Westfield, NJ Real Estate News

By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Last weekend, Governor Murphy declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey. In his Executive Order, he urged all residents to practice good hygiene practices (wash hands often and for 20 seconds at a time). He also asked that we practice social distancing to limit the potential for exposure to the deadly COVID-19. That means no gatherings of more than 10 people. Stay at home whenever possible. Leave the playdates for later. And stay at least six feet away from others when outside. To help kids (and parents) combat "cabin fever", some neighborhoods have started putting up Westfield rainbows in their windows. Get your kids involved for free.Westfield Rainbows Among COVID-19Social distancing doesn't mean cloistering inside your Westfield home for the next several weeks. Yes, you must place...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
As more and more people get tested for COVID-19, we see confirmed cases in Westfield and the greater New Jersey area increase. Many businesses have either closed down for now or allowed their employees to work from home to limit exposure to the Coronavirus. Schools started up online teaching this week. Restaurants remain open for take-out or delivery only. We are urged to practice social distancing. But that does not mean you must stay trapped inside your Westfield home at all times. Breathe in some clean air and tackle those curb appeal projects you've been putting off. That will really help if you plan on placing your property on the market in the next few months.Easy Curb Appeal ProjectsYardworkPE time for the kiddos. Give them each a rake and garbage bag and tell them to start clean...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
We have about a month left before the 2020 tax filing deadline. Currently, that is Wednesday, April 15th. However, in a recent address to the nation, President Trump announced that he would be allowing an extension for some "individuals and businesses negatively impacted" by COVID-19. Specifics about who qualifies for an extension and how long that extension will be are still forthcoming. Meanwhile, anyone who sold their Westfield home last year may be entitled to certain tax deductions and exemptions.Westfield Home Seller Tax DeductionsSelling CostsAny costs associated with the actual sale of your home (legal fees, escrow fees, commissions, etc.) can be deducted from your taxes. These should all be included in your closing statement. However, you need to have used that Westfield home a...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
We consider Westfield to be an affluent community. But even here, approximately 2.66% live below the poverty line. While that's significantly lower than the national average, some of our neighbors still need our help. This month, donate your old linens to the Westfield Used Linen Drive.Westfield Used Linen DriveI know it's still winter, but do you plan on doing any spring cleaning soon? Start now and help those less fortunate in the community. Two local Westfield residents (Emily Root and Amy Flax) found out that Furniture Assist, a local non-profit that assists residents in need, often ran out of linens for the families they served. They just couldn't seem to keep enough in stock for the demand. So, they took it upon themselves to talk to several Westfield businesses about joining in a...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Whether buying or selling a Westfield home, you need someone on your side who knows the local market. Navigating a real estate transaction can feel daunting sometimes. With your busy schedule, who has the time? Where do you start? To find the right real estate agent, keep the following tips in mind.Finding the Right Real Estate AgentTake Your TimeFirst of all, take your time. This will probably be the biggest transaction you are a part of in your life. Therefore, you need to find someone who knows the business. Do you know anyone who bought or sold a house recently? Ask them who they used and if they were satisfied with the experience. Would they use them again? Word of mouth provides some of the best recommendations possible. Make sure to get the agent's name and contact info.Interview...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
According to the World Health Organization, cleft lips and palates occur in approximately one out of every 700 children born each year worldwide. The CDC reports 4440 babies born with one or both of these cranial abnormalities in the US each year. Many children retreat from the world to avoid the constant stares or bullying they receive from other kids. They become self-conscious and reserved. Why deprive them of sharing a beautiful smile with the world? Operation Smile can help. And so can you. Just come to the Skating for Smiles event in Westfield on Leap Day. Your donation helps bring a smile back to a deserving child and changes their lives for the better.What: Skating for SmilesWhere: Westfield Rink (650 4th Ave)When: Saturday, February 29th, 5:50 pm to 7:20 pmAdmission: $24 for sk...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
With highs hitting the 30-degree mark this week, the idea of summer seems elusive. However, in just over a month, we celebrate the 1st day of spring. Temperatures begin to heat up. Soon thereafter, summer arrives. But before you hit the water this year, take a Westfield boat safety class. Make sure everyone operating a water vessel knows the rules before hitting the waterways this summer.What: NJSP Boat Safety Certification ClassWhere: Westfield Knights of Columbus (2400 North Ave)When: Saturday, February 22nd, 8 am to 4:30 pmCost: $80 pre-register, $85 walk-inContact: Boat Safe USA (609) 613-2339 or via emailWestfield Boat Safety ClassNew Jersey law requires that anyone operating a powered water vessel (boat, Jet Ski, Waverunner, etc.) must obtain a New Jersey boat safety certificate. ...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
