Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Labor Day Weekend Open House and New Listings Map from Hoboken Real Estate Monitor.com




We will be checking Craig's list, realtor sites, the MLS again later in the week so check back.

We now have listings for For Sale by Owner and Non-Internet listings in the private view of the map.  Sign up today and get the most complete, easy to use open house and new listings map covering both Hoboken and downtown Jersey City. If you get a listing on the private view that lacks a link look on the right for the For Sale By Owner and Non-Internet Listings icon.  We will be integrating this over the next week or so.


Hoboken Real Estate Monitor's Open House Map

Walk around Hoboken on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, looking at real estate. Get an idea of what your dollar can buy, in what part of town, with what amenity level. The map is refreshed through Thursday afternoon so be sure to stop by again before your weekend search. Sort by price, number of bedrooms or day of week! By subscribing, you will be able to not only get the basics - price, number of bedrooms, and street location but will get the unit number, and the full Multiple Listing Service listing with photos, square footage and more. . . .

Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty
201-240-6832


donnaantonucci@gmail.com

hhttp://www.hobokenrealestatemonitor.com/

http://www.donnaantonucci.com/



Monday, August 29, 2011

How to present your home for sale???When you are Selling Your Home, You have to Remember the Ultimate Customer is the Buyer...

Lime Living Room - It's bold but not for all
 
When you are selling your home you have to remember that the ultimate customer is the buyer.  You as the seller are presenting the 'product' and you have to keep that in mind throughout the process.  Here are somethings that you should keep in mind when selling your home.


1.  De-Clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter  - You want prospective buyers to see the space.  Clutter makes the unit feel smaller than it is and can prevent them from getting in and out of rooms, close to the windows to see the view or seeing detail such as the moldings or the beauty of the floors.  Clutter can also be distracting.  When clients are going out on a Saturday looking at 4 or 5 units at a clip, you don't want the only thing they remember about your unit was your collection of CDs in the living room or that stack a books that you have on the floor.  Remove basically everything from the kitchen counters except for maybe one decor piece like a decorative tea pot or platter.  You want them to see how much counter space you have.  You are moving anyway.  Pack up as much of your stuff as you can and put it in storage if you have to. 


2.  Open the blinds and leave the lights on - Second to location, light is the next most important factor to most people when looking for a home.  Open the blinds, leave lights on to show just how much light your unit can get.  When I open the door to your unit and all the lights are off, that's the first impression. 

3.  Leave your home for showings - The other day I took some clients out where the Tenants insisted on being present for the showing.  My clients were incredibly uncomfortable in the unit and did not verbalize what they liked or more importantly their objections.  When clients voice objections, it gives me a chance to give them some perspective or some information to understand what the utility of a feature is.  My clients were concerned with making the current residents uncomfortable and as a result they could not get out of there soon enough.  They usually had questions about the unit, but on this one didn't ask anything.  After we finished for the day, they could barely remember the unit.  Having the owners in the unit is even worse.  In the back of their minds, they realize that if they want your unit, they would be negotiating with you which makes them even more tight lipped.  You want them talking about your home, having their questions answered so it gets on the short list. 


4.  De-personalize - Too many personal photos on the fridge or portraits are distracting and prevent the prospects from visualizing themselves in the unit.  Again, you don't want the only thing they remember about your unit are your pictures from your trip to Aruba.  It prevents them from envisioning the unit as their own.




5.  Make your Decor more Neutral - Did you spice up your living room with a bold color like purple or coral?  That's distracting.  You might want to paint that wall a more neutral color.  Again, you don't want the only thing they remember about your place is that odd piece of decor instead of how beautiful the kitchen counter tops are.


6.  Stage your place to give it that "showroom" quality - You always want to arrange your furniture in a way that creates flow, maximizes the appearance of size of the space and creates pleasing views of each room.  A good real estate agent should be able to help you stage your place.  Please don't take it personally.  It's all about presenting 'the product' in the most favorable light to prospects.

