AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ
AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NJ
Posted By - - 03/16/2018
CURB APPEAL is critical. A potential buyer will come to a decision to preview your home just from the outside. Pictures speak a thousand words. 
 
Basic Tips:
  • Look at your home through the eyes of a potential buyer
  • Take care of small tasks like weeding, mowing the lawn, or cleaning out the storage closet
  • Start planning and executing the larger tasks such as painting, remodeling or other aesthetic repairs
  • Make a cleaning checklist for the days leading up to your showings: carpets, floors, walls, bathrooms, linens..etc.
  • Order a garbage bin or start making hauls to the local trash repository - moving is one of the best ways to purge the old and start fresh!
  • Clear the clutter - renting a temporary or mobile storage unit is a great way to hide belongings that might otherwise mask the greatness of your property

I have many more tips on how to get your home into prime selling condition and ways to determine which home improvement projects will get you the most bang for your buck. As always selling your home and getting you the best price is my top priority. 



QUOTE OF THE DAY
Posted By - - 01/22/2018

FAMILY.....A LITTLE WORLD CREATED BY LOVE




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NJ
Posted By - - 12/29/2017

A friend sent this quote to me in her Christmas Letter for 2017. It has so much truth I wanted to make sure to share it with all of you! Happy, Healthy 2018!

QUOTE: DO NOT BE DISMAYED BY THE BROKENNESS OF THE WORLD. ALL THINGS BREAK. AND ALL THINGS CAN BE MENDED. NOT WITH TIME, AS THEY SAY, BUT WITH INTENTION. SO GO, LOVE INTENTIONALLY, EXTRAVAGANTLY, UNCONDITIONALLY. THE BROKEN WORLD WAITS IN DARKNESS FOR THE LIGHT THAT IS YOU. --L.R. KNOST




QUOTE OF THE DAY
Posted - 01/30/2017

There is just one life for each of us: our own.
                        Euripides 




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NEW JERSEY
Posted - 01/23/2017

http://newconstructionforsale.com/ 16 LOTS AVAILABLE RANGING FROM 1 TO 13 ACRES. GORGEOUS SURROUNDINGS WITH SKI SLOPES/5 STAR GOLF COURSES/ APPALACHIAN TRAILS/ WATER PARKS AND MORE: CUSTOM DESIGN YOUR DREAM HOME. SEVERAL HOMES CURRENTLY UNDER CONTRACT SO DON'T WAIT!
 




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NEW JERSEY
Posted - 08/25/2016

Take a minute to see what NEW CONSTRUCTION looks like in Sussex County. http://WeSellNewConstructionNJ.com

Recently written up in the Vernon Advertiser!  http://www.advertisernewsnorth.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20160822/NEWS01/160829989/-1/news/Out-with-the-old-and-in-with-the-new&template=printart




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NEW JERSEY
Posted - 04/08/2016

Thanks to the abundance of home makeover shows, it’s no longer a strange notion to put a lot of work into a house you plan to leave.

But not every home seller can get a spot on A&E’s “Sell This House” or HGTV’s “Designed to Sell.” Nevertheless, if you’ve got a house to move, it’s important that it make a good impression on potential buyers — even if you don’t plan to drop a grand on pre-sale improvements.

The best approach is to think of your house like a product that’s competing with lots of other products in the marketplace, suggests Angela Gagauf, a Montville home stager who “repackages” residential interiors and exteriors for maximum appeal. She considers staging an important marketing tool that can create a standout property in a crowded or challenging real estate market. 

See More at the link below:

http://www.nj.com/homegarden/homeimprovement/index.ssf/2010/03/setting_the_stage_for_a_home_s.html




NEW CONSTRUCTION IN HARDYSTON NJ
Posted - 03/30/2016

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THE ENCLAVE ON ESTELL DRIVE
Posted - 1 day ago

 

http://newconstructionforsale.com/ 21 LOTS AVAILABLE RANGING FROM 1 TO 13 ACRES. GORGEOUS SURROUNDINGS WITH SKI SLOPES/5 STAR GOLF COURSES/ APPALACHIAN TRAILS/ WATER PARKS AND MORE: CUSTOM DESIGN YOUR DREAM HOME




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NJ
Posted - 1 day ago

Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

Attract homebuyers even during the holidays with these useful tips.

The holiday season from November through January is often considered the worst time to put a home on the market. While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dampen your holiday spirit, the season does have its advantages: holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed. First, decide if you really need to sell. Really. Once you've committed to the challenge, don your gay apparel and follow these tips from FrontDoor.
 

  1. Deck the halls, but don’t go overboard.
    Homes often look their best during the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decor. Adornments that are too large or too many can crowd your home and distract buyers. Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall and winter decorations rather than items with religious themes.
     
