Friday, August 14, 2020

Real Estate

Cash Alternatives: Not Just for Seniors

We all know and are familiar with the standard mortgage (aka forward mortgage). If you want to consolidate your debt, buy a new home or refinance you can apply for a mortgage and, if you qualify, obtain the financing that you desire. The important question to ask yourself is: If you qualify, do you want additional monthly mortgage

Balancing Multiple Generations Under One Roof

(BPT) As people plan their retirement years, more and more are preferring to make the right adjustments at home to age in place, rather than exploring alternatives such as assisted living facilities and nursing homes. For many, that can mean opting to live under the same roof as their grown children and perhaps even their

How to Buy a Co-op in Riverdale

(reprint of JLBWC 2015 article)

Prospective buyers are often daunted by the thought of successfully navigating the co-op board-approval process.  However, the good news is that for the well-qualified buyer, the process, which can be somewhat time-consuming, will eventually meet

Oh Deer! Keep Hungry Herbivores Out of Your Yard All Year Round

(BPT) Few sights make homeowners more furious than an attractive landscape destroyed virtually overnight by hungry deer. Rose bushes and ornamentals? Nipped off every bud. Expensive shrubs? Browsed within an inch of their lives. Trees? Damaged, disfigured and sometimes dead.

Deer - and their wilder

Contingencies in Real Estate Contracts

One of the most common concerns of buyers and sellers regarding the sale of real property (and in co-op stock sale contracts) is the addition of contingencies to contracts of sale. A contingency is a stipulation in a contract that must be met for the contract to become binding; it is a condition that must be satisfied if the deal

Ashdod: More Than the Shore

When one thinks of Ashdod, what usually comes to mind is the shore: the beaches, the port, the stunning sea views. However, there is so much more to learn about Israel’s fifth-largest city.

Three Questions to Ask When Looking for Your New HVAC Unit

(BPT) If you subscribe to the belief that your home is your castle, then you naturally expect to be comfortable in that castle, right? Whether it’s the middle of winter or the dog days of summer, your home’s HVAC system plays a vital role in supporting this comfort, so if you’re in

Zombie Houses

Zombie Houses are aptly, albeit inelegantly, named due to their association with the idea of the walking dead and their ability to suck the life out of a neighborhood. Many such houses exist in the United States; a large number are in New York and New Jersey. Not even the most affluent communities

Windows for Your Home

Modern windows provide more than light and a view of what’s going on outside your house. Not

Using Land in Lieu of a Mortgage Down Payment


Moving On

As my sale and rental deals approach their closings, my buyers, sellers and tenants invariably ask me to recommend good movers. Alas, the subject of movers is not included in the broker’s course, so all that I know about movers are the names of the moving companies that I see on the trucks on moving

Zichron Yaakov: Celebrating Diversity

When making aliyah, most people buying a home tend to purchase in communities that have a nucleus of families with similar backgrounds and hashkafot, or world views. Such an arrangement offers immigrants a network of like-minded families, affording them educational, spiritual and social

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