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Re: Local Rental Scam you should know about
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Our house pictures (exterior and interior) were used for a rental listing on Craiglist a little while ago. Our 4 bed/3 bath single family home was listed for $950.

It ended up being some shady R.E. salesperson drumming up business. He got tons of prospects and he would say "oh that just rented but I have many more... but for $4000".

I emailed his anonymous address, and he took it down but soon after I saw another 5K house listed for nothing.


Posted on: 2013/4/25 17:03
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Re: Downtown Dance Instructor Charged w Abusing 8 year-old
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I am not discounting it, however this is so hard to believe about Josh. I think we must exercise the "innocent before proven guilty" rule, here.


Posted on: 2012/11/9 16:51
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Re: PHOTOS: The Polish community center is a blight on 6th Street
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I've lived on 6th, just a few houses down from this building, for 4 years. Damn, never heard or saw a party other than a kid's communion.

If you're going to start a crusade against a property,PLEASE, PLEASE pick the abandoned/boarded up house bet. Erie and Jersey. Their debris falls into our yard, and we're worried it will some day kit our kids.

Posted on: 2012/6/20 18:49
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Re: Pershing Field Carnival?
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The Carnival opens tonight, April 12th and closes Sunday, April 22nd.

Tonight 6pm - ???
$20 bands for unlimited rides (starts at 6pm but don't know when the bands end)

Tomorrow, Friday the 13th
2pm till ???
No $20 bands I'm told

Saturday and Sunday, 14th and 15th
2pm to ???
$20 bands from 2pm till 6pm

Repeats the following week with exactly the same schedule.

Each ride costs 4 or 5 tickets (each ticket is a dollar). Without the band it becomes very expensive very quickly.

The band expires at 6pm on the weekends. If you purchase it at 5:30 you will have to start paying for rides at 6pm.

Posted on: 2012/4/12 18:44
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Re: JSQ: Woman walking to pick up grandchild after school is struck and killed on St. Paul's Avenue
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The accident happened around 2:10. Unfortunately I was about half a block away and saw it happen.

Yes that is a dangerous intersection, but the truck did not seem to be speeding and it hit her without that much force.
She was dead on impact however.

It was too early for the crossing guard to be on duty. And fortunately not too many parents/kids yet (2 or 3).
That crossing guard takes her job very seriously and I'm sure she was devastated.

Posted on: 2011/11/22 21:08
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Re: Broker's fee
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Instead of being frustrated, choose a broker before you begin your search and make them EARN your money.

80% of rentals are represented by an agency/broker, hence whether you use your own broker or not, you will pay the full
FEE, but you'll do ALL the work. If you use a broker, they will do the work and the fee will be split 50/50 bet. the two parties.

When you're searching by yourself, be aware, if an advert has no address, it's the agent looking for clients. This is the worse way to find a broker. Get referrals and interview a few people. And make them work for you.

Posted on: 2011/11/14 17:44
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Re: POLL: Full Day Summer Camp options for School Aged Children
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Forgot. None that I know of provide lunch. Most have field trips activities.

At 5, my son went to Camp Kadimah at Bayonne JCC. It was about $2600 for 8 weeks (including bus). The bus was about $700 so subtract that if you don't need it.

They have indoor pool and are across from Bayonne Park which is really nice. Huge renovated playground.
They had a weekly field trip to various places like Zoos, lakes, etc.

Posted on: 2011/3/23 18:33
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Re: POLL: Full Day Summer Camp options for School Aged Children
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A local mom put together a summer camp guide. It's available at many downtown business for $10. I know the toy store on Jersey Ave has it. It's very comprehensive.

Here is what I know but you'll have to research the contact info. The cost for most of these places ranges from about $250 a week to $450.

Heights/Journal Sq area
Primary Prep
Park Prep Academy http://www.parkprepacademy.com/
Parkside Preschool
St.Paul's (least expensive)
Swim Camp at St. Peter's College (very reasonable)

Downtown JC
Garden Preschool
Hamilton Park Montessori
Next Step Broadway
Stevens Cooperative (also in Hoboken)
The tia kwon do school on Newark Ave.

Bayonne
Camp Kaddimah (bus from Heights provided)

The above is really a very short list. I didn't even cover Hoboken.

There is also Camp Liberty when your child turns 6.

Hope this helps a bit.

Posted on: 2011/3/23 18:25
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Re: Questions for owners at 140 Bay
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This is second hand information, so please take it for that.
A good friend of mine just withdrew his offer on an extremely well priced unit there.