7.  Do not restrict showing times - I know it's very difficult to be out of your home during evenings and weekends.  You might have children who need to get their homework done.  You've worked all week and would like to be in your own home.  However, realize that clients will all more than likely not come back to see your unit especially if it's at a price point where there are many choices.  That is, if they have Wednesday night or a Saturday to look and they can see 5 units, they will replace yours with the next one on the list and they may never get back to yours.  Again, as the seller, you are the one offering the product for sale and you want to accommodate the buyer as much as possible.


8.  Clean your home - I almost forgot to mention this one because you'd think that most would get this without having to say it but unfortunately no.  Clean up the tile in the bathroom.  Nothing will turn someone off more than mold in the bathroom.  Dry the sinks, put out fresh towels.  If you have Tenants in your unit, you may want to send in a cleaning service once a week during the listing period.  Tenants may cooperate but they don't really care how much your get for your unit and they may not do anything in terms of cleaning on your behalf to help sell your home.  There is also a difference between how clean people keep their home vs the level of cleanliness you want when showing your unit.  Use cleaners that leave a pleasant smell - not overwhelming but pleasant.

This unit was occupied by a Tenant.  What do you think the prospects thought of this?

9.  Consider small repairs - Is there something minor that has to be repaired like a running toilet or some rust on one of the base heaters? A small but noticeable needed repair again can be distracting and it can put someone off and your unit off the short list for something very minor.  If the toilet is running, it might make them ask, "what else is wrong"?  You don't have to gut your place but make smart choices about minor repairs to get them out of the minds of prospective buyers.

This crack was from normal settling and is a relatively simple repair.  Have it done so prospects don't get hung up on it.



10.  Price - Keep in mind that housing is a market and the market will move.  Ultimately, all of the aspects of your unit are wrapped up in the price - location, light, size, layout, condition, finish level, etc.  Buyers have ready access to so much information today and no one will pay more for your unit than what the market will bear, especially if it's a condo.  Condo's are rather ubiquitous.  There are many comparison points and it's fairly easy to price your unit.  Yes, a brownstone is different and pricing is slightly more ethereal.  Continue to work with your agent on monitoring the price of your unit.  The market moves slowly but it does move.  From the listing presentation to getting the unit up on all channels with de-cluttering, staging, professional photos, creating flyers and other marketing communications, it could be 2 weeks.  After your agent has been able to do a broker's open house, a public open house and gone through a couple of good weekends (good weather, non holiday), you want to sit with your agent to discuss feedback and pricing.  Do this periodically throughout your listing and be open about changing the price.  Again, it is a market and prices do move. 


Information Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty
201-240-6832

donnaantonucci@gmail.com
http://www.hobokenrealestatemonitor.com/



Thursday, August 25, 2011

Real estate Stats Report With New & Active Listing Details For Jersey City Downtown



Downtown Jersey City Weekly statistics from Hoboken Real Estate Monitor.

Hoboken's Weekly Statistics will continue to be posted on Thursday mornings.  Downtown JC stats will be posted on Fridays.   In addition to posting them, the latest version will be available through the Weekly Statistics Icon on the right vertical nav bar. 






Here is the link to the Downtown Jersey City statistics:


Downtown JC Stats


The statistics contain links to the listings that compiled the price per square foot so you can see exactly what amenity and finish level are included.  They contain live links to all Active, Under Contract and Sold listings.

Each week the new listings for the week will be in separate links by neighborhood so you can quickly see what came on the market in a given week.  

The Downtown Jersey City Statistics are broken down  at the neighborhood level:
  • Newport/Pavonia
  • Hamilton Square
  • Harsmis Cove
  • Powerhouse District
  • Van Vorst Park
  • Liberty Harbor
  • Harborside
  • Paulus Hook
  • Western Edge

The first rule in real estate is location, location, location.  By breaking down the downtown areas into neighborhoods, you get a much finer understanding of the price per square in the specific area where you are looking .

