Fistfights. Free tacos. This is how crazy the N.J. real estate market is, agents say.

Adelicia Caree

One potential buyer offered to pay for a one-year Netflix subscription.

An agent offered to supply tacos for a Tuesday closing.

And a fistfight apparently broke out at an open house.

The residential real estate market is at an historic high for home sales despite low inventory. And as buyers grapple to score one of the coveted homes on the market, they’re using whatever they can think of to make their offer stand out.

NJ Advance Media spoke to agents from around the state and here are some of the crazy tactics they’ve witnessed.

Sight unseen offers. With more agents

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Interior Designer Shares Things You Should Get Rid of in Your Home

Adelicia Caree

As the founder of and interior stylist at DBF Interiors, I’ve seen my fair share of outdated trends and overworn items, and there are probably a number of them in your home.

Read on to learn a few things I think you should get rid of as soon as possible.

White walls can be drab and boring, switch it up with some bold colors and patterns

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Toile wallpaper is fun and interesting to look at.

Photo courtesy of DBF Interiors


Getting rid of your colorless white walls adds some personality and visual interest to your living space.

Explore jewel-toned

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Colorado contractor teams up with home-improvement initiative to replace roof free of charge for Colorado Springs veteran | Military

Adelicia Caree

One of the country’s biggest roofing materials companies teamed up with a veterans’ nonprofit and a Colorado contractor last week to provide a new roof for a Colorado Springs veteran, free of charge.

In partnership with the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project and Purple Heart Homes, Cenco Building Services completely replaced a roof and gutters for 11-year Army veteran Christopher Hayes and his wife, Vanessa.

“It’s really great to give back to someone who’s made that kind of sacrifice,” said Cenco program manager J.P. Ritchie.

The Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project is a nationwide endeavor to show gratitude and support

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BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors defends real estate holdings

Adelicia Caree

“Marxist” Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors tearfully defended her $3.2 million real estate empire, insisting she didn’t use a penny of BLM donations on herself.

“I have never taken a salary from the Black Lives Matters Global Networks Foundation,” she also said Thursday.

“That’s important,” she told host told “Black News Tonight” host Marc Lamont Hill, “because what the right-wing media is trying to say is that the donations that people gave to Black Lives Matter went towards my spending.

“And that is categorically untrue and incredibly dangerous.”

But in insisting she did not take a salary from the

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New downtown shop offers local decor, interior design services | Economy & business

Adelicia Caree

In 2018, Wendolyn Campbell felt ready to take a big leap. After flipping furniture and offering interior design services for years, she decided it was time to establish a brick-and-mortar store.

She planned to open COAST Designs in downtown Frederick by May 2020. But that’s just when — as she put it — “the universe went crazy.”

It took a little longer than she’d hoped, but on Friday, Campbell presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony as COAST celebrated its grand opening.

Campbell’s shop on East Second Street offers home decor and jewelry — sourced mainly from local artists — as well

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Tastes of Italy add flair to home improvement

Adelicia Caree

CASTELBUONO, Sicily — When my wife and I bought about 2.5 acres of countryside with three buildings on it in the mountains of Sicily four years ago, I didn’t expect — or want — the work to be done quickly. Little did I know it would become what feels like a lifetime of work.

After much dreaming and doubting, drafting floor plans and scrapping wild ideas, looking at the structures from every angle, studying their fissures and (lack of) craftsmanship, I finally felt ready earlier this year to begin work on the main construction project: turning a two-story barn made

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