Friday, February 03, 2023

Real Estate

Unexpectedly Useful Housewarming Gifts

(StatePoint) Attending a housewarming is a great way to celebrate a friend’s new home, but how do you find the perfect present to accompany the visit? These unique gift ideas are not only bound to make a statement, they’re incredibly useful to boot.

Fix-It Essentials:For


Ironman Lake Placid 2022

If competing in an Ironman triathlon a year wasn’t crazy enough, I decided to up the ante in 2022.

(You competed in two Ironman triathlons?)

I competed in two Ironman triathlons … three weeks apart.

(Was that


The Only Strategy That Works

I learned of this remarkable story from Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, senior rabbi of the Boca Raton Synagogue in Florida. In 1959, the Hebrew Academy of Miami was under dire financial strain. The Board of Directors reluctantly introduced a drastic new policy: For parents who didn’t pay tuition in full, their child could no longer attend the


A New Life in Our Sunshine Years

(Courtesy of YI of Deerfield Beach) When is it time to retire? What does retiring mean to you? These types of questions enter the minds of all of us who reach a certain age, or a certain mindset, as we evaluate our present and future life cycles; and they are answered differently by everyone at these important


The Miracle of the Downdraft Vent

Yes, I can still remember my mother frying latkes in our Borough Park attached home. As you might imagine there was no working kitchen hood anywhere in sight. If things got bad enough, ie. burning latkes, smoking frying pans, the only recourse was to crack a window wide open. As Chanukah comes in mid to late December, this


2023 Kitchen Design Trends

(BPT) The kitchen isn’t just a place where you cook food to nourish your body. It’s a place where you gather with friends and family to connect and make memories. Because it’s the heart of the home and facilitates so many activities, it’s important to consider how your kitchen design can enhance the meaningful


How to Be a Nurturing Plant Parent

(StatePoint) Plants add color, life and vibrancy to your home’s indoor and outdoor spaces and can even improve indoor air quality. However, if you are new to plant ownership, you may be wondering how to make your foliage thrive. Here’s are three tips for healthier plants:

1. Make a move: Many plants


Where the Jerusalem Market Is Sitting: December 2022

The market is extremely interesting but challenging for those looking for apartments in the $1.5 million to $3 million range. There is extremely high demand despite an approximate 3% rise in the base rate in Israel. Despite this, I have seen very little effect on the general demand in the areas where I am working: Katamon, Baka, Rechavia,


Beware, the Crisis Is Here

Winston Churchill is famously credited with saying, “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” as the world approached the end of WWll while he was serving as Britain’s prime minister. It is said that Churchill was referring to the alliance forged between himself, Stalin and Roosevelt, an unlikely trio that would ultimately lead to the


The Story of the $30 Million Listing, With a $16 Million Offer, That Sold for $6 Million

No, I never sold a house for $30 million dollars, at least not yet, but I once came close. It was early in 2005 and the real estate market was starting to heat up in a way that no one had ever seen before. The excitement was especially humming on Wall Street, where real estate investment funds and mortgage backed securities were


Impactful Home Design Trends Coming in 2023

(BPT) Think your space is ready for a new look in the new year, but don’t know where to start? A Delta Faucet product designer shares her timeless kitchen and bathroom trends she’s seeing in real customers’ homes for a fresh look in 2023 that will last for years to come.

“There are so


The Hottest Trend in Fireplaces

(BPT) In the past few years homes have become vital sanctuaries - places where you and your family want to feel comfortable, cozy and serene. Recent shifts in home design are responding to this need, while also reflecting a desire for beauty and luxury. As a result, fireplaces are seriously trending - not just for living rooms or

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