Local Realtors speak about why they love where they live and work

Lois Schneider’s Realtors love where they live and work. Summit, NJ and the surrounding towns along NJ TRANSIT’s midtown-direct train line provide convenient access to New York City, Newark Liberty International Airport, and the Short Hills Mall, and also have vibrant downtowns and top-rated schools. Hear it from the mouths of some of our successful Realtors at Lois Schneider Realtor’s office in Summit, NJ:

 

“Our immediate area is one of tremendous convenience—be it for overall shopping for which there are generally multiple options close by, our proximity to local highways, or to Newark Airport, and the varied options for access to New York City.” ~Betsy Crosby, Sales Associate

“What I love is the sense of community – In a town like Summit, you know the parents of your children’s friends. They say it takes a community to raise a child and that really happens here!”  ~Jill Bray, Sales Associate

“People are nice and allow one to have privacy, if need be.” ~Sandy Long, Sales Associate

“I love the fact that Summit is such a family oriented town…from sporting events to the plays. The entire town embraces these events and supports its residents. Summit offers so many events to include all, summer movie nights, car festivals, art shows, etc. So great! ~Allison Lees, Sales Associate

“Summit schools are phenomenal. The downtown is an old fashioned, safe, pedestrian-friendly oasis. It’s so important for tweens to have that safe environment for hanging out with their friends, and there are so many great stores that appeal to them. The population is involved, vibrant, and intelligent, so there’s no shortage of great minds and fun people!” ~Cynthia Baker, Sales Associate

“I love Madison’s quaint and charming downtown.  Most of the stores and restaurants are ‘Mom & Pop’ operations, not large national franchises. With 3 colleges nearby (Drew University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and The College of St. Elizabeth, there are plenty of opportunities to attend a play at The Shakespeare Theater, listen to a lecture by a renowned speaker, or attend a concert.  It is a lively town with a fun, college vibe!” ~Sara Parker Henderson, Sales Associate

“Summit meets the needs of all age groups, cultural groups, and professional groups—truly a melting pot and a reflection of the world!” ~Roey Dangler, Sales Associate

“I like that there are numerous species of birds that come to my feeder…most likely because of the vast preservations nearby, such as The Watchung Reservation and The Great Swamp.” ~Judy Watson, Relocation Director/Sales Associate

“One of the best things about Summit are the activities and resources available to kids. For example, Summit YMCA has a great swimming team called Seals. The Connection has a great gymnastics team. In addition, there is the Visual Arts Center, and the Community center, all offering wondering classes and activities for kids in the community. It’s a great place to raise a family!” ~Debbie Chang, Broker-Sales Associate

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Top Sales Associates Named to the Five Star Real Estate Agent List

Lois Schneider Realtor is proud to announce that fifteen top sales associates have been named to the final list of NJ Monthly Magazine‘s ”Five Star Real Estate Agents” for 2013.  The Five Star Real Estate Agent Program identifies and showcases real estate professionals in a local market with the highest scores in overall satisfaction. Realtors are evaluated by clients based on customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication and negotiation skills, closing preparation, helpfulness, marketing, and overall satisfaction.

Lois Schneider Realtor has been the market leader in our area for over thirty years. Many potential clients are referred to us by past clients, attorneys, financial institutions, relocation companies and others who have experienced our service. All of our real estate professionals are skilled in determining value, strategic pricing, contract negotiations, accessing financing options, and developing a customized marketing plan for your property. In addition, our sales associates are backed up by a team of in-house professional graphic designers and marketing experts who understand how to maximize your property’s features for potential buyers.

Pictured are Five Star honorees:  (top left to right) Martha McDonnell, Mary Jo Herr, Roey Dangler, Winnie Cavazini, Sara Parker Henderson, Susan Lemkau, Barbara Harrison, Tony Verducci, Cynthia Baker, (bottom left to right) Kathleen Barrett, Nancy Burrows, Linda Peck, Lois Schneider President- Karen Schneider, Debbie Chang, Maren Dinsmore, and Allison Lees.

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Local Market Statistics

At Lois Schneider Realtor, we make it our business to provide the latest statistics for the communities that we serve. Click here to view a detailed 2012 to 2013 Quarters 1-4 comparison chart for the towns of Summit, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Madison, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, and Millburn/Short Hills. On average, we are continuing to see positive data in these markets when compared to last year.

Want more? If you are interested in receiving weekly reports detailing statistics and trends in our area, check out the “Market Updates” feature on the homepage of our website and choose the community that interests you. Simply click here and sign up today!

In addition, keep up-to-date with the happenings in your hometown and surrounding areas by visiting our facebook page. We continually post the latest news, events, market information, and more!

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The Summit Luminary Fund–Thank You for Lighting Up So Many Lives!

Lois Schneider Realtor is proud to be the lead sponsor for the beautiful luminary tradition that took place this past Christmas Eve. Sponsors and participants who purchased candles through The Summit Luminary Fund displayed them on their property in the evening on December 24th. The magical glow of our town’s streets and homes remind us of the true meaning of the season. This year, The Summit Luminary Fund raised $58,000 in funds for various charitable organizations serving Summit, New Jersey and the surrounding communities.

Thank you to the many street captains, student volunteers, coordinators, leaders, families, neighbors and friends who made this year’s event a successful one. And a special thanks to Summit Luminary Fund president, Barbara Romano, for her hard work and dedication to this annual celebration.

We truly live in a special town!

 

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What makes our neighborhoods so special?

