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3 Reasons to Buy a Home this February

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

According to recent research from, this February is the perfect time for home buyers to purchase a new home. Not convinced?! The current market is favoring buyers willing to brave moving in the cold, snowy weather. As the year progresses, things are predicted to change which will affect buyers in the market. Don't wait for the ground to thaw. Check out these reasons why you should purchase your new home today.

1. Lower Interest Rates.

Interest rates are expected to increase at least half a percent throughout 2017, according to chief economist Jonathan Smoke. It makes sense for buyers to look in lower mortgage rates NOW before they reach almost 5% in the near future.

2. Lower Home Prices.

Recent trends analyzed by show that in the 50 most populated metropolitan areas in the nation January and February home prices were 8.45% lower than those in July and August. This means significant savings for buyers. Home prices in 2017 are supposed to be higher due to the strength of last year's market. Take advantage of the lowest home prices of the year buy buying now. 


3. Lower Competition.

Although the inventory of homes in February remains largely unchanged from previous months, the number of buyers drops significantly. That means less buyers competiting in the market. It is easier for you to find what you are looking for without constantly being worried that some one might beat you to an offer. Plus, sellers might be more anxious to sell having been on the market a while meaning they could be willing to negotiate a better deal for you.

Are you interested in Buying your dream home this February! Check out our current Homes for Sale to begin. Give R&S Home Team a call today or visit our website at

Romantic Valentine's Day Ideas in Somerset County!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

Love is in the air! Valentine's Day is only a couple weeks away. Throughout Somerset County there are so many great options for you and your sweetheart to have a romantic holiday that you will never forget! Check out our recommendations for things to do this Valentine's Day in our area!


Have a romantic getaway close to home at the beautiful The Madison Hotel (1 Convent Road, Morristown) for Valentine's Day. Whether you stay for the weekend or for Valentine's Day, you and your sweetheart will feel like you are on vacation. The hotel is offering a special Valentine's Day Romance Package, which includes a $70 gift certificate for dinner at the delicious Rod's Steak & Seafood Grille, a bottle of house champagne, and 4 chocolate covered strawberries. Check the website for price information. Book online HERE.


Too busy on Valentine's Day to celebrate? There are great options for you the weekend before the holiday. Wineries throughout New Jersey are offering Wine & Chocolate Weekends on Saturday, February 11th. Each winery is offering wine tasting, delicious chocolate treats, live music, commerative gifts, and more. Check with each participating winery for more information, including pricing. Have fun exploring the state while sipping on fantastic local wine!

See the Tony Award Winning Musical Once at the Mayo Performing Arts Center (100 South Street, Morristown) on Sunday, February 12th. There are two performances at 2:00 pm or 7:30 pm. Purchase tickets HERE.


Celebrate your love over a romantic dinner for two at one of the delicious fine dining restaurants in our area. The Bernards Inn (27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville) is offering special Valentine's Day Dinners. Choose either the 3-course Prix-Fixe dinner or the 6-Course Tasting dinner with wine pairings. Both have been specially crafted by the restaurant's executive chef. There will also be live piano music as you enjoy your meal. Call (908) 766-0002 to make reservations or reserve online HERE.

Gladstone Tavern (273 Main Street, Gladstone) is offering romantic Valentine's Day Dinners. Along with the delicious food, there will be long stemmed roses and live music by the Byron Smith Duo. Call (908) 234-9055 to make reservations.


We wish you and your loved one a very happy Valentine's Day!!


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Contact Information

Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider
Keller Williams Towne Square Realty
222 Mt. Airy Road
Basking Ridge NJ 07920
Alan: 908-415-1557 Michelle: 908-872-7266