Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's a busy time of year in Mercer County, New Jersey

Holidays!  Is it possible to love 'em and hate 'em all at the same time?  Honestly, I really do love the holidays for the spirit of joy and hope that they bring.  The time management part; well that's all part of our professional service to you.  So what's been happening in these past two busy, busy weeks? 

Sold:  We have new owners at 53 Charles Bossert Dr, Bordentown, NJ.  Congratulations!

New listing:  We have listed a beautifully remodeled townhome at 317 Evanston Dr, East Windsor, NJ.  Come see!

Price reduction: We have reduced the price at 9 Cubberly Ct, Cranbury, NJ.  Act now!

Most important, we have taken many prospective home buyers to look at homes in the Mercer County area and they are liking what they see.  We have other homes under contract right now. So the time is right to act.  If you see a home that you like, don't wait.  Let me show it to you today.  Call me at 609-658-2612.  ~  Joe Giancarli, NJ Home Source

Monday, November 30, 2009

Colonial - Hamilton, NJ - SOLD

Guess what? There is even more joy to spread around today. Another fine home at 71 Deacon Drive, Hamilton, NJ has also sold! Now this is the way to head into the holiday season. Congratulations to our families for sharing their optimism.

Share your optimism today. Contact me at 609-658-2612 to get started. ~ Joe Giancarli, New Jersey Home Source

Townhouse sold in the Clearbrook Senior Living Community, Monroe Township, NJ

It's Monday morning, the day after a weekend of enjoying our families and friends, expressing thanks and sharing our dreams with others.  Can you imagine a better way  to start the week than with the favorite word in the real estate industry?  This word brings hope and optimism to so many.  I'm excited to announce that 115 Chatham Dr A, Monroe, New Jersey is sold. 

Congratulations to the buyers and the sellers.   

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sharing optimism on Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving to my family and friends. Today is a day when we share gratitude and friendship in the US and around the world.  I thought it was also a good time to share some optimism with you.  Please enjoy this short video and pass it on.  Cheers to the season and thank you.  ~ Joe Giancarli, 609-658-2612

The Foundation for a Better Life is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. They are privately funded and non-commercial. Their sole objective is to promote positive values, using print and broadcast media.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Mercer County home is perfect for the commuter!

Here is a remodeled semi-detached home that is perfect for the first time buyer.  It is an outstanding investment and a great way to use your first time home buyer credit.  This home features, 3 bedrooms and 1 bath.  It has a remodeled kitchen with  new countertops and a custom ceramic tile backsplash plus stainless steel appliances.  The bath has been remodeled with ceramic tile.  The living and dining room feature hardwood floors.

There is a  full basement for lots of storage, and a great rear yard with paver patio and brand new 16x20 shed.

This home is perfect for the commuter - it is close to the River Line and central to New York or Philadelphia.
Please click here to take a virtual tour of 120 Juniper St, Burlington, New Jersey.

Priced at $139,900, I think you will agree that this seller is motivated!  Don't wait to make this your home. ~ Joe Giancarli, 609-658-2612

New week, new listings, new reductions in Mercer County, NJ

Another Monday has  passed us by!  But not without some action on the NJ Home Source real estate front. 

Our first update is about a new listing at 141 Howell Street in Trenton, New Jersey.  This  semi-detached home near Franklin Park is in move-in condition.  The colonial-style neighborhood is welcoming and the home invites you to come inside and make yourself at home.   For $129,900 this 4-bedroom, 1.5-bath home can be yours!

We also have a price reduction on another colonial-style home.  Our listing at 762 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, NJ  has been reduced to $219,900.  This attractive home is also in move-in condition with fresh painted interior, spacious rooms and a wonderful covered back porch.  I know that this living room says welcome home to me. 

All of these homes are outstanding opportunities for first time home buyers.  Let's talk today about how we can make one of these homes yours for the holidays.  Call me soon at 609-658-2612. ~ Joe Giancarli

Friday, November 13, 2009

Choose to build and make your home uniquely your own

I was reading an article in the Wall Street Journal today that said builders are downsizing the average American's dream home. They are building smaller homes on smaller lots and removing amenities like fireplaces and media rooms.  Builders have also gone for the slimming effect, making houses deeper instead of wider and reducing the size of foyers that several years ago may have boasted a sweeping grand staircase. 

As I was reading, I wondered if this downsizing was directly due to the economy or if it was more of a statement on how we entertain. Perhaps social norms dictate something different today than ten years ago or perhaps the economy has kept our entertaining lifestyles to a minimum.  Maybe there is less of a need to exhibit wealth in size, but rather there is more of a need to enjoy the quality of workmanship or the perfection of something built just for you.

Would you like to make these decisions for yourself?  Have you considered building, but feared being ostentatious or out of step with the economy?  Have you considered going into a smaller residence because you don't entertain at home anymore, but haven't been able to find the home that called your name?  Or maybe you have outgrown your primary residence and want to build something larger, something designed specifically for your family.  If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is time for you to consider building your new home. 

New construction can be such a rewarding endeavor and we can help you make your home just the right fit for you.  Consider Dogwood Meadows in Hamilton Township. These homes are custom built by Edward Bucci Builders and the community is nearly sold out. With only three lots remaining, you need to act now.  Make your special place; design the special space that you call home.   I'd love to meet you and discuss the possibilities.  Please call me today at   609-658-2612.  ~ Joe Giancarli, http://www.njhomesource.net/

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A third party review of New Jersey

I like to tell you great things about the housing market and the individual homes that I have listed in Mercer County and the surrounding areas.  However, I don't think I have ever given you real pros and cons for choosing to relocate to or in New Jersey. 

Thanks to The Philadelphia 10, I have a third party review of our wonderful community.  Freelance writer Mr. Art Gibb has given a succinct review of why you should consider New Jersey Home.  Please take a look at it here.

Please let me show you more and help you become acquainted with our neighborhoods, communities and townships.  I look forward to hearing from you! ~ Joe Giancarli, 609-658-2612

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fannie Mae offers Deed for Lease program

Here is another option to allow you to feel secure about choosing to purchase a home.  Announced yesterday, Thursday, November 5, Fannie Mae will now let you rent your home should you not qualify for a loan modification or face eviction or foreclosure. 

The process is the same as an existing program known as a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure; but the revitalized program called "Deed for Lease" asks borrowers to qualify under the current guidelines and if they can show that their income will pay a market rent, they will be able to sign a lease for up to 12 months. The program does affect your credit score, but it is less damaging than foreclosure.  Read more about the program here. 

Often we wait and wait afraid of the inevitable and while we wait, prices go up and our situation never really changes because of the increase in cost of living.  We hope the inevitable never happens, but programs such as Deed for Lease can ease the pressure if it does.  You can consider making a home purchase today with that extra layer of security. 

