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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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Tenafly Street Fair and Craft Show

by Sharon Vallario

Downtown Tenafly, Tenafly, New Jersey

This weekend don’t miss out on the opportunity to come out to Downtown Tenafly and indulge in its annual Street Fair and Craft Show extravaganza.  With thousands of expected attendees, this year’s event guarantees to be even bigger and better than in any of years past.

The Tenafly Street Fair and Craft Show happening is the city’s most popular one-stop shopping destination for people looking to find unique, one-of-a-kind gift items.  Over 200 artisans will be setting up shop for the day, consuming the Downtown streets.  They will be exhibiting and selling a wide variety of handmade gift items, along with fine art, crafts, antiques, collectibles, and more.  The event tenders the ideal chance to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

In addition to your rare shopping experience, there will be rides for the kids, and games for people of all ages.  Of course there will be prizes on the line for the winners, so be sure to partake in as many as possible.  Food vendors will be on-site, offering an array of festival-type foods, and live bands will provide the entertainment to accompany your shopping.

The largest organizer of street fairs and juried craft shows, StreetFairs.org, invites your entire family to come out this weekend for a family day of fun, at this year’s Tenafly Street Fair and Craft Show event.  Free to attend, the occasion promises to provide something for everyone, both adults and children alike!

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

For more information regarding the Tenafly Street Fair and Craft Show event, please click here.

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

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Mortgage Rates: Lowest Point in 2014

by Sharon Vallario

We all love to see mortgage rates reach their lowest points during the year, because it means that property is on the move. The reason for the drop in recent weeks is due largely to the bond yield drops on 10-year Treasury notes, and concerned investors purchasing government debt as geopolitical instability rises.

These lower rates have had a positive effect on the fringe of the housing market, as housing sales have risen, and because there have been big declines on refinancing since last year. The reasons, beyond the investors, is pretty simple: the Fed is still accounting for a high share of mortgage-bond purchases, and government stimulus programs are helping keep borrower costs down.

But don't expect mortgage rates to remain at 4.1% (for a 30-year fixed-rate) for much longer. It's estimated that rates will end at nearly 4.5% this year. With the Fed cutting back on purchases and ending the buying program in October, resulting in a reduced demand for mortgage bonds, rates will likely climb as we get closer to the end of the year.

Still, this trend creates a big upside for the housing market. With low rates now and a rise in rates this fall, we're creating a continual climb through the winter as buyers remain confident in a steady market, as evidenced by reports done by The National Association of Realtors. They've estimated that the sale of existing homes climbed nearly 2.4% in July to an annualized rate of 5.15 million homes, meaning the rise in home purchases is due, at least in part, to the fact that job growth has risen in America over the last six months.

If American businesses can continue to reinforce our local job markets, we could continue to see a boosted economy and strong housing market, which gives us all more options in the world of real estate. 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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50th Annual Bergen County Art in the Park Show & Concert

by Sharon Vallario

Van Saun County Park, Paramus, New Jersey

This weekend you and your family are invited to come out to beautiful Van Saun County Park to indulge in a 2 for 1 event, at the Bergen County Art in the Park Show & Concert event.  For its 50th consecutive year, the county of Bergen is honored to be hosting this oh-so popular art and music festival.  The day is made possible in thanks to the NJ State Council on the Arts and the Department of the State.

This year the Art in the Park Show will feature approximately 100 adult visual artists, representing a broad spectrum of artistic diversity.  The juried show will highlight 5 categories, awarding cash prizes in each.  The mediums will include Acrylic/Oils, Drawings/Prints/Pastels, Mixed Media, Watercolors, and Photography.  The occasion welcomes you to judge for yourselves who should be bestowed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Best in Show honors, in their select classifications.

After having browsed the works of the phenomenal artisans, ready yourselves for the concert portion of the event.  This year the Klezmer-Bluegrass All Stars will be taking to the stage from 12:30PM-3:30PM.  Seating will be limited, however odds are that you will want to be on your feet, dancing to the Southern sounds that will fill the air.

An all-around fantastic fun-filled day for all ages, the 50th Annual Bergen County Art in the Park Show & Concert event is FREE to attend.  So this Saturday bring the entire family out to what has become one of Bergen County’s most celebrated traditions.  The art and music affair promises to provide something for everyone!

