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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Real Estate

Financing Fine Print For Finest Funding

I recently had the privilege of speaking at an event in front of a room full of real estate agents. The broker who introduced me with very generous remarks, made sure to emphasize to her agents that although she highly endorses me as a mortgage lender, it is always a good idea to “refer at least 2 or 3 mortgage people” to avoid

With All Due Diligence Respect

We recently were involved in a very small deal in Jerusalem, and I mean tiny. We sold a 15 square meter (sqm), or approximately 160 square foot, studio in Rechavia for 500,000 NIS, or $130,000.

Everything about the unit appeared to be kosher, despite its diminutive size: The building drawings

Four Tips on How to Prep Your Home for Sale

When you are so focused on your move and quite possibly grieving the idea of moving, it can be tough to look at your current home and prep for that sale. Deciding to sell your home is a big deal. You are closing one chapter of your life and literally shutting the door on it—or at least you will after some lucky buyer meets your

Buying a Home Is About Comparing Apples to Apples

I purposely waited to write this article the first day of spring, March 20, 2017, when home seekers and sellers start the intense prospect of finding the right match. As the spring season is typically optimal for home ownership transition, the facts for the following housing details seemed ideal at this point in time.

Four Tips to Flip the Switch to a More Beautiful Home

(StatePoint) The average home has 45 light sockets which means you probably have more light bulbs than just about any home product, and yet the lighting aisle can still be a daunting place. With the right knowledge, you can save money, protect the environment and bring the best features of your home to life.

The Banker’s Mortgage Banker Of Choice

I recently closed a new home purchase loan for a first time home buyer that made me very proud. He wasn’t a regular first time home buyer, and he wasn’t a regular client. This applicant was actually a senior lending officer at a small regional bank (to be left unnamed). He was referred to me by a friend as he was trying to

Save an Eighth, Lose a Quarter

Do you want the best rate? Of course you do, but it would help you to know that the “best rate” is relative to your unique financial situation, and that there are many variables that go into each and every mortgage deal. The helpful guidelines below will help you better understand the components of a rate quote and the

Hudson County Jewish Business Alliance Presents Gold Coast Real Estate Conference

The Hudson County Jewish Business Alliance will be presenting the Gold Coast Real Estate Conference on Tuesday, March 21, in Jersey City. The conference will start with a networking session at noon and continue with a program that will include two informative panel discussions. One panel will be with government officials discussing

What to Know Before Replacing Home Flooring

(StatePoint) Whether you are building a new house or making upgrades on a current home, there is a lot to consider when it comes to flooring. It’s important to keep in mind that the choices available have changed in recent years.

Here are some things to know:

IT’S ALL ABOUT SUPPLY AND DEMAND

One of the more well-known idioms in real estate is “location, location, location,” but when it comes to the most fundamental principle of the industry - it is the law of “supply and demand.” Specifically, the prices of homes in a given area rise and fall based on this concept. When the demand for real estate is high,

Top Seven Renovations to Increase Your Home Value

There are lots of reasons to renovate your home, but one of the most popular is to make money when you go to sell. Home improvement experts agree that these projects can increase the value of your home — and most are more affordable than you may think.

  1. Let There Be

Beauty and Utility: Designing a Functional, Stylish Home

(BPT) Spring is a time of renewal and home improvement. More and more, homeowners are looking for maximum practicality and durability from everything in their home. They won’t, however, sacrifice style and aesthetic to achieve it. Fortunately, home products continue to advance, be it waterproof technologies or scuff-proof surface