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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Real Estate

My Customer Said ‘No’ But His Body Language Said ‘Yes’

A few years ago, I put my car up for sale with a “For Sale” sign on the back window and an ad on Craigslist. I had sold things through classified ads before but this time was different.

In all the previous instances I couldn’t tell nervousness from excitement and I wouldn’t have known

Refinancing Your Construction Loan

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”—Benjamin Franklin

There are many aspects of life to which this saying applies, but few as much as the purchase of a home and even more so a major renovation. Without a concrete plan of financing your construction you may have to stop construction in the middle of the

Mortgage Rates Are Lower Thank You Think!

Over the holiday weekend, I was alerted by our automated mortgage monitoring system (which we like to call, “Approved-for-Life”), that a few of our past clients might be eligible for a refinance. Diversely, these loans were complete opposites, as one was a purchase mortgage that we did a few years ago, and the other was a

Prominent Properties’ Linda Stamker Understands NJ Homes, Coops and Condos

To be a successful real estate agent, it’s important to really care about people, understanding their needs not just for real estate, but for the lives they want to build around their homes. Of course, it’s also essential to be a market expert, which takes years of hands-on and personal experience. This is what Linda Stamker, a

For the Israeli Home Buyer: Fight to Get It Right

It was a need, not a niche. Shia Getter saw the difficulty right away: a serious problem that needed to be solved. And with enough hard work, it could be solved easily.

Freshly arrived from London and married 14 years ago, he worked initially in short-term property management in Israel, and in

Back To School and Back To Reality

With the holiday weekend upon us, the conclusion of summer, and the start of the school season - reality is starting to kick in. It’s always interesting to see the reaction from different children who each have their own unique perspective on the start of the school year. Some, nervous about what’s to come, and others anxious

Three Mini-Makeover Ideas to Refresh a Room

(StatePoint) Looking to bring new energy to a space? Hoping to update that outdated decor? These easy tips can help you revitalize any space in your home with minimal time and effort -- utilizing color, accessories, accents and more.

A New Color Scheme

What to Know Before Buying a Fixer Upper

Shopping for a home can feel like you are on a roller coaster. The longer you look, the more likely you are to find properties that look like they could be a good deal—houses you could turn into a home. The lower the price, the more likely you are looking at a fixer-upper. Would-be homes of this caliber are transformed into

The Stresses in Staggered Retirement

The Return of Alt-Mortgages

Interest costs are a drain on any financial plan, so it’s understandable that consumers would seek to minimize them. For many, this means finding the lowest interest rate and/or the shortest loan term. But there are other options,

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

We recently marketed an apartment in Jerusalem’s Greek Colony. After three families made similar initial proposals, one buyer raised his bid and the owner accepted his revised offer. While the lawyers were revising the contract and the buyer was completing his due diligence, another potential purchaser showed up at the seller’s

American Buyers Spur Record-Breaking Sales at Ramat Givat Zeev Project

(Courtesy of Ramat Gan Zeev) The upscale Ramat Givat Zeev project, located just outside Jerusalem, continues to spur record-breaking sales from buyers, many of them new and future immigrants from metro New York-New Jersey and beyond.

A buyers’ group consisting of several dozen

Know Way!!!

I had a staff meeting in my office a few months ago, and I told everyone to bring in a pen and one piece of paper before they came. After a few minutes of discussions, I then asked them to write down the two words that I was about to say. I gave them a moment to write, and I then asked each of them to hold up their sheets for all