  2. Hire a reliable real estate agent.
    That means someone who will work hard for you and won't disappear during Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's. Ask your friends and family if they can recommend a listing agent who will go above and beyond to get your home sold. This will ease your stress and give you more time to enjoy the season.
     
  3. Seek out motivated buyers.
    Anyone house hunting during the holidays must have a good reason for doing so. Work with your agent to target buyers on a deadline, including people relocating for jobs in your area, investors on tax deadlines, college students and staff, and military personnel, if you live near a military base.
     
  4. Price it to sell.
    No matter what time of year, a home that’s priced low for the market will make buyers feel merry. Rather than gradually making small price reductions, many real estate agents advise sellers to slash their prices before putting a home on the market.
     
  5. Make curb appeal a top priority.
    When autumn rolls around and the trees start to lose their leaves, maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important. Bare trees equal a more exposed home, so touch up the paint, clean the gutters and spruce up the yard. Keep buyers’ safety in mind as well by making sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves.
     
  6. Take top-notch real estate photos.
    When the weather outside is frightful, homebuyers are likely to start their house hunt from the comfort of their homes by browsing listings on the Internet. Make a good first impression by offering lots of flattering, high-quality photos of your home. If possible, have a summer or spring photo of your home available so buyers can see how it looks year-round.
     
  7. Create a video tour for the Web.
    You'll get less foot traffic during the holidays thanks to inclement weather and vacation plans. But shooting a video tour and posting it on the Web may attract house hunters who don't have time to physically see your home or would rather not drive in a snowstorm. 
     
  8. Give house hunters a place to escape from the cold.
    Make your home feel cozy and inviting during showings by cranking up the heat, playing soft classical music and offering homemade holiday treats. When you encourage buyers to spend more time in your home, you also give them more time to admire its best features.
     
  9. Offer holiday cheer in the form of financing.
    Bah, humbug! Lenders are scrooges these days, but if you've got the means, then why not offer a home loan to a serious buyer? You could get a good rate of return on your money.
     
  10. Relax — the new year is just around the corner.
    The holidays are stressful enough with gifts to buy, dinners to prepare and relatives to entertain. Take a moment to remind yourself that if you don't sell now, there's always next year, which, luckily, is only a few days away.

http://www.hgtv.com/design/real-estate/top-10-tips-for-selling-your-home-during-the-holidays




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NJ
Posted - 1 day ago

Remodeling & Renovating

Find a careful balance between cost effectiveness and enhanced visual appeal.

For sellers, home renovation should be a careful balance between cost effectiveness and enhanced visual appeal. A well-planned remodeling project may not only expedite a sale, it may also increase the value of the home. The most economical renovations use space already built into a home — attics and basements are ideal. This allows for expansion of habitable square footage without the hassle and cost of increasing a home’s foundation.

Beyond overhauling basements and attics, every room in a house can be an opportunity for change. Here are more ways to beautify your space.

Click below to read the whole article:

http://www.berkshirehathawayhs.com/pages/remodeling-and-renovating




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NJ
Posted - 1 day ago

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE IS REBOUNDING!

Follow this link to help you estimate your homes value. Please contact me with any questions you may have. 

http://www.berkshirehathawayhs.com/pages/selling




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NJ
Posted - 1 day ago

Follow the link to view the latest Real Estate Trends.

http://www.realstorynj.com/nj-market-facts

Keeping updated has never been so easy.




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NEW JERSEY
Posted - 1 day ago

NOW IS THE TIME! Maybe you'd like to buy a new home, but have been told that now isn't a good time to sell your current one. Here's your chance to learn why selling now can be the smartest thing for you to do. Call me to arrange a time for us to meet and go over all the reasons.....NOW IS THE TIME!




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NEW JERSEY
Posted - 1 day ago 494 comments

A 27 year resident of Sussex County New Jersey I would love the opportunity to share my experiences with you. Living in  the lake land region of New Jersey I often hear from people that they had no idea just how beautiful this part of New Jersey is. Come see for yourself.....Located 55 miles from the Lincoln Tunnel, Sussex County is a world away! Pristine lakes for swimming, boating or fishing, Mountains for skiing, snow tubing, mountain biking or hiking. If you would prefer to just simply come taste the wine and breath the air, all are welcome. Recreational properties are just part of the real estate market. We offer blue ribbon school districts, outstanding recreation in our townships and a more relaxed life style. Get more for your money, live better and come enjoy Sussex County New Jersey in all its MAJESTY!




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY!
Posted - 1 day ago

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AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NEW JERSEY
Posted - 1 day ago

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AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY!
Posted - 1 day ago

Vernon-based brokerage now operates as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gross & Jansen, REALTORS®

VERNON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, today announced that Prudential Gross & Jansen Highlands Realty has joined the network operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gross & Jansen, REALTORS®. The brokerage adds to a growing roster of affiliates that has joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices since September 2013. The network now counts more than 33,300 agents and 1,014 offices operating in 47 states.

