Importance in Lead Paint disclosure for Rental Properties

(Re-posted from my old blog)

By Kevin J Potters

Last night I happened to watch a few episodes of Forensic Files on TV.  One of which was about a family of refugees seek American dream from Egypt.  Their American dream was shuttered when the youngster kid all of sudden died.  The cause of dead was high concentration of lead in her blood.  Through a lot of effort, it was traced back to when the toddler spent a lot of time playing at the porch where loose paint were found.  It would’ve cost a few hundreds or thousand of dollars to get it painted to have avoided the tragedy!

What’s more! As the official followed up on the documents, they found the landlord/property manager forged the lead paint disclosure because they never disclosed the lead paint information to the immigrant tenant.  The tenant received $700,000 in compensation for the death of their youngster.  The landlord/property manager was fined for $40,000 and 15 months in jail.

The moral of story,  landlords/property managers owning properties older than 1978, is to make sure lead paint disclosure form explained and signed by the tenants, and paint your properties regularly, so there is no flakey, loose paint laying around.

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The Wonders of Whole House Fans

Whole House Fans:

Are you looking for a way to keep your house cool in the summer without using too much electricity? You might want to look into whole house fans as I have one installed in my house and it works pretty well at removing hot air and drawing in cold air from outside, especially at night. Back in the 50’s and 60’s they were much more popular when air conditioning was more expensive but now few people know about them and when I show houses that have them installed my clients can be confused when they see it in the ceiling.

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Whole house fans are installed in the ceiling of your house and draw air from all the rooms once you open the windows. The air is moved into the attic and exits the house from vents. This creates an area of low pressure within your home so that outside air will enter from the windows to cool your house. This provides cooling and ventilation at a fraction of the cost of air conditioning and removes chemicals and pollutants from cooking and cleaning.  If you have an older fireplace you may have noticed a similar effect when you use it in the winter. The hot fire sends smoke and air up your chimney and cold air is pulled in through poorly sealed doors and windows making your house colder instead of warmer.

There are some drawbacks however due to the way the whole house fan works. For starters you need to have a professional install it in the ceiling, it is going to need wiring and possibly new attic vents to let the air escape. There will also need to be insulation and seals for when winter comes because you won’t be using it then. In addition the movement of air inside the house with out proper ventilation can lead to the build up of toxic gases from your furnace in living areas. The operation of the fan can be noisy if not installed properly or running at too high a speed, some fans have different speed settings to alleviate this problem. Lastly the fan only works well if the air outside is cooler than the air inside so it is more effective in the early morning and night than during the afternoon.

Whole house fans are great overall but you probably will need to pair it up with a regular AC for those really hot Jersey days

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Rio 2016: A Disaster waiting to Happen?

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Sewage plumes in Guanabara Bay. Source: Moscatelli/Greeneye

 

A Disgusting Disaster in Motion?

Despite having around 7 years to prepare for the Olympics starting in a few hours Rio De Janeiro is not looking good. Thanks to corruption, crime and the Zika virus it seems that Rio 2016 is headed for disaster. It may sound like panic mongering such as when Sochi 2014 was expected to have major issues, but this time the problems have continued instead of being stamped out. While you have probably seen snippets of many ills of Rio on the news lets take some time to look at all of it’s issues laid out.

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Crime and Terrorism

Since 2009 thousands have died from various, partially due to an economic downturn in Brazil. Recently the private security forces that were supposed to be guarding venues and VIPs have been replaced by the military. Despite stepping up patrols over 2,000 people were killed between January and April of this year.

There are fears of terrorists attacks occurring during the games. Only a two weeks ago on July 21 the police busted an Islamic Terrorist group planning to carry out attacks during the games. Twelve are currently under arrest. They also had material on them that shows they were trying to instigate lone wolf terrorists to attack the games. As we have seen in Europe and the U.S they tend to be much harder to detect. In addition even before the games around seven terrorist groups are known to already operate in Brazil such as Hamas and Al Qaeda.

Rio is known for having kidnappings for the purpose of ransom and gangs operate on the streets selling drugs. They often get into gun fights with police and the military. Athletes and journalists are spending the Olympics heavily guarded although the Australians have already been robbed during  a fire and a robber was shot dead during an altercation with the Russian contingent. In addition an Australian Paralympic was mugged earlier on. Finally body parts washed on July 30 right next to where the volleyball events are slated to be held.

