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Hello SummerHello summer! Summer is here and people are out.  While spring was unusually cold, summer weather is back and this means outdoor fun.

Because summer is a big vacation time, once you get into mid July special events become less and less.  There’s still plenty to do here in Bergen County.  It’s just that so many of us head out for our annual vacation.  As a result, there’s just a whole lot of us missing until September.

Because of this, I’ll start to focus on the major attractions of Bergen County.  You’ll find that there is a lot going on here.  We still have several events every week.  This week we do have a major event coming up.  It’s  the return of a beloved Church Feast and a nightly live band concert.

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Feast

Our Lady of Mt Carmel is bringing back is beloved Church Feast this week.  From Wednesday through Saturday (July 14th – 17th) you can enjoy one of the major Church Feasts of Bergen County.  Since it’s such a big feast, it’s held it at the Lyndhurst Town Park (299 Delafield Ave).  I can tell you that it’s a lot of fun with amazing Italian food and pastries..  From sausage & peppers to zeppoles, it’s all delicious.  Rides of course, games naturally and a Super 50/50 Raffle are all part of the fun. Italian food and pastries

The Super 50/50 Raffle is a major item.  Tickets ($5) are sold every day and the drawing is at the end on Saturday night.  According to the Church, the last raffle winner got just over $24,000.  Feast hours are 6-10 Wednesday through Friday and 5-10 Saturday.

Music Under The Stars

I bet you thought a major feast was enough fun.  Well there’s also a free concert series where you can have fun dancing too.  Music Under The Stars runs at the same time every evening.  There’s 2 concerts nightly at 7 and 9 pm.  You can dance the night away or just enjoy the music.  Lyndhurst has a brochure with all the details.

So this is our major event for this week.  There are plenty of other concerts too. The Tenafly Summer Concert Series has live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays through most of August.  Bergen County has concerts all summer and movies in the park at Overpeck and Van Saun Parks.  

Hello Summer!

So hello summer in Bergen County!  As you can see, there’s a lot going on.  I’m going to send out another post this week just on Van Saun Park.  You will be very impressed with how much and how varied are the attractions at Van Saun Park.  Back to you on this in a few days.

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bergen county playersLive theater is back in Bergen County starting this coming Sunday night.  I don’t usually do 3 articles in 1 week.  Because this starts Sunday night, I need to let you know now.

Bergen County Players is doing 3 outdoor productions for free with the cooperation of Oradell and Westwood.  This is such fabulous news.

The Schedule of Plays

We haven’t had live theater since the pandemic shut down in March of last year.  It’s so great to see Bergen County Players putting on productions again.  All 3 are on Sunday nights.  Here’s the schedule:

  1. Love Letters on July 11th at the Westwood Bandstand
  2. Let Us Entertain You on July 25th at Oradell’s Memorial Park
  3. Blast From the Past: Songs of the 50’s & 60’s at Oradell’s Memorial Park

Please be sure to register for Love Letters.  They need to know how many people are coming to this free event.  Also, don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket with you too.

Bergen County Players

I’ve written about Bergen County Players before.  It’s so nice that live theater is back in Bergen County.  It’s even nicer to know that Bergen County Players (aka BCP) is re-opening this November.

There are several theater groups here.  Because they are so good, their productions are well attended.  BCP has amazing productions.  I’ve been to many of them andd not one has been disappointing.  In addition to dramas and musicals for adults, they also have plays for children.

I took my niece and her then 5 year old daughter to Jack and the Beanstalk.  It was so much fun.  The theater was, of course, filled with children.  The kids were mesmerized with what was happening.  After the show, the entire cast came out in costume to greet the children.  Can you imagine how excited they were?

BCP is located in an old fire house.  A few years ago they redid the place installing better lighting, new seats and a better sound system.  It’s a very intimate experience because it’s not a big theater.  However, it’s a very cool setting.

Live Theater Is Back in Bergen County

Live theater is back in Bergen County and that’s great.  We love our theater groups.  BCP is very possibly the best.  All of them  put on terrific productions.  We also had a children’s theater group too which I’m hoping will return.  Why do we love our local theater groups?  Because you can have a wonderful night out that’s affordable and easy.

Consider this:  It costs around $60 to drive to Broadway and park near the theater.  You can go out to a nice local restaurant and see a show at BCP for that much.

