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166 Stonegate 106 Stonegate Trail

Cresskill, New Jersey

$640,000

A Multi Level Luxury Townhouse

3 Bedrooms – 3.5 Baths

106 Stonegate Trail is a beautifully decorated luxury townhouse in prestigious Cresskill New Jersey.  Wonderfully designed, this multi level townhouse has over 2,400 square feet of living space.

106 Stonegate Trail Custom Touches

Custom touches are found throughout this elegant home.  You’ll find 106 Stonegategorgeous hardwood floors, granite counter tops and newer stainless appliances in the kitchen, a breakfast nook with it’s own balcony and a simply stunning Master Suite.

Because this truly is an upscale property, quality is evident throughout.  You enter the ground floor level through the oversized 2 car garage.  Garage storage  is more than ample as a result.

Step inside and you’re in a nicely finished room; there’s a full bath on this level too.  This makes the ground floor level ideal for a variety of uses. Use it as guest quarters, a rec room or even a home office.

Cresskill NJMain Level

Light sparkles across hardwood flooring throughout the expansive main level.  Imagine the entertaining you’ll do with it’s open floor plan that’s perfect for large scale parties.  While this is a modern luxury townhouse, the ambiance is also very warm and family friendly.  Intimate moments work well here.  Relax together in the family room, hang out with coffee in the kitchen or enjoy informal meals together in the breakfast nook.

Cresskill NJ

Cresskill offers convenience to Manhattan and a top scoring school district.  Because it does, Cresskill is one of the more popular locations in Bergen County.  It’s housing ranges from entry level to among the most expensive Bergen County homes.  Additionally you have outstanding town services.  The Recreation Department has robust programs and events year round.  The business district has pretty much everything you need too.

106 Stonegate Trail is a gorgeous townhouse in one of Bergen County’s most sought after locations.  Call or text me about it today at 201-741-8490.

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Bergen County Real Estate Market UpdateTo do a current Bergen County market update, I have to go back 30 days.  If you look at what I wrote about the market on March 25th,  you’ll see that we were holding our own.  The data from the New Jersey MLS was nearly identical comparing 2020 to 2019.  While this was true, I also saw storms on the horizon.

Since then things have changed.  We began the lock down and in a matter of a few days days the US economy was closed.  Real estate is among essential services so we’ve been moving forward.

Let’s Look At The Facts

Here’s the New Jersey MLS data for March 15th to April 15th comparing 2020 to 2019:

  • Active – 903 to 2,503
  • Attorney Review – 448 to 1,091
  • Under Contract – 466 to 882
  • Withdrawn – 372 to 289
  • Price Changes – 222 to 667

How Bad Is this?

Although Corona virus has a definite effect on the market, it did not stop Bergen County real estate.  We’ve lost  what I call optional buying.  There are people who don’t have to move now.  It’s optional.

There’s still plenty of time to get into a house by the start of school in September (this is over half of all sales).  It usually takes 60 days to close on a house.  You can do it in 45 days if you’re properly prepared.

Back it up 60 days.  That’s July 1st and 45 days takes you to July 15th.  Plenty of time to wait it out while you’re watching the market.  Get ready for lots of homes and buyers in another 4-6 weeks.

So how bad is this?  Interest rates are great at +/- 4% by a little (good for buyers) and inventory is thin (good for sellers).  The primary difference is that any homeowner or buyer out there now is serious.  So how bad is this really?  It’s just different.

Bergen County Real Estate Market UpdateBergen County Market Update

The bottom line is that there is still activity.  Just not as much as you’d see in a normal spring market.  Consider a big picture view.  This is an abnormal time.  It is a man made forced recession.  The best economy the US has seen was closed down in 2-3 days.  That’s abnormal.

The President announced today that the economy will begin opening up now.  While it will take a while for us to heal the economy fully, there is tremendous pent up demand.  Imagine where we’ll be in 1 month.

