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Events in East Hanover this Summer

By Coccia
At Jul 05, 2016

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With its endless opportunities for community involvement, East Hanover is an ideal location for families and new homeowners. Nestled between the Whippany River and Passaic River, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy during the summer months. Whether you’re looking for something to do with the kids or a concert to attend with your friends, there are tons of events happening this summer in East Hanover!

 

Fourth of July Fireworks in East Hanover

A popular event with East Hanover residents is the annual 4th of July fireworks at Lurker Park! Grab your friends and family to celebrate our nation with fun music, delicious food, and of course, an explosively colorful fireworks show. Be sure to get there early for the best view!

 

Splashplex at Night

With a great public school system in East Hanover, there’s no surprise that the town is full of fun establishments for kids! One of the town’s favorites is the Funplex Amusement Center. On July 28th, they will be keeping their doors open late for you and your family to enjoy all of your favorite attractions at night. Whether you’re a fan of lounging on the lazy river or speeding down one of the many waterslides, experiencing these attractions in the dark will be an unforgettable night. Attendees from 7:30pm-10:00pm will receive a frozen drink, glow giveaways, and more. Can’t make it to on July 28th? They will be having events all summer long!

 

Music in the Park

Enjoy an evening with live music and good company under the stars! The Township of East Hanover will be sponsoring concerts in Lurker Park all summer long. Whether you’re more into R&B, Doo Wop, or Jimmy Buffet, there’s a concert scheduled for you! The first show is July 12th, but be sure to check the full list of concerts to see which bands peak your interest.

 

Night Tours of the Turtle Back Zoo

Ever wonder what a zoo looks like after hours? Meet the creatures of the night at the Turtle Back Zoo! Just a 15 minute drive from East Hanover, families can enjoy a behind the scenes guided tour of the different zoo exhibits on certain Thursday and Friday nights during the summer. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight for the full effect!

 

Unlimited Bowling on Monday Nights

Do you love bowling? Head over to Hanover Lanes and bowl until your fingers roll! From 9pm-12am for just $10 per person, enjoy playing unlimited games with your family or friends. With 32 lanes and a sports bar, you’re in for an enjoyable night!

 

An Intimate Evening with Eric Stonestreet

Are you a huge Modern Family fan? Head on over to the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, just a short drive away from East Hanover, on July 14th for an evening of stand-up with Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker). This two-time Emmy winner will be offering behind-the-scenes insight with an anything goes Q&A. Be sure to purchase your tickets before they sell out!

 

If you’re looking for homes in East Hanover, NJ, our team of experts will help you find the perfect place with all of your wants and needs. Be sure to contact us today!

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NCJAR’s 2015 NJR® Circle of Excellence Sales Award® Recipients and NJR® Distinguished Sales Club® Recipients

By Coccia
At Feb 17, 2016

The NJR® Circle of Excellence Sales Award® recognizes those members who have demonstrated excellence in the field of salesmanship. The NJAR® Distinguished Sales Club recognizes those members who achieved the NJR® Circle of Excellence Sales Award® for ten or more years.

Coccia Real Estate Group is proud to announce Tracey Franco, Elvira Green and Christine Nagy achieved the Silver level award for 2015. We are very proud of their achievement, their ongoing efforts of excellence in customer service and their never ending determination!

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Elvira's Head Shot 2014

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A Guide For First Time Homebuyers

By Coccia
At Feb 06, 2015

Becoming a homeowner is a big deal and is the entry into adulthood that people crave. The average first time home buyer in the United States is 31 years old. Here are a few things to do before you buy your first home:

1. Assess Your Need

You don’t want to be buying a home just because your friends have started doing it. You need to determine whether it’s better for you to buy or rent at this particular time in your life. Think about if you have plans to marry and have children in the near future, factor in your job – do you plan to stay there long term and is it stable? Make sure you are buying a home because YOU want to and that you are ready for it at this time.

2. Do the Math

Most people focus on just the downpayment when they think about buying a home. It’s true, the downpayment is a large amount of money. But there are additional upfront cost that you need to think about – taxes, insurance and closing costs are some examples. Insurance rates and property taxes will vary by state. Closing costs include many fees – origination, underwriting, appraisal and title insurance. This can all add up to a rather surprisingly large number, so it’s best to get an idea of these costs ahead of time.

3. Be Ready

You will want to have all your documents ready to make the process go smoothly. You will need a government issued ID, a credit report, employment verification, W-2 forms, federal tax returns and bank statements.

4. Check Out the Inventory

This is most likely the largest purchase you will ever make, so be sure to treat it like other large purchases. This means you will want to shop around just as you would for a car, TV or furniture. It may be time consuming, but it’s very important to look at all comparable homes in the area. You can start your search online yourself, or you could call a license real estate agent to help you.

5. It’s OK to Walk Away

Remember – before you make this large of a purchase, you want to be sure you feel OK to committing to a monthly mortgage payment. If you aren’t comfortable with the purchase, it’s ok to leave a near-perfect house for someone else to buy. You keep looking until you find what you are comfortable with.

