Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Real Estate

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions …

As the Presidential elections heat up, there are undoubtedly very significant decisions that Americans will have to face very soon. For now, the decisions that I am referring to are more impactful to the individual homeowners and homebuyers as they grapple with essential mortgage selections. A careless or uninformed conclusion can cost a


Are There Benefits to Buying a Timeshare in This Day and Age?

(BPT) Once upon a time, if you said you owned a timeshare, you might get a side eye from a well-meaning friend who was concerned you caved to a hard sell for a vacation option. But times have changed, and a quiet revolution in the industry now shows that timeshares can be a savvy vacation strategy.


Make Your Home a Healthier Place

(StatePoint) Our homes are our sanctuaries. It’s more important than ever to ensure your home is a safe and healthy environment for you and your family. Indoor air quality can have a negative effect on your health, and the air inside your home is oftentimes more polluted than the air outside. Explore five effective wellness


In Honor of the Presidential Elections: Linc-o-lin

I love the streets of Jerusalem whose inspiring names bring thousands of years of Jewish history to life. And yet, one of my favorite streets in central Jerusalem is named after Abraham Lincoln. Many years ago, while taking a taxi to a meeting on that block, I could not contain my smile when the cabdriver pronounced the street name


Make Your Yard a Safe Haven for Beautiful Birds

(StatePoint) Without a few measures in place, your home and garden could be hazardous to birds. Here are some great ways to create a safe haven for beautiful flying visitors.

  • • Garden organically: Conventional pesticides can be toxic to birds, so ditch the dangerous chemicals. Did you

Fanning The Flames In Real Estate

A once-in-a-century pandemic may seem like the extreme opposite of what might fuel a housing boom -nevertheless, it’s certainly what we have seen over the past few months. The question is, what is causing this fire in the real estate market, and will it continue to burn?

Mortgage Rates


Jerusalem’s Mesila Project: True Luxury In the Picturesque German Colony

While COVID-19 may have affected the world economy, Israel’s property market is booming—both due to Israel’s relative economic stability and the fact that in these unstable times, Israel is seen as the one and only “rock” that is here for every Jew.

Established over 15 years


Five Home Improvements for Fall

(BPT) The average American home has nine DIY jobs that need to be tackled, according to a study conducted by Porch.com. Fall is the perfect time to give your home a little TLC and start checking off projects on your to-do list. Here are five easy fall fixups to get your home ready for the upcoming season:


Bring Personalized Expression Into Kitchen Design

(BPT) Personalizing a kitchen’s design is an opportunity to showcase true individuality. The space will feel like a true reflection of self when finished with handpicked details. Adding special touches throughout a space, from unique materials to striking statement pieces, can work together to form that cohesive, yet individualized


How to Prevent Electrical Fires at Home

(StatePoint) Electrical fires often occur unexpectedly in locations that may be hidden from view. As the second most common type of home fire in the U.S., more than 40,000 electrical fires occur in American homes every year, resulting in hundreds of deaths, over 1,000 injuries and more than $1 billion in property damage, according to the


The 1.99% Mortgage Rate

Merely a few months ago, if someone were to say 1.99% regarding a loan, they would undoubtedly be talking about the fees or “discount points” that need to be paid to obtain a mortgage. Indeed, we are now at historically low mortgage rates, and astute homeowners are diligently scrambling to get the best financing terms for their


Why Is the Anglo Property Market in Israel So Disproportionately Expensive?

I’m Ben Levene, originally from London, and I’ve been a real estate broker for the last 10 years in Israel. Over this time, and especially now, I have received many questions from English speakers who are interested in purchasing Israeli real estate—they often ask about purchasing from abroad, changes to foreign tax laws,