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 …

FHA Mind Change is Good News for Morris County Appraisals

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It was a federal agency reversal that was startling in its effect: a change in guidance that actually clarified more than muddled! The change will directly affect Morris County buyers and sellers because the issue will impact the cost of Morris County residential real estate transactions—specifically, in the area of home appraisals. As the first order of business—for those who …

Morris County House Hunting Can Benefit from an Open Mind

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When you go house hunting in Morris County, you’re likely to share a lot of the same basic assumptions that most everybody does. Whether you have a lengthy list of hard-and-fast requirements or are in more of a “just seeing what’s out there” mindset, you’re probably assuming that you’ll “know it when you see it.” That’s not necessarily true—for a …

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 …

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 …

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, …