Fairfield, NJ Real Estate News

By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
West Essex at a Glance November 2009 Real Estate Market Reports and Stats for Fairfield New Jersey 07004 Fairfield, New Jersey 07004 Single Family Real Estate Market Report and Stats as of November 2009:    Active Listings: 56     New Listings in November: 8                                          Under Contracts in November:  4                                          Solds in November:  7 Months Supply on the Market:   14 Absorption ratio: 10% (only 10% of the total inventory went U/C in November, leaving 90% of the inventory unsold) Although multi-family homes in Fairfield are rare and there are none currently for sale, there are a handful of multi-generational homes in Fairfield.  As of the end of November 2009 there were no multi-family homes listed for sale in Fairfield, NJ.  The...
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In 2008, there were 3.8 million multigenerational households in the United States.    According to the United States Department of Commerce's Census Bureau, multigenerational households are defined as households that consist of "three or more generations of parents and their families" living in the same house.  Multigenerational homes are often referred to as a"mother/daughter home" and/or an "in-law suite", basically both have the same meaning...keeping the house "All in the Family". There's no doubt that many varieties of multigenerational homes exist but the most common are families which consist of grown children, grandparents and grandchildren all living under the same roof: the homeowner, his/her children and grandchildren; or the homeowner, his/her children and his/her own parent...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
It's that time of year again! Come share the joy of the season with my family and neighborhood friendsas  The Mayor of Fairfield, New Jersey, James Gasparini, kicks off the holiday season for the residents Fairfield, New Jersey with the 48th Annual Lighting of the Fairfield Town Tree on Sunday, December 6th at the Fairfield Recreation Complex on Hollywood Avenue. As always, the four year old Fairfield Busy Hands classes will be singing the holiday songs (including my youngest..IF he actually gets on the stage). TK and 'No Cover' bands will also be performing some holiday tunes.  Starting at 4:30 p.m., families can enjoy some hot cocoa, coffee, cookies, kettle corn, pretzels, chestnuts and photos with Santa (don't forget your cameras)!  Thanks again to the Township of Fairfield, New Jers...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
West Essex at a Glance Market Report and Stats for Fairfield, New Jersey for October 2009 Fairfield, New Jersey Market Report for October 2009:    Active Listings: 59                                                 Under Contracts in October:  7                                            Solds in October:  3 Months Supply on the Market:  8.4 Absorption ratio: 11% (only 11% of the total inventory went U/C in October, leaving 89% of the inventory unsold) The market stats in the chart above above also reflect: New Listings for the month of October:  10 Total properties Under Contract (including those u/c through the end of October): 16 There are currently no multi-family homes on the market in Fairfield, New Jersey.    Read about the Communities within West Essex Fairfield, New Jersey 0700...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
                                The West Essex Communities, located in Essex County, New Jersey include Caldwell, West Caldwell, Roseland, Essex Fells, North Caldwell  Fairfield, Verona and Cedar Grove.  ********************* West Essex Real Estate at a Glance Market Stats for October 2009   The West Essex Communities Combined Market Report for October 2009:    Active Listings:  372 Under Contract in October:  51                                                                                      Solds in October:  52 Months Supply on the Market:  7.3  Absorption ratio: 14% (only 14% of the total inventory went U/C in October, leaving 86% of the inventory unsold) The market stats in the chart above also reflect: New Listings for the month of October:  76 Total properties Under Contract...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
I am singing in the rain today!!  Today I have earned Active Rain's #1 Ranking in Fairfield, New Jersey!  I set a goal for myself here on AR albeit a small goal but one that I set and I accomplished. Everyday I log on to Active Rain and my Rank in Fairfield New Jersey has always been #2 and today after posting my last comment I clicked on my home page and there it was RANK IN FAIRFIELD: 1 (Featured!).  It's nothing compared to the top AR bloggers and I know I still have a lot to learn.  As you can see my points are only 22,012, have only written 44 blog posts with two subscribers and my posts have never been featured but I did set my goal to become #1 in Fairfield, New Jersey Active Rain's ranking and that goal I can happily say that I've accomplished today.  Staying #1 will be the ulti...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
Drunk driving hit home this weekend in Fairfield.  Chills went up my spine Saturday morning when I learned a Fairfield home on Hollywood Avenue (the same Fairfield home my cousins were interested in back in March of 2008) was struck by a vehicle which hit the home's gas meter and ignited a fire that caused extensive damage to the home.  FORTUNATELY, the three occupants of the home nor the driver of the vehicle were injured during this horrible accident.      It took approximately 1½ hours for The Fairfield Fire Department, along with firefighters from both West Caldwell and North Caldwell to extinguish the flames.   From what I understand the driver of the vehicle was charged with DWI and arrested by the Fairfield Police Department.    This tragedy really hit home when I thought that i...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
