Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Is a Townhome right for you?

In the market for a new place to live and not sure where to begin?  Whether you’re thinking about becoming a first-time home owner or planning to move to your third house, there is a lot to consider.  The best way to get started is to make up a check list of qualities you’re looking for in a new home, so that when you’re out on the hunt you aren’t trying to think of every detail on the fly.  Townhomes, also known as townhouses or row houses, have been growing in popularity lately in New Jersey.  There’s a lot to consider though when looking at a prospective townhome that many people may not think to ask because of lack of experience and knowledge.

When searching for your new home there are always the important basics:
  • Where is the nearest public transportation?
  • What are the local crime rates?
  • Is there good public education in that area?
  • How much is the house, and how big is it?
  • How much are the taxes for that area?
  • What types of public facilities are nearby, such as parks?

If you’re looking for a townhome though, there are a few other matters which need your consideration as well.  First, is the Home Owners Association (HOA).  Many groups of townhomes will have an HOA, some may not.  If the townhome you’re looking at does, then you need to find out how much the fees are for the HOA.  HOAs cover matters that are important to the community and can range from a lot to very little.  Some may be responsible for making sure the landscaping gets done, throwing community holiday parties and taking care of community facilities like a tennis court or a pool. 

Next is noise and light pollution.  Living in a townhome may place you in close proximity to your neighbor.  Noisy neighbors may leave you hearing more of them than you’re interested, so talk with potential future neighbors to see if they live a similar lifestyle as you or your family. With townhomes there is almost always a Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions Policy (CC&R).  A CC&R will cover topics like whether you may have pets, who is allowed to live in the townhome and more.  Be sure to review this carefully for each townhome you consider.  Some people prefer some extra order and restrictions to help preserve the beauty and safety of the community, so it’s important to find the right area for you.

Of course, you want to make sure the company making townhomes isn’t cutting corners either.  Finding a proper realtor can be challenging, which is why going with a known company that has many proven successes, like Edgewood Properties, is a safe bet.  So as you plunge into the sea of buying a new construction townhome in NJ or your very first condo, make sure you keep your head above water and remain focused on what really matters to you when buying a new home.  The better informed you are, the more likely you are to find that ‘dream’ home which is just right for you.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Struggle to Find the Right Place to Live

Do you work in the Cherry Hill South Jersey area, or in nearby Philadelphia?  Then you may be looking for a splendid luxury apartment in NJ, where you can kickback after a hard day of work and relax.  A lot goes into deciding where you want to live. 

First there’s location: how close to your work is it, how close to family and friends is it, and where are the nearest shopping centers?  After factoring in what is an acceptable distance from all these, you will want to find an area that is safe and convenient.  Cost, amenities and maintenance are also an important issue when considering apartments.  How many times have you seen an apartment that is clearly not well maintained, or have you wished that you could easily go for a swim or just get out of the house to go somewhere quiet where you can concentrate on work you need to get done?  Finding that right apartment where you know you’ll truly be happy can certainly be a monumental struggle.  

Cherry Hill is a great place in South Jersey that is centrally located; living here can provide easy access to numerous places of work both in South Jersey and in Philadelphia.  Edgewood Properties’ luxury Park Lane at Garden State Park provides a fantastic central location within Cherry Hill.  A business center and library, state-of-the-art fitness center and swimming pool are just a few of the amenities available at these apartments.  The apartments also provide an excellent opportunity for you to furnish and decorate in your own style.  They are all expertly maintained, have hardwood floors, and the apartments here are spacious and open, allowing for plenty of room arrangements. 

Currently, one of the hottest places to shop and eat in the Camden County area is where the Garden State Park racetrack once stood.  It has a store for almost anything you might need to buy on a regular basis.  There’s a Wegmans, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Barnes & Nobles and many more.  While you enjoy all this excellent shopping there is a whole list of restaurants available as well.  Towne Place at Garden State Park is host to restaurants ranging from Kabuki which serves Asian food to the Cheesecake Factory.  All of these stores and restaurants are within walking distance, and to top it off, the area is one of the safest in South Jersey!  

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