Know Your Nest

May 24, 2018

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed from 3.95% in the first week of January up to 4.61% last week, marking a 7-year high according to Freddie Mac. Many factors fueled the current pace of acceleration.  Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, opines: “Healthy consumer ...

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  Bottom Line According to the US Census Bureau, ‘millennials’ are defined as 18-36-year-olds. According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time home buyers is 32. More and more ‘old millennials’ (25-36) now realize ...

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The forecast for this weekend is rain, rain, and more rain---so why not spend your time touring your new home?  Team Nest Builder offers 2 wonderful Open Houses this weekend, PLUS a new listing for you to check out via video tour! 27 Hilltop Trail, Sparta Step into your own fairytale with ...

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Did you realize food pantry shortages INCREASE during the summer months? Decreased donations and increased need due to the summer break from school lunch and breakfast programs leave many Sussex County families hungry.   Enter Foodstock:  an annual spring countywide food drive started 15 years ...

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  Here's Highlights: Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check = one of the best ways to save without thinking much about it. Living within a budget right now helps you save money for down payments while also paying down other debts ...

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According to a newly released study by ATTOM Data Solutions, selling your home in the month of May nets you an average of 5.9% above estimated market value for your home. For the study, ATTOM performed an “analysis of 14.7 million home sales from 2011 to 2017” and found the average seller ...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with line dancing, live music and tasty treats. Team Nest Builder says, “Arriba!” May 4th, 6pm-10pm 7th Annual Sparta Friends & Neighbors Cinco de Mayo Eve Fundraiser Sparta Ambulance Building, 14 Sparta Ave, Sparta Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Eve with Sparta ...

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Unsubstantiated theories abound as to why New Jersey home values continue to increase. From those worried lending standards are again becoming too lenient (data proves this untrue), to those concerned that prices are again approaching boom peaks because of “irrational exuberance” (also untrue as ...

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, how to decorate with them, if at all? First of all, mirrors serve as the perfect complement to nearly any space, so should definitely be incorporated in your New Jersey home decorating.  Secondly, if used thoughtfully, mirrors add considerable value to a space both ...

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If you live in Sussex, Morris or Warren County and your home needs a new roof, you’re in luck! Jeff Alte Jr. Roofing & Siding will be giving away a free roof to a family in one of these counties through the national No Roof Left Behind program. Nominations are being accepted through May 31st ...

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Great news for first-time New Jersey home buyers! The results of the 2018 Rental Affordability Report from ATTOM show that buying a median-priced home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in 54% of U.S. counties analyzed for the report. The updated numbers show that renting a ...

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Team Nest Builder wants YOU to know the truths about buying a New Jersey home! Some Highlights: The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%! Despite mortgage interest rates being over 4%, rates are still below historic numbers. 88% of property ...

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Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate, on average, by 3.6% per year and to grow by 18.2% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. Team Nest Builder wants you to understand what that means for homeowners and their equity ...

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House no longer fits your needs? Planning on buying a New Jersey luxury home? Now is the time to do so! Recently, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing released its Luxury Market Report which showed that in today’s premium home market, buyers are in control.  The inventory of homes for sale in ...

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Whether you’re a buyer searching for your first home, or a homeowner looking to move up to your next home, Team Nest Builder knows you should pay attention to where mortgage interest rates are heading. Over the course of 2018, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates ...

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Ever watched “Trading Spaces” and wondered, “How do they pull together a beautiful room so quickly?”  Team Nest Builder knows! Read on for these 6 simple decorating tricks from the newly relaunched “Trading Spaces” stars.  You’ll be amazed at what a difference they make in your New Jersey ...

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You know those shoes in the back of your closet that scream.”I grew up watching “Friends”’? Team Nest Builder wants to help YOU get rid of them while doing good for Sussex County children, through the Sojihuggles Children’s Foundation. Now through May 15th, donate your gently worn, used or new ...

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The “Rustic Industrial” home design trend is everywhere these days. Contrasting textures and natural elements mixed with metals help keep this style family-friendly.  Want to bring this look into your New Jersey home? Team Nest Builder provides ideas here for how to put your rustic industrial space ...

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We all know the supply of an item, as well as market demand for an item, determines its price. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions” for their monthly REALTORS Confidence ...

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Finally!  Snow’s melting, the temperature’s rising, and you’re more than ready to dive into the Spring season.  Team Nest Builder knows just how to “Spring-ify” your New Jersey home so you’ll feel the change of season indoors AND out.  Just follow these 5 simple tips:   It IS Easy Being ...

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Old Man Winter didn’t exactly roll out the welcome mat in New Jersey for the Easter Bunny this weekend. Reschedulings and cancellations abound for many Morris and Sussex County family Easter events scheduled for today since digging under 3 feet of snow for a treat-filled egg isn’t much fun! Never ...

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Team Nest Builder knows sleep deprivation leads to a myriad of problems, so we’re here to help you make your New Jersey home bedrooms the havens you deserve! Take a look at these simple ideas for increasing your zzzzz’s: Soften Up Employ a large area rug that covers the entire room to help ...

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Team Nest Builder offers four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting: Prices Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices appreciated by 6.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts prices will continue to increase at a rate ...

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Niche.com compiled a 2018 list of the top 100 New Jersey school districts who possess the best teachers, based on student and parent ratings of teachers, teacher tenure, teacher salaries, student-teacher ratio, teacher absenteeism, and the Niche Academics Grade for the district.  Team Nest Builder ...

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Treat yourself to this newly-priced trophy home in Puddingstone Estates in Parsippany, NJ!   See the details here or stop by the OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, March 4th, 1 to 3 pm. If you can't make it, call Team Nest Builder's Lynn Garafola at 973-222-3777 for a private tour.  You must experience this ...

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Seeking family-friendly entertainment this weekend at a super price?  Team Nest Builder recommends looking no further than Sparta's high school drama departments!  Musical theatre abounds in Sparta this weekend as both Sparta High School and Pope John XXIII Regional High School take to their stages ...

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Some Highlights: Many buyers purchase a home with a down payment as little as 3%. You may already qualify for a loan, even without perfect credit. Take advantage of the knowledge of your local professionals, such as Team Nest Builder's partner, Adam Wizner, who'll help ...

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Treat yourself to this newly-priced trophy home in majestic Puddingstone Estates in Parsippany, NJ!   See the details here or stop by the OPEN HOUSE on February 24th, 1 to 3 pm. If you can't make it, call Team Nest Builder's Lynn Garafola at 973-222-3777 for a private tour.  You must experience ...

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Family safety remains paramount when it comes to choosing a new home and community in New Jersey, so Team Nest Builder wants to help you know where top local school districts rank. Niche.com, which specializes in all different types of consumer rankings, provided a list of the safest school ...

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Team Nest Builder knows that whether you are buying or selling a New Jersey home it can be quite the adventure, which is why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to achieving your ultimate goal. But in this world of instant gratification and internet searches, ...

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