Welcome!

by Jodi Luminiello on February 22, 2013

With years of experience in the realty market in a variety of home buying and selling situations, you can say I’ve gathered some insight. And I’m the sharing sort. Help yourself to this useful information to lead you in a direction toward your home buying or selling goals. Visit my community site 365 Things To Do In Westfield.

Remember the adage, the early bird catches the worm? Well, it certainly proves to be true in the real estate market. Spring is the optimum time to sell a home. Why? Because the largest number of buyers are actively searching for a new home during the months of April, May and June. The weather is “friendlier” for both buyers and sellers alike, resulting in the real estate market’s most active season.

Spring always comes out on top as the best time to sell. Buyers like to find a home and move when the weather is warm and clear. If they have children, they want to move into a new location as soon as school ends for the year, and before camp vacations begin. This is a narrow window of time, considering the typical closing takes between 45 and 60 days.

Another reason spring is such a strong season is because people are not distracted by summer vacations, or busy with holiday celebrations during the fall and winter months. Spring is the perfect time to grab the buyer’s attention. And let’s face it – your home looks better in the spring! The colorful flowers and fresh green grass does wonders for curb appeal – and the Buyer’s renewed interest. Your home will look fresh and more attractive when the garden is coming into bloom and the sunny days are longer.

Here are my top 3 reasons why spring is the best time to sell your home:

1. In the spring, the days are longer and the warmer weather invites Buyers to be outdoors and looking for a new home.

2. Buyers want to coordinate their move with the school year. Many buyers start their search in spring expecting to close no later than summer. That way they have a few months to familiarize themselves and their children with their new neighborhood before the school year begins.

3. More buyers means more potential offers for Sellers, and spring is the time when that will most likely occur. Nothing is better for a seller than multiple offers and a bidding war.

If you are thinking about selling your home – now is definitely the time to do it. I can answer any questions that you may have about the current market or questions about selling your home in general. You can always reach me at JodiLuminielloRealEstate@gmail.com or call (732) 713-0051.

Keep a look out for more of my weekly Spring Market blog posts! Next week I will discuss some of the fun activities for our local area during these beautiful, warmer days of spring.

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To read the entire report, click here. For more information, please give me a call at 732-713-0051 or email me at NJRealtorJodi@Gmail.com. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have! 

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Selling Homes in Westfield, NJ

by Jodi on February 18, 2014

I have always known and loved the town of Westfield, but over the last few years I have truly learned what really makes this town so special. When I started 365 Things Westfield, I wanted to connect businesses with local people, and give the community a platform to communicate with each other about topics they care about. After talking with so many different businesses owners and local people over the years, I have discovered how truly unique this town is – and how much people really do care about and support their communities.

Running 365 Things Westfield has given me a new-found appreciation for this town. As a Real Estate agent, selling homes in Westfield has become more of a joy than a job. After learning so much about this fabulous town, I not only recommend that my clients move here – but I am able to say whole-heartily that Westfield is one of the best places to live. A combination of the school systems, communities, locally owned businesses, and beautiful downtown makes Westfield an easy sell to any family looking to re-locate.

As a Cartus Relocation agent for Coldwell Banker®, I am able to help people and families who are looking to move in and out of New Jersey. I have sold homes in Westfield to people who have moved across the country – and they couldn’t be happier with their decision. Coldwell Banker® is the oldest and most established residential real estate franchise system in North America, and it is known as one of the most innovative, forward-thinking real estate brands today. Being an agent for this company in such a wonderful location like Westfield is truly an honor.

Westfield is a town that I know and love, and helping people find a home here is something I love to do. If you or someone you know is looking for a home in Westfield or the surrounding areas, please give me a call and I would be happy to assist. As a relocation agent, I can also help you find a top agent in any part of the country. And make sure to “like” 365 Things Westfield to say connected to all things happening. Please feel free to send me an email at 365ThingsWestfield@gmail.com with anything you’d like to see posted on the page.

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you all were able to dig yourselves out of the snow this morning and get on with your day just fine. Crossing my fingers that Spring comes real soon! 

