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Cherry Blossoms in NJ!

Millions flock to Washington DC to see the Cherry Blossoms, but did you know that there are more cherry trees in New Jersey than in Washington?

Team Zuhl took a jaunt through Warinanco Park in Linden and snapped these lovely pictures. So if you’re looking for a little fresh air and some beautiful scenery, Warinanco Park is just what the doctor ordered!

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What’s up in Kenilworth’s Real Estate Market?

Whether you’re a homeowner or thinking of becoming a homeowner in Kenilworth, here’s what you need to know about real estate values in Kenilworth.

Inventory: Only 1 home sold in March in Kenilworth, making March the slowest sales month in more than 2 years. The good news is that inventory is up – there are currently 35 homes offered for sale, up from 28 in February.

Prices: Of course, when only 1 home sells, that one home’s impact on averages is much more dramatic. The one house that was sold in March was sold for $280,000, which is lower than the average sale price in Kenilworth for the last six months.

If you’re interested in purchasing a home in Kenilworth or the surrounding area, please see a complete list of homes at www.WayneZuhl.com. If you’re planning to sell your Kenilworth home, please call us at 908-917-4189 for a free comparative market analysis of your home.

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What’s Up in the Cranford Real Estate Market? Inventory!

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Inventory: There are currently 88 single family homes offered for sale in Cranford including this beauty on Hory Street.  Twelve homes were sold in March for a total of 42 homes sold so far this year.

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Prices:  The average home in Cranford sold for $318,054 in March, 9% lower than in March of 2013 and 14% lower than March of 2012.

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Kenilworth prices remain steady

Are you a Kenilworth homeowner or a Kenilworth home buyer? Either way, here’s some news you can use.

If you’re interested in purchasing a home in Kenilworth or the surrounding area, please see a complete list of homes at www.WayneZuhl.com. If you’re planning to sell your Kenilworth home, please call us at 908-917-4189 for a free comparative market analysis of your home.

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Fanwood Real Estate Market Update – Feb, 2014

What does this mean to the home buyer or seller in Fanwood? Call Team Zuhl today!

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Colonial Reenactment in Elizabeth

 

There will be a living history reenactment of a colonial encapment on the grounds of the historic First Presbyterian Church on Broad Street in Elizabeth on Saturday, March 29th. The members of Colonel Matthias Ogden’s First New Jersey Regiment will encamp and train from 11 am until 4 pm. Visitors can learn about 18th century life with demonstrations and discussions about colonial life in New Jeresy.

The First New Jersey Regiment was formed in 1673 in Piscataway to protect the citizens from Indians who came down from Pennsylvania and New York that summer. All of New Jersey’s regular organized military forces were formed as offshoots of this First Regiment which fought in 1775, led by Colonel William Alexander, for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. The members of the regiment wore “Jersey Blues,” which were blue coats with red lapels and cuffs. 

The First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, New Jersey is a historic church on Broad Street. It was founded in 1783 by James Odgen and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The final resting place of the First Regiment’s commander Colonel Matthias Ogden, who led the regiment from 1777-1783, is at the Church. A member of Ogden’s family will read an original letter written to Matthias from his younger sister in 1779.

One way to buy a home without the downpayment

If you want to own your own home but aren’t quite ready, a rent-to-own home might be the perfect solution for you.Image

Here’s how it works – When you find a home that you love and are willing to buy, you negotiate a lease with the homeowner. In the lease, you agree to pay a higher than usual rent for a certain period of time, usually a year or two. The excess rent that you’re paying will be credited toward a downpayment. The lease also will stipulate the purchase price of the home that you agree to pay after the lease is us. After the rental period, you’ll buy the house at the price you agreed upon with the downpayment you’ve accumulated.

This may be a great option for you if you’ve found the perfect home but aren’t quite ready to buy it – maybe you don’t have the downpayment, or maybe you want to improve your credit so that you can get a better rate on your mortgage.

If you do decide to rent-to-own, be sure to have an attorney review your contract so that you’re protected in all situations.

Interested in a rent-to-own home? Here are the current listings in Union County.

 

6 Romantic Getaways for Valentine’s Day

Planning a little something extra special for Valentine’s Day? Here are 6 weekend getaways within 100 miles of Union County.