I am not promoting that you take unnecessary risks with your credit, livelihood or family's quality of life, but this option allowed by Fannie Mae may take some of the worry from your mind so that you can move forward, onward and upward.  Want to talk about it?  Please give me a call at 609-658-2612. ~ Joe Giancarli, http://www.njhomesource.net/

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bill to expand home buyer tax credits passes House and Senate

Eighty-nine percent of the voters in Tuesday's New Jersey elections claimed they were primarily worried about the economy.  And with that worry in the forefront, they voted for a new governor to help turn the economy around. 

With those worries at heart, the US Senate and Congress made positive statements today when the solidly voted not only to extend the tax credit for first time home buyers, but also to expand it.  The new rules:  Homeowners who have been in their primary residence for five years may buy a home before May 6, 2010 and get and $6,500 tax credit.  If you are a first time home buyer, you can claim an $8,000 tax credit. 

Unemployment benefits were also extended by the bill and a tax break for money-losing business. 

I think you have to agree that the government is doing their fair share to turn the economy around.  It's up to us to do the rest.  We have to invest in ourselves; purchase a home andstimulate the economy through the trickle-down effect that occurs from large purchases. 

We have to invest in our communities and our neighborhoods.  Please let me show you how.  Call me for more information about the home buyer tax credits and I promise to help you find the best home for you and your family to call their own.  Let's talk today.  ~  Joe Giancarli, Phone: 609-658-2612, http://www.njhomesource.net/

Saturday, October 24, 2009

New construction in Mercer County NJ is looking up as well

With affordability rates for existing homes being at an historically high rate, it is rather easy to forget about the joy of new construction. However, the US Department of Commerce released a report on Tuesday, October 27 that indicated single-family home construction increased 3.9% to a 501,000 annual rate.

In Mercer County, NJ, there are some great new construction opportunities for you. One of my favorite communities is Dogwood Meadows. I write about it a lot and lately, my posts have been highlighting sales in this new home community.

But another recent listing for us includes land in Ewing Township, Mercer County, NJ. The Berkshire model is to be built at 486 Walker Avenue, Ewing.
Please click on the pictures to enlarge and then give me a call at 609-658-2612 so that we can discuss this opportunity in depth.

I look forward to hearing from you soon! ~ Joe Giancarli, http://www.njhomesource.net/  

More good news for the real estate market in Mercer County, NJ

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) existing home sales rebounded strongly in September. This marks the fifth gain in the past six months for existing home sales. Single-family townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops jumped 9.4% with 5.57 million units sold, which is 9.2% higher than September 2008 and the highest level in more than two years.

The chief economist for the NAR believes that the first time home buyer tax credits are providing the momentum. With affordability conditions historically high, the first time buyers accounted for 45% of all home sales in the past year. Furthermore, Freddie Mac reports that the national average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage was 5.06 in September 2009, a full one percent less than one year ago.

So what did the houses sell for? The median price in the US was $174,900. By region:

  •  Northeast: $234,000, down 7% from one year ago
  • Midwest: $147,600, down 1% from one year ago
  • South: $153,500, down 7.6% from one year ago
  • West: $219,000, down 15% from one year ago
I think the report supports that buyers are making good choices based on affordable options. I would love to show you some of those affordable options right here in the Mercer County real estate market. Please call me today so that we can utilize the first time home buyer credit set to expire next month. Don’t wait! Call me today at 609-658-2612. ~ Joe Giancarli, http://www.njhomesource.net/  

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Properties are moving in Mercer County, NJ

My dear friends, it has been much more than a week since my last post.  I had such great intentions of analyzing, researching and providing some quality insight to help you make decisions about buying a primary residence or selling your home, but as they say, life got in the way!  Well in this case, it was life and business and that's all good!

Let me tell you about some of the good. Two proud families have had the wonderful SOLD! experience: 18 Misty Pine Lane and 17 Dogwood Lane in Hamilton, NJ.

Two homes have price changes to reflect the current market: 

Two new listings that are sure to interest you because they are both great opportunities to use your first-time home buyer credit: 
Things have been "moving and shaking" so I just wanted to touch base with all of my readers to let you know about some of the exciting changes and great opportunities that are available right now.  Give me a call at 609-658-2612 if I can be of assistance, answer any questions or take you on a personal tour. 

 I promise to follow up soon with more details about our new listings.  ~ Joe Giancarli, http://www.njhomesource.net/

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

SOLD! in Mercer County

Happy busy Monday!  What a great start to the week!  We are very happy to report that our listings at 109 Central, Ewing, NJ and 902 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ in Dogwood Meadows have sold.  You have to admit that is good news for our buyers and sellers. 

There are some lovely well-appointed and affordable homes in the Mercer County community still waiting for you.  Check out the listings at NJ Home Source then give me a call and we'll find one another one to place the SOLD sign in front of. 

Saturday, October 3, 2009

An affordable home on Tappan Dr in Hamilton, NJ

Now here is a very affordable home in Mercer Township.  In fact, it's well below the price mentioned in the preceding post.  At $279,900, this 3-bedroom, 2-bath home is just right for an active family.  The big family features are the generous back yard and the partially finished basement.  Plus it is walking distance to Sunset Manor Park where the athlete and outdoorsman can thrive. 

The children can spread out and enjoy themselves while the adults settle into the attractive living quarters at 34 Tappan Drive, Hamilton, NJ. 

Take a look at more pictures by clicking here.  Or find out more about Hamilton, NJ by clicking here.    Better yet, let's take a look together at this one-of-a-kind home.  Call me at (609) 658-2612 and let's set up a tour.  ~ Joe Giancarli

Friday, October 2, 2009

Mercer County, NJ homes are priced just right

I've been writing about how affordable homes in central New Jersey are for some time now.  I know my readers take that with a grain of salt.  But today I was reading an article where New Jersey was left off the list.  It was neither high nor low.  That tells me, just like the story of the three bears, this one is just right.  Yes, home prices in Mercer County, NJ are just right.

The article was published by RISMedia and it quoted statistics gathered by another real estate company.  According to the 2009 Market Survey, the most expensive homes are found in La Jolla, California and the least expensive homes are found in Grayling, Michigan.  The average home price in La Jolla was $2,125,000 and in Grayling was $112,675.

That sure leaves a lot of room in between for the interpretation of affordability.  I also learned from this article that the average nationwide price for a 2,200 sq. ft., 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath home was $363,460.  This statistic is relevant.  You can't look at the highs and lows and determine what is going on in the market and whether or not we are comparable, better or worse.  You can however look at the cumulative number and make a determination. 