If you use price per square foot as a measure, it really tells you which areas are more sought after than others.  The more desirable - convenient to public transportation, restaurants and shops, etc. - the higher the price per square foot.  Likewise, if you are willing to go to an up and coming area v an established neighborhood, you can get more space for your money. 



Information Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty
201-240-6832

donnaantonucci@gmail.com
http://www.hobokenrealestatemonitor.com/


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Weekly Updates-Hoboken Real-estate Statistics With New & Active Listing Details




Did you know that when you sign up for the private view of Hoboken Real Estate Monitor's Weekly statistics you get links by quadrant to all the new and  active listings for the week. They are the Hudson county Multiple Listing Service listings used by realtors which have more information than what's available on typical property search sites.

Sign up today by clicking on any of the links & submitting your email address.  An auto-email will be sent to you with a link to the private view of the statistics. Be sure to sign up for weekly updates and get the stats and the private view of the map each week.

Click here for this weeks statistics.

Use the weekly statistics to track the market.  Bid on your new home with confidence!

See the price per square foot by neighborhood, by the number of bedrooms.  What have units sold for?  What are they listed for today?

Information Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty
201-240-6832

donnaantonucci@gmail.com

http://www.hobokenrealestatemonitor.com/

http:www.donnaantonucci.com




Weekly New Listings & Open House Map For Jersey City Downtown & Hoboken




We will be checking Craig's list, realtor sites, the MLS again later in the week so check back.

We now have listings for For Sale by Owner and Non-Internet listings in the private view of the map.  Sign up today and get the most complete, easy to use open house and new listings map covering both Hoboken and downtown Jersey City. If you get a listing on the private view that lacks a link look on the right for the For Sale By Owner and Non-Internet Listings icon.  We will be integrating this over the next week or so.


Hoboken Real Estate Monitor's Open House Map

Walk around Hoboken on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, looking at real estate. Get an idea of what your dollar can buy, in what part of town, with what amenity level. The map is refreshed through Thursday afternoon so be sure to stop by again before your weekend search. Sort by price, number of bedrooms or day of week! By subscribing, you will be able to not only get the basics - price, number of bedrooms, and street location but will get the unit number, and the full Multiple Listing Service listing with photos, square footage and more. . . .

Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty
201-240-6832


donnaantonucci@gmail.com

hhttp://www.hobokenrealestatemonitor.com/

http://www.donnaantonucci.com/



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Is the unit you are considering in a Concrete and Steel or Wood Frame Building? What could this mean for your investment & comfort?


There are dozens of reasons why steel and concrete buildings are more popular with buyers: better value, strength and durability, sound protection, style and flexibility, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. 

This long list explains the increasing demand from builders and buyers alike. Steel and concrete construction can create buildings in an unlimited variety of styles and designs. This is one of many factors that make these materials the most desirable for home building.

Steel and concrete offer an unparalleled durability and stability to home construction. The materials last longer than any other and have an incomparable strength in withstanding fire and severe weather. They are naturally water-resistant, non-combustible, resistant to wear and tear, rot and insects.

These factors contribute to buildings that are built to last and hold their value costing the association less over the long term.

Both steel and concrete are fire- and heat-resistant, giving these homes added protection. Even if a steel and concrete home does catch on fire, the damage does not seriously affect the structure, making repair a simpler and more cost-effective task. Maintenance costs, in general, on steel and concrete buildings are a lot less. Without the shrinkage seen in timber-framed homes, there are fewer repairs required as the building ages.

Steel and concrete homes are quieter: compared to timber-framed homes, up to 75 percent quieter.*

Concrete floors provide the perfect sound-dampening. To reinforce concrete’s natural insulating qualities even further, concrete floors tend to be thicker not withstanding the insulating and sound blocking nature of concrete. In addition, walls built using steel studs and double-layered drywall offer extra sound protection.





