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Should you buy a Home?

There are many reasons why people choose to purchase their own home. The most common reasons are:hand-over-keys-to-house

1. Quality of life. Living in your own home allows you the opportunity to make decisions about your lifestyle that renting doesn’t always allow – decisions about room decor, pets, noise levels, carpeting, gardening. Owning your own home also provides you with participation in a community and homeowners report a higher satisfaction with their life, higher self-esteem, happiness, and higher perceived control over their lives (Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing).

2. Price appreciation. Real estate is a good investment. From 2013 to 2014, home prices increased nationally almost 14% and are predicted to rise another 5% by 2015 (Why 2014 is a good year to buy a home). Additionally, money paid in rent is gone, whereas money paid in mortgage principal increases your net worth.

3. Tax benefits. The interest you pay on your mortgage is tax-deductible. You can also deduct any payment toward points to reduce the interest rate of your mortgage. You don’t have to pay taxes on up to $250,000 profit ($500,000 if you are a couple who files jointly) you make when you sell your principal home (Tax benefits of owning a home).

There are also reasons why some people choose not to purchase their own home. These include:

1. The cost of owning a home can be great. Upkeep and maintenance can take a chunk of your budget, depending on the home, and can take a chunk of your free time. Painting walls or fixing plumbing over the weekend isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

2. Real Estate taxes. Renters don’t pay real estate taxes, which, for parts of Union County, can be very high.

3. Insurance. Homeowners insurance for a $400,000 home is around $1,200 per year (Measuring The Benefits Of Home Ownership).

4. Job or family insecurity. If your financial situation is in flux, now might be the best time for you to invest a large amount of money. If there is a possibility that you will be transferring to a new job location in the near future, now isn’t the right time to settle down.

If you’ve decided that buying a home is right for you, then Team Zuhl is here to help you on every step of the way!

Spacious Split Level in Rahway

161 Cornell Avenue

Rahway, NJ

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This spacious 4 bedroom, 2 bath split level home features a beautifully landscaped private yard, an open floor plan, and plenty of storage.

Newer windows, HWH, roof, furnace, Central AC

2 zone heating and cooling

Offered for $299,000

To schedule your private showing, please contact Team Zuhl at 908-917-4189!

Union County mid-year Real Estate Market – How fast are homes selling?

When you decide to sell your home, how long will your home be on the market?

It’s a good question, and the answer largely depends on location. For the first half of 2014, the average Union County home was on the market for

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The homes in Linden, Union, Rahway, and Garwood took much longer than the average Union County home to sell. Homes in Cranford, Mountainside, Westfield, and Clark were the fastest sellers in Union County for the first half of the year.

How does this compare to last year?

The real estate market in 2012 and 2013 was very different from this year because buyers and sellers were beginning to recover from a recession. In 2014, the economy has stabilized somewhat and the housing market has adjusted.

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Some towns, like Cranford and Springfield, saw homes selling a full month quicker this year than last year. Clark , Kenilworth , Linden, and Westfield also sold more quickly this year. Scotch Plains and Rahway saw very slight gains in speed.

Other towns, like Garwood, saw homes selling nearly a full month slower this year as compared to last year. Homes in Union didn’t see a noticeable change in Days on Market from 2013 to 2014.

How does this affect you?

If your town has slower selling homes, you need to make sure your home is in the best market condition possible and you need to price it competitively to attract buyers.

Which towns changed the most?

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Cranford and Springfield homes decreased their selling times the most, and Garwood’s selling time increased the most when the first halves of 2013 and 2014 are compared. How does this affect prices? 

 

When you’re ready to buy or sell a Union County home, please contact us for more information! 

 

 

 

 

Union Real Estate Market Report – June 2014

When you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in Union, a necessary first step is to research the real estate market conditions. Here’s what you need to know this month.

Inventory: There are currently 347 homes offered for sale in Union. They range in price from $65,000 to $1,840,00.  This is an exceptionally low inventory and the laws of supply and demand would indicate that prices will go up as an increased number of buyers are eager to be settled before the end of the summer.

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Prices: The average sale price in Union in June was $256,649, just slightly above the 12 month average of $250,512. Prices have been relatively stagnant for the past year, although there is a downward trend when we compare past years.

2014 average YTD =$239,392

2013 average = $256,665

2012 average = $245527

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To see this month’s infographic, please click here.

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If you’re considering selling your Union home, call us today for a free comparative market analysis of your home.

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Springfield Real Estate Market Report – June 2014

When you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in Springfield, a necessary first step is to understand the local market conditions. Here’s what you need to know this month:

Inventory: There are currently 115 homes offered for sale in Springfield. They range in price from $119,000 to $1,235,000.  This is the highest inventory held in Springfield in about 2 years after a very low inventory winter. The summer market should clear out some of those homes.

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Prices:  The average sale price in Springfield in June was $347,879 and the average sale price over the past 12 months was $375,612. With inventory up, prices often drop.

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What does this mean to you?

Homeowners who are considering selling their home must be sure that it is in perfect showing condition. Be sure to consult a Real Estate professional for a Comparative Market Analysis that will help you to price your home competitively.

Please click here for this month’s infographic.

