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by Jodi Luminiello on February 22, 2013

With years of experience in the realty market in a variety of home buying and selling situations, you can say I’ve gathered some insight. And I’m the sharing sort. Help yourself to this useful information to lead you in a direction toward your home buying or selling goals. Visit my community site 365 Things To Do In Westfield.

New Listing: 45 Estelle Lane

by Jodi on November 18, 2014

I have a new listing! The home is located at 45 Estelle Lane in Fanwood Boro, NJ. Take a tour of this listing by clicking here: http://vt.realbiz360.com/Listing-1727401.html

For more information, please give me a call at 732-713-0051

 

 

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The Benefits of Shopping Local

by Jodi on November 14, 2014

Small Business Saturday is November 29th , a meaningful campaign that I am passionate about, and one that everyone in the Westfield community should support.

In the last year, we have seen some really wonderful local stores in Westfield close because they could not stay afloat in this tough economy. We have such a beautiful downtown, with wonderful local businesses, and we need to support them! More and more, people are being encouraged to shop locally. This national movement isn’t just a fad, and it has benefits that reach far beyond keeping our small businesses afloat.

Here are just a few reasons why it’s important for everyone to shop and do business locally, whenever possible:

Shopping local stimulates the local economy.

When you shop at locally owned stores, the money you spend stays within the community. That’s because local businesses are more likely to purchase from other local businesses. The result is that the local tax base grows. A stronger tax base means improved schools, better roads, and greater support for your local police and fire departments.

Shopping local creates local jobs.

Small businesses are big employers. With jobs being created right where you live, your friends, neighbors and family can find jobs closer to home. That has a huge impact on family, community, and the environment because it lessens commute times.

Shopping local results in better consumer choices.

Local businesses provide products and services from local craftsmen and artisans, offering unique options that you won’t find in national stores. You have an opportunity to buy what you truly want instead of being forced into selecting from a handful of low-quality, high-profit-margin items.

Many people don’t shop local because they think they can’t buy the things they need in a local store. That’s simply not true; small business owners are more willing to carry and stock special items their customers need in order to be more accommodating and provide a greater choice of selection.

Local business customer service is better.

When you run into a problem, you’re more likely to receive a satisfactory resolution from a local business owner than from a big-name chain. That’s because you probably know the people in charge at a local store. Large chains quickly become bureaucratic, and by the time you’re in touch with someone empowered to remedy the problem, you’re frustrated beyond repair.

Shopping local means non-profits get more support.

Local businesses donate more to our local non-profits, directly benefitting your family, friends, and neighbors.

Shopping local directly benefits you.

Because local businesses help grow the economic base of our community, the dollars you spend have a domino effect. In many ways, that money will eventually find its way back to you.

Additionally, small towns can survive difficult downturns in the economy with a thriving local business center. Shopping local keeps Westfield safe and beautiful, and stabilizes home values.

Remember, you don’t have to shop local every time to make an impact. Getting in the mindset of shopping and doing business locally first is all it takes to start improving our community.

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Preparing Your Home for Winter

by Jodi on October 29, 2014

We are in the last week of October, and that means winter is right around the corner. With the colder months approaching, we have started bringing out our warmer jackets and gloves to keep warm, but have you readied your home for the cold winter winds? Even though planning for the wintertime season is very important, many of us don’t think about it.  Being a real estate agent for so many years, I have learned a thing or two about how to prepare your home for this cold and windy period. Not only are there many simple ways you can prepare your home for winter weather… but most will help you save money too!  Here are eight of my favorites:  

1. Seal air leaks – escaping hot air around your house can add up to 15 – 35 percent heat loss. Instead of warming the whole neighborhood this winter, check for leaks by holding up a lit candle to common trouble spots, such as:

  • Window frames
  • Door frames
  • Outside vents to your dryer
  • Baseboards
  • Spaces around window mounted air conditioners

If the candle flickers, you have a leak. Pick up a tube of caulk and use it to seal the leaks.

2.  Check your air filters – if your air filter is dirty, your central air will have to work harder to heat your home, costing you more money. Over time, dirty and clogged filters can also cause bigger (and costlier) problems.  Swap out your old filter for a new one, every three months.  It only takes a few minutes!  Make sure you take the measurements found on your filter when picking up a replacement at your local hardware store.

 3.  Install a programmable thermostat – if you are still using a manual thermostat, you are wasting money. Programmable thermostats will save you about $180 a year in heating and cooling costs. You can buy inexpensive programmable thermostats at hardware stores. Once installed, set the thermostat to automatically lower when you are away from the house or asleep and score automatic savings!

