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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Why you should definitely use a Real Estate Agent

10 reasons you should never buy or sell without an agent
Don't go into the buying and selling process blind

BYCARA AMEER JUNE 16, 2016


Key Takeaways
As a layperson, you don't know what you don't know when it comes to handling the single largest transaction you'll likely make in your life.
A real estate agent serves as a ninja negotiator to achieve the best price and terms that the market will bear while protecting your interests.
Agents are connected to a plethora of industry professionals to help you get the deal done.
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As with most important things in life, you wouldn’t try to handle a legal situation without an attorney, build your own house or take on the IRS solo to challenge a tax matter. Well, buying or selling a home is no different.

Here are 10 reasons you should never buy or sell a home without an agent.

1. Knowledge is not power

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing when it comes to real estate. At the click of a mouse or a tap on your phone, you can get an instant valuation of your property.

Is that value realistic? On which properties is it based? What did those properties have that yours does or does not? What were the dates and details of those sales?

That valuation could be significantly more or less than what your property is actually worth. Just like using the internet to self-diagnose a medical issue is not the best idea, the same applies to real estate.

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing when it comes to real estate.
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2. What do you know about the market?


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To the above point, as a seller, do you know what other options buyers are likely to consider when they are looking at your home? Do you know who the typical buyer audience is, where they are coming from and how to find them?

Do you know what agents likely work with this group? What is the average number of days on market for homes in your area, and what percentage of the asking price are they getting? Are there any particular terms of sale that are a trend in your area, such as sellers paying closing costs for buyers or other concessions?

As a buyer, what types of properties are most realistic for your price range and the kind of financing you will be doing?

A good agent educates you about “real estate reality” as far as what you can get for your money in your desired areas and criteria that are important to you.

Lastly, whether a buyer or seller, do you know why properties in one particular location sell faster than another? Are there challenges, perceived or real that could affect values?

A stellar agent can prevent you from making an expensive mistake when it comes to buying (such as a home near a soon-to-be-constructed highway or busy railroad tracks — no wonder it was priced so cheap). And alternatively, that same agent can help sellers position their property in the best way when taking into account external factors around it that can affect value.

3. Agents are expert problem-solvers

So what happens when the inspection reveals termites, a roof leak, a house that needs to be replumbed — or worse yet when an inspector paints a picture of a fairly minor repair issue in a far worse light than it is? What happens when an appraisal comes in at less than contract sales price?

These are run-of-the-mill issues that agents face every day. They don’t make our palms sweat and cause us to faint, but instead we stand tall in the face of the myriad challenges this business presents.

My first broker told me, “If you aren’t solving problems, you aren’t selling real estate.” How true this is.

If you are selling your home on your own and encounter these situations, can you prevent the buyer from running for the hills? Do you have a plethora of experts you can call upon, often at a moment’s notice, who can help?

As a buyer, do you really want to be addressing repair items with a seller directly? Sellers are so often in “repair denial,” particularly when they are trying to sell their home on their own — there are never any issues as far as they are concerned.

As a buyer, do you really want to be addressing repair items with a seller directly?
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4. Overcoming objections is what agents excel at

You are selling your home on your own. Do you have a record of who has come through and when? If they had an agent, who it was and what the buyer thought of it? If they didn’t buy your home, what did they buy instead and why?

A real estate agent with two buyers
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That’s what agents working with sellers manage. Are there any themes emerging? If there are concerns that are presenting as a challenge for buyers, do you know how to address them?

Are there ways to combat these objections by providing additional information or consulting with needed designers, contractors, landscapers, the homeowners’ association and so on?

Superstar agents can effectively address objections such as “didn’t like layout” or “needs too much work” and know how to position a property effectively, so buyers go from “just looking” to locking an offer up.

5. Effective negotiation skills are key

As a seller, you received a low offer on the property. Do you make a counteroffer, outright reject it or not respond?

As a buyer, you want to make an offer that asks the seller for everything and the kitchen sink (well, because it’s attached, it conveys as part of the house anyway).

How do you formulate a strategy? Do you know your opponent and have you gathered much intelligence about them? How much should you offer or counteroffer?

Does your response risk alienating the other side? What about more than one offer? How do you facilitate, manage and negotiate effectively to keep all interested buyers in play?

The negotiation landscape can get complex, which is why a third party is always beneficial in acting as a buffer zone to separate emotion from facts and work to reach an objective outcome.

6. Preventive medicine equals more money in your pockets

The saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly applies when it comes to real estate because surprise is never a good thing when it comes to buying or selling.

