Saturday, May 30, 2020

Real Estate

Exactly the Same and Completely Different

It is not uncommon to speak to potential home buyers, and to discuss different financial strategies, including funding the “traditional” twenty-percent down payment, to avoid paying Private Mortgage Insurance ("PMI"). This week, as karma would have it, I had identical situations where I was contacted by clients who wanted to put down


Poets and Cash

United States banknotes feature presidents and founding fathers. On the front of every U.K. banknote is Queen Elizabeth II, and on the reverse side are British giants such as Charles Darwin and Adam Smith. In Canada, Queen Elizabeth II and previous prime ministers grace most bills. So, whose face would you expect to find on Israel’s


Betting On The Real Estate Market and Rates Below 3%

Over ten percent of existing mortgages are currently in forbearance, or some kind of payment deferment plan, according to the latest report by Black Knight and the Mortgage Bankers Association. The total balances for loans currently in this stage total over $1 trillion. As of this writing, almost 40 million Americans have lost their jobs


Shnitzle Builders Launches as All-in-One Home Contractor

Avi Hirsch, and his company, Shnitzle Builders, has joined the community as an all-in-one home contractor. He does kitchens, bathrooms, additions and interior renovations, as well as custom new homes and full custom renovation. Hirsch and his team also work intensively in roofing and siding. Most of the work is done by his in-house


Not-So-Obvious Household Essentials for Your Time at Home

(StatePoint) Extended time at home is making many families more aware of what products they simply can’t do without. While you may have predicted what some of these essentials would be – ahem, toilet paper – other, not-so-obvious items are helping to make quarantines more comfortable nationwide.


What’s Behind Your Walls? Household Dangers You Can’t Always See

(BPT) When it comes to keeping your family and home safe, you’re probably familiar with the most common household hazards that can occur. And chances are you have taken precautions to prevent most hazards by installing devices like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers.


It’s Business as Un-usual

One night this week, after a long and exhausting day, I received a notification about an Instagram “live” from a Realtor that I follow. She had a panel of guests, talking about the current state of real estate, which also included a mortgage loan officer. They were trying to give some guidance and predictions on where they see the


Give Your Home’s Curb Appeal a Boost

(BPT) Homeowners only get one chance to make a first impression. That’s one chance to impress potential buyers, family, friends and neighbors with the first thing they see: your home’s exterior.

From simple upgrades to meticulous landscaping projects and replacing an outdated roof, there are dozens


Dream of Summer by Planning Your Ideal Outdoor Space

(BPT) If you’re dreaming of summer, imagining how you could be relaxing with a good book in the shade, entertaining family in your outdoor kitchen, playing with the kids in the sunshine - or just breathing in the sights and sounds of nature in your own personal oasis - here are some tips to help kickstart the planning process


Top Tips to Mow Like a Pro

(StatePoint) If you’re a homeowner who already has a nice lawn but you are looking to take its appearance to the next level, striping is a quick and easy way to do it, according to experts.

“All we’re doing with our equipment is we’re making our grass lay down in two different directions


Finding Value in Real Estate and Finance 

This week I contributed to a Forbes article that asked my opinion on how real estate and mortgage professionals can best help clients during these challenging times. I commented on how impressive it has been to see how quickly Realtors have pivoted in the current climate, and adjusted to the real challenges in showing houses while in


Israel Real Estate Update

In my last article I discussed why I believed prices will not crash in the Israeli housing market. Property will maintain value and prices slowly carry on rising.

Here I will make a devil’s advocate argument for you to consider. I have many clients who believe what is below. Two in particular