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Monday, May 21, 2018

Real Estate

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

Yosef Avrahami and Sons Build Trust One Project at a Time

Studies have shown that one of the largest one-time outlays of money that a family will make over the course of a lifetime is for home renovations. As a result, re-modeling one’s home can cause inordinate degrees of anxiety and angst, both because of the cost and the many uncharted decisions that have to be made. Thus,

Fort Lee, Going Up! ‘The Palisades’ Gets a Shabbat Elevator

For years the answer to “Why is this building different from the three other buildings near the shul?” has been that the Palisades in Fort Lee did not have a Shabbat elevator. But just in time for Pesach, the building is turning one of the four elevators into a Shabbat elevator. This is exciting news for this 41-story,

Spring Lawn Care Is Easier Than Ever

(BPT) The snow has melted, flowers are beginning to bloom, and you wake to the sound of birds chirping: all signs that spring is here. Spring means time to give your lawn the TLC it needs, but most of us dread the thought of weekends spent occupied by yard work. Luckily, in 2018, getting that perfectly green grass and enviable

Miracle of 34th Street

For those of you who are unfamiliar, “Miracle on 34th Street” is a movie about Santa Claus, specifically the Macy’s Santa, who, among other things, sent customers to other stores if Macy’s didn’t have exactly what they wanted.

I write this column with that in mind. No single

The Number One Mortgage Lender in America

Real Estate and financial markets ebb-and-flow in cycles of approximately 7-10 years, that can be extremely lucrative and very tumultuous for participating entities. To endure market gyrations, including the great recession of last decade, and come out standing, is by no means a small feat. It is something to be admired of any

Alt-A

Alternative lending, aka the buzz word “Alt-A” lending, in the mortgage world refers to mortgage financing that is not in the box or considered conforming to the standard underwriting guidelines. After Dodd-Frank was passed, a whole bunch of compliance and regulatory guidelines came out that pretty much did away with the

Three Home Projects That Offer Great Return on Investment

(StatePoint) The warmer months present an excellent opportunity to get outdoors and spruce up your home’s exterior. But if you have limited time and resources, it’s important to prioritize the focus of your efforts.

For guidance, consider Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report,

The Secret Places Pests Are Hiding in Your Home

(BPT) Pests can be hiding just about everywhere - whether you can see them or not. When you know where to look, there are preventative measures you can take to help avoid a pest infestation problem in your home. Terminix shares details on the unexpected, “secret” places pests can be hiding.

The Best Way to Clean Wood Floors Might Surprise You

(BPT) Although most people envision their dream home with shiny wood floors, many consumers are unaware of the best way to care for them, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the National Wood Flooring Association.

“Not surprisingly, many homeowners are unsure of the best way to effectively and

Simple Strategies to Stay on Trend in Your Garden

(BPT) Life is just better with the perfect accessories, isn’t it? A modern space looks amazing with a bright rug and your favorite piece of art. At work, strategically placed plants and family photos breathe life into any cubicle.

Accessories enhance your home and add personality. But what about your