Westfield, NJ Real Estate News

By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
When selling your Westfield home, you might want to think about your favorite luxury hotel. High-end fixtures. Gorgeous views. Plush bedding. All of this screams opulence and keeps you coming back for more. Why not use luxury hotel design inspirations when staging your Westfield home? Instead of selling four walls and a ceiling, show buyers the lifestyle they'll enjoy once your home becomes theirs.Luxury Hotel Design Inspirations for Your Westfield Home StagingEntryway First impressions last. There's a reason luxury hotels focus so much attention on their lobbies. For your Westfield home, take hotel design inspirations from luxury lobbies into your entryway. Fresh flowers in decorative vases invite potential buyers inside. If possible, add a pretty bench with luxe throw pillows. Update ...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Westfield summers are hot in more ways than one. We've been under a heat advisory several times over the past week alone. High temperatures make house hunting uncomfortable for many people. Furthermore, people tend to go on vacation or head to the beach in their free time more often at this time of year. But you want your home sold now. Heed these tips for selling your Westfield home in the summertime and you'll be setting a SOLD sign in your yard in no time.Tips for Selling Your Westfield Home in the SummerChange Up Open House Times Usually, open houses take place over the weekend. After all, that's when people tend to have the most available free time. However, during the summer, many Westfield residents head out of town. Instead of a Saturday or Sunday afternoon open house, change it...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Homeowners tend to attach far too much sentimental value to their homes. They can't separate feelings from a home's monetary value. Thus, it proves difficult to decide whether your property could stand up to the scrutiny of potential buyers. That's when you need to seek advice from outside sources. But where do you go to get honest advice when selling your Westfield home?Whose Opinions Matter Most When Selling Your Westfield Home?Real Estate Agents When it comes to selling your Westfield home, a real estate agent provides perhaps the most informed opinion of what improvements you should make before putting your home on the market. They're in the trenches every day. They personally see what buyers are looking for on a daily basis. What's on trend? What parts of a home do buyers value mos...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
First, New Jersey Monthly put Westfield on its most recent "Best Places to Live in New Jersey" list. Then, Niche.com ranked it #10 on its list of "Best Places to Live in New Jersey" list earlier this year. Now, Westfield NJ graces the cover of AARP magazine's "Where We Live". It appears that others are discovering what residents of our fair city have known for years. Westfield offers a wonderful place to put down your roots.Photo by @Donald SianoWhy AARP Featured Westfield on Its Cover "Where We Live" spotlights unique ways cities across the country have enhanced their communities. AARP chose a picture of last year's parklet in Downtown Westfield for its cover. They found it to be a beautiful example of an innovative use of community space. AARP also noted that Westfield provides a luxu...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
You put your Westfield home on the market weeks ago. Buyers stopped by in the beginning. But the steady stream of visitors has dwindled down to a slow trickle. This shouldn't happen. You've got a great house that buyers should love. So, why hasn't it sold yet?Westfield Home Sale "Don'ts"Pricing Based on Feelings, Not Facts One of the biggest culprits for a stagnant listing is the price. Even a Westfield home with the finest amenities won't sell if the price is too high. Table your feelings for now. This is business. It's not personal. Ask your Westfield REALTOR® to run comps on the recently sold homes in your area (within the last 30 days). Find ones similar in age, style, and amenities to your own home. This gives you an idea of what buyers are currently paying. Then, price your home a...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
New construction is a hot commodity in the luxury Westfield marketplace. To keep up with newly built homes, many homeowners opt to renovate their older home before they sell. Tearing down walls to create a more open floor plan and updating the kitchen for today's modern lifestyle may be a great idea. But don't get rid of everything. Today's Westfield home renovation tip is important for owners of older homes. Some of the features original to your house should never be thrown out, covered up or replaced unless they are absolutely beyond repair.Westfield Home Renovation Tip: "Must Keep" Original FeaturesHardwood Floors Buyers love to see these two words when looking at a Westfield home: original hardwoods. Modern construction rarely incorporates traditional hardwood flooring anymore. When...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
The Westfield Area Market Report showed a lot of activity in the luxury market last month. A significant amount of active listings entered the market in just the last 30 days alone. Garden State MLS (GSMLS) stated that inventory levels rose 55% from last year. In spite of the influx of active listings, prices continue to go up. Learn all about what's been happening in the Westfield real estate market below.Westfield Area Market ReportActive Westfield Luxury Homes for Sale The GSMLS reported a total of 50 active luxury Westfield homes for sale in May 2018. This included a lovely split-level home located at 834 Fairacres. Contact me for a personal tour. Nineteen of these properties are new construction. Twenty-three homes just went up for sale in the last 30 days. Nine of them hit the mar...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
