What’s happening #MDW?

It’s finally here! The official summer kick off weekend, AKA Memorial Day Weekend! BBQ’s, beach outings, and outdoor activities are in full swing. As we embark on this exciting weekend, it’s crucial to know what happening in the area! Whether you’re looking for a family fun day, or some adult time, there are plenty of options to choose from! Here’s a list of our favorite events taking place this upcoming weekend that you don’t want to miss out on!

Summer Kickoff 95.5 PLJ

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When: Friday, May 27th from 6am-10am

Where: Jenkinson’s Pavilion, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Todd & Jayde will be broadcasting live right from the Pavilion and we will have special performances by the Goo Goo Dolls, MAGIC!, American Authors, & Ruth B! Don’t miss your chance to Kick Off the summer with us down at the Jersey Shore! Best part? It’s free and everyone is invited!

Brick Farmer’s Market

When: Saturday, May 28th from 9am-12pm

Where: Windward Beach Park, 265 Princeton Ave, Brick, NJ 08724

Brick Farmers’ Market is committed to providing a venue where local farmers, producers, artisans and crafters provide a variety of fresh produce and related products directly to the community. The market inspires open communication between consumers and growers, promotes buying fresh and eating local, and promotes nutritious food choices. As a family friendly market, it creates a strong sense of the community.

Point Pleasant Boro Memorial Day Bike Parade

When: Saturday, May 28th, 2016 from 10am-11am

Where: Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

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“BYOB!” .. Bring Your Own Bike! Meet us on Arnold Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach and join the other bikers’ to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend!

Brick Township Memorial Day Parade

When: Monday, May 30th, 2016 from 10am-12pm

Where: Foodtown Parking Lot Brick, NJ 08724

The Annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 30 at 10am.  The parade marches from the former Foodtown parking lot to the Municipal Complex where a ceremony will follow.  The parade is hosted by the Township of Brick, American Legion Post 348 and VFW Post 8867.  All are encouraged to attend to help honor our Nation’s fallen heroes.

 

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Along with these exciting events don’t forget to visit our open houses if you are in the area. Please click below to see a full list of our scheduled open houses for
Saturday and Sunday!
 http://www.cararealtors.com/open-houses/

 

Why work for a Boutique Real Estate Company?

The advantages of working for a boutique agency completely surpass the pros of working at a corporate real estate agency.

What do we personally offer all of our realtors?

  • For our newer agents, we have a winning mentor program. This training includes one on one and group training with a seasoned agent. The mentors guide our new agents the entire way during the beginning stages of their career in real estate. Constantly ensuring that they are never left in the dark and educating them with the latest marketing tools, what’s happening in the industry & market, and providing the essentials to being the best of their ability.
  • For our more experienced agents, we ensure that they are constantly up to date with the latest trends when it comes to marketing via social media, and showcasing themselves in the best light possible. We have a full time administrative team who assists in all of their needs around the office, and are always providing constant support in whatever capacity needed.
  • Our office atmosphere offers constant communication and an open dialogue with the other agents. Being that we offer a sales meeting, a tech seminar, and several training sessions per month, the agents are always communicating with one another. Although being a real estate agent could be an extremely independent career, we feel that team work is what makes you the best version of yourself. We are advocates of one another, and like to build each other  up. The possibilities are endless when you have a strong team who’s constantly working together.
  • Our focus is on our sales associates, we do not have desk fees, nor do we have E&O fees. We want to provide you the necessities and knowledge to grow without taking away from you. We also offer our agents quality leads with our highly efficient and effective marketing solutions for generating, capturing and managing buyer & seller leads. We give you all the tools to market yourself and your listings through social media outlets, and we also advertise all of our new listings on our business pages. As opposed to other companies, who solely post articles, tips and advice, etc., we are advertising all of our agents properties constantly. Again, we are your biggest advocate.

