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Asked by Movingin2011, 07030 Thu Nov 18, 2010

We plan on moving to the Millburn area in Aug/Sept 2011. Our needs are for a single family home with 3BR/2BA minimum. Our budget is flexible, however since we have some time and one of us is an architect, we are thinking of purchasing a fixer-upper and renovating the house to our preferences. Any advice or online/other resources which could help us in this regard would be appreciated.

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Alex Silberman’s answer
Alex Silberm…, Agent, Short Hills, NJ
Thu Nov 18, 2010
We've lived in Millburn for almost 16 years and we're on our third home in town.

Fixer upper is a relative term. Many of the homes in Millburn were built in the 30's, so whether they lend themselves to what you're looking for may or may not be what you have in mind. If they're dated and you're thinking of kitchens and bathrooms, that's one thing. If you're thinking of re-jiggering the flow, then that's a bit challenging with an eighty year old home.

Millburn is such a desirable community that there never is a glut of inventory, so whatever may be available now, won't be in a month. Generally speaking people move quickly for desirable homes (ones that need no work, or ones that are a great value because they do need work and people can personalize them).

People are often very motivated to get into the community so the best advice would be to start getting a sense of our architectural styles and what the 'value proposition' of each price point is so that when you are ready, you're can reach swiftly.

What we hear mostly from our clients moving into the area is how little think time they have. I suggest you let us drive you around and car window shop. This will be the best 90 minutes you'll send in your home search.
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