This Monday, we honor all the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country. Memorial Day goes back to Civil War times, when it was known as Decoration Day. However, it didn't become an official holiday until 1971. Come show your respect for our service members at the 2018 Westfield Memorial Day parade and service this year.What: 2018 Westfield Memorial Day Parade & Service Where: Veterans Memorial Monument (service), E Broad St to Fairview Cemetery (parade) When: Monday, May 28th, 9 am Contact: Stan Cuba (908) 233-27672018 Westfield Memorial Day Parade & Service The day's events start out at the Veteran's Memorial Monument promptly at 9 am. Here, Chaplain Bob D'Arecca opens the ceremony with a prayer and benediction. Local singer Kerry Stubbs sings "God ...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
As you are probably aware, buyers love new luxury construction. If you own an older home, you'll be competing with newer homes for buyers' attention. To attract these buyers, you may need to make a few updates. But that doesn't always mean digging deep into your pockets or spending weeks to renovate. Here are a few quick Westfield home improvement projects that will make your older home look new again.Quick and Easy Westfield Home Improvement ProjectsBathtubsOne area that can date your bathrooms is the caulking in your tub. Yellowed, cracked, and peeling caulking makes tubs look dingy. Luckily, this is one of the Westfield home improvement projects that take little time or money to fix. Visit your local home improvement store for tips on how to update the look of your bathroom in about ...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Spring is here in beautiful Westfield. Sunny skies overhead (a high of 92F yesterday). Flowers in full bloom. Mother's Day is right around the corner (it's on May 13th this year). I'd say it's perfect weather for the Westfield Girls' Day and Night Out 2018.What: Westfield Girls' Day and Night Out 2018 Where: Various Businesses in Downtown Westfield When: Thursday, May 10th, 11 am to 9 pm Contact: Downtown Westfield Corp. (908) 789-9444 or via emailWestfield Girls' Day and Night Out 2018 Next Thursday, May 10th, women of all ages are invited to participate in the Westfield Girls' Day and Night Out 2018 event. Dozens of Downtown Westfield boutiques offer event specials. Some businesses even provide free cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks, and appetizers. Watch live demonstrations of various ...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Designers of the newly constructed colonial at 817 Willow Grove in Westfield, NJ partnered an elegant style with smart technology. Dual Nest thermostats regulate the temperatures on multiple levels. Over time, Nest systems adapt to your family's day-to-day lifestyle patterns. It adjusts the temperature accordingly, making it an incredibly efficient heating and cooling system. The motion-activated alarm system includes three keypads. Never go to the movie theater again. With a five-speaker surround sound system set up in the Great Room, you'll enjoy high-quality sound without the annoyance of noisy strangers. Set the right mood for any dinner party courtesy of the surround sound system included in the dining room as well.817 Willow Grove Quick FactsBedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 6.5 Garage: 2 Ye...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Spring is a great time to buy a Westfield home. Over two dozen luxury homes are currently active. Several of them entered the Westfield marketplace within the last 30 days. If you're interested in purchasing a new property, now's the time. Find out what's going on in our neighborhood by reading the Westfield Area Market Report for March 2018 below.Westfield Area Market Report - March 2018Active Westfield Luxury Homes for Sale According to the Garden State MLS, a total of 25 luxury Westfield homes are currently on the market. Twelve of these are newly constructed homes, with 11 properties coming up for sale in the last 30 days. These include a custom North Side colonial, a new Tower Homes colonial, and a center hall colonial to name a few. Most recently, I had three sellers list their pr...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
The deadline to file your income taxes in 2018 is April 17th. Did you sell a home in 2017? You might be able to take advantage of certain Westfield home sale tax deductions when filing this year. If you haven't filed yet, it's not too late to discuss these with your tax attorney or accountant.Westfield Home Sale Tax DeductionsMortgage Interest and Property Taxes Two of the Westfield home sale tax deductions you can take advantage of right now are mortgage interest and property taxes. Anything you paid for either one of these in 2017 can be deducted on your taxes. The new tax code caps mortgage interest at anything paid up for up to $750,000 in mortgage debt and $10,000 in property taxes. However, the old limits (interest paid on up to $1,000,000 in mortgage debt and unlimited for proper...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
