Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays From the HammersTeam

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of our friends, family and wonderful colleagues all the warmth of the holiday season.

Merry Christmas from Bob and Lisa of the HammersTeam!

Warm Wishes for a Happy & Healthy 2009' New Year too!

Below is our Pascack Valley Holiday Show for 2008!


Happy Holidays to Everyone Everywhere!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Bergen County | NJ |Pascack Valley| Homes for the Holidays

Buying a home around the Holidays could be a very positive experience for both Buyers and Sellers alike. In fact we purchased our home the day after Christmas and moved in around the end of February. Keep in mind the following points when purchasing or selling a home around the Holidays. For Sellers; usually the most motivated Buyers are out and serious about buying. For Buyers; Sellers are usually motivated and ready to negotiate.
Sure it's a very stressful time of year but it's also the most festive time of year when spirits are high. Sellers can take advantage of decorating and creating an atmosphere of "Home Sweet Home". While Buyers can take advantage of visualizing themselves in an atmosphere of warmth and cheer.
Interest rates are very low so Buyers should take advantage as there is no time like the present to put your "Dream Home" at the top of your Wish List - Home for the Holidays!

Click the Big Red Button for our Pascack Valley Holiday Show.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Pascack Valley NJ Tips For Winterizing Your Home

The weather is beginning to feel like Fall in the Pascack Valley area of Bergen County New Jersey. Before long old man Winter will be upon us so now is the time to get ready to Winterize Your Pascack Valley Home. The following is our HammersTeam's Cool Weather Check List.

1. Seal & Insulate Windows & Doors with caulk or plastic

2. Block Drafts with A/C covers and Door Drafter Stoppers

3. Check your Furnace & Thermostats to make sure they are operating properly

4. Replace Screens with Storm Windows

5. Turn outside water faucets off

6. Drain outdoor hoses and store in shed or basement

7. Have chimneys cleaned

8. Keep firewood for fireplaces stored away from the house

9. Rake & blow leaves away from the home per town ordinances

10. Clean gutters

11. Repair any leaders and downspouts to assure proper drainage

12. Trim all bushes in landscaping and clean up garden beds & store all gardening tools as well as pots & planters

13. Check snow blowers and shovels

14. Replenish rock salt supplies

15. Have outdoor water sprinklers winterized by a professional

16. Have pools winterized by a professional

17. Remove window air conditioning units and store in a dry place

18. Cover outdoor Central Air Conditioning Units to protect from weather

19. Put Basement Windows Well Covers over the basement windows

20. Cover the outdoor furniture

When the weather is mild it's easy to forget these things but once it turns cold it could be too late. So be sure to Winterize Your Pascack Valley Home by following HammersTeam's Cool Weather Check List.

If you or anyone you know is thinking of Buying or Selling a Pascack Valley Home, call Lisa & Bob at (201)218-6802.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

River Vale New Jersey Spotlight

Small Town America can be found in any one of the eight Pascack Valley Towns in Bergen County, New Jersey. Spotlight the small town of River Vale New Jersey. In the 2007' article published by Money Magazine called "The Top 100 Best Places to Live", the Small Town of River Vale New Jersey earned the #29 spot.

The community has a lush, park-like character, prompting some to call it the "Garden Spot" of the Pascack Valley. The scenery is further enhanced with quaint, winding roads and scenic, historic homes. River Vale is tucked between the neighboring communities of Woodcliff Lake, Park Ridge, Montvale, Lake Tappan in Old Tappan, Harrington Park, Emerson, Westwood and Hillsdale. New York City lies 22 miles southeast. Although River Vale is a small town of only 10,000 residents, it offers many of the advantages of a much larger city. For example, New York City is close enough so that residents can experience its many educational, cultural and economic opportunities.

Since River Vale mainly consists of families, the most popular free-time activities involve youth sports, community events and civic groups. Several independent youth sports organizations keep the kids fit and active. Weekends are busy at the local parks and schools, which host baseball, softball, soccer and basketball games. Parents can get their exercise with a round of golf at Edgewood Country Club or Bergen Hills Country Club. Additionally, nearby lakes and the Wood Dale County Park have a variety of recreational facilities.

As you enter this small townof River Vale you are greeted by the unassuming town center called "The Four Corners" where the two main roads of River Vale Road and Westwood Avenue intersect by a traffic light and anchored by a town clock. The Pascack Valley town of River Vale is lush with Golf Courses and a general sense of peace amidst it's green lawns. Another Pascack Valley small town community rich in History. River Vale residents also enjoy community events as an opportunity to get together with their neighbors. Seasonal celebrations, parades and events are scheduled throughout year, offering fun activities for all ages. The annual Easter egg hunt and fall Octoberfest are particularly popular.

If you are searching for a place to put down roots Small Town America spotlights River Vale New Jersey.


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Monday, September 22, 2008

Westwood New Jersey Town Happenings

Coming to Westwood New Jersey!

Circus Vidbel an Original Old Tyme Circus will be visiting the town of Westwood New Jersey in the Pascack Valley of NJ on Saturday September 27th at 2 PM and another show at 4:30 PM.

