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Monday, November 21, 2016

Living in SOMA: South Orange Maplewood; Making the Move!


Today, friends, neighbors and a truly wonderful family that has been living in Maplewood for 12 years will be making the move to South Orange. With four girls, they had outgrown their lovely College Hill home. We had been looking on and off over the past few years, but when they found their new home on Scotland Road, with 2 more bedrooms, 2 more full baths--one a master bath--it was almost too good to be true and made this move irresistible. We made their offer on the new home and successfully negotiated a deal that was contingent on selling their home, which wasn't even on the market as of yet. We mobilized and got their home on the market in less than 2 weeks and on the first weekend had two open houses, bringing in over 50+ potential buyers and ended up with 11 bids and selling their home for 10% over asking.

While this was a great outcome to feel great about, this wonderful turn of events was bested by what I believe is the first ever Official Greeting and Neighborhood Welcome from none other than Sheena Collum, South Orange's first female Village President.



Interview courtesy of Reporter Extraordinaire Joe Strupp, a.k.a. The Maplewoodian



Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/West Orange area home involves many steps and having an experienced Maplewood New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Millburn, Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Springfield, Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Maplewood/South Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.


As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers


I am also a Luxury specialist (CLHMS), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying and selling process. Not only does this extra training help me better understand this upper echelon in real estate, its benefit include a special luxury website: www.njluxhomes.com and a corresponding worldwide luxury network that helps to put luxury buyers and sellers together.


As your Maplewood/South Orange/ West Orange New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the West Orange, Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.

Don’t forget These Helpful Sites:

For Open Houses:
www.maplewoodnjopenhouses.com
www.southorangenjopenhouses.com
and
www.westorangenjopenhouses.com
For Homes For Sale:
www.latestwestorangehomes.com
www.latestmaplewoodhomes.com
and
www.latestsouthorangehomes.com
Mark Slade
Mark Slade on ZillowMark Slade, ABR,  Local Expert - Agent with KELLER WILLIAMS Mid-Town Direct RealtyMark Slade reviews

Living in Montclair: Who took the First SELFIE? Well, None Other Than Montclair's Own Astronaut and Moonwalker--Buzz Aldrin.

Living in Montclair: Who took the First SELFIE? Well, None Other Than Montclair's Own Astronaut and Moonwalker--Buzz Aldrin.


MONTCLAIR, NJ — Montclair was recently abuzz with the renaming of Mount Hebron Middle School on Sept. 16 to Buzz Aldrin Middle School.


We all probably know that Buzz Aldrin was one of the very first astronauts to walk on the moon but I was pleasantly surprised to learn the following:

"Buzz Aldrin grew up in Montclair, New Jersey.

His mother, Marion Moon, was the daughter of an Army Chaplain and his father Edwin Eugene Aldrin was an aviation pioneer.

Buzz graduated one year early from Montclair High School and he attended the US Military Academy at West Point, graduating third in his class with a BS in mechanical engineering. He then joined the Air Force where he flew F86 Sabre Jets in 66 combat missions in Korea, shot down two MIG-15′s, and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross. After a tour of duty in Germany flying F100′s, he earned his Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at MIT and wrote his thesis on Manned Orbital Rendezvous.


Selected by NASA in 1963 into the third group of astronauts, Aldrin was the first with a doctorate and became known as “Dr. Rendezvous.” The docking and rendezvous techniques he devised for spacecraft in Earth and lunar orbit became critical to the success of the Gemini and Apollo programs, and are still used today. He pioneered underwater training techniques to simulate spacewalking. In 1966 on the Gemini 12 orbital mission, Buzz performed the world’s first successful spacewalk – extra-vehicular activity (EVA), and set a new EVA record of 5 1⁄2 hours. During that mission he also took the first ‘selfie’ in space.

On July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. An estimated 600 million people – at that time, the world’s largest television audience in history – witnessed this unprecedented heroic endeavor.

Upon returning from the moon, Buzz was decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and numerous awards all over the world. Named after Buzz are Asteroid “6470 Aldrin” and the “Aldrin Crater” on the moon. In 2011 along with his Apollo 11 crew mates Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, he received the Congressional Gold Medal.