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A man on polluted water. Source: Pieter van den Hoogenband

Corruption and Pollution

The next major issue facing Rio 2016 is the effects of pollution and corruption on the infrastructure intended for the games. The above picture shows a selfie taken in Guanabara Bay where the sailing events will occur. The Brazillian government had pledged to massively build up water treatment infrastructure in order to treat the majority of the sewage dumped into the ocean. However they have been unable to meet their goals. The trash above comes from a nearby landfill which is closed but still leaks trash. A few sailors already gotten sick during training and had to take antibiotics. Meanwhile over at Copacabana the situation is worse with raw sewage putting large amounts of fecal bacteria where swimming competitions will be held.

On the shore the Tim Maia bike path collapsed from a wave and poor engineering killing two pedestrians and injuring three others. Meanwhile the Olympic Village is being called unlivable. Toilets don’t work, wiring is exposed and lights are dark. There are reports of sabotage by employees during construction too. Lastly during the fire that caused the Australian team to evacuate fire alarms and sprinklers did not activate which is probably an even bigger problem than robbery.

 

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Zika

The last issue facing Rio 2016 is the Zika virus which has already caused many athletes to cancel their attendance in fear of contracting it. Zika is not deadly to the adults who contract it but causes major deformities in unborn children. A major cause for concern is the possibility that tourists and athletes returning from Brazil will pass on the Zika virus to their homelands allowing it to spread to places it has not reached yet.

Unlike the other problems this seems to be one that is worrying the World Health Organization as much. A letter written to cancel the Olympics was rejected due to many of the scientists not being versed in mosquito borne diseases. Still, Zika has caused many athletes to drop out of the competition regardless of the danger or lack thereof.

Home Security: Locking Your Doors

Locking Mechanisms for your Home

The earliest locking mechanisms found by archaeologists date all the way back from ancient Assyria. Unlike modern locks these were simple and relatively bulky. When the industrial revolution came around in the 18th century the complexity of locks increased as the supplies to make them and the reasons to keep items secure increased as well.

During the Industrial Revolution the Pin Tumbler lock was invented using a series of small springs and cylinders to prevent the lock from working without the correct key. This type of lock was much smaller than previous locks and is still used today. This is what you now see on many doors both commercial and residential.

 

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When choosing locks for your home choose the best one for your purposes. Interior doors may not need a lock, and while many homes come with them installed the type used is usually ineffective enough that an intruder can easily bypass them with a bit of brute force. Your entrance doors on homes most likely have a deadbolt and a knob lock. While this set up is decent enough many homes also tend to have windows right next to the entrance door allowing thieves to break the window to turn the knobs.

Here are a list of various types of door locks and the purposes behind them. Please note this is not exhaustive of all lock types.

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Padlocks:

Padlocks are portable locks not usually used for homes but for sheds, fences, shop shutters, lockers and luggage backs. Some use keys while others use combinations. They are relatively easy to break and can be cut with a saw if not case hardened. You are probably not going to use these for your home but for garden sheds. Remember to take a good brand, cheaply produced locks can be broken into by removing the locking mechanism with a screwdriver.

Knob Locks:

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These common locks are the ones you most likely already have on all of your bedroom doors and front door. One side is usually a keyhole while the other is a knob. While easy to use it is relatively weak against brute force. A hammer is all it takes for someone to smash off the knob and then remove the lock. In addition the actual mechanism is usually vulnerable to being picked. The main use of these locks is to provide privacy in your home.

Lever Handle Lock:

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The lever handle lock is basically the commercial equivalent to the Knob Lock. They are easy to open for handicapped people and are common in office buildings and sometimes apartments. Depending on the model the lock can be forced by with a torque attack thanks to the long handle.

Deadbolt:

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Usually found on entrance doors the deadbolt’s main weakness is that the inside side usually has an easily turned knob to disengage the lock. Most doors have small windows (Sidelites) that allow you to take a look at guests outside but can be easily smashed to allow an intruder to turn the deadbolt. You can remedy this by installing a deadbolt that uses a key on both sides. However this can be a major hazard in the event of a fire where someone will need to get a key to unlock the door. Therefore you should leave the key near the door, possibly on a wall or a in a box. Alternatively metal bars or reinforced glass can be used to prevent access to the knob from the outside.

