I would consider researching this area further with an agent that can also explain further the market activity in your area. I would be available to walk you through the data for your area. Feel free to call me.... more
I disagree with the previous assessments of the area. The town homes are surrounded by apartments and $500k+ homes. Also, the apartments are not intermingled with the town homes, there is a separate drive dividing the neighborhoods. I have a good friend who after his divorce bought a home there and is happy by all accounts. The unit while very old has been completely updated inside so that's important. Also, keep in mind that I don't think Hamilton is a good comparison if you are concerned about schools. Lawrence has a superior school system at all levels. I do agree however that the selection of town homes in Lawrence is not as good as in other areas such as Plainsboro, Hamilton etc.... more
Hi G: Why restrict yourself to these communities? There are plenty of locations all the way into Bucks County, PA (Where I am licensed as well and where I have lived, off and on) that are convenient to NJDOT trains initiating in Trenton and proceeding up the primary eastern corridor to NYC.
Warminster is a tough spot to get to from this area, time wise (I used to commute to Fort Washington but it was right off the turnpike.) It's all back roads and two lane highways wending through quaint towns like Richboro and Jamison. Nice but not fun at rush hour.
I would NOT go too far into PA although you can do as you please, because there is no good way to get to NYC further southwest than Trenton. Septa can be picked up, of course and a transfer made in Trenton but that seems to be more trouble than you need.
As you might note, our local Keller Williams office has several experienced and energetic agents that you might consult. I'd pick an agent and stick with him or her.
as a buyer it is important for you to know that agency relationshps are very strict in Nj .
A listing agent represents the seller at all times & any information you share with them can be used to benefit the seller/owner.
A coldwell banker agent ( besides this listing agent) from this office would also be acting as a dual agent - which means they represent BOTH buyer & seller.
A dual agency in this market hurts you as a buyer, because you should hire an agent who can negotiate for you aggressively & in finding out ALL details regarding a home you're interested in.......try to obtain all details that benefit YOU as the Buyer.
Please contact a local realtor specializing in this area.......ask them to let you know if they can represent you as a buyer's agent ONLY or not.
Agent relationships & how they represent a buyer or a seller should be the FIRST & MOST IMportant information made available to a client/customer.
Buying & selling real estate is a bit more complicated than the internet can make it seem.
Also, to Emily,
Plase be aware that Broker reciprocity is a fundamental basis of listings made available on sites such as Trulia & others. If ,as a representative of Trulia you are promoting a particular broker, whether or not that is the listing broker, that violates the reciprocity agreement..
If a link is available on Trulia, just post the link & let the consumer decide. That is the purpose of Broker reciprocity. Cooperation & equal & fair exposure to PROPERTY LISTINGS.
Unless, now Trulia is also a Coldwell Banker partner.... more