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Jersey Shore town named one of East Coast’s most scenic spots by travel website

The beach at Beach Haven on Long Beach Island at sunset, Feb. 10, 2017. (Kelly Roncace | For NJ.com) Kelly Roncace | For NJ.com BEACH HAVEN -- One of Long Beach Island's most popular boroughs has been named one of the East Coast's most scenic spots. Beach Haven, the charming and serene seaside town, made Expedia Viewfinder's list as one of the most picturesque destinations between Maine to Florida. Nicknamed the "Queen City," the Ocean County borough was established in 1873 as a summer retreat for wealthy Philadelphians. In the 194... Read More

Over Half of Housing Markets Hit Price Peaks

More than half of housing markets saw home sale prices peak at the end of 2016, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR) recently released quarterly report, contributing to the best quarterly sales pace of the year. Eighty-nine percent of markets saw home prices increase in the fourth quarter, compared to 87 percent in the third quarter, with 17 percent experiencing double-digital increases. “Buyer interest stayed elevated in most areas thanks to mortgage rates under 4 percent for most of the year and the creation of 1.7 million new jobs edging the job market clo... Read More

The One Big Real Estate Trend You Need to Understand in 2017

Housing Market Trends The One Big Real Estate Trend You Need to Understand in 2017 Kerry Close,Money Updated: Nov 27, 2016 9:58 AM EST Forget a tale of two cities: Extreme housing market fragmentation is now creating different experiences for home buyers and sellers in a wide range of locations and segments. Nationally, home prices are expected to keep rising, albeit more slowly— 3.5% in 2017, vs. 4.5% in 2016, per Moody’s Analytics projections. But even more so than in recent years, your position is now g... Read More

Zillow’s 2017 predictions

1. “Cities will focus on denser development of smaller homes close to public transit and urban centers.” Last week economist John Burns also pointed to development happening in certain parts of California reflecting the “surban” movement (when urban and suburb collide), in which revitalized suburban downtowns are starting to authorize new housing. (Read more about the Pacific Union forecast in full).  2. “More millennials will become homeowners, driving up the homeownership rate. Millennials are also more racially diverse, so more homeowners will be people of color,... Read More

If you’ve been on the fence about buying a home, 2016 is the year to take the plunge.

Mortgage rates have been bouncing around record lows for a while now. But even though they're likely to start going up, you haven't missed your chance to get a deal on a house. A number of factors are coming together, making next year a good time to buy: 1. Home prices will finally calm down Real estate values have been on the rise for a while, but are likely to slow their pace next year. Prices are expected to rise 3.5%,according to Zillow's Chief Economist Svenja Gudell. Buyers who've been stuck behind the wave of rising prices may finally get the chance to jump in. And... Read More

8 Tips for Finding Your New Home

  A solid game plan can help you narrow your homebuying search to find the best home for you. House hunting is just like any other shopping expedition. If you identify exactly what you want and do some research, you’ll zoom in on the home you want at the best price. These eight tips will guide you through a smart home buying process. Know thyself Understand the type of home that suits your personality. Do you prefer a new or existing home? A ranch or a multistory home? If you’re leaning toward a fixer-upper, are you truly handy, or will you need to budget for contractors? Rese... Read More

7 Reasons to Own Your Home

Tax breaks. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, as well as some of the costs involved in buying your home. Appreciation. Real estate has long-term, stable growth in value. While year-to-year fluctuations are normal, median existing-home sale prices have increased on average 6.5 percent each year from 1972 through 2005, and increased 88.5 percent over the last 10 years, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. In addition, the number of U.S. households is expected to rise 15 percent over the next decade, creating conti... Read More

Your Property Wish List

Your Property Wish List What does your future home look like? Where is it located? As you hunt down your dream home, consult this list to evaluate properties and keep your priorities top of mind. What architectural style(s) of homes do you prefer? Do you want to buy a home, condominium, or townhome? Would you like a one-story or two-story home? How many bedrooms must your new home have? How many bathrooms must your new home have? Home Condition Do you prefer a new home or an existing home? If you’re looking for an existing home, how old of a home would you consider... Read More

6 Tips for Buying a Home in a Short Sale

Do Your Homework! By preparing for a real estate short sale, you can emerge with a great home at a favorable price. When sellers need to sell their home for less than they owe on their mortgage, they’re shooting for a short sale. Short sale homes can sometimes be bargains, but only if you do your homework, stay patient, and remain unemotional during the sometimes lengthy and difficult short sale process.Here are six tips for protecting yourself emotionally and financially when bidding on a short sale. Get help from a short sale expert A real estate agent experienced in short sales c... Read More