Jackson, NJ Real Estate News

By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
Open House in Jackson, NJ with photos and maps for Sunday August 21, 2011. Jackson Open House information including school reports, neighborhood data and Jackson housing market trends. Here is the list of Open Houses in Jackson on August 21 with easy to access maps and numerous photos. These homes are located in Bennetts Mills, Cassville, Francis Mills, Jackson Mills, North Jackson, Woodmere, and throughout Jackson Township. Plan your day by using Jackson Open House Maps: The link to the left provides an interactive map for open houses in Jackson with property and location information or click on each address below. Details: 253 W VETERANS HWY, JACKSON, NJ - $259,900Details: 23 BUCKINGHAM DR, JACKSON, NJ - $289,900Details: 9 HOLLY HILL CT, JACKSON, NJ - $359,000Details: 598 BASSO ST, JA...
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By For Sale By Owner Flat Fee MLS Listing For $395, Save 3-6% Commission
(RealmartRealty.com)
Home for Sale By Owner in Jackson, NJ 08527 - Flat Fee MLS Listing $395 26 ADELPHI DR Jackson, NJ 08527 - Realtors welcome, buyer agent commission paid at closing! 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms This wonderful 3 bedroom bi-level is ready to move in today. Remodeled kitchen with granite counters, new cabinets and under cabinet lighting along with an open floor plan on main level. 2 wood burning fireplaces, hardwood floors, and a large fenced in yard are just a few of the many wonderful amenities this house has to offer. This home has it all. Don't miss out! Call today. If you are interested in this Home for Sale By Owner in Jackson, NJ 08527- Flat Fee MLS Listing $395, please call 1-888-362-6543, enter the MLS# 21118517. You can make an appointment or ask any questions about the property. Rea...
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By Bill Ness, 55Places.com, Active Adult Community Guide
(55Places.com)
The prestigious Westlake Golf & Country Club in Jackson, New Jersey boasts a fabulous location surrounded by great shopping, dining, entertainment and more. Its close proximity to Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New York City allows for easy and exciting daytrips or weekend getaways. Popular destination outlet malls are just 15 minutes away and just 30 minutes away are the Monmouth and Freehold Racetracks. The beaches of the Jersey Shore are just a short drive away offering relaxing sun filled days within a short one hour trip. The homes of this private and gated New Jersey active adult community were built by U.S. Homes and Toll Brothers between 1999 and 2006. As a completed community with 1,450 single family style homes, residents enjoy beautiful mature landscaping and an established ...
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By Susanne Brown, I work hard to make real estate dreams come true!
(RE/MAX Realty 9)
Open House at 25 Angus Court, Jackson NJ April 3, 2011 12 pm - 3 pm Lovely Belmont model in Jackson's Active Adult Community Winding Ways.  Home is located at the end of a cul de sac. Large foyer leads to the Formal Dining room and bright and sunny Eat in Kitchen.  Kitchen has oak cabinets, lots of counter space and two large pantries. Spacious Living room with vaulted ceilings and French door to private patio area. Roomy Master bedroom suite with vaulted ceilings, huge walk in closet and private bath with two sinks, soaking tub and separate shower stall. Nice sized second bedroom with big closet, full hall bath for your guests and laundry room off direct entry garage. Listed at $187,000
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By Robert Rauf
(HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ))
As you are probably aware, Most FHA Condo Approvals Expired in December 2010. HUD came out and extended many approval dates into 2011. It is important if you are working with condo buyers to be aware of these dates. If your buyers apply for a mortgage and get an FHA case number prior to these dates they will be able to be approved for FHA Financing. After these dates the Projects will require a FULL FHA approval in order to close an FHA Mortgage. These full approvals are expensive and lenders will not be able to do them on an individual basis, the good news: The new approvals will be good for 2 years. It would be a great idea to approach the condo associations in your area to suggest they look into a full blown approval to make the properties more marketable. There are NO more Spot appr...
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By Dawn Marie White, Broker-Office Manager
(Crossroads Realty Inc )
Street Num Street Name Sold Date Sold Price DOM 33 DREXEL DR 2/24/2010 176100 44 591 REED RD 2/25/2010 225000 28 31 FOX DR 2/11/2010 245000 226 9 LAURELTON AVE 2/12/2010 250000 129 922 VETERANS HWY 2/5/2010 251000 482 52 VERMONT AVE 2/25/2010 270000 50 31 OREGON AVE 2/16/2010 275000 125 90 ANDOVER RD 2/17/2010 299000 54 457 HARMONY RD 2/3/2010 300000 126 6 WESTON CT 2/11/2010 340000 224 6 SALEM LN 2/11/2010 357000 144 73 JOHNSON LN 2/23/2010 357000 61 332 MACKENZIE DR 2/17/2010 375000 50 302 BUTTERFLY RD 2/12/2010 375000 513 363 TALL TREE CT 2/11/2010 390000 356 28 WENDY CT 2/26/2010 391000 371 9 KINDLING WAY 2/19/2010 415000 87 33 SUNNY WOODS LN 2/26/2010 417500 113 18 CEDARVIEW AVE 3/1/2010 505000 48 531 COBAIN RD 2/2/2010 534900 85 6 CALENDULA CT 2/17/2010 535000 214 6 BANES LN 2/3/...
