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Top 5 Reasons Why Halloween is good for Real Estate
Halloween, if you think about, is a perfect holiday for real estate. I will give you the top 5 reasons for this.
This is the ONLY holiday when most people will willingly open the doors for you and smile at you, so let’s take advantage of it!
1.     If you are on the market to buy a home and are thinking about different neighborhoods, take your kids trick or treating to these neighborhoods! You will meet the people that live in these developments and you can ask them how they like the area, their neighbors. Ask away!
2.     If you recently moved into your home, today is a great day to meet your neighbors! Grab your kids and say hello!
3.     If you have been in your home for a while, today is a great day to meet your neighbors and walk the area. Stop by and simply smile and say “Hello”!
4.     If you already know your neighbors, today is a great day to just revisit them, smile and say “Hello” again J.
5.     And finally, if you don’t think Items 1-4 will apply to you, today is a great day to just take a walk around your neighborhood, get fresh air and some exercise in! We all sit too much, so take a few minutes, walk and stretch, take deep breaths of fresh air, and smile. I am 100% sure you will feel great.
Have a good evening! Booh!

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TBT and Halloween, dangerous combination… BOO at these pictures!
For today’s post, I found and am proud to share a few photos that I am sure will make your hearts race and will make great room additions to a house of horrors. Tell me what you think.
How about this lovely wall decoration… in your bathroom?

Ah… Raggety Annssss?
No comment needed on this one.
I probably won’t be able to sleep for a week after visiting this room.

Have you seen any interesting Halloween decorations? Share!

(Photos are a courtesy of uglyhousephotos.com and epicfail.com)

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How about buying ABC’s “Extreme Home Makeover” Home???
Have you ever seen ABC’s show “Extreme Home Makeover”? On this show, a special family gets a new home that is built in a week. The homeowners’ stories are touching and tears often flow, and the final results are astonishing and beautiful.
Here is your opportunity to purchase a home that was built during ABC’s show’s 2006 season.
Located in the heart of NE Philadelphia, this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home is spacious, with beautiful hardwood floors, soaring ceilings and open, flowing floor plan. The backyard features an in-ground pool.
  

For more details on the home click here to see the official listing details. Give us a call to schedule your exclusive appointment to see this cool home!

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Time to start getting ready and planning for this weekend!  Here are some fun ideas for this weekend: October 31st, November 1st and 2nd!

Bucks County, PA:

1.      Masquerade Ball: Celebrate Halloween in Style!
Please dress in your best dress or suit with a mask for an evening of glamour and celebration on October 31st, 2014 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Cairnwood Estate!  Admission is $50 for nonmembers and Member’s admission is $30.  Limited tickets are available. Sales end on 10/30/14 or when the event is sold out.  Reservations required.  More information
Cairnwood Estate 1005 Cathedral Road Bryn Athyn, PA 19006

2.      Ghost Tours of New Hope
Follow a lantern-led “walk” this Halloween at 8 p.m. along picturesque streets where you’ll learn about the doings of such places as the towpath itself; or see the phantom Hitchhiker who may pass you in the moonlight; or see the historic inn where Aaron Burr appears from time to time and stares with sightless eyes… plus new exciting stories have been added to the Tour. $10 per person.  More information
Main and Ferry Streets, New Hope, PA

3.      The Holistic and Psychic Fair
This Saturday November 1st from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. get a psychic reading and experience different forms of massage, energy work, reiki, and vibrational healing.  Feel good about yourself and learn how to transform your life. This event if for charity.  The $5.00 admission is donated to  the Lahaska Humane Society.  More information
James Lorah Memorial Home – 132 N. Main St., Doylestown, PA

4.      Farmers Markets

Wrightstown Farmers Market
This Saturday November 1st, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Wrightstown Farmers Market products include seasonal vegetables, herbs, flowers; jams and preserved products; pastured beef, chicken, duck and eggs, turkey, goat, and lamb; bread and baked goods; handmade soaps; honey and beeswax candles; organic, fair trade, locally roasted coffees; and prepared foods. Locally handcrafted goods are featured occasionally as well.  More information
2203 Second Street Pike, Wrightstown, PA

Lansdale Farmers Market
This Saturday November 1st, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Lansdale Farmers Market embodies the values of community cooperation, support of local farms, healthful eating, reducing food miles, and promotion of local businesses.  More information
Lansdale Farmers Market, Railroad Avenue at Main Street , Lansdale, PA

5.      Snipes Farm Fall Harvest Weekend Events
This Saturday November 1stfrom 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday November 2nd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take a hayride to the apple orchard and pick a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. Explore the land of scarecrows; the Ol’Time Farm Museum and the Barnyard Playground. Enjoy fun games and activities in the Circus Labyrinth, face painting and pumpkin painting, too! Farm fresh vegetables and apples, fresh pressed cider, pies, donuts and snacks are available.  More information
Snipes Farm, 890 West Bridge Street , Morrisville, PA

