Sunday, April 22, 2018

Real Estate

Keep Your Home Pest-Free This Year

(BPT) Now is a great time to establish year-long goals and resolutions, including home improvement goals you’d like to tackle this year. The first step is to create a pest control plan for your home. It’s important to establish good habits early in the year to help prevent potential pest problems. Unchecked, pests can

Vacation, Vacation, Vacation

Vacation is in the air for many schools this week in the New Jersey area. For those planning a getaway, depending on one’s budget, family size and preferences, renting a vacation home over a hotel room has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Services and Apps such as AirBNB, HomeAway, and VRBO have made it

Betting on BitCoin or Real Equity?

The question is, which is a better investment? Who knows? Which is exactly the problem, and might, in fact, be the answer as well. The potential prospect or pitfall of speculative Bitcoin investment is too unknowable. By all accounts, it’s too early to tell.

And while the fantasy of Bitcoin

Teaneck’s Miriam Stern Color Consulting Awarded ‘Best Of Houzz® 2018’

(Courtesy of Miriam Stern Color Consulting) Miriam Stern Color Consulting of Teaneck has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 10 year old color consulting business was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz® community from among more

Gates of Jerusalem

From time immemorial until the late 19th century, almost all of Jerusalem’s residents lived in the walled Old City. Divided into four uneven quadrants—the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter and the Armenian Quarter—the Old City looms large due to its rich and multi-layered history but it is

The One Trick Pony

We recently embarked on a campaign to hire additional mortgage consultants as we execute our expansion goals for 2018. This week I got a call from a recruiter who caught a glimpse of one of our advertisements, and wanted to find out more. He was intrigued by the offering, and began asking very detailed and specific questions about

Smart Home Update 2018: New Products That Organize Your Life Through Voice

(BPT) The artificial intelligence that’s already taking the world by storm is ramping up even more in 2018, enabling a number of innovative new smart home tools that can make your life easier, more comfortable or just more fun.

Throughout the year, consumers worldwide are expected to

One Drop Can Be a Big Gain

One drop, as in dropping your monthly mortgage insurance (MI) payment. If you bought or refinanced your home, you may have taken mortgage insurance. Mortgage insurance is generally required when you have less than 20 percent equity in a property. There are many ways of structuring a loan with mortgage insurance, but for

Rent vs. Own: Which Is Right for You?

(BPT) If you’re thinking of buying your first home, you’ve probably wrestled with the decision to rent or own your home - and for good reason.

Owning a home is a big commitment. With it comes a lot of responsibility and a long-term financial relationship.

Creating a Dream Home With Cypress

(BPT) Transforming the unremarkable into the extraordinary need not be an impossible task. More and more homeowners are finding that lavish looks are both attainable and affordable. Their imaginative design professionals are making it happen, using cypress to create their clients’ dream homes.

Don’t Look Now …

As if there wasn’t already enough going on within the United States economy to start a busy year - this week we got some more news. We started the eventful first full week of the year, getting news of Bank of Japan’s decision to reduce the amounts of government bonds it is buying as part of their quantitative easing efforts.

DIY Projects That Are Perfect for Winter Months

(BPT) Cooler temperatures have arrived. But does that mean it’s time to shelve your DIY aspirations for the rest of the year?


Colder outdoor temperatures may have forced you indoors, but they don’t have to mark an end to your DIY