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20 Easy, Inexpensive Tips for Home Sellers

By Coccia
At Sep 21, 2012

If you are currently selling your home or maybe considering placing it for sale you may want to think about these fast and easy sales tips. Today’s buyer is exposed to the current inventory of homes more now than ever before. The average buyer searches for a home for over 18 months by using the internet to see pictures, videos and neighborhood information. They appreciate modern looks and expect a home to be neat, clean and well maintained.

Here is a list of 20 things you can do to your home to make it more appealing to buyers and increase the sales price.

1. Clean up & de-clutter. Your home will show better and look larger if it is clean and not over flowing with stuff. Use the “less is more” approach with furniture and make the kitchen and baths sparkle. Pay special attention to mirrors, countertops and shower doors.

2. Front door and walkway. It’s true that you can never take back a first impression. Consider painting or replacing your front door. Be sure the front walkway and/or steps are in good condition and not a hazard.

3. Make the home look larger with light. When preparing for a showing of your home open those blinds and curtains. Be sure that the lights are turned on prior to the buyers arriving and choose warm, cool colors rather than fluorescents.

4. Add some color. Feel free to use plants or flowers throughout the home to add color and warmth to a space. Paint an accent wall to make a room look more dramatic or interesting. Today’s hot colors will make your home look more modern.

5. Be aware of odors. Be conscious of musty smells or pet odors and replace them with “fresh baked” smells and candles. Use a dehumidifier to help out with a humid basement. Open windows for fresh air prior to showings.

6. Take a good objective look around. Most buyers today will perform a home inspection prior to purchasing their new home. Take a good look around and fix anything obvious prior to placing it on the market. Buyers will appreciate it and your home will be viewed in the best light possible. Better a buyer sees the work is done and feel they are getting a great home especially when the work may be required to complete the sale anyway.

7. Get rid of dated wall paper and out of style ceilings. Remove wall paper prints that date your home or are no longer in style. Get rid of old “popcorn” ceilings.

8. Flooring. Consider having old carpets cleaned if not replaced and a fresh sanding of weathered hardwood floors is better than a face lift for removing years of age. This is one of the first place investors spend money to make homes more saleable.

9. Clean that garage. A clean garage is a huge selling point. Everyone looks for this space as a place for storage and convenience. Buyers appreciate clean floors and organized spaces.

10. Be conscious of electric. Make sure you have an adequate number of outlets and enough power coming in the home to power today’s modern conveniences. Bathrooms require outlets for hairdryers and razors and kitchens have “high end” appliances that use 3 times the amount of power from just 10 years ago.

11. Door Knobs. Be aware of broken or tarnished door knobs. Consider replacing them with newer more modern finishes to make your home appear less dated.

12. Landscaping. Curb appeal is one of the most important features of home. I recommend the removal of over grown and uncared for bushes, plants and trees. A clean slate to paint a picture for a buyer is easier than trying to get someone to look past a mess. New landscaping with seasonal color and fresh mulch can increase value by as much as 10%.

13. Exterior maintenance. Clean those gutters, paint that trim and make sure garage doors open and close easily. If your home’s paint is peeling or exterior is stained it is very inexpensive to paint or power wash to remove unsightly stains.

14. Clear counters. Yes, you are still living in the home but try and remove clutter from counter tops in the kitchen and throughout the home to make it look as show room ready as possible. This sort of appearance will make a buyer choose your home over others that are similar.

15. Set the scene. Stage an interesting space or room to bring out an intriguing feature or use. Try a rug, chair and lamp to feature an interesting reading space.

16. Monitor closets. Take a look at closets and clean them out so they look more spacious and organized. Consider the use of cubbies or baskets for a neat and clean look.

17. Audit your energy use. Be conscious of power usage within the home and replace energy “suckers” that buyers will appreciate. Try replacing your old thermostats with a programmable one, replace old lights with led or compact fluorescents.

18. Replace filters. Replace filters for water purifiers or furnaces. Buyers will see that your maintaining your home while also keeping these items running as efficient as possible.

19. Toss the Magazines. Throw out all those old magazines that you haven’t got around to reading yet. If you haven’t read them buy now you’re probably not going to!

20. Replace any broken or worn out furniture. Consider replacing or just removing old, torn couches or leather chairs that make a house appear un kept. A table cloth or covers for couches are great tricks to make old furniture appear new.

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EHIAC Annual Carnival

By Coccia
At Apr 19, 2012
Join us for the EHIAC Annual Carnival at Lurker Park in East Hanover, NJ..rides, games, food and fun for the whole family!  Discount tickets can be purchased at Coccia Real Estate Group (434 Ridgedale Ave). Hope to see you there!
Hours of operation are the following:
Tues. May 8; Weds. May 9; Thurs. May 10: 6pm to 10pm
Fri. May 11 & Sat. May 12: 6pm to 11pm
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Chris Coccia Participates in Global Real Estate Conference

By Coccia
At Apr 04, 2012

Contact: Christopher Coccia / Coccia Real Estate Group / 973-887-2500 / Info@CocciaRealEstate.com

Chris Coccia Participates in Global Real Estate Conference

East Hanover, NJ April 4, 2012 — Christopher Coccia, Broker of Coccia Real Estate Group, LLC attended the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® 2012 Annual Conference March 24-26 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL. The event was part of LeadingRE’s Conference Week, which attracted nearly 1,000 top real estate brokers, managers, relocation professionals, sponsors and guests attending from the U.S. and over a dozen countries around the world. Participating brokerages represented a significant share of the U.S. real estate market, with annual sales production of over $225 billion.

