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

neighborhood

Choosing the Right Neighborhood When Buying a Home

By | aging in place, community, home buying, homebuying, neighborhood, northern NJ, Real Estate, victoria carter

A home purchase is a life-changing milestone, and naturally, potential homebuyers will spend a lot of time imagining what life would be like within a new home’s four walls. Yet, thinking about the community outside that home is just as important. When it comes to choosing a neighborhood that fits a family’s needs, “location, location,… Continued

February 29, 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

Thomas Edison Glenmont Estate West Orange NJ

West Orange’s Gregory Neighborhood Is Trending and Affordable

By | Glenmont, home buying, homebuying, Housing Trends, Maplewood NJ, New Jersey, northern NJ, Real Estate, schools, South Orange NJ, Thomas Edison, victoria carter, West Orange NJ

The township of West Orange—nestled amongst the ridges of the picturesque Watchung mountains in northern New Jersey–is starting to pique the interest of homebuyers. The onetime home of Thomas Edison, it has a population of 46,000 and a diverse array of communities. Whether you’re part of a small family, a young professional, or looking for… Continued

November 21, 2015

TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule

How the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule Helps Homebuyers

By | financing a home, homebuying, mortgages, Real Estate, victoria carter

As exciting as the homebuying journey can be, the process is often rife with frustration and uncertainty. When in the midst of making such a life-changing move, the smallest reprieve is a welcome change! Fortunately, one such change is here. The TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, a new policy enacted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau… Continued

October 27, 2015

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