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Buying or selling a house can be stressful. For most people, their home is both their largest asset and potentially their largest liability. The overwhelming majority of buyers and sellers will engage a real estate agent. However, not all agents are created equal and unfortunately, not everyone has a positive experience.
What is it that makes a real estate agent great? First, the agent should be an expert on the local real estate market. They should also be responsive and capable of negotiating on your behalf so that you don’t overpay or under price. The agent should be connected to a local network of specialists to help the overall process go smoothly. Most importantly, they should be an honest and trusted advisor who, when it comes down to it, only has your best interest in mind. Sue Adler agent Laurie Silver-Corsello encompasses all of these qualities and more.
If you search for Laurie on the Internet, you will find pages and pages of positive reviews that have been posted by satisfied clients over the years. “Great job”, “could not have been more pleased”, “very satisfied”, “she listened to what was important to me and accommodated my eccentricities” and “professional, thorough and responsive”. These are just some of the ways that people have described their experience with Laurie. No wonder she has closed well over $100 million in sales in the past few years and is the lead buyer and listing specialist for the Sue Adler team.
Laurie recently took some time out of her schedule to answer some questions for us about her past, why she became a real estate agent and what makes her so effective.
Where did you grow up? What type of town was it and how did it influence who you are today?
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY in a neighborhood called Bergen Beach. It was a great mix of urban and suburban. It was a very tight-knit neighborhood; in fact, I’m still in touch with most of my neighbors. My grandparents lived a few blocks away and we spent a lot of time with them and my grandmother who also lived in Brooklyn (a train ride away). I definitely get my “street smarts” from growing up in an urban environment. It was awesome, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
You moved around quite a bit early in your marriage with your husband, Michael. How has this helped you in your real estate career?
Yes, we moved I think 8 times in the first 5 years of our marriage, but only once after our two children were born; not as easy as the other 7! I also recently helped my parents downsize from their home of 30+ years. I work with a lot of people who are downsizing and/or relocating. I think it helps that I can relate to what my clients are going through. Having experienced both the good and the bad I can empathize with my clients and also minimize any bumps in the road as I come to the table with solutions to almost every scenario they might experience. We also have great/long term relationships with a vast array of professionals that we can tap into for every and any situation our clients need help resolving
Once your two boys become more independent, you took advantage of your extra time by launching your career as a real estate professional? Is this something you have always had a passion for?
My mom actually suggested that I get my real estate license. I am very driven to succeed, highly creative and thrive under pressure. I had been working in the retail industry for many years and in many facets. I developed very strong negotiating and analytical skills, which I applied to my role in real estate. And of course customer service is key in both retail and real estate. Real estate was a natural fit, I can’t imagine doing anything else.
You became a top selling agent two years after you launched your career as a real estate agent. Did you experience any setbacks when you were first getting started? If so, what were they?
I can’t say that I experienced any setbacks. I was extremely focused on building my business from day one. Certainly there have been obstacles and “failures” along the way but those have only helped me to grow. I had a great mentor when I first started which was pivotal in building a solid foundation for my growth. I still, to this day, like to “pay it forward” as I am grateful for the support I received.
You are the lead listing agent on the Sue Adle Team, what is your selling approach and how is it unique to other brokers in the area?
I bring a high level of service, integrity and experience to the table. Having closed over $100M in sales in the past 5 years alone, there is almost no scenario that I have not experienced. I am solution driven and have a great ability to bridge the gap between sellers and buyers.
Many first time buyers are often excited and scared at the same time. What are your tips for them to calm their fears?
Only work with someone you trust. Once they’ve gained your trust listen to what they have to say. The best agents educate their clients so that they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families.
There are many theories about the best way to showcase your house when selling. What can a seller do to get their house ready for a showing? Are professional stagers necessary?
The first thing I think a seller should do is shop online for a house as if they were buyers. They will be able to see the difference between a house that was prepared for the market versus one that was merely put on the market. Most of us live in our homes and don’t see what others see. Minimizing furnishings and personal belongings is first and foremost. Make repairs to things that are general maintenance items. Paint goes a long way in transforming a home and staging is the icing on the cake. You only get once chance to make a first impression; a small investment upfront almost always yields a greater return.
