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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SOMA

Of Dull Elections, Pool Waivers and Vandalism

After a historic Township Committee election in 2017 that brought us the first openly gay member of the TC, and then a split vote for mayor in which Vic DeLuca retained his post in a last-minute surprise, 2018 could prove to be the dullest campaign in years.

That’s because incumbents Nancy Adams and Greg Lembrich are running unopposed in the upcoming Democratic primary, and no one is ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 14

On this week’s AtlantiCast, an internationally recognized orthopedic oncologist takes a leadership role at Atlantic Health System, see the newest weapon in the fight against HPV-related cancers, Atlantic Health System leads the Castle Connolly / Inside Jersey Rankings, and much more!

 

South Orange Police Blotter - Theft and Burglary Reported

April 19, 2018

South Orange Police Blotter as of April 19

Theft - An East Orange resident reported that on Tuesday, April 17, at approximately 9:20 a.m., actor(s) unknown stole some tools from a construction site on Valley Street. The stolen tools, valued at over $500.00 were a Makita brand drill set and electrical saw.

Burglary to Auto - An Irvington resident reported that on Thursday, April ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Three Arrests Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of April 12

Adult Arrest - Sean Carr, a 30 year old West Orange resident, was arrested on Saturday, April 7, at approximately 10:30 a.m. for attempted auto theft. Officers responded to the Cleanway Car Wash on Irvington Avenue where employees had a subject detained (Carr) who had just tried to steal a vehicle from the car wash. Officers arrested Carr and ...

41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance Held on Sunday

April 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The 41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance was held on Sunday, April 15. The march assembled in Spiotta Park on Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood, and was called to order with the blowing of the shofar.

Local elected officials who attended included Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, Maplewood Township Committee member Dean Dafis, and ...

Water Main Break on Baker Street in Maplewood Wednesday Morning

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Shortly after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Maplewood police reported receiving a call from a commuter on his way to work who noticed a small geyser of water in front of 34 Baker St., next to the driveway to the Maplewood Country Club. 

According to Maplewood police, they requested assistance from New Jersey American Water to shut off the water, but as of 7:10 a.m., ...

Upcoming Events

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Fri, April 20, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

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Fri, April 20, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood

Spring Book Sale - Friends of Maplewood Library

Education Giving Back Other

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Sat, April 21, 12:00 PM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Millburn Library Annual Book Sale

Meet Kendra Johnson, Montclair's First African-American Superintendent

April 18, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Kendra V. Johnson, J.D., Ph.D., has been selected as Montclair’s permanent Superintendent of schools after an extensive search, the Montclair Board of Education announced at a special meeting on April 11. She is the district’s first permanent superintendent in three years, and the first African-American superintendent in its 144-year ...

Man Charged With Kidnapping and Assaulting Essex County Victim

NEWARK, NJ – A New York man appeared in federal court last week to face allegations that he assaulted and kidnapped an individual who had a protection order against him, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Rudolf Szoradi, 50, is charged by four-count criminal complaint with kidnapping, transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines, interstate domestic violence and interstate ...

Atlantic Health Among Six Regional Health Systems Forming Clinical Research Consortium

April 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Seeking to bring clinical trials and innovations in medicine even closer to home, Atlantic Health System, parent company of Summit's Overlook Medical Center, is now part of a group of six regional health systems that are founding members of a nonprofit clinical research consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research (PIER Consortium) ...

Summit's Central Church, Willis Mission Fund Award $20,000 Grant to Bridges Outreach

SUMMIT, NJ -- Bridges Outreach has been awarded a $20,000 grant to provide case management services to individuals in Newark who are experiencing homelessness by the The Lena Willis Mission Fund of Central Presbyterian Church of Summit.

The grant will provide seven individuals with access to job readiness, internships, employment and rental assistance and ultimately, independence. Each ...

Two South Orange Residents to Be Honored by Temple B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills

April 19, 2018

South Orange residents Charles Oransky and Fredric Smith will be honored by Temple B'nai Jeshurun, Short Hills, at a gala celebration commemorating the synagogue’s 170th anniversary, May 10. The evening's theme, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, pays tribute to the temple's past presidents, the Interfaith Hospitality Network’s founding organizers and the ...

South Mountain YMCA Honors Eighth Grader Who Organized Massive Food and Clothes Drive

A trip to Manhattan with the South Mountain YMCA shaped Daniel Goldsmith’s life. “As we headed toward Bryant Park, I saw a homeless man lying under some scaffolding, and I remember he had a sign saying `Please give me money … I am starving.’ ”

The experience moved Goldsmith to action: For his Eagle Scout project, the South Orange Middle School eighth grader ...

Pitch Perfect: Top 10 A Cappella Group Comes to Millburn

Millburn High graduate Samuel Dantowitz is bringing his award-winning a cappella group home for an evening of music. Northeast ICCA Champions, Upper Structure, will be holding a concert Thursday, April 19. Newark Academy's a cappella group LumeNAtion will open the show. The concert will take place in Christ Church at 7 p.m. 66 Highland Ave, Short Hills, NJ 07078. Tickets are $15 adult / $10 ...