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Sun Aug 6, 2017
90trieu asked:
I just bought a house this year. I'm paying my monthly mortgage to Quicken Loans which includes the property tax. I have just received a Tax Bill from my township for:
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Tue Aug 1, 2017
Classylaw1 answered:

How is Glen Meadow Development now in 2017? Is it overcrowded, rowdy, noisy? I am looking for a quiet private location to get a short term lease until I can check out the surrounding areas for a longer term lease or purchase. ... more
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Wed Feb 25, 2015
Rebecca "Rita" Matyash answered:
The best place to start is with the Board of Education. They can answer all your questions about the schools, curriculum and much more. Sincerely, Rebecca Matyash at Coldwell Banker
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Mon Mar 17, 2014
Andrew Chang answered:
Other than the train, there is also an express bus from South Brunswick. My neighbor has been commuting to mid-town for years taking the express bus. He would not take the train since he would sleep on the train and the train may take him back to Princeton, or further to PA.....

When I worked in NYC, I always took the train. If you get there before 7AM, parking should not be a problem....

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Sat Oct 12, 2013
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Thu Apr 11, 2013
Farishah answered:
yes i think in my opinion it will be appreciated
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Wed Apr 10, 2013
Jeanne Feenick answered:
Hi Kevin, my husband and I made a similar transition to the one you are considering about 15 years ago (ouch! - hard to believe its been so long!). We ended up in Warren (Somerset County) which lies between exits 36 and 33 on 78 and decided on a neighborhood close to the highway which made access to the highway terrific. My husband continues to commute into the city everyday - and generally chooses to use 78 to be "in control" of his commute. Neighboring communities include Watchung - just to our east, Basking Ridge, Bernardsville,Green Brook, Long Hill (Morris County). You'd be in good shape from any of these commuting wise. You've got great access to highways and trains, and buses. You'll find most price points in all of these communities - primarily single family homes but also townhomes in several of them as well.

A little further out and you come to Bridgewater - commute will be longer, prices will be lower. There is one section of Bridgewater that lies right on the Warren border - Martinsville - you'll find some new-er townhomes, but the homes will be older. Near the Bridgewater mall are new-er homes, but the living is pretty dense - quarter acre lots or less are quite common.

Your money will buy you more for sure as you head west, but you'll be adding to your commute. I just sold a couple that started their search in Bridgewater a home in Clinton - their search evolved and they ultimately liked the larger home and larger lot they were able to buy in Clinton. But for them, the commute worked, because they only had to get as far as Warren to work. Just did some looking with a couple in Pittstown - yes, a more rural feel. Not so with Hillsborough, it is more dense. Branchburg is just past Bridgewater - feeds into Somerville High School.

Although your children are young, schools will likely figure into your decision-making - you can find school info at my website - just click on the School Info link. I find that many buyers I work with like to create a spread sheet to organize their thoughts/priorities - may help as you frame your search - obvious categories - Commute, Schools, Price, Home Features....

I'm familiar with all of these area - it is not uncommon for buyers to move through the communities along the 78 corridor as they pull their search into focus. It's a journey I've taken often and one I'd be honored to accompany you on. You can find me - and search freely all listings on the Garden State MLS - at my website You can also reach me easily via Trulia.

Jeannie Feenick
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Fri May 4, 2012
Jeanne Feenick answered:
Couldn't agree more with Bill - hard work is essential. I love what I do and am achieveing success but I work like a dog to achieve it. Anything short of that would yield little.
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Fri Mar 16, 2012
Jeanne Feenick answered:
Hi there - two great towns, and they are often included in the same search. Sitting on either side of 78, both have great access to highways generally and specifically to NYC. And as Jennifer has so well captured, Basking Ridge inventory is moving very well. Consider that a normal/balanced market is 5-6 mo to sell and anything less is a Seller's Market - anything more a Buyer's Market by degree. Warren at around 7 months is moving sell as well.
Both have well respected schools - and the quality of schools and access to highways/NYC are among top deciding factors for most of our Basking Ridge has 2 train stations and bus service to the city - Warren does not. Basking Ridge does have lots of parks, but we have very nice facilities in downtown Warren as well as sports fields elsewhere in town.

