New Jersey Real Estate News

April 6, 2019

Raise a Glass on Glassboro Real Estate

There’s been fun on the farm for almost a hundred years. Summit City Farms and Winery has been in the Glassboro real estate area since 1922. Special events, fresh produce, and fine wines bring the community together.

The farm itself is family owned and operated. Fruit orchards thrive on hundreds of acres. Crisp apples, plump peaches and juicy nectarines are sold in the farmstand and through the Jersey Fruit Cooperative. The local fruit stand is loaded with fresh veggies and fruits. Located close to Glassboro homes, it is easily found at 500 University Blvd.

Things are hopping and corks are popping at the Summit City Winery. Over 30 flavorful variety of wines are ready and waiting to be enjoyed. Tastings tease the senses with flavors robust and subtle, fruity and sweet. Connoisseurs are pleased with reds, whites, table, sweet and fruit wines. A selection of deli meats and cheeses are offered alongside tastings perfect for pleasing the palate.

Corks Are Popping by Glassboro Homes

The winery at Summit City Farms is open each weekend. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tastings range from $8 to $10 and include a souvenir glass. While the pinot grigio and chardonnay are raved about the region’s fruit wines are especially popular. Favorites include cherry, red raspberry, apple and peach.

Special events are always on the calendar. Music flows freely keeping with a high energy, toe tapping vibe. Friends and neighbors gather for Summit City Farm's Wine and Music Series. Wine and Live Music Nights occur every first and third Fridays with no cover and complimentary snacks. Groove to tunes of the good old days each first and third Saturdays during Wine and the Oldies Music Night. Those with talent team up with friends who just want to have fun during Karaoke Nights each second Friday. And, on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, Wine and Country Nights have boots stomping and folks kicking up their heels.

 

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April 5, 2019

Walk the Walk on Philadelphia Property

Locals walk the walk on Philadelphia property with hungry friends in tow. Chew Philly Food Tours takes visitors and residents through the streets in search of good grub. Treks are about more than just the food though. Participants learn all about the history, culture and lore of the neighborhoods they traverse. Center stage are the Authentic Philly Food Tour, Chestnut Food Tour and Haunted Food Tour.

Delve into history during the Authentic Philly Food Tour. History is as rich as the food is flavorful. Strolls about Manayunck uncover top eateries and restaurants. Stops include up to eight locales. Many delicious tidbits are on the menu including cheesesteaks, tomato pie, pretzels and robust blends of coffee. Possible dining establishments frequented in the Northwest Philadelphia property neighborhood include Sorrentino’s Deli and the River City Outpost.

The Chestnut Hill Food Tour has earned rave reviews and high praise. Known as Chewy Philly Food Tours’ original tour, half a dozen tastings leave folks satisfied in knowledge and food. Newcomers get a feel for the city and long time residents on the excursion may even find a new favorite restaurant.

Find Your New Favorite Restaurant on Philadelphia Property

There’s a chill in the air during the month of October that has nothing to do with the weather. The Haunted Food Tour is thrillingly delightful. The itinerary is filled with fabulous fall treats and bone chilling ghost stories. Guides get in the spirit garbed in costume telling tales and presenting tantalizing tastings. Pumpkin lattes from Volo Coffeehouse are signature sensations on the haunted trek.

Each food tour covers up to two miles of Philadelphia real estate. The Authentic Philly Food Tour features some hills and flights of stairs which may provide a challenge for some. Vegetarian and gluten and allergy restrictions can be accommodated with advanced notification. Trips go with the flow regardless of the weather. Rainy day ponchos are provided by Chew Philly Food Tours. Reservations are required for all trips and can be made here.

 

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April 3, 2019

The World is Wild Near Cape May Homes

Come and greet the world’s animals at the Cape May County Park and Zoo. Found close to Cape May homes, the zoo houses an incredible array of species from across the globe. Self guided strolls are great adventures for the family. Guided tours go with the experts lending more insight into the animals flourishing on the grounds.

Animal encounters are even more in depth allowing visitors to get to know their favorites up close and personal. Stick your neck out in the Giraffe Encounter and learn all about these wonderful beings. North American River Otters are silly behind the scenes in their own animal encounter. While there’s plenty of monkeying around in the Primate Encounter, feathers often get ruffled during the Aviary Encounter. Learn more here.

Meet Lex the African Lion on Cape May Property 

Adopt an animal at the Cape May County Park and Zoo. This worthwhile program allows folks to support their favorite critter living in the Cape May property and in the wild. Popular animals to adopt include Mork the river otter, Lex the African lion, Luna the red panda and Joanie the giraffe. Packages include photos, fact sheets, an adoption certificate and a special keepsake. Conservation programs are vital to the survival of animals in the wild. The Cape May County Park and Zoo is avidly involved with a variety of conservation organizations. Learn more about them here.

