New Jersey Realtors Circle of Excellence

Proud and thankful to have qualified for the New Jersey Realtors Circle of Excellence for the fifth year in a row in 2016. JUST MISSED repeating my 2015 silver level performance. Congratulations to all my local (Princeton, Princeton Junction and Montgomery/Hillsborough) Coldwell Banker colleagues who made it. Buyers and sellers–call, text, email or Facebook me […]

Listing with 1682 deed transferring property from Lenni Lenape to William Penn

I showed my beautiful PA listing again tonight (that’s the kitchen) and the owners gave me a copy of the original 1682 deed for the land on which this house now stands along with the six acres directly adjacent, which has been left untouched “climax” forest. You can see exactly what was traded for the […]

Closed most expensive property ever to sell in Millstone Township today

Today my colleague Robin Jackson and I closed the most expensive property ever to sell in beautiful Millstone Township, Monmouth County. We represented both sellers and buyers in a very complex transaction that closed at $1.355 million. The 7,000 square foot custom house originally sat on 44 acres; buyers purchased the house on 15 acres, […]

Witherspoon-Jackson to Become New Historic District in Princeton

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I am of mixed opinion. In one respect, certainly Princeton’s historically African-American neighborhood deserves official designation and protection from destruction. But regular zoning laws, already conservative in Princeton, take care of that in my opinion. Nobody’s putting up a high-rise apartment building on John Street, […]

Jersey, the Peach State?

Jersey peaches are peaking right now and they are OUTSTANDING. Did you know Jersey is the country’s fourth largest producer of peaches, after California, South Carolina and Georgia? And 100% of our peaches are picked by hand and sold on the fresh market. Pick them yourself here in the Princeton area at Lee Turkey Farm in East […]

1919 charmer in historic section of Plainsboro closed

Closed this small but charming and affordable historical in the oldest section of Plainsboro yesterday, five miles from downtown Princeton and two and a half miles from the Princeton Junction train station. Walking distance to shopping and restaurants although unfortunately, still not a supermarket since the Super Fresh moved out of Plainsboro Plaza in 2012. […]

Princeton Landing’s stucco exteriors and lush landscaping lend a California flair

This is Princeton Landing, a California-looking development in Plainsboro with an unusual history that includes the Dutch and their propensity for growing flowers, the university and its enormous land holdings, the Rockefellers, and classified research on peacetime uses of nuclear energy. Now, it’s just a well landscaped neighborhood of mostly townhomes with open floorplans, two-car […]

Gorgeous secluded retreat with EVERY amenity!

Incredible new listing in Perrineville (Millstone Township), in the heart of Monmouth county’s horse country. Enjoy your privacy on more than 40 acres, but so close to everything! Five miles from the Peddie School in Hightstown. Princeton is 17 miles, Princeton Junction train station 14 miles, Cranbury 10 miles, NJ Turnpike Exit 8 (Hightstown) 7 miles, Route 195, […]

1 Tanager, luxurious executive home in desirable Plainsboro!

My new listing is all WOW factor! Large (>4200 square foot) home has been upgraded for luxurious living and gracious entertaining. Princeton Manor is an exclusive development of large modern homes in Plainsboro Township (with a Cranbury address) to suit many lifestyles (and with NO homeowners’ association fees!) Live in complete luxury in this oversized five bedroom, […]

a new office!

During my break in blogging I changed brokerages and am now affiliated with Coldwell Banker in Princeton, New Jersey. Here is our office at 10 Nassau Street, across the street from Princeton University. As some of you know I started my real estate career at Coldwell Banker in Princeton Junction eight years ago, near the […]

Hurricane Sandy’s Effects on Real Estate, Part II: Property Tax Issues

Yesterday I discussed the impact of disasters like Hurricane Sandy on the appraisal process. If a disaster can change the value of a property for appraisal purposes, it follows that it can also change the value of a property for tax assessment purposes. If a disaster has affected your property to the extent that it […]

Hurricane Sandy’s Effects on Real Estate, Part I: Appraisals

An Appraisal, Followed by a Hurricane On the morning of Monday October 29, Wells Fargo sent an appraiser to the house I’ve got under contract in Cranbury. The sellers allowed him access, he inspected the property and collected the data he needed, and he retreated to his home office to crunch the numbers. That afternoon, […]

Hurricane Sandy strikes New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy Strikes the Beloved Jersey Shore Two weeks ago today a hurricane made landfall in New Jersey for only the third time in history. Hurricane Sandy caused incredible devastation along nearly the entire Jersey coastline (over 125 miles), as well as in Hoboken, Moonachie, Sayreville, and other riverfront towns. It also caused major destruction […]

no, it’s NOT a buyer’s market everywhere

In real estate, a buyer’s market is a situation where there are more properties for sale than buyers ready, willing and able to buy them. In other words, supply is greater than demand, which makes prices go down and gives buyers more leverage over sellers. For more than five years, since the real estate market […]

Haddonfield, the most desirable town in south Jersey

Today I have the pleasure of showing three historic houses in beautiful Haddonfield to buyers who currently live in Center City, Philadelphia but are making the move across the Delaware River to the Jersey side. Haddonfield is a prime destination for such buyers and there are at least three reasons for this. The PATCO station […]

what’s in a HUD? or, secrets of the RESPA…

The HUD, the RESPA–by any other name, the settlement statement My long-delayed Jamesburg listing is finally closing this Friday, so I just sent my seller a blank HUD to get her acquainted with the form. She will of course get the final HUD form at closing from her buyer’s attorney. What we call “the HUD” […]

using technology to serve clients better–faster, at odd hours, at their convenience

a rare event, a house for sale in Cranbury Greene This morning I was getting out of the shower, about to make my first cup of coffee and wake up my lazy dog when I heard the distinctive ping of a text message come over my cell phone. It was just after 7 am, and […]

Moorestown, “Princeton without the university”

Burlington County’s best school district, Moorestown Because I live in Burlington county I often get leads for buyers for Burlington. In New Jersey, property values are highly correlated to the perceived quality of a town’s school district. Prices for similar houses in adjacent towns can vary greatly if one’s in a high-ranking school system and […]

princeton historical society annual house tour november 3rd

The Historical Society of Princeton has announced the five houses to be featured on the 2012 House Tour, to take place on Saturday, November 3. The tour is sponsored by my brokerage. Holiday house tours are a fun way to get to see the interiors of special and often spectacular homes. Many towns in the Princeton area […]

today i showed an almost 200-year-old house in East Millstone

Today I showed a very old house in East Millstone, a tiny part of Franklin right on the Delaware and Raritan Canal opposite Hillsborough. Thought to be one of the oldest houses in the township, it dates from the early 1800s and is listed by my office. The couple I showed it to are ONLY […]

rent-to-buy…how does that work?

This morning a client wrote to ask about rent-to-buy. She is currently in  the second year of a two-year lease on a single family house in Hamilton. The house is working for her and her children and the owners are settling into their new home out of state and will not be coming back to Jersey. […]

a buyer is looking not only for the right property, but also for the right seller

These days it’s a given that buyers do not want to overpay. Everybody knows the boom years of easy appreciation are over and in our mobile society, many people cannot commit to staying in a property long enough to see considerable profit from the mere passage of time. I tell my buyers they are not […]

a little condo in Plainsboro…

New University Medical Center of Princeton jumps Route One for Plainsboro So today after floor time (yes, we still do old-fashioned floor time in our office, which I enjoy!) I am going to show a 700 square foot one bedroom condo in Ravens Crest, a large complex in Plainsboro, about three miles from my office. […]