Thursday, April 15, 2021

Real Estate

Using a Realtor Has Many Benefits

Purchasing a home is an important (and sometimes very difficult) phase in life. With the thousands of available properties listed for sale, one may think it comes down to a simple task of choosing one of them. However, finding the right property can be quite tricky and very time-consuming, not to talk about the heartbreaks endured during the process. The easiest way of


Where Should You Buy in Israel? Ask Shelly Levine

(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


Apartment Hunting in Israel on Chol Hamoed

A client wanted to go apartment hunting in Jerusalem during Chol Hamoed Pesach but was unsure whether halachically he may do so. I told him to ask his local rabbi as I am not fit to make that decision for him. As this question comes up often, I decided to devote this article to review some of the issues.


The Fed ‘Powells’ Ahead

This week we had a crucial meeting by The Federal Reserve and its chair, Jerome Powell. The policymaking Federal Open Market Committee voted to keep rates steady near zero. The committee members are forecasting unemployment to fall to 4.5% from the current level of 6.2%. Expectations for core inflation have moved higher, with the Fed now


Realtor Elly Markovic Brings You Home to Springfield

Buying the right home to fit your needs is one of the most important life decisions you’ll make. So, finding the best professional to guide you in that selection is an essential decision in itself. If you are considering Springfield, New Jersey, an excellent place to start is by reaching out to Elly Markovic, a seasoned


What Do I Do With This Pink Bathroom?!

I was meeting a client for the first time and had been unsuccessful over the phone in “extracting” from her what kind of a home she was looking for. I lined up a few houses to see in various price ranges and, as I often do, we began with one of the more modest homes on our itinerary. We started walking through the first house,


Get Your Game On With AC Beyda Construction

Albert Beyda has always appreciated a good game of basketball but never paid much attention to the court on which it was played. That changed in 2017 when he became the proud owner of AC Beyda, a premier athletic court construction company.

The company was


Young Designers Discuss Up-and-Coming Design Inspirations

(BPT) Americans spent more time at home in 2020 than any other year, inspiring people to take on new interests like baking, crafting or interior design. While some things went oh so right, like a gorgeous new kitchen, some may have fallen a little flat - literally when your sourdough starter never “started.”


Tips for Reducing Your Plastic Footprint at Home

(StatePoint) Plastic contributes to climate change and is a major pollutant, harming wildlife and people. With Earth Day around the corner, here are a few tips for reducing your plastic footprint at home that will also contribute to a healthier planet.

Start a Garden


The Future of Gardening: Information and Inspiration

(BPT) Gardening saw record growth in 2020 and experts expect many more people will be digging in the dirt again this spring. From “Victory” vegetable gardens to balcony containers, outdoor gathering spaces and mood-lifting landscapes, gardening is providing an outlet during the pandemic. Research conducted late last year found


Highest and Best

I received an interesting call reflecting the mood of the times in the housing market. Before we even got into a conversation of homes for sale, the very first question I was asked from a new client was, “So, I hear you have to offer $100,000 over asking price to win the home of your choosing.” My response was instinctively


Present Tense Market Predictions

I sat down at my desk to begin my day, and streaming across my screen was a market alert – “Dow rises 200 points after tame inflation data, Nasdaq jumps another 1%.” A few moments later, another breaking news headline passed in front of me - “U.S. spending on COVID-19 relief poised to hit $6T with the passage of Biden stimulus