Opportunity Comes a Knocking on Previous La-Roche Development

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Opportunity Comes Knocking on La-Roche Development

[Oprah Voice] “You get a job, you get a job, you get a job AND you get a job!”

Prism Capital Partners LLC recently purchased the former La-Roche development in 2016. An according to Nutley’s township Attorney, Alan Genitempo, 5,000 – 8,000 jobs are expected to be created. This will be great for the economic growth of Nutley.  Nutley’s Mayor Scarpelli expressed, “We’re very excited by that. More people will spill over into our local economy. It will create jobs and is good for the local economy and for our ratables.”

Along with the new batch of jobs created, there will be many changes to the buildings. “We’ve been working with the developer on a weekly basis and getting status reports,” says Genitempo.

The new plans for the reconstruction of the 16 acre property includes: redevelopment of two buildings – which will become the new private medical school and research facility, offices, compatible commercial uses, and structured and surface parking facilities. When designing the future structures, the developers want those who will be working in the buildings to enjoy a campus-like greenery. In addition, Seton Hall College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Science will be built on 10 to 9 acres of land that will be leased out. Prism’s Edwin Cohen stated, “At the same time, we are working closely with the Township of Nutley, city of Clifton and a team of consultants to develop a vibrant mixed-use, multiuser plan.”

Situated between the Garden State Parkway and NJ Turnpike, the former La-Roche development will now be rebranded as ON3.  And due to the location, this is said to be a highly sought after business address that has many companies interested.  “There has been interest from high-tech industries,” Scarpelli said.

With massive changes, township leaders are very welcoming to the new possibilities. “It’s the future of Nutley. It’s the lifeblood of our economy, says Genitempo.”

Written By
Ashley Wall
For Team Ellenbogen

Sources – http://www.njbiz.com/article/20170504/NJBIZ01/170509892/prism-taps-cw-to-start-marketing-at-former-roche-campus
http://essexnewsdaily.com/headlne-news/36001

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7 Ways To Prep Your Home For A Sale!

You know that feeling you get when you rent the $60,000 a night luxury villa located on Richard Branson’s private Necker Island? No? Well, neither do we!

The point is that the buyer should feel like your home has great energy and a very welcoming vibe. So regardless if you live on a tropical island (maybe one day) or in busy suburbia, your home should create the perfect relaxed atmosphere. In order to do this, you will need to prepare. 

As part of our listing service, Team Ellenbogen of Essex, Passaic and Union Counties in New Jersey, pays for (that’s right! Our clients don’t foot the bill, we do!!) a professional stager to come into your home and provide you with ideas. Our stager will help you with color choices and furniture placement, not as an interior decorator but a professional stager who knows what a buyer is looking for and wants. Her team will also bring in extra pieces to make your home stand out from the rest. 

On the day of the professional photography shoot, her team will come in to oversee and prepare your home so that all the best features are highlighted.

To get your home prepared for the grand unveiling, here are 7 helpful tips to prep so you can assist in the staging process. 

1. Declutter – Garage sales, Craigslist and eBay oh my! Unless you’re auditioning for an episode of Hoarders, get rid of stuff. 

That 1980s Golden Girls track suit – please donate it. I promise it will not come back in style. Have any old dictionaries, encyclopedias or yellow phone books? Sell them, donate them, or properly recycle them.

2. Pepé Le Pee-eeeeew (Odors) – Unless your Pepé Le Pew please don’t chase homeowners away. GET RID OF ALL ODORS! 

This will make or break your home sale. Since scent is the strongest thing tied to memory, potential buyers will always remember the scent of your home. Invest in a cleaning company or do the job yourself. But please remember – a pleasant scent will boost the value of your home.

3. Wash Your Windows – Its a bird, its a plane… no really its a bird that just smashed into your window, because of how clean it is. Make sure your windows are squeaky clean! 

Having clean windows will brighten up your house by bringing in sunlight in. This will create a light airy feeling… oh and keep the vampires away. Unless you’re part of the Twilight cast because for some reason they sparkle in the sunlight. 

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4. Abracadabra (Illusions) – Ok the title is a bit silly, but selling a home sometimes can mean creating an illusion. 

Now, you never want to deceive buyers, but there are tricks to making your home look even better. If you have a smaller home with low ceilings, adding mirrors, keeping the wall a light color and making use of hidden storage can work wonders.

