Archive for July, 2012

NJ Housing Recovery 2012

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Housing Recovery Still Strong The steady improvement in home sales can be seen in this graphic which shows that YTD home purchase contracts in New Jersey are running at their highest level in 3 years. Home buyers in the state entered into 7,235 purchase contracts during the 1st half of 2012 which reflects an 18% […]

Need Furniture?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Let’s say you’ve made the big move from a 2 bedroom apartment to a 4 bedroom house with a den and more. Well, here’s a great money saving tip to furnish your home: Our local site. When our residents are moving out, they often put their items up for sale and also advertise their […]

Moving to Maplewood, NJ: Our Schools and Quick-Find map

Monday, July 30th, 2012

If you are thinking of moving to Maplewood, you will probably want to know where our schools are located. Here is a map with the schools marked: If you are thinking about coming out and prefer to take your own driving tour, here is my recommended driving tour that will take you buy each of […]

Moving to Maplewood-Pre-Approval is an Essential Step

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

What Does a Pre-Approval Letter Mean To a Seller? In today‚Äôs world, home-buyers should definitely get a pre-approval letter from a qualified Mortgage Loan Officer before any seller will take them seriously. A buyer needs to be pre-approved because, firstly, you want to know what you truly and/or comfortably afford. One tip in selecting the […]

Starting the “I want to move to Maplewood” process-Open Houses

Friday, July 27th, 2012

A great way to start the process of identifying the town or city in which you would like to live is to utilize Sunday Public Open Houses to get a feel for the neighborhoods and how location impacts the value and price of a home. So, to make this easy, here is a site for […]

Tips for Choosing Your Home Inspector

Friday, July 27th, 2012

So, you made your offer and it has been accepted. From a paperwork perspective, you have forwarded your executed contract to both your attorney and your mortgage loan officer. The Attorney Review process can take as little as a day or a much as 10 days, depending on any unusual contract provisions or any amendments […]

30th Annual Hot Air Ballon Festival Returns

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

A fleet of hot air balloons will overtake the sky this weekend as the Quick Check Festival of Ballooning celebrates its 30th year. But the festival, held Friday-Sunday, July 27-29, at the Solberg Airport in Readington, offers much, much more than ballooning. There are rides, an arts and crafts festival, yoga and Zumba demonstrations, and […]

New SoPAC events added: Stephanie Mills, Leo Norbert Butts, Toots and the Maytals and Much More!

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Los Lonely Boys THU, SEP 27 AT 7:30PM Giants of Jazz 2012 Jazz Master: George Coleman SAT, OCT 6 AT 8PM An Evening with Norbert Leo Butz (recently of Maplewood, NJ, always on Broadway) SAT, OCT 13 AT 8PM Toots and the Maytals THU, NOV 1 AT 7:30PM Stephanie Mills FRI, NOV 9 AT 8PM […]

New Hot Corner (table) at Our Local Whole Foods

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

I love a place with a great selection of wine and beer, but often find my favorite spots are lacking in breadth of selection and many are BYOB. So, it’s with great pleasure that I can say i found a great new lil haunt, just minutes away, as Whole Food’s has launched one of its […]

Short Hills Resident Approved to be Federal Judge

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Short Hills Resident Approved to be Federal Judge The New Jersey attorney could take the bench by end of summer. By Craig McCarthy The Senate confirmed a nomination of a Short Hills resident for the U.S. District Court in the District of New Jersey in a 91-3 vote this week, according to the U.S. Senate’s […]