Thursday, August 06, 2020

Real Estate

#1 In The Mortgage Industry

Nope, we are not #1 in the mortgage industry by any stretch of the imagination, yet. According to the last published report by the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS), there are well over five hundred thousand registered and licensed Mortgage Loan Officers in the United States. These Loan Officers are employed by almost 30,000


Five Trends for Your Deck Railing

(BPT) When determining the look of your outdoor living space, decking is only half of the equation. In many cases, it’s the deck railings that are most visible and the design element that makes the first impression.

“Railings serve a necessary safety function, but they also play an


Bracha Mazin Joins the Links Residential Team As REALTOR®/Sales Associate

(Courtesy of Links Residential) Bracha has been a resident of Teaneck for nearly four decades. Being a resident of Bergen County for this long places her in a unique position to help her clients understand the trends in the local real estate market. Bracha takes pride in her intimate knowledge of the community and its


Great News for Overseas Buyers!

Last week, the Knesset approved a number of bills to counter the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. One of these bills was a reduction in the purchase tax for investors in order to help stimulate the construction industry. The term “investors” includes Israelis buying a second—or non-primary—home as well as


No One Wants a Mortgage!

We are a consumption society built around consumerism. For most, checking out cars and always upgrading to a new model every few years seems to be a standard. House hunting and real estate talk is a constant when couples get together or walk around the neighborhood. Vacations and getaways are always on everyone’s priority list. The latest


Cross-Bore: What Every Homeowner Should Know

(StatePoint) In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, learning about cross-bore is important, as certain lifestyle changes you may have made over the past few months could turn an existing cross-bore condition into a potentially dangerous situation. Fortunately, unlike many items on your list of concerns these days, cross-bore is


In Coronavirus Migration, Jewish City Dwellers Welcomed In Suburban Communities

(Courtesy of Chabad.org) Jennie Small has lived on Manhattan’s Upper West Side for seven years. When the coronavirus began to spread in March, she and her children, ages 2 and 3, decamped to her parents home in Stanford, Connecticut, for what she thought would be a week or two. Her husband, Josh, stayed in the city working from



On the way to a meeting on Golda Meir Boulevard in Jerusalem, I struck up an interesting conversation with the cab driver about Israel’s fourth prime minister. Golda Meir is memorialized with streets across the country named in her honor and yet many people in Israel lack the adoration that she has achieved overseas. The cab


Home Improvements That May Affect Your Homeowners Insurance

(BPT) Many of today’s homeowners have been inspired by house-flipping shows to learn practical tips and savvy tricks to either increase their home’s resale value or, for those who prefer to stay put, refresh their living space for its long-term use. While these shows highlight the newest trends that resonate with new buyers or help


Keeping Up With The Joneses’ Mortgage

Long before there was a “Keeping up with the Kardashians, Americans were focused on “Keeping up with the Joneses.” For those who don’t know, ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ is an expression that refers to the comparison to one’s neighbor as a benchmark for social class or the accumulation of material goods. According to


Own Property in Jerusalem? Here’s What You Need to Know to Get Through the Pandemic

On March 18, 2020, for the first time in the history of the modern state, Israel’s borders were shut completely and indefinitely to tourists. Foreign owners of properties in Jerusalem have found themselves barred from their “home away from home” and have never felt so far away. Owners of vacation rental apartments, accustomed to a regular rental


Reverse Mortgage Facts

If the ongoing pandemic has taught us anything so far, it’s shown how difficult it is to predict what lies ahead. In these uncertain times, one thing you can be sure of is a reverse mortgage.

Often overlooked and misunderstood, a reverse mortgage can provide financial stability during times of