Title A blog feed. en-US Wed, 25 Oct 2017 16:10:55 -0400 Queens to West Orange - We're 2 minutes from the New York bus! http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/10/25/queens-to-west-orange-we-39-re-2-minutes-from-the-new-york-bus-34/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/IMG_6356.JPG" style="border-width: 4px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 400px;">We moved to this house about 10 months ago from Queens. I grew up in New Jersey but my husband was born and raised in Queens so this move was a big leap of faith for him. We had been renting, started looking to buy, and quickly discovered that the $450,000 we were considering spending on a 1-bedroom in Queens could get us a <em>house</em> in New Jersey.</p> <p>We started looking in Maplewood and South Orange because they were on a train line, but Lina showed us some homes in West Orange in the same price range that were bigger and had more updates. Our house is 2 minutes from the New York bus &ndash; it&rsquo;s super easy and in some ways more reliable than the train!</p> <p>I love being in West Orange. Getting around is simple. The schools are great. There are plenty of <a href="http://www.westorange.org/index.aspx?NID=87">parks</a> and <a href="https://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=kids+activities&amp;find_loc=West+Orange%2C+NJ+07052"> activities</a> &ndash; including <a href="http://turtlebackzoo.com">the zoo</a>! &ndash; and we are constantly taking our two young children with us on hikes in <a href="https://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/south-mountain-reservation"> South Mountain</a> or <a href="http://www.eaglerockreservation.org">Eagle Rock Reservations</a>, or out to visit <a href="http://www.njfamily.com/Pick-Your-Own-Apples-in-NJ/">farms in New Jersey</a>.</p> <p>I love the proximity to Livingston and Montclair &ndash; two places we often go out to dinner or to shop. I love our neighborhood, which happens to be full of people like us &ndash; young families who moved from the city for more space. But mostly, I love walking into a house with a new kitchen and a finished basement. I&rsquo;m excited to come home every day.</p> <p>My friends come to visit from the city and they are shocked at the amount of space we have. I tell them, &ldquo;You can have this too!&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;- Mary Kate, <em>West Orange</em></p> Living In West Orange Commuting To NYC West Orange Wed, 25 Oct 2017 16:10:55 -0400 New To The Market: 71 Beach Street, Bloomfield http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/10/24/new-to-the-market-71-beach-street-bloomfield/ <p>Have you heard of the "Historic District," in Bloomfield?!&nbsp; It&#39;s tucked away yet close to everything.&nbsp; Classic colonials and Victorians, wide lots with mature trees&nbsp;and gardens abound on streets with names like Beach, Elm, Oak and Spruce.&nbsp; This part of town feels more like Glen Ridge or Montclair than the rest of Bloomfield.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="featured featured featured featured featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/71%20Beach%20St%20Front%20Photo%20Brochure.jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; width: 643px; height: 428px;"></p> <p><a href="https://mls.gsmls.com/mlsreports/mainListingReport.do?method=getSelectedMLSListingReport&amp;currentSysId=4752510&amp;selectedReport=clientfull&amp;customreport=&amp;row=1&amp;pType=XPY&amp;calledfrom=activeinventory&amp;cmaId=&amp;checkboxname=&amp;hotsheetindex=&amp;membersessionId=RHozU3hBNFVUMDRtUU51eXgxb1Z6NjZu_1&amp;innerSelectedReport=&amp;selsidebarcollapse=null&amp;boldOption=F&amp;fontSize=10&amp;fontColor=F&amp;fntSize=12"> 71 Beach St</a>&nbsp;is my newest listing in this friendly neighborhood.&nbsp; As soon as you pull up to the front of this charming property, &nbsp;you feel like you&#39;re miles away from the downtown hustle and bustle, (but really you&#39;re just steps from shops, restaurants and NYC transportation).&nbsp; Oversized bay windows and a well maintained garden in the front welcome you in to an easy flowing center hall colonial.&nbsp; The living room boasts built-in bookcases, a colonial style mantle surrounding a wood burning fireplace.&nbsp; Off of the living room is a French door leading to a private screened in porch with a paver stone patio and a lovely private yard with more lush greenery.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/71%20Beach%20St%20Living%20Room.jpeg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; width: 643px; height: 429px;"></p> <p>Walk out of this home and you&#39;re a few steps away from the <a href="http://www.bplnj.org/">Bloomfield Public Library</a>, <a href="http://bhs.bloomfield.schooldesk.net/">High School</a> and <a href="http://www.bloomfield.edu/">College</a>.