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 …

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 …

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 …

“Free Credit Score” Ads Grow Scarcer for Morris County Consumers

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If you’re a typical Morris County consumer, like most New Jersey residents, it wasn’t too long ago that you were being constantly bombarded by offers to let you in on a secret: your credit score. The “free credit score” ads got a lot of responses, but lately, they’ve grown scarcer. I think I know why. It used to be that …

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. …

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 …

Showings in Morris County Contain an Element of Illusion

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Showings—whether here in Morris County or anywhere else—can succeed or fail as a result of quite minor details. Appreciating that fact isn’t hard to do when you relate showings to their theatrical first cousins: stage presentations. In important ways, they are quite similar. Think of what happens when you attend a live play. The audience finds their seats, settle in, …

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 …

Experts Startled by Early U.S. New House Sales Increase

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Morris County house sales do usually respond in the seasonal pattern that is familiar in most other areas. Spring and summer lead the way for weather-related, financial, school scheduling and other family-related reasons. From now into well past July (and sometimes even August), house sales activity can be counted on to peak. Those are the normal expectations. But when any …