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Robert & Marlisa Zebaida’s… Real Estate & News! January 2016

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Rob and Marlisa(1) 2 Robert & Marlisa Zebaida
Zebaida Group at Keller Williams Realty
Phone: 973.379.7030
Do you believe in “no pain, no gain” when it comes to working out? The fitness world is full of myths and half-truths about diet and exercise. In today’s Real Estate & News!® Free consumer newsletter, you’ll learn five fitness myths and the facts you should know so you’ll be better informed when you make your own fitness decisions.

You’ll also learn some options you might consider if you are “house-rich but cash-poor,” tasks you should be completing around your home this Spring and Fall, and net lingo you should know – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.

Here’s what’s happening in your neighborhood. ’Confidence is the Companion of Success.’After being stuck in the ‘dodldrums’ through most of the ‘recovery’ the Small Business Confidence Index surged 7.4% and Retail Sales rose.6% from November to December. In the past, when indexes have retracted, it has been a reflection of a National Gross Domestic Product slowdown…so, all things being equal… recent index increases are reflective of a pick- up in growth. What does this mean for the local Real Estate Markets?? Fireworks. Interest rates have risen twice since the elections and as a result we are tracking higher than usual buyer activity. Mix that with low inventory, typical for January, and you have bidding wars and prices jumping above asking consistently. Great news, yes or yes? This is what we call –A BUBBLE. If making a move is in the near future AND you have the option to move up your timeline, you are in a position to capitalize on the current market. We are tracking and average of 3-4% over ask price. 
Livingston 81 16 17 33 95%
Millburn/Short Hills  50 13 25 101 92%
Maplewood 39 19 28 60 97%
South Orange  30 17 23 53 98%
West Orange  209 40 50 70 92%
Summit 40 14 26 65 97%
Montclair 67 32 35 66 103%
Caldwell Boro 13 5 10 32 98%
North Caldwell Boro 36 3 7 122 94%
Roseland Boro 14 7 6 103 97%
Verona 42 12 24 73 99%
West Caldwell 12 11 13 40 96%

*These statistics reflect activity November 2016. All information is from the GSMLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed

Also, we ’d like to say a few special words about our clients and friends, Gina Rosell and Lisa Bayer. Gina & Lisa…thank you for connecting us with 2 new clients. Thank you for your warm friendship and support of our business!

Finally, we want you to know that you may call us for any reason. And please let us know if a friend, family member or neighbor needs a caring, competent real estate professional to help in buying or selling.

We truly appreciate your friendship and referrals.  Enjoy your issue!

Robert & Marlisa Zebaida

Robert & Marlisa Zebaida, REALTOR®
Zebaida Group at Keller Williams Realty

P.S. When you notice people talking about real estate in the next few weeks, can you tell them about the free consumer information we provide?

They may be people looking to buy a home and you can mention our Free Consumer Report: “8 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Finding, Buying and Financing Your Next Home.” They’ll be so grateful for this help, and you can give them our phone number – 973.379.7030, or request a copy by clicking this box.

Today’s Brain Teaser . . .

Two trains are on the same track, one headed east and the other west. They both leave at 1:00, travel at the same speed, but don’t crash into each other. How?

(see answer below)

5 Fitness Fictions That May Surprise You

It’s a new year, and you’ve probably made resolutions to work out more often or lose weight. The fitness world is full of myths about diet and exercise. To get off to a good start, join a gym or hire a fitness coach. Here are five fitness myths and the facts you should know so you can choose the fitness regimen that’s right for you.

Fiction: No pain; no gain
Fact: While you may feel sore a day or two after working out, you shouldn’t feel real pain. If something hurts, stop and rest. If the pain persists, don’t work through it. Talk to your doctor instead.

Fiction: Lifting weights will bulk you up.
Fact: Weight training forces your muscles to work 10 to 20 times more than cardio. But bulking up comes from high calorie intake. You can tone your muscles by combining weight training with a moderate diet.

Fiction: If you work out every day, you can eat anything you want.
Fact: If only it were true! To burn fat, you need to expend more calories than your body uses. While personal metabolisms vary, the answer is to eat a balanced diet – including on rest days – to fuel your body, and to exercise regularly to feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.

Fiction: You’ll lose weight if you exercise and eat a low-carb diet.
Fact: Carbs are essential if you want to do strength training, cardio or almost any sport. Without them, you won’t perform as well or recover as effectively between training sessions.

Fiction: You can spot reduce one area of your body.
Fact: Working out can reduce overall body fat, but you can’t control where that fat comes from. What does work is to burn as much fuel as you can with a good overall exercise program and a healthy diet.

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Warning Before You Sell Your Home…

Don’t put your home on the market without our Free Consumer Guide titled, “How To Avoid 7 Costly Mistakes When Selling Your Home.” Our exclusive report will give you all the facts for a fast, top dollar sale. Just call 973.379.7030 anytime, 24 hours, and we’ll rush a copy out to you for free.

Over-Extending On Your Home?

