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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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35th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Boutique at The Hermitage

by Sharon Vallario

The Hermitage, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey

The kick-off of the holiday season will officially begin this weekend, as The Hermitage hosts its annual Fine Arts and Crafts Boutique extravaganza.  Returning for its 35th year, the event has become a family tradition for many, preparing to rejoice in the holiday spirit.

The 35th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Boutique at The Hermitage event is honored to be presenting a juried happening, allowing only the best of the best in artisans to set up shop.  There will be a huge variety of booths for your family to shop, offering everything from holiday-themed décor, to handmade jewelry, home accents, art of all kinds, and more.  The occasion tenders the ideal opportunity for you to put a good sized dent into your holiday shopping list, if not knock it out altogether.  And by all means take the time to shop for yourselves as well. 

Admission to attend the 35th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Boutique at The Hermitage event is $8.00 per person, and entitles you to 3 visits throughout its 6 days of operation.  Children under the age of 12 will be admitted for free.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, the day of the event.

This Saturday bring the entire family out to The Hermitage to celebrate opening day of its Fine Arts & Crafts Boutique event.  Regardless of whether you are in the mood to shop until you drop, or you opt to spread it out over the course of the weekend, do not forego the opportunity to join the masses indulging in Bergen County’s most popular Christmas-time Arts & Crafts event!

Saturday November 15th from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Sunday November 16th from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

For more information regarding the 35th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Boutique at The Hermitage event, please click here.

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

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Economic Recovery

by Sharon Vallario

It's a common question today: Is the economy getting better?

There's data that certainly suggests that it is, but with the amount of variables it's hard to know exactly what we should be looking for when it comes to real estate. Let's take a look at a few factors that actually help us determine if the economy is getting better, and if it will help us buy and sell homes more consistently.

Spending Money Matters

It goes without saying that if we don't have money, we don't buy things. And because American consumption makes up more than two-thirds of our gross domestic product, when people aren't buying things it effects jobs, company profits, and real estate. So what does our monthly Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) index tell us? The long and short of it says that we're not back to pre-recession levels, meaning we're currently not spending enough money to balance it out.

Jobs and Manufacturing

Known more for our Silicon Valley than for silicon factories, much of manufacturing today is shipped overseas. That said, there are still plenty of products that remain American-made. Using another index, aptly named the Purchasing Managers' index, the Institute of Supply Management has determined that manufacturing across the country is in an upswing, both with sales and inventory, and that employment levels are on the rise.

This means that both manufacturing and jobs are on the rise.

Real Estate is Key

The housing collapse came at the very center of recession, and because of its sheer volume and impact on the economy, it's had a slow recovery. It also acts as a microcosm for our entire financial comeback, as it were. When people are buying more homes, or selling them faster, data suggests that a positive ripple effect will occur on both spending and the job market.

The truth is that we're still in recovery, and currently, we're about halfway to reaching success. Though it should be mentioned that rates have been a steady low for the last few months, which gives us a chance at making more ground. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a home.

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

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The National Acrobats of Peking

by Sharon Vallario

Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, New Jersey

This weekend ready your entire family to be rendered speechless, as the National Acrobats of Peking take to the stage at the Bergen Performing Arts Center.  Offering a spellbinding performance, the acrobats will have your family on the edges of their seats, in complete awe.  Since their Western debut in 1986, the National Acrobats of Peking have been redefining the audience perceptions of traditional Chinese acrobatic stunts.

The National Acrobats of Peking event will feature an array of talented acrobats defying gravity, displaying amazing acts of contortion, and performing maneuvers that one would simply not think possible.  They are expert gymnasts who push the envelope of human flexibility and control.  And to accompany their precision tumbling routines, juggling and balancing performances will have you on your feet, clamoring for more.

These phenomenal athletes have trained rigorously at the top acrobatic schools in China, earning themselves the right to claim being the top acrobatic act in the world.  They have been featured on numerous television shows, and have appeared on multiple celebrity-studded television specials.  Their performance is brought to life with the incorporation of live musicians, playing traditional Chinese instruments.  High-tech special effects and mesmerizing choreography are blended, making this an all-out theatrical experience. 

Admission to attend The National Acrobats of Peking event range in price from $50.00 to $85.00, dependent on your seating selection.  To view a seat chart and to purchase your tickets online, please click here.

