Top 3 ways to have a simpler Christmas.

The stress of today’s lifetyle is contstant. Beeping phones, email, text, Twitter,  – you name it – it is an added stress to an already stressed and busy life

Christmas Cards. We know who our friends are, they know we are there for them. Ordering, signing, stuffing, adding return and mailing addresses, not to mention stamps and the grumpy man at the post office –  It can take days. Consider sending out a heartfelt holiday message using Facebook or email. WIll some consider it impersonal? Yes, but lose the fear of being judged – if they judge you – maybe they should be off the Christmas card list altogher!!

Gifts. I know I prefer less stuff and would rather have one thing that I really like than a pile of gifts that I don’t really like or need. If you have kids – they want the BIG packages and get easily sidetracked with with lots of gifts. Exchanging gifts with co-workers or friends, how about a gift card from Amazon. No driving, shopping or wrapping. Better yet a Secret Santa exchange – you only have to buy one gift. Everyone likes an Amazon card – they can buy what they want.

Entertaining. This one is a biggie it involves invitations, RSVP’ing, decorating, shopping and cooking the food. Not to mention place cards, making punch or buying all the drinks that people want. Having a Christmas cocktail party is probably one of the most stressful things you could do to yourself. How about that Secret Santa exchange, have everyone bring a dish. Put on some Christmas Carols, put the food out on a buffet and let the good times roll.  Even your Christmas day feast, consider asking everyone to bring a dish. make it easy on yourself, and if your plates don’t match – don’t sweat it. Only the judgemental are judging you and they should be off your list anyway.

Whether it is Christmas or Channukah – make it a day to feel the love and warmth of family and friends. Forget the “stuff” it is time to relax, count your blessings and be present in the moment. Life flies by, make your memories about job and laughter not stress and gifts, Christmas cards and being the perfect host/hostess.  Your family and friends love you as you are. If you have a judgmental family member – ignore – it’s their problem – not yours.


Resources Real Estate presents sales associates with the October Awards

Resources Real Estate Luxury Real Estate in Monmouth County, NJ 732-212-0440Middletown, NJ, November 27th 2017 — Resources Real Estate presented several sales associates with internal awards to honor their outstanding achievements during the month of October 2017.  The company meeting took place on November 1st at the Middletown Public Library.

Sales Associate Gina Farkouh, who works in the Rumson office, was named Agent of the Month.  This award is given to an agent in recognition of his or her sales success in the previous month, including new listings, recent contracts and sold transactions, as well as past client recognition of their efforts, and other business-building activities.  Gina’s total business for the month of October was $2,855,900, including $312,000 in sales closings, new listings totaling $858,700, and close to $1,676,200 in properties under contract.  Gina also received the Top Listing Agent Award for representing three listings in Rumson and Red Bank totaling $858,700.

“Gina’s wealth of knowledge of local homes, as well as educational environments recreational and after-school programs has made her very popular with her clients,” said Carolynn Ozar-Diakon, Senior Partner and Broker.  “Her firsthand experience with new construction and development gives her a unique perspective that transcends the average realtor’s know-how.”

Sales Associate Michele Achimov, from the Red bank office, was presented with the Featured Luxury Agent award, which is an honor given to a sales associate active in the luxury market with a residential listing above $1 million.  Michele represents the four-bedroom, three-bathroom waterfront home at 20 Alwin Terrace in Little Silver, listed for $1,099,000.

The Rainmaker Award was given to Allison and Mark Gregory from the Red Bank office.  Allison and Mark founded the Todd Book Break, a library box in honor of Norma Todd, the former owner of their house at 109 Bank Street in Red Bank.  For 25 years Mrs. Norma Todd was the Executive Director and the heart and soul of Lunch Break, an organization that freely provides food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to those in need in Monmouth County and beyond.  The library box is open to the public and allows children in the area borrow books as well as leave donated books.  The ribbon cutting ceremony for Todd Book Break hosted such esteemed guests as the current executive director of Lunch Break, several local politicians, and colleagues from Resources Real Estate, who assisted with refreshments and distributing flyers to get the word out.

