Sunday, April 22, 2018

Real Estate

Tax Reform and Your Home

I’m a mortgage guy. I’m not a tax guy. However, the proposed tax reform has such significant relevance to an individual’s mortgage and real estate taxes that I feel compelled to raise this topic with the hope you will speak with your tax advisor to see if there are any actions you should take before the end of the year.

The ABCs of Real Estate…and Life

I must have watched clips of Alec Baldwin’s famous “sales tirade” in the movie Glengarry Glen Ross hundreds of times. The renowned 1990s picture is about four real estate agents who are trying unsuccessfully to sell land to clients who are uninterested. Baldwin’s character is sent by the owners of the real estate company to help inspire the sales

Five Surprising Ways to Save for a Down Payment

(Courtesy of LinksResidential.com) Buying your first home conjures up all kinds of warm and fuzzy emotions: pride, joy, contentment. But before you get to the good stuff, you’ve got to cobble together a down payment, a daunting sum if you follow the textbook advice to squirrel away 20% of a home’s cost.

Six Fast Fixes for a Fresh, Cozy Home

(BPT) As temperatures drop, you and your family will be spending more time living indoors - working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. More time indoors means it’s more important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. Plus, taking a few simple steps to

The Housing Lottery: Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

This past summer, my niece and nephew—along with a few thousand other families—entered a lottery to purchase an apartment “on paper” in a new project being developed through Israel’s Mechir Le’mishtaken program. When they won the right to purchase an apartment at a subsidized price, they asked me whether they should

That ‘70s Home: Five Trends Making a Comeback Today

(BPT) Disco may be dead, but the spirit of the 1970s is not. In homes all across the country, people are adding their own splash of ‘70s style in updated, modern ways.

Here are five current top decorating trends that have an unmistakable ‘70s

‘Act Now, Before It’s Too Late!!!’

From the onset of Thanksgiving, two major calendric shifts take place; the year begins to come to an end and the shopping season commences. It seems like with each passing year the start dates for “Black-Friday” and “Cyber-Monday” sales get earlier and earlier. Hopefully for all those bargain-hunters, the discounts continue

Eight Tips for the First-Time Home Builder

Building your own home can be fun, exciting, definitely anxiety-producing, but an incredibly rewarding experience. You decide on what you want in a living space, create floorplans suited to your needs and turn it into reality.

For a first-time home builder, building a home can be complicated.

Beautiful Women’s Mikvah Being Built at Ramat Givat Zeev

(Courtesy of Ramat Givat Zeev) A beautiful women’s mikvah is now being constructed for the residents of the new Ramat Givat Zeev residential project in metro Jerusalem. The women’s mikvah, which is being built in memory of Avraham Zeev Olive, z’tl, is destined to be the most impressive of its kind in the region, and

Nucoat Painting Offers Free In-Home Consultation

Jacob Blackman, owner of Nucoat Painting, is bringing his painting and design skills to Bergen County. Blackman lives in Monsey with his wife, Rikki, and daughter, Esty. Having grown up with a mother in commercial design, Blackman was always surrounded by paint swatches. Exhibiting exceptional talent from an early age, Blackman used to repaint his siblings’

How to Avoid Cold Weather Woes at Home

(BPT) As sweater season knocks on the door, it’s time to prepare for the brisk temperatures ahead. This winter, keep your home, health and well-being top of mind with these simple tips to avoid cold weather woes.

Winterize Your

Tips to Make Your Bathroom Both Sellable and Enjoyable

(BPT) When it comes time to sell your home, not all rooms are created equal. Sure, potential buyers will walk through the entire house, but their opinion of a few primary rooms can ultimately determine whether they choose to offer or walk.

Your bathroom(s) - especially your master