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Our New Hobby

Since people are spending more time at home than ever before, baking has become quite a popular hobby, with homemade bread being one of the favorites. One of our agents, Mark Seubert, has perfected his sourdough recipe, and it definitely looks delicious! 

 

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Ingredients:

For the levain

  • 35 grams bread flour
  • 35 grams whole wheat flour
  • 35 grams mature starter
  • 70 grams filtered water

For the dough

  • 810 grams bread flour
  • 90 grams whole wheat flour
  • 680 grams filtered water (at 90℉)
  • 18 grams fine sea salt
  1. Mix levain ingredients and rest in a warm area (70-80℉) for 5 hours.
  2. One hour before your levain is done, mix together your bread flour and whole wheat flour. Add 580g of your water to the flour mixture (keeping 100g to the side for mixing later).
  3. Mix just until your dough comes together. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest in a warm area (same as your starter) for 1 hour.
  4. Mix your dough and levain together using a little of your separated water to help incorporate it. Rest 20 minutes.
  5. Add your sea salt and the rest of your separated water and mix until incorporated. Slap and fold for 2-4 minutes or until your dough is smooth and begins to catch some air. Rest 15 minutes in the same warm area you placed your starter.
  6. Perform 6 sets of stretch and folds spaced out by 15 minutes for the first 3, then 30 minutes for the next 3. Make sure to place your dough back in the warm area for each rest.
  7. Let your dough rest for a remainder of 1.5 hours, for a grand total of 4 hours.
  8. Dump out and divide your dough into 2 even pieces. Preshape each piece into a light boule and rest 5-10 minutes.
  9. Shape your dough into 2 batards and place it into bannetons dusted with either rice flour or all-purpose flour.
  10. Chill in the fridge overnight.
  11. Preheat a cast iron combo cooker in your oven from cold to 500℉ for 1 hour.
  12. Carefully place a dusted loaf into the hot pan, score the top, place the larger lid on top, and bake for 20 minutes.
  13. Remove the top from the combo cooker and lower the oven temperature to 450℉. Bake for an additional 20-30 minutes, or until the loaf is a deep brown.
  14. Remove and cool on a wire rack until room temperature. Repeat with the other loaf.

 

Sample Schedule for Breadmaking

9am: Mix levain

1pm: Autolyse dough

2pm: Mix dough and levain

2:15pm: Mix in salt

2:30pm: Fold #1

2:45pm: Fold #2

3:00pm: Fold #3

3:30pm: Fold #4

4:00pm: Fold #5

4:30pm: Fold #6, rest for 1.5 hours

6pm: Shape dough and place in fridge overnight

Next morning: Preheat oven as guided and bake!

Peace Ride Challenge

Peace Ride Points Map
This weekend, Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty is hosting the Peace Ride Challenge! We invite you to bike, run or walk this course. Be sure to post pictures and tag us so we can share!
START
Point 1 (Jefferson and Atlantic)
Run Straight down and find Point 2
Point 2 (Jerome and Atlantic)
Run back to find Point 3
Point 3 (Lancaster and Atlantic)
Run up to Winchester and make a Right run to Jerome to find Point 4
Point 4 (Jerome and Winchester)
Run back to Lancaster, left to Ventnor, and left to find Point 5
Point 5 (Ventnor and Jerome)
CONGRATULATIONS YOU COMPLETED Letter E
Run back to Lancaster and down to Atlantic to begin letter C by running to Pembroke make a Right towards Winchester to find Point 6
Point 6 (Pembroke and Winchester)
Run to Mansfield to find Point 7
Point 7
CONGRATULATIONS YOU COMPLETED Letter C
Run back to Pembroke and down to Atlantic to begin letter A by running to Quincy Ave and make right up to Winchester to find Point 8
Point 8 (Quincy and Winchester)
Run towards Thurlow to find Point 9
Point 9 (Thurlow and Winchester)
Run down to Ventnor and make a left to Quincy then run back to Thurlow and make a left down to Atlantic to find Point 10
Point 10 (Thurlow and Atlantic)
CONGRATULATIONS YOU COMPLETED Letter A
Run all the way to Benson and make a right all the way to Winchester to find Point 11
Point 11(Benson and Winchester)
Run to Union and back to Benson, make a left down to Ventnor, then left on Ventnor to Vendome to find Point 12
Point 12 (Vendome and Ventnor)
CONGRATULATIONS YOU COMPLETED Letter E
Run back to Benson down to Atlantic, make a right to Jefferson then make right all the way up to Winchester to find Point 13 (Jefferson and Winchester)
Point 13 (Jefferson and Winchester)
HOME STRETCH!
Run to Decatur make Rt and run to Ventnor, make right and run to the corner of Jefferson to find Point 14
Point 14 (Jefferson and Decatur)
FINISH LINE
Run straight down Ventnor to Jefferson to complete the word PEACE

