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How Do I Choose a Realtor Near Me?

At Oct 13, 2017

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There are a handful of situations in life that can compare to buying a home, at least when it comes to the combined joy, stress, effort, and rewards. Senior year final exams, your wedding, and the birth of a child are a few that immediately come to mind. Considering how important your home is to your quality of life, equip yourself with the knowledge and the tools that will lead to a commitment without any regrets. The list of tools and knowledge begins and ends with choosing the right Realtor.

 

So, before you go and search for a “Realtor Near Me,” read Coccia Real Estate’s Tips on how to choose a realtor near you.

 

Get Referrals for an Agent or References from the Agent Near You

Buying and selling a home is a big decision! Don’t make it without the right background information. More than ever, people trust word of mouth for informing their decisions. If you’re getting a good feeling about an agent, ask for some references to confirm the choice. If your agent won’t give references, that’s a red flag straightaway.

 

Think Locally

Working with someone local aligns well with an experienced broker. Just like a tour guide who’s from the area, a real estate agent that’s part of the community is going to paint a better picture of what living in a new area is like. But unlike an experienced broker who is from outside the area, someone local can key you in on whether a location has any unappealing quirks or if there’s something fun that happens on a regular basis. So, for any agent you’re working with, find out how long they’ve worked in the area!

 

Experience Makes a Difference

While working with someone who is still learning can be a fun and rewarding experience, more often than not you’ll be better off working with someone who has several years of experience under their belt. Realtors such as those at Coccia Real Estate are well-versed with every procedure in Morris County, every idiosyncrasy that faces New Jersey homes, and every nuance that goes with the real estate market. By working with someone with experience, you can potentially save yourselves time and money, plus end up with a home better than you expected.

 

Use the Right Realtor and Know Your Options

Did you know that not all real estate agents and realtors are the same? Realtors, for instance, are members of the National Association of Realtors and adhere to an ethics code that often transcends state law. But that’s not the only difference you’ll find when buying or selling a home.Realtors are normally working for the seller first on a legal level. Since they are making a commission from the purchase, they are incentivized to sell a house quickly and for the highest price. This doesn’t mean that realtors are a bad choice, but it is the reality.

 

Buyer’s Brokers Near Me

If you are looking for someone who specifically works for buyers, consider a buyer’s broker. Since they have little to nothing to do with the seller, the only interests they have in a situation are the buyer’s. These agents are bound to keep anything you say confidential and less likely to gloss over any issues found with the home. Sounds great, right? Buyer’s brokers are growing in popularity, but one caveat exists – as the buyer, you need to pay a commission or hourly fee to the broker. Can they get you a better deal? That’s the hope! But the crux of the situation will be whether the deal they get you ends up being less when you add on the broker fee.

 

Dual Agents and Split Brokers

Then there are dual agents and split brokers who may work as both a traditional and buyer agent. Since they are working out of a traditional office, dual agents can have access to both the buyer and the seller. This works out well for putting buyers and sellers together on the right deal, however dual agents will not be able to negotiate for the buyer and cannot recommend a purchase price. Split agents, on the other hand, will need to pick one side or another once hired – they cannot work for both the buyer and the seller and are therefore bound to the same levels of confidence.

 

E-Brokers

Lastly, a rising option for modern industrious individuals are e-brokers, such E-Broker Pro and Coccia owner Chris Coccia. E-broker services are more affordable for both buyers and sellers. The flipside of this is that you’ll be expected to do more work, such as check MLS listings, provide more marketing materials or find the houses you want to look at.

 

First Time Buyers, House Flippers, and Estate Sales, Oh My!

With the variety of realtors and agents available to you, there’s one more thing that you’ll need to find out, and that’s the types of buyers and sellers an agent commonly works with. Just like doctors, musicians, artists, and lawyers, real estate agents often have a specialty that they focus on. Find out what that is, and choose someone who aligns with your needs.

 

Find out How the Realtor Communicates

Agents, just like people, have different methods for communicating in today’s world. What are yours? Do you like to text, or perhaps an e-mail? Or are you a meeting-in-person type? While this doesn’t affect how your listing will perform or the houses you’ll check out, aligning yourself with someone who communicates how you want will make a surprising difference in the pleasantness of your real estate journey.

