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Open Houses – August 3rd & 4th

Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty has some exceptional homes to tour this weekend. Come out and see these homes and let us know what you think!

Open Houses - Aug 3rd 2019 BLOG
1. 117 N. Adams Avenue, Margate, NJ – Saturday, Aug. 3rd from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
2. 14 S Lafayette Avenue, Ventnor, NJ – Saturday, Aug. 3rd from 11 am – 1 pm
3. 5 N. Douglas Avenue, Margate, NJ – Saturday, Aug. 3rd & Sunday, Aug. 4th from 10 am – 1 pm
4. 106 S. 16th Avenue, Longport, NJ – Saturday, Aug. 3rd & Sunday, Aug. 4th from 11 am – 1 pm
5. 17 S. Little Rock Avenue, Ventnor, NJ – Sunday, Aug. 4th from 10 am – 12 pm
6. 14 S. Fredericksburg Avenue, Margate, NJ – Sunday, Aug. 4th. from 11 am – 1 pm
7. 9200 Monmouth Avenue, Unit C, Margate NJ – Sunday, Aug. 4th from 1 pm – 3 pm

2018 Market Report

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In our ongoing effort to become an invaluable resource to our clients and neighbors, Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty is committed to making sure you have all the information you need to make the best decision.

The 2018 Market Report is a detailed snapshot of the real estate markets of Longport, Margate, Ventnor, Atlantic City, and Brigantine, comparing single-family home and condominium statistics as well as the year to year change. The report also highlights our recent significant sales, a few of our extraordinary listings, as well as a glimpse of Sotheby’s Auction House.

To read the full report, click here.

 

When Should You Consider Hiring a New Real Estate Agent?

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The decision to either purchase or sell a home is a pivotal one in anyone’s life. It’s why so much trust is put into a real estate agent to guide the process and help ensure your satisfaction and return on investment. We take great pride in our real estate agents building working relationships with our clients and truly putting in the time and effort to ensure complete satisfaction. We want everyone looking at real estate at the Jersey shore to find the ideal agent for their needs. It’s why we put together a list of sure-fire signs that you need to start looking at other real estate agents.

  • Lack of Communication – When you put your trust into a real estate agent, it’s important that transparency is utilized by both parties. Questions are a part of the process and it’s important that your agent is getting back to you in a timely manner. If it’s taking longer than 24 hours for your agent to respond to you, it’s more than likely time to find another agent.
  • Lack of Interest – Every successful real estate transaction is achieved by a real estate agent who understands the wants and needs of their client. If you notice that your real estate agent is struggling to grasp a lot of the details you share with them, it’s not going to end well. The best real estate agents are great communicators because they are great listeners.
  • Lack of Professionalism – Your real estate agent should never have you questioning their professionalism. Appearance matters and your real estate agent should dress the part. Beyond that, your real estate agent should be valuing your time and showing up to appointments prepared and on time.
  • Seems Desperate – The last thing you want in a real estate agent is someone who promises the world and then fails to deliver. One of the largest signs of desperation is overpromising how much money can be saved by working with them. A desperate real estate agent is even more dangerous when they are asked to sell your home as they are likely trying to get the deal done as quickly as possible. You need a great negotiator who is willing to spend the time to get the best deal.

If you think you may have hired the wrong real estate agent, it’s important to make the switch quickly. Every real estate transaction can bring about some serious levels of stress. This stress is only compounded when you don’t feel like you have the right team in your corner. At SoleilSir.com, we take great pride in making sure that every client feels completely comfortable with their agent.

 

 

How to Get your Jersey Shore Rental Ready for Next Year

Housewife in rubber protective cleaning and polish electric cooker. Black shiny surface of kitchen top, hands, detergent.

 

It’s a New Year, which means we have a few months of winter ahead of us. If you own a vacation home down the Jersey Shore, you probably know the precautions you should take already, but it doesn’t hurt to remind you just in case. First, you should have the HVAC inspected before the temperatures get too cold and make sure to have the heat on, so the pipes don’t freeze. We also recommend having an on-call handyman available to handle any repairs and/or snow removal if you are unable to do it yourself.

 

However, we also wanted to take a second and talk about ways you can improve your vacation rental, so that it is a hot draw come the summer. Memorial Day will be here before you know it. Many of the recommendations we make shouldn’t be too expensive or time-intensive, but they can go a long way in attracting new and returning guests. Here are a few things you should consider to update your vacation rental.

 

Replace Your Old Television: People who are looking at vacation rentals in Brigantine and other parts of the Jersey Shore probably won’t be spending too much time in front of the TV during their stay, but an outdated television is a sure way to make your rental look old. A quality flat screen television won’t set you back too much, and it can be an easy way to modernize a room.

 

Schedule a Deep Cleaning of Your Home: While you can do it yourself, we recommend hiring a professional cleaning service to do a thorough and detailed cleaning of your vacation rental.

