3 Cures For Quarantine House Fever. Home Show Episode 3.

Have you been stuck in the house for weeks and are sick of your house?  Join us as we discuss 3 Ways to cure quarantine house fever.  We’ll have a special guest, give you a real estate market update and answer your real estate questions live.

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How To Sell Your Home Without Letting Anyone In. HOME Show Episode 2.

COVID 19 has changed the way homes are selling. Join us as we discuss safe home selling during a COVID 19.

Here is a replay of this weeks show.  We talk about how to sell your home in today’s crisis.  We also provide a real estate market update and mortgage update.

Watch our next episode live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/havilandgroup/

How To Survive And Thrive Financially In A Crisis

In light of the current crisis, we want to help people survive and thrive financially during this time.  Our new live video show will go over things like what bills to pay when you are limited on income.  We’ll also talk about how to make money and look at employers that are hiring now.  And we will highlight local people and businesses making a difference.  

Watch our next episode live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/havilandgroup/

Here is a replay of the show:

 

COVID 19 NJ Real Estate Update

COVID 19 has made an impact on NJ in a big way.  And in South Jersey we have not as many cases

of COVID 19 however we’ve experienced a severe economic impact with many businesses forced to close.  Our team has continued to work from home and remotely to keep our clients safe practicing social distancing and using personal protection equipment.  Governor Murphy has allowed us to show properties on a 1 on 1 basis.  Open houses are not allowed at this time.

All these changes have forced us to get creative.  Our home seller clients can now sell their home without ever having anyone enter it.  Our eLISTING Virtual Home Selling System makes this possible.   For buyer we are working as remotely as possible through our eBUYER Virtual Home Buyer System.  This allows us to tour homes live with our clients while they stay in the safety and comfort of their home.  For open houses we’ve moved them online.  eOPEN is our Online Open House System that allows for personal face to face video interaction.  These open houses are also broadcast live to social media.

We are changing the was we do business to continue to help our real estate clients safely during this challenging time.  I’m available for a free phone or video conference to talk about your needs.  Call or text me at 609-338-3773.  Best wishes, Matt

Lego Building Competition Quarantine Edition

Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card

The contest theme is What is your favorite scene from quarantine.  Build a model of your favorite quarantine activity. Have fun, be creative.  Our panel of judges (my kids) will pick a winner on Facebook Live at 5 PM on April 3rd.  Extra points will be given if you provide a video telling us about your creation.  Also extra points given based on the number of likes for your post.

Here are the contest rules:

  1.  Take a picture and video explaining your Lego creation and post them on our Facebook Page.  Include age and first name of the builder.  
  2. Like our Facebook Page
  3. Get friends to like your post.  This will help increase your chance of winning.  
  4. Join us on Facebook Live 5 PM April 3rd and see if you win.  If you win we will need an email address to send you your $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Thanks for playing and have fun!

Contest is open to children of all ages.  

 

How will COVID 19 Affect Real Estate In South Jersey?

First of all we want to extend our sympathy to those who have been personally affected by the COVID 19 virus.  We also would like to express our support to those who have lost jobs at this difficult time.

As of today Governor Murphy announced that all non essential businesses should close and work from home.  At Keller Williams Realty we are honoring this request and have already made preparations to work remotely.  Our staff and leadership team will continue to work remotely from home.  Our affiliated title company is also prepared to work from home and handle closings remotely.

We anticipate our scheduled closings to close on time and are communicating with our clients on any potential delays.

For new seller clients we have initiated a Virtual Home Selling Service.  We will take new listings including video tours without having to come to our client’s home and without any buyers having to come in their house.  We have also implemented a virtual live open house strategy to further promote our listings on social media.

For our home buyer and seller clients we have implemented video conferencing for all meetings.  We also have a Virtual Home Buying Service to help our buyer clients navigate through potential homes and neighborhoods without having to leave the comfort and safety of their home.

Is now a good time to buy or sell real estate in South Jersey?  The answer is it depends on your circumstances.  We are offering phone or video consultations to help you determine if this is the right time for you.

We are committed to help our clients with their real estate needs and add value to their lives.  We pray that everyone would stay safe and well.

Richard, Matthew, Linda Haviland

P.S.  Is there anything we can support you with?  If we can help we will.  If we can’t we’ll let you know or do our best to connect you to someone that can help.

Medicaid Eligibility And Planning Services

The Medicaid eligibility application process is often frustrating for applicants and their families. The risk of failure is real. The cost of failure can be financially devastating. Fortunately there is help available.  Senior Planning Services is a resource available to help families navigate through medicaid eligibility and planning.

When a loved one is in need of long term care, it is likely that there are numerous challenges to contend with. The added stress synonymous with the Medicaid eligibility application process is an unwelcome burden further compounding existing difficulties.

Senior Planning Services is the solution for optimized Medicaid eligibility. Thousands of Medicaid applicants and their families have relied on the expertise of Senior Planning Services. With Senior Planning Services, the promise of a secure financial future becomes reality for qualified applicants. 

