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 …

Morris County Mortgage Rates Point to Encouraging Future

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Last week, following the Fed’s hike in the rates they charge banks, you might expect a matching rise in mortgage rates for Morris County home buyers and refi applicants. If the experts are right, that’s far from a done deal. The Washington Post headline said it all: “Mortgage rates move slightly higher but could be headed back down again.” Mortgage …

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 …

Newly Discovered: the Avocado-Dream Home Connection

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I think you’ll agree that the relationship between avocados and dream homes has been elusive for a long time. In fact, any connection between the delicious green fruit (it’s not a veggie) and the Morris County home of our dreams has been more than elusive. Until last week, it’s fair to say it was completely undiscovered. Last Tuesday, thanks to …

Morris County Mortgage Interest Rates: Another Surprise

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It usually takes at least some digging to come up with relevant news for Morris County real estate watchers. Last week provided an exception. The boldest headlines, cable TV info crawls, and email announcements dealt with the unexpected move in mortgage interest rates. The welcome news for Morris County home sellers and prospective buyers came with Freddie Mac’s midweek announcement …

Home Design Trends Reflect Changing Environment

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Morris County real estate—like all real estate—is a supremely local activity. Area homeowners who like to keep an eye on New Jersey and national trends do so because some of them may surface in future buyer preferences. For Morris County homeowners in a remodeling frame of mind, it doesn’t hurt to be aware of “what’s hot.” When it comes to …

Growing Confidence Affects Morris County Real Estate Scene

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The attachment we build to the places where we live is an easy-to-understand human emotion. Almost everyone who has ever moved away from a family home has experienced a sense of loss that can be quite profound. But that’s only one of the emotional connections that come into play where real estate is involved. Even though we tend to think …

Mortgage Rates Fell. No, they Rose. No, they…

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Keeping an eye on Morris County mortgage rates is a useful pastime for anyone who tracks local home sales because of the immediate effect they have on affordability. It can’t get much more immediate than the “projected monthly payment” numbers that calculators come up with alongside an online listing. Those instant calculations include tax and insurance estimates, but those change …