Mortise Locks:

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Mortise locks can be found on your storm doors, commercial doors and apartments. They are harder to install but more durable than other locks. They work as both a door knob and a dead bolt.

Euro Profile Cylinders:

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These locks can be considered a smaller version of a deadbolt they are found mainly in sliding doors in the United States but in Europe and Asia they are used in homes. Like a deadbolt they come in both single side lock with thumb turn knob and double side lock varieties. Unlike deadbolts they are much more fragile, because the connection between both halves of the lock is thin allowing someone with pliers to snap it it half.

Jimmy Proof Deadbolt:

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The last lock on this list is the Jimmy Proof Deadbolt. These do not require as much modification to the door because they go on the surface. These are resistant to being forced from the outside and may have a toggle to prevent lockpicking. These are common in apartments and double doors.

 

Pork Roll or Taylor Ham

Posted by Kevin J Potter

Is it Pork Roll or Taylor Ham?

Being in Central Jersey, we are caught in the middle of a never-ending debate between North Jersey and South Jersey. Who is wrong? Who is right? Is it pork roll or is it Taylor Ham?

Judge & Jury

Before I attempt to bring an end to this ongoing controversy, let me first explain my unorthodox yet rational reasoning for me being the sole mediator of this debate. Back in the days of yore, I was a student at Ramapo College up in North Jersey. My roommates were all locals from North Jersey but my girlfriend was from South Jersey. Being that I liked her, she would spend time at my place with me . . . and my roommates – which consequently meant I would have to deal with the constant arguing between the Northerners and the Southerners. The debate of whether it is called pork roll or Tyler Ham was hands down the worst argument of them all. And I had to listen to each side of the argument over and over . . . and over again.

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Being from the mythical land of Central Jersey (some people don’t believe Central Jersey exist, which is another ongoing debate), I remain neutral. Pork roll and Taylor Ham are both breakfast meats to me, just like hoagies and heroes are both are both sandwiches or like New York and Philadelphia are both called “the city”. My decision in determining the difference between pork roll and Taylor Ham is unbiased. I therefore appoint myself mediator based both on natural birthright and personal experience. Now let’s begin . .  .

Pork Roll

Pork roll is a generic processed-meat product made from spiced pork grounds. But in a less formal definition, it is glorified spam for New Jerseyans.

Pork Roll or Taylor Ham SandwichIt is most commonly used for breakfast sandwiches. The heavily salted meat is perfectly balanced when layered with egg and cheese.

In New Jersey, you can buy pork roll at any grocery store from a wide-variety of brands, and it is a favorite at diners. But before pork roll was New Jersey’s number one diner food, it was New Jersey’s number one military food.

It is rumored to believe that pork roll first came about in 1776 during the Revolutionary War at the Battle of Trenton. It was considered to be a perfect stock food for soldiers for many reasons:

  1. Inexpensive – the meat of pork roll came from the unwanted parts of a pig. It was therefore cheap to produce and easily mass-produced.
  2. Long Shelf Life – the meat was heavily spiced and salt, allowing it to last a long time.
  3. Compact – It was small and easily wrapped, making it easy to carry.
  4. Delicious – If you have to eat the same food everyday for weeks to come, you might as well enjoy it!

It is easy to see why soldiers would carry pork roll. When the war was over, soldiers must have thought it to be so good that they brought it home with them. And that’s why we still have it today. Now there are several brands of pork roll, each with their own mix of spices and unique taste.

Taylor Ham

In 1856, a man by the name of John Taylor created a pork roll recipe using special spices. He called his pork roll Taylor’s Prepared Ham. The product became an immediate success in the town of Bella Mead, New jersey and the surrounding areas in Northern Jersey.

Pork Roll or Taylor HamWhen the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was formed, Taylor’s Prepared Ham failed to meet the new legal definition of ham set by the Pure Food And Drug Act of 1906. As result, the name was changed from Tyler’s Prepared Ham to Taylor’s Pork Roll.

By this time, Taylor’s Pork Roll was well-known throughout the state. Many copy-cat competitors began to emerge with similar brand names such as Taylor’s Rolled Pork. Taylor took legal action and sued several copy-cat compiles in 1910. The major result of the legal case was that the words “pork roll” could not be trademark. The name was then changed for a third time to Taylor Provisions, which remains the company’s name today.