Surprise is never a good thing when it comes to buying or selling.
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A good agent walks you through the necessary steps before you start your property search or put your property on the market.

As a buyer, there are certain things you must do before starting your property search, such as getting prequalified — preferably preapproved — so you don’t waste time looking at properties that aren’t a match, and so that you don’t waste a seller’s time coming through a home that you cannot afford.

As a seller, are there items that should be addressed before putting your property on the market? Should you get a pre-listing inspection, and are there any repair items that need to be taken care of?

What about staging or editing your furnishings and decor? What items make the most sense for you to address to position your home for maximum exposure?

Do you need a floor plan created for your home? Is there any pertinent information you need to pull together that is critical for the sale?

In short, a top-notch agent guides you on critical steps you need to take before stepping into the market that will save you time, headaches and hassle when an offer comes through.

7. Marketing expertise is needed to sell your home

Image is everything when it comes to real estate, and a poorly presented property is like showing up at the Oscars without using a stylist.

Do you have access to the right photographers, video producers, stagers and interior designers to make your property shine?

Although you might think marketing your property on your own is easy, there is a difference between playing photographer and hiring someone with an objective, critical eye for what kind of marketing will attract the right buyers.

Are you able to find the money shot? What photos are going to best present the property? Should a drone be used, and for which shots?

Are you able to create a video to effectively tell your property’s story and how to best find that story and articulate it? What kind of marketing collateral can you prepare that’s going to communicate the features, benefits and advantages of your property over another effectively, and how is that collateral going to be distributed?

Do you have access to vendors that might be able to offer incentives or discounts for buyers who could benefit from their services with the new home?

A poorly presented property is like showing up at the Oscars without using a stylist.
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8. Social network exposure is unmatched

Can you broadcast your property across numerous websites and various social media networks to pique buyer and agent interest — locally, nationally and possibly internationally?

Are you able to reach hundreds, thousands or even more with the click of a mouse? Are you able to use predictive analytics and targeted digital marketing to put your property in front of the right prospects? A top agent is skilled in making your property go viral in just seconds.

A top agent is skilled in making your property go viral in just seconds.


9. Agents have mad connections

Real estate agents are connected to just about everyone and everything. The three degrees of separation rule applies here.

Agents are constantly in the know — it’s their job to be. They leverage their relationships with real estate related service providers, lenders — and, most importantly, other agents — to help bring the sale together.

Agents exchange and share advice and ideas that can help one another, and by networking and information-sharing, they help bridge the gap between for sale and sold.

They also have access to properties that are not officially on the market and often know deals not advertised that builders might be offering in terms of discounts or specials that can help save you money.

Need a handyman or a really good painter? Ask your agent about the contacts he or she has, and get hooked up with great providers.

10. Trusted advice and an available point person are a seller’s best friend

Who else can you go to with a question or concern almost any time of the day or night? Yes, as much as we don’t like to admit it, there is no such thing as office hours for real estate.

A good real estate agent is your trusted adviser every step of the way, and unlike your attorney or accountant, you won’t get charged for every phone call or email.

Who else can you unload your qualms, fears and worries upon regarding the buying and selling process? When your peanut gallery of friends, family and co-workers are giving you confusing advice, who can you trust for objective information to make the best possible decision?

Don’t go into the buying and selling process blind. Let a real estate professional be your guide so that you can celebrate this incredible milestone without worry, knowing that the heavy lifting and problem-solving was done for you.

Cara Ameer is a broker associate and Realtor with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. You can follow her on Facebook orTwitter.

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Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/West Orange area home involves many steps and having an experienced Maplewood New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Millburn, Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Springfield, Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Maplewood/South Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.


As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers


I am also a Luxury specialist (CLHMS), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying and selling process. Not only does this extra training help me better understand this upper echelon in real estate, its benefit include a special luxury website: www.njluxhomes.com and a corresponding worldwide luxury network that helps to put luxury buyers and sellers together.


As your Maplewood/South Orange/ West Orange New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the West Orange, Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.

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ADVICE TO FOR SALE BY OWNERS

Dear For Sale By Owners:

I noticed you’re selling your house on your own and I understand the appeal. You don’t want to pay someone a hefty commission when you could keep every bit of the profit from your home for yourselves.
But what if I let you in on a little secret? Statistics show the typical FSBO home sold for $190,000, compared to $249,000 for agent-assisted home sales. The average commission (5%) of a $249,000 home is about $12,450. FSBO sellers who sold their homes for $190,000 could have taken home another $46,550 by working with an agent — even after paying his or her commission; and, let’s face it, you are often going to be paying a buyer agent the customary 2.5% commission, which could bring the net difference to an even higher $51,300.


