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2016 Real Estate Trends


Whether you’re a prospective home owner or in the market to sell your home, the following real estate market trends of the coming year will be of the utmost importance in understanding the housing market.

The Housing Market is Bouncing Back

It’s no surprise that the housing market is bouncing back from 2008’s collapse – after all, it has enjoyed a steady resurgence since 2012. As the year 2016 progresses, the competition between real estate agents will only grow as they seek to take advantage of this buyer’s market. As a prospective home owner, you can expect good deals on single-family homes, and agents who are willing to work with you to obtain the best deals.

Taking Advantage of Tech

With such online real estate powerhouses such as Zillow and Trulia, coupled with the ever-growing domination of Smartphone apps, you will find more resources available on the Web than ever before. More and more people will be searching for homes using their mobile devices and utilizing online tools that pool all of the available properties in a prospective area all in one place.  These sites, along with new technology, have made the home prospecting process much easier.

Home Sales Will Level Off in 2016

Out of all the real estate market trends, this may be the most important. Although there is a good deal of variation in the housing market at the local level, the nationwide trend seems to be that prices will level off. Many housing experts expect home prices to continue to rise over the next year, but at a slower pace than in the past.  So if you are a homeowner that is expecting a higher price for your home in 2016, it may not be as high as you were hoping for.


In order to take advantage of all of the latest Real Estate trends, you will need a professional agent at your side.  Call Marie today!


Selling Your Home in the Winter


As the days grow shorter and the weather more disagreeable in Monmouth County, NJ, people have a tendency to hunker down and retreat into the comfort of their homes. Although this means fewer people will be house-hunting, it also means you’ll have less competition, and can better apply the following home selling tips to maximize both your profit, and the buyer’s satisfaction.

Keep Up Appearances

You want your house to appear memorable the moment a prospective buyer pulls into the driveway. Since the New Jersey weather often brings plenty of snow in the wintertime; you want to make sure the driveway is cleared – hire an outside service to keep it clean if you’re absent. Salt and shoveling are must-dos as home selling tips to make your property stand out from the others.

Enhance the Lighting and Feeling of Warmth

It’s important that both the outside and the interior of the home look inviting and warm, so that the prospective buyer can envision himself/herself inside. To help display this, put the lights on a timer so that they come on as dusk approaches. Make sure the exterior paint job looks new, and the inside is spotless. One thing not to overlook is the smell – it’ll stay with any visitors and influence their decision. Add a faint aroma to help, but make sure it isn’t overpowering.

Change Your Perspective

What do you like most about the house? Chances are, these are the same things other buyers will appreciate. It is, however, still important to assume the position of the buyer when pricing your home in the current real estate market; absolve yourself of your natural attachment to the property so you can price it for what it’s really worth. Combined with the above home selling tips, you now stand a much better than average chance of getting the house off the market.

Purchasing a Home in Colts Neck


Find your new home in Colts Neck Township, where you’ll enjoy a spacious estate or chateau just outside of New York City, Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore. Convenience meets seclusion here in one of New Jersey’s most quaint, prosperous and locally driven communities. Explore available Colts Neck listings with Keller Williams Realty.

Community Living

If you like to stay active or need the perfect space for a new regimen, Colts Neck can accommodate. Besides an array of family parks, country clubs and the celebrated Dorbrook Recreation Area, you’ll find safe streets for pleasant morning runs. Alternatively, accompany your spouse/partner to one of the surrounding orchards or vineyards, which bring additional charm to this lovely New Jersey neighborhood. Purchasing a home in Colts Neck provides you with limitless outdoor recreational activities.


Although Colts Neck is located outside huge, thriving cities, it remains incredibly self-sufficient. Here, protective zoning laws combined with a strong sense of entrepreneurship results in Colts Neck’s ability to offer a handful of local businesses to the town’s residents. Proud residents shop daily at locally owned general and specialty stores or visit one-of-a-kind eateries and fine dining restaurants sprinkled across town. Chain restaurants and retail stores lie only a few miles away in Tinton Falls and Shrewsbury.

Education and Transportation

From Pre-K through eighth grade, students attend three schools suited to the community’s small population. For high school, Freehold Regional High School District offers an array of private academies serving Colts Neck, Farmingdale, Howell and nearby townships.

Take New Jersey Transit or jump on the Garden State Parkway. Colts Neck residents enjoy an easy coastal work commute to Newark and New York City.

