What are the “Unknowns” for Budgeting Retirement Housing?

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 If your retirement planning includes transitioning to a new home, one of the first orders of business will be to settle on a reasonable budget for housing in retirement. The most reliable yardstick is thought to be a percentage of your income—but that’s not necessarily easy to pin down for retirees. As mystery novel detectives might say, a good start …

Homes for Sale ‘Must-Have’ Features Score a New #1

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 This spring’s Morris County homes for sale will, as always, highlight the special features that make them stand out. Just which features those are for today’s buyers is what realtor.com calls “the billion-dollar real estate question.” Zeroing in on them is the goal of a number of “must-have” lists. One of the most carefully-researched of those was just announced—and it’s …

History Brings Character to Older Mountain Lakes Houses

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If you have your sights set on a brand spanking new Mountain Lakes house, the romance of a home that’s witnessed the comings and goings of previous generations probably doesn’t call out to you. At least not nearly as powerfully as a front door lock that’s yet to be turned, a kitchen with nary a ding nor scratch—or a roof …

Last Week’s Home Sales Storyline Turnaround

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 A couple of storylines have dominated national real estate news outlets for more than a year. Morris County homeowners who are less industry-focused have been hearing the same thing from the national news media, too. Last week, they both staged a partial about-face. The storylines are interconnected. The dominant one dealt with the national trend toward a weakening in the …

6 Question Quiz Tests Your Morris County Real Estate Vocabulary

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Although the typical adult spends at least a fourth of his or her income on Morris County real estate-related matters, many basic real estate terms—even basic ones—aren’t widely understood. We probably accept that fact because that is just the way it’s always been—but it really is astonishing that many of the material terms Morris County real estate professionals use remain …

Do Remodels Make Sense when Selling Your Morris County Home?

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The numbers are in! If you are among the local homeowners counting the days until Morris County’s hot selling season begins, unless your house is already in perfect showing shape, you might be pondering which—if any—possible remodeling projects would be wise to take on before you list. The answers aren’t simple. The first consideration is the calculation for whether your …

For Morris County Rental Property, 3 Reasons to Invest in 2019

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Last Saturday investment commentator Rebecca Lake presented the kind of analysis that would warm the heart of Morris County rental property proponents. Her report appeared on the U.S. News website under the title “3 Reasons to Invest in Single-Family Rentals.” The piece was all the more persuasive because of its fresh perspective: according to the author, 2019 looks to be …

Time to Start Which 4 Home Improvement Projects?

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U.S. News and World Report may not be the primary source most homeowners turn to for Morris County real estate news flashes, but this month they have brought up some relevant insights regarding home improvement projects. A week or so before Thanksgiving Day, they published an opinion piece urging homeowners to get off the sofa and “set yourself up for …

4 Reasons for Buying Morris County Homes Now that Fall is Here

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Throughout the country, spring and summer are when the most serious house hunting takes place. Springtime is, after all, the season when it just feels right to undertake major initiatives—and buying Morris County homes certainly falls into that category. But if your own school or work calendar doesn’t dictate the timing, there are some good reasons why putting it off …

What’s the Simplest Way to Prep Your Morris County House?

Noelle Paclawskyj Uncategorized, Morris county, North Jersey, Downsizing, Mountain Lakes, Selling your home, Listing agent, Luxury, Luxury Homes, Selling, real estate

Prepping your Morris County house for sale can be a challenge or a pleasure—for the most part, that’s determined by how much attention you’ve been able to give the place in the past few years. Either way, the first action item is to make a thorough reconnaissance of the property. The punch list of maintenance initiatives that results will determine …