Twice in a Lifetime :)

FB_IMG_1668550788984In December of 2019, we took a “once in a lifetime” trip to Kenya.  Planning our amazing safari adventure began 2 years prior, and required plenty of preparation.

Vaccinations, malaria pills, and just in case antibiotics were needed.  Clothes were sprayed with Permethrin to repel insects. Lists of foods considered safe to eat were reviewed.

We returned home just before Christmas of that year with exciting stories; and frankly proud of ourselves for staying healthy the entire time by following the guidelines.

And then came 2020…

Of course we worried about infection and illness while traveling in Africa.  Yet never anticipated the fear from Covid just a few months later.

Fast forward to summer of 2021.  After a particularly hectic work day, I scrolled through the web site of our travel company.  The agent was hosting a safari again in 2022!

We decided that our “once in a lifetime” event deserved a repeat.

Visas, passports, meds, and our Covid vaccination cards are ready to go!   Will post pictures on Twitter: @anndelaneybeach

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Busy Weekend!

Thanksgiving is the new Christmas (at least here on the 7 mile island!)

Family friendly events are scheduled for both Friday and Saturday: 96th Street area in Stone Harbor, and along Dune Drive in the Avalon business district.

Santa will make guest appearances in 2 separate parades: Avalon early Friday evening, and in Stone Harbor on Saturday night.

Merry, merry!


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Tenant Observations

Tenant observations:

We rented a condo last week in South Carolina to accommodate a family vacation.

Even after a long career of managing rental properties in Avalon and Stone Harbor, I still gain important perspective from each experience as a tenant.

For instance, our son and his family arrived Saturday evening hoping to watch the end of the World Series.  There was a small, handwritten note to log on to YouTube to operate the televisions (no cable).  I scrolled through while they were unloading their car, and could only find the game on a Japanese channel!  I gave up after a few minutes.

Our young grandsons were sharing the bedroom with twin beds.  There were cloth mattress pads on those beds, but no plastic wraps underneath- not practical for a kids’ bedroom (or any bedroom for that matter).

The unit had been attractively renovated- including the appliances.  Odd that there was no ice maker (just one ice cube tray in the freezer).

Although none were major issues, it made me realize that tenant expectations play a key role in the overall opinion of a rental home.

Landlord Observation:

During that same week, we handled landlord duties in our place across the street.  These working visits allow me to empathize with fellow rental property owners.  Yet by the time we are walking out the door (dragging the Swiffer behind!) I feel a sense of pride for our efforts to please the incoming guests.








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Happy Halloween!


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Location, Location, Location!

The perks of an office located just 2 blocks from the beach :)

Sneakers are an important part of my “business attire” for days like today!


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Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty

We LIVE here.

We WORK here.

We SELL and RENT properties here.

The full time agents and staff of Tim Kerr Sotheby’s are THE local experts in Avalon and Stone Harbor NJ!

Visit our website to view sale and rental properties: Tim Kerr Sotheby’s website

I have a lifetime of experience on the island; 40+ years in the industry; and 20 years associated with Tim Kerr and his agency.

Thank you for the opportunity to help you and your friends with all of your real estate needs!


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A Perspective on Mortgages

houseThe recent rate increase for mortgages is understandably a hot topic.  Buyers considering a 30 year fixed rate loan are facing sticker shock!

Yet there ARE other options.   I’ve had personal experience with almost every type of loan over 40 years of property ownership, and each was well suited for a specific circumstance.

Examples of shore house purchases and possible loan solutions:

1) Are you considering an older cottage to keep for a few years and then build new?  If so, a 30 year fixed rate loan may not be the best fit.   A 7/1 ARM (adjustable rate mortgage) offers an initial lower rate (and the protection of rate caps).  When you are ready to build, you are likely to refinance and incorporate a construction loan that converts to conventional financing once the project is complete.

2) Did you know that “jumbo money” is less expensive to borrow.  If you are close to the threshold of a jumbo loan, borrowing slightly more may save you 1% off your interest rate.

3) While owner financing is not the norm, it can be worthwhile to discuss if a short term loan is needed.  The near future building scenario is a practical example.  Obviously this only works if the seller does not have debt to satisfy with the sale.

4) Although a 30 year mortgage provides a sense of security with a locked in rate, most property owners don’t keep the same loan for the full 30 years.  It’s not unusual for shore property owners to decide to sell after 10 years (or less) so that they can purchase something larger or closer to the beach!

5) Refinancing is a realistic option to take advantage of future lower rates.  Or, some lenders allow property owners to “re-cast” their loan with a payment toward their principal balance.  We have taken advantage of that perk several times with our Wells Fargo loans.  Although the interest rate stays the same, the monthly payment is recalculated off the lower principal amount.  It allows us to reduce the overall debt (principal balance) and the monthly payment at the same time.

I’m happy to provide additional information, and recommend lenders familiar with our local market.  or 609-967-7950 office


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Morning beach walks

It’s darker in the mornings for our regular walks. Yet we have the benefit of catching the sunrise even if we get a late start!


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October Views

Big waves on the ocean…contrasting with calm water on the bay.


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New Trash Containers, Avalon and Stone Harbor

CanEffective Spring 2023, both Avalon and Stone Harbor will implement new trash and recycling container requirements.

Stone Harbor:

“Standardizing trash can size to 64 gallons (31.8” long x 24.25” wide x 41.75” high), equipped with wheels and a bar that allows the can to be tipped into the truck. The Borough will provide a list of retailers where homeowners can purchase the cans. Required compliance is set for May 1, 2023″.


“As previously announced, the Borough intends to purchase and distribute new, uniform roll off solid waste and recycling carts for the community in 2023.  These roll off carts will improve efficiency with trash collection while restricting trash from impacting the marine environment”.

Property owners in both towns are reminded to remove non-compliant containers prior to the summer season so tenants/guests do not inadvertently use the wrong trash or recycle cans.  Bulk trash pick up in early May will be an ideal time for disposal of old cans.


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