December 06, 2017

Just Listed! 356 Grove Road in South Orange

356 Grove Road in South Orange is a stately six-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home located in historic Montrose Park. The rarely-available brick-and-wood-frame Colonial Revival is full of charm, and its incredible millwork is of a bygone era.

This home is truly a gem, and I’m incredibly honored to bring it to market. For additional photos and details, please visit Landis Carey Real Estate.

Interested in this home? Please call me at 646-306-9558 or email me at [email protected]

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October 04, 2017

South Orange Named ‘Hottest Town’ by New Jersey Monthly

We’ve know the secret for some time, and New Jersey Monthly has spilled the beans!!

“After four weeks of voting, South Orange is the winner of New Jersey Monthly’s Hot Town Showdown, presented by Kings Food Markets.

From the outset, South Orange blew the doors off the competition, consistently coming in first overall in every round. That trend continued into the Championship Round, when it defeated runner-up New Providence.

A historic village boasting diverse architecture,

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August 11, 2017

29 Brookside Road in Maplewood Village is For Sale

29 Brookside Road in Maplewood Village is for sale and I couldn’t be more honored to represent this property. It’s steps from Maplewood Village on a quiet, residential street that has views of the brook that meanders along the road. This updated, 4-bedroom, 3-and-a-half bath Colonial is complete with a beautiful kitchen, fireplace, and TWO full suites. The master suite is located off the center hall on the second floor along with a hall bath and two other bedrooms while the second,

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August 09, 2017

Photoshoot Outtake from 29 Brookside Road

29 Brookside Road in Maplewood is for sale! It’s been a fun week getting the property online.

Here’s an outtake from the photoshoot a few days ago, and the story behind it: Sarah and I were hiding in the corner to stay out of view of the lens as Erica Moffitt of Naki Studios did her magic when our giggles caught Erica’s attention and she turned the camera on us!

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July 31, 2017

The New York Times: What to Do When You’ve Picked the Wrong Suburb

South Orange and Maplewood are the perfect suburban towns for my family. There’s no question in my mind. We love it here, but not everyone gushes about the suburb they choose. A recent New York Times article actually detailed this exact conundrum.

The article tracts several families who made the move to one suburb or another to realize they’d chosen the wrong destination. And the article goes on to give good advice, in often a humorous way,

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March 07, 2017

Three Steps to Take to Evaluate a Flipped Home

Homebuyers love fully-renovated, updated houses. And here in Maplewood and South Orange such homes are often sold by investors as flips.

But buyers beware…not all flipped homes are created equally — because not all investors have the best intentions. Some investors care less for the stewardship of the home than others. Luckily, there are a few ways to evaluate whether that shiny-penny-of-a-home — you know, the one with the polished bathroom, beautiful open-concept kitchen,

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November 08, 2016

Refinancing to a 15-Year Mortgage

Interest rates are currently so low that my husband and I just secured a 15-year mortgage at a rate of 2.78%.

The drawback is the new loan will carry a higher monthly payment — after all, we are paying back our principal in half the time — but after shifting around a few expenses, it’s within our monthly budget to bear the increase.

For us, the benefits of the loan far outweigh this drawback: First,

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October 07, 2016

12-Month Absorption Rates Since 2011 for NJ Towns

Continuing from my recent post: Current Absorption Rates in Maplewood and South Orange

I recently wrote about the current, 3-month absorption rates in Maplewood and South Orange to explain, in data points, today’s market pressures of low inventory and strong demand. I received such a great input that I wanted to expand the data to answer a few questions that I received, including how SOMA absorption rates compare to other NJ towns as well as how they’ve changed over time.

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October 03, 2016

What’s your home-buying style?

Hint…I’m notorious for buying based on emotion.

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in November of 2009 when my husband and I walked into 12 Courter Avenue’s open house. We hadn’t even finished climbing the stairs to the second floor when I turned to him and said, “Ed, we’re making an offer.”

I was sold…the light, the original windows with deep-profile muntins, and the built-in bookcases flanking the fireplace. My emotional reaction to these and so many other architectural details told me I was home.

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September 22, 2016

Current Absorption Rates in Maplewood and South Orange

An absorption rate around six months typically indicates a balanced market. A rate above six months indicates a buyer’s market and one below indicates a seller’s market.

Any guess what absorption rates we are currently seeing in Maplewood and South Orange?

Let’s start with a basic definition of absorption rate. Absorption rates in real estate indicate the rate, typically in months, at which homes are selling in a particular market. Another way to think about it is how long it would take for all the homes that are currently on the market to sell if no additional inventory came on the market.

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