Book Suggestions for Every Type of Reader

Fiction:

Contemporary Romance:

  • Bromance Bookclub by Lyssa Kay Adams
  • Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
  • Anything by Colleen Hoover 
  • Anything by Christina Lauren 
  • Anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid 
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • Eevie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
  • The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

 

Thriller/Mystery:

  • Verity by Colleen Hoover
  • The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
  • The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
    The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

 

5 Picks from Reese’s Bookclub:

  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owns
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG
  • The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes
  • Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

 

Non-Fiction:

  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff
  • I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
  • Open Book by Jessica Simpson

 

Young Adult:

Cotemporary:

  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

 

Romance:

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy by Jenny Han
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han
  • Hopeless Series by Colleen Hoover
  • Slammed Series by Colleen Hoover
  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

 

Health/Mental Health:

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
  • Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

 

Mystery/Thriller

  • One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus
  • One of Us Is Next by Karen McManus
  • Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • This Lie will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher

 

 

Goodreads List of 100 Biographies You Should Read in a Lifetime:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/85102.100_Biographies_Memoirs_to_Read_in_a_Lifetime_Readers_Picks

Goodreads List of “Books that everyone should read at least once”:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/264.Books_That_Everyone_Should_Read_At_Least_Once


Goodreads blog post “The Big Books of Spring 2020”:

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1786-the-big-books-of-spring?content_type=all

 

Goodreads List of “Best YA realistic novels”:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/8460.Best_Young_Adult_Realistic_Novels

 

Goodreads List of “YA Dystopian Novels”:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2216.YA_Dystopia_Novels

 

Goodreads List of “Best Young Adult Books”:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/43.Best_Young_Adult_Books

Courtesy of On Our Shelf. Follow on Instagram for more recommendations! @_onourshelf

Open Houses – September 21st & 22nd

Open Houses - Sept 20 2019

 

Join us for some exceptional open houses this weekend. We have plenty of incredible homes to tour!

  1. 5 N. Douglas Avenue, Margate, NJ on Saturday from 9 am – 11 am & Sunday from 10 am – 1 pm
  2. 117 N. Adams Avenue, Margate, NJ on Saturday from 9:30 am – 11:30 am, 1 pm – 3 pm & Sunday from 11 am – 1 pm
  3. 3 N. Clarendon Avenue, Margate, NJ on Saturday from 10 am – 12 pm
  4. 107 N. Quincy Avenue, Margate, NJ on Saturday from 10 am – 12 pm & Sunday from 11 am – 1 pm
  5. 7600 Ventnor Avenue, Margate, NJ on Saturday 10 am – 12 pm & Sunday 10 am – 12 pm
  6. 14 S. Lafayette Avenue, Ventnor, NJ on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm
  7. 22 S. Adams Avenue, Unit A, Margate, NJ on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm
  8. 106 S. 16th Avenue, Longport, NJ on Saturday & Sunday from 11 am – 1 pm

Open Houses – August 3rd & 4th

Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty has some exceptional homes to tour this weekend. Come out and see these homes and let us know what you think!

