barnegat real estate agent: Finding a Home Near the MATES School, Manahawkin - 04/02/19 10:36 AM

Did you know that one of the best high schools in the country is in Manahawkin?
The Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) is a comprehensive, selective magnet public high school with a focus on marine and environmental science that is part of the Ocean County Vocational School District. The school is in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township adjacent to Southern Regional School District and near the Ocean County College's Southern Education Center. As a public school, students attend the school at no charge. Prospective students must receive a recommendation from their school and must complete the application process … (0 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: Price Your Barnegat Home to Sell - 03/23/19 07:33 AM

Is Your Barnegat House Priced to Sell Immediately?
In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for their dream home, setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do.
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According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, national home values have risen at over 6% a year over the past two years, but have started to slow to 4.4% over the last 12 months. By this time next year, CoreLogic predicts that home values will … (1 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: Buying a Home in Barnegat this Spring - 03/12/19 05:32 AM

Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home in Barnegat! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting.
1. Prices Will Continue to Rise
CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 4.4% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.6% over the next year.
Search for Barnegat Homes - Barnegat home prices have gone up by 10% over the last year!
Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.
2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to … (0 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: Listing Your Barnegat Home During the Holidays - 11/23/18 03:30 PM

Every year at this time there are many Barnegat homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. What's Your Barnegat Home Worth?
Here are seven great reasons not to wait:
Relocation buyers are out there. Many companies are still hiring throughout the holidays and need their new employees in their new positions as soon as possible. Purchasers who are looking for homes during the holidays are serious buyers and are ready to buy now. You … (0 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: Are You Making More Money? Buy a Home in Barnegat! - 11/16/18 10:20 AM

Wage increases make home buying more affordable. The median sold price for a home in Barnegat is around 241,000, but there are plenty of homes for sale below that price. And with multiple first-time home buyer programs, you can purchase a home in Barnegat today!
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Everyone knows that housing affordability has been negatively impacted by rising prices and increasing mortgage rates, but there is another piece to the affordability equation – wages.
How much a family earns obviously impacts how easy or difficult it is for them to afford to own a home. Because of an improving economy, wages … (0 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: Barnegat Home Equity - 11/14/18 12:55 PM

Home equity is an asset that comes from a homeowner's interest in a home. To calculate equity, subtract any outstanding loan balances from the property's market value. Home equity can increase over time if the property value increases or the loan balance is paid down.
Barnegat home values have increased by over 10% in the last two years. Year to date, the median sale price of homes in Barnegat has increased by 13.4% in comparison to 2017.
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According to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, home sellers who sold their homes in the third … (0 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: Housing Is Still Affordable in Barnegat! - 11/09/18 04:48 AM

The median sold price for a home in Barnegat for the month of October was $250,000. Over 200 homes under $250,000 sold in Barnegat since the beginning of the year. There are currently over 70 homes under $250,000 for sale in the township.
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Also, if you’re thinking of selling your home in Barnegat but staying in the township, “move-up” opportunities abound as there are over 250 homes for sale over $250,000.
Lately, there have been many headlines circulating about whether or not there is an “affordability issue forming in the housing market.”
If you are considering selling your current … (1 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: Thinking of Selling Your Barnegat Home? - 10/30/18 04:20 PM

Thinking of selling your Barnegat home? Here’s why you need a pro in your corner.
With Barnegat home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their homes on their own without using the services of a real estate professional.
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Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation and, in most cases, the seller is not. Sellers must realize that their ability to negotiate will determine whether or not they get the best deal for themselves and their families.
Here is a list of just some of the people with whom … (0 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: Barnegat Home Sales Up Almost 39%! - 10/11/18 05:25 AM

Barnegat home sales are up 38.9% year to date in comparison to 2017. Nationally, new construction home sales are up 12.7%.
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According to the latest New Residential Sales Report from the Census Bureau, new construction sales in August were up 3.5% from July and 12.7% from last year! This marks the second consecutive month with double-digit year-over-year growth (12.8% in July).
The report also showed that builders have ramped up construction with an increase in new construction starts and completions. The summer months are often a busy time for builders as they capitalize on the warmer … (0 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: Buying or Selling a House in Barnegat? - 10/04/18 06:29 AM

Thinking of buying or selling a home in Barnegat? Here are 2 factors to watch in today’s Barnegat real estate market.
When it comes to buying or selling a home in Barnegat there are many factors you should consider. Where you want to live, why you want to buy or sell, and who will help you along your journey are just some of those factors. When it comes to today’s real estate market, though, the top two factors to consider are what’s happening with interest rates & inventory.
Interest Rates
Mortgage interest rates have been on the rise and are now over three-quarters of … (0 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: Buy a Barnegat Home Now? Mortgage Rates Continue to Go Up - 10/03/18 06:50 AM

Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased by close to a quarter of a percent over the last several weeks. Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and the National Association of Realtors are all calling for mortgage rates to rise another quarter of a percent by next year.
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In addition to the predictions from the four major reporting agencies mentioned above, the Federal Open Market Committee recently voted “unanimously to approve a 1/4 percentage point increase in the primary credit rate to 2.75 percent.” Historically, an increase in the primary credit rate has translated … (0 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: How Much Equity Do You Have in Your Barnegat Home? - 09/24/18 12:17 PM

Rising home prices have been in the news a lot lately and much of the focus has been on whether home prices are accelerating too quickly, as well as how sustainable the growth in prices really is. One of the often-overlooked benefits of rising prices, however, is the impact that they have on a homeowner’s equity position.
Barnegat home values are up over 11% from last year – What’s Your Barnegat Home Worth?
Home equity is defined as the difference between the home’s fair market value and the outstanding balance of all liens (loans) on the property. While homeowners pay down their mortgages, the … (0 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: Is the Barnegat Housing Market Returning to Normal? - 09/21/18 06:34 AM

The Barnegat housing market has been anything but normal for the last eleven years. In a normal real estate market, home prices appreciate 3.7% annually. Below, however, are the price swings since 2007 according to the latest Home Price Expectation Survey:
After the bubble burst in June 2007, values depreciated 6.1% annually until February 2012. From March 2012 to today, the market has been recovering with values appreciating 6.2% annually. In Barnegat sold home prices have risen by over 11%!
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These wild swings in values were caused by abnormal ratios between the available supply of inventory and buyer demand … (1 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: Reports Show It’s A Great Time to Sell Your Home! - 09/14/18 05:27 AM

We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when the demand for that item is high and the supply of that item is limited. The last two major reports issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that right now continues to be a great time to sell your house.
Let’s look at the data covered in the latest Pending Home Sales Report and Existing Home Sales Report.
The report announced that pending home sales (homes going into contract) are down 2.3% from last year and have continued to fall on an annual basis for seven straight … (1 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: Rent or Buy in Barnegat: Either Way You're Paying A Mortgage - 09/06/18 06:07 AM

There are some people who have not purchased homes in Barnegat because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.
In Barnegat the median rent is $1,750 per month. If you were to spend that much towards a mortgage, you could afford $250,000 (approximately) home in Barnegat. And there are loan programs in which you do not have to put any money down!
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barnegat real estate agent: Competition is Coming to the Barnegat Housing Market - 08/14/18 06:35 AM

If you’re thinking of selling your Barnegat home, be aware; competition is coming!! There are multiple new home construction projects going on in Barnegat at the moment, including at least 84 listings for homes that have just been built, homes under construction and homes to be built. New listings that have come on the market just in 2018 is up over 31% and the absorption rate is up almost 30% over last year.
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The number of building permits issued in the U.S. for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over … (0 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: Barnegat Home Buying Myths - 08/12/18 11:09 AM

Slaying the Myths of Buying a Home in Barnegat
You’re finally ready to buy a home in Barnegat? That’s fantastic! In this exciting, but admittedly unnerving time, you might be inclined to turn to friends and family for advice—especially if they own homes.
But beware, future Barnegat home buyer: Those close to you might not be the experts you think they are. You could be heeding bad (albeit well-intentioned) advice without even knowing it.
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So we're here to bust the most common misconceptions about home buying in Barnegat so you can do this thing the right way. Because this is what we do.
Some Highlights:
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barnegat real estate agent: Reasons to Sell Your Barnegat Home this Summer - 06/27/18 09:53 AM

Reasons to sell your Barnegat home this summer: Over 180 homes have sold in Barnegat so far this year – that’s an increase of an amazing 36.4% from last year and the median home price has gone up by over 20%!!
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Some Highlights:
Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale Barnegat which means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available! Pending (under contract but hasn’t closed yet) are up 43%! Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living … (0 comments)

barnegat real estate agent: Should I Wait to Buy a Home in Barnegat? - 05/11/18 06:20 AM
What if I wait until next year to buy a Barnegat Home? 
We recently shared that Barnegat home prices have increased by 25.42% year to date over 2017. They’ve also increased by 6.7% year-over-year on a national basis. Over that same time, interest rates have remained historically low which has allowed many buyers to enter the market.
As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price' – where home values are headed over the next six months. As a buyer, however, you must not be as concerned about price, but instead about the ‘long-term cost' of the home.
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barnegat real estate agent: What to Expect from a Barnegat Home Inspection - 05/10/18 04:47 AM

Before you buy a home in Barnegat, one of the things you should do is to have it checked out by a professional home inspector.
So, you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Oftentimes, agents make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection.
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This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you paid for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or even, in some cases, walk away. Your agent can advise you on the best course of action once the report is filed.
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