63 Byrne St in Hackensack Is For Sale

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63 Byrne St is a new listing I am just putting on the market in Hackensack, NJ.  Because the sellers work at home, showings begin at the open houses this weekend.  Saturday is 1-3 and Sunday is 1-4. The asking price is $475,000 and taxes are $10,578.  It’s a classic side hall colonial home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.  I’m really excited about bringing it to the market for…

Winter is Back

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Winter is back.  It’s cold here in Bergen County.  The sky is gray with clouds and snow is on it’s way.  This is exactly what you’d expect because it’s the first week of January. Since the weather has now turned cold, outdoor activities are greatly reduced.  A great exception is the Tenafly Nature Center and another is Campgaw Mountain.  Ice skating lessons are available at Van Saun Park too.  While…

How Do You Know If You’ve Found The Right House?

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How do you know if you’ve found the right house?  This isn’t a rhetorical question.  It’s also not a simple one either.  Because so many home buyers wonder about this, I thought we should discuss it. Let’s start with it’s normal.  My first time buyers usually ask me about this early on.  I hear this less frequently from trade up buyers.  While they might not voice it directly, it’s still…

Bidding Wars Require A Strategic Approach

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Let’s face it.  Bidding wars are no fun.  Multiple offers on the same house mean nearly everyone loses.  This is why bidding wars require a strategic approach. Because the inventory is so extremely low, expect to face competition.  It doesn’t matter what the house is like, where it’s located or the price range.  Competition runs throughout the marketplace.  As a result, you need to do everything you can to beat…

The Top 3 Home Buying Mistakes

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The top 3 home buying mistakes I see home buyers make are: 1.  Choosing The Wrong Agent 2.  Using The Wrong Banker 3.  Hiring The Wrong Attorney Choosing The Wrong Agent Communication is key.  Are you and your agent on the same page?  Are you a team?  Is your agent advising you like a consultant rather than trying to “sell you” on a house? Does your agent know the area…

181 Glenwood Ave in Leonia, NJ

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  181 Glenwood Ave in Leonia NJ is just back on the market.  It happens sometimes.  You’re in the middle of a transaction and situations change.  Sometimes those changes cancel out a sale.  Lucky you because this is a very nice house in a great town. Here are the basic details for you –     $579,000 60 x 125 Lot & $11,361 Taxes 1 Full Bath on the 1st…

Your Home Inspection – How To Mess It Up

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Your home inspection is to me the most critical part of buying a home.  Why do I say this?  Because your sales contract while the most important, is handled by your attorney.  If we assume you’re using a great real estate attorney, this should be fine.  Home inspections, on the other hand, can truly hurt you if not done right.   So how do we mess them up?  By not…

154 Charlotte Pl in Englewood Cliffs – Offered at $2,595,000

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I have an amazing property coming on the market this week in Englewood Cliffs.  While there are many beautiful homes in Englewood Cliffs, there is nothing even remotely comparable to 154 Charlotte Pl.  This elegantly sophisticated residence is also a warm and inviting home.  Built by the present owner in 2011 to exacting standards, every room is uniquely beautiful.  It’s a combination of exquisite custom touches, superior materials and fine…

419 Golf Course Drive in Leonia – New Listing & Open House Oct 4th Sunday 1-4

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419 Golf Course Drive in Leonia is on the market at $959,000.  While there are others in this price range, none have the value you’ll find here. Floor Plan Constructed in 1984 at the top of  prestigious Vreeland Hills in Leonia, this expansive home was very well designed.  There are actually 4 levels of living space and it all works.  I like to think of this as a combination of…

Bergen County Through August

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Looking at Bergen County through August tells us two things about the real estate market here.  Most importantly the market has fully recovered.  Also while it seemed at times over heated, we’re moving forward conventionally. New Jersey MLS Sales Using the New Jersey MLS Comparative Report, I can compare one year to another.  Because sales figures are not enough, I also look at under contract figures.  Using both gives you…