Buying a condo is not the same as buying a home

Stringent lending policies and the escalating costs of home ownership have led many prospective home buyers to consider condominiums instead of single-family homes. Condos are typically less expensive than single-family homes, which makes lenders and borrowers alike feel more comfortable. Lenders feel better because the loans aren’t as large, while borrowers are more comfortable because …

BUSINESS BRIEFS

Kathy Lo Bue, managing director at Glen Eagle Advisors, Freehold, will host Walter O’Brien, CPA, from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 13 at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Center, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold Township. “How to Become Financially, Physically and Spiritually Fit in All Areas of Your Life” is a free and non-sectarian event open to the community. …

Unequal DUI laws

Q&A with Sharon Peters Q: My nephew has been picked up for driving impaired at least four times. Very little in the way of punishment ever happens. And still he drives. In my part of the country, he would have lost his license years ago, and probably would have done time. He lives in Pennsylvania. …

Home shopping 101

By Marilyn Kennedy Melia CTW Features Buying a home is unlike any other purchase. Here’s how to stay focused while on the house hunt. Home buying ranks as the biggest purchase most people make, not just measured by dollars, but by decisions. When buyers reach the closing table, it’s the culmination of many carefully weighed …

REAL ESTATE BRIEFS

Carlo Siracusa, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that sales associate Joann Otteau of the Howell office was recognized for her exceptional industry success during the month of November. Otteau led the region, which is comprised of locations throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties, for resales. She can be reached in Weichert’s Howell office located …