So go register for Love Letters now.  Enjoy a free night out at the theater this Sunday.  Make it a great night out by having dinner at one of Westwood’s highly rated restaurants too.  Need a recommendation?  Call me (201-741-8490).

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the first half of the yearThe first half of this year in real estate has been very strong.  We all know this from the media.  It seems every week there’s a report about how homes are selling.  Bergen County homes have been flying but there are some surprising trends.

Home buyers and homeowners need to know what’s happening.  So does everyone else because real estate is so important.  It’s still one of the major drivers of our economy.

Think about this for a moment.  What happens when a home is sold?  People often buy paint, appliances, curtains, furniture, tools to hang pictures, etc.  There’s a lot of stuff that goes into a house sale too.

Banks, home inspectors, termite inspectors, tank sweep inspectors, appraisers, title compaies, insurance, attorneys, Realtors are all involved.  As a result, every time a house, condo or co-op is sold, people are employed and items are bought.  Because of all this, real estate is a key part of our economy.

The First Half of this Year

Last year nearly 8,000 single family homes were sold in Bergen County.  The New Jersey MLS has it at 7,836.  The first half of this year in Bergen County has 3,870.  While this is impressive because we still have major closing months ahead, look at the under contract figures.

This is even more impressive.  2021 has 9,403 to 2020’s 7,933.  Remember what happened in 2020?  We closed the economy for nearly 2 months.  It was 2 months for Bergen County homes.  In spite of that, we had a good showing. at 7,933.  Additionally, the average price a house went under contract at rose by a whopping 17%.

Let’s compare 2021 to 2019 since there was no lockdown in 2019.  Here we see 2019 having 8,583 homes under contract.  The gap is a lot smaller here but the price increase since then is 23%.  Since we’re 17% ahead of last year in pricing, the rise in 2019 was a lot more moderate.  Either way, this has been a great time to sell your home.

Condos, Co-ops and Townhouses

Condos, co-ops and townhouses are put together as one group in the NJMLS data.  While I wish this was split up, we still can see trends.

This group hasn’t performed as well although it’s been good.  Sales this year are way ahead of 2020 at 3,022 compared to 1,807.  The average sales price rose 7%.  Under contracts for this period are up 9% – so far we have 3,571 this year and 2,231 last year.

Comparing 2019 to 2021 shows a 10% appreciation and 818 more sales (2,204 to 3,022 this year).  While this is strong performace, it’s significantly less than single family houses.

How The Pandemic Influences Bergen County Real Estate

While it’s true that single family homes always outperform condos, co-ops and townhouses, the gap is more than I’d normally expect.  I believe that this is due to the pandemic.

Because we are next to New York City, what happens there is felt here.  2019 had people streaming out of Manhattan to find space, quiet and a backyard.  Being trapped in a NYC apartment with children was more than parents could handle while trying to work.  Moreover, working remotely made living in the city irrelevant.  You didn’t have to be close to the office.  Other urban areas were likewise impacted although without the safety issues of Manhattan.

2021 continues this trend in many ways.  New York City is even more dangerous.  Remote working has companies reducing office space or moving to the suburbs.  When companies open fully, a great many workers will no longer commute 5 days each week.  Home office space is not a luxury because it’s now a necessity. Most condos, co-ops and townhouses aren’t set up for this.  What’s happened is that an ongoing trend has accelerated tremendously.  As a result, office space has become much less valuable.

It’s not that these properties aren’t doing well.  It’s just that the gap in performance has widened.  There will always be a strong demand for a Bergen County condo, co-op or townhouse.  Always popular, they have a lot to offer and at prices New Yorkers perceive as discounted.  Having a condo apartment with a knock your socks off NYC skyline view will always be worth a lot.  It’s just that as we are adjusting to our new normal, single family homes will, for a time, outperform more than in the past.

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What’s happening in Bergen County this week and weekend is quite a lot to reportWe have golf course openings, a baseball game, movie night, concerts and another food truck festival..  We have golf course openings, a baseball game, movie night, concerts and another food truck festival.

