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Gerri’s Interview

Upper Montclair NJ Realtor Gives Free Real Estate Advice! (2008)

By Natasha Campbell

‘The housing market is regrouping.’ Everyone’s heard how the real estate industry is in turmoil. The lending institutions aren’t approving many loans. The mortgage lending business is tougher than ever to navigate and home sales are still lagging nationwide. The Republicans are blaming the Democrats, Democrats blaming the Republicans and everyone’s blaming the banks. Confidence or trust in the real estate market is making it even tougher to buy or sell. It’s a rough business environment in the Northern New Jersey real estate market. In some circles of Essex County, realtor is a dirty word. So why is one Upper Montclair NJ Realtor giving away free advice and tips to help anyone who is trying to sell, buy, rent or invest in a home or business property in Northern NJ? And, she doesn’t even ask for you to sign a contract with her?

“I love Upper Montclair NJ real estate, Bloomfield NJ real estate, South Orange real estate, Nutley, Little Falls and all of northern NJ real estate.” Explains, Gerri Leventhal, of Remax Village Square and Findnjhouse.com. “Let’s face it, we’re all in this stagnant economy together and we’re all going to have to pitch in, if we’re going to stimulate the buying, selling, renting and leasing that will eventually get ourselves out of this mess. We, here in northern NJ, are extremely lucky to have some of the most dynamic real estate in the world, right in our back yard. We’re a suburb of New York City and a few of our towns are now experiencing multiple bids on property. We have everything we need and Northern New Jersey Real estate is leading the way, in showing the nation that investing in a home is still the most important financial decision one can make. The investment opportunities truly do abound in Northern NJ real estate, if you are real estate savvy. Our community has the movers and shakers to get the deals done. If you’ve got a passion to sell, buy, rent or invest in real estate, northern NJ real estate is the best place for you to be looking.”

“People are scared to touch real estate now a days and the news media is just adding to all the confusion. Yet, life goes on; People get divorced, they get transferred out of state, they inherit a house, they get married, start families, people still have to buy and sell houses. Now, more than ever, buyers and sellers need real, informative, real estate advice, especially if their transaction is going to take place in the Northern NJ real estate market.” I have been hostessing Real Estate seminars because people are confused. I have two websites; My Remax Village Square site, Gerrileventhal.Com and my personal real estate site Findnjhouse.Com. People ask me all the time; Is it a good time to sell? A good time to buy? Should I invest? Should I wait? What’s going on in real estate these days?”

“Yes, in your seminars you stress the unique opportunities that pertain specifically to buying and selling homes in Northern NJ. Obviously the Essex County real estate market as well as any real estate, being so close to the Big Apple, would present special challenges.”

“Yes there are very unique challenges and some very unique opportunities here. Also, anyone wishing to sell or buy real estate in the New York suburbs, should know that this real estate arena has some of the most savvy realtors and capable business people in the world. Let’s just say that to make it as a Northern NJ Realtor, dealing with buying and selling in the New York City suburbs, you have to be better than good at what you do.”

“I guess then you don’t recommend that people try to buy or sell real estate by themselves?”

“When you are dealing with large sums of money, it is always a good idea to have someone in your corner who is an expert. They tell you it’s a bad idea to represent yourself in a court of law instead of hiring a lawyer and this is kind of the same thing. You don’t want to leave money on the table or risk blowing a sale or purchase over something a realtor could solve easily. We take classes, we have to pass a test, we come with experience; the small percentage that we earn from the transaction is usually worth it, if only for the peace of mind a good realtor bring by being there with you throughout the whole experience as well as after.”

“Your most recent free seminar was titled; Tips for selling your home in Northern New Jersey. You had a few guest speakers; a mortgage specialist and a property tax expert. Then you talked and gave out some, very cool and interesting advice for people interested in selling their homes in the northern NJ real estate market. I wonder if you would be so kind as to share some of the more important tips with our readers who may have missed your last seminar?”

“Tips on selling your home in northern New Jersey, happens to be one of my favorite subjects. I try to stick to tips that won’t cost a lot but can make a big difference on the appearance of your home. It is amazing how just a little attention to the details will add that special appeal that the buyer is looking for!”

“When listing your northern NJ Home for sale, the first thing to do is have your home inspected by a professional home inspector. This allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party. It helps you to price your home realistically. It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later. You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if you are qualified. It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.”

“Always make sure that you clean up the outside real good. Curb appeal is the first impression of your house. Keeping the grass cut and the area tidy will help make a great first impression. Paint or wash the exterior of the house including window casings, shutters, and doors. Wash the windows inside and out. Check the gutters and chimney.”

“Of course, be sure to touch up the interior of your home too. Get rid of all clutter. Clean out your closets, garage, basement and attic. Use self-storage if necessary. Put a fresh coat of paint in the most used areas of the home. Clean as well as brighten up the rooms with new light bulbs. Wash all floors and bathroom tiles thoroughly. Replacing air filters will help keep the dust down. Getting the house into the best condition possible, especially if you are in a market with few buyers and lots of homes for sale, will keep you competitive.”

“If you can afford it, take care of any major repairs that could deter a buyer, such as replacing any broken windows or patching a leaky roof. Plant a few flowers near the walkway or place some colorful plants in pots by the door. Eliminate the source of any bad smells, such as the kitty box. Use air fresheners to ensure that the house smells inviting. Invest in a couple of vases of fresh flowers to place around the house and next to any information about the house you have prepared for buyers.”

“Also make sure that you come up with a sales strategy with an adjustable sales plan that is flexible and can be adjusted to accommodate all kinds of buyers. Determine what will your initial asking price will be and how long will you be insisting on it before making a reduction. You should also plan out how much of a cut you are able to accept.”

“Well that certainly is some helpful advice Gerri and I’m sure our readers appreciate your expertise.”

“Thanks for allowing me this time to share. And of course, if anyone has any more real estate questions they need help with or if you would like to participate in a seminar, feel free to contact me at 973 489-7916 or email, gerriwithremax@comcast.net”

“Gerri’s websites are www.gerrileventhal.com and http://findnjhouse.com”