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How to set the right budget for your first homeNovember 12, 2019 Buying a home is an enormous commitment — especially if it’s your first one. The learning curve for real estate jargon is steep, and it’s easy to get sold on the amount stated on a lender’s mortgage pre-approval letter. But the threshold of a pre-approval letter is hardly an accurate reflection of what you actually end up spending on your first home. To avoid biting off more than you can chew, set a realistic budget… + read more
Smart Planning: Setting a budget to buy a houseNovember 2, 2019 Purchasing a home is a big move that requires smart planning, and it needs to start at the moment the idea is conceptualized. Setting a budget for buying a house is one of the primary tasks any prospective homeowner should have high on his or her list. We understand that the process can be overwhelming. To ease some of the stress, let’s take a look at some of the steps that should be taken to… + read more
Signs that tell you to stop renting and start shopOctober 22, 2019 Renting is convenient – until your circumstances change. While there are advantages to renting, a home almost always seems to be the better long-term financial choice for most people. The extra space and potentially better neighborhood that come along with buying a home are important factors to keep in mind. Here are five signs that indicate that it is time to stop renting. The desire to customize  Anyone who has rented before knows the convenience… + read more
5 Apps for a smarter homeOctober 12, 2019 Smart homes are becoming increasingly trendy as technology makes it easier and easier to control various aspects of their houses. From the thermostat to the living room lights, there are devices or apps that are able to control just about anything. Here are five gadgets homeowners can look into to help make their home "smarter" – and their lives a lot easier. WeMo WeMo is a beautiful little gadget that can turn any device that… + read more
How to Find Your Dream HomeOctober 2, 2019 A home is probably the biggest purchase you’ll make in your lifetime, so you’ll want it to be as perfect as possible. Finding your dream home is an exciting adventure – one that can take a long time but is very well worth it in the end. Like any adventure worth having, however, it requires plenty of planning, legwork, and patience when you want to get the home you want faster. Here are some pointers… + read more
How to Make the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) WorkSeptember 22, 2019 The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) represents the very essence of the real estate business. It’s where homes for sale are listed by a collaborating group of real estate agents. While it seems like one huge database, it’s actually a collection of approximately 900 private regional databases. These databases are used by brokers to market the properties they represent or find the right home for a buyer while working with real estate agents smoothly and efficiently.… + read more
Must-Visit Restaurants in Somerset, NJSeptember 12, 2019 Located between New Brunswick and Franklin Township, just minutes from I-287 and the New Jersey Turnpike, Somerset is a magnet for younger professionals who are drawn to the town’s tranquil neighborhoods and easy commute to Manhattan. Shopping opportunities are plentiful here, as are dining options. You’ll find a vast array of restaurants, from fast food to five-star fine dining, serving all kinds of cuisines. Here are a few you simply have to try: Twenty/20 Taphouse… + read more
The State of the Real Estate Market so FarSeptember 2, 2019 What's going on in Somerset County real estate? Let's take a look at how the market performed. Click here to take a better look at the numbers, collated by the New Jersey REALTORS®. New listings and inventory of homes for sale in Somerset County Changes were varied when it came to new listings in Somerset County. Single-family homes Last April, a total of 550 single-family homes were added to the local inventory. Compared to last… + read more
Where to Find the Best Fries in North JerseyAugust 22, 2019 National French Fry Day is July 13. To help you celebrate, here's where you can find the best fries in North Jersey. George & Martha's American Grille 67-71 Morris St, Morristown, NJ The late Anthony Bourdain once said that a life without demi-glace (among other things) is a life not worth living. Good thing George & Martha's American Grille lets you enjoy some red wine demi-glace in their decadent Disco fries, also adorned with melted… + read more
Get Your Thrill on at New Jersey’s Top AmusemAugust 12, 2019 Life is meant for great adventures with good friends whether it's visiting outdoor areas or exploring to try finding the best fries. The following amusement parks in New Jersey would definitely be ideal places to create such long-lasting memories. Six Flags Great Adventure 1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson Township, NJ Six Flags Great Adventure has over 200 rides that will get your adrenaline pumping. This includes the hypercoaster Nitro (which runs at 80 mph), Kingda… + read more