John Franc's Blog Posts

What New Home Buyers Spend On Their Homes After Purchasing

Home buyers who purchased new homes were more likely to make big money splurges after moving in.   In a recent release the National Association of Home Buyers found that new home

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Barnegat Farm Market

Beginning Thursday June 22 (and running every Thursday)  and lasting to October 26 the folks in Barnegat can get fresh produce, coffees, fresh fruit, nuts, ethnic foods and gourmet

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Owning A Home May Lead To Healthier Retirement In Your Golden Years

A recent study by the Urban Institute showed that older homeowners not having outstanding debt will benefit by owning their own home due to the rise of the median home value.  Older

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Barnegats Community Yard Sale This Weekend

The Barnegat Waretown Chamber of Commerce announced the annual Barnegat Town Wide Yard sale takes place this weekend on Saturday April 29th.  Make sure that you registered so that your

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The Best Irish Potatoes

One of my favorite St. Patrick's Day treats are freshly made "Irish Potatoes".  I love using coconut in any dessert recipe as it offers texture and sweetness, this definitely is true in this

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Hike On The Barnegat Rail Route

Taking advantage of the spring like weather my wife and I checked out the Barnegat Rail Route which had plenty of hikers and bikers having the same idea that we did.  The 7 mile trail is

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Barnegat Dock Rocks

We couldn't pass up on the 40+ degree weather that we have been enjoying the last 2 days and decided to go for a walk at our favorite dock.  There was no breeze and the sun felt warm when

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FREE Water Proof Electrical Connections

I just wanted to share an idea that I saw on the internet before the holidays.  We decided to buy a couple of the laser light displays to decorate our house for the holidays.  These lights

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Singing Santa Holiday Show In Waretown

Plan on attending a great evening of music and a visit by Santa Claus.A "Singing Santa Holiday Show" will be held on Saturday December 17 at the Albert Music Hall sponsored by the Pinelands Cultural

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Do Not Forget To Fill Up Today

I'm sure we are all preoccupied with the Halloween festivities but something dark & dreary is lurking after midnight....................Our state will begin implementing the 23 cents a gallon gas.

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Cut Your Floor Cleaning Time In Half

I'm not to proud to admit that when it comes to household chores I have been delegated to cleaning the floors in our home.  Until recently I have started off by vacuuming our hardwood

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Labor Day Weekend Does Not Have To End Your Summer

You still can enjoy all that Long Beach Island this Labor Day weekend knowing that the Island does not shut down after Labor Day.  The water is at it's warmest temperatures of

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Maintenance Task Well Worth Doing Before You List Your House

 PaintingPainting is one of the most cost effective, easiest ways for you to update and enhance the look of your home before you list it.  The nice part is you don’t

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45 Days Is The New Closing Average

You should expect 45 days to close if you are financing a home mortgage for a home purchase, this wait is up from 44 days a month ago according to the most recent Origination Insight

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Home Owners Are Remodeling

In 2015, the majority of home owners that were remodeling their homes were either redoing their bathrooms or kitchens while some were redoing both. The bathroom and kitchen again were at

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Student Debt Affects The Housing Market

 A majority of Americans still feel that home ownership is a major aspiration but many are finding it more difficult to achieve it because of the huge amount of student debt they have. 

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Millennials Are The BUSINESS NOW Generation

Always ask your clients which way they prefer to communicate with you.  Whether it be by phone, texting, or email, let them decide.   This is crucial in the real estate market today

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Bufflehead Head Duck Wintering In Barnegat Bay

I spotted this Bufflehead Duck Saturday feeding in Barnegat Bay.    They are a diving duck that feed on mostly  aquatic invertebrates, crustaceans, and mollusks and swallow their food

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Significant Rise In Housing Demand Over The Coming Decade

A recent study by the Mortgage Bankers Association shows that the economic & demographic changes in the U.S. Housing market will increase an additional 13.9 to 15.9 million households in the next 8

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When Is the Right Time to Reduce the Asking Price?When a seller places their homes on the market,  buyers should respond by scheduling showings and making offers. That will not always be the

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Is A Picture Worth A Thousand Words

The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words still rules in the world of the real estate photos that we as real estate agents present to market our listings.  The internet has

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Why Is The Fall A Good Time To Buy

We as Realtors often are asked "Is the Fall a good time to buy a home?"  I always like to answer "it's always a good time to buy!"  Here are some really good reasons to buy a home

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Only Difference Is The Water

From the streams, lakes and mountains to the beach, ocean and lagoons.  It's been quite a change of scenery since our move from the Poconos to the Jersey shore.  One thing that hasn't

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Looking To Bass Fish South Jersey

I moved down from the Poconos recently where I enjoyed Bass fishing in the many lakes and streams.  Now that we are settled in our new home I have one item I still have to get down from the

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Sellers Property Disclosure PA Vs NJ

One of the most interesting things that I have learned about NJ real estate is that the Seller's Property Disclosure is not required by law in NJ.  Being a PA licensed real estate agent for the

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