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I have seen some nice waterfront homes in Forked River, NJ at some good prices. Pros and cons on this area?

Asked by Jim, Sun Apr 27, 2008

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The pros are the great waterfront area, the town also has many nice swimming areas and three are on a fresh water lake. Most waterfront homes have ease of access to the bay and very short ride to the inlet for the Ocean. Prices have dropped a bit and now is the best time to purchase if you are thinking about it, especially going into the winter. The cons are not many but one of the ones that come to mind is that there is a few streets that flood when a nor easter hits the area. Most of the homes have been lifted up on pilings but the streets still will flood and that makes it not as desireable. Another con is some of the waterfront homes are on busy streets, so the noise from traffic going to and from their homes may bother some people. Other than that it is a great place to have a home on the water. Contact me at 609-384-1177 or email me at if you want me to set up a search directly from the mls for you.
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Just as Ray had said Forked River/Lanoka Harbor is a wonderful place to live with a big upside for boaters. The area is well maintained and the school systems are very good. With just a quick search I was able to find 29 waterfront properties ranging from the low $300,000's and the high being in the $1.3 million range. So as you can see there are several properties within various prices that may fit your needs. Another pro to the area is your not far from shopping, entertainment, and Atlantic City. A con if any is the traffic in the summer time. Jersey shore always gets slammed, but as compared to LBI, Pt. Pleasant, or Sea Side it is not that bad. Everyone else's answers were great and I hope this information has helped. Best of luck and enjoy the shore!!

Realtor Associate,
Sean L. Daly
Crossroads Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 7, 2008
Forked River/Lanoka Harbor is a nice area, non and waterfront homes. Good school systems, straight out the bay to the inlet/ocean. As a boater, I love it here. Cons are Rt. 9 can be very congested in the summertime, but once your here, it is worthwhile.
Ray@ Crossroads Realty
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Hi Jim,

I agree w/ Patrick about your intended use of the waterfront being a determining factor in decisions. I found 108 SF homes for sale in Lacey, with 47 within Forked River. Volume of units sold YTD this year are behind last years, average days on market are only slightly up over last year. Average sold price has dropped also. Inventory levels are running higher this year than last. The market is favoring buyers.

Because Lacey is further from major cities than other points on the shore, the price points are lower.

If specific data on the market trends for Forked River that provide the detials and expand upon the information above would be helpful, it can be emailed to you upon request. Current property offerings are also available.

Deborah Madey - Broker
Peninsula Realty Group - New Jersey
(732) 530-6350
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in ,
Jim, waterfront means different things to different people. Some would rather look over a salt marsh at birds ( that's me) others would want a BIG boat in the back yard. I canoe and kayak with my wife and family. What do you like to do?
I just came home today from my daughters place in Brooklyn, she has a place near the Hamptons too and they have a BIG boat. My dad had a boat in Barnegat and my brother a sail boat in Bayville now in the Chesapeake (sp). I need to know what you want to do with this waterfront. I can help you without the pressure, but we need to talk. Call me at 732-778-9933 or email
Jim I have been doing this several decades, I really don't push or bother you but call me to talk. I'll be available till 9:00 pm tonight, Sunday. Or during the week. Sorry for the delay and not getting back sooner.
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The pros of the area is decent taxes, close on/off to the GSP, easy access to the bay (and ocean if your boat can handle that) with great fishing and crabbing spots, close proximity to dining , shopping, and just about everything you may need.
The only cons I can see is the traffic of Route 9 in the area can get a bit congested, but not as bad as other places. Another I can see would be the cost of homeowners and flood insurance, not bad, but can be higher depending on just where you would live.
As Patrick says, there are alot of homes available; many at very reasonable prices and as long as you can qualify for financing, if you need it, you can especially find real bargans now.

If I can help any further, call or email.

Best Wishes and Good Luck!

John Jelinski
Crossroads Realty
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Jim, I live and sell real estate in Lacey. When selling a waterfront home to a potential buyer it is key to determine, what type of boat in use and just how close they want to be to open waters. For some fisherman, taking a 30 minute cruise just to get to the bay is just not allowed! Contact someone in the area that can take you out to see several of the communites. There are over 110 waterfront homes for sale in you have a good selection. Any questions call me @ 609-661-1604. Thank you. Pat Meehan.
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