Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Newly Listed 73 Parker Ave Maplewood Twp., NJ 07040


Maplewood Colonial featuring 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 2 half baths, boasting over 2600 sq. ft. of living space just under 1 mile to town and trains to NYC. Many updates including newer kitchen with granite counters, a newer renovated bathroom, and brand-new flooring help to balance with the architectural charm of this lovely home. 
Spacious and bright throughout, this home offers an ideal floor plan - first floor includes a generously sized living room with wood burning fireplace, formal dining room, Eat-In Kitchen with breakfast room, powder room, and an office/den/sunroom. There is also a cozy covered front porch to enjoy. The second floor has 3 bedrooms, featuring a primary bedroom that includes an en-suite bathroom and a large walk-in closet. Two more bedrooms and a large full bath round out the 2nd floor. 
One more flight up provides another bedroom, which is also en-suite, along with two storage areas that can be converted to whatever you like. In addition, there is a large unfinished basement that spans the whole house, with another office space and is just waiting for your finishing touches to add even more livable space! Convenient to Maplewood's award-winning downtown, Mid Town direct trains to NYC, parks and more. Maplewood living the way it is meant to be and is a MUST SEE! This could easily be your dream home? 
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 5
Price: $800,000

For more information about this property, please call or text MARK SLADE at 917-797-5059 or sladehomes@gmail.com.

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MLS ID: 3883620

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

On January 23, 1957, Wham-O produced the Frisbee.

 Above Picture is an original Frisbie's Pies plate, owned by Mark Slade of Maplewood


On January 23, 1957, machines at the Wham-O toy company roll out the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs—now known to millions of fans all over the world as Frisbees.


The story of the Frisbee began in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where William Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company in 1871. Students from nearby universities would throw the empty pie tins to each other, yelling “Frisbie!” as they let go. In 1948, Walter Frederick Morrison and his partner Warren Franscioni invented a plastic version of the disc called the “Flying Saucer” that could fly further and more accurately than the tin pie plates. After splitting with Franscioni, Morrison made an improved model in 1955 and sold it to the new toy company Wham-O as the “Pluto Platter”–an attempt to cash in on the public craze over space and Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).



In 1958, a year after the toy’s first release, Wham-O—the company behind such top-sellers as the Hula-Hoop, the Super Ball and the Water Wiggle—changed its name to the Frisbee disc, misspelling the name of the historic pie company. A company designer, Ed Headrick, patented the design for the modern Frisbee in December 1967, adding a band of raised ridges on the disc’s surface–called the Rings–to stabilize flight. By aggressively marketing Frisbee-playing as a new sport, Wham-O sold over 100 million units of its famous toy by 1977.


High school students in Maplewood, New Jersey, invented Ultimate Frisbee*, a cross between football, soccer and basketball, in 1967. In 1968 Joel Silver, yes the producer of  introduced his idea of Ultimate Frisbee to the Columbia High School student council in Maplewood New Jersey, USA. The next year, the first game was played between two groups of students. They used a Wham-O Master disc.In the 1970s, Headrick himself invented Frisbee Golf, in which discs are tossed into metal baskets; there are now hundreds of courses in the U.S., with millions of devotees. There is also Freestyle Frisbee, with choreographed routines set to music and multiple discs in play, and various Frisbee competitions for both humans and dogs–the best natural Frisbee players.


Today, at least 60 manufacturers produce the flying discs—generally made out of plastic and measuring roughly 20-25 centimeters (8-10 inches) in diameter with a curved lip. The official Frisbee is owned by Mattel Toy Manufacturers, who bought the toy from Wham-O in 1994.




From 1965 or 1966 Jared Kass and fellow Amherst students Bob Fein, Richard Jacobson, Robert Marblestone, Steve Ward, Fred Hoxie, Gordon Murray, and others evolved a team frisbee game based on concepts from American football, basketball, and soccer. This game had some of the basics of modern ultimate, including scoring by passing over a goal line, advancing the disc by passing, no travelling with the disc, and turnovers on interceptions or incomplete passes. Kass, an instructor and dorm advisor, taught this game to high school student Joel Silver during the summer of 1967 or 1968 at Northfield Mount Hermon School summer camp.

Plaque commemorating the invention of Ultimate at Columbia High School

Joel Silver, along with fellow students Jonny Hines, Buzzy Hellring, and others, further developed ultimate beginning in 1968 at Columbia High School, Maplewood, New Jersey, US (CHS). The first sanctioned game was played at CHS in 1968 between the student council and the student newspaper staff. Beginning the following year, evening games were played in the glow of mercury-vapor lights on the school's student-designated parking lot. Initially players of ultimate Frisbee (as it was known at the time) used a "Master" disc marketed by Wham-O, based on Fred Morrison's inspired "Pluto Platter" design. Hellring, Silver, and Hines developed the first and second edition of "Rules of Ultimate Frisbee". In 1970 CHS defeated Millburn High 43–10 in the first interscholastic ultimate game, which was played in the evening in the CHS's faculty parking lot.[13] Millburn, and three other New Jersey high schools made up the first conference of ultimate teams beginning in 1971.[



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. Don’t forget These Helpful Sites: 









