TILA-RESPA: The Basics of 2015 Mortgage Disclosure Reform

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There’s a lot to consider when you decide to take out a home loan. It’s all very complex, and if you’ve never gone through it before, the entire process can be especially overwhelming. Both seasoned homeowners and first-time buyers share one thing in common: when you work with a lender, you operate largely on blind faith. Of course, you’ll ask your Realtor® for referrals, and you’ll do your due diligence before committing to a relationship with a lender, but it all boils down to ethics and understanding. You trust that the lender will behave ethically, which includes making sure that you understand what your mortgage loan entails. [Read more…]

Tips for Keeping Your Curb Appeal in Winter

If you’re trying to sell your home in the colder months, maintaining the exterior appearance of your property and keeping it in “buyer-ready” condition can be a bit more challenging than if you were to list it for sale during the spring or summer. [Read more…]

Annual 5-Point Checklist for Winterizing Your Home

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Winter in Northern New Jersey is uniquely spectacular, and for some, the abundance of exciting winter activities makes this a favorite time of year. There’s a lot more to consider than simply hitting the slopes, though. You’ll need to prepare your home for the cold winter months ahead. [Read more…]

Must-See Shows at Paper Mill Playhouse This Season

Paper Mill PlayhouseSince its inception in the late 1930’s, Paper Mill Playhouse has been a regional favorite for arts, culture, and entertainment. Now, more than 75 years later, our community still can’t seem to get enough of what the beloved theater has to offer. We are extremely fortunate to have this incredible venue so close to home, and when you also consider this year’s performance schedule, there’s no question that the Paper Mill Playhouse should be at the top of everyone’s to-do list between now and June 2016. [Read more…]

Best Spots for Organic Produce around Maplewood, NJ

organic produce around MaplewoodNow that the Maplewood Farmer’s Market is closed for the season, here are a few purveyors that provide fresh, organic produce during the colder months. We all know the value of putting nutritious food on the table every day, but sometimes it’s difficult to find a place that meets your high standards when it comes to pesticides and other potential food contaminants. While you may have relied upon the farmer’s market for purchasing quality fruits and vegetables, we’re here to give you a few alternatives for the off-season. [Read more…]

2015 Holiday Workshops at Greenwood Gardens

greenwoodMake your holidays a little brighter this year by attending one of Greenwood Gardens’ events, perfect for getting you into the spirit of the season. Whichever holidays you’re celebrating, there’s sure to be a workshop that can help you with theme-relevant decorating. Bond with your fellow community members as you work to build that perfect wreath, and other items to prepare for the festivities. This is a great opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and neighbors as you work together to produce beautiful seasonal decor. With so much to offer, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Greenwood Gardens has a packed schedule between now and the end of the year. [Read more…]

Luxury Homes in Chatham: Truly Extraordinary!

Those that are looking to impress will want to search the luxury homes in Chatham! One of the premier areas in New Jersey, Chatham hosts some exceptional residences. Speaking of exceptional, today’s featured estate defines the word!

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A complete renovation of this stunning Colonial has restored the original grandeur of this 6 bedroom, 5.5 bath beauty! Besides the quality of the home itself, the listing also boasts a centrally located lot that is near the train, pool, shops, as well as the #1 ranked NJ schools! The interior of the estate comes with a large formal dining room that leads to a butler’s pantry, as well as a chef’s kitchen equipped with Viking appliances and a walk-in pantry! The master bedroom is a true oasis complete with vaulted ceilings, a sunken spa tub, a massive shower with 5 jets, and his/her walk-in closets! Oak flooring, custom millwork, Andersen windows, sprinklers, central vac, an alarm system, and a lush, park-like backyard complete the picture!

If you are interested in this property, or one of the other luxury homes in Chatham, contact us. We are here to help you get the best listing around!