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In Town With Real Estate Expert Mary Weichert

September 27, 2022

Yes, I am one of those people who always has CNBC on during the day. So much of what they discuss is relevant to what I do and how I advise people moving forward in a turbulent time in a turbulent market. Just in - Home prices cooled in July at the fastest rate in the history of the S&P ...

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The homeownership rate of all women in the US increased from 50.9% in 1990 to 61.2% in 2019, according to the NAR. Asian women accounted for the biggest change with an 18.6% increase in homeownership rates, followed by Hispanic women at 15.3%, White women at 13.3%, and Black women at ...

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With its walkable downtown, easy access to NYC, top-notch schools and more parks than any other town I’ve seen, it comes as no surprise that it is always listed at the top of the best places to live in NJ. The community also offers a nice transition for those making the great migration from the ...

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Housing is often viewed as an investment, most likely the biggest one you will make, but it’s also the place where you lay your head at night, raise your children and create some of your fondest memories. Its primary purpose is to provide you and your family with a place to live. Furthermore, a ...

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Real estate slowdown? That seems to be the trending news narrative lately and is very much true in certain US markets. But what I am seeing along the Midtown Direct train line is quite a different story. We were very busy in the month of August, and I don't see it slowing down anytime soon. I am ...

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It was so much fun playing Santa with colleagues Stephanie Akers and Suzanne Perkins! It’s a totally different vibe in the summer when you pull up to these different foundations and deliver toys for the kids. All the employees are always so grateful that we are thinking of them now when donations ...

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What a difference a couple of years and a pandemic can make. As of July 29th, the average price per square foot in Chatham is $505. That's the highest I've ever seen it in all of my years selling real estate. The only time prices like these have come into play in the past is with new ...

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CHATHAM, NJ – Just six months have passed since an early-morning fire ravaged the historic Chatham Sandwich Shop, and since then it felt like a piece of the community was missing. For the better part of four decades, the downtown eatery was not only a great place to grab a bite to eat but a ...

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Happy July, friends. We came up with the concept of “Christmas in July” a few years ago when I realized that we had too many toys donated in December with the generous holiday spirit, yet the need for them is truly all year round. Last year we took the leftover gifts and bought them to the local ...

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So, what is the optimal amount of time to own a home before it’s a profitable investment? Earlier in the week, I asked this question. 50% of you said it was about 7 years, while the other 50% guessed it was roughly 10 years. Let’s just say, if the “7-year itch” is also a thing in real estate, ...

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No matter where my clients come from, I nurture each relationship and put my heart and soul into each deal. I do like to check regularly to see how my clients are finding me. Is it a personal relationship? A past client referral? Zillow? Of course, I do love a good personal recommendation. It ...

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When I originally bought the sign in front of our office, I was completely inspired by Friday night lights. I was hoping we could bring the same kind of enthusiasm not just for football, clearly, but for all sports and town events. I drove into my office this morning and saw this. Considering ...

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Not all of my stories have a happy ending but this one does. I got the usual call that they want to sell to a builder but don’t know to do that and get top dollar. I offered to call all of the builders and negotiate the best deal for them. No listing paperwork, no commission, just bringing parties ...

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I was so pleasantly surprised to see that I was named the top seller for new construction in the entire Weichert company in March 2022. As most of you know, last March I lost my husband and stepped away from the business for about 6 months to heal and be with family. To have grown my business back ...

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CHATHAM, NJ – The unprecedented boom in the housing market over the last 12 months has inspired many homeowners to at least consider the idea of selling their property. On the flip side, prospective home buyers want to make sure they are getting a fair market price on their offers, even in this ...

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Did you know most buyers decide within the first 8 seconds if they are interested in purchasing a home? You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and nowhere is that truer than during the home selling process, which is why both curb appeal and staging are such critical ...

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What is a property tax reevaluation/reassessment, and how can I have a say in the process? If you live in Chatham, chances are you’ve either received a knock on the door or a letter in your mailbox informing you that the town is ordering a new appraisal for each home. The purpose of a ...

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Are we in a housing bubble? I have been asked this question more than a few times and have seen many experts weigh in on this topic lately. With dark thoughts of the 2008 housing market crash that still feels very recent to most of us, many folks saw the low mortgage rates driving up demand and ...

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How do you write a winning offer in this craziness of the 2022 real estate market? Hold on tight because if you aren’t familiar with the current market, and you’re thinking of purchasing soon, your mind will likely be blown. Consider a deal I closed last week. This story perfectly captures the ...

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How do you spot red flags during the real estate process? Especially in this wild, wild west market, clients are getting completely mishandled in so many ways. The signs are not always so obvious. Last week someone reached out to me with concerns on the sale of his mother’s home in Staten ...

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CHATHAM, NJ – Even before the pandemic wreaked havoc on mass transit, commuting to the Big Apple was a nightmare that many New Jersey residents had to live through each day. Whether it was transit delays, enduring jam-packed subways during rush hour, sitting in hours of traffic, or struggling to ...

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Spring is in the air, friends! Beautiful flowers are always a good first sign of the season and of brand-new beginnings. Thanks to the passionate volunteers of the Town and Country Garden Club, gorgeous yellow pansies now adorn the planters along Main Street. Notice the blue and yellow ribbons ...

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Now that we are two years into the pandemic, I have noticed how buyers’ criteria have evolved through the past two years. Real estate is honestly pretty simple. For the same reasons my parents moved out of Newark in 1955, my children's friends are looking to move back here: top schools, safe towns, ...

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CHATHAM, NJ – It’s every homeowner’s nightmare – an unexpected breakdown of your heating or cooling unit that comes at the worst possible time rendering them at the mercy of the harsh seasonal elements. Then often comes the scrambling to find a reliable HVAC technician, if you haven’t already ...

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CHATHAM, NJ – If you never had the privilege of sitting down and enjoying a meal at the Chatham Sandwich Shop, you’d probably imagine it was your typical New Jersey deli. A good selection of cold cuts, sliced cheeses, and you get your sandwich appetite solved, right? Not quite. Yes, the ...

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CHATHAM, NJ – If you happened to be at this year’s tree lighting at the Reasoner Park Gazebo, then you probably couldn’t help but admire the popularity of the charming wooden train while sipping on your hot chocolate and soaking in the holiday festivities. But how did it get there? It should ...

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Residential housing traditional drops 28% in the 4th quarter of every year. Holidays and gatherings take precedent until we ramp up again in January. Not this year, all bets are off. Lack of inventory and rising rates are driving this machine and buyers don’t want 4% rates again. Dealing with 6 ...

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As we near Veterans Day, it is a time of reflection on the past year for all of us. We live in the greatest country in the world, and we honor and thank all of our military personnel for helping to keep it this way. I can't help but recall my article from last year about Charlie Cellini who is a ...

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You know I can't help it... when I sit in mass on a beautiful sunny Sunday in September and I find myself at the celebration of 150 years of St. Patrick's School that I have to dig in deep and find out more. Eleven years after the Civil War ended a group of Chatham families decided to start their ...

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CHATHAM, NJ – If you weren’t already looking forward to Chatham’s weekend-long Fishawack Festival, a special appearance by one of the most iconic women’s soccer stars should most certainly get you excited. That’s right, two-time Olympic women’s soccer gold medalist Carli Lloyd will be making a ...

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