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Mon Dec 17, 2012
Keith Jean-Pierre answered:
Good afternoon:

Unfortunately many of the people affected by Sandy were in non-flood zones at the time of the storm and as a result did not require flood insurance. People in the state of NJ with a current mortgage that reside in a flood zone are required to have flood insurance. Many of the homes damaged by our shore line were from the original owners that did not have a mortgage any longer on the property and no longer needed to carry flood insurance. Also in this state I have heard from numerous customers that it is very hard to obtain flood insurance without having a mortgage on the property.


Keith Jean-Pierre
Re/Max First Realty
Direct: (848) 391-6428
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Wed Jul 10, 2013
Wayne Odenbrett answered:
Its a great community.
It is centrally locaterd, very close to major highways yet has a very rural feel.
The school is very respected.
The home are quite affordable still.
All our clients that have moved ther, love it!

As far as activities.....I will let the website speak for the community
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Sun Apr 1, 2012
Pam Vreeland answered:
Sadly, the listing service for Rockaway does not commonly use square footage as a benchmark. I can tell you that the average home sales price for the area is largely between 175,000 and 350,000. I hope that helps. If you tell me how many bedrooms you are looking for I can narrow it down for you. ... more
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Mon Mar 26, 2012
Edwin Carpio answered:
Yes you do. Let me know if you would like to talk about it in more detail. Thank you. Edwin
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Tue Jul 24, 2012
Joan Braunschweiger answered:
If you want privacy and a place to touch base with nature in a quiet setting, Lake Hopatcong is NOT the place that comes to mind. Although some areas on the lake are certainly quieter than others, Lake Hopatcong is a place where so many people go to party and run motor boats.

Right next to you in Denville you have some beautiful lakes such as Indian Lake and Cedar Lake although they are admittedly pricey and most likely higher in taxes.

Sussex County has a lot of great lakes with some great listings in your price range such as Cranberry Lake, Lake Lackawanna and Lake Mohawk in Byram.
Stillwater has Lake Musconetcong, Fairview Lake and Swartswood. There's also Paulinskill in Sussex.

These Lakes tend to be quieter, less touristy and you get more for your money. Some may have horsepower restrictions so you may want to check that out.

I would suggest doing some investigating on line, maybe taking a few drives on a beautiful day such as this and checking out the various areas before you start actually looking at listings.

It sounds like a great idea you have- to buy something with the idea of having it in the family for generations which makes it especially important that you do the research and hopefully have fun doing it! Best of luck!
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Wed Apr 27, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
See links for helpful information...
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Fri Jan 7, 2011
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
Rockaway is a lovely town. It is divided into two sections, Rockaway Township, near Route 80 and the mall, and Rockaway Boro, with a quaint Main Street area, small shops and restaurants. I am sure you would be quite happy there.

I have worked with several people and helped them to find homes in Rockaway. I would be happy to help you as well if you'd like. Just email me or give me a call on my cell phone. 201-602-4458.
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Mon Nov 26, 2012
John Harris answered:
Big differences, take you time and do your research
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Thu Mar 21, 2013
Marc Paolella answered:
I've had excellent results with Ted Dunne of Valentino & Dunne from Ledgewood. Very knowledgable, very mellow, does not get into catfights with other attorneys. Good guy. You should at least interview him to see if he is a fit.


Marc Paolella
Relocation Director/Appraiser
Century 21 Joe Tekula Realtors
Phone (direct): (973) 584-4235
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Mon Jul 26, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
You need to consult with an attorney for all related paperwork and any issues relating to taxes, etc.--he/she will be your best source of advice--
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Wed Feb 17, 2010
Marc Paolella answered:
Hi Eric,

The prevailing wisdom is to market in the Spring. However one advantage to listing now is much lighter competition since so many houses come on in the Spring due to the prevailing wisdom.

I run hotsheets every morning and I can tell you that over the past couple of months, the rate of new listings in Rockaway has been way, way down.

The downside is marketing during the holidays. However, if your plan is definitely to move out West and you are focused on that goal, I would de-emphasize the holidays and get the house and yourself ready to sell.

As far as Realtors, I recommend myself of course, but you should interview several since it costs nothing to find out how each of us will market your home. We are not all the same, I will guarantee you that.

Furthermore, pricing is so ridiculously key right now that it is important to get it right from the outset. If you like, give me a call and we can discuss it further!

Marc Paolella
Relocation Director
Member, Worldwide ERC
Licensed Realtor NJ
Licensed Appraiser NJ & NY
Century 21 Joe Tekula Realtors
Agent of the Year 2008
Agent of the Year 2009
Owner: Sands Appraisal Service, Inc.
Phone (direct): (973) 584-4235
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Mon Mar 26, 2012
Ian A. Wolf answered:
What you will need varies on municiplaity. Who is responsible for obtaining it(buyer or seller) depends on the terms of your contract. Your best bet is to first contact the municpal clerk where the home you are purchasing is located. They will be able to tell you what you need and how to get it. Then find out if the seller is taking care of it or you are expected to. If the home has a well, a water test will also need to be obtained for nj. Hope that helps. ... more
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Mon Jul 27, 2009
Dp2 answered:
Yes, there is. There are several ways that you can accomplish this. You can search for those kind of listings, work with an investor (like me), or check out craigslist.
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Sun Aug 11, 2013
Antoinette Scognamiglio answered:
Hi Matt,

Your best source for short sales in Morris, or any County, is a real estate agent. Predictable answer coming from a Realtor, but it's true. To single out by the County you're interested in, all properties available for sale are listed on the Garden State Multiple Listing Service. Short sales must be identified as such within the body of the MLS description. Having said that, the GSMLS has not, to date, provided a field so that real estate agents may single out ONLY short sales. (They do need to get 'with it,' however, as short sales have become an entity unto themselves. I've already asked them to add SHORT SALES to the search criteria and await a response.)

Being that a short sale is a transaction where approval from the lenders is required, because the homeowners owe more on the home than it is currently worth, a real estate agent with EXPERIENCE SUCCESSFULLY HANDLING SHORT SALES is vital to your success. There are critical steps that the agent representing you has to take, otherwise the effort is a big waste of everyone's time. Not every agent is savvy enough or DILIGENT to the point that the correct procedure will be followed, so choose your agent wisely.

It's very frustrating to have invested time, energy and money (inspection fees, etc.) and fail in the process. If you'd like to discuss your housing requirements more fully, please feel free to contact me, Matt.

Best regards,
"Antoinette" Scognamiglio, GRI
Sales Associate
Prudential New Jersey Properties / Morristown Office
Direct: 201-240-8699
Office: 973-538-5555 x 305
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Sun Mar 25, 2012
Yelena Tsuladze answered:
Hello, William!
How are you doing?
You or your attorney or realtor should check what are town requirements for CO.
Certificate of Occupancy is a document saying that a home was inspected by fire marshal in some towns by town engineer and nothing wrong was found.
I don’t know that town rules, but I would say: Yes, you need CO.
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