Sunday, June 04, 2023

Real Estate

The Fed Just Did a Lot More Than You Think

As I predicted, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 25 basis points this past Wednesday. It was one of the most important meetings for Jerome Powell and The Fed since they began their quantitative tightening monetary policy last year. It was the first session immediately coming off a tumultuous banking crisis, which put Powell in a


Staying Focused: The Connection Between Bedikat Chametz and a Home Inspection

A few weeks ago, shortly before our switch to daylight savings time, a great house came on the market that suited one of my customers. I immediately reached out and urged them to come for a showing, as a good house does not linger in this current market. As expected they were very excited and gave me selected times for


Understanding Commercial Real Estate Trends

Whether you live in Rockland, Orange, or Bergen County, no doubt you feel that things are shifting when it comes to commercial real estate in the region.

Accounting for rising raw material costs, the pandemic and its resultant supply chain issues, and rising interest rates, real estate has


Eight Easy Steps to Declutter Your Pantry

Pantries can be a big, daunting task to clean up because they become a catch-all for your food. Your best bet is to divide and conquer. Here is a step-by-step guide to spring cleaning and organizing your pantry.

1. Take everything out of your pantry. Check every item for the expiration date; if it has


If I Don’t Bank at Signature or SVB, Should I Care?

Last weekend was quite unnerving. Earlier in the week, we learned that the Crypto-focused bank, Silvergate, was shuttering its operations and liquidating its assets. Going into the weekend, we heard that Silicon Valley Bank (“SVB”) collapsed Friday morning and was taken over by federal regulators after facing a sudden bank run and


Confessions of a Serial Passover Program Attendee

In 1990, my family spent Pesach at a hotel on the banks of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) and ever since, with only one exception, we continued year after year making our Pesach Seder at the same hotel. My mother in law, may she live and be well, turned 100 a few months ago and we felt a trip to Northern Israel would not be in her


Weekend Carpentry: Pesach Kitchen Countertop Boards

I plan to occasionally suggest small tasks that will get Jewish Link readers interested in doing a bit of carpentry. I never grew up doing this sort of handy work, but over the years I managed to ease myself into small and ever-larger tasks, leading up to such things as an outdoor poolside deck, a couple of tool sheds, framing and


Local Entrepreneurs Celebrate Opening Kitchen Tune-Up Showroom in Bloomfield

Kitchen remodeling franchise hosts grand opening event.

(Courtesy of Kitchen Tune-Up) Kitchen Tune-Up, a national kitchen remodeling company known for five service options to update kitchens and cabinetry, opened a new showroom in Bloomfield. The Kitchen Tune-Up, NJ showroom is


The Fried Team Joins Elegran Real Estate From Compass, Inc.

(Courtesy of Elegran Real Estate) Forbes Global Properties, he tech-driven brokerage firm in New York City, recently announced that Judah Fried—founder of The Fried Team at Compass, Inc.—has joined the company. The six-person team includes James Maaba, Rachael Casasanta, Denise Nalibotsky, Jordana Schacht-Levine and Nathaniel


Today’s Housing Market

Ever hear the slogan “Ripley’s Believe It or Not??” Well, “Housing Believe It or Not” is the order of the day.

Feel confused? Worried about the looming economy? Some banks which are a staple of our economic barometers are on the rocks? Inflation rates increasing? Prices


The Philosopher, the Economist and the Politician

A philosopher, an economist, and a politician each apply for the same job. The interviewer calls in the philosopher and asks, “What do two plus two equal?” The philosopher replies, “It’s so hard to define the word equal.” The interviewer calls in the economist and asks the same question “What do two plus two equal?” The


Will We Pass Over The Spring Market?

We are entering the second week of March and it looks like everyone is too busy thinking about Passover to be bothered with the sale of their home. Traditionally speaking, we are firmly in spring market territory and though outside it may feel like winter is just starting, don’t be fooled. The exact date of the new school year

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