I would be to knock on the doors of a couple neighbors. I've done this in a few cases to find out about flooding, stalled construction or home improvement projects on the street, and anything else that might be a little tough to find out.
If there is an issue going on many neighbors even empathize with a new buyer not having all the info before moving to the street and want to help out.... more
In NJ, the attorney has a primary legal obligation to the client and not to the referring realtor. Additionally, it is illegal in NJ for a broker, sales agent or other real estate professional to receive any form of a referral fee or compensation from the attorney that was recommended. So that alleviates some of the frustration/ skepticism from going with an attorney that a realtor refers. Some claim that the attorneys referred are ones that do not do advocate strongly on behalf of the client but merely push a transaction through so that it results in a sale (i.e., commission for the realtor/ fee for the attorney). But again, there is a legal obligation for the attorney to protect the client (not the realtor) and in NJ this is what attorneys are concerned with -- especially since it is THEIR name on the legal documents, affidavits, deeds, title work, etc., and it is primarily THEIR malpractice insurance that gets involved if there is a mistake (not the realtor); so again this should ease some of the skepticism. I am a practicing real estate attorney in NJ and I appreciate all realtor referrals; but I am always cognizant of the fact that the buyer (or seller) is my client and not the realtor. It is my job to protect this party as best possible and obtain the best circumstances for the transaction. Also, referrals are often made based upon past experiences and realtors are often in tune with the local area, the regular attorneys, the ones that handle specialized cases, etc. For instance, I have had specific published cases in tax foreclosure real estate transactions all the way to the NJ Supreme Court; and I know one particular agent that refers regular sales transactions to another attorney but refers tax foreclosure real estate transactions to me based upon this past experience. So it pays to ask the agent for the reasons for the referral, because they might be based on some specific experiences or past transactions.... more
An option is to take Bus 194 from High Street to Port Authority, then subway C to Spring St and walk from there. Check out NJ Transit site for itinerary and ticket options: http://www.njtransit.com. You can type into From: Butler, NJ To: Canal Street, NY. For pricing, you can click on Ticket Options or call NJ Transit. Hope this helps! Elisa... more
Talk with your agent about the "norm" for the area in terms of the sale to list price ration. This is the "typical" difference between what people are paying for homes compared to what those homes were listed at. That's a good start point. If your prospective home is in worse condition than the average, you might be in a position to consider an offer below the norm (ie: most homes in the area are selling for 90% of list, so you offer 85% or less, depending on how much work is needed). Remember, also, when you use these tools that just because the norm is 90%, that DOES NOT MEAN that the seller has to take 90%. A seller will only sell at a price acceptable to him/her, and they may be absolutely firm in their price (come hell or high water!). Best of luck in your purchase...... more
Butler is a great Community... My husband and I have lived here for the past 25 years. Butler is in Morris County. We know this whole area and if you would like a tour we would be happy to be of service to you. Thanks Please visit our web site at http://www.WarrenFrerichs.com and Our Community site at http://www.ILoveButler.com thanks, Julie Frerichs Realtor... more