Broker/Owner Hans Gross said he chose Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices for its brand appeal, leadership and financial strength. “This is the ultimate branding opportunity for us,” he explained. “The network is inspired by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., one of the world’s most trusted and respected corporations. We’re confident the brand will be warmly embraced by consumers and real estate professionals alike.”

Gross & Jansen, REALTORS® has been serving clients in Sussex, Morris and Passaic counties for nearly 25 years. The brokerage is known for sharp, talented agents and sound corporate citizenship. “Our agents couldn’t be more excited about the new brand – they’re ready to go,” Gross said. “Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices will help us grow and gain even more distinction in the marketplace.”

With the transition, Gross & Jansen, REALTORS® agents gain access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Global Network Platform – a robust suite of real estate tools – plus professional education, business consultation, marketing support and the exclusive Luxury Collection program for high-end listings. Resources include powerful lead generation, a handy mobile app and other tools driven by the cleanest and most accurate real estate information available.

“Technology is a cornerstone to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ value proposition,” Gross added. “The area’s top agents are now equipped with real estate’s finest tool suite, and that’s the best news for local homebuyers and sellers.”

Gross & Jansen, REALTORS® will commemorate its transition Saturday, Oct. 4 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception at its Vernon headquarters. The brokerage’s new Cabernet and White yard signs will begin appearing in the market today.

Earl Lee, CEO of HSF Affiliates LLC, applauded the brokerage’s transition. “Hans and his team are the local-market experts with a proud legacy of service excellence,” he said. “We’re pleased they’re representing our brand Northern New Jersey.”

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gross & Jansen, REALTORS®

Gross & Jansen, REALTORS® serves Sussex, Morris and Passaic counties with four offices and 80 agents. The brokerage is independently owned and operated. 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a brand-new real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in early 2014 was named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” by consumers in the 26th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study of the largest real estate networks. Visitwww.berkshirehathawayhs.com.

Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices received the highest numerical Equity Score among real estate brands included in the 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs.com for details.




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY!
Posted By - Karen Glowacki - 1 day ago

The summer months are heating up the earth and with that the real estate market. Homes are starting to move from the market and that is exciting news for sellers who have been waiting. Staging your home is the first step, clean up closets and properties and PRICE IT RIGHT!  Remember the home is worth what a willing, able and ready buyer is willing to pay for it! It is time to buy and it is time to sell!




YOUR HOMES FIRST PRICE SHOULD BE ITS BEST PRICE
Posted - 1 day ago

If you’re putting your home on the market, especially if you live in an area where prices are going up and buyers are competing for homes, you may be tempted to try listing it at a high price just to see if you can get it.

Don’t do it.

Experienced Realtors will tell you that pricing your home appropriately from the beginning is critical to getting it sold quickly and at the best price. Research shows that overpricing your home and then dropping the price several times while it languishes on the market usually leads to selling it at a much lower price than what you originally should have asked for it. The longer a home stays on the market, the deeper the discount is likely to be off the original price.

For example, according to McEnearney Associates, a McLean, VA, real estate company, homes that sold in August 2013 within their first week on the market sold for an average of 2.08 percent above list price. Homes that lingered on the market for four months sold for an average of 11.53 percent below their original price.

How to price your home correctly

Many homeowners want to set their list price based on what they paid for their home, the balance of their mortgage, or on the profit they want to make so they can move into another home. In reality, your home is worth only what the market will bear. If you price your home too high, some potential buyers won’t want to look at it at all, while others will simply walk away without making an offer.

If you’re interviewing several Realtors to choose a listing agent, you may be tempted to pick the sales professional who suggests the highest price for your property. But sellers, like buyers, need to beware. The Realtor who provides the best comparative market analysis and explanation of how your home should be priced will be more likely to sell your home quicker and for a higher price than someone who tells you only what you want to hear.

A comparative market analysis should include sales prices for similar nearby homes that sold in the last month or two. In addition, many Realtors include prices for homes currently on the market that will be your competition, as well as homes taken off the market because they didn’t sell. Other data Realtors can use to suggest a price range include how many days homes were on the market at various price points and the average difference between the list prices and sale prices on homes that have sold.

Your Realtor can help you estimate who might want to buy your house and what else those buyers are looking at so you can measure your price against the competition.

A knowledgeable Realtor can factor in all of these issues in the context of your local market conditions, including whether home prices are rising or falling and whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market.

Choose the right professional to help you with your home sale and then listen to your Realtor’s advice and your transaction is more likely to go through quickly and smoothly from the beginning.

By: Michele Lerner  http://www.realtor.com/advice/homes-first-price-best-price/




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NEW JERSEY
Posted - 1 day ago

The real estate market is more active today then it has been in over 7 years! Now is the time to Sell or to Buy! 




