Westfield, NJ Real Estate News

By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Can you believe that it has already been 14 years since the attack on the Twin Towers?  It seems like it happened yesterday.  That could be because we are still feeling the effects of the events that took place on 9/11 today.  To honor those we lost, Westfield hosts a September 11th memorial tonight.Westfield Hosts September 11th MemorialBeginning at 6:30pm tonight, the Town of Westfield will be hosting a public service at the Sept 11th Memorial Site on North Ave and Broad St.  The schedule of events includes a Pledge of Allegiance, words from Mayor Andrew Skibitsky and prayers.  A moment of silence will be observed to honor those that perished.  A ceremonial wreath will be presented at the site while Taps is played in the background.  If you feel the need to mark this occasion with oth...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
The Westfield Gallery U will be hosting a Kumpf Middle School fundraiser on Saturday, August 15th.  Artwork created by children attending Carl H Kumpf Middle School in Clark, NJ will be displayed in a special exhibition.  Proceeds from the sale of each piece will directly benefit the school itself.What: Westfield Gallery U Hosts Kumpf Middle School Fundraiser Where: Gallery U Boutique (439 S Ave W, Westfield, NJ) When: Saturday, August 15, 2015 1pm to 3pm Admission: FREE Contact: Gallery U Boutique (908) 232-1895Westfield Gallery U Fundraiser "The Kidz Are Alright" exhibition will feature 28 pieces of art on display.  Last year, Carl H Kumpf Middle School was designated as one of the top "Schools to Watch" by the National Forum of NJ.  They placed 12th among all 2500 New Jersey middle s...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
The Westfield Bridges Run helps the less fortunate.  And so could you!  In fact, the First Congregational Church of Westfield would LOVE it if you helped them with their Bridges "run".What: Westfield Bridges Run Where:  First Congregational Church of Westfield (125 Elmer St, Westfield, NJ) When: August 14th 4pm & August 15th 9am Contact: First Congregational Church of Westfield (908) 233-2494What is the Westfield Bridges Run? Never heard of the Westfield Bridges Run?  That's OK.  No one does any actual "running".  Instead, this "run" is really more of a mini-mission.  The church works in conjunction with Bridges Outreach of Summit.  Their Bridges Run program brings food to the homeless men, women and children in Newark and New York City.Volunteers are asked to come to the church on Satu...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Sunday, Monday...Happy Days.  Tuesday, Wednesday...Happy Days.  Relive those "happy days" by coming to see the Westfield Fabulous Fifties Program: T Shirts and Poodle Skirts.  It's fun, it's fabulous and it's absolutely free for all Westfield Library and MURAL cardholders!What: Westfield Fabulous Fifties Program Where: Westfield Memorial Library (550 E Broad St) When: Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 7pm Cost: FREE for Library & MURAL cardholders Contact: Westfield Memorial Library (908) 789-4090What to Expect at the Westfield Fabulous Fifties ProgramWhen I say "the 50's", what comes to mind?  Marilyn Monroe?  Elvis?  American Bandstand?  Poodle skirts?  Take a step back in time at the Westfield Memorial Library for one night only.  The whole cast will be dressed up in fabulous 50's costumes per...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Many decades ago, maybe before you were born, I was junior booker in a flagship NYC nightclub called The Ballroom. My bosses and I were discussing whether to bet $25,000 per week on a four week run of Peggy Lee in July. The fear was that her audience would all be in the Hamptons. The boss who most advocated for it argued “they can’t all be in the Hamptons simultaneously. If 25% of them are in town, we can easily fill two shows a night.” Miss Lee went onto mesmerize sold out shows for all four weeks.Is that a real estate story? It is, in the sense that a fraction of the buyers and their agents are out of town every week in July, so the market is a little thinner—but there remain qualified and motivated buyers for the right proposition. I just spent a long weekend with a super client, who...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
"In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes."  Ain't that the truth!  One of the reasons buying a home in our beautiful Westfield community is great is the tax breaks it brings along with it.  Here are a few homeowner tax benefits Buyers need to know about.Homeowner Tax Benefits Buyers Need to KnowThere are plenty of costs that go into homeownership.  There are also plenty of benefits.  When renting, you pay someone else's mortgage.  When you own a home, you are paying your own.  Owning a home also means you make the decisions on renovations, remodeling or decorating.  There are some great homeowner tax benefits you will want to check out when you file next year.Mortgage Interest - The interest you pay on your first and second mortgages is tax deductible.  I...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Having money broadens your price range when it comes to buying a luxury NJ home.  But wealthy Buyers still look for many of the things that the not-so-wealthy home buyer wants.  Follow these super wealthy real estate trends no matter what your price point may be.Super Wealthy Real Estate Trends You Need to FollowKnight Frank recently posted its 2015 Wealth Report.  It tracked the growing wealthy populations of more than 100 cities in almost 100 countries.  They found the following super wealthy real estate trends that can be adapted to home buyers of any budget. Location, Location, Location.  