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,

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,

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,