I encourage you to do a little research on your own right now.  Click over to the NJ Home Source website and look at the homes listed for sale.  What are the pricepoints?  What do the neighborhoods and communities look like?  I think you will agree with me that Mercer County, NJ offers the best bang for your buck and and has affordability written all over it. 

When you are finished looking online, let's talk.  Call me at (609) 658-2612.  ~ Joe Giancarli 

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Home ready for quick sale near the College of New Jersey

This listing is priced for quick sale!  Located in Ewing, NJ near the College of New Jersey, this home at 104 Pennwood Dr, Ewing, NJ is really a great deal at $129,900.

Being so close to the college, the owners will also enjoy the beauty of the campus, especially with the fall colors in full display.

I have this home listed as a hot buy at NJ Home Source, but the real selling points about this home must be seen. I want to show them to you today!   Please call me for an appointment - (609) 658-2612 ~ Joe.

Find out about old and new homes in Cranbury, NJ

While the Italian Festival was being celebrated in Hamilton, NJ  another one of our communities was celebrating their own special celebration - Cranstock.  Cranstock is Cranbury's concert day and this year six different bands took to the stage to help raise money for the Cranbury Arts Council before the featured evening performers The Robert Murdock Band.  It was a great opportunity to enjoy a picnic under the stars. 

Another event coming soon to Cranbury is the Historic House Tour on October 17.  It's a great way to get to know the community!  And the event benefits the Cranbury Library and Historical Society.  Tickets for the tour and a special Friends of the Library luncheon are on sale now at cranburyhistory.org. 

Of course I am available to help you our Cranbury, NJ today.  One of the highlights of my tour that I arrange for you is an estate home at 9 Cubberly Court.  Take a look at our previous posting on this wonderful New Jersey home.

The Township of Cranbury is busy throughout the year with a community clean-up day scheduled for October 3 and movies in the park on October 10.  Let's take a look at this charming community together.  Please give me a call at (609) 658-2612 or visit my NJ Homesource website for more information.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

What to do this weekend in Mercer County, NJ

It's the weekend and what better way to celebrate than with a hometown festival? 

Today and tomorrow you can enjoy the 10th Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival at Mercer County Park.  I like the description given to the NJ Times by visitor Pat Hassenplug, "The first thing I noticed was garlic!  It's pretty great."

Mercer County Park is the perfect backdrop to the many festivals and events that come our way.  The park encompasses 2500 acres and links together the Townships of West Windsor, >Hamilton and >Lawrence with year-round facilities and activities.  From athletic fields to playgrounds, music and festivals, or just a place for a casual walk or picnic, you can find beauty at the Mercer County Park. 

Want to find out more about what makes our region a great place to live?  Please call me today; I love to talk about it!   Joe Giancarli - (609) 658-2612

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Price reduction in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ

We are pleased to let you know about two more price adjustments on homes in Hamilton, New Jersey.  Both are colonial style and meant for your growing family to enjoy.

At 36 Sadie Street you will find a newer 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home on a quiet street, with professional landscaping, spacious 2-story  floorplan, lots of closet space and even a full finished basement.  Now priced at only $319,900.

At 18 Crestwood Drive you will see a 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in a great neighborhood.  This spacious home has formal living and dining rooms, a wood-burning brick fireplace and French sliding glass doors leading to a remote backyard.  It is now priced at $369,000.

I am so excited that we have these two wonderful properties available for you. Please call me today so that we can take a look at them together.  Joe Giancarli - (609) 658-2612

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New price in Monroe Township, NJ for Clearbrook Townhome

The value of senior living communities has never been better.  Our friends at 115 Chatham Dr A Monroe, NJ have reduced the price of this three-bedroom townhome to $119,900.  Located in the Clearbrook Community it offers spacious living and excellent onsite amenities. 
Let's take advantage of this great opportunity today!  Thanks!

Monday, September 21, 2009

NAHB releases study about senior living choices

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has released a study on active adult living.  According to their survey results, most Americans 55+ years of age prefer one-story homes in the suburbs.  They also want their homes to have have high-speed internet capability and other amenities such as non-slip floors, larger medicine cabinets, lower kitchen cabinets and emergency call buttons. And while 94% of all respondents said that energy efficiency was important, less than 55% were willing to pay extra for such construction sensing it was just the way building today should be taking place.

On an unusual note, even though people acknowledge that they hope to remain in their homes, universal design was not a top priority.  Universal design or aging in place considerations include larger doorways, easy-grip door handles and accessible kitchen and bathrooms.  Of course desire to live in a ranch-style home might signify the beginning of the trend towards aging in place strategies; however, according the American Occupational Therapy Association, individuals don't usually decide to make their home accessible until an event occurs that forces the issue. 

One final thought to share from the report; while we often think that as we get older we will want to downsize into smaller living quarters, most consumers say they want and need something similar in size to their current homes. That leaves one to wonder if moving will ever be a priority for the retiree.  I think it will for there are so many wonderful senior living communities available to make retirement fun and active. 

Read the full story on homes for baby boomers here.
See senior living choices at the NJ Home Source website.

NJ Home Source highlights active adult living in Cream Ridge

Think about the different titles given to communities meant for older adults:  Active Adult Living, Retirement Community, Senior Living Community.  I have to admit I'm always a little bit surprised that these communities cater to those only 55 years of age and older.  I don't know about you, but I don't necessarily think of 55 being senior so for the purpose of this post, I want to tell you about this great new listing for active adults. 

It's a two-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch style home at 3 Edgewood Drive, Cream Ridge, NJ and it is reasonably priced at $149,900.  As part of the Jensen's Deep Run Community, there is clubhouse, lake, and plenty of organized activities for residents.  Or you can entertain at home with a sun porch, large lot and large kitchen that will make all your guests feel right at home. If you aren't a stay-at-home type, then you will enjoy nearby amenities like golf, factory outlet shopping, Great Adventure theme park and historic Downtown New Egypt. 

See what I mean about active adult living?  No need to settle into retirement unless you want to.  Can I tell you more about this great deal?  Take a quick look at the listing on my website and then give me a call at (609) 658-2612 so we can arrange a tour. 

Monday, September 14, 2009

A starter home in historic Hightstown, Mercer County, NJ

Have you been waiting for just the right starter home to come along so that you can use your first time home buyer tax credit?  Your wait is over!  This is a most charming home, in a most charming community and it is waiting just for you. 

This two bedroom colonial is located on Monmouth of Aspen Knoll, close to downtown Hightstown where hanging baskets adorn the street lights and restored and refurbished storefronts come to life with bustling shoppers and professional services.  It is a walk back in time with new age restaurants and conveniences. 