As you've no doubt heard by now, Westfield celebrates its 300th anniversary this year. Several businesses and organizations in town plan on hosting various events throughout 2020. I know that I enjoy a good food and wine pairing myself. If you wish to experience a bit of history with your food, consider attending the Westfield Tasting Event at 16 Prospect Wine Bar.What: Westfield Tasting EventWhere: 16 Prospect Wine Bar & BistroWhen: Sunday, February 23rd, 2 pm to 4 pmAdmission: $40 per person (ages 21+ only)Contact: Westfield Historical Society (908) 654-1794 or via emailWestfield Tasting EventOur very own Westfield Historical Society partnered up with the Miller-Cory House Museum to host a colonial-inspired food and wine tasting event on February 23rd. Join WHS's Meg Wastie for a virt...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
In exactly two weeks from today, we celebrate Valentine's Day. Have you made any plans on how to spend it with your sweetie? Have you even started looking around? If you need help determining how to show your special someone just how much they mean to you, consider a few of these Downtown Westfield Valentine's Day ideas.Downtown Westfield Valentine's Day IdeasPampering Your LoveWomen's clothing shop J.McLaughlin offers a special beauty event at their downtown Westfield store called Bubbles, Bites, and Chantecaille Beauty Services. At 10 am on Valentine's Day, ladies enjoy hors d'oeuvres served with glasses of champagne while getting their makeup done. That's one fabulous way to start the day. Or, if you'd prefer, choose an appointment on the 13th for a head start on that special day. Ma...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
I love that our Westfield community believes in helping those less fortunate. (Who donated items for the MLK Service Day Toiletry Kits earlier this week?) As some of us age, mobility becomes a factor. Doing regular chores like grocery shopping, cleaning, and cooking can be a little more difficult. Sometimes, money becomes a problem as well. Mobile Meals of Westfield partnered up with Acme's Give Where It Counts this month. Buy a bag. Help a Human.Mobile Meals of WestfieldFor the last 50 years, Mobile Meals of Westfield has been providing meals to approximately 65 people five days a week in the Westfield area. They serve people in Cranford, Fanwood, Clark, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, and Harwood. And they do this without any public funding whatsoever. They depend on private donations an...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Mother Nature appears to be throwing quite the winter party this weekend in Westfield. The National Weather Service has already put out a winter weather advisory for Union County. They say to look out for slick roads this weekend. If you start to feel a little down from the cold winter weather, might I suggest a nice cup of tea to warm you up? How about a traditional afternoon English tea put together by our local historical society? They host their Westfield British Tea event next month and would love for you to join them.What: Westfield British TeaWhere: Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center (314 Mountain Ave)When: Wednesday, February 5th, 12 pmCost: $35 for members/$40 for non-membersContact: Westfield Historical Society (908) 654-1794 or via emailWestfield British TeaDo you love ...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
My Westfield neighbors make me so proud to live here. We believe in giving back to the community. Even in a country as great as ours, over half a million men, women, and children are homeless on any given day of the year. Almost 9,000 of them live in New Jersey alone. With temperatures hitting the near-freezing mark overnight right now, that makes life even more difficult for these individuals. Presbyterian Church Westfield asks for donations to help them put together toiletry kits for the homeless on the upcoming Westfield MLK Day of Service.Westfield MLK Day of ServiceDr. Martin Luther King believed in serving the community. He challenged us all to think about what we could do for others. After all, helping other people in your community also helps you. So, by doing something for thos...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
For years, people enjoyed making fun of New Jersey as "less than" its neighbors. Let's face it. Shows like MTV's "The Jersey Shore" did us no favors. (Gym, tan, laundry anyone?) Last month, the New York Post published an article about the level of education residents of each state plus DC achieved. They named the Garden State as the smartest state in the country.Smartest State in the USA: New JerseyThe New York Post's article cited a study that SmartHome.org put together. Smart Home used Census data to compile information about the education levels of the residents of each state. They also took into consideration the SAT and ACT scores and high school graduation rates gleaned from the Department of Education stats. New Jersey ranked at the top of the list with a total score of 337.8. Ou...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Even though Christmas is still five days away, it wouldn't hurt you to plan how to perform your clean-up afterward. Most HOAs frown on Christmas decorations left up past a certain time frame after the holidays. Some families make defrocking the tree a time-honored post-Christmas tradition. Any way you slice it, your decorations need to come down at some point. What do you do with tree afterward? Schedule a Westfield Christmas tree pick-up.Westfield Christmas Tree Pick-UpThe Westfield High School Band and Choir offers its services to help you dispose of your Christmas tree after the holidays. For just $20 per tree, students come to your house, pick up your tree, and transport it to our local conservation center for recycling. You have until December 27th to register for their services.Mo...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
We're coming down to the wire. With just 11 more shopping days until Christmas, you need to tackle your gift list now. If downtown Westfield features prominently in your Christmas shopping this weekend, enjoy a bit of holiday fun in the process with some Westfield Extravaganzalorious 2019 festivities.What: Westfield Extravaganzalorious 2019Where: South Ave Train Station in Downtown WestfieldWhen: Saturday, December 14th, from 4 pm to 5:45 pmContact: Downtown Westfield Corp (908) 789-9444 or via emailWestfield Extravaganzalorious 2019Before you walk out your door to go shopping, put on your ugliest Christmas sweater. Then, head over to the South Ave Train Station. Starting at 4 pm, Chippey the Elf and local writer Kenneth Waddell meet with the public to share Chippey's humble beginnings....
