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The content in this blog comes directly from the Owner/Broker of Joe Wiessner Realty. There are certain reoccurring constants in real estate deals that often times need reassurance and clarification from an experts point of view. Joe Wiessner has seen just about every real estate situation and has successfully guided thousands of clients and is always leading his Agents by example.

Joe Wiessner is able to see real estate trends before they go mainstream. This edge is your edge. It's natural to Joe to want to be on the cutting edge of break through advances in all aspects of real estate. He loves technology, especially implementing the latest and greatest marketing tools which lead to better - more efficient processes.

He also keeps up to speed on the constant policy changes that directly impact his Buyers and Sellers. Joe is immersed in the day to day business and is well respected as an industry leader. Always a self-starter, he is largely self-educated and well read. Collectively, Joe has assembled a vast knowledge base that will undoubtedly help many other Buyers and Sellers enabling better and faster results. 

From time to time there is an important local issues that will likely have relevance to decisions on where to live. Joe Wiessner will also comment on these. Feel free to comment of contact us directly.

A student of the game of real estate, "If your not reinventing your business every two years, you're a dinosaur, that's how fast things change in real estate." - Joe Wiessner

 

Dec. 22, 2020

Hammonton NJ - More Than Blueberries

A quick story about Hammonton...

The Town of Hammonton is a gem in South Jersey Real Estate. If you’re thinking about making a move, and need to search Hammonton Houses for sale, you may not need to look any further.  It’s the quintessential small town — the one that counters the grass is always greener theory. Hammonton NJ DowntownA surprising fact, for some that move away, find that the grass was just perfect here, and eagerly return. There is no shortage of community pride — the revitalized Hammonton Downtown is the centerpiece, good schools, numerous civic clubs, and heavy community involvement with athletics, it feels the way a community should. Individual pride is expressed by the locals. Attention to property maintenance and manicured yards are hallmarks — (they know how to grow stuff in Hammonton!) These routine, but key elements, set the backdrop for the close knit neighborhoods that make Hammonton exceptional.

A Good Fit

But what is small? Steady growth, now at 15,000 residents strong — some may say we’re anything but small.  You will find a reassuring balance here. The Downtown is at the Heart of Hammonton. The highly rated schools assist in maximizing our youths potential.  Agriculture is the town’s muscle.  And the industrious people and their larger than life personalities provide the pulse. The collective essence of Hammonton can be found in its many churches, service clubs, and in its athletics. Numerous unsung volunteer coaches are eager to donate their time for the great good of the community. There is a multitude of fine eateries — mostly family owned restaurants and pizzerias. A generous community — you’ll feel welcomed by the residents here. Hammontonian’s as we are affectionately known — care deeply about the community and its continued prosperity. Whether shopping for Hammonton Homes for sale or Hammonton condos for sale, don't hesitate, the good properties never last long!

Hammonton Public Schools

Hammonton has been bestowed  boundless educational opportunities. The community has been blessed with renowned public and parochial (K-12) schools. As well, realizing the strategic benefits of Hammonton, Richard Stockton College at Kramer Hall is right here downtown. Hammonton High SchoolHammonton Public Schools provide state of the art facilities, top teachers, and a tremendous academic and athletic experience that is second to none regionally. This School System services all residents of Hammonton as well as students (7th grade to 12th) from Waterford Township. Hammonton is also “School Choice” designated for residents just outside the Town boundaries. Good luck getting into the choice program —  the waiting list is long, and applicants many. Best Bet, just move to Hammonton!

Click Here for Hammonton Public Schools State Rankings

St Joseph Academy

Since 1949, St. Joseph Academy of Hammonton provided an exceptional Catholic School experience.  A recent break from Diocese of Camden, the school is now Saint Joseph Academy, an independent private school. The tuition is $11,000 per year for students (9-12)  from Atlantic, Cumberland and Camden Counties are welcomed.  St. Joseph Academy is located on the corner of Central Avenue and Vine Street in Downtown Hammonton. Saint Joseph is renowned for high education standards and a perennial power house in High School Football. A tuition-based school, the St. Joseph experience does provide tuition assistance made possible by the generosity of local benefactors and alumni.

Stockton University

College Town Hammonton? Yes its true!  Stockton College Kramer Hall is centrally located in downtown Hammonton. As a satellite of Richard Stockton College’s main campus in Pomona NJ, Kramer hall continues its South Jersey expansion. The structure, one of the tallest in Hammonton, has been completely renovated fro what was a former abandoned clothing factory. The re-purposing of the site was coordinated by the joint efforts of Main Street Hammonton and The Town of Hammonton. This partnership shows Hammonton’s commitment to higher education through focused community redevelopment.

