Saturday, December 04, 2021

Real Estate

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


    Hard Work Pays Off, Usually!

    I heard a great parable that helped me capture an experience that I had with a recent client.

    The story goes - every morning, the CEO of a large bank in Manhattan walks to the corner for a shoeshine. He sits in an armchair, studies his Wall Street Journal while the shoe shiner buffs his shoes to a mirror


    New Beginnings for Older Adults

    Who doesn’t love those videos of silver-haired, wizened old folks running marathons and lifting weights? I think they appeal to that part of us that is in denial about our own aging prospects—and besides, don’t we all aspire to be among those select non-aging nonagenarians?!



    Laying the Cards on the Table

    I tossed and turned the night I got my first signed contract. I was representing a buyer and had this nagging feeling that somehow I was misleading them by not clearly presenting the full picture of the home they were planning to buy. Let me take you inside my head—the house they decided to make an offer on was located on a


    Stylish Ways to Make Your Dorm Room Feel Like Home

    (StatePoint) Making your dorm room feel like home takes work and planning, but starting with a blank canvas allows you to bring your personality to life! Here are some fun, unique ideas to incorporate style and comfort into your space that you can enjoy while you study, socialize and sleep:


    Grilling Safety Tips for the Master (or Amateur) BBQ’er

    (BPT) Barbecuing is a summer staple, but grilling season also increases the chances of a fire incident. The National Fire Protection Association reports outdoor grilling causes an average of 10,200 home fires each year - and with over 75% of U.S. households owning a grill or smoker, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue


    Three Emerging Design Trends for Today’s Lifestyles

    (BPT) Events from the past year have all of us reconsidering what we want and need out of our homes. From work and play to wellness, our homes have become the epicenter of, well, everything - leading to an emergence of design trends focused on adapting to a new normal. The design experts at Wilsonart, a world-leading provider of

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