I believe that Bergen County is going to give you what you are looking for. Now that said, different towns have different levels of taxes. For between 250K and 300K you would be able to find yourself a nice condo in Mahwah and you would be looking at taxes in the neighborhood of about 5K.
Feel free to reach out to me at 862-432-9555, my name is John and I am with Terrie O'Connor realtors. I would love to help you both out.... more
I would love to find a professional to do some staging for my home. I am going to be listing it soon. I want it to look great and appealing for future buyers. I think that getting someone to stage my home would help in being able to sell it faster. I will have to look into some of these suggestions. http://www.betcherandwalker.net... more
I don't know as there is a time limit but I would call both the real estate agent and their managing broker to find out if the check was lost. I can't imagine any other reason it would take so long.... more
The builder's representative is just that - a person employed by the builder, who puts the builder's interests first, regardless of what they may tell you. Due to the high volume nature of new home sales, builder's agents are often paid less than a traditional commission (some are even on salary plus incentives) so it is common for builder's reps to use high pressure sales tactics with potential buyers.
There are a number of reasons to use your own buyer's agent when purchasing a new construction home from the builder, such as:
1) Negotiations -- a good buyer's agent that is familiar with the local builders will be able to guide you through the contract process and negotiate on things such as price, options, closing costs where possible. Most builder reps will not tell you that those things can be negotiable. Nor will they tell you that you have the right to select a lender and title company/closing agent of your choice.
2) Contracts -- a buyer's agent will insist that all terms verbalized by the builder's rep are put into writing so that they are enforceable later on. Your agent can also go through the builder's multi page contract with you and point out important terms that you may miss or not realize the significance of. They will also help you go through your final list of builder upgrades to make sure everything you want is there and that there are no extras you did not select. By the way, builders love upgrades as that is a significant source of profits.
3) Accountability -- having your own buyer's agent tends to make the builder more accountable. Mistakes happen during the building process, a buyer's agent will work with you to make sure mistakes are corrected, not ignored or covered up during the process. This is especially true when it comes to the Punch List. Builder rep's often prefer to ignore somewhat minor issues that can be major issues to the buyer. My suggestion -- always have a home inspection completed before closing by an independent home inspector with an excellent reputation and good credentials, and make sure the option to have an independent home inspection is written into your contract.
4) Experience -- a buyer's agent who deals with new construction purchases will generally have better knowledge of the local builders reputations, their strengths and weaknesses. They can tell you what are normal building practices in the area and what are not.
5) Knowledge -- a buyer's agent should be able to run the numbers for you comparing a new construction home in a neighborhood or area vs one that is just a few years old. Sometimes the best deal for a buyer is NOT a brand new home, but rather one that is only a couple of years old that the owners have to sell due to circumstances.
Generally there is no additional cost to the buyer to have their own buyer's agent. Most builders price buyer's agent compensation into their pricing strategies and encourage buyer agents to bring customers as they recognize real estate agents as a significant source of business.
One last comment, if you want your buyer's agent to get paid for assisting you in your new construction home purchase, please make sure that when you visit the model homes or sales office for the first time that you bring your agent with you and register them as your agent of record with the builder. Otherwise, your agent may spend countless hours helping you through the process only to find out at closing that they are not getting paid.
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Not only is staging extremely important ... so is professional photography. I've sold a number of houses that were previously listed and expired as unsold .. . some without lowering the price (and 3 where we actually raised it) and they were sold within days! Proof that it wasn't price ... simply not marketed to the best advantage.... more
I think that the exterior is very important. It is great that you have renovated the inside, but that will not help the curb appeal. The outside is the first impression people will have of your home. Even with a beautiful interior people may lose interest before they even make it inside if the outside is not appealing. I think it would be worth it to get some work done to the exterior. http://www.onitroofing.ca/siding.html... more
If you do decide with the help of your real estate agent to have the home staged do not forget to retake the pictures. While the home will probably show much better for the showings don't forget the pictures because most likely the pictures will be better as well.... more
In reality it is all about value, if your home has the features a buyer desires, whether cash or financing it matters little. Cash is king in my book, so I would look at FSBO properties if I was considering paying cash for a home. In seeking a win-win for both seller and buyer, not paying real estate fees matters a lot.... more
As a realtor you should be able to come up with an idea of is possible sale value with the tools we have access to. If your clients want to spend the money on an appraisal to make them more comfortable
with the value then that's an option for them to consider.
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As a Real Estate Professional, I offer a list of resources to my clients which consists of the most reputable and reliable professionals. From Home Inspectors to Real Estate Attorneys. I offer these resources to my clients as a convenience to them and in many cases they approach me for recommendations. The ability to offer a network of professionals further demonstrates experience in the industry which buyers and sellers generally appreciate from their Real Estate Agent. However, clients are certainly able to select whomever they feel comfortable working with.
It is NOT a good way as most home owners owe more than the home is worth, most sellers are too close to foreclosure to due a short sale and most sellers have given up and wont care to sell it. The big IF is when there is a seller who does want to sell to save their credit before foreclosure and there is time before the foreclosure. This type of scenario makes for a good short sale, however then you have to make sure there is only 1 mortgage, ni IRS or HOA liens and the seller is willing to do what is needed for the short sale to work,.... more
You can view some of the most problem areas in Hoboken in this official map http://www.hobokennj.org/departments/environmental-services/storm-flood-zones/
However, the new flood pumps and the cleaning/updating of the sewerage pipes by the local utility has improved flooding in the region.
New flood insurance laws do require a flood elevation certificate, and you can get that information from your condo association. Typically, insurance will not cover anything that can be considered the lowest level/basement so do speak with a flood insurance agent before investing in useless individual flood insurance.
Whether your building has french drains, sump pumps etc will also determine how immune your unit will be. Your backyard will also help with drainage, and help protect your unit.
Finally, follow your nose, if it smells musty, it probably floods.
A tax lien does mean that a seller owes money on the taxes. All municipalities have different rules in place regarding foreclosing on those homes. some in Westchester allow you to be behind two years before they foreclose. If the seller gets a buyer and can pay the taxes at the closing all will be fine.