In our area, these figures could easily net TWICE the above!!!

So why are most agents able to get higher sales prices for their clients? The best agents have significant professional experience and significant insight that allows them to market homes and negotiate deals better than the average homeowner.

And guess what? I want to give you all of the insider tips I know — with no obligation — right at your fingertips.

I’ve written a book that shows you how to get the most money out of your home sale in the shortest amount of time. I’m gifting you you a free copy — all I ask in return is that you read through it and give me feedback about whether or not you think these strategies could work for you!

Then, if after trying out these strategies yourself, you want to talk to me about your real estate needs, I’d be happy to meet with you to talk about Selling Your Home For The Most Money.
If you’re interested in receiving a free copy of my book, give me a call on my cell phone at 917-797-5059 or send me an email.

I wish you the best of luck in your home-selling endeavors and hope to hear from you soon!

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Office: 973-762-5400
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Friday, July 19, 2019

SOPAC-ed with amazing events


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2019-2020 EVENTS AT SOPAC (AS OF JULY 18, 2019)

Aug 10: Sinbad

Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the “100 Greatest Standups of All Time,” actor and comedian Sinbad has kept audiences laughing for over three decades. South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange. 7:30PM Tickets: $56. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/sinbad

Aug 24: Oh Solo Wainwright: An Evening with Rufus and special guest The Rails

A gifted singer and songwriter, Rufus Wainwright’s magnetic vocals showcase his inventive and thoughtful songs that reflect his personal truth-telling.7:30PM Tickets $65-$85 (VIP Package $237). (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/rufus-wainwright



Aug 27: Toad the Wet Sprocket

One of the greatest bands of the ’90s and beyond celebrates over 30 years of making music with a new tour. “All I Want” “Fall Down” and “Something’s Always Wrong” are just some of the unforgettable charted hits that launched this young group to fame.7:30PM. Tickets: $48-$68 (VIP Package $157). (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/toad-the-wet-sprocket



Sep 13: Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone is one of our country’s preeminent comedians, known for her smart, observational humor and spontaneous wit that has become the stuff of legend. 8PM Tickets: $35-$55. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/paula poundstone



Sep 14: The Machine performs Pink Floyd
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Machine with 3 Albums, 1 Incredible Night: Pink Floyd’s Darkside of the Moon, Wish You Were Here & Animals.

Celebrate 30 years of The Machine, America’s pre-eminent Pink Floyd tribute band, with a special anniversary presentation of three classic albums, played in their entirety: Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Dark Side of the Moon plus an encore. Featuring the Interstellar Lights. 8PM Tickets $35-$48. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/the-machine-performs-pink-floyd



Sep 20: “1964” The Tribute

Heralded by Rolling Stone as the best Beatles show on earth. "1964" The Tribute is thrilling audiences around the world with an uncanny re-creation of the “great little band” that rocked the world. 8PM Tickets: $35-$48. (973) 313-2787. www.sopacnow.org/1964



Sep 21: Ann Hampton Callaway & Susan Werner "Alone & Together"

Ann Hampton Callaway and Susan Werner perform separately and together in an epic display of piano chops and dazzling wit that you won’t want to miss. 8PM Tickets: $30-$50. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/ann-hampton-callaway-susan-werner/



Sep 22: Sweet Honey In The Rock®

Now celebrating their 45th Anniversary, Sweet Honey In The Rock ® is an all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble rooted in American history and culture. This renowned group sings worldwide and brings attention to social injustice, immigration issues and more. 7:30PM Tickets: $48-$75. (973) 313-2787. www.sopacnow.org/sweet-honey-in-the-rock



Sep 25: A Very Special Evening With Graham Nash And Band

Graham Nash and Band perform his classic albums Songs For Beginners and Wild Tales in their entirety (plus more hits!) as part of an exclusive series of special shows.7:30PM Tickets: $89-$109 (VIP $175-$395). (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/graham-nash



Sep 27: Darlingside

The all-male Folk-Pop quartet Darlingside mesmerizes audiences with performances showcasing exquisite harmonies harking back to Crosby, Stills and Nash, and spotlight their own perfectly crafted songs. 8PM Tickets: $36-$52. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/darlingside