Englewood 4th of July Celebration  NOTE:  DUE TO STORMS CANCELED YET AGAIN

Let’s start with Englewood’s 4th of July celebration.  This annual event is held on the Dwight Morrow High School front lawn.  Because it’s so popular, you need a space that big for all the people who come.  Since it was rained out last week, it was rescheduled for this Tuesday night.  However weather is not cooperating so it’s been canceled and will again be rescheduled.  I’ll let you know when they set a date.

Bergen County Golf

Until now our Bergen County golf courses were open on a limited schedule.  That’s just now changed to a full schedule. Here are the operating schedules for all Bergen County public golf courses:

  1. Darlington is open daily 6:30 am to 6:30 pm except Tuesday which is 9am to 5 pm
  2. Orchard Hills is open Tuesday through Sunday from 6:30 am to 5 pm
  3. Overpeck is open daily from 6:30 am to 7 pm golf bergen county
  4. Rockleigh is open daily from 6:30 am to 7 pm
  5. Soldier Hill is open Tuesday through Sunday from 6:30 am to 6 pm
  6. Valley Brook is open daily from 6:30 am to 6 pm

Additionally, you are advised to call the Bergen County Golf info line at 201-336-7280 for up to the minute news before driving over to a range.

Tenafly Summer Concert Series

The Tenafly Concert Series is back starting this Tuesday, July 6th, at 7 pm.  Every week through August on Tuesdays and Thursdays there will be a different concert in Huyler Park right in the downtown business district.  Since it’s inception several years ago, this has become so popular that it brings out people from all over.  While working in my office across the way, I’ve really enjoyed listening to the music because it never disappoints.

The Hermitage Revolutionary War Lecture

american revolutionary warWednesday is the date and the American Revolution is the topic.  The Hermitage in Ho Ho Kus is hosting a lecture on July 7th at 7 pm by Todd Braisted.  Mr Braisted is an expert on the American Revolution and reportedly a very entertaining speaker.  Details are on the website and tickets are only $20 at the door.

Hackensack Performing Arts Center Concert

The Hackensack Performing Arts Center kicks off it’s summer series with an Oldies Concert this Friday, July 9th, at 7 pm.  This is the 1st concert in a series of Friday nights that runs through mid August.  HACPAC is the newest Bergen County Performing Arts Center.  While it’s outdoor concerts started only a few years ago, they’re quite popular.  There’s a lot going on so check out their full schedule.

Vintage Baseball Game at New Bridge Landing

Have you ever wondered what baseball was like in the 19th century?  Come to New Bridge Center on Saturday at 11 am for an old fashioned double header.  Because this is a recreation of vintage baseball, rules of the day along with authentic uniforms is what you’ll see and experience.  Go to the website for information and ticketing.

Demarest Farms Movie Night

Demarest Farms is one of Bergen County’s remaining farms.  From home backed goods to petting zoos, this year round staple has been feeding residents here since the 19th century.  More than a simple faborm stand, this is also a place where you teach the younger set about animals, horticulture and the environment. demarest farms movie night

Because of the devastating effects of Covid last year, they came up with a novel approach.  They brought back the old fashioned drive in movie.  People flocked to their movie nights.  It was safe, fun and a chance to get out of your house.  Since it was so popular, they’ve brought it back.  So if you haven’t gone so far this summer, check out their schedule for this weekend starting on Friday night.

Saturday Night Concert in Overpeck

The New Jersey Wind Symphony is giving a free concert in Overpeck Park at 8 pm on Saturday, July 10th.  This is happening at the Amphitheater on the newer, south side section of Overpeck Park.  This concert will offer a wide variety of music from patriotic marches to classic standards.  Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy a wonderful free concert under the stars.

empanadaEmpanada & Food Truck Sunday

It seems that there’s a lot happening at the Garden State Plaza this summer.  Empanadas and food trucks are back this Sunday, July 11th, from 11 am to 7 pm.  While the emphasis is on empanadas, there are plenty of other food choices too.  In addition to at least 20 food trucks, there’s also live music, face painting, boardwalk style games and more.  Buy your tickets in advance because they’re more at this evehnt.

What’s Happening in Bergen County Is A Lot

So here’s what’s happening in Bergen County for this week and weekend. As you can see, it’s a lot and quite varied.  I hope you go out and enjoy these events.

Have a great week ahead.  I know I am – got my listing sold to really nice 1st time home buyers.  There’s nothing better than being a real estate agent.  That’s because I get paid to make people happy!