Mercer County, NJ:

1.      Not-So-Scary-Halloween Story time by Professional Storyteller Denise McCormack
A special treat for this Halloween at 2:00 p.m.! A professional storyteller will her own spooky story, it will be a lot of fun.  Dress in costume!  All ages welcome!  More information
MarketFair 3535 Route 1Princeton, New Jersey 08540

2.      Halloween at Brick Farm Market
This Friday October 31st, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. let the festivities begin! Kids want candy and adults want great music. This Halloween you can have it all!  After you’ve finished with your pumpkin carving and corn mazes, you can take the kids by the market for candy to kick off their trick-or-treating, and enjoy the musical stylings of GRAVITY HILL from 5-7pm.  More information
65 East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ.

3.      Saturday Movies & Matinees
Saturday November 1st, 2014 at 11:00 AM
·         The Green Mile, Hamilton Public Library, 11 a.m., Free.1 Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Way, Hamilton, 609-581-4091
·         Prydonians of Prynceton, Lawrence Library, 2 p.m., Screening of ‘Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.’ Register., More information
Darrah Lane and Route 1, Lawrence Township, 609-989-6920
·         Acme Screening Room, Lambertville Public Library, 7p.m. and 8:40 p.m., Screening of ‘Rhymes for Young Ghouls.’ $8., More information
25 South Union Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0275
·         Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, Regal Cinemas, 7:45 p.m., Register online. $6 to $12., More information
2399 Route 1 South, North Brunswick, 848-932-4166
4.      Walking Tour, Historical Society of Princeton
This Sunday November 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. take a two-hour walking tour around downtown Princeton and Princeton University campus $7.  More information
Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton NJ

5.      Dog and Cat Adoption, EASEL Animal Rescue League
This Saturday November 1st, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The EASEL Animal Rescue League having a dog and cat adoption and providing information for volunteer opportunities. More information
Princeton Shopping Center, Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ

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My Sunday’s favorite thing to do, with a bonus!
My favorite time on Sunday is my morning routine.
I try to sleep in as often as possible, and then start the favorite part of my day: quiet breakfast and Sunday paper. This past Sunday, it was even more special.

Vika, my oldest has been asking for French toast for a while. In my opinion, the best French Toast is made with Jewish Challah bread, the doughy, dense, delicious braided bread. I was done working with my buyer clients around 7:30 on Saturday evening and had a few minutes to stop by Morrisville Farmers market. As I was running through the bread corner, my eyes fell on the fresh Challah bread. I said to myself, “Perfect timing! Tomorrow is Sunday and French Toast will be perfect!” I couldn’t wait.

Our Sunday morning was a success! Warm French Toast with a soft vanilla scent was delicious, the quiet time with the newspaper to catch up, plan the rest of the day and get ready for the week ahead.
I actually found a few good recipes for making Challah Bread in a bread maker. I plan on giving one of them a try in the next month or so, which especially will be great during the cold months, coming up.

What’s your favorite breakfast food and how do you relax on a Sunday?

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Mortgage interest rates for this week of October 27, 2014

Conv 30y fixed, 3.875% – 0.25 pts
Conv 10y ARM, 3.375% – gives lender credit
Conv 15y fixed, 2.990% – 0 pts
Jumbo 30y fixed, 3.875% – 0 pts
Jumbo 5/1 ARM, 2.625% – 0 pts
FHA/VA 30y fixed, 3.500% – gives lender credit
If you have any questions please ask!

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TBT: my first, cool, big purchase ever!

My American history for TBT starts in 1992, the year I came to US. For this throw back Thursday we go back to 1994. I was almost 17, had a summer job of 40 hours a week and that summer, I made my first, major, very cool purchase. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I told my dad that I wanted a music boombox. My requirements were: a good Japanese brand, a digital radio, 2 cassette players so I can record the music from one to the other and from the radio to the cassette, and a CD player.

So my dad and I took a trip to Macy’s (yes, Macy’s) and browsed the available boomboxes. The one that my dad suggested was this beautiful Sony. The price tag was $200. Ouch. My dad asked me if this is what I wanted and if I was ok with the price. I did not think twice about it, I was so proud of myself, having my own funds to buy exactly what I wanted at the time. I said yes.
That day I took the boombox home and have used it for a long time. It has been through high school, college, and 2 homes. This black box is still with me today, 20 years later, in great shape, everything still working. I recently pulled it out to play some music outside for my daughter’s 10th birthday party. Sony did not let me down J.

Whenever I look at it, it brings back the memory of this first, such an important purchase to me, something that’s one of a few things that’s still with me, still in great shape. We will see how many more years it lasts.

What do you still have in your life that’s old, well used and still true to you and brings great memories back?

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