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January
23

Rockland County is such an exciting region of the county. Here are just 5 things we love about it.

Rockland County is full of fun and exciting things to do. Whether you are looking for a new place to eat or a different type of activity than what you are used to, take a look around. If you are new to the area or are thinking about moving, our real estate agents can help you find just what you are looking for. We know the area very well and always look forward to showing visitors and new residents what Rockland County has to offer.

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January
10

First-time home buyers can often make rookie mistakes. Here's what you need to know as you shop.

When you first start thinking about buying a home, you may be a little overwhelmed. There are a few things you will want to know before you make the final decision to buy. Our real estate agents are always available to guide you through the process. We know all the steps that are involved in buying your first new home.

  • Know the Loan You Can Commit To – There are several different kinds of loans to choose from when purchasing a home. Know what kind of loan will work best for you and what paperwork you will need to provide in order to apply. For example, if you want a loan from the Veteran's Administration, you will need to provide proof that you are a veteran.

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January
9

Looking for something fun to do this winter? Check out these Bergen County family activities.

Bergen County is extremely diverse when it comes to the different types of activities it offers to local residents. No matter where you choose to live, there is always something new to learn. If you are new to the area or are considering a move, our real estate agents can help you find many different activities that every member of your family will be able to enjoy. There are many things you can choose from so that your journeys of exploration will never be boring.

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January
2

Ice skating is one of the best family winter activities. Here are the local spots you need to visit.

Ice skating is one of the most fun and energizing winter sports you can take part in. Grab the kids and head to the rink. A few hours of skating will give you quite a workout! There are many locations throughout Bergen County where you can find well-maintained ice rinks that are ideal for spending a few hours skating or playing a quick game of hockey. Our real estate agents are available to help you find a nice place to skate near your home.

  • Palisades Center Ice RinkPalisades Center Ice Rink is one of the most popular rinks in the area. Freestyle skate hours are available, as well as hours where the general public can skate. If you have kids who are interested in ice hockey and would like to attend clinics, you can contact the rink and find out when the different clinics will be available. For those looking for West Nyack homes for sale, this rink will be close to your new home.

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December
19

Buying a home involves more than making an offer. Here's why you want the help of an agent.

There are several steps involved in buying and selling a home. Trying to do it all yourself can spell disaster if you don't understand the process and all of the different steps that must be taken as you begin your journey to sell your home and find a new one that you want to buy. Our real estate agents have the knowledge and skills you can rely on to make it through the process and be none the worse for wear. Instead of taking on the stress of doing it yourself, there are several reasons hiring an agent is beneficial.

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December
13

Selling a home can be stressful, especially when trying to set your selling price. It can be a difficult decision to put a monetary value on your family home. Memories, history, and the number of years you put into caring for a property can sometimes weigh in on what you think your home should be worth. Our real estate agents understand this dilemma and can help you determine what a fair and equitable selling price is.

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December
5

Find your new favorite ale and food at these Bergen County breweries.

Bergen County is known for having some of the best restaurants in the state. If you like good food and quality beer brewed onsite, our real estate agents can guide you to area breweries that are well-known for both. Moving to Bergen County will give you a chance to try many of the local breweries and restaurants at your leisure. The following breweries are thought to be the best in the area.

  • Alementary Brewing Co. - If you love trying new beer, Alementary Brewing Co. is always trying new flavors and different blends of ingredients. The unique lab is set up to brew the best beers and the most unique flavors in the area. You can buy your beer to go and, while you're there, pick up a shirt or other types of merchandise.

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November
14

One of the best ways to enjoy food is to try something new. Here are the best vegan dishes you can find around Rockland County.

Eating healthy isn't just an important part of feeling good and maintaining good health. It's a lifestyle that many people take very seriously. For vegans in the Rockland County area, having places where they can go for a meal or find the type of food they like is essential. November is World Vegan Month. If you are new to the area or are planning to move close by, talk to our real estate agents. We can help you find reputable vegan restaurants and grocers in the Rockland County area.