What is the craziest request you have heard from a buyer or seller?
If I told you, I’d have to kill you!!! That’s “realtor-client privilege”
How do you like to spend any free time you may have?
I’m trying to get better at carving out “free time”! I love spending time with my family and friends…there’s never enough time for that. I also really enjoy cooking, it’s a stress reliever for me. I started doing cross fit about a year ago and am loving it.
To contact Laurie and the Sue Adler Team, call 973-376-0033
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Charming 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath colonial situated on a lushly landscaped flat lot. Spacious rooms, great floor plan, easy flow for entertaining. First level features spacious Living Room with wood floors and elegant wood burning fireplace, light filled Family Room with Dining Room access, updated eat-in Kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite countertops, high end appliances and center island breakfast bar. Second level features updated Master Bedroom Suite with large walk-in cedar closet and spa-like marble en suite bath. 4 additional bedrooms (one is an alternate master) on second level serviced by updated full hall bath. Blue Ribbon schools, easy access to parks, NYC transportation and world class shopping and dining. You don’t want to miss this fabulous opportunity!
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People move to Northern New Jersey for different reasons. For young couples that live in New York City, it may be the need for more living space or the affordability versus Manhattan. If you work in New York City, perhaps it’s the easy commute on the Midtown Direct train. Maybe it’s the schools. Whatever the reason, the Sue Adler Team has had the pleasure of helping thousands in our area find their perfect house.
We recently sold a house to a couple that moved from Jersey City to the South Mountain area of Millburn. The husband and wife were kind enough to let us share their experience and insights with our readers. The couple’s back story is typical for many young families. Their daughter was born two years ago. Following her birth, the family resided in the same apartment. It didn’t take long before they realized that they didn’t want to raise their daughter in an apartment in Jersey City. They needed more space. They wanted a backyard for their daughter to run around in. They wanted access to better schools and to live in a close-knit community.
Trusted friends who had recently moved to Millburn suggested they take a look at the town. They also recommended the Sue Adler Team to them.
Moving to the suburbs after years of city living is a life-changing event. In cities like Jersey City or New York City, buildings often come with amenities like doormen, personal valets, pools and fitness centers. Play dates mean taking the elevator four floors and grocery stores are across the street. Everything is contained in a multi-block area, including the pediatrician and dentist. The decision can be a stressful one, but a knowledgeable and sympathetic real estate agent can help with the transition.
Enter Amy Gotsch.
After making the decision to focus on Millburn and Short Hills, the couple called Sue Adler and was introduced to Amy Gotsch. During their initial conversations, the couple told Amy that they wanted to be within walking distance to a train station and to an elementary school. In addition, because each set of grandparents frequently visit but don’t drive, close proximity to a large grocery store, park, restaurants and shops would be an added bonus.
With this in mind, Amy helped to narrow the range of neighborhoods in addition to helping narrow the house types. Although it took some time, “Amy worked with us to find the perfect house.” Sometimes the couple felt like they wanted to give up, but “she (Amy) remained calm, cool, patient and was an amazing ally.” Eventually, they found the perfect house in the South Mountain neighborhood of Millburn that met almost all of their criteria.
Finding the right house in the right neighborhood was just the beginning for this couple. Over the next few weeks, the couple went back and forth with the seller during a negotiation that the husband characterized as “difficult”. Amy and the Sue Adler Team were there to help. The couple felt like giving up at times, but through it all, “Amy remained positive, proactive and helped in all facets of the transaction”.
The family moved into their new home this month. Was it worth it?
They knew it was all worth it and had made the right decision when they saw the smile on their daughters face as she rolled around the grass and ran through all of the rooms. According to the couple, “If you want to move to Millburn/Short Hills and buy a house, you have to work with the Sue Adler team. There is no one else better.”
Let us help you and your family make the transition from city living to the suburbs. Contact us at 973-936-9129
If you grew up in the ’50s, ’60s or ’70s, the drive-in movie experience was a quintessential part of childhood. A favorite hangout for families and young people alike, no one really cared that they couldn’t always hear the dialogue or that the picture wasn’t perfect. The drive-in was more about the experience of being outside and hanging out.
