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Sgr, Home Buyer in Millburn, NJ

Looking to buy a single family home in the Millburn / Short Hills area. Any adivice on how I should go about selecting a realtor?

Asked by Sgr, Millburn, NJ Sat Oct 24, 2009

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Caroline Gosselin’s answer
Dear Sgr,

As a Realtor, my job is about sharing what I know to help you make informed choices – not only about local market statistics and trends, but about the towns, neighborhoods and people and that make Essex county a unique place to live. Please don’t hesitate to call or visit my websites for more info - I'd be honored to work with you!

http://www.LivinginMillburnShortHills.com or http://www.CarolineGosselinHomes.com.

Best of luck,
Caroline Gosselin
Realtor / Associate
Coldwell Banker
Cell: (973) 985-6117
Email: Caroline.Gosselin@CBmoves.com
Website: http://www.carolinegosselinhomes.com
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 4, 2010
Ask your friends who have had successful relations with realtors for a recommendation. I would not always go for the top producers, because they may not have the time to do devote to you. I would look for someone from the area who has been in the business for a few years and understands the market. Interview a few reatlors to see if they listen to what your needs are and are they intuitive enough to determine needs you have not expressed. You want to be able to rely on your realtor to determine if a home is a good buy or if you should bid low on a property. If you go on the interenet, most realtors have websites with information about the credentials.
This is a great time to buy a property. The market is slow between Thanksgiving and mid January, so you should be able to get a good deal. Good Luck.
Karen Horbatt
Prudential NJ Properties, Summit
908-273-0400 x227
Web Reference: http://www.karenhorbatt.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 24, 2009
HI Sgr
Well.....stand back, and get ready for the stampede of eager agents (like me) looking to earn your business!

I am not going to bore you with specifics about me, .but I grew up in Short Hills (proud graduate of Millburn High - and NO, I will not say which year! haha), and have lived and worked in this area for my entire life - April will mark my 25th year as a Realtor, and I have earned many awards for top performance.
I can help you not only with Milburn/Short Hills, but with any surrounding towns, as well.
As I am sure you know, Millburn Township has it all - outstanding schools, restaurants, boutiques along Millburn Ave., the best (in my opinion) shopping mall in the state - The Mall at Short Hills....and of course, the mid town direct train to the city............the various neighborhoods offer distinct flavors and styles..

So...to be succinct, and answer your question on how to select a realtor...........speak to several...look for experience, but also make sure you have a comfort level with this person, as you will be working closely together, almost like a short-term marriage.

Find someone with whom you feel a "fit", and brings experience and attention to detail to the table. Make sure they are full-time, and work 7 days a week !
Look through profiles and webpages to get a sense of that person.

Do your due dilligence, and I am sure you will find the agent who is right for you. Trulia is a good place to start your search.

I'd welcome the opportunity to speak with you!
It would be my pleasure to help you, but in any event, I wish you all the best in finding the right home, at the right price, in the right amount of time!

Good luck..
Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties
email: Debbie.Rose@PrudentialNewJersey.com
cell (973) 715-3131
office (973) 992-6363 x122
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 24, 2009
Your question is a good one. Contact several and observe:
-who responds promptly
-which one seems to be most knowledge of the market in which you are 'shopping'
Then, ultimately, trust your gut!


Disclaimer - I am a licensed real estate broker in the State of Ohio
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 24, 2009
Good Morning,

iF You are trying to buy house right now is a good time interest are low and
property value is affordable. But my recommendation is to look for an agent who
is full time not part time it makes difference and also ask your uncle, friend who
is helping them when they bought their house. Interview them to make get back
ground about them self, try to analyze item by item what they can offer for you then
hire that agent.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 24, 2009
Dear Home Buyer
The best way to choose an agent? Ask questions. Know what you want out of your agent. Know what’s important to you. Know that not all agents are trained in all disciplines. For instance I work for buyers and sellers of residential property. Homes. That’s where I focus my training and skills. When you speak to a potential agent, you should be asking them about what they know that relates to your purchase. Remember, the potential agent should be interviewing you as much as you are interviewing them. They should be asking questions too. What are your goals? Your wishes? Your ideas? What do you want and how can I best help you meet those needs? In the answers to those questions, you will get to know the agent’s experience, education, and skills. A list of college degrees isn’t what’s important – what you can do with those degrees is.
Most Importantly, choose someone that knows the neighborhoods, schools, market conditions, zoning regulations and local economy.
I'll be trilled to assist you in all your needs
Email me at: Gary.torretti@prudentialnewjersey.com
Web Reference: http://garytorretti.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 24, 2009
The information you have received is golden. Interveiw many brands too. At http://www.JustJerseyRealEstate.com we work with you as a real estate resource. We send you agents from 3 competing brands to interview with you and compete for your business. Once you select an agent we assign you a personal transaction assistant to guide you through the challeges of selling your NJ home and purchasing your next. Please let me know if we can assist you. Good luck to you,

