Westfield, NJ Real Estate News

By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
You've been wanting to make a change. Your Westfield home's value increased since you bought it. Maybe your kids flew the coop and you don't need as much space. Perhaps the opposite is true. Your family has outgrown your current housing situation. But before you can move on, you must sell your current property. For this week's Westfield seller tip, learn how to price your home to sell. What's My Westfield Home Worth?First, you should find out what your Westfield home's worth. Several real estate search sites like Zillow and Trulia provide an estimated home value along with the address and asking price. However, these can be way off the mark in terms of the real market value. Instead, visit my Find Your Home's Value page here. Enter your home's address. Then, add your email address and s...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
We're nearing the end of the year. That means it's holiday season. Typically, real estate transactions slow down at this time. If you have your home on the market, don't be discouraged. Learn how to sell your Westfield home during the holidays with these helpful tips. How to Sell Your Westfield Home During the HolidaysHoliday DecorFirst off, yes, you can decorate. Just keep things tasteful. A holiday-themed wreath on the front door and some small fall or winter-themed decorations here and there inside are fine. At Christmas, go ahead and decorate your tree. Add a nice string of lights to frame your Westfield home. Simple decorations during the holidays help make a home feel inviting. Garish, over-the-top decor can make a potential buyer walk away. You may even want to consider hosting a...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
According to Safeguard the World, one US home is broken into every 13 seconds. A home without a security system is three times as likely to be broken into than one with a system in place. But, does a security system add value to your Westfield home? Yes. And in more ways than one. Why Should I Install a Westfield Home Security System?With approximately two million reported home burglaries each year, thieves pose the biggest threat to our homes. Sometimes, the cost of replacing broken windows and doors adds up to more than what may actually be stolen. A home security system deters would-be thieves from breaking into your Westfield home in the first place.Expensive monitoring systems are a thing of the past. In today's marketplace, an investment of a few hundred dollars grants you a state...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Looking for a project? Remake the 1929 Colonial located at 450 Beechwood Pl in Westfield, NJ into exactly what you and your family wants. Demolition has already begun to take place inside this grand single-family home. So, you can add your own personal touches. 450 Beechwood PlaceThis home features a brick fireplace in the living room, four bedrooms, three full baths, one partial bath and an unfinished basement. The sale of this property includes architect plans for an expansive master suite on the third floor. Since this is a partially demolished site, buyers and their representatives enter at their own risk. Must present an all cash offer or secure a reno loan to buy. Sold as-is. Great bones. Primo location.You can view interior photos and suggested floor plans by visiting www.450Beec...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
It seems that the crisp Fall air provided a boost to the Westfield luxury real estate market. According to the September 2017 Westfield Area Market Report, active listings experienced a bit of a jump from their summer counterparts. Newly constructed properties dominated the scene. Meanwhile, sales dropped slightly. However, more homes came under contract. So, we may see a bump in sales by the end of October.September 2017 Westfield Area Market ReportActive Westfield Luxury Homes for Sale in September 2017The Garden State MLS reported a total of 23 active Westfield luxury homes on the market in September 2017. Of these, 15 were either new construction, currently under construction or waiting to be built. Twenty of them came on the market in just the last 30 days. These included colonials...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
On September 7th, 2017, Equifax announced that they detected a security breach in their system at the end of July. Criminals hacked into their files and stole credit card, driver's license and social security information. This breach may have affected as many as 143 million consumers in the United States. Were you a victim of the Equifax hack? If so, what do you do now? Equifax Hack: Was My Information Compromised?After their announcement earlier this month, Equifax set up a website specifically for potential victims of the hacking: EquifaxSecurity2017.com. To find out if your information may have been compromised, click on the "Am I Impacted" link at the top of the page. After you enter the appropriate info, you'll see a quick blurb stating whether or not your information may be at ris...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Exactly two weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey touched down in eastern Texas. When Sandy hit our New Jersey shores, Texans jumped right in to offer assistance. A couple of local residents want to return the favor. They've set up Westfield Hurricane Harvey donation drop-off sites for today and tomorrow. They'd appreciate all the help they can get. Westfield Hurricane Harvey Donation Drop-Off Sites Benjamin Montez currently resides in Westfield but comes from Houston. He also happened to be in Houston on business when Hurricane Harvey hit. Midtown Authentic owner Rory Chadwick, a Hoboken resident, was personally impacted by Sandy five years ago. At that time, a South Carolina businessman donated generators to people in Hoboken. As his way of paying it forward, Rory wishes to return the favor by ...