Although drive-ins have become a rarity across the nation, many towns have recreated the experience through outdoor movie nights. Instead of sitting in a car, you sit on a blanket. Instead of popcorn and candy, you have food trucks offering a variety of snacks. Instead of a hazy screen and AM radio-like sound system, there’s large HD wide screens and high quality sound speakers that promise a better viewing experience.
Sound fun? Then park the car, grab a blanket and come out and enjoy the outdoor summer movies being held this summer in Summit, Mendham and South Orange.
For a complete list of movies and dates click on the links below:
Jazz is an original American art form. With roots in the Deep South, jazz exploded onto the music scene just as America was coming of age during the early 20th century. Characterized by scat singing, improvisation and rhythmic patterns, jazz tends to evoke images of dark, smoky clubs and cool cat musicians playing throughout the night and into the sunrise.
This summer, there’s no need to seek out clubs when you can enjoy free live jazz and other music genres under the stars at South Orange’s Downtown After Sundown Live Music Concert Series. Each weekend evening through Labor Day, the South Orange Village Center Alliance will feature two music venues in downtown South Orange. Jazz will be featured at the Sloan Street Gazebo while other music, ranging from acoustic to flamenco to R&B to rock, will be playing in Spiotta Park. Concerts are Friday and Saturday evening from 7 to 10pm. In addition, there will be a special jazz event on one selected Sunday per month from 6 to 9pm.
This weekend, a very special concert will feature the 2015 Hot House magazine “Best Up and Coming Young Artist”, piano prodigy, Leonieke Scheuble, recipient of both the New Jersey 2017 Governor’s Award for “Exceptional Promise in Music” and the 2017 International Women in Jazz recognition “Youth in Action”.
Grab your wine and blankets and head over to Spiotta Park or the Sloan Street Gazebo to enjoy a concert under the stars. What better way to spend a beautiful summer evening with a bottle of rose, an al fresco meal, jazz and possibly dancing – we may just see you there!
I once overheard that if a grill is the equivalent of a man’s family minivan, a smoker is his mid-life crisis Dodge Challenger SRT-8. This made me wonder, what is it about men and their need to cook slabs of meat over an open flame while standing outside? Maybe it’s primal, that is, there’s an urging left over from the prehistoric days when men would hunt and women foraged. Perhaps it’s genetic and there’s a hidden barbecue code found only on the Y chromosome. Another explanation could be that it’s the danger of fire, raw meat and sharp knives that attracts men. I mean, it is possible that the fire could erupt into an inferno; and the knives would be handy if that black bear that was seen in town four years ago tries to attack the family. Isn’t it? Whatever the reason, men love their barbecue.
After a man masters the art of barbecuing, he is ready for the smoker. Smoking food is essentially the process of flavoring or cooking through exposure to low heat and smoke over a long period of time (low and slow). Smokers vary in size, sophistication (i.e. weekend warrior versus professional grade) and the fuel it burns. So, before buying a smoker, you will need to decide how big, what fuel and most importantly, how much effort do you want to put into smoking your own food. Ultimately, cost is a function of your answers to these three questions.
In addition to giving you the most authentic flavor, charcoal smokers are the most affordable. There’s a caveat though – lighting the charcoal and maintaining the temperature by monitoring the charcoal burn is the most difficult of the different smoker types. However, to help you, the smoker will have a built-in thermostat or if it doesn’t, you can purchase one.
Charcoal smokers come in a variety of designs but the vertical water smoker is the most popular due to price, ease of use and portability. The vertical smoker has three compartments. The bottom compartment holds the heat source. Above the heat source is the water pan and above the water pan is what’s called the smoking chamber. The water pan is what makes the system work. It deflects the heat from the hot coals, and, importantly, since you may be smoking meat for 4 to 12 hours, it keeps the meat from drying out. To operate a vertical smoker, all you need to do is heat the charcoal, fill the water pan, throw the meat on the grill and maintain the appropriate heat (usually between 200 to 275 degrees). In addition, cleaning up is fairly easy and can be done using a basic grill brush and hose.
