Buying a Home

May 7, 2020

A Strong Spring Season in New Jersey Real Estate

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Although "normal" has become more objective of late, the events impacting traditional real estate practices do not mean you cannot buy a home or sell a house this spring season!

Interest rates on home loans are at historic lows, making home ownership affordable for many who otherwise would be putting ...

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April 22, 2020

Credit in the Wake of CoronaVirus in northern NJ


Our credit rating speaks many things about who we are, what we think and what our plans are for our future, especially if you're considering buying a home in northern NJ.  While our credit scores are always of concern to us, but especially when situations are more turbulent and ...

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April 16, 2020

Low Mortgage Rates-High Expectations in New Jersey

Seeing The Possibilities

In a previous post  we shared just how huge a difference one tiny little percentage point can make in the cost of your home purchase.  Combine low mortgage rates (as of this week, those rates are 2.08% for a 15 year fixed and 3.31% for a standard 30 ...

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April 15, 2020

Virtual Views of Northern New Jersey

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Looking for not only an easy commute to put more TIME back in your life, but a great neighborhood that matches your lifestyle? Whatever amenities your searching for, you need look no further than the excellent neighborhoods of Essex County New Jersey!

You are sure to find the neighborhood ...

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April 7, 2020

A Lighter Side to New Jersey Real Estate

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The daffodils have made their appearance and Spring season is officially begun! Although spring is typically the housing market's busiest season, this year, specifically due to the coronavirus, social distancing, and stay-at-home orders, the typical real estate cycle is being disrupted.

Most real estate industry leaders agree that once ...

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March 31, 2020


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Did you know that 74% of people never actually speak to the souls who live in the houses all around them?  What a shame, because the people living in the neighborhood are a great resource to those who are looking to move to a specific neighborhood or who have just ...

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March 6, 2020

Welcome to the NJ Homeowners Maintenance CLUB!

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New NJ homeowner or long-time member, welcome to the world of homeownership!  If you've been here awhile, you may or may not already know; but if you are new to the club, you may not be aware at let's dive right in!

Owning your own home ...

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Feb. 7, 2020


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Every neighborhood has advantages and disadvantages, all depending on your personal needs, wants and desires.

No car?  Local transportation will factor heavily in the decision made of where to live.  In fact, your lifestyle decisions most likely have a greater impact on where you choose to live than the home ...

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Feb. 7, 2020


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It was almost unheard of in the 80's and 90's, the idea that anyone would purchase a new home WITHOUT EVEN WALKING THROUGH IT FIRST!  

My how things have changed in the real estate industry!  New technology that goes far beyond simply allowing advanced viewing of still ...

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Jan. 30, 2020

Should You Use Zillow to Buy or Sell a Home in Montclair NJ

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If someone told you that you could buy or sell a home in Montclair, NJ, all online, would you believe them? Would you think that might be too good to be true? In recent years, online tech-based brokerages have begun to emerge in the real estate market. As all our ...

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