Buzz is the author of 9 books, most recently his children’s book, Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet and his newest NY Times and Washington Post Bestseller, “No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons from a Man Who Walked on the Moon”. Both published by National Geographic.

In October of 2014 he revamped his ShareSpace Foundation to be focused on STEAM Education – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math to ignite the spark and fuel excitement for space in kids –Specifically for K-8. In August of 2015 he launched the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute at Florida Tech to promote and develop his vision of a permanent human settlement on the planet Mars.

Since retiring from NASA and the U.S. Air Force, Col. Aldrin calls himself a Global Statesman for Space and has remained a tireless advocate for human space exploration." --from the Bio section of his very own website: buzzaldrin.com



Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Glen Ridge/Montclair/Maplewood/Millburn/Short Hills area home involves many steps and having an experienced Maplewood New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Glen Ridge, Montclair, Millburn, Short Hills, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Springfield, Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Montclair, Glen Ridge, Maplewood/South Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate. Want to know how we consistently sell our clients’ homes for more $? www.sellinghousesformore.com



As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers



As your Glen Ridge, Montclair, Maplewood/South Orange/Short Hills/Essex/Union County New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.

Mark Slade


Don’t forget These Helpful Sites:

For Open Houses:
www.montclairnjopenhouses.com
www.glenridgenjopenhouses.com

For Homes For Sale:
www.latestmonclairhomes.com
www.latestglenridgehomes.com


Mark Slade
Mark Slade on ZillowMark Slade, ABR,  Local Expert - Agent with KELLER WILLIAMS Mid-Town Direct RealtyMark Slade reviews

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Living in West Orange: Holiday Lights Extravaganza at The Turtle Back Zoo


Free Holiday Lights Return To N.J. Turtle Back Zoo: 2016 Events

Free Holiday Lights Return To N.J. Turtle Back Zoo: 2016 Events
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — One of Essex County’s favorite wintertime activities is returning to the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange for 2017… the annual Holiday Lights Spectacular.


The display includes more than 100,000 lights shaped to look like bears, tigers and elephants, along with holiday lights designed to look like wooden soldiers, stars and winter scenes.

Come out and see the marvelous displays every Friday/Saturday/Sunday, from 5 to 9 p.m, from now until Tuesday, Jan. 3.

There will also be specially themed weekends:

November 18, 19 and 20 – Super Hero Celebration
November 25, 26 and 27 – A Royal Holiday
December 2, 3 and 4 – A Frozen Princess Ball
December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 – The Dark Side Weekends

Myrtle the Turtle - the mascot of Turtle Back Zoo - and several of his winter friends will be on hand to greet visitors at the zoo, officials said.

The Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex and Turtle Back Zoo is located at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange.

For more information, call Essex County Turtle Back Zoo at 973-731-5800, or visit www.essexcountynj.org.




Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/West Orange area home involves many steps and having an experienced Maplewood New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Millburn, Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Springfield, Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Maplewood/South Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.


As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers


I am also a Luxury specialist (CLHMS), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying and selling process. Not only does this extra training help me better understand this upper echelon in real estate, its benefit include a special luxury website: www.njluxhomes.com and a corresponding worldwide luxury network that helps to put luxury buyers and sellers together.


As your Maplewood/South Orange/ West Orange New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the West Orange, Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.

Don’t forget These Helpful Sites:

For Open Houses:
www.maplewoodnjopenhouses.com
www.southorangenjopenhouses.com
and
www.westorangenjopenhouses.com
For Homes For Sale:
www.latestwestorangehomes.com
www.latestmaplewoodhomes.com
and
www.latestsouthorangehomes.com
Mark Slade
Mark Slade on ZillowMark Slade, ABR,  Local Expert - Agent with KELLER WILLIAMS Mid-Town Direct RealtyMark Slade reviews

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Patch Post: 3 Minutes on a Park Bench with Mark Slade of Keller Williams


3 Minutes on a Park Bench with Mark Slade of Keller Williams
We spoke to Mark Slade and he shared advice for people looking to sell or buy a home.

By Ryan Sartor (Patch National Staff) - November 10, 2016 2:52 pm ET

Patch partner Mark Slade of Keller Williams told us how he's stayed on top of the real estate industry and recommended three great books everyone should read.

