Dear NJ Buyer,
If you are interested in buying in the short term, then begin visiting open houses now on the weekends. These homes that are open to the public are ready to be shown and, most likely, have not suffered flooding and major storm damage. If the owners are selling the properties damaged and "as is", then the storm results may be quite obvious. You are wise not to pursue a property unless the claim activity has been satisfied with the current owner. You will then know that the subject is being conveyed in precise terms and price. Ask to see a Seller's Disclosure so that you can review all known conditions and past repairs/replacements that the owner has disclosed and signed off on. You should also begin to select an agent to work with by searching the internet to find a well qualified agent who is actively listing and selling, working full time in your areas of interest. This way you will likely find an agent who is very knowledgable about the inventory, storm history, and sales history to guide you and facilitate the appropriate selection and negotiation processes. The Jersey shore can be a fabulous investment, providing years of enjoyment and return on your investment. Best wishes to you in your search!