Robert Pileggi's Blog Posts

What You Need To Know About Going Solar

The decision to add solar panels to your home can seem daunting. The unknowns and assumptions of costs and installation tend to leave homeowners uneasy about going solar.However, just as home

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Renovate Your Kitchen Without Knocking Down A Wall

When most people think of redoing a dated ’70s- or ’80s-era kitchen, their first instinct is usually: Knock down a wall! Open up the space! Buy some gleaming, modern appliances! All fine ideas,

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Barnegat Population Spikes

According to the U.S. Census, the population of Barnegat Township showed virtually no growth until exploding in the 1970s and 80s. Unlike most, the township kept booming. Since 2000, the number of

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Survey Says Vacation Home Market On The Rebounds

After several years of negative trends in the real estate industry, finally a sign of life: A market study just out by a Stuart real estate marketing firm shows budding consumer confidence in the

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7 Great Kid Activities On LBI

Fantasy Island Amusement Park, Beach Haven, NJKids of all ages will enjoy the rides, games and arcade at this Victorian themed amusement park.  For more than 25 years Fantasy Island has been a

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How A Couple Paid Off Their Mortgage In 7 Years

The idea behind paying off a loan faster than scheduled is pretty simple: It saves you money. That’s a huge part of the reason Andrea Stewart and Jerimiah Honer decided to repay their 30-year

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How Bad Credit Can Make Your Mortgage More Expensive

Conventional loans are gold standard of the mortgage market. This loan type offers the best possible terms and fees as well as relatively sustainable long-term affordability. However,

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A Garden You Can Eat

If you ever worry about where your food comes from, or what kind of chemicals might have been put in or on it, growing your own is a great solution. Plus, you won’t be spending all your cash on

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Sales Of Vacation Homes Increased Last Year

According to the National Association of Realtors, vacation home purchases made up 21% of all home sales last year at an estimated 1.13 million, the highest level since 2003 and a 57% increase from

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The One Item Needed To Sell A Home For Top Dollar

Naturally, all sellers want to get the most money possible for their homes when they sell them. There is one item that, if not perfect, will cause your home to sell for less than it should — that

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2014 Mortgage Rate Swings May Impact Home Buying

In 2013, increased mortgage rates resulted in decreased home sales, as shown in the graph left.  This trend could continue in 2014, especially if there is a significant increase in mortgage

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Buyers Get An Edge During The Busy Spring Season

The spring and summer months are traditionally the busiest times of year for the residential real estate market. Weather is more cooperative and many families like to move while the kids are on

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The Top Six Most Useful Kitchen Additions

Modern kitchens are generally built with space and convenience in mind. But if you’re living with an older kitchen, there are easy additions you may want to consider to maximize your available

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6 Ways To Avoid Mortgage Relief Scams

If you fall behind on your mortgage payments, desperation may begin to seep in. And if you’re desperate, there are thieves and swindlers ready to take advantage of your situation

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Should You Pay Off Credit Card Debt Before Buying A Home

While getting your financial house in order before you try to purchase a home is an excellent plan, paying off all your credit card debt may not be the best move.Ironically, some of the

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Remodel Or Refinance Why Not Do Both

Let's see. Do I want to refinance now or wait until I finish with my home improvements? Or do I go ahead and get a construction loan, complete my addition, then refinance both my mortgages when the

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10 Things To Consider Before Making An Offer On A Home

If you’ve narrowed down your choice of a home to one, you may be eager to make an offer and get negotiations started. If you’re buying in a tight market where sellers have the upper hand you may

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10 Summer Moving Tips

If you're moving this summer, the busiest season for moving, you know how daunting it can be. But if you create a blueprint for your move, the transition from house to house will go more smoothly

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What Types Of Loans Are Available Through FHA

FHA loans have been helping people become homeowners since 1934. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) - which is part of HUD - insures the loan, so your lender can offer you a better deal.Low

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Should I Use A Real Estate Broker

Using a real estate broker is a very good idea. All the details involved in home buying, particularly the financial ones, can be mind-boggling. A good real estate professional can guide you through

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Can I Become A Homebuyer Even If I Have Had Bad Credit And Dont Have Much For A Downpayment

You may be a good candidate for one of the federal mortgage programs. Start by contacting one of the HUD-funded housing counseling agencies that can help you sort through your.

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What Are HUD Homes And Are They A Good Deal

HUD homes can be a very good deal. When someone with a HUD insured mortgage can't meet the payments, the lender forecloses on the home; HUD pays the lender what is owed; and HUD takes ownership of

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Why You Should Buy Instead Of Rent

A home is an investment. When you rent, you write your monthly check and that money is gone forever. But when you own your home, you can deduct the cost of your mortgage loan interest from your

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Four New Vegan Products Worth Trying In 2014

What better way to brighten up your winter days than indulging in some new mouthwatering vegan products? Whether from well-established vegan brands or new companies, these top COK selections will

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Home Sales On The Rise

Across a diverse South Jersey real estate market, some noticeable trends emerged in 2013, according to an analysis by The Press of Atlantic City of data compiled by the New Jersey Association of

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Simple Steps Can Help Prevent Frozen Pipes

With another polar vortex blast on the way, homeowners must again be aware of the possibility of frozen – then bursting – pipes.Frozen pipes create havoc in cold weather, often sending water

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LBI Beachfill Start Date Pushed Past Summer Season

The latest projection for the start of beach replenishment planned for various sections of Long Beach Island is early fall, according to Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini and the U.S. Army

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LBI Beach Replenishment To Begin

A federal project to replenish beaches and restore Hurricane Sandy-damaged dunes on Long Beach Island will begin soon.  The Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded a $30.6 million contract to

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