Saturday, August 08, 2020

Real Estate

How Shabbat Elevators Impact Real Estate Transactions

 It is said that all real estate markets are local, and indeed the Sabbath-observant are a very important part of our area’s market.

There is an eruv in Riverdale; that said, we begin with proximity to shul as I always ask the observant how far they are willing to walk to their shul(s)

Paying Extra for Your Mortgage

Much of why mortgage rates have gone up is due to the anticipated rise in inflation. There are certainly other variables, but most bond and finance experts attribute a lot of the recent volatility to inflation pressures. As a reminder, the Federal

How Much Home Can You Afford This Spring?

(StatePoint) The chicken or the egg? Which came first continues to fuel philosophical debates. But when it comes to buying a home, experts are pretty

ACOA (A Country of Acronyms)

When I made aliyah back in 2003, I understood that I had to hone my Hebrew-language skills. Little did I know, however, that there is another important language in Israel, which is much harder than Hebrew, called “acronyms.” Many phrases are abbreviated and used in all

Tips to Protect Birds in Your Yard and Garden

(StatePoint) One of the best parts of backyard living in the warmer months is all the potential for bird watching that comes with it. You may have

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

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