Millenials Are Buying Homes with Their Dogs in Mind

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According to a recent article on How Stuff, more millennials are buying homes with their dogs in mind! A 2016 study done my Mintel shows that 7 in 10 male millennials and 3 in 5 female millennials own dogs. In another survey completed by Harris Poll and SunTrust Mortgage, released late last month, it was found that as many as 33 percent of millennials who purchased their first home say they purchased a home to have more space and a better yard for their dogs. Additional survey results show that millennials are happy to spend money on their pooches, too. 76% of millennials say they like to splurge on such items as custom beds and expensive treats for their furry friends.

In a recent Facebook Live event, Shannon met with Laura Delli Paoli to talk to her about some of her favorite places in the area to take her dogs, as well as the reasons why she, as a millennial, purchased a home in the suburbs for a better life for her dogs. Click here to see the blog post.

If you are interested in making a move to the suburbs and are looking for the perfect home for you and your pooch, please contact me! I’d love to show you some of the fantastic homes for sale! You can reach me by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at For more great real estate information, including more information about Millennials and home ownership, please remember to visit my website at

3/26 Open House in Millburn NJ

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The Shannon Aronson Team would like to invite you to attend a 3/26 open house in Millburn NJ between the hours of 2 and 4 pm. Our new listing, 28 Parsonage Hill Road, is nestled on nearly one acre in the prime location of Short Hills NJ.

MLS Number: 3372448
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 5.2

Charming Colonial with Old World Charm

The first thing you will notice at the 3/26 open house in Millburn NJ is the gorgeous curb appeal offered by this impressive home. The unique circular driveway greets you at 28 Parsonage Hill Road. Once you make your way inside, you are sure to be impressed by the entry foyer featuring a formal sitting area. Make your way to the living room and you’ll notice the cozy fireplace. Take in the beautiful surroundings as you step out into the screened porch, marrying the scenic outdoors with the beautiful indoors.

Now You’re Cookin’

The kitchen is nothing short of fantastic featuring fresh white cabinetry, granite counters, and a large center island. The adjacent formal dining room or the more laid-back breakfast room will satisfy all your entertaining needs, allowing you to host both formal and informal gatherings.

Don’t Forget to Check Out the Upper Level

Ascend the stairway at the 3/26 open house in Millburn NJ, and you will be welcomed by a large master suite at 28 Parsonage Hill Road. Picture yourself enjoying your morning coffee in the master suite’s sitting room. Two additional bedrooms and 3 full baths complete the second floor. Another bedroom and full bath are featured on the finished 3rd floor. Not to be missed is the fabulous finished basement featuring a rec room, full bath, half bath, laundry area, and storage.

If you are unable to make the 3/26 open house in Millburn NJ, please contact me to set up a private showing or to learn more about 28 Parsonage Hill Road. I can be reached via email at or by phone at 973-637-0004. To see additional homes for sale in Millburn NJ, click here. For more great real estate information, please be sure to visit my website at

Tips for Reducing Clutter in Your Home


Spring is almost here! With the arrival of Spring, some people like to do a good Spring cleaning! In preparation of that, you might want to take a look around and reduce some of the clutter that tends to build up. Below, House Logic offers some great tips for reducing clutter in your home. Thinking of selling? Reducing clutter in your home is a great way to get it ready for showings. Call us for more tips!

Tips for Reducing Clutter in Your Home

  1. Reduce Duplicates:  Sometimes you don’t need more than one of a certain type of item.  For those items that you do need multiples of, towels, for example, have some extras on hand, but don’t go overboard with too many.  House Logic suggests a good rule of thumb is having two per person.
  2. Keep Clutter from Expanding by reducing your storage space.
  3. Ignore Trends:  Fight the temptation to buy the latest and greatest gadget or decoration. Instead, purchase quality items that will last you a long time.
  4. A great way to keep things from piling up is to follow this rule:  When you buy something, get rid of something.
  5. Don’t purchase items that you will most likely use only once, or at most, very minimally.  Instead, see if you can borrow the item from someone.
  6. Get rid of paper clutter by going digital.  Many companies offer electronic billing or paperless statements.
  7. Buy less junk by avoiding bargain hunting.  Ask yourself if you really need that particular item, or if you really need one in every color just because it’s a “good deal”.
  8. Avoid piling things up on countertops.  Try to keep them free and clear!

All of these are great tips as we start to think about Spring and perhaps selling in the Spring Market.  Thinking of selling your homeContact us!  You can reach me by email at or by phone at 973.637.0004. Want to know what your home is worth?  Click here.  For more great real estate information, including insider tips, please be sure to visit my website at


75 Hemlock Road Millburn Township NJ

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Wow! The price for 75 Hemlock Road Millburn Township NJ has just been improved! This gorgeous colonial in Millburn Township NJ is nestled on 1.6 acres and provides you with a rare opportunity to own on a private road in Short Hills.

