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Family Friendly Events this Weekend in Somerset County!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

Somerset County is a great place for families to call home. With boundless recreational facilities, tight-knit communities, and excellent schools, it is no wonder why. Another key reason is the great family friendly events that occur throughout the area all year round. And, this weekend is no exception! Grab the whole family and check out these events in Somerset County that we recommend for the upcoming weekend.


Sugar Maple Celebration

Dates: Saturday, March 4th and Sunday, March 5th

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Duke Farms (1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough)

Spend Saturday and/or Sunday in the great outdoors. This fun and informative event will allow you to tap a sugar maple tree and learn more about the process. There will be nature hikes and activities to understand more information about the sugar maple, specifically as it relates to wildlife, forestry practices, and climate change. Attend a specialty workshop, watch the live sawmill demonstration, and, of course, dine on some delicious sugar maple treats. Register HERE.


March Open Weekend at Bluebird Farm Alpacas

Dates: Saturday, March 4th and Sunday, March 5th

Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Bluebird Farm Alpacas (44 Willow Avenue, Peapack)

Head out to this charming 11 acre fun to enjoy a day with adorable alpacas! These gentle animals will allow you to feed, photograph, and visit with them. Throughout the day, there will be information about alpaca fiber, as well as fiber crafts and processing. Before you head back home, be sure to check out the unique items in the farm store.



Kids Fun Back in the Day

Date: Saturday, March 4th

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Van Liew-Suydam House (280 South Middlebush Road, Franklin Township)

Step back in time to the colonial period with your family. This presentation will talk about games and toys that colonial children played with. The presentation will be interactive and afterwards there will be time for play. As an added bonus, everyone in attendance will make a game and toy of their very own. Supplies will be provided as well as refreshments. The cost is $10 per person.



RVCC Planetarium Shows

Date: Saturday, March 4th

Times: See Schedule Below

Location: RVCC Planetarium (118 Lamington Road, Branchburg)

The planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College offers amazing shows throughout the afternoon. These shows are all family friendly and offer different fun and educational information about our incredible solar system. Ticket is $8 for 1 show and $14 for two.


3:00 pm - Perfect Little Planet

4:00 pm - Laser Pop Rock

7:00 pm - Astronomy Tonight

8:00 pm - Laser U2

Getting Ready to Buy or Sell This Spring!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

Spring is fast approaching! That means warmer weather and flowers blooming. It also means that the housing market is entering its busiest season! Are you interested in Buying or Selling your Somerset County home this spring? Work with the area’s Top Real Estate Team to help you navigate the market! We are here to help! As you start to consider your spring buying or selling, consider these helpful steps to get you prepared!  

 


Steps for Buyers!

  • Learn about the local housing market.

  • Have your Home Financing in order before you search to know your budget and make you a serious buyer to sellers.

  • Stand out from other buyers by being more flexible. You can do this through contingencies, the settlement date, and the down payment.

  • Write a personal letter to the seller expressing why you love the home and how it is a perfect fit for you and your family.



Steps for Sellers!

  • Have patience. There is no need to rush into listing your home.

  • Spend time making your home attractive to potential buyers. Focus on curb appeal, landscaping, updating paint and floors, and decluttering.

  • Consider making some upgrades to add value to your home and make it stand out.

  • Know Your Home's Value so that you can list at a price that makes you competitive and gets you top dollar.  





If you are interested in Buying or Selling in Somerset County this spring, R&S Home Team is here to help you every step of the way! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.rshometeam.com/.


Best School Districts Found in Our Area!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

The school districts in our New Jersey counties are truly some of the best! Education ranking and review website Niche recently released their list of the top K-12 school districts in New Jersey for 2017. The site reviewed 245 public school districts within the state based on data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as millions of reviews from Niche users. These 4 districts made it to the top 25 of their class!



#4 School District of the Chathams | 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham

This district was also ranked in the top 20 for District with the Best Teachers, Safest School District, and Best Places to Teach!

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#8 Bernards Township School District | 101 Peachtree Road, Basking Ridge

This district was rated as the 8th District with the Best Teachers!

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#10 Summit Public Schools | 14 Beekman Terrace, Summit

This district was named in the top 15 in the state for District with the Best Teachers and Best School District for Athletes!

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#21 Somerset Hills Regional School District | 25 Olcott Avenue, Bernardsville

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If you're interested in Buying a home within one of these top ranked school districts, give R&S Home Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.rshometeam.com/.


Somerset and Morris Named Top Counties in America!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

Some of the best counties in the United States are found in the great state of New Jersey! Financial news website 24/7 Wall St. released their list of the 25 best counties to live in the country..............Somerset County and Morris County made the list!!

 

To find the best counties in the country, 24/7 Wall St. ranked the counties based on well-being and three socioeconomic measures, including the percentage of adults with at least a bachelor's degree, life expectancy at birth, and the poverty rate. All 25 counties on this list have low unemployment rates, high annual median household incomes, a large percentage of the population in high paying industries, and a high percentage of the population covered by health insurance,

resulting in their high national rankings. When the results came in, Someset County was named the 17th best county and Morris County the 18th!

 


#17 Somerset County, NJ

Despite a relatively sizable population growth of 3.5% over the past five years, Somerset County has continued to meet the socioeconomic needs of its residents. This county has an exceedingly well educated population, with 52.5% of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree. Somerset County is the 10th highest county in the country in terms of annual income. The median household income is $100,887. The county has a low poverty rate. Well below the national average, the unemployment rate for Somerset County is 3.3%. With access to quality healthcare and a dedication to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the life expectancy in this county is 82.4 years.

 

#17 Morris County, NJ

This county is one of great economic prosperity. Morris County has an unemployment rate of 3.2%, which is well below the national average. Over half of all households have an annual income of at least $100,000, making it one of only 11 counties in the entire country with a median annual household income in the six-figures. Residents live long, healthy lives with a life expectancy of 82.3 years. The close proximity to large job markets such as New York City, allow for ample job opportunities within a reasonable commuting distance.

 

 

Along with the factors mentioned above, there are so many reasons why Somerset and Morris County are great areas to call home. Top Schools, Walkable Towns, great recreational activites, endless amenities and services, and so much more are all found within these counties. Check out our current listings of Morris County Homes for Sale and Somerset County Homes for Sale. If you are interested in Buying a home in one of these fantastic New Jersey counties, give R&S Home Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.rshometeam.com/.


 

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Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider
Keller Williams Towne Square Realty
222 Mt. Airy Road
Basking Ridge NJ 07920
908-502-7888
Alan: 908-415-1557 Michelle: 908-872-7266