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Your Summer Shoppers Guide To Produce

Growing up, my mother never had the dilemma of choosing between conventional or organic produce for her family. Ever since chemical fertilizers made their way onto the farming scene, farmers have been able to grow much more food with less effort. Little did we know, this would come at a price to… Read more »

Are You A People Pleaser?

After a long winter, Spring has finally arrived. The season often associated with renewal and rebirth is a great time to reconnect with yourself and identify what’s stopping you from being your most amazing self. One of the most common obstacles that people, especially mothers, identify with is being a… Read more »

New Changes in Real Estate Closings

From the Law Offices of Marino Partners LLP Real Estate Closings – Changes:  In an ongoing effort to further simplify the home mortgage application and settlement process and as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a final rule… Read more »

Coolifying Your Kid — What It Really Means and How You Can Help

As far as this generation’s kids are concerned, there are only two types of kids in school and everywhere else: the cool kid who belongs to the cool crowd, and the unpopular kid whose name you’ve never heard of because he just kind of blends into the background. Growing up… Read more »

Wine Finds

Each month we bring you two wines finds that can be found at local wine shops for under $15 a bottle. VERNACCIA di San Gimignano 2013, Cesani (IT) Vernaccia is a white wine grape grown around the town of San Gimignano in Tuscany. The family owned Cesani winery is located… Read more »

Six Simple Staging Rules for Furniture

This blog is focused on staging a home for sale, but I have found that many clients like the way their rooms look after staging. Many have said that they will continue to live that way in their new home. So if you are reading this to arrange furniture in… Read more »

Home Updates That Increase Market Value

When we first meet with clients interested in selling their home, we do a “market preparation” consultation. Sellers generally want to know what home updates they can do to increase the value of their home, but want to be sure that the changes ill positively impact sale price. We have found that home owners often… Read more »

Financial Advice for College Students and Their Parents

The NJ Department of Banking and Insurance (NJDBI) has issued a news release with financial advice for parents and students about to leave for college. Student Loans NJDBI recommends federal loans over private tuition loans, as the interest rates usually are lower and fixed and may offer payback deferrals, income… Read more »