Who Did Invent Labor Day, Anyway?

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 For Morris County neighbors who are curious about how Labor Day got started, most of the readily available references seem to hedge just a little. They have introductory lines like “There’s disagreement how the holiday began” (nationaltoday.com), or “More than a century after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt…”(U.S. Department of Labor). The finger-pointing issues from …

Busting Top Myths about Selling Your Morris County House

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 Oftentimes those lists naysaying common “myths” about selling a house are actually addressing assumptions. If “myths” are stories handed down through the generations, “selling your house” is an unlikely topic to be part of family lore. Myths about selling your Morris County house are usually more like logical assumptions that many sellers make on their own, rather than information they’ve …

Top 6 Garage Sale Tips before You Sell Your Morris County Home

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As soon as you begin to plan to sell your Morris County home, you’ll soon find one thing everyone agrees upon: the need to de-clutter. But where to start? For any home that’s been lived in for years, it’s easier said than done. Most of us shrink from even thinking about what goes and what stays. But one way to …

11 Things Not to do Right before Moving to Morris County

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It might seem that some actions are perfectly obvious—and that among them are the many things you shouldn’t do immediately before moving to a new Morris County home. Yet, as moving day approaches, the multiplicity of tasks that are left to be done have a way of filling up the brain space usually reserved for sound decision-making. A good example …

Is Pricing Morris County Real Estate an Art or a Science?

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There aren’t a lot more important aspects to selling a home than the Big One: pricing. Pricing Morris County real estate—setting an asking price that attracts a horde of qualified buyers without having set a figure that leaves too much on the table—is often referred to as an art. But when you think of pricing as art rather than science, …

Is your Morris County Home for Sale Memorable?

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One frequently underestimated aspect of effective real estate marketing is memorability. If you will be selling your Morris County home anytime soon, once you’ve prepared for its public rollout, marketing takes center stage. “Job One” will be exposing it to the galaxy of active prospects—that is, to the corps of qualified buyers who would be a good fit for your …

What are the “Unknowns” for Budgeting Retirement Housing?

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 If your retirement planning includes transitioning to a new home, one of the first orders of business will be to settle on a reasonable budget for housing in retirement. The most reliable yardstick is thought to be a percentage of your income—but that’s not necessarily easy to pin down for retirees. As mystery novel detectives might say, a good start …

Homes for Sale ‘Must-Have’ Features Score a New #1

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 This spring’s Morris County homes for sale will, as always, highlight the special features that make them stand out. Just which features those are for today’s buyers is what realtor.com calls “the billion-dollar real estate question.” Zeroing in on them is the goal of a number of “must-have” lists. One of the most carefully-researched of those was just announced—and it’s …

History Brings Character to Older Mountain Lakes Houses

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If you have your sights set on a brand spanking new Mountain Lakes house, the romance of a home that’s witnessed the comings and goings of previous generations probably doesn’t call out to you. At least not nearly as powerfully as a front door lock that’s yet to be turned, a kitchen with nary a ding nor scratch—or a roof …

Last Week’s Home Sales Storyline Turnaround

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 A couple of storylines have dominated national real estate news outlets for more than a year. Morris County homeowners who are less industry-focused have been hearing the same thing from the national news media, too. Last week, they both staged a partial about-face. The storylines are interconnected. The dominant one dealt with the national trend toward a weakening in the …