The real estate market at the NJ Shore is a very active and getting busier each day.  I reached out to a few local realtors and asked for their recommendations when people are buying in this unique area.  

Pete Maimone First consideration is to always verify whether the property or home you’re considering is in a Flood Zone and your risk tolerance of owning a home

NJ Flood zone

Map of NJ Flood Zones

there (as well as additional cost of flood insurance)” 

Old Grey Tiger, Local movers know many streets are flooded after a heavy rain and the weather can affect the high tides. After a storm, some roads may be impassable. 

Adele Shock added “When purchasing a home at the shore you will want to ensure that you use specialized, generally local, vendors and service providers who have experience dealing with the specific issues that arise here.  Your home inspector should be well versed in things such as waterfront homes, bulkheads, docks, etc.  and even down to the expertise of your agent. Are they knowledgeable in regard to Riparian rights vs Riparian leases? Is the waterfront home you are looking out designed “substantially” or “non-substantially”.and what do those designations mean to you as a buyer?”  and “was it damaged from Super Storm Sandy?”

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Shore home on pilings

Old Grey Tiger Movers should be aware that many homes are on pilings and outside staircases to the first floor are the norm. Carrying furniture into the house may resemble a circus act when the staircase is steep and turns.  Many shore homes come with elevators, the movers should not be encouraged to use them

Corinne Whitehead brought up some important lifestyle considerations  “Some unique considerations would be: “how close is the beach?, where can I dock my boat?” if they are not directly on the waterfront.”   Additionally, “what’s the cost of beach badges?, what access is permitted for the ocean beaches, vs. bay beaches?”  How do I access mainland beaches? “   “Where can I launch my jet ski or kayak?”  In addition: “what type of views do I want, water views, lake views, wetland views”, etc.  The location of walking trails, hiking trails, parks, and play areas are also considerations.”

Pete  “Another consideration is the commute to work and your ability to work from home on Mondays and Fridays during summer months.” He notes the heavy Friday and Monday commuter traffic to north NJ is horrendous and suggests finding local work if possible.

Old Grey Tiger Traffic should be a consideration when choosing your moving date, especially if the movers are charging by the hour.

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NJ shore beach badges

Corinne finished with this advice;  “Anticipating lots of visitors and guests, and having enough space for them, is a good thing to consider when buying by the shore, because you will get lots of visitors!”

As home sales pickup, so does moving. It is expected to be a busy catch up season. 

Are you a home buyer? Old Grey Tiger offers virtual moving surveys when in person and in-house moving surveys are not practical.

Be safe!

Special thanks to our contributors and local professionals

Corinne Whitehead, Corinne contact info is RE/MAX at Barnegat Bay, 31 N Main Street, Manahawkin, NJ  08050, cell 609-618-1669

Peter Maimone, Pete’s contact info is Gloria Zastko Realtors(R), 1582 Route 130, North Brunswick, NJ 08902 Cell: 732-439-0472

Adele Schock, Adele’s contact info is Weichert Realtors | Forked River,1020 Lacey Road Forked River, New Jersey 08731 cell: 609.618.8459