  • Grass Roots KitchenGrass Roots Kitchen is a favorite for vegans and vegetarians alike. You can order online or dine in. They offer a full menu of vegan favorites that includes juices, smoothies, main dishes, sweets, and desserts. The menu includes seasonal favorites along with an all-day breakfast menu. Sandwiches and tasty side dishes are always made to order with most being vegetarian based and easily converted to vegan specifications.

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November
7

The kitchen is a critical part of the home that buyers pay attention to. Here are the upgrades you should make.

Your kitchen is one of the most used areas of your home. It can also be a deal breaker if you are trying to sell your home. A few kitchen improvements can make a huge difference in how quickly your home sells. Our real estate agents can go over your kitchen with you and determine which of the following improvements may speed up the sale of your home. Even if you only make two or three improvements, the odds of selling your home quickly dramatically increase.

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October
24

Bergen County is full of spooky fun this Halloween. Here's what you can look forward to.

Halloween is one of the most festive holidays of the year. Children and adults alike can enjoy celebrating and having fun with family and friends. Our real estate agents are available to help you find fun activities for every member of your family. Whether you have lived here for all of your life or have just moved to Bergen County, we can provide you with information on all of the local events.

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October
17

If you're worried about your home's appraisal, make sure to target these fixes beforehand.

One of the most important steps in buying or selling your home is having it appraised. An accurate appraisal will help you get the most out of your home when you list it on the market. Appraisals are also important if you are trying to refinance your home. There are several things you can do to raise the appraisal value of your home. Our real estate agents can help you complete the following list and help you get the most money out of your home.

  • De-clutter Your Home – De-clutter your home by eliminating stacks of paper and clearing items off of your counters and tables. You can avoid clutter by putting things away each time you use them. Open your mail as you get it. Organize your home as best you can so that nothing else is left laying out in the open.

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October
10

Make a reservation and enjoy an exceptional pasta dinner with these Rockland County restaurants.

Pasta is a staple in many of our homes. October 12 is National Pasta Day. One of the most versatile foods in our diets now has menus dedicated to its many flavors, shapes, and textures. Our real estate agents are always looking for good restaurants they can recommend to their clients who are out viewing properties and looking for their forever homes. After closing on a property, taking the family out for pasta is a great way to celebrate.

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October
3

Ready to shop for homes? Here are the best strategies for making offers.

Looking for a new home is an adventure. It can also be a challenge. Before you get too serious with your search, you need to be thinking about financing. Know what you need in a home and what you can afford while remaining comfortable within your budget. Our real estate agents can help you figure out all of the details and make sure you have all the information you need to make a competitive offer on the home you want.

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September
26

A cup of joe is the perfect way to start your morning. Here's where you can find great cafes in Bergen County.

For many of us, coffee is the elixir of life. Knowing where the nearest coffee shop is could mean the difference between having an amazing day or trying to figure out how long your sanity will hold out. Our real estate agents understand. We can help you locate all of the best coffee shops in the area. National Coffee Day is September 29th. Come out and celebrate the day dedicated to the wonderful potion that keeps so many of us from losing our sanity! The following coffee shops in Bergen County are some of the best in the area.

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September
19

Some homes on the market can be decades old. Here's how you can decide if a newer or older home is right for you.

Many people start their search for a home with an "I'll know it when I see it" attitude. They aren't really sure what type of home they want except for the number of bedrooms and baths they will need. Others have their heart set on a new home that they can customize the way they want it. Buying a new or existing home is a personal choice. Once people start looking, however, they often change their minds about what they are looking for. Our real estate agents can help you find the perfect home. Comparing old vs. new homes will involve many factors.

  • Architecture – Older homes often have a more unique architecture and are built with sturdier materials. Newer homes are often more generic, but the layout can be altered if needed. Newer homes can be just as beautiful as older homes. It all comes down to how you accentuate and decorate your new home.

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September
12

One of the staples of Asian cuisine is fried rice. Here's where you can find tasty twists on the dish in Rockland County.

Rockland County has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, especially if you want fried rice. September 13th is National Fried Rice Day! No matter what type of cuisine you like, many offer their own take on fried rice. If you are out and about with family or house hunting for your next home, our real estate agents can help you discover the perfect side of fried rice to fit your tastes. Explore all of your options!

