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Real Estate Market Update for Linden, NJ – September 2015

Linden, New Jersey, is home to just over 40,000 people in southeastern Union County.

Before a buyer or seller begins a real estate transaction in Linden, the first step is to understand how the local real estate market is behaving. Before you list your home for sale, you need an accurate picture of how much it is worth. Before you begin looking at houses to buy in Linden, it’s important to know how much house you can afford.

Sales: Currently there are 300 homes offered for sale in Linden. The trend line for that past 3 years shows practically no change in inventory.  There were 25 homes sold in Linden in August. The trend line over the past 3 years also shows no change in sales. Since real estate is often a function of supply and demand, it’s important to note that the same number of homes are listed every month as are actually sold.

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Prices: The average sale price of a home sold in Linden in August was $231,081. Home prices have been increasing for several years. Lower mortgage rates and an increasing economy have helped boost prices in Linden even though the inventory remains high.

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Days on Market: People who are selling their house often have anxiety about maintaining their home in show-ready condition. Being constantly ready for a showing is stressful and most home sellers are eager to sell quickly – not only to relieve the anxiety of being on the market, but also to help them get to the next stage in their lives. Therefore, Days on Market can be an indicator of how long an average home will take from the day it is listed until the day it sells. In Linden, homes sold in August after an average of 81 days on the market.  The good news is that the overall trend in Linden is that homes are selling more quickly now than they were two or three years ago, although the improvement is very slow. The bad news is that homes sell slowest, typically, over the winter. Homeowners who want a quick sale have a small window of opportunity in the autumn before risking a longer time on the market.

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If you are a buyer or a seller interested in a home in Union County, please call Team Zuhl! We’re happy to help you in all of your real estate needs!

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How Long Will It Take To Sell Your House in Mountainside?

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If you’re planning on selling your Mountainside home, call Team Zuhl today for a free comparative market analysis of your home. If you’re thinking of buying a home in Mountainside, call us today!

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How long will it take to sell my house in Scotch Plains?

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How long will it take to sell my house in Rahway?

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How long will it take to sell my Linden house?

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How long will it take to sell my Fanwood house?

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How long will it take to sell a home in Clark, NJ?

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The dangers of overpricing your home

Some homeowners are of the (mistaken) belief that they should price their home a tad above what it’s worth – say, $340k for a home worth $300k – so that there’s “room for negotiation.”

WRONG!

Pricing your home above its value actually decreases its value, and here’s why:

  1. Timing is everything. The greatest potential for buyer traffic is the first 30 days. This is an actual graph for the number of showings that a listing of ours recently had in its time on the market.  Internet activity follows an identical pattern. The only time the number of showings will actually increase is when the price drops – but that bump is never as high as the number of showings in that critical first week.showings

 

  1. Showings shut out. Buyers’ agents have an ethical obligation to do what is best for their clients. Showing them overpriced listings does not meet that criteria. Agents will always choose to show properties that are within their buyer’s price range and that are priced appropriately.
  2. Benefits the competition. Imagine that you’re in a grocery store. Two identical loaves of bread are sitting next to each other on the shelf – one is priced $5 and the other is priced $4. If there is no additional value to the higher priced bread, the lower priced bread is more likely to get purchased. The same is true of your home. When a home is overpriced, it not only sits on the market but also acts as a selling point for correctly priced homes. It’s a cue for buyers to say “I can get the same house for less!”
  3. Lender trouble. Even if there is a buyer willing to pay $340k for your $300k house, these buyers will not be able to get a mortgage. Today’s lenders are extraordinarily cautious and base their loans on accurate appraisals.
  4. Time on market. Overpriced homes will sit on the market. Extended time on the market makes buyers think that there are problems with the house and are loathe to even see the house.
  5. Lower proceeds. When a home is listed above its value, it almost always sells for less than its value. Simply put, buyers presume that the seller is getting desperate to sell and therefore make a low offer.

If you’re serious about selling your home, contact us today to help determine the best possible listing price to get the results you want in the quickest time possible!

 

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.

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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! 

 

 

 

 

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