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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Maplewood's 4th of July Fireworks - Should the Fences Come Down?

I wrote last month that those who do not pay for the Maplewood fireworks but sit and watch them anyway were akin to thieves. This brought a great mixed reaction, some agreeing with me while others claiming such a viewpoint was unfair to those who cannot afford it.

Then there were some who called it racist since many of those who do not or cannot pay are people of color. One person ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Auto Theft Reported

July 18, 2017

July 13 - Theft; Sometime during the overnight hours, three lawn mowers left unsecured in a rear yard on Concord Ave were stolen.

July 14 - Attempted Auto Theft; An unsecured vehicle parked on Parker Ave was entered overnight and damage was caused to the vehicles ignition consistent with an attempted theft.

July 16 - Auto Theft; Sometime over the previous five days ad unsecured vehicle that ...

National Night Out Events Planned in South Orange and Maplewood Tuesday, August 1

July 22, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ  - It's National Night Out in many communities and there will be events in both South Orange and Maplewood on Tuesday, August 1.

National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships, and provides public safety tips and information.

SOUTH ORANGE

South Orange will hold its Eighth Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August ...

South Orange Summer Nights Feature Community Art, Music, and Movies

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Summer Nights are in full swing, with Art in the Park taking place since June, and Concerts in the Park since July 5. In August, there will be a Moonlight Movies series.

All events take place on Floods Hill in Meadowland Park. Event organizers encourage concert-goers to arrive early to order from the food trucks and to pick out a spot on the ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, August 6, 3:00 PM

Livingston High School, Livingston

Free Concert "Italian Vacation" Essex County ...

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, August 18, 9:30 AM

Good Grief, Morristown

Good Grief Volunteer Facilitator Training

Giving Back Other

Sat, August 19, 9:30 AM

Good Grief, Morristown

Good Grief Volunteer Facilitator Training

Giving Back Other

Sun, August 20, 9:30 AM

Good Grief, Morristown

Good Grief Volunteer Facilitator Training

Giving Back Other

Essex County Freeholders Pass Legislation to Support Minority-Owned, Women-Owned and Veteran-Owned Businesses

July 22, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – New legislation has been enacted by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders designed to increase economic opportunity for women-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned businesses, county officials announced.

During the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Wednesday, the board unanimously passed an ordinance that they hope will redefine ...

22-Year-Old Montclair Man Charged Following Road Rage Incident Involving Dog

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Charges have been filed against a 22-year-old Montclair man by the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) Humane Police on Tuesday after a video surfaced of the man tossing a dog during a road rage incident.

Humane Police filed animal cruelty charges against Marc Dione, of Upper Montclair, authorities announced.  He was charged with two ...

Lance: Bedminster Receives Secret Service Designation

July 20, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As it became clear that Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster was one of President Trump's favorite destinations, it also became clear to local officials in Somerset County and in the Somerset Hills that providing security and traffic control could break the bank.  Those worries sould now be in the rear view mirror.

Congressman Leonard Lance today announced his ...

Stepping Up to the Plate, Summit Readies to Host Ninth Annual Restaurant Week July 20-30

SUMMIT, NJ - It's so big that it is a week that will last 10 days.

Summit’s Ninth Annual Restaurant Week will begin Thursday, July 20 and run through Sunday, July 30, and feature more than 30 restaurants and food shops offering prix fixe menus and specials. Restaurant Week will begin with a 'Kick-Off Night' July 20, which will include live music throughout downtown from 6 ...

TAPinto Travels Weekend Event Suggestions

July 20, 2017

With very little rain in the forecast, Northern New Jersey’s weather should be perfect for the many outdoor events taking place this weekend. All of the events featured this week are family friendly with low to no cost admission prices.

Food Truck Festival at the Hermitage

If you have yet to visit Bergen County’s famed Gothic revival museum, you must make it a point to tour the ...

Essex County Splash Park Now Open at Watsessing Park

July 21, 2017

BLOOMFIELD/EAST ORANGE, NJ – On Thursday, July 20, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that the expansion to two playgrounds in Essex County Watsessing Park has been completed. Water spray equipment to cool off youngsters when the temperature rises were installed near Dodd Street and a cargo net climber and other new equipment have been installed at the ...

Atlantic Health System Named a Best Workplace in New York Region

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, announced it was named to the Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s inaugural list of Best Workplaces in New York.

Atlantic Health System ranked 6th on the list, and was the only New Jersey-based health care system to be highlighted in the New York Metropolitan region.

The new recognition ...

Ellen Marzano Weds Benjamin Chisvette Jr.

Ellen Marzano of Maplewood and Benjamin Chisvette Jr. of Newark were married on July 17, 2017.

The bride is a graduate of Union County College and studied at Rutgers University. She is currently employed as an office manager in Madison, NJ.

The groom is a graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange and is employed as a cost accountant in Lodi, NJ.

The couple ...