Short Hills Real Estate Blog

  • Hack Your Downpayment

    BY Jill Birnberg

    The biggest hindrance to home-ownership for most young couples is the dreaded downpayment. In fact, may couples believe that between living expenses and school loans, they'll never be able to save up enough for a downpayment on a house or even a co...

  • The Best Place to Raise a Family

    BY Jill Birnberg

    We all have our own idea of the perfect place to raise a family. We want our kids to grow up with all the opportunities available to them. That might mean a large backyard or nearby parks, great schools, sports facilities, museums or libraries. You...

  • Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

    BY Jill Birnberg

    Okay, it's one of the biggest decisions of your life, so when do you know if you're ready? Homeownership readiness can come at any age … there are young twenty-somethings that took the plunge, and there are empty-nesters that buy after the kids ...

  • Protect Your Home-Buying Budget

    BY Jill Birnberg

    You know you love house hunting, and shopping for the perfect home is a fun pastime, but to move from being an open house and model home butterfly requires that big initial financial outlay … the dreaded downpayment. In fact, sticker shock someti...

  • Fascinating Home Technology — Run Your House on a Battery

    BY Jill Birnberg

    The biggest challenge to solar energy is the inability to both capture it and store it in any meaningful way. In fact, while efficiency in capturing solar power has increased from about 15 percent of most solar panel models to 35 percent efficiency i...

  • Capturing Clutter

    BY Jill Birnberg

    Whether you're preparing your home to sell, or your packing up to move to your new home … clutter can be your worst enemy. But, getting chaos under control isn't always easy. The problem isn't that you lack resources. In fact, a whole industry s...

  • Can My Real Estate Agent Offer to Buy My Home If There are No Offers?

    BY Jill Birnberg

    The short answer is "yes," but know what you're signing up for. In a seller's market it seems like most homes should sell — given enough time and exposure on the market. But there are some situations where a home MUST sell: the owners need to move...

  • Disappointing Appraisal?

    BY Jill Birnberg

    You've found the perfect home at the perfect price and made an offer that the sellers accepted. But, the appraisal came back lower than your offer. BUMMER! What do you do now? Any home financed through a bank or mortgage lender requires an appra...

  • Backyard July 4th Celebration!

    BY Jill Birnberg

    Celebrate your new home with a backyard barbecue! Nothing speaks independence like owning your own home. If you've rented for most of your adult life, the freedom to paint walls, barbecue on the patio or hang party lights in trees is a special fee...

  • Relocating Made Simple

    BY Jill Birnberg

    Okay, there's really not a simple way to relocate … after all, you're uprooting yourself, moving away from friends or family or both, leaving your comfort zone and launching out into the world. But, there are some things you can do to make it less ...