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September
5

Don't sell a home when you're full of uncertainty. Here are the questions to ask your agent.

Selling your home can be a confusing process. You want to work with an agent who will be as transparent as possible. Agents only get paid if your home sells. Our real estate agents understand how important it is for a seller to be fully informed. If you have questions, we will make sure you have the answers you need to feel comfortable with the sale of your home.

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September
5

Bergen County has some amazing sights for you to discover. Here's where you can capture the best photos.

Bergen County has some of the most beautiful scenery in the Northeast. If you are a photographer or just love taking photos, there are many places you can go in the area. Scenic vistas and local landmarks are ideal backdrops for portraits or simply because you want to capture the perfect shot. Our real estate agents are available to help you find the most beautiful locations in the Bergen County area. Explore the area! You will be amazed at what you can find.

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September
5

Moving in is exciting, but it's easy to make these mistakes. Here's how you can avoid them.

A lot of planning goes into buying a new home and then moving into it. Our real estate agents know that it is easy to get overwhelmed and can guide you through the process. With their helpful hints, you will be able to avoid many of the most commonly made mistakes that new homeowners are known for. Make a few lists to get started and take things one at a time.

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August
17

Committing to a home without doing your research can be a big mistake. Here's what you should do before making any offers.

The process of buying a home can be lengthy. You don't shop for a house as you do for a car or an appliance. Your future home is much more than an investment. It will be a safe haven for your family and where you will be spending most of your time. Before you make a bid on a home, there are a few things you should do. Being well-informed ensures you will make a knowledgeable decision. Our real estate agents can help you with the process.

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August
3

Pack a lunch and join your friends and family for a picnic at these Bergen County locations.

Our real estate agents can help you find the best spots in Bergen County to have a picnic and spend time with your family. In today's fast-paced world, being able to spend quality time with friends and family is a cherished experience. Visit one of these well-known picnic spots and enjoy your day!

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July
25

An organic lawn can be healthy for the environment and your family. Here's how you can get started.

Your lawn is your home's crowning glory. A beautifully manicured lawn is easy to achieve if you take care of it properly. If you have small children or pets, you don't want to use an excessive amount of harsh chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. There are many organic alternatives that can be used in place of the harsher chemicals that are equally effective if you use them correctly. Our real estate agents can put you in contact with a local nursery for recommendations.

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July
12

Looking for a way to chill off during the dog days of summer? Here are the Rockland County ice cream shops you have to visit.

Rockland County is known for its scenic views and cool places to visit. When you are out exploring the world around you, you may need something to help you cool off. Our real estate agents know many of the best ice cream shops in the area you can visit with your family when you're ready to indulge in a sweet treat. If you are considering a move to the Rockland County area, one of the first places to get to know is your local sweet shop.

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July
11

Looking for ways to make the most of your backyard and patio? Here are some ideas you can implement now.

Your home is your refuge, and your backyard is your place to enjoy nature and find peace. You can take the space you have and turn it into something unique and incredibly satisfying. Most projects are easy to finish on your own, and if you plan them right, easy on your budget as well. When you buy a new home, our real estate agents can help you come up with ideas on how you can best utilize your new backyard space.

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July
6

Moving to Bergen County is one of the best decisions you can make! Here's all you can expect from the area.

Bergen County is the ideal place to live if you want a small-town environment combined with the modern amenities of the big city. Our real estate agents offer a wealth of knowledge when it comes to learning about the communities and everything they have to offer.

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June
28

Rockland County has a long and rich history you can explore any day. Here are the sites you don't want to miss.

History is an important part of who we are. Rockland County is rich in terms of historical value. Moving to the area will allow you to explore the county and learn about its past. Our real estate agents can help you find some of the most unique historical landmarks in the area. They can also help you find other places of interest as well. Get to know your community and find out everything Rockland County has to offer.

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June
20

If you've never bought a home before, there's so much to learn! Here's how you can avoid common first-time mistakes.

First-time home buyers look forward to living in their own home. They often get so excited about the thought of owning a home that they will make rookie mistakes that may end up being quite costly. Our real estate agents are available to help prevent those mistakes from costing you the dream home you have always wanted. Be aware and ask for advice from people in the real estate industry. They know the market and will be able to give good advice.

  • Look for a lender first – One of the most common problems for a first-time home buyer is looking for the house before they find a lender. Get approved for financing first. This gives you the amount you qualify for and also a letter proving that you are capable of being financed for a specific amount.

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June
8

Getting ready to sell your home? Make sure you prep for the appraisal with these tips.

Having your home appraised can cause anxiety if you are worried about selling your home for a certain price. The key to receiving a good appraisal is knowing what you need to do to improve your home. Our real estate agents can help you look for things that will make your home look more inviting inside and have more curb appeal outside.

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May
31

One of the best ways to experience Bergen County is to stray from the usual routes. Here are the trails you should bike on.

Staying healthy is important. Many people get tired of the gym and turn to the outdoors for answers. Walking, running, hiking, and biking are just a few of the ways you can use the outdoors to your advantage when it comes to getting fit. Our real estate agents know the best trails and green spaces in the area and can point you in the right direction.

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May
18

Buying a home comes with upfront costs. Here's how you can prepare right by putting away money.

Buying a home is a major investment. You don't just pick a home and write a check. There is a process that you have to go through. If you've never looked into what it takes to purchase a home, you will be surprised at the different steps you have to go through. Our real estate agents understand the confusion, and sometimes frustration, of new home buyers who get bogged down in the process. When you make the decision to start looking, the following steps will help you figure out just how much you will need to start out.

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May
16

Looking for the perfect way to spend a night out? Try these Bergen County restaurants for stellar wine and food.

Going out on the town is a chance to dress up and taste the wine. When you work all day and run with your kids from event to event, you can sometimes forget to take time for yourself. Our real estate agents are always available to help you find the perfect home close to all of the places you enjoy going. Whether it's a dinner and dancing/date night for two or quality time with the family, we know all of the best places. If you like 5-star dining for date night, try these great places.

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May
2

Looking for easy home improvement projects you can check off this spring? Here's where you should start.

Spring is a great time for renewal and beginning new projects. Our real estate agents can work with you to find the right home for you if you are thinking about moving. Whether you plan on buying or selling, there is a lot of work to be done to put your house in order. The following tips can help.

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April
26

Looking for a place to fine-tune that golf swing? Here are the Westchester County courses and country clubs you'll want to visit.

Being able to do what you love so close to home is appealing for many new home buyers. Living in Westchester County gives a golfer many opportunities to perfect their golf swing. Our real estate agents know all of the best golf courses throughout the area. If you love golf, the following courses will be high at the top of the list. Golf legends have played on many of these courses for several years and enjoy the secluded nature of these fairways.

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April
18

Gardening season is upon, and we put together some pointers that will help keep your garden growing through summer.

When you buy your home in the winter or early spring, you can start making plans for where you want your garden to be. Our real estate agents can help you buy your home and get settled in time to start planning for your garden. If you've grown a garden in the past, you know how important it is to plan ahead and start early.

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March
28

Even if you don't think of your home as an investment, it definitely is one! Here's how you can raise its value with important fixes.

Before you can buy a new home, you need to sell your old one. Our real estate agents can help you increase your chances of getting top dollar for your home when you get ready to list it for sale. We know what it takes to get the most out of a home once it is ready to be sold. There are many ways you can increase the value of your home. Even small repairs and improvements will give your home's value a huge boost and make it more appealing to potential buyers.

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March
21

If your home is feeling a bit congested, try out these smart storage solutions that will help you clear up space.

If your home lacks conventional storage areas, or if you're just running out of the space you need to stow away things, it's time to get creative with your storage situation. Our real estate agents know a few smart storage hacks that can instantly maximize the functionality of your home. So take advantage of these practical ideas to maximize your home's storage space.

  1. Utilize Narrow Wall Spaces
    Many homes have narrow walls that aren't large enough to hang wall decor or use for larger storage units. However, these walls are the perfect spot to hang floating shelves.

    Floating shelves are sleek and versatile, and they come in a variety of sizes, designs, and colors. Use floating shelves to stow books, video games, or photo albums.

