Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ Real Estate News

By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
O.K., I'm not a kid. But, I was once and I lived in the same town where I live today. From grade 7 through High School Graduation I was able to enjoy growing up on the Jersey Shore. Summers were great! Winters were like being in a ghost town without a ride out. To me it was Purgatory living in Mystic Island section of Little Egg Harbor and I promised myself that I would never have my children stuck in a town that did not offer them things to do - all year long. So when I moved back here and started a family I made sure we lived in a section of town where there was life 12 months of the year. I enrolled my son in Karate, Soccer, Baseball, and had him enrolled in piano instruction. The school system had a music department and various after school activities that made being a parent a lot ...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
I ask you, did I have Property Tax Appeal - Victory or Defeat? I just got my "adjusted" tax assessment from the Ocean County Board of Taxation and I am not sure how I feel about it. I had written a blog about doing your own tax appeal titled, "How to Reduce your Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County, NJ Property Taxes", and it has not been as easy for me as I may have indicated in the blog posting.  The local tax administrator from Little Egg Harbor fought me all the way. Back several years ago when they hired the outside company to re-assess the property values in Little Egg Harbor they slammed me with a $308,700 assessment. They allowed the public to then protest the amount by making an appointment to show the assessor your comps. I did that and presented them with over a dozen homes in new...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
A few weeks back I wrote about a single woman attempting to buy a house that did not fit her budget in my blog, Is it Mortgage Fraud?. She had been out with an agent in my office and was found by the mortgage representative NOT to be loan worthy. Seems her debt to income ratio was off and the credit report had some damaging information about her bill paying habits. She was given advice on how to correct her credit score by the mortgage representative and the agent found her a home to rent while she began the repair process. The agent also started feeding the buyers boyfriend with landscaping jobs cutting grass at vacant homes that she had listed for sale. But, when the lady wanted to look at homes again the agent had the mortgage representative check to see if she could in fact buy a ho...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
Is it mortgage fraud to declare income and fail to disclose expenses? I am just wondering. Did the applicant deliberately try to mislead the real estate agent, the mortgage representative, the home seller, and herself? Here is a single woman trying to buy into the American Dream. Well, the part of the dream that includes owning a home. She declared to the other agent that she wanted to get in on the tax credit before it expired and the agent she had been working with is not responsive to her. Like a flash of lighting the agent has her out looking at homes because the information she provided the mortgage representative would indicate she was eligible to buy a home at a certain dollar value. Heck, with the current inventory of homes available a good agent can negotiate the best deal for ...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
We are back to last year figures for selling Homes in Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton. The worst is no longer behind us but once again, right in our face. The worst year in recent history for selling a home in the 08087 zip code was 2009 with things turning around last August. But the numbers for March, April and now May are almost exactly the same as the previous year, and that is not good. With the tax credit for home buyers gone at the end of April, you would expect to see a rise in sales for all three months as buyers tried to cash in on the governments generous offer before it was gone. But, instead we see that since the sales have taken a dive in Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton since New Jersey had its inauguration of its new governor. Sales of homes take approximately 45 days fro...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
Little Egg Harbor Council should approve the school budgets as they were submitted because our children are in competition with all the other school districts in New Jersey, the United States, and the World. That is not just in academics but in all the extracurricular activities like sports, music and art. The very areas of education that can be cut in the budget are those extracurricular activities, and bus transportation. Special education is state directed and mandatory so town council will not be allowed to touch that section of the budget. But, we owe it to the children to provide them with a level playing field. So, let's examine the field in relationship to dollars spent to see if it is level for our kids.   Of the four municipalities that send students to the Pinelands Regional ...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