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NEW JERSEY
Posted - 2 days ago 3 comments

The summer months are heating up the earth and with that the real estate market. Homes are starting to move from the market and that is exciting news for sellers who have been waiting. Staging your home is the first step, clean up closets and properties and PRICE IT RIGHT!  Remember the home is worth what a willing, able and ready buyer is willing to pay for it! It is time to buy and it is time to sell!

 




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NEW JERSEY
Posted - 2 days ago
RENOVATION: IS IT WORTH THE COST?

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AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ
Posted - 2 days ago 566 comments
Beautiful lake front home in Vernon on Lake Wanda. 2 bedrooms, large deck overlooking the lake. Two story garage, lower section for storage, upper section for car. Fenced yard, plenty of parking, hardwood flooring, second floor bedroom with built ins. All of this is ONLY $125,000! Now is the time to buy....what are you waiting for?

Untill tomorrow, 
Karen



AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ
Posted By - Karen Glowacki, Realtor - 2 days ago 571 comments
Everything I'm reading tends to lead toward a recovery of the real estate market!!!! If your home is listed right now you should REALLY look at the comps and price your home accordingly. It is early spring and NOW is the time to get your home spruced up and get it on the market. The buyers are out and about and you don't want to miss out on a potential offer.

I believe the market has bottomed out and although I don't believe prices will rise anytime soon buyers should know that NOW is the time. Interest rates are historically low and prices are the best that they have been in many years. We have had a stable trend for the past 3 months with home prices not dropping in Sussex County. If you have been waiting for the bottom now is your time. 

Until tomorrow,
Karen



AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ
Posted - 2 days ago 551 comments

Today I was talking with some young people who said they were looking to rent a condo in Vernon. Their price range was between $1600-$1800. We started to talk about what they wanted and needed. They said they only needed 2 bedrooms and they didn't really have to stay in Vernon. They could go as far as Sparta. After going over what they would need to get into a rental, I asked them if they would be interested in possibly buying a home. They did not realize, 1st, the amount they would need to get started renting and 2nd, they didn’t know they could actually qualify to buy a home.

If you are thinking about buying a house and you really don't know where to start please give me a call. I would love to go over how things work and discuss with you the pros and cons of home ownership. We are starting our search for their first home this week!!! I think that even though it seems scary at first,  they are making a better choice for their future.......REAL ESTATE IS HAVING SUCH A BIG SALE RIGHT NOW!!!

 




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ
Posted - 2 days ago 6 comments

Luncheon on Tuesday at the beautiful Home I listed in Highland Lakes this week. If anyone has time to take a tour and grab a bite to eat PLEASE just let me know. I would love to show you the house. 

Vernon is a sleepy little town with ski slopes and several lakes making it the perfect place for both summer and winter activities. Remember we are only about 55 miles from Manhattan so it is the perfect weekend get-a-way. You could leave the city on Friday and be home on Sunday night. The year round activities are just what you need to relieve stress. 

Until tomorrow, 
Karen 




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ
Posted - 2 days ago 597 comments

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY TO YOU AND YOURS!

So some exciting news, I closed on the house on Up A Way yesterday in Vernon. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath bi-level on almost 2 acres. That should help everyone around town worrying about their appraisal. I wish both the buyer and seller happiness in their future endeavors. 

So if anyone s looking for furniture, I am closing a home in Ogdensburg over the next few weeks (please God) and the seller has beautiful living room furniture for sale. Everything couches, tables, lamps, wall unit the works. Look for it on Craig's list or shoot me an email and I will get in touch for you. 

Enjoy the day, until tomorrow,
Karen
 
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AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ
Posted - 2 days ago

When selling a home in today’s market you will want to make sure that you get the most money possible. If you are concerned about pricing you could have an appraisal done before listing. Otherwise, when you get an offer on your property you will want to have the appraisal done right away. This is helpful to both the Seller and the Buyer because as a Buyer you will not have paid for Inspections yet and as a Seller you will not have paid for repairs yet. It is a win, win all around!

Until tomorrow, 
Karen




AT HOME IN SUSSEX COUNTY NJ
Posted By - System Admin - 2 days ago 6 comments

Okay, so I am told that Blogging is the way to go......From today on I will be talking about Real Estate in Sussex County NJ. Of course if anyone has anything real estate related they would like for me to talk about, I would love that too, including community events. Living in Vernon New Jersey for the past 25 years you kinda fall out of touch with the rest of the world. This is my attempt at catching up!!! 

Real estate in Sussex County is starting to move. Since the 1st of the year I have definitely felt a surge in home sales in the Vernon and Sparta areas. If you have any real estate related questions and need a quick response, Tweet me @KarenGlow or find me on Facebook. 

Looking forward to a long conversation with all of you! 

Until next time,
Karen




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