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

2018 Market Report

market report cover

In our ongoing effort to become an invaluable resource to our clients and neighbors, Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty is committed to making sure you have all the information you need to make the best decision.

The 2018 Market Report is a detailed snapshot of the real estate markets of Longport, Margate, Ventnor, Atlantic City, and Brigantine, comparing single-family home and condominium statistics as well as the year to year change. The report also highlights our recent significant sales, a few of our extraordinary listings, as well as a glimpse of Sotheby’s Auction House.

To read the full report, click here.

 

When Should You Consider Hiring a New Real Estate Agent?

Real Estate Keys

The decision to either purchase or sell a home is a pivotal one in anyone’s life. It’s why so much trust is put into a real estate agent to guide the process and help ensure your satisfaction and return on investment. We take great pride in our real estate agents building working relationships with our clients and truly putting in the time and effort to ensure complete satisfaction. We want everyone looking at real estate at the Jersey shore to find the ideal agent for their needs. It’s why we put together a list of sure-fire signs that you need to start looking at other real estate agents.

  • Lack of Communication – When you put your trust into a real estate agent, it’s important that transparency is utilized by both parties. Questions are a part of the process and it’s important that your agent is getting back to you in a timely manner. If it’s taking longer than 24 hours for your agent to respond to you, it’s more than likely time to find another agent.
  • Lack of Interest – Every successful real estate transaction is achieved by a real estate agent who understands the wants and needs of their client. If you notice that your real estate agent is struggling to grasp a lot of the details you share with them, it’s not going to end well. The best real estate agents are great communicators because they are great listeners.
  • Lack of Professionalism – Your real estate agent should never have you questioning their professionalism. Appearance matters and your real estate agent should dress the part. Beyond that, your real estate agent should be valuing your time and showing up to appointments prepared and on time.
  • Seems Desperate – The last thing you want in a real estate agent is someone who promises the world and then fails to deliver. One of the largest signs of desperation is overpromising how much money can be saved by working with them. A desperate real estate agent is even more dangerous when they are asked to sell your home as they are likely trying to get the deal done as quickly as possible. You need a great negotiator who is willing to spend the time to get the best deal.

If you think you may have hired the wrong real estate agent, it’s important to make the switch quickly. Every real estate transaction can bring about some serious levels of stress. This stress is only compounded when you don’t feel like you have the right team in your corner. At SoleilSir.com, we take great pride in making sure that every client feels completely comfortable with their agent.

 

 

How to Get your Jersey Shore Rental Ready for Next Year

Housewife in rubber protective cleaning and polish electric cooker. Black shiny surface of kitchen top, hands, detergent.

 

It’s a New Year, which means we have a few months of winter ahead of us. If you own a vacation home down the Jersey Shore, you probably know the precautions you should take already, but it doesn’t hurt to remind you just in case. First, you should have the HVAC inspected before the temperatures get too cold and make sure to have the heat on, so the pipes don’t freeze. We also recommend having an on-call handyman available to handle any repairs and/or snow removal if you are unable to do it yourself.

 

However, we also wanted to take a second and talk about ways you can improve your vacation rental, so that it is a hot draw come the summer. Memorial Day will be here before you know it. Many of the recommendations we make shouldn’t be too expensive or time-intensive, but they can go a long way in attracting new and returning guests. Here are a few things you should consider to update your vacation rental.

 

Replace Your Old Television: People who are looking at vacation rentals in Brigantine and other parts of the Jersey Shore probably won’t be spending too much time in front of the TV during their stay, but an outdated television is a sure way to make your rental look old. A quality flat screen television won’t set you back too much, and it can be an easy way to modernize a room.

 

Schedule a Deep Cleaning of Your Home: While you can do it yourself, we recommend hiring a professional cleaning service to do a thorough and detailed cleaning of your vacation rental.

 

Replace Any Chipped Dishes and Glassware: If you have a lot of mismatched kitchenware or dishes that are chipped, it might be a good idea to take care of that. You don’t have to spend a fortune either. You can find deals on boxed sets of dishes online and in most big-box retail stores.

 

Switch Out Any Old Linens: Having soft linens that ensure quality sleep is an easy way to earn yourself a good vacation home review. Opt to replace any older linens and pillows for something higher quality that will last a long time and provide a good night’s sleep.