&nbsp; Bloomfield and Glen Ridge train stations are also a quick stroll away and with a 29 minute train ride, you&#39;ll be in midtown Manhattan before you even have a chance to doze off.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/71%20Beach%20St%20Porch.jpeg" style="text-align: center; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; width: 642px; height: 428px;"></p> <p>Charm and convenience in one turn of a key.&nbsp; This one is going to go fast!&nbsp;</p> <p>Come to the Open House Sunday, October 29th, or we can set up a private viewing by appointment.&nbsp; Call me - I&#39;d love to take you around!</p> Living In Bloomfield Searching/Buying Home Commuting To NYC Bloomfield OPEN HOUSE Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:10:20 -0400 Montclair - No Shortage of Porches http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/10/11/montclair-no-shortage-of-porches/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/FullSizeRender.jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 365px;">&ldquo;Look at that porch!&rdquo; says practically every client on our first tour of the town. &ldquo;Oh, look at that one!&rdquo;</p> <p>Montclair and Glenridge are full of porches, and it stands to reason that my clients moving from the city would be drawn to them. A porch is the suburban version of a front stoop &ndash; it&rsquo;s a way to be at home and be out in the world at the same time.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not just city dwellers who are drawn to porches. <a href="http://eyeonhousing.org/2017/10/share-of-new-homes-with-porches-back-over-65-percent/"> The National Association of Home Builders said earlier this month</a> that of the 780,000 single family home constructions started last year, over 65% of them included porches &ndash; 10% more than a decade ago.</p> <p>To me, there&rsquo;s nothing better than a porch with a roof. I can&rsquo;t think of many things as relaxing as an early autumn Sunday morning &ndash; watching the leaves dance around the yard or even listening to the rain &ndash; while sipping coffee in a big-cushioned chair on a cool, dry porch. I&rsquo;ve seen many homeowners add a front porch and it completely transforms the feeling of the house. It just seems more welcoming.</p> <p>A gracious front porch can be set up like a second living room, with rugs, table lamps, and ceiling fans. I have a friend who keeps a tea cart on her porch; it&rsquo;s always stocked with glasses and an ice bucket for an impromptu evening gathering. Someone shows up with a bottle of wine and suddenly it&rsquo;s a get-together. She says it&rsquo;s been a great way to get to know her neighbors.</p> <p>As you can tell, I&rsquo;m pro-porch, even though I don&rsquo;t have one of my own. But in this walkable suburb, I feel as though I benefit from the porches of others &ndash; for an evening chat or just a walk-by wave. It one of the many things that make a bustling town like Montclair truly feel like a tight community.</p> Living In Montclair Living In Glen Ridge Walkability And Community Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:10:53 -0400 NEW To The Market: 127 Stratford Drive, Nutley http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/10/04/new-to-the-market-127-stratford-drive-nutley/ <p>I&#39;m proud to present to the market this perennially popular "Buckingham" style townhouse in the desirable Cambridge Heights community in Nutley.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=https://mls.gsmls.com/mlsreports/mainListingReport.do;jsessionid%3DdFTK4Z3zGxeNBYUUxh2SFAWS?method%3DgetMainMLSListingReport&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1507295784977000&amp;usg=AFQjCNF3zRVrtj_y-BTnRnTAaOMeV5CNCQ" href="https://mls.gsmls.com/mlsreports/mainListingReport.do;jsessionid=dFTK4Z3zGxeNBYUUxh2SFAWS?method=getMainMLSListingReport" target="_blank">127 Stratford</a>&nbsp;Drive has it all.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/final-22.jpg" style="text-align: center; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px 3px; width: 643px; height: 429px;"></p> <p>Walk right up to the front door (no steps) and into the main level of this stylishly updated move in ready home.&nbsp; The first floor has a welcoming living area and open Dining Room / Kitchen space with sliders going out to a cozy outdoor patio with gas line for bbq grill.&nbsp; Upstairs you&#39;ll find a master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, en suite bathroom and spacious walk in closet.