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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Real Estate

Smart Storage Ideas to Squeeze Extra Space From Your Bathroom

(BPT) - Shampoo bottles, makeup tools, lotions, linens and laundry - the bathroom is one of the most frequented rooms in the home and clutter can collect quickly. Stop the chaos before it gets out of control by implementing some smart storage solutions. With these simple ideas, your bathroom will be the most functional and

The Age Of The Un-Informed Consumer?!

From fixing their own appliances to starting their own companies, today’s consumer has embraced the do-it-yourself philosophy. As defined by Wikipedia - Do It Yourself, also known as DIY, is the method of buying, building, modifying, or repairing things without the direct aid of experts or professionals. The DIY attitude can be

Sellers Should Beware of Oil Tanks

OK, so what’s your excuse now? The election is past us, the new president-elect is to be sworn in on January 20, the stock market didn’t crash after all, mortgage rates are slowly increasing as predicted and spring is around the corner. So, ask yourself, why the wait? Your plans are to downsize, purchase a larger home or to do

Your Ideal Buying and Selling Experience

As an experienced home buyer turned realtor, I have learned what buyers expect from their agents. I believe it is important to be comfortable with the agent you are working with and realize how valuable they can be in helping you find the best deal and home fit for you. Here are some pointers:

Ready For An Interest Rate Decrease?!

In a few days the Federal Reserve will be making their long awaited decision on interest rate policy. All the money is on a rate increase of presumably 25 basis points. The decision will likely cause much volatility - pulling money into or out of the bond markets depending on the positioning of bond traders. Clearly the change of

Sell Myself or Use a Realtor?

In today’s market many sellers are trying to save costs somewhere and the first place they turn to is Real Estate commissions, resulting in selling their home on their own. When putting up a for sale by owner, “FSBO,” sellers need to make sure they are ready for the work ahead of them that a Realtor is experienced and

The Many Moods of Modern Design

(BPT) With roots dating back to the 1920’s and 1930’s, modern interior design encompasses a wide variety of aesthetics and moods. From an urban industrial loft to a sleek beach house, the versatility of modern design can morph to match a variety of environments. Whether you prefer raw spaces and reclaimed materials or crisp

Skip a Mortgage Payment?!

One of the more common questions and conversations that come up with regard to a refinance loan is the ability to “skip a mortgage payment”. There is a widespread notion that upon refinance of a mortgage it is possible that a person can skip the last mortgage payment on their previous loan that is being paid off. I have often

Juggling Two Homes at Once

Your dream home just came on the market, the price is right and the interest rates are low; but you already own a home.

Q: Should you try to sell your house first or buy the new one and figure it out later?

A: This is a very common

Jerusalem’s Streets: Rechov Hakablan

Every time my brother-in-law visits Israel, we grab a few hours — and a few books about Jerusalem’s neighborhoods and streets — and off we trek to different sections of Jerusalem to learn about the people whom the streets were named after. This is the second installment in a series of articles discussing the

Five Tips to Prepare the Bath for Winter

(BPT) As chilly weather approaches, it’s time for homeowners to consider ways to winterize their living spaces. New seasons serve as a great opportunity to refresh bath décor and incorporate simple upgrades - ultimately transforming the bath from a cold, simple space into a warm and comforting winter

An Attitude Of Gratitude Brings Great Things

There is no shortage of things for which a person can be grateful. Yet, I am sure, like me, most people are guilty of taking so many things for granted. As Oprah Winfrey famously said, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” In