The requests keep coming in for information about Real Estate activity in Westfield. As promised, I will provide this information every month so you all can stay up to date with how the market is doing in your local area. The photo above breaks down the report into some simple facts. To view the entire report in more detail, please click the link below to bring up the PDF. Feel free to save the PDF and keep it for further reference, and share it with anyone else who would like the information.

If you have any questions about this report, or questions about Real Estate in general, please feel free to call me at 732-713-0051. I am here to help with all of your Real Estate needs. And keep in mind that I am a Cartus Relocation Agent, which means I can help you buy or sell a home anywhere in the country!

Have a great day everyone! Click here to view the entire activity report: JanuaryReport

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Hey everyone! I have been getting some requests for information about the Real Estate market is doing in our local area. I decided my website would be a fantastic place to share this information with you. So every month, I am going to share some activity reports with you, so you can get in the information you are looking for! These reports will include how many homes were sold in Westfield that month, where they are located, what the listing price was, how much they were sold for – and lots of other useful information! These reports also come with graphs, so you can easily identify the information you are looking for.

This week I am providing the activity report for December 2013 in Westfield, NJ. 24 homes were sold here in Westfield last month! The second page of the report shows the activity for all of 2013, so you can get a better idea of how the market was for the whole year. if you would like any more information that you can’t find in these reports, please feel free to shoot me an email or give me a call. All my information can be found on my contact page.

Please click here to view the report: WestfieldYTD2013xlsx

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Happy New Year!

by Jodi on January 3, 2014

Happy New Year everyone! It seems like 2013 came and went so quickly – and what a year it’s been! I hope you all had a fantastic time bringing in the New Year. I have a feeling that 2014 is going to bring great things!

2013 was an exciting year for Westfield. Among some other pretty cool awards, Westfield was voted a great place to live by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association! As a local Real Estate agent, I know very well what a great place Westfield is to live in. I have sold homes to many happy families who absolutely love living in Westfield.

My love for Westfield is why I created the Facebook community called 365 Things to do in Westfield New Jersey. This page is a place where I share local events, talk about our local businesses, and encourage members of the community to connect with one another! It’s a page that’s completely dedicated to the town of Westfield and surrounding areas that impact our town. One of the best things about living in Westfield is having such a supportive community. 365ThingsWestfield is a place for the community to come together and share things that matter most.

This year, I hope that more members of the community will join 365 Things Westfield, and stay connected to all the fun things we talk about. I encourage you to join in the conversation! Let us know where your favorite coffee spots are, the best places to get pizza, fun places that you like to take your kids, and the things you love most about living in Westfield. Share your favorite local photos, and let us know when you LIKE what we are sharing.

The love and support we receive at 365 Things Westfield has been tremendous. It makes me so happy when I receive messages from people who tell me how much they love the page. The goal is to make 365 Things Westfield a resource for the community – and to support all things happening locally. If you know about something happening that we have not posted, please feel free to send us a message or email us at 365ThingsWestield@gmail.com.

Every weekday morning we make a “coffee talk” post where we talk about a fun topic over a cup of coffee. Feel free to join in the conversation! For those of you who already like and follow the page – thank you so much for your support! For those of you who don’t know about 365 Things Westfield – stop by and visit, stay connected, and support your community!

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Many people think the holiday season is not the best time to sell your home. If you have been delaying the sale of your home, you may have one or two of these excuses running through your mind right now: The winter season is really slow for selling homes; no one is really buying or selling this time of year; and the most common – I’ll get started in the New Year!  It’s a new start, right?

Winter months can be a perfect time to sell your home.  Selling now can effectively benefit your bottom line. Check out these 11 reasons why you should list your home during the holiday season:

1.  Selling now is an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring, when many more homes are on the market for less money! This will allow you to sell high and buy low.

2.  You can sell now for more money and then request a delayed closing or an agreement for use and occupancy, until early next year.

3.  Even though your house will be on the market, you still have the option to restrict showings during the six or seven days around the holidays.

