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Debra (Debbi…, Real Estate Pro in Livingston, NJ
Wed Nov 30, 2016
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Hi Neetu!

I see your question is a bit old, but....I'd like to help you if you haven't already made your move.

One question that would help with this is...what is your price range? The towns you mentioned, Livingston, Summit and Mllburn/Short Hills are all excellent options, albeit pricey - with great school systems and lots of local shops, movies, restaurants and recreational opportunities. Millburn and Summit have more of an "old world", charming feel with older homes (colonials and Tudors are common styles). The also have downtown walk-able commercial areas, and offer the Midtown Direct train into Manhattan (no changing trains.).
Livingston has a more contemporary feel - the style of homes can range from ultra contemporary to more traditional colonials and ranches. The commute would be via a bus (4-55 min) as well as a jitney service to the direct train in S Orange.

I would be happy to discuss this further, and in more detail, so feel free to reach out to me at your convenience.

If, however, you have already made your move........welcome and I wish you all the best!!
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NJ Properties, Livingston Office
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Sally Grenier, Real Estate Pro in Boulder, CO
Thu Jul 7, 2016
Sally Grenier answered:
Why not contact a local lender who can review all of your information, and give you a clear answer? Impossible for anyone here to know. Good luck!
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Shortykiwibo…, Home Buyer in New York, NY
Sat Mar 19, 2016
Shortykiwibox09 asked:
My fiance and I are looking for an Apartment in west orange, livingston or local areas within walking distance to an Conservative shul. Looking for a nice community where we can fit in and…
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Ariel Trouche, Real Estate Pro in Mount Pleasant, SC
Tue Oct 6, 2015
Ariel Trouche answered:
I have never had anyone have the lead test done. I ask my clients, "What are you going to do if it has lead paint?". If they tell me they won't buy it , then I tell them to think about whether they want to put in a contract or look for a newer home. If it was built before 1978 there is a good chance it could have lead. The cost is $450 for someone to tell you what you probably already know. I let them know that when you paint over lead paint, you have encapsulated the problem. I also recommend that they talk to a professional about it as well. The real question is do you care or not ? Ultimately... it is the clients decision of course. If they are more comfortable testing then they should test, but I always think it is useful to ask what they are going to do with the information once they have it. ... more
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Debra (Debbi…, Real Estate Pro in Livingston, NJ
Thu Feb 12, 2015
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
What can this amount buy you?

My listing at 30 Sycamore Terr closed in December for 630,000.
It was situated on slightly over 1/2 acre - lovely quiet neighborhood...split of 5 bedrooms and 3.5 room plus Fl. room - great house..........

In the 500,000 range, you can get 3 BR's and 2- 2.5 baths.........slightly smaller lot.....

You have options

Give me a call!

Debbie Rose
Berjshure Hathaway HomeServices NJ Properties
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Debra (Debbi…, Real Estate Pro in Livingston, NJ
Thu Feb 12, 2015
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Sorry, I missed this question - trulia is more challenging to navigate these days as they no longer notify us when local questions are posted!

I have been a realtor based in Livingston for 30 years...........that qualifies me as "experienced"!

Have lived in the area my entire would be my pleasure to help you.

Please fell free to reach out to me at your convenience.

Let's talk!

Debbie Rose
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NJ Properties
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belle3417, Other/Just Looking in Toms River, NJ
Fri Jan 16, 2015
belle3417 answered:
My husbands owes me money and wants to put it in a escrow account 20k so I can rent an apartment for myself and our 2 children.
We want to separate I want to know should I accept this and go ahead with agreement.
The money wil be handle by the lawyer to pay my rent. Can the owner freeze it at some point?
This is his lawyer who will be dispensing the money to my landlord.
Is this guaranteed I mean what if the account is frozen, or dispense money stops.
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George  Walsh, Real Estate Pro in Summit, NJ
Wed Apr 9, 2014
George Walsh answered:
Where are you purchasing? The headline lists 07039. There are several attorneys in Livingston who are highly competent. I suggest you have an attorney experienced in the county in which you are buying the property. Next consideration may be the type of property and its particular characteristics that could be a factor in finalizing the purchase while protecting your immediate and long term interests, Co-op or condo versus fee simple for example, dealing with a co-op board or condo association, short sale, foreclosure or wetlands issues and on and on. What do you consider "reasonable." If all you want is paperwork completed then almost any attorney will do perhaps. By the way, you are not required to have an attorney to purchase real estate in NJ. My best advice, consult with a knowledgeable real estate professional for guidance. ... more
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Debra (Debbi…, Real Estate Pro in Livingston, NJ
Mon Jun 17, 2013
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Hi Grace

Livingston has names for various sections. Often those names are simply the names of the closest elementary school - such as : Riker Hill, Harrison, Collins, Mt Pleasant and Burnet Hill.
There are other "sections" as well - some other areas are referred to as: Chestnut Hill, Cherry Hil., Old Cherry Hill, Coventry, Forest Park and Broadlawn, just to name a few.

