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April 2009 Real Estate Update!

by Susan Laskin

Read through my Pascack Valley Real Estate Newsletter below!  There is wonderful information for Buyers, Sellers & Pascack Valley Dwellers alike!  Learn about Mortgate Rates, Local Market Conditions, Home Appeal & more! 

When you're finished browsing through the articles below, head over to some of my websites for more information! 

At, you can browse through my Featured Listings, search All Local Listings, learn about the various Pascack Valley towns, read through my Library of Real Estate Tips & more!

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April 2009
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Five Ways to Wow Buyers

  These days, tax credits and high housing inventory make it a buyers' market. If you're a seller, don't despair. There are a variety of renovations that can help make your home stand out. Many buyers look at numerous homes when shopping for a house; so enhancing your home to make it more memorable is vital and increases the chances of a successful sale.
      Clearing clutter, taking down personal photos, applying a fresh coat of paint, making minor repairs, and keeping a pleasant aroma are all basic techniques to make your home more appealing. But there are a few other

Mortgage Rates

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U.S. averages as of March 26, 2009:

30 yr. fixed:   4.85%
15 yr. fixed:   4.58%
1 yr. adj:        4.85%

creative enhancements that you can do to wow buyers without emptying your wallet. The results not only attract more attention, but also paint a picture of a well-cared-for home.

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Where Housing is Headed

     We received an important indicator of where housing is headed last month, when new mortgage applications for home purchases and refinances suddenly surged as they hadn't in months.
      Applications for FHA loans to buy houses were up by 10.4 percent. And overall home purchase applications jumped by 7.1 percent.
      Meanwhile mortgage interest rates dropped to their second lowest level in nearly two decades, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Thirty year fixed rates averaged 4.96 percent and fifteen year rated dropped to just 4.5 percent.
      Why's this important? New financing applications to buy homes obviously point to rising purchase contracts and closed sales in the months ahead. They also suggest that prices have hit a level in many markets that is attracting once-hesitant buyers off the sidelines.
      There's still another factor that's likely at work here as well: Congress's

What You Need to Know
to Buy a Home Today

     Don't let a sluggish economy get you down. There are reasons to shop for personal items—including a new home. I recently saw an advertisement for a new car that said you could return the car in the first year if you lose your job. While there may not be that incentive for homes yet, some other perks might give you reason to start your housing search.
      If you can afford to buy, consider making homeownership a goal this year, especially if you haven't owned a principal residence in three years prior to buying. The new stimulus package sweetens the deal for homebuyers who purchase a residence on or after January 1, 2009, and before December 1, 2009. The incentive is for first-time homebuyers who remain in their home for at least three years. It provides a credit for 10 percent of the home purchase price, up to an $8,000 limit. The credit can be taken on your 2008 or 2009 tax return.
      If you close on a home after the April 15 tax deadline, you can apply for an extension provided that you close on your home before the extension deadline of October 15. If you're extra speedy and have already filed your 2008 return, don't worry — you can file an amendment to claim the credit. You have three years to

When Is It Time To Replace Your Roof?

     Red flags that signal it's time to replace your roof may be over your head.
      Sunlight permitting holes and bucket brigade-sized leaks are obvious signs it's time for a new topper for your home.
      There are however, additional indicators that may not be so obvious.
      "Certainly if your roof is approaching the end of its life cycle -- usually 20 – 25 years for asphalt shingles -- it's time to think about a new roof," says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes in Kansas City, KS.
      The National Association of Homebuilders says decorative slate, metal, masonry and newer synthetic roofs can have a life expectancy of 50 years or more.
      "However, a calendar shouldn't be the

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DIRECT: 201 930-3051 Cell: 201-615-5353
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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
201 930-8820 ext. 117
50 Broadway
Hillsdale, NJ 07642

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21 homes sold in the Pascack Valley region of Bergen County, NJ during the month of February.  Want to know more information about them? 

At my website,, I provide you with monthly reports (in .pdf form) detailing every home that sold in the Pascack Valley over the past two years.  If you’re not already aware, The Pascack Valley is a very desirable region located in Bergen County, New Jersey.  It is comprised of eight tree shaded, charm filled wonderful towns and is conveniently located only 40 minutes outside of New York City.  (The eight towns that encompass the region are River Vale, Hillsdale, Woodcliff Lake, Park Ridge, Westwood, Montvale, Emerson and the Township of Washington).

Read the February 2009 Sold Homes Report and become an informed buyer or seller!  Read the February 2008 Sold Homes Report and compare where prices have gone over the past year!

Looking for more helpful Real Estate Tools?

·         What’s Your Home Worth? – Click on the link to use my home analysis tool and determine the value of your home!

·         Browse through my Featured Listings! – Some of the best deals & hottest homes available on today’s market!

·         Search All Local Listings!

Read more of my Bergen County Real Estate Blogs!

·         Expanded & Elegant! – River Vale home with lots of curb appeal!

·         Take a Virtual Tour! – Incredible Hillsdale Ranch!

·         Light & Bright Hillsdale Colonial! – Amazing Value!

·         River Vale, New Jersey – An incredible place to live.  Click the link to learn more about this wonderful Bergen County town!

