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Our Homes Enter Holiday Mode

TALES OF SEASONED BROKER I am no stranger to the complex laws and customs of Orthodox living, but it wasn’t until I became a realtor  that I realized how some of these laws and customs can impact a home buyer’s perspective. How many times have I been at a “showing”  which seemed to be going…

Fight or Flight

TALES OF SEASONED BROKER These are very hard weeks to get anything done. Our daily routines rely so heavily on the schools, universities, camps and other Institutions of education/child rearing, that when they are not in session the consequences are profound. These few weeks, known as the period between camps ending and schools starting, are…

Sounds of the Suburbs: Is it getting noisier?

TALES OF SEASONED BROKER With so many of “new home buyers” focusing on outdoor spaces as a result of past and perhaps future Covid restrictions, there have been many conversations in our office about what the suburban backyard experience has to offer in Bergen County.  The conversation often starts with what a special place northern…

Laying the Cards on the Table

TALES OF SEASONED BROKER I tossed and turned the night I got my first signed contract. I was representing a buyer and had this nagging feeling that somehow I was misleading them by not clearly presenting the full picture of the  home they were planning to buy. Let me take you inside my head –…

The Queen’s Gambit: Real Estate Edition

TALES OF SEASONED BROKER Some are made from wood, others out of painted Metal. I’ve even seen one constructed by stacking 2 Litre Coke bottle crates one on top of the other. You will see some preferring the privacy of their backyard and others will place it prominently in their driveway right out front. Yes,…

One Floor Living

TALES OF SEASONED BROKER In 2006 my parents were in their 80’s living in the heart of Flatbush. Post 9/11 the difficult trek to visit them from Teaneck had become even harder. They had been living in Brooklyn for almost 60 years and, from their perspective, the thought of  moving to New Jersey was inconceivable….

Is there a reassessment planned for Teaneck?

TALES OF SEASONED BROKER We are very thankful to Teaneck’s tax assessor James Tighe for taking the time to answer these important questions related to Real Estate taxes. Understanding one’s Tax burden is something that affects all aspects of home ownership as well as understanding what one’s purchasing power is.  Nechama Polak:Are there any plans…

Setting the Record Straight

TALES OF SEASONED BROKER The number one question I am asked upon showing a house, after, of course the asking price, is how much are the Real Estate taxes. After all, most buyers when considering what they can afford view the price through the lens of their monthly carrying costs. This would be your mortgage…

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