 

Replace Any Chipped Dishes and Glassware: If you have a lot of mismatched kitchenware or dishes that are chipped, it might be a good idea to take care of that. You don’t have to spend a fortune either. You can find deals on boxed sets of dishes online and in most big-box retail stores.

 

Switch Out Any Old Linens: Having soft linens that ensure quality sleep is an easy way to earn yourself a good vacation home review. Opt to replace any older linens and pillows for something higher quality that will last a long time and provide a good night’s sleep.

 

Put Life into Your Outdoor Furniture: Chances are your guests will spend a lot of time outside. You don’t have to replace your outdoor furniture to create an inviting outdoor atmosphere. However, you may have to do a thorough cleaning of the furniture and replace the cushions.

 

At Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty, we specialize in vacation rentals and homes for sale in Brigantine and other parts of the Jersey Shore. Contact our team today if you are interested in listing your vacation rental.

Warm Weather Home Staging Tips

Nice entryway to home with carpeted staircase, and white interio

 

Although summer has come and gone, we still have many weeks of warm and beautiful weather to come. That’s why we wanted to take a moment and discuss summer staging tips for the rest of this season or for next. It’s never too early to think about staging if you are going to sell your home in the next twelve months.

 

Why Stage?

 

Staging is an important part of the process to sell your home. Staging makes the property look more like a welcoming home, and it enables prospective buyers to develop an emotional connection and start conjuring ideas about how they would decorate. If they can see themselves in your home, they are more likely to put in a competitive offer.

 

So as the days are still relatively long and the weather is warm, your NJ realtor may offer you the following suggestions to stage a home that could lead to an offer:

 

Enhance your curb appeal: Whether we are talking about the beginning of spring or the end of summer, we would highly encourage you to clean up your yard and promote outdoor living. This could mean fixing up the lawn, planting a few colorful shrubs, or finally fixing that leaning fence. Curb appeal will go a long way to show prospective buyers that you took care of your home and your home is great for the outdoors.

 

Take advantage of natural light: As the days are still long, you’ll have ample opportunities to use natural light to stage your home. Your NJ realtor may recommend you position your furniture in a way to take full advantage of the light. Natural light makes the home feel larger and more vibrant. If you can, use light-colored window treatments to accentuate it even further.

 

Serve seasonal refreshments and treats: If you are having an open house, it’s always polite to serve refreshments and treats. It might be a good idea to look into providing seasonal and local items. As it’s the end of summer, apples, pumpkins, and squash will be fresh and abundant. A little added touch, like a seasonal recipe, may actually go a long way to make your home memorable and one that buyers will consider bidding on.

 

If you thinking about selling your home or want to invest in NJ real estate, our award-winning team of realtors can help. Contact us today to learn more!

 

The Shore Report – Quarter 2

The Shore Report CoverThe Shore Report is part of our ongoing effort to become essential to our clients by providing access to information on the local real estate market. This report details the market trends as compared by both years and quarters. It puts a spotlight on local shore towns such as Brigantine, Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, and Longport.

Highlighting new auctions from Sotheby’s Auction House, including Original Film Posters and Royal Jewels, as well as a feature about the Hard Rock and Ocean Resort Casinos, which opened in July.

At Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty, we believe that to make the right decision, clients need to have all the information. We believe you deserve more.

To read the full report, click here.

Is Now a Good Time to Invest in a Beach House down the Shore?

Owning a house down the Jersey Shore is a dream many people in the Garden State and elsewhere share. Whether you fell in love with the Jersey Shore from yearly treks as a child or you discovered the Jersey Shore later in life, owning a home down the Shore is a dream that can be realized. But is now the right time to take the plunge and invest in a second home down the shore?

If you don’t follow “The Shore Report,” a quarterly publication we release to highlight what the Jersey Shore real estate market looks like, we would highly encourage you to do so. Each report consists of data on housing trends and comparative analysis. The goal is to help interested buyers and sellers learn where the market is going. If you had read the latest issue in May, you would discover the following about Jersey Shore houses for sale in these towns:

Brigantine: Brigantine has offered value to real estate investors for years, and it been one of the hottest markets of the Jersey Shore. Home prices are appreciating, providing investors with a good return.

Atlantic City: Although there have been economic troubles in the past that have caused real estate values in Atlantic City to go down, there has been a renewed interest in new building and renovation. Atlantic City property values should go up as more development and renovation occurs in the city.

Ventnor: Ventnor home owners should be very happy with the fact that home values are going up, making it a seller’s market for the first time in a very long time. There has been significant interest from investors in Ventnor as they see the value and potential in this South Jersey beach town.

Margate: Home values in the area are expected to go up as new construction homes and condos pop up everywhere in the town. Margate is a year-round town for many and offers a tight community spirit, providing ample opportunities for those who want to make the Jersey Shore a second home.

