Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Real Estate

Five Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

(BPT) It’s no secret that the U.S. housing market is booming right now. According to realtor.com, “Strong demand and insufficient supply pushed home prices up at a record-breaking 16.6% pace. The combination of historically low mortgage rates, businesses reopening and the lifting of pandemic restrictions fueled a buying frenzy


Sometimes Deals Don’t Get Done

The Ruzhiner Rebbe zt’l once told his disciples the following story: A Jew, who sold furs for a living, was mired in debt and hadn’t made a sale on any merchandise in months. His wife, their bookkeeper, estimated that the business wouldn’t survive if a sale weren’t made within the next week. The man had invested an enormous sum in


Fight or Flight

These are very hard weeks to get anything done. Our daily routines rely so heavily on the schools, universities, camps and other Institutions of education/child rearing, that when they are not in session the consequences are profound. These few weeks, known as the period between camps ending and schools starting, are


Is Your Family Protected?

In April 2020, the Schwartz (name changed) family of Passaic, New Jersey, watched their two-family house burn to the ground. An electric fire started near their front door at 8:30 a.m. and engulfed the house within minutes. According to Mrs. Schwartz, “the fire was on the first floor by the only staircase, and we could




Protect Children from Furniture and TV Tip-Overs

(BPT) After watching thousands of seasoned athletes compete in the summer games, young children may be inspired to attempt their own races or climbing competitions at home. But before kids start practicing their favorite sports activities in a bedroom or living room, parents and caregivers should secure furniture and TVs


Reinventing The Wheel

About three decades ago, Richard sat on an airplane excited for take-off, counting down the minutes until he would reunite with his girlfriend in the British Virgin Islands. Much to his frustration, the plane stood grounded and was delayed several times until all passengers were finally told the flight had been canceled. Needless to say,


Sounds of the Suburbs: Is It Getting Noisier?

With so many “new home buyers” focusing on outdoor spaces as the result of past and perhaps future COVID restrictions, there have been many conversations in our office about what Bergen County has to offer in terms of a suburban backyard experience.

The conversation often starts with what a


How to Fuse Art and Nature in Your Home

(StatePoint) Beyond sprucing up your work and living environs, there’s certainly much to love about houseplants, whether it’s the simple act of taking care of something or the fact that some varietals can even improve the air quality in your home (peace lilies, we’re looking at you).


Reduce Your Energy Bills This Fall With These Tips

(Statepoint) The updates you make in fall can prepare your home for the long winter months ahead, helping you stay more comfortable all season while reducing your energy bills and other expenditures. Here are some home improvements to consider, as well as tips and insights for making the most of these upgrades:


    Outdoor Living Is Hot: Tips to Keep Cool and Comfortable

    (BPT) Outdoor living is hotter than ever - in more ways than one - and creating spaces that are not only functional but downright enjoyable is the goal of most homeowners today. No matter how you like to use your outdoor environments, you’re probably looking for ways to maximize your spaces and make them as


    Modern-Day Matriarch

    I recently met a friend at the huge Belz World Center in Unsdorf, Jerusalem. The Belz Great Synagogue’s design replicates on a larger scale the original Belz synagogue in Poland, which was destroyed during the Holocaust. The magnificent facility’s main sanctuary can seat 6,000 people, making it the largest synagogue in the

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