‘Tis the Season for Property Tax Appeals

If you currently own real estate in New Jersey, you have the pleasure of sharing in a property tax system that has the highest property tax rate as a percentage of property value (1.89%) according to www.tax-rates.org.  If you are frustrated about the amount of property taxes you pay, there are a few things you […]

"So, What's the Real Estate Market Like These Days?"

“So, what’s the real estate market like these days?” is a question we hear several times over the course of a day — from customers, from the staff of our local delis/cafes, from our friends, etc.  It’s a good question.  The national economy and our personal economic prospects and the US residential real estate market […]

NAR Reports Existing Home Sales and Prices Increased April 2012 over April 2011

By now, you’ve probably heard the good news that was recently reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) that existing (i.e., not new) home sales and prices were up in April 2012 over the prior year in many regions in the United States.  Shrinking inventories of available properties and low interest rates contributed to […]

West Morris Central Ranked 220th Best American High School by Newsweek!

It’s always great news when one of our local schools receives positive recognition!  Newsweek magazine recently published a report in which it ranked West Morris Central High School the 220th best high school in the United States (the article referenced the schools it considered to be in the top 500).  The schools were ranked based […]

Details Matter! Photography & Staging Your Home

There are many things that can’t be controlled in the process of selling your home, so at Leaf, Realtors, we aim to leave nothing to chance whenever possible and we hire experts for each component of our home marketing instead of doing it ourselves.  For example, we don’t claim to be experts at photography or […]

‘Tis the Season for Property Tax Appeals

If you currently own real estate in New Jersey, you have the singular pleasure of sharing in a property tax system that has the highest property tax rate as a percentage of property value (1.89%) according to www.tax-rates.org.  If you are frustrated about the amount of property taxes you pay, there are a few things […]

Ethical Realtors®??? Absolutely!

Did you know that there is a Code of Ethics for Realtors®? The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) publishes it’s Code of Ethics every year and members (i.e., anyone who calls his/herself a Realtor®) has an obligation to adhere to the standards set forth in the NAR Code of Ethics. The Realtor® Code of Ethics […]

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

In deciding whether or not it makes sense to stay in your current home or move, there are a lot of things to consider, in terms of both finances and quality of life, in making this decision that go far beyond the question of purchase price of the new home and equity in your current […]

Seller Incentives to Motivate Buyers

Sellers who want to make sure that their home is positioned as aggressively as possible to sell in the current market often consider the use of financial incentives paid at the closing table to encourage buyers to choose their property as the buyer’s next home.  Here are some great financial incentives for sellers to implement […]