Steel and concrete also provide insulation from the elements, slowing down the passage of heat and cold. This means concrete buildings stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, reducing heating and air conditioning bills and conserving energy. With environmental concerns on the rise, steel and concrete homeowners benefit from materials that are not only energy efficient, but environmentally sustainable as well.

Steel production and processing is environmentally friendly, and steel itself is recyclable. Concrete, unlike what is required for the production of wood — vast amounts of land, a limited natural resource and a production process that takes a heavy toll on the environment — is an ecologically wise choice. It comes from a mix of the earth’s most common and abundant raw minerals, uses recycled materials such as scrap tires and fly ash, and requires no preservatives, coatings or sealants, as wood does.

Not all buildings in Hoboken and Jersey City, old or new, are made with steel and concrete construction.  You should ask your agent as part of your due diligence about what type of construction was used to build the building where you are considering buying.  


Steel and concrete buildings usually trade at a higher price per square foot than wood frame buildings.  In my opinion, they don't trade enough above wood frame buildings because many buyers don't think about it, don't understand what it means in terms of comfort and long term cost and as such don't put a premium on those buildings.  I would say that only about 15% of my customers pro-actively ask me about the construction of a building.  It's this lack of valuing the difference between wood frame and concrete and steel construction that is holding down the price per square foot of concrete and steel construction.  And by the way, it's this lack of consumer awareness that drives developers to use cheaper materials.  If developers are not going to sustain their margin when going to the more expensive material, they will stick with the cheaper stuff. 

Whether I am working as a Transaction Broker or a Buyer's agent, I like to pro-actively tell my clients about the building as well as the unit.  Unfortunately, however, people don't necessarily understand the significance of buying in a wood frame building vs concrete until after they have bought and moved in.  It's when they are lying in bed and can hear their neighbors sneeze that they realize, "oh this is what she meant".

It's ok to buy in a wood frame building but just know what you are getting.  I, personally, would like the building code for new construction to change here in Hoboken to insist that new buildings be built with steel and concrete frames.

Anecdotally, of the new construction in town, i.e., less than 10 years old, there is a higher turn over rate and a higher ratio of Tenants to Owner Occupants in new wood frame construction.  The insight is that steel and concrete is better as a long term home rather than a transient place to live.  Again, that might be what you are going for - a place to occupy for a few years and then when you move to the burbs you expect to rent  - fine.  Again, Caveat Emptor - know what you are buying.

*The Concrete Centre, Camberly, UK

Information Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty
201-240-6832

donnaantonucci@gmail.com
http://www.hobokenrealestatemonitor.com/



 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Weekly Real estate Trend Report With New & Active Listing Details For Downtown JC



Downtown Jersey City Weekly statistics from Hoboken Real Estate Monitor.

Hoboken's Weekly Statistics will continue to be posted on Thursday mornings.  Downtown JC stats will be posted on Fridays.   In addition to posting them, the latest version will be available through the Weekly Statistics Icon on the right vertical nav bar. 






Here is the link to the Downtown Jersey City statistics:


Downtown JC Stats


The statistics contain links to the listings that compiled the price per square foot so you can see exactly what amenity and finish level are included.  They contain live links to all Active, Under Contract and Sold listings.

Each week the new listings for the week will be in separate links by neighborhood so you can quickly see what came on the market in a given week.  

The Downtown Jersey City Statistics are broken down  at the neighborhood level:
  • Newport/Pavonia
  • Hamilton Square
  • Harsmis Cove
  • Powerhouse District
  • Van Vorst Park
  • Liberty Harbor
  • Harborside
  • Paulus Hook
  • Western Edge

The first rule in real estate is location, location, location.  By breaking down the downtown areas into neighborhoods, you get a much finer understanding of the price per square in the specific area where you are looking .

If you use price per square foot as a measure, it really tells you which areas are more sought after than others.  The more desirable - convenient to public transportation, restaurants and shops, etc. - the higher the price per square foot.  Likewise, if you are willing to go to an up and coming area v an established neighborhood, you can get more space for your money. 



