Home Buying

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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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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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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Chris Coccia Participates in Global Real Estate Conference

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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AlCatel-Lucent property sold!

At Oct 20, 2011

HANOVER — Bayer Healthcare LLC will be moving into the long vacant Alcatel-Lucent property on Whippany Road, bringing 2,000 employees and plans to refurbish a main building on the site while adding additional structures and employees in the future, township officials announced today.

“We’ve worked real hard and are blessed to have a major international pharmaceutical company coming into our township,” said Mayor John T. Sheridan. “It will not only boost the Hanover Township economy but it will be a boost to the whole region.’’

Bayer had announced in April that it would combine its East Coast business in New Jersey and that the consolidated headquarters would be in Morris County. Bayer’s New Jersey operations currently are in Morris Township, Montville and Wayne.

The 194-acre Alcatel-Lucent property sold for $18.5 million in December to private equity firm Rubenstein Partners and Mountain Lakes-based real estate development firm Vision Equities. Vision has executed a number of developments in Hanover, including Cadbury on Route 10, and plans to build a shopping center development with apartments called Whippany Village at Route 10 and Troy Hills Road.

The Alcatel-Lucent property is comprised of two adjacent lots. The main lot at 67 Whippany Road has 15 buildings, including offices and research labs, totaling 1,354,751 square feet of space, according to information provided earlier this year by Rubenstein Partners. The 140-acre lot sold for $12.5 million. The other lot at 85 Whippany Road has about 50 acres of open space. It sold for $6 million.

The site had an assessed value of more than $97 million before Alcatel-Lucent began closing operations there in 2008. After Alcatel-Lucent closed operations on the site, its assessed value dropped dramatically. A recent tax appeal settlement between Alcatel-Lucent and the town brought the assessment to $42,737,300.

The tax bill is around $2 million a year, but that amount has dropped by hundreds of thousands of dollars along with the assessed value.

“We haven’t calculated the tax impact yet but certainly they will be our No. 1 tax revenue generator followed by the Morristown Airport, which will be No. 2,’’ Sheridan said.

Bayer plans to use 90 to 95 acres of the land at the site, according to Towsnhip Administrator Joseph A. Giorgio, who said the site is currently vacate save for some demolition work that is ongoing.

As many as 5,000 people worked on the site during its busiest time, which was when Bell Labs operated there during the Cold War. The Bell Lab operation was considered so valuable to national security that Nike missile bases were located nearby in East Hanover to safeguard it.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno had announced during a speech before the Morris County Chamber of Commerce that Bayer was looking to locate in Morris County. Sheridan said that Hanover had competed with two other towns to get Bayer. One of those towns as Mount Olive, which has the the mostly vacant massive former BASF complex within its boundaries.

Sheridan credited Gov. Chris Christie and Guadagno for helping get Bayer into Hanover but also said a lot of credit goes to the volunteer members of the township’s Economic Development Advisory Committee, who had been working to attract a tenant to the site. Township officials and volunteers have been working for about 20 months on the deal, Sheridan said.

Sheridan did not have the details of the sale price or other aspects of the contract between the developer and Bayer.

“Once they get site plan approval, they will begin work immediately,” Sheridan said. “I think this process will be expedited through the planning board and we should see all their approvals by November of this year.”

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Coccia Real Estate Group names Ariane Leigh Bolitski

At May 06, 2011

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Christopher Coccia is proud to name Ariane Leigh Bolitski relocation director for Coccia Real Estate Group, LLC.  “Ariane is a dynamic individual with excellent communication skills. I am thrilled to have someone with her dedication and care for the client” said Christopher Coccia.

 

Ariane’s Bio

 

With more than a decade of sales and management experience, Ariane Leigh Bolitski is currently the Relocation Director for Coccia Real Estate Group of East Hanover New Jersey.  Ariane is responsible for helping Coccia Real Estate clients, who are moving out of the Northern New Jersey area, into the hands of an expert localized real estate agent of their desired relocation.

 

Coccia Real Estate is affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World™ which has 600 brokers with 5000 offices and 150,000 sales associates in over 30 countries.  By having the ability to refer clients through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World™, Ariane knows her agents clients will receive expert real estate assistance whether they are moving across town, across the country, or across the world.

