Saturday, February 24, 2018

Real Estate

Asbestos in Roofs, Roofing Materials and In the Home

Asbestos is a naturally occurring stone-based collection of materials that was widely used in roofing and in other exterior and interior building materials. Once touted as a miraculous solution to assorted construction drawbacks and difficulties, asbestos has proven to be

Taking All the Credit

I am far from a credit-scoring expert, but I have learned a few tricks over the years that have come in very handy for my clients from time to time. In the mortgage world, as you can imagine, credit is everything. Granted, someone with a credit rating

Rabbi Eytan Feiner Praises New Ramat Givat Zeev Project in Israel

(Courtesy of Ramat Givat Zeev) Ramat Givat Zeev recently hosted Rabbi Eytan Feiner, shlita, the

2018 Remodeling Trends That Boost Your Home’s Value

(BPT) A strong housing market is giving homeowners the confidence to invest in remodeling. In fact, homeowner spending on improvements and repairs will

‘If Only I Knew’

If I had a quarter for every time I had a client say, “If only I knew” – I would have a lot of quarters, and then some. I was actually planning on writing about a different topic, but after I received a call from a second client this week that

Do the Math: Homebuying Now May Save a Lot

(BPT) It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often

Possible Effects of the New Federal Tax Law on Our Local Housing Market

New federal tax legislation promises to have an unsettling effect on the housing market in our region. It will impact homeowners’ decisions to sell or to remain in their homes, buyers’ decisions to buy or to rent, and buyers’ choice of locations in which to buy or to

Gates of Jerusalem

From time immemorial until the late 19th century, almost all of Jerusalem’s residents lived in the walled Old City. Divided into four uneven quadrants—the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter and the Armenian Quarter—the Old City looms

Looking Forward …

Predictions for a new year are always erratic, but this year will prove to be even more of a challenge. With the new tax plan in place, and President Trump in the full driver’s seat, the market is sure to change. Far be it from me to chime in on any of the myriad of delicate

Six Ways to Fool Burglars Into Thinking You’re Home

(Courtesy of Links Residential) Whether it’s the eight hours a day or eight days on a dreamy beach, allowing your biggest investment to fend for

Is It Too Late to Protect My House This Winter?

As I write this, the snowstorms, sub-zero temperatures and high-velocity and chilling winds of 2018 have not been kind to houses. Although householders should prepare their premises before the beginning of the cold season, there are many items that can

Lead-Based Paint in Houses and Apartments

For many years, lead was a common additive in paint, gasoline, certain ethnic medicines, pottery glaze, lead crystal, lead figures, storage batteries, kohl or kajal eyeliners, jewelry and porcelain, so it may still exist on your premises. Food kept in lead crystal

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