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April 9, 2016

Ocean County Open House Weekend!

This weekend is the county-wide, “Open House Weekend”, sponsored by the Ocean County Board of Realtors.  Real estate brokers and agents throughout Ocean County will be holding Open Houses on both Saturday & Sunday, April 9th & 10th.

Ocean County Open House Weekend

We've taken the liberty of trying to make your life a little easier by "filtering" out the Open Houses in Toms River, NJ, and "filtering" them even further into segmented lists.  Below, you will find the open houses in Toms River, listed by property type (single family, condominium and adult community).

Open Houses in Toms River:

Single Family Homes being held OPEN in Toms River!

Condominiums/Townhomes being held OPEN in Toms River!

Adult Community Homes being held OPEN in Toms River!

Open Houses in Ocean County

Toms River your first choice but willing to look somewhere else too?

CHECK OUT the segmented lists of OPEN HOUSES on our sister site, FlanaganRealty.com!


Posted in Buying a Home
March 24, 2016

Real Estate Canvassing Prohibited!

It's official.  As of March 18, 2016, "ORDINANCE of the Township Council of the Township of Toms River, Ocean County, New Jersey, Establishing Cease and Desist Zones Prohibiting Real Estate Canvassing."

Exactly where are these "Cease and Desist Zones" in Toms River?

There are two zones (Zone 1 and Zone 2) located in the North Dover Section of Toms River.  

Cease & Desist Zones (1 & 2) in the North Dover Section of Toms River

Zone 1 in Toms River:

"The area bounded by the Lakewood and Jackson borders to the north and northwest, State Hwy. 70 to the south, and Whitesville Road (County Rt. 527), to the west.  

Zone 2 in Toms River:

"The area bounded by the Lakewood border to the due north, State Hwy. 70 to the northwest, New Hampshire Avenue to the east and southeast, and by Whitesville Road (County Rt. 527), Riverwood Drive, U.S. Route 9, and Silverton Road to the south and southwest."  

These "cease and desist zones" will shall remain in effect for 5 years from their effective date.

Why & How did Toms River "Outlaw" Real Estate Soliciting in Toms River?

How do I know how much my house is worth in Zones 1 and/or 2 in Toms River?

For the next 5 years, these 2 zones in the North Dover Section of Toms River, are "Real Estate Canvassing Free" zones. Don't worry, you will be receiving plenty of OVER-SIZED real estate postcards, from a variety of self-professed, "North Dover" experts, all telling you to "call them".  How 1984 of them!

So, if you live in one of these zones and want to know how much your house is worth but you DON'T want to call anyone, CLICK on the IMAGE below!


Live in Zone 1 or 2 and want to sell your home?

Unfortunately, because of all of the controversial publicity surrounding the Township of Toms River's decision to create and enforce this latest ordinance, many residents of these 2 "Anti-Real Estate Soliciting" zones feel intimidated about selling their homes.  For a CONFIDENTIAL and discreet "home selling" consultation, CLICK HERE!

Stay tuned for further updates about what's happening in Toms River real estate and the Toms River community by "book-marking" this blog.


March 17, 2016

Top O'the Mornin Toms River!

Top O'the Mornin and a ver Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you!  (That's me at St. Patrick's tomb, in Ireland, in 2010)  As this is the "inaugural" blog post for the NEW & IMPROVED InTomsRiverNJ.com, let's start with real estate...

Saint Patrick's Tomb (Ireland)

Toms River Real Estate

After nearly a decade of decline, the Toms River real estate market is finally coming back and it's coming back strong. Now, before you get all giddy and think your home is worth what it was in 2005/2006, let's put things in it's proper perspective; by coming back, I mean even though home prices in Toms River have increased (7% in 2015), we still have a ways to go and some local challenges to over-come.

We'll explore each of these "challenges", in detail, in future posts but for supporting purposes, here are the "Top 3 Real Estate Challenges" we still face here in Toms River:


  1. Waterfront Homes (Superstorm Sandy is still affecting a third of our local housing market).
  2. First Time Home-Buyers (College debt and limited employment opportunities are affecting this segment).
  3. The "Move Up" Buyer (Although their equity is slowly returning, their selection of available and affordable inventory is limited).

Don't get me wrong, I'm optimistic about our local real estate market in 2016.  I just don't want everyone "believing" their home is worth more than it really is (market value).  For an automated valuation of your Toms River home's value, CLICK on the image below (This is an algorithm.  For a more accurate analysis, I need to see your home.):

Toms River Home Prices

Toms River Places

Amidst all of the changes that have taken place in Toms River, over the last few years, the most consistent and yet surprising changes involve our local restaurants and watering holes.  We said "good bye" to Tiffanys (Closed), The River Market (Moved) and Mulligans (now Pub 1850), to name a few.  We said "hello" to Buffalo Wild WingsSocial 37 and Bahama Breeze.

I will personally attempt to patronize and "review" each and every "place" in Toms River, by category/specialty, but here are my "Top 3 Breakfast Places" in Toms River:

  1. Cindy's Fastbreak
  2. Shut Up & Eat!
  3. JB's Cousins Diner

My plan is to post a "Video Review" a week, so stay tuned!

Toms River People

Last (today) but certainly not least, are the "people" who make and sometimes shake Toms River.  If you haven't heard of Jeremy Grunin yet, you will soon!  Jeremy is a very busy guy.  As head of the Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation, Jeremy is obsessed with making Toms River better.

I'm going to post (very soon) about all the wonderful things the Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation have done for Toms River, as well as what they have planned, but if you want to get a glimpse of Jeremy Grunin, tune in to WOBM-AM "News Talk Radio" 1160AM and 1310AM and "Wake Up with Jeremy", like I did on February 11th:

Well, that's it for today.  I wanted to keep it short and sweet (this time).  Look for more Toms River real estate, Toms River places and Toms River people soon!

Thank you for finding me, coming back and SHARING this site with anyone and everyone who loves to call Toms River, "home".



Posted in Community News