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
We now have less than three weeks until Christmas Day. With a late Thanksgiving, the time to shop before Christmas feels much shorter than normal. Forget online shopping. Avoid long lines at the big box stores. Instead, support our local businesses by shopping at any of our downtown Westfield stores. To encourage the idea of keeping things local, the Downtown Westfield Corporation created a Westfield Elfie Selfie Contest. Take a pic. Win a prize.What: Westfield Elfie Selfie Contest 2019Where: Various Downtown Westfield BusinessesWhen: Now through December 29thContact: Downtown Westfield Corporation (908) 789-9444 or via emailWestfield Elfie Selfie Contest 2019When you go shopping in downtown Westfield this month, you might find that mischevious Elf on a Shelf lurking inside some of the ...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
I'm very proud to say that I've been a member of the Westfield Area Y Men's Club for many years now. Since its inception in 1947, this non-profit philanthropic group has raised millions of dollars for local charities and organizations. Our annual Christmas tree sales fund the majority of our efforts. So, once you finish up fighting off the Black Friday crowds, get some rest. Then, come to the Westfield Area Y Men's Club Christmas tree lot on Saturday to purchase your family's Christmas tree this year.What: Westfield Area Y Men's Club Christmas Tree LotWhere: Elm St Athletic Club (across from Stop & Shop)When: Nov 30th to Dec 23rd (or until supplies run out), 9 am to 6 pm weekends, 5 pm to 9 pm weekdaysContact: Scott Gleason (me) via emailWestfield Area Y Men's Club Christmas Tree Lot 20...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Thanksgiving's less than a week away. After you fill up on turkey and all the trimmings, how do you plan on spending the rest of your time? Fill your weekend with holiday cheer by shopping, decorating a gingerbread house, taking a photo with Santa and the Mrs., and watching the official Westfield tree lighting ceremony. That should get you in the Christmas spirit.Westfield Tree Lighting & More Holiday FunGingerbread House Decorating ContestFirst off, let's talk gingerbread. It seems that everybody loved last year's inaugural contest. So, organizers brought it back for this year. Savory Spice hosts 2019's Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. If you saw last year's entries, then you know that this contest accepts more than just gingerbread houses. Last year's winners included recreations...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Anyone who's lived through a Westfield winter knows just how cold it gets here. We experience sub-freezing temperatures quite regularly. That means bundling up in your warmest winter clothing simply to go about your regular daily life. However, financial hardships cause some people to forgo winter clothing in order to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away, share your blessings by joining the Westfield Coat Drive 2019. Spread your holiday cheer to those less fortunate.What: Westfield Coat Drive 2019Drop-Off Location: Westfield Police Station (425 E Broad St)When: Now through 7 pm on December 8thWestfield Coat Drive 2019A couple of weeks ago, I discussed the food drives going on in Westfield throughout November. (The firefighter f...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
I understand that we just celebrated Halloween last week. And Thanksgiving's still three weeks away. But, the end-of-the-year holidays always feel like a rush. Before you know it, we'll be opening presents underneath the Christmas tree. If you still have people on your holiday shopping list that you need to get presents for, stop by the Westfield Sip and Shop 2019 at Holy Trinity School next Friday.What: Westfield Sip and Shop 2019Where: Holy Trinity School (336 1st St)When: Friday, November 15th, 5 pm to 10 pmAdmission: FREEContact: Holy Trinity School (908) 233-0484Westfield Sip and Shop 2019Last year's Sip and Shop event was such a success that the folks at Holy Trinity School decided to host another one this year. Dozens of local vendors set up booths at the school filled with holid...
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