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Written by, Leslie Allen for DeTorres & DeGeorge Family Law Attorneys

Nothing was more exhilarating than feeling the vibration of  the reciprocal saw as the blade sliced through my living room sofa; a symbol of what I had to get out of my life. Like many going through a divorce, I had been stuck, too overwhelmed to make steps towards my next phase in life. A new year was approaching, and I refused to start it with that sofa in my life. One problem, the sofa was too big to fit in my building’s elevator. Getting unstuck and finding your new life may not require sawing a sofa in half, but as a divorce survivor and NJ realtor, I know the process has some unique challenges.  

Property vs Home: It’s not easy, but the

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5 Tips to Sell Your Home in a Buyer’s Market

     Understand the Market | Staging | Professional Photo/Video | Pricing |  Availability to Show

1) It is important to understand the relationship between supply and demand, and how it will affect your behavior when selling.  Who has the control of the current market conditions, the buyer or the seller?  Has the town depreciated, appreciated or remained level in the past 12 months? What are the average days on market for your price range and size home? NAR states that 87% of buyers purchased a home through an agent. Interview at least 3 brokers and choose the one who provides value and an overall customer experience and who can answer these market specific questions for you.

2) It is critical that

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Thinking about buying or selling a home in 2019 or 2020?

 In today's e-commerce focused digital revolution the criteria for choosing a real estate agent has changed. People often ask, "What should I be looking for in a real estate agent?" West End's answer is simple, You need an agent who can answer the following questions intelligently:

1. What are the components to digital marketing and how can it help in the sale of my home?

2. What is the current market analysis for the local market and for the product that I am listing?

In a world where we obtain 90% of our news online, if you are going to sell a home today the need for an agent that has a digital media understanding as well as a social media presence is paramount. Your agent

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Five Reasons to buy your home with a REALTOR®

1. Get access to all the listings.

2. Know all the facts on properties you're interested in.

3. Negotiate with the help of a real estate professional.

4. Finance your home faster.

5. Make a solid investment that pays off down the road.

New homes for sale hit the market daily. As your representative, we'll be in regular contact with sellers and other real estate agents to ensure you see all the newest listings right away, whether or not they're made public. Often, our clients can put in offers with little or no competition and walk away with an impressive deal on the property of their choice. Your agent will also make sure you see only the properties that meet your needs and investment

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WE are so proud of our ever-growing West End family!

Today WE sit down with Lauren Becker to discuss her career and what she loves about being part of the West End team.

Tell me about yourself: I grew up as an "army brat" and have lived all over the world. My family moved 12 times by the time I was 15 and then we settled in Randolph. I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Elementary Education, a minor in Special Education and then went straight to teaching 3rd grade. I love teaching and was honored with teacher of the year in 2016. My husband, Dana and I have been married for 4 years. We have a 3 year old French Bulldog, Luna, and love going to NJ Devils games together.

How long have you been in the industry? I've been working in real

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WE are excited to welcome 



Lorraine comes to West End Residential atop a successful career in real estate spanning 2 decades. WE know that her determination to provide an unparalleled, collaborative real estate experience where her clients needs come first aligns perfectly with the West End philosophy. Lorraine has proven time and time again that quitting isn’t an option; tirelessly working for her clients to execute successful real estate transactions. 

 “When WE met it was clear that our consultative approach to residential real estate was a perfect match. Lorraine’s extensive experience in management and education naturally lends itself to the style of service West Ends provides its clients.” says Broker of Record,

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Behind every successful team, there is an efficient administrative professional and West End Residential's Cali DeCaro deserves all our praise. WE sit down with her today to learn more about her passion and dedication to the West End Residential Team.

Tell me about yourself: I grew up in Randolph and moved back to the area about 7 years ago. I have a 9-year old daughter and outside of my role at West End Residential, I own a photography business where I specialize in newborn and family photography. I have a wicked sweet tooth that my daughter shares so we love trying out bakeries or getting frozen yogurt. I'm also a big animal lover--I used to manage an alpaca and llama farm. I love organization and helping other people.

How long have you been

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There are so many decisions to be made, words to know, and things to look at when purchasing a home. Many people throw around words like "tudor, mid-century modern, and colonial" when talking about home styles but not everyone understands what these architectural descriptions really mean. Understanding the style and features of common home designs can help you choose a home that will fit your lifestyle as well as enable you to better communicate your home goals with your real estate agent.



BUNGALOW/CRAFTSMAN | Often the word “bungalow” refers to a small 20th century home that uses space efficiently. There are several styles 

but they all refer to the same type of home that typically have the following features:

• One to

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WE are so proud of our ever-growing West End family!

Today WE sit down with Amanda Ignaut to discuss her career and what she loves about being part of the West End team.

Tell me about yourself: I am very outgoing, extremely organized and a people person. I love meeting new people, bringing people together and helping others. I love everything summer--the beach, warm weather, outdoor activities, cocktails outside, ice cream..I love it all.  I come from a project management, marketing and business analysis background which I find really helpful in my real estate career. I'm a lifelong resident of Somerset County but I find myself in Morristown almost every night of the week.

How long have you been in the industry? I have been involved with the

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Billie Jean King's Lesson to Collaborate is Still a Perfect Match by Leslie Allen

Billie Jean King was one of my mentors on the WTA Tour. Billie's credo to collaborate with your "competition" still resonates with me today in my work as a keynote speaker, Win4Life mentor, and real estate salesperson. Working with Janis Devito, Broker of Record at West End Residential (WE) also reminds me of my pro tennis days with Billie Jean King, the mentor to everyone in the “locker room”. With her indomitable spirit and can-do attitude Billie taught us (regardless of ranking) our responsibilities as pro tennis players and instilled that it was our duty to always put out the best product possible (Women’s Professional Tennis). Janis, like Billie, has an indomitable

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