Patch: When did you first know you'd be good at selling homes?

Mark Slade: Pretty much right off the bat. I have degrees in economics and fine art with some time in architecture school; little did I realize this would be the perfect variety of skills to enable me to be successful in real estate.

Patch: How have you kept your competitive edge in the real estate industry?

Mark Slade: I'm constantly searching for ways to grow my business and further advance my skills in marketing to buyers and for sellers. I teach social media marketing and blogging and that keeps me with my ear to the grindstone with any new techniques and such.

Patch: If you had to recommend someone three books, what would they be and why?

Mark Slade
: "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtney was a great book to teach one to grow; "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand because I wanted to be an architect and now I'm working with architects as part of the equation of selling homes; "Brands That Rock" by Roger Blackwell was instrumental in helping me build brands for other companies I worked for like Swatch and Calvin Klein and then building my own brand: The Mark Slade Homes Team.

Patch: What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you while showing a house?

Mark Slade:
The strangest event was when a seller let us into her home to show it and then decided to take a shower and stepped out of the shower as my clients were passing the open door to the bathroom. We joked about this every time we passed a bathroom on ensuing showing appointments.

Patch:
Can you tell us a bit about the area in New Jersey nicknamed West Brooklyn?

Mark Slade:
Two years ago, I was selected by the New York Times to give them the tour of Maplewood. During the tour, I mentioned how so many of our new home buyers are from Brooklyn and then blurted out: Brooklyn West. The moniker stuck and has been widely bandied about since then. It means that we have a very active and diverse community in terms of lifestyles, political beliefs, socio-economics and are heavily imbued with professionals of the arts -- actors, writers, photographers, graphic designers and more -- as well; our commute is the same time as it would be on the F train from Brooklyn Park Slope to Midtown. I even got custom license plates--BKLNWST--to celebrate. If we pass one another in town, please wave or honk to say hi.


Patch: What's your definition of success?

Mark Slade:
For me, success can be defined in three parts: First, it was reinventing myself from a former fashion industry executive vice president who ended up being laid off, resulting in becoming a Food Stamp program participant and then embarking on a career in real estate which would lead to me becoming a leading and award-winning Realtor in Northern NJ specializing in the "train towns" served by Midtown Direct Train service. Second, building my brand has been a triumph in terms of breaking into a crowded field of agents and rising toward the top (with room for more growth). I love when people come up to me to say "Hi" that I haven't yet met and also thanking me for sharing my story of reinvention and lastly, being in a position to give back to so many charities to help those in need.


Patch:
What sets one realtor apart from another?

Mark Slade:
As a former brand manager, I was able to push hard to find my POD--Point of Difference. I practiced what I now teach to new realtors: Become a local expert. Know your market, be able to answer the proverbial question you will get asked: "How is the market?" Then layer on a dedication to listening and providing top notch service to your clients. Lastly, build a reputation and your own brand to stand apart from the competition. This can be done with testimonials, blogging and easy-to-use apps like Instagram.

Patch:
And how are you unique?

Mark Slade: I would like to think I'm unique in having had an education that prepared me to handle tough negotiations to the advantage of my buyers. I also can offer advice to help a new home buyer best visualize how to turn a house into the perfect home to fit their needs and budget. On top of that, I make a point of trying to stay connected with my past clients and remembering their key life events and home anniversary date so the relationship continues past the closing day. Lastly, I make it a prime focus to give back to charitable endeavors as well as sponsoring local events wherever possible to allow myself to build upon what I hope is a growing personal relationships with my clients.

Patch: What’s your advice to someone who’s looking to a buy a new home right now?

Mark Slade: Most buyers are doing so much of their own looking and some research online, which is a good start. However, finding the right agent to help them best understand the market, the terms, the experience of buying a home, especially when multiple bids are so common, is paramount to having the best home-buying experience. My team offers a complete suite of focused websites with home search, 30 town-specific open house sites which feature quick-find maps to help locate the homes you want to see, quick links to help you get to sites you need without having to navigate and drill down. Then we offer personal advice and professional project management to get you from purchase contract to closing, saving our favorite part for last: Taking your picture in front of your new home.


