The New Normal: Virtual Home Selling | Victoria Carter, Realtor

The New Normal: Virtual Home Selling

By | Home selling

The pandemic has ushered in once-unthinkable changes to the home buying process. From coronavirus clauses to serious buyer inquiries via social media and the abandonment of last-minute agent showings, every facet of how a person buys a home has been impacted. People may not realize, however, that the current public health crisis has also unnerved… Continued

April 30, 2020

5 Signs It’s Time to Sell Your Home

By | Home selling, selling a home

Fall is officially here, and along with the arrival of pumpkin spice everything, change is in the air. Are you thinking about selling your house? Now just might be the ideal time. The weather is pleasant, and potential buyers are traversing the Sunday open houses. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate remains historically low, and financing… Continued

September 30, 2017

home price negotiations

Navigating Home Price Negotiations

By | home buying, home price negotiations, Home selling, homebuying, Real Estate, victoria carter

Purchasing a house is a financial and emotional investment. Even after finding the ideal home, the home price negotiations begin, and for the last two years–it’s been a sellers’ market. According to RealtyTrac’s Year-End 2015 U.S. Home Sales Report, “The 11 percent average price gain in 2015 marked the second consecutive year where U.S. home… Continued

April 30, 2016

northern NJ neighborhoods

What Can a Real Estate Agent Do for You?

By | home buying, Home selling, homebuying, housing, Housing Trends, neighborhood, New Jersey, northern NJ, Real Estate, victoria carter

For potential homebuyers or sellers, the personalized attention and expertise of a real estate agent can make all the difference. In the National Association of Realtors 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 87% of homebuyers reported purchasing their home through a real estate agent, and 88% of buyers would use their agent again. The… Continued

March 31, 2016

South Orange NJ

5 Things That Make South Orange, NJ So Liveable and Likeable

By | home buying, Home selling, Maplewood NJ, New Jersey, northern NJ, Real Estate, South Orange NJ, victoria carter

A walk down the residential streets of South Orange, NJ takes you along cozy, vintage-looking pathways. In the evenings, gas lamps still light the way for its almost 16,500 residents. South Orange is one of several towns in New Jersey that still retain gas lamps giving it a sense of old world charm. Coupled with… Continued

July 31, 2015

Curb Appeal

5 Ways to Raise Your Home Value with Great Curb Appeal

By | curb appeal, home buying, Home selling, housing, New Jersey, northern NJ, Real Estate, victoria carter

First impressions last. It is a statement that holds true in business, love, and even real estate. Not surprisingly, ninety percent of real estate agents cite first impression of the front entry as important when selling a home. Whether it is landscaping, decorative trim or the condition of the windows, the outside appearance of a… Continued

June 30, 2015

NJ Summer Housing Prices

Will the NJ Summer Housing Market Sizzle or Fizzle?

By | home buying, Home selling, housing, Housing Trends, Maplewood NJ, New Jersey, northern NJ, Real Estate, Short Hills NJ, South Orange NJ, Summit Nj, victoria carter

Despite the frenzy of homebuying activity over the last few months, NJ housing prices are still recovering from the depths of the 2008 financial crisis. In fact, according to a recent article on northjersey.com, “Home values are no higher than they were in 2004, both nationally and in the region.” As surprising, at the end… Continued

May 31, 2015

The Summit Diner, Summit NJ

5 Things That Make Summit, NJ So Liveable and Likeable

By | home buying, Home selling, housing, New Jersey, northern NJ, Real Estate, Short Hills Mall, Summit Nj, victoria carter

Summit, NJ is simply one of my favorite communities. A little unknown fact is that Summit is a city, not just a town. It has its own police force, fire department and over 21,000 residents. Home to a fabulous hospital, Overlook Medical Center, and a thriving arts center, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, it… Continued

April 1, 2015

Ice Damming

5 Must-Dos if You are Selling Your New Jersey Home this Winter

By | curb appeal, home buying, Home selling, New Jersey, northern NJ, Real Estate

The headlines say it all, “coldest February in 20 years, biting cold temperatures, freezing winds and more snow.” With the recent record-breaking cold, it may not seem like the ideal time to put a house up for sale in New Jersey. It is difficult to motivate homebuyers to brave the cold and see available homes… Continued

February 24, 2015

Schools in New Jersey

3 Ways Schools Drive New Jersey Homebuyers

By | home buying, Home selling, New Jersey, northern NJ, Real Estate, schools, victoria carter

Certainly in New Jersey, a popular topic is always the latest survey on the top-rated high schools in the country. U.S. News & World Report has the most well-known survey, Best High Schools Rankings, which rates high schools nationally and by state. In the latest survey, Chatham High School ranked 9th for New Jersey schools… Continued

January 27, 2015