Ariane is a RELO Certified Coordinator, and has obtained a CRP designation, Certified Relocation Professional designation. Prior to Coccia Real Estate Group, she spent 3 years directly working with a custom home builder on the marketing and advertising of his business, where she learned about the delicate nature of helping clients find not just a place to live, but to help someone find a comfortable place to call home.

Why choose Ariane and Coccia Real Estate to help you with your relocation? After having two major cross country relocations herself, Ariane can put her insider knowledge to work for you and make you feel comfortable in finding the proper agent to help you with something as personal as finding a home. She prides herself on really listening to her your needs, and will work tirelessly on their behalf to assist you in finding that perfect agent who can help you find the home you are searching for; and she will remain available to assist you with any needs they may have along the way.

 

For additional information or assistance, please contact Ariane Leigh Bolitski at telephone: 973-887-2500, direct: 972-679-5619, or email her at: Ariane@CocciaRealEstate.com . She will be glad to assist you in your real estate needs anywhere in the world, and to ensure your experience is as positive as possible. Any questions you have about relocation and finding the proper real estate agent, Ariane Leigh Bolitski is the person to ask.

“Relocating? I can help!”

Ariane Leigh Bolitski

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Great Pictures Bring Higher Sales Prices

At Oct 08, 2010

Every since we started to place color pictures in newspaper ads I always knew that it was important to take the best picture I could. Now, with the internet allowing you to put 20+ pictures of the exterior and interior of home it is more important than ever!

According to a company called Redfin Corp., a Seattle-area real estate firm, Sales listings taken by higher-end single-lens-reflex cameras (SLR), preferred by professionals, garner higher prices than those properties whose sellers use point-and-shoot cameras.

Redfin analyzed listings in their market area and it was easily determined that houses with better photos sold from $934 to $116,000 more. The study directly compared point and shoot cameras to digital SLR camera’s. SLR cameras with their high quality lenses were a clear winner. The study also showed that properties with better photos (the more the better) got more online clicks.

Only about 25% of the photos in the mls are shot with high quality SLR cameras.

All Coccia Real Estate Group’s photos are taken with Olympus SLR camera with a wide angle lens.

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Coccia Real Estate Wins Runner-up for Best Real Estate Broker

At Sep 27, 2010

A local Newspaper in Morris County called the “Florham Park Hanover This Week” has once again named Coccia Real Estate Group Best Real Estate Broker Runner-up. The newspaper encourages its readers to visit its website and cast a vote for your favorite business in the area. There are a wide range of categories ranging from Pizzeria, Physician, Pub and Realtor.

This year the results are in and for the 2nd year in a row Coccia Real Estate Group in East Hanover and Whippany were given the nod as tops in their field. “I would like to say thank you to everyone that voted and the award is really for the team of Realtors who work at the office. They are some of the nicest people with the most integrity I have ever met.”, said Christopher Coccia, Broker Owner of Coccia Real Estate Group, LLC.

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Homeownership is the most important thing a person can do financially. Although the Real Estate market has gone through some rough patches lately, the fundamental pros of homeownership have not changed.

At Sep 20, 2010

Here are 10 reasons why buying a home right now is a great idea:

  1. You can get a good deal. Prices are down 30 percent on average. They’re at a level that makes sense for people’s income.
    2. Mortgages are cheap. At 4.3 percent on average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, your costs to own are down by a fifth from two years ago.
    3. You can save on taxes. When you add up the deductions for mortgage interest and others, the cost of owning can drop below renting for a comparable place.
    4. It’ll be yours. The one benefit to owning that never changes is that you can paint your walls orange if you want (generally speaking; there might be some community restrictions). How many landlords will let you do that?
    5. You can get a better home. In some markets, it’s simply the case that the nicest places are for-sale homes and condos.
    6. It offers some inflation protection. Historically, appreciation over time outpaces inflation.
    7. It’s risk capital. If the economy picks up, you stand to benefit from that, even if you’re goal is just to have a nice place to live.
    8. It’s forced savings. A part of your payment each month goes to equity.
    9. There is a lot to choose from. There are some 4 million homes available today, about a year’s supply. Now’s the time to find something you like and get it.
    10. Sooner or later the market will clear. The U.S. is expected to grow by another 100 million people in 40 years. They have to live somewhere. Demand will eventually outpace supply.
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