4.  January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs or transfer to a new location. Since new employees or transferees cannot wait until spring to buy, being on the market during the holidays will allow you to capture the relocation market.

5.  Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.

6.  Buyers have more time to look for a home during the holidays than they do during a typical work week.

7.  Buyers are traditionally more giving during the holidays, so they are more likely to pay your asking price.

8.  Houses are more inviting with a feeling of family and tradition when decorated for the holidays.  This makes it easier for prospective buyers to imagine your house as their new home.

9.  Since the supply of listings will start to increase at the end of January, it is likely there will be more homes on the market in the same style as yours, meaning more competition for you.

10.  People who are looking for a home during the holidays are more likely to be serious buyers!

11.  Serious buyers have fewer homes to choose from during the holiday season. Less inventory on the market means more opportunities for you.

If you are thinking about selling your home, please give me a call! I would be happy to meet with you.

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5 Things that Devalue Your Home

by Jodi on November 7, 2013

Many different things factor into how much your home is worth, such as the location, square footage, school district, and number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Many of the factors that determine your homes worth are not easily changed – but some are under your control.

As a homeowner, part of your job is to be aware of what you can do to add value to your home, as well as what you may be doing to decrease the value. It’s crucial to be aware of how you are affecting your homes bottom line, and understand what can be done to raise it back up! Here is a list of some top causes of home devaluation – and what you can do about it!

Curb Appeal
When you pull up to someone’s house, the first thing you notice is the yard, right? If caring for the yard isn’t one of your priorities, it may make your house harder to sell. Strong curb appeal is essential to selling a house – in fact, it sells more than half of the homes on the market! Here is a quick tip: look into what’s currently popular with landscaping. What was all the range a few years ago may make buyers hesitate today. Avoid quick-growing, high-maintenance plants and stick with the easiest route!

Interior Aesthetics
Is the house cluttered with your possessions? Are there pictures of your family all over every wall? Is your home dusty and dimly lit? These issues are easily remedied, but if you don’t find the time to take care of them, you home will probably have trouble selling for your asking price. Buyers want to see as much as the house as they can, and your clutter and personal belongings will get in the way! Make sure your home is clean, clear, and neat!

Repairs
If your house is in need of serious repairs, like a leaky roof, busted plumbing, a bad HVAC system, or a mold problem – it will most like be a major concern for the buyer. You need to get your repairs sorted out or risk having to trim off a portion of your asking price. Otherwise, you are just asking the future homeowners to take the cost of the repairs – and trust me, they won’t. Get professional to do the big jobs. Shabby DIY work will turn off many buyers.

Kitchen
Once a home buyer is in your house, one of the rooms they will inspect closely is the kitchen. Because of this, sellers often consider it a good move to remodel and renovate their kitchen. If you do make renovations, don’t over personalize or go too high-end. A huge stove top grille might be awesome to you – but not to a vegetarian or someone who does not like to cook. Renovations that make sense involve the sink, counter tops,  and cabinets. A sparking new sink and modern cabinet designs really stand out to home buyers. Getting quality improvements in the kitchen can really add some value to your home.

School District
If the schools in your area aren’t healthy and flourishing, that could be driving down the value of your home. It’s common for home buyers to want to move to places with top-notch schools. There is not much you can do to improve a school’s reputation, but studies have shown that schools with involved parents often do better. And good schools – along with concerned parents – often coincide with wealthier neighborhoods, so it gets a little complicated.

There you have it. That was my quick list of 5 things that can decrease the value of your home. While some problems are out of your hands, I hope I was able to provide you with some do-able solutions that make sense. If you are thinking about moving in the future and/or looking to purchase a home, feel free to give me a call! I would be happy to answer all of your questions.

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Halloween Fun in Westfield!

by Jodi on October 26, 2013

 

Fall is my favorite time of year, so naturally Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! With all the great local businesses and community programs in Westfield- there are plenty of fun things to do to celebrate this spooky holiday. Here is a quick list of just a few Halloween-themed events and activities you can do this weekend! Please free to add more events in the comments.

