Clark, NJ Real Estate News

By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
Dear Team Zuhl,   I would like to sell my home in Clark. What should I do first? Susie Seller   Hi Susie, As you begin preparing to sell your home, here are a few steps you need to make early in the process. First, if there are any repairs necessary in your home, make them now, before you list the home. Things like leaky roofs, dead light bulbs, and broken windows need to be in working condition before you show your home.  In terms of home improvements, you may want to consider making improvements that will increase the value of your home. Depending on your time frame and budget, there are some home improvements - like a new front door, for example - that will help to sell your home faster and will increase the price you get for your home.  For more information on preparing your home, ...
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
Team Zuhl is pleased to announce that we closed on this lovely ranch house in the Oak Ridge Section of Clark on May 29th.  This lovely 3 bedroom 1 bath home, situated on .4 acres sold for $300,000.  We're sure that the new home owners are going to put their own touches on the home, but are going to love living there. Find out how we get homes sold quickly and for the most money!   We may be rated #1 in Union County, but working with us, we will make YOU #1!  
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
Real Estate Market Report for Clark, NJ for April, 2013 Clark, New Jersey, sits in southern Union County to the west of Rahway and the east of Fanwood. Clark is a beautiful town easily accessible by the New Jersey Parkway in southern Union County. The township is named for Abraham Clark who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Clark as its 33rd best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey. When we look at the Clark real estate market, we see that the inventory has begun a slight increase but still isn’t anywhere near the peak of summer, 2012. As inventory drops, prices typically increase. As of April, prices were about 30% higher than March and about 28% higher than April, 2012. Sale prices in Clark wer...
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
Clark is a charming town in Union County, home to nearly 15,000 people. It's easy to come up with 10 things to love about Clark: Arthur L. Johnson is the home of the fighting Crusaders and ranks at #40 in NJ. Clark has a wide variety of restaurants and coffee shops. Residents of Clark enjoy a wide variety of shopping centers and one of the oldest farmers' markets in the area. Clark is home to fantastic doctors, a great spa, and plenty of gyms. The new Town Center sounds beautiful! Clark residents who work in New York City have an easy commute. Clark enjoys a rich history.  The Homestead Farm at Oak Ridge was the site of a skirmish preceding the Battle of Short Hills. The Dr. William Robinson Plantation Museum  was the home of one of the first physicians in the area, back in the 1700s. R...
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
Market Analysis of Clark, NJ, Real Estate Market for January-March, 2013   Total number of properties available - 75 Total sales - 24 Average sale price - $239,596 Average list price - $417,247 Average Days on Market - 84 Average Sale Price/List Price ratio - 97% Absorption Rate -  4.84 months of inventory (4-6 months is a "normal" market, less than 4 months is a "sellers market" and more than 6 months is a "buyers market.") While Clark sellers enjoy a pretty active market, buyers are finding themselves in competitive bidding situations. For a list of all active properties available in Clark today, please click here and click on "Search Homes." For a free market analysis of your home, please email us at TeamZuhl@gmail.com.     For more information on buying or selling a home in Clark: ...
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
UNDER CONTRACT and scheduled for a mid-May closing.    This beautiful 3 bedroom Ranch house located on a parklike .4 acres in the Oak Ridge Section of Clark.   325 Oak RIdge Road, Clark, NJ This home has 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, a dining room that features bay windows overlooking the front and back of the property.  The living room features a wood burning fireplace and a unique bay windwo that meets in a corner.  There are hardwood floors in the living room, dining room, hall and all three bedrooms.   Each bedroom features a double cedar closet.   There's a Florida rooom located off of the kitchen.   This home also features a finished basement with a built in bar.  A great place to entertain and have fun with family and friends. We marketed this property on Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, Wayne...
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
Eariler this week, Clark Planning Board members unanimously approved the rezoning of the 28-acre lot on Central Avenue from Raritan Road to the Parkway. The new town center will be a park-like commercial center with tree lined streets, a fountain, a plaza, a clock tower, and retail and office space. This land  used to be the U.S. Gypsum paper plant and will become the new town center for Clark. The map to the right shows the area circled in red. While still in the planning stage, Clark residents have voiced some concerns about the traffic and types of stores that would occupy the center. Residents have requested places for their children, especially Clark's teenagers. The zoning ordinance, the Planning Board explained, could limit the types of stores and offices. How do you feel about ...
