Thursday, October 17, 2019

Real Estate

Ten Acronyms Homebuyers Need to Know

(StatePoint) PMI, APR, LTV…these unfamiliar acronyms don’t need to bewilder or intimidate uninitiated homebuyers.

To help you negotiate the homebuying process like a pro, Freddie Mac is sharing definitions of 10 key acronyms you’ll encounter as you meet with lenders, make a down payment

The Origins of Hakafot Shniyot

Tel Aviv’s Florentin neighborhood is undergoing dramatic change. Named for David Florentin, a Greek Jew who had purchased the land in the late 1920s, the neighborhood suffered for many decades from urban decay and poverty. Its present turnaround is being fueled by younger residents and aspiring artists who have attracted

Ten To-Dos for Home and Yard Winterization

(BPT) Scarves. Pumpkin spice lattes. Leaves crunching underfoot. Sweater season is moving in fast, which means it’s time to start transitioning to fall maintenance to make sure your home and yard are ready for winter. The following are 10 things you can do to prepare for the cold and wet weather ahead.

Mother Nature Inspires ‘New Neutral’ Home Design Trends

(BPT) Many interior designers gravitate toward grays or whites as a starting point when building a home’s look and feel, but a new trend is emerging. Homeowners are getting back to basics and finding ways to bring the outdoors in by using neutral earth tones as their blank slate. These wood tones have become the “new neutral” for

The Most Important Variable When Shopping for the Best Mortgage

I love seeing articles and online posts that read, “The Most Important…” For many, those catchy headlines used to attract a lot more attention in the past, than it does these days. Today, “Influencers” come in all ages and stages regardless of their seasoning or expertise. There’s truly so much “noise” out there with

Theodor Herzl: Returning to Our Roots

Theodor Herzl is recognized as the father of the state of Israel, which is why practically every city across the country has a Herzl Street. However, as he died over 40 years before the establishment of the state of Israel, Herzl’s philosophy did not frame the Jewish nation’s ethos.

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Living Near Family: How Close Is Too Close?

(StatePoint) While you can’t choose your family, you can choose how close you live to them. A new survey suggests some healthy boundaries between parents and in-laws make for a happier family relationship -- something to keep in mind when shopping for a home. 

Fifty-seven percent of respondents in the

Is it a Good Investment to Buy a Second Home?

If you are looking for a way to grow your wealth, you might be considering some popular investment opportunities, like buying a second home. However, unlike many other options, such as stocks or

Refinancing for the Right Reasons

The Mortgage Bankers Association had an interesting statistic released earlier this week. They reported that overall mortgage application volume dropped 6.2% this week, from its previous report. Applications to purchase a home were down 4%, while refinancing activity was down 8% from this time last week. They also noted mortgage

Tips for Creating the Perfect Home Office

(StatePoint) With more people nationwide opting to create their own businesses or work for their employer remotely, the home office has become one of the most used spaces of the house, with many people spending more than eight hours a day in this room. If you’re one of these people, the kitchen table just won’t cut it if you’re

Pro Tips for Taking the Perfect Photos of Your Home

(StatePoint) Whether you’ve completed an amazing renovation, or you are selling your house, you’ll want to take perfect pictures of your home to share.

Acclaimed photographer, Jeffrey Davis, the photographer of choice for The New American Home and Progress Lighting, is sharing some tips to elevate

Landing on the Moon: Ruby’s Real Estate Market Update

The month of July was an exciting one! On July 20, on Shabbat no less, it was a celebratory 50-year landmark since man first walked on the moon. Remembering way back when, watching the exciting event on the small TV screen, especially since it usurped all the channels, it was a thrilling sight to behold even as a spectator. Fast forward to

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