An unforgettable presentation of tight-wire walking, trick cycling, and fire juggling awaits you and your family at this weekend’s The National Acrobats of Peking event.  Prepare to be captivated by what could be the most gripping performance of your lifetime!

Saturday November 8th

8:00PM

For more information regarding The National Acrobats of Peking event, please click here.

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

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Understanding a Kick-Out Clause

by Sharon Vallario

As a potential homebuyer, it can be a difficult situation when you find your dream home while your own home is still on the market. And like the wheel-and-deal business person that you are, you want to find a way to make it work. You see if you can leverage your house in a contract with the seller, so that everyone gets what they want.

It's important to know that if this is your route, there are stipulations on this type of contract, and that the sale isn't always guaranteed. Let's talk about how you can protect yourself.

Contract Details

If you plan on presenting an offer on that dream house, you may decide to include a contingent contract based on the sale of your own home. In other words, if you're unable to sell your home by a specified date, the contract for the new property becomes null and void, entitling you to a full refund of any earnest money you've deposited.

Obviously this doesn't sound like the best deal for the seller, so you and the seller can come to a compromise using something known as the kick-out clause. This allows for the seller to add a stipulation to the contract, stating the seller can continue to market the house while still under a contingent contract.

That means that if another buyer is found, you would have a certain amount of time—normally just a few days—to remove the contingency contract or decide not to purchase the new property.

Tread Carefully

Contingencies and kick-out clauses can cause dilemmas for both parties. If you decide to cancel the sell during the kick-out period, you may get out of the original contract if you are unable to get financing, but you should also know that most standard sales contractors are based on your ability to secure funds.

This means that if you as a buyer remove the sale contingency, but still have a financing contingency in place, a lender may not give you a binding loan commitment. You should definitely talk to your lawyer about all the ins and outs of this path, and talk to your realtor before making any decisions. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to discuss 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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Cards and Collectibles Show

by Sharon Vallario

Garfield Boys and Girls Club, Garfield, New Jersey

With Christmas just around the corner, there is no better time than the present to be shopping for the sports enthusiast on your holiday list.  This weekend the Cards and Collectibles Show event will be taking place at the Garfield Boys and Girls Club, featuring sports-related gift items.  For over 25 years, this event has been drawing people from near and far, offering the largest compilation of sports memorabilia in the entire tri-state area.

The best thing about the Cards and Collectibles event is that over 50 vendors will be on-site, selling a wide variety of sports mementos at ridiculously low pricing.  One can expect to find antique sporting magazines, programs, bobble heads, old board games, autographed souvenirs, and more.  Of course card collectors will think they have landed in paradise, as both new and vintage cards will be in abundance.  Action figures, pennants, jerseys, comics, and unopened box sets will also be available for purchase.  And in addition to this amazing sports-lover shopping experience, hourly door prizes will be given out to lucky attendees.  You never know what piece of sports history you could possible win, just for showing up.

Admission to attend the Cards and Collectibles Show event is a mere $1.00 per person.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, the day of the event.

Do you remember the exhilaration of opening your first pack of trading cards as a child?  This weekend you have the unique opportunity to share the love of sports memorabilia collecting with your children, while at the same time trimming down your holiday shopping list.  Don’t miss out on joining the masses in attendance, at this wildly-popular happening!

Sunday November 2nd

9:00 AM-3:00 PM

For more information regarding the Cards and Collectibles Show event, please click here.

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

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Why Guttering is Important

by Sharon Vallario

Weather, more specifically water, has a profound effect on a house's stability. If water is not correctly corralled and guided away from the foundation, it can weave its way into cracks and crevices and eventually penetrate the slab, or foundation, of your home. This is why guttering should be important to you, and why this home feature shouldn't be overlooked when purchasing a home.

Look Past the Pain Points

Unless you're living in a dry or arid state like Arizona, New Mexico or Texas, where you've invested in alternatives to gutters such as a concrete apron that extends past the roof overhang, or an elaborate gravel or stone drainage system, you probably need traditional guttering. Unfortunately, gutters aren't always on the mind of prospective buyers.

This is mainly because of two reasons: One, builders sometimes decide not to install them in order to save money, which means you don't think about them when you look at a home, and two, homeowners hate having to clean and maintain them, especially if they have a tall home.

Understanding Long-term Value

Besides protecting your foundation, there are other reasons why having (or adding) guttering on your home is important. Without proper runoff points, water can pool and penetrate into the surrounding ground, causing leaks or flooding in basements and crawlspaces. Furthermore, the more water the area around your foundation takes in, the more problems you're likely to have as the landscape around your house starts to settle.

