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Enjoy These Holiday Events In Monmouth County

Are you looking for local activities and events to make your holiday season a little more exciting this year? In this episode of Monmouth Redefined, I’m going to show you a few of our area’s holiday events that you don’t want to miss. We’ll explore everything from tree lightings to a Christmas village so you […]

The Top 3 Freehold, New Jersey Neighborhoods You’ve Got To Check Out

Are you thinking about moving to Freehold Township and want to know the best area to settle? In this episode of Monmouth Redefined, I’m going to share the top three neighborhoods in Freehold, New Jersey you’ll want to check out. We’ll look at each community’s location, amenities, and housing costs that offer something for every […]

Welcome To Freehold, New Jersey

Are you considering moving here to Freehold, New Jersey, and wonder what it might be like to live here? In this episode of Monmouth Redefined, I’m going to welcome you to Freehold and give you an overall rundown of what life is really like here. We’ll look at everything from location and the cost of […]

The Best 3 Marlboro, New Jersey Neighborhoods

Are you considering moving to Marlboro, New Jersey, but aren’t sure where to settle? In this episode of Monmouth Redefined, I’m going to share three of the top neighborhoods in Marlboro based on your budget that you may want to check out. We’ll look at each area’s location, amenities, and housing costs so you can […]

The Top 3 Manalapan, New Jersey Neighborhoods

Are you are thinking about moving to Manalapan in New Jersey but aren’t sure where to settle? In this episode of Monmouth Redefined, I’m going to share three of the top neighborhoods here in Manalapan you may want to check out. We’ll look at areas for every budget so you can choose the community that […]

What You Need To Know If You’re Moving From New York To Monmouth County

Are you considering moving to Monmouth County from the New York area and wonder what it’s really like? In this episode of Monmouth Redefined, I’m going to help you understand the differences between Monmouth County and Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and New York City. We’ll look at everything from the lifestyle to food options so […]

Welcome To Manalapan, New Jersey

Are you thinking about living in Manalapan, New Jersey, and you’re wondering what it might be like? In this episode of Monmouth Redefined, I’m going to introduce you to Manalapan and give you a rundown of what life is like here. We’ll look at everything from schools and the cost of living to lifestyle so […]

All About Living In Marlboro New Jersey

Are you thinking of moving to Marlboro, New Jersey, and wonder what life is like here? In this episode of Monmouth Redefined, I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about living in Marlboro. We’ll look at everything from the schools and lifestyle to the cost of living so you know exactly what […]

The Pros And Cons Of Living In Monmouth County

Are you thinking about moving to Monmouth County and want someone to give you the bottom line of what it likes to live here? In this episode of Monmouth Redefined, I’m going to give you the good, bad, and everything in between so you know what it’s really like to live in Monmouth County, New […]

Welcome To Monmouth County!

Thinking about living in Monmouth County? You’ve come to the right place then! I am your local real estate agent who is ready to give you the truth about living here in Monmouth County. We love it here, but there are also some reasons on why you may not want to move to Monmouth County. […]

Selling Your Home During a Pandemic

Hi, everyone. I wanted to share this quick video discussing why sellers should not wait to put their home on the market due to COVID-19. My name is Melissa DeSantis. I am a broker associate with EXP Realty and the managing broker for EXP Realty, Central Jersey in Freehold

How to Prepare for Your Move to Monmouth County NJ

Checklist for moving into a new home For starters, congratulations on moving into a home! Whether this is your first time or your fifth time, moving into a home is a time consuming but exciting journey. You may be asking yourself what to do when moving from one place to another. My goal is to […]

Steps to Selling a House in NJ

Hello New Jersey homeowners! Let’s go over the basics of what is the process of selling a house. No scary terminology, no pay-to-read guides. I am here just to give New Jersey home sellers a better understanding of what the process is. The steps to selling a house in NJ can seem scary so let’s […]

Home Inspection Checklist for Buyers

f you are going through a home inspection for buyers, it can be pretty intimidating. I often have people ask me what the questions to ask when buying a house checklist is. That’s why I decided to finally put together the real estate house inspection guide online! So if you are going to have a house inspection, here is what you need to know.