 

Don’t Interview Only One Realtor

Even if you love the first agent that you meet with, don’t be afraid to meet with another. The more discussions that you have from different voices, the better informed you’ll be. You’ll also avoid any struggles of wondering if the grass is greener when dealing with the real estate rollercoaster.

 

Don’t Fall for Someone Promising the Moon

Assuming you’ve talked to multiple agents and done some research on the market, an informed individual should have a pretty good idea what they’re getting into when it comes to the price of a home.  If someone is saying you’ll get significantly more than you expect, they’re trying to buy your listing; don’t fall for the honey pot, and work with someone who has your interests at heart.

 

Work with Someone You’re Comfortable With

This may sound like common sense, but finding someone you can trust and communicate with is crucial. For starters, you’ll be better able to convey what it is you’re looking for as a buyer and what you need to do to maximize your sale as a seller. Trust in real estate is a key to making any transaction a happy one. Find out how many clients they have and whether they’ll have time for you.

 

Find the Right Realtor Near You at Coccia Real Estate in NJ

Coccia Real Estate in East Hanover, NJ has always had a core mission to make sure that both buyer and seller are happy. That’s why our real estate agents are always informed, always ethical, and always honest.

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EXCLUSIVE LISTING: 70 Roosevelt Ave, East Hanover NJ

At Sep 12, 2017

Price: $689,900

70 Roosevelt Ave
East Hanover, NJ 07936
County: Morris
Bedrooms: 4
Full Bathrooms: 2
Partial-Bathrooms: 2
Type: Single Family
Elementary School: Frank Smith
High School: Hanover Park

Lovely 4 bedroom colonial with tons of curb appeal on tree-lined cul-de-sac! Great floor plan and large room sizes throughout. Eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, plenty of cabinets and pantry, open to a great family room with wood burning fireplace. Updated powder room. Nice-sized formal dining room. Huge master bedroom with full bath, relaxing sauna and walk-in closet. Updated full bath upstairs with tub and shower. Finished basement with wet bar and half bath. Private backyard with large deck, patio and amazing fountain to enjoy! Two car garage, professionally landscaped, new roof and driveway! Great neighborhood!

Property Type: Single Family
Listing Status: Exclusive
Style: Colonial
Year Built: 1986
Exterior: Vinyl Siding
Roofing: Asphalt Shingle
Garage Description: Attached Garage
Garage Spaces: 2
Heat Type: Baseboard – Hotwater, Multi-zone
Heat Source: Natural Gas
Air Conditioning: Central Air
Water: Public Water
Sewer: Public
Acres: 0.23
Lot Description: Cul-De-Sac

Siding: Vinyl
Fireplace: 1 Wood Burning
Township: East Hanover
Exterior Features: Deck, Patio, Wood Fence
Days On Market: 0
Interior: Bar-Wet, Blinds, Carbon Monoxide Detector, Sauna, Smoke Detector

Family Room: 1
Bedrooms: 4
Total Full Baths: 2
Total 1/2 Baths: 2

Room Level
Master Bedroom: 20×13
Bedroom 2: 13×13
Bedroom 3: 14×9
Bedroom 4: 12×11
Dining Room: 13×13
Family Room: 19×13
Kitchen: 22×13
Living Room: 19×13

FINANCIAL

Listing Price: $689,900
Utilities: Gas-Natural, public sewer, public water
Ownership: Fee Simple
Annual Taxes: $8,523
Tax Year: 2016

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4 Ways to Improve Natural Lighting in Your Home

At Sep 11, 2017

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From the aesthetic to the mental benefits, natural light is a highly-desired element to have permeating your home. Natural lighting can improve moods, aid our sleep cycles, reduced eye strain, and promote better decision making. It can also make us more productive, as evidenced in a study discussed in Psychology Today. Unfortunately, many apartments and homes can still benefit from increased light from outside. If this sounds familiar, keep reading to learn Coccia Real Estate’s tips to increase the natural light in a room or throughout your home.

