To say that 5780 was an unprecedented year would still fall short of genuinely describing all that we have endured these past few months. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all facets of life – economically, medically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially - the likes of which no one has experienced in their
I’ve been thinking a lot about our current economic environment. Mortgage rates drop and that creates an opportunity to lower your payments, build equity, sell your house (great time) and trade down, possibly walking away with cash, having less responsibility and a lower payment, or trade up for more space at possibly the same payment you
I’m Ben Levene, originally from London and I have been a real estate broker for the past 10 years in Israel. Over this time, and especially now, I have been receiving many questions from English speakers who are interested in purchasing Israeli real estate; they often ask about purchasing from abroad, changes to foreign tax laws,
(BPT) The changing season offers a new opportunity to grow fall-friendly plants. Gardening is a great way to decorate your space with beautiful blooms, grow fresh vegetables that produce delicious cool season harvests, and is a safe, healthy activity to engage in while practicing social distancing and enjoying the
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is one of my favorite holidays. There are actually four “New Years” in the Jewish tradition for those that might not be familiar. According to the Mishnah, The first of Nissan is the new year for kings and for festivals - corresponding to the redemption of the Jewish people from Egypt and the birth of
(Courtesy of Ramat Givat Zeev) Ramat Givat Zeev is a luxurious neighborhood that includes many spacious parks, a magnificent mikvah, a shopping center, shuls and schools. Now the community leaders are working toward strengthening the community of American olim, with the arrival of Hagaon Harav Betzalel Rudinsky, one of the leading
A client recently inquired how—from an estate-planning perspective—purchasers from overseas should structure the acquisition of a second home in Israel. Attorney Michael Sacofsky, who specializes in real estate transactional law as well as trust and estates law, explained what the purchaser should do to protect their assets.
We are blessed to live in a community where aliyah is on the minds of so many people. As much as many wish that it could happen, there are so many constraints that make the reality of such a dream highly unlikely at the present.
Gil Ovadia, representing Mitzpe Adumim, has come along at just the right
Bathroom Builders is giving homeowners a refresh that slashes the expense, time and effort usually involved in bathroom remodeling. Three partners, with years of experience in the construction industry, have created a process that makes redoing a bathroom easy and affordable.
Real estate enthusiast Ron Cohen has joined the team at Keller Williams Realty. With more than 15 years of experience in the field, Cohen touts a background in real estate development and property management and is currently selling properties throughout the tri-State area.
Cohen was raised in Israel and
We have been hearing a lot from the Federal Reserve over the past few months. Starting with an emergency meeting on a Sunday night in mid-March where Fed Chairman Jerome Powell cut overnight-banking rates to zero and launched a massive $700 billion quantitative easing program. This unprecedented move was followed with additional efforts
When Kibbutz Lavi’s furniture company agreed to take on restoration work on a synagogue in Germany, what they didn’t know was that their own kibbutz members are direct descendants of the synagogue’s rabbi.
Viewing the breathtaking grandeur of the