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Yesterday at 1:56pm
Mariasummer01 answered:
I understand this is an old thread but anyone thinking about moving to keansburg DONT.I got stuck here trying to flip a house when the market was high.The people here are like a cult-you will feel like your in an episode of the twilight zone.Rampant drugs,no teeth,section 8,dirty,and unless you are like them you will be hated.Do whatever it takes to find a more suitable place-trust me.Yes there are a handful of good people-but it is far outnumbered by very trashy ones.And dont even think about raising the kids here unless you want them using drugs and having no motivation in life.Stay far away ... more
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Fri May 26, 2017
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Fri May 26, 2017
Paula Chapman answered:
I have the same feelings about a move I made this very week...and we are closing next week.
Bottom line, we did not have to move for work or anything like that. We used to live on the river but moved 2 years ago (sept) to a house due to the fact that the other house was on a steep hill and the driveway was hard to manage in the snow. we had been there 6 years.
We found we missed being on the river. The new house had a lot of character and was very pretty and updated, had many things we never had before like an en suite.
So we found a house after a long time looking, but it is another town, another school district. Just about 3 to 4 miles from the old town, but still...another county, higher taxes, and again, different school district.
I am feeling like I made a big mistake. I should have insisted we only look for a plot of water front land to escape to. We did not find anything ideal but we could have waited. And we could not find another riverfront home in the other town in our price range as prices have skyrocketed.
I feel selfish that my son has to start anew in a new school district (starting high school in sept)
So how can I answer you? i don't know. But i think this is normal and we will survive. Regret is very common for humans, and for sensitive people even more. I miss everything, including just brief situations. I get very attached and always have. Even worse the older I get. you'd think it would get better with time!
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Fri May 26, 2017
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Tue May 23, 2017
Sevenxtrin answered:
No I would not buy a house that was near a Electrical tower.......nor would I buy a house with a smart meter unless the house was refit with a Analog Meter.....Do your research on both of these....so many health questions....not worth the risks in my books........................................... ... more
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Tue May 23, 2017
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Mon May 22, 2017
Heyjude965 asked:
I'm a strong buyer 807 credit score & had 30% cash to put down. Shoudnt I've been given a chance to counter offer, doesn't the seller want the most money they can get?…
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Sun May 21, 2017
Joyce Kaczmarek answered:
Hi Laura.....I just came across this question so hopefully since Oct. 2016 you have your answer. I just recently had a Certificate of Compliance inspection in Woodbridge, and not only did the inspector check the fire/carbon alarms as well as the fire extinguisher, he actually opened up the electrical panel in the basement. There were GFI's already in the house.

Joyce Kaczmarek
All Towne Realty
Cell: 908-902-9198
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Mon May 15, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
As a former realtor, forget your dream of buying a brand new home - in NJ it is NOT WORTH IT!!!! You need to understand some basic concepts: Builders in the NYC metro area know buyers like you LOVE brand new built homes and they have no trouble getting buyers like you to sign contracts 1-2-3. Therefore, builders will price these new homes at a premium (much higher than regular homes already lived in). It takes about 5 years for new homes to equal the value of regular homes because the minute you move in, your home loses value. The issue is if you intend to sell within 5 years, your home is compared to regular homes on the market - not new built homes and your "new" home will be compared to older homes that have lower values. Hey, this is NYC area and builders know they can ask for as much money from you to make a nice profit.

As for property taxes, both New Jersey and New York have the highest property taxes in the U.S. Apparently the politicians want to boast how good the school districts are and have no intention of lowering property taxes. Also school budgets are voted on yearly by residents and those residents are happy to pass the school budgets every year EVEN IF it means increasing the property taxes. While I'm at it, both New Jersey and New York also have income taxes.
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Mon May 15, 2017
Steven_soprano answered:
The location is right off of route 22 which is always filled with traffic.
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Sat May 13, 2017
Rony asked:
Our closing was not scheduled by bank due to survey showing dormers on a Cape Cod. Seller claims that's how she bought the house
Please advise
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Wed May 10, 2017
GREG BLEYL answered:
5% down is a program we offer for this scenario with a 680 score. Please contact me via my profile
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