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Home Buying in Cranford : Real Estate Advice

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Fri May 5, 2017
Henry n Janie answered:
Yes, get to know the neighborhood you want to move too, and ask all kinds of question to the Realtor they will be happy to help you even if your are thinking of 6 month away.
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Thu Feb 2, 2017
Kira.fiksel asked:
My husband and I put in an offer on a new construction home in Cranford, NJ and they accepted. He is in love with this home but I am still on the fence. I love everything about this house…
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Thu Jan 19, 2017
UpNest answered:
Good question. You may be able to find a realtor from Cranford who agrees to this deal. Have you tried using the platform You can consult with realtors in your local area, compare fees and rebates until you find the best realtor that fits your needs. ... more
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Wed Mar 30, 2016
Bmarvin answered:
Yes, with a FHA loan you can get a mortgage after 3 years from the foreclosure discharge. You must have re-established your credit however. If your credit is below 620, most lenders will not lend to you. ... more
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Fri May 8, 2015
lewisremington19 answered:
I would call an excavation company and ask them. They'll be able to give you their professional opinion and quote you on a price. You might even want to get a few different quotes so that you can compare them and see if you are willing to pay that much.
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Tue Mar 3, 2015
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Wed Feb 11, 2015
Brittany Hopping answered:

Are you still looking for townhouses in the Cranford area. I know of a nice 2 br townhouse with 1.5 baths which is very reasonably priced and has some updates in the kitchen and bathroom. The price is well below your budget.

You can contact me at 828-489-0163 if you are interested in viewing the property.

Brittany Hopping,
Westfield Realty Service
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Tue Nov 11, 2014
Ronald Shaffery answered:
Realtytrac usually has the most up to date information
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Tue Sep 16, 2014
Jeanne Feenick answered:
I echo the voice of others. Your agent can produce the pricing analysis to guide you.

Certainly time on the market is a consideration. If the property has been listed at this price for six months - especially through our healthy spring market - then it is overpriced. If it were not, they would be done.

However, if the current price is the result of a recent price reduction, then the price may not be so well tested. This level of detail is available in the archives of the MLS, which is accessible to agents.

A price based on the facts of the market is the best starting point for a successful negotiation.

Good luck to you!!

Jeanne Feenick
Unwavering Commitment to Service, Unsurpassed Results
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Fri Jan 3, 2014
Robin Azcarraga answered:
I also handle Cranford and work in neighboring Westfield and I am happy to help you as well.

Robin Azcarraga
Prudential New Jersey Properties
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Thu Sep 5, 2013
Tanya Papandrea answered:

If the property is listed than a local Realtor who is familiar with the process would be the best place for you to start. If the house you are interested in is listed as a short sale it is best to have an agent who has experience dealing with short sales. I would be happy to assist you in the short sale process or in your home search in general.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Best Regards,
Tanya Papandrea
Towne Realty Group
(908) 377-2554
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Tue Jun 11, 2013
Tanya Papandrea answered:
Hello. Yes this property is in the AE Flood zone and does require flood insurance. I am the listing agent. Please feel free to reach out to me via cell phone or email if you have any additional questions on this property or on Cranford. I also live in Cranford in the flood zone and would be happy to assist you in your home search in the area and could give you more information on the flood zone.

Best Regards,

Tanya Papandrea
Towne Realty Group
cell: (908) 377-2554
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Sun Jan 13, 2013
Marsha Bowen Washington answered:
In most cases, these homeowners are likely to get a loan modification in which the websites do not update this information.
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Mon Dec 10, 2012
Lorena Barbosa answered:
If you will be working in Cranford, I would suggest trying to stay in Cranford. It is a town most people choose to live in and then commute 35 minutes b/c it has so much to offer. Schools, town activities, trains will outweigh the sacrifice of a somewhat outdated home. I settled in Westfield years ago before having kids in a 'starter home". I am still here - although we need bigger, we are willing to sacrifice the space b/c it is an amazing town to raise your family in, just like Cranford. Cranford can be slightly more affordable but there are deals to be found in both if you can act quickly!

A bit of a different prospective - good luck and happy to help in anyway. My office is in Westfield but I can help up to 45 minutes in all directions.
Best to you,

Lorena Barbosa
David Realty Group
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Fri Sep 28, 2012
Tanya Papandrea answered:
If you are referring to 37 Johnson Ave- the listing does state that the house is in a flood zone. Due to the river that runs through Cranford there are parts of Cranford that are in the flood zone that would require additional flood insurance. Many homes were flooded during Hurricane Irene for many reasons. (close to river, power failure/sump pump failure). If you would like assistance in finding out the exact flooding history of this home I would be happy to help you. I am also a Cranford resident. Feel free to email me Good luck! ... more
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Mon Jun 4, 2012
Eliasc answered:
No: because the street has a small incline the house has always been a block a way from where the flooding stops.
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Thu Dec 23, 2010
Ian A. Wolf answered:
Foreclosures can be great opportunities. However, make sure you are working with an agent who is highly experienced in them and more importantly has experience in listing them. There are entirely different dynamics, rules, and customs in dealing with the banks than traditional transactions and helps to be prepared. Most important of all they are not particularly fun or "warm and fuzzy" transactions. So be prepared for that. They are strictly business deals for the bank, and despite what you may think, the banks don;t car very much about selling any particular house, they know they;ll all sell eventually. For the best deals, timing really is everything. Hope that helps. ... more
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Fri Sep 10, 2010
Ian A. Wolf answered:
There are a number of 100% financing programs in NJ. One is the USDA program, but it may require that you choose an area with in the approved towns. Try visiting here for more detail:

There is also the HMFA program. It also has some geography guidelines but could be what you need:

The best place to start though may be the Housing Partnership in Dover. They are a non-profit that has knowledge of all kinds of special grant programs, and education that will help you get what you need.

Hope that helps.
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Mon Mar 1, 2010
Victor Kaminski answered:
Because signing a buyers agency contract creates an agency relationship, this is a great time to go over what the buyer can expect from you as well as what you expect from them. They�39;ll only be tied to you for the properties you show them with such an agreement and if they're not just using you to run them around and then use their cousin or sister who's got their license after using your time and gas this shouldn't be an issue. You need to take control and get it all out in the open BEFORE you take anyone out to show them properties, ANY properties. You are going over the CIS with every shopper before showing them anything, online or off or discussing a real estate transaction as required by state law aren't you?

Many agents do not because they are too timid however they are in violation not doing so, you even need these at open houses. The next document should be the exclusive buyer agency relationship form and if offering any cash back to the buyer at closing will be required to be disclosed in such a written agreement at the time an agency relationship is created BEFORE showing them any properties. This is the rule in NJ now and another great reason for buyers to sign. Check with your brokers office rules first, the broker will need to agree to offer cash back incentives, not the agent without their permission.

Hope those are good enough reasons. If feeling bold, don't show them a listing without such an agreement, don't let buyers walk all over you, give them the chance and they will. Will an attorney lift a finger for a client without such an agreement? NO! So be a professional, be the best and do your best, if you do so you'll be in demand and if you're in demand you wont have time to waste on buyers that wont think twice about wasting your time. Take control of your schedule, time, gas and money. Have a plan and execute it.
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Wed Nov 11, 2009
Vita Zoltak Broker/Owner answered:
If you call Cranford engineers office they will send you a flood designation for that area. 908-709-7200 ext.4
Or ask your Realtor to get the information from them. They are very good at giving the correct information in writing. Vita Zoltak, Broker 908-272-2570. ... more
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