Come support Avon Elementary School at a fun and exciting fundraiser! A Harvest Evening Hoedown is happening! October 13th from 6 to 10pm at the Avon Municipal Building. This event is open to the public 21 and over. We will be having a food truck, beer and wine, gift baskets and a mechanical bull! Blue highways and the Avon Barksdale’s will be the entertainment! Admission is $20 with a cash beer and wine bar. The prizes are coming in and excitement is building. From surfboards to bicycles, American Girl to Blue Claws, Windmill to Moonstruck, Kindle to a Gucci Bag! Auction baskets and even a raffle for 2 front-row tickets to Billy Joel. We’ve got it all! Any other questions can be emailed to [email protected]
Bring all of your ghouls and goblins to Gurlie Locks in Matawan on October 21st. Gurlie locks is located on 419 New Jersey 34 and the event starts at 11am and ends at 1pm. This fantastic Halloween painting party is hosted with Danielle from ArtWorx Events. ArtWorx is a mobile company specializing in fun and creativity that holds public and private events at various restaurants and locations. Each child will paint a Halloween themed canvas trick or treat bag as well as they have the option to have their hair dyed with temporary hair color and glitter. Treats will be served and be careful of some tricks!
Registration is required. The cost per child is $35 which includes paint, canvas bag, temporary hair color, snacks, juice, and water. Each child will also receive a surprise treat. This event is a drop-off event and is open to every child in kindergarten to 8th grade. Any questions you can contact ArtWorx at 732-984-9550 or http://ArtWorxEvents.com.
According to NAR, nationally house prices rose about $5,500; being up after 4 months of decline. NAR believes home prices will rise 9 percent in 2019. According to Zillow, the average home price as $218,000 in September 2018 which is predicted to rise in price by 6.4%. The average price of a rental is $1,442 per month. Despite lumber prices dropping, new housing construction has dropped by 12% in June 2018. Higher mortgage rates and economic uncertainty is partially to blame for the fall. With the upcoming election in 2020, it is predicted that a Trump defeat could send US stock markets and housing markets crashing. It is currently a seller’s market with home prices contentiously increasing and a persistent buyer demand.
With Millennials becoming of the age of home buying, the supply is becoming low and the prices are growing high. Also to blame for surging home prices, a strong economy, low unemployment, and high savings rate. The US housing market is stable and is backed by a strong economic forecast. The prices are predicted to rise in 2019 when trade issues with the EU and China are resolved. Half of all U.S. homes have regained their values since before the 2007 crash, while prices are predicted to rise another 5% by 2019.
In June 2018, there were 1.95 million existing homes for sale, up half a percent from the previous year. Unfortunately, sellers are demanding record prices while first time buyers can not afford them. The generated price rise is forecasted to be double of inflation and wage growth, sitting at over 5%. It is currently a great time to purchase a home; think about a rental income property for a sustained income. Overall, predictions and outlook for the US housing market are positive, as it is on its strongest roll.
BBQ, craft beers, and fun for the whole family! This September 1st to 3rd enjoy juicy BBQ while drinking refreshing craft beer at Monmouth Race Track. The craft beer garden will hold more than 40 craft beer selections with the opportunity to sample 10 of these for only $10! The samples are 2 ounces each and when finished, you can bring home your souvenir sampling glass. There will be 18 vendors with different foods from BBQ to doughnuts to ice cream. Some include Jack’s Goal Line Stand, Joe Smoke Bar-B-Que, Local Smoke BBQ, Ma & Pa’s Tex-Mex BBQ, Magic Mike’s Smoked Meats, Shore Good Eats N Treats, The Good Donut Shop, Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Company.
This event isn’t only for adults as they will have entertainment for children as well. Some kid friendly activities include a bouncy house, free pony rides, and a clown. Each of the three days will have a different artist/band performing. Day one will be country artist Jessica Rose, day two is Sundries, and the last day is Pez Head. There is a small admission and parking fee on top of the purchase of food and beverages but parking is only $5 and grandstand admission is $5. Children 12 and under are free and no pets are allowed. Gates will open at 7:30 am allowing all day fun!
