For Some Morris County House Hunters, Autumn = Opportunity

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A while back, Forbes noted what they called “The Four Ways the Real Estate Market Changes” after Labor Day. The article recognized a truism that holds for most parts of New Jersey—namely, that the period between Labor Day and Thanksgiving is what most of us think of as “fall.” It went on to describe four ways the change of seasons …

Here are the 5 Top Reasons for Selling Your House in Morris County

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When you have a firm timeline that governs when you’ll be selling your Morris County house, it’s one decision that’s made for you. Of course, it’s not always that easy. If a move from one home to another, or from Morris County to another area isn’t dictated by outside events, you have to make the decision anew every week or …

Long Term Strategic Thinking for Selling Your Morris County Home

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Selling your Morris County home is never something you do on a whim. There can be rare situations when the decision to sell is a sudden one that’s forced by unexpected life circumstances (favorable or not)—but selling your Morris County home is not likely to be the result of some sudden impulse. Since that’s the case, it follows that most …

For Morris County Homeowners 55 and Up: a Practical Issue

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While much attention is directed at the phalanx of youthful first-time homebuyers, the  Millennials and GenXers aren’t the only groups who are having a substantial influence on the direction of Morris County’s real estate market. Whether they are tagged “mature,” “aging,” or downright “elderly,” the over 55-crowd comprise an increasingly influential part of the marketplace. They are also facing some …

Experts Startled by Early U.S. New House Sales Increase

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Morris County house sales do usually respond in the seasonal pattern that is familiar in most other areas. Spring and summer lead the way for weather-related, financial, school scheduling and other family-related reasons. From now into well past July (and sometimes even August), house sales activity can be counted on to peak. Those are the normal expectations. But when any …

Morris County Housing Market Gels with Empty Nester Plans

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Time Magazine ended last week with a commentary that could foreshadow how this year’s Morris County housing market might differ from years past. Author Bill Saporito identified a mismatch in the housing market that could bode well for empty nesters. Whether or not the implications will be a perfect fit for our Morris County housing outlook, the “Big Picture” assessment …

Packing and Moving Do’s and Don’ts

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When you first contemplate packing and moving, it’s advisable to take a deep breath first, then close your eyes and mentally recall the best, most positive moments from past moves. Okay, if there aren’t any of those, try thinking of some bracing truism like “This, too, shall pass” or “The night is darkest just before the dawn.” Realistically, the packing …

Long-Dormant Morris County Mortgage Rates Now “Poised”

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Most of us favor a high degree of predictability when it comes to things like the interest rates on mortgages. In that realm, “poised” is a bad word. When anything is poised, it means it’s about to do something different: change. For those who like predictability, change is unwelcome. But this week should provide both good and bad news when …

Surprise November Morris County Mortgage Rates Surprise Experts

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Last week, when Morris County mortgage rates began to rise abruptly, you’d have to say that it was actually a double-barreled surprise. In addition to the sudden blip up on the mortgage rate charts, there was the second shocker: that so many expert observers were taken by surprise. Even though the actual rise in mortgage rates was what Zillow’s chief …

A Morris County Real Estate Agent Can Benefit from Opposing Traits

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There is an interesting theory about why some Morris County real estate agents complete so many more home purchases than do others. It isn’t that ‘success breeds success’ (although the thing we call “momentum” is certainly real enough). It has to do with being able to harness two somewhat opposing character traits. In any business, there seldom seem to be …