Buying The Market Has Crashed (Just not the way you want it to) Buyers! You’ve been asking me for several years now: “when will the market crash?” Well, I have a new answer for you: “It has already!” Yes, prices are still high. Yes, there are still bidding wars on well-priced homes. The crash isn’t in prices, it’s in inventory. Watch this 3 minute video to see what’s […]
Buying When is the real estate market going to be normal again? People often ask me: When is the market ever going to be “normal” again? In this episode of HOUSE TALK I explain why I think we are not going to see the old normal, and why this new normal is likely to last for quite a long time, maybe even a decade or more. I […]
HOUSE TALK HOUSE TALK: Defining Buyers and Sellers Markets Are we still in a seller’s market? Or are we now in a buyer’s market? How can I tell? In this episode of HOUSE TALK I define buyer’s and seller’s markets, and what each party can expect in terms of negotiating power in each market. Learn how Days on Market is the metric we use […]
Buying HOUSE TALK – Why agents are not allowed answer some buyers’ questions Is this a diverse community? Is this area safe? Are the schools good? These are some typical questions a buyer may ask a REALTOR® regarding a community. Unfortunately, federal and state fair housing laws make it risky, or even illegal, for us to answer them. Why? The Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the […]
Buying HOUSE TALK – Choosing Home Insurance When you are buying a home, obtaining a home insurance policy is typically one of the last things buyers will do before closing. In this episode of HOUSE TALK, I speak with Insurance Broker Jaina Lally of Goosehead Insurance about why you should start the process of selecting insurance much earlier.  Watch this 6 minute […]
HOUSE TALK HOUSE TALK – Staying out of trouble with New Jersey’s Fair Housing Laws In New Jersey, home sellers must abide by the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. This means that you must give all potential buyers equal consideration regardless of whether they fall into one of New Jersey’s 14 protected classes. Does this mean you have to sell your home to someone who can’t pay for it? Of […]
HOUSE TALK HOUSE TALK – Tax implications of selling or buying a home Are you buying or selling a home? Concerned about what that will do to your taxes? In this episode of HOUSE TALK I discuss the tax implications of a sale for both sellers and buyers. I brought in my own tax accountant, Alison Cogan, CPA from MRA Advisory Group for this discussion.
HOUSE TALK HOUSE TALK – What’s the Difference between a Broker and a REALTOR®? Some real estate agents call themselves brokers, others use the title salesperson, or REALTOR®. What’s the difference? Aren’t they all the same anyway? Actually, there are differences. A broker has a legally different set of responsibilities from a salesperson. And a REALTOR® has taken the extra step of joining the National Association of REALTORS® and […]
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Home Styles Introducing Bungalow Homes   Bungalow style homes were part of the Arts and Crafts movement of the 1900s and 1910s. While they’re sometimes called Craftsman Homes or Craftsman Cottages some Craftsman Homes could be significantly larger. Bungalows were one story, or one and a half story homes where the second story has sloped walls beneath the Roof. Dormers […]
Home Styles Introducing: Tudor Homes Maybe you already have an idea what at Tudor home looks like. Or maybe you’ve seen the term in a listing and wondered, what does that mean? Well, to start with, what’s called a Tudor in most real estate listings isn’t actually a Tudor. Tudor homes were built primarily in England and Wales in the […]
Maintenance Selling your home this fall? Start prepping early! You’ve been enjoying your final Summer in the house, but now it’s time to get ready to put it on the market.  What is different about listing in the Fall? There are several things to consider when selling your house in the Fall.  The market typically isn’t as crazy as it is in Spring, but […]
Buying Buying a Condo Are you thinking of buying a condo? There are a number of things you need to consider if you are buying a condo.  Here are a few of them: Financing – Does the condo qualify for FHA financing Not every condo can be purchased using an FHA mortgage. The FHA must approve a condo complex […]
Home Decorating Trending 2022 Design Styles What are the most current interior design trends in 2022?  Is greige still a thing? Is Mid-century Modern hot? Has my personal favorite, Art Deco, made a revival? (Sadly, no…)  Here is a quick intro to the hottest design trends of 2022   Grandmillennial What is grandmillennial?  Think of your grandmother’s house, and you probably […]
Buying Introducing: Mid-century Modern Homes Ever wondered what is meant by a mid-century modern home? In this two and a half minute video I provide a brief introduction to mid-century modern architecture and interior design. If this is the style of home for you, give me a call or text at 973-462-4079 and I’ll be happy to find you a […]
Yard Backyards for Barbecues For some people, homes are about how many bedrooms and bathrooms. For others its about granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. But for some people its more about the outside of the house than the inside. If you are the type who loves having friends and neighbors over, commanding the grill, entertaining […]
Buying The Low Down on Down Payment   Q1 How much do I need for a down payment? The common misconception is that a buyer needs at least 20% of the purchase price for a down payment. For a $500,000 house that would amount to a $100,000 down payment. While it is true that the more you put down, the less you […]
Maintenance May Flowers – A quick guide to curb appeal Now that Spring has (finally) sprung, you may be thinking about putting your home on the market. And even if that’s not your plan (for this year, at least), you may still be thinking “what do the neighbor’s think” as you survey your suddenly unruly yard. Here’s a quick guide to improving your home’s curb […]
Buying Not Every Contract Closes You won the bidding war. You’ve persisted through attorney review. You’re buying a house! Time to celebrate, right? Well, no, not really. Not every contract closes. Yes, in a highly competitive market getting this far is an accomplishment. But we are seeing more and more properties come back on the market after going under contract. […]
Financing Spring Cleaning for your Credit If you are thinking of buying a new home, or refinancing your current mortgage, it may be time for a little spring cleaning. Not the kind that involve a mop and some Spic and Span, but a thorough review of your credit to ensure you are get the best interest rate possible.   Your credit […]
Selling Listing With Tim My tag line is: When  you find Tim, you’ll find home.  But what if finding home means selling the one you currently have?  Well I can handle that as well! But what do you get when you choose me to sell your home?  In this post I’ll explain what to expect when you list with […]