Thursday, April 30, 2009

West Windsor ranks as No. 1

In case you were wondering where to find the best neighborhood to raise a family might be, wonder no more! It's right here in West Windsor, New Jersey. We who live here have been satisfied with our surroundings for a long time, but sometimes it takes someone from outside the community to help us appreciate what we have even more.

Thanks to Neighborhood Scout of the AOL real estate network for discovering:
* West Windsor has a top notch school district that ranks in the top 7% in New Jersey
* West Windsor is safer than 97% of all neighborhoods in America
* Families with school-aged children are the prevailing family type

If you are looking to raise your family in the premier location for a New Jersey home, then you need to call me now to visit some of the properties that we have just for you. Take a look and then give me a call at 609-658-2612. Let's make a deal on the No. 1 spot to raise your family.

Monday, April 27, 2009

New home builders gain confidence

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is reporting that builder confidence is at its highest level since October 2008. Newly built, single-family homes gained five points in April according to the Wells Fargo Housing Index (HMI) reflecting the largest one-month gain since May of 2003.

So what does that mean for you as a buyer? It means the time is right to act - no more sitting on the fence - because as you wait, others will be taking action. The confidence level is a good indication that consumers are returning to the market.

The report from the NAHB also cites that other good indicators for new construction as the prime buying season, improved affordability levels, favorable market rates and the $8,000 tax credit offered by the federal government. However, the NAHB cautions that in order to take advantage of the tax credit, you must be in your new home by December 1, 2009. All contracts and agreements must be closed by that time.

As a new construction specialist, I am here to help you find the right New Jersey home and navigate the system to take advantage of all opportunities that await you. I am the exclusive agent for Dogwood Meadows a new residential community in Mercer County New Jersey. However, I am available and ready to help you find the right new home for you. Call me now for an appointment. Joe - (609)658-2612

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hamilton, NJ offers a Custom Cape

Sometimes you just like what you see. I think you will agree that this classical Cape at 230 Crescent Avenue, Hamilton, NJ is one of those homes. Its classic style is enhanced with 4-bedrooms and 3-full baths plus living, dining and eat-in kitchen. It has been customized with a finished basement, new hot water heater, radiant heat and vents ready for central air. This lovely home on a corner lot can be yours for just $289,900.

Does it sound too good to be true? Just give me a call at (609)658-2612 and we'll set up a tour to discuss this New Jersey home that is being sold as-is. There's a lot to learn and a lot to love.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Do more than talk about the economy: take action instead

Tax Day. Have you heard about the tea parties that are taking place throughout the US? While I certainly commend the promoters for getting the word out, I have to wonder if anger and outrage is a good thing for our economy right now.

Of course the idea hails back to the colonial days when taxation without representation forced the Massachusetts colonists to dump tea from ships into the Boston Harbor. It became a rallying point of unison for our nation to move forward to independence. Today, however, the idea sort of comes off as partisan. When first suggested by former GOP candidate Ron Paul, it was against then President Bush and not all that well received by the party. Now the GOP has set up a website to help the movement achieve maximum momentum. It's a passive way to assist a demonstration that may or may not garner as much actual participation as it does media attention. According to CBS News, 56 percent of those surveyed approved of President Obama's handling of the economy and 74 percent approved of higher taxes for the rich.

Since public opinion remains staunchly behind our new president, why don't we lend ourselves to more positive pursuits than demonstrations about the economy? Take action and work hard. If you have lost your job due to the situation, volunteer harder. We already have indications that the economy has shifted. Home sales are up. Foreclosures are down. Housing affordability is up. Interest rates are down. If we give it a chance and aren't afraid to invest and commit, the housing industry could lead the way to full recovery. I am committed to action. Are you?

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Mortgage rates add to New Jersey home affordability

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) the number of home mortgage applications have risen to the highest level in the past three months. Accompanied by the low interest rates and many different properties in the housing real estate market to choose from, I can attest that the housing affordability graph created by the New Jersey Association of REALTORS® is true. New Jersey homes are among the most affordable in the nation.

Pointing to a 4.7 rise in new home sales in February, Pierre Ellis, Senior Economist, Decision Economics, New York said, "The rise in new home sales suggests that the drop in mortgage rates and prices has increased affordability enough to bring some buyers back to the market."

