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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The Nominations Are In! Best Movie Houses

Have you seen the films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar?  No? Me neither.  Like, not a single one.  For about the fifth year in a row. But I love the Oscars anyway and, rest assured, I will be...

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Making the Move

When making the move from Hoboken to the suburbs, Darren and I had to figure out what really mattered.  Where should we look? What sort of community would be right for us?  What amenities could we not live without?...

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Welcome to my site!

Hello and welcome to my very first blog post! Thanks for visiting. My name is Tina Browning and I’m a Realtor Associate with Coldwell Banker in Westfield, NJ (Westfield West office). I live in Cranford, NJ with my husband, Darren, and...

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2015 Wrap Up – What Sold, for How Much, and Where?

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Now, it’s time to look back and reflect on the past year in the real estate market.  Here, I am looking at the towns most desired by my clients – Clark, Cranford,...

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