5. Pressure Wash The Exterior – Aaaaachoo! Did you know that pressure washing your home removes allergens? Mold, dirt, mildew and algae are terrible for allergies and some could be life threatening. 

Also, pressure washing keeps the itsy bitsy spider and his friends from reeking havoc. And the best part, it adds to that Curb Appeal you hear everyone talk about when trying to sell your home.

6. Make Repairs – It’s important to fix the broken items in your home. It’s important to fix the broken items in your home. It’s important to fix the broken items in your home. 

Nope, that wasn’t a typo, I really did repeat those three sentences. Pretty annoying right? Well when you don’t fix things, the buyer becomes turned off. Now go on, get that squeaky floor fixed, paint the walls and have that rotted tree stump removed. It will be worth it in the end.

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7. Define Each Space – Was that the bedroom, laundry room, or gym?  When it comes to your home, please do not have your buyers guessing. 

Each room in the house should have a clear and defined space so the buyers see exactly what they check out the pictures of your house online.

Written By
Ashley Wall
For Team Ellenbogen

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8 Awesome Tips For Selling Your Home!

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Ladies and gentlemen its showtime! If you’re reading this, it’s safe to say you or someone you know wants to sell their home. Congratulations!

Now stop watching HGTV – yes I know Chip and Joanna Gaines are the greatest tv couple since Lucy and Ricky, but you’ve got work to do.

Here are 8 awesome tips (in addition to the 5 listed above) to make the selling process run smoothly.

1. First Impressions – By the time you finish reading this first tip, a potential buyer will have already made up their mind whether they want to purchase your house or not.

Anywhere from 0.1 of a second to 7 seconds is the average time it takes to create a first impression. Make sure your home is a good one!

2. Neutral Color Palette – Spain, Sweden and Switzerland are all neutral countries. Your home should be one too!

Make sure you swap out bold and bright colors for a neutral palette. This will help buyers envision themselves living in the space. Think hues of grays, tans, creams and whites.

3. Embrace The Season – Pumpkin spice and everything nice! Fall is the perfect time to sell your home, especially if you can’t wait to leave (get it?).

With multiple holidays in the fall you can take advantage by decorating your home to give it that cozy feel. Place some pumpkins on the steps, add some festive plants and hang a wreath.

4. Pick an Agent – You should interview at a minimum 3 agents (yes 3). Look on Zillow.com for homes that have recently sold in your neighborhood and see what agent listed them. Click on Find an Agent and see who shows up on the list when you search for your town, not the 3 listed on the very top of the page horizontally. They paid to be there!  Look at the vertical list below for agents to interview.

Listen carefully to what the agents have to say on exactly how they are going to MARKET your home. Price is not the only aspect of a listing and if the emphasis to their presentation is price alone, then they’ve lost the point. Marketing is key in real estate right now, and the price should not be used to get you the buyer activity you need. Their marketing should drive the buyers to you.

Team Ellenbogen, located in Essex, Passaic, and Union counties in NJ, has a Technology Driven Visual Marketing Campaign they use to attract buyer activity to your listing. They believe in Re-Thinking Real Estate by presenting listings in a way to attract the buyer and then pricing it in that ‘sweet spot’ to get the buyers in the door.  Check them out if you are in their area.

5. The Price Is Right – “Comeeeeee on downnnnnnnn you’re the next contestant on The Price Is Right!”

This is the hardest part. Listen to what your agent recommends. Remember, they know the market and have access to statistics directly from the MLS that you are not privy to when you look at your home value on Zillow or Trulia.  Remember: Zillow and Trulia data is only as good as what is given to them by agreement with brokers and agents. If a brokerage doesn’t participate in the syndication, their data is not there, but it is on the MLSs, which only agents can access.

It is important to price accordingly. Selling your home is extremely emotional, but you have to detach yourself (as best as you can) and focus on what’s next. So do your research, consult an agent, be realistic, and get ready for the new chapter in your life.

6. Understand your buyer – College students looking for a crash pad? A family of four looking for outdoor space? A single bachelor who wants to throw parties? Young professionals who are going to become roommates?

Remember with the help of the internet all buyers are extremely knowledgeable. By understanding your buyer, you’ll be prepared for specific features they are looking for.

7. Hire A Home Inspector – In the words of Nike “Just Do It”.

Unless you’re a billionaire (hey Zuckerberg) buying a home is the biggest purchase a home owner will make. You should do everything in your power to make sure your home is close to perfect. You’d be surprised at what they may or may not find. This will make a huge difference when pricing your home and during negotiations. 