Open Houses - Aug 3rd 2019 BLOG
1. 117 N. Adams Avenue, Margate, NJ – Saturday, Aug. 3rd from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
2. 14 S Lafayette Avenue, Ventnor, NJ – Saturday, Aug. 3rd from 11 am – 1 pm
3. 5 N. Douglas Avenue, Margate, NJ – Saturday, Aug. 3rd & Sunday, Aug. 4th from 10 am – 1 pm
4. 106 S. 16th Avenue, Longport, NJ – Saturday, Aug. 3rd & Sunday, Aug. 4th from 11 am – 1 pm
5. 17 S. Little Rock Avenue, Ventnor, NJ – Sunday, Aug. 4th from 10 am – 12 pm
6. 14 S. Fredericksburg Avenue, Margate, NJ – Sunday, Aug. 4th. from 11 am – 1 pm
7. 9200 Monmouth Avenue, Unit C, Margate NJ – Sunday, Aug. 4th from 1 pm – 3 pm

The Shore Report – Quarter 2

The Shore Report CoverThe Shore Report is part of our ongoing effort to become essential to our clients by providing access to information on the local real estate market. This report details the market trends as compared by both years and quarters. It puts a spotlight on local shore towns such as Brigantine, Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, and Longport.

Highlighting new auctions from Sotheby’s Auction House, including Original Film Posters and Royal Jewels, as well as a feature about the Hard Rock and Ocean Resort Casinos, which opened in July.

At Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty, we believe that to make the right decision, clients need to have all the information. We believe you deserve more.

To read the full report, click here.

The Shore Report

The Shore Report Cover

Each quarter, Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty creates a report showcasing the local market. It offers an overview and comparison of the housing trends in Brigantine, Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, and Longport for each quarter year over year.
In our ongoing effort to become an invaluable resource to our clients and neighbors, this quarter-by-quarter analysis of the local housing market helps us achieve that goal.

To view the report, click here

What to Expect from the New Jersey Real Estate Market in 2018

Expect the unexpected. This old adage that you’ve heard time and time again is the single most important statement when it comes to assessing the climate of real estate in New Jersey. Previous real estate forecasts with respect to last year could have never predicted the unwavering amount of pressures that commercial and residential real estate markets experienced. In fact, previous forecasts expected new construction and development to hit a boom and interest rates to increase. What happened instead? Mortgage rates barely saw movement, house prices rose, and the development of new homes and construction didn’t see an increase until very close to the end of the year. It wasn’t the 2017 that many had expected, which left many wondering what to expect in 2018.

One expectation for New Jersey homeowners in 2018 was the gross impact that the tax reform would have on their pockets. The new $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions is a considerable and unwelcomed change for residents who paid an average of $17,800 on their state and local taxes just 3 years prior. Additionally, the elimination of interest deduction on home equity mortgages and the cap on new home mortgages are expected to keep a slow-growing New Jersey real estate market at an almost stand still.

Home inventory in New Jersey is already tight enough as it is. Many homeowners have either found their perfect home and don’t want to move or simply can’t afford to move at this time. The amount of renters has increased as well, particularly in areas near major cities such as the suburbs of Philadelphia and New York. Under the new tax reform, the already limited home inventory is likely to become even smaller. Existing homeowners whose mortgage exceeds the $750,000 cap, but falls below $1,000,000 are less likely to move if they are required to take out a new, larger mortgage on the new home. An additional concern under this outlook is that those homeowners who were looking to upgrade their home or move from a starter home into a larger home may now no longer be able to afford as much house as they had initially planned. All in all, fewer home buyers pooled with the decreasing amount of homes entering the New Jersey real estate market decreases the number of home buying transactions that will occur this year.