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4th of July4th of July fireworks in Bergen County are back in many towns.  We are more than ready to celebrate this year.  We start this Wednesday in Englewood.

Because it was all cancelled last year due to Covid 19, it seems that everyone is going to celebrate more than ever before.  I went into the Englewood Shoprite and you can just feel it.

While we’re going through a really hot spell now, people were stocking up with a noticeably upbeat attitude.  Friends who saw each other were  discussing their plans for the 4th weekend.  Everyone wants to get back to normal.  What could be more normal than 4th of July fireworks and grilling hot dogs?

Englewood   NOTE:  DUE TO THE STORM ON THE 30TH, RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY NIGHT, JULY 6TH

4th of July fireworks in Bergen County start in Englewood at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, June 30th.  This is one celebration you do not want to miss.  It’s held on the front lawn of Dwight Morrow High School (274 Knickerbocker Rd).  Bring a chair or blanket and food.  There will be live music and I think some fun activities for children.  Englewood has amazing fireworks that go on for over 30 minutes.

Bergenfield Statue of Liberty

Thursday July 1st is the date and 6 pm is the time.  Come to Veterans Memorial Park (New Bridge Rd & Brey Ln) for the Bergenfield Family Fun Night to Celebrate the 4th.  There will be live music and food trucks.  Fireworks start at 9:15 pm.  Expect a big turnout – this is a highly anticipated annual event.

Edgewater

Thursday night will be fireworks at Veterans Field (1167 River Rd).  Bring a chair or blanket, some food to snack on and enjoy the show.  Fireworks begin at 9:20 pm.  The shuttle bus will be running  for free on River Road starting at 7 pm.

Fair Lawn

Fair Lawn is another town that is celebrating on Thursday, July 1st.  Held at Memorial Park (Berdan Ave & 1st Street), this is a ticketed event.  If you buy your tickets in advance, it’s cheaper so go to the event link to get your tickets.  This begins at 6:45 when there will be a concert plus there will be food vendors.  Bring a chair too or blanket.

Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst is celebrating on Friday, July 2nd.  Go to the Little League Field at 255 River Road starting at 6 pm.  There will be food vendors so just bring a chair or blanket.  The show starts at 8:30 followed by fireworks.

Ramsey

Friday is the day for Ramsey’s 4th of July fun.  It’s all happening in Finch Park (315 Island Rd) starting at 6:30 pm.  This is really going to something.  6:30 there’s live music by The Troublemakers, then at 8:20 music by the Ramsey Wind Orchestra.  Next it’s fireworks.  Various town organizations will be there selling food and cold drinks.
4th of July fireworks in Bergen County

Glen Rock

Glen Rock celebrates the entire weekend.  They begin with a free concert Saturday night at 7pm by the Glen Rock Pops.  This is held on the Borough Hall (1 Harding Plaza) front lawn.  Bring a chair and enjoy a concert filled with patriotic themes.  There’s also a fun raffle too.

Sunday morning is the famous IDA Parade.  Glen Rock started this in 1938 instead of traditional fireworks.  It’s grown over the years since into a very sizable parade with floats, classic cars and people dressed up in all sorts of patriotic costumes. It’s a lot of fun.  A ceremony is at 9 and the parade gets going at 9:30 am; it all starts at the Borough Hall.

Paramus

Paramus is having a huge event on the 4th of July at the Garden State Plaza.  They are having a gourmet Food Truck Festival starting at 2 pm until dusk when the fireworks come on.  There’s even a beer & sangria garden.  Admission is $5 per person, kids are free and they ask you bring a non perishable item for the food bank.  Food ranges from Maine lobster to hot dogs too.

Teaneck

The 4th begins with a township parade at 9:30 from Queen Anne Road ending at Votee Park where all the fun happens.  From 10 to 2 pm it’s a community party.  There’s a concert, magic show, food, inflatables for kids and more.  Go to the flyer for all the details.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Macys 4th of July Fireworks

While some of us will be at home, that doesn’t mean we’ll miss 4th of July fireworks.  Macys puts on what has to be the most amazing fireworks show in the country.  Watched on TV literally around the world, this spectacular event is a national treasure.  Check your TV stations so you don’t miss it.  It’s on NBC from 8 to 10 pm.  This is not only fireworks but a wonderful theatrical event.

