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 …

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 …

Selling Your Morris County Home with Branding

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Selling your Morris County home takes marketing, of course. Highlighting its features—the specific details that the Morris County MLS lists for every property—is only the beginning. The number of bedrooms, square footage, lot size—even the architectural style—all help buyers eliminate offerings that won’t satisfy their housing requirements. These are quantitative marketing specifics that qualify a residence. Most have numbers attached. …

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 …

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 …

Morris County Real Estate Investment: More Liquid Than You’d Think

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Buying a home as a place to live certainly has important financial implications, but they are only part of an equation that has major lifestyle implications. A given house may be a really terrific deal—but if it turns out that you aren’t comfortable living there, buying it will probably wind up being a mistake. When the motivation for an investment …

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 …

Facts Argue Why Listing Now Might be Shrewd

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If this is going to be a year of upsets, the rules for when Morris County listings are best initiated might be primed to fly out the window. There’s no guarantee that 2017’s Morris County listing performance will bend the rules, but if the National Association of Realtor’s® news site is right, it’s a definite possibility. The history has long …