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 This is one near and dear to my heart. For years I have been saying that our schools fail at teaching basic Money and Finances to our children. Here is an opportunity right at your local library to give your kids a head start on how to manage their money What: free financial workshops for teens When: 2 Tuesdays, Sept. 22 & Sept 29 @ 7 p.m. Where:  Jackson branch, 2 Jackson Dr. CONTACT:   Freda Lehman, (732) 92804400, ext 3833                         flehman@theoceancountylibrary.org   Financial literacy workshops for teens     JACKSON -  The Jackson branch (2 Jackson Drive) of the Ocean County Library will present "Dollars and Sense: Financial Literacy for Teens" on Tuesdays September 22nd and 29th at 7 p.m. The session will help students in grade 7 through 12 prepare for a lifetime of...
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By Matthew Genovese
(Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty)
The person behind the Coldwell Banker Twitter feed (@coldwellbnkr) passed along this great article about 22 Little Ways To Go Green from the folks at This Old House.   It is a really good read packed with tons of tips.  Some of them are a bit obvious (like replacing your shower head to a water-saving one or unplugging your power tool) and some are unique but smart (like putting food coloring in the tank of your toilet to see if it is seeping and you are wasting water!) and some are just good solid tips to avoid waste that you may not have thought about (like mixing all of your drips and drabs of white paint--come on you know you've got them, we all do--into one can and using that to paint your workshop or garage.)  Definitely worth checking out and saving to save a few bucks in waste!  
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By Matthew Genovese
(Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty)
In yet another innovative use of mobile technology, Coldwell Banker has launched an interactive billboard in New York's Times Square. By texting "homes" and the zip code where you are searching to 30241 the billboard will display available homes in that area on the giant billboard. Here is a demo: It is a great way to remind people about Coldwell Banker's mobile web optimized home search that I blogged about here.
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By Matthew Genovese
(Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty)
I read a headline on Inman News today titled: "It's time for MLS consolidation" and I smiled.  I couldn't agree with that sentiment more. And in thinking about writing this blog it made me think of the Wizard of Oz quote that I used in the title...the MLS system is a lot of smoke and mirrors hiding some real inefficiencies and head-in-the-sand mentalities  The real truth that most Multiple Listing Service groups (and even most REALTORS) don't want buyers and seller to know is that the clients have greater access to listing information than REALTORS do in some situations.  How could that happen, you ask? Because of bureaucracy, fiefdoms, an inability to see the big picture or at the very least an unwillingness to acknowledge the cold hard fact that time and technology has passed these RE...
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By Matthew Genovese
(Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty)
Before you list, it is always a good idea to finish off those home improvement projects you've been thinking of doing or, more likely, putting off for some time.  As I've written about here before there are a fair number of improvement projects that will definitely add enough value to make it worthwhile tackling before you consider selling.  Kitchen & Bathroom projects are definitely on that list.  In that vain,  here is another good Do-It-Yourself article from Inman News:Shower doors offer choices galoreInstallation can be a DIY job if you have the patienceBy Paul Bianchina, Inman News Tired of your ragged old shower curtain? Sick of hassling with that old shower door with the worn track and the missing rollers? If it's time to start thinking about a new door for your shower, you'll fi...
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By Robert Rauf
(HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ))
   Remember, Memorial day is not about a 3 day weekend and BBQ's, it is to honor our troops, past and present! In Jackson this weekend: Monday May 25: Parade and Services Where: Line up at Jackson Memorial High School Sponsor: VFW post 4703 When: 10am Light refreshments at the post, 54 Magnolia Drive Info: 732-267-9660    Happy Memorial Day Rob Robert Rauf Mortgage Banker www.RobertRaufHomeLoans.com   or my blog: http://activerain.com/blogs/rrauf (732)223-1630 x102 Since 1987 I have been helping my clients fulfill their dream of home ownership! Real Estate Mortgage Network        NJ Mortgages, New Jersey Mortgages, Mortgages in NJ, mortgage in New Jersey, Mortgages in New Jersey  
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By Matthew Genovese
(Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty)
Round Two of information provided to me by my contact at Coldwell Banker Mortgage to assist buyers in separating the FACT from the FICTION in credit scores and lending...  Fiction: The credit score on my consumer credit report should be the same as the one the mortgage company returns.
