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Getting a pet when you move into your new home is almost a ritual for many families in Bergen County.  It’s not unusual for me to learn that one of my customers has added a new dog or cat or other pet to their family once everything is unpacked.  Those of us who grew up with pets can remember how excited we were when our parents let us bring home our new pet.  It was so much fun and it taught…

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Buying a home for most of us means getting a mortgage.  Mortgage rates become a prime issue for home buyers as does their credit report.  The interest rate on that mortgage is determined in large part by your credit score. Whether or not you qualify for a mortgage is often determined by your credit score alone.  It is true that income, debt and assets are important but your credit score is the first determining factor. …

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The New Jersey Association of Realtors publishes a report every year on the characteristics of people who buy and sell homes in New Jersey.  The National Association of Realtors has it’s own buyer and seller profile but naturally that’s on a national scale.  I prefer the New Jersey Home Buyer Profile report because it focuses on our State. New Jersey Home Buyer Profile There are some very interesting facts in…

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The closest winter sports facility to New York City is right here in Bergen County at Campgaw Mountain Reservation.  Only 18 miles from the George Washington Bridge, Campgaw is run by the Bergen County Department of Parks and has it all – you can ski, snowboard and tube down the mountain day and night. There’s all sorts of fun here and it’s also a learning center with group and private lessons…

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In the world of Bergen County real estate, one of the most popular style of homes is the split level.  It’s efficient design, open floor plan, bright sunlit interior and uncomplicated mechanical systems makes these homes highly sought after by buyers.  Bergen County saw an explosion of split level home construction from 1960 through the mid 1970’s.  A wonderful example of the split level design is found in my listing…

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I’m not an economist – I’m just a real estate agent.  But, as opposed to what some of my friends will tell you, I am not crazy and I have a lot of common sense.  This is why what has happened makes no sense at all to me.  If only people had behaved responsibly there would be no sub prime mortgage mess. It all starts with the mortgage.  If you…

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Although it’s very early in the year we can still get an idea of the real estate market.  Here is what I’ve found: The spring market for real estate in Bergen County arrived in February.  We’ve noticed an increase in the number of buyer inquiries and in the number of people coming out on weekends to look at homes on Sunday afternoons which is pretty much what we expect every…

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Last summer I did something I thought I’d never ever do – I went to my high school reunion. It’s the oddest thing but during the past few years, we’ve all been finding each other again.  This is most definitely a very weird reaction to reaching the latter part of your middle age of life.   Not that all of us have separated from each other.  Among the advantages of living in…