MLS Number: 3369323
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 5.1

Now You’re Cooking

The gorgeous kitchen featured at 75 Hemlock Road Millburn Township NJ is sure to impress even the most discerning of chefs. Fabulous features of this amazing kitchen include a Viking stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator, granite countertops, wine refrigerator and large center island. Not to be missed on the main floor are an impressive living room, dining room, and bedroom/office.

Serenity Awaits You

Climb the stairs at 75 Hemlock Road Millburn Township NJ and you are welcomed by your master suite, complete with sumptuous bath, tall ceilings, and walk-in closet. The upstairs is completed by 4 additional bedrooms with full jack-and-jill baths.

75 Hemlock Road Millburn Township NJ Offers So Much More!

You will love entertaining at 75 Hemlock Road. The finished basement provides you with your private entertainment mecca! The party continues outside as you and your guests splash in the heated in-ground pool or relax in the hot tub.

If you want to see this amazing home offered at a great new price, please contact me. You can reach me by phone at 973.637.0004 or via email at To learn more about Millburn Township NJ and other surrounding communities, be sure to contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots, or visit my website at

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Summit NJ

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Summit NJ

If you are looking for something to do, check out Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit NJ. The grounds of the arboretum and visitor center are open from 9 am to 4 pm through March 31st. Wisner House is open Tuesdays-Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm. In February, it will reopen on Saturdays and Sundays for the new art exhibit. The Stackhouse Education Center is also open Tuesdays-Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm as well as Saturdays from 9-1 from March-November.

Why not plan for Spring? Currently, the arboretum is offering an adult program, “Square Foot Gardening for Grown-Ups”. Learn how to grow a successful garden “in less space, in less time and with less work”. The class is offered once a month on Saturday or Wednesday mornings through March. If you are interested, you must pre-register.

Get ready to celebrate the Year of the Rooster at the Chinese New Year Celebration on Friday, 1/27, from 1-2 pm. Celebrate the new year with crafts and stories. This program is offered to children 3 and older accompanied by an adult. The cost is $15 per child and registration is required.

Are you a maple syrup fan? If so, join the arboretum for “Tap That Tree” on Saturday, 1/28, from 10-11:30 am. Watch as the Director of Children’s Education at the arboretum taps the maple trees to prepare for sap flow. In addition to learning how and why trees are tapped, participants will actually be able to help with the process! This event is for children ages 5 and up who are accompanied by an adult. The cost is $15/child and pre-registration is required.

If you are interested in learning more about what Summit NJ has to offer, please be sure to contact me for a FREE copy of our town snapshots! Planning a move? If you would like to see any of the homes for sale in Summit NJ, please contact me! You can reach me by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at For great real estate information, please be sure to check out my website at

Millburn Deli

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If you’re looking for a great sandwich, make sure you check out the Millburn Deli in Millburn NJ. The Millburn Deli was recently voted one of the 33 Best Sandwich Shops in the US by thrillist. First opened in 1947, the Millburn Deli is situated in a ” tiny storefront on the ground floor of what could easily be your grandma’s house”. Perhaps the Millburn Deli is best know for their Sloppy Joes. The Millburn Deli’s Sloppy Joes aren’t your typical Sloppy Joes. They are actually triple decker sandwiches made with combos such as Virginia ham, turkey, roast beef, corned beef or pretty much any other combination you can think of. In addition, they serve great “griller” sandwiches.

Myself and many of my friends eat at the Millburn Deli, and it is a perennial favorite local place for lunch. One of our favorite sandwiches is the godfather and another one is the turkey gobbler. There are always long lines at the deli because it’s so popular, so a great tip is to call ahead and order on the phone to circumvent the line. The Millburn Deli is open Monday-Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm, so if you are looking for a great sandwich for a later dinner, it might be better to call and pick up. The location is great . . . in the heart of downtown Millburn and within walking distance to Taylor Park.

Millburn NJ is a great place to live! If you are thinking of buying a home, contact me! I would love to set up a showing for you at any of the wonderful homes for sale in Millburn NJ. I can be reached by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at If you want to learn more about Millburn NJ and surrounding towns, please contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots, or visit my website at

The Home Buying Process


If you are considering buying a home in the year 2017, it would be helpful for you to learn more about the home buying process. The Shannon Aronson Team will be with you every step of the way! Below please find a summary of how the home buying process works.