Yes, location remains key.  Buy a home in a popular location and you can minimize the impact of a major dip in the real estate.  Homes in desired locations tend to keep their value during a recessi...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Do you love the smooth sounds of Jazz?  You're in for a treat.  The 2015 Westfield Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival began earlier this week.  Our Westfield community never sounded so good!What: 2015 Westfield Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival Where: Downtown Westfield, NJ When: Every Tuesday Through August 25, 2015 7pm to 9pm Cost: FREE Contact: Downtown Westfield Corp (908) 789-9444What Happens at the 2015 Westfield Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival?If you only visit the Downtown Westfield area once a week, make it a Tuesday night.  At least through the end of August.  That's when your shopping and dining experience will be accompanied by the sweet, soothing sounds of Jazz.  No matter where you go, live music will follow.  That's because there are four separate areas set up for ...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Is My Equity Back?It depends of course on when you bought, what you bought, the foresight of your improvements, and how your property suits in the vogues in your town.  And let’s always remember-average sale prices are the average of the houses that are offered and sold that year.  So in our towns, where 3-4% of homes change hands each year, the selection offered is a huge variable in the averages. Town 2007 2012 2015 Delta 2007-2015 Cranford  $471,148 $400,697 $444,853 -6% Mountainside  $701,857 $544,413 $618,189 -12% Summit  $1,012,366 $885,612 $980,597 -3% Watchung $939,770 $673,294 $743,403 -21% Westfield  $832,096 $690,870 $744,485 -11% All figures=average closed prices, 12 months back from May. Click below for the market update of interest to you:Cranford    Fanwood/Scotch Plains ...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
The 2015 Downtown Westfield NJ 5K and Pizza Extravaganza is unlike any other 5K you have been to before.  Sure, its a race.  But have you ever been rewarded with pizza before?  Yeah, I didn't think so.What: 2015 Downtown Westfield NJ 5K  & Pizza Extravaganza Where: Downtown Westfield (of course) When: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 (Registration ends July 20th) Cost: $30 for USATF members, $33 for non-members Contact: On Your Mark Productions (908) 902-8587 or via emailWhat to Expect at the 2015 Downtown Westfield NJ 5K & Pizza ExtravaganzaIt's going to be a warm Wednesday night when the 2015 Downtown Westfield NJ 5K goes down.  I guarantee that the scenery along this downtown route will be spectacular.  The race itself will be over before you know it.The frenetic pace of the course may prove...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Registration for the Westfield Library Summer 2015 Reading Program is set to launch on Monday, June 22nd.  There is a different program for everyone in our Westfield community.  Admission is absolutely free.Westfield Library Summer 2015 Reading ProgramDo you love books?  Would you like your children to acquire an affinity for them?  The Westfield Library Summer 2015 Reading Program is a great way to help them develop an appreciation for the written word.The "Every Hero Has a Story" program has been created especially for kids.  Are they new to reading?  Great!  This program will help strengthen their skills.  Too young to read yet?  Not a problem.  They can join the Listening Club.  Each grade has their very own reading  list to follow.  When they reach their set goals, they win fun pri...
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By Gina Chirico, Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey
(Lattimer Realty)
Buyers of a home in Westfield New Jersey being stalked by "The Watcher".  It almost sounds like an episode from Criminial Minds but unfortunately for the new owners of a $1.3 million home in Westfield New Jersey the stalking is for real!  Three days after closing was when the new owners were first contacted by the person identifying himself as "The Watcher". After the first letter more followed.  Contents of these letters were creepy..."Have they found what's in the walls yet"..."I am in charge of the house"..."bring me young blood"... "will the young bloods play in the basement. Who has the rooms facing the street? I'll know as soon as you move in.  It will help me to know who is in which bedroom then I can plan better." ...."All the windows and door in the house allow me to watch you ...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Please consider joining our Gleason MS Bike Team ride around Manhattan.  There are two ways you can be a part of Team Guys and Dolls.  You can donate money.  That is always helpful.  Or, you can donate your time.  That means hopping on a seat and riding the New York Bike MS Ride with us.Gleason MS Bike Team Guys and DollsSince 1998, we have teamed up our friends to raise money for MS research.  To date, Team Guys and Dolls has raised more than $60,000.  We want to continue our efforts this year with the New York Bike MS ride this October.  But we need your help.You can make a monetary donation to the Guys and Dolls Team here.  You can also make a donation in support of my ride specifically here.  For the more adventurous out there, sign up to ride under the Team Guys and Dolls banner he...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
