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amother




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Post Wed, Mar 03 2021, 12:51 pm
We're looking to move to Passaic and have started looking at houses. It seems that no matter the price, there are inevitably only 3 bedrooms. Why is that? Are people really going to spend over $500K on a house like that?

What's our best bet if we want at least 4 bedrooms and in the long run hope to have 5?

(We're a young couple, don't need more than three bedrooms now but would prefer to have it if we're going to shell out the money!)
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amother




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Post Wed, Mar 03 2021, 12:53 pm
Oy hatzlacha. The housing market in Passaic now is awful!!!! Someone I know just looked for a house for about 3 years.
Your best bet is to find an agent- there are many local ones, and can tell you if what you're looking for is realistic
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amother




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Post Wed, Mar 03 2021, 12:54 pm
amother [ Powderblue ] wrote:
Oy hatzlacha. The housing market in Passaic now is awful!!!! Someone I know just looked for a house for about 3 years.
Your best bet is to find an agent- there are many local ones, and can tell you if what you're looking for is realistic


We have an agent. I am curious to hear from people here. We know the market is difficult.
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amother




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Post Wed, Mar 03 2021, 5:01 pm
Bump - any other input? What do people in Passaic do when their families expand?
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amother




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Post Wed, Mar 03 2021, 5:04 pm
amother [ OP ] wrote:
Bump - any other input? What do people in Passaic do when their families expand?

Sorry, I'm not sure about that- I live in an apartment at the moment (I have 2 babies) and we're probably not planning on sticking around for long.
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amother




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Post Wed, Mar 03 2021, 5:05 pm
amother [ OP ] wrote:
Bump - any other input? What do people in Passaic do when their families expand?


They expand their houses. Some people move, but often do construction on the new house before moving in.
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amother




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Post Wed, Mar 03 2021, 5:06 pm
Also, look in Clifton as well as Passaic (unless you want Passaic specifically) it's all really the same area, unless you want to davka be close to the yeshiva
The crowds are slightly different, but nice people in both places Smile
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amother




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Post Wed, Mar 03 2021, 5:11 pm
In short - construction. This is the norm in this community. We are in a 3 bedroom with 4 kids and not only are these house mostly 3 bedroom but the bedrooms are VERY small for the most part. I feel your frustration
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amother




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Post Wed, Mar 03 2021, 8:03 pm
amother [ Powderblue ] wrote:
Also, look in Clifton as well as Passaic (unless you want Passaic specifically) it's all really the same area, unless you want to davka be close to the yeshiva
The crowds are slightly different, but nice people in both places Smile


Community-wise we are probably better off in Passaic.

Also, aren't the zoning laws stricter in Clifton?
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amother




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Post Wed, Mar 03 2021, 8:03 pm
amother [ Wheat ] wrote:
They expand their houses. Some people move, but often do construction on the new house before moving in.


So that's the norm? We were wondering, because it will definitely affect how we approach home-buying.

People extend or build up?

How much does that typically run in Passaic?
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amother




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Post Wed, Mar 03 2021, 8:22 pm
I happen to know people who looked at houses with potential to build and then took a contractor with them for their opinion and estimate.
Hatzlacha
Side note Clifton and Passaic really overlap in terms of community. Unless you have a specific shul in mind!
Although in very general terms some Clifton locations have smaller homes and Passaic the older bigger homes. But It varies. Not the best market now -but hakool bdei shayim. Should be with mazal and bracha
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amother




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Post Wed, Mar 03 2021, 8:38 pm
Clifton!
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amother




Scarlet
 

Post Wed, Mar 03 2021, 8:57 pm
Depending on your budget, there are more than a handful of large homes on large lots. Those will be in a much higher range, like 1,000,000 and above. But renovation on old houses here can land you at a higher price mark.
About building up, Passaic is allowed to build the attic fully while I don’t believe Clifton is.
People that do a full demolition are advised to keep the base of the house intact because the older ones are wider. The new law only allows more narrow construction unless it was already “grandfathered in”
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amother




Bisque
 

Post Wed, Mar 03 2021, 11:50 pm
I live in Passaic and my husband built a 4th room for my son. I also have room to expand in the back if you want to buid up and out. I am looking to put my house on the market soon- low 400's
if you want to pm me I can give you the name of the agent I will be using.
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amother




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Post Thu, Mar 04 2021, 1:37 pm
amother [ Bisque ] wrote:
I live in Passaic and my husband built a 4th room for my son. I also have room to expand in the back if you want to buid up and out. I am looking to put my house on the market soon- low 400's
if you want to pm me I can give you the name of the agent I will be using.


I can't pm if you're anon, and I'd prefer not to go under my sn.
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amother




Bisque
 

Post Thu, Mar 04 2021, 1:39 pm
Didn’t realize I was anon🤦‍♀️
You can email me if that’s ok- lotsofquestions12@gmail.com
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Simcha36




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Mar 07 2021, 4:14 pm
You are welcome to pm

if you are still looking
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