Have you ever heard someone say that they “finally got their house just the way the like it just to sell it!” As a realtor this is something that I hear all the time. That and, “Why didn’t it ever look this way when I lived here?!”
Over the years we have seen home after home transformed, and in a relatively short amount of time! If you are looking to make some design changes in your home use the tips below and you just might fall in love with your house all over again.
Now, if after implementing all of these tips and tricks you are still not amazed and enamored by your home well, give us a call and The Northfield Team will sell your current house and find you your dream home!
Jill Sockwell can be reached at 917-657-8800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MAPLEWOOD - Stakes are extremely high for same-sex couples with children.
Kari Steinert and Renee Cologne of
Maplewood have been together for 10 years, and know a sweeping decision
from the Supreme Court could have a huge impact on their little family.
Steinert and Cologne had a commitment
ceremony and registered as domestic partners, but they haven't had a
civil union nor gone to another state where it's legal for them to
marry. The couple says they want to wait to be married until it is
legalized in New Jersey.
The couple says they chose
Maplewood because they felt welcome there. Steiner and Cologne also felt
nothing but acceptance when they adopted their sons Tristan and Zander.
Their positive experience is what gives the couple reason to believe the law will eventually catch up. See Channel 12 news clip at http://newjersey.news12.com/news/maplewood-same-sex-couple-has-hope-for-legal-rights-1.4925481?firstfree=yes
With interest rates at an all-time low, housing prices bottomed out and an extremely low inventory, many sellers are receiving multiple offers (many above asking).Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made recent comments regarding both low interest rates as well as the housing market: “The evidence thus far is that the housing market has hit the bottom… it’s recovering. Keeping longer-term interest rates low has helped spark recovery in the housing market…” Money Magazine’s April cover announced "Housing is Back!"
Jeff Otteau, president of the Otteau Valuation Group, who is frequently quoted in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal regarding market trends, recently told a crowd of realtors and investors at one of his quarterly seminars that this was going to be one of his most optimistic forecasts in years. He went to say that “the sense of urgency is back for buyers and prices are rising.” He projects a 3.5% rise in prices this year and hopes that is where it caps for the health of the market. He stated this is a perfect storm for the housing market to improve with historically low rates, home prices stabilizing, consumer confidence rising, purchase demand rising, and unemployment decreasing.
It is finally starting to sink in and people are listening and realizing the time to buy is now - and often coming to the table, cash in hand. Buyers are trekking to the burbs by the dozens, vying for an ever decreasing supply of beautifully updated charming period homes that the vibrant communities of South Orange, Maplewood and Millburn / Short Hills and surroundings are known for.
Towns along the NYC Midtown Direct train corridor are a coveted destination for urban dwellers from New York and areas east looking to stretch out and breathe amongst a friendly and diverse community-minded population. Our towns are being called “The leading global suburbs of New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area” by GlobalSOMA, a recently founded group of visionary community members.
But finding that home has turned out to be a competitive business. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), total housing inventory dropped by 4.9% by the end of January. Inventory is at the lowest it’s been since April of 2005. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun recently stated “Buyer traffic is 40 percent above a year ago, so there is plenty of demand but insufficient inventory to improve sales more strongly.”
And to the homeowners who have been nervously wondering if the time was right, perhaps waiting for the sign to go ahead… list it already… ding, ding, ding!!! Motivated buyers here… your much-loved home could be another family’s dream house. Local realtors are now talking about revolving door showings… where homeowners don’t just need to step out to accommodate the occasional showing, they now have to be out all day for back to back showings. Sellers are receiving multiple bids – but not all. Buyers don’t act on something that is grossly overpriced – even with the low inventory.
So recognize the competition and invest in that paint job or update that is long overdue… buyers are looking (read expecting) it and are willing to pay for a beautifully renovated home. If you are a seller, don’t miss your chance to join in on this housing phenomenon. For ways to improve potential market value of your property visit my website at www.MaplewoodHouses.com Looking to buy and/or sell? call me today at 973-544-8001
Maplewood, Short Hills, South Orange, Summit, and Millburn real estate and homes for sale in New Jersey - Robert Northfield, Realtor
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