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Lina Panza

Fatal Flaws Are Usually Not Really Fatal

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I recently wrote a post about how houses don’t need to be perfect in order to be sold – or bought! Yet, many buyers seem to turn away from a home that isn’t a turnkey sale. Why is that?

In my experience, it’s usually because people who are new to homeownership don’t yet have the knowledge base to understand what’s a big problem and what’s a little [...]

Is It Still A Good Time To Sell My House?

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As interest rates began to rise, I started getting a question I haven’t heard since the beginning of the pandemic: Is it STILL a good time to sell my house?

The short answer is: Yes!

There is an assumption that rising rates have pushed prices down. However, that has not yet happened. 

There was a house on the market as recently as last week [...]

May in Montclair 2022

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For all the years I’ve lived here in Montclair, the month of May has been an event. With winter in the rear-view mirror and everything flowering, May in Montclair always felt like a season unto itself -- 31-day celebration of the arts and culture of this special town. 

These last two years, May in Montclair took a hiatus, and I was excited to discover that this year, it has started to make its way back. [...]

Tired of Losing Offers? 5 Strategies to Help Buyers Win

Tired of losing offers in a seller’s market?  Here are 5 strategies to help buyers win.

In the last two years, buying a home has gone from finding the right house to finding a way to win a bid on a house. And the truth is, people who are the most savvy and flexible are often the ones whose offer ends up being accepted. In light of that, I’ve [...]

What My Clients Are Asking These Days

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It’s not news to anyone that the housing market continues to favor sellers. One of the questions I’ve been getting regularly from buyers is:

“Are houses selling for way over the list price everywhere in Northern New Jersey?”

In real estate parlance, this is what we call sale price to list price ratio and the short answer is: No. 

These days, [...]

To Stage or Not To Stage

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One of the main questions I get from sellers is do I have to stage my house in order to sell it? Or, as one client put it, “Will I have to paint my walls gray?” 

The short answer is, no. In this market, a house need not be staged in order to sell. It will sell. The question is, for how much?

Two Parts of Staging

Staging can be fairly easy with the right plan. There are usually two parts to getting a house ready for [...]

Montclair and Pets - Perfect Together

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I recently read something in a real estate publication that both surprised me and didn’t surprise me: people were asked whether they would change their living situation for the benefit of their pet and 43 percent answered “yes.”

As a pet lover, I believe that most people moving from an apartment into a house are creating an improved set of circumstances for their dogs or cats. I bought a new house in Montclair about 6 years ago, and in hindsight, I think my move was partly motivated by my cat situation. (I have four!) Letting an animal out into a fenced-in yard is an obvious benefit for everyone.

After my move from a busy corner to a quieter location, I put in a 7-foot deer fence in my backyard to safeguard my plantings. It’s worked beautifully and has offered the added bonus of creating a safe haven for my cats. They have their own cat door and can come and go as they please, perching on a rock amidst the catnip or finding the perfect vantage point to keep an eye on the neighborhood. 

If fencing is not possible, some folks build “catios” – specialty screened-in porches from which their cats can enjoy a hybrid outdoor experience! 

For dog owners, the Montclair area is heavenly. In addition to the near-constant parade of dog-walking throughout the many local parks, there are countless reasons for people to set out on foot, no matter where in town they live. From hitting the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning to picking up a snack in the afternoon, there are little shops or distinct shopping areas all over town. I’m trying to think of a house that’s more than a mile from something delicious to snack on, and there aren’t many. And the few there are, have access to the other undeniable aspect of dog paradise: hiking trails. With two multi-mile hiking reservations and a nature preserve, there are plenty of choices for dogs of all sizes and stamina.

To me, that right there is the magic of Montclair. Wilderness and Starbucks, both at your fingertips.

If you’d like me to take you around this walkable suburb from a pet-lover’s perspective, reach out! Talk or Text: 973-809-5277

Photos: Two of my cats in my backyard. Top - Oscar enjoying Pride Rock; Bottom - The Bodhisattva and the The Catnip.