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A picturesque town in Essex County, Maplewood is located on the East Branch of the Rahway River. Originally consisting of farms, mills and orchards, Maplewood is now a great mix of residential and commercial areas, culminating in the jewel of a downtown village and coming together to create a charming, tight-knit and diversified community. Maplewood has predominantly Colonial and Tudor style homes with sprawling porches and ample greenery, but you can also find some Victorians and a range of more modern style construction on its beautiful tree lined streets. Maplewood is a diverse town with 6 elementary schools and prominent municipal building designed by famous architects, Guilbert and Betelle. In the center of town, famed landscape architects, the Olmstead Brothers, created the breathtaking Memorial Park; not to be overlooked is Ricalton Square, nestled between the train station and the downtown shopping; this area is frequently used for events including a Halloween Parade with hayrides and petting zoos, as well as featuring replica homes during the Winter Holiday Season. The town offers many activities to its residents from camps in the summer, arts and crafts classes, a public pool (with 4 pools ranging from a “baby” pool to toddler pool to large lap pool and a diving tank) and a farmers market when in season. There is even an annual musicalpalooza--Maplewoodstock—featuring a variety of bands and musical styles, showcasing local and national bands with booths for local businesses to set up. The Village, also known as Maplewood Center, is a quaint, downtown shopping district with everything from restaurants with foods from all over the world, bakeries, dance studios, gyms, bookstores, a movie theater and bookstores. With its large variety of cuisines to choose from, Maplewood recently started a yearly town-wide Restaurant Week with over 30 eateries participating. Easily accessible by its throughways and the New Jersey Transit, it's no surprise Maplewood has been ranked several times as one of the most desirable places to live in America by a number of surveys. Let's work together to find you your Dream Home!



Sunday, January 21, 2024

West Orange Real Estate Market Statistics for 2023

West Orange Real Estate Market Statistics for 2023 


Hi, this is Mark Slade from Keller Williams, and this is your West Orange 2023 real estate  Recap.   It was yet another incredibly strong year for the real estate market in West Orange.  Let’s start by reviewing pricing and results.  First and foremost, buyers paid, on average, 8% over asking, also known as the list price for properties that were put on the market to sell.

Translated into dollars and cents: West Orange homes sold for an average of $642,650, which is a 9.4% increase from 2022.  The average list price also rose to $595,000.   Another important measure is the length of time it takes to sell (not the closing day, but the Under Contract date), which we refer to Days On Market-DOM, which registered at 21.6 days, shaving almost 2 days of the length of time it took to sell a home in 2022.


 3 Dogwood Drive, West Orange Listed by The Mark Slade Homes Team for $725,000 and SOLD for $880,000 which was 21.4% Over Asking in 2023

Normally tracking unit sales is also a key statistic, however, in a market which has been starved of inventory to sell, this statistic represents a decline in units in 2023 as the number of units sold dropped almost 20% to 417.   This is not reflective of the health of the real estate market because we all know that there are so few homes on the market compared to the past; rest assured that housing inventory is down substantially no matter what town you're looking in as people are just not putting their houses on the market like they used to.

Back to cheerier news and as we mentioned when we started this blog post, Sellers that did list their homes for sale and sold them were very happy to see that they sold them for 8% higher sale price as compared to their asking price, more than covering the cost of traditional real estate agency fees.  

36 Overlook, West Orange Listed by The Mark Slade Homes Team for $600,000 and SOLD for $715,000 which was 19.2% Over Asking in 2023

The Mark Slade Homes Team is proud to share that West Orange property owners we represented blew those numbers away: Sellers that listed their properties with us, achieved even more phenomenal results—coming in at 18 .9% over asking.  

Let's talk about some additional statistics that I believe help to truly define the measures of market performance.  By this, I mean measuring how properties sold versus the asking prices broken out into Over Asking, @ Asking and Under Asking. 

So the most amazing news is that an incredible 82% of the homes sold in West Orange, closed for Over Asking price, which was a very healthy increase from the 77% figure exhibited in 2022.  Further, properties that sold @ Asking fell from 11% in 2022 to 6% in 2023.   Lastly, properties that sold for Under Asking saw the percentage fall to 11%, which is the lowest recorded share of units sold for less than their asking since 2021.

It’s also interesting to note that due to the growth of the West Orange real estate market over the past year, we are now seeing a substantial increase in properties selling for more than $1,000,000.   In fact, there were 21 homes that sold for over a million dollar in 2023 and that's a 50% increase in units sold for over a million dollars in 2022.

How high is high?  When it comes to registered closed prices, well I can I tell you the highest list price for a West Orange home was an astounding $2.2 million and it sold for its same asking price of $2.2 million.  While the price was amazing, the fact that this property was sold as an exclusive likely prevented the seller from seeing how high it could have gone. 

I mention this because the highest recorded result was a property that sold for 142% of its asking price and that's just crazy, in a good way. 

What can I tell you is that real estate is an interesting business to be in if you are a Seller, a Buyer or an Agent. 

Should you have any questions, I'd love to answer them, so fell free to text me or call me at 917 7975509.


If you are thinking about selling your West Orange home and would like to find out how our listing clients achieve such superior results, we can tell you that is is due to our newly minted Smart RE-sults listing system--which is both copyright and trademark pending--it works and you can potentially have the same types of results that our listing clients did.


This is Mark Slade and I thank you for reading and/or listening to the blog post about the 2023 West Orange Real Estate market.  Have a great day and have a happy and healthy 2024.



Mark Slade