In an increasingly globalized world full of mergers, chains and international brands, there is heightened value in finding the service that is still local in approach, knowledge, and experience.

River Valley Realty is the newest independent real estate firm to take root in Hunterdon County and recently celebrated its beautiful new offices on Main Street in Lambertville, expanded staff and, the anniversary of its highly successful first year focused on the Delaware River towns and surrounding Hunterdon and Mercer rural areas. Their office in Lambertville is a bright open space impeccably designed by owner and local real estate expert Kim Ward Bacso.

In a town where everyone enjoys walking, RVR is a high profile new addition to the street, an attractive and compelling space to stop in.

Kim is a seasoned broker with a long history and intense focus on the area in which she lives and works, which in today’s real estate climate is more important than ever. On a broader scale, she encourages everyone to find that local expert when buying or selling their home:

“Part of the reason it is critical to hire a local expert to help you find or sell your home is to understand the particularities and inventory levels of each municipality and how they affect each other,” she says. “To know your community well, you need to drill down the numbers to understand that high inventory in one neighborhood may be due to too many oversized colonials on the market, or low inventory in a neighboring town is a result of the high demand for first time buyer inventory.”

The right independent local realtor will also specialize in quality listings over quantity, she explains. “Our name is River Valley Realty because that is what we’re about – an intense focus on this really fabulous area – not about having my name on the door.” Also, understanding the issues specific to the types of properties in the river towns and rural areas such as preservation easements, ponds, environmental concerns, walk-ability, equine and historical properties is critical, as is first-hand knowledge of comparable properties and how they are selling.

Kim Ward Bacso, River Valley Realty, LLC, 45 North Main Street, Lambertville. 609-397-3007.

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