Art Rosenbaum's Blog Posts

Why Is Autumn A Great Time To Vacation On Long Beach Island

If you have a free week or weekend, Autumn is a great time to vacation on Long Beach Island.Why?Other than the waning summer warmth, you can still see, hear, and smell the ocean and the BEST

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What Can You Do Right Now To Find A Rental On Long Beach Island

What Can You Do Right Now To Find A Rental On Long Beach Island?First, don't panic.  Even though it is true that it's harder than ever to find rentals at this point in the game, especially for

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Is Now A Good Time To Buy Or Sell In These 5 Long Beach Island Towns

LBI Market Micro Market Snapshot - Beach Haven Crest, Brighton Beach, Peahala Park, Beach Haven Park, and Haven BeachThis month we will focus on Beach Haven Crest, Brighton Beach, Peahala

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Is Now A Good Time To Buy Or Sell In Brant Beach

LBI Market Micro Market Snapshot - Brant BeachThis month we will focus on Brant Beach.  Brant Beach is located on the south end of Long Beach Island and borders Ship Bottom to the north

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What Does The 2022 LBI NJ Rental Forecast Look Like

2022 Long Beach Island Rental Forecast and Investment OpportunityAs the desire to vacation on LBI continues to grow, the number of leases The Van Dyk Group wrote in 2021 was up 10% over 2020. 

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Is Now Too Early To Book Your 2022 Long Beach Island Vacation Rental

Is Now Too Early To Book Your 2022 Long Beach Island Vacation Rental?The answer is yes and no.  Let me explain ...    In September, The Van Dyk Group sends out the 2022

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Top 6 FAQs About Vacation Rentals On Long Beach Island

Top 6 FAQs About Vacation Rentals on Long Beach Island1.  What do "Sleeps 6, 8, 12, etc" and "Max Occupancy" mean?Sleeps "X" refers to the number of beds that people can sleep; "Heads on

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The Top FAQ About Long Beach Island Repeat Rentals For 2022

The Top Frequently Asked Question about Long Beach Island Repeat Rentals for 20221.  How can we reserve the same 2021 property for the same, different, or additional week(s) for the

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Top 5 FAQs About Your Vacation On Long Beach Island And Checkout

Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Your Vacation On Long Beach Island and Check-OutPart 3 of the Frequently Asked Rental Questions about your Long Beach Island Vacation series covers the top 5

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Top 7 Rental FAQs During Your Vacation On Long Beach Island

Top 7 Rental FAQs During Your Vacation On Long Beach Island1.  How do we check in if we will arrive outside your normal business hours?If you know you'll be arriving early or late, contact your

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Top 5 Rental FAQs About Check In Day On Long Beach Island

Top 5 Rental FAQs About Check-In Day On Long Beach Island1.    Do I need to bring my own pillows, towels, linens, and blankets?It depends.  Ask your agent what the owners provide.;

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What Are The Peak Weeks For Summer Rentals On Long Beach Island

What Are The Prime/Peak Weeks For Summer Rentals on Long Beach Island?    The last two weeks in July and the top two weeks in August are the prime/peak weeks which book faster

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Home Staging Your Home To Sell On Long Beach Island

    When I first started looking at real estate in my mid-20s, I always liked looking at empty spaces and would visualize what rooms would look like using my own imagination.;

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Why Is It So Hard To Book A Rental On Long Beach Island

Why Is It So Hard to Book A Rental On Long Beach Island?    We are all feeling the tight inventory on both the Sales and Rentals side.  A lot of homes were sold this past

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How To Brighten Up Your Home This Winter

Simple Ways To Brighten Up Your Home This WinterAfter the rush of the holidays is over and what seems like the longest part of winter starts to set in, here are a few very simple, very practical

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Christmas Star On Long Beach Island

WELCOME TO WINTER!Tonight, Jupiter and Saturn will line up to form the "Christmas Star." The two planets haven't been seen this close together since 1226, the Middle Ages. The next time they'll be

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Why You Should Book Your 2021 LBI Summer Rentals Now

Why You Should Book Your 2021 LBI Summer Rentals NowIt's hard to imagine while looking out the window on this December day, we've already written 25% of our typical amount of Long Beach Island

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Autumn Equinox On Long Beach Island

With almost all our attention focused on the current worldwide situation, it’s a good time to get back-to-nature for a moment and appreciate that we are another quarter of the way along our 365

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Summer Solstice On Long Beach Island

SUMMER IS HERE! With almost all our attention focused on the current worldwide situation, it’s a good time to get back-to-nature for a moment and appreciate that we are another quarter of the

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Equinox And Solstice On Long Beach Island

Equinox or Solstice...Do You Know the Difference?With almost all our attention focused on the current worldwide situation, it’s a good time to get back-to-nature for a moment and appreciate that

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One Must Have Thing You Need In The Perfect Vacation Rental

One Must-Have thing You Need In The Perfect Vacation RentalBeds!King, Queen, Double, Full, Single, Pullout, Bunk, Trundle, and Pyramid!Who would think the size or type of bed could determine your

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A Day In The Life Of A Listing Agent Selling His Own Home With Pets

A Day in the Life of a Listing Agent Selling His Own Home with PetsSo, it was another gorgeous Saturday with another showing scheduled for 1:30pm. My wife, Robyn, and I are going through our usual

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Why I Love Working With Home Buyers

When it comes to Real Estate, being the Listing Agent and representing the seller is great because you really get to know the individual or families and the property they have for sale, but I must

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Why I Chose Real Estate And The Van Dyk Group

I grew up in New Rochelle, New York and have lived in Hartford, Connecticut and Clearwater, Florida and spent summers in the Hamptons and Montauk.In 1991, I met my wife, Robyn, and my step-son,,

