Real Estate Rainmakers, Vol. 3 | Victoria Carter

By | victoria carter

In January of this year, I had the pleasure of talking with CityBlast as part of their Real Estate Rainmakers series. In it, I answered 21 questions about the real estate industry, housing market trends, and effective marketing strategies. Buying or selling a home is one of the most important transactions you will undertake in your lifetime. With two… Continued

January 31, 2018

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

aging in plae

Aging in Place: Making Your Home Grow With You

By | aging in place, homebuying, Housing Trends, New Jersey, northern NJ, renting a home, victoria carter

“Nearly 9 of 10 people age 65 and older want to remain in their homes and communities as they get older,” according to a recent AARP Bulletin. The challenge is that as people age, their needs change and rather than live in a retirement community or nursing home, seniors are choosing to adapt their homes… Continued

January 30, 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

Moving from NY to New Jersey

From New York City to a Northern NJ Home: It Could Be For You!

By | home buying, homebuying, Maplewood NJ, New Jersey, northern NJ, Short Hills NJ, South Orange NJ, Summit Nj, victoria carter

For the young professional, living in New York City may seem the life! Thanks to a largely 24-hour public transportation system, it’s easy to go where you want, when you want. If you’re feeling up to a night out, all you have to do is head downtown. If you like to shop, there’s a vast… Continued

September 30, 2015