Not just selling shore homes, selling a shore way of life. Your resource for the best homes, hotspots, & happenings in Margate, Ventnor, & Atlantic City.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Get Ready for Easter...

...with this new Martha Stewart App for iPhone and iPad!

Egg Dyeing 101
from Martha Stewart Living

This spring, go beyond the familiar and create extraordinary eggs. With the swipe of your finger, browse a gallery of 101 eggs, each one more charming than the last—and fun to make for both kids and adults. See one you want to make? Tap it to reveal our detailed how-tos, complete with step-by-step photos or video. Make eggs embellished with flowers, lace, or monograms. Eggs awash in swirls, speckles, or spots. Eggs that look like animals (including the Easter bunny!)—and many more. Sophisticated or cute, surprising or classic, all these eggs are easy and impressive. It’s everything you need to celebrate spring.

Price: $0.99

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A REMARKABLE RENOVATION featured in NJ Lifestyle Magazine!

Our new listing is featured alongside our good friend, Debbie Buchalski, in the newest issue of New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine. The house has been completely renovated and furnished by Debbie's business, Remarkable Renovations!!

Click here to view the issue (feature begins page 36):

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ventnor's First Chef's Night Out!!

Chef's Night Out

The fundraiser is designed to help the city's Beautification Committee fund new trash receptacles in the business district. For four hours, eight restaurants, a candy shop and a liquor store will open their doors to local residents. 

Each of the restaurants is offering visitors a sampling of two or three of their best entrees, together with a wine tasting at Moonlight Liquor and sweets at Jagielky's Homemade Candies. Some of the venues will also provide live music.

What: Ventnor City First Chef's Night Out
When: 3 p.m., April 3
Where: City Hall, 6201 Atlantic Avenue, Ventnor City
Cost: $35
More info: Call 609-929-1710 

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Looking to Redecorate?

If you're an interior designer, new homeowner, or just looking to change things up in your home, the site is the perfect tool.

Browse unique home designs by other homeowners and design professionals to inspire your next renovation. You can narrow your search by style, space, and even metropolitan area; you can create a custom ideabook by adding photos and styles you like to your account.

There are question and answer forums for visitors to interact and problem-solve home renovation projects. The site even features listings of Home Improvement professionals by area, each with photo portfolios you can browse.

Visit to get inspired for your next home design project!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Luck of the Irish!

Happy St. Patrick's Day...

...from Mark Arbeit and Co.!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Listing on Ventnor Beach Block!

Complete Renovation on Ventnor Beach Block

This jewel box masterpiece has been totally renovated and professionally decorated & furnished into the quintessential beach block home with important ocean views from every room. The open floor plan with a “California Flair” features 5 BDs including a vaulted master BD suite and 2 BDs on the 1st floor, and 2 more beautifully appointed suites on the 2nd floor, cathedral ceilings throughout the 2nd floor, multiple decks, chef’s kitchen, dining room and a private courtyard.

Asking Price: $1,899,000

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Open Houses at the Shore!!

Saturday, March 19th, 12-2 P.M.

6803 Atlantic Avenue, Ventnor

The "Lillian Russell House" was named for its former owner, a world-renowned singer and stage actress. This grand Tudor style estate is just 1 block to thebeach featuring a fabulous wrap around porch and decks with breathtaking ocean views. This 7 BDRM, 4.5 BA house has new multi-zone Central A/C, new roof, and new kitchen. Old world features include coffered ceilings and multiple fireplaces, sunroom and hardwood floors throughout all 3 floors. This is a rare one of a kind home.

Asking Price: $799,999

Sunday, March 20th, 12-2 P.M.

2 N. Plaza Place, Atlantic City

This regal beauty is truly a landmark property on the most revered street of Lower Chelsea. This grand estate is situated on a huge lot featuring a grand center staircase floor plan, brimming with architectural details throughout all 3 floors. 7 BDs, 4 full BAs, 2 half BAs, a formal dining room, huge eat-in kitchen, 2 family rooms and a sunny Florida room are a few of the interior features. Outside the home has a majestic presence with mature landscaping, large covered porch and 2 car garage.  Truly one of a kind home.

Asking Price: $575,000

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Mark's article in Homes & Land Magazine

Choose The Right Agent...Get The Right House

So it's still a Buyer's market and things are HOT. You've got the money to buy and mortgage rates are still great...but SLOW DOWN. First, you need to find a Realtor who is a "Qualified Buyer's Agent."

Whether this will be your primary residence, summer getaway or investment property, be sure to work with a professional Realtor who will help you identify the right property, negotiate the best price, and close the deal in an appropriate time frame. While many Realtors are qualified to work on either or both sides of a deal, here are some guidelines and pitfalls to keep in mind as you begin the selection process of choosing a Buyer's Agent.