Keynote presenters included widely-recognized scientific figure Dr. Michio Kaku with a perspective on “How Technology Will Revolutionize the Next 20 Years and Beyond,” and award-winning journalist, television legal analyst and trial attorney Lisa Bloom on “Understanding Today’s Consumers and the Culture Surrounding Them.” Also featured were Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) President/CEO and former FHA Commissioner David Stevens, who commented on the unprecedented challenges the mortgage industry will face in 2012, and social media expert Spike Jones, who offered guidance on “Engaging Your Associates with the Latest in Social Business.”

Experts from top real estate brokerages were also in the line-up, addressing timely topics impacting the real estate market. The Awards Gala, which recognized top performing members in various areas of brokerage achievement, was another conference highlight.

“The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World annual conference is the most important event I attend. Not only is it an excellent networking opportunity to meet other Real Estate professionals from around the globe but a terrific place to learn and share ideas. This conference makes my company better and better year after year!” Coccia said.

“The conference brought together some of the top names in real estate to explore the ever-changing landscape and the best ways to serve those buying and selling homes,” notes Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® President/CEO Pam O’Connor. “It was gratifying to hear so many of our members anticipate positive trends in the market, and the ideas exchanged will ensure that our brokerages retain their positions as market leaders.”

Coccia Real Estate Group, LLC is the local representative of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, the largest network of 550 premier locally-branded firms producing $225 billion in annual home sales. Coccia Real Estate Group, LLC was selected for membership in LeadingRE, which recruits only the best among locally and regionally branded firms. As a member of this global network, Coccia Real Estate Group, LLC can assist home buyers and sellers worldwide and can access LeadingRE’s full range of brokerage services, including lead generation, branding support, luxury marketing, web exposure, technology systems, and state of the art learning and credentialing.

For more information on Coccia Real Estate Group, LLC, visit CocciaRealEstate.com or call 973-887-2500 or for our Hanover Twp office 973-599-9500.

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Our Lady of Mercy Academy Pancake Breakfast 2012

By Coccia
At Jan 27, 2012
On Sunday, January 29th 2012 Our Lady of Mercy Academy will be holding a Pancake Breakfast at90 Whippany Road, Whippany, N.J. The time of the event is 8 am to 12:30 pm.
The breakfast will consist of pancakes, eggs, sausage, muffins and of course refreshments will be served. The group will also be hosting a scholastic book fair with a collection box to support the comfort cart at Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ.
There will also be a raffle and crafts table with all proceeds to benefit Our Lady of Mercey.
Mary Bove of Coccia Real Estate Group and long time resident of Hanover Township will be volunteering at the breakfast selling raffle tickets. Please make it a point to stop by and say hello.
Come join us and support this wonderful organization!
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Michelle D’Anna of Coccia Real Estate Group chosen as 2012 Five Star Real Estate Agent

By Coccia
At Jan 19, 2012

In the March issue of New Jersey Monthly, Michelle will be featured as a 2012 Five Star Real Estate Agent named in excelling in customer satisfaction! Michelle wanted to thank anyone who took part in the survey process that led to me receiving this award.

How was she chosen?

New Jersey Monthly’s research team contacted consumers in the New Jersey area and asked if they had experience working with a real estate agent. Consumers who agreed to participate in the survey provided the name of the real estate agent and rated that individual according to key criteria such as integrity, negotiation and closing preparation.

Surveys were sent to New Jersey area residents who recently purchased a home over $150,000 (more than 81,500 households) within a 12-month period (April 2010 to April 2011) and 1,000 subscribers of New Jersey Monthly. An additional 250 surveys were sent to mortgage and title companies.

The survey data was collected and scored, resulting in the list of 2012 New Jersey Five Star Real Estate Agents.

Michelle scored in the top 1% of all Real Estate Agents in New Jersey (over 80,000 licensed Real Estate Agents geographic coverage area that was surveyed) approx 600 winners were chosen.

Michelle is active in the Morris County area with expertise in towns including East Hanover, Florham Park, Madison, Montville, Hanover Township, Morris Plains and Morristown. She can be reached at her office 973-887-2500.

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COCCIA REAL ESTATE GROUP LAUNCHES REO DEPARTMENT

By Coccia
At Nov 02, 2011

On October 1st 2011 Christopher Coccia and Coccia Real Estate Group launched an “In-house” Foreclosure division. An “in-house” REO department will expand the services that we can offer our client base. We are now able to assist banks and asset companies with asset management services. This will in turn help our clients by making available to them a list of current foreclosure and wholesale properties that are presently available for them to purchase.

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