Buying a Hoboken condo? Make sure you ask this important question!

Posted April 8, 2011 by eddieperez
Categories: Condo Living, Hoboken Homes, Home Buying

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Imagine spending the first night in your new Hoboken luxury condo.  You know, the one you’ve just spent upwards of $600,000 or more for.

Tired from your move and the celebratory toast from the bottle of champagne that your REALTOR gave you at closing, you look forward to the first nights rest in your new home.

As you slip into a peaceful sleep, suddenly you’re awakened at 1am.

Thunk!…Bang!…..Crunch!…..Grind!….Bang!…Boom!   OMG…what the #*%@ is that!

Those my friends are the wonderful sounds of the garbage collection at your luxury condo building.

These are the sounds I experience 6 nights a week at my luxury condo.  I happen to be on the 8th floor and it’s rather loud.

Now I’ve been a city boy all of my life and I’m not particularly sensitive to these noises. However I knew this BEFORE moving into my home.

Someone just went into contract (not my deal) at a unit on the 2nd floor.  I’m sure it’s really loud on that level.  I wonder if they were told about this.

So remember to ask.

“Where is the garbage collected, how often and at what time?”

An experienced agent should know or find this out for you.  This way you’ll be better able to choose the right home for yourself!

About Eddie:  Eddie Perez is an experienced New Jersey licensed Broker – REALTOR specializing in buying and selling condominiums in Hoboken and the surrounding metro communities including Jersey City and Weehawken, New Jersey.  He has personally sold over 120 homes and is among the top producing agents in Hudson County.  His goal is to educate both buyers and sellers so that they can make the most of their bottom line while saving time and having fun during the process.  You can email questions to eddie@InvestHoboken.com

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30 Day Hoboken Condo Market Snapshot. Not to Shabby!

Posted April 5, 2011 by eddieperez
Categories: Condo Living, Hoboken Homes, Hoboken Market Statistics, Home Prices

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In the last 30 days, 66 Hoboken condos went into contract, a drop from the same period in 2010 however these numbers are going against the buying frenzy caused from the Home Buyer Tax Credit that was in effect during the spring market of last year.

To me, this indicates a robust, balanced market as we have 365 condos currently for sale on the Hudson County Multiple Listing Service. If we divide this by the 66 condos that went into contract in the last 30 days, we have 5.5 month inventory at current sales pace (Absorption Rate).

An absorption rate that’s between 3-6 months is typically defined as a balanced market whereas above 6 months is a buyers market and below 3 months is a sellers market.

Here’s the stats:
Total contracts last 30 days: 66 -15.3% from same period 2010
Avg asking price: $524,803 -2.72% from the $539,521 average asking price in 2010
Median asking price: $489,500 + 2.14% from the $479,000 average median price in 2010

The most expensive condo to go into contract is a 1865 sqft 2 bed, 2 den, 2.5 bath at Maxwell Place. On the opposite side, the lowest priced unit to go into contract was a 453 sqft studio at 1015 Washington St.

I welcome any questions that you have for your particular condo.

eddie@InvestHoboken.com
Have a great day!
Eddie
Edward (Eddie) Perez

Hoboken Real Estate Blog – Stats, new listings, price reductions, news and more!!

Find Your Dream Condo In Hoboken

Posted March 24, 2011 by eddieperez
Categories: Condo Living, Hoboken Homes, Home Buying

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It can be overwhelming when you look at all the condos for sale in Hoboken and it may leave you wondering how you will know which one is the right one for you. To help you find your dream home it is first ideal to come up with a wish list to help you with your search.

1. How Much Work Do You Want To Do? Determine if you want to purchase a home that is a fixer-upper or one that is move-in ready. Homes that need a little work done on them tend to be priced a great deal less than those homes that are move-in ready. Take the time to consider what homeownership means to you.

2. Location! Location! Location! When it all comes down to where you live in Hoboken, it needs to be the right location for you and your life style. The closer in proximity you are to public transit the more likely the home is to be more expensive. The great thing about Hoboken is it is one of the most walkable cities in America!

3. Local School District. The quality of education among both public and private schools vary widely across the country and also plays a big part when it comes to choosing where to live. Take the time to research the school district before choosing a place to live.

4. What Style Of Condo Is Right For You? Is a balcony or roof deck something that you are looking for in your new home or would you consider living without either? These are things to think about before you start you search for your dream home.

5. Bells And Whistles. Does that beautiful granite countertop stand out at you or does marble catch your eye? Make a list of what upgrades you would like to see in your future home.

6. What’s Your Style? The interior style of any home can be changed but it could come with a costly price tag. Decide what things are important to you inside your home and this will help with the home search.

7. Be Realistic About Outdoor Space. A home with a yard in Hoboken is a rare find. It may be more realistic to consider a nice balcony or roof deck. If a yard is something that you really want, you may consider purchasing a Brownstone or a Row House.

8. How Old? What age of home are you looking for? Old homes are unique but often times require more maintenance that can be costly to you. Newer homes are by no means maintenance free but may come with a warranty from the builder.

9. A Garage Is Not Likely. City living comes with many perks but many times, having a garage is not one of those perks. You will be hard pressed to find that perfect home with a garage while living in the city.

10. Condo Life. There are many choices available to you when it comes to owning a condo in Hoboken. Finding the right one for you can be easy with a little thought ahead of time of what you are looking for in your new home.

If owning a new condo in Hoboken is on your dream list, contact me, Eddie Perez of ReMax Gold Coast Realty. You can reach me directly at (201) 344-2886 or check out my InvestHoboken website.

Where is Hoboken, NJ in relation to NYC? Take a look!

