Monday, May 21, 2018

Real Estate

Alon Haim: From the IDF to the Ranks of V&N Realty

V&N Realty Group is excited to welcome Alon Haim to their offices. Originally from Israel, Haim served in the Israel Defense Forces for 11 years, working in the air force and honing his skills as a hard worker and team player. Having attended the prestigious Tel Aviv University, he went on to pursue a career in technology as both regional manager and

Rent to Own or Rent to Rent?

In a rent-to-own arrangement, the current owner (future seller) has the opportunity to earn a substantial monetary return on their home, and the tenant (future buyer) has the opportunity to begin on the road to homeownership.

What is a

Links Residential Proudly Welcomes Two New Members to the Team

(Courtesy of Links Residential) Raquel “Adina” Grossman—Adina comes to Links Residential with a background in international private banking. She has worked in the private banking sector for over 10 years and her time and experience in the field have taught her the importance of providing exceptional customer service.

Five Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Mortgage

(BPT) Buying a home is a major financial commitment. It’s exciting, but can also be confusing and overwhelming. Choosing the best mortgage that fits your needs is an important first step and first-time homebuyers in particular should research the many options and know the right questions to ask. Here are some questions to ask a

How to Keep Floors Clean 101


(BPT) Flooring trends change through the years as homeowners acquire new tastes and technology allows for a larger variety of flooring designs. Deep ebony and driftwood finishes peaked in 2017, while 2018 trends are pushing toward wider planks, gray tones and even durable porcelain tiles designed to mirror

Good News for Homebuyers: Linden Residents to Receive Tax Decrease

Linden Mayor Derek Armstead announced that residents will not be receiving a tax increase this year: something that hasn’t been done since 2006. Not only will there be no increase, there will be an actual reduction of $12.77 per household based on the assessed value on $131,700.

In 2017, the

Getting A “Heter” To Close Mortgages

I recently arranged for a refinance mortgage for one of my friends and made sure to coordinate the closing so that I would be in attendance to make sure everything was in order. As they were nearing the end of the stack of pages to be signed, one of the last remaining forms was our “Shtar Heter Iska” which we include in all

How Many Miles per Gallon Does Your Home Get?

(BPT) Everyone wants the inside scoop on how to get the best deal. Ironically, consumers will do a bunch of research over a $500 smart phone and relatively little for the largest purchase of their lives, their homes.

Most home buyers focus on price and payments, however, factoring in a home’s

Interest Rates Are Rising: Should You Buy a Home or Wait?

(StatePoint) With heightened talk of rising interest rates, many prospective homebuyers are understandably concerned about whether it’s the right time to purchase a home.

Indeed, you may be wondering if you waited too long and let the historically low interest rates pass you by or if you can

Down Is Good...

… if you want to be a homeowner. One of the most asked questions for first-time home buyers is, “How much do I need for a down payment?” All I can tell you is never assume the answer is the most you can put down, because there are many low-down-payment options today. In this article we debunk the top three down-payment

Six Ways to Revive Your Home With Essential Oils

(BPT) Essential oils, highly concentrated essences of plants, have the power to improve our lives, revive our spaces and boost our mood, whether it’s through diffusing them to add a fresh scent to the kitchen, creating a spa-like oasis in your bathroom or whipping up DIY cleaning products to use all over your

How to Master Your Move

(StatePoint) The average American has moved five times in their life so far, moving an average of 26 boxes each time, according to a recent survey conducted by Duck brand. Talk about moving mayhem!

Despite this huge undertaking, surprisingly, less than 20 percent of Americans hire professional