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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Helping you find the right Home

Finding a House that you will call your Home.


There are a variety of approaches to finding a house that have proven successful. Each buyer has requirements that must be satisfied, but often people are unclear about their priorities until the search process has resulted in making some tradeoffs. Most people start their search with a general notion of what cities they like, often because they are aware of which cities offer the best schools, the best downtown shops and restaurants or a certain commuting time to/from where they work. We suggest that if there is an attribute that you absolutely must have, such as commute length or highly-rated schools, you find out where the best train stations are and where the best schools are, and use that information to limit your choice of search areas. My website offers MARKET INSIDER which provides convenient access to town-specific demographics/schools and more as well as allowing you to even compare towns (actually zip codes) to one another.


While most searches also include key attributes like price range and number of bedrooms, etc., you need to let me know if there are other characteristics that you would like to have, perhaps having a first floor powder room or a master suite or having good view. I make it a practice, as a buyer agent, screening homes for you so as not to waste your time. However, the best agents can add extra value in letting their clients know when it might be simpler to add a powder room or some other feature in an existing home rather than holding out for the home that already has them.

Experience has shown us that buyers commonly start by choosing to search in anywhere from a couple of towns to several towns--especially when searching for a home in the Bedroom Communities of NYC, offering commutes of 45 minutes to NY Penn Station--that they think will likely satisfy their needs, and then narrow the search to their favorite town then neighborhoods. This can work well, but may not offer the array of choice or the ideal match to the client that the attribute-based method does.

Whichever initial process you use, the next step is to familiarize yourself with the selected areas. Your agent will be familiar with local neighborhoods and can save you time by helping you eliminate areas that have little promise of meeting your requirements, but ultimately, you will have to get in the car and both physically visit a number of properties in various areas before the tradeoffs will become clear. The convenience of everyday activities needs to be evaluated in different areas. How long does it take to get to work? Can the kids walk home from school? Are there good caf├ęs, restaurants, libraries, parks, etc. nearby? When you view listings on a home search website, the proximity to such things is conveniently tabulated.

In the process of familiarizing yourself with different neighborhoods, you will probably go to quite a few open houses (I offer many town-specific Open House websites to help) and also visit a selection of properties with your agent, before you are in a position to be serious about making an offer. I believe that it is essential for buyers to become extremely knowledgeable about the neighborhoods in which they plan to buy. You can expect that if you chose me as your agent, I will invest considerable time in helping you develop that knowledge.

Lastly, while everyone’s focus is on Finding the Right Home, there is as much if not more effort that goes into the project management process that will take you from making the offer to sitting at the closing table and taking possession of your new home. Once again, you have my commitment that I will do whatever it takes to help guide you, while trying to make the process understandable, comfortable and rewarding to you.


Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills 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



As your Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills/Essex/Union County New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the 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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