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2012 

If you're not already a fan of Marc and Angel Hack Life, here's one good reason to check them out. In a recent post, Marc and Angel identify the 12 secrets to success. First and foremost, successful people have SMART goals, which are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. A secon...
05/29/2012
Dear TZ, After reading all of your advice, we've decided it's time to buy a home. We don't have a lot saved, but we earn enough to qualify for a mortgage. Can we still buy a home? How much money do we need to put as a down payment? Thanks! - Doug and Dina Downpayment   Dear Doug and Dina, You'd b...
05/29/2012
Whether you're about to start a big project or a little project, you won't want to tackle any home improvement projects without first checking Jason Stewart's list of 10 Home Improvement Mistakes.   Every home improvement project or fixer rehab has its ups and downs, and there are plenty of mista...
05/28/2012
Dear TZ, We've been looking all over Union County and finally found a house in Clark that we love! How much should we offer on it? Bob and Bernice Buyer   Dear Bob and Bernice, Congratulations and welcome to Clark! You're going to love it here! When you put an offer in on an house, your agent wil...
05/28/2012
Dear TZ, My brother in law said I can save a ton of money if I amortize my loan on my house. What does that mean, and does it work? Thanks, Borrower Bert   Dear Bert, Very simply put amoritization is the process that the principal amount of your mortgage decreases over the life of your mortgage. ...
05/28/2012
Dear TZ, I have a job in New York City and I don't want to move to Union County if the commute is going to be too difficult. What are the commuting options into the City from Union County? Thanks, Subway Sal   Dear Sal, Obviously the ease of your commute will be a huge factor in your decision abo...
05/28/2012
Dear TZ, I want to buy a home in Union County but I keep hearing about something called a shadow inventory. What is it? What does it do to prices in Union County? Thanks, Buyer Bob   Dear Bob, Homes that have been foreclosed that are now bank owned properties.  Much of that inventory is not yet o...
05/27/2012
Emily Medvec sold a short sale home using a fantastically creative marketing plan. She thought big, was fearless, and improvised. While this particular strategy clearly won't work for every house, the message here is simple - think outside the box when marketing a home that must get sold!  This i...
05/26/2012
Today is Sun Screen Awareness Day. Who knew? Liz knew. Liz has always known. Because her skin is so fair that she gets a sunburn after only a few minutes in the sun - sunny days, cloudy days, summer, winter, spring, fall. It would be hard for anyone to be more conscientious about sun screen than ...
05/26/2012
The Cranford Recreation and Parks Department will sponsor the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday. Marchers will line up beginning at the Community Center at 220 Walnut Avenue at 8:30 am and step off is at 9am. At 10am, after the parade, there will be a Memorial Day ceremony at Memorial Park on...
05/26/2012
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