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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Grocery Shopping With A Twist

Grocery shopping takes on a new meaning at Sadie’s! 

This week we are introducing the brand Groceries Apparel. Their focus is to create fashion pieces with a purpose by using organic and recycled materials and made right here in the USA. With a focus on seed to skin these new items are sexy meets “green” with super soft shirts made from eucalyptus and versatile ...

Election Day Is Over. Now What?

Election Day 2017 has passed with some significant changes to both the school board and Maplewood Township Committee (TC), but perhaps not as big as some might have expected.

But where do both governing bodies go from here? Will we see a new mayor or a new school board president in 2018?

If the voting results are any indication, perhaps not.

Both Mayor Vic DeLuca and Board President ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 007

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll see how Atlantic Health System is driving innovation and finding new ways to solve tomorrow’s health care challenges, find out how a near tragedy on the tennis courts was averted thanks to some world-class training and technology at Chilton Medical Center and meet the 70 cancer doctors you need to know about – plus much ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Three Thefts Reported

November 22, 2017

November 13 - Theft from Auto; During the previous day an unsecured vehicle parked on Oberlin St was entered and change was stolen.

November 13 - Theft from Auto; During the overnight hours an unsecured vehicle parked on North Cresent was entered and change was stolen.

November 19 - Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 8:15 p.m. an unsecured vehicle left running with the keys in ...

What's Open on Thanksgiving in Maplewood and South Orange

November 22, 2017

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Wondering what's open on Thanksgiving? Here is a list of SOMA restaurants, grocery stores, and liquor stores that are open this Thursday, November 23: 

MAPLEWOOD

Maple Leaf Diner (165 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood) is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Maplewood Diner (1473 Springfield Ave., Maplewood) is open 24 hours.

Parkwood Diner (1958 ...

Maplewood Observes Veterans Day with Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Veterans Day was observed and celebrated in the Maplewood Municipal Building on Saturday, November 11.

Music was provided for the observance by the Maplewood Concert Band under the direction of Steve Kimmons, Former Commander of the Eighth Air Force Band.

After the first musical number was played, Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca called the ceremony to order, and called ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, November 24

The GenWealth Group, Maplewood

Jersey Cares Coat Drive

Giving Back

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Fri, November 24, 8:00 AM

South Orange

"Blue" Friday Rahway River Clean Up

Giving Back Green

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Fri, November 24, 10:30 AM

Seton Hall University, South Orange

Ryan Roa - It's Complicated

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, November 27

The GenWealth Group, Maplewood

Jersey Cares Coat Drive

Giving Back

Family Health

Be Aware of Pancreatic Cancer’s Warning Signs

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and nationally renowned gastrointestinal (GI) cancer physician-scientist Angela Alistar, MD thinks it is critical that everyone learn how to recognize the warning signs of this aggressive cancer. Dr. Alistar is medical director of GI medical oncology at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health ...

Madison Edges Millburn, 13-7, in Final Game of 85-Year Thanksgiving Football Series

November 23, 2017

MILLBURN, NJ - Nasir Love's 2-yard touchdown run with 5:39 left in the fourth quarter broke a tie and gave Madison a 13-7 victory over Millburn in the 85th and final edition of the Thanksgiving series between the teams before about 2,000 spectators on Thursday.

The two schools have mutually agreed to end their Thanksgiving series after this year. With the victory, Madison finishes with a ...

East Orange Man Found Dead After Shooting in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An East Orange man died Friday night after a shooting in New Brunswick, authorities announced November 18.

Tawan J. Moses, age 25 of East Orange, was found dead by authorities at 8:30 p.m. on Throop Avenue near Fester Park according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Moses had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the ...

Westfield Activists Featured in ‘America Uprising’ Documentary

November 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Activist group Westfield 20/20 was recently featured in the political documentary series “America Uprising.” Group creators Lillian Duggan and Marci Bandelli, along with group member and public education advocate Liz Mulholland, are featured in the production by Divided Films.

The documentary showcased the grassroots ...

Guess Hoo-Hoo-Hooo is Back in Clark

CLARK, NJ - It is Thanksgiving week and one nocturnal raptor living in town has much to be thankful for this year. The Great-Horned owl found caught in a soccer net at Arthur L. Johnson High School in August is back in town, thanks to the kindness of a couple of locals and the expertise of the staff at The Raptor Trust.     

According to a representative from the ...

Paterson's Great Falls National Park Celebrates Birthday

November 9, 2017

PATERSON, NJ - There’s Yosemite and Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Grand Teton, celebrations of beauty, centers of tourism. But, thanks to the work of so many that lived in and loved Paterson, the Silk City, since 2011, can boast of being the home to its very own national park. 

Calling the history of the falls, and the role the natural wonder has played in the development of ...

Solar Panels Will Generate Clean, Renewable Energy at The Mall at Short Hills

November 23, 2017

The Mall at Short Hills announced that construction is underway on a solar installation located on top of the shopping center’s parking decks. The nearly 3.5-MW solar system, which is expected to be operational in early 2018, will provide approximately 50 percent of the electricity required for heating, cooling and lighting the mall’s common areas.

No parking spaces will be lost, ...

Holiday Candlelight Tours of Verona's Kip's Castle Begin Dec. 5

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites the public to take a Holiday Candlelight Tour of Essex County Kip’s Castle to view the stained glass Tiffany windows and learn the history of this hidden gem. It will be held as follows:

Tuesdays, December 5, 12, 19 & 26

Thursdays, December 7, 14, 21 & 28

Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16, 23 & ...

A Holiday Feast For Train Fans Is On Display At The Model Railroad Center

Looking for something to do the day after Thanksgiving? Drop in to the Model Railroad Center and enjoy a festive sound and light show highlighting a sprawling, meticulously detailed HO layout.

See if you can spot the Batmobile and other surprises!

Snack bar, toddler rest area and gift shoppe conveniently located on site. Modest admission fee goes to support the non-profit Model Railroad ...