Real Estate with Shannon

  • SOMA Real Estate Update: Inventory Remains Low

    April 9, 2017

    SOMA Real Estate Update

    Inventory remains low. According to the Garden State MLS (GSML)*, as of Sunday, April 9, there are 60 homes for sale in South Orange with 7 of them in attorney review.

  • 10 Favorite Things About SOMA in the Spring

    When people are considering buying a home in South Orange or Maplewood, I often get the question "is the town worth the property taxes?" My answer is a resounding "Yes." Sure we ...

  • The Difference Between Renovated, Remodeled & Upgraded

    When looking at homes for sale, you'll see lots of descriptions about kitchens and bathrooms. At first glance, words like "renovated," "remodeled," and ...

  • When Should I List My Home?

    The Spring market has started in Maplewood and South Orange. This season is a popular time to list a home. If you are thinking of selling but not sure on the timing, here are a few things ...

  • Should You Overbid?

    The real estate market in Maplewood and South Orange is highly competitive right now, especially among the lower-priced starter homes. A low inventory means that buyers will most likely be competing ...

  • Spring Market Update

    Despite the ups and downs with the weather, the spring housing market has started to bloom. You may have noticed the increase in For Sale and Coming Soon signs. In January there were only 34 homes on ...

  • Ten Steps to List Your Home

    Once you make the major decision to sell your home, there are ten steps that you need to take to get your home on the market. 

    Step 1: De-clutter and move a large portion of your belongings ...

  • Make Your Bathroom Sparkle

    Make Your Bathroom Sparkle

    When preparing to sell your home, it's important to make your home look as clean and new as possible. Shining up the bathroom is a must! Here are a few pointers to ...

  • Should You Convert to a Gas Fireplace?

    'Should You Convert to a Gas Fireplace?

     

    Snowy days are the perfect time to enjoy a cozy fire. But who wants to go outside and fetch firewood and kindling?  I certainly don't ...

  • Important Inspections

    Important Inspections

    Once an offer is accepted and has been through attorney review,  the inspection period begins. Usually the buyer has two weeks to perform any inspections and negotiate ...

  • What is DOM?

    If you are shopping for a home, then you've seen the abbreviation DOM on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) handouts. What does DOM mean?  DOM stands for Days on Market from the time that ...

  • A Buyer's First Steps

    So you think you may want to start house hunting in the Spring....Here are the first steps to take.

    Know how much you can afford.  It's a waste of time to look at homes that are not in ...

  • Should You Wait Until Spring to Buy?

    Should You Wait until Spring to Buy?

    People love to talk about the Spring market, but should you wait until Spring to buy a home? For South Orange and Maplewood, the Spring market usually ...

  • Winter Curb Appeal

    When it comes to your selling your home, curb appeal is important. If the home doesn't appeal to a buyer on the outside, the odds of the buyer wanting to see the inside are lower. Making your ...

  • The SOMA Real Estate Market in Review

    SOMA had a strong real estate market in 2016. In South Orange, the average days on market were down from 41 to 37 days. The sales price was up by 7.8% for an average of $655,693. Sales prices were ...

  • Ten of my Favorite Things About Living in SOMA Around the Holidays

    When people are considering buying a home in South Orange or Maplewood, I often get the question "is the town worth the property taxes?" My answer is a resounding "Yes." Sure we ...

  • How to Avoid Inspection Pitfalls

    Buying or selling a home is not for the faint of heart. The older homes in this area are charming; but with age, comes issues. Getting an accepted offer is only step 1 in the process. Along the way ...

  • What to Look for in a Real Estate Lawyer

    Although real estate law doesn't sound as exciting as criminal court cases, having the right real estate lawyer can make or break a deal. You should take the time to find a good one.

    What ...

  • Stressed Out about Property Taxes?

    Stressed Out about Property Taxes?

     

    Are you worried about the impact that the South Orange reassessment will have on your property taxes?  First, remember that ...

  • South Orange Property Tax Assessments 

    South Orange Property Tax Assessments 

    The results from South Orange's property reassessment are here. Residents have begun to receive letters with their newly assessed property values ...

  • Local Condo Options in the South Orange and Maplewood Area

    Local Condo Options

    As winter approaches, some of us start dreading the raking of leaves, the shoveling of snow, and the maintenance of salt-damaged driveways and walkways. Parents whose kids have ...

  • Ten Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Estate Sale Company

    When selling your home, one of the easiest and effective ways for improving the home's appearance is de-cluttering. Sometimes that is easier said than done, especially if you have inherited a ...

  • Staging for the Holidays

    If you're thinking of selling your home during the holidays, now is the time to consider the proper amount of decorating to compliment your staging.

    Scents

    First, consider all of the ...

  • School Board Elections & Real Estate

    With the media's focus on the Presidential election, we may forget to thoroughly research our local candidates, namely the ones running for the Board of Education (BOE). 

    Even if your ...

  • The Value of a Sun Room

    Fall is the perfect time for sellers to showcase a sun room, a screened in porch, or 3-season room. Who doesn't love to sit outside and enjoy a gentle breeze with a backdrop of trees with red, ...