Did you know that good communities begin with their school system?  Did you know that your community's school system plays a major role in the value of your property? What do you think is the first question a family moving with children asks their agent...."What are the schools like?"  Even buyers who may not have children today but have future plans of raising a family ask their agent...."What are the schools like?" Unfortuntately if the school system is compromised, not only does the school suffer but the community suffers as well.  As a result, house values in that community may start to decline.       Just the other day I voted for Fairfield's Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School to win $20,000 in the "America's Favorite School" online contest.   Every day committed teachers, parent...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
Due to severe nut allergies and the dangers involved to children with nut allergies, Fairfield Public Schools are keeping nuts out of their schools.  (Now if you ask me I still see plenty of nuts running around but, that's just my own opinion).  At the Fairfield Board of Education's meeting on August 25, 2009, Dr. Mary Kildow, Superintendent of Schools, explained that allergic reactions can be a life-threatening situation for children who are afflicted. Those who are severely sensitive can react even by simply touching nut products or their residues. For those residents who did not attend the August 25, 2009 meeting did not know that such a policy was even being considered nor did many know that it was in effect until an article was published by our local newspaper, The Progress on Augu...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
SECOND ANNUAL CANS FOR CANCER DRIVE Sponsored by the Fairfield UNICO and Friends with the WE Help Character Education Club at West Essex Middle School  "Cans for Cancer"is an aluminum can recycling drive.  Each year this drive continues to bring awareness of how the fight against cancer is ongoing and how must of know someone who had affected by this disease.  Recently, Meghan Gambichler, a student attending West Essex High School, was diagnosed with cancer.  All of the money raised from the recycling will be donated to the Valerie Fund, as requested by Meg, where local children with cancer are treated.  With the help of the entire West Essex community Fairfield UNICO, along with the WE Help Character Education Club will be, once again, collecting cans. EVERY CAN COUNTS!  Date:  Sunday,...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
The "Unofficial" Results" of the School Board Elections Held Throughout the West Essex Community*: ESSEX FELLS TWO 3-YEAR TERMS Steven LoCascio: 138 Michele Nitti-Zarr: 151 BUDGET Yes: 132No: 89 FAIRFIELD TWO 3-YEAR TERMS Pasquale "Pat" Freda: 371Thomas E. Patierno: 334 BUDGET Yes: 359No: 311 NORTH CALDWELL TWO 3-YEAR TERMS Steven Hadley*: 529 Mary Wojtowicz*: 542 Jay Lubetkin: 342 BUDGET Yes: 605 No: 305 ROSELAND TWO 3-YEAR TERMS Paul Mastrangelo: 390Raymond Moritz*: 380 William Miller: 372 Dennis Lynch*: 362 BUDGET Yes: 412 No: 474        WEST ESSEX REGIONAL ONE 3-YEAR ESSEX FELLS TERM Joyce Candido*: 157 ONE 3-YEAR FAIRFIELD TERM Paul Rando (write-in): 331 ONE 3-YEAR NORTH CALDWELL TERM Angela Gerken*: 547 BUDGET Yes: 1,484 No: 1,185 REFERENDUM Yes: 1,545 No: 1,185    *Source:  nj.co...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
As a follow up to one of my recent posts regarding the Fairfield Police Department school safety meeting at the Fairfield HSA's February meeting, a School Safety & Security Committee has now been formed and the first meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Center at 376 Hollywood Avenue, Fairfield.  While they are taking the lead with starting this Committee, they strongly need the parents and the teachers assistance and cooperation.   They are seeking our assistance and participation to complete the "Team" (Parents, Teachers and Public Safety) that instructs the children in this community about School Safety and Security such as school Lock Down, Fire Drills and Evacuation Plans.  One of the primary goals of the Police Department is the communica...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
The Fairfield Home and School Association will be hosting  Fairfield Chief of Police Charles G. Voelker, Jr.  at our February 4, 2008 Public Meeting Meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. in the library of our Winston S. Churchill School Topics discussed will include school safety and town issues.  Sign up to receive text alerts from Fairfield PD via:    I don't just sell this community....I live here too and as Co-President of the Fairfield HSA let me share my knowledge of both community and school information with you.  COMMITTED TO OUR SCHOOLS! COMMITTED TO OUR COMMUNITY!! YOUR RESOURCE FOR FAIRFIELD REAL ESTATE, Gina Chirico, Sales Associate 973-715-1158 cell 973-992-6363 ext 116 office GinaChirico@PruNewJersey.com      
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
