Top Nutley Realtor Does It Again!

After Only One Week On The Market Matthew De Fede From Realty Executives Has Found A Buyer For 1818 Highfield Lane in Nutley

Nutley Real estate broker eyes a changing market

NUTLEY, NJ — According to local real estate agents, the COVID-19 pandemic threw the housing market into chaos, seeing many people selling their homes and moving somewhere with more space, as they spent more time than ever at home. Matthew De Fede, a broker at Nutley-based agency Realty Executives, said there is still an inventory issue as 2022 begins.

“We’re still reeling from the pandemic,” he said in a phone interview with the Nutley Journal on Friday, Jan. 14. “In 2008, builders got gun-shy, and building didn’t keep up. Then the pandemic forced a lot of people in more densely populated areas to look for more space. That caused a supply and demand issue.”

Many people in New York City, Jersey City and other highly populated cities in the area decided to move out of their apartments and into houses when the COVID-19 lockdown extended into the later part of 2020, when they realized that everyone being at home full-time was not as temporary a situation as they’d originally thought.

“We were in a pretty even market before,” De Fede said. “But the difference between now and in 2008 is that this is not a housing crisis, it’s a health crisis. With a lot of people still working from home, I think we’ll see a shift in the next 10 years.”

There are a lot of empty homes in the cities that many left in the last two years, according to De Fede, who added that rent and appraisal prices are going up as a result. De Fede said the housing frenzy will settle around the third quarter of the year, so now is the time to sell a house.

“If you’re sitting on a house that you’ve owned for 20 or 30 years, right now is when you’ll get the most,” he said. “It’s a heavy seller’s market.”

Something else that is happening in the real estate market, De Fede said, is that more people who are buying homes are buying older ones and renovating them, rather than waiting for new construction to be ready. A lot of the reasoning has to do with supply chain interruptions; materials have long wait times.

“You can’t get supplies, because everything is delayed,” De Fede said. “It’s a perfect storm of everything. Upgrading isn’t as expensive as building from scratch, because an existing house already has a foundation. You don’t have to worry about it.”

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Realty Executives Elite Homes Becomes The Top Real Estate Office in Nutley


NUTLEY, NJ, November 25, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Realty Executives elite homes is proud to announce that its one of the top Real Estate firms in the Nutley & Belleville NJ area.

“We run our company in Nutley like a Real Estate Marketing firm,” says Matthew De Fede, Broker/Owner. “This is something new for the Nutley & Belleville area and we are by no means your typical Real Estate firm.”

Matthew De Fede is an award winning New Jersey Broker/Salesperson in Nutley NJ, working with first time home buyers, luxury home buyers and investors of real estate. For more than 22 years, Matthew has been working in the Northern New Jersey & New York City markets where he specializes in New York City Commuters, Essex County & Bergen County area homes.

Matthew’s personalized service, coupled with his strong embrace of new and emerging technologies, have resulted in his ever-growing reputation as a real estate professional who consistently places his client’s needs front and center in every transaction.

Realty Executives Elite Homes
653 Franklin Ave.
Nutley NJ 07110

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Overall Mortgage Applications Down, With Refi Share on Weeks-Long Decline

Mortgage applications decreased 6.3% for the week ending Oct. 15, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.

Key takeaways:

– The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 6.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous week
– Unadjusted, the index decreased 6% compared with the previous week
– The Refinance Index decreased 7% from the previous week—22% lower YoY
– The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 5% from the previous week
– The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 5% compared with the previous week

The takeaway:

Refi applications continue to dip as mortgage rates increase, with the share down 63.3% of total applications.

“Refinance applications declined for the fourth week as rates increased, bringing the refinance index to its lowest level since July 2021. The 30-year fixed rate has increased 20 basis points over the past month and reached 3.23% last week—the highest since April 2021. The 15-year fixed rate increased to 2.54%, which is the highest since July,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president of Economic and Industry Forecasting, in a statement. “Purchase activity declined and was 12% lower than a year ago, within the annual comparison range that it has been over the past six weeks. Insufficient housing supply and elevated home-price growth continue to limit options for would-be buyers.”

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How to Create a Customized Tech Approach that Supports Your Agents

Shawna Alt grew up in the real estate business, having watched her mother run her own company. Even though she didn’t initially have the desire, she found herself following in her mother’s successful footsteps.

