Piscataway, NJ Real Estate News

By Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven
(Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ)
Even if you don't have the money for extensive remodeling, you can still live greener in your Piscataway home with just a few simple changes. Every little improvement we make in the way we live is a step in the right direction toward making our world healthier.Low-Cost Ways to Green Up Your Piscataway Home: Catch the rain: Conserving water by putting in new low-flow fixtures is one way of helping to conserve the planet's resources, but it isn't the only way. You can build a rain water reservoir using old barrels or other large containers to catch rain and use it for watering your garden or washing your car. Light up your life: Change the incandescent bulbs in your light fixtures to the new florescent bulbs designed for use in a regular light socket. They last longer, burn brighter and u...
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By Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven
(Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ)
If you're like many people today, you not only want to live comfortably you want to live responsibly. That means having a Piscataway home in Middlesex County that is as eco-friendly as possible.     If you don't buy a home that's already eco-friendly, you'll have to do your own improvements.  Why not look for Piscataway homes that had eco-friendly features originally built in or recently installed. Here are a few things you can look for to see if your prospective new home is "green" no matter what color it's painted. Double-paned windows are one very important eco-friendly feature. They keep the cold out in the winter and hold heat in, and vice versa in the summer months. Eco-friendly appliances already in the kitchen and utility rooms mean you won't have to go running out to buy brand ...
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By Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven
(Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ)
The Piscataway real estate market is a homebuyer's dream right now!  Whether you're looking to buy a new home or to buy investment property, it's the perfect time.  Home prices are down, which means that well-informed buying could benefit you in the long run.  There are several tips I can offer you on how to get the best price when you buying a home: · Shop around in the neighborhood where you're looking to buy.  The only way to know if you're getting a good deal is to look at home prices in the same neighborhood.  Ask your real estate agent for listings that are similar to the Piscataway home that you're looking at.  Evaluate the two homes and their prices to ensure that you're getting a good price.  Your real estate agent can help you with this evaluation.   · Play the negotiator when...
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By Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven
(Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ)
Is this a good time for first time home buyers to consider a Piscataway home in New Jersey? It's a familiar question with the economy in the state it is in. Here are a few reasons why a home is still a great investment for first time home buyers. Pride of OwnershipThis will never go away no matter what the economy is like. Owning your own home is the American dream for a reason.  It just feels good to take care of a Piscataway home that's yours and yours alone. Tax Incentives Owning your own home is one of the best tax deductions. The new stimulus plan makes that tax incentive better than ever before. Not only can you deduct your interest payments on your tax forms this year and for every year during the life of your mortgage, the stimulus plan allows a huge homebuyer tax credit of $8,0...
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By Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven
(Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ)
Whether you are new to home buying or an experienced home buyer, you should take a minute to read this information before you set out to look for your new Piscataway home in New Jersey.Look Before You LeapAnyone who has bought a home in the past knows how good one can look when you walk through it. Even after you close on the sale and move in, all looks good, for a while. Then you begin to notice the little things. Things you should have known to look for when viewing. Be sure to have your home thoroughly inspected by a professional home inspector.Avoid Problems at ClosingTitle company issues can put a damper on your closing and possibly cause you to be without a home.  How? Once your current home is sold and the new owners want to move in, you'll be looking for a place to live until yo...
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By Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven
(Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ)
Which loan you'll use to buy Piscataway real estate in New Jersey may be one of the most important financial decisions you'll make.  It's easy to get overwhelmed and intimidated by the lenders and the mortgage brokers.  You need to know your rights when choosing a loan and a lender so you can be comfortable with the decision you make.  · You can shop around for the best rate and loan package.  If you aren't happy with the deal the mortgage broker has put together for you, you are under no obligation to accept the loan.  · You have the right to know all the fees included in the loan.  The lender has to give you a Good Faith Estimate of all the loan charges and fees, including the final amount you will pay in interest if you make all the payments as scheduled.  · You have the right to kno...
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By Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven
(Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ)
Are you considering buying a fixer-upper in order to get a great deal on Piscataway real estate?  If you are able to make a few home improvements yourself, you may be able to save thousands on the purchase price of investment property. Several things are important to think about before you buy that fixer-upper.  The first is the condition of the house.  Some repairs are so expensive and difficult to make that you might not be able to recoup your initial investment.  Basic repairs that you can reasonably expect to complete are: · Removing old wallpaper, patching the walls and painting the interior and exterior. · Replacing worn-out flooring and carpet. · Repairing any broken windows or light fixtures, including ceiling fans. If you venture too much farther into home improvement territory...
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By Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven
(Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ)
If you're putting up your Piscataway home for sale, you're probably thinking about what you need to do to get it sold.  Here is a short list of do's and don'ts to help you along your way:Do's · DO take pictures of every room of your house.  Look each picture over with a fresh eye; see what needs to be done to the rooms.  · DO clean, clean, clean.  What may look like "family clutter" to you may also turn the buyer off.  · DO replace hinges that are broken or worn, tighten doorknobs, etc.  Buyers going through the house will open doors and cabinets.  Having a doorknob come off in your hand is a definite deterrent to buying.  · DO fix cracks and watermarks.  You don't want to give potential buyers the idea that you still have plumbing problems.  · DO take the time to stage your Piscataway ...
