Know Your Nest

August 30, 2017

Iowa license plates claim their state is “Where the Tall Corn Grows," but anyone who’s sampled New Jersey sweet corn knows we give the Midwest a good run for its money when it comes to those golden-kerneled vegetables!   In order to locate the absolute best roadside stands for freshly-picked ...

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Buying your first home raises lots of emotions.  With so many considerations and processes to navigate, it’s easy to get tripped up in details and make costly errors.  Here’s how to avoid some common missteps made by first time New Jersey home buyers: Don’t Skip Home Loan ...

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It's a wonderful weekend for an open house, and Team Nest Builder happens to have TWO for you--one in Sparta and one in Randolph!  Both take place Sunday, August 20th from 1-3pm.  Here's the scoop: 329 West Shore Trail, Sparta Live lakeside on Sparta's beautiful Lake Mohawk for just ...

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Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter ($194,500 vs.

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While kids whine loudly about returning to school, many parents groan inwardly as well.  With school supplies to purchase, haircuts to schedule, lunches to plan, and social interaction to fret over, back-to-school time arrives with a worrisome weight.  This year, Project Self-Sufficiency of Newton ...

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Starting Friday, August 4th and running for 10 days, the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show offers a world of fun and family entertainment! As always, there’ll be carnival rides; loads of animals; great performances; and monster trucks. Here, Team Nest Builder shares some ...

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If your family has “fair fever” awaiting Friday’s opening of the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, take time this week to check out Phillipsburg, New Jersey’s Warren County Farmers’ Fair! What started as a gathering of farmers, mechanics and manufacturers in 1859 ...

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Grab your blankets, chairs, and tents and head to Cava Winery and Vineyards in Hamburg this weekend for their annual NJ Wine & Wings Festival! Saturday and Sunday (July 29th and 30th) from 1-6pm, there’ll be wine (for the adults), but also food, games, entertainment, and vendors for the ...

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According to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey, 84% of Americans now believe that purchasing a home is a good financial decision -- the highest percentage since 2007 – before the housing crisis!  Those surveyed pointed out five major reasons why they believe ...

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Looking for a new home in Sparta, New Jersey? It's your lucky day this Sunday, July 23rd, when Team Nest Builder offers not one, but TWO amazing open houses from 1-3pm. Read on for more information on each, then make plans to check them out. Can't make it? Call Lynn Garafola at Team Nest Builder ...

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In New Jersey’s highly competitive real estate market, where inventory levels are not keeping pace with buyer demand, smart buyers take steps to ensure they’re prepared for success when buying a home.  Here, Team Nest Builder shares 4 tips for New Jersey home buyer success: 1. Be ...

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According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage currently reside at 3.96%, near record lows in comparison to recent history--good news for your New Jersey home purchasing power!   Purchasing Power: Activate! The interest rate ...

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Ready for a fabulous Morris County family festival this weekend? White Meadow Lake Festival Days return to Rockaway, New Jersey, July 14-16 with loads of fun activities, exciting games, and rides for all ages along the dazzling Dreamland Amusements midway.  This annual family-friendly festival ...

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Eyeing that roof on the New Jersey house you’re considering buying and wondering if it needs replacing? Or simply trying to figure out if your own home’s roof should be retired? Team Nest Builder recommends you read through these 5 tell-tale signs that it’s time for a roof remodel before it’s too ...

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Realtor.com’s recent article, “Home Buyers’ Top Mortgage Fears: Which One Scares You?” mentions that “46% of potential home buyers fear they won’t qualify for a mortgage to the point that they don’t even try.” If one of these myths holds you back from buying your New Jersey dream home, read on and ...

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As with all social situations, there’s a code of etiquette for visiting a New Jersey open house. Considering that how you handle yourself at an open house may impact whether or not you get that New Jersey dream house (over another, less polite bidder), Team Nest Builder highly recommends you read ...

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Have a blast hittin’ the books and more at Sussex County’s libraries this summer with events for every age! With branches in Newton, Vernon, Stanhope, Franklin and Wantage, there's plenty around to do (and read!)  Read & Play Start ‘em young! Kids six months through 4 years old are ...

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It’s strawberry fields forever with a load of family fun mixed in at Alstede Farms' Strawberry Harvest Festival in Chester this Saturday and Sunday, June 24th and 25th from 11am-5pm.  So get out of your New Jersey home and into the sunshine!  Jump on the scenic hayride and head to the ...

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Grab your family and friends and head to the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta this Saturday and Sunday, June 24th and 25th for great food, awesome music and a super laid-back crowd at Sussex County’s Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival.  Get ready to rock as a slew of songsters take the stage ...

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On your search to buy your New Jersey home this summer, you’re bound to run into a few summer-specific home issues, such as sticky doors and mosquito swarms. Don’t let these small problems sway your home-buying decision---easy fixes exist for most with just a little post-home-purchase effort.  Read ...

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Why buy your New Jersey home this summer instead of waiting? Here’s 4 super reasons to make your move now, or risk ending up with the summertime blues: 1. Prices Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices appreciated by 7.1% over the last 12 months. The same ...

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Elen (Team Nest Builder Team Concierge) and Teresa (Marketing/PR Manager) thank you wholeheartedly for your gardening advice! Both have moved into PART 2 of their gardening projects---check out their progress, challenges and next steps below.    ROCKAWAY Initial Goal: To grow an ...

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Team Nest Builder’s Sparta Mountain Area Community Garage Sale takes place this Saturday, June 10th, from 9am-4pm (rain or shine) with over 25 families participating. “Our wonderful community really comes together for this fun event,” says Lynn Garafola, Team Nest Builder Team Leader, “There’s ...

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Whether you’re making plans for your mom, or you’re a mom yourself, make Mother’s Day extra-special this year with one of these Morris or Sussex County Mother’s Day events!  From hayrides to winery brunches and zoo trips to psychic fairs, Team Nest Builder has you covered.  Need to drop a hint? ...

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The American Dream includes home ownership for many reasons, including educational, health, and social advantages. However, today we look at four of the top FINANCIAL advantages of New Jersey homeownership: 1. Buying is Cheaper Than Renting The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from ...

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Do you drool over Lake Mohawk homes? Find yourself dreaming of a home on Lake Hopatcong? Turn green with envy over Green Pond houses? What are you waiting for? Start your search for a waterfront home now! But before signing on the dotted line, gain answers to these 10 questions: 1. Can you ...

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The world of real estate involves a language unto itself.  Consequently, it’s important to understand the common terminology as it affects the outcome of your New Jersey home buying process.  To start you on your New Jersey home buying path with confidence, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most ...

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If you’re a millennial pondering whether or not to buy a Morris or Sussex County home, listen to this: a CNBC article quoted self-made millionaire David Bach as explaining that "the single biggest mistake millennials are making" is NOT purchasing a home because buying real estate is "an escalator ...

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There are loads of things to consider when buying your new Morris or Sussex County home--just ask Team Nest Builder! One big consideration: your pets. While most families go with adopting a dog or a cat, the Best Friends Animal Society spreads the word about other cute critters you may desire to ...

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Grab your family and come to Team Nest Builder for a free SUPER Easter Celebration at our Realty Executives office in Sparta located at 54 Woodport Rd, on Saturday, April 15 from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m.  We’ll have an Easter egg hunt, an Easter photo booth and, of course, a visit from the Easter Bunny ...

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