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Avoid a Tax Surprise when Selling

When selling real estate, it is critically important to consider the tax implications.  You should always consult with your accountant and/or tax advisor, but here’s also a useful article from CNBC to get you thinking about the topic.  If you are a real estate investor o flipper selling property, you definitely need to consider tax deferral programs such as the 1031 Exchange.  For more information on how to initiate an exchange, please contact me.  I have considerable experience in this area.

My experience spans multiple decades or buying, selling and investing as well as real estate development and restoration.  I also have almost 30 years of sales experience, so when it comes to finding an agent who can best represent sellers as well as know how to be a tough negotiator for buyers, look no further.  Please contact me today at 908.912.4441.

During 2021, I donated thousands of dollars to a variety of deserving pet rescue charities as part of my commitment to giving back a portion of my commissions to pets in need.  Last Fall, I also helped an upstart rescue in New Jersey launch their website.  Check out Faith Haven Rescue @ www.faithhavenrescue.org and consider a donation of your own.  During 2022, my commitment continues, so if you are a pet-lover, let’s talk.

You’re browsing New Jersey open houses using this website, but did you know we also have some other websites and our own Real Estate App to help you with your search.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help to buy or sell a home.  You can call or text us at 908.912.4441 or use our contact form on this page.

We look forward to working with you.

Spring is Here! Need help?

Whether you’re in the market to buy a new house or in need of selling your current house, I’m here to help you every step of the way.  Spring traditionally marks the start of the selling season, but in today’s market, you can throw tradition out the window.  With rates now coming off a bottom and starting to rise quickly, both buyers and sellers are scrambling to take advantage of a historically-hot market while the market conditions are still supportive.  This market will not persist forever.  Rising home prices, overall inflation rates we haven’t seen for over 40 years, rapidly rising rates and fears of a looming recession are going to have an impact on the real estate market and unfortunately, the factors are mostly negative ones for both buyers and sellers.  That all said, we still have an opportunity, but don’t delay.

My experience spans multiple decades or buying, selling and investing as well as real estate development and restoration.  I also have almost 30 years of sales experience, so when it comes to finding an agent who can best represent sellers as well as know how to be a tough negotiator for buyers, look no further.  Please contact me today at 908.912.4441.

During 2021, I donated thousands of dollars to a variety of deserving pet rescue charities as part of my commitment to giving back a portion of my commissions to pets in need.  Last Fall, I also helped an upstart rescue in New Jersey launch their website.  Check out Faith Haven Rescue @ www.faithhavenrescue.org and consider a donation of your own.  During 2022, my commitment continues, so if you are a pet-lover, let’s talk.

You’re browsing New Jersey open houses using this website, but did you know we also have some other websites and our own Real Estate App to help you with your search.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help to buy or sell a home.  You can call or text us at 908.912.4441 or use our contact form on this page.

We look forward to working with you.

Comparables are so important!

I know they say “comparison is the thief of joy”, but when it comes to houses, it’s really useful! Sometimes “comps” are hard to identify, but do your own research and work with a licensed pro for assistance.  We have tools not available to the general public and we can often produce detailed comparable analysis which can be used as part of your negotiation.  If you are looking for open houses in New Jersey, you’ve come to the right place.  Give us a ring and we’d be happy to show you what a professional comparable analysis looks like.  Conversely, if you are selling, knowing what the comps say is equally important.  Contact me with your questions about this topic and I’d be happy to help.

During 2021, I donated thousands of dollars to a variety of deserving pet rescue charities as part of my commitment to giving back a portion of my commissions to pets in need.  Last Fall, I also helped an upstart rescue in New Jersey launch their website.  Check out Faith Haven Rescue @ www.faithhavenrescue.org and consider a donation of your own.  During 2022, my commitment continues, so if you are a pet-lover, let’s talk.

You’re browsing New Jersey open houses using this website, but did you know we also have some other websites and our own Real Estate App to help you with your search.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help to buy or sell a home.  You can call or text us at 908.912.4441 or use our contact form on this page.

We look forward to working with you.

Watch Those Interest Rates!

Did you know that a small move in mortgage rates can make a big difference in your life-of-loan interest payments?  It’s true, but many do not understand this impact over a 30 year mortgage life.  We just had a BIG move in mortgage rates, so let’s talk about your next move.

During 2021, I donated thousands of dollars to a variety of deserving pet rescue charities as part of my commitment to giving back a portion of my commissions to pets in need.  Last Fall, I also helped an upstart rescue in New Jersey launch their website.  Check out Faith Haven Rescue @ www.faithhavenrescue.org and consider a donation of your own.  During 2022, my commitment continues, so if you are a pet-lover, let’s talk.

You’re browsing New Jersey open houses using this website, but did you know we also have some other websites and our own Real Estate App to help you with your search.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help to buy or sell a home.  You can call or text us at 908.912.4441 or use our contact form on this page.

We look forward to working with you.

Time = Money!

Ready to sell while the market is in your favor? Send me a message – I’ll use my expertise to make sure you come out on top!

If you’re thinking of going it alone, don’t underestimate how much of your time you are going to sink into selling your home.  From the pre-listing activities all the way through closing, you are going to be investing dozens, perhaps more than 100 hours of your collective time on the sale.  And remember this, not only is it hours of time, but there is also risk involved if you mishandle the transaction.

