Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Real Estate

Bnei Brak: Where Past and Present Meet

Bnei Brak is Israel’s largest city comprising primarily ultra-Orthodox Jews. Located a mere four miles east of Tel Aviv, Bnai Brak has become somewhat of a tourist attraction as it offers a glimpse into a distant world or, as some call it, “a shtetl straight out of Eastern Europe circa 1800.”

My Post Yom Tov Blues and Clean Up Efforts

No, my succah has not been taken down. Thankfully, aside from perhaps one succah on my block which always seems to vanish with the blink of an eye right after Yom Tov ends, (and you know who you are!) the others are still lingering as of this writing. Despite this being one of a very short list of holidays where men actually have

Three Surprising Home Elements You Can Automate

(BPT) Just a decade or two ago, home automation was still something of a novelty. Some homeowners might have had programmable thermostats in their homes, but many probably hadn’t thought of automating things like window coverings. Moreover, they likely viewed any home automation they did have as a convenience. Today,

Compensating Factors in the Mortgage Business

A lot of things go into underwriting a mortgage but contrary to what people say not everything is black-and-white.

Not everyone has 20 to 25% down, has been working for two years, has tremendous income, loads of liquid assets, or 800 credit scores. If you do you should thank God every

Nine Ways to Fool Yourself Into Thinking It’s Spring Inside

Winter is coming, and there’s nothing any of us can do about it. If only frigid temperatures brought as much joy as summer sun, a new season of “Game of Thrones,” or heck, even the sandwich you just scarfed down between meetings at work. Unfortunately, the season

Home Improvement: What’s Old Is New Again

(BPT) Fall is a popular time for home improvement as people think about impressing their guests during the holidays. It is also a time for change, which makes the current trends in home décor so unique.

Simply put, what’s old is new again. Homeowners are gravitating to classic and

Mortgages For Temporary Dwellings

A sukkah or succah is defined by Wikipedia as a “temporary hut constructed for use during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot.” The quality and design of these Sukkot continue to get more impressive with each passing year. I once heard a story that people within a gated community were debating about the permissibility of

Why Switching to LED Bulbs Makes a Difference

(StatePoint) It may seem like a small detail, but the way you light your home can have a big impact on the environment and your energy bills. Indeed, widespread use of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States, according to government findings.

Fall: Best Season for Planting Trees That Boost Home and Community Value

(BPT) Planting a tree is an investment in the future, according to a Greek proverb: “A society grows great when old men plant trees under whose shade they never expect to sit.” But did you know planting trees around your home is also an investment in your real estate value and the value of your neighborhood? Or, that it’s one

Getting A Mortgage Despite A Bad Judgment

At this time of year I trust most thoughts and mindsets are preoccupied on the “Day of Judgement” we just went through, and the looming “Day of Atonement”, G-d willing, just a few days away. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Gmar Chasima Tova and best wishes for utilizing these days to their

The Top Seven Home Improvements You Can Do Right Now on a Budget


While painting is time consuming and messy, it is one of the most dramatic home improvements you can make on a budget! Whether you were talked into buying a home with red and yellow walls by your visionistic

Buying on Paper: When to ‘Just Say No’

I recently wrote an article called “Buying on Paper: A Success Story” explaining the pros and cons of purchasing an apartment “on paper” or, as the British say, “off plan.” Let’s discuss when one should steer clear of not-yet-built apartment projects.


Do not purchase on paper if the property is not currently zoned for residential