&nbsp; In addition, two more bedrooms (or one that can be used for a den/office) one more full bathroom and laundry room complete the layout.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="featured featured featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/final-11.jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px 3px; width: 643px; height: 429px;"></p> <p>Community amenities include clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, playground, jogging path and fitness center.&nbsp; Steps to <a href="http://www.shopcliftoncommons.com/new-page/">Clifton Commons</a> shopping center and NYC transportation.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/final-5.jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px 3px; width: 643px; height: 429px;"></p> <p><strong>Come to one of the Open Houses Saturday October 7th &amp; Sunday October 8th or we can set up a private showing by appointment.</strong></p> Living In Nutley Commuting To NYC OPEN HOUSE Wed, 04 Oct 2017 18:10:22 -0400 Hillary Clinton Visits Montclair http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/09/27/hillary-clinton-visits-montclair/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/hillary.jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 276px;">Last night at Back to School Night, I sat in on my daughter&rsquo;s 8th period class and turned to a mom sitting nearby, &ldquo;This class seems so empty.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s because of Hillary,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>I was not one of the lucky 1,000 people to score a ticket for Hillary Rodham Clinton&rsquo;s book signing here at our own <a href="http://www.watchungbooksellers.com/">Watchung booksellers</a>. Apparently, they sold out in an hour.</p> <p>A friend went and was telling me about it this morning: people started showing up at 2:00 pm for Clinton&#39;s 6:00 pm arrival. Over the next few hours, the line wound around the corner to Watchung Field.&nbsp; &ldquo;You could feel the love,&rdquo; my friend said. &ldquo;Grown-ups. Children. There was such a sense of camaraderie.&rdquo;</p> <p>One of the things I love about Montclair is how that camaraderie shows up everywhere. <a href="http://www.zuramontclair.com/#welcome-zura">Exercise classes.</a> <a href="http://www.montclairlibrary.org/">Library events</a>. <a href="http://www.montclairsoccer.com/">Town soccer</a>. <a href="https://vanvleck.org/photo-gallery/">The Van Vleck Plant Sale.</a> We have big town amenities (<a href="https://www.montclairartmuseum.org/">art museum</a>, <a href="http://www.bowtiecinemas.com/locations/clairidge-cinema/">indie movie theater</a>, a <a href="http://njjackals.pointstreaksites.com/view/njjackals">minor league baseball stadium</a>) and a small town vibe.</p> <p>In my opinion, Watchung booksellers contributes a lot to the overarching feeling of community. They support all the local writers (of which there are many!) through readings and book events, <a href="http://www.watchungbooksellers.com/event">they host tons of book groups and children&rsquo;s programs</a>, they always have enough staff available to advise and recommend.</p> <p>And last night they brought us Hillary.</p> <p>In fairness, Back to School Night provides its own brand of camaraderie, especially at the <a href="http://www.montclair.k12.nj.us/schools/montclair-high-school">high school.</a> People you&rsquo;ve seen throughout the years watching your kids play sports, serving together on PTAs, sitting against the window of <a href="http://www.montclairmusic.com/">Montclair Music Studio</a> waiting for Abigail&rsquo;s violin lesson to end &ndash; all come together for a few hours. Clumps of old friends convening in front of the Nurse&rsquo;s Office or outside one of the stairwells during their children&rsquo;s lunch period. It honestly feels like a great big cocktail party (although without any cocktails).</p> <p>I&rsquo;m the mom who always looks forward to Back to School Night, especially for the feeling of community. But I will admit this: If I&rsquo;d gotten a Hillary ticket, I would have happily cut class.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Living In Montclair Local Events And Community Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:09:01 -0400 Montclair's Magnet School System http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/09/19/montclair-s-magnet-school-system/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/Bradford_Elementary_School%2C_Montclair_NJ_(2006).jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px; width: 325px; height: 244px; float: right;">One of the truly interesting aspects to Montclair is that there are no &ldquo;neighborhood schools.