nj: Tornado Warnings? - 06/05/16 10:20 AM
This isn't something we're used to having in New Jersey. 
A very strong storm system just blew through leaving branches down and temporarily flooding streets.
All afternoon, the weather stations were sending out notifications of possible tornadoes. There is actually a Tornado History Project in NJ which keeps statistics of all known or suspected tornadoes in the Garden State. There have been 146 tornadoes in NJ since 1951 when the stats were first kept. The most recent tornado in NJ was on October 7, 2013 in Bergen County. It was a 1 on the Fujita scale - nearly all historical tornadoes in NJ are 0s … (6 comments)

nj: The Pine Barrens - a short drive away! - 04/27/15 07:09 AM
How about a quick weekend getaway?
The New Jersey Pinelands , also known as the Pine Barrens,  extends through seven counties of southern New Jersey and encompasses three state forests.. In 1978, 1.1 million acres of the Pine Barrens was designated as the Nation’s first National Reserve. In the 1980s, the United Nations named the Pine Barrens an International Biosphere Reserve which means that it demonstrates sustainable use with conservation.  Development in the Pinelands is controlled by the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.
The soil is sandy and acidic which made it unsuitable for European settlers to cultivate their crops. Locals call the soil … (9 comments)

nj: Real Estate Market Report for 2014 - Springfield, NJ - 01/02/15 10:20 PM
The Township of Springfield, NJ, is home to nearly 16,000 people and is the home of Baltrusol Golf Club. It is also the location of the Battle of Springfield which was the last battle of the Revolutionary War.  New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Springfield as the 85th best place to live in New Jersey.
All of Springfield's public schools are named for notable Springfield residents. Students in Springfield attend Edward V. Walton Early Childhood Center for grades Pre-K to 2, James Caldwell Elementary School in grades 3-5, Thelma L. Sandmeier Elementery School for grades 6-8 and Jonathan Dayton High School for grades 9-12.  Springfield … (3 comments)

nj: Liberty Hall - Home of NJ's First Governor - 07/12/14 04:58 AM

Liberty Hall was a 14 room Georgian style home when it was first built in 1772 by William Livingston, a lawyer who became a member of the First and Second Continental Congress and later the first Governor of New Jersey. 
Many famous visitors spent time in Liberty Hall including Alexander Hamilton, and George and Martha Washington. Peter Kean purchased the house in 1811 for his mother who was a niece of William Livingston. The Kean family owned the house for several generations during which time they modified the home to make it a 50 room Victorian Italianate mansion. They also added running water, gas lighting, … (1 comments)

nj: The 24 hour Tour of New Jersey - 07/02/14 01:23 AM
When our out of state friends come to visit, we try to show them the great things about New Jersey. We’re hoping to dispel the stereotypes about NJ and spray on tans and the Jersey attitude. We have already proven that the Joisey accent is just fine by us, but there’s more to NJ Pride than that.
So here’s what we propose as a 24 hour tour of New Jersey for out of staters.
Start the day with breakfast at a NJ diner. I suggest taylor ham, egg, and cheese on a bagel. What could be more quintessentially New Jersey than that – and no … (4 comments)

nj: 4th of July in Cranford - 06/26/14 04:45 AM
A fantastic fun filled day is planned for you and your family for Independence Day in Cranford this year. Here's what's on the schedule:
8:00 am – canoe races at the Canoe Club
9:00 am – Firecracker Four Miler and Fun Run at Nomahegan Park
1:30 pm – Bicycling Decorating
2:00 pm – Egg Toss
2:30 pm – Backwards Race at Nomahegan Park
Sunset – Fireworks at Nomahegan Park

nj: Visit the Thomas Edison Museum - 05/23/14 10:28 AM
Here's a perfect way to spend an afternoon soaking up some of the history that makes New Jersey so proud.
Thomas Edison is, of course, credited with the discovery of hundreds of practical devices such as the electric light bulb, phonograph, and motion picture camera.  "The Wizard of Menlo Park" held 1093 patents in the US and many others in Europe. 
At the laboratory and estate, you can view a 20 minute orientation film called the Invention Factory.

