Sunday, April 30, 2017

Real Estate

Why Is It So Hard to Find a Landlord Who Loves My Dog as Much as I Do?

Several years ago, a fine gentleman whom I had placed in a co-op sublet decided that he wanted to buy a co-op apartment of his own. We found the perfect place: a lovely, large Jr. 4 apartment in a doorman building, complete with terrace and great views. “I want to bid on this!” he exclaimed. “My dog and I will just love it

The Rise of the Basement: Top Tips for a Better Space

(BPT) With fewer homes for sale and good returns on the remodeling investment, more homeowners are reclaiming their lower levels and remodeling their basements.

Basements are coming out of hiding these days. And they’re doing it in style, with before-and-after transformations featured everywhere from HGTV to Pinterest and

Flood Protection... For Those Without An Ark

First and foremost, I would like to give a shout out to Dena K. for “almost” finishing my article last week. I greatly appreciate the effort. This week’s topic is all about the tantalizing and highly stimulating Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973. Yes, a real page-turner! Interestingly, there are many pockets of blocks

Why Is My House Not Selling?

Even the most wonderful, accurately priced homes in the best locations do not always sell quickly. Sometimes, the reasons are beyond the seller’s control because a local market may be experiencing the impact of economic forces over which the individual seller has no control—for example, if the economy is in recession or if a

Four Easy Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home

(BPT) It’s late and you’re in your favorite, cozy pajamas. You get in bed and pull up the warm comforter. You turn out the light and are just about to drift off to sleep when you hear a noise coming from the attic. You sit up to listen, but it quickly goes quiet again. You lay back down and close your eyes, and just as

What to Expect When You’re Renting

What should I expect in a rental?

First you need to ask yourself a few questions. Are you relocating and, if so, for how long? Are you testing out a neighborhood or are you unsure you can afford to buy a home?

You need to

It’s Time to Upgrade Your Home Security System

(BPT) - Think of what has changed forever in the span of a decade. How do you watch movies at home? You’ve replaced the DVDs with digital streaming. How do you send a picture of your kids to your parents? You skip the printing and post it on social media or send a quick text.

Another thing you can add

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