New Home Life Podcast Ep 3 - Tandem Books with guest Katherine Furman

In this episode I finally get a chance to interview my good friend Katherine Furman, Editorial Director & Co-Founder of Tandem Books about how she started her own publishing company, our affinity for dogs and Mel Brooks! We had a good time.

Check out the Tandem Books catalogue:

http://www.tandem-books.com


4 Tips for Hiring an Interior Designer

How to Hire an Interior Designer

A fresh coat of paint or a complete remodel? Renovations can not only bring your property’s aesthetic in line with current trends and styles, but it can also increase your home’s value.

A full remodel can be a big undertaking, though — unless you hire a pro.

Are you thinking of updating a room (or your whole space)? Here’s how to hire the right person for the job to ensure a smooth experience.

Gather referrals: Ask your neighbors, friends and colleagues for recommendations and cross-reference those names with online reviews and ratings. From there, you can start building out a short list of designers to interview.

Vet them thoroughly: Once you have a short list, check out each designer’s portfolio and see if their style matches the aesthetic you’re going for. You should also schedule an in-person (or Zoom) interview with them. Ask about their experience, their process, their fees and their style inspiration.

Have the details ready: Before you hire a pro, make sure you have all the details worked out — things like your budget and desired end date. You should also have an idea of how much control you want over the process. (Do you want to approve every choice or will you give the designer some decision-making autonomy?)

Be proactive: You want to head off challenges before they can arise, so ask the important questions, like: “When will payments be due?” “How often will you update me?” and “Will we communicate by text, phone or email?” If you’re doing renovations as well, you’ll also want to ask about the mess and disruptions you can expect.

Need guidance on updating your house to increase its market value? I have the insights on the market that buyers are looking for, to help you help your interior designer!

Call me 917.268.8916


New Home Life Podcast Ep 2 - Prototype237 with guests Alex Pergament & John Fathom

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-s6e2d-fcbc8d

In this episode we meet pioneers of the artist live-work space movement John Fathom and Alex Pergament to talk about fringe cities, collective art spaces (like their own Prototype237 based in Paterson NJ) and the reasons why artists attract other artists creating enclaves and movements worldwide.


New Home Life Podcast Full Episode with Guest Moira Sedgewick

New Home Life Podcast Epi Available Everywhere Now....

Moira Sedgewick, Founder & Interior Designer of A Chalet Collective & Sedgewick Chalet joins me to discuss the idea behind designing vacation homes with customer focused, hospitality in mind.

 

Watch now or listen wherever podcasts are available.


Welcome to the Bergen-Lafayette Neighborhood of Jersey City

Coming Soon Featured Home

 

363 Randolph Ave, Jersey City NJ

Bergen-Lafayette Neighborhood

 

 

 

Welcome to the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood of Jersey City. This lovely two family brick row home features a must see top floor duplex. Take the front steps to walk into a bright, welcoming, lofty living & dining area, a renovated open-concept kitchen perfect for entertaining, with a dedicated laundry area and access to the yard, right off the kitchen. Another flight up brings you to an extra large bath and 2 gorgeous sun-filled bedrooms with ample closet space. The garden level 1 bdrm, 1 bath unit is perfect as a rental unit, in-law or guest suite, a renovated bath, full kitchen, washer/dryer in unit and additional yard access completes this historic home. Central AC/ hot air in both units. 1 available parking spot in gated area across the street available for $150 per month. Easy access to NYC via Citibike, NJ Transit lightrail & bus to Journal Square & Grove St PATH, shops, dining, coffee house all walkable on Communipaw. 2 amazing parks: Berry Lane Park & Liberty State Park.

 

Come make this your home.

 

Call me for a tour.

 

 


Outdoor Design Trends to Know

Warm weather means making your outdoor space better!

As the weather warms up, most of us will undoubtedly spend more time outdoors.

If you’re in a penthouse, that might mean more hours on the balcony, soaking in the panoramic views.

Or, at a countryside estate, you might do more outdoor entertaining — hosting moonlit dinner parties or just gazing at the stars.

Want to make sure your outdoor space is just as elegant as inside? Use these trending luxe amenities as your guide.

Transitional Areas

Going from inside to out shouldn’t be marked with stark contrast. Today’s luxury homes often have transitional areas, which gradually transport you from interior to exterior with comfortable furnishings, rich-toned rugs and hints of greenery.

Outdoor Kitchens

Take your meals and dinner parties to new heights with an outdoor kitchen — one with a state-of-the-art grill, pizza oven and seating area. You can even think about adding in a bar for entertaining purposes.

