Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Real Estate

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

Winter Is Coming, Part 2

In August 2015 I penned an article in this publication warning of the coming frost and more specifically the impending increase in interest rates. Just as timing the coming of the White Walkers is not possible but we know it is inevitable, we could not accurately predict the timing of the current move in rates.

Tips for the Homebuyer

The election is over; now what should I do?

Are some of you sitting on the sidelines wondering whether you should buy or not? It is time to get back into the market before rate hikes increase even more. No point hesitating, there are some great opportunities

Does an Accepted Offer Mean the Home Is Sold?

When you find the home of your dreams it’s natural for your emotions to run high. However, it’s important to remember that simply submitting an accepted offer does not mean the house is yours.

The first step in any transaction is to reach an agreement on the purchase price. Once both parties

Happy Anniversary!

There is an old tried and true proverb that says, “The best way to remember your anniversary is to forget it once.” Thankfully I don’t speak from experience, and no, it is not my wedding anniversary. It is however, my Jewish Link Anniversary - one year of weekly columns in the JLNJ!

Alarming Survey Shows People’s Poor Home Maintenance Habits

(StatePoint) Proper home maintenance can preserve your home, while saving you money and headaches in the future. However, a new survey from Erie Insurance conducted by Harris Poll reveals Americans have alarmingly poor upkeep habits.

“By overlooking common DIY projects,

Protecting Your Home During the Winter

The yearly end of Daylight Savings Time brings with it the reminder that it is time to prepare your home to survive the onslaughts of the winter months. In addition to what must be done by people who will occupy their homes during the winter there are added procedures and concerns for those who will not be on the premises at this