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NJ Newbie, Home Buyer in New Jersey

Manhattanites looking for a home in NJ

Asked by NJ Newbie, New Jersey Fri Jan 11, 2008

For those that live in Manhattan that are looking for homes in NJ and don't have a car, is it common for
the realtor to provide transportation from the train station or even from the city?

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Yes, I provide that service for home shoppers from Manhattan. Contact me through my website and we can discuss it. You can take the PATH to Hoboken and we can take it from there if you interview me and decide we are a suitable match. For initial consultations, I will come into town so we can discuss your needs.

Web Reference: http://www.marcpaolella.com
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2008
Not so sure if its common but it can definitely be done!!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 15, 2008
I beleive it is a call for the Realtor you have chosen. I do provide transportation if needed. I think it is only proper for a client coming from out of town. I offer to drive or my clients can follow me..whichever they prefer. I find most clients just hop in and let me lead. I think since you are coming from out of state, your Realtor should want to provide you with that service!! Good luck!!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2008
Dear Newbie,

Absolutely! Most agents are more than happy to accomodate your transportation needs. Your question doesn't mention the NJ communities you are considering. I service the Essex County area which is very convenient by train or bus. If you want to contact me, I would be happy to assist you or refer you to an agent in another area that may suit your needs.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2008
You should not have a problem finding a broker to pick you up at the train station and give you a full tour of the town....but, if you are interested in the perfect commuter's home in Short Hills that won't require a car, make sure you check out this new listing at 111 Short Hills Avenue....just 1 block away from the Short Hills train station.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 19, 2008
Yes...It SHOULDNT be a problem, should it Newbie !!!! Why there are 13 answers to such a simple question to me is kind of funny . It is either a service you provide as a Realtor to your out of town buyers or it isnt!!

Good luck Newbie in NJ..
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 17, 2008
Yes, I would agree that it is common for a realtor provide transportation for out-of-town "transferees". If my clients are local and/or have their own transportation- they have the choice to either drive with me or follow in their own car. Prudential Relocation assist many of the local major corporations' transferees with home-finding services and we have met them at train stations and/or bus stations from the city. We even have transferees flying in from out of state and have also dealt with situation accordingly. However I will be inclined to say that if I agree to provide transportation services to any of my clients, I do make sure that either they are a transferee coming directly through Pru Relocation or that I have thoroughly pre-screened them and they have met my criteria before I will provide transportation services. For safety reasons as well as business reasons. I service all of Essex Morris and Passaic Counties but my team is spread throughout New Jersey in 26 offices in 11 counties so if I can't help in your my area - be assured that one someone on my team can! Where are you looking to move in NJ?

Gina Chirico
Prudential New Jersey Properties
(973) 228-1000 ext 132
When opportunity knocks...make sure Gina Chirico is there to answer your door....
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 22, 2008
I think it might be common for Realtors to provide this service if they frequently service city dwellers considering the burbs for either relo or second homes. We do much of that, and therefore, yes, I meet prospective buyers at ferry and train stations both. I service more buyers who commute by ferry, mostly because of the buyer mode of transport preference.

Other Realtors who do not frequently service this market, may or may not be willing to do this.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2008
Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Brick, NJ
NJ Newbie, are you planning on residing within walking distance of grocery stores and NYC transportation? Depending on where you decide to settle, it is very difficult to get around in NJ w/o your own transportation even though, most realors would drive you around while you are still shopping for a house.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2008
Thanks Marc. Happy New Year.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 3, 2010
Robert and Cheryl,

Please pay attention. This thread was from almost 2 years ago. They've already closed and no longer need a ride or lunch.

However, they could use a decent babysitter...


Marc Paolella
Relocation Director
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Phone (direct): (973) 584-4235
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 2, 2010
Hello: It is common for me to meet my buyers near the trainstation and take them in my comfortable car. I also offer an area tour the educate the buyers about the area, schools, activities, etc. after all they are buying a community. I have been helping buyers since 1997 achieve their American dream. Please feel free to use my interactive search tool at http://www.OldHomeFinder.com feel free to visit my website at http://www.NewJerseyUniqueHomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 2, 2010
I can pick you up at the train and take you around to see houses, and have lunch in between. This way, you get a feel for the train and the town. Do we have a date?
My 2 children went to Millburn schools.
I would love to help you.
Web Reference: http://cherreshcwartz.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 27, 2009
Hi NJ Newbie, I used to be a Manhattanite for 16 years b4 coming out to NJ. What a great place to live and have the conveniences of being in NYC. I have sold homes to many former Manhattanites and have picked them up from the train staion. We now have double decker trains which is convenient for your pleasure. I read in your previous e-mail that once you move out here you will then purchase a car. Make sure it is all wheel drive!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 9, 2008
Yes, I pick up many clients at the local train station. This provides them with a general feel of the commuting time and also shows them how nice the area is.
Web Reference: http://www.njhomexpert.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 13, 2008
I have done this many times for buyers coming out of NYC to look in the Greater Princeton area. ! I've been an agent in this area for 15 years and enjoy giving "area tours" to people considering a move. The Northeast Corridor line comes right to Princeton Jct. and I can pick you up there. Please contact me if you'd like to set some time aside to come out and look.
Katherine Pease
Weichert Realtors, Princeton Office
609-921-1900 x115
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 8, 2008
They absolutely should be able to pick you up. Have you foud a property that you like just yet? Have you decided on an area? I'm an investor in Central Jersey and have a property that you may like... obviously depends on what you are looking for but many New Yorkers move to this neighborhood.. anyway, if interested just send me an email... and I will be happy to pick you up at the bus stop/train station...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 4, 2008
I Have some great Lisirngs in Cambridge Heights in Nutley, Great for Commuters
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 3, 2008
In that case, it shouldn't be a problem.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 16, 2008
To clarify, I don't intend on living in NJ without a car, but until I buy a home in NJ, I need a realtor who's willing to provide the transportation.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 16, 2008
Yes, some times it is done by Us, Realtors; How ever you must know it is hard, close to impossible to live in suburb NJ without a car, even if you live near a public transportation, in the township of Union there is this beautiful development of townhouses just across from the train station. if you want to know more about it please contact me
Web Reference: http://www.fidelitynj.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 15, 2008
NJ Newbie if you're interested in a location in South Orange, NJ you wouldn't even need the transportation from your realtor or even a car at all. I'm a seller with a location that's a 3 min walk from a NYC train. Please contact me if you're interested. Conveniently located behind the SOPAC / AMC movie theater, restaurants, coffee shops, new upcoming gourmet market all within walking distance. Malls just 7 miles away.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 1, 2008
Yes, Some realtors do offer the service - I do. If you are interested in properties in Middlesex County, email me and we can discuss it further. What are you looking for in a neighborhood? How much are you looking to sponed? Commute to NYC -
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2008
NJ Newbie,

Also, while most Realtors are geographically competent in their specific areas, I am a licensed appraiser as well as a Realtor and have appraised thousands of properties in northern NJ over the past 20 years. You will find this type of valuation experience very useful to you as you explore the various townships in New Jersey as potential future homes.

Good luck searching and don't hesitate to call me if you have some questions.

-Marc (973) 584-4235
Web Reference: http://www.marcpaolella.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2008
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