6 Vacation Safety Tips to Keep Morris County Homes Unburgled

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An overstuffed curbside mailbox, blazing porch light at noon, or a pile of newspapers out there by your front door all indicate a couple of things Morris County homeowners would do well to avoid. For burglars and housebreakers of all stripes, these are like lighted billboards announcing: This Morris County homeowner is off somewhere enjoying a nice summer vacation; and …

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 …

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 …

Showings in Morris County Contain an Element of Illusion

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Showings—whether here in Morris County or anywhere else—can succeed or fail as a result of quite minor details. Appreciating that fact isn’t hard to do when you relate showings to their theatrical first cousins: stage presentations. In important ways, they are quite similar. Think of what happens when you attend a live play. The audience finds their seats, settle in, …

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 …

4 Reasons Morris County Real Estate Investments are “Smartest”

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When you see any title here containing the words “Morris County Real Estate Investment,” you won’t be terribly surprised if the gist turns out to be what a good idea! When you’ve had the experience of seeing clients succeed with many real estate investment projects, it’s an unavoidable conclusion. Unfortunately, also pretty yawn-worthy. That’s why I was pleased to come …

Morris County Smart House Gadgets Made Inroads in 2016

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A number of “Smart House” products made headway in 2016, so before the crystal ball gets hauled up over Times Square, this is an appropriate moment to review which ones promised relevant real estate applications. Anyone who will be house hunting or selling in Morris County anytime soon might want to become familiar with some of what’s out there. It’s …

Six Easy Items to Boost Morris County Property Curb Appeal

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Conscientious Morris County homeowners keep on top of all the regular maintenance items pretty much automatically. Once you have lived in a place for more than a year or two, you know what you should be keeping an eye on. You have a handle on when major fixes and updates have to be addressed. When you begin thinking about moving …

2017 Housing Market Outlook Gets its Yearly Physical

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When you go in for your annual physical, you’re hoping for a sunny prognosis. Realtor® magazine isn’t a medical journal, but it does have a feature called “Market Pulse.” It reports on the patient’s vital signs (if you imagine the patient being the nation’s housing market). The state of the national patient can be relevant here in Mountain Lakes. In …