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Open Houses Suck… a case study

by Joe Montenigro on October 18, 2010 · 2 comments

South Jersey Real Estate 4 open houses over 4 weeks, I know it’s not a scientific study, but I already know the answer to the question of “Do open houses work?”  Back in the day when I was a newbie, I did about 40 open houses a year and it was a good prospecting tool […]


Buy 1st or Sell 1st …THAT is the Question!

by Joe Montenigro on October 17, 2010 · 0 comments

Let’s say that you own a home but want to move to a better home.   Most people start the process by looking for the new home first… and then it hits them…. how am i going to pay for this thing?!    For the sake of brevity, let’s say you don’t want to rent your current […]


If you never knew  (or never really cared)  how real estate agents get paid, you might be surprised that we actually work for Free !   Yes it’s true…. kind of.     When selling your South Jersey home, we enter into a listing agreement which explains that my brokerage fee is contingent upon successfully selling your home.    […]


What are Points and why do I care?

by Joe Montenigro on February 2, 2009 · 0 comments

Points are the closest thing to legalized bribery!   When applying for a mortgage to buy a house, you can pay the lender a fee to get a better interest rate.   The fee is called a point and is 1% of the amount you borrow.   You could pay one or many points.   The point costs you […]


How’s the market?

by Joe Montenigro on January 29, 2009 · 0 comments

It’s a question that I get all the time…. but what’s the REAL question? Maybe some people are just making small talk because they know I’m a broker but many, I believe, want to know if it’s OK to buy a home. Watching the news is scarey and there’s no shortage of uncertainty in the […]


South Jersey Homes and Real Estate

by Joe Montenigro on December 26, 2008 · 2 comments

Hello South Jersey, I’ve been a real estate broker in South Jersey for about 20 years.   I know stuff.   Ask me questions about buying a home or selling your home in South Jersey.   Don’t be shy.     While it’s true, that I don’t make my living giving out free advice, I can spare a few minutes […]