The Shows will take place in the Westwood Plaza parking lot at 700 Broadway.
Tickets for the shows are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the show.
Tickets can be purchased at the folowing locations in town:

Flynn's Deli and Catering
The Nut Shop
P.J. Finnegan's
Pompilio's Pizzeria and Restaurant
Hans Maxem's

Proceeds will benefit the Westwood's Fire Volunteer Fire Dept.

Come out and bring the whole family as this will be an exciting show.

For more information about this wonderfull old tyme show visit: Circus Vidbel

The town of Westwood is a great place to live. If you are looking for a town to fill your real estate dreams, call Lisa and Bob at (201)218-6802 or click on any of the buttons below to visit us online at


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Monday, September 15, 2008

Pascack Valley New Jersey Hammersteam Blogs

The news reports and most people will agree that the Real Estate industry is officially in a Buyer's market.

So if you are a Seller who is considering selling a home you may wonder what you need to know to get your home SOLD!

With all the inventory of homes on the market, sure you can join the numbers of Actively Listed Homes - NOT SELLING but if you really are serious about getting a home sold, the following points are what we believe makes up the Anatomy of A Home Seller.

1. - Start Packing - we mean think like you are really going to be moving soon. When your home sells it will be an inevitable task so why not get the process rolling. This will not only serve to ease the tension once your home sells but it will make your home look spacious. That brings us to the next tip.

2. - De-clutterize everything you see. If you can't see it then bring in a friend and ask them to be brutally honest with you. It's easy to overlook things about your home when you are in it every day. However, when the Buyers start coming through they will see it all. Remove all the refrigerator magnets, bring all the newspapers and magazines to the recycling center and think - "I'm Moving"!

3. - Clean like you are in the army now and the drill seargant will soon arrive to inspect the place. Buyers want to be able to visualize themselves in this home and most people don't want to think about cleaning when they move in. Bathrooms and Kitchens should sparkle and now that you have packed away all that clutter, it should be a snap. Take out the windex and be relentless. Let that light shine in those windows!

4. - Speaking of light - put the highest allowable wattage into all light fixtures. We want your buyers to see what they are buying.

5. - Paint - this is the least expensive way to freshen up a home's appearance and smell. Keep it neutral and paint whatever rooms look like they are in need of freshening.

6. - Invite your real estate professional to give you tips on how to arrange furniture. Most realtors can give you tips on how to stage your home to sell.

7. - Put some fresh or silk flowers in a vase on your Dining Room Table, if you have one. If not, put some on the Kitchen Table or Counter.

8. - Speaking of flowers, once you've cleaned out the inside of the house, tend to the outside and trim the hedges. If you don't have any flowers in your landscaping, put a pot of flowers on the porch. Curb appeal will keep the Buyers from just driving by. You want to make them come in and Buy your house!

9. - Now that we have addressed all the physical aspects of your home we must address what will help to get it sold quickly and that is to make your home accessible. If you aren't comfortable with a Lockbox on your home then you will have to make yourself available for every showing. With all the inventory out there along with the shortage of Buyers, you don't want to miss an opportunity to let your home be shown. Once the Buyers are inside, you should step outside so they can speak to their real estate agent freely.

10. - Last but certainly not least is the Price. Take off your Seller's hat and put on your Buyer's hat. Take a look at all the homes on the market and consult a real estate professional about how your home stands up to the competition in Price, Location and Features. Be realistic because if you want to get your home Sold now you have to fit the Anatomy of A Home Seller.

If you are a Home Seller in the Pascack Valley area or surrounding Bergen County towns, call Bob and Lisa at (201)218-6802 or visit us online at for more tips on how to get your home SOLD!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Pascack Valley Real Estate Market Reports

River Vale, NJ Single Family Home Sales Activity for May 08' - The Pascack Valley town of River Vale kept up a steady pace of sales with five home closing in the town of River Vale in the month of May. The Spring market is officially under way with homes beginning to sell for the busiest real estate season of the year! With interest rates low, Buyers should act now before the rates start upwards again.

The town of River Vale is blazing a trail into 2008' to keep up with the times while maintaining that desireable small town community feel.

River Vale NJ Edgewood Country Club Green Photo

River Vale NJ Centennial Amphitheatre Photo

River Vale Real Estate Market Activity:

Listing Status : Sold

Total: 5

Total List/Sales Dollars: $ 3,087,500

Average List Price: $ 647,735

Average Sold Price: $617,500

Median SoldPrice: $ 600,000

Sale Price/List Price: 95.332

There are currently 71 Actively Listed homes in the town of River Vale with an average List Price of $833,625. There are some fantastic NEW CONSTRUCTION opportunities in this popular town with prices ranging from $619,000 to 1,799,900.

Compare the previous Year's activity for the Pascack Valley towns by clicking on the following link:

May 2007' Pasack Valley Sold Homes Market Report

For more information on Listings in the Pascack Valley area of Bergen County, New Jersey, call Bob & Lisa at (201)218-6802, or visit us online at your Pascack Valley Real Estate Resource at "Your Service"! It's a great time to "Buy A Home" in the Pascack Valley. We're keeping an eye on the real estate market for you....

Click on the links below to view some scenes of the picturesque Pascack Valley towns.











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