Didn’t get a chance to book your summer rental before the rush? No worries – there are still some great properties to choose from, many with openings in mid-to-late August.

Head to our website, http://marragency.com/search-properties/ or download our app (Marr Agency), to search for available rentals.  You can select your desired travel date and filter by number of bedrooms, bathrooms, location, amenities, and price. 

Please don’t hesitate to call a Marr Agency agent at 609.399.7036 if you have any questions or need help narrowing down properties. We are happy to assist you!

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2017

04
04

Welcome to the Southend

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Are you looking for the quieter side of Ocean City? For beaches with less crowds? The beautiful Southend area, which encompasses 35th Street to 59th Street, has much to offer.

There are a variety of fun food choices on this side of the island. Mallon’s Sticky Buns are a favorite, and Al A Mode is a go-to for homemade ice cream.  For subs and sandwiches there’s Sack-O-Subs and Boyar’s Market.  And if you’re have a craving for seafood, Mike’s Seafood of Ocean City is nearby.

You’ll also find some nice playgrounds, a basketball court, street hockey rink and a place for bicycle rentals.

If you like observing the wildlife, walk the trails at Corson’s Inlet State Park, a 341 acre park established in 1969 to help protect and preserve one of the last undeveloped tracts of land along the state’s oceanfront.

Interested in owning a property in the Southend? A Marr Agency agent would be happy to help you find your perfect Southend home.

Check out some of these new construction Southend homes:

http://marragency.com/homes-for-sale-details/5548-ASBURY-AVE-1ST-FLOOR-OCEAN-CITY-NJ-08226/482364/104/

http://marragency.com/homes-for-sale-details/5429-ASBURY-AVE-1ST-FLOOR-OCEAN-CITY-NJ-08226/483784/104/

 http://marragency.com/homes-for-sale-details/5431-ASBURY-AVE-2ND-FLOOR-OCEAN-CITY-NJ-08226/483786/104/

http://marragency.com/homes-for-sale-details/5550-ASBURY-AVE-2ND-FLOOR-OCEAN-CITY-NJ-08226/482366/104/

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2017

03
28

OCNJ Easter Events

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How long will it take hundreds of children to collect over 100,000 eggs? Based on last year’s results we are going to guess under five minutes!

The Great Egg Hunt is a much anticipated event for the little ones! Children will be divided into five age groups: 0-2yrs and 3yrs (11th Street) 4 and 5yrs (12th Street) 6 & 7yrs (13th Street).  There will be candy for all with over 100,000 eggs, 500 with prizes, 5 grand prize bikes and other grand prize eggs!

The fun takes place on two consecutive weekends:

Saturday, April 8th (Raindate: April 9).

Saturday, April 15th (Raindate: April 16).

2:30 pm

11th St. – 14th St. Beach.

For more information call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. 

Don’t miss Breakfast with The Bunny taking place Saturday, April 8th, 8am-noon at John & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro, 637 Asbury Avenue; Sunday, April 9th from 8am-noon at Arelene’s on Asbury, 624 Asbury Avenue; and Saturday, April 15th from 8am-noon at Yianni’s Cafe, 841 Asbury Avenue.  The bunny will also be eating frozen yogurt from 2-4 pm Saturday, April 8th at Yoasis, 838 Asbury Avenue.

On Easter morning, Sunday, April 16th, enjoy a traditional non-denominational service by the sea. All are welcome. The service will take place at 6:30am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. For more information call 609-399-6111. 

In the afternoon, come dressed in your Easter’s best to stroll in the Fashion Promenade and meet the Easter Bunny in front of the Music Pier.  Judging begins at 1:00 pm. Prizes will be awarded for Best Dressed Children,Teen, Adults and Family. For more information call 609-399-6111. 

Happy Easter!

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2017

03
20

While the full length of the Ocean City Boardwalk reopened on February 15, construction of five new pavilions is underway and expected to be completed by the end of March. 

These new structures, which will look similar to the pavilion at 11th Street, will sit on 82 x 24 foot platforms, and be located on the ocean side of the boardwalk at Plaza Place, Plymouth Place, 9th Street, and one on either side of 10th Street. 

This project is part of the $3 million fourth phase of Ocean City’s boardwalk transformation project covering Eighth to 10th Streets. The construction, all done in the off-season, is part of a five-year project to completely replace the boardwalk with new decking and substructure from Fifth to 12th Streets. 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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2017

03
13

2017 OCNJ DOO DAH PARADE

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OCNJDoo Dah ParadeApril 8, 2017

Is your Basset Hound ready to waddle?  The 32nd annual Doo Dah Parade featuring TV icon Regis Philbin as this year’s grand marshal, is always an Ocean City favorite.  Taking place on Saturday, April 8th, the procession is a tribute to humor, and marks the beginning of a string of special events that will continue in Ocean City throughout the year.

Featuring marching bands, floats, a grand marshal and a brigade of more than 500 basset hounds, the parade is a sight to see. Be prepared for the traditional finale, “Pie-asco,” in which everybody is invited to smoosh their friends with shaving-cream pies.

The parade route starts at noon at Sixth Street and travels downtown Asbury Avenue to 12th Street, then turns to the Boardwalk at 12th Street and finishes at the Ocean City Music Pier.  

Everybody is invited to participate.  Categories include: Brigades, Individuals, Basset Hound Waddle, Miscellaneous, and Impersonators of Legendary Comedians. Lineup time is 11 am.  Click here for more information regarding registration, or general information regarding the parade: http://www.ocnj.us/Doo-Dah-Parade/

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2017

03
07

OC CON 2017

Calling all comic book fans – The Ocean City Comic Con is coming to town April 1 & 2!

This two-day event, fun for kids and adults of all ages, will feature meet-the-artist sessions, discussion panels, a superhero run, and the opportunity to view and purchase comic books. 

Enjoy appearances by cosplayers Keven DiPlacido, Louis V., and Holly Palermo.  Entertainment will also include Let’s Party Painters, Jungle John Entertainment and the Jungle Family, Corellia Temple Saber Guild, The Green Hornet’s Black Beauty, and the Real Ghostbusters of South Jersey.

Hours are 10 am -5 pm on 4/1, and 10 am – 4 pm on 4/2.  General admission tickets are $10/day for adults or $15 for both days.  For children it’s $5/day or $8 for both days. The convention will take place at the Ocean City Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk.

Click here for more information: https://www.ocnjcon.com/

You can also purchase tickets to see special guests Billy Dee Williams of Star Wars on 4/1, and Seth Gilliam of The Walking Dead on 4/2.

And if you are feeling a surge of superhero energy – grab your cape for the Super Hero Run. The one-mile run on the boardwalk will take place at 10 am on 4/1. The Super Hero Obstacle Dash takes place on the beach at 11:00 am.  Prices are: $20 race day registration; $15 pre-registration; $10 for 12yrs & under. (Registration includes both events, as well as an OC CON Super Hero T-Shirt and OC Con admission on 4/1).   Click here for more information and to register.

http://www.ocnj.us/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.pageDetails&id=67237&typeID=179 

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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.

Amenities

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!

crowd

What a crowd!

 

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2017

02
14

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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