    Or, put items that you would usually store on your countertops on the shelves. Cleaning products, beauty and skincare items, and small kitchen supplies are a few items you can house on floating shelves.

  2. Look Up for Additional Storage Opportunities
    Areas above eye level, like the upper portions of your walls and ceilings, are an often-missed storage opportunity. Suspend hooks or overhead storage mounts from the ceiling to house various items, including clothing, linens, toys, and extra household items. You can even add storage bins to many ceiling mounts to hide the contents.

  3. Break Up Large Shelves
    If you have shelves with a lot of space between them, consider adding additional shelves to these spaces. Then, you'll have more storage, and these smaller spaces work well for housing compact items.

  4. Install Some Strategically Placed Hooks
    Hooks are a simple, affordable way to add storage to your walls. They're a great alternative for items that tend to wind up on the floor or on your counters, like coats, dog leashes, keys, and bags.

  5. Find Furniture with Hidden Storage
    Many common pieces of household furniture, like end tables, ottomans, beds, and couches, have options for hidden storage.

    A coffee or end table with a lift top or drawer are excellent spaces to store books, school supplies, electronics, or gaming supplies. Couches with an arm that incorporates storage space ensure that you always have an area to stow your remote controls, snacks, and small hobby items. Some beds have pull-out drawers underneath them. These drawers work well for storing seasonal items, clothing, shoes, and extra pillows and bedding.

  6. Add a Storage Bench
    A storage bench is a relatively small item that most homes can accommodate. A storage bench in your home's entryway or mudroom instantly creates a space to store shoes, gloves, hats, bags, and jackets, as well as providing a convenient place to sit down and put on shoes. You can install bins or dividers to give each family member their own section of the bench.

  7. Buy Slimmer Clothes Hangers
    While larger clothes hangers are attractive and sturdy, they take up a lot of room in your closet. Teaneck homes for sale with uncrowded closets are more attractive to potential buyers than closets that are packed full of clothing. Slim clothes hangers allow you to store more while creating the appearance of a closet that's spacious and uncluttered. 

Feel like it's time to explore homes with more space? Contact us today to check out your options!

March
14

Many of us associate cold weather with relaxing in a warm, toasty house while watching our favorite movie or TV series. Achieving this, though, can be a bit of a challenge. Since we spend more time in our home during the winter months, it's easy to get a bit of cabin fever. This is why our real estate agents always recommend changing things up a bit and making your spaces as comfortable and cozy as possible. Here are some tips to help you do the same:

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March
2

Looking for a way to brush off the chilly weather? Try out these Rockland County restaurants for some great soup!

When you live in the NY Metro area, there is nothing better than a cup of hot, steaming soup on a cool evening. Our real estate agents can help you find the best cup of soup around when you start house hunting. We know some of the best restaurants in the area for when you want a good meal or to hang out with friends. When you move to a new location, the first thing to look for is a new favorite restaurant!

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March
2

Cooking with seasonal ingredients is the easiest way to upgrade your cooking. Here's what you should look for this winter.

Many people think that summer is the only growing season in New York. That's actually not true. There are many fall and winter vegetables that can be grown throughout the year under the right conditions. Many fruits and vegetables can be stored for long periods of time after they have been harvested. Herbs and spices can be grown throughout the year in windowsill gardens and harvested fresh as they are needed. If you're looking at Westchester County homes for sale, ask our real estate agents about local sellers where you can find these produce items.

  • Winter squash – Winter squash can include acorn squash, butternut, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash, as well as many others. They are rich in vitamins A and C. Because they are harvested in the fall, they can be stored throughout the winter.

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March
2

Want to snap some stunning photos this winter? Here are the Rockland County spots you don't want to pass up.

One of the many things we love about Rockland County is that it's absolutely beautiful all year long. With tons of great parks, water views, scenic landscapes, the winter is a good time to get out of the house and snap some Instagram-worthy photos around the area. The natural beauty of Rockland County attracts people from all over the world, and we're lucky enough to see it in our backyard.

Our real estate agents love getting out for a winter hike, so we've taken note of some of the most scenic places around Rockland County where you're sure to snap an Instagram winner. Here are some of our favorites:

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