Senior Planning Services holds three offices; including our New Jersey Medicaid corporate office, our New York and Connecticut offices.  Senior Planning also serves Pennsylvania.  To contact Senior Planning call 855-775-2664 or visit https://www.senior-planning.com/

5 Warning Signs That Your Parents May Need Your Help

One unfortunate aspect of aging is that living independently can become more difficult. What are some of the warning signs that your mom and/or dad may need assistance?

1. BRUISING

Older skin bruises more easily and they may not be telling you that they are experiencing falls, bumping into things, or have become increasingly unsteady. A medical checkup and a cane or walker may be in order.

2. FOOD CRISIS

An unexplained weight loss that isn’t the result of a health issue may be an issue with food accessibility. Check the refrigerator and cabinets. Unkempt food storage areas with ruined food, or a noticeable lack of food, may flag trouble in self care. Parents may be unable to clean or shop like they once did. Getting help with household chores, shopping, or meal preparation may be in order to be sure that healthy, fresh food is available while extending their ability to safely age at home.

3. UNPAID BILLS

Your parents may not be able to tend to paperwork and bills as they once did. You may discover piles of unpaid bills, cutoff notices, or even cancelled services. Ensuring that vital services are uninterrupted is essential since even a short loss of utilities can have an immediate and life-threatening result for older individuals. Helping them set up automatic bill payments, assisting them with bill paying once a month or hiring a bill paying service will eliminate this concern.

4. ODOR

If the house has an unpleasant odor, it could be the result of rotting food, the inability to clean and dispose of trash, a difficulty with hygiene or health issues that have gone undiagnosed (like a urinary tract infection). Track down the cause of the odor to determine what steps need to be taken to keep things safe at home.

5. HOME IN DISARRAY

Everyone’s house is messy from time to time.

However, as it becomes more difficult to move around and do regular household chores, these messes may become bigger. They should never progress to the point of creating health or safety issues. Consider hiring a cleaning service or an organization expert before things become too overwhelming. Let your parents know that you don’t want to intrude, but you are genuinely concerned for their health and safety and want to help them find solutions that help them stay in their home longer and remain safe.

 

5 Ways To Simplify Home Sales Prep

It’s often more challenging to get a home market-ready. If your not up to the physical and mental challenges of decluttering, packing up, and renovating your home, several new services and tools may make life a bit easier.page5image1918481232

#1 – Innovative Decluttering Services

If you or your family doesn’t have the time, energy, or physical ability to sift through a lifetime
of accumulation, a professional decluttering and downsizing expert may be able to facilitate the process.  
Some specialize in helping seniors with downsizing or organizing a move. To learn more and identify potential resources, visit the National Association of Senior Move Managers (nasmm.org), Certified Relocation & Transition Specialists (crtscertification.com), and the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (napo.net).

Another option you may want to try is a virtual decluttering services. Some providers now meet with clients via live video chats, using apps like Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts. As a bonus, virtual decluttering services usually cost less than on-site providers.

#2 – New Staging Options

If your house is empty and you want to prep it for sale look online for other alternatives using search terms like “rentals to stage houses for sale.” This will likely return options like Cort (cort.com) and Brook Furniture Rental (bfr.com), which cater to short-term rentals.

If you’re on a budget, partial staging may be an economical option. Consider staging the entrance area for those all-important first impressions on house tours. Then focus on the main living areas of the home: the kitchen, living room, dining area, and master bedroom.

#3 – Virtual Staging Services

According to NAR Research, 93 percent of buyers use an online website to search for homes.If your home is vacant or you are unable to clear out some items before the property is put on the market, virtual staging may be a way to help improve first impressions online.

Services like BoxBrownie.com and VirtualStagingSolutions.com can remove clutter from photos, add virtual furniture, enhance lighting, and more.

Also, consider the potential downside of inflating buyers’ expectations of a property. If the online photos look substantially better than the real thing, buyers may experience disappointment and frustration when viewing the home firsthand.  To avoid this potential problem, some agents opt to display two photos of each room—one empty and one staged—in their listing photos.

# 4 – Fresh Approaches to Storage

Although not available in all areas, companies like MakeSpace.com and Clutter.com will come and pack up belongings (boxes and packing materials are included in the price), move them into a storage unit, and deliver them back to you (or to the new home) when requested.

The contents are cataloged online or in a phone app, so owners can decide what comes back and when.  Consider this option if you’re thinking about renting a storage unit.

#5 – New Renovation Options

If you have most of your assets tied up in your home, it can be challenging to finance renovations that could improve the selling price. A new company, Curbio (curbio.com), calls itself the “Pre-sale Renovation Experts.” It completes updates before a home is put on the market, but doesn’t collect payment until the house is sold.4

Curbio won the Pitch Battle at NAR’s second annual Innovation, Opportunity & Investment (iOi) Summit in Seattle last August, competing against 13 other finalists, all considered among the best new technology startups in the real estate industry. Curbio is growing but still serves a limited market.  If Curbio isn’t in your area, be on the lookout for independent, local renovation companies that specialize in making smart upgrades that can maximize your sales price.  Or ask for approved contractor list.

To learn more about preparing your home to be sold and home staging contact us and ask for our free Room By Room review home staging booklet.  It’s a comprehensive check list for each room of the house.