Home Values

Here’s the key ingredient most people have missed – Pricing.  I have not seen an unusual degree of price reductions and NJMLS figures prove this.  Taken as a percentage of actives, price changes are 25% in 2020 and 27% in 2019.  Wouldn’t you expect values to nosedive as they do in negative times?  Remember the big picture – this is an abnormal time.  Economic fundamentals remain strong.  The Federal Government made sure of this.

Buying and Selling Now

Yes you can buy and sell now.  It’s just a different process.  Everything is done through the internet with a few exceptions.  Buyers will ask for at least 1 visit to make certain this is the home they want and home inspectors need to come inside.  Plus I need my marketing team in to do photos, 3D Matterport tour and floor plans.  If you are not comfortable with this, wait it out.

Data proves that we are moving at the same pace as last year.  Look at the price change figures; they’re nearly identical.  Now look at the ratio of active listings for sale against those under contract:

  • 2019 903 to 466 – 2,29 to 1
  • 2020 2,503 to 1,091 – 1.94 to 1

I know this sounds crazy but we’re actually doing better in 2020.  It’s just that there are fewer transactions happening so far this year.  That is going to change once Bergen County is opened up.

The Bottom Line

You can see now that the market is moving forward.  Homeowners have an envious position compared to what’s coming.  When the market is flooded with homes, this advantage is gone.  Buyers can save a lot now because services such as movers and inspectors are competing for your business.  Plus you won’t bump up against multiple buyers for the house you want as you will later on.  Right now there truly is opportunity for both that will disappear soon

Weichert’s been doing 3D Matterport tours for years (aka virtual tours) as well as remote transactions from document signings to Attorney amendments.  From our perspective the only change is with actual showings.  Now we’re doing them virtually.

Call or text me at 201-741-8490 if you have questions or want a market report.  As they say, I’m ready when you’re ready.

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Covid 19 and Real EstateCovid 19 and real estate.  What can I say?  I can tell you how I feel and I will.  The decision whether to move now is ultimately yours.  Let’s look at things for residential buyers and sellers.  Please understand that this is my view.  There are others with different views of how to proceed of course.

Virtual Showings

What is a virtual showing?  The truth is that we’ve been doing this for years.  Weichert has been promoting professional 3D Matterport tours for a very long time now.  Many others call photograph slideshows a virtual tour but that really isn’t it.  Here is an example for you to check out I did for a listing.  As you can see, it’s quite literally a walk through the house.

Virtual tours are nothing new for us.  There are others using video but customers really like Matterport 3D tours.  This is because it gives them full control.  They can go back and forth as they wish and zoom in on a specific part of the house.

Floor Plans

Having a good floor plan is also something we’ve been doing for years.  Today it’s more important than ever since Covid 19 entered our world.  A good floor plan helps you understand a home’s flow and figure out furniture placement.  Matterport

Actual Showings

We didn’t need New Jersey to tell us to stop open houses.  Weichert did that early on along with limitations on how people are allowed in a house.  New Jersey Realtors has a web page on this that will most likely answer all your questions.  Only very serious buyers should be considered with strong behavior restrictions.

This means only 1 buyer at a time (immediate family OK) and the seller is out of the house.  CDC protocols must be observed along with New Jersey’s.  The seller should open all closet doors, some kitchen cabinets etc. so that no one needs to touch anything.

Home Inspectors and Appraisers

There are typically 2 contingencies in a sales contract – the home inspection and mortgage.  While buyers are usually at their home inspections, only the inspector is allowed to come now.  Sellers have to be out then too.

Mortgages require that both buyer and house meet the bank’s requirements.  The buyer does this by income, credit score, etc.  Appraisals are how a house does it.  Normally appraisers go inside to inspect and measure.  Because of Covid 19, inspectors are no longer required to do this.  As a result, appraisers must rely on MLS and online information.

Home AppraisalClosings

You need to have a walk through inspection before closing on your home.  This is to make sure everything is as it’s supposed to be.  No one but the buyer and their attorney need go to the closing with the settlement agent (often the title company).  Banks still need original signatures on documents.  As a result closings are not done remotely so far.

