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What You Can Do to Get Your House Ready to Sell [INFOGRAPHIC]

What You Can Do to Get Your House Ready to Sell [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

  • Believe it or not, there are lots of things you can do to prep your house for a sale without even going to the store.
  • Your real estate plans don’t have to be completely on hold even while we’ve hit the pause button on other parts of daily life.
  • Tackling small projects from cleaning the corners you may normally skip to tidying up your yard are easy and necessary wins if you’re thinking of listing your house and making a move.


Paul Simon’s beautiful ode to the changing of the seasons seems like the appropriate theme song for this post. April has arrived, and with her come blooming trees and flowers and lush, green lawns. We’re greeted with the songs of birds in the morning, and the chirping of crickets after dark. And we are more than ready to shake off those winter blues and welcome Spring into our lives.

Clean for Spring…

For many, the arrival of spring is synonymous with deep cleaning.  Idreamofclean.net has the ultimate checklist. And, for those who may not dream of clean, check out Popsugar.com’s simpler checklist.

With a clean, fresh canvas, you’re ready to accessorize and make changes that bring the outdoors in. Decoraid.com shares spring decorating trends for 2019. And, while you’re bringing the outdoors in, Housebeautiful.com shares some house plants that can help you get a good night’s sleep.

Take it outside…

As the weather gets warmer, we spend more and more time outdoors. Now is the perfect time to create the outside living space of your dreams. So Housebeautiful.com has ideas to inspire amazing backyard escapes. Furthermore, kids need their own space to escape to. And homebnc.com has some great ideas for play areas.  Furthermore, it’s great when adults and kids can work together on projects for the home.  These DIY projects will enhance your garden while you have fun!  

Celebrate Earth Day…

The first Earth Day celebration took place on April 22, 1970, 49 years ago!  To learn more, click here.

An Earth Day Celebration will be held at the Outdoor Discovery Center at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities are designed for family fun and learning. They include nature play, storytelling and puppetry, interactive games and activities, music, hay rides, a community art project and more. And the celebration kicks off with a Hike-a-Thon at 9 a.m.!

Vernon Earthfest 2019 will take place on Sunday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heaven Hill Farm and Garden Center. With live music throughout the day, there will also be face painting, gem mining, and a showcase of photography by local high school students and artwork by local elementary students. In addition, presenters include the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, Honeybees and the Environment, Snakes ‘n Scales (and Scary Critters) and Eyes of the Wild (Unusual Animals).  Visit the website for details.

Earth Fest Warwick will be held on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. There will be several events going on at Stanley Deming Park. The 3rd Annual Too Good to Toss community swap celebrates re-use, repair, and re-creating!  Treecycle, hosted by local artists and makers, welcomes you to join in hands-on re-purposing and up-cycling, a bike check-up clinic, music, dance, food, information and more!

DIY Projects for Earth Day… and everyday!

Of course everyday is Earth Day, and GoodAirGeeks.com has lots of DIY ideas for projects for adults, kids, schools, community service and more.  And if you’d like some more ideas, there is always Pinterest to provide you with lots of earth-friendly projects.

OPEN HOUSE – 23 Hidden Valley Drive, Vernon, NJ

OPEN HOUSE – 23 Hidden Valley Drive, Vernon, NJ


Come see this spectacular custom home with gorgeous views!

Hosted by Keren Gonen…snacks will be served.

Spectacular Views year round from this 7 LEVELS Custom Home. Nothing to do, but move in! Custom made Railings, doors & tiles. This Spectacular Custom home offers lots of windows for natural light to come in. Luxury at it’s best with 4 Rumford fire places, 4 Full baths, 2 half baths, 5 Bedrooms. Amazing eat in kitchen space, granite top counters and island, separate dining room for entertaining, Gaming loft on top and so much more! Walkout basement to the sprawling hills of Sussex county. It’s A MUST SEE!

Help Nancy Sardo’s business grow! Here’s how . . .

Help Nancy Sardo’s business grow! Here’s how . . .

Has Nancy Sardo ever helped you in the past with something in your life?  If so, would you consider returning the favor to help Nancy Sardo grow her business? If the answer is yes, simply spend as much time on the below list as you can.  We realize that you have a very busy life, so just do as many of the below listed items as you see fit.  Every bit of positive feedback that you give helps Nancy grow her business.  Thank you in advance for your time.

In order of priority:

1) Contact Nancy to Schedule a Video Testimonial Shoot – Click here to view a sample video testimonial

2) Click here to give Nancy a review on Facebook  – You will need to sign in to Facebook in order to accomplish this, so if you do not have a Facebook account simply move on to number 3!!

