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At the forefront of our investment regions is the state of New Jersey. New Jersey is the leading state for mortgage delinquencies in all of the United States and is densely populated with 1.7M detached, single-family homes. Of those properties, more than 300,000 are in pre-foreclosure. Because this area is a huge hub for individuals that work in New York City and need easy access to mass transit, these neighborhoods are highly-suitable real estate targets.
We operate primarily in B-class neighborhoods such as Hamilton, Ewing, Willingboro, Elizabeth, and Plainfield. You will discover pretty quickly as you dive into the world of real estate investing, that neighborhoods are classed by letters much like your grades were in school. A neighborhood that is a B location would be considered the second-best type of neighborhood. For investors looking for more aggressive investments, which carry a higher risk, we have opportunities in Trenton.
GEOGRAPHY AND DEMOGRAPHICS: The North Ward was once a destination for the middle-class population. Currently, Trenton is home to a large Polish-American neighborhood, as well as many important architectural and historic sites. The South Ward is perhaps the most diverse neighborhood in Trenton, as it is home to many Latin-American, Italian-American, and African-American residents.
INDUSTRIES AND EMPLOYMENT: Trenton was once a major manufacturing center, but as with so many other cities in the 1970s, Trenton struggled with a decline in demand for manufacturing and industrial jobs. Today, Trenton’s biggest employer is the state of New Jersey. Each week, thousands of employees pour into the city from the surrounding suburbs.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Public transportation both within the city and the surrounding suburbs is provided in the form of local bus routes run by New Jersey Transit. SEPTA, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, also provides bus service to adjacent Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
GEOGRAPHY AND DEMOGRAPHICS: The city of Elizabeth has several distinct districts and neighborhoods. It is also the largest city and the county seat for Union county. Midtown is the main commercial district. Elizabethport, or E-Port, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the City of Elizabeth. Elmora is a mix of middle-class and working-class in the western part of Elizabeth.
INDUSTRIES AND EMPLOYMENT: The Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal is one of the busiest ports. Elizabeth also features Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices, which has operated since 1932, the popular Jersey Gardens outlet mall, Loews Theater, and the Elizabeth Center.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Elizabeth one of the top cities in the U.S. for highest train ridership. There are two stations in Elizabeth, which are Elizabeth station and North Elizabeth station. Elizabeth station is frequently referred to as Broad Street Elizabeth or Midtown. New Jersey Transit is planning an additional segment, which is intended to connect Midtown station with Newark Liberty International Airport and will provide seven or eight additional stations within the limits of the City of Elizabeth.
Plainfield — The Queen City
GEOGRAPHY AND DEMOGRAPHICS: Plainfield is located on the southwestern edge of Union County. Scotch Plains and Fanwood lie to the northeast. Plainfield is bordered on the south by South Plainfield and Piscataway. Dunellen is on the southwest side and Edison is on the southeast. All of these towns are located within Middlesex County.
INDUSTRIES AND EMPLOYMENT: The top industry in Plainfield’s Union County is the Offices of Physicians employing 1.8 percent of all workers. Other leading employment sectors include supermarkets, home health care services, and corporate, subsidiary, and regional managing offices. There are 60,858 business establishments in Plainfield’s Union County with fewer than 10 employees each, which is a good indicator of the entrepreneurial attitude of the community.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Plainfield has two New Jersey Transit rail stations on the Raritan Valley Line. The main Plainfield station is located in the downtown, with a second station in the Netherwood section. Located just a short 15 minutes away is The New Brunswick train station.
Their town motto? “A Naturally Better Place To Be”
GEOGRAPHY AND DEMOGRAPHICS: The township borders Burlington County municipalities. As of 2010, Willingboro has a large population of African, Caribbean, and Latino immigrants. The African community mostly consists of people from Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and other West Africans. The Caribbean population mainly consists of people from Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Guyana. The Latino population mainly consists of people from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Honduras, and El Salvador. Many of these immigrants moved to Willingboro from New York City, Newark, Jersey City, Trenton, and Philadelphia.