All Roads Lead to Hammonton

As its been described, Hammonton is the “Hub” of South Jersey. Centrally located — 30 miles to Philadelphia and 30 miles to Atlantic City. All major roadways converge here. The Atlantic City Expressway, Route 206, Route 54, US Route 30 (White Horse Pike), and US Route 322 (Black Horse Pike), and State Highway Route 73. Hammonton real estate has proven to durable over the long-term with many developers recognizing its central location and choosing to build homes and condos here. Hammonton new construction comes in waves then subsides, then re-emerges. A central public water and sewer system has allowed more growth then other neighboring communities.

Hammonton and the National Scene

Steeped in pride that only the energy of a small town can create, Hammonton on several occasions has made its mark nationally. During his 1912 Presidential Campaign, Theodore Roosevelt made a “Whistle Stop” at Hammonton. In 1949 the Hammonton Little League All Stars won the Little League World Series.  In 1984, President Ronald Reagan made a historic campaign stop in Hammonton. The world watched as Hammonton’s Bellevue Avenue was flooded with a massive crowd of 25,000 strong. The “Regan Rock” at Bellevue and Central Avenue commemorates the spot that President Reagan gave his resounding speech. Truly a remarkable day.

Athletics at the Heart of Hammonton

Hammonton loves a winner and “Hammontonians” understand  a thing or two about grit, determination, and teamwork. Hammonton and St Joe FootballHammonton is well represented in all sports with a reputation as being a perennial State Power in High School Football (Hammonton and St. Joseph’s respectively). Excellent Little League Baseball and Softball programs. Hammonton Hawks Youth Football, Bulldogs Basketball, and Recreational Soccer  are after school passions. These programs feed the top notch scholastic programs, including field hockey, track, cross country, and basketball. All Hammonton Schools have excellent training facilities, assisting in developing good talent into great players. Year after year many Collegiate Athletic Scholarships are granted to these elite players.

Famous Festivals

Hammonton is rich in culture and tradition. The Grand Daddy of all festivals is feast week sponsored by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society. Since 1875, this is the longest running Italian Festival in the United States. Culminating on the 16th of July, it is week of carnival, food, and faith. Other notable annual events are The Red, White, and Blueberry Festival, Crusin Main Street, and The Halloween Parade.

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Posted in Communities
Sept. 9, 2018

The Worst Home Selling Mistake

Joe Wiessner Blog     By Joe Wiessner - Broker/Owner

There’s a poignant saying in real estate, be…

  • The First Child
  • The Second Generation in Business
  • The Third Realtor

“Reap the Low Hanging Fruit”

And with most humor, there is an element of truth in the saying. Experienced Agents refuse the over priced listing like the plague. Instead they wait— they wait until Seller frustration sets in, they wait as the days and months go by, they wait until the over-priced listing expires.

We Can Always Come Down In Price — Right?

You’re excited — You’re in control. A higher list price means more money — doesn’t it? The Buyer will pay my price — and there’s so many things I’m going to do with that extra cash. That long over due vacation, a bigger house, money for the kids. When most Sellers sit down and speak to an Agent at a listing appointment, those comps (comparable sales) don’t apply to me — my home is superior. Unfortunately, head-strong Sellers choose the agent that  suggests the highest price, which is the worst mistake a Seller can make.

I’m Going To Get My Price!

The truth is, your need for money, rational or irrational, has no bearing on market value. The Sellers opinion of value, your Agent’s opinion of value, what your neighbor thinks… There are two people that matter — the Buyer, and the Appraiser for the Buyer’s Lender. That’s it! The Buyers control the market, they make the offers.

The Art of the Deal

Pricing is part art and part science. Experienced Agents who know the market well, will quickly be able to give a general range of value based static items… number of bedrooms and baths, lot size, and square footage. However, there is a lot of latitude in comparing similar sold properties, comparing amenities, and making adjustments for the differences between them. The market is ever rolling in starts and fits. Inventory grows then retracts, the local economy is strong or it is weak. The area school systems have a positive reputation or otherwise. Property taxes are welcoming or prohibitive. In other words, there is no iron-clad formula to determine price. Pricing is an educated guess.

What Makes the Market?

It’s simple —

  • Rising Prices — are determined by the number of Buyers in the market. If there are more Buyers than homes for sale — prices go up.
  • Dropping Prices — more homes for sale then Buyers in the market.
  • Flat Market — amount of housing supply and number Buyers are equal.

I’m Not Going to Give It Away?

In all my years working in real estate, rare is the “Give Away” circumstance. Bottom line is that homes sell at a price a Buyer is willing to pay and at a price a Seller is willing to accept. It’s completely voluntary! A strategy is to price the home under the competition — the Seller will likely receive multiple offers in a short listing time. With multiple offers, there is little danger in setting the opening price at or below perceived market value.  Multiple offers will likely drive the price to market value or higher. The real danger is pricing too high, and then the property becomes stale, eroding precious value.

