Morris County Mortgages & the Student Loan Phenomenon

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All of a sudden last month Morris County readers might have come across a number of new articles dealing with the same topic: the problem young first time home buyers are encountering due to outstanding student loans. The target group is the millennials—everyone born between the early 1980s and 2000s. If you are one of them, you are frequently reminded …

Morris County Mortgage Rates Point to Encouraging Future

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Last week, following the Fed’s hike in the rates they charge banks, you might expect a matching rise in mortgage rates for Morris County home buyers and refi applicants. If the experts are right, that’s far from a done deal. The Washington Post headline said it all: “Mortgage rates move slightly higher but could be headed back down again.” Mortgage …

Smart Positioning in the Quest for Morris County Homes for Sale

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Not everyone who is looking at the homes for sale in Morris County needs to come up with a winner right away. If their own house has just been listed, they may reasonably estimate that it will be some months before the moving vans need to be summoned. Or they may be contemplating a move only if they happen across …

The Art, not Science, of Pricing Your Morris County House

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The science of pricing a house in Morris County isn’t really a science. The thing about science that makes it reliable is that its findings can be confirmed experimentally. If Galileo drops a feather and a lead weight from the Tower of Pisa to prove something about gravity, anyone else can trot right up there and repeat the experiment. If …

Morris County House Cooling via an Old-Fashioned Strategy

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As summer approaches, Morris County homeowners may also recall the challenge of retaining a reasonably comfortable home environment during the inevitable spells of hot weather. Everyone has a different relationship to heat and its evil twin, humidity, which dictates how much attention and budget needs to be dedicated to house cooling. One old-fashioned solution is out there that many Morris …

Newly Discovered: the Avocado-Dream Home Connection

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I think you’ll agree that the relationship between avocados and dream homes has been elusive for a long time. In fact, any connection between the delicious green fruit (it’s not a veggie) and the Morris County home of our dreams has been more than elusive. Until last week, it’s fair to say it was completely undiscovered. Last Tuesday, thanks to …

“Free Credit Score” Ads Grow Scarcer for Morris County Consumers

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If you’re a typical Morris County consumer, like most New Jersey residents, it wasn’t too long ago that you were being constantly bombarded by offers to let you in on a secret: your credit score. The “free credit score” ads got a lot of responses, but lately, they’ve grown scarcer. I think I know why. It used to be that …

Selling Your Morris County Home with Branding

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Selling your Morris County home takes marketing, of course. Highlighting its features—the specific details that the Morris County MLS lists for every property—is only the beginning. The number of bedrooms, square footage, lot size—even the architectural style—all help buyers eliminate offerings that won’t satisfy their housing requirements. These are quantitative marketing specifics that qualify a residence. Most have numbers attached. …

Morris County Mortgage Interest Rates: Another Surprise

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It usually takes at least some digging to come up with relevant news for Morris County real estate watchers. Last week provided an exception. The boldest headlines, cable TV info crawls, and email announcements dealt with the unexpected move in mortgage interest rates. The welcome news for Morris County home sellers and prospective buyers came with Freddie Mac’s midweek announcement …

Home Design Trends Reflect Changing Environment

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Morris County real estate—like all real estate—is a supremely local activity. Area homeowners who like to keep an eye on New Jersey and national trends do so because some of them may surface in future buyer preferences. For Morris County homeowners in a remodeling frame of mind, it doesn’t hurt to be aware of “what’s hot.” When it comes to …