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Monday, October 31, 2011

Top 10 Spookiest Towns Where You Actually Want To Live posted a list of the top 10 spookiest towns where you would actually want to live, and in honor of Halloween we want to share some of the towns with you!

#10: Washinton D.C- Many ghost sightings have been reported at the Capital Building and the White house, along with a series of UFO sightings in 1952

#8: New Orleans, LA- Everybody knows New Orleans is home to Mardi Gras, but it is also know for voodoo haunted locations and UFO sightings.

#6: Los Angeles, CA- Home to many ghosts towns, haunted houses and UFO sightings, LA is a prime candidate for a spooky town. Many people believe there was a massive UFO cover up after a 1942 battle where unidentified objects where firing air craft rounds.

#5: San Antonio, TX- This town has a creepy history. It’s home to the Alamo, the Menger Hotel and Mission San Jose, which are all haunted Locations.

#3- Boston, MA- The first UFO sighting in U.S. history happened here! Boston also has many haunted houses, including the Boston Athenaeum and the Commons. This area was home to many witch trials in the 1600s.

#1- Salem, MA- It’s not hard to figure Salem tops the list. This area has a history of witch trials and haunted locations. It also has 3 ghosts towns and numerous UFO sightings. Haunted attractions include the Joshua Ward House and House of Seven Gables.

Read the full list here and here


Friday, October 28, 2011

It’s Time to Buy Instead of Rent!

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article stating that now is the time to buy a house. The author of the article, Jack Hough, says there are two factors right now which suggest now is the time to buy. First, the nation’s ratio of house prices to yearly rents is nearly the same as before the housing bubble. Second, it is more affordable to buy a house now then it has been in decades. There are many factors that go into deciding whether it’s better to rent or own, but right now, it’s time to buy. Mortgage rates have never been lower, and that is a key determinant of a buyers total costs. The latest mortgage rate is less than half the average since 1971. These low rates cause house payments to be much more affordable than they have been in the past.

According to a median priced home could cost around $121,700. If a buyer puts down 20% and gets a 4.12% mortgage rate, they would only be paying $470 a month. If the buyer chose to rent that same home instead, they would be paying $1,100 a month in rent.

And don’t think that just because mortgage rates are so low that it is extremely hard to get a great rate. As long as you have good credit, a job and a down payment, a low rate is achievable. It isn’t always the best time to buy, but when prices are low and loans are cheap, there is no better time!

Read more here

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Two Open Houses This Weekend!

28 N. Buffalo Avenue
Ventnor, NJ

Saturday, October 29th
12-2 p.m.

This totally renovated 3 BR, 2.5 BA home offers every possible feature.

The first floor has an open floor plan with new hardwood floors throughout, a large covered front porch, sunny living room with adjacent dining room, gourmet kitchen with granite counters and a BR and half BA.

The second floor boasts a huge master bedroom suite with private BA, plus second huge BR and full BA. Everything new, including Tankless hot water, electric & plumbing, roof, Anderson windows, HVAC and the list goes on. Attached shed and fenced yard.

6 N. Jasper Avenue,

Margate, NJ

Sunday, October 30th

12-2 p.m.

This classic 4 BR 2.5 BA beach home is just 2 blocks to the beach & offers every possible amenities to the discriminating Buyer.

The homes offers extra large living room w/ a built in fire place, huge dining room, large eat in kitchen, huge bedrooms, front porch, fenced yard, central A/C, detached garage & a 3rd floor perfect as a media room, playroom, master BR suite or more BRs.

The home's exterior curb appeal is highlighted by its architectural details making this a unique & one of a kind home.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

112 S. Dorset Update!

It’s almost finished! Take a look at these great pictures of 112 S. Dorset Avenue. Can you believe how quickly the progress is taking place? It looks absolutely amazing and we can’t wait to see the finished product! It shouldn’t be long now!

What Kind Of Seller Are You?

Bob Kelly, a guest writer for, recently wrote an article asking “Are you truly committed to selling?”. Sure, you have your home listed, but are you really willing to do what it takes to get it sold? Kelly believes that there are two types of sellers: “committed” and “iffy”

Committed sellers are those who are willing to do what is necessary to make their home sell. They usually have a plan in mind and could be relocating, downsizing, or upgrading. Whatever the case may be, these people are truly committed to selling their home.

Iffy sellers are those who have many stipulations and only want to sell on their terms. They want to get their asking price, don’t want to make repairs, and want everything done at their convenience. Although they have their homes listed, they aren’t motivated to make it sell.

Do you have your home on the market or are planning to sell sometime soon? If so, do you fit into either of those categories?

At the end of his article Bob gives some advice; Listen to the experts. We at Mark Arbeit & Co. couldn’t agree more. If you have any questions about putting your home on the market or are looking for a fantastic realtor to list your home with, call Mark!

Read the article here

Friday, October 21, 2011

First Ever Halloween Event on Morey’s Pier!

For the first time ever Morey’s Pier in Wildwood will transform into Morey’s FEARS- Terror on The Boardwalk! Mariner’s Lading will become a frightening treat for a few weekends in October. The boardwalk will be crowded with zombies, clowns and ghosts…not what you would see on a normal day in Wildwood. The rides will also transform into spooky thrills and the main haunted attractions will be The Ghost Ship, which is declared to be “the creepiest attraction on the Eastern Seaboard”. There are also two new mazes that were built specifically for this event: CarnEvil and CornStalkers. Both are sure to terrify those who enter.

Morey’s Fears- Terror on the Boardwalk

Friday and Saturday nights

October 21-22 and 28-29

6:30-11:00 p.m.

$25 admission


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Weekend Events At The Jersey Shore!

Looking to get out of the house this weekend and enjoy some of this great autumn weather? Here are a few things that are happening along the Jersey Shore this weekend!

-Cape May New Jersey Film Festival (October 21st-23rd)

This 3 day event goes all weekend and is dedicated to showcasing movies made by New Jersey Film makers!

-Free Hayrides in Ocean City (October 22nd)

What a fun, cheap way to have fun with the entire family! The Ocean City boardwalk will be providing free hayrides from Noon until 4 p.m. on 6th and 12th streets.

-Cape May Halloween Parade (October 23rd)

Looking to catch an early Halloween Parade this year? Head down to Cape May at 3 p.m. to watch their annual Halloween Parade which takes place at Rotary Park.

Live in the Margate area and want something to do a little closer to home? Come on over to our open houses this weekend!

October 22nd

12-2 p.m.

22 N. Lancaster Avenue, Margate

Simple and Elegant--this home is just perfection. This 3BR, 2BA home is bathed in light thanks to the open sun room with its slate floor. Totally renovated while retaining its original architectural details, the interior highlights include a state of the art kitchen with a Sub Zero refrigerator and honed marble counters, hardwood floors, and 2 BRs and 1 BA on the 1st floor, including the master. The 2nd floor includes a large 3rd BR and BA and study with 2 skylights. Exterior features an attached garage, beautiful yard, porch, shower and 2 patios.

October 23rd

12-2 p.m.

15 N. Exeter Avenue, Margate

Located in the heart of Margate, this sunny 3/4 BR, 2.5 BA was built new 7 years ago. The first floor features an open floor plan with a large eat-in kitchen, breakfast bar and dining area. There is a 1st floor BR with full BA that can serve as a master BR. The 2nd floor includes a huge master BR suite, a 3rd BR with attached office area and an open loft currently used as a 4th BR. The exterior highlights include a large covered porch, an equally large cover 2nd floor deck, back yard, outdoor shower and 3-car parking.