4th of July Fireworks in Bergen County

Coming out of a pandemic, not all Bergen County towns are geared up this year.  As you can see, there are still a lot of celebrations going on.  Additionally, there’s always the Meadowlands State Fair in East Rutherford where you’ll have plenty to do.  Fireworks, of course, will be on hand at night too.

I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July whether home watching Macy’s fireworks or at a barbecue with friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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316 The Promenade316 The Promenade is my new listing in Edgewater.  This is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath condominium priced at $679,000.  In addition, there are 2 deeded spaces in the open air garage.

The Promenade is one of the most prestigious complexes in Edgewater.  Because it is a gated community that juts out into the Hudson River, you have a truly unique ambiance.

Floor Plan

Step inside and be greeted by a large foyer.  You’ll find bedrooms ahead  and the entertaining area to the left.

Since the floor plan is open, the living room, dining area and kitchen  breakfast bar integrate seamlessly.  This becomes one large space that’s ideal for parties or just hanging out. There’s also a Frigidaire Gallery door to the outside terrace.  Because the breakfast bar is without a wall, you can prepare food in the kitchen and still be part of the fun.

Bedrooms are generous and the Master is huge with a door to the terrace, walk in closet and large full bath.  The Master Bedroom has an added degree of privacy because across the hallway by itself from the others.

In fact, all the bedrooms are located separately from the entertaining area for a well designed layout.

Building Amenities

This is a gated community with a 24/7 manned guardhouse.  Elevators take you from the garage to the private paver walk above. This is a beautifully landscaped walkway to your building.  It’s then an elevator ride up to the 3rd floor.

Parking is a covered open air garage with several elevators.  As a result, your walk to and from your car isn’t long.  On the ground level there’s a whirlpool hot tub, sauna, well equipped exercise room and locker room.

EdgewaterLocation

The Promenade is a uinique complex because it juts out into the Hudson River.  Located behind City Place, you really are in a world of your own.

Edgewater has all the shopping you need.  City Place itself has it’s own shopping center plus there are several malls minutes away to choose from.  You’ll also find amazing restaurants – some of the most popular in Bergen County.

Commuting to New York City is why people come to Edgewater.  It’s a short drive to the Lincoln Tunnel or George Washington Bridge.  Additionally there’s the NJ transit bus or NY Waterway ferry depending on how you want to access Manhattan.

The Promenade

316 The Promenade

316 The Promenade is a large, bright and pristine top floor unit that looks out onto the Hudson River and New York City skyline.  The present owner’s family is expanding so it’s time to move on.  This allows you to move into this gorgeous unit that gives you the best of what the Gold Coast has to offer.  Come this Sunday from 1 to 4 to see it or make an appointment for another time soon.  I don’t expect this condo to last long on the market.

 

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Spend This Weekend in Bergen CountySpend this weekend in Bergen County because, as usual, there are some great things happening.  We have quite a varied group of events from a major flea market to a nationally renown medium.

As promised, I will bring you a post every week on what’s happening on the weekend in Bergen County.  While I do my best to find major events, please let me know if I’ve missed something.

 

Craig McManus

Craig McManus is a high profile medium.  Featured in several news and magazine articles (including the NY Times & Martha Stewart Living), he’s also been on TV’s Today Show as well as other television appearances.

Craig has been channeling people for about 30 years or so.  Followed by many, Craig’s reading sessions are very popular and well attended.  He’s the author of several books about Cape May ghosts.

Craig will be at The Hermitage in Ho Ho Kus this Saturday from 1-4 pm.  While he’s doing his readings outside on the front lawn, this is limited to 120 people.  As a result, it’s smart to order your tickets now online.

Mad Science

Mad Science Shows

Children will love the Mad Science Shows this weekend at the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall.  Held on Friday and Saturday, there are 3 shows each day but you have to register for them in advance.  Admission is free – register for Friday and Saturday separately.  Since attendance is limited to 100 families, I’d advise doing this ASAP.

This free event is a production of . Since learning anything to do with STEM is so important, take advantage of this free program for your children.  Because it’s focused on the ocean, children learn about islands, tides, whirlpools, waves, coral reefs and more.  Location is Level 2 Macy’s Court near Shake Shack.  Register now before it’s too late.

