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Quality of Life in Monmouth County : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Jul 8, 2014
Steven Cohen answered:
Best choice in Manalapan followed by Marlboro.
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Sun Mar 30, 2014
Jonathan Morales answered:
Way below the norm compared to other parts of NJ. My realtor is a Millstone Prudential Real Estate Agent, I'm sure she can further help you. Millstone is by far one of the nicest areas in New Jersey. ... more
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Sun Sep 8, 2013
Brandon answered:
Yes!! Safe area, a lot of convenient shopping some in walking distance and great restaurants too!
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Sun Sep 8, 2013
Brandon answered:
Living off of route 34 you will always hear trucks/ motorcycles until about midnight then starts up again about 4am. not terrible if you keep windows closed.
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Tue Sep 18, 2012
S. Alexander answered:
If you can get past the absurdity of two opposing groups living in “God’s Square Mile at the Jersey Shore”, seemingly annual fires that take two blocks of homes at a clip, a group of realtors that would sell their own mother’s into slavery for dime, and a right wing neo-Christian organization (Ocean Grove Camp Association) financially dependent on monies raised by charging homeowners a land use fee, a fair share of whom are the very people they profess to hate; it is a wonderful place to live.
If you are familiar with the movie “The Truman Show” you’ll understand that nothing here is as it appears and EVERYONE will be in your business.
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Tue Aug 28, 2012
Lorraine Koleda answered:
Dear kmweis,
All the best on your move to a beautiful area. If you take a look online, you can find all the airport stats. For instance, Trenton Mercer airrport shows the following: For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had an average of 231 flights per day: 95% general aviation, 3% air taxi, and 2% military. At that time there were 154 aircraft based at this airport: 48% single-engine, 10% multi-engine, 10% jet, 21% helicopter, and 10.4% military.

NOW IGNORE EVERYTHING I'VE SAID....because no facts or figures can substitute for your good judgement and common sense. If you were my client, I would counsel you to do your own due diligence. Drive or walk around the area in which you're interested on weekends and weekdays, at all times of day; morning noon and night. Although this may be inconvenient and time consuming, you'll find it well worth it when making one of life's largest financial and emotional investments.

Things affect people differently. Some of us are bothered by neighbors dribbling a basketball, some by a barking dog, some by traffic noise. Spend some time in the area where you're thinking of buying, find out what's going on and you'll be able to make a decision you won't regret. If you are not working with a realtor and I can assist, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Lorraine Koleda
Realtor Associate
Jack Green Realty
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Mon Mar 19, 2012
Heather answered:
Hello, I live on the south side of Ocean Grove and we hardly ever have problems parking here. On the north side it's harder to park in the summer-sometimes people leave their cars on one space and walk around the rest of the weekend (such as 4th of July weekend). With so much going on in Asbury Park now, it's easy to shop, go to restaurants, and many other fun activities, both there and in Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach. Even during the blizzard in 2010 when we were snowed in we could walk to stores. There are also some houses in town with garages or driveways. Good luck in your search. ... more
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Tue Nov 23, 2010
Laurie answered:
Hi Mona,
I'm assuming you have moved by now but your question showed up in my advice section. I, too, am from Suffolk County and I relocated to Middletown Township last Spring. I love it here. The taxes and schools are very good. The neighbors are great. I'm still getting used to the whole jughandle thing ;-)
The wrong side of the tracks would be Port Monmouth, Keansburg, and Highlands, I think Navesink is the nicest area - it's a lot like Dix Hills.
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Fri Oct 29, 2010
Laurie answered:
I have 3 kids (18, 20, 22)...If I could choose a place to live that has many options for the whole family it would be Point Pleasant. There's a downtown, boardwalk (rides, arcades, beach), fishing, biking, northbound public transportation, lots of resaurants, etc. We are in Lake Como...there's not much for teens to do in the Belmar area....they always have to travel a distance to do anything fun. :o( ... more
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Sat Oct 9, 2010
Francesca Patrizio answered:

Ethically Realtors cannot answer your question direct. I would suggest you check the local police reports in the area, do drivebys day and night and ask residents of the area their thoughts about the living environment.

Francesca Patrizio, ePro, SRES
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Tue Jul 6, 2010
Kim Hale answered:
Hi JL,

As an 19 year Long Branch resident, I've grown to love this very diverse community.
We agents are now servicing our community with foreclosure prevention ("Short Sales") & encourageing homeowners in trouble to talk to their lender about modifying their mortgages. (Homeowners need our help.)This is one way that the face of Long Branch & Real Estate has drastically changed.

Pier Village has been an awesome addition and improvement to Long Branch without a doubt. Because of the economy improvement has slowed a bit but, I look forward to ongoing face lift of Long Branch and the benefits that this brings to a struggling economy.

Monmouth County continues to be the perfect place to "get away" or the now popular "staycation" spot for the weekend or just a few hours. This is still a great place to make your home!!
I'd love to assist you with whatever Real Estate questions or plans that you, your family & friends have.
Kim Hale - Direct 732-567-4001 or
(Broker-Exit Realty East Coast)
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Sat Apr 18, 2009
Karen Sluyk answered:
Hi Steve

Let me be the first to welcome you to Monmouth County, NJ.

Eatontown is a town made up of many different income levels. There are many homes in the area ranging from $150,000 to over $700,000.

I have enclosed a couple of web sites that will help you get a better idea of the area.,_New_Jersey

If there are any other questions that you might have about Eatontown or the surrounding Monmouth County areas, Please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to assist you in your new home search.

Best of Luck to you,
Karen Sluyk
Peninsula Realty group
732-567-7152 cell
732-530-7755 office
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Mon Dec 15, 2008
Diane Glander answered:
You can add to the list flood insurance, wetlands issues too.
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Sun Sep 28, 2008
Diane Glander answered:
The homes in the South end of Pt Pleasant Beach are beautiful, mostly newer therefore have what the buyers want: open floor plans, modern conveniences. And, there are plenty of them close to the beach. In Manasquan, the beach area is considered nicest at the far north and south ends, which are away from the area with the most rentals. Finding a newer large home in these areas is not as easy as in Pt. Pleasant. Most of the people who want one buy a cottage, tear it down and build what they want.
As others have said, you need to figue out what is most important to you: school systems, travel time, general area traffic/congestion issues and the local demographic conditions in general. Finally, your budget may be the deciding factor. $1M will get you to within steps of the Pt Beach, but it will cost a few hundred thousand more for the same in Manasquan.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to reach out to me via email or my website. As Realtors, we are not allowed to "steer" people towards one area or another, only to answer your questions so you can decide for yourself what area best suits your needs.
If you would like to search for properties in these towns, you can do so at my website which is connected to the Monmouth and Ocean County MLS. Then, if you see something, drop me a line and we can discuss.
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Fri Apr 4, 2008
Don Tepper answered:
Check with an estate attorney. I'm not an attorney, so this isn't legal advice. But, please, please don't have her sign the house over to you or put you on as co-owner without first talking to a good attorney. Not legal advice, but there's an issue of basis value and stepped-up value--the attorney will tell you about that.

And ask the attorney about the house and property still being in her deceased husband's name as well. Laws vary by state. She may be perfectly fine. Or there might be an issue with the husband's relatives asserting a claim on the property. You should inquire about that, too.

Also, if you mother-in-law is still of sound mind, it's possible that a living trust might be a better way to transfer those possessions. Again, ask the attorney.

Good luck.
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