2017 Apr 2nd

What Else Won’t Your Hoboken Agent Do For You?

I received some troubling feedback on a showing of one of my listings the other day.  It said, “We didn’t make it because of the hurdles needed to get the keys.”

Alarmed by what I read, thinking the keys may have been lost or the electronic fob needed to open the building door not functioning, I immediately called the agent to ask what had happened.

Now mind you, this is a million dollar property.  Even a brand new agent with the most stingy split stands to earn at least $12,362.50 (by my calculations) if they sell this property.  According to the MLS, this particular agent has never sold or rented a property in all of Hudson County.  You’d think she would be a bit hungry for some business.  The agent’s response left me speechless.

“I had to go to the office to get the keys.”

My office is exactly 3 blocks from the property.  3 short blocks.  And it wasn’t even raining.  When agents receive confirmation for a requested appointment, they are told the key is in the office.

Yes, sometimes to show properties in Hoboken, you need to pick keys up at the brokerage office.  That is your job.  If that is too big a hurdle for you, and you are too lazy to pick up a key to show a million dollar property, you need to find another job.

In law school, I learned a phrase – Caveat Emptor.  It means “Buyer Beware”.  Buyer Beware has taken on a whole new meaning here.  If your agent can’t be bothered to pick up the keys to show you a property, what else won’t she be willing to do for you?



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2017 Mar 31st

The Hoboken & Downtown JC Open House Google Map for Saturday, April 1st & Sunday, April 2nd 2017

The Original and Best Open House Google Map!

Courtesy of the Turoff Realty Team

No need to register! No form to fill out!

Just click on the map below to see every Open House in Hoboken this weekend, but whatever you do – don’t miss the highlight of the weekend:

412 Washington Street #5C

Unique and chic penthouse loft duplex with soaring ceilings, fireplace and two private outdoor spaces. Come enjoy a unique living space in Hoboken’s most convenient location!

Large living room features demi-lune windows looking over Hoboken to the river and NYC skyline. Stone mantel surrounds wood burning fireplace and provides a lovely focus to your living area. Spacious living room feel even larger thanks to vaulted ceilings and skylights. Renovated, open kitchen with custom cabinets and stainless appliances. Step through sliding doors to your outdoor patio, perfect for al fresco dining. Second bedroom is bright and airy. Open staircase leads to en-suite, master bedroom featuring abundant closet space and a second private terrace. Modern bathrooms, one on each level. Heat and hot water included in maintenance. New split-air a/c systems.

Storage available in the building for $50/ month. Professionally managed building. Strong association. Rental parking available a block away. Extremely close to the PATH and Ferry. Bus to NYC at your doorstep. Great downtown location in the heart of all Hoboken has to offer. Shops, restaurants, night-life, health clubs at your doorstep.

Open House Sunday Noon to 2pm.


Click HERE to see the Downtown Jersey City Open House Map

When you look at the maps, place markers are color coded:

  • Studios & 1BRs are red
  • 2BRs are green
  • 3BRs & Bigger are yellow
  • New listings are marked with a Push Pin icon (in the same color scheme.)

Click the “Address”, “Price” “Bed” or “Details” columns to sort the list of open houses in ascending or descending order.

Click on the location marker for:

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2017 Mar 31st

The Joke that is Known as NJ Real Estate Licensee Continuing Education

People often comment to me as to how inept many real estate agents seem to be.  One would think that having a license requirement of 75 hours of education and a continuing education requirement, there would be some basic level of competency in the industry.  One would be wrong.

My biannual continuing ed. was due so I signed up for an on-line course to satisfy the requirements and avoid the late fine.  We are required to take 12 credits (basically 4 courses) of classes by April 30 or pay an additional $200.  I’ve done these classes since the CE requirement was instituted a few years back.  The part that amazed me this time is that once you read through the lessons and take the practice quizzes there is a final exam for each course.  The passing grade is zero.  That is correct – you can get very single question wrong, pass the test and get your credit.

Your score: 0%

Congratulations!  You successfully passed your exam. 

The subject matter is also pretty humorous.  Here are a few examples.  Trust me, I could not make this stuff up:

In the “Going Green” module, one questions was to the effect of:

1. Using electronic marketing methods such as e-mail marketing campaigns, social media marketing campaigns, and phone broadcast and text message campaigns results in __________.

Agents can pay the $50ish dollars for the courses, sign onto the site, click through without reading a word, score a zero on the tests and satisfy their NJ continuing education requirement for the next two years.  Seriously.


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