Based on the answers from all of the realtors here, it IS VERY OBVIOUS to me that they realtors are not placing many of their clients offers. And why should they? The higher they can drive up the offer, the more commission they make. If you don't believe that, just take a look at the California heyday the realtors are having right now. No regulation, shady lone deals and no requirement to keep records of offers that their clients make or receive. The disaster of 2006-2008 was a huge windfall for the realtors and lenders, (just follow the PMI trail after a home owner gets foreclosed on WOW, everybody makes out like a fat cat, except the homeowner of course). Wake up America, stop falling for the smoke and mirrors. Oh, and by the way, I think the question was a very legitimate one, that MUST be answered and answered NOW.... more
Well, "best" is in the rye of the beholder, so in order to help you I'd need to know a little more about what you're looking for.
Let;s start with your price range - that will help narrow down your options.
Are you looking for a more urban or suburban feel? Do you want to be able to walk to shops and restaurants, or is driving fine with you?
Are you only looking in the 07036 zip code, or open to other suggestions?
Please email or call me so we can discuss this in more detail.
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50/50 on rentals? that's too low. besides, nothing in any kind of business is ''verbally good'' specially in this kind of business, I think, that if your broker is new in the business, you are just wasting your time in that office, you need a lot of training, lot's of information and specially get to know the rules, as for a list in the MLS or ask your broker to see if he has it, go to your tube, you have too many good inf. there, assist in all the classes that you can for free, being a LIBOR member, gives u the opportunity of getting free webminars, etc. If I was you, I simply move to another office, but remember, that not all depends in the training that u get, but in the effort and motivation that you have! good luck SILVIA LORENTI licensed Realtor for 25 years... more
I agree with Annette - not enough detail posted here but I can say you state "told her to make an offer" - did you sign an offer and provide necessary documentation such as proof of funds or a pre-approval letter for financing? Telling an agent to submit an offer and actually having the agent draw up the offer and having the buyer sign it are 2 different things.... more
The Smart Start Program is available to participants in the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Agency's First-Time Homebuyer program who are purchasing homes in Smart Growth Areas. The program helps these families by offering a second mortgage for downpayment and/or closing costs up to 4% of the first mortgage.
If I can be of any assistance to you for your real estate needs, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.
Please check with FEMA and your realtor who may have access to such information in his/her multiple listing system. If you check with a home insurance company, they can probably tell you if flood insurance is required which will provide you with additional information.
Don't just simply rely on reviews, also consider a visit to the school(s) of interest. For school information see links.
It's best to do both these inspections during your due diligence period. Your attorney can advise you of the time frame. If you need to find professionals for these inspections, your agent should have a list.
The most conventional way is to have your Realtor specifically target properties marketed as such - they are not as common as they once were. The second way is to rent with the right of first refusal, which means that if someone offers to buy the property, you have the option to buy it first. There are plenty of sellers that are comfortable signing a lease with this option.
Good luck!... more