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Home Buying in Linden : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Apr 4, 2017
Suheysoto1 asked:
Wed Nov 30, 2016
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Well, "best" is in the rye of the beholder, so in order to help you I'd need to know a little more about what you're looking for.
Let;s start with your price range - that will help narrow down your options.
Are you looking for a more urban or suburban feel? Do you want to be able to walk to shops and restaurants, or is driving fine with you?

Are you only looking in the 07036 zip code, or open to other suggestions?
Please email or call me so we can discuss this in more detail.

Best wishes!

Debbie Rose
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NJ Properties
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Thu May 5, 2016
Karen Peyton answered:
Take your concerns to your real estate agent. They may be able to help you exit the purchase according to the terms and conditions of your contract.

If you don't have an agent, start reading. Start reading and don't stop until you understand for which reasons you may cancel, and how to deliver the notice of cancellation.

Confused? Consult an attorney.

Good luck!
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Sun Aug 23, 2015
Silvia Lorenti answered:
50/50 on rentals? that's too low. besides, nothing in any kind of business is ''verbally good'' specially in this kind of business, I think, that if your broker is new in the business, you are just wasting your time in that office, you need a lot of training, lot's of information and specially get to know the rules, as for a list in the MLS or ask your broker to see if he has it, go to your tube, you have too many good inf. there, assist in all the classes that you can for free, being a LIBOR member, gives u the opportunity of getting free webminars, etc. If I was you, I simply move to another office, but remember, that not all depends in the training that u get, but in the effort and motivation that you have! good luck SILVIA LORENTI licensed Realtor for 25 years ... more
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Wed Feb 18, 2015
Anthony Danatzko answered:
You might want to check out New Jersey's Clean Energy Program which offers incentives and rebates for upgrading to more energy efficient heating and cooling system. njcleanenergy. com
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Tue Aug 26, 2014
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Thu May 15, 2014
Terry McCarley answered:
I agree with Annette - not enough detail posted here but I can say you state "told her to make an offer" - did you sign an offer and provide necessary documentation such as proof of funds or a pre-approval letter for financing? Telling an agent to submit an offer and actually having the agent draw up the offer and having the buyer sign it are 2 different things. ... more
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Mon Feb 10, 2014
jerseystrong101 answered:
Unfortunally you are not the only one asking this question.
Some realtors not ALL,are reponsibles and care about their clients ,REAL ESTATE COMISSIONERS wont reinforce better rules to make sure agents hold properties that are (good deals) for themselfs or their "investors"
Sometimes their broker of record could care less as long as the agent brings home the comission.
I will request a copy of not just a fax ,a copy of a reject of letter of ackwolegent to make sure the bank/seller got the offer.
If you think your offer was not treated correctly,dont bother with the REC(Real Estate Commision)file a civil claim and you will get quicker and more honest response..................
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Wed Nov 6, 2013
Tina Rebimbas Torres answered:
If the home was built before 1978 more than likely it is.
But keep in mind before the 80's it was primarily plaster, so if you have sheet rock it might not be lead paint.
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Sun Jul 21, 2013
Ronald Sheedy answered:

The Smart Start Program is available to participants in the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Agency's First-Time Homebuyer program who are purchasing homes in Smart Growth Areas. The program helps these families by offering a second mortgage for downpayment and/or closing costs up to 4% of the first mortgage.

If I can be of any assistance to you for your real estate needs, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Ron Sheedy
(732) 239-7452
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Sun Jun 9, 2013
Ellen Kippel answered:
Hi Yoyo,

Please check with FEMA and your realtor who may have access to such information in his/her multiple listing system. If you check with a home insurance company, they can probably tell you if flood insurance is required which will provide you with additional information.

Take care,
Ellen Kippel
Weichert Realtors
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Sat Dec 22, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
Don't just simply rely on reviews, also consider a visit to the school(s) of interest. For school information see links. ... more
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Thu Dec 13, 2012
Marsha Bowen Washington answered:
It's best to do both these inspections during your due diligence period. Your attorney can advise you of the time frame. If you need to find professionals for these inspections, your agent should have a list.