We are truly passionate about our jobs, and with great neighborhoods like ours, it is hard not to be!

The towns we serve, including Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Madison, Harding, Short Hills, and Millburn, are known for their convenient location in the heart of New Jersey with ease of access to major highways and an easy commute to New York City with NJ TRANSIT direct train line service.

Residents enjoy a small town atmosphere with a community feel, beautiful homes, friendly neighbors, top-rated schools, and vibrant downtowns! There are a variety of housing options including single-family homes for couples with children and commuters working in the city, condominiums for downsizers, and many rental opportunities.

Don’t just take our word for it, though. Our Neighborhood Navigator tool on our homepage allows you to do your own research to look up community, school, and demographic information. Also, sign up to receive the latest market trends and statistics for our communities.

As always, we are here to help you with any questions you have. Give us a call 908-277-1398. We look forward to hearing from you!

5 Bedford Road, Summit, NJ
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Lois Schneider Realtor: A Proud Supporter of Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s Annual Holiday House Tour

Lois Schneider Realtor was proud to be the Grand Fir Sponsor of the Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s Annual Holiday House Tour again this year. On December 5th, tour participants were able to catch a glimpse inside seven elegant homes in Summit and Short Hills, beautifully decorated for the holidays, including the Arboretum’s Wisner House and the Georgian Revival Mansion at Greenwood Gardens.

Participants also attended the annual Designer Holiday Boutique and Gift Gallery, and were treated to a buffet-style luncheon at the Beacon Hill Club. The festivities continued on December 7th with a visit from Santa!

A great way to get into the Christmas spirit, give back to the community, and have fun, the Holiday House Tour and Holiday Boutique continue to be special local events that we are thrilled to support every year.

Visit reeves-reedarboretum.org to learn more about the organization and its mission.

Lois Schneider Realtor President, Karen Schneider, and Frank Juliano, Executive Director at Reeves-Reed Arboretum The mantle at the Arboretum’s Wisner House The beautifully decorated Christmas tree at the Arboretum’s Wisner House Cookies and Cocoa with Santa, Courtesy of Lisa Berkery Photography, LLC Cookies and Cocoa with Santa, Courtesy of Lisa Berkery Photography, LLC Georgian Revival Mansion at Greenwood Gardens Georgian Revival Mansion at Greenwood Gardens Georgian Revival Mansion at Greenwood Gardens Fireplace at Georgian Revival Mansion at Greenwood Gardens
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Announcing a New Sales Associate on the Crosby-Peck Team

Pam Gumport, a sales assistant with the Crosby-Peck Team since 2010, has joined the seasoned, top-producing team as a Sales Associate. Pam is a lifelong New Jersey resident and holds leadership positions on various boards within our community. She is currently Vice Chair of the Overlook Foundation Board of Trustees, Treasurer of the Reeves Reed Arboretum, and Emeritus Trustee of Bridges Outreach. Her past board involvement with NJ Goals Ahead, The Pingry School PSPA, and Lincoln Hubbard School, and solid experience as past chair of the Summit Zoning Board make her a perfect addition to the strong, seven-year Crosby-Peck partnership that consistently ranks among the top producing teams in New Jersey with sales over $350 million.

All three talented women have established local roots, in-depth knowledge of the market area and extensive real estate experience through which they will continue to provide personal attention and a high level of expertise to their clients.

Click here to learn more about the Crosby-Peck team.

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Preparing your home for the holidays!

Many people use this time of year to get their home ready for the holiday season. With family visiting, photographs being taken, and the added clutter of holiday décor, getting your home ready for the holidays may seem overwhelming. Below is a brief checklist you can use to prepare for the season and get your home camera ready!

  • Clear leaves and branches from driveway, walk, and yard
  • Clean the gutters
  • If needed, call a chimney cleaning contractor
  • Clean and dust around stairs and railings
  • Vacuum underneath the furniture and couch cushions
  • Clean window and door frames
  • Wash dusty curtains
  • Clean ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Dust on top of kitchen appliances
  • Organize your kitchen cabinets and utensil drawers
  • Dust baseboards and moldings
  • Dust bookshelves

Or, create your own checklist! Click here for a cute template we found.

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The Inside Track on Local Market Statistics

At Lois Schneider Realtor, we make it our business to provide the latest statistics for the communities that we serve. Click here to view a detailed 2012 to 2013 Quarter 1-3 comparisons chart for the towns of Summit, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Madison, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, and Millburn/Short Hills. On average, we are continuing to see positive data in these markets when compared to last year.

Want more? If you are interested in receiving weekly reports detailing statistics and trends in our area, check out the “Market Updates” feature on the homepage of our website and choose the community that interests you. Simply click here and sign up today!

In addition, keep up-to-date with the happenings in your hometown and surrounding areas by visiting our facebook page. We continually post the latest news, events, market information, and more!

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Quick and Easy Stats from the New Jersey Association of Realtors

Looking for quick and easy stats that shed light on the true picture of the housing market?

The New Jersey Association of Realtors (NJAR) has launched an exciting research project that focuses on the NJ housing market on a state, county and local level. The state and county reports are available at www.njar.com/10k.

We are excited about sharing this data with our clients because it provides an educational tool for homebuyers/sellers and creates an unbiased view of the health of the state and counties’ housing markets from month to month. Data is categorized by single family homes, townhouses/condos, and adult community housing. The key metrics in each category include median sales price, days on market, the number of new listings, closed sales, pending sales and more.

Want more information or need help interpreting the market? Contact us today 908.277.1398!

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