3 Moves to Avoid When You’re Buying a House in Morris County

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First, a word about these Things to Avoid when you’re in the process of buying a Morris County house: it’s a short list. The reason it’s so short is because of who you are—since you’re reading this, it means you’re someone who is taking the time to delve into what’s happening with Morris County real estate. That makes it unlikely …

Morris County Home Improvement Top 6 Fall Gotta-Do-Ems

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Spring cleaning season remains the time of year for Morris County’s most rigorous home improvement efforts, but fall is also an opportune time to dig into some preventive home maintenance chores. Homes that get their owners’ attention on a regular basis don’t just hold more of their value with less expense—they also add some extra value: peace of mind. These …

Including a Home Warranty Can Cinch Morris County Sales

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When last week’s surprising news (on the plus side) about consumer confidence was announced, it was one more sign Morris County homeowners might have felt nudging them in the direction of putting their home on the market. U.S. confidence rose to an 11-month high in August—a turnaround from consumer blahs that had ruled during the first half of the year. …

Morris County Home Staging Lore Leads to a Boffo Opening

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Staging. It’s not a coincidence that the same word is used in both dramatic undertakings and North Jersey residential real estate preparation. Both describe preparations that seek to establish a feeling within the beholder. Of course, staging for Morris County home showings differs fundamentally from its theatrical homonym. With our kind of staging, the presentation is real—not make-believe. That’s not …

7 Financial Results Morris County FSBO Sellers May Face

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Once you have decided to sell your North Jersey home, one of your first action items is to recruit a top sales team. About 90% of sellers choose a licensed REALTOR® to head up their effort—not just because it’s the popular thing to do, but because the alternatives are few. You could recruit a business person from some other discipline, …

In Summer Heat, Make Morris County Open Houses Comfortable

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If you happened upon the Weather Channel’s site last week and were greeted with headlines like, “Massive Heat Dome Inbound” and “Excessive Heat in the East and West,” it could have let you feel better about our North Jersey’s own weather. After all, what do you expect from August in Morris County? At least we weren’t under a massive heat …

Nail-Biting Time and Your Morris County Home Inspection

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It’s probably just an inevitable part of the human condition. For almost everyone, awaiting any Morris County home inspection is pure, unadulterated jitters time. Nail-biting time. Edge-of-your-seat time. It isn’t because anyone seriously expects any of our North Jersey home inspectors to be ogres. Certainly the inspectors I recommend are uniformly courteous, professional, and quite empathetic. They should be empathetic, …

Homeownership News Gets Morris County Readers’ Attention

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For Morris County real estate watchers, it was The Washington Post that came up with the most interesting angle on last week’s most commented-upon real estate headline—which was that across the U.S., home ownership rates had slipped to 1960s levels. CNBC went with the straight numbers (“Home ownership rates drop to 63.4%”); while website zerohedge decided on a more attention-grabbing …

Do-It-Yourself Morris County Home Marketing—a Bridge Too Far

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As a way to have fun and save money at the same time, the “Do-It-Yourself” approach has millions of enthusiasts. Any number of Morris County residents can be found on weekday evenings and Saturdays and Sundays, tinkering in garage workshops or atop ladders, “Doing-It-Themselves” with hammers, saws, and paintbrushes. There is no shortage of guides and gurus to spark creativity …

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 …