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Mountain Resort Properties Real Estate Blog

By knowing how much mortgage you can handle, you can ensure that homeownership will fit in your budget.  

Homeownership should make you feel safe and secure, and that includes financially. Be sure you can afford your home by calculating how much of a mortgage you can safely fit into your budget.

Why not just take out the biggest mortgage a lender says you can have? Because your lender bases that number on a formula that doesn’t consider your current and future financial and personal goals.

Think ahead to major life events and consider how those might influence your budget. Do you want to return to school for an advanced degree? Will a new child add day care to your monthly expenses? Does a relative plan to eventually live with you and contribute

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Generally the real estate recover has been erratic. While nationally volumes and pricing have recovered nicely for existing homes, New Jersey, and Sussex County in particular have lagged behind. In fact while volumes are up, pricing in Sussex County has been down every year since 2006.

Crystal Springs stands out as unique to the area with recovering pricing due to it’s attraction to second home buyers and retirees. Crystal Spring’s recovery reflects the nation trend for second homes which has seen massive increases in volume, past 2006 levels, and some recovery in pricing.

What does this all mean? Opportunity. Pricing is still very affordable at Crystal Springs but the increase sales volumes should exert pressure on pricing as supplies become more

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Selling a home you’ve lived in and loved over the years isn’t exactly like unloading your collection of old Slayer LPs on Craigslist (or is it…?). It’s hard. It’s emotional. And above all else, it’s complicated. A slew of questions will likely pop into your head throughout the process—and possibly keep you up at night.

Q: How much needs to be done to my house before putting it on the market?

“Many sellers have extreme anxiety over the thought of having to clear out and fix up their home, so much so that it can prevent them from putting the place on the market in the first place,” says Alyssa Blevins with Pierce Murdock Group. But in most cases, there’s no need to panic here—or to overshoot your goals. “Very often, there’s far less to do

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The New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort is a celebration of the world's best wines and renowned local and national chefs.

The weekend's events are designed to allow food and wine lovers to meet and mingle with chefs, winemakers, sommeliers and fellow wine aficionados.

This year's exciting line up of events will include The Grand Tasting, an Italian themed Wine Cellar Dinner with award-winning winemaker Sebastiano Rosa from Biserno, Top Chefs & Top Wines Dinner, tastings of award-winning small production wines, and a variety of exciting seminars with chefs and winemakers from around the world.

 

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This spring is shaping up to be the busiest housing market we’ve seen since 2006. Now, thanks to America’s favorite rodent, we can predict that this year’s strong spring housing market will start sooner than normal.

God bless you, Groundhog Day! When the country is so over winter, all eyes turn to one famous groundhog, Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil (sorry, Staten Island Chuck!), and await his prediction on the advent of spring.

But just how accurate is our pal Phil? I pulled the history of his forecasts and aligned them with historical weather data. The combination that gave me the most overlap and seemed a reasonable test of an early spring was to look at the average temperature in February for the contiguous 48 states as recorded by the

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Our team makes the difference. We are a company with experienced, dedicated Realtors who are on top of the latest trends in our local real estate market. Our cutting-edge approach to buying and selling real estate differentiates us from other real estate companies. We use the latest in technology and marketing to effectively sell your home, or in helping you search for a new home.

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In the evolution of any truly great planned community, there’s a point at which it stops being directed solely by the developer’s vision and becomes something even better - a genuine place. To see the continual evolution of the community at Crystal Springs is truly a pleasure. With a lifestyle built around healthy pursuits, outdoor recreation and fine living, we are honored to have developed a tangible and authentic culture. And as residents of all ages, life stages and backgrounds join our community, they are making their own imprint on that culture, making Crystal Springs a community that is not only defined by its architecture, amenities and landscapes, but by the people who live here.

We believe that a community is defined by much more than a

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If you thinking about selling your home, it's important to know what the expert have to say about the current housing market. 

Here is what the top experts for Realtor.com have to say about selling in 2016

If you’re planning to sell your house this year, well, you’re in luck.

“The 2016 housing market is forecasted to be mainly a seller’s market, filled with increasing home prices, relatively low inventory, and fierce competition between buyers,” says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com®.

But you could still make missteps on the way to the bank. Yes, your house will likely sell, but when? Remember, time is money.

“For sellers, it’s about understanding the ins and outs of their local market so they can optimize the price of

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A certified home inspector shares 10 home-maintenance tips for spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: Dwight Barnett (HGTV)

After a long, dark winter, spring's bright sun and warm winds are, well, a breath of fresh air. The only downside? All that sunshine spotlights your leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks and the dead plants in last year's flower beds. Dwight Barnett, a certified master inspector with the American Society of Home Inspectors, shared this checklist to help you target the areas that need maintenance so you can get your chores done quickly, leaving you time to go outside and play in the sunshine.

1. Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl

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 I divorced my first husband in 2006 and eagerly married my second two years later, falling in love again quickly and barely giving a second thought to whether another painful divorce might await me.

But real estate? That love affair burned me like no man ever could.

Don’t get me wrong—I’ve worked hard to make a full financial recovery from a 2011 short sale that was a result of the subprime mortgage crisis. I restored my credit score, saved a down payment and began contacting potential lenders.

But almost five years later, I’m still renting. Yes, I needed the time to get my financial affairs in order. But there’s another reason: Emotionally, it’s taken me this long to come to terms with the idea of owning another

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