 

Does This Work For Covid 19 and Real Estate Concerns?

Yes it can and for many people it does.  Every day homes come on the market and homes are sold.  Whether or not you choose to become active is entirely up to you.  It is your decision.

Many homes are being sold entirely remotely.  In plain English, through the internet with no actual showings.  I would suggest doing it this way:

Once you’re in Attorney Review, see the house then.  I know that articles are in the web advising buyers to do this at the home inspection so they can be there with their inspector too.  This is a mistake because it hurts both buyer and seller.  Taking a home off the market for weeks isn’t fair to the seller.  Having a buyer pay for a home inspection on a house they may not buy isn’t fair either.

Additionally the contract should include that the house is disinfected by a cleaning company for closing.  Regardless I’d have my own company disinfect the house immediately after closing and then move into it.

The Bottom Line

As a result of all the above, the answer is Yes to Covid 19 and real estate.  You can buy and sell a home now.  Should you?  I would wait if you don’t have to move because I can not guarantee your safety 100%.  It’s not fun for me to tell you this but it’s my best advice.  If you don’t have to move now, don’t risk it.  Nothing is worth it.

Hopefully you will call upon me when this is over.  Meanwhile I will keep you fully updated on the market.  If, however, you choose to move on, I will do my very best for you as always.  We will just do everything remotely.  Questions?  Call or text at 201-741-8490 and Stay Safe!

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stuck insideWhat to do when you’re stuck inside is a very popular topic these days.  I thought how I’m answering this question might help.

Begin Positively

First of all, don’t sleep the day away.  Get up, get showered and get dressed.  Make your bed, straighten up your room and then have breakfast.  Clean up the kitchen and you’re ready to start your day.

You’re feeling good because you’ve accomplished something – you’ve started the day positively!

Planning Is Key

Now what do you do?  Make a plan.  No kidding at all.  Plan out your week incorporating these 3 things:

  • Makes you feel good
  • Accomplishes something
  • Is socially interactive with others

Exercise

Exercise is critically important.  We’re inside, we’re eating because we’re bored and sitting a whole lot more than normal.  As a result we’re getting out of shape and weighing more.  Need motivation on this?  You’ll be in a bathing suit in a few months!!

Weather permitting, go outside (responsibly as the CDC advises) for a walk, jog or run.  Into exercise in a big way, have home equipment?  Go for it!

Do whatever you are allowed by your doctor.  Exercise is healthy and good for your psyche.

Checking In With People

Schedule checking in with family and friends.  Even call the Oscar the Grouch in your family.  You might be happily surprised with the reaction you get.  Call 1-2 people every day. call a senior

Because elderly people are often alone, a phone call means so much to them.  Think of anyone you know who is alone and call them.  Brighten up someone’s day.  Additionally, you’ll feel great.

Projects, Learning etc.

Let’s face it.  We’ve all said it: I wish I had the time to do XYZ.  Now you do.  That project you’ve been talking about is ready to be tackled.  Clean out the garage, organize that closet, order paint supplies for a bedroom, etc.

How about learning? You can audit college courses, learn about art, explore science and space exploration as well as anything you want.  It’s all there on the web for free.  Nasa.gov, https://www.msichicago.org/, metmuseum.org; https://www.amnh.org/; https://www.si.edu/museums are only a few of the many opportunities out there for all ages.

Part of your day should be devoted to learning something new.

Social Interaction

Nothing replaces being with people.  As a result, Zoom and Skype are wonderful tools right now.  Personally I’m a Zoom user.  While there have been some hacking issues with Zoom, they claim they’ve got it fixed.  Go to the bottom of the page where Zoom tells you how to be safe.  Any website can be hacked these days unfortunately.

zoom meetingI’ve introduced Zoom to several people all of whom love it.  Why not do that?  Zoom allows you to hang out with friends just like you’re sitting across the table from each other.  Everyone needs social interaction.  While it’s not the same as being face to face, it works well.

