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Marty Sborov,  in Pleasanton, CA
Mon Jun 30, 2008
Marty Sborov answered:
The best "rule of thumb" I could give you is to use a knowledgeable realtor to assist you. That realtor will start with recent comparables and will be personally familiar with these recent comparables in addition to the written information provided from a multitude of sources available to you and the realtor. Secondly, first hand knowledge of additional information such as seller's motivation, seller's plans, anticipated changes in the community, etc will allow you to fine tune your offer using your realtors inside information. In a slower market ,typical today, take the time to negotiate the price. Don't go in with your final price in the original offer, but have a good idea what that final price is to help you avoid an emotional decision. ... more
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Pamela Stets…, Real Estate Pro in Mahwah, NJ
Sat May 3, 2008
Pamela Stetson answered:
Hello Shar ---
I live and work in the area and the best place to get the info you need is to visit the town in which you are interested in doing the work. Each town has both state and local codes to deal with. In addition, depending on the amount of work you need to will have to consider the Highlands Act which protects all NJ waterways. Now, that said, your local realtor should be able to assist you in sourcing the particular information that you need. I would be able to help point you in the right direction if you give me a little more detail about the town/location of the property. I will send you the links or local information to help answer your questions more specifically. ... more
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Marc Paolella, Real Estate Pro in Succasunna, NJ
Sun Feb 17, 2013
Marc Paolella answered:
Hi Jenny,

I definitely notice pretty much across the board that the Split Level is an outmoded design. Most buyers just do not care for the steps. The levels tend to become functionally isolated from each other. The flow for both entertaining and family life is awkward.

In your price range, the overwhelming preference is for the Colonial style with an open floor plan, especially between the kitchen, breakfast area, and family room. I would probably not advise investing in a $1.2 million dollar Split. I also find it hard to believe that it was built last year, unless it was rebuilt over an existing Split. Nobody is building this architectural style in this price range in northern NJ. The Split Level is pretty much a creature of the 1950's-1970's for the most part.

In my opinion the Split Level has become functionally obsolete and I think it has been relegated to third-tier housing for the most part.

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Marc Paolella, Real Estate Pro in Succasunna, NJ
Fri May 2, 2008
Marc Paolella answered:
Hi Andrea,

From Oakland you have 2 choices, drive yourself in or take the commuter bus from downtown. Driving in during the rush hour will take you about 75 minutes, and closer to 90 minutes to downtown. If you take the 8AM bus from Oakland, it will take an hour and a half to get to the Port Authority, then a 15-20 minute subway ride to downtown.

If you don't have to leave during the rush hour, you can knock 15-25 minutes off the drive. I would have to say that commuting from Oakland will be a bit of a grind.
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Barbara Ostr…, Real Estate Pro in Closter, NJ
Tue Mar 22, 2011
Barbara Ostroth answered:
I am 99% certain the owner will not accept your offer with a contingency, you would have to show a contract on the sale of your house. If they do consider it, they would insist on keeping it on the market until you have a deal on your house. If you can carry both houses for a few months, however, and can waive the contingency, then go ahead. In other words, put yourself in the owner's shoes (as you would be the seller for your own house) -- would you accept an offer contingent on the sale of someone else's property? How could you move ahead with your plans with this uncertainty? Talk to your realtor about other options -- if you need me to refer you to someone, let me know! ... more
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Gina Chirico, Real Estate Pro in Fairfield, NJ
Tue Sep 30, 2008
Gina Chirico answered:
Hi Shamaila.

It is a really good buyer's market however making an offer within the sales comps is what it's really about. Buyer's market doesn't necessarily mean a seller will take a lowball offer especially unsupported. You should get yourself a buyer's agent and have them run the recent sales comps for you (making the necessary reductions for the change in the market) and you'll have a better idea of what the house is worth in this market. Good Luck!

Gina Chirico, Sales Associate
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Gina Chirico, Real Estate Pro in Fairfield, NJ
Wed Mar 12, 2008
Gina Chirico answered:
Check out this site and see if it has what you are looking for:

Gina Chirico
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Heather Dacc…,  in Monmouth County, NJ
Sat Jan 14, 2012
Heather Daccurso answered:
Hi Rosaria,
If you are looking to purchase a home the best thing to do is interview a few agents and pick 1 buyers agent. If you stick with 1 agent, that you like, they will work hard for you and help you find a great house. If you have any additional questions feel free to contact me. Thanks. ... more
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Brett,  in Bergen County, NJ
Sat May 3, 2008
Brett answered:
Heres a link to recent sales in those towns. Hope it is of some help. Brett
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Kathy Carter,  in Bergen County, NJ
Tue Jan 13, 2009
Kathy Carter answered:
When it comes to a lease with an option to buy everything is negotiable. I would suggest that you sit down with your attorney and create a document that work for you.

Good Luck!
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Brett,  in Bergen County, NJ
Mon Jan 5, 2009
Brett answered:
Seems like you are in a tough position. Feel free to call me if you wish to discuss this further at 201-615-1113. Brett
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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Mon Jul 4, 2011
Alan May answered:
There are several buyers agencies that use that exact model... Redfin and ZipRealty both rebate a portion of their commission back to the buyer.

In this market there is so much choice for consumers, it's almost scary!! Ain't this a great country? ... more
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Sat Nov 10, 2012
KAREN ZAMANI answered:
6% if you want a qualified realtor that will market, host open houses and do a brokers open to get the market out there and poken about. So many client focus of the 1% less they might get but neglect to realize that 1 or 2 % is equally the less of a service you will get from a brand x agent. I have been at Weichert Realtors and we provide alot of inhouse services, ie prequalifing clients etc to bring the most qualified person to the closing. In addition, ask your self this? If an agent will take a 4 or 5% listing, what will he do with your offers negotiate harder or less, I get my clients the value there home is worth and nothing less even in a buyers market. Dont sell yourself short to gain 1-2% when you could be loosing alot more by accepting a much lower offer, that what good agents are hired to do, represent, be loyal, work to market, sell, host opens and invite everyone in to gain the buyer. ... more
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Brian Parkes,  in Montvale, NJ
Tue Feb 26, 2013
Brian Parkes answered:
HI Karen

I would be glad to send over a list for you-- schools are great -The commute is a little bit longer being you will drive to a local town with a train station- Bergen Line NJTRANSIT- I know for a fact some actually drive to the Fair Lawn station (Radburn) to take the express into Hoboken. Where are you coming from. Other towns are Wyckoff, Allendale ,Ridgewood, Ramsey --depends what you are looking for in a communnity and a home--I can go over each.Let me know--this is my primary market I would be glad to work with you. I am located in Ridgewood--Northern Bergen County is a very desirable place to live. We can take a look this weekend if you wish. or check my site and give me a call.

Have a good day!

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Maria FORSBE…, Real Estate Pro in Hackensack, NJ
Thu Dec 13, 2007
Maria FORSBERG-VILLON answered:
Hi Jess:
Sorry about the bad news, but as a real estate professional in the state of New Jersey we are forbidden to give legal advice, however if this is a foreclose property the bank that foreclose on this property would have been on a first position on the lien ladder and would have wiped off all junior liens. In our state when you enter into contract on a purchase of real estate you usually hire an attorney, the attorney orders a title search and would make sure that there are no liens on the property and would also get title insurance. Hope this helps you out if you have more questions please email me at ... more
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