This is a great article featured in the New York Times this past weekend... let me know what you guys think and be sure to set up alerts on our website and/or contact me to further assist you!
Jersey City is no longer just another gritty town on the wrong side of the Hudson River, dismissed by apartment hunters. As its population soars, new housing rises and buyers get wind of the quick train commute it offers to New York, Jersey City is shedding its dingy image and emerging as a destination of choice.
An influx of new arrivals priced out of Manhattan and Brooklyn is helping make it the fastest growing metropolitan area in New Jersey, with some 262,000 residents in 2014, up nearly 6 percent from 2010, according to United States census data. And with the inventory of available homes at a three-year low, bidding wars are driving up prices downtown, pushing newcomers farther inland. Even the city’s 38-year-old mayor, Steven M. Fulop, is leaving downtown — for a single-family house he bought last summer in Jersey City Heights, at the northern end of the city.
Professional New Jersey Realtor Associate Patrick C. Southern, is a seasoned veteran boasting 10+ solid years of experience (and has been a top producing agent for the past 8 years consecutively). Presently, Patrick is procuring sales in a wide range of areas across North Jersey and is the #1 producing realtor in Hudson County with over 550 homes sold throughout his career to date. Impressively, in today's rapidly changing real estate market Patrick's business has actually increased by 20% every year for the past 4 years.
Patrick's success in closing transactions can be attributed to a multitude of significant factors including his exceptional work ethic, his continuous effort to educate himself in his field daily, his highly qualified team (including buyer's agent & transaction manager) and his extraordinary database of resources in his field , related to his field and beyond.
Being a lifelong NJ resident, experienced realtor, property owner and investor himself, Patrick has a deep rooted understanding of the NJ market; but most importantly, Patrick always has his clients’ best interest in mind and by setting realistic goals Patrick is able to not just list your home but ultimately sell your home. Patrick is best known for his proactive approach to sales and his undeniable ability to get the job done.
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"We began our home search with Shaye Lastra in Spring 2013. After speaking with several realtors, Shaye was the person we wanted to work with because she had an exceptionally work ethic, and was very knowledgeable about the area and process.
Shaye and her team showed my husband and I several homes, and helped us put in several offers (we were out-bid). Shaye was very organized and thorough, and constantly checked in and followed up with us, which was very important as we were searching for a property in an extremely competitive market. She was very easy to reach and always available (even on nights and weekends), and was prompt with returning calls when she was not able to pick up the phone herself.
In the end, we purchased a home through a different realty company because the seller had an exclusive contract through a different broker. Shaye fully encouraged us to pursue the home, despite the fact that this would mean the loss of a sale for her and we had been working with her for months. She even put us in touch with a realtor within the other company whom she trusted.
Even though she was no longer our realtor, Shaye kept in touch with us throughout. Due to the rapport we had built, we called her several times throughout the purchasing process to ask for advice when our realtor was on vacation, and when we needed an unbiased opinion. I am sorry that we were not able to finish the process with Shaye, but we are so grateful for having begun the process with her. I highly recommend Shaye for anyone looking to purchase a home in the Jersey City/Hoboken area."