Blog :: 02-2016

4 Things Every Home Buyer Should Know About Montclair

As a real estate agent, and a person who loves living in Montclair, much of what I talk about focuses on the experience of being here (and walking here!). But there's plenty to know about the landscape of Montclair when buying a home, and here I'm not talking about lawns and shrubbery.

  1. Montclair homes appreciated 8 percent in 2015. I tell my clients all the time: do not look at your home as an investment. This is because there are so many factors that affect the market. I advise my clients to buy in a place that they love. Still, it's always great to hear that your home has gone up in value.
  2. On average, Montclair homes sell for 4 percent over list price. This is good information to have when you're about to make an offer. When montclair-welcomeyou do find the home you love, an experienced agent can guide you both through buying trend data and personal knowledge of the market.
  3. Currently, the median price of a home in Montclair is $600,000. This comes as a surprise to many buyers who think Montclair is out of their price range. I can show you houses in wonderful neighborhoods, whatever your budget is.
  4. The average time to sell a house in Montclair is 41 days. Knowing this helps set up realistic expectations if you're selling, but it's also useful information for buyers as well. Houses here don't tend to linger. If you see something that speaks to you, act on it. Don't snooze and lose.

The most consistent piece of feedback I get from clients is how well I'm able to educate them about all aspects of home buying and selling. It's one of my favorite things about my job. So if you want to talk about what your home is worth, or how to strategize your next move - or even if you just want to walk around and take in the landscape - call me: 973.809.5277

My Accessories Are Your Accessories!

IMG_4866Rugs. End tables. Vases. Patio Furniture. The back of my garage looks like an aisle at Home Goods. Am I getting ready for a yard sale?

Au contraire. I'm getting ready to sell your home.

Today's buyers expect a house to be presented to the market in its very best light. No one wants to see "grandma" furniture and doilies when they're house hunting. In fact, buyers sometimes don't respond well to anything that doesn't feel "fresh" or "new."

When I'm with buyers, part of my job is to help them envision what can be done to a house to make it their own. I have a background in architecture and have done several personal renovations, so I am skilled in providing this information as part of my service.

But when I'm with sellers, I need to help them look at their home as a buyer would - which is to say, critically. I maintain a large inventory of staging items that can fill a whole room (if it's empty) or just fill in the gaps where needed.

Most sellers are not able to prepare their home for sale without help. And a good staging can generate more interest and a higher selling price in the market. I employ a professional stager and include one free day of staging with all my listings!

Call me and let's talk throw pillows. 973.809.5277