The 2015 Westfield Police Bike Auction and Rodeo will take place at the Westfield Memorial Pool Complex on June 13th.  Each year, the Police Department collects dozens of bicycles in the Westfield community that go unclaimed by their owners.  These bicycles need a good home.  Can their home be your home?What: 2015 Westfield Police Bike Auction and Rodeo Where: Westfield Memorial Pool Complex (713 Cumberland Dr) When: Saturday, June 13th 10am Admission: FREE Contact: Sgt Jason McErlean, Westfield Police Dept (908) 789-40002015 Westfield Police Bike AuctionCurrently, there are 40 bicycles scheduled to be put up for bid at the 2015 Westfield Police Bike Auction.  All of these bikes have been in the police department's possession for at least six months without anyone coming to claim them. ...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
It has been a while since you had to wait days to have your film developed just to find out that the shots you took of that once-in-a-lifetime vacation were all blurry.  Now it seems that everyone in the Westfield community has a smart phone with a built-in camera.  All you have to do is point and shoot.  The image instantly appears to let you know whether you got the shot or not.  While camera phones typically include photo editing software, you can now Photoshop at the Westfield Library for even better looking photos to share.If you don't want to spend the money on expensive photo editing programs, you don't have to now that you can use Photoshop at the Westfield Library (550 E Broad St).  Photoshop Basic Elements 13 is currently available on ten of the library's public computers loca...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Now that Old Man Winter has settled into hibernation here in our Westfield community, it is time to head outside again.  And you won't need your snow boots to enjoy it either.  Saturday, May 2nd may be the perfect time to go eating and shopping for a cause in Westfield.What: First Congregational Church Tag SaleWhen: Saturday, May 2, 2015 9am to 3pmWhere: First Congregational Church of Westfield (125 Elmer St)Contact: First Congregational Church (908) 451-7492The church is hosting their annual tag sale to raise funds for their youth mission trip this summer to Chicago.  In previous years, the youth group has volunteered their time in New Orleans, West Virginia, Ohio, Vermont, Texas and Pittsburgh.  At the sale, you will find great deals on household items, bicycles, toys, tools, furnitur...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Spring has finally sprung in the Westfield community.  Back in the 18th century, this was the real beginning of the year on the farm.  When Spring came, it meant it was time to turn the fields for planting.  Any repairs that were needed to the fences, the barn or anyplace else on the farm were tended to right away.  It also meant that the sheep would get a much needed shearing.  You can experience a taste of the past at the 2015 Westfield Sheep to Shawl Festival.What: 2015 Westfield Sheep to Shawl FestivalWhere: Miller-Cory House Museum (614 Mountain Ave)When: Sunday, April 26th 1pm to 4pmAdmission: $3 for adults, $2 for kids ages 3-12 and FREE for children under 3Contact: Miller-Cory House Museum (908) 232-1776 or via emailThe Miller-Cory House Museum will be hosting their 2015 Westfie...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
The magic of Preparation, Pricing and Promotion.Every house has strengths and weaknesses, and these have to be emphasized and downplayed, to get the best possible result for the seller.Recently I listed a house that had gone unsold for 500+ days with another broker.  The other broker, who is a respected friend, said “hopefully you will get it to a price that will sell it.”  The broker and the seller had come to believe it was the flood insurance and exotic architecture hanging up the sale.Instead of a price reduction, I worked with seller and stager for a charm augmentation.  I hooked him up with contractors to take out yicky carpet and polish the wood floors, update the room colors from the 50’s to current fashion, restore the scarred and chipped trim, replace 1930’s ceiling lights wit...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Spring is a time for renewal and a fresh start.  Many people in the Westfield community will be cleaning out their homes, seeding their lawns and getting ready for some much needed warmer weather.  Help celebrate Earth Week 2015 in Westfield by cleaning up Mindowaskin Park on April 25th.What: Mindowaskin Park CleanupWhere: The Bandstand, Mindowaskin ParkWhen: Saturday, April 25, 2015 9am to 2pmContact: Friends of Mindowaskin Park (908) 233-0028 or via emailOfficially, April 22nd is Earth Day.  But you can help celebrate Earth Week 2015 in Westfield on the 25th at Mindowaskin Park.  The Friends of Mindowaskin Park are partnering up with the Westfield Town Council and the Green Team to keep the park beautiful.  After a long, snowy winter, things are beginning to thaw out.  That means that...
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By Scott Gleason, CRS, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Like, oh my gawd!  Gag me with a spoon!  The Westfield Area Y brings big hair back on Saturday, April 18th for their 80's-themed fundraiser.  Dust off that striped leotard, pull on your favorite fluorescent leggings, grab a bottle of Aqua Net and sign up for an evening of 80's exercising fun.What: Super 80's Spin and StrengthWhere: Main Westfield Area Y (220 Clark St, Westfield, NJ)When: Saturday, April 18, 2015 5:30pm to 8:30pmCost: $30 per personContact: Lynne Applebaum, Westfield Area Y (908) 233-2700 ext 239 or via emailThe Westfield Area Y brings big hair back to our Westfield NJ community for one night only.  Sign up for a one hour session of spinning and strength training (30 minutes each).  There will be three different sessions to choose from: 5:30pm to 6:30pm, 6:30pm to 7:30pm...
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