Saturday, February 10, 2007

New Jersey Association of Realtors Offers Scholarships

The application deadline for NJAR Educational Foundation (NJAREF) scholarships has been extended to Monday, April 9, 2007. High school seniors and students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate college programs are eligible to apply. Applicants must reside in New Jersey and be a member of NJAR or a relative of a NJAR member. There are now 32 scholarships available, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 each. Applications must be received at the NJAR office at P.O. Box 2098, Edison, NJ 08818 by 5:00 P.M. by MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2007 in order to be considered. The application is available at

Friday, February 02, 2007

Selling Your New Jersey Home In Winter

The prime time to sell New Jersey real estate is in the spring. Flowers are in bloom. The grass is green and everything seems new and shiny. There are generally more buyers in the market. However, winter buyers are serious buyers and there are things sellers can do to to attract the attention of these buyers.

1. Keep walks and driveways free of snow and ice. If buyers have to take their life in their hands trying to navigate through ice and snow, they just might not bother.

2. Make your home warm and comfortable. This is not the time to conserve on energy. If your home is cold, buyers will think your heating system doesn't work properly.

3. Set the mood. Play soft music in the background and bake a batch of cookies. There is nothing like the smell of warm baked goods. And leave a plate of cookies for the buyers.

4. Ask buyers to remove their shoes while touring your home. This conveys a pride of ownership and will and helps keeping your home in 'showing condition' for the next buyers.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

2006 Third Best Year On Record

The National Association of Realtors reports existing-home sales eased but prices stabilized as inventories tightened in December, while 2006 was the third-highest sales year on record.

Total existing-home sales – Total existing-home sales – including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – eased 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of 6.22 million units in December from a level of 6.27 million in November. Sales were 7.9 percent lower than a 6.75 million-unit pace in December 2005. There were 6,480,000 existing-home sales in all of 2006, down 8.4 percent from a record 7,075,000 in 2005. The second highest total was 6,779,000 in 2004; NAR began tracking home sales in 1968. Full report...

Friday, January 19, 2007

Home Starts Down In December

The National Association of Home Builders reports "single-family housing starts decreased 4.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.230 million units in December. This was 24.7 percent below the pace of single-family starts a year earlier." Full report...

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Friday, January 12, 2007

New Jersey Education Ranks High In National Survey

Education Week Quality Counts survey has given New Jersey high marks for its public education. New Jersey ranked # 4 in Chance for Success scoring, behind Virginia, Connecticut and Minnesota. New Jersey scored 19 points, while #1 Virginia scored 22.

New Jersey came in #2 for K-12 Achievement scoring with a total of 18 points compared to #1, Massachusetts, with 20 points.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Consumer Confidence Rebounds

The Consumer Confidence Index continued to rebound from summertime lows. The December index increased 3.7 from the November level of 105.3, bringing the index to 109.0. Consumer optimism may be an indication that the housing slump which is happening across much of the country is also on the rebound.

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