4.  Insulate your water heater – heating your water can be responsible for 14 to 25 percent of the energy used in your home. Wrapping your water heater is one easy way to lower the costs. You can buy a fiberglass and plastic insulating blanker for less than $25 and it only takes about 30 minutes to install. The savings will pay for the cost of the blanket in one year or less.

5.  Seal your air ducts – over time, the seals around your ducts will deteriorate and start to leak. Up to 20 percent of the circulating air in your home is lost due to loose or faulty ducts.  Simply pick up a roll of HVAC foil tape and wrap the tape around the joints to stop any leaks. If there are any visible holes, patch them with a fiberglass weave and seal them off with a water-based mastic air duct sealant.

6.  Close your attic – The simple sheet of plywood covering your attic stairs is hardly leak proof. During the winter, heat will escape through the sides of the cover and into your attic. To stop the leak, you can install an attic tent, which is an insulated fabric container that fits over your pull-down stairs.

7.  Insulate your light switches and outlets - if you’ve ever replaced a light switch or outlet cover, you probably noticed the gaping hole in the wall behind that cover. The problem is, those thin plastic covers don’t provide a great barrier and cold air can get through that hole and into your home. To combat the cold leaks, install foam gaskets underneath your light switch and outlet covers.  You can pick up pre-cut foam covers that will fit around electrical receptacles and light switches at hardware stores. Since they’re pre-cut, you just need to unscrew the cover, pop the foam cover on, and reattach the light switch or outlet cover plate for an easy fix.

8.      Reverse your fans – We don’t usually think of running our ceiling fans during the winter but they can help circulate the warm air.  During the summer, your ceiling fans should run counterclockwise, which pulls the air down toward you. During the winter reverse the ceiling fan’s direction by flipping the toggle switch on the base of the fan. Run on a low setting, the fan will draw cool air from the floor up toward the ceiling, making the room feel warmer.

So, there you have it. If you follow those tips, your home is on the way to being ready for winter. If you are looking to sell your home or buy a new one (or if you know someone who is), make sure to give me a call, because I can help! Not only do I love helping families buy and sell in Union County, but I can help you re-locate anywhere in the Country! Send me an email at NjRealtorJodi@gmail.com or call me anytime: 732-713-0051.

 

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New Listing!

by Jodi on September 7, 2014

Check out my new listing on Carlyle Place in Union, NJ! This beautiful home has 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, hardwood floors, and so much more! For more information, click here: http://bit.ly/WutIPv

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Spring Time in Westfield

by Jodi on May 20, 2014

Spring is most definitely my favorite time of year – especially here in Westfield! A few weekend’s ago was the annual Girls Night Out event which was organized by the fantastic Downtown Westfield Association. Woman from all over the state (and from other states) flocked to Westfield to shop in our fabulous downtown. Local stores participated by offering great deals and yummy snacks. I tried a cake batter dip in LeBain Boutique that was to die for!

It was so much fun to hit the town for the night to check out what our local stores have in stock this spring and meet lots of lovely ladies. I met a group of women who traveled 5 hours to Westfield just to visit the Farmhouse Store during Girls Night out. Why? Because Aunt Barbara made an appearance and put on a fabulous Drag Tupperware show. It was absolutely hysterical. Check out the Girls Night Out 2014 album on 365 Things Westfield to look at some photos!

If you thought Girls Night Out was a blast – then you probably had a great time at the Annual Spring Fling! The Spring Fling is another annual Westfield tradition which is sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. The streets of downtown Westfield shutdown for the day and transformed into a fun family festival. Local businesses and vendors set up booths to showcase their products, offer special deals, samples, and more! Plus there were tons of delicious food, rides and games for the kids, and activities for all ages. Unfortunately I could not make the event this year because I attended my little niece’s communion. It’s those precious moments that I just can’t miss! With all the great photos of the Spring Fling that I’ve seen all over social media, I feel like I was actually there!

The fun doesn’t stop there this spring. Local businesses and residents are thrilled to be done with winter and ready to embrace the warm weather. Different kinds of activities and events will be going on all spring long! 365 Things Westfield is a great place to find out what’s happening in town, and a great resource to share your own events. If you have something you’d like me to share – please send an email to 365ThingsWestfield@gmail.com or send a direct message to the Facebook page itself.

Last but certainly not least – spring is a fabulous time of year because it’s the best time to buy or sell your home! Being a local realtor for Coldwell Banker has taught me the ins and outs of real estate – and spring is always the best market! Check out my blog that goes into more detail about why right now is the best time to buy or sell. If you have any questions or if you are looking to buy or sell, give me a call at 732-713-0051.