You can also watch "The Great Train Robbery," which is a silent movie from 1903.

All three floors of the main laboratory … (4 comments)

nj: Property Tax Rebates Postponed in NJ - 05/22/14 04:01 AM
The NJ Homestead Program provides a credit on the property tax bill for 1.6 million New Jersey residents. The 2013 statewide average for property taxes is just $8000 but seniors and disabled residents receive relief, on average, of $516. Residents earning less than $75,000 receive $402 in relief.
This week, Governor Christie’s office announced that the relief has to be postponed to help the State balance its budget. This is the third time in his four years as Governor that Christie has postponed the Homestead Program.  According to the Governor’s office, the tax credit costs the State $375 million and … (1 comments)

nj: Cherry Blossom Time! - 04/18/14 09:19 AM
Millions flock to Washington DC to see the Cherry Blossoms, but did you know that there are more cherry trees in New Jersey than in Washington?
Team Zuhl took a jaunt through Warinanco Park in Linden and snapped these lovely pictures. So if you're looking for a little fresh air and some beautiful scenery, Warinanco Park is just what the doctor ordered!



nj: Clark Real Estate Market Report - 04/17/14 04:01 AM

Prices: The average sale price of a home in Clark in March, 2014, was $399,600 which is about 14% higher than March of 2012. 

Inventory: There are currently 58 single family homes offered for sale in Clark at an average list price of $452,728.  Five homes were sold in March of 2014, only half of that sold in March of 2013. 
If you're thinking about selling your Clark home, get a free Comparative Market Analysis here.

For more information on selling a home:
 How do you get a CCO in Clark? 3/3/2014 3 Simple Steps To … (1 comments)

nj: Thursday's Thought: Knowledge - 04/03/14 01:04 AM
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it's the illusion of knowledge." - Stephen Hawking
A great quote by a man who may arguably be the smartest man who has ever lived.  As we go about our daily routine, prospecting, showing and selling, do we learn or do we know?
We've all dealt with another agent that has no idea what they're doing.  Or a seller who knows it all because 20 years ago they sold a house on their own.  Those are the deals that are usually the most difficult.  The illusion of knowledge.  
I would rather say … (12 comments)

nj: Valentine's Weekend Getaways - 02/02/14 09:52 PM
Planning a little something extra special for Valentine's Day? Here are 6 weekend getaways within 100 miles of Union County.
Atlantic City and Mystic, Connecticut
If your idea of a romantic getaway includes casinos and nightlife, Atlantic City or Mystic might be for you.
Atlantic City boasts casinos like the Trump Taj Mahal, Harrah's, Caesars, and the Borgata as well as exotic shows every evening. Visitors can take advantage of a host of amenities from a seashell massage to upscale dining to outlet shopping. There are dozens of hotels along the waterfront and even more B&B's to choose from.
Mystic is only an hour … (6 comments)

nj: I've Got you Now, My Pretty - 02/02/14 08:25 PM
New Jersey lured thousands of people to our fair State, gave them a Super Bowl and some beautiful weather this weekend.
"I thought you guys were having a polar vortex?" out of State visitors would ask, wearing sunglasses and light sweaters.
"It's colder back home!" Seattle and Denver travelers said.
But they plunked down their money, bought tickets, souveniers, snacks, hotel rooms, restaurant dinners, transportation. And New Jersey's financial benefit from hosting the game was fulfilled.
And then we trapped you here. Another of our winter storms has hit this morning, an expected 5-8 inches will fall over Met Life Stadium … (10 comments)