Two great towns - recommend you look at them - and the inventory availalbe to you in parallel

Jeannie Feenick
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Sun Aug 28, 2011
Ted Ark answered:
We moved from Bridgewater to Basking Ridge NJ about 9 years ago without regrets. Our children attended the Basking Ridge School school system grades 4-12. They had the opportunity to participate in the many community cultural and academic programs. You'll find plenty of fun activities offerred through Bernards Township website. The competitive school system provided our kids the educational tools and prepared them for the rigors of higher education. Good luck and hopefully we'll be neighbors. ... more
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Wed Apr 20, 2011
Debra Stagg answered:
Hi Ellen, hope to answer your inquery.............I am guessing that the 40 minutes you mentioned, from Basking Ridge/Bernardsville may be your place of business?..........there are wonderful communites that you would love well within 40 minutes and they all have their "speical" town functions...........besides the 2 mentioned, you can investigate Bedminster, Readington and much more........I would suggest keeping you close to the 287/78 corridor which the above towns mentioned are if I am correct in your job's position.............I work in all areas as well as reside in Bedminster........depending on what you are looking for in a townhouse would depend on which areas may interest you.......The Hills in Bedminster for example have great ammenities such as pool, tennis, full gym, biking and jogging paths as well as a golf course...........please let me know if I can be of further assisstance

Debra L Stagg
Hills & Valley
Cell: 908-256-2548
Office: 1031 Route 202, Branchburg, NJ
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Sat Mar 26, 2011
Sandra O'Keefe & Johanna Wiseman answered:
Okay, so this is about outsourcing? VERY poor choice of words. How about, "No outside employees in our schools" instead? With the current wording, it seems xenophobic and I am sure the signs make many people uncomfortable, myself included. It's a waste of money and effort, in my opinion. ... more
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Mon Oct 4, 2010
Howard "Bucky" Buchanan answered:

The first thing I would do is contact the bank and find out if indeed you were a co-signer, or a co-applicant. Depending on the bank, and the type of loan you took out, that may have bearing on what needs to be done to the loan. Many banks used to allow you to have the loan modified, as long as the remaining spouse was able to qualify on their own. This would mean that your ex would need to approve of the request, then qualify after income verification and credit background check.

However, every bank is different, and lending has changed in recent years. I would start by calling and talking to a loan representative, or if a smaller local bank, stopping in their offices.

If all else fails, have your attorney that handled the divorce send a letter to the bank making the request.

Good luck!


Howard "Bucky" Buchanan, SFR
Weichert Realtors
Mobile: 908-566-5547
Office: 908-735-2552 x208
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Mon Sep 27, 2010
Jeanne Feenick answered:
Thank you Sv for the Best Answer nod - I appreciate the vote of confidence and am happy to have been helpful. Bridgewater is a great community - enjoy the process of finding your new home. Don't hesitate to ask, if you need further guidance.

Jeanne Feenick
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Thu Sep 2, 2010
Mary Brosius answered:
I am a local realtor who lives and works in Franklin Park. My children go to the schools and I love the community. We're a smaller, more rurual section of Somerset. We have a huge variety of excellent restaurants of all types and it's a great place. I would love the opportunity to help you find a great home - call my cell at 732-829-8222.

Good Luck,

Mary Brosius
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Thu Aug 12, 2010
Jeanne Feenick answered:
Are you still looking? If so, I'd be happy to help you search. A big dog is a big disadvantage from a landlord's perspective, so you will be looking at a subset of a small pie.

Jeanne Feenick
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Fri Aug 6, 2010
Jeanne Feenick answered:
Hi Frankie, doesn't look like you've been on Trulia lately but just in case you check back, I thought you would find my recent Blog Posts on activity in Warren and Basking Ridge to be interesting:

Basking Ridge:


Basking Ridge has weathered the downturn much better than surrounding communities, including Warren. Both communities remain popular and in demand, but of 4 buyers I am now working with, 3 of them have prioritized Basking Ridge over Warren. I think in part this has to do with the fact that Basking Ridge has the access to train and bus service to NYC. Also the schools are very highly regarded, perhaps nudging over Warren in the view of many. And then there is "The Hills" - hugely popular - offering new(er) townhomes and homes at varying price points.

So if you are still considering a move - please reach out to me - I can, and would be honored to, assist you on all sides.

Jeanne Feenick
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Tue Jul 27, 2010
David answered:
There are a couple of choices. You can drive to the Bridgewater station and take a train from there. Itis a slower diesel and you have to change in Newark. You can drve to Princeton Jct or Jersey Ave New Brunswick and take the high speed line. Or drive to Someset and take a bus. And of course there is drive to Jersey City and take the Path from there. Here is a good link to NJ Transit

Daid Sweeney
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