I encourage you to take advantage of the favorable market. If you really want to keep it conservative, consider this ultra-affordable ranch at 140 Hauser Street, Hamilton, NJ. With three bedrooms and a remodeled kitchen, you'll find this home ready to move in at $210,000. Don't forget your first time home buyer incentives. Let me show you how to make the New Jersey home affordability factor work for you. Call me to find out more: 609-658-2612.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A favorite Hamilton New Jersey Neighborhood: University Heights

Hamilton, New Jersey is a community rich in neighbors and neighborhoods. Within the township, there are more than sixty defined areas that have been given neighborhood monikers. Designed in 1973 with 800 homes, University Heights is one of the most popular and stable. That's why I am so pleased to offer this home at 71 Deacon Drive in University Heights for your consideration.

This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath colonial is beautiful! It has a large kitchen, lots of cabinets, a large pantry and a separate dining area that looks out over the backyard. There is lots of gathering areas including a large living room, formal dining room and family room. But one of the best assets of this splendid home is the 3-season room complete with a view of the heated in-ground pool. I promise, you will want to stay-cation this year when you make this New Jersey home yours.

This is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity at $414,900 so don't wait! Take action now by calling me to arrange a tour. (609) 658-2612 Look at the staying power of this neighborhood. You'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Jersey homes rank high on affordability index

According to the New Jersey Association of REALTORS® housing affordability is higher than it has been.

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has created an affordability index formula that takes into account many variables such as home price, mortgage rates, payment as a percentage of income, median family income, qualifying income and monthly Principal and Interest (P&I) payments. According to the calculations for 2008, if you live in New Jersey or are considering a New Jersey home, you can't afford not to buy!

What exactly does this graph show us? With one hundred being average, and below one hundred being less affordable and above being more affordable, it is easy to see the greatest home values were found in the fourth quarter of 2008. So how does that stack up now?

The New Jersey Association of REALTORS® continues the story by saying with first-time buyer tax credits, mortgage rates near historic lows and increased Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan limits, your buying power has never been greater. Top that off with the fact that the seven-year real estate appreciation rate in New Jersey is double the national average at 80%, it is safe to say that you can't afford not to buy.

Bottom line, if purchasing a home is on your mind, now is the time to act. Let me show you the statistics and help you calculate how your purchasing power stacks up today. Call me now at 609-658-2612 for an in-depth look at Mercer County NJ and the surrounding areas. I can't wait to hear from you!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Check out the new prices on these New Jersey homes

We recently told you all about this beautiful home at 27 Lake Shore Drive, West Windsor as well as the great community that surrounds it. But did we tell you that it was ready to move in? All it takes to make it happen is for you to take action. I hope you agree that this is a wonderful home for $799,000. Call me at (609) 658-2612 and let's get that action started.

Do you remember this value? 13 Wilson Street, Trenton, NJ We're not fooling when we say you can buy cheaper than rent. How does $43,900 sound for this great townhome? My number is (609) 658-2612. Call me and let's discuss the opportunities that exist for first-time home buyers. You can't pass up this opportunity!

No matter your price point, I am here to help you find your home. Please let me show you the possibilities that await you in the Mercer County NJ real estate market.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Washington Town Center is all that and more

You will fall in love with the old-town feeling of Washington Town Center in Robbinsville, NJ. Parks, playgrounds, lakes, and plenty of open space add to the charm of this neighborhood community. The old-town family feel gets even better when you experience the newness of it all.

On January 1, 2008, Washington Township officially changed its name to Robbinsville Township. Washington Town Center is named for the former township. This newer residential development based on smart growth principles has blossomed with the change.

Today I am pleased to offer you a lovely 3-bedroom townhome at 44 North Street in the much sought after community of Washington Town Center. Take a look and imagine yourself enjoying the large rooms with 9' ceilings and hardwood floors. Imagine yourself relaxing in the Jacuzzi tub, playing in the adjoining park and walking to shopping at Washington Town Center mall.

Can you imagine? This New Jersey townhome gives you all that you want and more for just $399,900. Let me show it to you today. Call me at (609) 658-2612 to arrange a tour. I can't wait to talk to you!