 Fact: When mortgage companies order a credit report the credit bureau will include a “mortgage adjustment” that is factored into your score. These adjustments are not controlled by the mortgage lender, but by the credit bureaus themselves. This adjustment takes a your past mortgage history into account and will reflect accordingly in the credit scores returned to the lender. For example, a customer with an extensive clean history of mortgage payments will have a different adjustment than a customer who ...
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By Matthew Genovese
(Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty)
This is a handy introduction into the landscape of buying foreclosure properties for investors.   Here is a little snippet from the article that sets up who this is aimed at:  “This is a market where somebody who does their homework can save significant money on a home purchase and create a nice investment opportunity on a longer-term basis,” said Rick Sharga of RealtyTrac.com. This comes from CNBC's 2009 Spring Real Estate Guide.  It is a pretty good collection of pieces on how-to's and do's and don'ts.  Suprisingly, even the guide to selling on your own is pretty even handed (which you aren't going to hear very often from a REALTOR :-) ) giving you reasons why you may want to do it yourself, but also reasons why you may need advice of an expert.   There are a few other notable items i...
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By Matthew Genovese
(Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty)
This information was provided to me by my contact at Coldwell Banker Mortgage Company.  I found it interesting because I had heard the same fallacy, so I figured I would pass this along in order to edify more people: Fiction: "Inquiries from multiple mortgage lenders while shopping for a loan will lower my credit score." Fact: Looking for a mortgage or an auto loan may cause multiple lenders to request your credit report, even though you’re only looking for one loan. To compensate for this, the score ignores all mortgage and auto inquiries made in the 30 days prior to scoring. If you find a loan within 30 days, the inquiries won't affect your score while you're rate shopping. In addition, the score looks on your credit report for auto or mortgage inquiries older than 30 days. If it find...
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By Matthew Genovese
(Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty)
Here is the latest report from Inmann News that has some helpful information:  Some are vague about what's covered, what's notBy Paul Bianchina, Inman News Warranties are something we see on a myriad of home improvement products, from roofing and siding to faucets and electrical outlets. They're intended to give the consumer some specific legal recourse should the product fail to perform properly, as well as some general psychological peace of mind.But how valuable are warranties? Do they cover what you think they do, and can you rely on them to really protect your financial investment in the event of a problem? The truth is: probably not as much as you'd hoped.READ, READ, READThe first thing you need to do with any warranty is to request and read a copy of it before you make your purc...
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By Matthew Genovese
(Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty)
Here is a link to a site launched by the National Association of Home Builders to try to answer most of the frequently asked questions about elegibility requirements and all of the ins and outs of the tax credit created for first-time home buyers in the new Federal Stimulus package.   Here is a quick summary of the main points of the credit from their site:  $8,000 Home Buyer Tax Credit at a Glance The tax credit is for first-time home buyers only. The tax credit does not have to be repaid. The tax credit is equal to 10 percent of the home’s purchase price up to a maximum of $8,000. The credit is available for homes purchased on or after January 1, 2009 and before December 1, 2009. Single taxpayers with incomes up to $75,000 and married couples with incomes up to $150,000 qualify for t...
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By Matthew Genovese
(Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty)
CNBC reporter Rick Santelli, from the floor of the CBOE yesterday spoke out against the stimulus.  It was very, very refreshing to see someone finally defend the free-maket economy and blast the latest trend toward collectivism.  He also had some straight-talk about the mortgage bailout and about personal responsibility.   One interesting point that I have read and he states here is artificially lowering the mortgage rate to 4.5% isn't going to keep many people from defaulting on their loans.  According to Santelli in this piece if you lowered the rate to 0%, 40% of the at-risk loans would STILL default because people simply took out loans far greater than they could ever afford.  That is, unfortunately, the stark reality.  Here is a link to the video its must-see TV! 
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By Matthew Genovese
(Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty)
I was reading a blog today by a professional photography studio that sells their services to the real estate industry.  As part of their sales process they have commissioned a study about the positive effects of professional photography in selling homes.  In reading this I found that it was good information for sellers and good reenforcement of what we already know...that homes listed on-line with pictures are always better received by buyers than those without...and those with more pictures better received than those with just one or two.   Our company has a policy of posting at least six pictures of every listing.  It makes the experience of viewing the home on-line so much more enticing when you feel like you are seeing the entire house...not just the front lawn.   Now, this site ha...
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By Matthew Genovese
(Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty)
Coldwell Banker is working on an initiative among all of their agents and brokers to reach out to families who are at risk of foreclosing on their homes and offer support or resources to assist them and help to "save the dream" of home ownership.   If anyone knows of a family in those circumstances please let them know about the following two resources:   1.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has launched a resource web site with a Guide To Avoiding Foreclosure with important information.  2.  Hope Now is an alliance formed by the U.S. Treasury Department, HUD and mortgage counselors and credit counselors to assist people in need and at risk of foreclosure.  Their web site also has a lot of resources and links to assistance that is available.  Who do you know that can...
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