Saturday October 11th from 11:00 AM-3:30 PM

For more information regarding the 50th Annual Bergen County Art in the Park Show & Concert event, please click here.

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

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36th Annual Fabulous Fall Festival

by Sharon Vallario

Graydon Pool parking lot, Ridgewood, New Jersey

Fall is in the air which can mean only one thing.  The return of the Annual Fabulous Fall Festival event is here.  The Cooperative Nursery School of Ridgewood is excited to announce that this Saturday the event will be returning for its 36th consecutive year.  The Festival has over the years blossomed into what has now become one of the most well-liked, family-friendly, fall events, in all of Bergen County.

The 36th Annual Fabulous Fall Festival event will feature a Kid’s Corner, filled with inflatables, games, activities, and more.  Live music will fill the air, courtesy of the area’s most recognized DJs and local bands.  And food will be in abundance.  Local restaurants and vendors, including the Lost Brothers pizza food truck will all be on-site.  Be sure to make time for the unique shopping environment that will supplement the Festival experience.  Merchants of all kinds will be selling one-of-a-kind gift items including jewelry, clothing, collectible, home décor items, toys, and an array of foodstuff, just to mention a few. There is no better time than the present to get a head start on your holiday shopping.  And the Festival is sure to have something for everyone on your holiday list.

This Saturday, do not miss out on the opportunity to attend this year’s Fabulous Fall Festival event.  The extravaganza is free to attend, open to the public, and promises to provide a day chalked full of fun for both adults and children alike!

Saturday October 4th from 10:00AM-4:30PM

For more information regarding the 36th Annual Fabulous Fall Festival event, please click here.

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

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Winter Home Selling Tips

by Sharon Vallario

You might think that it's ideal to sell your house and move during the summer, especially with all the holidays at the end of the year, but never overlook the advantages of selling your home in the winter.

Few things are more welcoming during a cold winter than a warm, inviting home that shows off the fireplace and holiday decorations. Especially if your house is tucked soundly into a bank of glistening white snow.

But with the choice of selling during the winter, comes the responsibility to make sure you're ready for guests.

Watch Your Step

When it comes to holiday decorations, remember that sometimes less is more. Also, it's important to ensure that your yard and walkways are clean and serviceable. Fall leaves should be raked from the yard and snow should be cleared from any thoroughfares. Salting these areas for safety is also important and shows that you care about potential buyers.

Tidiness is important to potential homebuyers so try to find a balance. Remember, your buyers may not even celebrate the holidays so overdoing it could be considered a turnoff. Put a new welcome mat under the front door and a wreath on it for a special touch.

But You Can't See My Yard!

Trimming outdoor trees is important, especially if snow, wind or ice could knock limbs down onto your house. Not only would this be an eyesore, it could potentially cost you money.

Furthermore, it's good to keep toys, bicycles, and sleds out of the front yard. Sure it shows that the house is lived in and enjoyable, but it also gives off the impression of clutter.

Stoke the Fireplace

As I mentioned earlier, make sure the house is nice and warm. If buyers walk into your house only to find the inside is barely warmer than the outside, you'll find they don't stay around long enough to see what you have to offer. If you have a fireplace, it's important to have it burning as it provides potential buyers with positive emotional and physical responses.

And finally, it's the little things that set the mood. Playing holiday music with the smell of pumpkin in the air—you can use candles—arouses the senses and further entices people to come in.

Remember, few things are more comforting that walking into a room and being able to look out and see the snow (curtains open; windows clean) while you warm yourself by the fire and eat homemade cookies. 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: sharonval@njrealtor.com

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Bergen County Harvest Festival & Craft Fair

by Sharon Vallario

Overpeck Challenger Park, Ridgefield Park, New Jersey

This weekend the county of Bergen, along with the 4H and Master Gardeners, is happy to be hosting the wildly-popular Bergen County Harvest Festival & Craft Fair event.  Returning for its 3rd consecutive year, the happening is excited to celebrate the upcoming autumn season.  The giant harvest extravaganza expects more than 5,000 attendees to come out and indulge in fair-like games, activities, food and craft vendors, and much more.

