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I'm a REALTOR with Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty in Maplewood, NJ and INHABIT SOMa is the newsletter for my Real Estate business. It will also include updates on the market statistics for NYC's Bedroom Communities, such as South Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, Glen Ridge, and Short Hills/Millburn.

Real Estate Musings

The More Your Know | Thoughts, Trends, & Real Estate Musings

My day job is that of a Realtor®- Salesperson with Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty in Maplewood, NJ. You can read my story here – I’m proud that it is somewhat unique in the real estate industry.

My real estate know-how coupled with my obsession with antique homes, interior styling, architecture, and the basics of homeownership uniquely positions me to provide insightful real estate musings about the South Orange and Maplewood, NJ (and beyond) markets.

Tips on Using the Maplewood Memorial Library Digital Archive

If you are interested in the history of your SOMa NJ home and community, Maplewood Memorial Library has many ways in which to aid historical research.

Through generous grants made possible by the Maplewood Open Space Trust Fund for Historic Preservation, and a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, the Maplewood Memorial Library Digital Archive has several five information-rich archives from which to research:

  1. Real Estate Sales Records and Photos of Maplewood NJ Homes from the 1920s to the 1980s.
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Building a Garage in Maplewood NJ

Buying a home doesn’t usually involve building a garage.

And building a garage is no small feat. It takes planning and hiring the right people to see that it gets done correctly. It also requires research – as is so often the case in homeownership.

You may know that we bought No. 139 on a whim.  What you may not know is that the home didn’t have a garage or fence.

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Researching Your Home’s History

Ever Wondered Who Died in Your House?
Aren’t you just a bit curious? 
Researching your home’s history can be rewarding. 

Researching Your Home's History

If you’re like me, living in a cookie cutter house in some new construction development was never an option. And now that you are the proud homeowner of a beautiful vintage home – how do you figure out it’s history? Oh if only these walls could talk,

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Renting vs. Buying | What to Do?

Renting vs. Buying…
Renting vs. Buying…
Renting vs. Buying…

“Should I continue to rent? Or should I buy?” is the single most common question I am asked, except for maybe “What is my home worth?”  

I’m often asked why renting can seem cheaper than buying. This The New York Times Real Estate Section reader is wondering that too. While Trulia’s Chief Economist has a sensible response,

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A Few Minutes in Maplewood, NJ

A Look at Maplewood, NJ at the Turn of the the Last Century

Look what I found in the Maplewood Memorial Library? It’s a Real Estate marketing pamphlet written specifically for Maplewood, NJ and it was published somewhere between the late 1800s and early 1900s.

It describes Maplewood, NJ as having “…an active, growing, intelligent community, that welcomes others.” Not much has changed except maybe for the home prices and taxes.

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