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TIPS FOF BUYING & SELLING REAL ESTATE IN UNION & ESSEX COUNTY NJ
#1 WAY TO AVOID OVERPAYING FOR REPAIRS & RENOVATIONS
When I'm renovating a home, no matter how hard I try to control costs, I always end up paying more than what was on the contractors' original estimates.
I realized that it's because contractors love to use this sneaky technique of adding extra to the job. This is how it goes:
Contractor gives quote based on minimal amount of work required for job. In fine print it will say that the price can be adjusted if the work turns out to be more involved than originally estimated.
Well, guess what, the work ALWAY turns out to be more than originally excepted.
So, how do we avoid paying extras?
1. Make sure you go over all the details of the job up front. If you forget something, it will become an extra
2. Make sure contractor gives your a best case, and worst case scenario of the scope of work.
3. Make sure you are clear with the contractor that you will not pay ANY extras unless they are discussed
and approved in writing FIRST, because the work is completed.
Use these 3 tips to make sure your next home improvement project doesn't cost you an arm AND a leg!
5 things to do today to protect your home
Is your home ready for Winter?
It’s almost end of November so you know winter is coming soon. It starts to get cold early around here, and before you know it you got freezing temperatures.
When I first bought my house I didn’t take very good care of it, and I had no idea what to do maintenance-wise, especially for winter.
So I did some research and I started doing these 4 basic things every year around this time to help keep my home in top shape for the brutal months ahead.
#1. I winterize all the exterior faucets and hoses. I’ve had to replace a few of these over the years because I would forget to drain the water from the lines. Once it freezes it could burst
#2. I get my gutters cleaned. I’ve been guilty of not doing this in the past but now it is mandatory due to the amount of foliage in this area.
#3. I get my boiler serviced: If you have radiator steam or baseboard heat, get your boiler serviced once a year. You don’t need to get it drained and refilled, just have the plumber clean up the parts that usually get clogged up.
#4. I check for drafts. Check for drafts throughout your home. This is where you get to see how good your windows are. Calk around window or door frames where necessary.
#5. I cover and tie up all the furniture. True story - powerful winds have sent my stuff flying into my neighbor’s yard, destroying her furniture. Now everything is covered and tied down.
I know this might all seem like common sense
but for me it took years to figure out!
So if you haven’t done these 5 things already this year, it’s probably a good time to start!
514 WHITEWOOD RD, UNION 07083
We are so pumped to present this new listing in Union. And why wouldn't we be?
We're talking about tasteful updated colonial an excellent location, near Washington school.
We love showing off this one to potential buyers. The asking price is only $375,000!!
Here is just some of what this home offers:
- Center Hall colonial with open floor plan
- Designer kitchen w/ tons of cabinet space
- Hardwood floors throughout
- Large master bedroom.
- Large private, fenced in yard
- Back deck for entertaining
- Central A/C & Forced hot air heat!
ALL THIS FOR UNDER 400K!!
TAXES UNDER 10K! WOW!
UPDATE: Open House this Sunday, Oct 28th 2-4PM.
For more information about this home Call/text: 973.506.9866
The NJ real estate market has been hot in 2018, and some home sellers are getting between 5-10 offers for their homes!
When selling a home in this market, it's important to choose the right offer. How do you know which offer is best in a multiple offer situation?
Hint: It's not just about price!
In this video I give a few tips for home sellers on how to evaluate and pick the best offer in a multiple offer situation:
1. Ask for highest & best
2. Write down and organize all offers
3. Evaluate & calculate bottom line for each offer
4. Vet each potential buyer to see who's most qualified to buy your home*
*This is the step that most realtors and "for sale by owners" miss!
I also give some advice for home buyers on how to make their offer stand out from the crowd and lock down that dream house.
1. Bring your highest and best offer
2. Use conventional financing instead of FHA loan
3. Don't ask for any seller's concessions or credits
4. Make sure your realtor follows up and gets your offer to the top of the pile
It's a great market right now but even a great market has it's challenges. Use these tips to help make the best decision when buying or selling real estate.
Questions? Text me: 973.506.9866
Summer is officially over, and if you're like me, you're soaking in every last bit of sunshine and warmth we get before winter hits. ❄️
Let's recap how the market did over the last couple of months. Here's a quick summary of June thru September 2018:
The average sale price in Union rose to $319,216
⬆ up from last year's average by 5.6% ‼️
For new listings, the average asking price is $349,558, which is also up from $326,000 last summer.