The Bergen County Harvest Festival & Craft Fair event will feature a variety of handmade craft vendors, selling pottery, crocheted items, clothing, furniture, photography, candles and more.  Gourmet food vendors will also be present, offering a variety of decadent epicurean delights.  Live music will fill the air, as your family relishes in the on-site carnival, 4H displays, and the petting zoo.  By all means allow your children to take a pony ride, prior to visiting the Animal Husbandry exhibit.  It is here that adorable chicks will be born, right before your eyes.  The amazing egg-hatching exhibition is new to the Festival this year, anticipating a huge turnout of onlookers.  A farmer’s market will very nicely compliment this remarkable day of fun for the whole family.

Admission to attend the Bergen County Harvest Festival & Craft Fair event is FREE for all! So come on out to Overpeck Challenger Park this weekend to convene with friends and neighbors from the community, in saying goodbye to summer, and hello to fall. The Festival spectacular promises to provide something for everyone!

Saturday September 27th from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Sunday September 28th from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

For more information regarding the Bergen County Harvest Festival & Craft Fair event, please click here.

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

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Home Decorating Tips

by Sharon Vallario

The sad truth is that we're not all made out to be decorator material. That's because it can be difficult to know what colors you need to match colors between pillows and couches, what kinds of materials make a home more inviting, or how using different lighting can transform a room.

And that's why some of us may be doing a decorative disservice to our homes. These tips to liven up, warm up, or even reinvent some of your favorite rooms, are especially important if you are planning to sell your home.

Let's start with lighting.

Lighting has the ability to transform a room's mood. With it, you can change the same space from a reading room to a romantic atmosphere, simply by utilizing reflection, tracked lighting, candles or dimmer switches.

Shifting light around a room using reflective surfaces can not only create ambiance, it can make a space seem bigger than it really is. Tracked lighting helps highlight any specific pieces of art or furniture in the room, which helps acts as a visual queue. The warm glow from candles can entice the senses. And dimmer switches are an easy way to control the overall amount of light in the room.

Materials, shapes and fabrics in your home can create a lot of different visual and physical feelings. Sheer, wispy materials create a more romantic space, while thick, burlap materials provide a more somber tone. Depending on the materials you use, you can set the kind of mood you're looking for. Shapes also go a long way in creating feeling. Blocked shapes represent more sterility and modernism, while curved shapes soften a room.

And finally, let's talk colors.

Washed-out, bright, or saturated colors determine if a room is warm and inviting, or all business. Choose the right color by determining what you want the room to say to you or to guests. Choose what works for the room.

It's safe to say that all of these factors need to coordinate with one another. If you're still unsure about things to look for, talk to a friend or professional about what you can do to make an ordinary room stand out. 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: sharonval@njrealtor.com

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Ridgefield Park’s Annual Street Fair

by Sharon Vallario

Main Street, Ridgefield Park, Ridgefield, New Jersey

Ridgefield Park’s Annual Street Fair event is returning to Main Street this weekend for its 5th consecutive year, promising to provide a day chalked full of fun for both adults and children alike. The wildly-popular happening expects to draw thousands of attendees from near and far.  Jam packed with people, live music, great food, shopping, and all around amusement for all ages, the open air street fair extravaganza is not one you and your family will want to forego.

From Main to Cedar to Park Streets, Ridgefield Park will be transformed into a festival-goers paradise this Saturday. The Annual Street Fair event will feature children’s activities, shopping, live entertainment, and much more.  Rides, face-painting, sand art, and a climbing wall will all be available for your kids to participate in, as you indulge in a multitude of rare shopping opportunities. The local merchants will be open, offering deep-discounted sales, while creative crafters will be setting up shop along the streets.  Great bargains and unique items are going to be in abundance.  Take time to grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafes along the street fair route, while enjoying the live music that will fill the air.

Ridgefield Park’s Annual Street Fair event is free for your entire family to attend.  So this weekend come out to Main Street to treat the family to an unforgettable street fair experience.  The giant town block party guarantees to be even bigger and better than in any of years past!

Saturday September 20th

10:00AM-5:00PM

For more information regarding the Ridgefield Park’s Annual Street Fair event, please click here.

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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