Greater Princeton homes for saleBeing a homeowner is exciting and fulfilling, but you may have all sorts of questions about maintaining your home and real estate in general. Browse my posts for tips and information that will help you answer many of your questions.

Why are the sellers moving?

I hear that often. A lot, actually. OK, every blessed time I show a home. “Are these the original owners, and why are they moving?”

I sigh. Mainly because the answer has no bearing whatsoever on whether or not the home is a good fit for my clients. No, the walls... Read more »

Are additional pet security deposits legal?

I see it all too often: a landlord is willing to allow a pet in a rental property, but asks for a pet security deposit in the listing. The logic seems to be, “Well, I’m down with your cat, but you’ll have to put up an additional deposit to cover... Read more »

Making a lowball all-cash offer on a home? Forget it.

All-cash offers to purchase a home are great, except when they’re not. Sure, they sound wonderful—No underwriters! No appraisal! Fast closing! But then the second shoe drops: it’s a lowball offer.

Whether I’m representing a seller or a buyer, I absolutely loathe dealing with such offers. And they are always presented... Read more »

What is a French drain? What’s a sump pump?

First-time home buyers, and even folks who’ve only lived in apartments or condos, frequently see something while touring a home that is unfamiliar. Often they’re curious and ask; sometimes they are shy to admit that there are things they don’t know about. This series of posts will address... Read more »

What's the difference between a colonial, split, bi-level, ranch and cape?

First-time home buyers and those new to the South Brunswick area frequently hear houses described as colonials or splits or whatever. If you are confused about those terms and are too shy to ask, here’s a quick primer on what each type is and the pros and... Read more »

What exactly is a short sale?

No doubt many buyers have heard the term “short sale” in the last few years. Most of them know that it has something to do with the owners not being able to pay their mortgage, the bank getting involved, the price of the home being low and not... Read more »

Will the landlord clean before we move in?

Here’s a question virtually every prospective tenant asks me when I show a rental property: “Will the landlord clean the home before we move in?” That’s a fair question that deserves a fair and honest answer to avoid misunderstanding and bad feelings going forward.

The vast majority of rentals... Read more »

When is a bedroom not a bedroom?

One would think that calling a room a bedroom is a formality, and a family can sleep anywhere it can fit a bed, futon or sleeping bag. True, you can sleep in the living room for all anyone cares, but counting actual bedrooms in a home is serious... Read more »

Should I rent or should I buy?

This is a question that many home seekers are asking themselves. They may be getting advice from others around them—family, friends and coworkers, but it has to be a decision that is right for them. While there is no perfect answer that fits every situation and personality, some... Read more »

Finishing your basement without permits? Huge mistake!

The single biggest sigh-inducing issue I have when listing a home for sale is finding out that a major renovation—usually a finished basement—was done without township permits. Is it a deal killer and show stopper? No, but it generally means more effort and money to be spent by... Read more »

What’s the difference between a condo and a townhouse?

For many buyers, this seems hardly a question to ask—everybody knows what a condo is. And a townhouse. Or is it a townhome? Or town house? OK… maybe an explanation is in order.

When a couple asks me if a particular home is a condo or a townhouse, I... Read more »

Stage Your Home like a Broadway Producer

You want to sell your house. Or maybe you just have judgmental company coming over whom you’d like to impress—perhaps a snooty acquaintance from your deep past or a mother-in-law. In either case, you wish to magically transform your home into a showplace befitting the cover of a... Read more »

Seven Steps to a Better Paint Job

Ever see a six-pack house? I have. As a real estate agent I’ve had the pleasure of visiting and showing hundreds of homes, and one in particular made my day, although not necessarily in a good way.

The owners had put the house on the market and decided that... Read more »

It Takes a (Peddler's) Village

Less than an hour’s drive west of Princeton, not far from the Delaware River on the Pennsylvania side, sits a most quaint and welcoming destination spot for young and old alike—Peddler’s Village, a theme park cleverly disguised as a shopping outlet. The truth is... Read more »

Do not ask your father for advice. Please.

Fathers are men, and men have an extra advice chromosome that women lack. Oh, I know, mothers are the ones always offering advice and opinions: Wear a sweater, it’s cold outside. The blue top matches the lovely shoes you just bought. Chicken soup will help with your cold.... Read more »

Balloons are like puppies.

In the course of my real estate business, I have developed an intimate knowledge of helium balloons. They’re an integral part of our marketing after all, those things we tie to Open House signs on Sundays to distract drivers and small children. I know more about balloons than... Read more »

Haunted Traffic Light on Route 1

OK, so maybe “haunted” is not quite the proper term. But in the spirit of Halloween, I can’t resist venting about the traffic light at the intersection of Route 1 and Ridge Road. Oh, it works just fine, all right. But altogether too fine in my experience.

I’ve been... Read more »

Reason Prevails in Kingston

Driving to work southbound down Mapleton Road in Kingston a few mornings ago, I came upon a construction squeeze in the road. Nothing serious, I foresaw only a brief delay on the lightly traveled road. But once I spied the reason for the work zone itself, my heart... Read more »

Get Him to the (Real Estate) Blog

“You have to blog,” They said. “Everyone who’s anyone does it.” Besides, I’m a real estate agent—having a real estate blog is simply presumed, like having a snappy professional website and pretty business cards. Never mind that most agents’ cards feature barely passing likenesses that are only misty... Read more »