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Thu Jun 10, 2010
Yolanda Escobar-Flores answered:
Hi Festivus,

You can check any school on the school's web site.

Best wishes,

Yolanda 'Yoli' Escobar-Flores

* Cellular: 908-418-1616 *

Realtor Associate

Graduate of Realtor Institute, GRI
Certified Residential Specialist, CRS
Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource, SFR
At Home With Diversity: One America, AHWD

Weichert Realtors
185 Elm St. Westfield, NJ 07090
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Mon Jun 7, 2010
Dave Griswold/ Lisa Payne-Griswold answered:
Hi Liz, Any agent who is a member of the multiple lisitng service can show you just about any rental or sell your looking for.

All the Best
Dave & Lisa
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Wed Jun 2, 2010
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Wed Jul 7, 2010
First-time Homebuyer answered:
thank you Jesse. And this doesn't change the purchase price that we initially agreed on, correct?
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Fri May 21, 2010
Colleen McMahon answered:
Your home was priced at Today's value. Kudo's to you or your agent for pricing it right! Good luck!
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Thu Mar 17, 2011
Mari Suzara answered:
Depending upon the severity and the expense of repairing those items, you may want to try to reach a compromise somewhere in the middle. But if the seller has had no other offers and the property has been on the market for a while, your threat to walk if they don't repair all 12 items, may just motivate them to bite the bullet and make all the repairs. ... more
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Wed May 5, 2010
Matt Heisler answered:
If your inspecting the home, look at that contingency. I'm sure the home inspector will find something material, and many clauses will allow you to walk from the home without penalty under that clause. However, if taxes are going up 6%, although that's a lot, it's likely other local municipalities are having difficulties as well, and simply switching towns may just forestall the problem. Perhaps West Orange is getting their house in order and making sure they have solid tax in-flows for schools and the like. Other towns may not raise taxes, they may cut budgets, and that may not be what you want either. ... more
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Wed May 12, 2010
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
You just answered your own quesiton - "we want the soil tested before moving forward"..........then, you have to test it. You can't force the seller to do the test.

The seller isn't obligated to do so. They provided the paperwork they have, and the soil testing wasn't required 9 tears ago. - if that doesn't satisfy you, then by all means have it tested. It's expensive, yes, but it is something you should do.

Some people test for lead based paint - most don't...........the seller never does that testing..........your contract allows for you to veryify whatever it is you need to verify during your inspection period. The seller is obligated to disclose pertiment facts about the home...........they did.
Now, it's up to you......if they discover contamination - obviously, you won't buy the hmoe unless it is that point, it really is the selle'rs repsonsibility to deal with it.

I don't want to give you legal advice.........I would do the test, and see what the results are. Or.....if you're so not in love with this house, tell the seller you will walk away, and be prepared to do so.

Best wishes..............
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Fri Apr 30, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
Unfortunately, Fair Housing Laws, prevent an agent from answering--Visit a neighborhood several times and at different times of day to get a sense of belonging. Check out area statistics; real estate professionals are prohibited from “steering”—enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods; so, you should check out demographics on your own to assure your comfort level can be reached. What is your agent advising--also consider chatting with locals/neighbors if the opportunity arises. ... more
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Thu May 10, 2012
Holly Purcell answered:
The bank can stop the foreclosure process if they choose to do so. I would get in touch with the bank directly and see what you can negotiate. They don't want to go through the process if they know someone else is willing to buy the house. Hope this helps, please ask if you have further questions. Holly Purcell, REO Specialist ... more
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Sat Dec 12, 2009
Melissa Jenkins answered:
I can help you as I am around that area. Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Thank you.
Melissa Jenkins
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty
Office: 908-359-0893
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Sat Dec 5, 2009
Gary Torretti answered:
Dear Sushant
There is a 22 minutes walk from the Highlands to the corner of Pleasant Valley Way and Eaglerock Ave to the New Jersey Transit Bus. Otherwise you would have to drive 5 minutes to the Park And Ride on Northfield Ave
Please call me or email me, if you have more questions
Mobile 973-568-3703
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Fri Nov 7, 2014
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Sushant.there is no extra charge for garbage collection.
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Tue Dec 1, 2009
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Hi Sushant
Everyone who lives in the various complexes you mentioned will say theirs is the best!

