(Courtesy of Tivuch Shelly) When an observant Anglo is looking to buy real estate in Israel, whether as a home or investment, it’s likely he will find his way to Levine. Her company, Tivuch Shelly, specializes in selling in new and existing communities that attract Anglos. She knows what will attract American buyers and uses her influence with the builders to shape new communities. “People know that when we put our name on a project, it will be exactly the way we say it’s going to be,” she said. “I just sold a bunch of apartments in Ramot. One buyer said he called up his sister in Israel to ask her opinion. She said, ‘if it has Shelley Levine’s name on it, buy it.’”
Levine has been a Zionist since she was a teenager, but it wasn’t until 1978 that she made it to Israel, with her late husband Charley, who started his own PR company. In 1986, after settling her family, she decided to use her MSW “to help settle others,” and Tivuch Shelly Real Estate was born.
Shortly after starting her company, Levine saw the potential for Bet Shemesh to become a vibrant community. “High tech was coming in and we needed a place between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem with quality of life.” She met a developer who had 1,000 units there and told him she wanted to bring in American buyers. She succeeded so well, that a house was recently sold there for almost the same amount that the builder had paid for all the land.
With a rich variety of prime properties and smart investments in the finest locations in Israel, Tivuch Shelly offers something for everyone. For those who dream of living in the heart of historic-modern Jerusalem, the Haneviim project is ideal. A new Anglo community is being established in Ma’aleh Adumim, with high-standard apartments surrounded by gyms, parks, shuls and breathtaking views. The state-of-the-art Shechter project in the Ramot Aleph area nearby Jerusalem is another smart choice. Outside Jerusalem, the centrally-located Neve Shamir project in Ramat Bet Shemesh Hey, boasts luxurious apartments with balconies or gardens, enchanting views and a special sale offered on 4-bedroom units. Modi’in, Israel’s dynamic “city of the future,” offers an array of apartments and penthouses at “pay 20% now and 80% at completion” option. Gabay Tel Aviv project is the best investment, you will be surrounded by every convenience imaginable, and pay just 7% down, 13% at permit and 80% at completion! “No financial investment is greater than real estate in Israel— people have made a fortune with me,” says Levine. “We also offer an exclusive project Gabay, Aria, in rapidly-developing Ashkelon,” she adds. “For people dreaming of the beautiful Mediterranean, the project is within walking distance to the beach.”
“Now is the time to buy in Israel, either as an investment or with an eye towards aliyah. Anti-Semitism is pushing people from many counties to move to Israel.” She adds, “After 2,000 years of Jews being in galut, what better privilege than to be involved in building Eretz Yisrael by settling people here.”
Abridged version of an article by Bracha Schwartz, originally published in the Jewish Link of New Jersey