Transcendent Decor

Love visiting the Mediterranean? Longing for a trip to Aruba or Jamaica? Create an homage to your favorite places with outdoor furnishings, fabrics and decor that match their feel.

Conversation Areas

Whether you’re hosting guests or enjoying family time, an intimate conversation area can be just what you need. Create seating around an outdoor fireplace set in stone, or install a flower-covered pergola with an alfresco table placed underneath. Think private and intimate.

Lush Landscaping

Cutting gardens are charming features that can provide you endless fodder for centerpieces and fresh decor throughout your home. Native landscaping is also in vogue, so think local — cacti at an Arizona ranch, palm trees at a Florida beach house, and sunflowers at a summer house in the Hamptons.

Your home’s outdoor features can heavily influence its overall ambiance and aesthetic. Need more advice or considering a vacation home purchase? Get in touch today.


LAUNCHING Tuesday February 16th 2021 - New Home Life Podcast with Michelle Mumoli

I MISS PEOPLE!

Follow me on my new podcast!

Connecting with people during COVID has been a challenge in these times and I want to bring back the conversation! This videopodcast will feature makers, doers, artists, community leaders and just all around awesome people, doing awesome things. I hope you’ll listen.

Officially launching February 16th, 2021 where all podcasts are available.

 

New Home Life with Michelle Mumoli

 

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Single family home in Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood moves quickly - Michelle Mumoli, Realtor©

Queen Anne Style Home in Jersey City goes under contract after 7 days on market and multiple offers.

Why are some selling with multiple offers and others are not? That’s a question many sellers ask me. I’m hoping this post clears things up for sellers.

Jersey City has seen many changes in the last few years, so many that a New Yorkers have taken interest. The easy commute to Manhattan, size of homes with outdoor space and community services make Jersey City the best bet for New Yorker’s looking for more space without venturing into parts of New Jersey that seem unknown to them.

 

Our most recent listing, a stately Queen Anne style, single family home at 334 Arlington Avenue sits in Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood. The area of Bergen-Lafayette dates back to the 1850’s. This home, is a typical Queen Anne style that has asymmetrical house shape with intersecting roof lines on the exterior. The interior features heavy wood finishes that were a bi-product of the Industrial Revolution, because they were the first time wood patterns were cut on machines and mass produced for homes. A true machine craftsmanship that cannot be found in modern homes. 

 

 

In my years of doing real estate, it’s understood that every home I walk into is precious to the owner and in their eyes is always worth a million dollars, but as a professional Realtor© it’s my job to remove the emotion from the actual home market value. I compare homes sold in the neighborhood from most recent months that are similar condition, lot size as well as bedroom and bath count. Why not active sales you may ask? I do not use active sales because they have not yet closed and a bank appraiser would not see those as being similar for the same reason, the closing price is not yet set. I have to be the voice reason with any home owners who are touring me through their properties and showing me things they have worked hard to upkeep, invested a lot of money to maintain, but in a buyers eye, would actually decrease the market value due to outdated finishes, unkept premises, or maintenance of mechanicals that has been modernized. These are very important things in a buyers eye that would lead them to look elsewhere or submit an offer that is adequate to what work is needed. 

 

My approach to selling homes has always been an ethical and holistic one. One that is not attempting to get your sale just for my numbers, but as a member of the community of Jersey City, I have a reputation to upkeep as well. It’s called a fiduciary responsibility. I cannot list a home for more than what the market value is because it’s basically a false valuation. Do remember that the rule economics is simple, it’s supply & demand, where the public really sets the price of goods based on supply or demand of those goods. Where there is little supply but high demand, the public will set the tone for what they will pay for goods. Where there is high supply and low demand, you will see the price of goods lowered. And real estate is no different, while certain areas of Jersey City are seeing high demand, other areas of Jersey City are experiencing low demand. As a real estate market expert, it’s my duty to inform a seller of where the market is during the time we are selling their property and the asking price needs to reflect that.

 

I’ve had the pleasure of being in Jersey City for 15 years, seeing the city flourish and grow vertically from abandoned lots into gorgeous shining, condominium buildings. I’ve experienced the wave of restaurants as they came in and sometimes went out due to being ahead of their time in neighborhoods not ready to sustain the prices offered. Ultimately the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood has seen tremendous growth from new  restaurants, as well as the new Berry Lane Park, cafe’s and boutiques that have become mainstays in the past few years. Add to that the looming development of Sci-Tech city in the Southern end of the neighborhood and of course, increased Light Rail and buses to the PATH stations, all making this neighborhood one to want to become a part of as it continues to grow.

