Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Empty Nesters Start over in Wayne

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Empty Nesters Start over in Wayne

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Empty nesters Michelle and Glen Rasin wanted a fresh start. With their two adult daughters moved out, the Rasins longed to be where the sound of a lawn mower was something they would only experience from afar.

The couple prepared to trade their split-level home of 31 years in West Orange for a maintenance-free town house. But for Michelle, leaving their home and all of its memories was a separation she wouldn't make for just any home.

"For me personally, the only way I could make a move was to love something more than we loved the house," Michelle said.

And so in March 2015, the challenge began -- finding a town house that met their needs.

The house hunt began in the West Orange area they were familiar with -- Michelle, age 55, still works in the vicinity as a preschool teacher. They extended their quest toward Rockaway, Randolph, East Hanover, Boonton and Butler, but with no success.

While their search for a town house went slowly, their mission to sell their split-level home had rocketed to a swift conclusion, and with willing buyers quickly in hand, the couple faced the prospect of life in limbo.

When their former sales agent suggested they might have to rent for a while, the Rasins decided it was time to find a new Realtor.

The couple called Karen Peters of the Karen Peters Group of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Wayne. Peters had sold a condo at The Grande in Riverdale to one of the Rasins' daughters.

Whe the Rasins contacted Peters, one of the first questions the agent asked was, what about Wayne Township? "People don't realize how many town houses Wayne has to offer and at all different price points," Peters said.

"Their house was under contract," Peters recalled. "They were going to be homeless."

A Passaic County town they had not explored, however, offered potential.

Knowing their situation, Peters quickly put things in motion for the Rasins to see town houses in Wayne, including the one they eventually bought on Morning Watch Road, in a quiet development surrounded by woods, yet within walking distance from busy Hamburg Turnpike. …

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