My friend ives in Eagle Ridge............she loves the fabulous new clubhouse with it's indoor and outdoor pools, the gated entrance, and the proximity to the NY bus outside the entrance.

I have sold units at Crystal woods..........they offer interesting floorplans, 2 car garages, but are not as close to the NY bus (can't walk to it).

Crown View gives you the option of an elevator mid-rise building, elegant with concierge and valet..or townhomes that are spacious and offer 2 car garages...separate pools for both styles, and a gated entrance. The NY bus conveniently stops at the entrance.

Both Crown View and Crystal Woods are unique in that they are not attached to any other units - none have common walls.

If you're considering W Orange, don't forget The Highlands, too...........NY bus stops by the entrance, and there are a number of spacious layouts, too, plus pool, tennis and clubhouse.

I think you need to look at all the complexes, and see what appeals to you the most. The prices range from mid 300's to upper 400's in these communities.

Some of them may offer units that are for rent..that can vary.

I'd be happy to email you a variety of listings to get you started, so you can compare and contrast the layouts, amenities, maintenance fees and property taxes. I know all these complexes quite I "was around" when they were all built, and have listed and sold a number of units in each one!

I look forward to hearing from you.
Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties
cell (973) 715-3131
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Sun Nov 22, 2009
Traceylundquist answered:
I assume you are referring to West Orange, NJ. ik have done loads of research in this area, because I myself am looking to buy a home in this vicinity.. What I have found, and the same holds true for Maplewood and South Orange, is that when you have such a small population in a town that has their own school system, police departmen, fire department and government, someone is left to foot the bill to pay everyone..

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Sat Nov 21, 2009
Andrea Gizzo answered:
I have sent a link to properties that I have found in East Orange. Let me know what your thoughts are.I do not know your price range.
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Sun Nov 22, 2009
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Hi Homesweethome!
The answer to your question is...yes.....and yes!

West Orange is a diverse town which offers many different housing styles and price ranges (from 200's to million plus homes). There is a wide variety of single family homes, multi-family and elegant townhome communities, some with gated entrances and numerous amenities.
Great shopping...Whole Foods, multiplex cinema, close to major highways and easy commute to Manhattan are just some of the wonderdful features the town offers.

You can find contemporary homes with soaring ceilings.. split levels, ranches, charming tudors with picket fences or elegant mansions in the sought-after gated Llewellyn Park enclave. There is something for everyone and every budget in West Orange.

For commuters, there is a jitney to take you to the mid town direct train in nearby S. Orange.....or a park and drive option for the express bus to the city. Hop on rt 280, and you can be in Harrison in 15 min to take the path train to the rush hours, the drive is only 30 min.

Lots of recreational possiblilites, too ...from ice skaiting at the golf ..... to hiking in the parks... to spending a day at the Turtle Back Zoo! Name it, and you can find it in W. Orange!

I'd be happy to answer any other specific questions you might have - so, please feel free to reach out to me!

By the way - I spent part of my childhood growing up in W. Orange, and have lived and worked in the area my entire life..... look how well I turned out! haha :)

Best wishes
Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties
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Thu Oct 1, 2009
Patrick Thies answered:
If you want to protest your taxes, you need to go to the county assessor. They usually have a period once or twice a year for that. It is possible to get them adjusted, but keep one thing in mind. Many municipalities have become accustom to the tax revenue they receive. You may get your assessed value of your home lowered, but many municipalities are raising the tax factor used to figure the taxes. ... more
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Sat Nov 21, 2009
CCC answered:
I think that if you star intervewing some Realtors to list your home for sale, all of them could set up an email to get you the information you want on properties you want to buy.

In this case, some information is not feed into trulia.

Property tax ussually are public record but you will need to check evey property, probably, on line.
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