This week, my wife and I are blessed and privileged to be celebrating the bar mitzvah of our son. It’s truly a wonderful milestone in our lives, and even more so for him. What I find most fascinating about the event is the transformation that takes place instantly. One day he is a little boy sitting next to me in shul that is
When selling your home, the overall first impression is most important to prospective buyers. Don’t be surprised if your agent reminds you to tidy up before showings, make your bed, and not stuff your dirty laundry in the closet like you
(BPT) Grays, browns, taupes - after decades of neutral-colored shingles dominating entire neighborhoods, homeowners are turning to the dark side. Home improvement experts agree black roofs are making a comeback, offering a
(StatePoint) Ready to step up your outdoor living experience this season? You’re not alone. Nearly 70 percent of design and build firms report an increased demand for outdoor living space, according to the American Institute of Architects.
When updating your outdoor living areas, focus on additions
(BPT) Whether you realize it or not, the colors you select for your home and your personal belongings tell a lot about your personality. In fact, according to a recent survey by PPG, 58 percent of 2,500 consumers surveyed agree that colors selected for their home, car and consumer products - such as appliances and electronics -
These days, it seems like the “great recession” is but a distant memory. The stock market is soaring, the economy is growing, and employment is on the rise. Similarly, in the world of real estate, Americans are buying houses again - from new construction, to renovations - homeownership continues to increase, along with the
Does a low credit score cost you?
As we all know, mortgage rates fluctuate on a daily basis, so the goal, as a borrower, is to lock in the best rate you can. Keep in mind that locking in a rate, in and of itself, may not necessarily guarantee that you wind up with that rate, especially
(BPT) As spring fever takes hold, it is important to seize the opportunity to do more than cleaning around your home. The spring season marks the perfect time to evaluate your home’s fire safety quotient and make necessary updates to ensure you are prepared!
Follow these three fire safety
(StatePoint) Buying a home for the first time? You may discover that one of the biggest obstacles is learning the lingo. Homebuying can be overwhelming and perhaps a bit intimidating if you aren’t familiar with the terminology.
To help aspiring homeowners gain confidence in the homebuying
I want to tell you about one of the greatest mortgage financing tools we have today in this country and it’s called a reverse mortgage. Many lenders advertise through direct mail and on the radio, and you see pictures of people walking on the beach holding hands. The truth of the matter is that this mortgage is a great
A few weeks ago a friend of mine called up asking a few detailed questions about a mortgage scenario. Knowing his personal financial situation, I quickly understood that he was really “asking for a friend.” A colleague of his, was in the midst of attempting to refinance their mortgage, and started discussing the details with my
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What you put inside your house can make the difference between whether you enjoy spending time there or not. No matter the size or style of your home, incorporating your personal style matters the