 

Put Life into Your Outdoor Furniture: Chances are your guests will spend a lot of time outside. You don’t have to replace your outdoor furniture to create an inviting outdoor atmosphere. However, you may have to do a thorough cleaning of the furniture and replace the cushions.

 

At Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty, we specialize in vacation rentals and homes for sale in Brigantine and other parts of the Jersey Shore. Contact our team today if you are interested in listing your vacation rental.

Warm Weather Home Staging Tips

Nice entryway to home with carpeted staircase, and white interio

 

Although summer has come and gone, we still have many weeks of warm and beautiful weather to come. That’s why we wanted to take a moment and discuss summer staging tips for the rest of this season or for next. It’s never too early to think about staging if you are going to sell your home in the next twelve months.

 

Why Stage?

 

Staging is an important part of the process to sell your home. Staging makes the property look more like a welcoming home, and it enables prospective buyers to develop an emotional connection and start conjuring ideas about how they would decorate. If they can see themselves in your home, they are more likely to put in a competitive offer.

 

So as the days are still relatively long and the weather is warm, your NJ realtor may offer you the following suggestions to stage a home that could lead to an offer:

 

Enhance your curb appeal: Whether we are talking about the beginning of spring or the end of summer, we would highly encourage you to clean up your yard and promote outdoor living. This could mean fixing up the lawn, planting a few colorful shrubs, or finally fixing that leaning fence. Curb appeal will go a long way to show prospective buyers that you took care of your home and your home is great for the outdoors.

 

Take advantage of natural light: As the days are still long, you’ll have ample opportunities to use natural light to stage your home. Your NJ realtor may recommend you position your furniture in a way to take full advantage of the light. Natural light makes the home feel larger and more vibrant. If you can, use light-colored window treatments to accentuate it even further.

 

Serve seasonal refreshments and treats: If you are having an open house, it’s always polite to serve refreshments and treats. It might be a good idea to look into providing seasonal and local items. As it’s the end of summer, apples, pumpkins, and squash will be fresh and abundant. A little added touch, like a seasonal recipe, may actually go a long way to make your home memorable and one that buyers will consider bidding on.

 

If you thinking about selling your home or want to invest in NJ real estate, our award-winning team of realtors can help. Contact us today to learn more!

 

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.

Is Now a Good Time to Invest in a Beach House down the Shore?

Owning a house down the Jersey Shore is a dream many people in the Garden State and elsewhere share. Whether you fell in love with the Jersey Shore from yearly treks as a child or you discovered the Jersey Shore later in life, owning a home down the Shore is a dream that can be realized. But is now the right time to take the plunge and invest in a second home down the shore?

If you don’t follow “The Shore Report,” a quarterly publication we release to highlight what the Jersey Shore real estate market looks like, we would highly encourage you to do so. Each report consists of data on housing trends and comparative analysis. The goal is to help interested buyers and sellers learn where the market is going. If you had read the latest issue in May, you would discover the following about Jersey Shore houses for sale in these towns:

Brigantine: Brigantine has offered value to real estate investors for years, and it been one of the hottest markets of the Jersey Shore. Home prices are appreciating, providing investors with a good return.

Atlantic City: Although there have been economic troubles in the past that have caused real estate values in Atlantic City to go down, there has been a renewed interest in new building and renovation. Atlantic City property values should go up as more development and renovation occurs in the city.

Ventnor: Ventnor home owners should be very happy with the fact that home values are going up, making it a seller’s market for the first time in a very long time. There has been significant interest from investors in Ventnor as they see the value and potential in this South Jersey beach town.

Margate: Home values in the area are expected to go up as new construction homes and condos pop up everywhere in the town. Margate is a year-round town for many and offers a tight community spirit, providing ample opportunities for those who want to make the Jersey Shore a second home.

Longport: Longport should remain a top choice for luxury home buyers looking for a quiet, exclusive way of life down the Jersey Shore. Longport home values should remain constant for the foreseeable future.

Next month, we will be releasing a new Shore Report to highlight the latest news on the Jersey Shore real estate market. As investing in a Jersey Shore home is a very personalized decision, we would also encourage you to contact one of our agents today to discuss your options and see whether now is the right time to invest in a home down the Jersey Shore.