Sep 28: Flor De Toloache

New York City’s first and only all­-women mariachi group, Latin Grammy Award-winning Flor de Toloache will cast a spell over you as intoxicating as its namesake love potion made from the Mexican Toloache flower. 8PM Tickets: $22-$29. (973) 313-2787. www.sopacnow.org/flor-de-toloache/



Oct 5: Jon B

Jon B is a consummate artist with several gold and platinum records under his belt. His songs “They Don’t Know” and “Someone to Love” were just the beginning for the mega-talented singer-songwriter. 8PM Tickets: $46-$58. (973) 313-2787. www.sopacnow.org/jon-b



Oct 11: Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary

Legendary Folk singers Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul and Mary, remember and celebrate their historic careers and the impact their anthems had on the world of civil liberties. 8PM Tickets: $68-$88. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/peter-yarrow-and- noel-paul-stookey



Oct 12: Laura & Linda Benanti
The Story Goes On

Touching and humorous, The Story Goes On is a one-of-a-kind musical journey through the special relationship between a mother and daughter. Starring Tony Award winner Laura Benanti and her mother Linda Benanti. 8PM Tickets: $58-$78. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org /laura-and-linda-benanti/



Nov 1: Glenn Miller Orchestra

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today. With its unique Jazz sound, it is considered one of the greatest bands of all time. 8PM Tickets: $30-$45. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/glenn-miller-orchestra



Nov 8: On A Winter’s Night – 25th Anniversary featuring Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Patty Larkin & Cliff Eberhardt

The 25th Anniversary concert of On A Winter’s Night from singer-songwriters Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Patty Larkin and Cliff Eberhardt. They are among the brightest stars of the singer-songwriter movement for the past three decades. 8PM Tickets: $38-$58. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/on-a-winters-night



Nov 9: Savion Glover & The Ideal Ensemble

The Tony Award- winning, tap-dancing phenomenon Savion Glover returns to SOPAC with his unique sense of musicality, incredible stage presence and unparalleled dance ability. 8PM Tickets: $58-$78. (973) 313-2787. www.sopacnow.org/savion-glover



Nov 16: Kids ‘N Family: Rumpelstiltskin

A young girl is said to spin straw into gold, but a greedy king hears of her talent and desires untold riches for himself. The strange Rumpelstiltskin appears and promises to spin the straw into gold, but at what price? 2PM Tickets: $20. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/rumpelstiltskin



Nov 17: Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy

Carl Palmer, founding member of both Emerson Lake and Palmer (ELP) and Asia, is among the most renowned drummers in rock history. Drum enthusiasts can expect an evening of compelling percussive skills from the man who brought the drum set to the forefront of Rock and Roll. 7:30PM Tickets: $33-$43. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org



Nov 22: Gaelic Storm

Since appearing in the blockbuster film Titanic (where they performed “Irish Party in Third Class”), Gaelic Storm has become a world-class genre-bending Irish Rock band mixing Celtic traditions with something uniquely creative. 8PM Tickets: $35-$48. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/gaelic-storm



Dec 7: Dianne Reeves – Christmas Time is Here
with Peter Martin, Peter Sprague, Reginald Veal & Terreon Gully

Five-time Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent Jazz vocalist in the world. Her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique Jazz and R&B stylings earned her the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings- a first in any vocal category. 8PM Tickets: $58-$78. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/dianne-reeves



Dec 8: Angelina Ballerina™ The Very Merry Holiday Musical!

Little Angelina Ballerina just loves to dance and plans a spectacular holiday pageant with her friends. When things go wrong they must use their creativity to save the show. It’s a very merry holiday musical! 2PM Tickets: $25 (Includes pre-show Kids in the Loft activity!). (973) 313-2787. www.sopacnow.org/events/angelina-ballerina/



Dec 13: Martin Sexton

Critically-acclaimed Martin Sexton is a musician’s musician and prolific recording artist. His songs are intricate and spirited covering the American musical landscape distilling Soul, Gospel, R&B, Country and Blues. 8PM Tickets: $38-$48. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/martin-sexton



Dec 14: The Hot Sardines

These mischief-makers of hot Jazz have been described as “potent and assured” (The New York Times) and “simply phenomenal” (The Times, London). 8PM Tickets: $39-$49. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/hot-sardines



Dec 22: Cherish the Ladies – Celtic Christmas

Celebrating nearly 35 years of music making, Cherish the Ladies continues to delight audiences with its beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. You’ll delight in the special Christmas music that embodies the beauty of the season- Celtic style! 3PM & 7PM Tickets: $30-$40. (973) 313-2787. www.SOPACnow.org/cherish-the-ladies