Turn Your Home’s Color Palette from Dark to Light Colors

Beyond creating larger windows in your home, one of the biggest changes that can be made to a room is its color scheme. Light is absorbed by darker colors, and reflected by lighter colors. So, the darker your room, the less light travelling through the space. Of course, this isn’t the best of news for those looking for a more gothic style of home, but we will highlight a few options below for those wanting a dark color theme.

Examine the Window Treatments

Window treatments and curtains add a sense of style and elegance to a room, often serving as one of the fine details that pull everything together. But they’re also the closest obstruction to windows. If you’re using heavy or dark curtains or treatments, light will be significantly harder to filter through than the use of sheer, light materials. Sheer curtains can still provide the same great style of your previous set, while window blinds or shutters are excellent options for providing flexibility.

Utilize Glass Throughout the Home

Any time you incorporate a door into a room, you’re cutting off another source of light. So, where possible, remove doors and incorporate glass. If there is a potential issue of privacy, instead incorporate another element of design into your home with glass that has etched designs. They’ll still allow light to travel from one room to the other, while also adding an aesthetic element. Glass tables and end tables will also aid in the amount of light a room is exposed to.

Reflect Natural Lighting Throughout the Room

Before the days of electricity, your lighting needs were either from flame, windows, or skylight. Since we’re looking for natural light that won’t potentially burn the house down or cost thousands of dollars to remodel the house, here’s the next best option: mirrors and reflective metals. Any object with high reflectivity is going to brighten up a room, no matter the color scheme. This includes clear acrylic furniture, brass fixtures, and gold or silver knobs and picture frames. Here are some tips specifically for taking advantage of reflective services:

  • No matter the style, a large wall mirror is a perfect touch near the entryway.
  • Choose thicker glass options for better appearance and durability.
  • In dark rooms, add a large mirror at the end of the hallway to create the illusion of a longer hallway.
  • Mirrors of the same size can be placed across the room from each other, increasing both light and depth.
  • Use wood-framed mirrors of appropriate style to match the color scheme of the rest of the room. In darker colored rooms, dark woods are particularly effective.

Get Help Staging Your Home for a Sale in NJ

At Coccia Real Estate Group, every day we help sell homes in East Hanover, Hanover Township, Florham Park, Parsippany, and throughout northern New Jersey. If you are in need of an agent who can help expertly stage and sell your home, contact us today at (973) 887-2500.

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Common Damage to Homes in NJ

At Aug 15, 2017

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What You Can Expect to Repair When Owning a Home in New Jersey

There is truly no place like home. As your place to feel safe, relaxed, and escape from the world, it is important to keep your space safe and updated! Any house is going to need repairs at one point or another. Taking care of these problems as soon as they arise will prevent them from getting worse. At Coccia Real Estate Group, we know exactly what you should be looking for to keep your property in pristine condition. Here some of the most common and hazardous issues found during home inspections.

Most Common Issues

·      Doing Nothing

When you leave repairs unattended too long you’ll wind up digging yourself into a high cost situation. One way or another the problems in your home need to be fixed, and if you don’t pay for basic upkeep, you’re going to face problems later when trying to sell your home or passing it to the next generation. This can really be a nightmare so try to stay on top of things!

·      Defective Wiring

Older homes may have electrical systems that are out of date and the materials made to keep them in check may not exist anymore. As a result, a new electrical system should be put in place as soon as possible to avoid short-circuiting in the system. Not doing so can lead to fires when doing simple and daily routines such as using the toaster. The last thing you want is to have children in the home when appliances could blow a fuse.

·      Faulty Ventilation and Insulation

If you have bad ventilation and insulation, especially in an unused part of the house (like the attic), then you are going to rack up a pricey utility bill. You don’t want that AC and heating seeping through cracks in your home when it is an easy fix.

·      Plumbing Leakage

This problem occurs when you have a problematic piping system where the water pressure is thrown off and starts leaking throughout the home. You should also check your walls and ceiling for any dampness or dripping because this can be a result of choked drainage (clogged drain from some piece of paraphernalia getting stuck in the pipes). Plumbing repairs might be a simple fix or you may have to replace the whole system.

