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Please help support Ocean City's New Skateboard Park!
Please help us show our elected officials that we support Ocean City's effort to bring back the Skateboard Park. Council is seeking to secure Cape May County “Green Acres Recreation” funding to enable us to build this State-of-the-art "all ages" park. The concept design phase is well underway and we are making extra efforts to anticipate the needs of the families that will be using the park as well as the facility’s surrounding neighbors. Safety, noise, parking, maintenance, and other potential challenges have been carefully factored into the site choice. This park will service not only the families of Ocean City and Cape May County, but will act as an anchor attraction for our tourist and business communities.
We have created a very simple and quick way for you to show your support. The blue link below is our online vote program. Please click on the link and enter your name, zip code and email address, then hit submit. That’s it!
Spring is finally here!! We hope that the first day of Spring signals the end of this harsh, long winter.
The shore always kicks off the spring with plenty of events for the family.
In Ocean City we have the Doo Dah Parade and the very popular beach egg hunt.
Click Here for dates and times for Ocean City Events:
Avalon is a quiet town. They host a few small events.
Click here to view Avalon Events:
Wildwood hosts a big egg hunt on the beach and the shops and arcades open their doors!
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March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. As March comes in this year, the housing sector continues to roar ahead with good news, while other sectors are struggling. Read on to learn the latest details, and what they mean for home loan rates.
Despite the harsh weather, New Home Sales rose by 9.6 percent from December to January to an annual rate of 468,000, well above expectations. The 468,000 rate was the highest level since July 2008. Pending Home Sales for January also came in just above expectations and well above December's reading. In addition, research firm CoreLogic reported that completed foreclosures fell by 19 percent from January 2013 to January 2014, while the Case Shiller 20-city Home Price Index ended its best year since 2005.
On the other end of the spectrum, the second reading for 2013 fourth quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was, in a word, gross. GDP fell to 2.4 percent from the initial reading of 3.2 percent, sharply beneath the 4.1 percent recorded in the third quarter of 2013. The decline was due in part to consumer spending and exports that were less robust than initially thought, signaling U.S. economic growth remains choppy. However, there was some good news in the report as company spending was revised up sharply, suggesting an improvement in business conditions.
In labor market news, weekly Initial Jobless Claims rose by 14,000 in the latest week, reaching a one-month high as the job markets continues their up and down pattern. The labor market has been choppy lately, especially after the anemic number of job creations in December and January.
What does this mean for home loan rates? Remember that the Fed is now purchasing $35 billion in Treasuries and $30 billion in Mortgage Bonds (the type of Bonds on which home loan rates are based) to help stimulate the economy and housing market. This is down from the original $85 billion per month that the Fed had been purchasing. With the December and January job creation numbers far below expectations, the Fed will be looking closely at February's numbers for any signs of a pattern. If this report and other key economic data points are weak, the Fed may have to rethink the tapering it has begun. This story is sure to impact the markets and home loan rates as we move ahead in 2014.
The bottom line is that now remains a great time to consider a home purchase or refinance, as home loan rates remain attractive compared to historical levels. Let me know if I can answer any questions
The most recent sold & settled homes in Avalon & Stone Harbor.-complete w sold prices, photos, days on market and full details:
How to appeal your Shore Property Taxes:
Recently every home owner in Cape May County received their 2013 tax assessment. Including Ocean City, Sea Isle, Avalon, Stone Harbor, the Wildwoods and Cape May County. This will serve as your 2014 basis for taxation.
If you feel that your assessment does NOT meet current Market "sales" Value, we can help. If you are not sure, reach out to us for help.
Appeals mus be be received by April 1st, or 45 days from the date stamped as delivery on the notice.
Ocean City Mayor-Jay Gillian reported in Thursday's Budget that Ocean City properties generally lost 1% of their value in 2013.
You will need (2-5) valid Comparable homes sold to justify any reductions-let us know if we can help you
click the link for ALL FORMS & more details:
lets us know if we can help you with comparable homes sold.
Jaime & Chris Pustizzi
Ocean City is evaluating a permanent skateboard park. One similar to the photo above-with smooth poured concrete. Great for the kids and those active families alike. One that will cater to the masses, attract tourist & reinforce our community as the family beach-destination.
...As you can imagine, the local tax-basis of year-round voters, are mainly made up of anti-tax spenders and will oppose any such improvement. Let's help n get our youth playing outdoors again.
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(Dec. 25) A free Christmas Dinner will be offered at St. Peter’s Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. It will be a buffet and include home cooked Turkey and Ham with all the trimmings. It will be served from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.
All are welcome, “Rich or Poor, Young or Old, In need of or In Need of Giving, Far From Home or from Just Around the Corner.” There will be entertainment. Take Outs are available. Transportation can be provided. There is Handicap access and Free Parking. You can thank Peaches Lukens who has spearheaded this humanitarian event for many years. It is sponsored by the Christian Community Circle and many generous contributions from Ocean City and the surrounding area. Call (609) 398-8781 for information and/or assistance.
(Dec. 21) A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol presented by the Ocean City Theatre Co., 2 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. at the Music Pier. All tickets $10, call (609) 525-9300 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. Everyone’s favorite holiday tale gets the fractured fairy tale treatment. A unique and entertaining adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic performed by 3rd to 8th grade members of the Theatre Co.
(Dec. 21) Breakfast with Santa Claus, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Jon and Patty’s, 637 Asbury Ave., (609) 399-3377.
(Dec. 21-22) Free Horse and Carriage Rides, noon to 3 p.m. starting from in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave.
(Dec. 21-22) Photos with Santa in a Lifeguard Boat, noon to 3 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, $10.
(Dec. 22) Breakfast with Santa Claus, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Yanni’s Café, 841 Asbury Ave., (609) 391-1113.
(Dec. 27, 29) Fox Vocal Arts Presents Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel. Enjoy the magical, musical adventure of two children, a gingerbread house and a heroic escape from an evil witch! Free admission! At the Ocean City Library’s Lecture/Hall Theatre, 1735 Simpson Ave., Fri., Dec. 27 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 29 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
(Jan. 1) First Day at the Beach: 5k Boardwalk Run starts 1 p.m.; First Dip in the Ocean at 2 p.m. Register for both events by the Music Pier. There will be First Day Shopping Bargains all day at Downtown Asbury Ave. Call (609) 525-9300 for information.
GET YOUR FIRST NIGHT New Year's Eve. Admission Buttons now. Choose from 60 entertainment programs with fireworks at midnight and ice skating on the largest Ice Skating Rink south of Rockefeller Center at the 6th St. Parking Lot. Rink accommodates 100 skaters at a time. Skates are supplied or bring your own. Enjoy the world's tallest snowman, 30 ft. tall Bouncy at High School Football Field and much more! Admission buttons are just $15 per person. Visit www.firstnightocnj.com , call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or (609) 399-1412 or get buttons at Stainton's Square, 8th and Asbury Ave. in Ocean City.
The FED just announced they are reducing the rate at which they are buying bonds-indication is the economy has improved & growing. Interest rates to rise in 2014. Read full article below from Buisness Week: