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Cranford/Westfield NJ Area Market Activity May 2017

The Spring Market is still going strong, and the activity in our local towns is brisk! Let me know if you would like a No Obligation Market Analysis of your home…..I would be happy to help!

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Cranford Home For Sale! $539,000 Open House 6/4/17 1-4pm

406 Central Ave Cranford Open House 6/4/17   1-4pm

This charming three bedroom dutch colonial situated on a tree-lined street in the heart of Cranford is the perfect place to call home! High ceilings, hardwood floors, and period details beautify the first floor, which includes an entry foyer with closet, living room with fireplace, formal dining room, den, powder room, and spacious eat-in kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Enjoy outdoor entertaining on the covered deck and patio. The second floor offers three bedrooms and an updated full bath. A walk-up attic provides ample storage space and the possibility for expansion. A recreation room, office, and laundry can be found in the partially finished basement. Detached 1-car garage. Don’t let this one slip away!

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*This property is listed for $539,000 with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Westfield West Office 908-233-0065.

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23 Herning Ave in Cranford Just Sold With Multiple Offers!

Your Home Could Be Next!

Your Home Could Be Next! Fill Out The Form Below For Your Free, No Obligation Home Valuation!


23 Herning Ave Cranford, NJ sold on 12/19/2016!

This 3-bedroom, 1 1/2 bath classic Cranford tudor colonial with curb appeal in spades just sold quickly and with multiple offers for $468,500. Want to know what YOUR home is worth? Fill out the form  below to find out!



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Coming Soon In Cranford NJ!!

Every once in a while a truly special home becomes available in Cranford…. here is a sneak peek of one coming soon! Don’t you LOVE the wrap around porch and white picket fence?

319 high st


This home features FIVE bedrooms and THREE full baths! Tons of charm and potential!

Address: 319 High St, Cranford

Price: $525,000

Available for showings beginning  Friday, June 24…. Contact us for more details and to schedule an appointment!  


Broker of Record: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (Harold Maxwell) 908-233-0065
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Sharon Steele – Licensed Realtor® #0789515 – 600 North Ave. West, Westfield NJ, 07090

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GORGEOUS Scotch Plains Home For Sale!


Click HERE to Contact us now for a private showing, or come to the Public Open House at this amazing home on Sunday, May 15 from 1-4pm! Priced to sell at $600,000

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Broker of Record: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (Harold Maxwell) 908-233-0065
Privacy Policy & Terms Of Service – Copyright 2014, Sharon Steele, All Rights Reserved
Sharon Steele – Licensed Realtor® #0789515 – 600 North Ave. West, Westfield NJ, 07090

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Open House 4/24/16 1-4pmCharming Cranford Cape Cod Close to Nomahegan Park!

Open House Sunday April, 24, 2016  1-4pm

I Romore Pl, Cranford

Priced $475,000


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You Will LOVE This Cranford Home! Open House Sunday 4/10 1-4pm

16 wadsworth terr


PRICED AT $500,000












16 Wadsworth TerrWell maintained Home located on beautiful tree lined dead end street * Spacious Rooms, hardwood floors, gas heat, central air, on gorgeous serene lot with patio *Ideally located to Bloomingdale and  Orange Avenue Schools, Cranford Outdoor Pool, Parks and Playgrounds, Downtown Shops & Restaurants, NY Bus & Train Commuter Transportation * Bring your personal touches and make this home your own * Not A Flood Zone* New roof 2013, new steps retaining wall 2012, New Sump Pump and drainage system 2012, New furnace 2013, New Water Heater 2015, Basement renovation 2012, renovated family and powder room 2013, landscaping 2013, new propane generator.

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What is the “Rate of Absorption” in Real Estate??

There are many factors to consider when trying to determine the strength of the market. One of the indicators we use in determining the health of any real estate market is the rate of absorption (ROA). Simply stated, the rate of absorption calculates how fast homes are selling based on recent sales and homes that are currently available. The ROA indicates how long it would take for the entire current inventory to be sold based on the number of homes sold in a measured period, usually 3 or 6 months. Conventional wisdom dictates that a ROA of greater than six months indicates a market that is “buyer advantaged” with enough inventory to give a buyer choices and perhaps less of an urgency to buy. When the ROA is less than six months, it indicates a market that is seller advantaged. Also, once the ROA drops below 3 months, there is the chance that a marketplace can experience price appreciation due to the current lack of inventory. When compared to the prior 3 or 6 month period, you can determine if a trend towards either type of market is occurring. For instance, the chart below compares the six month period ending June 30, 2013 with the six month period ending June 30, 2012 in Union County.

Rate Of Absorption 6/30/13 6 Months Document

I hope you find this information useful. Please call me at 908-447-3579(cell) with any questions you might have, or if you would like a No Obligation Market Analysis of your current home. I  am always happy to help!

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How To Deal With Termites In Your New Jersey Home

Termite DamageWe’ve all seen them in the old cartoons.  Cute little animated creatures with smiling faces and swirly antennae, that with a whirring sound and a cloud of speedy dust,  eat an entire home from basement to attic, leaving nothing but the bricks from the chimney.  But the real ones are far less cute, and, honestly, who cares if they’re smiling?  They are resilient, can survive in basically any environment, are blind, and actually eat . . . . yes,  EAT . . . consume . . . the wood your home is made of.  There may be no cartoon whirring noise, and the roof might not fall down around you with seconds of their arrival, but the damage can be very palpable.

Termite infestations cause more than a billion dollars worth of damage every year in the United States.  Since termites eat wood from the inside out, you can’t always tell just by looking at beams or floor joists whether or not you’ve got them in your home.  But there are a number of ways to determine if they are there, eating your home silently from the inside out.  And searching for them is a routine part of any home inspection.

Sometimes pencil-thin hollow mud tubes can be seen snaking up foundation walls .  These tubes usually act as pathways from their nest to their feeding area, and as protection from the elements. Poking at suspected termite feeding grounds with a screwdriver can also bring you answers, but be sure you are prepared to face those answers when you are standing there with the screwdriver still in your hand.  (Ick!). Believe it or not, some experts actually listen to beams and joists with a stethoscope to listen for the sounds of chewing termites.  (Again, ick!)   Of course, there is the less-recommended method of simply waiting for the wood damage to become evident and perhaps irreversible in your home.

Once you now you’ve got them, there are several ways to eliminate termites.  By far, the most common method is injecting a termiticide, a slow-acting poison, into the ground around the house at intervals, to form a sort of barrier.  The unsuspecting and unseeing termites walk through it, getting it on their bodies in the process. Then, when they go back to the nest and come into contact with other termites, the poison is passed around to unsuspecting family members, eventually wiping out the entire colony. Exterminators may also bury bait stations in holes dug around the house, with believe it or not, bits of wood as bait, to help in their monitoring of exactly where the feeding and nesting stations are.  They can then inject the termiticide into bored holes more directly connected with feeding stations.

Unfortunately, termite exterminations are not exactly cheap.  Depending on the type of treatment and the size of the property being treated, the cost can run from $1,000 to $2,000. Of course, it would probably cost even more than that to pay Grandma’s medical bills when she falls through the hole in the floor that the termites have eaten.  So it’s all relative.  Not to mention the fact that you are also buying peace of mind, and preventing feeling the heebie-jeebies every time you walk into your basement to do laundry, knowing you are not alone and are greatly outnumbered.  It’s definitely NOT a problem to be ignored, but it’s also not insurmountable.  Just remember – it’s YOUR house, and you are mightier than the termite!

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Preparing Your New Jersey Lawn for Spring

New Jersey Real EstateThe trees are bare and gray.  The lawn is brown and . . . . well, dead.  No flowers.  No foliage.  Just . . . . bleh.  It can be a little depressing, and certainly doesn’t make you feel like you’re  putting your home’s best foot forward.

Take  heart. Over the next several weeks, temperatures will gradually warm, and life WILL again appear outdoors.   It’s still very early to actually do anything in terms of lawn care, but planning ahead can certainly be done now.   Spring lawn care is important, as early season care has a big impact on lawns for the rest of the year.

One of the first and most obvious things that should be done to the lawn in early spring is removal of debris that has accumulated over the winter. Even if you painstakingly cleaned up all of those leaves and branches at the end of Fall, they have a tricky way of sending their friends to nest during the winter months.  Wait until the soil has dried out somewhat, however, as working on a soggy turf can be quite detrimental to your grass. Raking the turf will remove matted accumulations of dead grass, but will do little for thatch problems.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not helpful to apply large amounts of nitrogen fertilizer first thing in the spring. While fertilizing turfgrasses in spring IS beneficial, it needs to be done in moderation. Heavy applications of nitrogen fertilizer in the spring can actually burn the grass, and cause serious lawn problems. And don’t be that neighbor that has to be “first.” March is not the time for fertilizing.  Wait until the lawn has been mowed a few times before fertilizing, typically very late April or early May.  Choose a quality lawn fertilizer that contains controlled release, slow-release, or water insoluble nitrogen. All of these terms refer to nitrogen sources that will release small amounts of nitrogen to the turf over an extended period of time, which leads to more uniform and healthy lawn growth, and less “burning.”   These materials are especially important to use in spring.

Many homeowners question when to apply crabgrass herbicides to the lawn. Crabgrass generally begins germinating around the middle of May, so a target of early May, or even late April, is usually accurate. Pregrowth crabgrass herbicides need to be put down prior to crabgrass germination in order to work, so it’s better to apply slightly early rather than too late . . . .  but, again,  not in March. Many preemergence crabgrass herbicides come mixed WITH fertilizer, so you can actually do both steps in one.

Spring also is a popular time for seeding new lawns, although it is actually not the most favorable time. If it can be delayed, early fall is actually the optimum time because fall weather conditions are more favorable for the new turf, and weed growth pressure is much lower. That being said, Spring seeding can certainly work out very well, as long as hot weather doesn’t set in before the new lawn is well established. If starting a new lawn in spring, be sure to seed it by mid-April to avoid that problem.  And NOT immediately after using herbicides.

If you’re still feeling a little uncertain about when to seed, use weed killer, or fertilize, you can always ask your friendly neighborhood nursery worker or hardware store employee.  And today’s products usually have a pretty clear set of “when to do what” instructions right on the back of the packaging.  Looking ahead and doing a little planning now can make your job of bringing and keeping your lawn to life a whole lot easier.  Especially since we are all looking forward to bringing some color back to our outdoors . . . . even if we’re not necessarily looking forward to mowing the lawn again.

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