Homemade Ideas for a Memorable Morris County Open House

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Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies at your Morris County open house? It’s been a standard for open houses everywhere and forever, but if the goal is to make your property and its open house a standout, it’s a solution hardly in sync with the goal. Cheese and crackers? C’mon—does anyone really want dubious-looking cheese and cold cuts that have been …

Morris County Google Searchers Find Mortgage Rate News Puzzle

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If you were one of those homeowners in Morris County who happened to consult Google for “mortgage rate news” over the weekend, you might have been puzzled by the top two results. Fortune got the top spot, with an article headlined, “Your 30-Year Mortgage Rate Should Be Lower Than It Is Now.” That might have rightfully ruffled your feathers. After …

Top 10 4th of July Brain-Teasers for Morris County Homeowners

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Our Morris County’s 4th of July is one of the holidays that has something for everyone. For kids, it has the intensely exciting buildup to the fireworks—whether overhead or just on TV. They’re one of the high points, not just of the summer, but of the whole year! I mean: colored explosions up in the sky!!! For the kids, it …

Open-Plan Kitchens Draw More Praise than Ire

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Any idea that’s worth a darn can stand up to scrutiny, so when the real estate industry’s leading periodical, Realtor.com, first posted the “I Hate the Open-Plan Kitchen” article, it wouldn’t have been a dereliction of duty for home design aficionados to go ahead and read it. That’s true even if (like me¬¬¬ and the majority of Morris County home …

Top 5 North Jersey Listing Photo Slip-ups Seldom Seen

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One good way my clients get a head start from the word “go!” is the amount of attention their Morris County listing receives. Since that listing is by far the most prominent display piece their property will be presenting to the world of potential buyers, it has to be first-rate. The details must be presented in clear and unambiguous language, …

3 House Hunting Tips Start with Keeping Emotions in Check

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  If you’ve been house hunting for the North Jersey home you know is out there—the one that will fit your needs, is situated in a suitable neighborhood, and fits your budget—when you hone in on a likely candidate, try not to fall in love with it (at least not right away). House hunting is a nesting exercise: part logic, …

North Jersey Homes for Sale? Think Food!

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It’s interesting to look into how many ways the universe of food —be it restaurants, markets, cooking, gardening or eating—intersects with the world of real estate. The connections are many and important. That’s true from the moment a future North Jersey homeowner begins to look into the current crop of Morris County homes for sale. We commonly think about residential …

Memorial Day Just Feels Like North Jersey’s Summer is Here

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  Monday’s Memorial Day in North Jersey capped a weekend that definitely felt like summer was close at hand. Actual summer may not arrive in Morris County until the summer solstice on June 20, but especially in years like this one, when Monday’s holiday is also just two days removed from the start of hurricane season, it’s clearly time to …

Vacation House Notions Beckon as Summer Nears

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  As our North Jersey’s spring selling season edges toward summer, the allure of vacation houses is more likely to emerge as a front burner issue. The practical rewards of having a second home as a vacation retreat—sometimes one which can also be rented out part-time—is more likely to become an action item as the summer months near. Earlier this …

Top 6 Approaches Set Up North Jersey Open House Success

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The debate continues about whether open houses are effective for marketing North Jersey homes. Yes, sales do still originate from them, but the percentages have been declining since social media and online listings changed the way Morris County prospects look for their next home. Whether an open house is likely to garner qualified traffic is a decision that clients and …