For a successful home sale, you need to market it correctly. This includes staging your home to appeal to as many buyers as possible. One area that needs your attention the most when staging is the exterior of your home. Poor curb appeal might turn potential buyers away. If you increase your Westfield curb appeal, then you'll increase your appeal to Westfield buyers. How to Increase Your Westfield Curb AppealPaint Unless your home's exterior is completely rundown, you won't have to spend the time or money involved with painting the entire house. Instead, concentrate on the trim, shutters, front porch railing, and mailbox. A fresh coat in a color that coordinates with the main house color makes a world of difference in the appearance of your property. And this chore can be done in one we...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
As the deadline to file taxes looms near, Westfield homeowners look for ways to alleviate some of their tax burdens. Westfield home values have steadily risen over the last few years. Many Westfield homeowners took out a home equity loan for various projects and expenses. Did you? If so, you might be able to write off the interest paid on that loan. However, you'll need to know the difference between home equity debt and acquisition debt first. The IRS treats these loans very differently. Home Equity Debt vs Acquisition DebtHome Equity Debt When home values go up, Westfield homeowners utilize their newfound equity for a wide variety of reasons. One of your kids started college. Another one's getting married. You want to take a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. You're interested in starting a...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
The national ranking company Niche recently released their "Best" lists for each state across the country. Westfield made their Top 10 List of "Best Places to Live in New Jersey". Our great schools, extremely low crime rate, entertainment options, and family-friendly atmosphere helped us rank in the upper echelon. Why Westfield Made the Top 10 List of Best Places to Live in New JerseyNiche gathers data from trusted sites like the Department of Education, FBI, and the US Census Bureau. They also send out millions of questionnaires to local residents around the US. Then, they analyze the answers to these questions as well as the data gathered from official sources. This helps them determine each city's rankings. Westfield ranked #10 on Niche's "Best Places to Live in New Jersey" list base...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
There are many pre-listing tasks every seller should undertake before putting their home on the market. Decluttering, packing up, and staging, are just a few of the chores on the list. If you want to make your Westfield home sale a success, follow these simple steps. How to Make Your Westfield Home Sale a SuccessPrice Your Home According to the Current Market First, let's talk money. Pricing tops the list of importance for most buyers. Price it too low, you risk losing money. However, price it too high and you risk losing buyers' interest. It's imperative that you price it according to how the market currently values it. How do you know what that magic number is? That's where your Westfield REALTOR's@ knowledge and expertise comes in to play. Not only can they run a Comparative Market A...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
After some deliberation, you've decided to sell your Westfield home. When marketing to today's buyers, you need to make sure they can picture your home as their home. To do so, you're going to need to stage it properly. That's where a professional staging company comes in handy. They know how to arrange each room of your house to maximize the positives and minimize the negatives. But, not all home stagers are created equal. To find the right one, ask your Westfield home stager these five questions. What to Ask Your Westfield Home StagerHow Long Do Your Westfield Area Homes Typically Stay on the Market? Ideally, you want a Westfield home stager whose homes typically sell in 30 days or less. If your home is still on the market after 30 days, you may need to reduce your price to drive up i...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
Selling your Westfield home involves several crucial steps. First, you need to find the right Westfield REALTOR@. Then, you need to determine an appropriate list price. After you hold open houses and/or private viewings, you'll accept an offer from a buyer and open escrow. At some point, an appraisal will be performed. This determines your home's fair market value and can make or break a home's sale. Here's what you need to know about the Westfield home appraisal process.The Westfield Home Appraisal ProcessAppraisal vs Inspection First things first, a Westfield home appraisal is not the same thing as a home inspection. An inspector physically assesses your home and its systems to make sure everything is in good working order. They look for possible maintenance issues and point out poten...
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By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
The Westfield luxury real estate market started the year off with a flurry of activity. Whisperings of interest rate hikes could influence more buyers to look for homes earlier in the year. So, putting your Westfield home on the market now could be more profitable than waiting. But today's buyers differ from those of yesterday. Marketing your Westfield home in 2018 means catering to specific types of buyers and their tastes.Marketing Your Westfield Home in 2018Showcase Your Home's "Smart" Features Most of today's buyers search out "smart homes". When marketing your Westfield home in 2018, you should showcase any "smart" features you have. Do you utilize an Amazon Echo ("Alexa") or Google Home system ("Hey, Google.")? Good. If not, you might want to invest in one. Buyers want to know tha...
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