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Blog :: 04-2012

Living in Montclair? These Streets Were Made for Walkin'

"Let's go for a walk." Now that spring is here in earnest, you may find yourself  frequently uttering this phrase. There are many good reasons to go for a walk--to get some fresh air, burn some calories, enjoy the trees in bloom. And, depending on where you live, you can accomplish all of this while actually getting someplace you need to go.

In most of suburbia, walking is a recreational activity and driving is a functional one. In certain towns, though, feet are a  perfectly viable mode of transportation. I am fortunate enough to live in Montclair, New Jersey, where I can walk to the supermarket, the bank and the post office. My teenage sons ride their bikes to school and to their friends' houses.

As gasoline prices continue to climb, I love that I have a free, non-polluting way to accomplish many of my daily tasks. I suspect that there are many folks who feel as I do. Maybe that's why, despite a  sluggish economy and a generally weak housing market, Montclair real estate continues to be highly desirable. I'd love to show you around; let's take a walk.

The Montclair Real Estate Agent: A Seller's Not-So-Secret Weapon

Whether you are selling due to a job transfer, a newly empty nest, or a new baby, it's crucial to list your home with a local Realtor. Every local real estate market has its own unique culture; a Realtor unfamiliar with your area's customs and quirks and will be at a disadvantage.

For example, I deal often with Glen Ridge and Montclair real estate, so I am thoroughly knowledgeable about the Montclair real estate culture. Standard practices here include delaying showing a property until after the Realtor Open House, and holding a Public Open House on the Sunday after the Realtor Open House. We also generally use GSMLS (Garden State Multiple Listing Service) lockboxes, so that the owner does not have to be home for each showing. If a property garners multiple offers, these offers are typically due on the Tuesday or Wednesday after the Public Open House, and they are delivered to the seller's agency in a sealed envelope.

In my years as a Realtor, I have seen numerous houses sit unsold for months on end. Often, the homeowner has listed the property with an agent from another town, or even another county. Don't make this  mistake; only a Realtor from your community can present your home to its best advantage.