Q: Is Selling a Home During Winter Wise?

Here’s some advice if you’re considering a winter home sale this year.

All About Manalapan

Here are the positives and negatives of living in Manalapan, New Jersey.

Q: Which Key Tips Will Make You a Stronger Buyer?

To win the home you want in our seller’s market, here are the tips you must remember.

Q: What Effects Did COVID Have on Our Market?

Here’s how COVID has changed how real estate operates in today’s market.

Q: How Do You Handle a Multiple-Offer Situation?

If you get multiple offers for your home, here’s how to pick the best one.

Q: Is Freehold the Right Place For You to Call Home?

Freehold just may be the perfect place for you to call home.

Q: Why Should Home Sellers Be Excited?

Here are six reasons why now is the perfect time to sell a home.

Q: What Are the Pros and Cons of Living in New Jersey?

Here are the main benefits and disadvantages of calling New Jersey home.

Q: Which 6 Tips Will Help You Find the Perfect Home?

Here are six tips to help you find the perfect home.

How Can I Boost My Home’s Value?

Here are five professional tips to help you sell your home for top dollar. If you want to sell your home for the most money possible, follow these five tips: 1. Update your kitchens and baths. You can update these areas without spending thousands by updating hardware, appliances, and fixtures, repairing leaky faucets, and giving […]

Q: What’s Happening in Our Market?

Here’s what’s been happening in our market since COVID-19 struck. Today I’m sharing a brief snapshot of what’s been happening in our local real estate market since the pandemic began. The market is very different now than it was just a few months ago. Real estate in Monmouth County essentially came to a standstill due […]

Q: Can I Sell My Home Amid COVID-19?

Sellers should not wait to put their homes on the market due to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. In our local market, many sellers are holding off on listing their homes or pulling their for-sale properties from the market until the health crisis slows down. None of us know when New Jersey will fully open again, […]

The Pros & Cons of Living in Monmouth County

There are a few advantages (and disadvantages) to living in Monmouth County. Here’s what you need to know. There are things to both love and hate about living in Monmouth County, and today I’ll share a little of both. Pros of life in Monmouth County: 1. Location. We’re right in the middle of so many […]

How I’ve Been Keeping Busy

I have a lot more free time on my hands these days. Here’s how I’ve been spending it. With all the craziness going on due to the coronavirus pandemic, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about what I’ve been focusing on, reading, watching, and doing during this time. Right […]

How COVID-19 Has Affected Our Market

Many changes are happening in the real estate industry due to coronavirus. Today I’m discussing what’s occurring in our Monmouth County market.

Why You Should Always Invest in a Professional Photographer

If you plan on selling your home yourself, it’s paramount that you hire a professional photographer. If you decide to sell your home on your own, should you use your smartphone to take its listing photos?  First of all, I never recommend selling a home on your own, and I don’t just say that because […]

5 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

If you want to sell your home for the most money possible, follow these five tips: 1. Update your kitchens and baths. You can update these areas without spending thousands by updating hardware, appliances, and fixtures; repairing leaky faucets; and giving the rooms a thorough cleaning. 2. Declutter and depersonalize. When a buyer walks into […]

When’s the Best Time to List?

If you’re interested in selling your home, you probably want to know when the best time for you to list is. Here are my thoughts on the topic.

What is the purpose of hiring a realtor?

I think it can be very easy sometimes to feel like what you know is common knowledge. No matter what your line of work is, there are certain things in your field that seem obvious. It’s impossible to even imagine a time where you didn’t know certain things. That’s how I felt when someone asked […]

Monmouth County New Years Eve

Another holiday and another round up of local fun for everyone in and around Monmouth County! I love that everyone has been enjoying these so I thought I would do another. Let’s get right into it. iPlay America’s New Year’s Eve 2020 Dec. 31st 7:30 PM – 1 AMiplay America is truly a staple for […]

