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

2016 real estate trends

Buying a Home in 2016: 5 Real Estate Trends to Watch

By | financing a home, home buying, homebuying, housing, Housing Trends, Maplewood NJ, mortgages, New Jersey, northern NJ, Real Estate, renting a home, Short Hills Mall, Short Hills NJ, South Orange NJ, Summit Nj, victoria carter, West Orange NJ

Frustration. Confusion. Disappointment. With home prices in the U.S. rising an average of 17% over the last three years, many hopeful homeowners have had their hopes dashed by the strong housing market. Housing inventories have been low, and in many of the towns in our area, sellers have had the luxury of multiple bids. There… Continued

December 26, 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

5 Things That Make Short Hills, NJ So Liveable and Likeable

By | arboretum, home buying, housing, New Jersey, northern NJ, Real Estate, real estate team, schools, Short Hills Mall, Short Hills NJ, victoria carter

Elegant tudors, majestic center hall colonials, Cape Cod style houses and even strikingly modern homes all make up the distinctive enclave of Short Hills, NJ. A small, truly unique community and one where I have the pleasure of working, it is home to just over 13,000 residents, half the size of many neighboring towns. When… Continued

April 30, 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

Brooklyn NY

2015 Housing Trend: Moving from Brooklyn to Maplewood and South Orange

By | General, Glenmont, home buying, housing, Housing Trends, Maplewood NJ, New Jersey, northern NJ, South Orange NJ, Thomas Edison, victoria carter

As of 2013, Brooklyn, New York had almost 2.6 million residents. As the second largest borough of New York City, it could actually be the 4th largest city in the United States in population surpassed only by New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. My team and I see so many families that make the… Continued

December 27, 2014

The Value of a Real Estate Team Approach

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

Although there are many aspects to buying and selling homes, an integrated real estate team has an incredible edge over individual agents. There is the technical expertise that goes along with the specialization of team roles which may include buyer’s agents, listing specialists, transaction coordinators and marketing personnel. But there is also a uniquely human… Continued

November 20, 2014

Loantaka Brook Park

5 Fabulous Activities that Make These New Jersey Towns Unique

By | arboretum, biking trail, Chatham NJ, cross country skiing, Glenmont, home buying, horseback riding, housing, Loantaka, Maplewood NJ, Morris County, New Jersey, northern NJ, Real Estate, Short Hills Mall, Short Hills NJ, South Orange NJ, Summit Nj, Thomas Edison, victoria carter

What makes a community a great place to live? The answer varies, of course, as every person is different. Some people want top-rated schools, while others want parks, easy access to a larger metropolitan area or public transportation. In northern New Jersey, there are many delightful communities offering everything from scenic rolling hills and lakes… Continued

October 12, 2014