Longport: Longport should remain a top choice for luxury home buyers looking for a quiet, exclusive way of life down the Jersey Shore. Longport home values should remain constant for the foreseeable future.

Next month, we will be releasing a new Shore Report to highlight the latest news on the Jersey Shore real estate market. As investing in a Jersey Shore home is a very personalized decision, we would also encourage you to contact one of our agents today to discuss your options and see whether now is the right time to invest in a home down the Jersey Shore.

What Should You Know about the Two Newest Casinos in Atlantic City?

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On June 28th, the Ocean Resort Casino and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City will open up, ushering new energy into the city’s Boardwalk. Although both casinos will be new, residents and visitors of A.C. will likely be familiar with their locations. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino stands in the same location as the former Trump Taj Mahal. The Ocean Resort Casino will take the place of the Revel casino, which was closed in 2014. Both casinos promise exciting world-class entertainment, a luxurious gaming experience, and premier restaurants and shops.

 

Some of the biggest names in the world of entertainment will be visiting Atlantic City this week. Carrie Underwood will be performing on Friday, June 29th, at the Hard Rock, and Pit Bull will follow the next day. Other acts that will be performing in the upcoming months will include Steve Byrne, Howie Mandel, Third Eye Blind, and Jon Lovitz. The Ocean Resort Casino will feature a wide variety of entertainment attractions over the opening weekend as well.

 

Additionally, there are a few cool things that both casinos will feature. For one, Topgolf will open a 26,000 square ft. simulated golf play facility at Ocean. Hyatt’s Exhale is going to have a 32,000 square ft. spa for guests who are looking for a relaxing time during their stay at the Ocean Resort Casino. Cereal Town will be an interesting dining option for guests at the Ocean Resort Casino as it will serve cereal 24 hours a day. Not to be outdone, the Hard Rock Atlantic City will feature over 20 restaurants, including an over 500 seat buffet.

 

Those who are looking at Atlantic City house rentals will find no shortage of things to do at these casinos and beyond. The opening of the Hard Rock and the Ocean Resort Casino will have other casinos stepping up their game as well to offer the best in entertainment, shopping, and game play. If you are considering visiting Atlantic City this summer and beyond, you will see that Atlantic City is going through a boom.

 

We encourage you to contact one of our real estate agents today to learn more about the many available Atlantic City house rentals and discover why Atlantic City will be a top destination for travelers of all kinds who are looking for amazing entertainment, a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean, and the top amenities you will only find down the Jersey Shore.

 

 

Getting Your Jersey Shore Rental Ready for Summer

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Can you believe that summer is here already? It seems like only yesterday we were talking about nor’easters and winterizing your home. Whether you’re interested in the nightlife in Atlantic City or the tranquil beaches of Brigantine, summer down the Jersey Shore is a special time of year. Each year, millions of people visit the Jersey Shore, and many will choose to book a week or weekend at one of the many Jersey Shore rentals available.

 

If you invested in Brigantine or Margate NJ real estate and are the owner of a vacation rental, you have probably already filled up most of the dates for the season already. Now that the booking is done, it’s time to get the rental in proper shape to accommodate your tenants. If the rental is dirty or needs repairs, this will reflect negatively on you and may hinder your income for future seasons. Luckily, most of the work can be quick and easy. Here’s a quick list of things you can do to make your rental ready for summer:

 

Inspect Your Air Conditioning Unit: Yes, if you are down the shore, you will benefit from those coastal winds. But it can get pretty hot in Atlantic City and other shore towns, which is why you should have your AC united tested if you haven’t done so already. Many times, a major issue can be prevented with a minor fix.

 

Hire a Professional Cleaning Service: Before you begin renting out your property to people, a major cleaning is a must. While you can clean it yourself if you so choose, it often makes more sense to spend the money and hire a professional cleaning service that can provide the deep cleaning needed. Contact a few in your area to find the best quote.

 

Make the Rental a Functional Home: While you don’t need to keep family pictures or personal items around, the rental should still look like a home. Make sure the rental is fully furnished and has all of the amenities necessary to enjoy oneself while down the Shore. Also, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to update your linens and kitchen items if you notice they’re worn down or getting older.

 

If you would like more information, we would encourage you to check out this article published in NJ Monthly last month that goes over what vacationers should look for when choosing a rental. It may give you an idea of how you can present your property to meet your tenants’ needs. And if you are looking for a rental, we encourage you to check out all of our vacation rental listings here.

The Shore Report

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Each quarter, Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty creates a report showcasing the local market. It offers an overview and comparison of the housing trends in Brigantine, Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, and Longport for each quarter year over year.
In our ongoing effort to become an invaluable resource to our clients and neighbors, this quarter-by-quarter analysis of the local housing market helps us achieve that goal.

To view the report, click here