You'll enjoy the heritage of Hightstown and the character and prestige of your remodeled two-bedroom colonial home in this historic community.  Let's take a look at 130 Monmouth, Hightstown, NJ together.  Don't wait!  Call me now at 609-658-2612 for a tour. You'll want to act fast to take advantage of the location and the first time home buyer credits that await you.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Are new businesses headed to Mercer County, New Jersey?

If the New Jersey Economic Development Association is successful with their plans, new businesses may soon consider relocating in Mercer County.  The New Jersey EDA has asked the commercial real estate industry to help market New Jersey and attract new businesses.  They are specifically looking for leads in the pharmaceuticals, financial services and logistics industries.  According to Caren Franzini, executive director of the EDA, realtors are the sales force for the state. 

The government agency is not taking this mission lightly and neither should our realtors, both commercial and residential.  Realtors are truly on the front line for economic development for they are often the first to know when tenants are looking at moving in or out. With help from the EDA, they will be able to offer incentive packages to help them stay or relocate.

How does the commercial real estate market affect the residential market?  Well quite simply, as I am sure you can imagine new businesses often bring new people to a community to work and raise their family.  When economic development efforts are effective, the jobs created provide better paying jobs for the residents already living in a community and the ability to purchase goods and services increase.  The trickle down impact has worked in communities time and time again.

What would cause a company to consider the Mercer County area?  I believe that location - half way between New York and Philadelphia is the best reason with affordability coming in a very close second.  Moreover, we have the infrastructure in place for the three targeted industries.  It is much easier to relocate a business when there is a cluster of support.

The ideas proposed by the New Jersey Economic Development Agency have merit.  I'll be watching to see how the campaign goes, but in the meantime, it is business as usual.  Let me help you find your New Jersey home today.  Take a look at my website NJ Home Source and then call me at 609-658-2612 to get started on your own economic development plan.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Rutgers University helps gardeners in Mercer County, New Jersey

Bees, butterflies, birds and bugs...you can find out all about them at the Mercer County, New Jersey Insect Festival Saturday, September 12.  The activity is sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Mercer County at  Mercer County Educational Gardens, 431A Federal City Road, Pennington. It is an afternoon of family fun, education and entertainment that includes geocaching, puppet shows, bee dancing and questions and answer sessions with master gardeners.

The Master Gardeners of Mercer County are part of the Rutgers University Extension Program that teaches responsible gardening and pest management.  The program was developed by the USDA to meet the demand of questions from home gardeners.  You can find tips and resources at http://www.mgofmc.org/.

One of the best ways to always ensure your home has curb appeal is to pay attention to the landscaping. Whether you are a novice or veteran, the master gardeners can give you tips for how to maintain your lawn and garden on a budget and with the environment in mind. It's also an opportunity to find out if you might be interested in being a gardener and enjoying the peace and beauty that working with your hands in the soil brings.  Have a great Saturday! 

Photo of butterfly garden flowers on display at the Master Gardeners of Mercer County wherer you can learn how to start a garden to attract butterflies to your home. 

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A tale of two Feds

The Federal Reserve is divided into twelve districts and part of New Jersey belongs to the New York region and the other part belongs to the Philadelphia region.  One would think that an economic report would show that a state the geographic size of New Jersey doing about the same from north to south and east to west. 

According to the Fed's recent survey of economic conditions released on September 9, that is somewhat true.  Both districts found the auto industry on the rise due to the Cash for Clunkers program.  Both districts reported near term sales in the retail industry, largely driven by youth apparel in Southern New Jersey, but soft in other markets.  In the New York region, where tourism is an economic driver, they reported Broadway show sales steady, but down the average ten percent that it has shown for the year and they predicted this would bode a Christmas season that was off by about five percent.

But the housing market was where things vary.  Both districts report that housing sales are picking up.  In the New York District, there are weakened apartment rentals, but high-end home sales were up.  Credit standards were tightening. In the Philadelphia region and Southern and Central New Jersey,  the location for NJ Home Source, home sales were steady with an increase of activity in the lower price range. 

What does the tale of two Feds tell us?  There is value in the Mercer County New Jersey real estate market.  Since both allow a reasonable commute to New York or Philadelphia, with diverse opportunities for local employment opportunities, Mercer County might be the place for you to choose for your New Jersey home.  Take a look at some of the properties for sale in Mercer County New Jersey and then let's talk.  Give me a call at 609-658-2612. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Short sale vs. foreclosure

A friend from another state contacted me over the weekend.  There has been a house for sale on her street for a long time and she was disappointed to learn that the bank had just turned down an offer for a short sale.  How could that happen, she asked.

Very simply, a short-sale is a sale that occurs because the lender has agreed to accept less than the amount that it would take to pay off what is borrowed against the home.  It is often a first step before foreclosure and the lender would consider taking less because the borrower has fallen behind or no longer has the ability to make the required payments.

So why would a lender turn down a short sale offer? What comes to mind first is that the borrower isn't behind in payments or that he has the ability to pay even though the payments might be creating a hardship for them.  The lender in this case might need to work with the borrower to reach an agreement on what a short sale means to both.  It really isn't fair to the lender to take the hit if the borrower has the ability to pay. 

The next reason that comes to mind is recovery.  Maybe the real estate market in this community is showing signs of an upswing.  What they might have accepted as a reasonable offer last month may not be the same this month. 

But in all fairness, if this home is truly on its way to foreclosure, I would hope that all parties would work together to limit the burden to all that a foreclosed home causes.  Foreclosed homes have both pros and cons for buyers and sellers.  Take a look at some of them at my website NJ Homesource.

If you want to learn more about buying a foreclosed home, please give me a call at (609) 658-2612.  We'll discuss the possibilities and learn together if it is for you. 

Monday, September 7, 2009

Now is the time to buy or sell in Hamilton Township, NJ

I just posted a complete review of the real estate market in Mercer County for August on my Active Rain blog.  It's kind of tough to post in so many places and still provide new, relevant information in each one.  That's why when you see something in one area, if you click on the next, you are likely to find out more in depth or get a personal view, opinion or take on a situation. 

As I was looking at the report, I especially focused on the sales in Hamilton Township, "69 homes sold in August, with a low of $30,000 and a high of $422,500. This compares to 54 sales in the same period last year, ranging from $135,000 to $540,000. These results were slightly higher than July, 2009, with 64 sales."

Slightly higher than July sure sounds like a good thing, but take a look at the difference a year has made in sales - fifteen more houses closed in August 2009 over August 2008.  If you are a pessimist you might say, but look at the price difference.  If you are an optimist you might say, a sale is a sale. 

But if you are a savvy buyer or seller, I hope you are saying the time is now.  We have made it through a national election and are working our way through change that a new administration brings.  We are weathering a recession and all signs are pointing to recovery.  We have survived the adjustment in real estate prices that were inflated by risky loans. 