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Every two years, New Jersey Monthly compiles a list of the "Best Places to Live in New Jersey". In Westfield news, our city made the top 100 on that list. In fact, Westfield ranked #34 on the magazine's 2017 list, a big jump from #62 two years ago. What Determines Ranking on Best Places to Live List?First, New Jersey Monthly eliminated any city with less than 1500 people due to lack of any significant data. With the remaining 513 New Jersey towns, they looked at the following factors: home values (median sale price and its change from 2014, average days on the market) property taxes (change in average tax bill, effective tax rate) crime rate (total as well as violent crime by itself) school performance (student proficiency on standardized tests for grades 4 and 8, high school ranking fo...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Two businesses in the Downtown Westfield area want to do their part to give back to the community.  Athleta and The Town Book Store are hosting a Downtown Westfield School Supply Collection 2017 event.  To participate, all you have to do is drop off school supplies at their facilities during normal business hours.  Sounds simple enough, doesn't it?What: Downtown Westfield School Supply Collection 2017 Where: Athleta (234 E Broad St) & The Town Book Store (270 E Broad St) When: Now through September 14th, 2017 Contact: Athleta (908) 518-7620, The Town Book Store (908) 233-3535Downtown Westfield School Supply Collection 2017The children served by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Union County need your help.  Our Westfield students head back to school on September 6th.  While our children may b...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Saavy Buyers know exactly what they want in today's Westfield real estate market.  They also know what they don't want.  Bugs, pet dander, a high maintenance property and poor quality upgrades mark only a few reasons Buyers turn their backs on a hom.  This week's Westfield home selling tip is how to avoid possible "deal breakers" so you can achieve a successful closure.Westfield Home Selling Tip: Avoid the Deal BreakersPest InfestationBugs.  Mice.  Termites.  Cockroaches.  No one likes to see them.  Yet, somehow, they find their way inside even the best Westfield luxury homes.  Avoid an infestation by hiring a service to clear your home of any pests before you place it on the market.  Talk to your Westfield REALTOR@.  They may be able to recommend someone to you.PetsLet's face it, pets ...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Our Westfield luxury real estate market dipped in July compared to the previous month.  While March and April's active luxury home listings were up, May's came in at just 10.  On the other hand, the total homes that went under contract increased significantly from the previous month.  Read my Westfield Area Market Report for July 2017 below to learn more about what happened in our local luxury real estate market. Westfield Area Market Report - July 2017Active Westfield Luxury Homes for Sale in July 2017The Garden State MLS reported a total of 10 luxury Westfield homes for sale in July 2017, half of the amount shown in June.  These included the recently renovated colonial located at 560 West 1st Street.  (Contact me for a personal tour of this beautiful property.)  Six of these Westfield...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Our police put their lives on the line every single day for our protection.  Firefighters run towards danger while others run away from it.  EMTs tend to be the first medical personnel at the scene of an emergency.  You can meet all of them at the Westfield National Night Out 2017 celebration on August 1st.What: Westfield National Night Out 2017 Celebration Where: Westfield Train Station's North Side Parking Lot When: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 6pm to 9pm Admission: FREE Contact: Westfield Police Department, non-emergency line (908) 789-4000 or via emailWestfield National Night Out 2017 CelebrationLast year's inaugural event turned out to be a hit.  Westfield National Night Out 2017 looks to be even bigger.  Next Tuesday, August 1st, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman invites the public...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
For most people, their home is the biggest financial investment they make.  When it comes time to sell, you want to be smart about it.  Knowing what steps you should take to get the biggest return is important.  However, equally crucial is knowing what not to do when selling your Westfield home.  So, keep the following tips in mind.What Not to Do When Selling Your Westfield HomeNot Listening to your REALTOR@One of the biggest problems you'll find when selling your Westfield home is when you don't take your agent's advice.  You believed they were skilled and knowledgeable enough to hire them.  Why would you ignore what they have to say?  If they believe you priced your home too high, you might want to bring it down.  Did they tell you to make a few small repairs?  Do it?  Remember, you h...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