Information Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty
201-240-6832

donnaantonucci@gmail.com
http://www.hobokenrealestatemonitor.com/


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Weekly Updates - Open House Map & New Listings For Hoboken & JC Downtown




We will be checking Craig's list, realtor sites, the MLS again later in the week so check back.

We now have listings for For Sale by Owner and Non-Internet listings in the private view of the map.  Sign up today and get the most complete, easy to use open house and new listings map covering both Hoboken and downtown Jersey City. If you get a listing on the private view that lacks a link look on the right for the For Sale By Owner and Non-Internet Listings icon.  We will be integrating this over the next week or so.


Hoboken Real Estate Monitor's Open House Map

Walk around Hoboken on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, looking at real estate. Get an idea of what your dollar can buy, in what part of town, with what amenity level. The map is refreshed through Thursday afternoon so be sure to stop by again before your weekend search. Sort by price, number of bedrooms or day of week! By subscribing, you will be able to not only get the basics - price, number of bedrooms, and street location but will get the unit number, and the full Multiple Listing Service listing with photos, square footage and more. . . .

Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty
201-240-6832


donnaantonucci@gmail.com

http://www.hobokenrealestatemonitor.com/
http://www.donnaantonucci.com/



Weekly Real estate Trend Report With New & Active Listing Details for Hoboken, NJ




Did you know that when you sign up for the private view of Hoboken Real Estate Monitor's Weekly statistics you get links by quadrant to all the new and  active listings for the week. They are the Hudson county Multiple Listing Service listings used by realtors which have more information than what's available on typical property search sites.

Sign up today by clicking on any of the links & submitting your email address.  An auto-email will be sent to you with a link to the private view of the statistics. Be sure to sign up for weekly updates and get the stats and the private view of the map each week.

Click here for this weeks statistics.

Use the weekly statistics to track the market.  Bid on your new home with confidence!

See the price per square foot by neighborhood, by the number of bedrooms.  What have units sold for?  What are they listed for today?

Information Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty
201-240-6832

donnaantonucci@gmail.com

http://www.hobokenrealestatemonitor.com/

http:www.donnaantonucci.com




A Great Example of A Green Roof-----Garden of Eden in the Concrete Jungle






Fukuoka City, in Japan, consists of concrete, steel, asphalt, and very little dirt. Tree’s set apart in pretty little rows along the sidewalks. Not exactly a garden spot. So how do you get a little more greenery in your city life? You go to the rooftops.


It’s called a Green Roof, and not only does it add a touch of beauty in hard environment but it actually will provide the means to help preserve your environment. A green roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and soil, or a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. This does not refer to roofs which are merely colored green, as with green roof shingles. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems. Also known as “living roofs,” green roofs serve several purposes for a building, such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, creating a habitat for wildlife, and helping to lower urban air temperatures.

Green rooftops are now becoming a hip-thing of the present, growing in urban cities worldwide. It makes complete sense. According to Science American, “Ground cover, shrubs and other flora planted across a building’s roof can reduce storm water runoff, easing the burden on local sewers and water treatment systems. And the vegetation can keep the roof cooler in summer, lowering interior air-conditioning costs and therefore peak demand on area power plants.”

Of course Europe has been doing the green-roof-thing for more than a decade (actually they have done it consistently since the beginning of construction when you consider England's Thatched Roofs - have you seen one they are quite beautiful) and according to Science American, “Tokyo now requires that at least 20 percent of any new roof on medium and large buildings be cultivated. Chicago is the U.S. leader. Most installations are made on newly constructed buildings, but retrofits are rising.”Modern green roofs, which are made of a system of manufactured layers deliberately placed over roof to support growing vegetation, are relatively new phenomenon. However green roofs, or sod roofs, have been around for centuries in Northern Scandinavia. The modern “trend” started when green roofs were developed in Germany in the 1960’s, and since spread to many countries. Green roofs are becoming increasingly popular in the United States for the economic factors, reduced energy output, and insulation.

