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Where is the best place in nj to live and buy a house about 250,000?

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September 25 2010 - Fairfield Township
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I see no problem in helping someone organize their options - but, in this case and question,  with so little information to go on, no one can really suggest what those options might be.
With a $250,000 budget, one could already eliminate or add certain towns to the list.

For example, if Bazil says he wants to be within a 30 min commute to NYC, then.based on that need,  one could give him some areas to consider. That isn't steering - it's being helpful to someone moving to a new area, and it's what we do all the time.

When I get a new transferee to work with, I don't tell him he has to look at the entire state! I find out what style home he prefers, what location works best, what price point, what "flavor" he is looking for in a town (newer construction, old, urban feel or suburban feel, etc) and town amentities he is looking for, and try to match his needs and wants to a location that would suit him.

Isn't that our job?
Steering is when you steer people away from or towards certain areas.... or show certain people different areas than you might show others  with the same needs.............steering isn't helping somone find an area that meets their specific criteria.

Bazil - understand that the term "best place to live" is subjective, and means different things to different people. A town is "best" if it works for you!
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September 27 2010
Dan, the country hick

I heard some baby boomers are migrating from Jersey and the colder eastern states and moving to Vegas where property taxes and real estate values are at historic lows not seen in over a decade and the weather is nice...with lots of fun activities...like year round golf and swimming...just a healthy lifestyle

no snow tires needed and no waiting for them to plow the streets to get your groceries...there's little chance of slipping on your driveway here either
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December 03 2011
good luck
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December 03 2011

if you want to live in a top notch NJ town and not pay more than $250k, then you might want to look at condos/townhomes. NJ has the highest cost of living in the USA. it will be difficult to find a single-family home at that prices in any of NJ's premier towns...not impossible, but difficult. you might have to settle for a home that needs work.

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December 03 2011
The location you choose is the best place. If I tell you where to live it's called steering and illegal.
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October 23 2010
Bazil...Living around the Philly area is great and by being on the NJ side you can easily get to NYC is you need to have a day where the "pace is picked up a bit".  Our main office is based in Hammonton just a little bit to the East and I can put you in touch with a great realtor that can show you some places.  Contact me through my profile for more information.
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October 01 2010
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I would wait to buy. Look at the site below.

house price prediction site

         City                        Forecast
      Newark                − 11.7%
      Trenton                −   8.9%
      Atlantic City                − 13.1%
      Edison                −   7.9%
      Ocean City                − 10.3%
      Jersey City                −   9.3%





Vast numbers of New Jersey residents fleeing the state as a result of rising job losses and one of the highest two tax bases in the country is projected to delay any come back in the housing market through the year.

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October 01 2010
Bazil - congrats on selecting an area!

Sorry, but I am not at all familair with that town.
If an agent from that town doesn't come along soon, why not search through zillow for someone from there who can answer your questions.

As far as whether you should buy now, or wait - that is entirely up to you. I see no problem with waiting, as prices are still not stable, and may be declining depending on where you are.........at the very least, begin educating yourself on the area and take your time getting used to the various neighborhoods and recreational activities available to you. There's no rush - start looking and you'll get a feel for what is right for you!

All the best!
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September 30 2010
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Hey thanks for the idea's guys.You welcome Debra. i have decided to go with sicklerville NJ and commute to Philly to work. The median home prices are within my range. Yes Bill i have been pre-approved at 250. I want taxes at 3000-4000. Do you guys have any idea how the neighborhoods are there? Where are the best parts of Sicklerville.Is there any place close by or in sicklerville that i can have fun at my age. How is the employment rate close by? Should i wait to buy next year since the home market prices are falling? Is now the best time to buy? in sicklerville?
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September 30 2010
Have you checked out Northwest New Jersey? Lots of choices in the $250,000 range. If you want a pool, you might consider a townhouse with a community pool. The townhouses will have anywhere from 2-4 bedrooms. About 1 hour to NY, but not during rush hour. Driving to NY during rush hour is surely more than an hour. There is public transportation if you work in the city. We have the train and Martz Bus routes. Lots to do and see in Northwest NJ, depends on your interest. And you will be only 30 minutes from the Poconos. Lots to do in Pennsylvania, including snowboarding, skiing and the new casinos.
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September 29 2010
Hi again Bazil, and thanks for the best answer!

I will put my thinking cap on, and see if I can suggest any specific towns that meet your criteria. Being a "fun" town,  within an hour from the city, in your price range is going to take some thinking, as the prices tend to go up as Manhattan gets closer!

The area I cover might offer some options. W. Orange comes to mind as the commute, besides driving, can be  via bus (45 min) and the town has jitneys to the mid town direct train into the city (30 in) - it offers a lot of recreational opportunities, yet for a young person like you, is also close to Montclair and a short drive to Morristown or even Hoboken were you can have some "fun".

I am still compiling a list, and will search the MLS to see if I can find some specific listings that could work. You might have to give up the "big backyard and pool", however, so some compromises may be in order.

I am sure (hopefully) other agents from the state will come along who can suggest towns in their areas, that I am not familiar with.

By the way - where woud you like your taxes to be - that's another important part of the puzzle.

Not to worry - options are out there for you!

Have a great day.
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September 29 2010
I agree.  However, are you pre-approved for $250,000?  That is your 1st step.  You may actually need to buy a home less than $250,000 or may realize that you can afford more. 
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September 29 2010
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40 mins to 1 hr away from NY in a nice quite town with good employment rates and accessibility to gas stations malls restaurants clubs is perfect
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September 28 2010
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I'm in my early 20's so i will need to be close to some city where i can occasionally go to have fun exp( resturants,malls,clubs etc). commuting to NY is a priority, but not number 1. I will be traveling to NY often so i need to be at least 1hr 30 mins away. I love space and i feel that i need a good size back yard with a pool. Vineland and Sicklerville look very interesting but they are 2hrs from NY by car. Brick is on the verge of flooding east brunswick, hoboken and north Bergen are too expensive. I dont want to live in an area where i can be shot or mugged anytime so Newark is out. 
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September 28 2010
Hi, this is an unfair question for Realtors to answer. It would be considered steering if we gave you a name of town, all we can do answer only objective questions not subjective questions.
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September 27 2010
Bazil, the answer to your question depends on a number of factors.

Do you need to commute somewhere in particular?
Do you want to be near the beaches (or, as we call it, "down the shore").....or...in the country.....or..close to Manhattan?

As Joan mentioned, it may be a small state in size, but it is very diversified in what it offers.

Some more information will help narrow down your options!

Good luck!
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September 26 2010
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Wait another year. Prices will drop so you can buy more in time.
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September 26 2010
I am under the assumption, based on price range that you are in Cumberland County, not Essex?
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September 25 2010
I know that NJ looks small on the map but in reality, not really.

South Jersey is more associated with Philadelphia.  North Jersey, where I am is associated with NYC.

There's shore areas, rural areas, urban areas and suburban areas, just like in any other state.

The price range you want is popular right now, but limited to certain communities.  There are places that you can buy for 250k but you need to be more specific about where you want to be, what type of community, access to cities, etc.

Do you want to stay in the Fairfield area?

What means "best" to you?
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