Camille Miller
Managing Partner, JustJerseyRealEstate.com
Broker, Just Jersey Properties
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 24, 2009
Hi Sgr, Trulia is a great place to start! 85% of my '09 business has come from connections made right here on Trulia.

The fact that you are here confirms your comfort with online media - I'd suggest that you select an agent that embraces online tools. In addition to "speaking the same online language", an agent that knows and is comfortable with online tools can tap the full power of sites like the MLS to your advantage - and there is a terrific amount of data there to tap IF your agent has the skills to do so. Be sure your agent has a legitimate website - that in and of itself shows a commitment to online media.

Next, make sure your agent is a full time licensed Realtor - this is no market for dabblers and you deserve better for this important undertaking.

Finally, interview several. Check out their profiles here on Trulia, read testimonials from past clients - you should find them on their Trulia profile, and on their website. You'll be spending a lot of time with your agent, the process is a long one. Think about the qualities that are important to you and look for those qualities in your agent. Think about the timing of your availability and be sure your agent can accomodate you. Personal qualities like compassion, humor - and professional skills like negotiating, organization, attention to detail and analytic abilities. Think about the way you like to communicate and be sure the agent can do so - email, scanning - whatever the case You can learn a lot about an agent from their participation here in TruliaVoices,

Online tools have crushed the old bricks and morter approach to real estate - I've covered a wide area with the clients that have found me here - fact is with the right smarts, energy and determination, you can get your arms around any market. I've traveled a lot of ground with my Trulia clients and we've had a ball, found great homes, and successfully negotiated to successful closings.

Good luck to you!
Jeannie Feenick
"Unwavering Commitment to Service"
Search the MLS at http://www.feenick.com
Web Reference: http://www.feenick.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 24, 2009
Dear Sgr,

The relationship between a home buyer and a their Agent is a little like a marriage: it must be based on trust, mutual goals . You want an agent who will work to get you the house that best suits your needs and understand what you wants are. To a large degree, the home buyer entrusts the Agent to always keep their (the buyer's) interest first and foremost. It is important that you understand who the Agent with whom you are working represents.

What to look for in an Agent

An understanding of your needs.

A willingness to work with you until your needs are fulfilled.

A sense of professionalism.

Someone who is dedicated to their profession.

A familiarity with the area in which you have an interest.

A familiarity with the price range in which you have an interest.

Someone with patience , works hard and listens.

Strong references.

Can be reach at all times to answer all and any question, regardless of how small.

I am an agent with Prudential New Jersey Properties serving the Millburn/Short Hills and surrounding areas.
Please visit my website http://www.caroleisenstein.com to learn more about me or call me directly at 973 879 3282. My past clients would be happy to provide references for me.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 24, 2009
Hi there Sgr, I sure do have advice - Trulia is a great place to start, and you will likely receive many responses nad expressions of interest. Identify a short list of agent by visiting their Trulia profiles and be sure to read the Testimonial section to learn what clients have had to say about their experience - look for the qualities that matter most to you. I've had buyers select me because they found me helpful after reading my contributions generally, so I'd suggest you read over the contributions of the agents you identify.

Be sure to visit their personal websites as well - a serious website shows a level of commitment to, and understanding of, online marketing. Since you are a Trulia buyer, I would expect this to be important to you.

You can easily reach agents via Trulia - reach out to test their responsiveness and establish a dialogue. When you find the agent that you are comfortable with and trust, reward them with your loyalty.

Good luck and Happy New Year!
Jeanne Feenick
Unwavering Commitment to Service
Search the MLS at http://www.feenick.com
Web Reference: http://www.feenick.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 2, 2010

Happy to help you with your home search. I invite you to meet with me and discuss how I can assist you in the process. I have been in business since 1997 and have assisted over 300 buyers buy their homes. http://www.NewJerseyUniqueHomes.com

Robert Northfield
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 2, 2010
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