Ridgewood, NJ Real Estate Blog

There are many variables to be considered when deciding on the best time to sell your home. Do you want to sell the home quickly or are you willing to let the home sit on the market a bit longer in hopes of getting a better offer? Do you want to market your home during the summer when it can be shown in its best light or would you rather free up more time to take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy the many outdoor activities in the Bergen County, NJ area? This is why it's tough to determine the best month to sell your home, as everyone has a different idea of what makes a certain time of year better than others to sell. Below you'll find our list of pros and cons on every month of the year in Bergen County, along with our opinions on which months

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Five school districts in Bergen County, NJ received A+ grades, according to newly released 2018 rankings from Niche.com. In fact, Bergen County schools as a whole received extremely high rankings, with over a dozen other school districts boasting either A or A- grades. Most residents of Ridgewood and its surrounding Bergen County towns are happy with the local schools, and the data compiled by the data analysis website confirms the standard of excellence achieved by these schools districts. This is, of course, a big reason why the area is known for being extremely popular among families with kids, with the amount of family-friendly homes in Ridgewood and the entire Bergen County real estate market reflecting that.

To determine the latest rankings

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With back-to-school season approaching quickly, the list of errands to take care of is likely increasing by the day. Getting your child ready for back to school is difficult enough as it is, but you also have to consider how to prepare your home for back to school. Reorganizing your home to ensure it's ideal for a child or teenager attending school—not to mention the parents supporting those kids—is just as important as choosing the right supplies, clothes, and after-school activities at Ridgewood High School or any of the nearby elementary schools or middle schools. Here are a few tips from Tarvin Realtors to get your home ready for back to school.

Check Your Inventory of Supplies

When considering what school supplies your child needs for

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Bergen County NJ Towns to Retire

With the recently proposed bill that would allow New Jersey seniors to be exempt from paying capital gains taxes on the proceeds of a home sale, it appears to be getting easier to retire without leaving the state. The bill should help ease the financial pressures of living in some of New Jersey's more affluent communities during retirement. Specifically, some towns in Bergen County—while beautiful and highly desirable places to live for a number of reasons—have expensive real estate markets that make it hard for empty nesters on a fixed income to stay there after they retire.

However, with these new measures in place to ensure a comfortable retirement for more New Jersey seniors, it's a good time to explore a few of the best communities in Bergen

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Popular Features of Luxury KitchensThe kitchen has always been one of the first rooms in any home that gets used, and for good reason. It gets used often and, with appliances and cabinets that take up plenty of space, it's perhaps the most noticeable area of most home interiors. For these reasons, an elegant, sparkling kitchen with the most upscale design features can define the inside of a home and, in many cases, add resale value. Even if you're not planning on selling anytime soon, there are plenty of high-end kitchen features that you should consider to spruce it up, especially if you already own a luxury home and want to ensure your kitchen is in line with the other stylish features on your home.

In addition to the modern appliances and sleek countertops that seem to be included in

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Selling Ridgewood NJ Luxury HomesWhile the prospect of getting a great return on your investment when it comes to selling a luxury home in Ridgewood can be exciting, it's also no secret that selling any home, let alone a luxury home, can be stressful. Many worry about homes that sit on the market for too long, which is an all-too-common issue with luxury homes that aren't priced properly. So what's the best way to sell your home quickly and for the best price allowable? Keep reading for a few tips from Tarvin REALTORS® on how you can achieve your goals when it comes to selling Ridgewood, NJ luxury real estate.

List Your Home During Warmer Months

Among the most important qualities when it comes time to sell any home is marketing it in the best possible light, which in New Jersey

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Historic house lovers are very different from the average home enthusiast. Where a "normal" person sees a neglected pile of bricks that's past its prime, historic home lovers see nothing but the potential.

If you want to see coveted historic homes, all you have to do is tour Bergen County, New Jersey to find classic Cape Cods, updated Dutch Colonials, and asymmetrical Victorians. Dating from the early 1700s to current day, homes in Bergen County and surrounding area are worth a look. Although few antique homes have survived, the National Register of Historic Places, supports public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic sites. Especially those in Bergen County!

Lets Talk Historical Bergen County and Ridgewood

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The Ridgewood real estate market is rife with beautiful historic homes. With stone walls, expansive front patios, and shuttered windows, these old homes offer all the charm and elegance of a time past. Today, most new homes come equipped with air conditioning units that can quickly chill sweltering rooms. However, with average summer temperatures in the 80s throughout the summer months, some of these heritage houses are accompanied by the temperature troubles of a bygone era. While some Ridgewood houses have been updated to incorporate these conveniences, some have not. Here are some helpful tips to help keep your Ridgewood home cool this summer.

Maintain Your HVAC System

If you have one, it's important to maintain your HVAC System. Your heating,

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When it comes time to sell your home, one of the most important factors in determining how successful your home sale will be is the pricing. How you price your house will often directly affect how quickly your home sells, how much it sells for, and how easy the selling process is. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the challenges and benefits of pricing high, low, or right in the middle.

Pricing Too High

As a seller, you want to sell your home for the maximum value. While it may be tempting to list high and negotiate down to a price that both parties will be happy with, homes that are priced too high tend to sit on the market longer than comparable houses in the area. The longer a home sits on the market, the more difficult it is to sell.

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Ridgewood is well known for the exceptional strength of its public school system. Consisting of six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school, this school district offers its students the best in education, recreation, and extra-curricular activities. One of the key core values of educators in this school district is rigor. In the video below, one of the teachers interviewed outlines how rigor doesn't necessarily mean more time spent working on homework, it means a higher level of engagement. In order to capture the full attention of the students who attend this school, Ridgewood staff has incorporated new technologies into the classroom. These range from chromebooks, to iPads, to smart boards, and more. These devices are ones that

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