Professional Real Estate Services

Serving Monmouth County, Marie Gentile prioritizes complete satisfaction in every home sale. If you’re searching for a new home in Colts Neck, allow Marie to narrow down available listings to suit your style and budget. Call 732-333-8273 to begin the process of purchasing a home in Colts Neck today.

Purchasing a Home in Holmdel


Settle down in Holmdel Township, a community humble in size, yet rich in history and natural appeal. Located 15 miles from the Jersey Shore, this Monmouth County neighborhood provides locals with accessibility to all surrounding amenities and beautiful coastal views. Holmdel listings remain available at Keller Williams Realty.

Community-Oriented Living

Expect to become a neighbor, not just a resident, when you move into your new Holmdel home. Purchasing a home in Holmdel means joining get-togethers, fairs and special events throughout the year. If you have children, sports and art activities accompany an annual summer day camp within the township. Still, adults may make the short commute to Newark, New York City or Philadelphia for work or a day/night out in the big city.

No community would be complete without options for outdoor exploration. Purchasing a home in Holmdel gives you immediate access to nearby biking and hiking trails through celebrated parks such as the historic Bayonet Farm.


Holmdel offers an array of local boutiques and retail chain stores for varying tastes and budgets. The Commons continues to satisfy the needs of avid shoppers, while restaurants like It’s Greek to Me satiate local rumbling stomachs. Visit to get a feel for the town!

Health and Education

Although Holmdel is home to a handful of private schools, students may attend public school from Pre-K to twelfth grade. In addition, Holmdel houses The New School of Monmouth County, well known for practicing progressive educational methods.

Despite the city’s size, locals don’t need to leave town to access high-quality medical care. Bayshore Community Hospital serves the township with cancer, cardiac, orthopedic and a number of other specialties.

Professional Real Estate Services

Serving Monmouth County, Marie Gentile works closely with every homebuyer to match listings to personal preferences. If you’re considering a new home in Holmdel, allow Marie to prioritize your needs. Call 732-333-8273 or send Marie a message at Keller Williams Realty today.  

What Every First-Time Homebuyer Needs to Know


If you are looking to purchase a home, chances are you have a million (or more) thoughts running through your head.  After all, it is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime.  With all of the information you have to decipher, it can be easy for first-time homebuyers to overlook certain things when trying to find the perfect home.  Lucky for you, you aren’t the first person to be going through the home buying process.  Countless first-time home buyers have finished the home buying experience and said to themselves, “I wish I would have known…” or “I wish someone would have told me…”  So to save you a bit of stress, take some time and make sure you take into account the following before signing those papers!

  1. Set your priorities

It is important to make sure you are going to be happy with the home, obviously.   But, there are going to be some compromises you will have to make along the way.  Making a list of what is most important in a house is imperative.  Qualities may include; location, space, commute, etc. Once you know what is most important, you can begin searching for a home that best suits your individual needs.

  1. Do your homework

Knowing what to expect during the home buying process is a good idea.  This way you will have limited surprises and unexpected occurrences to throw you off track.  There is plenty of literature available to help first-time home buyers to guide you along your journey.

  1. Down Payments can help A LOT

It is possible to buy a home with no down payment required, but there are key advantages that can come with putting money down up front.  You can get better overall rates and have smaller mortgage payments that will help in the long run. 

  1. There is no rush

Taking your time with the whole home buying process is important.  You should never settle for a house that isn’t going to make you happy.  It is going to be the place you come home to every day, so don’t feel pressured into making hasty decisions.  When you find that perfect house you will know it’s the time to take action!

Pricing your Home… The Right Way


When it comes time to sell anything, it is common practice to make every effort you can to get the most money as possible.  Why wouldn’t you?  Whether it is an old book or a big screen TV, you want to set a price that will be high enough to generate some kind of profit, but low enough to get people interested in buying. 

If you don’t sell that old, dusty book for $0.50, then it is not the end of the world.  However, if you price your home incorrectly, then it is a much more serious issue.  These tips might help you avoid some stress and heartache as you head down the unpredictable road of selling your home.