&rdquo; I mean, there are schools in various neighborhoods, but the student body of a school does not necessarily hail from the surrounding blocks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.montclair.k12.nj.us/district/magnet-system/">Montclair is a magnet school system</a> &ndash; one of the premiere magnet systems in the nation. When parents enroll their children, they have the opportunity to tour the schools rank their preference. In addition to their differences in size and population (for example, one school is designed only for K-2nd grade) each of the 7 elementary schools has a magnet theme around which the school day is structured. So even though all the schools teach the same district-wide curriculum, each feels distinctive, with its own &ldquo;personality&rdquo; or &ldquo;vibe.&rdquo;<br> Not surprisingly, clients always ask: which is the best one?</p> <p>I&rsquo;m sure I sound like a diplomatic mother who&rsquo;s just been asked which is her favorite child. But I honestly believe all our schools are great. The real question is: which one is best for you?</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:tahoma,geneva,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 20px;"><strong>Montclair&rsquo;s Magnet School System</strong></span></span><br><span style="font-family:tahoma,geneva,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 20px;"><strong>allows you to pick the home you want &mdash;</strong></span></span><br><span style="font-family:tahoma,geneva,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 20px;"><strong>wherever it may be.</strong></span></span></h2> <p><br> The elementary schools have varying start and end times. And depending where you live in relation to the school, your child might be eligible to ride the bus. <a href="http://www.montclair.k12.nj.us/district/magnet-system/school-times/"> Some families need early schools</a> so parents can get to work. Others need a late day for their kids. Some kids thrive with a schedule where they&rsquo;re on the move throughout the day, others if they&rsquo;re in a more structured environment. This has never been a one-size-fits-all town and we don&rsquo;t have a one-size-fits-all school system.</p> <p>One of the things I love most about this system is that in the few instances where a child really is not thriving at a school, they can be moved. The other thing I love about it is that, unlike most towns, you don&rsquo;t ever have to choose a house based on a school. In fact, I&rsquo;ve known plenty of families that have sent siblings to different schools!</p> <p>What this means for home-buyers is that you can find the house that suits your own family&rsquo;s needs &mdash; commuting needs&hellip;privacy needs&hellip;walkability needs-- independent of where your child might go to school.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;d like to understand more about Montclair&rsquo;s magnet system, give me a call. It&rsquo;s one of the many Montclair offerings that make this family-friendly town so beloved.</p> Living In Montclair Montclair Schools Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:09:42 -0400 NEW To The Market: 4 Old Salem Road, West Orange http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/08/29/new-to-the-market-4-old-salem-road-west-orange/ <p>Everything about <a href="https://emailrpt.gsmls.com/public/show_public_report_rpt.do?emailsite=Y&amp;report=clientfull&amp;Id=127040193_37125&amp;sellstngsysid=#4740844"> 4 Old Salem Road</a> is so inviting. From the pristine wood floors and elegant palette to the renovated kitchen with all new appliances. What I love about this home is how it feels built to welcome guests. Cozy fireplace. Light streaming through French doors. Wet bar in the finished basement &ndash; the type of family room that can truly grow with a family. This house has great &ldquo;flow&rdquo; -- everything feeling easy and just as it should be &ndash; and when you &ldquo;flow&rdquo; out to the backyard, it feels as if you&rsquo;ve entered a whole new living space. This is truly one of the loveliest back patios I&rsquo;ve ever seen, expansive and intimate all at once.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/Old%20Salem%20Road%201.jpg" style="text-align: center; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; width: 643px; height: 428px;"></p> <p>The neighborhood &ndash; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/stcloudwestorange/">St. Cloud</a> &ndash; has its own perks: the 45-minute bus to Manhattan stops two blocks away, and the free West Orange jitney brings you to the train station from the corner.