The first step in the home buying process is choosing a real estate agent. Shannon’s real estate career began in 1998. She and her team have come to understand that the moving process is a very emotional and stressful time for many people.  It is The Shannon Aronson’s Team pleasure to guide people through this important time.  For buyers, we take the time to listen to our client’s priorities.  We have refined systems for home searching that save our clients a tremendous amount of time.   We pride ourselves on finding our clients their perfect home.

The next step in the home buying process is obtaining financial pre-approval. Having the knowledge of how much you can afford allows you to focus your home search and make a move when you find “the one”! Obtaining financial pre-approval will help you in two main ways. One, the credit check and paperwork required to obtain a mortgage will already be completed, which gives you peace of mind that you will have the ability to finalize a home purchase. It also allows you to fix any problems that might appear on your credit report. Having the paperwork in place will most likely speed up the home-buying process after you’ve made an offer.

The third step in the home buying process is to analyze your needs in a buyer consult. The buyer consult will allow us, The Shannon Aronson Team, to ask you important questions that will help us obtain the information we need to help you find your dream home! Some of the questions asked of the buyer might include: What location are you looking to buy in? How many bedrooms/baths do you need? Are you looking for a move-in ready home or are remodels/repairs ok? What is your price range? After we know exactly what you’re looking for, it is time to select and view properties!

After you have found your dream home, it is time to write an offer to purchase. The Shannon Aronson Team will guide you in making your offer. Things to consider when putting together the offer include: How the property compares with similar homes, if there are other buyers interested in the home, how motivated the seller is to move, etc. We will work carefully with you to make sure you submit the right offer. After the offer has been submitted to the seller, it is time to negotiate the terms. Let The Shannon Aronson Team work through the negotiations for you!

After the buyer and seller have agreed on the offer to purchase, it is time to choose an attorney for attorney review. If neither the buyer or seller have made any changes to the offer within 3 days of the contract being signed, then the review period is over and the contract is binding. Weekends and holidays are not included in the 3 day period. Once the contract is a binding contract, it is time to move forward with next steps in purchasing the property. However, if changes to the contract are requested, the attorney review period is automatically extended until all parties come to an agreement in regards to the changes.

Once the attorney review period is complete, an additional deposit for the house is due from the buyer.  This deposit shows the seller that the buyer seriously intends to purchase the property.

Now, it is time to conduct inspections and resolve any issues that may come up. It is also time to obtain a mortgage. There will also be a title search conducted for the property. A title search shows the history of a property as determined by public record deeds. The title search will show if there are any liens, etc against the property.

At this point, you will also want to check for any open permits and resolve any issues. Certain home fix-it projects or renovations require that the homeowner secure a permit for the work from the town before the work commences. At this stage, the permit is considered “Open”.  As the work is done, the township will then come out to conduct a final inspection and, if all is well, will “Close” the permit.  Often, however, contractors or homeowners either don’t know this final step or the contractor “forgets” and a permit is still “open” even though it could have been months or years since the work was completed. The Shannon Aronson Team will call the township and inquire if there are any open permits for a property.  If there are, we, in accordance with the homeowner, make appointments with the town to conduct the required final inspections, and thereby “close” the permits. The reason these inspections are critical is that townships have these rules in order to ensure that any work is done to code to ensure the safety of the occupants.

It is also now time to arrange for town fire inspections and CO. To obtain the certificate of occupancy, the fire company will inspect the property for smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, etc.

Prior to closing, you will also want to transfer utilities. Utilities you want to remember to either move or set up include phone, internet, electricity, gas, cable, water, and trash.

The final steps in the home buying process are the final walkthrough and settlement!

The Shannon Aronson Team gives you our promise that we will make the home buying process smooth.  We will negotiate with your money as if it were our own.  We will oversee every step of the process from the contract through the closing, and help you transition into your new home and community.  From movers, to babysitters, to dog walkers to dentists, we look forward to helping you create a rich new life. Please call on us. We look forward to helping you!

Madison NJ Real Estate Trends


Madison NJ Real Estate Trends – Listing vs. Sold Prices

Perhaps a move to or from Madison NJ is in your future? If that’s the case, I encourage you to take a minute to check out the most recent Madison NJ Real Estate Trends. To get a better understanding, it helps to understand what a listing price is versus a sold price. The listing price is the price the sellers are asking a buyer to pay for their home. On the other hand, the sold price is the dollar amount the buyer is willing to pay for the home. When we look at the chart below, we can see that listing prices started to decline between June and July of 2016, seeing the lowest price in September of 2016. They started rising after that point and have been fluctuating between October and now. Looking at the sold prices, we see the median sold price hit a low between April and May of 2016, rising to its peak in August 2016. The sold prices then saw a steady decline through October 2016 and have been on the rise since then. Thinking of selling? Click here to find out what your home is worth.