  1. Do your homework
    • Looking at what other homes have sold for in your neighborhood will give you a good starting price point.  Obviously, your price will not be exactly the same as other houses in the area because of many factors, but it will get you in the ballpark.
  2. Don’t act too fast
    • Many experienced realtors agree that setting the right listing price for your home the first time is critical.  Research shows that changing the price frequently usually leads to the house selling at a significantly lower price than what the house should have been listed at.
  3. What if you were buying instead of selling?
    • If you have lived in your home long enough, chances are you have developed some sort of attachment with it.  This makes it easy to put more value on your house than other potential buyers might.  To avoid unintentionally adding sentimental value to the listing price, it helps to put yourself in the shoes of the buyer.  It also helps getting the input of your relator to make sure a realistic price is settled upon.


Even with these tips, it’s extremely easy to become overwhelmed and skeptical about how to list your home.  That is where the Keller Williams team and Marie Gentile come in!  We can help with all of your selling needs and make sure your house is priced to sell as quickly as possible.  Call Marie Gentile today at (732) 333-8273.             

The Future of Real Estate


Purchasing a home is the biggest financial decision that you will make in your entire life.  There are many factors that determine whether buying a house is a wise decision or not; financial situation, location, down payment, loan options, interest rates, etc.  One of the most important things to take into consideration is the future of your investment. 

Everyone knows the number one rule of real estate is location, location, location.  But, coming in a close second is that the real estate market is consistently changing.  With this being said, considering an investment as big as your own house, it would be nice to have an idea of what the future may bring.


What the Future Holds

According to PricewaterhouseCooper, market trends are going to experience a major shift in the next 5-10 years.  If you are considering buying a home in the near future, there are some changes that PwC predicts will affect the real estate market by 2020 and beyond. 

  • Investable real estate will continue to expand substantially, leading to increased opportunity in emerging economies:
    • By 2020, investable real estate will have grown by more than 55% compared to 2012.
  • Cities on the “up-and-coming” will present a wider range of risk and return opportunities.  So what seems like an emerging location now may not be the case 10 years down the road.
  • Technological innovation along with sustainability will play a huge factor in the value of your home in the future.

If you are interested in reading more about PricewaterhouseCooper’s findings, you can read their full report here: Real Estate 2020: Building the Future


These are just a few of the trends that you can expect to see over the next decade or so.  But as always, you should not be surprised when the real estate world takes unexpected turns.  Regardless of what the future brings, real estate investments will continue to play a major role in our world.

“Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt     

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How to Sell your Home in The Summer


In an ideal world, you would be able to put your house on the market and have buyers lined up the next day.  Unfortunately, people selling their homes do not have full control over how quickly their home sells.  Another factor that people do not have full control over is when they put their house on the market.

Whatever the reason may be (family needs, job relocation, etc.), if you are in a situation where you need to sell your home this summer, there are a number of things you can do to give your home the best chance of receiving offers.


What you can do

  1. Mow Your Lawn
    • When people are looking around for homes, the first thing that they see before they even notice the house itself is the lawn.  A lush, green, well maintained lawn during the summer can make all the difference!
  2. Add other Curb Appeal
    • Make your house look as appealing as possible with additions such as flowers, and other subtle items.  You want your house to feel as welcoming and inviting to guests as possible.
  3. Take advantage of the light
    • Summer brings with it a sense of warmth and brightness.  The inside of your home can reflect that with open shades and as much as natural light as possible.
  4. Cozy is Key
    • There is nothing that will turn off potential buyers more than a hot and stuffy room.  Make sure you have plenty of fresh air circulating throughout the entire house.


First Things First

If you’re thinking about selling your home now, next month, or next year, you should let Keller Williams and Marie Gentile help to make sure anything and everything is done to make your house sell as quickly as possible.  Client satisfaction is our #1 priority, so give us a call! 732-333-8273.

Golf Courses in Monmouth County


“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies.” – Bobby Jones

There is no better place to enjoy a round of golf in all of New Jersey than Monmouth County.  Golfers of all ages and skill levels will appreciate great course conditions, up to date facilities and clubhouses, and an overall fun and relaxing atmosphere.

There is a reason why more than 200,000 rounds are played on Monmouth’s courses every year (that’s over 547 rounds every day!).  Whether you’re looking for a challenging 18-hole course, an easier 9-hole par 3 course, or just a driving range, Monmouth County can accommodate you.

For more information about any of Monmouth County’s golf courses, simple click on their link and learn more about what each has to offer.  You will be able to quickly and easily check out the courses offered, reserve tee times, check greens fees, look up facilities, and check hours of play.  The golf courses are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what makes Monmouth County such a spectacular place!


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Keller Williams Realty West Monmouth
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Marlboro NJ 07746
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