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Michael Santini Broker/Owner
(732) 469-2333

Golden Key Realty

1934 Washington Valley Road
Martinsville, NJ 08836
Phone: 732 469-2333

14 Plainfield Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854
732) 885-1188 Office
(732) 885-1230 Fax

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Our Past...
At Golden Key Realty, we take great pride in being a family-operated business. Since 1972, our founder, Joseph Santini, pioneered the old-fashioned values of hard work and honesty as the cornerstone of our company. Today, his sons, Michael and David Santini, take great pride in continuing in their father’s footsteps. By adhering to the “Golden Rule”, our family of fine agents continues to strive to the utmost in personal service and commitment to our clients.


Our Present...
By combining our first-hand knowledge of our community, our deep understanding of the current real estate market and trends with state-of–the-art technology and unparalleled service we are ready, willing and able to meet all your real estate needs.


Your Future...
is our number one concern. Whether you are buying, selling, building, investing or renting we are prepared to listen to your needs, promote your interests and get the job done. We value our clients and know that working well together is the key to success.

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Is Buying a Home Still a Smart Plan?

With the burst of the housing bubble, credit crisis, and millions of foreclosures across the country, you may wonder if buying a home is such a good idea after all. However, it’s important to consider all of the facts. The important message to take away from these events is not that buying a home is a bad idea, but that you must be smart about buying your home.

The housing market, like every type of market, unavoidably has its ups and downs. That doesn’t mean buying a home is a bad investment. As a long-term investment, homeownership is still one of the best investments for individual households. Historically, real estate has consistently increased in value, despite shorter periods of depreciation due to local markets and/or national economic conditions. The data shows that homes generally appreciate about 5% per year.

Savings & Investment

Five percent may not seem like a great return on investment, but you have to think about it in the context of the situation. For example, let’s say you put 10% down on a $200,000 house. That’s a $20,000 down payment, or initial investment. At a 5% annual appreciation rate, your $200,000 home would gain $10,000 in value during the first year. Earning $10,000 on an investment of $20,000 is a whopping 50% return.

For further perspective, let’s say instead of spending that $20,000 on a down payment, you invested it in the stock market. With a 5% return, you would gain only $1,000 in profit.

Tax Benefits

So now you’re saying that a home may have a higher return, but that’s before you consider all of the costs of home ownership, such as taxes, etc. Well, think of it this way: your property taxes as well as the interest on your mortgage are both tax deductible. You can deduct those costs from your income, thus reducing your overall taxable income. In other words, the government is subsidizing your home.

Other Benefits

It’s easy to get carried away with all of the economic reasons for home ownership, but it’s important to remember that not every reason is financial. Have you ever wanted to paint the walls of your apartment? Well when you’re renting, you can’t. Has anything in your apartment ever needed updating, but the landlord refused to do it? When you own a home, you can make the space yours in almost any way you want. And you benefit when you do home improvements, both financially and psychologically. Homes generally have more space, for storage, living, etc. than other living arrangements. Not to mention that you have space outdoors for barbecuing, pets, and kids. Owning your home carries with it a sense of pride, accomplishment, and even an elevated social status.

So when you’re considering buying a home, consider the broad range of benefits that owning a home can have. And always make sure you have an experienced real estate agent and loan officer to help make sure you’re getting a home that is right for you, both financially and psychologically.

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