Imagining the Unimaginable Rebound in Home Equity

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We’ve all witnessed the remarkable rebound in real estate values—and last week, the scale of that recovery was the subject of a CNBC commentary. “A growing number of homeowners are in the money,” it found; then, “Homeowners are sitting on trillions in tappable home equity.” Trillions? That’s a number that sounds quite impressive—but also hard to grasp. To get a …

Real Estate Appraisals in Morris County: Edging Toward Automation

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Some predictions for New Year 2018 may be controversial, but one trend is beyond question: almost every sector of everyday life in Morris County will continue to be transformed—either incrementally or massively—by automation of one sort or another. Hordes of self-driving cars and trucks aren’t likely to take over Morris County streets this year, nor will Robocops start patrolling our …

5+5 Heads-Ups Prevent Morris County Winter Emergencies

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Over the weekend, at the same time California’s Santa Ana winds were dealing chaos in the west, the premature arrival of winter weather was pounding the other side of the country compliments of Winter Storm Benji. The unprecedented December snowfall started in New Orleans and worked its way all the way up the East Coast to Maine—all of which made …

Sensible Improvements for Morris County Homes for Sale

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For local homeowners whose Morris County homes will be up for sale in 2018, there’s bound to be some consternation regarding how much time, effort, and budget need be directed to the project. In addition to formulating a timetable for extra maintenance in areas where signs of undue wear and tear stand out, there’s the question of whether more ambitious …

4 Tips for a More Economical Morris County Winter

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Officially, it may not be winter in Morris County yet, but the end of November is more than a signal to turn to the last page in 2017’s calendar. It’s definitely time for Morris County residents to secure their domiciles against the mercury drops Mother Nature will be providing sooner or later. Even in places where a November heat wave …

Your Morris County Homeowners Insurance Annual Checkup

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It’s one of those Morris County documents most of us stash in a safe, out-of-the-way place—somewhere in the furthest recesses of a linen closet or at the back of a bureau drawer. Renters do the same: they don’t actually read the thing, but they know they want to keep it somewhere where they hope they’ll never have to find it. …

It’s Prime Time for Morris County Landscaping Ingenuity

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Morris County gardening enthusiasts already know this—but for those whose thumbs are anything but green, right now is a special time of year where landscaping is concerned. It’s Morris County’s high season for planting and transplanting! You don’t have to intend on listing your Morris County home anytime soon to have a vested interest in maximizing your home’s curb appeal. …

Financial Guru’s Advice Yields 4 Morris County Home Buying Steps

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What a simpler world it would be if Morris County home buying could be reduced to anything like a simple 4-Step process. Even better if those were four easy steps. Actually, without actually coming out and saying so, that’s the tantalizing prospect hinted at on radio financial guru Dave Ramsey’s web site’s “Home Buying Process Made Easy.” Ramsey is the …

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 …

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 …