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Elitetransmi…, Home Buyer in Ewing, NJ
Tue Mar 8, 2016
Elitetransmission2014 answered:
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Maxwel, Home Buyer in Hoboken, NJ
Mon Nov 18, 2013
Maxwel answered:
What do people think about the Hamilton Lakes area of Hamilton, NJ?
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Shalu Thaman, Real Estate Pro in Princeton, NJ
Sun Oct 6, 2013
Shalu Thaman answered:
Wow !! The Original Poster posted this question in 2012 !!

No wonder we get maligned by sellers & buyers for not listening or paying attention to their interests!
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Shalu Thaman, Real Estate Pro in Princeton, NJ
Sun Oct 6, 2013
Shalu Thaman answered:
Hi

I get this question a lot from my buyer clients. My response is in the buyer's best interest as :-

Realtors are neither qualified to answer this question nor does the Real Estate Commission encourage 'steering' of clients to any particular school district, as it violates Fair Housing Regulations, for which we can lose our professional license.

Please visit www.Greatschools.net for independent reviews & statistics on student teacher ratio , scores etc.

The Realtor's role is to advise & provide guidance , not teach to or influence the buyer's decision.

A smart,experienced,knowledgable Realtor shares all their expertise that gets their client the home they want that best suits their budget & needs , for now & future enjoyment.

All this can be achieved without 'telling' the client what is 'best" & what is not.

Shalu Thaman - Realtor,ePRO, ABR
Keller Williams Princeton Real Estate
Cell # 609.577.5861
Fax # 609.613.5907
http://PrincetonHomeNj.com
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Shalu Thaman, Real Estate Pro in Princeton, NJ
Sun Oct 6, 2013
Shalu Thaman answered:
Wow !! The Original Poster posted this question in 2010

No wonder we get maligned by sellers & buyers for not listening or paying attention to their interests!
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Shalu Thaman, Real Estate Pro in Princeton, NJ
Sun Oct 6, 2013
Shalu Thaman answered:
Wow !! The Original Poster posted this question in 2008 & then posted 2 more posts to address agents who continue to respond to her 2008 question, without checking the date OR her following posts.

No wonder we get maligned by sellers & buyers for not listening or paying attention to their interests!


Emily, Just Looking,
This question was posted over 5 years ago!

Emily, Just Looking,
Why are people now responding to this question that is literally over 5 years old? If I hadn't found a house by now, I'd have quite a bigger problem.
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Shalu Thaman, Real Estate Pro in Princeton, NJ
Sun Aug 11, 2013
Shalu Thaman answered:
Asked by Emily, Currently OH, moving to NJ • Wed Jun 11, 2008
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Anna M Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Williston Park, NY
Wed Jul 31, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
See link for helpful information www.schooldigger.com
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Shalu Thaman, Real Estate Pro in Princeton, NJ
Thu May 3, 2012
Shalu Thaman answered:
Hi Gina,

For individual schools in each district , a valuable resource is http://greatschools.net.

As a parent & a realtor , the most helpful advice I can provide is to look at aspects of the school that would apply to your child's needs.

Resale value of homes is usually tied to successful school districts, but as a buyer one should also balance the factors of highest SAT scores & property taxes, if your child is entering elementary school.

HTH.

ShaluThamanatgmaildotcom
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Rajah, Other/Just Looking in Plainsboro, NJ
Wed Jul 6, 2011
Rajah answered:
Hi Kimberly,

I live in Plainsboro (08536), New Jersey with my wife, son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons. This is a very good an peaceful area. You have everything that you need. Even nice apartments are available for rent which I may be able to show you (I am not an agent and won't be charging you anything. Helping others is my passion. When I become valuable to others, I add value to myself.

All the very best.

Best regards.

Rajah
201-565-6750
pkcrajah@gmail.com
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Pamela Bless,…,  in 08690
Thu Jul 29, 2010
Pamela Bless, BA answered:
Briner, Burtis, Coleman and Acres are one of my absolute favorite streets in Hamilton. I actually go to look at every home that becomes available on those streets because my husband and I are looking to down size one day to that area. They are all very charming houses. The Nottingham Fire House is nearby, and you may hear a sirens now and again, but nothing that should make you cringe. I would suggest you take a tour of the area if you're unsure, but I think you will like it. Also, if you would like to email me directly, let me know more specifically what you are looking for, I would be happy to send you other properties to review, and naturlally, I would be pleased to show you some homes. My email is pbless@remax.net. Hope to hear from you soon. Pam Bless/Remax Tri County ... more
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Shalu Thaman, Real Estate Pro in Princeton, NJ
Mon Feb 1, 2010
Shalu Thaman answered:
Hi Abrar,

With everyone looking to get the 'best deal' any information is sought to determine what they should ( buyers) pay for it.........and how to avoid paying more for the property.

The initial source for a listing to appear on a public portal updates the status.....but there are many websites that 'pick up' this feed from other sites ( that do not update) ....thus leading to obsolete info.

Or in some cases, the data was never verified in the 1st place.
I had a listing in WW, where the price the seller bought for was wrong & so was the year they bought it and the assessed value of the house as well......I had to get this corrected with trulia....

More importantly, align yourself with a knowledgeable realtor who should be able to work with you in all these respects ....and find a suitable home for you to purchase.

