Making the Most of Morris County House Showings in Summer

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When the Morris County weather turns sizzling, you might think that house showings might go better by holding off for milder weather. After all, as the mercury rises, energy levels tend to wilt, so prospective buyers willing to take on a big initiative—like lining up a new house—might seem to be in short supply. You might think that—but the evidence …

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 …

Morris County House Cooling via an Old-Fashioned Strategy

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As summer approaches, Morris County homeowners may also recall the challenge of retaining a reasonably comfortable home environment during the inevitable spells of hot weather. Everyone has a different relationship to heat and its evil twin, humidity, which dictates how much attention and budget needs to be dedicated to house cooling. One old-fashioned solution is out there that many Morris …

“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 …

In Summer Heat, Make Morris County Open Houses Comfortable

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If you happened upon the Weather Channel’s site last week and were greeted with headlines like, “Massive Heat Dome Inbound” and “Excessive Heat in the East and West,” it could have let you feel better about our North Jersey’s own weather. After all, what do you expect from August in Morris County? At least we weren’t under a massive heat …

Nail-Biting Time and Your Morris County Home Inspection

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It’s probably just an inevitable part of the human condition. For almost everyone, awaiting any Morris County home inspection is pure, unadulterated jitters time. Nail-biting time. Edge-of-your-seat time. It isn’t because anyone seriously expects any of our North Jersey home inspectors to be ogres. Certainly the inspectors I recommend are uniformly courteous, professional, and quite empathetic. They should be empathetic, …

Homeownership News Gets Morris County Readers’ Attention

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For Morris County real estate watchers, it was The Washington Post that came up with the most interesting angle on last week’s most commented-upon real estate headline—which was that across the U.S., home ownership rates had slipped to 1960s levels. CNBC went with the straight numbers (“Home ownership rates drop to 63.4%”); while website zerohedge decided on a more attention-grabbing …

Homemade Ideas for a Memorable Morris County Open House

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Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies at your Morris County open house? It’s been a standard for open houses everywhere and forever, but if the goal is to make your property and its open house a standout, it’s a solution hardly in sync with the goal. Cheese and crackers? C’mon—does anyone really want dubious-looking cheese and cold cuts that have been …

Top 10 4th of July Brain-Teasers for Morris County Homeowners

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Our Morris County’s 4th of July is one of the holidays that has something for everyone. For kids, it has the intensely exciting buildup to the fireworks—whether overhead or just on TV. They’re one of the high points, not just of the summer, but of the whole year! I mean: colored explosions up in the sky!!! For the kids, it …

Open-Plan Kitchens Draw More Praise than Ire

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Any idea that’s worth a darn can stand up to scrutiny, so when the real estate industry’s leading periodical, Realtor.com, first posted the “I Hate the Open-Plan Kitchen” article, it wouldn’t have been a dereliction of duty for home design aficionados to go ahead and read it. That’s true even if (like me¬¬¬ and the majority of Morris County home …