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Tue Feb 7, 2017
Pamela Bellah answered:
My advice: When interviewing agents to represent you- ask that agent how much money they have saved or gained their clients---the one you want to hire will show you verifiable financial value well in excess of these rebates offered. I like to advance my own client's interests using the opportunities made available by professionals who rely on rebates to earn business. Just yesterday I worked with an agent who used a form incorrectly which would have cost their seller $43,000 in lost revenue. As in every industry- it pays to do your homework. ... more
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Tue Sep 13, 2016
Neil Roxas answered:
Hello,

Unfortunately, we didn't get enough information about your problem to resolve the issue. Please provide us with the complete property address.

For future reference, you can feel free to contact us about this type of inquiry through our contact form here:

http://www.trulia.com/help/ask/

Thank you for using Trulia!

Neil
Consumer Care Advocate
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Mon Sep 12, 2016
Maricris A answered:
Hello,

To claim your property on Trulia, please follow the instructions below:

1. Navigate to the property page, go to the "Edit Home Facts " button
2. click the "I don't see my name" button
3. fill out the field
4. click the continue button
5. verify ownership and you're done.

Regards,

Maricris
Consumer Care Advocate
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Sat May 14, 2016
Anne Shearman answered:
The local real estate broker has this information .
In Succasunna , it is listed on Garden State Multiple LIsting Service .
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Tue May 19, 2015
Adriana Koeneke answered:
1. Their apartments are over garages, and the fumes from the cars leak up into the above apartments, they basically poison anyone with first floor apartments. When I told them about it they basically shrugged their shoulders.

2. They convinced me to upgrade to a "nicer" apartment without seeing it, I moved in and all of the supposedly nice appliances were dented beyond belief, it looked way worse than any of the "cheaper" apartments did. I asked for them to fix or at least take down my rent since it was basically a lie, they said no.

3. The dog park is not only always empty, it is littered with cigarette butts everywhere, they don't even try to maintain it.

4. They say the carpeting on the second floor protects the first floor from noise. Not even remotely true, I could hear entire conversations my upstairs neighbors have in their normal tone of voice, it is absolutely ridiculous.

5. The most unresponsive and indifferent staff I have ever had the displeasure of working with. They respond to 1 out of 10 emails, and when they do it's weeks later, their managers seem to be on vacation all the time.

6. DO NOT rent here, you will regret it, trust me, there are so many other places that are cheaper and better, with more courteous staff. Stay AWAY.
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Wed Apr 22, 2015
Doreen Johnson asked:
Mon Mar 30, 2015
Jeanne Feenick answered:
A home in the Chathams is a great start - that is for sure. The pace of sale is strong overall this spring and that holds true for both the Borough and the Township.

Taking your half bath to a full is a great idea. I am working with a number of buyers who consider 2 full their minimum and they are likely in your price band. Of course, it is not uncommon for homes of the age to be one full, one half, but have two full will distinguish you amid the competition.

The family room/gathering place is an attraction to buyers.

Spend your money carefully so as not to overdo it - while you may not recoup the investment, the money spent will undoubtedly help your home sell more quickly and with that at the highest price the market will bear.

Here to help in any way...
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Wed Feb 25, 2015
Jeanne Feenick answered:
Your best bet to look for rentals is to engage with a real estate agent so you are sure to be considering properties listed on the MLS. There is s a big issue with rental scams - essentially scammers hyjacking listing data and trying to get people to bite.

Words of advice - trust your gut --- response seems suspicious - bingo - it is!

If something seems "to good to be true", it is!

Never, ever send anyone money - never!
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Fri Feb 13, 2015
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Sat Feb 7, 2015
Anna M Brocco answered:
Be aware that scams do exist; be mindful that such web sites are third party sites, so the information is fed by various sources, therefore data is not really verified. If you choose not to work with an agent of your own always verify ownership before exchanging any money/personal information--make certain they are who they claim to be. Never wire any money, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. For scam related information see link.
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0079-rental-listing-scams
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Thu Feb 5, 2015
Charlotte Turner,ABR®,e-PRO® answered:
Thats definitely a scam.
The best thing to do is to FLAG the listing and the Trulia staff will look into it and remove it. Go to the listing. Look for the menu item MORE, click on that then on the dropdown menu click FLAG ... more
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Thu Apr 10, 2014
Brian Rutter answered:
Lynn,