Water can also cause soil erosion around your home in the summer, which can damage the foliage and leave dirt stains on your foundation, or cause frozen or slipper walkways on colder days. Continuous water damage can even lead to wood rot on decks and door entrances.

The point is that guttering is important when it comes to the stability of your home, and by routinely servicing your guttering, you'll be less likely to have problems in the future. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a home.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonval@njrealtor.com

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Secor Farms Hayrides and Pick Your Own Pumpkins

by Sharon Vallario

Secor Farms, Mahwah, New Jersey

With fall in the air and Halloween just around the corner, Secor Farms invites your entire family to come out this Saturday for a fun-filled day, celebrating the arrival of both.  The Secor Farms Hayrides and Pick Your Own Pumpkins event tenders the ideal atmosphere in which to partake in an array of farm-related hands-on activities, entertainment, shopping, and more.

Begin your day by taking a scenic hayride to the oh-so popular pumpkin patch and corn maze.  You will venture through the willow trees adorned with fall decorations, past the pond, and on to the open pumpkin field you will go.  Once there, feel free to pick as many pumpkins as you like.  Upon your return, they will be weighed and only cost 65 cents per pound.  Once you have gathered your desired harvest, begin your journey through the corn maze, prior to relaxing under the rustic farm pergola.  Head back to the main gates where you can snap a few photos of the kids at the “How Tall This Fall” face cut-out station.  There will be toy farm equipment and a petting zoo for the kids.  Once the kids have tuckered out, it’s your turn to shop the farm’s market.  Here you will be able to purchase locally-grown produce, freshly-pressed apple cider, homemade donuts, dairy products, and much more.

Admission to attend the Secor Farms Hayrides and Pick Your Own Pumpkins event is free for your entire family.  There will be a nominal fee of $2.00 per person to take the hayride to the pumpkin pasture, which can be paid for inside of the farm stand.

This weekend come out to Secor Farms to take in the beautiful fall weather and a memorable day of on-going entertainment, country-style.  The happening promises to provide fun for the whole family!

Saturday October 25th from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

For more information regarding the Secor Farms Hayrides and Pick Your Own Pumpkins event, please click here.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonval@njrealtor.com

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How to Choose a Home Inspector

by Sharon Vallario

Finding the right home for you and your family is an exciting, though sometimes tiring, adventure. You're searching for a style you love, the right amount of bedrooms and bathrooms, and the perfect location, all because you want to find your ideal home. But what if, in all that excitement, you bought a house that had underlying issues you couldn't see for yourself? It sure would dampen the mood, and possibly your bank account.

Before closing on that dream home, get your prospective home professionally checked by a home inspector to make sure there aren’t any issues. With that, it's important to know that all inspectors aren't created equal, especially when few states regulate or license home inspectors.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

First and foremost, your realtor should recommend a home inspector you can trust. But just like inspectors that recommend contractors to work on your house, you should always do some research yourself.

For example, when looking through potential inspectors, it's OK to ask for sample reports they've done in the past. Based on the length of their past reports alone, you'll be able to determine if they provide comprehensive reports that highlight and address defects or problems, or if they're just "kicking the tires." A solid report rests somewhere between 20-50 pages. It's also OK to find out how long, on average, their inspections take. An inspector that is taking his/her time will average about three hours, depending on the size of the house. The more they rush the less likely they are to diagnose any problems.

Finally, if an inspector does make note of a problem, and the seller agrees to repair it before the purchase occurs, a good inspector will return to verify that the repair has been made, without charging for a re-inspection. Again, if you simply accept the seller's word that the problem has been fixed, you run the risk of it not getting done correctly, or simply not done at all.

What You Should Know About the Inspection

Knowing what your inspector is looking for can give you a better understanding of current or future problems. Without getting in the inspectors way, use this opportunity to ask him/her questions, particularly when it comes to defects or actionable items you should know about.

This will help you, especially as a first-time homebuyer, when it comes to understanding routine maintenance that helps to keep your house in tip-top shape. Inspectors can also help you understand where any safety issues or defects lie, and what needs to be replaced or serviced and when.

The bottom line is that finding a great home inspector can take time, and cost a bit more money, but if they're able to save you money in the long run, or keep you extra safe in that beautiful new house, you'll be glad you put in the additional bit of work. 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: sharonval@njrealtor.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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