Posted March 23, 2011 by eddieperez
Categories: Best Buys/ Hot Deals in Hoboken, Hoboken Homes, Home Buying

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This is a fantastic perspective of where Hoboken, New Jersey is situated in relation to New York City.


The grey buildings closest are the Hudson Tea Building and to the right (red and blue facade) sits Harborside Lofts. Across the river is Downtown Manhattan.

With 2 commuter ferry routes, PATH trains (our subway), and constant flow of buses zipping you through the Lincoln Tunnel from Hoboken into Manhattan,
Hoboken truly is a commuters dream!

Edward (Eddie) Perez

Hoboken Real Estate Blog – Stats, new listings, price reductions, news and more!!

Eddie Perez, Broker – REALTOR
RE/MAX Gold Coast Realty
56 Newark Street, Hoboken NJ 07030-4526 Phone: (201) 344-2886
www.InvestHoboken.comNobody sells more homes

Hot Hoboken, New Jersey Restaurant Opportunity – Are you Ready?

Posted March 23, 2011 by eddieperez
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Hot Hoboken Restaurant Opportunity awaits! Have you always wanted to own your own restaurant or have a food concept that you know would
work in a prime, upscale yet charming commercial market?

Your opportunity has arrived and is ready for you to start with this Washington Street restaurant with excellent growth prospects, high visibility and traffic. The place has an excellent layout and features which will allow you to start immediately or allow for a smooth transition should you have a new concept.

Fully equipped kitchen and dining room is “turn-key” ready to go. Currently seats 48 inside and 16 outside (seasonally). High ceilings central air and heat, 2 bathrooms (1 handicap accessible), and lots of storage.

Create your vision in one of the hottest markets today!

Why Hoboken?
Hoboken, New Jersey has become one of the hottest retail markets in the New York metro area.
Hoboken’s unique and lovely Washington Street has received the 2010 award from the American Planning Association (APA) for its Great Places in America: Streets award for excellence in planning.
Home to Carlos Bake Shop, which is on TLC networks reality show, Cake Boss
Major transportation hub
Many special events throughout the year including
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
semi-annual Arts & Music Festival and
St. Ann’s Feast
Hoboken House Tour
Hoboken Arts Studio Tour and more!
Thousands of luxury condominiums and high per capita income
$268,000 includes all furniture, fixtures and equipment.
Long term lease

Serious inquires to info@InvestHoboken.com
eddie perez
RE/MAX Gold Coast Realty – Hoboken
201-795-0100

Amazing Benefits Of Home Ownership In Hoboken

Posted March 17, 2011 by eddieperez
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Owning a home has been an American Dream for as long as anyone can remember, and even during the past few years when the economy has been down, it has still been part of the American Dream. In fact, 67% of homes in America are owner-occupied. According to the National Association of Realtors, there are many benefits to homeownership in Hoboken.
● It is a fact those who are homeowners are happier and healthier than those that are not. Also, homeowners have more of a feeling of control over their own lives.
● The homeowners of America pay 80% to 90% of federal income taxes. These taxes help to contribute to numerous federal programs which benefit everyone in America.
● Those who rent can expect to see, on average, an increase of 3% on their monthly rent each year. Homeowners have the benefit of fixed rate mortgage loans and enjoy a steady monthly payment for the term of their loans.
● Another known benefit of homeownership is that children of homeowners are more apt to participate in organized activities which means less time being couch potatoes.
Homeowners tend to be more involved with volunteering and contribute more to their neighborhoods.
● Moving can be a lot of work and those that rent, tend to move more frequently than those who own their own home. The stability achieved by homeowners not frequently moving, will help reduce crime and do their part to help with the overall upkeep of the neighborhood.
● Maybe the best reason for homeownership is that children of those who own their own home do well in school and stay in school longer than children of those who rent.

Home ownership in Hoboken is also doing its part to help the economy. The housing industry makes up 15 % of the Gross Domestic Product in the United States. Every home purchased in the U.S. adds on average $60,000 to the economy throughout time by the means of home improvements and furniture purchases.

If you are looking to enjoy the benefits of homeownership in the Hoboken area contact me, Eddie Perez of ReMax Gold Coast Realty. You can reach me directly at (201) 344-2886 or check out my InvestHoboken website.

Designer Bathroom Vanities That Anyone Can Have In Their Hoboken Home

Posted March 3, 2011 by eddieperez
Categories: Condo Living, Hoboken Homes, Home Improvements

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Are you an HGTV or DIY fanatic? If so, you have probably seen those episodes where they find an old cabinet at a flea market and turn it into a beautiful designer bathroom vanity or chest. If you are not familiar with this practice, it is easier than you think to recreate this look without having to pay those designer prices. You too can have those designer quality pieces you have seen in magazines and thought you could never afford in your Hoboken home for an affordable price.
To start the process, you want to scour local flea markets and antique sales for just the right piece of furniture that will work in the area of your home you plan to place it in. An old dresser, large nightstand, dressing table, or desks are all pieces of furniture that are used frequently. It is important before you buy your treasured find to measure the space that you plan to put it in so that you do not get it back and home and it does not fit.

Once you bring your find home, you want to examine the way it was constructed in detail. Is it held together with screws or wooden blocks? Things like this are what you will want to look for. If your purpose is to use it as a bathroom vanity, you want to carefully remove the top of it intact as this will make a great template for your new top. Next, cut a hole in the place on the back where the plumbing will go. Finally, level and shim your new piece into place until it is level. You want to be sure your new vanity is secure to the wall by screwing it into the studs on the wall.Choose a top to place on the vanity that will match your Hoboken home such as granite, marble or Corian. Do not forget to pick up a new sink to go with your new top.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Hoboken area, contact me, Eddie Perez of ReMax Gold Coast Realty. You can reach me directly at (201) 344-2886 or check out my InvestHoboken website.