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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Real Estate

Light Solutions: What to Do When Your House Feels Like a Cave

(BPT) A house with ample windows can win your heart with silent promises of sun-drenched rooms and warm breezes wafting through open windows. The truth, however, is that even a home with windows galore can have rooms that feel dark and cave like.

Some of the most-loved aspects of modern

Jerusalem’s Streets: Neighborhood Themes

Throughout the world, many neighborhoods have groups of streets with names related to a specific theme. For example, growing up in Long Beach, New York, I lived on Walnut Street and my friends lived on Olive, Pine, Maple and Beech. Likewise, before making aliyah, we lived in Bergenfield on Westminster Avenue, and

Mocha Latte or a Home? That’s the Question

Yes, I know many of you can have a home and a mocha latte, and that you don’t have to choose between them. I also know many of you would choose the mocha latte over the home. Some of you may be currently in school, or newly working with a fixed salary, or newly self-employed, and have no rich relatives to go to (or rich relatives

Shocked at What I Am Being Told During My Interviews

Wells Fargo and Bank of America have been the first major banks to say they are starting to see demand for home loans taper off. Wells, one of the biggest U.S. mortgage lenders, reported that its pipeline of applicants for new home loans has dropped 40 percent, with BofA ‘s decline close to 45%. As interest rates move off of

Art of the Concession

The idea of this article is to provide information that you can use when you are negotiating for the home that you’re interested in. I am in no way presuming that the seller of the home should take less than they want to or need to, or that the buyer should pay more for a home than they want to. I am just offering information on

Get Moving! Four Reasons You Should Sell Your Home in 2017

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about selling your home, it might just be time to hop off. Now. To put it in other terms: 2017 is poised to be the year of the home seller, real estate experts say. So what are you waiting for?

“Sellers have been in the driver’s seat for the

The 10 Mortgage Plagues – Part II

I thank those of you who commented to me about how they enjoyed last week’s article, and separately to those of you who appreciated how it correlated to the theme of the week. This week we will conclude with our five final mortgage plagues.

#6 Don’t be biased about your

Five Tips for Safe Space Heater Use

(BPT) During the coldest days of the year, space heaters are one of the easiest, most efficient ways to get warm fast. However, when not used correctly, they may also be one of the most dangerous.

Space heaters accounted for 40 percent of all home heating fires and a staggering 84 percent of

Winter Real Estate, Hot or Not?

Just when you were almost ready to put away your snow blower, your winter boots and your ice scrapers, along with putting a “For Sale” sign on your front lawn for the spring season, you realize you still have another good month or two to “weather” the “weather” and winter surprises.

NJ Realtors Names Cliffside Park’s Robert Oppenheimer as 2017 President

On December 6th 2016, New Jersey Realtors, the trade association serving more than 48,000 members, named Robert Oppenheimer, of Cliffside Park, its 2017 president during their Centennial Gala and President’s Installation at its annual Realtor Triple Play Convention. Also installed were president-elect Christian

The 10 Mortgage Plagues – Part I

Without a doubt “The 10 Plagues” is one of the more popular storylines in the Torah for people of all ages. In the mortgage-world, there is an ancient and often circulated “Top 10 Mortgage Do’s and Don’ts” that is available online, and provided to many applicants before they begin their mortgage process. While the list

Before It’s Too Late

Let me be clear. I am no fan of Barack Obama. I am happy we have a pro-Israel, pro-growth government after something very different the last eight years. Having said that, there are some programs implemented by the previous president that have been beneficial to millions of homeowners and are at risk of ending. If you can benefit