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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Real Estate

Not All Mortgages Are Created Equal

For background, the Federal National Mortgage Association (more commonly known as “Fannie Mae”), and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (more commonly known as “Freddie Mac”), both buy mortgages on the secondary market, pools them, and sell them as mortgage-backed securities (“MBS”) to investors on the open

Home Maintenance Projects That Could Save You Thousands on Repairs

(BPT) Routine maintenance: two words that likely evoke eye rolls, exasperated sighs and dread for most homeowners who read, hear or even think about them. However, they’re also a homeowner’s best line of defense when it comes to protecting their most important investment - their home.

“Many homeowners insurance policyholders are choosing higher

Bring the Outdoors in This Fall

(BPT) With the weather cooling down and trees changing to vibrant colors, it’s no wonder many consider autumn their favorite time of year. Fall draws people outside to apple orchards and pumpkin patches and fills homes with the smells of seasonal baking.

To enjoy the positive benefits of nature even when spending time indoors, why not open up your

Levi Eshkol: Water Superhero

I recently met with a young couple living on Levi Eshkol Boulevard in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Eshkol and asked them if they knew who Levi Eshkol was. “Wasn’t he a war hero or president many years ago?” was their response. I realized that it was high time to dedicate an article to this fascinating leader.

To the Moon and Back With Israel: Check Out the Lincoln Residence

This piece is just a refresher on our last article that came out over the summer in The Jewish Link, where we reminisced about the 50-year colossal landmark anniversary of man’s first walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.

Although it seemed enticing to have another potential location within which

Five Essentials to Build a Home Office

(StatePoint) Want to maximize your productivity when working in your home office? Here are five essentials to build out the space:

• A Solid Chair: Don’t shortchange yourself with the wrong chair. It’s the basis of your comfort, which is critical for putting in the hours needed for success. Look

Ten Essential Laundry Organization and Maintenance Tips

(BPT) Professional organizer Lisa Jacobs of Imagine It Done emphasizes the importance of creating strategies in the home for practical, efficient living. The laundry room is one of the easiest places to begin when trying to improve your organization at home. To help keep you on the right track she put together the 10 most

Foolish Focus as the Fed Cuts Rates, Again

“Fed Day” always brings much anticipation and fanfare. From market participants and traders to the media, and even individual opportunists - everyone tries to digest the Fed action, and to scrutinize the statements and comments to determine any future policy changes or bias shifts. Of course, as the market faces a unique market

‘House It Going?!’ The Real Estate and Mortgage Update

While I am sure a lot of people were playing catch-up this week, the markets continued without us with lots of noteworthy information coming forth over the past few weeks. Fortunately, or unfortunately, by the time we analyze this current data, there will be a slew of new reports to examine again. Regardless, these updates are

DIY Projects to Get Your House Ready for Winter

(BPT) The leaves have changed, temperatures are dropping and pumpkin spice treats abound, which means winter is coming. Now is the time to winterize your home, which can mean up to a 10% savings on your energy bills, according to Energy Star.

Help your home fight the cold, without breaking the bank, by

Luxury Bal Harbour/Surfside Kosher Oceanfront Airbnb

Imagine a luxury oceanfront 4,000-sf, four-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom townhouse with its own private roof-top jacuzzi/pool, summer kitchen BBQ area, internal glass-enclosed elevator, two-car garage, able to accommodate up to nine people!

Now imagine that you could rent all this

The Secret to the Four Species

As we all know, Jews across the globe gather the “Four Species” – the Esrog (Citron), the Lulav (Palm), the Hadas (Myrtle), and the Aravah (Willow) - which they use conjointly to celebrate the holiday of Succot. There are many basic and Kabalistic explanations for this custom. The one that I have always enjoyed is the one