Ridgewood, NJ Real Estate Blog

With spring temperatures heating up, it's the perfect time to unpack the clubs from storage, stretch out your arms, and practice your swing. Golf season is just beginning, and if you're considering moving to Bergen County, one of the considerations that may be at the back of your mind is finding a home close to the fairways.

Here are some of the top Bergen County communities to live in if you love to golf.

Wyckoff

The charming community of Wyckoff is located along the northwest border of Ridgewood and is well-known for its charming small-town vibe. The municipality is popular among families with children due to the exceptional strength of the local school district. Wyckoff School District has been recognized as one of the best in the nation.

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If you've been searching the Ridgewood real estate market for a single-family home to live in, you've likely noticed the many historical homes on the market. While it seems like a historical home in Ridgewood may be accompanied by an endless cycle of updates, that's not always the case, and there are many positive aspects to owning a historic property.

Learn more about why you should buy a historic home in Ridgewood.

Become A Part of The Town's History

Ridgewood was established on November 20, 1894, and belongs to Bergen County which is one of the first four counties in the state. As such, you'll find that many of the historical homes in Ridgewood date back to the turn of the twentieth century and feature their own personal history rife with

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With 36.5 percent of households in America having a dog and 30 percent of households having a cat, it might make sense for you to consider a few updates that will make caring for your pet a bit easier next time you're renovating your Ridgewood home.

Here are a few pet friendly home renovations worth considering.

Durable Flooring

The network of scratch marks and nail prints embedded into hardwood are a familiar sight for most of us. It's simply what happens when you have both a large dog and wooden flooring. So, if the hardwood has gone the way of the dodo in your home, consider updating to a pet-friendly flooring material that's a bit more durable.

Vinyl and cork flooring are durable and affordable options. Tile is another excellent

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Scouring the New Jersey real estate market for the home that perfectly fits your budget, your tastes, and your needs takes a lot of effort. Likewise, packing up all of your worldly belongings and transporting them across the town, the state, or the country is no easy task.

When it comes to the financial aspects of the deal, the down payment is sure to be at the forefront of your mind. You've likely had to think about how much can you afford to pay up front and how much will you need to finance through a lender, but it's easy to forget about the home buying fees that accompany most successful transactions.

Closing Fees In New Jersey

Bergen County has some of the highest closing fees in the state. In part, this is linked to the fact that Bergen

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If you've been browsing home magazines, you've likely noticed the modern trend towards incorporating natural surfaces in home design. Sparkly water features, repurposed lumber, and unfinished stone surfaces are all making a come-back.

Here are a few ways you can incorporate natural elements into your Ridgewood home:

Vertical Planters

Nothing adds vibrancy to a room like greenery. Traditionally, most home owners keep their plants perched on sunny window sills, set in the middle of their dining room table, or tucked into corners where they won't get tipped over.

A vertical planter is not only a space efficient way to keep a lot of plants, it's also one of the best ways to make your greenery pop. Visitors aren't used to seeing a set of plants

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Selling your home can be a daunting task. One of the best things you can do is get a stronger sense of the home buyers that will be browsing your home and what kinds of things they'll have at the top of their wish list.

The 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers developed by the National Association of REALTORS® found that while the typical home buyer was 44 years of age, 35% of home buyers were first-time buyers. A younger demographic is starting to buy homes, and the question is: What are millennial buyers looking for, and will your Ridgewood home impress?

Open-Concept Homes

Over the years, open-concept homes have become an increasingly popular building style. These designs are of particular interest to millennial home buyers because,

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Buying your first home is an exciting process. You'll have the power to renovate, paint, and modify the property in any way you see fit and truly make it your own. A house can also be a valuable monetary investment if the real estate market in the area continues to climb over time.

However, as a first-time homebuyer, it's rarely possible to pay the entire value of the house upfront, which means you'll likely need a mortgage to help you account for the remainder of the balance. Seeking approval for a mortgage before you start browsing homes is one of the best things you can do to make your home buying experience simple.

Here are a few reasons mortgage preapproval will help you:

  1. You'll have an accurate sense of how much money a lender would
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Whether you're looking to find ways to make your home more appealing to buyers, or you simply have a passion for landscaping, you might be wondering which yard improvements will increase the value of your home. A study conducted by Clemson University found an above average yard can increase a home's value by as much as 7%. Landscape economist John Harris says the number may even be as high as 28%.

So, if you're thinking it's time to pick up your trowel and dig in, where is the best place to start?

Gardens

Your front yard is your first opportunity to make an impression with prospective home buyers. When buyers pull up beside the curb and park their car in front of your Ridgewood home, you want to wow them, and that's one spot in which flower

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Traditionally, spring and summer are considered one of the best times of year to sell a home. There are many reasons why spring is ideal for selling, whether it’s taking advantage of growing families, buyers finally getting over the holidays, or simply due to the fact that the weather is nicer and more people are encouraged to go outside. One thing is for sure, as the temperature rises, the real estate market also starts to heat up.

Here are the top 5 reasons to sell your home in the spring:

1. There are More Buyers in the Market

While the winter market is beneficial for buyers, many real estate agents actually feel that the growing competition in spring is better for seller. One of the reasons for this is the fact that your listing will

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As an interesting, dynamic, and historical county, even lifelong Bergen residents can learn more about the area. Whether you’ve lived here your entire life, you just moved to the area, or you are thinking about relocated to Bergen County, here are some fun facts you may not yet know about us!

One of the First Counties

Along with Essex, Middlesex, and Monmouth, Bergen is one of the four original counties in New Jersey. These counties were created in 1675 when East Jersey was split.

The Origin of the Name

Although many people often debate this fact, it’s becoming more widely accepted that the name Bergen is derived from the Dutch settlers that landed here. The word is close to the Dutch word for “place of safety” or “hill,” which makes sense

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