Further Water Problems

Water is probably the leading problem in damaged homes. Water damage is costly and can lead to further health hazards such as mold. These are a couple parts of the house that water damage can significantly affect:

·      The Roof

It is easy to forget about the external workings of house since it is not something we look at every day, such as the inside of the home. But over the years water can damage can wear down the materials used to keep the inner sanctions liquid free. If roofing isn’t installed properly to begin with then it could lead to the early deconstruction of the roofing base. Good material like asphalt should last at least 15 to 40 years without a problem. If you are experiencing issues before then, the installation probably needs to be removed and replaced.

 

·      The Slope Of Your Yard

If the property your house sits on has improper draining, then it could lead to cracking in the foundation of the home and possible movement of the entire structure. A way you can tell if the house has settled – or has been subtly moved – is if you have trouble opening and closing windows or doors. If the drainage around the house doesn’t get fixed it could lead to these issues being a constant problem.

Rely On The Experts in NJ Real Estate

There is a lot that goes into buying and selling home so it is best to go with a company that has all the tools you need to make the right decisions. Through our many success stories our customers have said that we are “the reason they bought their dream home” and that we’ve “gone above and beyond to help them purchase their home” so let us do the same for you. Contact us today with any further questions you have about real estate in New Jersey.

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What Part of My Home Should I Remodel?

At Jul 11, 2017

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Remodeling your home can be quite the scary process if you are not used to change. Talking to an architect can help you feel a little readier to start the remodel of your dreams. Change is always a great thing though, especially for your house. Making your house feel like home starts by deciding what will be getting remodeled and the order it will go in. The list below goes from easiest remodels to hardest. Take a look to see if you need to remodel your home!

1.    Bedroom

If you do not like change, starting your remodel in the bedrooms of your home could be the best for you. Changing aspects like paint color or even furniture could be an easy way to ease into the process of remodeling other spaces in your home.

You can also remodel the master bedroom to make it one of your favorite personal spaces. Rearranging furniture could easily be part of the process you choose to remodel your room. Try adding shelves on the wall and fill them with knick-knacks that appeal to you.

2.    Bathroom

One of the best places to start remodeling is the bathroom. This is because it is a smaller space in which you can get a feel for the entire remodeling process. Starting with a smaller space also helps calm some of the nerves you may be feeling. Updating a bathroom will make your home feel brand new and make guests feel welcomed, if said bathroom is for everyone.

3.    Outdoor Area

Your outdoor living space is an important part of your home. Holding gatherings outside is one of the perks to living in a lush, green area. Making sure your landscaping is up to date is important because it will add to the atmosphere of your party. If you are looking to remodel your outdoor space, you can ask landscaping experts for tips, or try it on your own by planting all your favorite plants!

4.    Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most popular places for a remodel. Outdated kitchens can make you feel as if your house is way more outdated than it actually is. Remodeling your kitchen can make your house feel brand new, and while remodeling may be stressful, picking out everything you want for your dream kitchen could be a fun and creative process for yourself. To make your space feel bigger and brighter, pick a neutral color palette and add fixtures that fit your style.

5.    Living Room

The living room is where your family will want to spend most of their time sitting around relaxing. This space is one of the most important spaces in your home because of the gatherings that will happen there. If you feel that your living room is cramped, making the space bigger could be beneficial. Knocking down walls could be helpful in the remodel to make the space bigger so you can fit larger furniture. Going with a neutral color palette, again, will help make the space feel bigger, so your family can spread out when they come over.

6.    Basement

If you are lucky enough to have a basement in your home, remodeling this can be one of the biggest overhauls you do in your home and one of the biggest investments. If it is unfinished, you have a clean slate to get as creative as you want. If it is finished already, you can try adding your own style or start over by remodeling it again. Finishing or refinishing a basement can be a lengthy process. This space could be used to hold gatherings, become a playroom for kids or even a “man-cave” once it is done.

