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By Helene Jeanette | Agent in Morristown, NJ
  • Prepare Now for the Spring Market

    Posted Under: Home Selling in New Jersey, Remodel & Renovate in New Jersey, Design & Decor in New Jersey  |  March 3, 2014 12:45 PM  |  206 views  |  No comments
     If you are thinking of selling, think of making one of the lowest cost, highest return-on-invesment improvements you can.....paint.

    Learn some key ways to improve the value of your home.!

    So roll up your sleeves, throw open the windows, and show your artistic heart- nothing beats a fresh coat of paint to convey the feeling that the house is clean and fresh.

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Chester  |  April 17, 2013 1:35 PM  |  219 views  |  No comments
  • In Real Estate, not all the risk is financial...it can be deadly

    Posted Under: Crime & Safety in Morris County, Home Selling in Morris County  |  February 19, 2013 6:15 AM  |  277 views  |  No comments
    I know someone who owns investment renatal properties, as I do.  One day,his business partner went to the building to collect rent.  He was shot and killed.

    Between 2003 and 2009, a staggering average of 75 real estate agents have been murdered every year.  It's getting better.  2010 was 23 and 2011 was 30.  April of 2011, it was a 27 year old agent, alone in an Open House in Iowa.

    Selling your home For Sale By Owner?  You run the same risk if you are alone.  And your children are placed at risk too.  I've met with too many FSBOs who are lovely young women with an infant and they'll admit to opening the door to anyone who calls and says they are interested to see the home.  Really?  Is that worth it?

    When I do an Open House, I am alert and aware.  I always know where my exits are (and they are unlocked),  I have pepper spray with me, I've trained for over 10 years in the martial arts, and I know how to run.  The best fight is the one that doesn't need to happen.

    Key rules:  
    Never turn your back on a visitor 
    Never put yourself in a position where you are cornered with no escape
    Never go up or down the stairs first (I always say, "After you, I've already seen the house, I want you to have the experience."  They laugh and go first)
    Never go in the basement unless there is an easy exit
    Never be without your cell phone
    Never wear shoes you cannot run in

    If you have any other key rules, feel free to add them and stay safe out there!  

  • PMI.....did you know about this?

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Morris County, Financing in Morris County  |  February 13, 2013 1:50 PM  |  263 views  |  No comments
    Did you know that PMI is DEDUCTIBLE this year????  If you want more information that will help you to buy your home, contact me.  My team is incredible in their knowledge base!
  • Are You LEADING The Trend....or FOLLOWING the Pack?

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Morris County, Home Buying in Morris County, Home Selling in Morris County  |  February 12, 2013 12:23 PM  |  304 views  |  No comments

    If you are considering selling your home, do you know how today's market differs from last year?  Two years ago?  You may know the comps in your area, but what is the trend?  What's the absorption rate?  Where is it going?  Is inventory up or down?  What will that do to prices?

    And if you are in the market to buy, hold on to your hat because some areas have already swung to Seller Markets!  So you'd best be moving quickly!

    The graph will show you the trend.  If you want more information about how to interpret the market, call me!
  • Be Prepared....Our Market is Changing to a Seller's Market...If You're Buying, You Need THIS

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Morris County, Financing in Morris County  |  February 11, 2013 5:14 PM  |  276 views  |  No comments
    You will need a mortgage pre approval unless you are an all cash buyer.  So what will you need to get that pre approval?

    1. Copies of your 2011 & 2012 tax returns as wellas W2 or 1099s
    2. Copies of one month+ pays stubs
    3. Copies of driver's license and social security cards or driver's license and passport
    4. Copies of past 2 months bank statements showing funds to be used for purchase as well as a "cushion"
    5. Copy of divorce decree and property settlement agreement if applicable
    6. All contracts relating to the sale and purchase of real estate signed by all parties (later)
    If you need the name of exceptional mortgage brokers, call me for recommendations.  I work with a top team of specialists so that I get my clients to the closing table with smiles on their faces!
  • It's NOT a Buyer's Market...but it's NOT a Seller's Market...so what is it?

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Morris County, Home Buying in Morris County, Home Selling in Morris County  |  February 11, 2013 2:48 PM  |  296 views  |  No comments
    It's a changing market.  The scales have been tipped.  Inventory is down 50% from two years ago.  The absorption rate (how long it would take a home to sell if no more homes came on the market) is approximately 6 months making it a "balanced" market.  I'm having and seeing multiple bid offers coming in.  

    Do you know what this means for you as a Buyer?

    Do you know what this means for you as a Seller?

    It means NOW is the time to buy or sell. This is not the same market of a year ago or seven years ago.  If you want to learn details about the market trend and how to prepare for it, contact me today. 
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