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What You Need To Know About Going Solar

The decision to add solar panels to your home can seem daunting. The unknowns and assumptions of costs and installation tend to leave homeowners uneasy about going solar.However, just as home

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Renovate Your Kitchen Without Knocking Down A Wall

When most people think of redoing a dated ’70s- or ’80s-era kitchen, their first instinct is usually: Knock down a wall! Open up the space! Buy some gleaming, modern appliances! All fine ideas,

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Barnegat Population Spikes

According to the U.S. Census, the population of Barnegat Township showed virtually no growth until exploding in the 1970s and 80s. Unlike most, the township kept booming. Since 2000, the number of

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Survey Says Vacation Home Market On The Rebounds

After several years of negative trends in the real estate industry, finally a sign of life: A market study just out by a Stuart real estate marketing firm shows budding consumer confidence in the

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7 Great Kid Activities On LBI

Fantasy Island Amusement Park, Beach Haven, NJKids of all ages will enjoy the rides, games and arcade at this Victorian themed amusement park.  For more than 25 years Fantasy Island has been a

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How A Couple Paid Off Their Mortgage In 7 Years

The idea behind paying off a loan faster than scheduled is pretty simple: It saves you money. That’s a huge part of the reason Andrea Stewart and Jerimiah Honer decided to repay their 30-year

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How Bad Credit Can Make Your Mortgage More Expensive

Conventional loans are gold standard of the mortgage market. This loan type offers the best possible terms and fees as well as relatively sustainable long-term affordability. However,

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A Garden You Can Eat

If you ever worry about where your food comes from, or what kind of chemicals might have been put in or on it, growing your own is a great solution. Plus, you won’t be spending all your cash on

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Sales Of Vacation Homes Increased Last Year

According to the National Association of Realtors, vacation home purchases made up 21% of all home sales last year at an estimated 1.13 million, the highest level since 2003 and a 57% increase from

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The One Item Needed To Sell A Home For Top Dollar

Naturally, all sellers want to get the most money possible for their homes when they sell them. There is one item that, if not perfect, will cause your home to sell for less than it should — that

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2014 Mortgage Rate Swings May Impact Home Buying

In 2013, increased mortgage rates resulted in decreased home sales, as shown in the graph left.  This trend could continue in 2014, especially if there is a significant increase in mortgage

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Buyers Get An Edge During The Busy Spring Season

The spring and summer months are traditionally the busiest times of year for the residential real estate market. Weather is more cooperative and many families like to move while the kids are on

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The Top Six Most Useful Kitchen Additions

Modern kitchens are generally built with space and convenience in mind. But if you’re living with an older kitchen, there are easy additions you may want to consider to maximize your available

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6 Ways To Avoid Mortgage Relief Scams

If you fall behind on your mortgage payments, desperation may begin to seep in. And if you’re desperate, there are thieves and swindlers ready to take advantage of your situation

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Should You Pay Off Credit Card Debt Before Buying A Home

While getting your financial house in order before you try to purchase a home is an excellent plan, paying off all your credit card debt may not be the best move.Ironically, some of the

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Remodel Or Refinance Why Not Do Both

Let's see. Do I want to refinance now or wait until I finish with my home improvements? Or do I go ahead and get a construction loan, complete my addition, then refinance both my mortgages when the

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10 Things To Consider Before Making An Offer On A Home

If you’ve narrowed down your choice of a home to one, you may be eager to make an offer and get negotiations started. If you’re buying in a tight market where sellers have the upper hand you may

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10 Summer Moving Tips

If you're moving this summer, the busiest season for moving, you know how daunting it can be. But if you create a blueprint for your move, the transition from house to house will go more smoothly

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What Types Of Loans Are Available Through FHA

FHA loans have been helping people become homeowners since 1934. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) - which is part of HUD - insures the loan, so your lender can offer you a better deal.Low

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Should I Use A Real Estate Broker

Using a real estate broker is a very good idea. All the details involved in home buying, particularly the financial ones, can be mind-boggling. A good real estate professional can guide you through

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Can I Become A Homebuyer Even If I Have Had Bad Credit And Dont Have Much For A Downpayment

You may be a good candidate for one of the federal mortgage programs. Start by contacting one of the HUD-funded housing counseling agencies that can help you sort through your.

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What Are HUD Homes And Are They A Good Deal

HUD homes can be a very good deal. When someone with a HUD insured mortgage can't meet the payments, the lender forecloses on the home; HUD pays the lender what is owed; and HUD takes ownership of

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Why You Should Buy Instead Of Rent

A home is an investment. When you rent, you write your monthly check and that money is gone forever. But when you own your home, you can deduct the cost of your mortgage loan interest from your

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Four New Vegan Products Worth Trying In 2014

What better way to brighten up your winter days than indulging in some new mouthwatering vegan products? Whether from well-established vegan brands or new companies, these top COK selections will

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Home Sales On The Rise

Across a diverse South Jersey real estate market, some noticeable trends emerged in 2013, according to an analysis by The Press of Atlantic City of data compiled by the New Jersey Association of

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Simple Steps Can Help Prevent Frozen Pipes

With another polar vortex blast on the way, homeowners must again be aware of the possibility of frozen – then bursting – pipes.Frozen pipes create havoc in cold weather, often sending water

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LBI Beachfill Start Date Pushed Past Summer Season

The latest projection for the start of beach replenishment planned for various sections of Long Beach Island is early fall, according to Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini and the U.S. Army

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LBI Beach Replenishment To Begin

A federal project to replenish beaches and restore Hurricane Sandy-damaged dunes on Long Beach Island will begin soon.  The Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded a $30.6 million contract to

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