Sunday, April 30, 2017

Real Estate

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

Prepare Your Home for Holiday Celebrations

(BPT) It’s the season for big meals, festive gatherings and making memories that will last a lifetime. But hosting friends and family can be a daunting responsibility. In fact, nearly 40 percent of consumers say that entertaining guests is the most stressful part of their holiday season, according to a recent holiday survey. The

Easy DIY Tips to Save on Your Winter Energy Bills

(BPT) Here’s what Americans have to look forward to this winter: While the south will be drier and warmer, the northern U.S. can expect “wetter, cooler conditions,” predicts the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“Regardless of the outlook, there is always some chance for extreme winter weather, so prepare now for

The Real Estate and Mortgage Markets Under President Trump

Like many on election night, I didn’t get much sleep – but I certainly wasn’t dreaming when they announced that Donald J. Trump was elected as our 45th president of the United States. In an unprecedented victory, (I said unprecedented, not unpresidential!) Trump widely defeated Hillary Clinton in a historic

When Education Precedes Housing

Millennials were born in mid-1980s through the 2000s. They follow the generation known as X. For the millennials who want to buy a home, obtaining a mortgage has become a challenge. Why? Many millennials have taken on substantial student debt in order to further educate themselves and expand their job opportunities, which

Five Ways to Put Fall Leaves to Work in Your Garden

In fall my town holds leaf collection days, when homeowners (or their landscape services) blow or rake fallen leaves off their properties into big piles in the streets. Later a truck comes and vacuums them away. What I see being vacuumed up are dollar bills, the money these homeowners will spend next year on lawn and