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/Old%20Salem%20Road%202.jpg" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; width: 643px; height: 428px;"></p> <p>Best of all, this home sits on one of the most desirable blocks in the neighborhood, a short drive to New Jersey&rsquo;s most elegant <a href="http://www.shopshorthills.com/shopping">shopping mall</a> and a short walk to one of the most impressive features of Essex County &ndash; the newly reconstructed <a href="https://www.essexcountyparks.org/south-mountain">South Mountain Recreation Complex</a>, which includes skating at South Mountain Arena, mini golf, the Turtleback Zoo, a gorgeous waterfront promenade, boating, restaurants, and then miles of hiking in <a href="https://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/south-mountain-reservation"> South Mountain Reservation</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/Old%20Salem%20Rd%203.jpg" style="text-align: center; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; width: 643px; height: 428px;"></p> <p><br> Oh, did I mention the screened-in garden porch, central AC and attached garage? This house has it all going on.</p> <p><strong>Come to the Open House Sunday, September 3rd, or we can set up a private viewing by appointment. Call me! I&rsquo;d love to take you around!</strong></p> Living In West Orange Commuting To NYC OPEN HOUSE Tue, 29 Aug 2017 14:08:55 -0400 How To Tour A Home http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/08/21/how-to-tour-a-home/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/127577-284x423-leaking-kitchen-faucet.jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px 9px; float: left; width: 200px; height: 298px;">The other day during a house tour, a first-time buyer asked me, &ldquo;What should I be looking for?&rdquo;</p> <p>This is such a great question.</p> <p>As a buyer, you&rsquo;re no doubt looking for specific things in a home: a certain number of bedrooms; a kitchen big enough to host brunch for your extended family every other Sunday; a backyard big enough that you can put up a swing set. Ideally, your agent would address as much of your &ldquo;wish list&rdquo; as possible when she provides listings. Or she may give you alternatives: &ldquo;The yard may be small for a swing set, but the park is a block away.&rdquo;</p> <p>When the main items on your wish list have been satisfied, your next job is to <em>imagine</em>.</p> <p>What does it <em>feel</em> like to be in this space?</p> <p>Can you picture your furniture in the rooms?</p> <p>Can you imagine family dinners here?</p> <p>Can you imagine what it might be like to come back from a trip, open the door, and be <em>home</em>?</p> <p>For some, it&rsquo;s very important to have a feeling about the block or immediate neighborhood, for others, it&rsquo;s important to have a yard with big, mature trees.</p> <p>These are all things you cannot change, so if you don&rsquo;t have the right feeling about a house, it&rsquo;s probably best just to walk away. But if the vibe is right, you can (and should) consider proceeding to the next step.</p> <p>Having owned many homes myself, I consider things like a squeaky door, a cracked garage window, or a drippy faucet &ldquo;minor stuff&rdquo; &ndash; barely worth discussing. A thorough going-over by a qualified home inspector will let you know whether there are important repairs needed on the home. The truth is, most of us buy houses that are &ldquo;used,&rdquo; but unlike shopping for, say, a used car, you don&rsquo;t need spend your visit constantly on the lookout for little, easily-repaired things. I promise you: whatever house you buy will need a little something, if for no other reason than to make it what you want.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no need to focus on what might be <em>wrong</em> with a house during a home tour &mdash; save that for the inspection! It&rsquo;s much more important to tune into your gut and focus on what is <em>right</em>.</p> Enjoying Home Buying Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:08:10 -0400 Brooklyn to Verona: One Year Later http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/08/03/brooklyn-to-verona-one-year-later/ <p><em><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/Steve%20garden.jpg" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right; width: 400px; height: 225px;">After a year in Verona, a client reflects on his move:</em></p> <p>I just celebrated my one-year anniversary in this house. I thought it would be a bigger transition, moving here from Brooklyn, but it&rsquo;s gone a lot smoother than I expected.