Back from Africa

Wow…what a trip!  Every day was a different and unique adventure.

The landscape was expansive, and greener than I expected due to the excessive rain.   And who knew that a brown river could be stunning?

In between safari camps, we drove through small towns and villages- a harsh reality check.  Toddlers and young children enthusiastically waved hello as they played along side of the road.  It was both heartbreaking and joyful.

Locals were happy to share their culture, traditions, and knowledge of the animals with us.  Tourism is important to their economy and they encouraged us to return.





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I’m Away From My Desk…

We are traveling to a far away land for our next adventure – a trip booked 1 ½ years ago!

The picture below provides a clue on our destination!

I will be returning to the office on Thursday December 12th.

P.S.  Our travels are possible thanks to my loyal customers.  I’m so grateful 😊


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So Very Thankful…

Happy Thanksgiving from the beach :)


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Ignore the Weather!

The wind is howling and rain is beating against the office windows.  Seems like the ideal time to plan a summer vacation!

Visit our web site:  Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty  and/or email me with your requirements.

Thank you for the opportunity to help with your plans.



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Beach Walks

THIS is the best way to start a busy work day!


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Synthetic Stucco Siding

Based on my years of real estate experience, I express concern to buyers considering a home with synthetic stucco siding (versus real cement siding).

The manufacturers and contractors disagree on the “fault”, but either way, the product has not performed well in our damp seashore environment.

The material is porous and absorbs moisture.  Without a suitable moisture barrier,  wood behind the siding stays wet and eventually rots.

Unfortunately,  a homeowner has no idea until the product is removed and lumber is exposed.

This home in Stone Harbor was recently sold – and renovations have started.





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Thanksgiving at the Beach

So many wonderful events scheduled for the weekend after Thanksgiving.

In Avalon:  Chamber of Commerce events in downtown Avalon NJ

In Stone Harbor:  Island Holiday events in downtown Stone Harbor NJ


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Winter has arrived at the beach.

Grateful for the warm sun and fairly calm winds for my beach walk.


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Ready for Winter?

My yearly reminder:


A check list for shore owners:

1) Disconnect the garden hose and turn off/drain any faucets that aren’t frost proof (most faucets on decks are NOT frost proof). Turn off and drain the outside shower (often overlooked and those pipes are the first to freeze and break).

2) Close the foundation vents and secure the crawl space door (the newer Smart vents will close automatically).

3) Secure/store trash cans, deck furniture, kayaks, grills, flags, etc.

4) Unless you completely winterize the house (drain the water), turn on the heat to 55- 60 degrees.  The upper floors can be set slightly lower, but not below 50 degrees.  A whole house water shut off valve is an extra level of protection against frozen pipes in the event of a power failure.

5) Open the cabinet doors below all sinks to allow heated air to circulate around the pipes.

6) Lock all windows (especially casement style that open with a crank handle) and sliding glass doors. Strong winds can vibrate a door or window open!

7) Unplug small appliances.

8) Check the kitchen sink for any random food items left in the garbage disposal – run with ice cubes or a piece of lemon.

9) Empty and turn off the ice maker if you won’t be using the house for an extended period of time.

10) Open the lid on the washer and prop open the door to the dishwasher to avoid musty odors.

And ideally, hire a winter watch service for peace of mind.  I am happy to recommend someone if needed.

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New Construction, Avalon NJ

Custom 3 level home located in a prime beach side location in Avalon.

Easy access to the 44th Street dune path!

For additional information and pictures: click here

Interior and exterior pictures will be updated as the progress continues.


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