We are moving forward.  The time is now to buy or sell your home.  Let's talk about it.  Call me today at (609) 658-2612.  I also invite you to familiarize yourself with me by looking at my website NJ Homesource.  Don't wait any longer to act; start working on your personal financial recovery and independence today. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New construction doesn't have to be overpriced

It's official.  New Jersey has surpassed Beverly Hills 90210 for the most expensive zip code in the country.  According to Forbes, Bergen County 07620, home to celebrities Chris Rock, Patrick Ewing, and Sean Combs, the median asking price of a home is $4.14 million.

This kind of information makes what I'm about to tell you even more special!  The price of your New Jersey home doesn't have to come anywhere close to that price point if you choose to live in Mercer County.  Mercer County homes are available with prices, features, amenities and neighborhoods to meet your needs and desires.  In fact, according to Hamilton Township Mayor John Bencivengo, when you choose Hamilton Township, you are choosing a community of neighborhoods that make up America's favorite hometown.

So what is the most exciting real estate deal today in Hamilton, NJ? It's hard to choose, there are so many excellent choices, but one that I haven't told you about for a while is the new construction at Dogwood Meadows.  Only seven lots remain in this great new subdivision.

Take a look at the Dogwood Meadows photo album and imagine how fulfilling it would be to build and live in a new home then give me a call and we'll talk about how affordable it is.  With two new models to choose from, the  Bayberry at $449,900 and the Birch at $419,900, and a free basement to boot, you will want to learn more.  Call me now at (609) 658-2612 and we'll take a look at the New Jersey zip code that you will want to call home.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mercer County offers affordable housing and reasonable commuting

Commuting.  I doubt that anyone really likes to do it, but somehow, it has become one of our realities.  As cities become more crowded and less affordable, people flee to the suburbs, seeking hometown living, tighter knit communities, local schools, and green, open spaces.  While families were the first to seek the small town amenities, no more are they just for family-life.  Singles, marrieds, single parents and grandparents alike are enjoying a slower paced life and have happily adjusted to the once feared commute.

According to CNN Money, there may be another reason that the commute has become more attractive to more people, especially here in New Jersey.  That reason, according to CNN is affordability.  They declared New York City as the least affordable place to buy a house.  Median income is $64,800 and median home price is $419,000.  That's a tough gap to cover. 

Lucky for New York employees, Mercer County is only an hour commute away! Think about how wonderful it will be to live in a quiet suburb and raise a family.  If you are single, think how the slower pace allows you to form relationships, not merely pass through them.  Most of all, think about the value you will have in your New Jersey home - value that will increase over time as  you add to your bank account, invest in your future, and still have the resource to live life to its fullest.

Don't you want to find out more? Take a look at some of the possibilities at NJ Homesource or call me at (609) 658-2612 for a personal preview.  I'm ready to answer your questions and I really look forward to hearing from you today.  Thanks!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

First-time home buyers: Don't leave $8,000 on the table

Mom has always known what is best for you and she is right on today when she tells you that now is the right time for you to buy your first home. With only three months left to qualify for the $8,000 federal first-time home buyer tax credit, we need to be talking and looking now.

There are some great choices. Check out NJ Home Source and then give me a call at (609) 658-2612. Let's get started today so the transaction can be completed by November 30, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. and you can be in your New Jersey home before Christmas!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Price change: 71 Deacon Drive, Hamilton, NJ

You don't want to miss this opportunity! The owners have decided to change the price on this lovely colonial home in University Heights to $399,000. If you have been looking for a 4-bedroom home with plenty of space for your family to grow and have fun, then you must take a look at 71 Deacon, Drive, Hamilton, NJ.

Please take a look at NJ Homesource for more information about how my team or I can help you. Or call me at 609-658-2612 so we can discuss your needs.

Washington Town Center Townhome Sold!

It's time for our favorite word again! That's right: SOLD! Everyone's happy at 44 North Street, Robbinsville, NJ. When buyers and sellers come together we all get to celebrate and I wanted to be sure that you got the opportunity to celebrate with us too.

There are great opportunities in Mercer County to find the home of your dreams. Call me at 609-658-2612 and let's look together. Or you can start your search here at www.njhomesource.net.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Live by Mercer County Park in Hamilton, NJ

Location, location, location...isn't that what realtors always say? In this case the location is by Mercer Park, deemed one of the premier amenities of living in Mercer County, NJ.
But this post isn't about the park, it's about the house. Let me tell you more about 18 Crestwood Drive, Hamilton Township, NJ.

With 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms this 2-story colonial style home is both roomy inside and spacious outside. You will love the formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, stained glass window, wood burning fireplace and master suite on the main floor with four more bedrooms on the second floor. There's enough room for everyone to spread out and enjoy life.

Have you taken a trip to the park lately? Let's drive by on our way to this wonderful home on Crestwood. Call me now and we'll make it a date! (609) 658-2612

Monday, August 10, 2009

National Night Out showcases New Jersey community

Last Tuesday was National Night Out, a celebration of safety in our neighborhoods. It was a time for homeowner's associations, watch captains, civic organizations, police and fire departments and regular citizens like you and me to acknowledge the resources that make our community a great place to live.

I always believe that community starts with the people and this picture from Jackson Township's National Night Out really says it all. It ie easy to see how everyone is engaged. Central New Jersey is the place to live, work and raise a family.

We care about our families; we care about our neighbors, and we care about our community. I am proud to call New Jersey home.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Monroe, NJ showcases the Clearbrook Senior Community

Ready to move in! Those can be scary words or they can be inviting words. I hope that when you take a look at this great ranch style townhome at 115 Chatham Dr A Monroe, NJ I hope that you see the invitation that has been written for you!

Located in the Senior Community of Clearbrook, this townhome has three bedrooms, two baths, a great two-car garage with shop and wonderfully, spacious living area. A special touch is the bright enclosed sunroom that looks out from this end unit.

The community has a health club, swimming pool and clubhouse for your enjoyment and it is the only adult community in New Jersey with an auditorium that seats 1,000 people for cultural events or social gatherings. It located in charming Monroe Township, a township that values and promotes senior living.

Don't just read about this great New Jersey home. Please let me take you on a tour. Call me today at (609) 658-2612 for an appointment.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Are you looking for an estate home in New Jersey?

Estate living only ten minutes from the turnpike - now that's the way to enjoy a peaceful lifestyle and still be connected to the workaday world.

Just imagine how easy it will be to forget the mundane when you arrive home to 9 Cubberly Ct., Cranbury, NJ. The outside is as beautiful as the inside so you won't know whether to enjoy the patio and the view or to have some private time in your master suite. Maybe family time is more to your liking? Then the two-story family room or 2,000 square foot finished basement might be where you find your joy.