One of the largest expanses of extensive green roof to be found in the United States, at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn Michigan, where 450,000 sq. ft. of assembly plant roofs are covered with sedum and other plants. Millennium Park in Chicago is a 24.5 acre green roof build on top of the Millennium Park Garage. Other well known examples of green roofs include Chicago’s City Hall, and the Gap Headquarters in San Bruno, Ca. The Ballard Library in Seattle has over 18,000 plants to help with insulation and reduce run off. Recently, the American Society of Landscape Architects retrofitted their existing headquarters building in Washington, D.C. with a green roof.

Donna Antonucci Green roof

The new California Academy of Sciences building in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park has a green roof that provides 2.5 acres of native vegetation designed as a habitat for indigenous species, including the threatened Bay Checkerspot butterfly. According to the Academy's fact sheet on the building, the building consumes 30-35% less energy than required by code.

Container gardens on roofs, where plants are maintained in pots, are not general considered to be true green roofs, although this is an area of debate. Rooftop ponds are another form of green roofs which are used to treat greywater. Green roofs are also referred to as eco-roof, oikosteges, vegetated roofs, and living roofs. Some other examples of ‘green roof’ refers to a form of green technology, such as a cool roof, a roof with solar thermal collectors or photovoltaic modules.
A properly designed and installed green roof system can cost 5 to 10 dollars per sq. ft. The cost depends on what kind of roof it is, the structure of the building, and what plants can grow on the material that is on top of the roof. 


Information Provided by Donna Antonucci
Weichert Realtors
201-240-6832


donna@donnaantonucci.com


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Weekly New Listings & Open House Map For JC Downtown & Hoboken




We will be checking Craig's list, realtor sites, the MLS again later in the week so check back.

We now have listings for For Sale by Owner and Non-Internet listings in the private view of the map.  Sign up today and get the most complete, easy to use open house and new listings map covering both Hoboken and downtown Jersey City. If you get a listing on the private view that lacks a link look on the right for the For Sale By Owner and Non-Internet Listings icon.  We will be integrating this over the next week or so.


Hoboken Real Estate Monitor's Open House Map

Walk around Hoboken on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, looking at real estate. Get an idea of what your dollar can buy, in what part of town, with what amenity level. The map is refreshed through Thursday afternoon so be sure to stop by again before your weekend search. Sort by price, number of bedrooms or day of week! By subscribing, you will be able to not only get the basics - price, number of bedrooms, and street location but will get the unit number, and the full Multiple Listing Service listing with photos, square footage and more. . . .

Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty
201-240-6832


donnaantonucci@gmail.com

http://www.hobokenrealestatemonitor.com/
http://www.hobokenrealestatevalue.com/
http://www.donnaantonucci.com/



Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Weekly Open House Map & New Listings For Hoboken & JC Downtown




We will be checking Craig's list, realtor sites, the MLS again later in the week so check back.

We now have listings for For Sale by Owner and Non-Internet listings in the private view of the map.  Sign up today and get the most complete, easy to use open house and new listings map covering both Hoboken and downtown Jersey City. If you get a listing on the private view that lacks a link look on the right for the For Sale By Owner and Non-Internet Listings icon.  We will be integrating this over the next week or so.


Hoboken Real Estate Monitor's Open House Map

Walk around Hoboken on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, looking at real estate. Get an idea of what your dollar can buy, in what part of town, with what amenity level. The map is refreshed through Thursday afternoon so be sure to stop by again before your weekend search. Sort by price, number of bedrooms or day of week! By subscribing, you will be able to not only get the basics - price, number of bedrooms, and street location but will get the unit number, and the full Multiple Listing Service listing with photos, square footage and more. . . .

Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty
201-240-6832


donnaantonucci@gmail.com

http://www.hobokenrealestatemonitor.com/
http://www.hobokenrealestatevalue.com/
http://www.donnaantonucci.com/