7 Day Guide for Preparing your home for Sale

Below is my 7 day guide for preparing your home for sale. A step by step plan that will help you prepare your home correctly. DAY 1: PAPERWORK & KEYS: Your realtor and potential buyers are likely going to ask you a lot of questions about your home, so start digging out paperwork now: appliance […]

NYC Family Day Trip for the Holidays

Happy December, everyone! I don’t need to break the news to you- it is officially the holiday season. I wanted to do a round-up of things to do with the kids this holiday season in NYC that are a little less traditional. Sure, you can always go see the tree and go ice skating in […]

How is the local real estate market? Monmouth County, NJ

How is our local real estate market here in Monmouth County doing? It’s been a very strange year here in Monmouth County NJ real estate, but homes that are priced correctly, need minimal or a little amount of work, are still getting top dollar and selling quickly. With that being said, the higher priced homes, […]

My Journey to Joining eXp Realty

My journey as an NJ Realtor began several years ago. It’s been just over a year since I left my Remax brokerage in Manalapan, N.J. – my safety net of almost 9 years. It was time to follow my heart, trust my gut and become part of the buzz I was hearing about… eXp Realty.  One […]

Now or Later?

The question is now or later. This is the time of year many homeowner’s may be thinking of selling and ask, “Should I sell my house now, or should wait for the spring market?” To answer this question, first, you need to ask yourself if now is the right time for me? If the answer […]

How to Keep Your Sh*t Together

Real estate is stressful. It is stressful for buyers. It is stressful for sellers. It is even stressful for us realtors. I can’t tell you how often I see people stressed beyond belief and struggling to keep it together. This is for everyone stressed beyond belief and struggling to keep it together. Because let’s be […]

Monmouth County Things To Do This Weekend

August 16-August 18, 2019 Monmouth County Things To Do This Weekend I recently discovered this cool website called Answer the Public where you can find out what common Google searches are for different phrases or keywords. To try it out, I typed in Monmouth County and one of the things that came up was “Monmouth […]

Manalapan Things To Do Indoors This Summer

Manalapan Things To Do Indoors In case you missed it, this summer has been crazy hot and has had TONS of storms. It seems like one thing after another recently! First, there was a wicked heatwave causing the whole state of New Jersey to be over 90 degrees for about a week. Then, we had […]

Assessed vs. Appraised Value: What’s the Difference?

Freehold Real Estate Agent – assessed vs. appraised value? As a Freehold Real Estate Agent, I meet tons of people who are looking to buy or sell a home who do not know the difference between assessed vs. appraised value. This, of course, makes perfect sense. I don’t go to my doctor’s office knowing anything […]

Desirable Seven Oaks Development in East Freehold, NJ

Learn what differentiates Seven Oaks from other neighborhoods! Seven Oaks is located in East Freehold, New Jersey and consists of 126 Single-Family colonial style homes with 3/4 plus acre lots. Each home boasts individual curb appeal and professional landscaping. Home prices typically range from $700,000 to $900,000. Many of the owners are original homeowners and […]

Freehold Real Estate Agents – How to Pick A Realtor for Selling a Home

Freehold Real Estate Agents – How to Pick A Realtor for Selling a Home As a Freehold Real Estate Agent I have met tons of people in need of help selling a home. (After all, that is my job!) While what I am talking about today is not exclusive to Freehold New Jersey, I am […]


NEW REAL ESTATE LISTINGS IN FREEHOLD, MANALAPAN & MARLBORO Monmouth County Homes For Sale – Contact Melissa DeSantis SOLAR PANELS INCLUDED IN THIS HOME FOR SALE ALONG WITH SREC/SOLAR INCOME 82 Braeton Way Freehold, NJ 07728 COME SEE THIS HOME FOR SALE Enjoy your summers in you Freehold resort style pool! 36 Majestic Dr. Freehold, […]

Rare Opportunity Seven Oaks Development! – Freehold 07728

255 Pin Oak Road – Located in Sought After Seven Oaks Development Beautiful Brick Front Home – East Freehold, NJ. This Seven Oaks Development Brick Front Chesterfield Model w/Side Entrance Garage Boasts 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Office & Conservatory. Upgrades Throughout Including Hardwood Floors, Great Room with Fireplace, Entertainment Sized Dining Room w/Tray Ceiling, Eat […]

