Sunday, April 22, 2018

Real Estate

How Much Home Can You Afford This Spring? Factors to Consider

(StatePoint) The chicken or the egg? Which came first continues to fuel philosophical debates. But when it comes to buying a home, experts are pretty clear about the proper order of things -- agreeing you should fit your mortgage to your finances, not to a house.

“Before you even start your

One More Call

Meyer and Miriam’s offer to purchase their first home was accepted. Excited at the prospect of owning their first home, they started researching the costs of all the items they would need to buy.

Moving from the city to the suburbs, they needed to purchase a car. After driving cars at multiple

Five ‘Smart’ Ways to Tackle Your Spring Cleaning

(BPT) Pull back the drapes, crack open the window and let in the warm, sun-soaked air. That’s right, spring is right around the corner and that means it’ll soon be time to chase away the grime and odors that have settled in over the long winter.

For many, spring cleaning is

House Hunting? Use This Checklist Before You Make the Offer

(BPT) House hunting can feel like an adventurous new chapter in your life. If you’re lucky enough to find the property that checks off all the “must have” boxes - appearance, size, price, location - it’s easy to fall in love.

Not so fast. Before making an offer on any property,

Tips to Protect Birds in Your Yard and Garden

(StatePoint) One of the best parts of backyard living in the warmer months is all the potential for bird watching that comes with it. You may have even installed a birdfeeder in your garden in an attempt to attract more birds to your property.

But did you know, your home poses dangerous risks to

Mortgage Rates Hit Highest Level Since 2014

The Mortgage Bankers Association released their weekly Mortgage Application Data Report showing that overall application volume declined by 6.6%. Applications to Purchase a home were down 6.0% and Refinances decreased by 7.0%. I assume that this is no real shock for anyone who has been reading my articles or watching the bond

Beware Assessments

As a professional real estate agent and homeowner in Teaneck, my experience of reducing assessments has been consistently successful. Certainly, when one can prove a home’s assessment is higher than the value, the homeowner will be paying less in yearly property taxes since the amount of taxes is calculated by multiplying the

Rabbi Eytan Feiner  Praises New Ramat Givat Zeev Project

(Courtesy of Ramat Givat Zeev) Ramat Givat Zeev recently hosted Rabbi Eytan Feiner, shlita, the esteemed spiritual leader of the Five Towns community in Long Island, one of the most well-known frum kehillas in New York. After hearing that many people from his community had purchased properties in Ramat Givat Zeev, he decided to

JEC Basketball Secures Doubleheader Wins

On Senior Night at JEC, Thunder seniors Shalom Dershowitz, 13 pts, Gidon Hagler, 11 pts, Shmuel Moore, and Yishai Arnheim all scored for JEC. Dominating the night for the assembled crowd was the opening tip score by Shua Coan, who played his first game in two years due to illness. At the end of the game, Shua

Taking All The Credit

I am far from a credit-scoring expert, but I have learned a few tricks over the years that have come in very handy for my clients from time to time. In the mortgage world, as you can imagine, credit is everything. Granted, someone with a credit rating below a certain threshold will still get approved for a mortgage, but it can

Mix, Match and Mosaic: The Top Interior Design Trends of 2018

(BPT) Whether you’re redecorating your home, changing up that old carpet for warm hardwood flooring, or just longing for a fresh coat of paint and some new accents in the living room, the design trends this year are all about texture, style and surprises. It’s hardwood floors celebrating knots and imperfections or variations in

Five Top Trends for Your Kitchen in 2018

(BPT) It’s your home’s focal point. The site of some of your best moments and the base of operations for entertaining - it’s your kitchen, and no room in your home is more valuable. A magnificent kitchen defines a home, and bringing your kitchen to this level means capitalizing on today’s top trends.