Get Away From It All

Don’t let anxiety enter your world.  Travel into another environment.  Lose yourself in a book.  Google earth a trip around the world.  Visit a great museum online.  Find something that fascinates you and dive into it.

What to do when you’re stuck inside

This is my strategy and it’s working.  I’m relaxed and determined to do everything I can to stay healthy and help others.  I’m also working on my real estate business; my next article will be about the market.

Do you have any ideas on what to do when you’re stuck inside?  Let me know so I can share them.  Text or call me at 201-741-8490.

 

 

 

 

 

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bergen county real estate market update

Here is the Bergen County Real Estate Market Update as of March 25th.  I’ll begin with the basics below.

Next is how things changed in early  March, data from the New Jersey MLS, what it tells us and how Weichert and I have approached things for decades.

 

 

Basic Market Behavior Currently

  • People are listing homes
  • People are buying homes
  • Rentals are moving at a good clip
  • Drive By Appraisals are allowed through May 17th
  • Mortgage rates which rose lately are coming down
  • Weichert agents are effectively working remotely for all clients whether buying, selling or renting
  • Weichert Realtors All Under One Roof one stop shopping enables clients to safely act successfully
  • Corporate relocation continues for both incoming buyers and local sellers

March 1, 2020

While we are only 1 week into a shut down of business as usual, fears predate this.  Corona virus fears, at least what I observed, really began in earnest at the beginning of March.

The top NY Times front page stories were Biden’s South Carolina win and the US Taliban signed agreement on March 1st.  Immediately below are 2 Corona virus stories.  They were the looming economic crisis and lack of medical supplies.  Only a few days later did it hit the US psyche significantly and panic began.  You saw it in your local supermarket.  People started stockpiling toilet paper, water, canned goods and more.

I mention this because although we began the year strongly, nearly 1/3 of 2020 is negatively impacted by Covid 19.

New Jersey MLS Data

With 1 more week of activity to go, 2019 and 2020 look about the same.  This is quite amazing because the New Jersey MLS is allowing homes to be withdrawn from the market without penalty.  The time a house is withdrawn won’t add to it’s total days on market like it did before.  As a result, you’d expect more homes to be withdrawn than normal due to Corona virus fears.  Yet numbers are nearly the same as 2019.

Here is what we have from the New Jersey MLS comparing 2019 to 2020 through March 24th:

  •  Listings are nearly identical – 4,664 to 4,659
  • Offers accepted in Attorney Review rose this year – 2,040 to 2,141
  • Under contracts rose too – 1,668 to 1,846
  • Withdrawals were pretty even – 842 to 832

Rentals are strong too.  Slightly more went on the market this year (2,877 to 3,020) and were leased (1,479 to 1,523).

Bergen County Real Estate Market Update

Real estate is moving well in Bergen County.  Because we still have more buyers than homes, prices are stable.  They are, in fact, rising in some market segments.  Rates have been and are under 4%.  Additionally buyers are focused on rates.  They see the current crisis as a few months of disruption and are afraid rates will rise in the future.

The bottom line for the Bergen County real estate market is that there are people who want to move and/or buy homes.  The Federal Government has helped too by maintaining a smooth process.  Drive by appraisals are now allowed because sellers,  understandably, may deny inside access to their home.

The Bergen County real estate market update for March 25th is simple:  We have an active, strong market.  Many homes continue to receive multiple offers; it seems nothing will change for the foreseeable future.

My and Weichert Realtors Approach

I realize I’ll sound like a Weichert groupie but there is a reason why I choose to be a Weichert agent.  This company is so far ahead of the others.  Because Jim Weichert brought 1 stop shopping to residential real estate, we’ve worked remotely for decades.  As a result, we are uniquely positioned for this crisis.

Through our All Under One Roof approach, we can do the entire transaction remotely.  We’re experts at this since we’ve done it for decades.  While I did have to learn to finally get comfortable with a cell phone video tour (wait till you hear what I sound like as I trip over a chair) the truth is we can do it all using technology.

If you want to buy or sell a property, call/text me at 201-741-8490.  I have a lot I can show  and do for you from the safety of your home!