Monmouth County Teens: Things for them to do

Dear Monmouth County moms of teenagers, you are not alone in your struggle to find things to do with your teen. Rest assured that if you live in or near Monmouth County and you have a teen, there is hope! There are TONS of things to do that Monmouth County teens can enjoy, be safe, […]

Food near Freehold New Jersey

BEST FREEHOLD & MANALAPAN RESTAURANTS Whether you are local to the Freehold New Jersey area and just need some inspiration for something new, or you are visiting and have no idea where to go, here are my recommendations for food near Freehold New Jersey. American Hotel 18 E Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728 American Hotel […]

Multiple Offers on Your Home

NEW JERSEY REAL ESTATE BUYERS OFFER – NEGOTIATING WITH HOME BUYERS- Multiple Offers Home Offers – Realtor Colts Neck NJ Buyers Offers ! Hi everyone, its Melissa DeSantis, Exp Realty. A few weeks ago. I talked about responding to a low offer which had happened to one of my sellers. However, shortly after I put […]

Freehold Events This Week

This week I decided to show some love to Freehold events and hi-light what is going on with local businesses. As always, I am interested in hearing about new businesses, upcoming events, or anything else going on in the community that you think is cool. I am especially interested in hearing about things that are […]


Manalapan Day Camp Comparison Thinking About Manalapan Day Camps already? Though summer feels like it is so far away, it is already time to start thinking about where to send the kids for day camp this year. There are so many choices of Manalapan Day Camps and even more factors that go into choosing a […]

My Favorite Spots to Workout Near Freehold New Jersey

There are several options to choose from when it comes to working out.  Below are some of my favorite local places that are near Freehold New Jersey Pure Barre Manalapan Pure Barre Manalapan is a total body workout.  Something I have never experienced before.  I will admit I wasn’t a fan of the first class […]

Manalapan Restaurants – 3 Best Restaurants Manalapan NJ

Best Restaurants Manalapan NJ Peking Pavilion – Manalapan NJ  Manalapan Restaurant Peking Pavilion is one of the Best Chinese Restaurants in town.  Because it is a higher quality version of P. F. Chang’s,  thats the best way to describe The food. However Peking Pavilion is tastier. The Best Chinese Food restaurant Manalapan NJ with there […]

Are you aware of NJ Real Estate Tax – Exit Tax NJ Real Estate

COLTS NECK REALTOR – HOME SELLING TIPS – COLTS NECK REAL ESTATE NJ Real Estate Tax – What IS Real Estate Exit Tax? – Monmouth County, NJ I have been a real estate agent for a while now and I very regularly find that people are unaware that the NJ Real Estate Transfer Tax exists. […]

Monmouth County Things To Do This Weekend (3/22-3/24)

Hello Monmouth County, If you work a regular Monday through Friday workweek, the weekends are so important to you. It seems that we often let our tiredness from the workweek prevent us from doing anything on the weekends. Trust me, I get it. There are one hundred chores to do all the time and you […]

Best Restaurants in the Freehold, NJ Area

Looking for a great restaurant in the Freehold area? Look no further! Here are some of my favorites: The American Hotel  Located in Downtown Freehold and within the American Hotel is the Market Yard Grille.  Great atmosphere, service and food.  During the warmer months outdoor seating is offered. They feature a contemporary menu with many […]

So What are Closing Costs Anyways?

CLOSING COST – NJ REAL ESTATE New Jersey Real Estate Closing Cost – HOW MUCH DOES IT REALLY COST ? Many homebuyers think that saving for their down payment is enough to buy the house of their dreams, but what about the closing costs that are required to obtain a mortgage? By law, a homebuyer […]

3 Things Homeowners Are Thankful For

As a homeowner, there are many things to be thankful for. For example, as home values increase, so does your family’s wealth. If you’re interested in finding out all the benefits of homeownership, let’s get together today!