Today we learned that Newark has made the short list of 20 cities throughout the country that are still in the running to host Amazon's new Headquarters. A total of 238 applications were submitted from cities throughout North America, 6 of which were from New Jersey. Newark, however, was the only NJ city to be accepted into the 2nd round of the selection process.
Newark's bid came with huge backing from both the State and City. Former Gov. Christie announced in October that the state would make up $5 billion in tax incentives available. The City of Newark also committed to a $2 billion city property tax and wage tax waiver for Amazon to open it's doors here.
Sound like a big commitment? It is. But consider this: Since Amazon was first created in 1994, it has employed more than 40,000 people in Seattle, where it's primary headquarters are located. It has been estimated that Amazon’s investments since 2010 have brought a staggering $38 billion into the city’s economy. This includes $4 billion dollars worth of real estate development and commercial office space that will stand in the city for hundreds of years.
Now, the company plans to invest another $5 billion in development and create up to 50,000 jobs wherever it builds its newest hub. So why not Newark? "There is a story that Amazon could tell about how they were a part of expediting a city’s growth," Mayor Baraka said earlier today. "A city that is like a phoenix in a fire and continues to move forward despite all the obstacles. Amazon gets to come here and expedite that, fashioning and forming a story of a city 50 years in the making.”
Can you image the kind of economic impact of having one of the largest - if not THE largest - company in the world setting up it's HQ right in our backyard? My fingers are crossed!
The Closing date is the most important date of the entire real estate transaction. It is the day in which title is finally conveyed between the previous owner and the new one. After weeks of negotiations and hard work, the last thing anyone wants is for a deal to fall apart at the closing table. That's why we've outlined a few key steps every buyer and seller should take before signing on the dotted line. Following each one of the tips below will help to ensure you have a smooth and successful closing:
1. Take 1 last walk through the home. Ask your realtor to walk the property with you. Bring the repair list with you and make sure all items were addressed. Make sure items that were to be removed were indeed taken out and anything that was supposed to remain behind is still there. Don't wait until the last minute to do the walkthrough, do it the day before closing so you have time to address any issues that might arise.
2. Read paperwork BEFORE the closing. There should be no surprises when you sit down to close the deal. Depending on the type of transaction there may be a lot of paperwork to sift through. There is no need to feel overwhelmed. Request that the attorney, mortgage company, etc send you the preliminary drafts of the closing documents 2 days prior to closing. calmly go through the documents and jot down notes on anything that isn't clear to you, Then consult with your attorney or mortgage rep to get a better understanding on those items.
3. Make sure checks are prepared in advance. Buyers should make sure they know in advance the exact amount needed to bring to closing. Decide ahead of time which form of payment (check, credit card, wire) is best. Sellers should decide ahead of time how they want to receive the proceeds. The bottom line is you want to make sure your money goes where you want it to go at closing.
4. Make sure all contingencies are satisfied. Were all repairs completed? Did someone obtained the municipal fire and certificates of occupancy? Were all of the buyer's mortgage contingencies met? Are there any outstanding judgements, liens, or bills that need to be paid at or before closing? Buyers should consult with their mortgage rep and attorney to tie up any loose ends. Sellers should stay in contact with their attorney and title company to make sure there are no outstanding issues that could delay the sale.
5. Make sure your moving arrangements are flexible. Too many people make the mistake of thinking the closing date is set in stone. Trust me when I say that it is not! Though there are exceptions, in most cases the closing date is a "floating" deadline. The date and time can usually only be confirmed 2-3 days in advance, at best. That's why it's important to have a flexible moving schedule, and to have temporary living arrangements set up if needed. If you are selling, don't wait until the day of closing to move out. Give yourself time to move your personal belongings without the pressure and stress of looming deadlines. Lastly, don't rent a moving van or hire a moving company until the exact date and time has been confirmed by all parties involved.
The closing is the most critical and emotionally charged moment of the real estate transaction. That doesn't mean it has to feel stressful and chaotic. Keep a cool head and these 5 tips in mind to help make sure your next closing is a smooth and successful one!
We wanted to share with you this is promotional video with some amazing drone footage put together by our new digital media specialist.
Realty 33 is committed to being on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to marketing homes for sale. We will include a 1 minute video just like this, (along with a full album of hi-res photos and drone shots) in our marketing package for all future listings. What do you think? Would this be valuable to you if you were selling your home?
At Realty 33, We tap into 25+ years of experience and market know-how to help our clients make streetwise real estate decisions.