Stiney, I grew up in Bergen County too!!!
Go Northern NJ!!!
Seriously though, it's gotten crazy there. My parents are still in their little 3 BDR, 1.5 bath rancher in a neighborhood where all the rest of the ranchers have been torn down to put up McMansions taking up every inch of the lot. They bought their house about 32 years ago for like 35K and will probably get over 400K for it.
Have patience with your house search! We finally found one we felt was "our home" after months of searching and finding that nothing was exactly right. Turns out this house has its problems too...so much that the seller had to come down substantially in price so we could have the money to fix the issues (crawl space water accumulation, wood rot, HVAC replacements). Original price for 4 Bdr/2.5 Bath/1 garage on about 1/3 acre=$279K. Current price=$229K. But we are glad that although it's going to be difficult and inconvenient to live through all the work, it will be totally worth it when it's all done!
It also is slightly different than what we pictured our new house to be....we originally wanted a 2-car garage, a basement or bonus room, a screen porch or Florida room....and we have none of those. But we have a beautifully renovated house with a 1 car garage and a yard with lots of potential!
Your house is out there...and you will find it!