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If you have a home in Springfield that you’d like to sell, contact us for a free comparative market analysis! If you’re thinking of buying a home in Springfield, click here to search available homes.

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Scotch Plains Real Estate Market Report – June 2014

A necessary first step to take before you buy or sell a Scotch Plains home is to learn about local real estate market trends. Here’s what you need to know this month.

Inventory: There are currently 172 homes offered for sale in Scotch Plains, ranging in price from $230,000 to $3,295,000 – something for every budget! Please click here to search listings and then contact us when you’re ready to schedule your showings!

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Prices:  The mean sale price in Scotch Plains in June was $442,500, only slightly below the 12 month average of $445,807.

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With prices holding steady, homeowners who are considering selling their home must be sure that it is in perfect showing condition. Be sure to consult a Real Estate professional for a Comparative Market Analysis that will help you to price your home competitively.

For this month’s infographic, please click here:

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Team Zuhl is here to help you every step of the way. Please call or email us when you’re ready to get your home on the market! Good luck!

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Rahway Real Estate Market Report – June 2014

Before you buy or sell a home in Rahway, an important first step is to learn about the real estate market conditions. Here’s what you need to know this month.

Inventory: There are currently 216 homes offered for sale in Rahway.  They range in price from $29,000 to $539,000. Please click here to search the inventory and contact us when you’re ready to schedule a showing!

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Prices:  The average sale price in Rahway in June was $212,508, slightly higher than the 12 month average of $209,523.

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What does this mean to you?

If you are a homeowner in Rahway and if you are considering selling your home, be sure that it is in perfect showing condition. Be sure to consult a Real Estate professional for a Comparative Market Analysis that will help you to price your home competitively.

To view this month’s infographic, please click here.

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Inventory up in Westfield

When you’re ready to begin thinking of buying or selling a home in Westfield, NJ, you need to understand the real estate market conditions. Here’s what you need to know this month.

Inventory: There are currently 218 single family homes offered for sale in Westfield, ranging in price from $119,000 to $4,995,000.  Thirty homes were sold in May – compared with the 41 homes that were sold in May, 2013, this is a sluggish start to the summer real estate market. Image

What does this mean for you?

If you’re selling your home in Westfield, do what you can to make your home stand out in the crowd. Be sure that your agent has a robust marketing campaign. Price your home competitively. Make any necessary repairs. 

Prices: Prices are up from last monthwhen they had taken quite a dive and the average sold price in May is about 13% higher than the six month average. 

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Mountainside Real Estate Market for May, 2014

Before you buy or sell a home in Mountainside, NJ, please be sure that you understand the local market conditions. Here’s everything you need to know this month.

Inventory:

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In Moutainside, the amount of homes offered for sale typically peaks in the summer and drops in the winter, and this year is no exception. However, Montainside’s real estate inventory this May is dramatically lower than in previous years.

What does this mean to you?

If you’re thinking of buying a home in Mountainside, you still have plenty of beautiful homes to choose from. There are lots of other buyers out there also, so you need to be ready to act fast when you find the home you love! Click here to browse listings and then call us for an appointment!

Homeowners in Mountainside might not find a stronger buyer’s market this year. Buyers want to get into their homes before the end of summer, and adding your home to a low inventory could result in getting top dollar for your home! Call us if you’re ready to list now!

Prices:

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The average sale price in Moutainside in May was $831,315 – significantly higher than the average price we’ve seen over the past several years. This is a result of one or two very high priced homes driving the average up.

But outside of the one or two high priced homes, prices in Mountainside are still strong and have increased pretty steadily over the past several months. 

How can you get top dollar for your home?

If you’re thinking of selling your home, you can be sure that your selling price will be the highest possible by ensuring three things:

1. The home is in top showing condition. It is clean, uncluttered, and easy to show.

2. The home has been maintained and no repairs are needed.

3. The home has upgrades such as updated kitchens and baths which make it more appealing to buyers.

 

 

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

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Kenilworth Real Estate Recovers slightly

Home buyers and sellers in Kenilworth need to know market conditions before they make any decisions. Here’s what you need to know this month.

Inventory: The inventory in Kenilworth remains low for spring with only 41 homes offered for sale – the average this time of year is closer to 45.

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What does this mean to you? Buyers are eager to get into their new homes before the end of summer and are ready to look at your house!

Homeowners in Kenilworth who are considering selling their home might not find a stronger market. As the inventory continues to be low, prices are likely to increase.

Prices: We are seeing an slight increase in prices in Kenilworth, bkenPRICEmayut the spring market has been sluggish. May’s average sale price was $316,000, only 6% higher than April and 11% below the average last May of $361,942.

What does this mean to you? Homeowners can increase their home’s value by making sure that the home is in tip top showing condition and that all routine maintenance has been completed. Another way to increase your home’s value is to make upgrades that buyers are looking for – updated kitchens and baths always top the list.


Days on Market: 

The average home in Kenilworth was sold after 59 days on the market. Homes typically sell the fastest in the summer and the slowest in the winter.kenDOMmay

What does this mean to you?

Homes that are priced well and that show well are likely to sell the quickest. Contact us to be sure that you’re priced competitively.

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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