February Views!

Avalon, NJ


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Elevating Real Estate

The regulations regarding elevation play a major role with an owner’s plan to either renovate or build new.

A Flood Elevation Certificate is needed to determine the official elevation of both the land and the first floor living area.  For example, “curb” elevations on the island range from 5 feet above sea level to just over 12 feet.   The island may seem flat, but the subtle inclines exist!

Obviously a home with a lower curb elevation will need to be higher off the ground to meet code.

Now back to the charming beach cottages.  A lender will require flood insurance which is calcuated on the elevation.  If the home meets code, the annual premium will be approximately $900.  If the structure sits too low, the premium could be as high as $5500.

When a major renovation is planned, the municipality will require the structure to be brought up to code, too.

At this point, a property owner can compare the cost of lifting/renovating their home, or building new.

If the lot is undersized and/or the structure is larger than would be permitted today, lifting may be the best option to retain livable square footage.

If you have any questions regarding local real estate, I am here to help!  609-967-7950




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To the Beach!

Thinking about warm summer days?  Planning a vacation will definitely help!

Visit our web site to search for the ideal rental home:  Rental Search

I am familiar with the properties offered, and happy to provide more details and suggestions based on your specific needs.

Booking direct with Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty has its perks: our leases are exempt from the NJ sales tax for transient rentals, and we do not charge a booking fee.  Real savings for our customers and clients!

Ann Delaney (609) 967-7950

Thank you!




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“What do you do all winter?”

I’ve heard the question my entire life!

When I was a child, the answer was: “We go to school.”  And I often had to clarify that we had an actual school- not classrooms on the beach!

In my teen years, the response was: “We go to school and work.”  Yes, there were year round businesses, and my sisters and I worked weekends  at a local restaurant.

As an adult, I’ve noticed the occasional look of envy OR pity from the person asking the question. Our very normal life includes work, grandchildren, and travel…and daily beach walks 😎

I was thinking about our unique lifestyle this morning as I placed yet another sand dollar on the porch table.  The rinsed versions and sea glass end up on display upstairs!



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Monday Morning Blues…and Pink!


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Happy Valentine’s Day

An appropriate time to say “thank you” to my loyal customers.

I value the friendships grown from business relationships.  And appreciate the continued support of your referrals and repeat business.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Stone Harbor- price reduced!

This custom Stone Harbor NJ home – recently “refreshed” by Complete Interiors.

The new decor complements the awesome views!

Popular vacation rental, with convenient access to the beach, restaurants, and recreation.

Click HERE for MLS link.  And more pictures/drone video HERE.

Click HERE for the summer rental link.

Thank you for your interest!


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Cape May, NJ

Cape May is popular destination for many Avalon and Stone Harbor visitors.

I previewed this custom home recently, and thought it could be a wonderful option for a beach house buyer who needs more space than typically offered in similar priced properties along Seven Mile Beach.

Total of 5200 square feet over 4 levels.

6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, elevator, and ocean views!

Quiet residential neighborhood close to the beach.

$2,645,000 fully furnished.

Buyer will benefit from rental income for reserved summer weeks (approximately $100,000).

Link for photos and video.

For complete MLS information- click here.


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Saturday reflections…


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January Beach Days

My late Sunday afternoon beach walk views.

It looked like a summer day…well, except for the lack of people, and the Jeep on the sand!




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