The Manasquan Fireman’s Fair has officially begun! Starting on July 31st and ending on August 4th, it is five days of fun for all ages. Located at Mallard Park on Potter Ave, the park is jam packed with amusement rides, carnival games, food stands, and a beer tent (21+). Nightly events include Blue Claws Mascot Buster, unlimited rides for $25, 50/50 tickets, and a parade on the first night. The fair started in 1974, but due to a falling attendance, it was cancelled in 1988. Interest grew in the early 90’s causing the extravagant fundraiser to be brought back to life in 1998 with an average attendance of over 30,000. Despite fun and enjoyment being a motive for it being held, the main reason is to support Manasquan Volunteer Engine Company #2 located at 111 Parker Ave in Manasquan. Volunteers include both fire departments, the Police Department, Ladies Auxiliary, and the local community. Many local restaurants and business also donate their time and supplies to ensure this event is the best it possibly could be.
New Connolly Agency Office Location in Naples Florida
The Connolly Agency is having a banner year with their Real Estate Business in New Jersey. According to Broker and Owner, Brenda Connolly, total home sales for The Connolly Agency for the first half of 2018 are projected to close 40% higher than the first half of 2017. And 2017 was a record year for Real Estate sales at The Connolly Agency.
Expanding into Florida was just the evolution of us, according to Brenda Connolly.” One of our Realtor Associates, Wendell “Kenny” Stuckey is also a Realtor in Florida. He has been the Realtor to our Realtors, as our agents have started to invest in the Florida real estate market.
We have also been enjoying other supplemental referral business in Florida over the years. This expansion into Florida gives us the opportunity to further serve the needs of our clients, whether they are becoming snow birds, looking to invest, or wanting to call Florida home. In choosing the location for our Florida office, it was our love for the Gulf and its lifestyle that brought us to Naples.
The Connolly Agency is an independent Real Estate Firm with headquarters in Avon by the Sea New Jersey and an office in Naples, Florida. The Connolly Agency successfully markets and sells fine homes in New Jersey and Florida.
If you would like more information about Real Estate either in New Jersey or Florida, please call Brenda Connolly at 732 361 0800, or email [email protected]
The Belmar Parade will be this Sunday, March 4th. It starts at 12:30, rain or shine, and will be a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The parade starts on Main Street, and makes its way through town. T-shirts will be available to purchase, and there will be fundraisers going on throughout the weekend.
If you cannot attend the parade in person, there will be a live stream available on Youtube, as soon as the parade starts.
For more information, visit http://www.belmarparade.com/ for details.
On the night of New Year’s Eve, there will be several places ending 2017 with a blast and having their own fireworks show. There will also be activities and entertainment going on beforehand. Here’s a list of some of the places that will display fireworks:
Sea Isle City – There’s a party in Sea Isle City going on from 5:30 – 7:30, and following that will be a fireworks show on JFK Boulevard Beach at 8:00.
Seaside Heights – From 12:00 – 5:00 on the boardwalk at Seaside Heights, there will be events and entertainment going on, ending with fireworks.
Atlantic City – The Tropicana in AC will have a fireworks show at 9:00, which will be visible from the boardwalk.
Ocean City – Starting at 4:00, Ocean City will be having a party throughout the town all day, and ending with fireworks. Then on New Year’s Day, Ocean City will have their First Day on the Beach at 2:00.
On Thanksgiving morning, November 23rd, Avon-by-the-sea will have its annual Turkey Trot, at Sylvania Avenue and Avon Boardwalk, where anyone will be able to come and walk or run two and a half miles down the boardwalk. The Connolly Agency is proud to be the water sponsor for this event, which starts at 8:30 AM, and the entry fee is $30 if you have not yet registered. Proceeds will go towards the Avon Pond, the outdoor ice rink in Avon. There will be prizes for the top finishers and for the person with the best costume, for those who choose to dress up for the event.
Visit the website to download the registration form and for more information.
The autumn season has just begun, but there’s still a lot to this weekend at the shore before September comes to a close, and a lot to look forward to as October starts. Here’s a list of some of the events happening this weekend:
Throughout the weekend, Wildwood will be hosting an Italian Festival at Fox Park. The festival will include various different foods, games, rides, and raffles. Free live music and entertainment will also take place during the festival.
For seafood lovers, Sea Isle City will be having its annual Harborfest on September 30th. Attendants will be able to eat fresh seafood, listen to live music, and have a great time. Harborfest will take place from 11:00-4:00 on Sunday, and will be located along 42nd Place and the Bay. There will also be a raw clam eating contest, with a prize being awarded to the winner.
And on Saturday, LBI is attempting to set the Conch Blowing World Record in Ship Bottom. LBI had held the record before in 2012, but have lost it since then and are looking to reclaim it.
Once October starts, more autumn events will take place by the shore, but be sure to head down one last time in September.