The care of the world’s animals depends on future generations. Educational efforts introduce wildlife to local youngsters. Scout programs are designed with badge goals in mind. Zoo-To-You presentations bring animal ambassadors to the schools for informative introductions. After school programs keep kids learning. The very young benefit from the Littlest Explorers and Crafts with Critters. Children over 10 can sign up to be a Jr. Zoo Keeper to learn all about the care and feeding of the wildlife.

The zoo is located close to Cape May homes. There is no charge for admission to enter making it an affordable experience for everyone. Open seven days a week, impromptu visits are a must! Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the winter with gates staying open an extra hour in the summertime. Take a sneak peek at the zoo map before heading out.

 

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July 31, 2017

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April 11, 2016

Dealing with Financing

As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril. Here are a few tips for dealing with the dollar signs so that you can take down that “for sale” sign on your new home.

Get pre-approved. Sub-primes may be history, but you’ll probably still be shown homes you can’t actually afford. By getting pre-approved as a buyer, you can save yourself the grief of looking at houses you can’t afford. You can also put yourself in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house. Unlike pre-qualification, which is based on a cursory review of your finances, pre-approval from a lender is based on your actual income, debt and credit history. By doing a thorough analysis of your actual spending power, you’ll be less likely to get in over your head.

Choose your mortgage carefully. Used to be the emphasis when it came to mortgages was on paying them off as soon as possible. Today, the debt the average person will accumulate due to credit cards, student loans, etc. means it’s better to opt for the 30-year mortgage instead of the 15-year. This way, you have a lower monthly payment, with the option of paying an additional principal when money is good. Additionally, when picking a mortgage, you usually have the option of paying additional points (a portion of the interest that you pay at closing) in exchange for a lower interest rate. If you plan to stay in the house for a long time—and given the current real estate market, you should—taking the points will save you money.

Do your homework before bidding. Before you make an offer on a home, do some research on the sales trends of similar homes in the neighborhood with sites like Zillow. For example if you are considering making an offer on a home in Wedgewood, review comparable home sales across Sewell. By doing so you may identify common sales trends which give you leverage when it comes to making your initial offer. If homes have recently sold for 5 percent less than the asking price, your opening bid should probably be about 8 to 10 percent lower than what the seller is asking. This can save you both time and money during the negotiation process.

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April 11, 2016

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.

Repair. The median age of homes in Sewell is 1984. What does this mean? Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.

Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.

Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.

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April 11, 2016

Relocating to the Big City

Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.

Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to that area. If you can, visit a city before moving and connect with someone who’s lived there before.

Have a plan. There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a friend or an employer to check for you. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.

Get involved. Meeting people in a big city can be daunting. Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive: city life is often too noisy and hectic. Take the initiative. If there are things you liked to do in your town, find ways to do those things in the city. Try new things. Volunteer. Big cities offer so many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like.

Mind your wallet. City life is expensive. Everything costs more: food, insurance, clothes, rent. There are also a lot more ways to get ripped off, whether legally or criminally. Be careful how you spend, and know where your money is going.

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April 11, 2016

5 Tips for Buying a Home

Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible.

Get your finances in order.

Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan. This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house. Also, make sure to review our article Dealing with Financing Your New Home for additional tips to ensuring a smooth transition financing your home.

Find a house you can afford.

As with engagement rings, there’s a general rule of thumb when it comes to buying a home: two-and-a-half times your annual salary. There are also a number of tools and calculators online that can help you understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can afford. Don’t forget, too, that there are lots of considerations beyond the sticker price, including property taxes, energy costs, etc.

Hire a professional.

While the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings and resources, many aspects of the buying process require a level of expertise you can’t pick up from surfing the web. That’s why you’re better off using a professional agent than going it alone. If possible, recruit an exclusive buyer agent, who will have your interests at heart and can help you with strategies during the bidding process.

Do your homework.

Before making a bid, do some research to determine the state of the market at large. Is it more favorable for sellers or buyers? Next, look at sales trends of similar homes in the area or neighborhood. Look at prices for the last few months. Come up with an asking price that’s competitive, but also realistic. Otherwise, you may end up ticking off your seller.

Think long term.

Obviously, you shouldn’t buy unless you’re sure you’ll be staying put for at least a few years. Beyond that, you should buy in a neighborhood with good schools. Whether you have children or not, this will have an impact on your new home’s resale value down the line. When it comes to the house itself, you should hire your own home inspector, who can point out potential problems that could require costly repairs in the future.

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