Friday, February 03, 2023

Real Estate

Time to Be a Student Again

Once in an interview at a prestigious business school, a panel of admission professors began interviewing prospective students for entry to the school. One of the weaker students entered the room and sat nervously on a chair in front of them. His grades were beneath the school’s requirements, and he had no other redeeming attributes on


Renters: Transform Your Apartment From Drab to Fab

(StatePoint) When living in a rental, it can be challenging to make the space feel like home. While you may not be there long term, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own with some creative, non-permanent updates. Here are a few tips to make your rental feel more customized to you.


    A Quiet End to the Summer

    My granddaughter attended her first summer at sleepaway camp this year. She is 9 and going into fourth grade. When my son told me the news, my whole body flooded with memories of my summers as a young child. My father, from the time I was 9 years old, organized trips to Israel during July and August. He was a lifelong educator and


    Looking to Buy Real Estate in Jerusalem?

    Check out these three fabulous, affordable communities.

    (Courtesy of Tivuch Shelly) Tivuch Shelly is offering, for the first time, two big, new urban-development projects that are changing and gentrifying the landscape of Jerusalem.



    Should I Wait to Make Aliyah To Buy Israel Real Estate?

    “If I am looking to make aliyah in the next five to 10 years, do I buy then or should I be looking to buy now?”

    This is a common question I get from many of my clients. There are a few factors to consider in this scenario.

    Purchase Tax vs. Market


    How to Turn an Overgrown Field Into a Beautiful Yard

    (BPT) There it is - a big, messy, overgrown field of weeds, grass, tree stumps, rocks and who knows what else, just begging for some loving. It’s an eyesore that you (and your neighbors) have been wanting to tackle for a long time, but you weren’t sure exactly how to go about it.

    Before you


    Why Wait? Get Into a Home Sooner With Private Mortgage Insurance

    (BPT) For the past several years, homebuyers have faced a hot housing market and home prices have risen at what can seem like an intimidating rate. In today’s market, it could take a family earning the national median income up to 14 years to save for a 20% down payment plus closing costs, according to U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI). It is


    What Is Your Exit Strategy?

    This week I had an important appointment in New York City that I could not be late for. I made sure to plan ahead. I checked how the traffic would be daily for the three days prior, and I left myself more than enough time to get there on time.

    Of course, as you can imagine, despite my best preparations,


    Extend Your Living Space Outdoors With a Pergola

    (BPT) Do dreams of lazy days soaking up the sun have you looking for ways to extend your living space outdoors? You’re not alone. According to a recent Qualified Remodeler magazine survey on the latest outdoor living trends, creating the ultimate backyard now has as much priority with homeowners as kitchens, bathrooms and other


    Carmei Gat, Israel: The New Affordable Anglo Community

    (Courtesy of Tivuch Shelly) An up-and-coming new neighborhood is being built in the northern part of Kiryat Gat. Carmei Gat is only 35-40 minutes from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, so you can live here and work anywhere. The Carmei Gat project will include 10,000 units including two- to four-bedroom apartments, duplexes and single-family


    Five Ways to Be More Sustainable

    (StatePoint) You don’t have to be a sustainability expert to incorporate elements of eco-friendly living into your everyday routine. This summer, think about the small changes you can make that can add up to make a bigger difference.

    • Store Sustainably: Single-use plastics are difficult

    Tell Them What They Want To Hear

    I received an email from a reporter at a leading national publication with whom I have previously worked. She said she was working on an article about the impact of the Federal Reserve rate hikes and wanted to know if the upcoming Fed action would impact Adjustable Rate Mortgages (“ARMs”). I immediately replied to confirm that I

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