 

 

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Happy St Patrick's DayPOSTPONED UNTIL SEPT 12th 2020

DUE TO CORONA VIRUS CONCERNS

Bergen County St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Get ready to wear green because it’s time for the Bergen County St. Patrick’s Day Parade!  It’s the 39th year this popular parade is being held in, of course, Bergenfield.

The parade begins this Sunday, March 15th, at 2 pm and ends at 4 pm or there about.  This is a highly popular annual tradition.  It brings out thousands of people rain or shine every year.  Sunday will be no different.  Not even the Corona virus will dampen the Bergen County St.  Patrick’s Day Parade!  Weather is predicted to be 51 degrees and sunny.  The crowd is going to be huge as a result.

The public celebration begins with The Flag Raising Ceremony at 1 pm.  This takes place at the Roy Brown Middle School on Washington Ave.  The parade takes off from there at 2 pm moving up on Washington Avenue.

Bergen County’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade features Irish dancing by both children and adults and at least 3 bagpipe groups.  There are, additionally, Irish music and singers, antique cars, fire engines, high school bands plus much more.  It really is a lot of fun.  Irish dance

The Irish Community

Bergen County has a proud and strong Irish community.  Because there are so many people of Irish descent in Bergenfield the parade has always been held here.  Statewide, 10% of New Jersey residents have an Irish heritage according to Wikipedia.

The Bergen County St. Patrick’s Day Parade is sponsored by the Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County.  The Council began in 1980.  It’s affectionately known as the Bergen Irish.  The goal was to combine Bergen County Irish clubs and associations into one organization to promote Irish culture and celebrate St Patrick’s Day.  Additionally the Council gives out awards for positive contributions to society.

Bergen County St. Patrick's Day ParadeLocal Irish Restaurants

Come on out this Sunday, March 15th, and enjoy the Bergen County St Patrick’s Day Parade.  Have a pint of Guinness and a wonderful meal afterwards at one of our great local Irish restaurants –  Tommy Fox’s Public House /Bergenfield, Blarney Station /East Rutherford, Biddy O’Malley’s /Englewood & Northvale and Shannon Rose /Ramsey

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how is real estate in bergen countyHow’s Real Estate in Bergen County so far this year?  Let’s take a good look.

Using NJMLS Data Correctly

We are at the start of a new year.  As a result, it’s necessary to look at the market data from a different perspective.  This is because January and February closings originated last year with rare exception (30-45 day cash sales).  So what do you use?

You use under contract figures.  I feel that this is the most current picture of what’s happening.

Because Realtors must use the New Jersey State sales contract for residential transactions, attorneys know what to expect.  Attorney Review normally takes 1 week as a result.  So you’re under contract within 10 days from the time a seller signs your offer.  Plus inspection issues rarely alter the sales price.  What could be more current than this?

What’s Really Happening

Let’s compare 2019 to 2020 for January and February –

  • 14% more homes went under contract this year  (2,048 to 2,336)
  • The average price is up 7%  ($508,783 to $542,442)
  • The median price is up 9%  ($414,194 to $452,950)
  • Days on the market took slightly longer this year (69 to 72)
  • 4% more homes came on the market this year (3081 to 3,206)

While the inventory grew by only 4%, 14% went under contract.  That’s scorching demand for Bergen County homes.

The Stock Market, Corona Virus and Mortgage Rates  Dow Jones

January 1st sure was quiet compared to today.  There was no major news about the corona virus, stock market volatility didn’t exist and rates were good at just under 4%.  Today is a different world.

The Dow Jones lost 12% of it’s value and is volatile, mortgage rates are under 3.5% and the Corona virus is a very serious international issue.

Attendance at open houses yesterday was strong.  We have so far today 32 new listings and 28 accepted offers.  How is real estate in Bergen County?  Vibrant with powerful demand so far.  It seems that 2 things are fueling this – employment and rates.

The dramatic change to the US economy since Jan 1, 2016 is undeniable.  Unemployment is historically low as are mortgage rates.  It’s truly impossible to know what will happen with the Corona virus but real estate is a tangible asset.

