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Live, Relax & Entertain (repeat)

I have an inspiring new home on the market. The absolutely beautiful head-to-toe renovations were curated by a prominent advertising exec with excellent taste.   Get a look at some beautiful images and vibes in the link below and in the MLS link too.

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Yin Yang
What happens when you balance a high-powered job in the city with the opportunity to exhale … nightly? Well, that’s now on the market at 497 Prospect Street in Maplewood (NJ). The proximity facilitates a job in the city. The suburbs allow for four spacious floors, two wet bars, a designer kitchen and a heated, saltwater pool in a backyard oasis. Check out this home’s vibe at www.MaplewoodYall.com.

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Ex-Brooklyners Find Style and Substance In Maplewood
It’s dubbed “Brooklyn West.” Maplewood (NJ) has become home to many from the NYC’s mammoth borough. Some say Maplewood is about 75% Brooklyn refugees. Naturally, the town is getting some high-style upgrades that adhere to its contented lifestyles. A good example: 497 Prospect Street on the market now. Its vibe and restoration are captured here: www.MaplewoodYall.com. We would be much obliged if you share this with your friends.
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Lifestyle meet Functionality
Maplewood (NJ) has become the darling of families and couples looking to “nest” in an environment that’s diversity-minded, up-tempo, near to the city … and good value. Few places offer all four … and that’s because the Township is a bastion of Brooklyn refugees. They’ve brought their verve, their unconventional lifestyles and their good taste to this NYC suburb. That’s all evidenced at 497 Prospect Street which is on the market now (MLS link). This space is ideal for the couple or family that appreciates the thoughtfulness of design, the attention to detail and the emphasis on entertaining. The home’s vibe is captured here: www.MaplewoodYall.com.
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An Entertaining Mecca
The one-bedroom Brooklyn flat may have been close to your friends but how many of them could you invite at the same time to that space? What if you had four floors, two wet bars, a designer kitchen and a heated saltwater pool in a backyard oasis? Well, your friends would bring their friends. Just 30 minutes from the city is Maplewood (NJ) and a home that’s ready for your guest list. Check out the vibe of 497 Prospect Street  which is on the market now: www.MaplewoodYall.com.

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Remodeling tips

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While many factors influence the return you’ll get on a home improvement, these tips from the Appraisal Institute of Canada can steer you toward maximum value on your upgrades:
  1. Invest in modern updates in high-traffic areas. Update the core rooms of your home such as the kitchen and bathroom. This can be as simple as changing door knobs, resurfacing cabinets or replacing fixtures and countertops.
  2. Don’t underestimate the value of inexpensive updates. A fresh coat of paint, modern lighting fixtures, light landscaping or gardening or upgraded door handles can give your home an updated look and feel.
  3. Consider energy-efficient renovations that have a high return relative to cost. Energy-efficient renovations are considered one of the highest paybacks relative to cost. Energy efficiency translates into reduced operating costs over time.
  4. Be careful about over improvement. Consider your neighborhood and the expectations of buyers in your area when planning your next renovation project. Attend a few open houses at nearby homes for sale to see what’s on the market now. If you over improve, you won’t recoup what you spent on the project.
  5. Think about your personal needs. How much you spend on improvements will depend on how long you plan to live in your home. If you you’re thinking shorter-term, smaller and less expensive improvements may be your best bet.
  6. Be sure to get a building permit. Take the time to obtain the proper building permits from your municipality or appropriate authority. This is a good step to ensuring that the renovation work complies with the building codes.
  7. Hire a designer, architect or contractor. Talk to a professional when you start planning your renovation project. They can help you draw up a plan, provide renovation advice or assist in the construction. This will add to the quality of the renovation and go a long way in preventing cost overruns.
  8. Choose improvements with long life expectancy. Roofing, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems and added insulation can keep you warm and dry for as long as 10 to 15 years. But remember, regular maintenance is as important as the initial investment.
  9. Consider unique features with care. Unique designs or improvements that are uncommon for a particular market may make it harder to sell your home when you’re ready to move.

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