You’re browsing open houses in Ocean and Monmouth Counties using this website, but did you know we also have some other websites and our own Real Estate App to help you with your search.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help to buy or sell a home.  You can call or text us at 908.912.4441 or use our contact form on this page.

We look forward to working with you.

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a holiday season full of joy and happiness! 2021 was a very eventful year in the world and certainly in real estate too!

2022 looks to be little changed from 2021 as far as real estate trends go, so if you are looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate, I’m your man in the Westfield/Summit and surrounding area as well as coastal Ocean & Monmouth Counties.  I am personally invested in Union, Somerset, Monmouth and Ocean Counties and I would like to help you navigate these complex markets too.  Rates remain low and with the stock market in bubble territory, income investing in quality New Jersey properties is a smart idea.  I have been doing it for over 21 years and I have a lot of good ideas to share with you, so please contact me!

During 2021, I donated thousands of dollars to a variety of deserving pet rescue charities as part of my commitment to giving back a portion of my commissions to pets in need.  This Fall, I also helped an upstart rescue in New Jersey launch their website.  Check out Faith Haven Rescue @ www.faithhavenrescue.org and consider a donation of your own.

You’re browsing New Jersey open houses using this website, but did you know we also have some other websites and our own Real Estate App to help you with your search.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help to buy or sell a home.  You can call or text us at 908.912.4441 or use our contact form on this page.

We look forward to working with you.

Halloween House “Haunting”

Halloween is a great time of year to go house “haunting”.  Of course, I mean “hunting”.  LOL.  People are under the misconception that the Fall/Winter season is a bad time to be selling or buying a home.  Not true.  These cooler months are a great time to be in the market!

If you’re a buyer, you’ll be you’ll be competing with fewer, albeit much more motivated buyers.  Also, if you like the way a home looks in the Fall and Winter months, you will likely love it in the Spring and Summer!

If you’re on the sell side, you’ll be in a market with fewer homes for sale, so if you believe in the laws of supply and demand, you should be able to command a higher price.  In addition, you’ll find that the Fall/Winter buyers are also highly motivated buyers who are out in the market when there are so many holiday and weather distractions.

You’re browsing open houses in Ocean and Monmouth Counties using this website, but did you know we also have some other websites and our own Real Estate App to help you with your search.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help to buy or sell a home.  You can call or text us at 908.912.4441 or use our contact form on this page.

We look forward to working with you.

Fall Maintenance Tips!

Fall home maintenance is very important for homeowners.  Protecting your house during the Fall/Winter months is critical to protecting your home!  Most of the tasks are simple and can be completed by yourself or a handyman at little cost.  I’m one of the most handy Realtors® you will ever meet, so if I can provide some guidance on these Fall projects, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Click here to read the full article on the Fall maintenance tips!

Contact us today to discuss how we can help.  You can call or text us at 908.912.4441 or use our contact form on this page.

We look forward to working with you.

Thinking of Selling on Your Own?

If you are considering selling your home, please contact me first.  I’m happy to have a no-obligation consultation with you before you make your first step.  I will prepare my custom market analysis for your review and provide you with many useful tips to maximize your selling price and minimize the frustrations while avoiding the pitfalls.   There are so many things to ponder before listing your home for sale.  Why not take some free advice from a local expert before you proceed.

Think about it.  You use licensed experts for your health (a Doctor), your legal matters (an Attorney) and your finances (an Accountant or Certified Financial Planner).  Why would you then try to sell one of your larger assets without a licensed expert (a Realtor®)?

We also host a new real estate group on Nextdoor.  Connect with neighbors and friends interested in the topic of real estate investing.  Click here to join the conversation!

Check out my BLOG posting here for some of the top reasons you won’t want to go it alone with your real estate transaction.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help.  You can call or text us at 908.912.4441 or use our contact form on this page.

We look forward to working with you.

FSBOs Need a Local Expert

In today’s hot market, selling has never been easier! If you’re thinking about selling your home, this is your sign to call me immediately so I can help you land the deal of your dreams.  Thinking of selling the home on your own as a way to save money on the commission, well think about this…  First, homes listed on the MLS generally sell for more than For-Sale-By-Owner (FSBO) sales and usually enough more to cover the Realtor’s commission.  Consider this.  the owner of ForSaleByOwner.com used a real estate agent to sell his condo – that’s rich!  Also, don’t underestimate the amount of work that goes into selling a home.  As a licensed NJ Realtor, I have documented over 100 tasks that we perform that go into the sale of a property.  Finally, in today’s real estate market, the sale of a home requires tech & social media savvy that many home owners lack.  Part of this involves and investment of hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in professional photography, video, floor plans and social media platform ads to best market the property.  These are all costs that are paid for by your agent.   So, you use licensed experts for your health (a Doctor), your legal matters (an Attorney) and your finances (an Accountant or Certified Financial Planner).  Why would you then try to sell one of your larger assets without a licensed expert (a Realtor®)?

Contact us today to discuss how we can help.  You can call or text us at 908.912.4441 or use our contact form on this page.

We look forward to working with you.