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Local Info in Ridgewood : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Nov 9, 2014
John Westrich answered:
Hello John,

I am an agent in the Ridgewood area. Feel free to contact me if I can assist you with learning more about this property.


John Westrich
Terrie O'Connor Realtors
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Tue Apr 1, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
Eriona, at this time you have received SEVEN responses from NJ REALTORS.
This is your opportunity to be amazed at how truly welcoming and helpful your peers are in the business. Pick up the phone and start calling these REALTORS.

What is hard to realize it they ALL want you to succeed!

I trust you have read the "7 Things I wish I knew" and now actually have focus on what our interview/conversation should be about and the information that will prove relevant to you.

They will all invite you to interview at their office. That is ok because you know the one and only question, of any importance to you, to ask the broker also.

There are some really, really impressive agents with incredibly visible telephone numbers that you should not waste another moment to call.

Please come back and update us one what is going on in your life and this selection process.
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Mon Jan 6, 2014
Forrest answered:
Hi Wendy,
We currently live in Brooklyn and are relocating this summer preferably August. We have one old cat and good credit:) need accessibility to train but not a deal breaker.
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Mon Jul 2, 2012
Good Morning Congrads. If you would like to be preapproved and want to know what your ootions are. Type of loan, payments etc..please donot hesitate to contact First Prestige Mortgage Services 973-744-8300. ... more
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Mon Sep 26, 2011
Chris Gubb answered:
Hi Wenyilugilt,
I've tried to call above # but there are too many digits.
Please visit my Client References. They say it all for me.
I am a 38 year resident of the town and have full knowledge of true home values, School system, commuter options, local doctors and many resources.
Don't hesitate to call for honest and diligent service.
100% Client Loyalty with primary goal of strong investment and great family fit.
Great day,
Chris Gubb
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Mon Feb 8, 2010
Gary Silberstein answered:
I work out of Ridgewood but live in Mahwah. There are so many options in Northwest Bergen County for townhouses. Mahwah and Ramsey have the most options in this area. However, Hawthorne, Montvale, Wanaque, Pompton Lakes are also good options for newer construction. It all depends on your price range and what ammenities are important to you. If i could be of any assistance, please let me know. ... more
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Sat Nov 21, 2009
Barbara Weismann answered:
Al Donohue is right and he's an expert on the Ridgewood market. There's no way to know what the market will be like with certainty in the future. However, it is logical to expect that values will be higher as we've already passed the bottom of the real estate market here in Bergen County for the most part and definitely this is true of Ridgewood. In studying why people moved when they did, the National Association of Realtors has consistently found that the #1 answer was because it was the right time to move in a buyer's view. So when it's the right time for you, that's when you'll deal with whatever market you have at that time. Meanwhile, keep abreast of the market so that when you are ready, you'll be better prepared. I do know Al and love his blog - it's one of the best and most informative blogs I've seen and a great resource on Ridgewood. ... more
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Thu May 7, 2009
Barbara Weismann answered:
The primary MLS for Ridgewood, NJ, and all of Bergen County is the New Jersey MLS so go to the public site at to see what's out there and you'll find that you most probably have to be at $2,200 and above per month. If you can accept 1 bath, you can get a rental in Ridgewood for less. I'm a member of both New Jersey MLS and Garden State MLS and while there is some overlap from the Garden State MLS, it's not where Bergen County listings reside primarily.

In Bergen County, the tenant pays the rental fee which is 1 month's rent. This is something that comes as a surprise to many people because in other areas the landlord pays the fee so I wanted to bring this up to be sure you're informed. New Jersey allows no more than 1.5 month's rent as a security amount so expect this as well.

Another point to consider is whether or not utilities are included and we all know that the big factor is heat. You can call the local utility, Public Service Electric & Gas, at 800-436-7734 and ask them what a monthly budget figure would be for the apartment you're considering. If the heat isn't gas or electric, ask about the oil bill or get the name of the oil company and then call them for a monthly budget figure. The agent you use use should do that for you but I've heard people tell me that this hasn't happened.

Unfortunately not all listing agents post pictures of rentals - lazy agents! But, you can use the NJMLS mapping to get a "bird's eye view" of the location which helps a bit. Good luck and feel free to contact me if you have any other questions or post them here on Trulia where everyone can help you.
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Wed Feb 18, 2009
MAP1922 answered:
I am attorney with an office in Manhattan. I live in Ridgewood (last 7 years) - at the border of Glen Rock in the area known as the Old Country Club Estates. It's the Orchard School district. What I am not reading in the responses here is information you should have.
There is no midtown direct train from Ridgewood or Glen Rock. On both lines -- You have to transfer at the Secaucus train station - walk through their maze to stand on another platform to get the next train that will go directly into Penn Station. I have found that transfer to be particularly annoying - however when you must get into town quickly and dependably - the train is the way to go.
You must be a Ridgewood resident to park near the train station. Glen Rock residents are on a waiting list to park at the train station / bus station. There are a few parking spaces in Glen Rock available for "outsiders" but they will be filled by about 6:30 a.m.
I recommend the express buses that are clean, reliable during rush hour - they run til 2:20 a.m. and safe. Parking is by meter at the stations - lots of quarters about $3.50 a day but a monthly pass right now is about $150.00. (FYI - The toll alone to drive into Manhattan is $8.00) There is plenty of parking in the town of Ridgewood for commuters right now.
Ridgewood is fabulous especially for your wife and child. Glen Rock is excellent too.
If you want midtown direct trains - you'll have to explore towns further south such as Short Hills and Livingston, NJ which are very expensive.
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Mon Oct 27, 2008
Laura Giannotta answered:
You should post this in the Florida section of Trulia. We're New Jersey here!

Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Atlantic Shore
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Wed Jul 30, 2008
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You should contact your local municipal office and get a copy of your tenants rights. New Jersey has excellent tenant rights and tthere may even be free legal advice.
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