With 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and an attached in-laws suite, this property is sure to please the young executive family and it is priced well at $1,395,000. I can't wait to show you this magnificent home and the beauty of nostalgic, old-time Cranbury. Please give me a call at (609) 658-2612 and we'll schedule an appointment to show you your next home.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Price reduction at 208 Amberleigh Drive, Pennington, NJ

Some people say that the heart of any home is the kitchen. For me, I kind of like open spaces where the conversation can flow from one part of the room to the next. Whichever you prefer, I think you will like what you see at 208 Amberleigh Drive, Pennington, NJ. This 1,908 sq. ft. town home in Drakes Mill at Brandon Farms has been reduced to $327,900.

Don't you want to find out more? Let me take you on a tour, up the long driveway and into the entrance foyer where you will see a two-story family room, living room/dining room, and more in this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home. You can also take a virtual tour right here.

What you don't see in the pictures are the clubhouse and swimming pool and even more amenities make townhome living a dream. I want to show you the whole picture. Why not call me now? Cell 609-658-2612 (cell) I'm waiting to hear from you!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

After the storm in Mercer County

Where were you when the storm hit on Sunday evening? That's been the question for the past day and a half. Really the question should be did you lose any trees?

The picture to the right, courtesy of nj.com, shows more than I could ever explain about the ferocity of the storm that passed through Mercer County. It flooded roads and damaged trees and power lines leaving some people without power until today. The damage even prompted Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo to declare a limited state of emergency in some parts of Hamilton Township.

But as bad as the storm was it is good to know that our emergency systems are in place and our first responders were on the spot and able to perform their duties for the community. My thanks go to them and my encouragement goes to anyone impacted by the storm. We're lucky to live in a caring, capable community. I hope this message finds your family and your New Jersey home safe and well.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Good news for the Mercer County NJ real estate market

Here is some good news: the Dow closed above 9000 yesterday and on the same day it was reported that sales of existing homes rose 2.5% in June over May in the Northeast. Is this further indication of recovery or a turnaround or is it just plain, old-fashioned good news?

I'm going to stick with the cautious optimism of this is good news because I know - as do you - that there are still some challenges to be overcome. But did you know those challenges are good news for you as a buyer and a seller? Let me explain.

Challenge 1: In the same period, median prices have declined by 5.9% in the Northeast over last year. This continues to make ample opportunity for buyers to make good investments. The decline may seem like a challenge for buyers, but in reality, it is a leveling off period. There should be a steady market for a while, with no big spikes or dips.

Challenge 2: Inventory remains high. Again, a value for the homebuyer; but what does it mean for the seller? It means that buyers can be very choosy so you have to come to market with your best game. And that is where I come in.

I have a great offer for those of you who have previously had your home on the market and taken it off for whatever reason. My team has a guaranteed method to market your home and get results. I want to talk to you about the unique opportunity that now exists for you. Call me at 609-658-2612 or read more about our offer for Mercer County here.

Monday, July 20, 2009

A testimonial from a New Jersey home buyer

Sometimes I really love email and today is one of those days. In fact, I cannot think of a better way to start off a Monday morning. In my inbox today is note from a satisfied client that reads, "Hey Joe, We got the awning cranks… thanks…As I said on the phone the other day, Maria and I are very appreciative of your hard work and patience… It took a long time… but you helped us get the home we wanted… Thank you!!!!!

As a double bonus they also provided this wonderful endorsement for me to share
with you about their New Jersey home buying experience:

Joe Giancarli is an exceptionally professional and patient realtor. We were choosy first-time home buyers with very specific requirements. Joe remained positive throughout, making the long process pleasant and easy. He always put our needs first and consistently guided us in the right direction. The home we finally purchased is PERFECT. I can’t imagine a better real estate specialist.

Best Regards,
Ron & Maria

I know that you can't see my face, but if you could, you would realize how touched I am by their sincerity. I am even more proud to have been there for them. Ron and Maria had a positive experience and are now in a home they love. Now that is a good effort and a great start to a great week. Thank you!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Are you ready to slide into a New Jersey home?

It's summer. It's hot. It's Sunday. And it's baseball season. I try to keep up to date with all the action in the real estate market in the Mercer County area so that I can share it with you - my clients, friends and all who seek professional advice. In addition to my professional resources, I also like to use Google as my search engine for certain topics like New Jersey home or Mercer County real estate. It is kind of a simple process, really.

Imagine my surprise when I found a brand new sight on my search today: Sliding into Home. Sounds interesting and fresh and new. I couldn't wait to click, but instead of houses for sale I found baseball - the Yankees to be precise. If you are a Yankees fan or even if you are just mildly interested in the history of baseball, I encourage you to take a look; it's fun.

Of course, I have to let you know that when you leave the field or the stadium and are ready to slide into a great home yourself, I want to be there for you. Give me a call at 609-658-2612 when you are ready. Have a great week!

Friday, July 17, 2009

New Jersey foreclosures decrease by 30%

Time for some good financial news. According RealtyTrac, the number of foreclosures in New Jersey during the first six months of 2009 were thirty percent less than the same period in 2008.

Housing counselors in New Jersey speculate that federal government programs that help homeowners modify their loans have been instrumental in the decline. There is also legislation in New Jersey that offers mediation to distressed homeowners, along with state loans to help lower monthly payments.

Loan modification help can be obtained for free. Take a look at http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/ for the options that are available to you.

New Jersey State Attorney Anne Milgram has also been aggressive in pursuing home mortgage modification frauds, filing two lawsuits charging ten defendants with mortgage related fraud just this week.

The fact that more people are thriving in their New Jersey home should be a confidence builder for you as a home buyer. We all plan to afford our purchase, but knowing help is available when the unthinkable happens allows us to move forward with our lives. There is no better place to start than with a home in the Mercer County area. Call me at 609-658-2612 to get started.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Today we celebrate freedom

Today is not your average Saturday. It's the Fourth of July, the birthday of the United States of America. It's the most patriotic day of the year because today we celebrate our independence. We celebrate freedom.

Independence is a very powerful word. It signifies our ability to make our own choices. Freedom is the word, the state of being that allows us to follow a path that leads us to live our life to its fullest.

How right it is that we celebrate this day with parades, picnics and fireworks; a grand display of joy. On our birthday, our friends wish us a happy birthday and they end the sentiment by wishing us many more birthdays. I wish the same for our great nation: many more years of independence, freedom and joy. Happy Birthday America.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Can you see yourself in this Hamilton, New Jersey home?

When you decide that you just might want to move and begin looking for the perfect home, you get the opportunity to see a lot of different properties and take a peek into many different neighborhoods and personalities. You are always looking for the vision of yourself and your family. You ask yourself, how do we fit here?

