Monday, December 10, 2018

Real Estate

Why Fall is the Best Season to Build a Deck

(BPT) As the weather starts to shift and the crisp air settles in, your first inclination might be to head indoors, cozy up with a blanket and save that deck project you’ve been researching for next year. Not so fast. While home improvement stores sell spring and summer as the seasons for all things outdoor home improvement, fall

Surfside: The New Lifestyle

Twenty-two years ago my family and I moved from Mexico to Florida.

For the first year we rented at Tower 41 in Miami Beach.

When looking to buy, we wanted three things:

Only a condo. Because for the first several years I

A Decade of Indecisions

Around this time a decade ago, the financial markets were rattled when Lehman Brothers collapsed without a suitor. They certainly weren’t the first lender to fail, and were not the last - but Lehman’s size and market capitalization was significant, and it was the first entity of that magnitude to be allowed to fail without a

V&N’s Linda Stamker Brings Professionalism and Experience to the Home-Buying Process

Buying or selling a home is a big deal. In all likelihood it’s one of the biggest financial transactions you’ll ever make. So wouldn’t you want a professional, familiar with all the nuances that go into such an event, guiding you through the process?

Linda Stamker, a Realtor® for V&N

Bring Your Home’s Wi-Fi ‘Dead Zones’ to Life

(StatePoint) Whether it’s to stream a movie from the bedroom or lock the front door using smart home technology, you’ve likely come to expect Wi-Fi to reach every corner of your house. The reality is that there are certain locations in many homes where Internet-connected devices and smartphones are unable to receive a steady Wi-Fi

Protect Your Home From Rodents This Fall

(BPT) Once they’re inside, rats and other rodents can do a lot of harm to your home. This includes damage to electrical wiring, metal or plastic pipes and insulation found in walls and attics. On top of structural damage, the critters aren’t good for the people who live in your home, either: Some species of mice and rats can transmit

Concerned About Rising Mortgage Rates? Borrowers Have Options

(StatePoint) While mortgage interest rates remain near historic lows, they have been slowly rising over the last year, increasing the cost of 30-year loans for borrowers.

Home buyers concerned about higher rates have other options to consider: an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM), which provides an

Three Questions to Ask When Looking for Your New HVAC Unit

(BPT) If you subscribe to the belief that your home is your castle, then you naturally expect to be comfortable in that castle, right? Whether it’s the middle of winter or the dog days of summer, your home’s HVAC system plays a vital role in supporting this comfort, so if you’re in the market for a new system, here

Shana Tova From Ramat Givat Zeev

Dozens of Jewish families from the Diaspora will celebrate the Tishrei holidays of this year in a spirit of sanctity and purity in the prestigious Ramat Givat Zeev neighborhood.

Following the outbreak of anti-Semitism in Britain and South Africa, a wave of aliyah began to Israel, when dozens of

A Great Return on Investment

In the business world, everyone speaks about getting the best “return on investment” (ROI). An ROI is the ratio between the net profit and cost of outlay resulting from the initial investment. A high ROI means the investment’s gains compare favorably to its cost. For the fifth year in a row, real estate has come out on top as

Get There Intact: Five Tips Toward a Safe DIY Moving Day

(BPT) Changing residences can call for the coordination of a lot of details, and that’s especially true if you’re a do-it-yourselfer who’s renting a truck rather than hiring a moving company.

Though the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the average American changes homes 11.4 times in

Using Land in Lieu of a Mortgage Down Payment

(BPT) Saving up for a new home can take many people years and to most it can seem like there is no easy answer to achieving their dream. According to the U.S Census Bureau as of July 2018, just 64% of Americans currently own their home. The hurdle that stands in the way of homeownership for the remaining: saving up for the down