 

New Jersey Real Estate Tips and Tricks

Buying a new home is always a huge moment in your life. If you are looking to buy or rent in Morris County, New Jersey, Coccia Real Estate Group would be happy to help with the process! We specialize in purchasing and selling homes in NJ, in towns like East Hanover, Hanover, Parsippany and Florham Park. Contact us today to learn more about living in Morris County!

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7 Great Kitchen Appliances for Your New Home

At Jul 11, 2017

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If you have just moved into a new home you may be looking to upgrade some features, especially if it is a “fixer upper”. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house because it hosts many people and is where family can connect. By upgrading some of your kitchen appliances, your house will start to come together. The list below gives a range of products and appliances that will help to update your kitchen!

 

1.    Stainless-steel appliances

Stainless-steel appliances are the newest trend that people are after. Bringing the various styles of the stainless-steel appliances into your home can make the kitchen feel more modern and updated. These appliances are also a great investment because they do not get dirty too easily and they hold their value.

 

2.    Touch and swipe controls

Kitchen technology is ever changing, and these controls are something of the future. The controls allow you to tap and swipe to turn on the burners on the stove. This GE Monogram induction cooktop will make your kitchen feel futuristic and bring a fun element to cooking.

 

3.    Retro appliances

If modern is not your style, check out retro appliances for your kitchen. Vintage styles are becoming more and more popular as the year goes on. Of course, you do not have to buy real vintage appliances, but instead get updated appliances with a retro feel. The company Big Chill has come up with unique designs to take you back to the 1950’s with their brightly colored appliances. They sell refrigerators, microwaves, ranges and dishwashers.

 

4.    Connected Smart appliances

What is better than being able to sync your phone and your appliances? Popping food in the oven and trying to keep an eye on it while you are busy multitasking around the house can be challenging. Many smart appliances are able to connect with clock times, and automatically turn on vents and lights in the oven. Making sure food is okay has never been easier.

 

5.    Refrigerators with special zones

Having enough storage for food can be a hassle, especially if you plan on entertaining a lot in your new home. With new refrigerators with special zones, like various drawers and compartments, having enough storage was never so easy. Finding a fridge with specific zones you want can be easy if you know what you are looking for. The standard fridge that people want have French doors and a pull-out drawer freezer. This is an easy way to upgrade your kitchen.

 

6.    Industrial looks

Industrial styles are making a huge impact on kitchen style this year. If you entertain a lot, you are going to need appliances that will last. The industrial look will help your kitchen look modern, but also classic.

 

7.    Beer brewing system at home

If you are a beer fanatic, this new Pico Pro countertop beer brewing system is going to be perfect for you. Simply download the app in the app store to your phone and browse the marketplace, for beer recipes. Once the ingredients for your recipe arrive, simply put them into the machine and watch as it brews for about two to three hours. Several days later, the beer will be ready to drink after it has fermented. This is an easy way to entertain guests and create memories with family!

How to Upgrade Your Kitchen and Home Value

Buying a new home is always a huge moment in your life. Making your home go up in value is easy by upgrading various different appliances. If you are looking to buy or rent in Morris County, New Jersey, Coccia Real Estate Group would be happy to help with the process! We can help make your house go up in value by giving advice on how to upgrade your home. We specialize in purchasing and selling homes in NJ, in towns like East Hanover, Hanover, Parsippany and Florham Park. Contact us today to learn more about living in Morris County!

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Improving Your Home’s Worth in 2017

At Jun 13, 2017

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Are you in the market to sell a home in Morris County, New Jersey? Whether it’s here or any other part of the country, we all want to maximize our home’s return. With that in mind, here are Coccia Real Estate Group’s tips to easily improve your home’s worth in 2017.

Create More Open Living Spaces

While it may have been nice to have several rooms in your home, people highly value and are gravitating toward homes that have open, spacious areas. Identify a non-structural wall or even the kitchen island for removal. This newfound open flow will captivate those who can afford to decorate their own space. This open space can often be had for a few hundred dollars and improve your home’s appeal in today’s market.

 

One note. Before removing any items that serve as storage space, such as that kitchen island, make sure that there is viable storage throughout the rest of the room.

