Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Third Try Is Charm for Couple

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Third Try Is Charm for Couple

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The disappointment of losing two home offers to higher bidders turned into relief when two Passaic County natives found the perfect match on the third try.

"This is the dream house for us," said 29-year-old schoolteacher Laura Pasquale of the West Milford bi-level they closed on Oct. 2 for $315,000.

"It has everything we needed," said her husband, Chris, an accountant, who is also 29.

During a recent visit to the Pasquales' new home on Starlight Road, their sales agent, Sarah "Sally" Mazzella of Century 21 Preferred Realty in Butler, took note, "It hit everything on the list that you wanted."

"The Jacuzzi was an extra," added Chris.

Yet the house almost never got a look, said the couple. As is the case with many buyers these days, the Internet dominated their initial search, and the Starlight listing had no photos to entice them.

"We almost didn't come here because it was higher in price,'' said Laura. "But as soon as I saw the kitchen and the downstairs living space, I knew I loved it, and as soon as I saw the outside I was like, 'This is it.' "

What sold her was a rear deck that's just the right size for entertaining in a yard bordered by woods and topped off with a Jacuzzi, as Chris mentioned, the latter under an enclosure.

When growing pains inspired the move for the couple and 2-year- old daughter Ainsley, Mazzella had advised them to first sell their starter home in Franklin Borough in Sussex County. She had sold them that house in 2012.

"When you're selling a home and have a contingency, buying a new home isn't that easy," Mazzella said. "I knew they had a situation where they had someplace to go. Not everybody has the option to have a family to back up on, but they both had supportive family."

In fact, this supportive family is a primary reason the couple were focusing their search in the lower West Milford, Bloomingdale, and Pompton Lakes area -- to be closer to relatives. …

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