With just a couple of weeks left before school starts and the lazy, hazy days of summer begin to cool off, a bit of a slowdown in the Ocean County real estate market is not unusual during the summer months. But even with a bit of a slow summer, the overall picture looks pretty good for Ocean County real estate and home sales.

The median sales price of a home in Ocean County this past July was $275,000, up $11,000 from July 2013. In addition, the July 2014 median price of an Ocean County condo-townhome was $182,500 - up $12,500 from July 2013. Not to mention adult community homes sold more an average of 18.8% more this July than July of last year.

Another factor from this past July over July 2013 is single-family home sellers in Ocean County said…

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Tips for winterizing your boat

With Old Man Winter soon set to rear his ugly head, it will quickly be time to get the boat out of the water and winterize it for the upcoming cold months. With that in mind, here are some tips for winterizing your boat to ensure it boat is properly cared for and ready to sit through the harsh winter, so you don't discover any nasty surprises when you haul it out in the spring.

Remove All Batteries & Clean Terminals

A good battery will last 4-6 years if taken care of properly, so make sure you aren't leaving the batteries in your vessel all winter. Also too, don't store them on a concrete floor, as freezing can damage the plates and drain the power. Try putting them on a 2X6 board and trickle charge them every months with a charger that has a…

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Queen Latifah's Colts Neck home for sale

It's been eight months, but Queen Latifah's gorgeous Colts Neck estate is still on the market. The rapper turned actress put the opulent home up for sale in January.

With a now-reduced price tag of $2,349,999, the estate boasts 7,000 sq. ft. of open living space with 6 bedrooms and 9+ acres of land that includes a heated infinity pool. You can view it here.

Queen Latifah (her real name is Dana Owens) now spends a good part of her time in Los Angeles, where she hosts her own talk show. Latifah, who has starred in the movie Chicago and TV show Living Single, is a native New Jerseyan who was born in Newark. Her biggest album to date has been 2007's Trav'lin' Light.

She bought the home, which has 5 bathrooms and 3 half baths, for $2.14 million…

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Statue of Liberty in New Jersey

Those born and raised in the Garden State can certainly relate to the following signs you're from New Jersey and are more than proud to be a New Jerseyan:

1. You are well aware that the Statue of Liberty is in New Jersey, not New York, and you've climbed to the top at least once.

2. You know what jug handles are and you loathe them in a big way

3. You know just about all the actors in the "Jersey Shore" TV show are not actually from the Jersey Shore.

4. You have been to a couple of the places shown in the opening theme of "The Sopranos".

5. You have been to many diners, with at least a few of them boasting shiny exteriors.

6. Instead of asking "Where do you live?" you ask "What exit?"

7. You eat pork roll, not Taylor ham.

8. You…

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