Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Real Estate

Information Overload: Don’t Fill up at the Shmortgage Board

A timely article published by the National Association of Realtors addressed a recent survey about the “mortgage fears” of potential home buyers in today’s marketplace. One of the surveys suggested that 46% of potential home buyers fear they won’t qualify for a mortgage, to the point that they don’t even attempt to get

Repair or Replace? What to Do With a Worn-Out Cooling System

(BPT) Sooner or later, every homeowner will face the same tough decision: Can you repair that malfunctioning system or appliance one more time, or is it finally time to replace it? Summer temperatures can heat up the repair-or-replace debate for homeowners living with an older cooling system.

To arrive at an answer, you must weigh numerous factors, including

Your First Home May Be a ‘Horizontal Apartment’

Remember this term: Horizontal Apartments. That’s what some real estate developers are calling clusters of single-family homes in rental communities that combine the privacy of individual residences with professional property management to take care of repairs, yard maintenance and more.


Using Live-Edge Wood in Home Design

(BPT) Live-edge hardwood, in which the sides of the slab are left unmilled to retain the natural profile of the tree trunk, is an increasingly popular decorative trend in today’s residential interiors. The technique is not only used for pieces of standalone furniture such as tables and benches but also for built-in elements like shelving,

Investing in Israel Real Estate

Two clients recently asked us to help them purchase an investment apartment in Israel. Liat lives in Israel and wanted to buy a small Jerusalem apartment for her children, which they could flip in a few years to acquire a larger home in a less expensive community. Jonathan wanted to get a “piece of the rock” that he could sell

Updates to Transform Your New House Into Your Dream Home

(StatePoint) Congratulations, you’ve purchased a home! Now what? You’ve saved a million ideas on Pinterest and you’re ready to start making improvements. But how do you prioritize to make the most of your money? Consider these simple upgrades to transform your new house into your dream home.

    Celebrating Independence

    For the history buff and obedient American patriot Independence Day means commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. For many, Independence Day means the start of summer season. Whether that is met with joy because the kids are being sent off to camp, or whether it’s cause for celebration

    Five Ways to Give a Room a Makeover

    (StatePoint) Does a room in your home need an update? There are a range of projects from large to small that can help you transform any space for maximum utility and better design. Here are five great ideas.

    • Update Flooring

    When updating your

    Simple Upgrades and Habit Changes Can Yield Big Water Savings in Bathrooms

    (BPT) Researchers predict that rising water prices could mean within five years a third of American households will not be able to pay their water bills, despite the replenishment of water reserves around the country.

    What’s more, the National Weather Service warns that drought could

    Five Pool Fence Ideas for a Safe Backyard

    Having a pool in your own backyard is a major plus of any property for most homeowners or renters. However, having a pool in your backyard can also be a huge safety hazard. Everyone loves to be able to jump in pool full of beautiful cool blue water on a hot summer day, but no one wants to even

    Seven Painting Hacks to Get the Look of a Pro—Without the Price

    A DIY painting job doesn’t have to equal crooked lines, besmirched floors, and ceramic sinks speckled with robin’s egg blue.

    Use these simple painting tips and tricks from the pros to make the process faster and less messy — and ensure a fresh, modern look for your home.

    Why Refinance Your Mortgage?

    There is always an opportunity to refinance as long as the numbers make enough sense to move forward. You can:

    1. a) Refinance, lower your payment, rent your current home for profit and relocate to a lower-priced rental.
    2. b) Refinance and take advantage of increased property values and higher credit score to lower your rate and remove