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Climate and Culture – One of the Key Issues I Will Focus on if Re-Elected to the Board of Ed

September 19, 2017

Addressing climate and culture in our school community - and broader community - is something that is a key focus for me for in my campaign.  Students, teachers, and parents have all expressed deep concerns with the climate and culture in our schools. We must work together to establish meaningful dialogue that allows all parties involved to feel trust and build understanding of all points of ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Home Burglaries Reported

September 19, 2017

South Orange Police Blotter as of September 19

Burglary - A Vose Ave resident reported that sometime before 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, an unknown actor entered her residence through a rear door, ransacked the master bedroom and stole jewelry and a silver coin collection. The Detective Bureau is investigating.

Burglary - A Wyoming Ave resident reported that sometime ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Four Adult Arrests Reported, One for Assault

South Orange Police Blotter as of September 14

Adult Arrest - David Boone, a 20 year old Newark resident was arrested on Saturday, September 2, at approximately 6:47 p.m. for assault and an active arrest warrant out of South Orange. Officers responded to Valley St and South Orange Ave for a reported assault that had just occurred and quickly located a subject (Boone) who ...

6th Annual Art Walk & Music Fest in Maplewood on Sunday, September 24

September 20, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Village Alliance (MVA) will host its 6th Annual Art Walk & Music Fest on Sunday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Maplewood Village.

According to organizers,this year's event will feature over 40 artists, many new to the event, displaying and selling their original work, plus live music by local bands all day long.

Children attending the ...

South Orange Chamber of Commerce Holds Networking Event and Makes Donation to South Orange Lions Club

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ The South Orange Chamber of Commerce celebrated the start of the fall season with a Social and Business Networking event hosted by Bunny’s Sports Bar. In addition to enjoying time to network over food and drinks, the South Orange Chamber also made a donation of $1000 to the South Orange Lions Club. This donation was made specifically towards the South Orange Lions Club ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, September 20, 12:00 PM

Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, South Orange

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Arts & Entertainment

Thu, September 21, 8:30 AM

Kol Rina, South Orange

High Holy Days at Kol Rina

Religions And Spirituality

Thu, September 21, 12:00 PM

Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, South Orange

Rise

Arts & Entertainment

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Thu, September 21, 8:00 PM

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit

Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with ...

Arts & Entertainment

West Orange Chamber of Commerce Hosts Multi-Chamber Event at Thomas Edison Museum

September 19, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the West Orange, Livingston, North Essex, Maplewood, Millburn/Short Hills and South Orange Chambers of Commerce mingled amongst each other at a multi-chamber networking event on Sept. 13, hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) at the Thomas Edison Museum.

Michael Daniels, president of the WOCC, said the event was extremely successful ...

SOFIA Walk Against Domestic Violence Draws Awareness and Support for Victims

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Hundreds gathered at Canterbury Park for a cause on Saturday, September 9. 

Families, friends and support organizations gathered together for the 7th annual S.O.F.I.A ( Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates) walk in remembrance of those who died and continue to walk in silence and a celebration of those who survived and are willing to share their stories in order to make ...

Hillsborough: Children's Singer/Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

September 20, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – Eric. S. Komar a Hillsborough resident, music teacher and singer/songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

Komar, 46, was arrested by special ...

Holmdel High School Student Dies After Collapsing During Lacrosse Game

HOLMDEL, NJ — A GoFundMe page has been launched to support the family of Jack Dowd, the 16-year-old who died after collapsing at a lacrosse game at Rutgers University.

The Holmdel High School junior and varsity lacrosse player collapsed on Sept. 17 on the field during a scrimmage at the New Brunswick-based university. According to a Rutgers spokesperson, emergency services ...

AAA Reports Gas Prices Rise One Cent Over Last Week

September 12, 2017

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AAA's weekly survey found that the average price for a gallon of gasoline in New Jersey is up one cent over last week.

On September 11, the average to be $2.78, up one cent from $2.77 last week. Today’s average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is 36 cents higher than a month ago ($2.42) and 80 cents higher than one year ago ($1.98).

Nationally, the ...

Rent Party Welcomes The Blasters

September 20, 2017

Rent Party kicks off their ninth season Friday night, September 22, with a show featuring the legendary LA band The Blasters.

From early days growing up in the southeast Los Angeles suburb of Downey, California under the tutelage of T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner to their emergence as central figures in the eclectic LA punk/rock scene of the early ‘80s to their current status as ...

Connect to Wellness: Free Family Wellness Festival by FAMILYConnections on September 24

Connect to Wellness is a free outdoor family wellness festival hosted by FAMILYConnections in honor of National Recovery Month (September) on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Clipper Pavilion, Cherry Lane, West Orange. 

FAMILYConnections has been providing effective treatment for recovery for decades helping people recover from mental illness and substance use ...

Lightbridge Academy to Support Children Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma with 2,000-plus Backpacks Filled with Comfort and Care

The early education and child care brand will help provide needed supplies for the school year while teaching children empathy, community service, and how to be a leader

Lightbridge Academy, a leading early education and child care franchise system with almost 30 locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic is reaching across the country to support the children and families in Texas and Florida. The ...