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Monday, May 21, 2018

Real Estate

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

It’s Starting to Heat Up

They say it’s “Spring,” but I think someone forgot to tell that to Mother Nature. One thing that has certainly been heating up of late however is the real estate market. Notwithstanding of my “cheesy” intro, the 2018 spring buying season is expected to be one of the most competitive in years, and even more vigorous than

Women on the Jerusalem Roadmap

Throughout the nation’s capital, streets are named for women spanning many time periods and walks of life.

Baka has the largest percentage of streets named after women. They include such Biblical luminaries as the matriarch Rivka (Rebecca); Tzipora, wife of Moses; Esther Hamalka, the

A Taxing Outlook On The Real Estate Market

They said that 2018 was going to bring significant changes to the economy and the real estate market. They said that the rising interest rates were going to cause a slowdown in new home purchases. They said that the tax reform was going to create a drop in home prices. They said a lot of things that have yet to come to fruition. So

Tips for New Homeowners

Many years ago, in the old country, our people knew how to fix things. If the chicken pen needed repair, they fixed it. If they needed fresh water, they dug a new well. With the advent of technology, they would try their hand at unclogging toilets, clearing gutters, changing light fixtures before calling plumbers, roofers and

The Four Questions Everyone Should Be Asking

Passover, arguably the most celebrated Jewish holiday of the year, is mired with the theme of “four” throughout the traditions at the Seder. The custom calls for much of the evening to be in a question and answer format to best involve everyone at the table, and to obtain the most candid information possible. In that spirit, I