Sunday, May 16, 2021

Real Estate

Beyond the Fineprint

I recently had a business trip that required arrangements for air travel with very short notice. Having not traveled much over the past year because of the pandemic, I was a little thrown off at how some airlines were now handling charges. Apparently, these days, “basic” plane tickets do not come with any baggage allowance, both


Prime Two Day Delivery Of Your New Home?

The perfectly quaffed mom hops out of her SUV and immediately starts apologizing - “I’m so sorry, my babysitter cancelled and I had to bring my twins along.” Out of the back seat hop two adorable matching 5 year old girls and we begin our tour of one of Bergen counties nicest homes. After walking into the multi


Buying on Paper: Eight Important Things to Know

Real estate attorney Nicole Levin recently shared with me a list of eight important things to be aware of when buying “on paper” in a new project under construction.

1. Once you have chosen an apartment and agreed on the price, you will sign a registration form and pay a registration fee.


Tips for Foreigners Looking to Buy an Apartment in Israel

(Courtesy of Asden) Buying an apartment in Israel is an incredibly special opportunity and can be a unique and rewarding experience. For many, though, it can also seem scary or overwhelming, especially if buying property from abroad. At Asden, we have had the opportunity to speak to many Jewish families and individuals from abroad


New Words, New Real Estate, New World

It seems we’ve finally turned the corner from the COVID-19 pandemic that greatly impacted our lives for the year to remember (or forget). It is a relief that we can finally book tickets to Israel after three cancellations last Pesach, Sukkot and Pesach again while my grandchildren are anxiously waiting for us to come.


Why I Love Surfside!

When my family moved to Florida from Mexico 25 years ago, we rented at Tower 41 in Miami Beach. We loved Tower 41 and the people who lived there, but we bought our penthouse apartment in Surfside.

The reason we bought in Surfside was because it was, and still is, the only area in all of Florida


Should I Sell My House Now?

One of my favorite lines in real estate is “The best time to buy was 30 years ago; the second-best time to buy is today.” In five or 10 years from now we may say the best time to buy was in 2021.

Selling, on the other hand, is a different story. Selling can be a lot more tricky, similar to stocks or


Giving Them What They Don’t Want

There is a great video circulating on social media that sums up the current real estate and housing market. It’s a parody of someone selling a simple ‘apple’ to the open market, mimicking how competitive it is to buy a house right now. The auctioneer announces: “Okay, people, here’s how this is going to work. I have an apple. The


Spring Market Shows Uptick In Much-Needed New Listings

Home buyers should see a silver lining on the horizon as the market trends towards an increase in housing stock across most locales. With vaccines widely available and most COVID restrictions scheduled to be lifted, many sellers are indicating they are ready to make their next move and will be adding their much needed homes to the short


New to Plant Parenting? Here’s What You Need to Know

(StatePoint) Plant parenthood among Millennials and Gen Z has been on the rise in recent years, and time spent at home throughout the pandemic has inspired even more people to start houseplant collections. In fact, over the past year, searches including “indoor plants,” “buy plants” and “plant delivery” spiked, as many


Should You Sell Your House Yourself or Hire a Professional?

During the past year, while spending lots of time at home with my wife and infant daughter, I learned that DIY projects can be really fun AND save me money. I embarked on a few projects including repainting our exterior shutters, re-tiling our bathroom floor and even installing new light fixtures. While I had lots of fun, I did learn after


The Truth About My Competitors

I can no longer sit idle watching and hearing what I have about the experiences people have had “out there” with their mortgages. Admittedly, everyone has room for improvement, and I will be the first to admit it on my end. The financial system has been overwhelmed with high demand in borrowing for well over a year. The challenges in