Atlantic City and Mystic, Connecticut

If your idea of a romantic getaway includes casinos and nightlife, Atlantic City or Mystic might be for you.

Atlantic City boasts casinos like the Trump Taj Mahal, Harrah’s, Caesars, and the Borgata as well as exotic shows every evening. Visitors can take advantage of a host of amenities from a seashell massage to upscale dining to outlet shopping. There are dozens of hotels along the waterfront and even more B&B’s to choose from.

Mystic is only an hour or two away and is a well-known visitors spot because of the beautiful Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Aquarium. There are several dozen B&B’s and hotels in the area and two major casinos – Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun – are within a 30 minute drive.  Performances, fine dining and shopping are some of the biggest attractions.

       

Poconos

The Poconos has long been a favorite for romantic getaways. Featuring 150 lakes, dozens of B&Bs and hotels, and beautiful scenery, the Poconos is also famous for its quaint historical towns. Skiiers and winter sports enthusiasts will find plenty to do, as will the fireplace snugglers.

Hudson Valley 

The wineries of the Hudson Valley are a great getaway. There are 25 wineries, each offering tastings all day. Skiiers and winter sports enthusiasts will love it here, as will hikers and antique lovers. There are dozens of hotels and B&Bs to choose from and many wonderful restaurants.

Cape May

Cape May is the Nation’s oldest seashore resort and is famous for its lovely homes and charming B&Bs. If you love quaint towns, antiquing, and luxurious spas, this may be the weekend for you. There are dining and hotel/B&B specials for Valentine’s Day. Some visitors are lured by the ghost tours as Cape May claims to be one of the most haunted places in NJ.

New Hope

Just over the Delaware River is beautiful New Hope, PA, an artsy village surrounded by rolling hills and giant forests. Fun shopping in local craft galleries and cute shops, great dining, and charming hotels are all within a 2 hours drive.

 

Valentine’s Day with your sweetie within 100 miles of home – what more could a Jersey Girl ask for?

For Sale – Home with Fireplace!

After a long day shoveling, battling icy roads, and shivering, today is a great day to curl up by the fireplace. Here are some beautiful homes with fireplaces for sale.

The Benefits of a Fireplace

Aside from ambience and coziness, fireplaces provide warmth, effectively reducing your heating bill. Fireplaces can be combined with a blower to help transfer heat from the fireplace to the room. Using a fireback of cast iron or stainless steel behind the fire can help reflect more heat into the room also.

Types of Fireplaces

Fireplaces may be made of brick or stone or may be manufactured with sheet metal. They can be fueled by wood, natural gas, biomass, or propane. 

The chimney may be made of brick or stone and the flue may be tile lined, metal lined, or unlined. Flues may also have a chase cover, a cap to keep small animals out of the chimney, and a spark arrestor to prevent sparks from coming out of the chimney and potentially landing on your roof. 

Safety Issues with Fireplaces

The biggest concern of many homeowners with fireplaces is the risk of Chimney Fires. Proper cleaning and maintenance can prevent chimney fires. Oxygen sensors and carbon monoxide sensors are essential for the conscientious homeowner.

 

If you’re thinking of buying a home in Union County, there are 309 homes offered for sale with fireplaces. List prices range from $99,000 up to $2.25M. 

 

Two-Family Homes for sale in Union County

122 two-family homes are currently offered for sale in Union County. Prices range from $150,000 to $750,000. You can search through the homes by clicking here and then contact us for an appointment to tour the ones you like.

Where are the two family homes?

Nearly every town in Union County has at least one two-family home for sale. Westfield has a beautiful duplex offered for $749,900. There is a 5 bedroom, 6 bath two-family home in Linden offered for $599,000. Cranford has a beautiful home on nearly a quarter of an acre for only $$539,000 and Clark has a six bedroom home for $494,500.

Investors will be pleased to see that there are  5 great two-family homes for $150,000 – in Linden, Rahway, Plainfield and Union.

Why buy a Two Family Home? 

Buyers of two family homes are often investors – they seek to live in one unit and rent the other unit. With rental prices in Union County so high, they often see a return on investment quickly.

Buyers of two family homes may also buy the two family home for their family. They may seek to live in one unit and have their adult children or elderly parents live in the other unit, saving housing costs and providing a lifestyle that suits some people.

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