2010 Mar 5th

Erin Go Feh! The Hoboken Open House Google Map for Sat. 3/6 and Sun. 3/7

Every Open House in Hoboken this weekend as compiled from the Midweek and Hoboken Reporter, the MLS, every Realtor website and email and Craigslist courtesy of the Turoff Realty Team

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I’m not sure exactly when the transformation took place, but apparently at some point during the last few years I became my grandfather.  I fall asleep in the chair watching TV, the music kids listen to gives me a headache, I think modern athletes don’t measure up to the heroes of my youth (Joe Namath, now THAT was a quarterback!) and I have no patience for the drunken tomfoolery we call the Hoboken St. Patty’s Day Parade (grumble, grumble, grumble.)

Well, last time I checked Mayor Zimmer and the City Council had not called for my opinion, so I guess I’m just going to have to deal with it.   For you home/condo owners out there with ground floor units, take my advice and stay home and keep an eye on your property.  You’re the first line of defense should someone decide it would be fun to urinate on the building, uproot your tree or toss your garbage cans into the street.  Keep a camera handy too so you can show the po-lice exactly who needs an ass-whuppin’ (or at a minimum, a $2,000 fine.)

Surprisingly, there are a fair number of open houses on Saturday too.  Not as many as usual, but more than I would have expected.  If you are out house hunting, do yourself a favor and keep your route off Washington street.  A final bit of warning – if you are going out to drink copious amounts of green beer, and you do decide to stop in to visit some open houses, leave your checkbooks at home.  Half a million dollar condos are not impulse purchases. 

In all seriousness, be safe, respect your neighbors and your neighborhood, have fun and drink responsibly.

 

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When you look at the map, placemarkers are color coded:

New listings are marked with a “New Listing” icon.

Click on the location marker for:

Want to know which open houses are on Saturday and which only Sunday? Click on “tools” at the top of the list and enter the word “sat” or “sun” (without the quotes) into the search box.

Did you know that the agent hosting an open house is the Seller’s agent? Whether it is the actual listing agent or any other agent from the same company, that person legally represents the sellers.  Not only that, the hosting agent – by law – has a fiduciary duty to the seller to get that seller the highest possible price for that property.  Do you think it might be a conflict of interest for that same person to then represent you?  Many people think so.  In fact, in many states (other than NJ) it is illegal for the same agent to represent the seller and also work with the buyer.

Did you know that when you go to an open house you can see the property at the open house on your own and, if you like it, go back to it with your own agent? You can!  So if you see something you like at an open house you might want to consider finding your own agent who does not work for the seller. Just because you walk into an open house does not mean that the hosting (seller’s) agent gets to “claim” you as his or her customer – even if you “sign in”.  You are the consumer.  You are spending your hard earned money on what is probably the biggest investment you will make in your life.  Don’t you think you should be able to work with whom you choose?

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  1. homeboken

    I really don’t understand what Sellers in the Shipyard are thinking.

    2BD # 409 – 1235sqft – $580,000

    3BD # 402 – 1439sqft $1,025,000

    Neither unit looks updated, originaly flooring, kitchens etc. Why does Mr 402 think the extra 204 sqft and extra bedroom are worth 445,000?

  2. Craig

    Well 3 bedrooms do tend to fetch quite the premium in Hoboken because of their rarity. Unit 402 is an even rarer 3 BR on the water – so that’s what you’re paying for. You can’t just add the price per sq. ft. to the additional BR and expect to have it priced that way.

    Personally, I don’t get those Toll/Applied buildings on the waterfront. For all that money, you get wall a/c instead of central, parquet floors, often tiny kitchens with cheap white cabinets, and parking is always extra if it’s even available at all for deeded purchase. Different strokes for different folks I guess. For some, that waterfront location is everything. For me no matter where it’s located, anything over $500k without central a/c and wood plank floors = no sale.