Best regards,
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Mon Sep 24, 2012
Portland_Real_Estate answered:
Most agents have that info.
But if you need to search direct, visit bank and gov site were they display listings.
This site has a pretty complete list. ... more
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Wed Jul 11, 2012
Team Zuhl answered:
The most conventional way is to have your Realtor specifically target properties marketed as such - they are not as common as they once were. The second way is to rent with the right of first refusal, which means that if someone offers to buy the property, you have the option to buy it first. There are plenty of sellers that are comfortable signing a lease with this option.
Good luck!
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Mon Mar 1, 2010
Victor Kaminski answered:
If you're using a realtor that should be their job to arrange the inspections, you'll have to pay for them.

If not using a realtor, you'll need to visit the Linden Fire Dept on Elizabeth ave to arrange fire inspection, go to the building on the right of the fire house. You can't call to schedule because you'll need to pay for the inspection in advance.

For C/O you'll need to visit city hall on wood ave go to the 2nd floor, easier just to go in the buildings left side entrance and it will be the first door on your right. Tell them you need to schedule an inspection for C/O, linden doesn't care much for situations where the buyer is responsible, usually the case when buying REO or short sale properties. They will require you sign off accepting responsibility of any work done without permits, filing for the permits as well and BE ON TIME with the keys waiting to meet the inspector, he will not wait more than 5 minutes for you and you will need to pay to have him come back out again.

I'd post the inspection forms here for you but Linden won't accept the applications if not used on their colored paper. Sorry...

If you'd like a real estate agent to help you with a purchase I'd be glad to help and take care of all of this for you.

FYI: Any work to obtain C/O will need to be completed within 60 days after closing and permits applied for within 30 days of closing if you get a temp c/o or face fines.

As a life long linden resident and very familiar with linden real estate, I know the town inside out and would be glad to help if you don't already have an agent. Don't worry about cost, the seller will pay my fee.

Victor Kaminski
Broker of Record
Marivic GMAC Real Estate
2056A Lincoln Hwy. (Rt.27)
Edison, NJ 08817-3330
Office: 732-650-9911 Ext.302
Cellular: 908-884-5757
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Thu Jun 25, 2009
Victor Kaminski answered:
Monika, I lived in Sunnyside most of my life and it is in my opinion probably the best part of Linden, definitely the more desirable section of Linden.

Prices have surprisingly dropped but pretty much bottomed out in that area, mostly because people that Live in the sunnyside area do for most of their lives. This area is one where people move the least, until recent years when many chose to cash out and retire elsewhere.

When I first moved to Sunnyside, the previous people who lived there moved to Florida to retire and shortly after so did my neighbors which coincidentally was his brother and his wife. Sunnyside is changing but not drastically enough that I'd worry, it's still without a doubt the most desirable area of town.

If you'd like help making the offer or seeing the house I'd be glad to help, I know the area inside out.
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Mon Jun 8, 2009
Victor Kaminski answered:
There is crime everywhere! What you need to determine is acceptable levels.

This is a real sticky subject and you're not likely to get a direct answer from agents, mostly because they are not suppose to say, they can provide you with information or better yet the source where to get this info.

If an agent tells you directly this is a low crime area and you get robbed or crime picks up, the likelihood of you suing them is high. The best advise I can give you would be to call or visit the Linden Police department and explain to them your situation and ask them on an off the record basis if the area has had criminal activity in the last year and to what degree.

Going to the source!

I live in Linden and know the answer but am hesitant to say especially without knowing exactly where by the park very large park. Try driving around with the windows down or taking a walk in the area at different times of the day and night to get a pretty decent idea in addition to the above suggestion.

Looking up crime statistics on websites wont be very helpful for this for a specific area, only to tell about a town in general.

If your looking to buy in Linden, give me a buzz and I'll help you find something nice in the least likely areas for you to get mugged but that's no guarantee either. (disclaimer) ;-D
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