After graduating from the College of Charleston with a degree in psychology, Alt returned to Madison, Wisconsin, to determine what her next steps would be.

She met with one of her mom’s friends and colleagues, Jim Imhoff, who was CEO of First Realty at the time, and he suggested that she give real estate a try.

Today, Alt serves as president of First Weber, Inc., a company where she’s been part of the leadership team going on 17 years.

About three years ago, Alt sat down with the team to do what she describes as a “typical planning session.” One of the things discussed? Whether or not the buyer, the seller or the agent was their actual client.

“When we took a step back and looked at what we all did every day, it was very clear to us that the agent was our client,” Alt says. “From that point on, we focused on what we were doing every day to help our agents build their business.”

That led to three primary questions: “What do we do?” “How do we do it?” and “Why do we do it?”

“Every type of policy we have—and every tool we utilize—comes back to fulfilling those questions,” Alt says. “We focus a lot on being a resource for our agents, getting feedback and identifying what it is that’s specific and unique to each agent. We then customize the tools we offer based upon the needs they have.”

While some agents are focused on achieving a specific volume or closed unit goal, others are more concerned with achieving the elusive work/life balance. Then there are those who are more mobile oriented as opposed to those who prefer to continue working with paper files.

“We reach out to them on a regular basis so that we can provide them with the tools that best meet their needs,” says Alt, which ultimately laid the foundation for their utilization of Main Street, a suite of front office tools under Constellation1—the platform that drives everything.

“This is where we work with Constellation1,” explains Alt. “It does everything—all of our contact management, our marketing, all of our document and transaction management. We’re able to customize everything from print pieces to electronic marketing pieces as well as the way in which the transaction management piece functions with the agent and interacts with the First Weber app.”

The firm also has its own print shop, where graphic designers create the marketing and direct mail pieces utilized by the firm. All of this comes from the content database that Constellation1 offers, and is one of the primary reasons behind the firm’s success.

“One of the biggest benefits that Constellation1 brings to the table is their willingness to customize their products to meet our needs,” Alt says. “Their approach to meeting our needs melds perfectly with our approach to meet the needs of our agents.”

As of August 2021, there were approximately 1,100 agents at First Weber.

“What makes a good agent is someone who has a growth mindset and is dedicated to helping others,” concludes Alt. “We bring the necessary training and tools to support the business of our agents. They bring the motivation and desire to serve their clients.”

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Keith Loria is a contributing editor to RISMedia.

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Foreclosures See Hard Spike As Federal Protections End

As expected, the end of federal protections in September has coincided with a significant uptick in foreclosures, as default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions spiked 34% in Q3 of this year according to a new report from ATTOM Data Solutions®, potentially foreshadowing a difficult winter for homeowners still struggling through the pandemic. 

The extent of any looming crisis remains unclear, as industry experts have hoped lenders will work with distressed homeowners to prevent the more drastic consequences of financial hardships.  

But without governmental protections, it appears that many banks are willing to at least start the process. New foreclosure filings in September 2021 were more than double compared to September 2020, as lenders hurried to begin the process as soon as protections ended, according to the report. 

“So far the government and the mortgage industry have worked together to do an extraordinary job of preventing millions of unnecessary foreclosures using the foreclosure moratorium and mortgage forbearance program,” said Rick Sharga, executive vice president at ATTOM subsidiary RealtyTrac, in a statement. “But there are hundreds of thousands of borrowers scheduled to exit forbearance in the next two months, and it’s possible that we might see a higher percentage of those borrowers default on their loans.” 

By the Numbers 

In news that could be construed as positive, foreclosures overall are far below levels seen in recent years and are very unlikely to breach those benchmarks by year’s end, even with significant increases according to the report. 

“Despite the increased level of foreclosure activity in September, we’re still far below historically normal numbers,” said Sharga. “September foreclosure actions were almost 70%lower than they were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in September of 2019, and Q3 foreclosure activity was 60%lower than the same quarter that year.” 

That is almost certainly because of forbearance and the federal foreclosure moratorium, rather than a reflection on the broader economic outlook for borrowers. And the situation for many could still be dire. 

Bank repossessions also jumped 22% in Q3, according to the report; and last month saw an 8% increase in completed foreclosures over the previous month, indicating that many borrowers are not able to defer payments or exit foreclosure in other ways.  

Overall, a total of 45,517 properties had foreclosure filings in Q3 2021. 


