I am planning to buy home in West Windsor- Plainsboro SD by March-April next year. What is good time to?

Asked by Rk, Plainsboro, NJ Tue Nov 27, 2007

start looking for house and how to get the good advice from the agent regarding the same?

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Shalu Thaman, Agent, Princeton, NJ
Tue Nov 27, 2007
Hi RK,
Your search criteria defines the time frame to some extent but now would be a good time to develop a relationship with a Buyer's agent knowledgable about the area, communities & homes in West Windsor Plainsboro.
By SD you're including West Windsor & Plainsboro in your search, as the 2 towns share the same school district.
Start reviewing listings that may come up between now & Feb 2008 to get a picture of price points, features etc..
If there are enough homes on the market & your search criteria is flexible to some degree you may find something suitable in 2-4 weeks.........then take 1-3 months to close.
If your search criteria is stringent for example. age of home, home facing a particular direction etc.....the inventory at that time dictates the purchase time frame .

Regarding the agent, find a good buyer's agent with area specialization ...he / she should know the area, communities & homes....the price points of homes within these communities & be able to offer you alternatives based on your needs.
A very thorough knowledge of the current mortgage issues, ability to find you creative & reliable funding resources & ability to guage trends for the local market at least a few months ahead is critical for you as a buyer.
A buyer's agent who is not thorough on this is going to cost you time & money.

So look for recurring current experience woking with buyers this year, in your price range & area of search...as this translates to that experience benefitting you as a buyer.

Aggressive negotiating skills & recommendations from other recent buyers in the area.

They should also be very comfortable with providing random recent references from other buyers in the area..............matterof fact so should you , asking for these.

Above all, integrity is key & in your first conversation or meeting if you don't feel you're dealing with a smart agent who will keep your interests above all, move on to the next one who will.
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Mary, , 08534
Thu Dec 13, 2007
Hi RK, It is about time to begin the search. Even if you are not planning to buy just yet, it is a good idea to get to know the real estate market in the area. By touring homes, you get an idea of "what your money buys", so that when it comes time to actually make an offer, you will be comfortable with your offer price. Also, by touring homes, you get an idea of different styles of homes, different neighborhoods, etc, again, all of this make you an educated buyer. Good luck in your search and if you would like some information on the home buying process, I would be pleased to help. Sue
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Rafi Footerm…, Agent, Edison, NJ
Wed Dec 12, 2007
It's never too early to begin your search. Begin by interviewing Realtors, attorneys, mortgage lenders, and home inspectors. By lining up your team early, your process will flow easier. If you find a great person, they can lead you to the others. You want to work with knowledgeable, qualified professionals that are good communicators. These are people that you will be speaking with extensively and you must be comfortable.

Feel free to contact me for more information. I don't make money for referrals, just my inspections.

Rafi Footerman
Mid Jersey Inspections
732-906-4100
NJ Home Inspection Lic. #076900
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Robert, Home Buyer,
Fri Dec 21, 2007
The best time to buy is between Thanksgiving to New Years, and maybe stretches for another one or two weeks when sellers relocating out of state or out of country and HAVE TO sell, while prospective buyers like yourselves went to holiday vacantion, not yet back to the market. The closer to March or April, the more competition in this area, since many seasonal IT Professionals working at Wall St got their fat bonus and/or came back from foreign country, the housing would be much more competitive.

If you need train station to commute to NYC, you may want to consider Edison since West Windsor area has great shortage of parking lot, and they just had a public hearing of over 8,000 people on the waiting list, and new parking lot will cost $25,000 each to acquire land and build, and it will cost $210 on monthly parking pass. Besides Edison is only 40 minutes to Manhattan with direct train. Otherwise, both area has great schools and safe.
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