The drum smoker (aka the ugly drum smoker) is the most basic smoker and is similar in design to the vertical water smoker. As its name implies it is made of a steel drum with a firebox in the base and a cooking rack on the top. There are vents in the base and lid that are used to adjust the temperature and the more air you allow to enter the drum, the hotter the charcoal burns. The drum smoker doesn’t contain a water pan, so the food is directly smoked and cooked by the charcoal’s radiant heat. It can be difficult to control and maintain the temperature and the drum is not ideal for some types of meat, such as pork roast. But, it is light and inexpensive and is therefore a good smoker for beginners.
The box or cabinet smoker is essentially a box on wheels with a heat source at the bottom and smoking chambers on top. If you find the box smoker appealing, then caution is warranted when purchasing. Cheaper models tend to be poorly insulated and poorly fabricated, thus allowing heat to escape and increasing smoking time. One of the features to look for in a higher quality box smoker is the ability to reload the firebox without opening the door. Top models will also have computer controls and a meat probe, which will keep the temperature steady without you having to maintain it by hand.
When US servicemen arrived in Japan following World War II, they discovered new cuisines and new methods for cooking food. Eventually, the US GIs adapted some of these methods to suit their own palettes. One of these adaptations was to take a centuries-old design rice cooker, and with a little engineering and some imagination, convert it into what we know today as the Kamado cooker. Made of ceramic, these charcoal-fired grills eventually caught on in the United States by the 1970s. The Kamado cooker’s ceramic construction keeps it well insulated, making it great at holding temperatures steady. If the vents are adjusted to get the temperature just right, the Kamado cooker will smoke meat at the slow pace and low temperature that’s required without too much effort. With higher quality construction comes a higher price, so Kamado cookers tend to be at the upper end of the cost spectrum.
The wood pellet smokers, although offered at a higher price point, combine exceptionally good smoky flavor with ease of use. They use an auger system to feed compressed wood pellets into the stove controlled by a thermostat which informs the auger system when to drop more pellets making it easy to maintain at a constant temperature. Many pellet grills being manufactured now will also include probes to tell you the internal temperature of your meat. An even fancier innovation is the ability to control temperatures remotely from your smartphone or tablet.
The most convenient of all of the different types of smokers is the electric smoker. Although critics may say that smoking meat this way lacks authentic flavor, it’s still good nonetheless and is perfect for the man who loves barbecue but doesn’t want to put a lot of work into it. With an electric smoker, you set up the smoker and that’s it. The smoker will maintain a constant temperature, requiring no adjustments. For some higher end models that come with a meat probe, the smoker’s computer controls and cooks the meat to the desired temperature, and then drops to a holding temperature mode to keep it perfect until you are ready to eat. Depending on the features you desire, an electric smoker can upwards of $1,000.
There are many smokers on the market with a variety of features and options. For more information and prices visit Harquail Brothers in downtown Summit. And while you are there stop by Summit’s Meat House for a fresh cut of meat. The Sue Adler Team wishes you and your families the best Father’s Day this Sunday. Happy Smoking!
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Perched atop the hills of Chatham Township, 419 Fairmount offers a touch of country in the suburbs. Thoughtfully landscaped property with decorative trees and year-round blooms, this 1+ acre property is ideal for nature lovers and gardeners. This English style home offers 5 bedrooms and plenty of space with endless possibilities. Set back and private, two blue stone patios and a pool invite outdoor living and multiple entertaining areas. Large open rooms and abundant natural light permeate throughout the entire first level, accentuating pristine hardwood floors. A gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets, large center island and top of the line stainless steel appliances opens to a sun-drenched family room, living room and formal dining room, perfect for family dinners and entertaining guests alike. The living quarters include a first and second level master suite with three additional bedrooms, numerous closets and built–in cabinets. The lower level offers a spacious recreation/game and exercise room complete with a perfect space for a wine cellar. A bonus, detached garage has ample space for a workshop area, artist studio or conversion to guest quarters. You will find it hard to believe that this diamond in the rough lies in one of the most desirable communities in New Jersey, with easy access to public transportation and highly rated schools.
Call The Sue Adler Team for more information: 973-936-9129