The Ruling

In the debate of whether it is called pork roll or Taylor Ham, it seems the proper name for that delicious ham-like substance is pork roll. However, calling it Taylor Ham is not technically wrong. Taylor Ham is simply a brand of pork roll, and we often use brand names to identify product names. When we want a tissue we ask for a Kleenex, when need a bandage we ask for a Band-Aid. When some people want pork roll on their egg sandwich they ask for Taylor Ham.

With that being said, my final conclusion to this debate is neither pork roll nor Taylor Ham is wrong, it’s just that pork roll is more right.porkroll or Taylor Ham New Jersey

The Evil Clown of Middletown

Posted by Kevin J Potter

The suburban areas of New Jersey are well-known known for the weird and strange. Alongside Route 35, Middletown has its own unique Weird NJ landmark. He stands like a steadfast giant on the side of the road, watching passersby with hunting eyes. He doesn’t so much as smile, but grins like a depraved child waiting for disaster to happen. His name is Calico, but most know him as “The Evil Clown of Middletown.”

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Despite how eerie The Evil Clown of Middletown may look, there is no urban-legend, haunting, ghost story, folklore, or dark history that follows Calico’s past. The nearly 30 foot-tall steel sign was constructed in 1956 as a roadside advertisement for Joseph Azzolina’s Food Circus. At the time, the circus clown advertisement seemed appropriate for the circus themed grocery store.

The artist responsible for Caliclo, The Evil Clown of Middletown, was Leslie Worth Thomas of Road Side Ad Company. The name may sound familiar to some New jerseyans because he was also responsible for another sinister clown – Tillie.

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Joseph Azzolina’s Food Circus was a local success and quickly grew into Food Circus Supermarkets Inc., which now operates 10 stores in the New Jersey counties of Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex. However, the original store closed in 1991 and has been replace by a local liquor store, Spirits Unlimited. But the ownership of the store still belongs to the Azzolina family (along with the Scaduto family). So the iconic clown still stands tall, but the connection of why he is there remains lost to many.

Regardless of its connection or lack-there-of, locals still have a strange liking to The Evil Clown of Middletown. Calico has his own line of t-shirts, a facebook page, and has appeared in several movies including Clerks II.

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In 2011, Joseph Azzolina Jr. had the clown cleaned, renovated and repainted, and vowed to “preserve the Evil Clown as a unique symbol of Middletown pride.” So it seems Calico, The Evil Clown of Middletown, will remain in Middletown for quite a while. . .

Date Ideas During Winter

Posted by Kevin J Potter

It’s date night! But winter has come – and with it, the cold and bitter winds that compel you to take shelter indoors. So what is there to do when you are confined to four walls? No worries, there are still ways to enjoy an evening with your lovely companion! Here are some great date ideas during winter:

Ice Skating

Ice skating is one of the most common date ideas during winter, but never-the-less romantic.

Imagining walking into the arena. The smell of fresh popcorn and sweets from the concession stand fill the air. The room echoes with the sounds of laughter from both children and adults. The faint melodies of a love song lingers in the background. The air is cool but refreshing – she huddles closer to you for warmth, wrapping both hands around your one arm and nuzzling her cheek against your shoulder. You step onto the rink with her. You haven’t skated in years so you are a little weak on the ice at first (and slightly embarrassed), but that’s okay because so is she. You both laugh at each other for stumbling and suddenly the worries of falling fade away. You both gain the strength and begin the endless laps around the rink as you hold each other’s hand.

By the end of the night, your date will be intoxicated by the romance. She will think she is in a Nicholas Sparks movie. . . and thats means you are Ryan Gosling!

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Going to the arcade may sound a little too highschool-ish for some, but it is not limited by age. I have seen couples at age 40+ go on a date to the arcade and have fun – it makes them feel like a kid again.

Going to the arcade is also one of the best first dates. The first date is always like an interview, you have to constantly be asking questions and engaging in conversation. There is no room for silence, less you want an awkward moment to arise. Going to the arcade allows a comfortable silence when you’re playing games – giving you time to breathe and think of another question to ask.

If you have never been to an arcade, try YESTERcades in Red Bank. They have a great set-up where you pay hourly instead of by machine. They are also locate in the center of town, so you can get food and drinks from a variety of places close by after beating the last boss battle. Another great arcade is on the Jenkinson’s Boardwalk.

