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Mobile Real Estate App

Most buyers searching for their new home begin by browsing online property search sites.

Main Street has made your search even easier!

Download the Main Street mobile real estate app and stay up to date with the local listings!

The app let’s you search by closest homes to your current location, homes with scheduled open houses, homes that have had price adjustments, just listed properties, or customize your search.

There is also a helpful mortgage calculator showing you the principal and interest payment to help you quickly assess the affordability of a property.

Follow this link to download the app!

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What renovations add value to your home?

Before listing your home for sale, you must first make sure it will create a buzz among potential buyers! You likely have already heard about the need to de-clutter, de-personalize, and deep clean… but what renovations can you do to add value to your home?

Taking the time to prepare your home and making the investment in upgrades before listing for sale will help in getting more potential buyers coming through your door and maximizing your profit.

Renovations, whether large or small, can make a big impact on getting your house sold. They can also create a big hole in your wallet if you don’t know which ones will pay off.

Here are some renovation ideas to consider:

Roof – While a new roof may not add immediate value to your home, it may help it sell faster. When a buyer spots a leak, nothing else matters! Advertising a new roof in your listing is a big draw for house hunters.

Curb Appeal – First impression is the key! If your home doesn’t look inviting on the outside, nobody is going to want to go inside. A nicely manicured lawn, colorful flowers, and a welcoming entrance way will catch a buyer’s eye. Applying a fresh coat of paint on the front door and power washing walkways are also easy upgrades.

New Deck/Patio – Adding a new deck or patio can recoup approximately 84% when selling a home. A weather treated wooden deck is a nice selling point!

Kitchen – Kitchens are easier to update than one might think. Consider adding new appliances and lighting. Adding new fixtures, a back splash, and new counter tops can make a big impact.

Bathrooms – Simple updates such as new hardware, fixtures, and lighting can make a dated bathroom feel refreshed. Removing old caulking and adding new can make a bathroom look cleaner and neater. You may also consider removing a shower door or curtain to create a more spacious feeling.

Windows – New windows are a good selling point as they lower energy costs. Wooden windows are admired for their classical elegance and relative scarcity in the marketplace and can significantly improve the value of your home to the right buyers.

Central Air – Adding air conditioning is a good upgrade especially if you are selling in the warmer seasons.

Bonus Space – Attics are often unused space in homes that may be suitable as home offices, TV rooms, art studios and even bedrooms. The buyer will see potential for personal use as well as knowing that all areas of the home are sustainable.

Siding – Upscale fiber-cement siding can actually recoup the same amount or more money than you spend on it. It is relatively easy to install and is virtually maintenance free once installed and painted.

Closets – Reorganizing small closet spaces and adding wood elements like shelves creates a tidy look.

Cosmetics – A fresh coat of neutral color paint can go a long way! Pay attention to the details such as replacing outlet covers, light switch plates, and heat registers.

Remember that most buyers are beginning their search online, so investing in upgrades that will jump out to those browsing photos online is important. When you make the decision to sell your home, first think through a plan of action to assure your house will be competitive in the market. A house is a product in the real estate market. You want to make sure the presentation of your product compliments that value you are seeking.

For additional guidance, call your local real estate specialist and schedule an in home consultation!

Preparing to sell your home_

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Sunday Story – From NJ to Philly

Collingswood Train Station 1941

The Camden & Atlantic Railroad ran from Camden to Atlantic City. The Collingswood station was built in 1885 at Collings and Atlantic Avenues. The train would carry passengers to Camden where commuters would transfer to a ferry to cross the Delaware river.

This photo is from January 27, 1941. (Credit: ‘Images of America – Collingswood’ by Janet Spavlik)

Having Collingswood on the railroad map helped the growth of the communities as it offered easy transportation for commuters!

In 1931, the Delaware River Bridge (today the Ben Franklin Bridge) was given permission to construct a high speed transit line connecting Philadelphia to Camden.

After years of planning, engineering, and construction, the Patco Speedline began operation on February 15, 1969.

Today the station looks different, but the elevated tracks still run along Atlantic Avenue. New Jersey has nine stations that run from Lindenwold through Camden. The rail line transports 39,000 commuters a day.

We continue to see the same growth in the neighborhoods surrounding the Speedline from commuters who are attracted to the walkable, suburban communities that sit just outside the city lines.

From Collingswood to 8th and Market in Philadelphia is just a 14 minute ride!

Learn more about Patco’s stations and fares on their website:

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Real Estate Market Update – August 2018

Do you know what’s going on in today’s real estate market?

It is important for your Area real estate Specialist to keep you up to date with what is happening in the market. Here is a quick snapshot looking at what is going on in the New Jersey communities we serve:

Low housing inventory cannot keep up with the high buyer demand. As a result, we are seeing an increase in home values.

Interest rates are climbing, but are still favorable for buyers.

The statistics below show the increase in AVERAGE SOLD home prices from 2017 to 2018 (Jan-Jul) for some neighborhoods within our service area.

Collingswood – 14.2% INCREASE
Haddon Township – 19.3% INCREASE
Haddonfield – 7.1% INCREASE
Oaklyn – 11.5% INCREASE
Audubon – 14.26% INCREASE

For a detailed report on your home, contact Main Street Realty today!

Market Report 2018

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Main Street Realty Agent Spotlight: Paul Ciervo

August’s Main Street agent spotlight is Paul Ciervo!

Paul grew up in Oaklyn and graduated from Collingswood High School in 1976. He married his wife, Joyce Iezzi (Collingswood class of 1976) in 1976. They have 3 children, Cari Anne (Rick Koss), Paul Ciervo Jr. (Jenna Tabako) and Jana Ciervo (Dan Mazzo). They also have 7 Grandchildren – 3 boys and 4 girls ranging from 3 months to 19 years old.

Paul graduated from Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky., with a bachelor of science in environmental and military science in 1980. In June of 1980 he was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps and was a distinguished military graduate.

Paul is a Master Aviator with more than 3,000 flying hours and has received numerous flying safety awards as well as numerous military decorations. He is fixed wing rated as well as rotary wing qualified in numerous aircraft.

In 1995, Paul received his real estate license. When he retired from the military in 2004, at the rank of Colonel, he joined his brother Pat at Main Street Realty to begin his full time real estate career.

Over the years, Paul has become an integral member of the community. He and his family have been Collingswood residents for over 34 years! He coached little league, boys and girls soccer, and basketball for over 20 years. He also assists in the holiday parade and the Mayfair every year.

“I really enjoy the small town feel and the close knit community of Collingswood. It feels like we have over 14,000 neighbors!”

“I like showing people how home ownership is easier than they think. I also like showing buyers that a home investment builds a firm foundation to financial freedom.”

Contact Paul to discuss your real estate buying and selling needs:

Paul Ciervo #AreaSpecialist

Paul Ciervo, Main Street Realty
Paul Ciervo, Main Street Realty