5 Tips for a Successful New Jersey Real Estate Investment Purchase

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It can be difficult for beginners in real estate investing to determine which properties would be a good purchase. You may have a plan, your finances might be stellar, but once it’s time to take action, sometimes even the best laid-plans get derailed. If you are looking to invest in New Jersey real estate, there are some things you should keep in mind as well as specific properties to steer away from as you make your first investment(s). To help get you started on the right foot, we’ve compiled five tips that will guide you toward a successful NJ real estate purchase.

1. Keep an Open Mind

The biggest key to successfully investing in real estate is to remain open to the possibilities around you. Don’t go into your property search looking for anything too specific. Even if you have a mental picture of investing in a residential home to flip – don’t ignore the excellent commercial real estate opportunity down the street. There are so many different types of real estate opportunities available to you! By keeping an open mind, you’ll be less likely to miss out on something great.

2. Be Mindful of Location

You might find a fantastic property and fall in love with it instantly. WARNING! Don’t invest until you have a good, solid understanding of the location. There is a rule in real estate: “A bad house in a great neighborhood is better than a great house in a bad neighborhood.” You can always renovate a property—you can’t give the street a makeover.

3. Prepare for Competition

The popularity of investing in New Jersey real estate is on the rise. Don’t be surprised if you put an offer in on a property only to be outbid. Some of the biggest competition you will likely face will be from all-cash buyers. Many all-cash buyers are offering full price or more in order to secure their investment. Be aware of these competing investors, but don’t be dissuaded if you are outbid a few times. Ask sellers about their goals and see if there is any way you can help them meet those goals.

4. Look Past the Staging

Home staging is an increasingly popular trend for sellers looking to get an edge in the market. And there is a good reason for this: many buyers are more likely to overlook faults with the property if it is staged. Don’t let the aesthetics of staging deter you from asking the important questions about a property. Make sure you move things around, test hardware and appliances, and get to the bones underneath the picture-perfect set up.

5. Know When to Quit

Don’t be afraid to cut your losses and get out if you make a bad investment. Even some experienced investors will stick with a bad investment in a futile effort to recuperate the money they sunk into a property. It’s possible that what seems like a sure bet can take a nosedive and turn out not to be a money-maker. Smart investment behavior includes knowing when to walk away, learn from your mistakes and make better choices next time.

 

Real estate can be a challenging and rewarding opportunity for motivated investors. The sky is the limit when it comes to your real estate goals. If you follow these five tips, you will be on your way to a successful NJ real estate purchase!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NJ Real Estate: Understanding the 3 Day Attorney Review Period

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When it comes to NJ real estate transactions, first-time buyers or sellers can find themselves under-informed when it comes to their rights and responsibilities during the sale of a home. Real estate contracts are complex documents that may be difficult for many people to understand as well as they need to. In New Jersey, buyers and sellers have the right to a 3 day attorney review period to ensure that their best interests are being met.

 


The attorney review period is unique to New Jersey and protects both buyers and sellers from entering into unwise real estate contracts.

 

The Contract

In New Jersey, as well as in every US state, the contract is far and away the most important document in the entire real estate transaction process. Almost all real estate transactions begin with the signing of this document and it sets forth the rights and responsibilities of the buyer and seller for the remainder of the transaction. These rights and responsibilities are the essential terms of the contract and identify the following information:

  • Purchase price
  • Closing date
  • Paperwork each party must provide
  • Specific details about the sale of the property

Plans for inspections, repairs, and many other agreements between the buyer and seller will also be part of the contract. Because the real estate contract is so essential to the legal transfer of property, it is imperative that both parties utilize their legal right to an attorney review.

Attorney Review Period

The state of New Jersey allows for a 3 day attorney review period to begin after a contract of sale has been signed by the buyer and seller and a copy has been delivered to both parties. This 3 day period allows both parties ample time to retain a real estate attorney who will review the contract. The attorney will either accept/approve the contract as-is, make changes to it, or cancel it all together.

If there are changes to be made to the contract, the attorney must send a disapproval letter to the other party’s attorney for review within the 3 day review period. At the end of the allotted time period, if the contract has not been disapproved or canceled by either the buyer or the seller, both parties are henceforth legally bound by the contract.

Beware of “Legalese”

Taking advantage of the attorney review period is important for both buyers and sellers. While all real estate contracts in NJ must be written in “plain language,” the fact remains that some confusing legal concepts (legalese) will make their way into virtually every real estate transaction. Working with an experienced real estate attorney can ensure you are getting the best advice on the ins and outs and specific legal language of real estate law. You do not want to find yourself bound to a contract that includes terms that you never fully understood. The attorney review period gives you time to work closely with your attorney so that you have a solid grasp on your rights and responsibilities as set forth in the contract.

 


 Realtors are not legally permitted to give legal advice to either party engaged in a real estate contract.

 

Contract missing the Attorney Review Clause? DO NOT SIGN.

Real estate contracts will differ from realtor to realtor. Some may not even include an attorney review clause. It is important to know that in New Jersey, the attorney review period is your right as a buyer or a seller in a residential real estate transaction. If the contract does not include an attorney review clause, do not sign the contract until it has been reviewed by your attorney.

Veitengruber Law has extensive experience working with clients in the attorney review process. We know how intimidating, nerve wracking (and at times overwhelming) it can be to buy or sell a home. Our goal is to ensure that your rights are protected so you can make clear-headed, informed decisions during the real estate transaction process. Reach out to us for help at any time during your NJ real estate transaction!