2016 Apr 19th

Pinching Pennies Can TORPEDO Your Hoboken Condo Purchase

When You’re Spending Over a Half Million on a Condo, Don’t Wreck Your Chances of Closing Trying to Save $1000 (or less)

Penny-pinchingAs a successful Realtor for over 12 years I’ve worked with hundreds of buyers and sellers.  Many of them are savvy, wealthy and prosperous business people who got that way by making sensible and frugal decisions.  They also, very often, have made the acquaintance of lawyers and lenders and they often want to leverage those relationships to save a few dollars when they decide to purchase a home.  Based upon my years of experience it is my opinion that this is often a HORRIBLE mistake.  I just last week negotiated the purchase of a million dollar apartment on behalf of a lovely young couple, but when they told me they were using an out-of-state lawyer I’d never heard of who does not even specialize in real estate transactions, I just wanted to scream!  If you analyzed every real estate transaction that fell apart, I believe you’d find a large majority failed due financing problems or bad advice from inexperienced lawyers.  (The third major culprit would be inspection items, but that’s the subject of another blog post.)

I can not recommend strongly enough that you use a local attorney, familiar with both the ins and outs of closing Hoboken real estate transactions, and equally familiar with the other players in the Hoboken real estate market.  There are many attorneys with whom we deal all the time who are smart and experienced, who keep me in the loop so that I can help resolve issues with the other agent before they become deal breaking problems, and who work well with each other so that minor issues that your cousin, the trial lawyer who is doing you a favor, would misinterpret as a deal breaker due to his unfamiliarity with the process.  Trust me when I tell you, I see it happen all the time.

The other recommendation I stand firmly behind is that you should use a local lender to obtain your mortgage.  This can be a conundrum for some people in the NYC finance area.  Our buyers often work for a major bank, so they believe they will obtain a preferred rate by using their own company.  The truth is that the promise of a great rate is enticing, but there are certain large, commercial banks with whom we have NEVER done a successful deal.  They make the borrower jump through a million hoops and in the end, the buyer needs to start the process all over again with a local lender.  You best bet?  Go straight to our preferred lender, Jennifer Curty of Wells Fargo.  Jen will give it to you straight and not waste your time.  If she can’t get the loan done for you. she’ll let you know right away and we’ll find help you find a portfolio lender that can.

Purchasing a home (especially your first) can become the foundation for a lifetime of financial security.  Don’t risk what might be one of the most important decisions of your whole life by trying to save a few dollars.  Go to the right people and sleep at night knowing that you’ve got the best professionals working on your behalf.



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2016 Apr 16th

The Hoboken & Downtown JC Open House Google Map for Saturday, April 16th & Sunday, April 17th, 2016

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:


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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2016 Apr 13th

The Weekly Wednesday Wrap-Up – Hoboken Residential Sales and Activity for the Week of  April 13th, 2016

Good day, HREN readers!

Here is this week’s Wrap Up.  While you are at your computer, if you would take a moment to go to our Facebook page and “like” us you’ll have a source for even more great real estate related news.

If you’d like to see any properties this weekend or are curious to know what your current property might sell for in this crazy market – the Turoff Team is ready to help you!  Just give us a call at 201 993 9500 or email: TuroffTeam at gmail.com  (we write it like that to avoid robots but you know you need to use the @ sign).  It would be our pleasure to share our knowledge with you one-on-one.

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As of April 13,  2016:

  • 183 active Hoboken listings
  • 161 Condo & Co-op listings, compared to 152 last week
  • 12 Single-family listings, compared to 13 last week
  • 10 Multi-family listings, compared to 11 last week


This Week’s Residential Property Sales & Activity:

  • 23 DABOs (Deposit Accepted By Owner and Under Contract) vs 15 last week
  • 15 Sold vs 20 last week
  • 43 New listings vs. 44 last week
  • 16 Price changes vs. 8 last week
  • 0 expired listings vs. 1 last week


Studio & 1-Bedroom Properties

42 Active listings

9 New listings

3 Price changes


  • 423 Jefferson St., 12 listed Mar 30 for $319K;
  • 217 Bloomfield St., 202 listed Mar 30 for $345K;
  • 612 Adams St., 4 listed Mar 24 for $489K;
  • 337 Park Ave., 1 listed Mar 22 for $525K;
  • 1500 Washington St., 9W listed April 5 for $595K;
  • 80 Bloomfield St., 5B listed Mar 31 for $599K;
  • 813 Garden St., 1 listed Mar 31 for $650K;

5 Sold

  • 601 Monroe St., 2C listed Feb 14 for $335K; sold for $335K;
  • 400 Madison St., 2 listed Feb 10 for $439K; sold for $435K;
  • 114 Willow Ave., A listed Feb 5 for $459K; sold for $465K;
  • 1425 Garden St., 203 listed Oct 3 for $899K; reduced Oct 29 to $839K; reduced Jan 2 to $789K; sold for $755K;
  • 1100 Maxwell Ln., 406 listed Jan 4 for $899K; reduced Jan 22 to $875K; sold for $872K;


2-Bedroom Properties

77 Active listings

20 New listings

6 Price changes

11 DABOs

  • 420 Monroe St., 2L listed Mar 15 for $385K;
  • 331 Adams St., 3 listed Feb 10 for $519K;
  • 337 Park Ave., 2 listed Mar 10 for $549K; reduced Mar 29 to $539K;
  • 132 Adams St., 1 listed April 6 for $565K;
  • 253 10th St., 4R listed Feb 22 for $605K;
  • 607 Madison St., A listed Mar 22 for $699K;
  • 1100 Clinton St., 303 listed Mar 30 for $720K;
  • 713 Adams St., 1 listed April 5 for $815K;
  • 1500 Washington St., 12L listed Mar 23 for $1.059M;
  • 113 Willow Ave., 4 listed April 5 for $1.089M;
  • 1025 Maxwell Ln., 911 listed Mar 2 for $1.155M;
8 Sold
  • 809 Park Ave., 5L listed Sept 18 for $425K; sold for $406K;
  • 610 Newark St., 4H listed Dec 17 for $628K; reduced Jan 22 to $619K; sold for $600K;
  • 700 1st St., 15T listed Feb 18 for $629K; sold for $632K;
  • 820 Hudson St., 3-2 listed Oct 23 for $749K; sold for $680K;
  • 415 Newark St., 7A listed Jan 7 for $725K; sold for $750K;
  • 1023 Clinton St., 5D listed Feb 3 for $845K; sold for $845K;
  • 1100 Maxwell Ln., 423 listed Nov 18 for $1.225M; sold for $1.20M;


3-Bedroom & Larger Properties

42 Active listings

14 New listings

7 Price changes

10 Multi-Family Active listings

12 Single-Family Active listings


  • 220 Jefferson St., 4A listed April 4 for $690K;
  • 263 7th St., listed Mar 28 for $999K;
  • 310 2nd St., 6 listed Mar 30 for $1.350M;
  • 1111 Bloomfield St., listed April 5 for $1.799M;
  • 614 Hudson St., listed April 5 for $2.675M;

2 Sold

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