According to him both the listing broker and his buyers broker trivialized the fact that the Home owners association has a lawsuit filed against either sponsor or management company. I get fuzzy on the details.

This information must be disclosed. But he said everyone was acting shady.

This happens all the time, the biggest drawback in today's mortgage market, it may prevent you from getting one.
Talk to your attorney and broker.

I can ask my friend if he is open to talking to you if you wish.

Posted on: 2010/8/31 14:41
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JC to NYC yellow cab fare?
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Is it true Jersey City to NYC fare and vice verse, is a flat $34 plus tolls?

Took a NYC yellow cab to my Tribeca office this morning. When I questioned the fare, driver whipped out a book stating the above fair. I'm in Hamilton Park, so just around the corner from Holland Tunnel.

How do yellow cabs work? I doubt i will ever take one from JC to NYC again, but I may have to do the reverse.

Thanks

Posted on: 2010/7/23 14:38
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Re: Problems with Neighbors
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No where in the post is anything but age referenced.
It is illegal to have occupancy over a certain number (fire hazard). You may want to check out the laws in Jersey City.

There was a story in yesterday's paper about a swanky Manhattan apartment turned into a hostel (there were up to 3 bunk beds in each of the rooms). Up to 18 people at a time.
This is illegal: the owner will end up loosing the apartment and she supposedly paid one years rent upfront.

Posted on: 2010/6/28 19:02
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Re: Hamilton Park Renovation - Update
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When where the sprinklers on for someone to even sustain an injury? I've been there every day since the park opened and they were never on.

Since all the surrounding schools use the park during school hours, I can see why keeping the sprinklers off until school is out is probably a good ideal.

Posted on: 2010/6/15 13:31
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Re: pediatric dentist
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I can't say enough good things about Dr. Medrano. She saved us (we saw 3 other dentists before).

My 6 year old who never had a cavity all of the sudden got 6.
His fancy Tribeca dentist recommended we seek another dentist the minute he began to cry in her chair.
The one she suggested wanted to restrain him in straight jacket like a mental patient. Another one wanted to give him laughing gas.

Dr. Medrano had no issues with him whatsoever. She was able to do 2 cavities in one session and we saw her three times in one week. Not a single tear was shed. It was amazing.

Posted on: 2010/6/14 18:00
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Re: Any experience dealing with "Donovan Billington Barbosa Realty Group"
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1.5 month deposit plus first months rent is standard.
This money should be an exchanged at lease signing.

Will you be paying 2600 with 200 going toward 1 free month (13 months for the price of 12). if so that's a common incentive right now.

$2200 - $2600 is the standard 2-bed rent on a luxury unit, so you're not getting any sort of deal. Go to the leasing office of any luxury building, and you will walk out with the same without having to pay broker fee or this Holding Deposit until you have a lease and keys (and your piece of mind).

Posted on: 2010/5/23 22:55
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Re: Jersey City catholic schools
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Perhaps children already attending are grandfathered into old tuition. I just looked at their paperwork, and tuition is listed as $895 for grades 1-3, and $595 for grades 4-8.

Posted on: 2010/5/17 18:46
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Re: Jersey City catholic schools
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My son is on waiting list at OLC for 1st grade. The spots for lower grades fill up quickly.

They raised tuition for 2010/2011 school year for grades 1-3 by about 50%.

Can anyone share feedback on the Resurrection School. I don't know a single neighborhood child that attends the school?

Posted on: 2010/5/17 14:38
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Re: Condo Opinion
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If the place has everything else on your wish list, and the view is the only negative, I say its worth it.

Plus , I think it's better to have a wall than your neighbor's windows.

Posted on: 2010/5/3 13:20
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Re: On a tiny lot in Greenville, architects create an affordable, sustainable house
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Just curious. Why in NY/NJ is it considered extremely affordable to build a 1600sq ft house (land not included) for $250K where in other states you can get larger brand new constructions for $160K -$180 (includes builders mark up). Is the cost of doing business that much higher? What are the contributing factors?


Thanks

Posted on: 2010/4/26 16:49
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Mortgage Broker Recommendations
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Looking to a good local mortgage broker recommendation. Prefer someone who specializes in Hudson county. (our broker in city not that good for JC)

Although we may go with a traditional confirming loan (20% down), we are also looking at FHA product. So person must be knowledgeable about all mortgage products and what lender offers what.


Thanks

Posted on: 2010/4/22 14:16
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Re: The Hamilton Inn
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Went with the family last night for the first time. Upon seeing white table linens on the outside tables we knew the place was more formal than we anticipated. At 7 pm the place was full. Waited at the bar and I must say I had the BEST ever Bloody Mary.