Englewood Community Summer FestivalEnglewood Community Summer Festival

The City of Englewood is one of the major cultural centers in Bergen County.  It’s also a city with a fierce sense of pride and a vibrant business district.  Populated with a wide diversity of people, this kaleidescope of cultures creates one of the coolest places to live as a result.  Because Englewood is all this and more, it’s a highly desirable location from stater homes to among the most majestic in Bergen County.

Sunday is the day, 12-5 pm is the time and the MacKay Park Ice Arena is the place.  The Englewood Community Summer Festival is a fun filled afternoon event with food trucks, live music, 35 vendors, a petting zoo and games.

tenafly nature centerTenafly Nature Center

The Tenafly Nature Center has 2 adult events this Saturday beginning at 5 pm.  First is the Full Moon Gong Bath followed by the Full Moon Hike for Adults  The Gong Bath runs from 5 to 6:30 followed by the hike at 7 pm for 1.5 to 2 hours.  The Full Moon Gong Bath is a zen like experience where you will feel the healing effects of a gong’s sound and vibrations.  The Full Moon Hike covers about 1.5 miles through the nature center itself.

New Meadowlands Market

The New Meadowlands Market is an amazing, huge flea market.  Because it’s so big, it’s held at the Meadowlands Stadium in New Meadowlands Market East Rutherford as a result.  Located at Lot J, you’ll find hundreds of vendors, all sorts of things, food and entertainment.

Flea markets are fun.  There are crafts, toys, household items, antiques, etc.  You never know what bargains you’ll find.  Because it’s open on both Saturday and Sunday, if you’re busy 1 day you still have the other option.  Open from 8 am through 4 pm, parking and admission are free.  No pets allowed except for service animals.

Hasbrouck Heights Street Fair

Here is another of Bergen County’s fabulous street fairs.  This Sunday from 10 to 5 come to the Hasbrouck Heights Street Fair.  Because it gets a terrific turnout, this major street fair on the Boulevard is filled with a lot of everything.  You’ll find local Hasbrouck Heights Street Fair businesses and restaurants involved as well as other vendors, food trucks, live music, and a kiddie park area.  Additionally there is an entire section devoted to crafts.

The downtown business district becomes a walking park because this fair is held right on the Boulevard.  Since this eliminates downtown parking, expect to walk a few blocks to get there.  It’s well worth the 10 minute walk since this is a major street fair.

Spend this weekend in Bergen County.  You can see that we have a lot going on that’s fun and educational.

 

 

 

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Father's Day Weekend EventsFather’s Day Weekend events include State Fair Meadowlands, a church feast in Lyndhurst, Open Cockpit Weekend and a walking tour of Historic New Bridge Landing.

While the church feast began last night, I waited until today to post this.  Because I’m a mother, I didn’t want to announce anything in the middle of a school week.  So here we go!

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Feast

This began last night and runs through Saturday. Our Lady of Mt Carmel Feast is one of the largest Bergen County church feasts.  Because this is such a large feast, there’s also Musci Under The Stars.  Terrific live music happens every night at 7pm and 9pm.  As you’d expect, there are plenty of rides for children plus 50/50 raffles.

Delicious Italian food is a highlight.  You have everything from cannolis to pizza to sausage & peppers plus amazing Italian sausage and peppers desserts.  In addition to eating at the feast, people take food home too.

The feast opens at 6 pm tonight and Friday but 1 hour earlier at 5 pm on Saturday.  It goes late into the night.  Location is the Town Hall Park in Lyndhurst.

State Fair Meadowlands

Cancelled last year due to Covid, this very popular event is back.  MetLife Stadium is the location for 24 days of fun.  It runs from June 18th through July 11th.  Hours are afternoons through late evening.

There is so much to do and see at State Fair Meadowlands.  This is a seriously major fair that has all the rides, food and live  entertainment you’d expect and more.  Spectacular fireworks happen on July 3rd and 4th too.  There’s so much happening that I’d go on forever here.  Go to the State Fair Meadowlands website for more information and to purchase tickets.  Scroll down the entire page for all the details.

Meadowlands State FairOpen Cockpit Weekend

Did you know that Bergen County has an aviation museum?  Not many people do.  As a result, thousands drive by Teterboro Airport without realizing there’s an aviation museum right there.

The Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey is located at 400 Fred Wehran Drive in Teterboro NJ.  It’s a very cool place which is, I feel, the best kept secret in Bergen County.  This weekend they are having a special event – Open Cockpit Weekend on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until the doors close at 3 pm.

This fun event is very well attended because it gives you a chance to see what it’s like to sit in the cockpit of helicopters and a rare Lockheed Bushmaster plane.

Historic New Bridge Landing

New Bridge Landing was the scene of a major Revolutionary battle.  It was also George Washington’s headquarters.  There is soNew Bridge Landing much history here.  Because this truly is hallowed ground in the Revolutionary fight for freedom, the Bergen County Historical Society made it their mission to preserve New Bridge Landing and the buildings that remained.

Today this is a wonderful living museum with special events all year long.  This Sunday at 2 pm there will be a walking tour of New Bridge Landing.  You’ll learn it’s history, visit it’s restored buildings and have a lot of fun.  For more information and to purchase tickets just go to their website.

Father’s Day Weekend Events

I hope that everyone who celebrates Father’s Day has a wonderful Sunday with their Dad.  My father has been gone for a while now but I remember him with love.  He was also quite a character.  A member of the Greatest Generation who went through a lot pursuing his American Dream.  I’m thankful for everything he gave me.

So there you have it – 4 Father’s Day Weekend Events to choose from.  While some run at the same time, you can still go to more than 1 or all of them.

 

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why are there so many buyers Why are there so many buyers?  Every time you find a house, it seems so do others.  While I know this is frustrating, it’s not going to end soon.  Because it won’t, waiting is not a good idea.  Let me explain it all for you.

We’ll start with traditional reasons why people buy a Bergen County home.  Then I’ll tell you how current market conditions made things worse.

Why People Buy Bergen County Homes

Bergen County is next to not only the largest US city but also one of the world’s major capitals – New York City.  NYC has been an exciting place to live and work.

When the allure of urban life wanes, Bergen County is on the A List of places to go.  This is because of our proximity to NYC, diversity and everything we have to offer.  We are a prime destination for people with school aged children. There are so many award winning school districts.  Recreation is huge too.  Town parks are bergen county everywhere plus there’s a vibrant County Parks Department.  We even have 9 public golf courses and in winter a ski resort.

70 different locations make up Bergen County; there’s something here for everyone.  With great suburban neighborhoods, excellent town and County services plus proximity to NYC, we are an unbeatable combination.  As a result, there is always strong demand for Bergen County homes.

2020 and 2021

While I love NYC, it has become an unwelcoming presence.  There was an absolute panic to get out of NYC last year due to Covid 19 and civil unrest.  This year New York buyers tell me that they no longer feel safe.  It’s become so bad that all Mayoral candidates say they’ll save NYC from the current adminstration.  As a result, more people than you’d expect are moving to the suburbs.

Covid 19 pushed people out of NYC and urban areas in general.  This is because it’s impossible to social distance in any city.  At least in the suburbs you have space, a backyard and privacy.  While 2021 is not the panic we had last year, Covid still has an impact.

There’s the other Covid effect too.  We have learned to work remotely.  It’s no longer essential to be in that Manhattan office.  This is a fundamental and permanent change.  Of course New York offices will open up in the future.  However not all of them will.  As a result, the suburbs will gain significantly.  All of this increases the number of home buyers here.

mortgageLet’s Do The Math

What is the most expensive part of owning a house?  The mortgage loan itself.  It’s the cost of the money you borrow that determines what you can afford.  This cost is at historic lows.

A $400,000 mortgage at 3.25% is $1,736.05 per month.  This increases to $1,902.07 at 4%.  Doesn’t seem horrible, does it?  Well it sure is because you now qualify for 9.5% less house.  Your $425,000 home today is a $385,000 house tomorrow.  Should rates rise 1% you’re really out of luck.  That’s 13% less house or $369,750.

Because people today are so well educated, they “get it”.  As a result, more buyers than ever want to get a home now.