Little Egg Harbor Council should approve the school budgets as they were submitted because our children are in competition with all the other school districts in New Jersey, the United States, and the World. That is not just in academics but in all the extracurricular activities like sports, music and art. The very areas of education that can be cut in the budget are those extracurricular activities, and bus transportation. Special education is state directed and mandatory so town council will not be allowed to touch that section of the budget. But, we owe it to the children to provide them with a level playing field. So, let's examine the field in relationship to dollars spent to see if it is level for our kids.   Of the four municipalities that send students to the Pinelands Regional ...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
The big 4 Oh! Earth Day has turned into Earth Week this year. And, the First United Methodist Church of Tuckerton plans to help celebrate with it's own Change the World Day. This community event is set for April 24th this year and includes a litter clean up along the Seven Bridges Road (aka Great Bay Boulevard). Members of the First United Methodist Church of Tuckerton will be undertaking the community clean up in coordination with the Alliance for a Living Ocean, an environmental group located on Long Beach Island. The Alliance for a Living Ocean has been doing Earth Day events for seventeen years. This year they include clean up sites at Ship Bottom, Beach Haven, Holgate, Surf City, Barnegat Light and Cedar Bonnett Island. What adds to the spring cleaning day this year is the involvem...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
The Little Egg Harbor Theatre Company is about to preform the Two Act Play Steel Magnolias at the Community Center on West Calabreeze Way in Little Egg Harbor on April 23rd and 24th at 7:30 PM with a matinée performance on April 25th at 2:30 PM. The play was made famous by the award winning movie of the same name and its stars Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Sally Fields, Daryl Hannah, Shirley MacLaine & Olympia Dukakis. You won't want to miss this production with our own local stars; Mary Ellen Marzullo, Kathy Devitt, Ellen Voorhees and Rosalie Donadio along with Heather Matarazzo & Tara Klements under the Direction of Tara McQuaid as they recreate the drama and the comedy found in the southern beauty salon in Steel Magnolias, as the lives of six women unfolds over a two year period. You ...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
Winding Creek, Little Egg Harbor at the Jersey Shore is small unfinished development in a rural area off of Stage Road with only about three quarters of the 24 lots with homes. The builder, Stonehenge, has been building quality homes in the southern Ocean County area since 1998. Stonehenge offers six different and distinct models like the Kindagen with 1,720 square foot living space to the Dartmoor with 3,165 square foot and all offer an option of a full basement, conservatory, and upgraded flooring plans to increase the overall size. However, you can buy a lot and use either the Lighthouse Development, Stonehenge Builders or hire your own custom home contractor to build your dream home. Living here, you will be a short distance from the local shopping center down the street in one dire...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
The Homes for Sale at Harbourtown, Little Egg Harbor at the Jersey Shore are mostly from the Premier Series and are copies of the model homes along Harbourtown Boulevard that were later sold with all the bells and whistles that drew thousands of prospective buyers to the Little Egg Harbor area. Those models were the ranch style Breille and two colonial designs called the Princeton and Ridgewood. However, the builder later added four home designs from his development known as Drew's Landing with only making a name change to those models. The Avalon II became the Alpine, the Brighton with elevation B became the Bridgeton, the Chelsea II became the Westfield, and the Avalon became the Englewood. Harbourtown is a single entrance community (see map below).   This development was designed wit...
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By Dawn Marie White, Broker-Office Manager
(Crossroads Realty Inc )
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
The Homes for Sale at Holly Lake, Little Egg Harbor at the Jersey Shore are from the Kleiner Group known as the Estate Collection. These homes were offered as seven base models that ranged in living space from the 1,900 square foot Bluestone to the 2,737 square foot Tahoe. The five models in between were named the Champlain, Ontario, Sonoma, Placid and Sinclair that offered options such as full walk-out basements with 9 foot ceilings, a Master Bedroom Sitting area, and extended size to the Family Room all, of which, would increase the overall living space. The developer's sales brochure opens with a description of the area in Little Egg Harbor with these words, "We would never build on a site this beautiful. So we're building around it." Inside the small booklet of available home styles...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
K.HOVNANIAN'S Four Seasons at Harbor Bay in Little Egg Harbor is an Active Adult Community with the premiere address for those with discerning taste. This is K. HOVNANIAN'S second planned community to be built in Little Egg Harbor and the only one of five Active Adult Communities in the township that is a gated community. Their first undertaking was the very impressive Sea Oaks with its championship Golf Course is just a stone throw down from the main entrance of their Harbor Bay development. But, no other retirement community can compare to luxurious community of K. HOVANANIAN'S Four Seasons at Harbor Bay in Little Egg Harbor.   From the moment you turn into the development and pass the entrance gate, you cannot take your eyes away from the beautiful castle like Clubhouse that resemble...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