INDUSTRIES AND EMPLOYMENT: Over the past year, the unemployment rate has decreased by 1.9 percent, which means that Willingboro’s unemployment conditions have significantly improved.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: New Jersey Transit provides bus service between Trenton and Philadelphia. BurLink bus service is offered between Beverly and Pemberton, and Beverly and Westampton Township. Academy Bus provides service from Willingboro and the park-and-ride facility near Exit 5 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, street services in Midtown Manhattan, Jersey City, and Lower Manhattan.
GEOGRAPHY AND DEMOGRAPHICS: Ewing Township is located in Mercer County, New Jersey. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township’s population was 35,790. Lake Sylva is a man-made lake that is the largest body of water within the township.
INDUSTRIES AND EMPLOYMENT: The companies offering the most jobs in Ewing, NJ are Cowan Systems, McDonald’s®, and George Hildebrandt, Inc. Full-time positions are the most common openings. In 2013, both Celator Pharmaceuticals and Church and Dwight became important additions to the economy of Ewing.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The West Trenton Station mainly serves commuter traffic to and from Philadelphia. The Trenton-Mercer Airport is located in Ewing and there are numerous bus routes throughout the city.
GEOGRAPHY AND DEMOGRAPHICS: Florence borders Bordentown Township, Burlington Township, Mansfield Township, and Springfield Township in Burlington County. Picturesque sandy beaches are a popular location for both residents and tourists alike.
INDUSTRIES AND EMPLOYMENT: Florence is a really hot real estate market and is home to several major warehouses and distribution centers. Most recently, Amazon opened a new distribution center that added 2000 new jobs to the area. These employees will need houses to rent, which means that properties here will be tenanted very quickly. Florence will quickly find itself to be the newest piece in Amazon’s distribution grid.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The New Jersey Transit River Line light rail system offers service at two stations — Florence station and Roebling station. Bus service is also available between Trenton and Philadelphia.
GEOGRAPHY AND DEMOGRAPHICS: Even though Hamilton is one of the largest townships in New Jersey, it doesn’t have an actual downtown area. A significant portion of new construction has been completed specifically for the part of the population that is part of the aging baby boomer generation.
INDUSTRIES AND EMPLOYMENT: As of October 2016, substantial construction has been done to further build up the area. New retirement communities and assisted living facilities have been built, as well as other commercial enterprises such as restaurants, banks, and gas stations. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is a well-respected, healthcare establishment.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The Hamilton train station has helped the township to attract more commuters to the area. The station provides service to New York Penn Station and to Trenton station. Public bus service is also widely available.
GEOGRAPHY AND DEMOGRAPHICS: Burlington sits on the Delaware River and was originally founded on land that was settled primarily by Quakers. It borders Burlington Township and is connected to Bristol by the Burlington-Bristol Bridge. The census in 2010 reported that there were close to 10,000 people living in Burlington, with approximately half of those households being families.
INDUSTRIES AND EMPLOYMENT: Retail trade is the largest employment sector in Burlington. Just slightly behind it is the healthcare and social assistance industry. Other prominent industries are administrative support, and waste management and remediation services, the food service industry, and finance and insurance. The diverse employment ecosystem makes Burlington resilient against a singular industry collapse.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: New Jersey Transit provides bus service between Trenton and Philadelphia, and between Burlington and Camden. The New Jersey Transit River Line light rail provides transportation between the Trenton Transit Center and the Walter Rand Transportation Center.
GEOGRAPHY AND DEMOGRAPHICS: Named for Beverly, England, this New Jersey city boasts river-front property on the Delaware River. Although it is a relatively small town with an area of just over a half-square mile, it has a fairly dense population with more than 2,500 people.
INDUSTRIES AND EMPLOYMENT: With Beverly being right on the border of Pennsylvania, a multitude of industries are open to residents of this quaint little town. Sectors such as education, manufacturing, oil refining, food processing, health care, telecommunications, financial services, and even some biotechnologies are all great areas for employment to be found. Beverly is a well-located town with a great deal of opportunity.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The Beverly-Edgewater Park station offers service between the Trenton Transit Center and the Walter Rand Transportation Center. New Jersey Transit provides bus service between Burlington and Camden.