On the hunt for a home last summer, Priscilla Gabela and her husband, Antonio Aluotto, gave up after a month. Bidding wars were everywhere, and the North Arlington couple decided to wait things out, taking a break from September through December. 

When they reentered the market early this year, they were in for sticker shock. If prices were too lofty in 2020, this year they zoomed into the stratosphere. 

“It’s been crazy,” Gabela said. “We’ve seen a lot of houses priced really high.”

Welcome to the post-pandemic North Jersey real estate market, where price appreciation is the brutal reality even with vaccines spreading, interest rates climbing and more homes going on sale. With demand still high, last year’s “COVID premium” isn’t fading away. 

Antonio Aluotto and Prscilla Gabela-Aluotto pose for a photo by their North Arlington home on Friday June 11, 2021.

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