A Movie and Dinner (Not Dinner and a Movie)

Dinner and a Movie - Date IdeasAnother common date idea during winter is simply dinner and a movie. But if you do this, make sure you do it right! Go to the movie first, then go to dinner. This way you have something to talk about while eating. Here’s another tip – If it is one of your first few dates, look at the dinner menu before the date, therefore you can spend more time talking to her instead of reading the menu.

 

Netflix Binge

Netflix memeIf you don’t have the money to go out for dinner and a movie (or are just lazy), you can always have a netflix binge. Put on a Tv show, microwave some popcorn, and grab a blanket for you and your date. Then waste away the hours snuggling and watching Frank Underwood rise to power.

See a Local Show

Instead of spending a butt load of money on seeing a concert in the city, go to a local show. Bars always have local bands or comedians performing and half the time there is no entry fee. So you can spend the extra money you save on a few fancy drinks and a nice meal. Plus, you get a better chance of meeting the band members at a local show than at a concert.

Beer Tasting

BeerYou could ask her to grab a couple drinks with you at a bar. . . or you could step up your game. Instead of doing the typical date, add some flair by going for a beer tasting (it’s a more sophisticated way of drinking) . There are a whole bunch of micro-breweries in New Jersey where you can go tasting – Carton, Kane, and River Horse are just a few good ones.

Going out and doing the same thing with a twist will make the night much more memorable.

Play in the Snow

An easy way of turning lemons into lemonade is to just play in the snow! Build a snowman, go sledding, have a snowball fight, maybe build an igloo too! Dont’ let the cold ruin your day, let it make the day even better. Besides, when’s the last time you played in the snow?

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Just because the weather has come doesn’t mean you have to be mundane and boring. So grab your scarf and take your lovely companion out for memorable night in a winter wonderland (or just grab the blanket if you choose the netflix binge). Have fun!

What Is An Open Listing Contract?

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The legal document which allows a licensed real estate broker the right to offer a property for sale is known as a listing contract. In the state of New Jersey, there are the three types of listing contracts: (1) exclusive rights to sell listing, (2) exclusive agency listing, and (3) open listing.

Listing Contracts

Each type of listing contract provides a different form of relationship between the agent (the real estate broker) and the principal (the seller).

  1. An exclusive rights to sell listing is the most common listing contract. As the name suggest, this listing allows one real estate broker to be the sole and exclusive agent for a seller and assures that the agent is compensated even if the homeowner sells the property himself.
  2. An exclusive agency listing also allows one real estate broker to be the sole and exclusive agent for a seller but allows the homeowner to sell the property himself without compensation to the owner.
  3. An open listing not only allows the homeowner to list the property with more than one broker but also allows the homeowner to sell the property himself.

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Open Listing Contracts

Of the three listing contract available in New Jersey, an open listing is the most appeasing to a seller; however, the qualities that make it so beneficial are also what make it so detrimental to a seller.

The Potential Benefits

Open Listing HomeUnder an open listing contract, since any broker is allowed to sell the home, any broker is allowed to market the home. This results in multiple picket signs placed on the lawn and a heightened amount of advertisement and promotion – due to several brokers marketing the home rather than just one. Having six different real estate brokers market your house and only having to pay one (if any, since the homeowner can sell the house too) is of course the best way to sell a home. But what the expectations of an open listing is different from the reality of it.

The Realistic Consequences

An open listing is appeasing to a seller but not so much to a real estate broker. Brokers do not like “friendly” competition nor do they like the idea of not being paid for their efforts. Thus, little effort is given. After all, if you are not going to give a broker your full attention, why should they give you theirs? A brokers will rarely market a property under an open listing contract, unless they are certain they can prove a potential buyer was produced by them. So all that advertisement and promotion the homeowner thought they would get falls down to little to none.

Conclusion

The natural tendency of an open listing require the homeowner to do their own marketing. If the homeowner is inexperienced or unskilled, than the result could be the property being left on the market for much longer than expected. This is not to say that an open contract is completely useless. In some cases they can be more more beneficial than an exclusive agency listing or an exclusive rights to sell listing, but only to those who understand the real estate business and/or marketing. It is highly recommended for a homeowner to use a exclusive rights to sell listing or at least an exclusive agency listing. However, if you think you have the skill and time, then use an open listing. Just be sure you understand the challenge, and do not mistake it for free marketing.