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
Recently Jean and I both had some issues that we didn't want to treat using tradional medicine.  Jean was having jaw pain and I've got an issue with my knee which is pretty painful and causes me to use a cane.  So we contacted Dr. Ed Lubrano at Lubrano Family Chiropractic (which just happens to be on the same block as our office). Walking in to the office you're warmly greeted by Fidelma, the office manager, with her warm Irish brogue.  The layout is professional and calming and there's plenty of parking. I've know Dr. Lubrano for about a year but had never seen him professionally.  It was amazing to see him do his thing.   He takes time to do a consultation and examination, then does some simple tests and does his "energy work."  In just one visit Jean has seen improvement with her jaw...
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
Clark’s real estate market hasn’t missed a beat this winter. A historical look at the winter real estate market in Clark shows a slow down in activity, but 2013 was an exception. The spring real estate market in Clark has already begun. Buyers are clamoring to find the right homes. Open houses were crowded. Our inventory was seen more in January than in November and December combined. February promises to be even busier, and who knows what March will bring. For starters, prices are back up this year and the number of listings is down – a perfect storm, so to speak, for a seller’s market. Couple this with a year’s worth of interest rates and buyers are smart to be ready to make an offer when they find the right house. Homes are selling quicker this winter than they have in years. Sellers...
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
Of the 45% of Americans who made resolutions this year, the top New Year’s Resolution was, in 2013, the same as it has been for years – to lose weight, amounting to 37% of all of the resolution makers. Historically, less than half of all resolution makers actually keep their resolution after 6 months. Are you one of them?         If you are, here are 2 gyms in Clark you might want to check out:   Bally Fitness is located at 140 Central Ave in Clark and is open the following hours:        Monday through Friday – 5:30am to 10:00pm      Saturday and Sunday – 8:00am to 6:00pm   Bally’s has cardio equipment such as stationary bikes, treadmills, stair machines, etc, group classes, a boxing ring, a pilates studio, yoga, and personal training available. They also have strength training equipme...
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
    Strap on your skates and get ready for some fun! Family Skate night will be held on Saturday, January 19th for all Clark residents. Bring your family and friends and neighbors to the  Warinanco Skating Arena as the recreation department rents the entire arena just for Clark residents to enjoy!  Warinanco Skating Arena is located on the western end of Warinanco Park, on the park loop just off St. Georges Avenue in Roselle. See you there!
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
  Home sales in Clark, NJ, saw the predictable bump this summer and things were busier over the autumn months than they have been for most of the year. With 94 homes currently for sale in Clark, now is a great time to buy a home here!   The average sale price of a home in Clark this year was at its highest in June but prices are still above where they were last winter. There’s no indication that prices will drop in the spring or next summer, either, so if Clark is where you want to live, now may be the time to get the best price.       Clark homes continue to show fluctuation in the length of time it takes to sell. The quickest home sales occurred this year in May and August, but the autumn months showed pretty quick sales also with the average Days on Market being around 60 days. This ...
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
    Clark’s annual Holiday Winter Festival will take place this Sunday. The day is full with horse drawn hay and buggy rides along Westfield Avenue, train rides, and the tree and menorah lighting ceremony at dusk. Get your photo taken with Santa, have some sweet treats and hot chocolate, and enjoy life in Clark at the holidays! Then get ready for the Annual Home Decorating Contest. The Clark Recreation Department is awarding prizes for the most traditionally decorated home, the most outrageously decorated  home, and the most contemporary home decorations.