Are you “house-rich but cash-poor”? In other words, you spend so much on your mortgage (and building equity) that you don’t have cash to spend on other needs. The key is to get back into financial balance. Each case is different, so do your homework and consider these actions:

    • Sell your house and buy (or rent) something smaller. Sounds drastic, but it frees up assets and is particularly relevant if you are close to retirement.
    • Refinance your current mortgage (when mortgage rates are down). Talk to a loan expert to see if this option would be beneficial to you. If you can’t keep up with your mortgage, check out info at
  • Look into a reverse mortgage (if you’re 62 or older). This lets you access your equity but there are up-front costs and you’ll want to remain in your house for the rest of your life. Talk to a financial planner to fully understand this option.

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Would You Like To Know How Much Your Neighbor’s Home Listed Or Sold For?

Maybe you’re just curious. Or maybe you want to know how much your home is worth. Either way, we can help…with no “sales pitches” or run-arounds. Call us at 973.379.7030 and we’ll give you all the facts.

Fun Facts and Laughs

Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

In the last two issues, we’ve focused on maintenance tasks you should perform quarterly and monthly to keep your home in great condition. This month we’ll focus on things you should do seasonally. we’ll complete the series next month with a list of annual tasks.


  • Power-wash windows and siding. It’s spring cleaning on the outside of your house.
  • Refinish your deck, if needed. You’ll want it to look great for the summer.
  • Check sprinklers or drip systems for leaks. Look for exposed lines, dripping sprinkler heads, or overly wet areas of the lawn.
  • Clean window and door screens. Remove and hose them down for a clear view.
  • Inspect your roof. You may have winter weather damage.


  • Seal gaps in windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. You’ll save money on heating bills.
  • Attend to cracks and gaps in the driveway and walkways. Fix them now before they get worse.
  • Check fireplace to make sure it’s operating safely. You may want to hire a professional.
  • Drain and winterize exterior plumbing (if appropriate).
  • Clean the carpets. Good to get this done before the holidays.

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Have A Laugh. . .

Did you hear about the woman who called the airline customer-service desk to ask if she could take her dog on board?

“Sure,” said the agent, “as long as you provide your own kennel.” She added that the kennel needed to be large enough for the dog to stand up, sit down, turn around, and roll over.

The customer was confounded: 
”I’ll never be able to teach him all of that by tomorrow!”

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Websites To Help You Find A Contractor . . .

  • – Already well known but now it’s free to join!
  • – Gives you the bonus of providing cost guides for hundreds of projects.
  • – Lists 3.5 million contractors and features prices, photos and project descriptions.

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Net Lingo To Know. . .

You’ll find these in the Oxford English Dictionary:

  • POTUS: President of the United States
  • FLOTUS: First Lady of the United States
  • SCOTUS: Supreme Court of the United States
  • ROFL: Rolling On The Floor Laughing
  • YOLO: You Only Live Once
  • YAM: Yet Another Meeting
  • FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out

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Please Welcome New Clients And Good Friends Into Our Real Estate Family…

We’d like to take a moment to personally introduce and welcome a few of our newest clients and good friends who have supported our business over the years. And special thanks to everyone who thought of us with your referrals!

Welcome new clients – the Goscinskis, the Subarris, the Stollofs! Special thanks to Moshe Rasis, Gina Rossell and Lisa Bayer! Your referrals are warmly appreciated!

Trivia Challenge for the Month…
“Who Else Wants To Win Movie tickets for two?”
Guess who won last month’s Trivia Question? We’re pleased to announce the lucky winners of last month’s quiz. And the winners are, drum roll please: Marcia Crawford and Jane Brick were the first people to correctly answer our quiz question.How many different animals have been featured in Barnum’s Animals Crackers?

a) 18
b) 26
c) 37
d) 43

The answer is c) 37. Animal shapes have come and gone over the years, but today there are 19 different animals in circulation. Let’s move on to this month’s trivia question.

Who was the highest paid celebrity of 2016?

a) Beyonce Knowles
b) Adele
c) LeBron James
d) Taylor Swift

And You Could Be One Of Our Next Winners! Call Us At 973.379.7030 OR

Brain Teaser Answer:

One left at 1:00 am, the other at 1:00 pm

Real Estate Q & A . . .

Q.  What landscaping will attract buyers to my home?
A.   Here are some ideas to get more offers on your property.

Consider a low-maintenance landscaping concept. Having little or no natural grass (try rock gardens) is perfect for busy professionals and retirees looking at your home. Also, consider using native plants because they are colorful, require little fertilizer, and need no additional water or special attention.

Keep your foundation plants pruned. Make sure plants are low enough against the windows and railings. This keeps a well-maintained appearance and makes your home look more secure.

If you are short on time, hire a professional. A professional landscaper can rid your yard of weeds and dead spots. This ensures a healthy-looking yard.

Learn more about selling your home in our Free Consumer Report called “4 Steps To Stage Your Home For A Fast Sale.” Call us and we’ll send a copy right over to you.

Do you have a real estate question you want answered? Feel free to call us at 973.379.7030 or email us. Perhaps we’ll feature it in our next issue!

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Disclaimer:  The information contained in this email is intended for informational purposes.  It should not substitute as legal, accounting, investment, medical or other professional services advice.  Always seek a competent professional for answers to your specific questions. This email is not intended to solicit real estate properties currently for sale.