Real Estate Market Update

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Here is a real estate market update report for you now that we’re through July: Fewer sales are happening in 2014 but not because demand is weakening.  Far from it.  Demand is strong but supply is down.  This is reflected in fewer days on the market.  Less supply – increased and/or equal demand = pressure on pricing.  This is good news for sellers but it’s still not a full tilt in the…

Bergen County Real Estate Has Stabilized

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Bergen County real estate has stabilized.  This was my projection last year and I am very happy to say that I was right on target.  What I’d said and written was that by the end of 2009 the market would stabilize.  It has done exactly that. Our housing market is improving.  New Jersey MLS data, bank appraisers and housing reports all say the same thing:  We have clearly bottomed out and…

Is the $8000 Tax Credit Causing Buyers to Overlook Even Better Short Sale Opportunities?

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There are many homes for sale with steep discounts because they are a short sale and you may find a house that is a better “fit” for you in a short sale than trying to buy a home that you really don’t love just because of the tax credit.

Affordable Dumont Rocks! A Bergen County Value For Buyers

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Affordable Dumont rocks!  It truly is a Bergen County value for buyers.  I’ll explain why. Crunching numbers to analyze the real estate market has taught me a lot. Over the years, I’ve found that the relationship between the number of homes for sale and under contract is a great indicator of how the housing market is doing. When that ratio is 2:1, the housing market is strong. Ok, I know, it’s…

Beware of Short Sale Fraud

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Beware of short sale fraud.  This is a growing problem in the short sale market. There is a new thief who preys upon homeowners who must put their home on the market as a short sale. Simply put, a short sale occurs when a homeowner can no longer pay his mortgage, has no other assets and the loan amount is greater than the home is worth. As a result there…

Tenafly Real Estate – 1st Quarter Report

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What Can We Expect in 2009 and for Tenafly real estate in particular? I can answer this with one word – improvement. I had projected 10% depreciation but that was before the stunning sub prime mess was revealed. While we have “Monday Morning Quarterbacks,” the truth is virtually no one knew of this growing menace. The Tenafly market for homes in 2008 ended with 25% fewer sales and 18% depreciation….

Bergen County Real Estate – How’s the 1st quarter looking?

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The figures are in and the real estate market in Bergen County is doing OK.  It’s still a buyer’s market for homes but you can see some signs of improvement with Bergen County real estate. In January I had written that the real estate market in Bergen County would shift during the 4th quarter of 2009 and stabilize.  From then on for a few years we would be working in…

New Jersey Home Buyer Profile – Who’s Buying and Why

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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…

The State of the Real Estate Market

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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…