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Posted by PAULA CLARK @ 8:43 am, September 7th, 2008

Becky Daaleman, who is the 13 year old daughter of our lead Coldwell Banker Attorney, Mark Daaleman, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on July 24, 2007.  Mark has been a tremendous help to many of us when legal issues have arisen and my heart goes out to him and his family.  Becky will be one of the Honored Heros of the Light The Night Walk. 

I will be walking on behalf of Coldwell Banker ďLight the NightĒ Walk on September 27th in Westfield.  I am asking for your support of this great cause!  With your help, Light The Night can continue its significant contribution to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Societyís mission; cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkinís disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

 If you are able, and wish to help, checks payable to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society can be sent to my office: Paula Clark 50 Broadway Hillsdale, 07642

Or if you wish to donate on-line (secure site)  with Visa, MasterCard or AmexÖ   Just click this link:

Reasons to own your Bergen County Home
Posted by PAULA CLARK @ 9:16 am, September 5th, 2008

Youíve probably seen lots of financial arguments about why you should invest in Bergen County real estate and own your own home rather than rent. This includes budgeting (no rent increases) and the tax savings youíll most likely have. Now weíre going to give you some reasons you probably havenít heard.

1. Freedom to pursue other goals in life once the major goal of Bergen County home ownership is achieved.

Strange as it sounds, many of our first-time buyers have told us that once they bought the house, other things in their life started to fall into place. Itís as if not owning took so much of their mental energy that other goals were not worked on until that big goal was reached. So buy a home and get on with your life!

2. A greater sense of belonging to the Bergen county community.

Once you own a home, you feel more attached to the city in which you live. Youíre more interested in what happens in Bergen County, to the roads, schools, and shopping areas. Some people even become involved in local politics.

3. A commitment to something, a sense of stability.

Home ownership is an anchor, something that cannot be pulled out from under you. Youíll never get a notice that you have to move. Youíre kids will never have to change schools. It gives you freedom to plan years ahead.

4. You can change things, a feeling of being in control.

Itís your home. You can add to it, remodel it, change the landscaping, do whatever projects you want. You have a feeling of being in control of something in your life. At work we donít always have control of what happens, but your home is your castle and you have dominion over it. You can see what youíre building take shape before your eyes.

5. More control over the children than in an apartment complex.

In a neighborhood, kids usually play in the yards or go to friendís houses a few doors away. Our clients have told us that in an apartment complex they never knew where the kids were. They could be in any of hundreds of apartments, doing who knows what. In a home you get to know the neighbors and watch out for each otherís kids.

6. Children do better in school and feel more secure.

This one surprised us, but buyers have reported to us that their kids calmed down in school after they bought a house. We donít know why, but it seems to work that way. We remember a single mom watching her son play in the yard, making steps in the slope and building things. She didnít have to tell him to leave everything alone, like she did at the apartment complex. I guess kids feel the same need for control we adults do.

7. Time and money saved by not going to the Laundromat.

A small point, but if you have kids, you know the value of this one. You gain a whole evening a week when you buy a house! The wash gets done in between other things, or while youíre at work. What would you do with the extra evening youíll have? How about going out for dessert with your spouse with all those quarters?

Weíve been in a home of our own for so long; we take these benefits for granted. We forgot what itís like to be renters! If you have anything you can add to the list, please let us know via email. We would love to hear from you!

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