August 2012 Real Estate update presented by Jeana Cowie your Bergen County real estate agent

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August 2012 Real Estate update presented by Jeana Cowie your Bergen County real estate agent

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Sunny Forecast For The Real Estate Market, Optimism Growing Among Some
The real estate market has had an ominous cloud looming for a long while with sunshine trying to break through. Now, according to a recently released second quarter survey by HomeGain, optimism is growing and a sunnier forecast is anticipated by some.
The survey results are taken from a pool of more than 400 agents and brokers and 1,700 homeowners. Perhaps not surprisingly the optimism is a bit unequal. Regarding the general direction of home values, about 48 percent of industry professionals expect home
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15 yr. fixed: 2.80%
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values to increase compared to only 27 percent of homeowners. However both percentage figures are up from first quarter 2012.
The outlook for the next two years? The forecast, according to the belief of

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Hot Home Trends

What You Will And Won't
See In New & Existing Homes

Even in difficult economic markets, homebuilders are still striving to deliver amenities that offer comfort, style, and functionality. But which amenities are popular these days has changed.
According to the National Association of Homebuilders, (NAHB), you'll find that builders are figuring out the best ways to rework spaces. Out go formal dens and in come smaller home management areas (think office but not quite as spacious or traditional, more like a "pocket office". A "pocket office", according to NAHB, can be located in a large pantry area or nearby the kitchen or family great room.) It's all about conserving and creating efficient workable spaces that also offer other functions.
Along the lines of making things more efficient, laundry facilities are now being placed near the "master bedroom's walk-in closet", writes the NAHB in a press statement.
Watch for shadow units–separate units that are built alongside the main home that conveniently accommodate


Picking The Right Neighborhood
You're in the market to buy. You've probably given a lot of thought to the type of home you want as well as your budget and buying price range. There's an additional topic, though, that requires your careful consideration. Which neighborhood is right for you?
Neighborhoods vary as widely as the people that live within them. Some have diligent HOA's with strict rules of appearance and conduct, while others are more lax ... sometimes to the detriment of home values.
It's important to research the neighborhood where you're considering purchasing a home. You want an area that fits your needs, personality, and social habits. These factors can influence your overall happiness just as much as that updated master bath or outdoor kitchen.
First, consider the safety of a neighborhood. In many big cities you'll find more affluent neighborhoods adjacent to large strips of rental apartments or low-income housing. Now, this doesn't always present a problem, but it can mean a trickle over of petty crimes, such as vandalism and theft. Check with the local authorities to see crime rates for the neighborhood.
You may also want to check the national sex offender database to see if any offenders live in your new neighborhood. Again, there may be no

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10 Great Shade-Loving Plants

Summer is here and it’s a great time to revitalize your yard and take your curb appeal to the next level.
Many homeowners are faced with a landscaping dilemma. They have a great yard with beautiful mature trees, but with those trees comes lots of shaded areas. Many flowers and plants need full sun to thrive, so this begs the question, "What plants thrive in the shade?"
Shade gardening can be a challenge until you know what plants love to keep cool. Here’s a list of 10 shade-loving plants that are sure to take your yard from lackluster to lush in no time flat.


Jeana Cowie, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES, Broker Associate/REALTOR©
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Oradell, NJ 07649


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