You would be best served by contacting Debbie Rose!
Read some of her responses here on Trulia, see her profile and when looking up in Essex and Morris Counties .. I would say to give her a shot!
Debbie is a Realtors Realtor, she knows her stuff, has a great reputation and will help you find that home.
Now, that is a referral... If I do say so myself !
If you decide to come on down to Middelsex County.. well, then you would have to call me!
Good Luck with your search.
If you find yourself venturing into Somerset County, then count me in!
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You may have already done this but googlemap Rockaway and draw a circle that is your desired radius and go from there. Several of the agents have mentioned websites to go to and almost all towns have their own websites, many of which include population breakdown by age. There are also town forums where sometimes frank discussions occur regarding the town and schools.
Once you get an idea of an area you want to explore, interview agents. You can look on this website to get a feel for agent's postings, visit offices, talk to their brokers and don't stop until you find an agent who you feel totally comfortable with.
I am not sure if you are out of state now or if you can do some driving around to get a feel for areas other than what you have researched online but that's often a simple but effective way to the feel of a town and its neighborhoods.
I think I've stated a lot of obvious things so I'm not sure how much I helped but I hope you will find NJ to be the beautiful, vibrant, varied place we who live here know it to be.
However, your exhuberant response was a bit amusing to read, don't you think?
(Besides, I've got you beat - been "in the area" for over 50 years!)
Well - stand back, and get ready for the stampede of agents touting their towns - why not! Most of us know our areas very well, and love them!
This can be quite overwhelming to you, I am sure.
What I suggest is to select a few agents from different areas...obviously, from the Rockaway area, too.....and have a discussion about what it is you are looking for in a town.
Do you like a suburban feel? A more urbane, feel? Do you want a quaint town center or the big mall 5 min away works just fine for you? Is the size of the property important to you, or the size of the home?
There are a lot of questions I always ask anyone who is moving here from another area.
Just to throw my hat into the ring - I cover Essex County (I have lots of links on my website in regard to the towns , schools and other useful "stuff")...towns such as Livingston, W Orange, The Oranges, Verona, The Caldwells............as well as lower Morris County ( E Hanover, Florham Park, Hanover Township, Parsippany).
All of the above towns will keep you well within your desired 30 min. commute.
Good luck with the move. It would be my pleasure to help you in any way !
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The Rockaways and Denville are great areas to live.
There are plenty of Capes and ranches in your price range.
I lived in Rockaway for 35+ yrs and now live in Denville.
Please give me a call to discuss options.
Good luck and I hope to hear from you.
We wold not likely be your buyer agent, but I extend the following offer as complimentary service. We have neighborhood and community reports for every community in your target zone. They are in PDF format and range from 20-40 pages depending upon the community. Feel free to send an email to ClientRelations@PeninsulaFirst.com and request these be sent to you. Simply tell them the names of the towns for the reports that you would like to receive.
Welcome to NJ.
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Peninsula Realty Group
I would suggest visiting my website from there you can searcha areas and receive school reports and crime reports which will give you a good idea and then hire a Buyers Broker which by the way I just happen to be one who works for a company that has office all around the state of New Jersey and we can help with all of you issues to find the right home. We can also get you pre-approved for a mortgage if you need one to start looking at homes.
Just visit my site to start
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Prices are expected to drop in NJ in the coming year. I just want to see you look at every angle before making a choice no matter what that choice is.
There are many wonderful communities that surround Rockaway. I manage the Weichert Corporate HQ office located in the heart of Morris County on the Rt 10 Corridor. I want to personally invite you to a Local Market Update seminar that we will be having on March 20th. We will be covering market trends for many of the Morris County Towns that you will be interested in. There will be a wealth of other information that will be covered as well such as the Federal Tax Credit of up to $8000, the home buying process, the home inspection process, and much more. We will have guest speakers including a Real Estate Attorney, Home inspector, Mortgage professional, and myself to respond to any of your inquiries.
Please contact Jennifer Plinio at 973 984 1400 to reserve a spot. Space unfortunately is limited and we tend to fill up quickly.
I hope to see you there.
I know Morris County very well and would love to help you find "your American Dream"
Feel free to call me on my cell anytime.
You might want to start your search soon because of the deadline for the first time buyers tax credit .Interview 3 agents if possible . You can look up hud approved lenders on http://www.hud.gov and for infromation about the tax credit you can look up http://www.irs.gov
There is a site http://www.schoolmatters.com that has information about schools and you can compare schools.
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Congratulations on your home search starting in this area of Rockaway in Morris County. Your timing is excellent. You may be eligible for the Federal Tax credit of up to $8,000 for first time home buyers if you locate a house and are under contract by April 30 which is literally two months, but this credit and the low interest rates make it an excellent time to buy!
Rockaway has many great areas in your price range. I am confident I can work with you in this price range to find your new home. If you would like to talk about this further, call me on my cell phone at: 973-768-1888.
I look forward to your call.
Well then you are definitely in the right price range for the homes in that area. We have some great buys. I work with a partner and we have sold quite a fewe homes in the area.
Please visit our website for more info.
Christine M Altamuro
Unfortunately this type of post generates a lot of "hometowning". Which is where 10 agents post that their hometown is incredibly peachy and is where you simply need to live, and they'd be happy to assist you in buying a home. You might want to try posting the same question on city-data.com. You will get residents of the towns to comment on the positives and negatives of where they live.
Oh and Roxbury Twp is the greatest and I just happen to live there and can show you all the homes.... Jeez I'm feeling feisty this afternoon...
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