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General Area in Monroe Township : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Feb 12, 2011
Alpa Bhagat answered:
Hi Sachin,
Builders normally go by foot traffic to the development. If they see that, lots of people are showing interest than they will not negotiate. but if the traffic is slow, they may lower the base price and add insentives of free upgrades. Some builders may allow structural changes to their floor plans.
It is always good to have a realtor on your side who knows the area, but once you have gone to the builder w/o a realtor, they will not cooperate with a realtor. May i ask, which community you are interested in? My office is in Monroe. Please fee free to email me back for more questions.
Use the above link to contact me.
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Tue Jan 5, 2010
Rhonda Rothschild answered:
A good Realtor will never tell you "this is a better location than the other". It is a personal decision that you must make yourself to determine what is better for you. Things to consider are the age of the homes, the amenities offered as a part of the home vs. upgrades - a better quality builder tends to offer more amenities that most people want instead of requiring a new homeowner to pay for every upgrade themselves. Look at the homes in the neighborhood - at the landscaping, garages, equipment in the yard (playgrounds, pools or park-like settings) and see where you feel the most comfortable. View the traffic patterns not only mid day but late afternoon as well. Finally, you are probably able to see several homes in each development, and weigh the overall amenities and features of the homes in each of the developments and make sure that the home you want has the amenities you want, and that the home has not been over-improved for the neighborhood. ... more
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Wed Oct 21, 2009
John Sacktig answered:
Hi Ruchika,

Grace Hill is a great development! Easy access to all commuting, schools and highways.
Email or call me to discuss what your needs are in a home and we'll go from that point on!

Here is what is available and recent closings.

John Sacktig
Broker /Manager
Orange Key Realty
Office: 732-863-6969
Cell: 732-213-1409
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Tue Nov 17, 2009
Francesca Patrizio answered:

Monroe Townshipo is over 50% adult communitires and as a results caters to the 55+ hownerownerhsip, therefore, in terms of price p/sq footage and taxes.

When counseling those who desire to enter into to the active adult community environmen, based on my and my familily's own experiences, I ask:

is the saving of price per sq footage worth the inability of a loved one to immediately come to their aide in times of need?

Are the appropriate doctors avaiable within distance?

In counseling downsizers (33% of my business is with those who are downsizing), I cannot stress enough how important it is to have family nearby in times of need. While you may pay less in price p/sq footage, it just doesn't compare to having loved ones within distance i times of need.

Loave ad Peace
Francesca Patrizio, Realor, ePro, unofficial Adulult community speciaist
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Sat Jul 23, 2016
Marc Paolella answered:
Hi Ahsun,

Your budget, combined with a fairly modest requirement of 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, opens you up to most areas in central and northern NJ. The only wrinkle: "My commute can't be that long". Monroe Twp is a terribly long commute to NY City. The bus ride by itself is 70-80 minutes. Add 10-15 minutes to get to the bus, 10-20 minutes subway, and 10 minute walk to your building and you are talking a solid 2 hour involvement each way.

Driving might cut that down to 90 minutes. Then there's gas, tools, parking and killing a car every 4 years. But that's too far in my book if you have a family. Underestimating what a long daily commute does to your health and psyche is one of the most common buyers mistakes I see all the time. 3-4 hours of daily evaporated time is bad enough, but the energy output involved leaves nothing for the wife and kids.

Other than that, Monroe is a nice enough. But if it were my choice, I would not commute from that distance. Since a private school is on the menu anyway, move really close to New York to save the wear and tear. Southeastern Bergen County or Western Hudson County might be some places to consider. Very close to the city, and if you leave early, you can drive into midtown in 45 minutes. You can find 3BR and 2 baths for $500,000 quite easily. Think Secaucus, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck, Hasbrouck Heights, Lyndhurst, Wood-Ridge, Fair Lawn, Saddle Brook, Little Ferry.

If you want a sample of some listings from those areas contact me via e-mail.


Marc Paolella
Relocation Director
Member, Worldwide ERC
Licensed Realtor NJ
Licensed Appraiser NJ & NY
Century 21 Joe Tekula Realtors
Agent of the Year 2008
Owner: Sands Appraisal Service, Inc.
Phone (direct): (973) 584-4235
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