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

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    Rob and Marlisa(1) Robert & Marlisa Zebaida
    Zebaida Group at Keller Williams Realty
    Phone: 973.379.7030
    Email: info@zebaidagroup.com
    Website: www.ZebaidaGroup.com
    We all try to develop healthy fitness and diet habits, such as working out and maintaining an appropriate weight. In today’s Zebaida Group Real Estate & News!® Free consumer newsletter, you’ll learn how some of these good activities – when done in excess – can go bad.

    You’ll also find a handy checklist of monthly maintenance tasks you should do to keep your home in good condition, how to make flowers last – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.

    Here’s what’s happening in your neighborhood. What a difference a week makes…the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States launched a wild ride in the ‘markets’ as they have begun to assess the likely changes to fiscal and monetary policy that will impact corporate profits and inflation. Renewed optimism sent the markets to all time highs and rallied mortgage rates up. Furthermore, we are hearing that the fed is sticking to a planned rate hike in December. So…how will that impact our local real estate markets? In the short term, it could push buyers into ‘urgent mode’ and an early spring buying frenzy as they move to purchase before affordability slips away.   Homeowners planning a move in the near future have an opportunity to capitalize on this short term opportunity if they can move up their timeline to January or February.

    Town: ACTIVE
    LISTINGS:
    OCTOBER
    ACTIVE
    LISTINGS:
    SEPTEMBER
    #UNDER
    CONTRACT:
    OCTOBER
    #UNDER
    CONTRACT:
    SEPTEMBER
    # SOLD:
    OCT 
    #SOLD:
    SEPT  
    UC/
    DOM
    LP/SP
    Livingston 95 108 18 41 37 29 64 97%
    Millburn/Short Hills  87 96 21 25 13 26 67 93%
    Maplewood 46 48 29 31 22 25 43 105%
    South Orange  55 66 21 14 15 15 43 100%
    West Orange  256 276 48 52 51 48 67 95%
    Summit 80 85 19 24 23 26 19 96%
    Montclair 86 96 28 37 26 34 34 100%

    Also, we would like to say a few special words about our friend and client Moshe Rasis. More than a few years ago, we met Moshe when helping him and his family find a home in Livingston. Since our meeting, Moshe has continually supported our business and referred us to colleagues and friends. Moshe, thank you for warm support – we are grateful.

    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 with a growing family and they need more room. You can help them buy their dream home for a lower payment than they might think is possible by mentioning our Free Consumer Report “7 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Financing Your Home.” Then give them our phone number – 973.379.7030. Or…

    Today’s Brain Teaser . . .

    I’m named after nothing, though I’m awfully clamorous, And when I’m not working, your house is less glamorous. What am I?

    (see answer below)

    How To Keep Your Healthy Habits “Healthy”

    Sometimes overdoing a healthy habit can have the opposite of the intended effect. Here are 5 ways to keep your healthy habits “healthy”…

      • Working out. U.S. Health and Human Services recommends that the average adult get at least 150 minutes/week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes/week of vigorous aerobic activity. Generally, that’s 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Too much exercise can result in exhaustion, muscle fatigue and injury. Average adults should aim to break a sweat – if you’re completely exhausted after the gym, you might be going too hard.
      • Walking. It’s great exercise but if you do it too much, you may end up with chronic foot pain. The repetitive motion can cause plantar fasciitis (also common in women who wear high heels). Your best bet is to get good orthotic inserts with sturdy arch support for your walks.
      • Getting consistent sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours (for adults) per night. Oversleeping on weekends builds up carbon dioxide and doesn’t make up for lack of sleep during the week. Think daily, not weekly cumulative hours.
      • Dieting. People who try different “fad” diets often gain back more weight than they’ve lost. If you want to lose weight, talk to a nutritionist or your doctor for a long-term diet that’s right for you.
    • Taking supplements. Many adults take one or more vitamins or supplements every day. However, too many supplements (without your doctor’s approval) can interact with other medications and have serious side effects. Vitamin K, for example, can reduce the effectiveness of blood thinner medication. For more info, go to: https://ods.od.nih.gov

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    Thinking Of Selling Your Home Soon?

    Don’t attempt to sell your home without our Free Consumer Guide, “6 Steps For Selling Your Home For Top Dollar.” 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.

    Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist

    Keeping up with home maintenance tasks will save you money, preserve the value of your home, and prevent headaches down the line. There are tasks that you should do quarterly, seasonally and annually, but this month we’ll focus on a handy list of basic things you should do monthly:

    • Inspect, clean and possibly change the furnace filter.
    • Vacuum heat registers, vents and refrigerator coils.
    • Use vinegar to clean mineral deposits from faucets and showerheads.
    • Clean kitchen sink disposal. Tip: Freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray and run cubes through the disposal.
    • Clean kitchen exhaust fan filters and fan blades. Tip: Use a degreaser (buy at an auto parts store) mixed with hot water.
    • Inspect dishwasher for leaks. If you find problems, search for info on YouTube or consider calling a plumber.
    • Pour boiling water down drains. Tip: If clogged, add a cup of baking soda.
    • Inspect all fire extinguishers to make sure the gauges show adequate pressure. Most extinguishers last between 5 and 15 years. It’s also a good time to review how to use them.

    Note: Save this copy. Next month we’ll feature things you should do quarterly.

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    Here’s A Free, Valuable Resource…

    Now You Can Search The Home Market, Get Helpful Community Information, AND Receive Important Resources For Saving Time And Money When Buying Or Selling At www.zebaidagrouphomes.com
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    Fun Facts and Laughs

    Strange But True . . .

    Some animals smell like foods. Mother Nature Network cites these examples:

    • Copperhead snakes (when touched) smell like cucumbers. (Don’t try this at home!)
    • Domestic dog paws smell like corn chips or popcorn. If the smell is strong, better check with your vet.
    • Honeybees release an alarm pheromone that smells like bananas. Time to back away!
    • Bed bugs release a scent that smells like coriander. If you have lots of them, they smell more like musty gym shoes.

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    How To Make Flowers Last . . .

    Readers’s Digest suggests these tricks for an average-sized vase:

    • Sugar & vinegar: Dissolve 2 tbsp sugar in warm water with 2 tbsp white or apple cider vinegar.
    • Vodka: Add a few drops to the water to inhibit bacteria growth.
    • Aspirin: It’s true! Add a crushed aspirin to the water to make flowers last longer.

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    Great DIY Websites . . .

    • www.instructables.com – Learn how to make everything from a telescope to flip-flops (out of car tires).
    • www.familyhandyman.com – Find home projects, repairs and how-to videos. To get full resources, subscribe to the print edition for $10 and get digital access.
    • www.apartmenttherapy.com – Get ideas on how to make the most of your apartment space.

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    Have A Laugh – Carrying The Torch

    A tourist was heading to the savannah for his first safari. Having read up on survival techniques, he was sure he was prepared for any emergency. He walked up to the guide and said, “I know that carrying a torch will keep the lions at bay.” The guide nodded wisely and said, “That’s very true. But it also depends on how fast you carry that torch!”

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    Are You Our Client Of The Month?

    Every month we choose a very special Client Of The Month. It’s our way of acknowledging good friends and saying “thanks” to those who support us and our business with referrals, word of mouth and repeat business.

    This month’s clients of the month are Zina and Michael Brenner. Zina and Michael are family friends and two of the warmest, kindest and loyal people in the Zebaida Group Community. We are excited to enter them into the Zebaida Group Loyalty Program. Zina and Michael…enjoy the monthly treats to come!

    You might be our next Client Of The Month too! Watch for your name here in an upcoming month.

    Trivia Challenge for the Month…
    “Who Else Wants To Win Movie tickets for two?”
    Guess who won last month’s Trivia Question? I’m pleased to announce the lucky winner of last month’s quiz. And the winners are, drum roll please: Marcia Crawford and Hank & Laura Traverso were the first people to correctly answer our quiz question.What does “M&M’s” stand for?

    a) Mickey & Minnie
    b) Mars & Mercury
    c) Mr. & Mrs.
    d) Mars & Murrie

    The answer is d) Mars & Murrie. These are the last names of the candy’s founders. Let’s move on to this month’s trivia question.

    What movie cast Kevin Spacey just two days before filming began?

    a) Se7en
    b) American Beauty
    c) The Usual Suspects
    d) 21

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

    Brain Teaser Answer:

    A vacuum!

    Real Estate Q & A . . .

    Q.  What’s the purpose of a home inspection?
    A.   A home inspection is generally performed after the buyer and seller have entered into a written contract. It’s a review of the home’s condition, including the heating system, attic, foundation, and a mold review. The point is to identify any area of the home that needs replacement or repair. Some buyers use the report to negotiate the final price of their purchase.

    You may choose to buy a home and make repairs, or you may walk away from the property if the costs would be too high for your budget and the sellers refuse to lower the price or make the repairs. You can get your earnest money back provided your contract has a “sale contingent on inspection” clause.

    You’ll also need to get an appraisal, which serves to assess a value to the property for financing purposes. You need to know that the property you’ve selected will appraise at or above the amount you’ve contracted to pay/finance for it.

    Want to learn more? Ask for our Free Consumer Report called “Top 10 First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes To Avoid.” 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.