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Armed guards in Marlboro schools

Going to school in Marlboro is going to be quite different for the next three months. Due to the tragic events at the Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook Elementary School, school officials nationwide have taken a second look at their safety measures. Here’s a breakdown of the outcome of recent Marlboro Board of Education discussions and the conclusion which they have reached.

  • Effective January 2, 2013, armed police officers are stationed at the front doors of all eight schools in the district.
  • There will be a ninety day trial, after which an assessment will be made so as to determine steps for the future of maintaining safety in the schools.
  • This experiment will cost $100,000 and be taken out of the district’s general fund.
  • The district is looking to improve upon the currently established security measures of its Visitor Management System where visitor drivers’ licenses are scanned and checked in a database.

What are your thoughts on measures that can be taken to protect student and teacher security?

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Important information for Sandy victims

Homes were destroyed and families ripped apart when Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey and New York areas on October 29th, 2012. Relief efforts have been an ongoing process, bringing the NJ community together. Property tax reassesment may provide some relief to affected home owners.

What Sandy victims need to know now

There are two days left for Sandy victims to make the most of a New Jersey statute to their benefit. Homeowners who have had their properties affected by the storm may opt for a reassessment prior to their upcoming tax bill.

What does this mean?

Those who have had damage inflicted upon their homes due to the storm and opt for the reassessment will most likely have lower property taxes. The details of how this will be implemented are not clear yet. The stipulations for qualification are any home which was negatively affected due to disaster or fire between October 1 and January 1.

How to do it

Contact your local municipal tax assessor by writing a letter of interest in this reassessment. Letters are due by January 10, 2013, just two days. You will then have a visit from an inspector who can give an official assessment of your property, which should be available next month. Appeals are accepted until April 1.

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Typical lender closing charges in Marlboro

There are many different types of fees associated with purchasing a home. Below are some typical lender closing charges you may encounter in Marlboro, NJ (and anywhere for that matter!)

Lender Closing Charges


Points, sometimes also called a “discount point”, are a form of pre-paid interest. Borrowers can offer to pay a lender points as a method to reduce the interest rate on the loan, thus obtaining a lower monthly payment in exchange for this up-front payment.

Appraisal Fee

An appraisal is mandated by a lender but generated by an independent professional. Appraisals verify the value of a property and its condition. A loan will not receive final approval without a satisfactory appraisal.

Tax Service Fee

Real estate taxes may be included in your monthly mortgage payment. The mortgage company receives the funds from you on a monthly basis and places it in an escrow account. When the tax is due, the necessary amount is withdrawn from that escrow account. Many lenders will require a up-front fee to set up this tax service.

Flood Certificate

Real estate located within a flood zone will require flood insurance. Mortgage companies order a flood certificate to determine the status of a home. Flood certificates are always billed to the home owner.

Credit Report

Credit reports are how mortgage companies determine credit worthiness and applicable mortgage rates. There is a cost associated with obtaining credit scores from the 3 major credit bureaus. Lenders will often pass on this expense to home buyers.

Other Lender Closing Charges

The lender closing charges detailed above are only a few of the actual charges that may be imposed by your lender. For a complete list of potential expenses that you may incur, or for help with other real estate or mortgage matters in Marlboro, NJ and surrounding cities, contact Sujatha Bhaskara at Keller Williams Realty by calling 732-536-9010 or emailing I invite you to begin your Marlboro, NJ home search at, a great buyer resource. Here you can save your favorite properties, set up a custom listing alert for homes in Marlboro that meet your needs, view Real Estate trends in the area, get local Marlboro, NJ school and community information, and much more!

Custom home in Sayreville, New Jersey

Custom Home in Sayreville, NJ

Gorgeous Custom Home in Sayreville, NJ… This Sayreville home boasts three bedrooms and two full baths. The home was built in 2006. Pride of ownership is obvious in every inch of this Sayreville, NJ dream home. Stunning stucco and stone plus a gorgeous wood front door invite you into this custom beauty which has been immaculately maintained. The materials used are very well chosen and thought through both inside and out! Gleaming hardwood floors in all the main living areas, fabulous high ceilings, and a gas fireplace are just some of the features you will instantly love about this Sayreville home.

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The custom details are impossible to overlook! The main bathroom has been redone recently. The outdoor space is as impressive as the indoor space in this home… Beautiful Porch and Stone Patio. Koi pond in the exceptionally well maintained back yard. Need I say more? This is paradise at an affordable price! But let’s gild the lily a bit more anyways… This home is in a quiet, desirable Sayreville, NJ neighborhood. It’s close to transportation. Plus a complete appliance package is included! There is basically nothing to do but move in and enjoy.

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Custom Home in Sayreville, NJ

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Marlboro NJ Colonial Style Homes

Colonial is a popular style for residential properties, especially here in Marlboro, NJ. This design originated in the 1800s and is therefore often found in older properties. Colonials have specific characteristics that distinguish it from other home designs. Below are details of Marlboro NJ colonial style homes.

Marlboro NJ Colonial Style Homes

Colonial style homes are most often free-standing structures with at least two complete floors and a square footprint. Both floors typically  have an identical or near-identical footprint. The layout is commonly symmetrical with the main entrance in the center and windows on both sides of the front door, although modern variations of the Colonial home design will sometimes have the entrance off to one side. The top floor of a Colonial home contains the bedrooms and the bottom level houses the living room, dining room, kitchen, and perhaps a family room. The front door opens to a foyer with stairs to the second floor. A garage or exterior deck are also popular features of Colonial houses. Roof design vary but will ordinarily allow for some attic space. Additions offer unique twists to the typical shape of traditional Colonial style homes.

Marlboro NJ Colonial Style Properties For Sale

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Popularity of Colonial Style

Colonial homes are desirable for several reasons. Many consider it ideal to have the bedrooms on a higher floor from common living areas. There are also a variety of exterior designs and variations of Colonial style houses that are visually appealing. Farmers porches, columns, elaborate front doors, and grand foyers are just a few enhancements. You will find many Colonial properties on the market in Marlboro, NJ, specifically for modern houses. This completes our overview of details of Marlboro NJ colonial style homes.

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