As new olim navigate the spoken and unspoken rules of the Israeli real estate process, they often face many challenges. Learning the language, enrolling their kids in school, finding the right community and, ultimately, finding a home can all be confusing and aggravating. Elinor Pomrenze and Kobi Bargad, both of whom lived for many years in the U.S., listened to story after story of olim running around in circles and being taken advantage of and knew they could help. Today, they are proud to announce the opening of their real estate law firm, BP Law, in Israel. They concentrate on the private and residential sectors, building on their over 36 years of professional legal experience combined with a nuanced understanding of Israeli and American culture.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent property in Israel or planning on making aliyah and need advice on where to live, BP Law can handle the details. Pomrenze told The Jewish Link, “We work with people who both know exactly where they want to live and those who simply need advice. You tell us your budget and what’s important to you and we’ll connect you with the right people. We only work with the most professional real estate agents, mortgage consultants, engineers, appraisers, surveyors, architects, interior designers and movers in the industry.”
BP Law can offer you the whole package or you can choose those areas with which you need help. They can protect you and make sure you are not being taken advantage of or paying more than you should.
“We are your eyes and ears through the whole process of buying or renting property,” Pomrenze assures his clients.
“We support all phases of decision making, including price valuation, deal-term negotiations, sourcing financing, and building and licensing permits,” she shared. They want their clients to think of them as trusted advisers.
Pomrenze has an LLB and an MBA in finance from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an LLM from Tel Aviv University. She also taught law at IDC Herzliya. She actually started as a criminal prosecutor in Tel Aviv. When one of her witnesses was murdered an hour before he was supposed to give his testimony in court against a very senior criminal, she knew she had to make a change. Pomrenze is married to Teaneck native Etan Pomrenze. When they decided to move back to Israel, “I knew I wanted to do something more joyful. Working with people in their happiest moment is so meaningful.”
Pomrenze’s partner Kobi Bargad may be familiar to some members of Bergen County. His wife Rachel works at Neve Michael Children Home and is very involved with Kol HaNearim, an organization that aims to provide care for some of the most vulnerable members of society: orphans and children at-risk.
While they work with many new olim, Bargad also assists many Israelis as they designate powers of attorney, and write wills and trusts. He also works with many people outside of Israel with older parents or grandparents in Israel. “Real estate and inheritances are very much connected,” he observed. “People call me whose parents bought property in Israel, and as their parents get older or, sadly, pass away, I work with them to verify and clarify ownership. Lately, due to corona, I’ve also had a lot of real estate work with people in the States who wanted to buy assets in Israel.”
Bargad is well-versed in tax laws and requirements and does a lot of bankruptcy law. He is also an experienced litigator and has a great knowledge of the Israeli court system. After he graduated Netiv Meir High School, Bargad went to Yeshivat Har Etzion (the Gush), and served in the army as a paratrooper. Bargad received an LLB and a BA in finance and M.A in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University. He also holds an MA degree in public administration. In addition to being a lawyer, Bargad is also a mediator and he used to teach law at Bar Ilan University and Netanya College. He and his wife lived in the States for 14 years before returning to Israel six years ago.
What else sets these two lawyers apart? They both speak English and Hebrew. They’re both married to Americans and both know the nuances of American culture. They’re not pushy Israelis, they assure readers. They feel Americans will be very comfortable working with them. Being married to Americans and having lived in the U.S., they have the unique combination of understanding the needs and perspective of Americans while possessing the edge of native-born sabras. As a result, they are well trusted by Anglos and deeply respected by Israeli professionals.
BP Law has offices throughout Israel. Their main locations are in Raanana, Jerusalem, Pardes Chana and Migdal HaEmek, but they travel everywhere. The first consultation call is free to Jewish Link readers. To reach Pomrenze, call (917) 508-5247 or email [email protected]. To reach Bargad, call (718) 289-0244 or email [email protected].