  As some you may know or not know from my other responses to other AR posts regarding Twitter, although I have a Twitter account and some followers, I've never been to active on it.  However a few days ago in my inbox I received the following email from the Township of Fairfield, New Jersey: Inbox /1         New       Sort by: Email    Today  All Contacts  Save  Cancel    Help Subject: new web postings To: Gina Chirico From: "Fairfield Township" Date: 01/24/2009 05:08 PM Sign up to receive text alerts from the Fairfield Police Department. Be part of another first brought to you by the Fairfield Police Department. The Fairfield Police Department is the first to use Internet based social networking to keep citizens inform...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
  The Fairfield Home and School Association is sponsoring its annual After School Clubs at Adlai E. Stevenson School for grades 1-3. The clubs start on Wednesday, January 21st and will run for four consecutive weeks on Wednesdays with the last class ending on February 11th.  We are looking for instructors to teach the students in their area of expertise.  In the past, we have been able to offer exciting programs like: arts and crafts, cooking, fitness way, yoga, Tae Kwon Do....and many more!!!  The programs run from approximately 3:20pm until 4:30pm and instructors are PAID for their time. A great opportunity for local businesses and/or talented parents to benefit the children of the Fairfield School System and possibly even stir up some business for yourself! I don't just sell this co...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
Come share the joy of the season with my family and neighborhood friends as Mayor James Gasparini kicks off the Fairfield holiday season with the lighting of the Fairfield Town Tree on Sunday, December 7th at the Fairfield Recreation Complex on Hollywood Avenue. Its such a delight to listen to the Fairfield Busy Hands program four year old classes singing the holiday songs.  I remember four years ago when my oldest son's class performed at the tree lighting (oh wait..that's right..he was the ONLY one crying and my husband had to take him off stage).  Meanwhile I was pregnant with my third and it'll be his turn next year to sing while my daughter and her class sang last year (yes...she actually DID sing)!  Such warm memories of the Annual Tree Lighting! Hot cocoa, coffee, cookies, photos...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
As a follow up to my previous post about Sports University, my family and I joined in on the family fun day.  The younger ones had a ball on the Kids Zone Obstacle Course. While the older ones tested their football throwing skills, 40 yard dash and 1/2 court throw contest. My husband ran into an old friend he grew up with who is actually looking to buy in market area of Essex County so I look forward to working with him.   I also ran into a friend from high school who I probably haven't seen in about 13 years.  He is running a wrestling program at the facility.  His cousin is actually my manager at PNJP.  It's a small world...but it was nice seeing him after all these years. Although there was a quite a good turnout, I was suprised to see that in a town that has over 700 children in the...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
I met Coach Joe of Sports U about 6 years ago at the Caldwell Community Center, Caldwell, NJ.  At that time he was running a 4 year old sports program at the Center and my son and his preschool friends were enrolled in.  It was then that he broke the news to us about leaving Caldwell Community Center and starting the program at Sports U.  We, along with many others, left the Center and followed Coach Joe to Sports U.  Over the past 5 years, he's run many programs for the kids at the Sports U, including but not limited to basketball, baseball, first fundamentals for the little ones, etc.   When schools closed for teacher convention, certain holidays - he runs an all day and/or half day program for the kids which really can be a blessing for working parents.  In addition to the kids class...
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By Jim Albano, Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate
(Prudential Damiano Realty )
Located in the prestigious Stepping Ridge Townhome Community, this 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath unit is immaculate and updated with recent renovations. A truly unique townhome with a first floor master suite and featuring a custom Fiore fireplace and a fantastic sauna. Now offered at $599,900.                                                        Located in Fairfield NJ                               This is a special home just waiting for the right buyer. Marketed by Jim Albano & Jean-Marie Vantuno.                          Give a call to your North Jersey Real Estate Team to arrange a viewing.   For more information on this property please visit: www.yourhomenorthjersey.com 39 E. Main St. Little Falls, NJ 07424 973-256-0303 ext 218
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By Jim Albano, Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate
(Prudential Damiano Realty )
Jim Albano | Prudential Damiano Realty | 973-256-0303 Andrea Drive, Fairfield, NJ Spectacular Unit 3BR/2.5BA Townhouse offered at $618,000   Year Built 1989 Sq Footage 2,075   Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 full, 1 partial   Floors 4 Parking 2 Car garage   Lot Size Unspecified   HOA/Maint $335 per month     DESCRIPTION Bright and Meticulously maintained unit featuring cathedral ceilings and the Master Bedroom Suite on the main floor. There is a loft style den and office and generous sized rooms throughout. Large wraparound deck on this end unit for outdoor entertaining.Visit: http://www.yourhomenorthjersey.com for more information on this special property.   see additional photos below      PROPERTY FEATURES Central A/CCentral heatFireplaceHigh/Vaulted ceilingWalk-in closetHardwood floorTile f...
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