Madison NJ Real Estate Trends

Madison NJ Real Estate Pricing Trends

Madison NJ Real Estate Trends – Market Inventory Trends

As we dive a little deeper into the current Madison NJ Real Estate Trends, the following chart depicts how many active listings were on the market in Madison NJ and how long they have been on the market. The number of active listings in Madison NJ dropped by 37.5% from the previous month.   The median number of days active properties have been listed is 76 which is significantly shorter than the national average. The number of sales in September dropped by 75% from the previous month.

Madison NJ Inventory Trends

Madison NJ Inventory Trends

Madison NJ Real Estate Trends – Learn More!

As we wrap up the Madison NJ Real Estate Trends, other statistics to consider are: $733,880 is the median listing price, 76 is the median days on market, and the number of active listings is 35.

If you want to learn more about Madison NJ, please contact me for a free copy of our town snapshots. If you are interested in buying a home, I would love to set up a private showing for you at any of the wonderful homes for sale in Madison NJ. You can reach me by phone at 973.637.0004 or by email at For more great real estate information, or for insider tips, please don’t forget to visit my website at

Things to do in Berkeley Heights, NJ

If you are looking for things to do in Berkeley Heights, NJ or surrounding towns, one idea is to visit downtown Summit, NJ on Friday, 12/2, for the Summit Snowflake Stroll. Find the elf walking down the street and get your snowflake dollars! Snowflake dollars can be spent just like cash at Summit downtown’s businesses–many of which will be open late and offering discounts, in-store events, and more! The Hospitality Center will be open from 6-9 offering a photo booth, complimentary gift wrapping, and hot chocolate, all courtesy of the Summit Educational Foundation. The Hospitality Center is located at 408 Springfield Avenue. Free babysitting will be offered by the Summit YMCA from 5:30-9:30 pm. Registration is required.

Wait! There is still more things to do in Berkeley Heights, NJ and the surrounding towns. The 16th Annual Winter Holiday Festival will be held at the Lord Stirling Stable on Saturday and Sunday, 12/3-12/4, from 10 am -3 pm. Enjoy such festivities as holiday craft activities, hay rides to Santa’s house, and pony rides (at designated times). Seasonal music and refreshments can be enjoyed while taking a look at the plethora of gift baskets at the School Horse Retirement Fund silent auction.

If you are interested in learning more about Berkeley Heights, NJ and our surrounding towns, please contact me for a free copy of our Town Snapshots, offering you a convenient look at what our local communities have to offer. I can be reached by email at or by phone at 973.637-0004. If you are planning a move, click here to search homes for sale. Click here if you are thinking of selling. For additional real estate information, please be sure to visit my website at

Livingston Township, NJ

Livingston Township, NJ is one of the larger towns that the Shannon Aronson team serves. Livingston Township, NJ is a large, full service community. There is access to shops, restaurants, professional offices and houses of worship. Parks, fields, playgrounds, pools and tennis courts are available to keep residents active. Enjoy the library and activities sponsored by the recreation department. Livingston Township, NJ is home to the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, Livingston Community Players, Children’s Theatre of Livingston and the New Jersey Ballet.

Livingston Township, NJ has three main shopping/retail centers. One is in the center of town and offers residents a more local experience. The shops and restaurants along Route 10 lean more towards the big chain names, and, of course, there is the Livingston Mall that offers shoppers not only several department store options but all of the popular, smaller shops as well.

For more information on Livingston Township, NJ you can visit

Facts about Livingston Township, NJ

County: Essex

Population: Approximately 27,000

Location: 22 miles from NYC – 18 miles from the Newark airport
Commute by Car: Nearby Highways: Interstate 280, Route 10, Eisenhower Parkway
Commute by Bus: to Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan – to Newark NJ
Commute by Train: Shuttle from Livingston Mall to South Orange Train Station (Morristown Line). The shuttle is fee based.

Education in Livingston Township, NJ

Grades PreK-5 : Burnet Hill Elementary

Grades K-5 : Collins Elementary / Harrison Elementary / HillsideElementary / Mount PleasantElementary / Riker Hill Elementary

Grade 6 : Mount Pleasant Middle School

Grades 7-8 : Heritage Middle School

Grades 9-12 : Livingston High School – Currently ranked 16th by New Jersey Monthly magazine

Livingston Township, NJ is proud to offer full day kindergarten.

If you are interested in making a move to Livingston Township, NJ, I’d love to show you any of the fantastic homes for sale. You can reach me by email at or by phone at 973-637-0004. For more information about Livingston Township, NJ and our surrounding communities, or for great real estate tips, please visit my website at