Take a look at what some of our newer agents are saying about our  winning mentor program:

“The CARA Realtors mentor program is top notch!! It’s so crucial to have a person by your side to answer any questions & concerns I may have while starting my new career in real estate, and we are fortunate enough to have that at all times.”-Michelle Flemming

 

“What really stands out about CARA Realtors is that there is constant communication between agents. You have the opportunity to speak up, and ask questions. You are always conversing about whats happening in the local market and industry. There’s open dialogue. You don’t find that a lot of places.”-Patricia Cox

   

“After working in the medical field for 15 years, I was bored. I decided to finally follow my heart and try something I’ve always loved and aspired to do…REAL ESTATE. I knew nothing about the industry other than my naivety of loving the whole process of helping someone find their forever home. After completing my real estate course, I decided to interview at CARA REALTORS. I was matched up with a mentor. John Hazelet, my real estate mentor, agreed to meet with me right away to help me get started in the home buying and selling market. The day I walked into John’s life, little did he realize he was going to change mine forever. John taught me how to market myself, how to strive to be the best, and of course, how the business works. In choosing CARA Realtors, I have been given the opportunity to see the potential in not only myself but the goodness of a team working together, and being a family in the real estate business. At CARA Realtors, they offer weekly training sessions, for free, on all topics of real estate. These meetings are crucial to learning how to market and grow your business to its upmost potential. No other agency offers these classes, no other agency offers this kind of guidance and team value like CARA REALTORS. I feel like a part of a successful team. Every agent that is part of the CARA Realtors team has accepted, guided, and helped me to become a successful agent, especially my mentor John Hazelet. Without John and his teachings, weekly mentor meetings and advice, I would not have been given the opportunity to make my dreams of being successful in this business come true. “-Michelle Ackermann

 

Have the desire and passion to start a career in Real Estate? Begin your journey here with us at CARA REALTORS and learn what it is to be part of a successful team.

Point Pleasant Beach: 732.892.9900/ Brick: 732-477-0200

Picking the brain of a local Interior Decorator.

 Often times, people just assume that interior decorators make homes look “pretty” and strictly stylize a room, or even the entire house. However, little do they know, interior decorators do much more than just that! It’s not only about making the house’s interior look beautiful, but it’s also about making most of the space and transforming how the client feels about being their own home. Essentially, enhancing their lives for the better day in and day out. It’s so important to feel comfortable, relaxed, and inspired by the decor of your home and an interior decorator will assist you in all of your needs when decorating. I was fortunate enough to pick the brain of a local interior decorator, Lauren Murray, who is the creator of Beadboard and Butcherblock Interior. Take a glance into the mind of a local pro, and what inspires her!

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What made you interested in interior design?

As cliche as it sounds, it was my mom who inspired me to pursue interior decorating.  She has always had a talent for making things beautiful.  I grew up admiring her sense of style, her independence to do everything herself, and her love of making every house we lived in into a home.

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What styles inspire you? 

I’m inspired by things that are fresh, light, cozy, timeless, unique, and pretty. I’d have to describe my style as rustic incorporated with farmhouse chic, but at the same time traditional and classic. I try not to stick to one particular style because just as clothing, trends come and go.  But instead I find colors, pieces, and ideas that tell a story and fit within my clients life and passions.  I just have fun and trust my instincts when I find things I love.

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(ABOVE) Foyer seating area with Neutrals & Textures

 

What are some of the most popular themes for home decor?

The rustic modern farmhouse look is very popular right now.  Lots of whites, neutrals, wood, and vintage inspired pieces are being seen everywhere.  Its important not to go too trendy with everything in your home but rather find unique and stylish pieces while keeping your overall theme timeless.

 

What are your favorite stores to check out when decorating?

I love a good bargain so I’m always looking for beautiful things at an affordable price.  My favorite stores are Home Goods, TuesdayMorning, Joss and Main, Wayfair, Ikea, and Etsy.  

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Powder Room with yellow damask wallpaper, Capiz shell lighting, and mirrored vanity.

 

Could you give people some quick tips when decorating and why its so helpful to hire a professional?

My advice for decorating your home would be to take your time and not try to fill your home at once because you want it “to be done”.  Let pieces speak to you and your home will truly reflect who you are.  
I think its important to hire an interior decorator because you may be unsure of what your style is or what direction you want your home to go in.  Or you may find things you like but aren’t sure how to put things together to flow throughout your house.  A decorator can help plan, budget, and organize your ideas and visions into a clear plan that can save you time and money.  We also take all the stress out of the process and make it easy and fun to have a beautiful home.  

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For more information on the company, you can check them out
on social media outlets and keep
up on all the latest. And a huge
thank you to Lauren Murray for giving such a great & informative interview!

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