Mark Offerman's Blog Posts

Home Seller Tips STORAGE UNIT RENTAL

     When you are preparing to place your house on the market, one of the first things you should do is to look at your home through the eyes of a potential buyer.  And one of

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Home Seller Tips SPRING CLEANING

     Spring and summer are prime house hunting seasons.  If you're thinking about placing your house on the market soon, giving it a deep spring cleaning can not only make your

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Places to go Sledding in NJ

First of all having grown up in New Jersey I have had to pleasure in my lifetime of enjoying many places for sledding, either as a child or as a grown up bringing my own children to go sledding. In

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Have You Refinanced Your Mortgage Yet

Many have taken advantage of refinancing the interest on their current mortgages.  It does make sense if there is more than a 1 point spread to get the rate lowered.  In some instances

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Home Ownership and Tax Deductions 2012

One of my peers sent me her newsletter and it included the following article - Home Ownership and Tax Deductions 2012 -- Definitely it is worth the read.  Some good tips as we approach tax

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Tragedy Strikes Westfield High School

I just learned that a tragedy has occurred in Westfield.  A freshman has died from complications of the flu.  Here is the article I just read from the Westfield Patch. http://westfield

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The Best New Year To Come

As I look back at 2012 I realize that I have achieved many goals.  It was a hard year but one that I feel good about insofar as accomplishing much whether it be for health and well being,

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Do No Harm To Housing

In her article dated 12/3/12 in DSNews.com Krista Frances Brock brought up the subject of groups coming together to ask Congress for the extension of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act which

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People We Know Affected By Sandy

Good Morning All I received this e-mail from a past client who is now homeless.  I represented her and her husband in the sale of their Scotch Plains home as they were retiring to their home at

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Visiting the Northeast Enjoying Foliage Halloween Surprise

We have twin daughters who will be reaching 34 next month.  One married, one single.  Jodie and John live in New Hampshire near Dartmouth and we made a long weekend of Columbus Day holiday

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Quack Quack Its The Rubber Duck Race

Clear your calendar, fill the bathtub and practice your rubber duck training now.  Come Sunday, October 7th, Hanson Park Conservancy in Cranford, NJ, will be  holding its Second Annual

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Places of Interest And Fun In NJ

I've found some farms to visit in New Jersey that will definitely be worth your while to visit.  Fun activities for the whole family.   Pumpkin and Apple Picking, Family Hayrides, 

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Best Time To See Foliage In New Jersey

          New Jersey Best Time to Go: The Garden State's upper northwest corner, dubbed the Skylands, offers some of the Mid-Atlantic's most

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TURF FIELDS SPARK PASSIONATE RESPONSE AROUND UNION COUNTY

This is an article I just received from ScotchPlains-FanwoodPatch written by Mary Mann.  The sub-heading is:  Several towns or school districts in Union County have or are grappling with

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Hay Rides and Campfires in Union County NJ

Residents of Mountainside, NJ, and the surrounding towns can welcome in the Fall Season with hay rides and family fun around the camp fire at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountain, NJ.

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A Night of Magic in Westfield NJ

Westfield NJ offers many different activities for both children and adults.  On Wednesday, October 7, the Savory Spice Shop on East Broad Street is offering a Harry Potter Cooking Class for.

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Have you Heard About Ponderosa Farm Park

The most amazing park opened this past June in Scotch Plains at 1600 Cooper Road.  I visited it yesterday and hope to spend my birthday there with my family which is coming up very soon.  

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Great Adventure Alert for Six Flags Safari

Westfield and Union County in general are not so far away from 6 Flags Great Adventure - a short trip down the Turnpike.  If you like going to see the animals in the Drive-thru Safari, you

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Calling All Union County Dogs

My friend has a dog, Maya, who is a therapy dog.  She is amazing. Calm and adorable.  When my friend's mother was recovering from major surgery in the hospital Barry would bring Maya to

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Going Back to School

The end of summer is approaching and it's nearly school time again!  Some kids feels a little excited to be back in the routine of things and others have that sinking feeling that freedom and

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Just Hanging in Westfield NJ

I was in downtown Westfield last night for the Jazz festival - it's every Tuesday night in August: free and a great place to hang out.  There are 4 different locations around downtown and you

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Making Sense of Short Sales

Everywhere you look today you see the phrase “short sale”. It's on TV, in economic reports, on real estate listing sites, and you possibly have friends or relatives who have

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Decorating with Silk Flowers this Summer

It's official - we're in the summer season. The heat is on, the earth is lush and green, and flowers are in full bloom. As a nod to the season, it can be fun to transform the inside of your home to

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Entertaining in the Summer

Entertaining in the Summer Summer is the season of celebrations! From the Fourth of July to Labor Day and all the days in between, you can always find reasons to throw a party at your house. Even

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Mexican Food Wars in Westfield

Ok, so now there are three contenders for the best Mexican food in Westfield, with the most recent entry being Chipolte, which compliments the existing Qdoba and Tinga.  Both Chipolte and Qdoba

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National Cheesecake Day In Westfield

Whether you like it or not, today is National Cheesecake Day.  This news might not eclipse all the razzmatazz of The Olympics, but for cheesecake fans, it's a pretty bright spot in the year.

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Westfield Downtown is Thriving

The latest national chain to abandon its suburban mall model and come to a downown is Urban Outfitter, which is currently building out the old bank building at Elm and Broad Streets.   The bank

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Beatles Fans Save these Dates

Beetlemania Again is set to play at three local venues for FREE CONCERTS, wtih the first taking place tonight, July 25th at the Berkeley Heights Memorial Park, tel 908-464-0550.  Tonights free

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Skyview at Carriage City Tax Appeals Heard

On July 19th there was emotional testimony by condo owners of units at Skyview @ Carriage City.   The showdown took place at 9 AM at the Union County Tax Board at 271 North Broad Street,

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Clickit or Ticket for Dogs and Cats

What is happening in NJ?  Apparently the recently enacted law which requires pets to be fastened has created quite an uproar.   Ray Martinez, head of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle

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Bon Appetit in Westfield NJ

Downtown Westfield hosts many fabulous restaurants where you can enjoy a fine meal.  However, if you are like me, occasionally you feel the inner chef and decide that you can also serve up a

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Westfield Farmers Market is a Summer Delight

Summer has arrived and it's time to enjoy the pleasures that go along with it.  While for many that means the Jersey Shore, swimming pools, barbecues and ice cream, there's also our "Jersey

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Independence Day in Union County NJ

The 4th of July brings with it images of barbecues, picnics, hamburgers and fireworks.  Everyone becomes a kid again when they watch a firework display.  For those of you in Union County,

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Downtown Jazz Festival in Westfield NJ

Downtown Westfield NJ is once more going to reverberate with the sweet sounds of Jazz as the 16th Annual Jazz Festival begins on Tuesday, July 3rd.  The festival will run every Tuesday (weather

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