In regard to your question, "Old Cherry Hill' is an area that was developed after WWII and is comprised mostly of ranches and cape cod style homes. Most do not have basements, and they are referred to as being built on "slabs". This area is located "behind" "New" Cherry Hill, between N Livingston Ave and E. MCClellan Ave (we usually say - "behind the Livingston Car Wash" ) and Mt Pleasant Ave. Some streets are: Elmwood, Fernwood, Melrose, Maplewood.
A number of homes have been expanded, and it is a friendly neighborhood with some very nice entry level homes.

The Cherry Hill neighborhood is a newer section, although the homes are still 30 + years old, and tend to be larger - some of the streets there are" Tarlton, Tanglewood, Cherry Hill, Trinity, Thurston (we call them the "T" streets!).

As you can see - there are a number of sections in town. Since Livingston is 14 sq miles, it makes it easier to have a frame of reference when describing where a particular street or home might be.

I have lived and worked in town for 28 years, so I know it well.
I will be happy to share more detailed information about all the other sections of town, as well.
Please visit my website for links to more town information.
And......of course......feel free to reach out to me if I can be of further help~

Best wishes!

Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties
cell (973) 715-3131
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Michael Barn…,  in Short Hills, NJ
Sat Jun 1, 2013
Michael Barnhard answered:
Yes there are two Orthodox Temples Located In Livingston. One of them Suburban Torah is located on West Mt. Pleasant Ave in waling distance from The Livingston Town Center.
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Debra (Debbi…, Real Estate Pro in Livingston, NJ
Sat May 18, 2013
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
That figure of $399 a month is incorrect.

The taxes on the currently listed units range from $12,500 - close to $15,000

The specific unit you asked about, 45 Carillon Circle, is already under "attorney review", and has taxes of $14,912.

Please let me know if I can be of further help.

Best wishes.
Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties
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Marisa Beltr…,  in Ship Bottom, NJ
Sat Apr 13, 2013
Marisa Beltramini answered:
Some parts of Livingston are designated as flood zones by FEMA. What has the town to offer? If you have school age children, one of the best school districts in NJ; it has a housing stock of many values, good town services, pleasant atmosphere, proximity to great shopping (Livingston and Short Hills malls and local boutiques), plenty of places to have a good meal and last, but no least, easy access to New York City by bus.
Even if I am now in another part of New Jersey, I have been servicing the area for more than 20 years, I very much like it and thought I would give you my answer too
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Dan Weinheim…, Real Estate Pro in Rensselaer, NY
Tue Mar 19, 2013
Dan Weinheimer answered:
No. Your personal preferences will determine which house is right for you, however, age alone should not be a litmus test. Of much more importance is the condition and functionality of the house, (how much upgrading and repair will it require now or in the near future?), its charm and appeal, and of course, the location and price. All these factors should be considered when making the decision on which home to buy. Good luck! ... more
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Jeanne Feeni…, Real Estate Pro in Basking Ridge, NJ
Sun Mar 17, 2013
Jeanne Feenick answered:
All that said...generally undisclosed is a sign that the age may be old(er), so while I agree that you shouldn't make assumptions, your hunch is likely more right than wrong. Home age can be denoted approximate if the seller/agent is unsure. Having nothing is not a great marketing positive. In a similar way, while no photos do not necessarily mean that their is nothing inviting to share, that is often the inference.

Good luck and best,
Jeanne Feenick
Unwavering Commitment to Service, Unsurpassed Results
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Marsha Bowen…, Real Estate Pro in Livingston, NJ
Sun Mar 17, 2013
Marsha Bowen Washington answered:
Homes in the mid price range of $400K to $600K in Livingston are selling quickly and so are the rentals. Now is a great time to purchase for either. I am working with renters and rentals are going fast.

Let me know if I can be of assistance.
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George  Walsh, Real Estate Pro in Summit, NJ
Sun Dec 16, 2012
George Walsh answered:
So Mark, here it is nearly the end of the year. I am curious. What have you done since getting such great answers to your question? Have taken the advice of these excellent real estate professionals? Have you bought a home yet, four months later? Are you still looking to buy? I'd really like to hear how you are making out in the real estate market. Please drop me a short note: Thanks and all best wishes. ... more
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Armin Lusiny…, Real Estate Pro in Short Hills, NJ
Thu Nov 29, 2012
Armin Lusinyants answered:
Hi Aj,
Most of the new constructions tend to be rather large and expensive... In your price range I would suggest to look for a house with a "potential" and then expend and improve it to your needs. Concentrate your search on better location and land.
I can recommend a very good developing company. If you are interested send me an email and I will forward their information to you.
Best Regards,

Cell: 917-626-9420
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George  Walsh, Real Estate Pro in Summit, NJ
Thu Aug 30, 2012
George Walsh answered:
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