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
  November 30th promises to be an evening of entertainment and a benefit for Clark public schools. Join us at the Arthur L. Johnson High School gym as the Clark All Stars, featuring teachers, administrators, students and coaches from Clark public schools, take on the Harlem Wizards! All tickets are $12 and the doors open at 6:30 pm. You can purchase tickets in advance by completing this form and returning it through school with payment or at the Clark Rec Center. If the event is not sold out, you can even purchase your tickets at the door. More info on Clark Public Schools: Get Ready for the First Day of School, Clark! - 08/19/12 Clark High School JUMPS in the Top Schools List! - 08/25/12 Clark Back To School Nights - 09/17/12
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
Clark, New Jersey, sits in southern Union County to the west of Rahway and the east of Fanwood.  The inventory in Clark increased by nearly 25% this summer and remains high with 98 active listings in Clark as of the end of September, 2012.  The number of sold listings in Clark continues to rise after a early summer dip in June.                       These two statistics together lead us to the absorption rate. The absorption rate of a town is the number of months it would take for the current inventory to be sold off at the current rate of sales. In Clark, the absorption rate decreased in September as  a result of robust September sales but remains above 7. In other words, it would take more than 7 months of sales at the current rate of sales to sell off the current inventory of homes f...
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
      How do additional bathrooms or bedrooms affect market value in Clark?   In all, 108 homes were sold in Clark from January 1-June 30, 2012. The details of these sales were analyzed to determine how the number of bathrooms and the number of bedrooms affected sales price. The most obvious statistic is that the more bedrooms a home has, the higher the sales price. 2 bedroom homes sold for 50% more than 1 bedroom homes, and 3 bedroom homes sold for 18% more than 2 bedroom homes. Above 3 bedrooms, however, the sales price increased by about 22% for each additional bedroom.  More than 50% of the homes sold in Clark are 3 bedroom homes, and about 25% are 4 bedroom homes.         Increasing the number of bathrooms in a home improves sales price also, but not nearly as much as increasing th...
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
Clark Public Schools welcome parents and guardians to Back To School Nights on the following dates:   Valley Road Elementary School - Tuesday, October 2 Frank K. Hehnly Elementary School - Wednesday, September 19 Clark Preschool Annex - Thursday, September 20 Carl H. Kumpf Middle School - Thursday, September 27 Arthur L. Johnson High School - Monday, September 24, 7pm   For more information: Clark High School JUMPS in the Top Schools List!  Get Ready for the First Day of School, Clark!  Free Market Analysis of Clark, NJ        
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
  The Doctor William Robinson Plantation Museum was the home of one of the first known physicians in the area now known as Union County. Dr. Robinson emigrated with his family from Scotland.   The building itself is considered a rare example of late 17th century frame construction. It has a rubble stone foundation and massive fireplace foundation in the cellar. The roof is steeply pitched, the windows are diamond-paneled casement, and there is a chamfered and carved chestnut summer beam that weighs over a ton. The fireplace is a replica that was constructed using bricks that were found on the premises during restoration. The beehive oven was used chiefly for baking bread and is completely lined with bricks. The walls are handmade, sun baked bricks that are held together with mud mortar....
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
What's been going on in the real estate market in Clark, NJ? Is it good news or bad news?     For starters, let's look at how long the average house is on the market before it's sold. The past 12 months have seen 3 hot markets, according to this data. In January 2012, May 2012, and August 2012, the inventory was flying off the shelves compared to the rest of the year. November 2011, March 2012, and July 2012 were slow months. Since closings are usually about 2 months after the home is seen, November doesn't surprise us - remember the weather in September last year? Hurricane Irene scared away some buyers. The slow sales in March can be explained by the holidays, but what explains the unusually slow market in July?                          When we look at a comparison of new listings and...
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By Wayne Zuhl, The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Remax First Realty II)
Congratulations to the administration of Clark's Arthur L. Johnson High School! In New Jersey Monthly's Top High Schools In New Jersey, published this week, Clark jumps from #101 in 2011 to #40 in 2012 - representing a 61 point improvement and earning it a place in the Most Improved Schools list!   According to New Jersey Monthly, some of the biggest moves are due to New Jersey’s new graduation-rate calculation - Instead of using the number of students moving on to postsecondary schools, this year's data uses the number of students actually graduating from a four year postsecondary school.   Another data compilation change that may have resulted in a move is that New Jersey Montly no longer uses student/computer ratio as a ranking factor. They have also increased the weighting of test r...
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