New Construction 2 Family, Asking $339,900
**JUST HIT THE MARKET** 🚨🚨
Just renovated new construction home on a corner lot with a big open layout, laundry room, & master suite on each floor!
This property is about to hit the market but I wanted you to know about it before a hundred other people go to see it.
138 19TH AVE, ASKING $339,000
Enjoy modern amenities in this renovated 2 family home, originally built in 2006.
Both units have been professionally remodeled and offer beautiful natural hardwood floors + newly renovated kitchen & baths.
Modern open kitchen with granite countertops and ss appliances
Each apartment features 3 bedrooms including a large master suite with full bath and double closet.
Over 1,000 sq ft of living space in each apartment.
This property has central heating & cooling, newer roof, newer thermopane windows, private parking, and surprisingly low taxes for a new construction - only $9,138!
Call / text Silvio: 973.506.9866 to schedule a walkthrough
Renovated Ranch, Asking $339,900
I'm proud to bring you this stylishly remodeled ranch in one of Hillside's most sought after neighborhoods, on a private, bending road nestled against the wooded backdrop of Conant Park.
We combined a clean modern style with this home's original charm to create a unique look unlike anything else on the market.
Sitting on an impressive 65x100 lot with a generous front yard & extra wide driveway.
1st flr layout includes living room, dining room, 3 bedrooms including a master suite with walk-in closet & powder room, full bath, renovated chef's kitchen, and a cozy den.
Renovations include refinished oak hardwood floors, new designer bathrooms, updated kitchen with American-made solid wood cabinets, custom "hammered" backsplash, refurbished vintage hood, granite countertops, and high-end ss appliances.
Newly finished basement with rec room, utility room, laundry area, and extra storage. Newer plumbing, electrical, & roof. All new custom LED lighting. Forced hot air heat & central AC.
Big private yard perfect for those summer nights under the stars. Come see & fall in love with this home.
NOT A FLOOD ZONE!
Call / Text 973.506.9866 to schedule a showing.
HOW TO SELL A HOME WITH AN UNPERMITTED BATHROOM
I see this all the time: A homeowner purchased a home 20 years ago and installed a bathroom in the basement, but never pulled the required permits with the Town.
Now the owner wants to sell and when it comes time to obtain the certificate of occupancy, the Town inspector comes in and sees the bathroom, which doesn’t appear on the tax record for the property.
So he/she finds out you never pulled permits for the bathroom. In this case, many people wonder: What exactly happens? Does the inspector make you rip up the bathroom? 😱. Do you have to pay a fine? 😱.
These are common concerns for sellers in this situation. But the truth is, having an unpermitted bathroom is not a HUGE problem, so long as:
1. The bathroom was properly installed by a professional
2. There are no obvious code violations or safety concerns
3. You know your Town's specific requirements.
EVERY TOWN IS DIFFERENT! So please be honest with your Town's inspector about the situation and ask them what they specifically require in order to permit the bathroom.
So, with those 3 caveats in mind, this is what you should do to sell a home with an unpermitted bathroom:
1. CHECK QUALITY OF WORK. Again, the bathroom MUST have been installed properly by a licensed professional, or at least by someone that knew what they were doing. This is a requirement if you are going to proceed to step 2.
2. OBTAIN PERMIT JACKET. Go to the Town building department and obtain the “jacket” of permit applications that must be submitted when constructing a bathroom in a home. This includes the building, electrical, and plumbing permit.
3. FILL OUT PERMIT APPLICATION. For this step, you’ll need a licensed electrician and plumber. First, contact the company or individual that built the bathroom, and ask them for help filling out the application. They may be able to handle all 3 applications for you. Or, fill out the building permit yourself, and hire a trusted electrician and plumber for the others.
WARNING: Both the plumber & the electrician will need to examine the bathroom work and make sure they are comfortable submitting a permit for the job, since they didn’t do it themselves. This is why step #1 is so crucial. If they find certain things were done incorrectly, they may want to make some repairs to get it up to code.
4. SUBMIT JACKET AND GET INSPECTION. After completing the permit applications with the contractors' signatures and diagrams (if needed), you’ll want to submit the jacket to the building department and schedule an appointment for your 3 inspections: Electrical, Plumbing, and Building.
TIP: It’s helpful to have the contractors present of the inspections but not necessary so long as the work was done correctly.
5. PASS INSPECTION OBTAIN PERMITS. Once the inspectors come and inspect the bathroom, if the work is satisfactory, they will each issue a sticker showing the structure passed inspection. Once you obtain all 3 stickers, you have now officially “closed out” the permit! You’re done!