 

Hire a Professional Designer or Contractor for a Consultation

Are you handy enough to do a remodel yourself, but don’t know where to start? Save yourself time and money in the long run by getting advice from those who know it best. Contractors and designers will charge a nominal fee for their services, but they ultimately know the market and know the tricks to finish a project efficiently. The result will be a maximum return on the investment you make in remodeling your home.

 

Clean Up Your Landscaping and Install Low-Maintenance Plant Life

The yard and outside of the home are the first two things that any buyer is going to see. A clean but verdant look for your home will literally inject life into its appearance and figuratively into your sale price.

Shrubs and colorful plants are always a good choice, but look toward “greener” options that are native to your area. Those will be far more likely to live through the seasons and will require minimal maintenance. If you live in an area prone to drought, also consider plants that need less water. Reduced maintenance outside the home continues to be an appeal to the current homebuyer.

 

Address the Little Maintenance Needs in Your Home

While it may be the most time-consuming and tedious of tasks, go through every room in your home with a fine-tooth comb and make note of each little flaw. A couple of flaws in one or two rooms may not seem like much, but when those flaws crop up in every room, it begins to create a major eyesore. The devil is in the details and nothing gives an air of quality to a home than when everything looks just right.

 

Fix the Bathrooms

While more expensive than the previous suggestions, having updated bathrooms is cost effective and an extremely attractive update that will get noticed. Replace dated wallpaper and old fixtures, install new, green light fixtures and anything else you can afford. Preferably, bite the bullet and take the time to update old plumbing or re-tile the floor. Even if you take the time to update just some of these items to your bathrooms, the return on your investment will make it worthwhile.

 

Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

You may have gotten used to the way your home smells, but that doesn’t mean the next people will like it. If you have older carpets or ventilation in your home, there’s a chance that they harbor allergens or dangerous contaminants.

To determine whether these need to be replaced or cleaned, it’s worth it to hire a professional company to test the air quality in your home. If everything checks out, you have another feather in your cap to sell your home as a quality living space. If a test shows the air quality needs to improve, choose to replace old carpets with environmentally friendly products, such as laminate flooring or tile. These are already more popular with today’s buyers.

 Sell Your NJ Home More Easily with Coccia Real Estate Group

With decades of experience selling homes in East Hanover, Hanover, Parsippany, Florham Park and the rest of Morris County, the agents at Coccia Real Estate know what people are looking for in New Jersey. Find the right agent for you and contact us today!

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6 Summer Events in Morris County

At Jun 13, 2017

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At Coccia Real Estate Group, we don’t just help people find their homes in Morris County – it’s our home, too! And summer is one of our favorite seasons in northern New Jersey. We’ve excitedly scoured the Internet for fun that has yet to come in East Hanover, Hanover, Florham Park, Parsippany-Troy Hills and more.

These activities should appeal to individuals of all ages and are sure to entertain your taste buds, mind and ears.

 

Through June 30th: Friday Night Skate at Mennen Arena

Location: Morris Township

 

Beginning in June, summer begins to really raise the stakes in temperature. Why not stay active and cool off simultaneously by going to the last Friday Night Skates available at Mennen Arena? This weekly skating event has happened every Friday since October, but the doors will close at the end of June.

 

June 3rd – June 25th: Strawberry Harvest Festival

Location: Alstede Farms, Chester

 

June is the month for harvesting everybody’s beloved strawberries! Alstede farms will welcome people throughout the month with strawberry ice cream, strawberry shortcakes and much more. Those who want to pick their own strawberries can take a hayride to the strawberry patch. Other activities will include pony rides, a bounce house and a wagon train ride.

 

June 17th: Parsippany Food Truck Festival

Location: Parsippany

 

If you love food as much as we do, then Parsippany’s Food Truck festival will have you fasting in the days ahead, just so you can sample as many good eats as possible! Expect to choose from between dozens of gourmet food trucks, along with a vast assortment of wine, beer and live music.

