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Eats – NJ Monthly Top 25 Restaurants

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NJ Monthly publishes a top twenty-five restaurants in the state and ten are within a 30 minute drive of SOMA.
Here are the top food destinations.  I’ve been to four of them, I’ve got some eating to do.
Maplewood (Lorena’s)
Maplewood (Verjus)
Montclair (Fascino)
Montclair (Laurel & Sage)
Millburn (Common Lot)
Westfield (Chez Catherine)
Hoboken (Cucharamama’s)
Jersey City (Maritime Parc)
Chatham (Serenade)
Morristown (Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen)
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Gardening Season

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Get thee to a local garden center and add a bit of curb appeal.

Here are my go-to spots for plants.

http://thefarmatgreenvillage.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Millstone-Lawn-and-Garden/520461614716290?fref=ts

http://www.orangegardennj.com

http://www.metroplantexchange.com

http://www.williamsnursery.com/home

Mulch is usually pretty inexpensive at Home Depot

School Rankings

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Many area High Schools rated in top tenth of NJ’s high schools – from a US News  & World Report survey out of 395 public high schools

Columbia moves up again from 48 to 36.

Chatham 13,

Millburn 15,

Summit 18,

Westfield 22,

Madison 27,

Livingston 29,

New Providence 34,

Columbia (S. Orange & Maplewood) 36

Governor Livingston (Berkeley Hts) 37

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-jersey/rankings

Spring Market Heats Up

Please look at what’s going on in New Jersey’s bedroom communities 🙂   Homes going under contract in the month of March for South Orange have doubled from 2011 to 2013.  The vast majority of the other towns listed below have also shown significant gains.

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More confidence in the economy, low prices and low interest rates have finally pushed buyers back into the market.  A lack of inventory is making for bidding wars on the best homes and shorter selling times for other homes.  Its April and if you’re thinking of selling, now’s a great time to do so.

July Real Estate Market Conditions

The local real estate market continues the turnaround begun early in the year.  Here is the July update on Real Estate Absorption rates in the area.  The absorption rate number is how many months it would take for the current inventory of listings to sell given the current monthly rate of homes going under contract.

As buying has been brisk this spring and early summer, inventory has remained stable.  Its possible the rates will drop even further as less new listings hit the market in the fall and the remaining inventory continues to be sold.

Market Improvement

Real Estate conditions are improving!

Absorption rates are a common measure of how fast homes are selling.  Here, for example, the absorption rate for South Orange has dropped from 8 or 9 to 4.7.  This means at the rate that homes are selling now (20 in the last 30 days), it would take 4.7 months for all the listings available (94) to sell.  If these rates begin to stay under 5 we will gradually be moving from a buyer’s market toward a seller’s market.

 


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