Highest single family sale: 459 Homestead Pl, $612,000
Lowest single family sale 863 Boyd Ave, $137,000
Highest Multi-Family sale: 1300 Biscayne Blvd, $465,000
Lowest Multi-family sale: 134 Valley St, $167,500
2384 STEUBEN ST, UNION / ASKING $279,000!!
**EXCLUSIVE LISTING WITH REALTY 33**
Off-Market. Back on the market - this spacious & cozy mother/daughter cape in the much sought after Battle Hill section of Union. Asking only $279,000!!
This is your chance to get a great home for a great price by cutting out the competition.
-Living room with working fireplace
-Dining room, kitchen,
-Sun room, bedroom
Hardwood floors throughout. Beautiful corner lot. Large unfinished basement. Private yard with patio perfect for entertaining. Keep it as a mother/daughter or easily convert it back to a single family.
Property being sold in "as-is" condition. Buyer responsible for obtaining municipal certificates of occupancy and fire.
For questions or to schedule a showing call/text Silvio at: 973-506-9866.
1149 Commerce Ave, Union, Asking $417,000
1149 COMMERCE AVE, UNION / ASKING $417,000
2 FAMILY / 4BR 2 BATH / 2 CAR GARAGE / TAXES $9,612
Here is a great investment/owner occupied 2 family in an EXCELLENT location in Union.
1149 Commerce ave is a stately 2 family with newer roof and new 96% efficiency furnace.
This property comes with 2 units, each about 800 sq ft. with 2 BR & 1 Bath. 1st. Refinished hardwood on the 1st floor, freshly painted walkout basement. Long driveway with oversized 2 car garage. and private yard.
For more information on this great home just call / text 973.506.9866.
Renovated 4Br 2 Bath, Asking $229,900!
Available now is 65 9th Ave, a large renovated 4br colonial with new kitchen, baths, and large living space for entertaining. All you have to do is move in!
This big renovated 4BR colonial that is made for entertaining. This home is a lot bigger than it looks! On the 1st flr you have a formal living room, half bath, & huge kitchen/dining area with center island.
This space can accommodate large gatherings and is perfect for entertaining. kitchen features new floors, cabinets, and appliances.
Upstairs on the 2nd flr you'll find 2 bedrooms plus a desk/office room, and renovated full bath.
2 more bedrooms are on the 3rd floor.
Nice big yard for outdoor gatherings. LOW TAXES!
For more information on this property call/text Silvio at: 973.506.9866
Tips For Dealing with Oil Tanks
Underground oil tanks are the #1 deal killer in the New Jersey real estate market. Many oil tanks are buried and abandoned and are only discovered when an unsuspecting owner tries to sell. The reason it's such big deal is because a leaky tank can cause serious environmental contamination.
There are, however, several ways to protect yourself from risk of having an abandoned oil tank pop up on your property. Whether buying or selling a home, an oil tank inspection is a must. If a tank is discovered, it's important to get it tested to assess the overall condition of the tank. If it's found to be leaking, it's critical to get a certified environmental remediation company to evaluate the severity of the contamination.
For sellers, all of this should be done BEFORE putting the property for sale. For buyers, a tank sweep is a must. Buying a home with an oil tank can be very risky, so use caution and consult with an attorney and professional oil tank removal company before deciding what to do.
908 Anna St, Elizabeth, Asking $229,900!
3 family money maker in Elizabeth is available now for only $229,000! Where else but with Realty 33 are you going to find a move-in ready, turn key 3 unit property for this price?
Tired of seeing every property go under contract? Tired of getting out bid? Tired of being told to pay over asking price to get the deal? Well we have another hot EXCLUSIVE listing just for you. A great home for a great price without the competition of the MLS.
This property is a move-in ready 3 Family, fully rented with low taxes. No problem qualifying for FHA or conventional mortgage. It sits on a big 37.5x115 lot. Detached driveway with plenty of parking. Same owner for 30 years so the property has been updated and maintained over time. Newer roof and Siding.
5 total bedrooms, 3 full baths.
1st flr: 2br, 1bth, living, dining, kitchen
2nd flr: 2br, 1bth, living, dining, kitchen
3rd flr: 1br, 1bth, living, kitchen
This property is fully occupied and makes money every month, Taxes are only $5,521! Unfortunately, no interior pics at this time.
Perfect opportunity for an investor looking to grow a turn-key rental portfolio or owner occupant that wants to live in 1 unit and use the rental income to pay the mortgage.
-Legal 3 Family
-5 bedrooms, 3baths -Low taxes!!
-Hardwood floors -Good location
-Lots of parking -Move-in condition
For more information or to schedule a showing please
text Silvio at 973-506-9866 or reply to this email.
Please reference *908 ANNA ST*
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