8. Stage Your Home – If you want the most value for your dollar, stage your home!

Professional stagers will help turn your cluttered space into a photo ready home. It really does make a difference. Remember buyers are able to view your home before they even step foot in it. Staging your home will present a certain lifestyle that buyers are looking for.

As part of our listing service, Team Ellenbogen of Essex, Passaic and Union Counties in New Jersey, pays for a professional stager to come into your home and provide you with ideas. (that’s right! Our clients don’t foot the bill, we do!!) Our stager will help you with color choices and furniture placement, not as an interior decorator but a professional stager who knows what a buyer is looking for and wants. Her team will also bring in extra pieces to make your home stand out from the rest.

On the day of the professional photography shoot, her team will come in to oversee and prepare your home so that all the best features are highlighted.

Happy Selling!

Written By
Ashley Wall
For Team Ellenbogen

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BHHSNJ Art Show: Montclair Kimberly Academy Faculty

Art was all abuzz at the office of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in downtown Montclair as it once again played host to a new art gallery exhibition.

Co-directed by Sharon Gill and Marjorie “Lynne” Oliver, the exhibit showcased work from art teachers from Montclair Kimberly Academy. Multiple teachers at MKA displayed their art, and I had a chance to talk with Anthony Cuneo who, for 15 plus years, was the head of the art department at MKA. Now, his art is featured at the BHHS office/gallery. Artists and Patrons

Cuneo’s art displayed was inspired by antique, patch-worked quilts. Different eclectic colors came cohesively together on his canvas, creating a patchwork of paint. Cuneo cited this art was just, “revisioning antique quilts.” The quilts patterns and colors are extremely important to his art. The quilts, made by women in a time of limited social freedom, represented an “expression for women of pattern and geometry.” His exhibition and the quilts, he admits while saying he sounds too artsy, was about “finding order in chaos.” Quilts

I spoke with another MKA teacher and artist, Joelle Francht, whose piece, Dominos, was captivating. The piece was about 100 Dominos all hanging on the wall without any clear order and all made by Francht herself. The backstory of the piece came from a cold, isolated vacation which the Dominos came to symbolize. In essence, the Dominos represented loneliness and repetition and monotony; though each Domino is different, nothing changes. 1111dominos

The other featured artists from Montclair Kimberly Academy were Barbara DuRant and Nick Rande Schutsky.

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The venue itself, BHHS New Jersey Properties office on 695 Bloomfield Avenue, is a recently renovated, state-of-the-art contemporary real estate office in downtown Montclair. This makes the office an ideal location for Montclair’s vibrant art scene; the Montclair Art Museum is a 2 minute walk up Bloomfield too.

Around 70 artists, friends, and guests from all over came out to opening of the exhibit. Each exhibition is displayed for about 2 months before it is replaced, so anyone wishing to go visit the current exhibit is still able to. Gill and Oliver are both real estate brokers first before they are art-directors, however, within the past 5-6 years, they have become increasingly reputable in the Montclair art scene. When they first started at the old Prudential office, they had no idea that them reaching out to artists would eventually lead to the artists seeking them out, asking about their art shows at BHHS. From four shows a year to six, shows now also include book readings, yoga, and will look to incorporate live music as well. 1111mka

The event also was part of a charity drive for the Human Needs Food Pantry. The drive was intended to encourage patrons to donate new school supplies like books, notebooks, binders, backpacks, lunchboxes, pencils and pens. These goods will be donated to young children in need of the basic school essentials. 111111mka

This art show at BHHS is just another example of the burgeoning Montclair art scene. However, Berkshire Hathaway takes it a step further. Gill described the gallery as, “… a place where real estate, art, and community come together for charity.” The office now is one of under 15 in the nation being watched as a model for progress and being watched to see how business is done at this office and how the office is integrated with the community. It was dubbed by Gill as, “The office of the future.”

There is little doubt that a clear and present connection exists between the arts and Montclair; in fact, they seem to feed of off each other. The art is influenced by the diverse atmosphere of Montclair and Montclair in return is influenced by the art. There is a symbiotic relations between the arts and Montclair. Berkshire Hathaway Home Services office/gallery on Bloomfield is a testament to that connection.

By Andrew Konzelmann