  3. teaorcoffee

    Craig, have you seen those Toll buildings? No Maxwell Place or Harborside unit has parquet floors. Some Hudson Tea units do, but only those units that are being resold by people who bought as renters from Toll. Most Hudson Tea units that Toll sells have been completely gutted and redone – no white cabinets.

    You mention that parking is extra – you think non-Toll buildings throw in parking spots for free?

    You also can’t lump the Toll buildings with the Applied building (the Constitution). They are newer, and you do pay a premium for them. And prices at the Constitution have dropped tremendously in the past couple of years.

  4. homeboken

    Actually Craig, I think it is much simpler than that. The current owner paid $985,000 in Octoberr 2007, so this unit fits the standard “I bought at the bubble formula” Original Purchase+ Closing Cos = NEw List price.

    Nevermind that other units in that building have sold for 10-20% off peak pricing.

  5. Lori

    Sellers who price their units based on [what I paid] + [commission] + [closing costs] very often = unsold unit. Nobody cares what you paid.

    I agree that Toll and Applied buildings are very different. Most Shipyard units have popcorn ceilings & parquet floors. Also, they usually don’t have kitchens that are open to the dining/living space, something buyers really prefer. Hardwood floors these days are incredibly cheap, though, so I wouldn’t get hung up on the parquet. Valid points that there is no central air or deeded parking. Yet the units with the dead on NYC views are still in demand. The views are awesome and to some people that makes up for the rest.

  6. teaorcoffee

    There is also a real community aspect to the larger complexes. Plus great proximity to public transportation. All Shipyard units are close to bus and ferry. The Toll buildings have shuttles to the Path, as well as being very close to the bus or ferry. Also, living on the waterfront feels much less crowded than living off the waterfront. There are plenty of reasons people prefer the larger buildings to the smaller ones in town.

  7. Lori

    Community aspect? Come on.

  8. Confused

    How does living on the waterfront feel less crowded? Maybe if you can walk on water…

  9. shortsequalmarket

    I guess tea or coffee does not like brownstones stacked next to each other with double parking in front. However, how is walking down a hallway with 20 doors less crowded?

    BTW all those doors are locked, neighbors are not inviting everyone in for dinner and to look at pics.

  10. Craig

    Agreed on the sentiment of walking down the hallway with 20 closed and locked doors. There’s no “community feel” about that at all. It feels like you live in a hotel. No thanks.

  11. teaorcoffee

    OK, I should be more clear.

    Waterfront feels less crowded on the street because more people park in garages. There are more “open spaces” than if you are at, say, 3rd and Park or 1st and Jefferson where cars are parked practically into the intersections. Also, the actual fact of the water being a natural border makes things feel more spacious, because there aren’t more buildings immediately across the street. When Toll builds more of their Maxwell and Hudson Tea buildings, it will likely feel more crowded, but for now things feel quite open.

    Community feel – definitely. I will grant you that maybe this is the case because I have kids and know other parents in the building who also have kids (e.g., a Music Together class takes place in our building, there’s a children’s playroom, kids play outside in front of the building on nice days). But, we also know our (child-free) neighbors on our floor quite well, and we do have small get-togethers, neighbors coming to the door to borrow “a cup of sugar”, you run into and get to know building folks on the shuttle and at Ganache, etc. Our building also hosts social events at least a couple of times a year, and that contributes to the community feel.

    I’ve lived in other apartment buildings, but there is truly a community feel in this one – at least among some of the residents.

  12. bz

    I agree with teaorcoffee about the community part. I have kids too and some of my friends live in that complex. They always have some kind of family-focused activities, either sponsored by the management company such as pool-side parties and music/story/play/puppet shows in the courtyard or private gatherings among families. The community sense is definitely a lot more than any other big complex buildings in town. My husband used to rent there 6 years ago when he was still a single and we attended some activities (not as often as we do now), and we were very impressed by the community feeling. The number of families with kids is much more now than 6 years ago. Maybe most people reading this blog don’t have kids. If you do, I’m sure you will know.

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