WARNING: If the work was not done correctly and there are obviously code violations, the inspectors will start to get very suspicious. In some cases, they may ask you to open walls and floor so they can see the plumbing. If the plumbing work is not done correctly, the bathroom will have to be removed. This is why its super important to make sure everything was installed up to code by skilled professionals.
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RENOVATED BRICK FARMHOUSE ASKING $349,900
Renovated corner lot charmer with 4br, 2 bath plus open layout, plus bonus amenities. Renovated brick "farmhouse" bursting at the seams with character & curb appeal. Offering an open 1st flr layout with living / dining + open kitchen with custom cabinets, farm sink, pantry, and mud room. 2nd floor includes 1 full bath and 3brs, including large master with his/her closets. Finished br with walk-in closet & bonus storage on 3rd floor. Partially finished basement with full bath & laundry area. Exterior amenities include new driveway, detached garage, new front porch, newer roof and windows, and professional landscaping. Close to shopping, highways, & Linden High School.
WHAT IS IT AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT IN A REAL ESTATE SALE?
You have probably come across this message when looking at homes online:
"BUYER RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING C/O AND FIRE CERTS"
If you haven't bought or sold a home recently, this might not make any sense to you. So I've put together responses to the most common questions about the C/O process to shed some light on the topic.
WHAT IS A "C/O"?
C/O stands for "Certificate of Occupancy". Municipalities decided that they needed a way to make sure that residential dwellings were being kept to minimum building code standards. In other words, they wanted a way to make sure that all residential property bought and sold was suitable for habitability. So they created the Certificate of Occupancy, or C/O for short.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Every time a home is sold, a town inspector evaluates the property and determine if there are any health hazards or safety concerns. Any “violations” the inspector finds must be corrected before the home is re-occupied by the new owner.
WHO PAYS FOR IT?
It depends. In this market there are a lot of “as-is”, short sales, foreclosures, and properties that need repairs. Many of these properties require signifnact repairs in order to pass a c/o inspection. Depending on the list of violations, obtaining a c/o can become very costly. Therefore, who pays for it it becomes a point of contention during every real estate sale.
WHY IS IT THE BUYER'S RESPONSIBILITY?
Normally buyers are only responsible for obtaining the c/o when buying foreclosures and auction sales. But because we are in a seller’s market, many sellers today would rather put the responsibliy on the buyer, even in a traditional sale.
DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO GET THE C/O BEFORE CLOSING?
Not always. There’s something called a conditional, or temporary, C/O that allows the buyer to correct the violations after closing. In this case, the buyer agrees in writing (usually an affidavit) that he/she will not occupy the property until the town reinspects and issues the full C/O.
WHEN DOES THE SELLER GET THE C/O?
If the home is in good to great condition, then it makes sense for the seller to get the C/O. It shows the buyer that the home is safe and habitable and worth the price. Conversely, by telling the buyer that he/she must obtain the C/O, the seller is admitting that the home needs some repairs, and this usually effects the price a buyer is willing to pay.
TIP: The insepctor checks for open permits on a property before issuing a C/O, so make sure all permits are closed out beforehand!
WHAT ABOUT THE FIRE CERTIFICATE?
Depending on the town, the fire certificate can be a separate inspection or part of the C/O. Regardless of how its set up, the point of the fire inspection is make sure the home is fire code compliant. There is no “conditional” option for the fire cert, so it’s either pass or fail. This means that if the required smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers are not properly installed in their correct locations, the property will fail and it will delay the sale. The town will usually have a diagram to follow for the correct placement of the aforementioned items on each floor of the home.
TIP: ALL SMOKE ALARMS MUST BE SEALED, 10 YEAR BATTERY SMOKE ALARMS. THIS IS NOW A STATE REQUIREMENT.
SO GETTING THE C/O IS A PAIN IN THE BUTT?
It can be, for sure. how difficult it is to obtain a C/O will depend a lot on the condition of the property and the willingness of the buyer and seller to cooperate. But most importantly, having someone with experience to handle the process can be a major help.
Whether it's my buyer or seller client, I always help with the C/O. I do things like fill out and submit the application, schedule the inspection, meet the inspector, discuss violations with clients, supervise the repairs, and so on.
For the fire certificate, I first walk through the property and install smoke detectors etc where needed. Then I bring a backup kit of materials to the inspection in case I missed anything.
So if you have a good experienced realtor that knows what the inspectors are looking for, passing the c/o inspection can be easy and inexpensive.
Questions? Text me: 973-506-9866
Till' Next Time!
-Silvio / Realty 33
At Realty 33, We tap into 25+ years of experience and market know-how to help our clients make streetwise real estate decisions.