Monthly Archives: February 2017

What Renters are Looking for in their Home Away from Home

Are you renting out your property this summer? There are many items vacationers have on their checklists when looking for a rental. Here’s what you need to know in order to keep your renters happy and comfortable:

A Clean Space

Renters are have been looking forward to their vacation week(s) for quite a while, and they don’t want have to spray down counters as soon as they arrive, or clear out dust bunnies from under the beds or cobwebs in the corner.


Nobody wants a rainy day on their vacation, but sometimes it happens, and it’s best to be prepared! A television and DVD player are a must, and some DVD options would be nice.  Board games and playing cards can easily be stowed away in a cabinet. A varied selection of reading material can occupy the bookshelves.

While we would all like to disconnect on vacation, Wi-Fi is still a must – don’t forget to provide the guests with login information!

Appliances & Gadgets

Renters need everything on-hand to be able to cook up a meal.  Pots and pans, measuring cups, utensils, dishes, glassware, coffee/tea cups, toaster, microwave, and oven.   A dishwasher, washer and dryer, as well as a grill would also be much appreciated.

Living/Eating Spaces

Many people rent out homes to spend quality time with family and friends.  There should be enough furniture for everyone to gather in a space and be comfortable.   Furniture should look up-to-date, and spaces should be tastefully decorated.

Closet Space

Vacationers need a place to store their luggage and hang up their clothing.  Plenty of hangers should be available in the closet, and there should be enough furniture in the bedrooms so that guests can put their clothes away.

Renters who are not familiar with Ocean City will appreciate a recommended list of favorite activities and restaurants, as well as emergency info such as hospitals in the area.   

By keeping renters happy, you will help them make wonderful memories and keep them coming back year after year.

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gorgeous pres day

Is it really February? It was hard to tell this weekend! With temperatures nearing 70 degrees, crowds were out and about in OCNJ.  Bikers and walkers filled the boardwalk.  Some opted to rest on a bench and bask in the sun.   Shops were busy. A few mini golf places were in operation.  And the smell of boardwalk fries was in the air.  

On the beach people were out with their blankets and chairs.  Some even in their bathing suits! A few even dared to dip their toes in the ocean.

It’s always nice to take a break and head down to OCNJ, breathe in the fresh, salt air and enjoy the ocean view.  But the warm weather was an extra treat for this holiday weekend, and another reminder summer will be here before we know it!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!


What a crowd!


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Boardwalk Project Nears Completion

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Boardwalk Project Nears Completion

A fresh, new boardwalk is one more reason to look forward to the upcoming spring and summer seasons in OCNJ! The fourth phase of Ocean City’s boardwalk transformation covering Eighth to 10th Streets is nearing completion. This phase, totaling around $3 million, is expected to be finished by the end of March. 

The construction is part of a five-year project to completely replace the boardwalk with new decking and substructure from Fifth to 12th Streets. Southern yellow pine, known of its strength and density, will replace the old planks. The pine has a thickness of three inches, about twice that of traditional boardwalk planks. The work, which runs only in the off-season, began at Fifth Street in the fall of 2013.

The fifth and final phase of the boardwalk’s reconstruction will take place between 10th and 12th streets, and is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2017 and be completed by March 2018.

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Use of Real Estate Videos and Drones to Sell High End Properties

     According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, for 44% of buyers, the first step people took in the home buying process was to search online.  While looking online is a great place to start, there are so many details to show when selling high-end properties, that it’s difficult for pictures alone to capture everything. And in today’s market it’s vital for those selling to set themselves apart.  So what can home sellers do to pique potential home buyers’ interests?  Drones and videos are two strong tools that can be used to communicate a home’s story online.   

    Drones are much less expensive than hiring a helicopter, and can take wonderful aerial shots of the landscape, plus capture details of the home a camera on land may miss. The pictures and videos the drones take encompass the entire property and surrounding land.  When a property is sprawled along the beach with beautiful ocean views, potential home buyers are able to see how that looks in one big picture.

    The video is another instrument to help a potential home buyer visualize living in a new home. Online videos in general are exploding. Facebook alone states videos are viewed over 4 billion times a day on their site alone.  When watching a real estate video, the viewer can get a sense of being in the home, as the video brings some flow and personality to the property.  The video also gives the viewer a better sense of size of the spaces.  With the option to add a voiceover and/or music, a video can really help make an emotional connection with the viewer and provide them with information they would not have received by looking at a still photo.

    With so many properties to choose from, these technologies are big in helping potential buyers narrow down their lists to decide which properties to see in person.

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