The best school systems depends upon what you are looking for. I have watched various school systems rise and fall on various barometers for over 15 years and there are a few which always stay on top. But, again, the ratings depend upon how the data is being interpreted. Mountain Lakes has been a top contender for many years and then fell off the charts only to return again. Millburn (Short Hills) has been fairly consistent. My personal choice has always been Glen Ridge because of the personal, "hands on" education students receive. Some of the questions which should be asked, are what percentage of the graduating classes move on to highly accredited colleges? How many students graduated? How many graduated with honors? What are the class sizes? Test scores are helpful, but can be skewed by the number of students within the school system. A small town like Glen Ridge gets penalized for having a small student base. Most realtors will be able to answer these questions. Remember, one size does not fit all. Something that works for one child may not be the best fit for another. Research is most important. As for an easy commute, follow the train line into Manhattan on any good map. Talk to a realtor. Feel free to call me. I will be happy to help.
Adele Schnabel, Agent, Montclair, NJ... more
Your attorney is the one that should be handling this for you. If you want to make a higher offer on the house, they should present it to the seller. In the attorney review period showings and offers still occur, and you need to be aware of that. If you truly want this house, now is the time to talk to your lawyer and and have them work it out for you.
Sharon Kozinn... more