Patch: What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Mark Slade: I drive up to Massachusetts to have Thanksgiving dinner with my family.

Patch:
What advice would you give someone trying to sell his or her house?

Mark Slade:
Close your eyes and try to put yourself in the mindset of a buyer. Curb appeal is key. Interior Staging is paramount, as we need to make sure we make the preparations to market your property and put it in best possible light for the what today's buyers are looking for in a home. Then it needs to be priced right and marketed to the fullest extent possible. For more info: www.sladesells.com

Patch:
How can readers contact you and learn more about homes for sale in New Jersey?

Mark Slade:
I'm generally a 24/7 kind of guy and have a team to support me when I'm personally booked up. Texting me at 917-797-5059 is the best way to contact me; but clients can call or email me at sladehomes@gmail.com. Or check out my website: www.goodhomesforgoodpeople.com



Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills area home involves many steps and having an experienced Maplewood New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Millburn, Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Springfield, Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Maplewood/South Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.


As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers


I am also a Luxury specialist (CLHMS), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying and selling process. Not only does this extra training help me better understand this upper echelon in real estate, its benefit include a special luxury website: www.njluxhomes.com and a corresponding worldwide luxury network that helps to put luxury buyers and sellers together.


As your Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills/Essex/Union County New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.

Don’t forget These Helpful Sites:

For Open Houses:
www.maplewoodnjopenhouses.com
and
www.southorangenjopenhouses.com

For Homes For Sale:
www.latestmaplewoodhomes.com
and
www.latestsouthorangehomes.com
Mark Slade
Mark Slade on ZillowMark Slade, ABR,  Local Expert - Agent with KELLER WILLIAMS Mid-Town Direct RealtyMark Slade reviews

Friday, October 28, 2016

OPEN HOUSES: Durand Heddan, Ghost Talk and Homes For Sale Open Houses.


MAPLEWOOD, NJ – October 2016 – What is the real story on ghosts? You won’t find the answers in gothic novels, Hollywood movies, or on TV.

Posted by Susan Newberry

But Bedminster author and paranormal investigator Gordon Ward believes he has the scoop. He specializes in finding – and communicating with – beings on “the other side.” Survival of the human personality is a popular topic supported by mounting evidence. The word “ghost” is really an umbrella term that defines many types of paranormal phenomena such as apparitions and poltergeists.

At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 30, Gordon Ward will rivet audience members with “Ghosts: what they are and how to investigate them,” an expose of n his views on ghosts and his experiences investigating haunted locations, including the Old Stone House in Maplewood, He will show evidence including audio clips and photographs, and teach attendees how to conduct their own sound investigations without costly equipment. Questions are welcome.


Gordon Ward is also a songwriter and performer and will be co-starring in a new television series about ghosts targeted to air in 2017.

Also on October 30, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. visitors can catch the exhibit, From Farm to Suburb: The Birth of College Hill, which explores the evolution of a section of Maplewood from a dairy farm to a popular neighborhood of 300 houses. Out in the carriage house the Country Store will be selling historic-themed treasures: early American children’s games, books and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, historic cook books, cookie molds, reproduction ceramics, hiking sticks and more. The hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile, the history of Olympic Park, the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 map of Maplewood, local honey and Original 1910 Chocolate Fudge Sauce will also be available. Open Saturdays and Sundays 12 to 5 p.m.

About Durand-Hedden House and Garden
Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood. The Country Store features unique books, maps, and gifts of historical interest, and is open on weekends from noon to 5:00pm. For more information or to arrange group tours call 973-763-7712. You can also visit our website at durandhedden.org and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Lastly, Sundays are also days for Open Houses. Looking for a home in Maplewood? Click Here for Maplewood Open Houses




Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills area home involves many steps and having an experienced Maplewood New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Millburn, Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Springfield, Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Maplewood/South Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.


As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers


I am also a Luxury specialist (CLHMS), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying and selling process. Not only does this extra training help me better understand this upper echelon in real estate, its benefit include a special luxury website: www.njluxhomes.com and a corresponding worldwide luxury network that helps to put luxury buyers and sellers together.


As your Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills/Essex/Union County New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.