The Basics

  • Speak with people you trust. Get recommendations of Realtors they know or have used, and with whom they have had positive experiences. However, don't assume it will be a good match for you just because it was good for your friend.
  • Avoid being hijacked. Don't use a friend or relative "in the business" simply out of obligation. A REAL friend will refer you to the colleague who can do the BEST job for you.
  • Make sure you and your Realtor communicate well. Real Estate does not have to be a "foreign language" so be sure you are on the same wavelength.

Where to Look?

  • Check the Net -- An online search of homes for sale in the neighborhoods you are most interested in will tell you which agents are listing properties in those areas.
  • Observe Yard Signs -- Driving around your favorite neighborhoods will also give you an indication of which agents are listing properties of interest to you.
  • Open Houses -- Most weekends bring an assortment of open houses to explore, giving you the perfect opportunity to meet and interact with agents hosting these events. If you find an agent that comes across as knowledgable and you "connect," take a business card and check out their web page after you leave. (Please note that a agent hosting an open house may or may not be the listing agent.)
  • Trade Magazines and Publications -- Pick up local Real Estate magazines (Like this one!) and Real Estate sections of local newspapers. Not only will you be able to identify geographic locations that the agent may specialize in, but also price range, style of homes, and diversity. Some agents will even specify in their ads that they are Buyer's Agents.

Having Made Your Choice, Your Buyer's Agent Should:

  • Listen to what you are looking for with regard to price, condition, and location and take you only to properties that meet your guidelines. 
  • Provide you (hopefully via email) with a manageable number of properties to review, identify favorites and prepare questions.
  • Having previewed them ahead of time, the agent will be familiar with the history of the properties (days on market, price changes, etc.) and therefore able to answer your questions.
  • Provide a tour package with a detail sheet for each listing, so you can take this information with you at the end of your day.
  • Conduct a logically planned route of properties, timed so that you are not exhausted or overwhelmed at the end of your tour.
  • Leave ample time at the end of the tour to help you organize, review, summarize, and plan  the next step based upon the results of properties seen.
This process may be repeated as needed. Don't be discouraged if you don't find the "perfect home" on your first trip. New properties come on the market every day and the right property may be right around the corner...literally. And remember that as with any relationship, the Buyer and Agent relationship is built over time.

A great Buyer's Agent really gets to know their Buyer...what they need and also what they love. So when that "perfect home" at the "perfect price" in the "perfect location" does hit the market, that Buyer will be the first person the Agent will call.

Buyer's Agents are ready to help you make the right choice. Make sure you take time to find the Agent that best meets your needs and expectations, because that is the b est way to ensure that you will ultimately be happy with your purchase.

Friday, March 11, 2011

New Listing in Margate!!

Parkway Colonial with Bay Views

This charming seashore Colonial celebrates its passage of time with a floor plan that has evolved over the years to meet the needs of its owners. Additions have created versatile spaces and the renovations highlight a harmonious blend of yesterday and today. A handsome surprise is the spacious kitchen with a laundry/mud room, wood-paneled family room and living room with wood burning fireplace and tiled sunroom. The 2nd floor deck is great place to capture hint of nearby baybreezes. Perfect home for summer or year round!

Asking Price: $475,000

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Open Houses in Ventnor this Weekend!!

Saturday, March 12th
12-2 P.M.

2 N. Richards Avenue, Ventnor

LOOKING FOR A RIGHT PRICED RANCHER??  Just 2 blocks to beach and boards, this 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home features a huge large dinning area, a large eat in kitchen, with all new appliances, separate laundry room with new washer and new dryer, central air, a large front awning, storage attic, new windows and off street parking. Great as a primary home or a summer get away. Also a great rental property- has history! Better than a condo!!!!!

Asking Price: $299,000

Sunday, March 13th
12-2 P.M.

24 S. Troy Avenue, Ventnor

This immaculate South Side home is only 9 houses to the beach & boardwalk with ocean views from the front porch! The 1st floor features a sun room, large living room with a fireplace, dining room, newly remodeled kitchen with SS appliances, 2 BDs and 1 BA & a laundry room. 2nd floor has 3 more BDs and 1 BA. This home is a legal duplex, with a ground level unit featuring 2 BDs and 1BA, living room and a huge sunny eat in kitchen. Small yard and 2 outdoor showers. Perfect home for multi-generational family.

Asking Price: $465,000

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Lillian Russell's Old Home is our NEW LISTING!!

Lillian Russell was an American actress and singer. She became one of the most famous actresses and singers of the late 19th century and early 20th century, known for her beauty and style, as well as for her voice and stage presence.

For forty years, Russell was also the companion of businessman "Diamond Jim" Brady, who showered her with extravagant gifts of diamonds and gemstones and supported her extravagant lifestyle. He built the Ventnor City home for her.

This grand Tudor style estate is just 1 block to thebeach featuring a fabulous wrap around porch & decks with breathtaking ocean views. This 7 BDRM, 4.5 BA house has new mutli zone Central A/C, new roof, & new kitchen. Old world features include coffered ceilings & multiple fireplaces, sunroom & hardwood floors throughout all 3 floors. This is a rare one of a kind home.

Asking Price: $ 799,999

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