloved family-oriented cabaret in the world, the happening guarantees to provide fun for both adults and children alike!

As seen on The Tonight Show, Letterman, and America’s Got Talent, Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater performance will have your family delighting in a unique blend of comedy, fused with world-class juggling, and of course the extraordinary talents of his performing pets.  The more than 30 dogs, cats, parrots, geese and even mice are all rescue animals from shelters across the country.  They have been trained and transformed into theater stars, loving to show off their stunts and skills in front of audiences worldwide.  And in the background, you can catch Mr. Popovich the European-style clown, turning tricks of his own.  His feats include astounding juggling acts and balancing routines of all kinds.  More like a small-scale circus than a theater presentation, this special occasion promises to deliver non-stop, on the edge of your seat, entertainment for all!

Admission costs to attend the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater event range in price from $20.00 to $65.00, dependent on your seating selection.  To view a seat chart and to purchase your tickets online, please click here.

So this weekend don’t miss the opportunity to see George Popovich and his furry four-legged friends.  They will be bringing to the stage an electrifying show, including lots of laughs, jaw-dropping acts of animal athleticism, and much more!

Saturday March 28th

1:00PM

For more information regarding the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater event, please click here.

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

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Pressure Washing Your Home

by Sharon Vallario

Pressure washing is great for a variety of exterior treatments, including siding, stucco or brick. Each type requires a different approach. There are several good reasons you should consider pressure washing your home this spring, especially if you are planning to sell your home. Those reasons include:

  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Wind, rain, hail
  • Dirt
  • Tree sap
  • Insects, rodents and birds.

All of these factors take a toll on the exterior of your home, from the top of the roof to the foundation. Of course, make sure to close windows and doors, cover external lights and plants before you start. If your house is painted with a lead-based paint, you should not pressure wash it. If you’re not sure, contact a professional for an inspection.

Pressure washers can be powered by gasoline or electricity. They can be had for around $100 up to thousands of dollars. A washer costing $200 to $300 will be just right for a normal home. You might only use it a couple of times a year, but after a couple of years, a quality pressure washer will have paid for itself.  You can certainly hire someone to do the work for you, but you might be able to save money in the long-run by investing in a pressure washer and doing the work yourself.

A good overview of the process can be found on the Lowe’s website or the WikiHow site. 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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2nd Annual Celebrity Food & Wine Show 2015

by Sharon Vallario

Clinton Inn Hotel, Tenafly, New Jersey

This weekend the Annual Celebrity Food & Wine Show event will be returning by popular demand.  Due to the resounding success in its inaugural year, the event anticipates foodies and wine enthusiasts to be coming out in droves, to celebrate amid the celebrities.

The 2nd Annual Celebrity Food & Wine Show 2015 event will not only be featuring a star-studded lineup of culinary experts, but will also include a diverse selection of wine offerings.  Doug Singer will be emceeing the occasion, benefitting the Office of Concern food bank in Englewood.  Come enjoy light Jazz and place your bids on many silent auction items that will be on display.  Then sit down for a decadent food and wine sampling session, prior to indulging in a variety of food demonstrations, competitions, and much more.  The winner of Master Chef Junior, Logan Guleff (age 12) will be joined by featured guests Executive Chef Maneet Chauhan, and up-and-coming student chefs from Bergen Community College.  Area restaurants will also be offering food tastings, along with wine selections.  The soirée will certainly be providing something for everyone. 

Admission costs to attend the 2nd Annual Celebrity Food & Wine Show 2015 event are $65.00 per person.  To purchase your tickets online, please click here.

Returning for its second showing, the Celebrity Food & Wine Show occasion promises to be even bigger and better than its predecessor.  Absolutely do not miss out on the opportunity to be in attendance at this all-out food and wine extravaganza!

Sunday March 22nd

1:00 PM-4:00 PM

For more information regarding the 2nd Annual Celebrity Food & Wine Show 2015 event, please click here

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

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Important Questions to Ask Sellers

by Sharon Vallario

When buying a home, you're going to have lots of questions and lots of people with answers. But, when you talk to the owner, you're going to be able to get first-hand information. Buying a home is such a significant decision, you need as much information as you can get while trying to make a smart choice.  Here are some of the most important questions you should ask before making a decision to make an offer on a home.  

"Are there any problems with the house?" You'll already have a lot of information related to this question from your own agent, but once again, asking cannot hurt. And don't just ask the owner or owner's agent. Ask a qualified inspector that question: Their answer is going to be vital to any decision you make on the house.  

"Why are you selling?" It's an obvious question, but one that can provide you with valuable information. And it might be different from what the seller's agent might say.  

"What can you tell me about the neighborhood?" If you're going to live there for any amount of time, you may want to know before you buy if there are annoying neighbors or other problems.  

"And what about the local schools?" If you have school age children, make sure to ask about local schools. Even if the owner doesn't have kids in the system, it’s worth adding to the impressions you've gotten from other sources.  

"How much did you pay?" Again, you might already have this information from a different source. But, asking the owner is always worth doing. You can learn a lot about your negotiating position by asking the question.  

It should go without saying that when talking to an owner, you should go out of your way to be polite. But remember, it’s your money. There are obviously other questions you might want to ask, and you should feel free to do so.  If they're uncomfortable or unwilling to talk, you won't get better answers by pushing them. Contact me today for a consultation. 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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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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