A home is basically enforced savings – keep your house, pay it off over 30 years, get some tax relief during that time and retire with a nest egg that most of us will get no where else.  Sure prices will go up and down.  Who cares?  It’s a long term investment that’s been very very good.

No one knows how bad this virus will get or how it will effect the economy.  There is future hope if what has been broadcast is correct – a vaccination should come next year.  Let’s hope this happens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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26 Hillside Ave Cresskill NJI will be at 26 Hillside Avenue in Cresskill this Sunday, March 1st, helping Laura Latrenta with this open house of her listing from 1 to 4.  It’s on the market for $1,129,000 with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.  The NJMLS shows it as 4,296 square feet and I can tell you it’s very big having been there.

26 Hillside Ave is unique because the seller expanded it for his parents.  He actually created a house within a house.  As a result, each family has their own home and yet they are connected together as one family.

There was a lot of loving thought that went into this house.  The result is a wonderfully special home that works perfectly.  It’s also a very pretty home that blends modern and traditional styles. 26 Hillside Ave

They picked this spot because you can walk to everything.  It’s a 5 minute walk to the Coach USA #20 bus to NYC.  Another 5 minutes more for downtown shopping plus Cresskill’s municipal center, library and Merritt Memorial Elementary School.  Cresskill’s  Middle and High Schools are only 15 minutes further so that’s roughly a 25 minute walk.  Cresskill has a terrific, high scoring school system.  It also has great town services.

Cresskill has a simply wonderful town pool.  This is where many residents get to form lifelong friendships.  There’s also a recently constructed state of the art recreation center.  The town library is in the center of the business district and is quite a resource for residents.  There are events year round to keep you busy and energized.  Go to the town website and check out the Recreation Department there.

Getting back to 26 Hillside Ave this is also a great house for a variety of situations.  Blended families from 2nd marriages, large families with many children, multi generational families, relatives who come from overseas and stay for extended periods of time, people who work from home and need a private, quiet area for work, etc.  There are endless possibilities here in addition to just a typical, standard family.

26 Hillside AveThis handsome upscale home that’s oh so convenient to everything will charm you.  It has an ambiance of modern comfort with a decidedly sophisticated style.   This is not your typical cookie cutter colonial; it has so much more to offer you.  Come to 26 Hillside on Sunday between 1 and 4 pm and prepare to be “Wow’d”.  I’ll be delighted to show you this East Hill jewel in the upscale community of Cresskill NJ!

 

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how much can you negotiate on a houseHow much can you can negotiate on a house depends on the market as well as the house.  I can tell you this though – it’s not as much as you think.  It’s easy to find endless articles on the web telling you what to do.  While those so called experts are advising you, they have no knowledge of your market or the type of home you’re considering.

Because real estate values are extremely local, general advice is quite limited.  Whoever writes the article you’re reading doesn’t know your market and it’s housing styles.

Historical and Recent Averages

Let’s go to the New Jersey MLS for our data.  Because most sales involve 2 different brokers, I’m using this as our example.

The NJMLS tells us that from 2000 through 2019, homes sold at 96.3% of the asking price.  Days on the market are 74.  When I began in real estate, I was always taught that the historical average for Bergen County was within 5%s of asking.

2016 is the peak of this cycle from what I can tell.  The average for 2016-2019 is 97% of the asking price. The days on the market figure is shorter at 63.  Looking at 2018-2019, our most recent period, we find that it’s 97.1% of asking and 59 days on the market.  This is for Bergen County overall in the NJMLS.

Low Ball Offers Don’t Work

If you read any article on the web that tells you to start at 10% or more under the asking price, don’t.  Based on the above, it’s obvious why this won’t work.  NJMLS figures are the truth. They tell you what actually happened.

