Short Hills Real Estate Blog

  • Should I Haggle Over the Price?

    BY Jill Birnberg

    Buying a home, especially for the first time, is emotional. You've saved and scrimped for months—years even—and now you've found the home of your dreams. You're in love and you don't want someone else to get it. Joss Whedon, the mastermind behin...

  • Futuristic Kitchen Upgrades

    BY Jill Birnberg

    A recent display at the Saloni design fair in Milan, Italy, featured parts of Concept Kitchen 2025, a collaboration between IKEA, the IDEO design firm and Swedish design students. Their exhibit showcases concepts from tables that double as computers ...

  • Why Use Wood-Look Tile?

    BY Jill Birnberg

    A newer trend sweeping the building industry is the use of wood-look porcelain or ceramic tiles. While natural wood flooring is still an optimal choice for most homes, here are some reasons you may want to take a second look at wood-look or wood-gr...

  • Help for Prospective Homebuyers

    BY Jill Birnberg

    While there is no dearth of advice when it comes to saving up to buy a home, some of us just need a little more help. Introducing the Housing Counselor What, you ask, is a housing counselor? Different from a real estate agent or broker, a housing...

  • Lofts — Not Just for the Young

    BY Jill Birnberg

    As a real estate trend, loft living is here to stay. Originally thought of as live/work spaces for artists and musicians, the term "loft" evokes transformed warehouses and industrial spaces with exposed brickwork, open pipes and electrical conduits a...

  • Keeping Your House Show Ready

    BY Jill Birnberg

    Having your house on the market while you're living in it can be a stressful time. You still have to live. The dog still puts muddy prints on your freshly mopped floor. The kids still race down the hallway bumping into your freshly painted walls. C...

  • Spring Cleaning

    BY Jill Birnberg

    Now that the weather is finally warmer and spring really seems to be here, it's time to tackle some of those nasty cleaning jobs you've been putting off. If you're planning to put your house on the market, or getting ready to leave a rental for your ...

  • Final Four for Home Buyers

    BY Jill Birnberg

    When it comes to basketball, we only have 64 teams to narrow down into our Final Four to fill our brackets. When it comes to buying our first home, we have thousands of options and dozens of choices to consider, but when it all comes down to it, th...

  • Buying an Investment Home

    BY Jill Birnberg

    Although the housing market is heating up, buying an investment in order to flip it may not be the right plan for you. Buying a flip home relies on market prices going up higher than the cost for you to refurbish it for sale. And … it has to sell. ...

  • The Value of Professional Staging

    BY Jill Birnberg

    Views very widely on the value of hiring a professional stager to prepare your home for sale. Many real estate agents swear by it and have years of sales to back up their claim. They cite their own impressions, sales history and anecdotal evidence ...