Light & Bright Hillsdale Colonial! Amazing Value!

by Susan Laskin

Hillsdale Real Estate156 Dwight Avenue in Hillsdale ($348,950) is a light & bright Colonial that boasts a very spacious Living Room, a lovely Formal Dining Room and an updated Kitchen!  There are 3 bedrooms upstairs, each with a closet, an updated full bath w/ pedestal sink and an additional walk-in closet in the hallway.  The lower level is partially finished w/ a recreation room and half bath.  Set on a spacious 100 x 100 property w/ spacious rear yard, an above ground pool and a large 2 car garage, this home has tremendous value! 

View more photos!  Learn more about this home!

Take a Virtual Tour of this home, then call me on my cell to set up your private showing! 201-615-5353.

  • Location: Lovely Residential Street  
  • City: Hillsdale, New Jersey  
  • Zip Code: 07642 
  • Bedrooms: 2 
  • Bathrooms: 1.5 
  • MLS#: 2908638

Browse through more of my Featured Bergen County Homes! 

Have you read the latest Sold Homes Report?  Learn what every home in the Pascack Valley region of Bergen County, NJ sold for over the past two years!  Visit my website!

Read more of my Bergen County Real Estate blogs!

  • Kitchen Catastrophe! - Before you walk away thinking your dream home isn’t perfect anymore, it’s always a possibility to consider a kitchen renovation.
  • The Value in School Districts! - “What’s the average class size?” “Did the school budget pass?” “Are there special programs available?”
  • Remarkable River Vale Ranch! - Amazing and spacious one level ranch with updated interior is remarkable for its beauty & elegance!
  • Incredible Hillsdale Ranch! - A wonderful & updated Ranch that comes complete with an updated Kitchen and updated baths! Priced aggressively for the astute buyer!

Bergen County Real EstateThis young condo is the best priced exquisite unit at the Village!  With a wonderful open floor plan, breakfast bar with an open Kitchen and a Formal Dining Room w/ sliding glass doors that open to a private deck overlooking a wooded and private area, this home is one floor living at its finest!  The Formal Living Room has a gas fireplace and the Master Bedroom has a walk-in closet, double closet and a spacious Master Bath with soaking tub and stall shower. On the main level there is a second bedroom and full bath and the lower level has a huge family room, third bedroom (den), half bath and enormous storage age. Attached one car garage. A best buy!!  Click here for more information on this home!

Take a Virtual Tour of this home, then come see it in person!  Call me on my cell to set up your private showing! 201-615-5353.

Interested in seeing more Bergen County Real Estate?  Browse through my Featured Properties!  Some of the hottest homes & best deals available on the market!

Looking for answers so some frequently asked real estate questions?  Browse through my Buyer’s Tips!

Read more of my Bergen County Real Estate blogs!

·         Did You Miss My Open Houses Last Weekend? – You just missed my Open Houses for some incredible homes!  Call me on my cell to set up your private showing. 

·         Take a Virtual Tour of this Incredible Hillsdale Ranch! - A wonderful & updated Ranch that comes complete with an updated Kitchen and updated baths! Priced aggressively for the astute buyer!

·         New Listing – Remarkable River Vale Ranch! – Click for more information on this home.

·         River Vale, New Jersey Real Estate! – An incredible place to live!

What's Your Home Worth?

New Listing! 6 Year Young Center Hall Colonial!

by Susan Laskin

Bergen County Real EstateClick here, or on any of the pictures for more information on this home.  Call me, Susan Laskin, on my cell to set up your private showing! 201-615-5353.

($945,950) Looking for a 6 year young center hall colonial with 5 bedrooms & 3.5 baths at the end of a double cul de sac? Presenting an absolutely incredible home in a beautiful neighborhood of upscale and custom colonials with lots of goodies including a huge center island Eat-In Kitchen w/ breakfast bar, granite counters, a breakfast room and custom wood cabinetry.  There are huge rooms throughout this home with a main level 5th bedroom, an expansive Great Room w/ high ceilings & a beautifully appointed fireplace, and a Master Suite w/ high ceilings, a walk-in closet and a beautiful master bath w/ whirlpool & stall shower.  This home also boasts 3 additional spacious bedrooms, all with hardwood floors and one with an additional full bath (3 baths on bedroom level).  With a huge basement w/ high ceiling and a very spacious side yard & terraced rear yard w/ paver patio this home has exceptional value!  Great curb appeal! Incredible Location!  Click here, or on any of the pictures for more information on this home.

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Looking for more Bergen County Real Estate?  Browse through my Featured Properties!

Learn more about me from Real Estate Network Group!

Read more of my Bergen County Real Estate Blogs!

·         New Listing! – River Vale NEW Manor Home! - Live in Elegance!! ($1,195,950) Brand New Construction ..Just Completed Custom Manor Home..Approx.4302 square feet of elegance and grandeur! 


·         Spotless Homes Sell! - Ideally, a home that’s on the market should be completely spotless. So the question you might ask yourselves… is it worth it? Undoubtedly, Yes! Especially if you want your home to sell quicker & for the best possible price!


·         House Hunting? - Let’s say you just spent the day house-hunting.   You’re taking walking tours of various wonderful homes in the area and contemplating all the possibilities your mind can imagine… yet at the end of the day, you find yourself having trouble differentiating between each home you just saw.


·         The Value in School Districts - The quality of the local school district is a strong factor when determining the market value of your home. Concerning potential buyers with children, this could be as critical a determinant as the appeal of your home.


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Susan Laskin, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
50 Broadway
Hillsdale NJ 07642
Cell: 201-615-5353 (Call First!)
Office: 201-930-8820 x117
Fax: 201-664-1925

Cell: 201-615-5353 (call first!)  Office: 201-930-8820 x117