Beyond the “Must-Do” Tip for Morris County First-Time Homebuyers

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Last week’s “Moneywatch” article on CBSNews.com was a surefire attention grabber. It promised to reveal a single “must do” tip for first-time homebuyers. The main point covered familiar ground—but within the supporting information were some facts that could nudge some Morris County renters into becoming first-time homebuyers. Although the headlined “Don’t Buy a Home Without Doing This First” tip was …

Morris County Real Estate: Scoping a Clearer Picture for 2018

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It’s irresistible: peering into the new year, trying to guess what the Morris County real estate landscape will look like in the coming 365 days. At the close of an outstanding 2017, although it’s always a little foolish to assume too much about details in a world that changes as rapidly as ours does, I think there are some more-probable-than-not …

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 …

Attention Morris County Investors: Rental Housing on the Rise

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Whether you are investigating Morris County rental housing activity because you’re looking for an investment or just a place to rent yourself, it’s important to become informed about the state of play in rental housing as a whole. It’s a picture that has been changing rapidly—one that’s unlikely to slow anytime soon. Much is being written about the growing popularity …

Applying for Morris County Mortgages: One Underlying Factor

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Every mortgage lender develops their own unique guidelines for evaluating the factors contained in a home loan application. These may change from time to time so that their portfolios stay “balanced”—that is, so that the cumulative risk represented by the entire batch of home loans do not exceed the level of risk they wish to assume. Potential Morris County mortgage …

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. …

Timing Your Morris County Home’s Sale

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Hardly anyone decides to put their own Morris County house up for sale without wondering whether there wouldn’t be a better time to do so. There are a couple of different ways to look at the timing of your Morris County home’s sale—but only one of them is controversial. Controversial: timing by the calendar. A good number of real estate …

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. …