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By Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven
(Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ)
Chances are, if you're going to buy Piscataway real estate, you're going to need a loan.  Traditional lenders prefer a down payment of twenty percent.  When you're looking at a $320,000 house, which was the Middlesex county median sales price for January that can be a lot of money to come up with at once.  The good news is that there are some options for you, if you can't afford such a large down payment. The 80/20 OptionSome lenders will offer an 80/20 mortgage option.  It means that you take out two loans, one for eighty percent of the Piscataway real estate price, and a higher interest loan for the other twenty percent.  Taking out this kind of mortgage means that you won't have to come up with a down payment. The 100 Percent OptionThere are lenders that offer 100 percent mortgages. ...
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By Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven
(Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ)
There are several indications that the new stimulus bill passed by Congress will have a positive influence on the struggling housing market. If you are considering buying a Piscataway home for the first time the stimulus plan may help make that happen.How the Stimulus Bill Stimulates the Bottom LineThe biggest effect the stimulus plan will have on new home buyers is a tax incentive. We all want to get more money back on our tax returns and the stimulus bill has an $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers purchasing a home.How You QualifyIn order to qualify for the stimulus tax incentive you must: · Not have owned a home in the past three years. · Use the new home as your primary residence. · Have an income of less than $75,000 per person or $150,000 per couple. No action is necessar...
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By Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven
(Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ)
We've all heard about going green in our Piscataway homes, and perhaps you're ready to start now.  Going green means to adopt a lifestyle that doesn't harm the environment.  You should try to reduce the non-renewable energy sources that you consume; this includes the building materials you use.  Going green doesn't mean that you'll have a tough time finding supplies; most home improvement stores in New Jersey have departments devoted to green construction materials.A good place to begin your green building projects is with the flooring in your Piscataway homes.  Green flooring is usually made from recycled or renewable products.  Here are a few suggestions for green floors: · Recycled carpeting.  Traditional carpeting is made from nylon and emits volatile organic compounds (VOC), which ...
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By Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven
(Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ)
A good way to save money in your Piscataway (NJ) homes is to improve your home's energy efficiency.  You can save four to nine percent a year on water heating costs by installing a water heater jacket.  They're quick and easy to install, here's how: Prepare to ShopBefore you go shopping, make sure you know if your water heater is gas or electric.  The access panels and materials can be different between the two.  The installation of a water heater jacket on a gas heater is more difficult.  You may want to have a professional do the installation on a gas water heater. Write down your water heater model number.  Most water heater jackets list the compatible water heater models on the packaging.  Choose a jacket with a value of  R-8.    InstallationBefore beginning, shut the water heater o...
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By Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven
(Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ)
You've decided to put your Piscataway - New Jersey home up for sale.  Now, how are you going to make the most money selling it and get it sold the fastest?  Perhaps you should consider providing owner financing, also known as seller financing.  Why Isn't The Buyer Getting Bank Financing?Usually a buyer gets bank financing when buying a home.  If the buyer approaches you with a deal that involve you doing the financing, you'll want to ask why.  It could be that they can't afford a big down payment, and can't be approved for a loan without it.  Or, they may not be able to get financing at all, due to no credit or bad credit. In that case, you'll want to evaluate if you can afford the risk.  Can you make the monthly mortgage payment in the event they default? If you determine that the deal...
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By joseph leone
(REA AGENCY REALTY)
 MORE AND MORE FAMILYS ARE FACING FORECLOSURE BUT THERE ARE STEPS TO HELP THEM WE CAN SHOW THEM HOW TO SAVE THERE CREDIT , BUY HELPEN THEM SELL THERE HOMES AT A SHORT SALE EVEN IF THEY OWE MORE THEN ITS WORTH 
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By Eugene Jones
(Weichert Realtors)
Piscataway, NJ market analysis for March 2008Compared to February 2008    March:                                                                   February:Active Listings = 189                                                189                                            Average LP = $ 387,751                                $ 387,770New Listings    = 46                                                  38            Average LP = $ 366,196                                 $ 407,260 Under Contract= 11                                                   16            Average LP = $ 294,261                                 $ 311,419Sold Listings    = 10                                                    12            Average SP = $ 291,550                                 $ 348,417            Ave...
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By Wayne Sellers
(Global Realty Marketing)
Piscataway is a township in Middlesex County, in the New York metro area. The community name derives from Indian term variously translated as "branch of a river" and "getting dark"The latitude of Piscataway is 40.499N. The longitude is -74.399W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 92 feet.The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 50,482.Income snapshot Median household income   Local       $68,721 National       $41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau 
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