There were five models with various elevations available to new home buyers when they were picking one of the Homes for Sale at Sunrise Bay, Little Egg Harbor at the Jersey Shore back in 2001 when Kleiner Group began construction of this Active Adult Community. The immediate success of this 55+ community is found in those ranch style models that were offered and rightly named for the Jersey Shore with names like the Navigator, Bayliner, Mariner, Voyager, and the Oceana. They range in base floor plans from 1,270 square feet with one car garage to the 1,872 square foot, two car garage that allowed for an second floor, basement, and sunroom to bump the total square foot of living space well beyond 2,500 feet.   The Kleiner Group appealed to the Active Adult group of senior citizens over 5...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
There are some real bargains to be found in the Homes for sale at Sea Oaks, Little Egg Harbor, a Jersey Shore Active Adult Community. Located near the convenient Garden State Parkway to make travel to other great destinations like Cape May with its Victorian charm of yesterday, the non-stop bustle of Atlantic City with its casinos and shows, the scenic beauty found at the Barnegat Lighthouse along with the 18 miles of sparkling beaches of Long Beach Island an enjoyable experience for you and your guests. Little Egg Harbor is a Jersey Shore destination by itself with the downtown historic Tuckerton and its re-created Tucker's Island Lighthouse and village of the Tuckerton Seaport. It's a great place to spend the day when not enjoying the 18 hole championship golf course, Aquatic Center,...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
Mystic Shores, Little Egg Harbor, NJ an Active Adult Community is one of the best bargains around for housing needs of the over 55 population. The low monthly association fee offers the residents a nice Clubhouse with an outdoor pool where various activities and trips are made available to its members. Mystic Shores is located within a short drive to the white sandy beaches of Long Beach Island and the casinos of Atlantic City makes this ideal Jersey Shore destination spot.   The homes in this planned Active Adult Community are like a throwback design right out of a Norman Rockwell picture with each home set back off the street and green yards framed by curb and sidewalk. While most homes in Mystic Shores, Little Egg Harbor, NJ were built during the 1970s, they have been kept up with ea...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
You can start living the good life at Cranberry Creek in Little Egg Harbor, NJ  an Adult Lifestyle Community located at the Jersey Shore in a brand new home. Choose from one of the five fabulous models named after great American writers like Whitman, Faulkner, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. The Emerson is the smallest and, not surprisingly, the least expensive of the brand new, never lived in, model available for under $200,000 that comes with a Sunroom and the Screened Porch upgrades.   This Active Adult Community in Little Egg Harbor has a beautiful Clubhouse that includes a health and fitness center where the residents gather to exercise and play canasta, bridge, mah jong and other pallor games. During the summer you will be able to enjoy a relaxing day at the heated outdoor pool after a ...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
More Good News for Homeowners in the 08087 zip code. Another month February as gone by and the home sales have almost returned to "normal". Back in 2009 there were 10 homes sold during the month of February. One year later, and the homes sales in zip code 08087 shot up to 18 according to our Multiple Listing Service, the JerseyShoreMLS. That would be a 180% improvement. And, if that doesn't convince you that the worst is behind us, pending sales are forty seven. That means there are 47 homes under contract waiting for the seller to pass title and the buyers to get the Deed. People are moving on with their lives, paying off the mortgage and closing a chapter in their lives while other people are starting a new book taking on home ownership with the excitement of a kid in a candy store. N...
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By Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore
(Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance)
Little Egg Harbor set to spend your tax dollars February 16, 2010 by tuckerton Little Egg Harbor set to spend your tax dollars   The township of Little Egg Harbor is about to embark on a spending spree with your money. At the last council meeting the stage was set. There was the traditional horse and pony show regarding the wonderful job the Public Works Department did during our last snow storm. No one could dispute the fact that an exemplary performance was done during the "Blizzard" of 2010. I even have a YouTube video showing the quality of our roads during that storm. So, let's go out and buy some new plows. Of course we don't know what that snow day is going to cost us in overtime and outsourcing that the Administrator was just recently granted to him to help keep our streets clea...
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