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Remember the adage, the early bird catches the worm? Well, it certainly proves to be true in the real estate market. Spring is the optimum time to sell a home. Why? Because the largest number of buyers are actively searching for a new home during the months of April, May and June. The weather is “friendlier” for both buyers and sellers alike, resulting in the real estate market’s most active season.

Spring always comes out on top as the best time to sell. Buyers like to find a home and move when the weather is warm and clear. If they have children, they want to move into a new location as soon as school ends for the year, and before camp vacations begin. This is a narrow window of time, considering the typical closing takes between 45 and 60 days.

Another reason spring is such a strong season is because people are not distracted by summer vacations, or busy with holiday celebrations during the fall and winter months. Spring is the perfect time to grab the buyer’s attention. And let’s face it – your home looks better in the spring! The colorful flowers and fresh green grass does wonders for curb appeal – and the Buyer’s renewed interest. Your home will look fresh and more attractive when the garden is coming into bloom and the sunny days are longer.

Here are my top 3 reasons why spring is the best time to sell your home:

1. In the spring, the days are longer and the warmer weather invites Buyers to be outdoors and looking for a new home.

2. Buyers want to coordinate their move with the school year. Many buyers start their search in spring expecting to close no later than summer. That way they have a few months to familiarize themselves and their children with their new neighborhood before the school year begins.

3. More buyers means more potential offers for Sellers, and spring is the time when that will most likely occur. Nothing is better for a seller than multiple offers and a bidding war.

If you are thinking about selling your home – now is definitely the time to do it. I can answer any questions that you may have about the current market or questions about selling your home in general. You can always reach me at JodiLuminielloRealEstate@gmail.com or call (732) 713-0051.

Keep a look out for more of my weekly Spring Market blog posts! Next week I will discuss some of the fun activities for our local area during these beautiful, warmer days of spring.

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To read the entire report, click here. For more information, please give me a call at 732-713-0051 or email me at NJRealtorJodi@Gmail.com. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have! 

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Selling Homes in Westfield, NJ

by Jodi on February 18, 2014

I have always known and loved the town of Westfield, but over the last few years I have truly learned what really makes this town so special. When I started 365 Things Westfield, I wanted to connect businesses with local people, and give the community a platform to communicate with each other about topics they care about. After talking with so many different businesses owners and local people over the years, I have discovered how truly unique this town is – and how much people really do care about and support their communities.

Running 365 Things Westfield has given me a new-found appreciation for this town. As a Real Estate agent, selling homes in Westfield has become more of a joy than a job. After learning so much about this fabulous town, I not only recommend that my clients move here – but I am able to say whole-heartily that Westfield is one of the best places to live. A combination of the school systems, communities, locally owned businesses, and beautiful downtown makes Westfield an easy sell to any family looking to re-locate.

As a Cartus Relocation agent for Coldwell Banker®, I am able to help people and families who are looking to move in and out of New Jersey. I have sold homes in Westfield to people who have moved across the country – and they couldn’t be happier with their decision. Coldwell Banker® is the oldest and most established residential real estate franchise system in North America, and it is known as one of the most innovative, forward-thinking real estate brands today. Being an agent for this company in such a wonderful location like Westfield is truly an honor.

Westfield is a town that I know and love, and helping people find a home here is something I love to do. If you or someone you know is looking for a home in Westfield or the surrounding areas, please give me a call and I would be happy to assist. As a relocation agent, I can also help you find a top agent in any part of the country. And make sure to “like” 365 Things Westfield to say connected to all things happening. Please feel free to send me an email at 365ThingsWestfield@gmail.com with anything you’d like to see posted on the page.

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you all were able to dig yourselves out of the snow this morning and get on with your day just fine. Crossing my fingers that Spring comes real soon! 

The requests keep coming in for information about Real Estate activity in Westfield. As promised, I will provide this information every month so you all can stay up to date with how the market is doing in your local area. The photo above breaks down the report into some simple facts. To view the entire report in more detail, please click the link below to bring up the PDF. Feel free to save the PDF and keep it for further reference, and share it with anyone else who would like the information.

If you have any questions about this report, or questions about Real Estate in general, please feel free to call me at 732-713-0051. I am here to help with all of your Real Estate needs. And keep in mind that I am a Cartus Relocation Agent, which means I can help you buy or sell a home anywhere in the country!

Have a great day everyone! Click here to view the entire activity report: JanuaryReport

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December 2013 Activity Report – Westfield, NJ

January 16, 2014

  Hey everyone! I have been getting some requests for information about the Real Estate market is doing in our local area. I decided my website would be a fantastic place to share this information with you. So every month, I am going to share some activity reports with you, so you can get in [...]

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