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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Real Estate

The Rapids Fall Just Short of Glouberman Championship

This past week, The Ma’ayanot varsity basketball team attended the Steve Glouberman Z”L Basketball Tournament in L.A. The rapids arrived on Wednesday night and played their first game on Thursday morning against Katz Yeshiva High School from Boca Raton, FL. Starting off strong, the Rapids beat the returning champions

Debbie Downer or Roger Realistic?

In my conversations with clients and business professionals across the country, I am always amazed at their perspectives on the economy. Of course, it’s natural for there to be a disparity amongst different people, but often their outlook and opinions gives me great insight on the pulse of a market. I have seen and heard it all.

How to Find the Right Home Mortgage So You Don’t Overpay

(StatePoint) Ample bedrooms and bathrooms? Check. A roomy kitchen? Check. A nice-sized backyard, storage space in the attic and just the right amount of curb appeal? Check, check and check.

Once you’ve found your perfect home, the next step is finding the right mortgage --

Essential Maintenance Tasks to Keep a Clean Home

(BPT) Today’s typical family home is a buzzing hub of activity where meals are cooked, homework is done and family game nights are contested. In the background of it all: the home appliances that keep home life moving along. Focusing on a few maintenance tasks can keep home appliances performing

Get a Warmer Home This Winter

(StatePoint) Dreading the cold drafts and rising heating bills that come with winter? You’re not alone. Nearly two-thirds of Americans live in homes that need to be weatherized to improve heating efficiency and maximize comfort, but many still don’t take the time to do so, according to a survey conducted by OnePoll for

Vocation, Vocation, Vocation (Part I)

We have often heard that “location, location, location” is a key component of buying a house. I would like to suggest that “vocation, vocation, vocation” is the key element in finding a professional with whom to work, to buy that house. Wikipedia describes vocation as an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or

Is a Real Estate Franchise the Career Move For You?

(BPT) Small business has always been the backbone of the American economy, and today’s entrepreneurs are as diverse as American culture itself. Entrepreneurship takes many forms, from freelancers and independent contractors to sole proprietors. In fact, just one form of entrepreneurship - franchises - employs 8 million people and

Avoid Home Improvement Scams After Storms and Natural Disasters

(StatePoint) As if the damage from a natural disaster isn’t enough, consumers trying to rebuild after a natural disaster often face a different danger: a flood of fly-by-night contractors -- ultimately raising the risks of sub-par repair work and outright scams.

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Doing Little Saves Much (Time and Money)

Although getting a residential mortgage seems like no big deal, anyone who has ever applied for a mortgage knows that the paperwork involved can snowball into a mountain. My company’s practice is to detail what is needed up front in order to minimize any request for documentation during the process. Many companies’ loan

Get Your Home Ready for Winter While Saving Money

(BPT) Many people look forward to the cooler weather. The brisk autumn winds and colorful leaves signal that once again it’s time to take out the sweaters and scarves. There are the hot soups and pumpkin-flavored drinks to keep one warm as the weather gets cooler, but for the conscientious homeowner and dedicated DIYer,

The Sound of Silence: How to Design a Quiet Home Office

(BPT) In today’s increasingly digital world, it’s no surprise that more employees are opting to work from home. While there may be a shift of physical locations - from the office building to the home - productivity is still paramount, making the need for quiet home workspaces more important than ever.

“As urbanization continues, builders

Actions, Reactions, and Transactions

This week I spoke with two potential clients who were both looking to buy homes. Although each circumstance was significantly different, both were previous homeowners who purchased their current residences between 8-10 years ago. When I went through some of the documentation needed and qualification criteria required, each