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When you’re shopping for a home, you need local information.  Here are 5 great websites for Bergen County –

Bergen County’s Website

There is a tremendous information on the County of Bergen’s own website.  You’ll be amazed at how much there is in this website.  Here are some examples for you from the website’s ribbon menu:

  • County Officials has the Superintendent of Elections  Because we are so diverse, there are voter forms in English, Spanish and Korean.
  • You’ll find links to every town’s website under County Officials too.
  •  Departments and Services has Parks  Everything is here from camping to golf to a zoo and more.
  • About Bergen County is great too.  History and demographics are here.  As a result, you’ll get a very good understanding of our area.

There’s a lot more in Bergen County’s website.  This will get you started

Commuting

Bergen County is serviced by 2 companies for commuting to New York City.  NJ Transit offers both bus and train commuting.  Coach USA is solely bus commuting.  Buses go to either the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal at 178th St or the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 41st Street.  Trains go to Penn Station in Manhattan.

There is also a Park & Ride option in some locations.  For example on Rte 17 in Ramsey, by the Garden State Parkway in Paramus and at the Lombardi gas station at the start of the Turnpike in Ridgefield.

Some towns, like Oradell, limit the train parking lots to only their residents.  As a result, just because you bought a home in a neighboring town does not mean you can park next to the train station in Oradell.  It can also be the case that a town charges for commuting parking.  Be sure to check out your commuting needs thoroughly.

Schools

Bergen County is renown for our public school systems.  House values here are based on 2 key factors – commuting/proximity to NYC and the school district.  While I know many people go to the Great Schools website, I’ve always found it to be very inadequate.  This is because the reviews are by parents.  You want a good independent source and we have one.

The State of NJ puts out a report on all of it’s school districts every 2 years.  As a result, you have an independent review using the same reporting parameters.  There is also another very watched report by NJ Monthly Magazine.  This bi-annual report ranking high schools in New Jersey comes out on news stands in August and sells out almost immediately even in this digital age.

Go to my website where I have comprehensive information on all Bergen County school districts including a link to the NJ bi-annual report and every school district’s website.

My Bergen

We have a lot of Bergen County focused magazines both in print and online.  A lot of them are highly social showing people at charitable events.  They also focus on style.  Not My Bergen.

I use the My Bergen website often because it has so much great information on what’s happening.  There’s a Kid’s section where you can find great events for your children.  No matter which Bergen County focused website, I’ve always found My Bergen to be the most informative and most comprehensive.  As a result, I recommend this as the go to website for Bergen County happenings.

BergenCountyHomes.com

My website has a ton of information for you.  I’ve written it specifically for people who haven’t bought or sold a home for the past several years because the process has changed quite a bit.  If you don’t understand the process of buying or selling a home, you will find it very stressful.  My goal is to eliminate the stress by educating you.  So go to Buyers or Sellers depending on what you need.  My blog has a lot of good informative articles that I’ve written for you.  Go to the Categories drop down menu to the left of the page so you can select what you wish.

So there you have it.  5 great websites for Bergen County to help you.  Call me if you’d like to talk about real estate or for any questions you might have at 201-741-8490

 

 

 

 

 

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