Renting versus Buying

It used to be that renting allowed you to save up for a down payment.  Those days are gone.  Since rents have skyrocketed, this rent vs buying no longer works.  Consider this:  A reasonable 2 bedroom apartment is around $1,850 per month.  This equals a $425,287 mortgage

OK, I know.  Owning a house does cost more.  Let’s see:  $400,000 mortgage = $1,736 + $1,000 taxes/insurance = $2,736 or $886 more per month.  You do get some write off on your property taxes and mortgage interest which helps.  Additionally you get $400,000 or more tax free when you retire.  What do you get by renting?  Zero.

Why Are There So Many Buyers?  You know the answer now.  As you can see, nothing will change soon except rates.  Right now the Fed is keeping rates down artificially.  That day will end and when it does, I expect rates to rise quickly and severely.

Keep reading this blog and tell your friends about it.  I’ll make sure you’re up to date on everything.

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Fun Things This Weekend In Bergen CountyI’m bringing back my articles on fun things this weekend in Bergen County.  Masks are off outside, people are going out to dinner and all sorts of events are happening again.  Bergen County is back!  Let’s see what we have in special events this weekend:

The Hermitage Civil War Living History Weekend

The Hermitage is a mid 17th century house that has been preserved as a museum.  It is a National Historic Landmark that usually has a pretty active schedule of events.  Because of Covid, this was interuppted but it’s back with a terrifc civil war themed event.

From car shows to period re-anactments, The Hermitage Museum is known for it’s many special events and educational experiences.  Since it’s been closed up like everything else, seeing it come alive this weekend is wonderful.  You have 2 days of scheduled civil war themed activities.

Admission is $7 per person with children under 4 free.  If you go to their website you’ll see the schedule for both Saturday and Sunday.  It begins at 10 am on Saturday and 11 am on Sunday.  Come meet the 6th Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers and hear music by the New Hampshire Contraband.

Because the Civil War is of interest to so many, this is always well attended every year.

Westwood’s Crafts in the Park Sunday  crafts in the park

Crafts in the Park is one of the largest Bergen County street fairs.  Because so many people come, it gets bigger every year.

Crafts in the Park is being held this Sunday, June 13th, from 10 am to 5 pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park across the street from The Iron Horse Restaurant next to the Westwood Train Station.

They have over 100 exhibitors lined up coming from 3 different States featuring art, crafts and photography.  Food is a big deal at this street fair too.  You’ll find traditional (hamburgers and hot dogs) to trendy (chicken kabobs).  I’m going to forget my diet and zero in on the home made ice cream!

Admission is free, the weather is going to be great and Westwood is a really cool town.  Think about grabbing dinner there too because Westwood is known for it’s many fine restaurants.

I can tell you that hamburgers at the Iron Horse are among the best in Bergen but get there early – no reservations,  PJ Finnegan’s is a terrific Irish bar and restaurant.  Do you like Midle Eastern food?  Go to Mezza for wonderful food or to Osteria Crescendo for Italian.  I’ve been to all of these.  They’re great.  As a result, it’s no wonder they stayed open.

relay for lifeRelay For Life in Paramus

This weekend Paramus is where you want to be for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.  Saturday it’s at the Paramus High School and Sunday it’s at the Westfield Garden State Plaza shopping center.

Relay for Life is a fun way to raise funds for cancer research. Saturday’s relay at Paramus High School is also having a luminaria ceremony.  This is a wonderful way to honor those you’ve lost, who are fighting cancer now and survivors.  It’s easy to purchase a luminaria too.

Because this is to raise funds for cancer research, they haven’t cut off registration.  As a result it’s not too late to participate in this weekend’s Relay Fo Life but get it done ASAP to be safe.

food truck Sunday Paramus Food Truck Festival

While you’re driving through Bergen County on Sunday, come on over to the Food Truck Festival. This is to promote the Paramus Food Pantry.  They’re asking everyone to bring at least 1 item of non perishable food.

Located in the Paramus Park Mall, 20 food trucks are participating so far; more are expected.  In addition to the food trucks, there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables and food art.  Beer is available too along with soft drinks.  Dogs are welcome as long as they’re leashed.

Fun Things This Weekend in Bergen County

Gov Murphy has been opening up New Jersey more and more.  As a result, events are coming back.  Because they are, normalcy is returning.  While we’re not completely back to normal, we’re getting there fast.  Since we are and things are happening, I’ll continue sending out fun things to do.