3) Click here to give Nancy a review on Zillow – You will need to sign in to Zillow in order to accomplish this, so if you do not have a Zillow account , or do not wish to create one, simply move on to number 4!!

4) Click here to give Nancy a review on Realtor.com – You will need to sign in to Realtor.com in order to accomplish this, so if you do not have a Realtor.com account , or do not wish to create one, simply move on to number 5!!

5) Click here to give Nancy a review on Google – You will need a google account, ie Gmail account, in order to accomplish this, so if you do not have a Google/Gmail account simply move on to number 6!!  When you click the above link you will see our Google Page.  The image to the left shows you the location of the “Write a Review” button.

6) Click here to give Nancy a review on Yelp.  You will need to sign in to Yelp.com in order to accomplish this, so if you do not have a Yelp.com account , or do not wish to create one, simply move on to number 7!!

7) Send Nancy a written testimonial through our website!  See the image at the bottom of the screen which will show you the button you need to click in order to do this.  Click here to get started.

8) Send Nancy a written testimonial via email.   Simply tell her how she did, if you would recommend her, and why.  Please also state in your email that you give Nancy permission to use your words in her marketing.


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Tom Folino’s Full Bio & Testimonials

From a young age Tom combined his love for community and sports by coaching teams in Little League Baseball, the Youth Recreation Soccer program, and the Youth Basketball League.  For the past 14 years, Tom has run a summer basketball camp, and he was founder and director of the Warwick AAU Basketball program.  It’s no surprise that Tom graduated with a B.S. with Honors in Physical Education and Health from Slippery Rock University.  He then went on to receive his M.S. from Montclair University with a degree in Sports Administration.  

It is also no surprise that Tom chose to teach in the Warwick Valley Central School District, where he was highly respected as both a teacher and coach. He was the Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach for 20 years, and the Boys Varsity Golf Head Coach. After 37 years with the WVCS District, Tom retired from teaching in 2014 and from coaching in 2017.  

Tom’s interest in real estate came from his own personal experiences. When buying and selling his own homes throughout the years, Tom found that he actually enjoyed the process – from obtaining financing to negotiating the best deals, and everything else involved!   After retiring from teaching, Tom decided to pursue real estate full time, motivated by a desire to help people sell their houses and find homes they’d love within this community he knows so well.  From his long and distinguished career in Education, he brings the same enthusiasm, dedication, and professionalism to his real estate career.   His main goal is to place his clients’ needs and desires first.  And his first-hand knowledge of the importance of a quality school system to a community, as well as his knowledge of Warwick and its many neighborhoods and villages, are definite assets.

Tom has been married to his beautiful wife, Nancy, for 29 years.  Nancy is a Director of Nursing at White Plains Hospital.  Tom and Nancy have two sons, both graduates of the Warwick Valley Central School system.  Thomas, their eldest son, is a 4th-year medical student at NYCOM and will begin his residency in June of 2018.  Youngest son, Tyler, recently graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, and he is now pursuing his Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development at Columbia University.

When asked why he chose the Green Team Home Selling System to work with, Tom said that was easily answered in two words:  “Geoff Green.”  It seems that Tom coached Geoff some years ago and even then was impressed by the young man’s incredible work ethic, perseverance, and leadership skills.   So now we have a former coach and former player … together on the same team again!

2019 Will Be a Great Year for Buyers AND Sellers

2019 Will Be a Great Year for Buyers AND Sellers

Many homeowners believe that rising interest rates and home prices have scared away buyers and therefore have not listed their houses for sale. However, the truth is that buyers who were unable to find a home last year are out in force, and there are even more coming!

NerdWallet’s 2018 Home Buyer Report revealed that:

“Approximately one-third (32%) of Americans plan to purchase a home in the next five years. Millennials are most likely to have such a purchase in their five-year plan (49%), versus 35% of Generation X and 17% of baby boomers.”

As we can see, buyers are optimistic! According to the report, here are the top reasons Americans plan to buy:

2019 Will Be a Great Year for Buyers AND Sellers | Simplifying The Market

The most common reason Americans prioritize buying is that they believe it’s a good investment!

If you’re a homeowner looking to sell, 2019 is the perfect year to put your house on the market. But why?

  1. Buyers want to buy
  2. No competition!

At least 3 of the renowned organizations that report on real estate market trends predict that homeowners are going to wait until 2020 to list their homes, leading to a nice increase in sales (as shown in the graph below).

ENG-2019 Will Be a Great Year for Buyers AND Sellers | Simplifying The Market

Don’t wait for a competitive market; be ahead of the curve and sell your house at the best possible price!

Bottom Line

There are plenty of buyers entering the market! Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a current homeowner looking to move-up to your next home, let’s get together to discuss your real estate needs!


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