Is A Real Estate Agent A Salesman?

Posted by Kevin J Potter

It is quite easy to view a real estate agent as a salesman (or saleswoman). After all, the basic responsibility of a real estate agent, particularly as a seller’s agent, is to sell the home of a client to a ready, willing, and able buyer. Under these circumstances, a real estate agent would undoubtedly be considered a salesman by simple nature. However, the tactics of how an agent sells a home are distinctly different than how a salesman sells a product.

The Salesman
Imagine this scenario: You are enjoying aBob quiet sunday afternoon at your
home when suddenly there is a knock at your door. You answer it to find Bob. Bob is a salesman who has been going door-to-door in every neighborhood trying to sell his “one of a kind” product – a pen. Immediately he throws you his pitch; he tells you how great this pen is. The shaft has a beautiful design hand drawn by a professional artist in Italy. The weight is perfectly balanced. The outside structure is made of guano, a revolutionary material that provides more durability and prevents scratches. And he’s selling it for cheap! But in actuality the design was drawn by an art student at a local college who studied in Italy for a little while and is now mass produced by machinery at a warehouse. Describing the pen as “balanced” means relatively nothing. And the “revolutionary” material is not durable but cheap and low-quality, which is why the pen is being sold for such a cheap price.

The Agent
Now imagine this Scenario: You are enjoying a quiet sunday afternoon at your home when suddenly there is a knock at your door. You answer it to My Boy Leofind Kevin (sounds like a nice guy). Kevin is a local real estate agent. He has conducted proper research
and determined that people in your particular neighborhood may be more willing than most to buy a new home. Immediately he ask you if are you interested in buying a home. If you say no, Kevin simply thanks you for your time and walks away. He understands that purchasing a home is a large investment and not everyone is ready, willing, and/or able to invest. To continue otherwise would be a waste of both his and your time. If you say yes, Kevin will thank you and show you several homes he has listed. He will give you details about each home including their structure, their neighborhood, what each room can be used for, and he will also tell you their faults – such as damages and leaks.

The Difference
The key difference between the tactic of an agent and the tactic of a salesman is that the agent views you as a client while the salesman views you as a customer. The salesmen (according to the example) is selling you a cheap and low-quality product. You will not buy it if you knew the flawed details. The salesman knows this but he also knows that he will never see you again. So he persuades you to purchase this less-than-perfect pen with little consequence to his action. The agent’s perspective is quite different.

As many can agree, searching for the proper home takes time. During that time, the agent is constantly by your side, providing input and taking in your comments and concerns. There is constant communication between the two of you and a trust is built. Furthermore, the agent relies on you to refer him to other homebuyers (for the market for homebuyer is very small compared pen-buyers). In order to gain a referral, he must provide you with the best experience capable. Communication, trust, and genuine concern are the elements that differentiate you as a client rather than a customer.

So if you ever think an agent is just trying to sell you something, don’t! An agent is their to guide you in your investment of a home, and will not deceit you – at least that’s how the good agents work. And that’s always how the agents at Group 2020 work.

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The Most Expensive House (for Sale) In New Jersey

Posted by Kevin J Potter

We all have dreams about becoming a multi-millionaire and living in a huge mansion – one with a high ceiling, a big pool, a home theatre, and an entire room filled with first edition books . . . maybe you even have Michael Caine as your butler. If you do fulfill your dream and are searching for that huge mansion, you should consider this place. The most expensive house for sale in New Jersey – literally!

Gloria Crest - OverviewThe house, known as “Gloria Crest”,  is situated in Englewood, NJ and cost only $25 million. It was built by European royalty and is evident by its beautiful structure. The last alleged owner of the home was Gloria Swanson, given to her by Joseph P. Kennedy sometime in the early 1900’s. In 1978, Gloria Crest was featured on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

The house is 12,842 sq.ft. and includes 8 bedrooms, 9 full bathrooms, 5 half bathrooms, 6 fireplaces, 4 kitchens, 2 staff apartments an 8-car garage.

The lot is 5 acres and is protected by a 10ft. high gate that secludes the home. When driving from the gate to the house, you pass by a reflecting pool, fountain, apple orchard and several gardens.

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Can you see yourself living in luxary at Gloria Crest?

Links:
Previews Inside Out – Home is Where the Heart is
Wikipedia – Gloria Swanson
Zillow – 83 North Willow Street