 

June 24th-25th: Toy Con New Jersey

Location: Parsippany

 

Who doesn’t have a special place for toys? Toy Con New Jersey is back with its first congregation in 2017. Expect up to 200 tables of vintage and current rare toys, comics, movie memorabilia, sports, action figures and more to be had. In addition, expect comic artists, a costume contest and live auctions.

 

July 14th, Jazz in July 100th Anniversary Dixieland and Swing

Location: The Morristown-Morris Township Library

 

A fan of classic jazz, Dixieland and swing? The Morristown library is honoring the 100th anniversary of their library’s construction on South Street and Miller Road in 1917. But it’s not only the 100th anniversary for the library – jazz is also an official centenarian too!

 

For $20 per ticket, the concert series opens with the classic Delta jazz standards of Dixieland. At the time, the music became so famous, it transcended its genre and became familiar with other music fans as well!

 

All proceeds from the concert go to benefit the library.

 

August 16th, Broadway’s Biggest Musical Flops and Hits

Location: The Morris Museum

 

Our moments of joy are only truly joyful because there is sorrow. For the very same reason, the very best of Broadway must on occasion send its appreciation for the very worst.

The reality is that more Broadway shows tank than end up at the Tony Awards. Join Eric Hafen, the Producing Artistic Director of the Bickford Theatre, and he explores some of the worst productions to ever graced a Broadway stage.

 

Tickets are $10 for members of the Morris Museum and $12 for everyone else. Advanced registration is required.

 

Living in Morris County, New Jersey is Fun!

Are these summer events not your cup of tea? Fret not! One of the wonderful things about buying a home in Morris County, New Jersey, is there is an endless number of things to do. Enjoy great youth activities for kids, the beautiful outdoors for hikes and a lively nightlife for more adult fare. Are you ready to find your home? Contact Coccia Real Estate Group today!

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When Do You Know to Hire Movers?

At May 12, 2017

Whether to Hire Movers or Do it Yourself

If you are getting ready to move, one of the final decisions you will have to make is between moving all of your belongings yourself, or hiring a moving company. Both options have their merits, which can make this decision even more difficult for some. At Coccia Real Estate, we want you to have an extremely smooth moving experience. This is why we have prepared some questions to ask yourself before deciding between a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) moving approach and hiring movers – so that you are able to make a stress-free and informed decision in this last stage of your move.

 

1. How far is your move?

Are you moving long-distance or simply to the next town over? This will make a huge difference between choosing whether or not to hire movers. A long distance move requires more thorough planning about what you will pack and how you will get all of your stuff to your end-destination. A long distance move is already pretty stressful, so in this scenario it is definitely worth considering hiring movers. The movers will deal with all aspects of transporting your valuables to your new home, rather than you personally trying to drive a big moving truck across state lines. On the other hand, if your new home is nearby it may make the most sense to handle the move on your own. When moving somewhere close by, a DIY approach to moving is much more realistic, as you can make multiple trips back-and-forth with ease.

 

2. What is your time-frame?

In other words, how much time do you have to make the actual move? Do you have to be out of your current location and into your new one within a day? Or, do you have a week or so to take your time moving your belongings from one location to the next? With a flexible moving timeframe, you can easily take your time moving your belongings on your own without having to hire movers. If your time frame is strict, you are going to want help to ensure the process is efficient. This may mean recruiting friends and family to help you, or hiring some extra help.

 

3. How big is your current location?

Are you moving from a cramped studio apartment, or something more like a 4-bedroom house? The location you are moving from is very telling of the kind of help you will need. If you simply need a bed and some boxes moved, you can probably handle the move on your own. However, if you have several pieces of large furniture and several rooms to move, hiring movers will make the process much faster and be less of a headache in the long run.

 

4. Do you have help?

Do you have a big group of friends and family who would drop everything to help you move? If so, then you can definitely recruit them for help as opposed to hiring movers. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have a ton of help readily available. This is where hiring a mover will make everything easier, and you won’t have to bribe your busy family and friends to help you with a move.

 

Moving Yourself

All in all, moving by yourself requires time and energy. It is, however, typically more cost effective than hiring help. If your move is relatively local and you have some people who can help you make a few trips (someone with a truck is always helpful!) then moving using the DIY approach is definitely a possibility. Just be sure to plan ahead so that you have the time you need to complete the process efficiently.