All isn’t lost or bad in 2018 for the New Jersey real estate market. With New Jersey being primly located between Philadelphia, New York, and even DC, more millennials are flocking to the area to buy up homes. Despite previous reports, Forbes believes the millennial demand for housing will see a drastic increase as the population of people born after 1980 is fully in the workforce, married, and starting families. Even though millennial homeownership saw a slow start, New Jersey should begin to feel the impact of their homeownership soon.

In addition to millennials becoming homeowners, there are parts of the New Jersey that are in high demand.  Areas with access to mass transit, good schools, and single family homes are prime real estate. New Jersey Shore real estate falls greatly into this category. In fact, according to Neighborhood Scout, 5 of the top 10 highest appreciating New Jersey cities since 2000 are located along the New Jersey shoreline. Their growth is only expected to continue.

It’s fair to say that the New Jersey real estate market can be summarized with one word: uncertain. However, home prices are steadily rebounding. The median home value in New Jersey is $313,560, a 10.6% increase over the past year. The median home listing is $285,000 where the median home closing price is $253,700. It seems that those who are purchasing homes are getting more bang for their buck, making the outlook on 2018 promising.

Protecting Your New Jersey Shore Home Investment

new jersey shore homeJune 1, 2018, a day that shore homeowners across New Jersey and the rest of the Atlantic should have circled on their calendars. The first day of June is not the beginning of summer, as much as we like to believe it is. This day actually marks the beginning of the hurricane season across the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic coastline, especially New Jersey, is no stranger to hurricane season. From minor beach erosion to full on flooding that has resulted in the loss of homes, New Jersey shore homes have taken their fair share of beatings from Mother Nature over the years. As weather patterns become more unpredictable and constantly changing, it’s important that as shore homeowners, you do what is necessary to protect your investment. Whether you’re living in a luxury condo in Atlantic City all year long or own a rental beachfront bungalow in Cape May, you should take a few precautions to keep your home safe this upcoming hurricane season.

 

When assessing the best way to protect and manage your shore home property, one factor that you need to keep in mind is the various types of risks that can present themselves. Certain risks require certain coverage. This is especially true if you rent your New Jersey shore home to family, friends, and strangers. Some of the risks that you need to have covered are dwelling, personal property, and personal liability coverage. A sure way to protect your investment is to find a comprehensive homeowner’s insurance policy. This policy will typically cover medical care for people injured on your property, damage from natural disasters, and personal property replacement.

 

However, it’s necessary to point out that many New Jersey shore homes need to have a separate policy for flood insurance. Many residents found out during Hurricane Sandy that not all homeowners’ insurance policies automatically covered flood damage. Flood damage is usually the major cause of damage to shore homes during a natural disaster. If your home lies within the designated flood zone, it’s recommended that you check your policy and get the necessary insurance to protect your home.

 

Unless your shore home is your main residence, the likelihood that you spend a considerable amount of time there in the offseason is slim. If you don’t live locally where you can check on it every week, chances are your property will be left empty for weeks until you visit or a renter stays. It’s a good idea to make friends with the local neighbors and year ‘round residents. There are some residents who live at the shore all year long and are willing to check on properties for people who cannot make. You should give this responsibility to someone you truly trust and will keep you informed on the status and condition of your home and neighborhood.

 

Periodically checking on the state of your house will help you to detect any problems as they arise or before they become greater. On every visit, check the plumbing, HVAC system, fire detectors, security alarms, and inspect for water damage. This will also give you a chance to make continued updates to your home throughout the year. Making periodic updates to your shore home or property can help to keep the cost of your insurance down as well.

 

Even though it may seem as if summer and hurricane season are a little bit away, it’s never too early to start preparing. The sooner you take steps to prepare your home; the better you’ll be able to protect your shore home investment in the event of a natural disaster.

 

The Shore Report

This quarterly report focuses on the housing market of Brigantine, Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, and Longport, New Jersey, and compares data from 2016 and 2017. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us – we’d love to discuss!

To view the full report, click here.

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