nj: Day of Service - Monday, January 20, 2014 - 01/18/14 03:50 AM
Where can you volunteer for Monday's Day of Service? Here are some suggestions:
Sort It Out - Springfield, NJ,  West Caldwell, Morristown, and Chatham, NJ - Sort and distribute coats to various locations for the needy.
Glasses Galore - Short Hills, NJ - Donate your used eye glasses for distribution to the needy.
Volunteer Fair - South Orange, NJ - Donations of food, school supplies, toiletries and used eye glasses, knit hats for cancer patients, create books for students with diabilities.
Brighten Walls - Orange, NJ - Help paint the YMCA.
A Home Cookied Meal - East Orange, NJ - Help prepare a meal at … (4 comments)

nj: Going to the Super Bowl? Here's how to get there! - 01/01/14 08:07 AM
New Jersey is thrilled to host the Super Bowl this year, and lots of preparations are being made to ensure that fans will be able to get around easily.
Shuttle Bus:
Rather than driving to the Stadium, the Super Bowl XLVIII Fan Express Bus Program offers 9 different locations to catch a shuttle bus to the Stadium. Busses will depart the Stadium after the game with the last bus departing 1 hour after the presentation of the trophy.

NJ Locations to pick up the Shuttle:
The Plaza in Secaucus The Newark Airport Marriot The East Hanover Marriot For more information … (6 comments)

nj: Jersey Drivers - 12/26/13 12:13 AM
We hear about Jersey drivers from out of State folks all the time.
"Jersey drivers are the worst!"
"You guys make your own lanes!"
"What's a rotary?" 
"Don't speed limits mean anything to you people?"

Finally, there's evidence that NJ drivers aren't the worst. In fact, according to the survey by CarInsuranceComparison.com, NJ drivers are the 32nd worst in the Country, or, as we prefer, the 18th best! 
CarInsuranceComparison.com used criteria like fatalities per 100 million miles traveled, driver obedience to signals and seat belts, and the incidence of drunk driving, tickets, and careless driving.  
What's the … (7 comments)

nj: How much equity do I have in my Clark home? - 12/20/13 10:49 PM

As you prepare to make your New Year's Resolutions and start thinking about your taxes, a firm reveiw of your financial situation makes sense. If you're like many people, your home is your biggest asset. Here's how to calculate how much equity you have in your home:
                              Market Value of your home
                            - Mortgage Debt Owed         

nj: What's going on in the Union Real Estate Market? - 12/14/13 07:08 PM
Union, NJ, is home to nearly 57,000 people. It occupies northern Union County in the area that was called Connecticut Farms in the 18th Century. 
There are six primary (PreK-4) schools: Battle Hill School, Hannah Caldwell School, Connecticut Farms Elementary School, Franklin School, Livingston School, Washington School. Central Five-Jefferson School serves grade 5, and Burnet Middle School and Kawameeh Middle School serve grades 6 though 8. Union High School serves 2400 students in grades 9-12.

There are currently 319 homes offered for sale. This is the lowest inventory Union has seen since December of 2012. Only 28 homes were sold in Union in November, much lower than the average of 43 homes … (5 comments)

nj: Sugarloaf Crafts Festival This Weekend! - 10/23/13 07:02 AM

What are you doing this weekend?
We're going to the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset!
More than 250 artisans will be displaying and selling their art - pottery, sculpture, photography, home decor, jewelry, and home accessories. There will be plenty of demonstrations scheduled to learn how the artists work. Children's Entertainment will be provided by Middle Earth Studios. 

Specialty gourmet foods - German style almonds, English toffee, fresh breads, soup mixes, and so much more - will be available for sampling and purchasing.
Browse Artists & Preview the Show  Browse Demonstrations  Browse Specialty … (4 comments)

nj: PRIDE in Selling a Home - 09/29/13 09:11 AM
Once you've made the decision to sell your home, there are 5 steps you need to make before you put your home on the market.

Pick - Interview real estate agents. Most sellers hire the first agent they interview, while others continue looking. You want to choose an agent with a vibrant marketing plan that you trust.  Repair - Make any necessary repairs in your home before you list it! Things like leaky roofs, dead light bulbs, and broken windows need to be in working condition before you show your home. Improve - Depending on your time frame and budget, make home improvements that will increase the value of your … (3 comments)

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Clark, NJ

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