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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Real Estate

Advantages and Disadvantages of an “Acquisition Group”

A few years ago, my client wanted to buy an apartment through an Acquisition Group. However, his attorney dissuaded him from participating. Interestingly, over the past few months, a number of my clients joined Acquisition Groups in Modiin and central Jerusalem. What is an Acquisition Group (AG), what are the risks, and when is it

Buyer’s Pre-Approval!

If you’re looking for your dream home the first step that you must take is to speak to a mortgage banker or broker. There are very few consumers out there that are lucky enough to buy for cash. Even if you have the cash, your accountant may advise you to get a mortgage to use the interest as a tax advantage. However, for the average buyer

Selling Tips: The Kitchen Comes First

Kitchens will make or break a sale, so consider updating yours before putting the home on the market. Kitchen upgrades will most likely get you 85% of your money back, and renovations eliminate a buyer’s negotiating points (they may ask you to knock $10,000 off the price because the kitchen needs updating).

Close Quarters

We’re in the market for a new house. It doesn’t actually have to be new, just new to us. Our current house isn’t tiny, but our kids keep getting bigger, and our house does not.

Right now, we have something called a “starter house.” No one dies in a starter house

West Orange, Fair Lawn Named Among NJ’s Best Places to Live

According to a report by the Movoto Real Estate website, West Orange and Fair Lawn are considered among the ten best towns to live in New Jersey. The study looked at seven criteria: total amenities (pizza places, bagel stores, and diners), amenities per person, cost of living, crime, education (high school degree attainment rate

Eleven Ways to Create a Welcoming Front Entrance for Under $100

Wouldn’t it be nice to approach your home’s entrance with a grin instead of a grimace? Take our tips for beating a clear, safe, and stylish path to your front door.

First impressions count–not just for your friends, relatives, and the UPS guy, but for yourself.

Ask The Realtor

When is a good time to buy?

Most buyers tend to purchase during spring and summer months but do not realize that the purchase of real estate continues into the fall and winter. Many more opportunities exist during these months when you are not competing with a high volume of

Zionism For The Jet-Set

Twenty-five years ago, Rabbi Marc Schneier and his family spent six wonderful weeks vacationing in Israel’s affluent Herzliya Pituach neighborhood. That summer proved to be a transformative experience, as the cosmopolitan city offered a fascinating dichotomy.

The city boasted

How Can I Prepare For A Good Inspection?

Once you’ve completed the Attorney Review of your contract, your prospective purchasers will set up an appointment for a physical inspection of your property. The State of New Jersey requires all property inspectors to be licensed. Whether your house is old, new, or recently renovated, I have yet to see an inspector write up a report

Using Your Senses to Sell Your Home

We’ve seen what seems like dozens of home selling checklists on the web. They can be helpful, but there can also be a lot to remember. And let’s face it, if you’re trying to sell your home, you’re already up to your eyeballs in things to remember. What we’d like to do, therefore, is take those checklists and cut them down to size,

Mistakes for the Homebuyer to Avoid

So you’ve gone over the pros and cons of renting versus owning a home and you’ve decided to buy a home. Congratulations! If you hadn’t figured it out yet, you will soon enough: The home buying process is stressful for everyone involved. That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news: You can take a lot of that stress out of the process

Enhancing Curb Appeal

Put your best face forward when it comes to presenting your home for sale. These tips will help ensure that when buyers drive up to your home it’ll be a case of love at first sight.

Color me beautiful. Nothing perks up a home’s exterior better or faster than revitalizing coats of