The Perseverance Award was given to Trish Collins from the Atlantic Highlands office.  This award is presented to an agent who closes a transaction despite great challenges.  Trish’s devotion and determination helped overcome various obstacles and achieve success for her clients.

Lastly, JoAnn Davenport from the Red Bank office received the Team Spirit Award, given to a sales associate who extends him or herself to help colleagues and/or the company as a whole.  Her colleague Patrice George nominated Joann for her assistance with a commercial property transaction.

“Our agents go beyond the regular representation of their clients,” said Thomas McCormack, Managing Partner and Broker.  “We have always taken pride in our agents’ knowledge of the luxury market, but it’s their drive, their going-the-extra-mile attitude, and their personal touch that makes the Resources agents unique.”

About Resources Real Estate:

Resources Real Estate is an award-winning Monmouth County, NJ full-service independent residential brokerage firm, with four offices and a team of more than 95 sales and support personnel.  It has been included in Inc. Magazine’s list of the fastest-growing privately owned companies in the U.S. — the Inc. 5000 — as well as the NJ Biz 250 of the top private companies in New Jersey.  It has been recognized by Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate for its innovative and superior marketing.  Resources Real Estate was opened by Carolynn Diakon in 2000.  Thomas McCormack has been with the company since 2002, and joined Diakon as a partner in 2010.  Resources Real Estate locations are: 36 Beach Rd. in Monmouth Beach, NJ, 112 River Rd. in Rumson, NJ, 4A W. Front St. in Red Bank, NJ, and 65 First Ave. in Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

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Resources Real Estate, 112 E. River Rd., Rumson, N.J. 07760

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Fair Haven Resident Named Acting Health Commissioner

Assistant Health Commissioner Christopher Rinn was named Acting Commissioner by Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of state Dept. of Health)

Christopher Rinn will lead the state Department of Health during the final two months of Gov. Chris Christie‘s tenure.

“The Fair Haven resident was the department’s point-person responding to Superstorm Sandy, the Ebola scare of 2014, Super Bowl XLVIII, and Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia and New York in 2015.

“I’m honored to be appointed Acting Health Commissioner, and I look forward to continuing the progress the Department has made in key public health priorities,” Rinn said in a statement.”

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2017 3rd Quarter RESOURCES Report Now Available

Resources Real Estate Luxury Real Estate in Monmouth County, NJ 732-212-0440

OCTOBER, 2017 – We’ve been busy! As members of the global Board of Regents of Luxury Real Estate we were in Toronto earlier this month as part of their annual international conference where Resources Real Estate was nominated for 5 marketing awards and honored for our company’s special culture & agents. While there, Tom was a featured panelist (Carolynn has been a past conference panelist) and we deepened our relationships with brokers from around the world. This esteemed gathering is a critically important source for new trends and business practices in our industry, as well as referrals, and their acknowledgment of our achievements is greatly valued.

2017 3rd Qtr Market ReportThe following week Resources Real Estate was in Palm Desert, CA, to be honored as part of the Inc. 5000 – the fastest-growing private companies in America. Having now been named to Inc. Magazine’s list for the 2nd year in a row is a powerful independent confirmation of our sales success on a national level. We are one of only two NJ real estate firms to be honored.

Closer to home, we have been awarded NJBiz250, presented to the top 250 private businesses in the state of New Jersey because of outstanding growth and sales.

And to share some of this red carpet love with our sales team, later this month, we will be rewarding our top agents with a luxury vacation at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, FL, in recognition of their having received the NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence Sales Award.

Frequent flyer miles & trophies aside, all of this celebration is due to our sales growth & superior marketing efforts which resulted this quarter in a YTD unit sales increase of 21% over last year… significantly higher than the Monmouth County average of 12%.

We are proud of our progress and of our exceptional sales team & staff and are pleased to serve the residents of Monmouth County with our sales & marketing expertise. Please let us know if you have any questions about the market in general, home values, or other real estate concerns.

The 3rd Quarter RESOURCES Market Report

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