Anthony and Danielle: Starting a Family in Mays Landing
First time home buyers and newlyweds, Anthony and Danielle, began their search for a home when they realized their apartment would not accommodate their desire to start a family. The couple began searching online, and visited a few areas with the initial idea, like so many in today's market, that the homes in the town they wanted would be out of their price range.
"I guess we didn't believe it was a buyer's market at first," said Anthony. "But once we started our search, it seemed that there were a variety of homes that were definitely available to us."
The couple landed a beautiful home in September 2008 in Mays Landing, home to Atlantic County's breathtaking scenery and historic attractions, at an affordable price and perfect for raising a family. "We knew we didn't want to live in an apartment forever," said Anthony. "We want to have kids in two or three years and we wanted to buy a house that we didn't have to upgrade when we decided to have kids."
With so many conflicting reports about real estate prices and tight mortgage lending circulating in the news, the couple relied on the help of a REALTOR® for guidance and expertise through the process of buying a home. Ultimately, Anthony and Danielle came to believe the process is not as complicated as people think. "It turned out to be a lot easier than some people make it out to be," said Anthony. "Of course it's stressful because you are about to go into debt, but it was very easy for us, especially the closing of the house."
Anthony continued, echoing the thoughts perhaps of many young couples in New Jersey thinking about buying a home of their own. "I'm probably the only crazy one to buy a house," he said. "But we are looking to the future."
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