</p> <p>I wanted more space &ndash; inside and outside &ndash; than what we had in our Park Slope apartment. This house had been bought by a developer and completely renovated to sell. There was barely anything to do inside, basically just move in.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve been tackling the outside slowly over the course of the year. I had the house re-sided, built a small vegetable garden (including watermelon and muskmelon), and put in outdoor lights and plantings. Just last week they finished the stone patio in the back and I set up the bistro table and chairs that were moved from the Brooklyn patio. That set practically took up the whole &ldquo;backyard&rdquo; before; here it&rsquo;s a little too small.</p> <p>Verona is just right. We can walk to the main shopping street, the <a href="https://www.veronanj.org/pool">town pool</a> is great and the <a href="https://www.veronaschools.org/">school system</a> is amazing. My middle-school-aged daughters had a very easy first year here.</p> <p>I feel compelled to give a little shout out to <a href="http://www.afpizza.com/verona/index.htm">Anthony Franco Pizza</a> and <a href="http://veronainn.com/">The Verona Inn</a>, two of our go-to&rsquo;s. (Verona Inn short ribs are not always available, but they&rsquo;re amazing.)</p> <p>I spend a lot of time in the backyard, relaxing with a beer and the local wildlife &ndash; squirrels, bunnies and the occasional deer, something we didn&rsquo;t get much of in Brooklyn. My new neighbors just moved here from Montclair with their twin toddlers. It just seems alike a great town to raise a family.&nbsp;</p> <p>I&rsquo;d been looking for a commuting suburb, and initially Verona wasn&rsquo;t even on my radar. I have to thank Lina Panza for pointing me in this direction. One year later, it feels even more like the perfect move.</p> <p>--Steve from Verona</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Living In Verona Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:08:52 -0400 Is There Really A Shortage of Homes For Sale in Montclair? http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/07/19/is-there-really-a-shortage-of-homes-for-sale-in-montclair-1/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5640/blog/monopoly-replacement-pieces-houses-hotels-game-set-of-plastic-monopoly-green-house-and-red-hotel-replacements_17613443.jpeg" style="border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 248px;">You may have heard tales of frequent bidding wars&nbsp;in Montclair and Maplewood due to a shortage of inventory. However, the truth is, there&#39;s plenty of inventory to go around. In this case, &ldquo;shortage&rdquo; doesn&rsquo;t necessarily refer to &ldquo;number of homes&rdquo; as much as it does to &ldquo;what a buyer is looking for.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.walkablesuburb.com/blog/posts/2017/02/22/-free-cpmsi-atopm-fpr-down-sizers-/"> I&rsquo;ve written here</a> about the misconception that sellers often have about what is &ldquo;valuable;&rdquo; this discrepancy between perception and reality comes into play regularly when some of us try and sell our parents&rsquo; china sets or old books. Generally speaking, today&rsquo;s buyers don&rsquo;t want Old Stuff. And when it comes to houses there are certain things they&rsquo;re looking for: smaller spaces, new renovation, and <a href="https://www.walkscore.com/walkable-neighborhoods.shtml">walkability</a>.</p> <p>Unfortunately, not all the homes in these towns are small and &ldquo;steps away from everything.&rdquo; But this does not necessarily mean a seller won&rsquo;t be able to sell or buyer won&rsquo;t find a satisfactory home.</p> <p>Smart sellers need to understand their customer base and do what they can to increase the appeal of their home &ndash; even if their home has been fine for them the way it&rsquo;s been for 25 years.</p> <p>And smart buyers need to be open to hidden opportunities and value that might not be evident from a simple walk through &ndash; for example, understanding the &ldquo;value&rdquo; of a location beyond merely how many steps it is to the nearest coffee shop.</p> <p>A good real estate agent will help you find what you say you&rsquo;re looking for &ndash; whether that means getting the price you hope to get or being able to check all the boxes on your wish list. A great real estate agent will educate you and make you smarter about a town or a process that you may not be so familiar with. That&rsquo;s my job. I do it every day, often 7 days a week.</p> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re ready to buy or to sell, allow me to share my expertise with you.</p> Market Trends Montclair Buying Selling Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:07:59 -0400