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 …

Making the Most of Morris County House Showings in Summer

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When the Morris County weather turns sizzling, you might think that house showings might go better by holding off for milder weather. After all, as the mercury rises, energy levels tend to wilt, so prospective buyers willing to take on a big initiative—like lining up a new house—might seem to be in short supply. You might think that—but the evidence …

Some Morris County Luxury Homes Might Not be Out of Reach

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The content the National Association of Realtors® publishes is usually staid and non-controversial. After all, what they put out there has to ring true for the real estate industry in every nook and cranny of the country: in communities large and small, coast to coast—from Podunk to Peoria, Manhattan to Morris County. Real estate is, after all, the most massive …

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 …

The Absolute Best Time for Buying a Home in Morris County

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To end the suspense, the answer to the title question about when is the optimal time to buy a home in Morris County has been officially answered. The answer is, more or less, “now.” All right, there’s an alternate answer, “as soon as practical”—but that is a less dramatic-sounding version of the same thing. The official nature of that answer …

Holiday Feelings: What Kids Can’t Know Yet

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The holiday season surely makes for a neat package: wrapping up the whole year in a sort of satisfying finale. Whether it’s your Christmas or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other holiday you can think of, for most Mountain Lakes residents, the last weeks of December make up a sort of endpoint/beginning point for more than just the calendar. These days …

Mountain Lakes Real Estate and “Back From the Abyss”

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If you listen to the Chairman of the Index Committee at Standard & Poors-Dow Jones, the nation’s housing market has reached an important milestone—one likely to be appreciated by real estate holders—Mountain Lakes homeowners and investors included. The gentleman in the spotlight is David Blitzer, who is the head man when it comes to the S&P Case-Shiller Index, the most …

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 …

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 …

U.S. Home Owner’s Equity Doubles: Here’s How and Why

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Diana Olick is a well-known industry writer. Anyone with an interest in Morris County real estate can usually find something of value when she comes up with a new entry in her CNBC column (the one with the pun-worthy title, “Realty Check”). This month she commented on the rising housing market across the nation and its repercussions in terms of …