For a $500,000 house, 97% is $485,000.  Put yourself in the homeowner’s shoes.  How would you feel if someone sent in a $450,000 offer?  You wouldn’t be thrilled.  Let’s add in the fact that this is a seller’s market since there are more buyers than homes.  You wouldn’t be thrilled, you’d be angry.  “Why waste my time on a ridiculous offer?” is what would be going through your mind.

Imagine you’re the seller again.  Your agent tells you an offer is arriving.  You are excited and can’t wait to see it.  Then in comes 450 on a 500 house……..  Do you think the seller will want to work with that buyer?

Imagine you’re the buyer.  You have sent in your 450 offer expecting to hear a reply.  The reply you get is either no reply (“We’ll negotiate when you’re ready to send in a decent offer.”) or maybe the reply will be 448 or 449.  Can you imagine how you would feel?  Not happy I’d bet.  Frustrated and upset is what I would bet on.

Low ball offers don’t pull sellers down; they make sellers less agreeable.  Bottom line – you don’t get the house you want or you end up paying more for it.

How Much Can You Negotiate On A House

How much can you negotiate on a house depends on your specific market.  By the time you find a house you want, you should know what to expect.  Your agent should have taught you both market dynamics and housing values.

The key to all of this is indeed information.  How much you can negotiate on a house is only answered by knowledge.  Do the best you can but don’t expect magic.  This goes for sellers too.

Asking too high a price is a huge mistake.  You will start that series of price reductions which under sells your home.  Even in a seller’s market starting too high gives all advantage to the buyer.

Why?  Because you miss the market.  The buyer who would have paid you more can’t come because you’re over his price range.  By the time you reduce to the market, your home is old news and is passed by.  Now you only attract bargain hunters.  Ouch!

Do Your Homework

Do your homework.  Learn the values so you can tell if a house makes sense or not.  Then be prepared to pay a fair price.  Sellers please market your home at a price that attracts your buyers.  You’ll get your home sold for what it’s worth in a reasonable amount of time.

If you need advice on the market, negotiating or anything else, just text or call me at 201-741-8490.

 

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maple sugaringIt’s midweek.  You’re thinking of things to do this weekend in Bergen County as a result.  Let me help you with a few suggestions.  While I realize it’s February, the weather this weekend promises to be spectacular.  So let’s mix outdoor and indoor options.

Maple Sugaring

It’s that time of year again for maple sugaring at the Tenafly Nature Center.  Sessions are held every Sunday in February and March most often at 12:30, 2 and 3:30 pm.  Learn all about how maple trees are tapped to gather their sap.  Warm clothes are a must because part of the time you’ll be outside.  Going to see an actual maple tree tap is part of the program.  So is watching how the sap is boiled down to delicious maple syrup.

This is fun for adults and children alike but space is limited so make your reservations ASAP.  Maple sugaring is a very popular program.a lion in winter

The Lion in Winter

The Bergen County Players production of the Lion in Winter is still on this weekend.  This is an award winning play that ran on Broadway for a very long time.  You won’t want to miss it.

I love this theater group.  They put on terrific productions.  Parking is free (on the street) and you can’t beat the ticket prices.  It’s $22 on Friday and Saturday and $18 on Sunday.

Performances are held at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday while it’s 2 pm on Sunday.  Additionally BCP reserves seats for people with disabilities too.  Therefore call them in advance if you need this help.  The Bergen County Players is located in the old firehouse (just refurbished) at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell NJ  You can call them at 201-261-4200

new bridge landingHistoric New Bridge Landing

Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday this Sunday at historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge NJ from 1-5 pm.  What a spectacular event this is!  Plan to stay a few hours because there is so much going on.

A special musical and dance program at the Steuben House is held at 1:30 and 3:30  Children are taught to make a tri-corner hat and have fun with a scavenger hunt.  Watch food being cooked just like Martha did for George.  Get to meet Revolutionary soldiers and say hello to General Washington and Martha.

Because this is so well done and very authentic, don’t miss it.  It’s only on this Sunday afternoon after all.  Bring yourself and your family to this very special event that takes you back to the Revolutionary era.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students.  Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201 Main St in River Edge NJ  Parking is free.

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