Best of Your Backyard

——————————————————————————– June 21 marks the first day of summer. There’s no better season to make the best of your backyard. Here are a few ways to make this area of your home your new favorite place to entertain (with only a little labor required)! Design Your Own Putt-Putt Course: This is a great summer project […]

7 Things Not to do Before Buying a Home

All the signs may be pointing to yes. Everything in your life may be in line and in favor of you purchasing a home. Even though you may see a lot of green lights to move forward, there are a few stop signs that are good to recognize and listen to. The home buying process […]

6 Habits That Kill Your Metabolism

The world seems to keep moving faster and building up steam, but as we age, our body’s metabolism slows down. (A great thing to say once we’re entering bathing suit season, huh?) Although it’s true that our metabolism rate declines, it doesn’t mean that we’re helpless. There are daily habits that kill your metabolism. If […]

First Choice Loan Services Ranked for Top Overall Volume for Sixth Consecutive Year

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ (June 6, 2019) – New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company announces that it has been ranked for Top Overall Volume by Scotsman Guide. This list is published in the June 2019 residential issue. Scotsman Guide, the leading resource for mortgage originators, released its seventh […]

Strategies for Home Bidding Success

The housing market is hot. How hot? Consider this: Homes stayed on the market for an average of only 24 days in April and inventory continues to be low. As a result, buyers may find themselves in a multiple-offer situation, aka a bidding war. If you’re going to win this battle, you need a plan. […]

Reading Recommendations for Summer 2019

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. With families’ schedules changing and vacation season starting, you may find that you have opportunities to read that book that has been sitting on the shelf for a few months now. “There’s no book on the shelf waiting for you,” you say? Members of the First Choice […]

April 2019 Housing Market Recap

Existing home sales fell slightly in the April 2019 Housing Market Recap, following a sharp drop in March. One region actually saw a gain in sales while two fell and one was unchanged. Prices increased yet again and the pace of sales picked up, both month-over-month and year-over-year. Inventory rose also, continuing a positive trend […]

Summer Projects for Kids

While it is hard to believe, summer is around the corner. Before you know it, spring will be over, school will be out, and your children will be home with free time on their (and your) hands. Are you ready? If you want to be prepared for the phrase, “Mom/Dad, I’m bored,” then here are […]

Six Warning Signs When Buying a Home

When you buy a home, a home inspection is a must. Don’t skip it, even if you’re buying new construction. Not to be confused with a home appraisal (required by your lender), a home inspection will give you information about the home’s condition from roof to foundation, appliances to plumbing, and much, much more. Be […]

March 2019 Housing Market Recap

The March 2019 Housing Market Recap reflects that existing home sales fell in March after a strong uptick the month before. All regions saw a drop in sales, with the Midwest taking the biggest hit, but prices continued their climb nationwide. The pace of sales was faster than it was in February, but slower than […]