Bizarre Basement Finds: Top 5 List

The more houses you see, the more likely it is that you are going to see some weird stuff.  Strange layouts, crazy wallpaper, you name it.  And somehow the basement tends to be a home’s headquarters for harboring the...

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Mortgage Approved? Keep it That Way! Avoid these Costly Mistakes

Congratulations! Your offer on your dream home has been accepted and your mortgage application has been approved.  Time to kick back, visit Potterybarn.com and start ordering truckloads of new furniture, right? Not so fast. Keep in mind that your lender will...

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What is the best price for my house?

As a homeowner selling your home, your goal is to get your home sold as quickly as possible for the highest amount of money (preferably with the least stress involved!).  Marketing is the key to making that happen. Price is...

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Multiple Offers? Buckle Your Seatbelt! What a Multiple Offer Situation Means for the Homebuyer

Here in Cranford, Westfield, Fanwood, and the surrounding areas, the spring market has been brisk so far, to say the least.  The combination of continued low interest rates, low inventory, and pent-up demand has resulted in many homes receiving...

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Should I get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage? What’s the difference?

Often when first time homebuyers start looking for their home, one of the first questions they encounter is, should I get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage?  And often, they are not entirely sure of the difference between the...

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I Just Bought a House, Now What? Getting all the “stuff”

When we first purchased our house, we thought we had a good handle on everything that home ownership included.  We had previously owned condos and felt our experience would serve us well.  Sure, we knew there would be a...

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The Essentials, Part 4: Pizza

Forget all about Friday the 13th, did you know that tomorrow is Pi Day? (as in the date, 3.14.15, for those of you who aren’t math geeks).  So, Happy Pi Day (one day early)! In honor of Pi Day, here are my...

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The Essentials, Part Three: Wine, Cabs, Coffee

Now that you’ve made some friends in town, get out, socialize, and have a glass of vino (or two)! Here are some great choices for wine bars.  And, of course for those who might have been “over-served”, here are...

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The Essentials, Part Two: Friends

Of the ‘essentials’, in my opinion none is more key than having friends close by.  When we first moved from Hoboken, I worried about becoming isolated in the suburbs.  I was fearful of losing the tight circle of friends...

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The Essentials, Part One: Chinese, Thai, Sushi

SO where can you go to get the “Essentials” in the Cranford and Westfield area? In honor of the Chinese New Year (Gong Xi Fa Cai to all who celebrate!) , today’s post will focus on my picks for Chinese...

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