Don’t forget These Helpful Sites:

For Open Houses:
www.maplewoodnjopenhouses.com
and
www.southorangenjopenhouses.com

For Homes For Sale:
www.latestmaplewoodhomes.com
and
www.latestsouthorangehomes.com
Mark Slade
Mark Slade on ZillowMark Slade, ABR,  Local Expert - Agent with KELLER WILLIAMS Mid-Town Direct RealtyMark Slade reviews

Friday, October 21, 2016

Edison LIght Bulb Anniversary and New Listing at 38 Aspen Rd in West Orange


Did you know that on this day in 1879, Thomas Edison invented a
workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New
Jersey? This model used a platinum filament, but the next year
he found an alternative and it proved to be the key in longer
lasting, affordable light bulbs. He began his research in 1878
to invent a safe, inexpensive electric light that would
eventually replace the gaslight. He was financially backed by
J.P. Morgan (no comma) and others. It wasn't until 1981 when he
set up an electric light company in Newark.


Edison Factory Museum

And, while your out enjoying this tour, swing by our latest West Orange Home for Sale at 38 Aspen Road. This Renovated Home, with its HGTV-inspired design, is such a pleasure to see and maybe buy?





Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Livingston area home involves many steps and having an experienced local New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Livingston, West Orange, Maplewood, South Orange, Millburn, Short Hills, Montclair, Summit, Madison, Chatham, and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Livingston and West Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, often served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.



As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers



As your Livingston and Essex County New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the Livingston area Real Estate Market. For Livingston Open Houses please go to: www.livingstonnjopenhouses.com and for latest listings in Livingston, go to: www.latestlivingstonhomes.com . For West Orange Open Houses, please go to: www.westorangenjopenhouses.com and for the latest West Orange Homes for sale: www.latestwestorangehomes.com .
You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Livingston and West Orange home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.

Mark Slade





Thursday, October 20, 2016

Josh Ritter to Perform at SoPAC on November 9th


Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter, Josh Ritter, to Perform at SOPAC November 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079.
Tickets: $38-$55 To purchase tickets, contact SOPAC at (973) 313-2787 or visit www.SOPACnow.org.
Media Contact: Dee Billia, dee@sopacnow.org (973) 382-1031



(SOUTH ORANGE, October 18, 2016) Popular Folk singer-songwriter, Josh Ritter, returns to SOPAC November 9 at 7:30 p.m. Known for his strong voice, keen wit, and evocative way with words, Ritter has quickly taken his place as one of the most acclaimed young songwriters of his generation.

Released to widespread critical praise, Sermon On The Rocks was named one of PopMatters’ “80 Best Albums of 2015” with NPR Music including his song “Getting Ready To Get Down” in their “Favorite Songs Of 2015” list, and Paste magazine naming “Birds of the Meadow” in their “50 Best Songs of 2015” list. Rolling Stone adds to the praise; “With his latest, Ritter has achieved the near impossible, fully reimagining his own art while still holding close to what's always made him special.”

The New York Times asserts, “The literary-minded songwriter Josh Ritter…recharges his music on his eighth studio album, Sermon on the Rocks…Harking back to Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and maybe a little Mark Knopfler, Josh Ritter has always been a slinger of serious ideas and high-flown imagery.”
Josh Ritter also recently released the official music video for his new song “Homecoming,” which features thousands of hometown images submitted to the artist by his fans. Of the video, The Huffington Post raves, “Homecoming moves from a solo piano setting a butterscotch tone, to the voice of a young man backed by a band chugging in the background; to an acoustic middle eight and back to the glorious rhythm…It’s seamless, sweet, and real.”

Josh Ritter takes the SOPAC stage November 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $38-$55 and can be purchased online at SOPACnow.org/josh-ritter, or by calling the box office at (973) 313-2787.
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SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3)charitable organization.
SOPAC received funding through a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, visitnj.org.

About SOPAC
Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The premier arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages. To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory. SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz N’ the Hall performances and Seton Hall Theatre productions. SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in residence, Midtown Direct Rep. For more information, visit SOPACnow.org.



Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills area home involves many steps and having an experienced Maplewood New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Millburn, Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Springfield, Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Maplewood/South Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.


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