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.

Bergen County Homes Sales Data from the New Jersey MLS

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You need Bergen County homes sales data from the New Jersey MLS so you’re on top of the market. The New Jersey MLS is the primary multiple listing service for all of Bergen County. They do a simply outstanding job in so many ways. There is comprehensive information on homes for sale as well as statistics on all aspects of the market. The sales data shows an improving market for…

Tenafly East Hill Homes

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On January 27, 2009, a home at 221 Churchill Road was listed for sale at $1,590,000. This was an extremely well kept original ranch on a gorgeous acre lot. It was listed twice – as a single family home and as a building lot. Tenafly East Hill original homes are in high demand.  Their acre properties are sought after by builders as building lots.  Builders knock these homes down to construct a…

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Are Easing Jumbo Mortgage Terms

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac buy mortgages which means that they guarantee them. Without the backing of Fannie and Freddie, mortgage lenders have to find other investors to sell their mortgage loans to and those investors charge more so interest rates are higher. Fannie and Freddie backed mortgages are called conforming; the others are called jumbo. The limit on a conforming mortgage is $417,000 but that is about to change….

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…

High School Reunions and Growing Up in Bergen County

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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…