January Jabber-- Monthly Market Minute

Dated: January 26 2024

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Monthly Market Minute
Happy 2024!! January is here, and we're diving headfirst into the excitement of fresh starts. Let’s start 2024 off strong and make strides towards the awesome accomplishments that await us in the this year Keep reading for all the January updates and the real estate market news for this month. As always, whether you're thinking about purchasing your first home or a vacation home, upsizing, downsizing or investing, if there's anything I can assist with, send me a message, I am always here to be a resource to you!
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Do THIS to sell your home for 20% more
Staging. Here's why: Staging goes beyond mere aesthetics. It's about creating an experience that allows buyers to envision their lives unfolding within the walls of your home. In a market where first impressions are everything, a well-staged home stands out, inviting and compelling. Data from the International Association of Home Staging Professionals reveals that staged homes not only sell three to 30 times faster than non-staged ones, but they also fetch higher prices – often 20% more than expected. And the best part? The investment in staging usually costs less than the first price drop you might have to make if your home lingers on the market. It's a smart, strategic move with proven results.
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January Maintenance Checklist
Prepare your home for the new year with these essential tasks:
➡️Check shovels, scrapers & salt supplies ➡️Check weatherstripping on windows & doors ➡️Test smoke & carbon monoxide detectors ➡️Deep clean oven and wipe down stove hood ➡️Edit closet and donate extra clothing ➡️Store any remaining December holiday decor and set out Winter/Valentine's Day decor
5 Ways to Cut Down Your Energy Bill
I've got your personal cheat sheet with five strategies to conserve energy and elbow those extra costs out of your monthly bill:
Consider time-of-use rates. Learn about your utility's time-of-use rates, which vary depending on the time of day. Strategically plan your energy use to save money. You can find these rates on your energy bill or the utility's website.
Leverage smart home plugs and thermostats. Combat standby power consumption (up to 10% of your energy use) with smart switches for appliances and programmable thermostats. Schedule when they turn on and off efficiently.
Adjust the water heater temperature. The U.S. Department of Energy says lowering your water heater temperature by 20 degrees can save 4% - 22% annually.
Efficient water heating. Water heating is the second-largest home expense, averaging $400 - $600 yearly. Consider a $150 water heater smart controller to heat water only when needed (potentially saving 10% - 30%) and insulate your water heater to cut heat loss (saving 7% - 16%).
Monitor specific energy usage. Make sense of rising bills by tracking energy usage and setting custom alerts. Knowing where your energy goes is the first step to making meaningful changes.
The Market at A Glance
Spotlighting STAFFORD TOWNSHIP in the last 30 Days
42
# of homes for sale
45
avg days on market
$604,667
avg list price
$501,170
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Want the information for your specific town, neighborhood or community? Send me a message. I am happy to provide individualized information.
Now is the time to sell.
Call me today!
Adele Schock
Sales Advisor
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Toms River Office
office: 732-240-0500
cell: 609-618-8459
email: adeleschock@weichert.com

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Adele Schock

I’ve lived at the Jersey Shore of NJ for over 20 years and have worked as a real estate professional here for the past 8 years. I moved here because of the friendly neighborhoods and access to t....

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