The place is beautiful; the food was hit or miss. Was hoping the place could become an option for those night I don't feel like cooking, but its way too expensive for that.

Will come back for drinks. Dinner, perhaps for a special occasion.

Posted on: 2010/4/12 18:17
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Re: Abandoned house next door to mine
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If you're referring to the house on 6th Street bet Erie and Jersey, we are the twin house on the other side of it.

We have at least one person a month ring our doorbell asking about it: from deep pocketed developers to every neighbor on the block.

The contractor boarding up their windows this winter, told me it needs to be demolished. We are beginning to have small pieces of it fly into our backyard. Since we have a child we're very concerned.

If its the same house. I have the contact persons digits. PM me and I will forward to you.

Posted on: 2010/4/9 15:36
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Re: Hamilton Park Renovation - Update
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We moved from Brooklyn in Nov 08 and really like Jersey City a lot. The number one selling point is how friendly and communal it is. It feels like a small town.

There are a lot of activities for kids:

Besides the park, you have Next Step Broadway (a dance studio for kids), and Be Lingual (foreign language). There is also soccer, music, tai kwon do (sp), art classes, yoga, etc within walking distance. Plus a myriad of activities in neighboring Hoboken.

If you're not going to send your 6 year old to the local public school, you have to act now to get him into one of the privates.

Our 6 year old attends PS 37, which sounds like it will be your local zoned school as well.

Feel free to pm me for more info.

Posted on: 2010/3/30 16:25
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Re: Attention JC hipsters/artists buy your dream house....an old JC fire house.
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Did a walk through at 218 Central this morning with our contractor.
Unfortunately, the building in horrific shape (total gut job, lots of structural/foundation damage).

Our guy estimates 500K minimum for the renovation. It will probably be more economical to demo it and build from ground up again. But that does not interest us.

Oh well! That's life.

Posted on: 2010/3/24 16:49
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Re: Attention JC hipsters/artists buy your dream house....an old JC fire house.
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Has anyone attended an auction like this and what was your experience.
We are going to bid on two of the properties. But really what are our chances?

Disclosure: Definitely not hipsters (is there an age cut off), but husband has an arts-related company. I will learn pole dancing, and hold free classes if we get one of properties.

Posted on: 2010/3/20 11:59
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Re: Temporary Corporate Housing
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There are many national and local corporate housing companies which offer short term housing solutions right here in Downtown JC.

I used one for a European colleague but can't remember the name of the company. They have units in almost every single luxury building. (their costumer service was pretty bad though)

Oakwook which we use in NYC, has units at 31 River Court in the Newport section;
here is the link:
http://www.oakwood.com/corporate-apar ... Pictures.html#propPicture

Just google "corporate or short term housing Jersey City". There are about 10-15 luxury buildings I'm sure he will be happy with.

2 beds are easy to find, 3 bedroom might be a challenge.


Feel free to pm me if you need more information.

Posted on: 2010/3/4 17:17
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Re: Ready to give up living in this city...
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I think you expressed the opinion of many metro NY residents.
So its not just Jersey City. As a recent transplant from "brownstone" Brooklyn, I find living in Jersey City a lot easier and way more affordable (but yes we're renting again).

But I feel your pain. I'm generally beginning to think one has to be crazy or super rich to live in the NY metro area.
My 25 year old self would shoot me right now for saying this.

Posted on: 2010/2/3 19:04
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How are property taxes formulated on re-sale condos and homes?
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New Developments are easy: 1.7% of purchase price unless abated (than whatever the abated %: mostly 1.3%). So on a $600K condo either $7,800/$10,200 a year.

Are the taxes also determined on purchase price on re-sales or do you inherit the previous owner's taxes? And can you get them lowered if value decreased?

Also single/multi-unit homes seem to have incredibly low taxes in comparison to condos. Do you inherit the tax amount until next assessment or do you incur a new amount based on purchase price immediately?

Thank you!

Posted on: 2010/2/1 17:05
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Re: Stevens Cooperative School in Newport -- kindergarten through Grade 8
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I guess that's why tuition is at almost 16K a year now. But the facility does sound great.

Posted on: 2010/1/20 16:12
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Re: Rare books collector, Irving Leif of Downtown Jersey City, faces eviction from 1,892-a-month apart
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The guy lived rent free almost 8 months, and got some publicity for his collection.

Honestly, my landlord would kick us out within a month if we didn't pay rent.

Posted on: 2010/1/19 18:13
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Re: Murder @ Paulus Hook Towers
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Anybody Know the baby's condition?

Posted on: 2009/12/9 16:09
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