 

If you are looking to sell or buy a home, call me 917.268.8916


Best Commuter Towns in New Jersey Part 1 I Michelle Mumoli, Realtor©

Are you thinking of buying a home or investment in New Jersey but not sure what towns have the best commute to New York City.  This is series is for you!

When New Yorker's think about access to NYC they tend to only consider 5 boroughs. This series on New Jersey's best commuter towns looks at home types/styles and commute time to NYC

This year has been a tough one in general but real estate has soared in towns outside of New York City. Most workplaces turned completely virtual and the rest have minimized commutes into their Manhattan offices. The first thing I hear from New Yorkers looking for property in New Jersey is, “We can see that our money will get us much more space in New Jersey compared to the NYC Boroughs.”  I first implement the help of Google Maps with these clients because they may not know exactly where they want to live but need to be in Manhattan a few days a week or a few days per month and mapping the ideal commute is the first step to knowing how long you want that commute to be. The rest is a joint effort between my clients and myself.

 

Here is my guide to New Jersey’s best commuting towns:

 

1- Hoboken – The one square mile town on the Hudson River just west of midtown Manhattan, in Hudson County has it all. Boutiques and restaurants make this town one of the premier living destinations on New Jersey’s Gold Coast. Easy access to the PATH  on the 6th Ave line,  NJ Transit Bus  direct to Port Authority, and The Waterway Ferry, will have you in Manhattan in under 30 minutes.

 

Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey

 

 

2- Jersey City – Listed as one of the most diverse cities in the country, Jersey City, located in Hudson County, is comprised of six sections that have plenty of New York City commuting options. There is a huge variety of homes to chose from, from condos, to multi-family homes and even studio apartments. Downtown Jersey City and Journal Square are close to the PATH and can get you anywhere on the 6th Avenue line from Christopher Street to 33rd Street in about 30 minutes. Other options include privately run jitneys to Port Authority, NJ Transit Bus, The Waterway Ferry, and The Hudson-Bergen Lightrail, which connects to Hoboken, Exchange Place, runs up to Weehawken New Jersey and down to Bayonne New Jersey. (we’ll get to those towns in part 2)

 

Barrow Street, Van Vorst Park, Jersey City, NJ

 

 

 

3- Montclair  If you are looking for a walkable community with a lot of heart, look no further than Montclair New Jersey, located in Essex County. Mom and pop shops are abundant in this town, with ample, spacious homes, a myriad of restaurants to choose from and an easy commute to New York City via New Jersey Transit Train (a town jitney bus is available for transportation to the train station daily) gets you to New York Penn Station in under an 1 hour.

 

Entertainment District, Montclair, New Jersey

 

 

4- Madison – Known as the “Rose City” in honor of President James Madison, Madison New Jersey is located in Morris County. With a walkable main street comprised of mom and pop shops, gourmet restaurants and beautiful parks, this town has an astonishingly easy commute. An express line from Madison Station via New Jersey Transit Train to New York’s Penn Station, is about 1 hour.

 

Main Street, Madison, New Jersey

 

 

5 – Atlantic Highlands/Highlands – If the beach is more your scene and you want to feel like you are living the resort lifestyle, consider Atlantic Highlands located in Monmouth County. Amazing shopping, waterfront dining and of course the beach are readily available all year round. The Seastreak Ferry gets you to lower Manhattan’s Battery Park Terminal in 45 minutes.

 

Downtown Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey

 

 

6- Asbury Park – Labeled the “coolest place at the Jersey Shore” by Trip Advisor, Asbury Park, located in Monmouth County, is a historic resort town that has seen a revival in the past ten years like no other. With a year-round boardwalk and main street that are sure to please all ages and a great mix of Victorian homes as well as new construction condominiums, this beach town has the best of both worlds. Your commute via New Jersey Transit Train to Penn Station is under 2 hours.

 

Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey

 

 

Let us help you move or relocate to anywhere in New Jersey!

 

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Beach homes with easy access to NYC

Did you know?

Michelle Mumoli now works the Jersey Shore!

Comprised of Monmouth & Ocean Counties in New Jersey, these historic resort towns have seen an incredible revival in recent years.

Get to know our Jersey Shore….

Take a tour with Michelle Mumoli, broker-salesperson of The Mumoli Group at Triplemint.

 

 

Video courtesy of Monmouth Media House.

 

Want to see what’s available? Search Shore Properties

 

Call or message us to learn more about beach homes, new construction homes, luxury condominiums and so much more 917.268.8916