I have lived in Chatham for over 30 years, first in the borough and then in the township. The short answer to your question is that the most desirable neighborhood in Chatham is...Chatham. Both borough and township are in very high demand. To get more specific than that, I would need to know just what desirable means to you, and what your situation is. For example, if you plan to commute by train to New York, you definitely want to be in the borough, and preferably in walking distance to the train station. If you are looking for large, stately older homes, you want the area roughly between the train tracks and Watchung Avenue and between Fairmount and Hillside. (This does extend south of Watchung to the top of the hill). As a generalization, the township tends to have larger homes than the borough, because it was developed later. The Wickham Woods and Rolling Hills areas tend to have a little more prestige than other areas, but that difference has been minimized lately as the whole area has become more desirable.
As far as "sought after" elementary schools go, there are 3 elementary schools in town, and if you sampled residents you would get three different answers. (As an aside, these three schools are K through grade 3. Grades 4 & 5 are combined into Lafayette School, which would technically be an elementary school, but it isn't relevant to your question).
I would be happy to go over the desirable areas in more detail as it relates to your specific situation. Feel free to give me a call or email.
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Thu Feb 13, 2014
Kaderia asked:
This question was asked from http://www.trulia.com/homes/New_Jersey/Chatham/sold/21382614-202-Fairmount-Ave-Chatham-NJ-07928
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Wed Nov 27, 2013
Brian Rutter answered:
There is a lot of good information here, but let me see if I can add some insight. I have lived in Chatham for over 30 years. It is a great community, but prices have skyrocketed in the past several years, especially in the Borough. I have found that this is generally true for the areas along the Mid-town Direct (Morris & Essex) train line in eastern Morris County, while near-by towns that are not on the train line are more reasonably priced.
Several agents have suggested lowering your price range, but that may well mean getting less house (fewer bedrooms, smaller lot, more work needed, etc.) than you need. If you do not need to commute to New York City, I would suggest looking at towns off of the train line, If you do need to commute to New York City (and don't want to take the bus), you might want to consider towns along the Gladstone Branch, such as New Providence, Berkeley Heights, and Long Hill Township (Gillette, Stirling, and Millington). The Gladstone Branch also provides Midtown Direct service, although the service at off-peak hours is not as good, and may involve changing trains in Summit.
One thing to investigate if you are going to New York City is the parking situation at the train stations. There tends to be a waiting list for parking permits, and daily spaces fill up by 6:30 or so. I have worked with a number of clients who had thought of buying in, for example, Florham Park and driving to the station in Madison or Chatham. I had to tell them that this would only work if they were willing to go in VERY early.
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Wed Nov 6, 2013
SSBLR answered:
Thanks All! We are going to go for the inspection. Definitely do not want to be penny wise pound foolish on this one...
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Mon Oct 28, 2013
bwhal answered:
I lived in Chatham for 22 years (up until 2007) and can confirm, as did others, that it is a very safe town. Unfortunately, however, during that period Chatham also experienced several murders. All of them were domestic disputes of one kind or another - and posed no safety hazard to the public - but I wonder if these have influenced the data being used by Trulia. ... more
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Sun Jul 28, 2013
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Your best option is to call in several agents and discuss their marketing plans and commission structure.It can vary.

The only proper and legal response, due to federal anti trust laws, is that "all commissions are negotiable"...................because they really are!


Some have quoted what they believe to be "average rates" - don't be surprised if some agent will negotiate a different number with you.........that's why it's important for agents to never quote rates in open forums as it can be seen as an attempt at price fixing, even if that is not the intent.

Ask for references for 2 or 3 agents in your area.....if you can't get any references from friends, why not drive around and visit neighborhood open houses and meet the agents ... see how professional they are...........make an appointment to sit down and discuss pricing, marketing and commission.

Another option is to stop in 2local offices who do business in your area - ask to speak with the manager and ask them to recommend an agent from their office.

Select someone who has a proven track record...someone you feel comfortable with......and someone who tells you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear!
You can always find someone who will negotiate a lower commission then the next person, but in my opinion, that shouldn't be the main criteria you use in selecting your agent.

Best wishes!

Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties
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Wed Aug 15, 2012
Tim Moore answered:
Good luck with the search. By the way, it makes no difference if they are French or American or from the Moon so you need not mention that.
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Sat Jul 28, 2012
Diane answered:
HI Abigail

Well I believe I have the perfect answer for you....I am smiling because I lived in Short Hills before I moved to Rumson many years ago... Quite honestly I never looked back.....Short Hills and the Summit area are lovely,however moving to Rumson is moving for a life style. They offer everything the towns you mentioned in Essex and Union Counties, without the traffic plus much much more......

Rumson is perhaps the best kept secret in New Jersey, offering top schools, and upscale environment, beaches, adorable town, friendly atmosphere, great access to NYC by boat, train or bus. Wonderful restaurents locally..Red Bank two miles away.......Two theaters, movies, boating etc. the list goes on and on,,,

Please contact me for further info...My husband and I are both full time agents in Rumson..Good luck

Diane 732- 859 2376
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