Dee Billia

Acting Executive Director
(973) 382-1031 | dee@sopacnow.org


Saturday, June 15, 2019

14 Colgate Rd Maplewood Twp., NJ 07040

Property Site: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/WPH2JM/14-Colgate-Rd-Maplewood-Twp-NJ-3565662
College Hill at its finest. From the moment you step into this stately home you will feel the most amazing sense of home. Your first floor offers a large living room, a den, a formal dining room, a powder room, a back mud hall with exit to the back yard and an extended gourmet kitchen with a cathedral ceiling & sliders to the lush level backyard. The second floor offers 3 bedrooms, two with additional alcoves that add extra dimension to these spaces. There is an exquisite full bath that provides convenience and comfort to the bedrooms. The third floor offers a 4th bedroom with cathedral ceiling. The basement provides a large recreation/family room or large office space as well as laundry, storage and utilities. The landscaping exudes the essence of the term "curb appeal." Dont miss the 2-car garage.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Price: $650,000

For more information about this property, please contact MARK SLADE at 917-797-5059 or sladehomes@gmail.com. You can also text 5663619 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


See more listings at: http://midtowndirectrealty.com/


MLS ID: 3565662

556 Winthrop Rd Union Twp., NJ 07083

Property Site: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/C8G7RE/556-Winthrop-Rd-Union-Twp-NJ-3565479
Charming and Updated Cape Cod in the Washington Section. Fall in love with the large master with jack n jill bath in addition to flexible living spaces on the first floor: you choose 3/4 bedrooms. The homeowners took the 4th bedroom room and installed glass doors to allow for either expanded living room space for entertaining or you can flex back to a bedroom. The kitchen not only has a separate breakfast area but an additional dining area that offers a very sunny solarium like setting, overlooking the private backyard. The house also features multi-zone central AC and maintenance free exterior. Expansion possibilities in the full basement with very good ceiling height clearance. Close to schools, shopping & transportation.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Price: $350,000

For more information about this property, please contact MARK SLADE at 917-797-5059 or sladehomes@gmail.com. You can also text 5663617 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


See more listings at: http://midtowndirectrealty.com/


MLS ID: 3565479

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

346 Boyden Ave Maplewood Twp., NJ 07040

Property Site: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/KZYDU6/346-Boyden-Ave-Maplewood-Twp-NJ-3564283
Your Friends will be Green with Envy with this Solar Paneled 3 Bed/2 Bath Colonial Home just 2/10s of a mile from Maplewoods Hottest Bakery-The Bread Stand. Enjoy an enclosed front porch, then step into the foyer and hallway that gives you access to the Living Room and Kitchen. There is also a formal dining room and a back den, so you can spread out to enjoy. The kitchen has a separate breakfast room eating area and would be an ideal candidate to have the wall opened up to the dining room to create the highly coveted open floor plan. Convenience abounds as both floors have their own full bath. So, come see this home and move to Maplewood with it award winning downtown and easy access to major transportation, NYC trains and Newark Airport.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Price: $298,000

For more information about this property, please contact MARK SLADE at 917-797-5059 or sladehomes@gmail.com. You can also text 5654457 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


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MLS ID: 3564283

Friday, June 7, 2019

616 S Orange Ave C005G # 5G Maplewood Twp., NJ 07040

Property Site: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/6AXL42/616-S-Orange-Ave-C005G-%23-5G-Maplewood-Twp-NJ-3563074
Enjoy living in this premier luxury apartment building with 24/7 concierge/security, valet parking for you+your guests, indoor pool, hot tub,sauna, gym, 100 person party rm w/kitchen, conference rm. Outstanding 2 BR, 2.1 BA with sunset views of S Mountain Reservation. Renovated with wide plank hardwood floors, kitchen with SS appliances, bathrooms with frameless shower doors. Amazing closet space. Bright, sunlit apartment from LR with oversize bay windows, large master BR with WIC + 3 more closets + updated Master Bath with whirlpool tub, marble powder room, den/guest BR with updated bath,Kitchen w/Sub Zero refrig. has a pass through to the dining arera. Just minutes to the thriving Maplewood village restaurants+boutique shops, as well as easy access to MidTown Direct NYC trains.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 3
Price: $375,000

For more information about this property, please contact MARK SLADE at 917-797-5059 or sladehomes@gmail.com. You can also text 5646482 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).


See more listings at: http://midtowndirectrealty.com/


MLS ID: 3563074