 

Hiring Movers

If you are short on time, help, or are moving long-distance – your best bet is most likely hiring movers. Movers will handle as little or as much as you need them to, from packing your belongings to transporting them to the right place. While movers will definitely cost you some money, they may be the right solution if time is of the essence. When hiring movers, make sure they are accredited and trustworthy based on past customer reviews.

 

Finding a Home in New Jersey

Do you need to find your dream home before you can begin thinking about the move? At Coccia Real Estate, our professionals are ready to help you find the home that meets both your needs and budget. We specialize in real estate in Florham Park, East Hanover, Hanover, and Parsippany, and are committed to helping our clients throughout the entire home buying process. Contact us today to learn more.

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Should I Buy a House or Condo in New Jersey?

At Apr 27, 2017

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The decision to buy your first piece of real estate in New Jersey, sell a house, downsize, or upsize always requires careful thought. Included in these considerations must be condos as well. According to the National Association of Realtors, condo towers have been on the rise in both development and appeal since 2014. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a retiree, the smaller size of a condo may hold more appeal. Here’s what Coccia Real Estate Group suggests you consider when deciding between a house and condominium.

 

How Your Lifestyle Should Reflect Your Home Choice

Where do you work and where do you want to spend most of your time? If your life is all about the bustle of urban living or a resort-lifestyle, condos are going to be your best friends. If you’re attracted to a quieter lifestyle and desire more personal space, a condo will never compare to home-ownership. Many condos are located where a car may not be necessary, while houses can be closer to your next outdoor adventure.

 

Are There Additional Fees for a Property?

Both houses and condominiums have costs beyond the structures themselves. There is some overlap between the two, such as property taxes, insurance, interior design, certain maintenance needs, security systems, utilities, plus cable and internet costs. But each property-type has its own fiscal idiosyncrasies. Coccia Real Estate Group’s agents thoroughly understand each property’s responsibilities and will be  an asset when attempting to properly understand monthly expenses.

 

Does Your Building or Neighborhood Have any Regulations or Requirements?

There are several gated communities and new housing developments that have neighborhood rules and regulations. But there are always group affiliations for condos. This means approval for pets, decorations, and more. Condos are also set right next to each other, meaning that any noise sensitivity will likely be heightened. Unless you’re buying several properties yourself, you won’t get to choose your neighbors.

 

A House Will Be a Better Reflection of You

For better or worse, owning a house will be a far more autonomous existence. There’s no community maintenance crew to help with cleanliness, but you’re not at the mercy of being part of a homeowner group either. Installing a pool, basketball court, or game room are far easier in a house than a condo. There is far less turn-key about owning a home. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, a house will better reward your investment.

 

Consider Family Size When Choosing a Home

Condos are typically slightly more affordable when compared to a house of similar size, but larger condos are few and far between for larger families. If you have multiple children, the control over a home will be useful as your children grow and needs evolve. Furthermore, less urban environments tend to have better safety records and better education options.

 

The Maintenance Efforts of a Condo vs. a House

Condos will always be less effort to maintain because they are rarely comparable in size to a home. But things like maintaining sidewalks, yards, and outdoor lighting are also an afterthought due to their communities.

 

Because condominiums are typically associated with a building group, regular dues are paid towards the overall upkeep of a property. While this is additional money out of your pocket, many find the time saved from not doing general maintenance yourself makes it worth the price. However, you are dependent on both the workers hired by your association and fellow owners maintaining payment of their dues.

 

Keep in mind the size of your condominium association when considering this. If you’re moving into a condo that is affiliated with another 100 owners, two to five people getting behind on their dues is going to cause a minimal problem. But if two to five people out of ten are behind on their payments? Chances are good that property maintenance will fall behind.

 

Finding the Right Home for You in Morris County

New Jersey is a brilliant land of opportunity for those willing to work for it. But when the work day ends, you deserve to return to your perfect space. Contact us today to find out current prices of Morris County houses and condos.

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