The latest national market report from the National Association of Realtors® showed that a number of markets around the country (148 of 185 tracked) experienced home price growth in the double-digits during the second quarter of this year.


That may come as a surprise to many who’ve been reading only headlines about the state of the housing industry. For example, mortgage applications were down for the fifth time in six weeks as of the week ending August 5, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association


These are the kind of mixed news stories that can confuse buyers and sellers in South Orange, Maplewood and West Orange, NJ. Is it the right time to be in the market or not? Naturally, the solution for such questions is to speak to a real estate professional. Real estate decisions should always be made market-by-market. Real estate is local. National trends are benchmarks, bumpers on bowling alleys giving us a safe lane to follow toward a larger decision.


This is also why smaller real estate teams can make a tremendous difference in how you move forward in transitional markets. It’s even better when that small team operates with the marketing and technological support of a national brand. 


Working with a large multi-office team or a single agent with few, if any, avenues of support, can lead to everything from delays in seeing homes to lack of attention when it counts most, such as during escrow or as closing approaches. 


Allison Ziefert Real Estate Group is headed by Allison Ziefert, a founding agent of the Compass Short Hills, NJ office. Our team is thriving under the Compass brand and, prides itself on its ability to be attuned to the needs of each other in terms of client support, market insight and troubleshooting transactions. We have more autonomy to thoroughly assist clients and a greater sense of agent-ownership, meaning the ideas and actions of others are faster to be felt. We can get better, quicker.


Being hyper focused on the latest market trends in our NJ towns, we are best positioned to advise buyer and seller clients on the right strategies for making successful and profitable transactions. We are the best of both worlds, providing all the tools and technology, dedicated marketing staff and consistently excellent customer service of a full service team and advice combined with the one-on-one contact and support that most clients desire from their solo agent. 


Our national broker offers a strong branding presence and a number of proven tools for us to enhance our services and helps stay locally centered. We’re largely free to establish our own best practices and serve the client in whatever way makes the most sense for them to succeed, especially when the market is more challenging to decipher.


As always, if you have questions about the market, buying or selling please contact us. We’d be happy to consult with you confidentially. You can email Allison at [email protected] to arrange a time to talk.

The Allison Ziefert Real Estate Group is a top producing real estate team based at Compass in Short Hills, NJ. We are local market experts, specializing in real estate and homes in Maplewood, South Orange, Millburn/Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, NJ and the surrounding towns. We are driven by earning great testimonials and referral business from happy clients. You can read our testimonials here.