The rate of foreclosures in Q3 of 2021 did not appear to correlate geographically with any particularly strong pattern. In order, Nevada, Illinois, Delaware, New Jersey and Florida were the top states, all seeing more than one out of every 2,000 properties in the foreclosure process. As far as metros, Atlantic City, New Jersey (one in every 709 housing units with a foreclosure filing); Peoria, Illinois (one in every 754); Bakersfield, California (one in every 923); Cleveland, Ohio (one in every 936); and Las Vegas, Nevada (one in every 1,167) were the hardest hit. 

Least affected states were decidedly more rural and included South Dakota, West Virginia, Oregon, Montana and North Dakota. All had foreclosure rates less than one out of every 15,000 properties.  

As far as completed foreclosures, Illinois and Florida (with 965 and 564 properties repossessed, respectively) were joined by Pennsylvania (480 properties); Michigan (401) and New York (370). Overall, 2,682 housing units nationwide completed foreclosures in September, up 33% from a year ago. 

Jesse Williams is RISMedia’s associate online editor. Email him your real estate news ideas to

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REALTORS® Joining Together Through the Regional Rally for RRF

NAR PULSE—REALTORS® take pride in stepping in and stepping up wherever there’s a need. It’s what you do, it’s who you R. We need you, your region and all regions to channel your inner R and join together for RRF’s Regional Rally. We’re challenging all regions to step up and participate in the rally to aid any community in the wake of a disaster! Check out your region’s progress here.

Register for October’s Virtual Green Home Tour
Virtual Green Home Tour Series continues on 10/21 at 3 pm ET from Northern Virginia! Join us for a tour of Tall Oaks, a high-performance infill project in Reston, Virginia, of modern townhomes and flats certified to the National Green Building Standard® (NGBS). Encourage your agents to register to learn how to market certified green homes to prospective buyers.

NEW! Introducing the Recently Launched L.E.A.D. Courses
Encourage your agents to LEARN key leadership skills. ELEVATE their position. ACCELERATE their career. DELIVER results. The new L.E.A.D. courses offer REALTORS® a valuable framework to build their leadership competency and develop full potential as a leader. Available now!

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New Home Purchase Applications Down in September as Loan Size Rises

Mortgage applications for new home purchases decreased 16.2% YoY. Compared to August 2021, applications decreased by 4%., according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for September 2021. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.

Key details:

MBA predicts new single-family home sales were running at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 843,000 units in September 2021, based on data from the BAS. The new home sales estimate is derived using mortgage application information from the BAS, as well as assumptions regarding market coverage and other factors.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for September shows a decrease of 3.5% from the August pace of 874,000 units. Unadjusted, MBA predicts there were 66,000 new home sales in September 2021—down 7% from 71,000 new home sales in August.

By product type:

– Conventional loans composed 75.1% of loan applications
– FHA loans composed 13.9%
– RHS/USDA loans composed 0.5%
– VA loans composed 10.5%

The average loan size of new homes increased from $406,922 in August to $408,522 in September.

The takeaway:

“New home sales purchase activity was weaker in September, and the average loan size rose to another record high, as homebuilders continue to grapple with rising building materials costs and labor shortages. The survey-high average loan size of $408,522 is evidence of higher sales prices from these higher costs, as well as the shift in new construction to larger, more expensive homes,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president of Economic and Industry Forecasting, in a statement. “The estimated pace of new home sales decreased 3.5% last month after a strong August reading, but the two-month sales pace is at its strongest since January 2021.”

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Curbio Named Second-Fastest Growing Company in D.C. Area

Curbio recently announced that it has been ranked No. 2 on the 2021 list of Fastest Growing Companies by the Washington Business Journal.

“Our team is thankful to be recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the greater Washington, D.C., area,” said Rick Rudman, chairman, president and CEO of Curbio, in a statement. “Here at Curbio, we have set out to modernize home improvement for the real estate transaction by streamlining a process that has historically been slow and unreliable. This incredible recognition by the Washington Business Journal shows that what we are doing is working. I would like to thank our employees, investors, brokerage partners and clients for supporting us and making our growth possible.”

In compiling this list, the Washington Business Journal calculated each businesses average percent change in revenue from 2018-2020, with Curbio boasting an increase of 193.22%. This recognition is a testament to Curbio’s success in innovating, streamlining and modernizing home improvement for the real estate transaction.

Find the full list of Washington Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies here.

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