Halloween Family Bike Ride and Truck-or-Treat (Help scare away breast cancer!)
Sunday, October 7th 3:00 pm at Oak Ridge Park
Details: Costumes, Decorations and Noisemakers Encouraged! Please decorate your bikes and trunks.  Easy ride for everyone and all ages are welcome. Bring your family and friends. Rain or shine. To register for this event: www.komennorthjersey.org or call (908) 277-2904.
$5 per child / $10 per adult

Halloween Children’s Theater – Creature Double Feature II: The Mummy & The Wolfman 
Details:

THE MUMMY: A story that begins in Ancient Egypt. A love that transcends time…and death. Who dares disturb the tombs of Egypt? Don’t they know there is a curse on all those who open the sealed tombs? Aaaahhh!!! And that’s just what happens. Archaeologists open a tomb and bring back the mummy and relics to California, but there is no surfing for this mummy. Instead, he goes on a living dead rampage, wreaking revenge on all those archaeologists and their families! Who can stop such supernatural power?

THE WOLFMAN: A story that begins in Eastern Europe. A wealthy young man backpacking and rock climbing encounters a beast in the woods, and he survives. Only to find he is now cursed with the mark of the werewolf! Whenever there is a full moon, he will turn into a blood thirsty beast that roams the woods. Don’t go in there alone at night! Beware the moon! How can the curse be lifted? Death by a silver bullet, or true love showing it’s healing powers?

A brilliant cast of 28 Westfield and the surrounding area’s young actors will perform “Creature Double Feature II : The Mummy – The Wolfman” Friday October 18th, Saturday October 19th, Friday October 25th, Saturday October 26th all at 7:30PM. Doors will open at 7:00PM for some spooky pre-show fun! Performances will be held at the St. Paul’s Parish Hall, 414 E Broad St, Westfield. Tickets are $15 general admission, limited seating.

Visit http://hedgehogandfeather.org for full information

Noche Mascarada – A Sophisticated Halloween Dane Party!
Saturday, October 26th, 7:30 pm at
Knights of Colombus of Westfield, 2400 North Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 
Details:

Prepare to celebrate the spirit of Halloween till midnight at Noche Mascarada (Night of the Mask), a sophisticated evening of music and dancing at the intimate Westfield, NJ Knights of Columbus venue (next to Charlie Brown’s Restaurant).

Dance the night away with the acclaimed Latin sounds of the Gilberto Velez Quintet plus classic rock & roll Halloween dance music & more by DJ Brandis. The evening includes a crowd favorites costume contest and a selection of tasty appetizers, desserts and soft beverages. Costumes are optional and group tables are available. Reservations are recommended. Tickets are priced at $25 in advance ($30 at the door). Advance tickets available online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com (enter Noche Mascarada for event search) or for reservations and information call the SunRex Events Hotline at 908-301-1285.

Walk-up tickets can be purchased at the door on event date starting at 7:00pm. Event time is 7:30pm to midnight.

Halloween Hocus Pocus 

Miller Cory House Museum, 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield
Details:
It’s time for Halloween fun at the Miller-Cory House Museum!  Costumed docents will greet visitors at the door of the colonial farmhouse.  There are numerous activities planned for the afternoon, including decorate a Halloween cupcake, other crafts, and storytelling.  Festive refreshments will be served.  Be sure to come in Halloween costume!   

The program is appropriate for young children.  Admission is $4.00 per child; accompanying adults are free.  Please call the museum at 908-232-1776 or email millercorymuseum@gmail.com 

Downtown Westfield Halloween Parade

We can’t forget about the annual Halloween parade in downtown Westfield! That starts on Sunday morning at 11am! There will be trick-or-treating. a costume contest, and a parade!

 

 

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October Giveaway

October 2, 2013

One of the best parts of running 365 Things Westfield is when I get to give stuff away to my fans! This month, I have teamed up with ViaNutrition to give away some awesome prizes! For those of you who don’t know, 365 Things Westfield is a Facebook page dedicated to connecting people and businesses in the [...]

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