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Why Hire a Real Estate Agent?

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Based on information available on the Internet and in magazines, selling or buying a home without hiring a real estate agent may seem like an affordable and an easier solution to some. But for most people, having an experienced, knowledgeable real estate agent in their corner is wiser financially – and certainly far less stressful – than placing a For Sale by Owner sign in their lawns or wading through outdated listings on the Internet.

Here are a few reasons why you should consider hiring a real estate agent when you buy or sell a home:

Exposure

Placing a sign on your front lawn and a posting on Craigslist will only get you so much exposure. By hiring a real estate agent, your home listing will gain far more exposure to a larger group of buyers. If you are a buyer, you will have access to thousands of updated listings within your budget. Your agent can give you advice on prices and market trends that matter to your bottom line, while providing insider information on neighborhoods.

A Professional Working for YOU

With any real estate transaction, there can be bumps and roadblocks along the way. Getting the best possible resolution to issues can be tricky if you’re going it alone, sometimes because of emotions or due to lack of experience. An experienced real estate agent remains objective and can help you negotiate the best possible deal. If you are a seller, an agent understands that there will be different phases in the process, with offers and counteroffers, and it’s all to be expected. Plus, a good agent has the resources to help attract potential buyers.

Expert Advice

Finding a top-notch home inspector or loan officer isn’t easy when you are new to an area or new to the home-buying experience. An expert real estate agent develops professional relationships with contractors and other vendors and gives you the best advice when it comes time to choose. Obviously, doing your homework is important before you chose any vendor but your agent can provide you with names and recommendations.

Taking the Mystery out of Closing

There are many details that can be missed before or after closing on a home. There will be a blizzard of paperwork during a closing. A trustworthy agent will ensure sure you have all the facts and are legally prepared prior to closing to help you sign with confidence.

Strong Relationships

Your agent wants you to be happy and satisfied with your home buying or selling experience and will work hard to develop a good relationship with you. Hiring Tami Rapaport is the perfect step before buying or selling a house in Bergen County; her team of experts will keep you updated with e-mail alerts on the latest listings and market trends. By hiring a real estate agent, you will come out ahead and with less stress than those who try to do it themselves.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton House

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Declared a national landmark in 1975, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House in Tenafly, NJ was home to America’s leading force for women’s rights and suffrage. Located in the heart of Tenafly’s two historic districts, it was in this home that Elizabeth Cady Stanton, along with Susan B. Anthony and Matilda Joslyn Gage, wrote the first volume of the History of Women’s Suffrage, 1881-1885.

This two-story home is most noted for its Victorian architecture and front porch styled in a Greek revival tradition. It was in this home on Highwood Avenue that Stanton was most active in her efforts to gain voting rights for women. And it was during this historic time when Stanton and Anthony made a failed, but much talked about effort to vote in the 1880 Tenafly elections. Stanton said in her letters she enjoyed muddling the election officials and watching the town’s reaction to her brave act. Stanton, Anthony and fellow feminists formed the National Women’s Suffrage Association in 1869 and fought to gain equal rights for African Americans and women. Sadly, Stanton never lived to see out her efforts as she died in 1902, 18 years before women were granted the right to vote.

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton House is one of many historic homes in Tenafly which adds to the town’s charm and livability. Other homes include the Roelof Westervelt House, the Christie-Parsels House, The Sickels-Melbourne House along Knoll Road and the Demarest-Lyle House along West Clinton Avenue. All of these homes are privately owned not available for tours, however, those seeking to learn more about Tenafly’s history can visit the Theodore Roosevelt Monument in downtown Tenafly’s Roosevelt Common. This landmark carved of limestone honors the nation’s 26th president with carved animals and benches. Or, take a walk by the water to enjoy the natural setting of The Palisades. It was here that the Palisades Interstate Park was created to prevent open-pit mining and further quarrying of this natural area.

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton House is a national historic landmark and is placed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places and is marked with a historic plaque.

Knickerbocker Country Club: Tenafly, NJ

by Tami Rapaport’s Team

Knickerbocker Country Club

Knickerbocker Country Club in Tenafly, NJEstablished in 1914, Knickerbocker Country Club in Tenafly is the premier country club in New Jersey’s Bergen County. Dedicated to providing the finest amenities and an atmosphere of true leisure and athleticism, Knickerbocker is the kind of place many only wish they could frequent. 

Knickerbocker Country Club has something for the whole family. Of course, golfers are attracted to Knickerbocker’s championship golf course, originally designed by legend Donald Ross and respectfully restored in 2007 by Ron Forse—a design celebrity in his own right. The popularity of the course stems from a design coherency that embraces natural features and plenty of challenge. 

While many assume golf is king at Knickerbocker, don’t tell that to the tennis enthusiasts who enjoy Knickerbocker’s four clay courts nearly all year round. Clay courts are easiest on the joints and feet, so players of all ages can get the most from their tennis game with the least amount of impact. With a number of tournaments, leagues and lessons, everyone can get in the game at Knickerbocker!

The fitness center at Knickerbocker provides all the necessary equipment to maximize your athletic potential. Fitness trainers are available to help you meet your fitness goals, however big or small. At the Knickerbocker pool you will find both poolside loungers and serious lap swimmers taking advantage of New Jersey’s sunny summers. Be sure you take advantage of the poolside drink service!

Executive chef Richard J. Lowack is always serving up something delicious in the Knickerbocker kitchen, where only the finest and freshest ingredients are used. With a menu that includes such delectable favorites as Clams Casino, Crispy Parmesan Polenta and Roasted Beet Salad, it’s no wonder many members frequently choose to dine at Knickerbocker when choosing from the restaurants in the area.

Knickerbocker Country Club is also the perfect place to host your next celebratory event. From family reunions and company picnics, to birthday parties and weddings, no event is too big or too small for Knickerbocker’s exceptional staff. Leave the planning and execution to the professionals, who will see your special event through from beginning to end.

Consider Knickerbocker Country Club just one more reason to buy a home in fabulous Tenafly!

Tami Rapaport and her team have been named to the Wall Street Journal Real Trends Top 1,000 list. With $57,438,693 in total closed transactions in 2011 Tami Rapaport's Team landed at No. 112. An absolute amazing feat.

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