How It Starts To Go Wrong

The Seller of a Large Home and a busy county road didn’t even interview her first agent. She choose the first agent off the Internet because, “He looked professional.” He priced her home at $429,900. After 180 days, the listing expired.

King of Pain

The next agent,  from the out-of-town big box company, listed the home at $399,900. Months passed. Another 6 months passes — the price dropped to just under $369,900. Still no takers. A trickle of showings, but no serious buyers.

More Than a Year Later

The third Agent was hired to list this home. The seller was disenfranchised and weary. It was now 12 months later. Together, the seller and her agent priced the home at $339,900. It quickly sold for all cash. The stark reality is the comparable sales in the neighborhood fully justified a price of $375,000, a net loss to the Seller of $35,000 plus carrying costs — OUCH! But the home had been on the market for too long at the wrong price, and now the market had softened.

Opportunistic Agents Specialize in Expired Listings

There are many Agents who make very good incomes by focusing on acquiring expired listings. Everyday there a new expireds that go off market. And just as quickly there is a bevy of Agents waiting the swoop in. It’s the low hanging fruit — a battered Seller with a prior unsuccessful sale price. The prior Agent invested hours upon hours in marketing, setting appointments, and placating the Seller for zero revenue to both. The new Agent repackages the listing at a lower price and quickly sells the listing.

The Pain of Regret

The question is how much money and stress have those expired listings cost the sellers? The financial loss often exceeds the extra carrying cost (mortgage payments, property taxes, maintenance) paid and goes beyond the unheralded and uncompensated hassle Agents face in hoping and wishing for a “Get Lucky” Buyer. Time erodes value, it affects the value that a buyer ultimately chooses to pay because it’s not a fresh listing anymore. It’s like a loaf of bread on a grocery store shelf, now stale, dated, stigmatized, and disregarded by the market . Don’t let the over priced listing happen to you. Don’t become the seller of an expired listing. Price it right from the start!

Posted in Seller Tips
Aug. 29, 2018

Company Mission

Mission Statement

The mission for Joe Wiessner Realty is to create a “First Class” culture of excellence in the endeavor of South Jersey residential real estate sales. Our Company is an assemblage of committed, successful professionals whose high standards of practice assure meaningful, enduring business relationships with our customers, clients, and other respectful agents. We are local residential specialists. We will have a laser-like focus in each South Jersey community we serve, raising the standards in each area. We pride ourselves in being known as the company who is “fast and friendly”. We are fully aware of our opportunity to assist in not only shaping communities, but also, in shaping the lives of those who connect with us. 

Our Values

In our business, we strive to create long-term relationships. As we guide our customers through the complex real estate process, we intentionally create a high level of trust by doing the right thing. Under promise and over deliver is how we do it here. We treat people with openness, consideration, and commitment.

Teamwork

We consider ourselves a team, willing to cooperate and challenge each other to become better in all areas. We demonstrate teamwork in our special programs, including consulting and coaching, advanced marketing strategies and high tech systems, so we can improve not only our marketing and sales skills but also our life skills.

We anticipate the changes in real estate by being aware that education will be our best ally in a complex marketplace. Along the way the term “THINK DIFFERENT” will be synonymous with us. In discovering a level of high performance, we will enjoy the journey, pro all the time, but having fun along the way. Our chief goal is to help exceptional people fully develop into creative, focused entrepreneurs who embrace our company culture resulting in measurable increases in Agent sales effectiveness, productivity, and ultimately profitability.

Standards of Customer Service

Our goal is to create an exceptional level of success by service, based not on our profits, but clearly focused FIRST on satisfying our customer’s needs. We want our customers so delighted with our service that they will refer others to us with confidence enabling long-term business relationships. If the service is good the profit will take care of itself.

The Finished Product

The finished product of Joe Wiessner Realty will be recognized as the most advanced, privately owned-independent company in the region, whose business associates, will be regarded as the finest team ever assembled for transacting real estate. The entire organization will strive to create inspired change challenging real estate culture of old. Our greatest achievement may live in our ability to change real estate from a “selling business” to a “marketing” business.

The company will always assist in promoting higher standards within the communities touched. With equal importance we will attract, keep, and elevate exceptional people within the structure of our organization. It will be the place everyone else talks about with respect and admiration. Our team will be the most professional, consumer friendly, and innovative, providing a level of service generally devoid prior to us entering into the marketplace. Our goal is to create public mind share that our company had exceeded the customers expectations and to have the professionals within our company feel that they were truly part of something innovative, different, and “First Class”   

                                                                                                           Joe Wiessner/Owner/Broker/Founder

 

July 31, 2017

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