Sunday, May 28, 2017

Real Estate

Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

There is nothing like buying your first home. Whether you are looking for a fixer-upper, a place to spend the next few decades or something in between, there is no mistaking that your first home is a huge decision. It is also one of the biggest investments you are ever going to make. Be sure you are getting the home you expect by

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Divorce happens, family dynamics change and one home becomes two. No one anticipates getting divorced, so can you really prepare for circumstance such as divorce? Does preparing lead to a self-fulfilling prophesy? There are those who have pre-nuptials (which is as prepared as you can get), but many couples do not.

Next Year in Jerusalem Almost a Reality

200 families will make aliyah next Pesach to Ramat Givat Zeev.

Nearly 200 families spent their last Pesach in the U.K. and USA this year, in anticipation of making aliyah ahead of the holiday next year to the spectacular new Ramat Givat Zeev neighborhood, which is being built at

Seven Home Improvements to Tackle Before You Move In

(BPT)—You found the perfect home, so it’s not surprising that you want to move in as quickly as possible. However, there are some projects that are best done when the house is still empty.

So, consider completing the following seven items before the moving trucks arrive.

Searching For The Best Mortgage Deal

I recently met with a first time home buying couple who were looking to get pre-approved for a potential home purchase. We met in my office in the late evening, and spent a great deal of time discussing budgeting and the long-term financial impacts of homeownership, well after we got through the pre-qualification process. This was

Mortgage Industry Veteran Emile Wiesenfeld Joins Approved Funding

Approved Funding is proud to welcome Emile Wiesenfeld as a residential lending sales manager in its corporate office in Bergen County.

“Emile is a seasoned mortgage industry veteran, and his renowned understanding of mortgages will only be enhanced with our extensive loan product

How to Start a Cut Flower Garden for Beautiful Bouquets All Year

Spring is coming, and with it countless ways to enjoy flowers in all their glory. Could this be the year you start a cutting garden? Farmer-florist Erin Benzakein points the way in a satisfyingly complete and richly illustrated guide, Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden, out this week.

Real Property Tax Liens: There’s Money to Be Made, But Is It Right for You?

A few days ago on the radio, a pitchman proclaimed that people could make big bucks by buying property tax liens. Just call the 800 number for your free tax lien kit, attend the live training event where you’ll receive a $20 Visa gift card and you’re on your way!

But not so fast! What is a

Home Equities: Easy Come, Easy Go

A decade ago, when home values were soaring and real estate was booming, many homeowners took advantage by taking cash out from the equity in their home. Typically, the loan was structured as a Home Equity Line of Credit (aka “HELOC,”) which functions very much like a typical consumer credit card. Specifically, a homeowner will

Hudson County Jewish Business Alliance Presents the Gold Coast Real Estate Conference

On Tuesday, The Hudson County Jewish Business Alliance (http://www.hcjba.com/) presented the Gold Coast Real Estate Conference in Jersey City, which featured prominent government officials and business executives. The HCJBA, founded and directed by David Rosenberg in 2015, is a unique and

Designing Your Dream Bathroom Is Well Worth the Investment

Designing a new bathroom or updating an old one is a great investment in your home and will give you added functionality and beauty in a space that you use all the time. If you desire to do a full renovation but that isn’t possible due to budget or other considerations, there are many ways to update and improve

Is Refinancing Dead?

As soon as rates go up there is are abundant articles and news reports that refinancing is dead. Refinancing is not only a rate-based decision, and there are many reasons to consider refinancing.

For those borrowers who missed the opportunity to refinance for various reasons, there is always an opportunity to refinance as long as the numbers make sense