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5 Tips for Buying a Luxury Home in New Jersey

With so many fantastic towns offering a truly luxurious lifestyle, it's no wonder so many people love New Jersey and the plethora of luxury homes. Here's some tips you should know if you're considering purchasing one of these beauties in the near future.

Luxury homes are generally described as those in the top 10% of their market. Luxury homes are usually located in the most optimal areas in a market, are large in size, and built with high-end materials. Luxury homes often have unique design elements and amenities not found in most homes. Want an indoor movie theater, a rock-climbing wall, a ballroom, or a bowling alley? My personal favorites are the dog shower or massage room! A luxury home might have one of these– or all of them! If you have not purchased in the luxury market before, you should be aware that the process can be very different from buying a standard single-family home. Here are some tips to help you navigate your way through the luxury home market. 1) Be patient. Shopping for a luxury home may take longer than average. For one, there are not as many of them, which, of course, is what makes them special. Since many luxury homes have décor or features that are distinctive, quirky or eccentric, finding one that fits your style may take a little while. The closing process may also take longer as there is more to inspect, more to negotiate on, and often special circumstances to be worked out. Make sure you are getting what you want. When you are investing millions of dollars in a home, you want to make sure you don’t settle. 2) Know where to look. Luxury homeowners, particularly if they are high-profile people in their area, often don’t want their home pictured on the MLS. When I worked in the entertainment biz in my former life, I worked with many celebrities who desired to keep a low profile in their personal life so it's no wonder they wouldn't want the whole world to know they are selling their home or looking in a particular town to purchase. Confidentiality is key here also. You (Really, your agent) may need to network with people in your desired area to find out what homes are being offered. You can look online for luxury home sales websites such as

or too. 3) Check for possible planned development for new construction. Don’t assume that the lovely pond or wooded park behind the property will always be there. Make sure you know of any development plans that may affect your view, the amenities around the property, and the future resale value. You don’t want to buy a home for its beautiful ocean or mountain views only to find out another property will be built in the way. 4) Consult with your financial advisors. Make sure you qualify for the purchase amount you are thinking about. Luxury home sellers will often want to see proof that you qualify to purchase their home before they even allow a showing. If you do get a showing, you will certainly need to have your financial preparations done before you contemplate an offer. Everything is scrutinized more closely in the luxury price range. You should also make yourself aware of all the financing options available to you. 5) Work with an experienced luxury home agent. The right agent knows all of these tips and more. We are knowledgeable in the high-end neighborhoods in our market area and understand the intricacies of negotiating and closing on luxury homes.

Are you ready to purchase a luxury home? I’m available and ready to help you in your search! You're worth it!


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