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Home Buying in Montclair : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Feb 27, 2013
Jeffrey Bogert answered:
You have had 5 go under contract and some of that had been sitting around a while. Things are starting to move. If you are looking at new inventory I know several properties that are being prepped to hit the market in the next could of months. Inventory on a town wide basis is down over 30% from a year ago. If you have any specific questions feel free to reach out. ... more
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Mon Feb 4, 2013
Robert Stern answered:
I am an agent here in Essex county and there are some great buys. Give me a call so we can talk. 201-618-0975
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Sun Sep 2, 2012
Jonathan Citron answered:
Yes! Buzz me up and let's take a look.
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Sun May 20, 2012
Ricardo Nadal answered:
You are probably looking at public information that is not readily available as the MLS and private data. A local Realtor should be able to help you get some updated information in your area. Give them a call.
Ricardo Nadal
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Wed Dec 4, 2013
Gene Tedesco answered:

Try this website as a starting point. Then if you would like to discuss further options feel free to give me a call tomorrow Monday I live in the next town over of bloomfield.

Thank you

Gene Tedesco
Re/Max Home Connection
973-575-6005 Office
201-341-0307 Cell
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Fri Dec 21, 2012
Ibrahim Hughes answered:
Hi Ms. Lang:

I only use one of 2 people to process loans for my buyers. The right mortgage person can make a world of difference in your home buying experience. Having said that I use Al Perez from Jersey Mortgage Company. He's very professional and knows his stuff. Please tell him that Ibrahim Hughes sent you.

If I can be of any further assistance please don't hesitate to call (908-578-1981) or email me ( Good luck with everything.

Ibrahim Hughes
EXIT Queen's Realty (Bloomfield, NJ)
Realtor Associate
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Mon Aug 27, 2012
David Burnham answered:
Talk with an agent and a home inspector. Both will give you ideas of things that might be eye soars or places to improve you property.

There are a lot of little things, like neutral paint colors, decluttering, removing personal items, finishing up projects, etc. that you can get started now on. ... more
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Thu Jan 20, 2011
jo answered:
In short sale cases, there is NO SET TIME limit. The bank wants to get as many offers as it can and has nothing to lose by waiting months and months...
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Wed Jan 19, 2011
jo answered:
In short sale cases, there is NO SET TIME limit. The bank wants to get as many offers as it can and has nothing to lose by waiting months and months...
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Wed Apr 11, 2012
John Davis answered:

Michael Scwartzberg // // (973) 743-7733

He's very good and is very client & agent friendly..

John Davis Jr.
RE/MAX Professionals
Direct: 973-944-5038
Main: 973-450-4000 x 113
Fax: 888-225-8039
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Mon Dec 13, 2010
Phil Rotondo answered:
Good Afternoon Kungfugeisha;
It may take another 5-7 business days for the negotiator to respond to the counter-offer Hopefully it will be less time; but patience is the key.
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Mon May 16, 2011
Roberta Baldwin answered:
I recently saved an excellent overview on condo fees and who pays them in a short sale situation. Like everything else associated with a short sale, there arenuances to the issue. Written by a California agent, this blog piece really says it all: ... more
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Thu Oct 21, 2010
Joe Arnao answered:
I have done over a dozen conversions. First check the town by-laws to see if it is allowed. Then, find an attorney who has done many in your town. I don't reccomend approaching the Town on your own if you do not understand the laws. The attorney will cost money, but will be worth it. Again, make sure the attorney has done several in the town you are converting. ... more
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Sun Aug 26, 2012
Lori Hobin, PA answered:
You can use for some of the comparable sales around the home you want to purchase. Try to keep the homes close in living SF. Good Luck,
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Tue Dec 21, 2010
Desari Jabbar answered:
You can save your cash by going to a direct lender. Not a mortgage broker. Cut out the middle man if you can. Banks like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase, or your local banker who you have a relationship will be your best bet.
Then, ask your realtor to request the seller to pay some of your closing costs.
Also, Fannie Mae has a new buyer incentive program where they will pay up to 3.5% of your closing costs when you purchase a Fannie Mae property.

Please read my blog for more information on this

Best of luck to you!
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Thu Oct 21, 2010
Roberta Baldwin answered:
The tax assessment does not automatically change every year, although the tax rate does -- it goes up, usually, year to year. So, you won't see a change in the assessed value except if the town revals every house, as it did some years ago. Even if this house sells under perceived "market value," the town is going to want to see whether you can prove that it's worth less for reasons OTHER than it needed lender approval or was a foreclosure, i.e., the condition was degraded for some reason. Renovations needing municipal permits may well mediate toward a tax hike when they are completed. I would suggest talking to a local tax attorney such as Greg Lotz in Montclair to discuss further what you need to know about the housing tax structure here and implications for the future of this home or any other you're considering. Best of luck. ... more
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Fri Dec 21, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
Since opinions often are suggestive and what may be good for one child is not necessarily the case for another, consider a visit to the school district--ask for a tour of the facilities, speak to the principal, teachers, etc., ask all your questions and then make your own determination--will your comfort level be reached. ... more
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Wed Apr 21, 2010
Homes are not reassessed upon the sale. However, if the building inspector goes to the property ffor the C/O inspection and sees improvements have been made without permits, they could increase the taxes. According to the town of Montclair, ASI did the assessment in 2006, the current assessment ratio is 99.24%. So it should be a while before they re-assess. the closer to 100%, mean the closer to the actual value the property was assessed at. You can call the town to be sure.

Please let me know if I was right.

Jason Wilde
Pinnacle Mortgage
office: 877-562-6082
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Sun Aug 26, 2012
Rod Doorlag answered:

Home buying is so exciting if you involve someone who knows what they are doing. I suggest that you look around on the internet for real estate brokers in the area. Go to their website. Their website is a good tool for you to identify their ability to serve you. Once you find a firm you like interview the agent. If they are nice and listen to your needs and desires then they should pave the way for you. The three biggest things to look for is an agent that is a good listener, one who gets you in touch with a lender for a loan approval right away so you know what you are qualified to buy and one who is willing to work hard to help you find that dream home… Let the excitement begin!! ... more
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