Regards
Shalu
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Laura Gianno…, Real Estate Pro in Manahawkin, NJ
Fri Jan 29, 2010
Laura Giannotta answered:
Hi all...my understanding is that NJAR opposed this, but when it was evident the bill would be passed with or without our support NJAR offered amendments.

Please check out the new law. Here's a link to what was signed by Governpor Corzine (I was going to put in the link to my blog about this, but I'll spare you! LOL)

Here's the law...
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A0500/373_R1.PDF

Since this new law contradicts current real estate commission regulations/laws which state rebates are prohibited, it can not take effect immediately, even though that's stated in the law .

The Commission must rectify this. If they decide to make a new rule or amend the current rule, that must be published and the public allowed to comment before it is adopted. This is my understanding of the process.

Please check www.njar.com and log into the members section to stay on top of this. NJAR says we should know more in February. (You'll need your NERDS # to sign in, or you can check it there.

And who said our jobs weren't fun!!

Laura Giannotta
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Paul Camuto, Real Estate Pro in Princeton, NJ
Wed Jan 6, 2010
Paul Camuto answered:
How did your search end up. A lot of times it is easier and more rewarding to take a drive and either visit some of the properties with an agent or cruise around the neighborhood. A lot of times all of these areas are very subjective to each individual.

Paul Camuto - Weichert Real Estate Agent
pcamuto@optonline.net
732-309-0727
www.paulcamuto.com
www.ewing-real-estate.com
www.ewingnjhomes.com
www.ewinghomesforsale.com
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Wayne Zelenak…, Real Estate Pro in Lawrenceville, GA
Sat Nov 14, 2009
Wayne Zelenak, answered:
Shemila,
The Woodmond community is one of the nicest in the Lawrenceville area. They are beautiful townhomes in a lovely area. Price wise, townhomes in Woodmont are averaging around $360,000 with avg taxes around $6500. The strategic location of the area is also great because you are close to Rte. 295/95 and the Rte. 1 corridor for shopping and restaurants. Princeton is a great college town with fine shopping and restaurants and you are also minutes from the Delaware River and historic New Hope and Lambertville.

For additional information call the HOA at 609-895-1046 ir visit my website below.
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Deborah Stas…, Real Estate Pro in Martinsville, NJ
Thu Apr 23, 2009
Deborah Stassi answered:
Here is a link to check if this or any other home is in a flood area.

http://www.freeflood.net/
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Wayne Zelenak…, Real Estate Pro in Lawrenceville, GA
Sat Nov 29, 2008
Wayne Zelenak, answered:
Jenniffer,
I provided you an answer to your question on Eaton Avenue. As you know neighborhoods change over time. I provided you a history but if you are seriously looking for property in Hamilton Township, I can provide you with statistical and demographic information. Call me if interested in this material or visit www.WayneZelenak.com and look at the Market Snapshot. ... more
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Wayne Zelenak…, Real Estate Pro in Lawrenceville, GA
Thu Jun 19, 2008
Wayne Zelenak, answered:
Hi Nicki,
The standard rate for renting a property is one month rent. The brokers collect the security deposit, complete a credit check, and prepare a lease agreement for you. Usually the rent is for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years. You would want to renew your lease agreement after that time. Your home will be advertised in the MLS. I provide inside and outside photos for my clients. Call me if you have questions. My number is 609-658-8230. I live in Ewing and know the area. ... more
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Kenneth Verb…, Real Estate Pro in PRINCETON, NJ
Sat May 31, 2008
Kenneth Verbeyst answered:
Nicki,
Per NJ laws all commissions are negotiable. While the fee quoted by Sue may be their fee and customary for many agencies, again the fees are negotiable. My fees are based upon a number of things including the clients loyalty to me and what their expectations are. ... more
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Kenneth Verb…, Real Estate Pro in PRINCETON, NJ
Mon Apr 21, 2008
Kenneth Verbeyst answered:
OK. reluctantly-
Around 2000 I purchased a large fix er upper in Trenton just a few blocks from the train station, capital etc. I spent close to 200K in rennovations of a victorian twin I absolutely love. Built around the turn of the century it has 9' plus ceiling on the first about 9' on second and 8 ' on third and a fourth floor attic walk up.
At the time I believed the hype of Trenton being revitalised with the arena, stadium,new restaurants ...I too thought it was about time Trenton's image improved and was on the verge. I held investor seminars for buyers. I found out that many of the programs and grants were designed for people who couldnt afford them or had no interest. 9 years later the gang crimes are worse, my home was broken into and thousand$ in tools stolen. It took close to 2 hours for police to arrive and I had to ask repeatedly for someone to come in and take samples of all the blood the burgular left when entering the window he broke. I never saw this crime reported. In the papers a year or two ago I read about many crimes being classified in such a way as to look less serious. The adjacent home to mine was broken in to by police during a raid last year, my neighbor was assaulted with a gun when he went for bread. Many of the Chambersburg restaurants have left the area. I have witnessed people fighting in the streets and damaging vehicles (yes I called the police)
Do I still own this home? Yes, as I said I love the home. My adult son lives there, however when he gets married he wont. I plan some day to live there my self but considering the crime and gang activity often around the schools. Trenton isnt right for everyone and it hasnt been a great investment for me. Maybe some day it will turn out to have been. I do believe in urban renewal and Trenton is still a prime candidate. (But look at Newark's mayor's recent events/court case for the potential for abuse)
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