Take a quick virtual tour of this great property just listed at 36 Sadie Street, Hamilton, New Jersey. Then find out more about the property, taxes, and neighborhood of this younger colonial New Jersey home. Do you feel you belong? There are 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, nice storage areas, and even better open areas for gathering the family or friends together.

Is it calling your name? Then it's time for you to give me a call at 609-658-2612 so that we can look at it together and find out if it is just the right place for you. I can't wait to show you!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Looking at economic indicators in Mercer County, NJ

Earlier this week the Trenton Times reported on commercial vacancies and how they are an indicator that the economic recovery may not be as fast coming as we hoped. On the flip side, Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winning economist and columnist for the New York Times reported today that even though more jobs were shed by US businesses in June, we are on the way to a jobless recovery. What? How is it possible that we can be doing both?

I think this is just an example of how economic indicators can be interpreted differently by different people. Kiplinger Reports gives a very straightforward message on how to read economic indicators in this online post that is updated frequently with current information. It charts the standards: consumer confidence, durable goods, existing home sales, interest rate spread, jobless claims and retail sales and help you make your own interpretations from understanding our history of what happened next when the economy was doing this. Economists use intricate models to make their predictions. Others have some common-sense ways. Such as:
  • Movie theaters: Movies are fairly affordable entertainment. A packed house means that people are on a budget. Shorter lines at the theaters means that people are spending their money on other forms of entertainment.
  • Dry cleaners: If the dry cleaners looks full, it might be that fewer people can afford to pick up their belongings.
  • Look at your eyes: Are they droopy? In hard financial times, people tend to get less sleep because of worrying. If the eyes look rested, we may have turned the corner.

Do you have a common-sense indicator? The indicator that I trust is the number of people that I speak to every day that have a plan for moving forward, moving up, and moving on with their lives. They are both selling and buying primary residences in Hamilton, Trenton and beyond. They are looking for and finding the path to happiness right here in Mercer County. They are excited and involved in making New Jersey home.

I would be honored to help you find your joy. Please give me a call at 609-658-2612 to discuss how home ownership can increase your happiness.

Credit: Quirky Economic indicators were provided by Kiplinger.com. See more here.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

You can find time for fun and family when you make Mercer County, NJ home

I think this is both a busy and fun time of year. In the summer months we balance our work and family life so we can attend all of the celebrations from high school graduations to family reunions and more. We also get very patriotic as we celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks. I posted yesterday about the unique opportunity to see an original copy of the Declaration of Independence because I thought it was something special especially for people who live close by.
Today I want to do two things:

1) Let you know how great I think it is to live in Mercer County or one of the townships that surround us. We have the unique central location near to Trenton and the state office buildings and museums. We are the capital county. We are also centrally located to some of the best colleges in the nation Princeton and Rutgers to name just a few. And we have wonderful opportunities for the family to enjoy the celebrations that unify our communities like the 4th of July. I know I plan to attend at least some of the Freedom Festival next week.

2) And that brings me to the second purpose of this post. If you enjoy the night-time entertainment that we get during this time of year - fireworks - as much as I do, then you probably want to know where to see the best displays. Keep up to date with the handy Fireworks Guide offered by the Times of New Jersey.

If you want to really be a part of the celebration, you need to make Mercer County, New Jersey your home. It would be my pleasure to show you the great ameneties that you will find here and some of the wonderful homes that are for sale in different locations. Take a peek here or call me at (609) 658-2612 and we'll look together for just the right place for your family to call home.

Rare documents shown for New Jersey's birthday party

Everyone loves a party ... and to think I almost missed letting you in on the news! The State of New Jersey is celebrating our 345th birthday today and you can take part in the celebration tomorrow by visiting the State Museum in Trenton to see the state's birth certificates. Not all states have them, but New Jersey began on June 24, 1664 with a Royal Grant issued by King Charles II's brother James, Duke of York establishing the beginning of what was to become the State of New Jersey with an official birth certificate.

If you stop by the State Museum tomorrow you will also have a very rare opportunity to see an original copy of the Declaration of Independence printed on July 4, 1776. Show your patriotism. Show your pride. And sing Happy Birthday while you are at it, just for the fun of it.

Friday, June 19, 2009

New Jersey finds revenue windfall; May restore property tax rebate program in 2010 budget

It is budget time in the New Jersey Legislature as our legislators work diligently towards approving the state's budget before the June 30 deadline. This post isn't about politics. Please don't turn the page because you don't want political views or because you do or don't want to know where I stand on an issue. That's not what it is about; this post is about something that is important to every property owner in the state - property tax rebates.

The Governor's original budget proposed trimming rebates normally granted to property owners. It was then revised to suspend the rebates altogether. Now the legislators have found an unexpected windfall. They now have an unanticipated $600 million from the tax amnesty program. The state had expected that the amnesty program might bring in as much as $200 million so the unexpected $600,000 windfall comes at a time when our economy really needs it.

On Monday, June 22, our legislators have the opportunity to restore a positive influence on the New Jersey economy. They can choose to use apply the entire amount towards property tax relief for middle-class homeowners. Governor Corzine and Assembly Speaker Joseph Robert Jr think this is a good thing. How about you?

Do you make a point to speak with your legislators? This might be a good time to do so. Find your district delegates here and call them or email them this weekend. Tell them "I am a property owner in your municipality and I encourage you to vote yes to restore the property tax rebate program for the coming fiscal year."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Mercer County Real Estate: 7 Tips for Consumers Preparing to Purchase a Home

Have you asked yourself how to prepare for buying a home? Have you wondered, what will I need; how do I get approved for a loan? I found an absolutely fabulous how-to list courtesy of the Oregon Bankers Association to share with you. It applies to any homeowner, wherever you live or wherever you are looking from Oregon to New Jersey and in between. Please call me at 609-658-2612 if you want to discuss this or to get started on your home search. Thanks for reading!

7 Tips for Consumers Preparing to Purchase a Home

1. Learn about first-time home buyer programs. Consider taking a first-time home buyers course or visit with your local banker to find out about programs available to you, such as the new federal $8,000 first-time home buyer credit for 2009 home purchases.

2. Get pre-approved. Know the difference between “pre-qualified” and “pre-approved.” Getting pre-qualified is a casual process where the lender tells you how much you should be able to borrow based on how much money you make, how much debt you have and how much you have to put down on a house. Pre-approval occurs only after you actually apply for the loan and the lender gives you in writing the amount you can borrow. A buyer who is pre-approved is more attractive to sellers and their agents than one who is only pre-qualified. Once you find a mortgage that is best for you, get pre-approved before you start making offers on a home.

