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Monday, December 10, 2018

Real Estate

The Miracle of Eight Days

A few weeks ago, I received a call from a Realtor in Florida who got my name from a local banker with whom he was working. Referrals from “competing” lenders are admittedly not a traditional way to receive new clients. In this particular situation, the Realtor was looking for alternative financing for one of his clients – and

What to Know Before You List Your Home

In 2017, only 8 percent of homes in the United States were sold by owner. If you, like most sellers, will be selling with an agent, you will be provided with a listing agreement. At this point, in all likelihood, you will not have selected a closing attorney, so you may end up reviewing this listing agreement on your own. If you

Navigating the System

This past week, I had the great privilege of being in Israel with my wife and our 12-year-old daughter, to celebrate her bat mitzvah. Words cannot adequately express the gratitude we felt to be able to spend quality time with her in Israel at this momentous stage in her life. We enjoyed everything: from touring, to sightseeing, to

How to Sell Your Business and Get a Mortgage

When you decide to sell your business, you’re not thinking about buying a new home or a vacation home. Buying a home would not be one of the first things on your prep list for the sale of your business. But planning ahead and knowing what you need to do will help you when the time comes.

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New Ways to Protect Your Home and Family

(StatePoint) When it comes to your home, there is unfortunately no shortage of things that can go wrong and no shortage of culprits, from wicked weather to electrical fires.

High winds, plumbing and appliance issues, hail, leaky roofs, frozen pipes and break-ins -- these are some of the most frequent

Embracing the Benefits of Natural Light at Home

(BPT) With daylight saving time in full effect, sunlight can be harder to come by. According to a recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), humans spend an average of 90 percent of their days indoors, so savoring every opportunity for natural sunlight is more important than ever, especially during winter

Bal Harbour Village: New Houses Are Booming

Bal Harbour has always been a special place to live.

Incorporated in 1946, it is home to the rich and famous. With 3,044 oceanfront condominiums and 299 houses in the village of Bal Harbour, new construction is booming! There are over 20 new houses that have been built within the last 12 months

Be Thankful for What You Have

There is no shortage of things for which a person can be grateful. Yet, I am sure that, like me, most people are guilty of taking so many things for granted. As Oprah Winfrey famously said, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have

Is Buying a Home Right for You?

(StatePoint) Many millennials are buying their first homes in a marketplace that is more challenging than the one their parents encountered for their first purchase.

Interest rates are on the rise and home prices are, too. The good news is that there are still a lot of reasons that buying a home

Market Trends

So we’ve changed our clocks, enduring shorter days and early dark nights. We are still getting used to the early pitch black and yearning for the warm weather, yet maybe admitting to the excitement of snow that is just around the corner. While we question whether putting our housing needs on hold for now, market trend

The Dawn of Modern Zionism

A few weeks ago, I visited the Pinsker Building, a famous Jerusalem apartment building located down the block from the Inbal Hotel. Its official name is the Rose Building, as it borders a lovely park called the Rose Garden; nevertheless, the moniker Pinsker Building has stuck because it is situated on Pinsker Street. With

No Surprises

This week I closed a loan that was one for the books! When I first met with the client, he was very open about some of his previous experiences when he bought his first home and when trying to refinance a few years ago. He had a few choice words to say about the handful of other companies that he used. What stood out most in all