Submitted by Ralph Aponte on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:54am
According to the Department of Labor, New Jersey’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent in September from 6.6 percent in August.
This level is the lowest it has been in nearly 6 years (November 2008).
Jobs came from the public sector: 600, which is largely representing a large number of education jobs filled. Though these numbers are not strong enough to call a surge, it does come during a time when the Atlantic City casinos have been forced to let thousands of people go.
Submitted by Ralph Aponte on Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:33am
According to a Redfin report that covers real estate activity nationally, offers increased 6.8 percent, and home tours were up by 2.2 percent making September a turnaround month in buyer demand.
Redfin's analysis attributes the improvement in September's uptick in tour requests and offers to a momentum shift, suggesting "that housing activity will hold steady through November."
The jump of September's signed offers of 6.8 percent most likely was due to fewer buyers.
Submitted by Ralph Aponte on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 3:59am
Plan a trip to a local winery.
Much to my surprise, I discovered that there are 45 wineries located in the state of New Jersey.
Since the first brewery was established in the Dutch settlement of Hoboken back in the early 1600’s, the first vineyards were planted by the early settlers of New Jersey in areas where grapes were already growing. New Jersey’s oldest, continuously-operated winery is the Renault Winery, which dates back to 1864.
Submitted by Ralph Aponte on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 8:59am
These are a few more tips for home selling in the Autumn.
2. The Price is Right
Submitted by Ralph Aponte on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:31am
1. Paint, Prune and Photograph Early
If you live in the Northeast and may be considering listing your home for sale, get your property properly landscaped, painted, primed and photographed sooner rather than later. Properties present much better in photographs when there are leaves on the trees, grass on the front lawn and flowers that are in bloom.
Unless you are selling a potential ski property, make sure you go green: and green means leaves.
Submitted by Ralph Aponte on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:21am
This month the residents of Camden, New Jersey finally were able to see what the $90 million facility looked like on the inside.
The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center represents the final project funded by the gift of $1.6 billion provided by Ray Kroc, the MacDonalds’ founder.
The community center will look to provide a full range of programs in one location close to a community in need of recreational and social resources.
According to some estimates, at least 10,000 Camden residents are within a few minute walk of the center.
Submitted by Ralph Aponte on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 6:13am
From 2012 to 2014, there has been a transformational shift in construction on Long Beach Island. Notwithstanding the damage done to 2,100 homes and the tens of millions of dollars in storm damage, building has never been bigger.
Demand for new housing is riding the crest of optimism, which comes as a result of the new elevation requirements and dune replenishment, complements of Federal government funds.
As reported by the Asbury Park Press, 420 new building permits have been issued since 2013, and three-fourths of them for Long Beach Township.
Submitted by Ralph Aponte on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:06am
Looks like the 360,000 honey bees that populate the six hives on the roof of the storied New York City landmark have had a sweetening effect on the value of the hotel.
It was reported in The New York Times on Tuesday, October 7, that the Waldorf-Astoria will be sold for $1.95 billion to a Chinese insurance company, Anbang Insurance Group.
The almost $2 billion price tag is thought to be the highest paid for a hotel.
This announcement reflects the surge in real estate investment coming from Chinese sources.
Submitted by Ralph Aponte on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 7:03am
Creating a lead pipeline is the lifeblood of any business. Here are some additional tips:
4. Offer a Newsletter Subscription or Social Media Widget
Make your homepage tool for visitors. Give them something and encourage them to stay in touch.
5. Start Marketing to Millennials
They Are Coming to a Market Near You! The job market is improving and unemployment is easing, so millennials are finally beginning to make the move from renting to buying.
Submitted by Ralph Aponte on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 4:11am
I have recently run across a number of articles covering the topic of generating referrals or leads.
Here are a few ways to actually put some substance to your intentions.
1. Leveraging LinkedIn