3. Be honest with the lender and yourself. You don’t want to borrow more than you can afford. Your bank can provide a calculator to determine if you can afford to borrow and if so, how much. The American Bankers Association has several home financing calculators available at www.aba.com/aba/static/calculators.htm.
4. Look at the basics of the loan. Don’t get distracted by all the bells and whistles. Choose the type of loan that makes the most sense for you.

5. Know your credit situation. Obtain a copy of your credit report and FICO score or VantageScore at least six months before you apply for a mortgage. This should give you enough time to challenge and remove any errors on your credit report and take care of anything that’s hurting your credit score. To obtain a free copy of your credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com.

6. Consider all the costs. A lender will review costs like fees, closing costs, points, homeowner insurance, and taxes. But consumers should also consider repairs and maintenance costs. As a homeowner, you are responsible for those additional costs - there won’t be a landlord to call.

7. Organize your finances before you go to the bank. While each bank may require different documentation, at a minimum you will need:

- Pay stubs.
- Tax returns.
- Financial statements (one that is less than 60 days old).
- Copies of additional monthly payments such as car loans, credit cards, student loans, etc.
- Any additional information (such as proof of additional income) that you think will help your banker to positively evaluate your credit request.

Credits: 7 Tips for Consumers Preparing to Purchase a Home was a press release from the Oregon Bankers Association on or about June 2, 2009. It has been picked up and distributed by many agencies including oregonlive.com and RISMedia.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Mercer County celebrates our residents

I hope that you found some time yesterday to celebrate the people who live, work and play in Mercer County. I know I did and I wanted to tell you just a little bit about the great and wonderful people that are in the spotlight.

First, Trenton put on a grand celebration for our returning National Guard soldiers. We are so proud of their service. It was a great opportunity to say thank you and welcome home. Click here to look at pictures from the parade that was put on in their honor. From a 19-gun salute, to marching bands and 2,900 marching troops, our community was there, waving flags and cheering them on.

Next, the New Jersey Special Olympics summer games rallied with fireworks at the Lions Stadium on the campus of The College of New Jersey. More than 250 special athletes are competing from Mercer County in this event, but aside from the special joy we get in celebrating their skill, I was especially impressed to learn about the Torch Run. The Torch Run touched 397 New Jersey Communities as private citizens, community leaders, young and old came out to cheer on the spirit of the games.

They weren't cheering only the spirit of the games. I believe they were cheering on the spirit of New Jersey. This weekend we celebrated the spirit of the caring and involved people that make our New Jersey home.

Friday, June 12, 2009

University Heights home in Hamilton, NJ open on Sunday

Have you ever heard the saying, "The days are long, but the years are short?" I'm not so sure I agree! We have so much happening in our real estate office that even the days seem to fly by.

I'm excited to let you know - in case you missed it - that another weekend starts tomorrow!

For me, that signals another open house where you can have that no-pressure look at a really nice New Jersey home: 71 Deacon Drive, Hamilton, NJ will be open on Sunday, June 14, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

This colonial is a perfect family home. With 4-bedrooms and 2.5 baths, it blends formal with casual so you can entertain your friends or just play with the family in the in-ground pool. Check it out! I hope to see you there.

Need directions? Call me at (609) 658-2612 or download the map.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Why you should choose a RE/MAX sales associate

I am a little self conscious about this post because it will sound a little like I'm tooting my own horn. I guess I am in a way; but if I don't tell you, who will? RE/MAX sales associates are the most productive of all real estate agents.

According to RIS Media, a leading information systems aggregator for the real estate industry, RE/MAX sale associates closed an average of 13.2 transactions per agent in 2008. That is nearly 33% more than the next closest competitor.

The compiled report to which I am referring also explains that the dollar volume per agent was 31% higher than the closest competitor. That is to be expected; more sales equals more money, but it is good to know that the percentages remained close. That suggests that most sales associates are focused on the general housing market as opposed to starter homes which would have driven the dollar volume down or luxury homes which would have moved the dollar volume higher per transaction.

Margaret Kelly, CEO, RE/MAX International credits the success of the affiliated brokerages to the training that the sales associates receive and especially to the support that they have through technology such as Leadstreet, the online lead generator available only to RE/MAX associates. “In today’s housing market, the consumer prefers experienced professionals who can get results, and we’ve always felt that our associates are the best in the business, but these surveys provide the facts. We’re very proud of this recognition,” says Kelly.

I'm proud of this recognition too and I promise to put my skills and the RE/MAX advantage to work for you. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you in and around Mercer County, New Jersey.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Trenton Times reports on increased home sales in Mercer County

According to the Trenton Times of New Jersey there is a "ray of light for Mercer County home buyers." Citing data from the National Association of Realtors, the article reports that the national index of pending home sales rose 6.7% in April marking the highest increase in eight years.

At home in New Jersey, there was a 23% increase in the sales of new and existing homes in March. In April, there was an increase of 18%. Coming local to Mercer County, home sales climbed 8% continuing a three month increase.

Agents report that these very positive indicators are being spurred on largely by the $8,000 first-time home buyer credit. As potential buyers find out more about the program and learn that they are eligible, they begin to call and make appointments and eventually close sales. With an increased number of people in the starter-home category, the sellers are able to move up to their next home, and the trend continues upward affecting all sellers in a positive way.

Another reason for the increase is affordability. There has definitely been a price adjustment, where sellers take as much as a $20,000 reduction and make it up in the long-term investment of their next home. Such an example can be found with this price reduction just taken today on this home at 719 Woodland Avenue, Burlington, NJ. Previously listed at $299,900, the owners are listening to the market. They have reduced the asking price to $279,900 and ready for your offer.

With more people entering the market, new home buyers can't wait. It's time to get serious about your home shopping today. Please give me a call at 609-658-2612 so we can check out the homes in Mercer County and the surrounding areas today.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Coming soon to Mercer County

I've always been pleased with the assortment of shops in Mercer County where I can choose to spend my money. I didn't mean to overlook this exciting new addition that others are all abuzz about so let me share the excitement with you now: Trader Joe's is coming to town!

Trader Joe's is slated for development in the Square at West Windsor shopping center where it will join Pier 1 and Lowe's. Some say that Trader Joe's is the mecca for the frugal chic for it features 10,000 sq ft of specialty items, natural foods, and eclectic choices like peanut butter pretzels. No one can deny that a sample of two-buck Chuck wine from Charles Shaw doesn't make the grade.

The Trader Joe experience doesn't stop with the assortment of foods. Sample lotions in the bathrooms or people-watch among the tiki torches. You'll be sure to leave with something including a smile. Watch for the opening of Trader Joe's in Mercer County by the end of summer 2009. Read all about the new store in the NJ Times.