The parking at the Allendale train station is very good. There is plenty of space for commuter parking.
You need to apply for an annual permit. The cost is nominal. There are several neighboors in Allendale where you could also walk to the station. Judy Miller/ Coldwell Banker
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Having lived in Allendale for over 45 years in two different houses on opposite ends of town, I would be hard pressed to pick "the nicer areas" without knowing your preferences. Some people may not like the main roads but Franklin Tpke has some very old and beautiful stately colonial homes. Some of the first homes built as a community in Allendale along new street and Mallison Ave are smaller but provide the luxury of being within walking distance to the schools and town and mass transit. The newer developed areas of San Jancito have larger lot sizes and bigger homes. Allendale has many areas that appeal to many different people. If you wish to know more about the town I would be happy to give you a tour and discuss the real estate of Allendale.
New developments very often have their own financing option which can be better than any other source. The banker I work with, Emi Kalici, has told me that the FHA does not want to loan on buildings where there are common roofs and walls. This is the issue with a typical condominium because most condominium units are not stand alone structures. I've also been told that a 10% down payment, assuming you qualify on all other factors, should easily get you into a condo purchase.
Emi has been able to convert customers I've had who initially wanted to do a FHA loan into a conventional loan. By applying the higher up front FHA fees to their down payment and in some cases asking the buyer to wait just a few months to save up a little more, she has been able to turn FHA buyers into conventional buyers which has saved them thousands and enabled them to get the condo unit they wanted. Obviously those folks qualified for both loan types. Just because you're thinking of a 3.5% down payment doesn't mean another idea isn't better for you. This is why you really need to find an excellent licensed mortgage banker who will work with you, one on one, to determine what loan is best for your needs. While I love technology, you can't do that through your computer.... more
Both are wonderful towns and have rail transportation as well as but for NYC commuters. Allendale has a charming downtown. Woodcliff Lake is closer to downtown Westwood. Both towns have great schools and provide good services.... more
The National Association of Realtors has a designation for agents that have earned the SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource) through education and seminars. You can locate a local SFR by clicking the link below. I hope this helps out.... more
There's a beautiful townhome community in River Vale called Pine Lake. Some of the homes are lakefront. I believe there is one on the market currently.
Please let me know if you'd like any additional information.
Maureen Sgambati, Relocation Coordinator
Terrie O'Connor Realtors
Hi Jenny, I specialize in Somerset County and so I can't comment on radon levels in general in Allendate. However, radon is not uncommon in New Jersey. I'd would look at it this way - it is fortunate that the radon was detected - because the seller will remediate and you can then rest easy that your home is safe. Remember that radon levels can fluctuate and so a home that tests within a normal range could become elevated at a future point and you may never know. This happened with a home sale I was involved with here in this area - newer home, tested normal when sold, the family had three small children who spent loads of time in the basement. Came time to sell, radon test done - and reading around where your first came came in - around 10. Same reaction...everyone was shocked. In that case, the home had been closed up which likely caused the radon to be even higher - that can definitely be a factor. The seller remediated, and the test after the system was installed came back with a reading that likely made the air safer than outdoor air.
I say to my buyers - don't be alarmed if the radon test comes back at a level that requires remediation because once that system is installed, you need not worry or wonder.
In terms of resale, I do not believe it negatively impacts. When I show a home, I point out the radon system and explain to my buyers just what I have explained to you.
Good luck with your home purchase. I wish you many years of happiness in your new home!
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Every town will have different results to your question. Many home that are overpriced are sitting on the market, but many homes that are properly priced are selling quickly, and at, or above list price in a short period of time.
The pricing is the key to the sale, that is it.
If you are interested in any specific town, please let em know and I can give you that data.
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