According to CoreLogic, an information an analytics company, approximately 37% of all US homes sales in January 2017 were paid in cash.  Cash buyers avoid private mortgage insurance, interest and some closing costs.  Cash purchases tend to go much quicker.  Sellers typically find an "all cash" offer more attractive because they don't have to worry about financing falling through.  However, mortgages sometimes make more financial sense.  If you end up financing a home's purchase, you need to know what to avoid when buying a Westfield home.What to Avoid When Buying a Westfield Home Waiting to Secure Financing - When buying a Westfield home, the very first step you need to make is securing your financing.  This takes the most time.  Being pre-qualified isn't the same as being approved, eit...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
For the last 15 years, the Downtown Westfield Corporation has hosted a 5k run and pizza extravaganza in the summer.  The 2017 Downtown Westfield Pizza Run takes place on Wednesday, July 26th.  And it looks to be even bigger and better than ever before.  Are you game?What: 2017 Downtown Westfield Pizza Run Where: Downtown Westfield (download course map here) When: July 26th, 7pm Cost: $33 per person, $30 for official USATF members Deadline to Enter: Midnight on July 24th Contact: On Your Mark Productions (908) 902-8587 or via email2017 Downtown Westfield Pizza RunWhether you're an individual or a group, the 2017 Downtown Westfield Pizza Run welcomes everyone.  All participants will be categorized into five year increments beginning with 10 years and younger.  For example, we start with t...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
It's always a busy time for the Westfield real estate market in the summertime.  Sunny skies bring the Buyers out.  According to the June 2017 Westfield NJ Market Report, active listings increased substantially from the previous month.  Meanwhile, sales remained even.June 2017 Westfield NJ Market ReportActive Westfield Luxury Homes for Sale in June 2017The Garden State MLS reported a total of 20 active Westfield luxury homes on the market in June 2017.  That's double the amount of active listings we saw in May 2017.  Included among the active Westfield listings is the beautifully updated colonial at 560 West 1st Street.  Originally built in 1922, this property underwent a huge renovation in 2015.  This home entered the Westfield market just 23 days ago.  Another currently active listing...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
You've found the perfect Westfield luxury home.  But there's a "sale pending" sign out front.  Just because a sale is pending doesn't necessarily mean that it is sold.  Things happen.  Sales fall through for all sorts of reasons.  My Westfield Buyer tip to you is to make a backup offer.  Worst case?  The original deal goes through and you're no worse off than you were before.  Best case?  You're the next in line if the original sale falls through.  But how do you go about creating a backup offer?Westfield Buyer Tip: Creating a Backup OfferGet Your Money in OrderMy first Westfield Buyer tip for creating a backup offer is to make sure your financing is in place.  If paying cash, the money must be available right away.  However, if you decide to finance the purchase of your Westfield home,...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
There's nothing quite like cool jazz on a warm summer night.  This July and August, you'll get to enjoy both at the 2017 Downtown Westfield Jazz Festival.  Every Tuesday evening beginning on the 4th of July, jazz music fills the Westfield air.  And it won't cost you a dime to enjoy it either.What: 2017 Downtown Westfield Jazz Festival Where: Downtown Westfield When: Every Tues in July & August, 7pm to 9pm Contact: Downtown Westfield Corporation (908) 789-9444 or via email2017 Downtown Westfield Jazz FestivalIf you find yourself shopping or dining out on a Tuesday evening this summer, take some time to appreciate the 2017 Downtown Westfield Jazz Festival.  Each of the five locations set up around the Downtown Westfield area feature a different performer each week.  If you find yourself s...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
After the previous month's boom in home sales, the May 2017 Westfield NJ Market Report showed a return to normal for this time of year.  Active luxury homes dropped while pending sales stayed almost the same.  For a breakdown of what happened in the luxury Westfield NJ market last month, please read on.May 2017 Westfield NJ Market ReportActive Westfield Luxury Homes for Sale in May 2017The Garden State MLS reported a total of 10 currently active Westfield NJ luxury homes for sale in May 2017.  That's less than half of the total active listings for the previous month.  Of those, five were ready to be built, are currently under construction or were recently completed.  Five of them came onto the market within the last 30 days.  These included a custom colonial that went on the market thre...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Presidential elections receive the highest turnouts.  However, elections take place far more often then once every four years.  The Westfield NJ 2017 Primary Election comes up next Tuesday.  Will you be casting your vote then?Westfield NJ 2017 Primary Election InformationThe official date for voting in the Westfield NJ Primary Election is Tuesday, June 6th.  Polls open at 6am and close at 8pm.  Your polling location is determined by your home address.  Please visit the Town of Westfield's website here to find where your polling place is located.  In order to vote in June 6th's election, you must have registered by May 16th.Mail-In Ballots for Westfield NJ 2017 Primary ElectionOftentimes, polling locations can be busy.  We tend to lead hectic lives.  Standing in line to vote can be incon...
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